The last two weeks have been brutal. In addition to the lice and broken toes I mentioned last week, Pax had to get stitches, we’ve all gotten some form of the flu, and my Dad is still dead, which means that my entire family is still kiiiind of a mess. I could go on, but OMG BORING. Too heavy, gang. Too heavy. As a very wise man once said, “life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.” (And now he’s dead, too.)
Mr. Stephen Hawking, you will be missed. And if you run into my Dad, give him a high-five. He was always such a huge fan of yours.
Which color? I can’t stop thinking about this easy, oversized Zella sweatshirt. My only issue is….which color should I choose? I’m leaning to the light blue, but am thinking I may get more use out of the gray? Hmmmm….
Allllmost done….The 2018 Swim Guide is almost ready. I switched things up this year, and I think I like it better. Front and center is a boutique of our favorite sexy black swimsuits, because that seems to be what most of us end up buying.
Do we like this sneaker? This Steve Madden sneaker is a Balenciaga knock-off, obviously, but….I’m intrigued. I have my eye on the green multi. (Especially with this broken toe situation.)
Gorgeous and refreshing. A reader reminded me that American Eagle’s line of swimsuits are pretty great (this one is her fav), and then I came across this picture. Calling this beautiful girl curvy is a stretch, but she’s a nice change from the super skinny models we’re used to seeing.
About girls, by girls. I loved this list of books from Brightly – they asked a bunch of authors to share their favorite female-led kids’ books. The catch? All had to be written by women. It’s a good list.
Bake me some Irish Soda Bread. I used to bake Irish Soda Bread every year for St. Patrick’s Day. I’d make a salted honey-butter to smear on it, hot from the oven. Before we started eating dairy and gluten-free (most days, anyway), this recipe was my favorite. This year, I might try making this dairy-and-gluten free brown soda bread version….but….there’s no possible way it’ll be as good, right?
The walkout. Did you participate in the school walkout? I ended up signing Raines out for 17 minutes, but not Pax. First grade seemed a little young, and Pax had no idea about any of it. But Raines was adamant he be involved. I’m really happy I did – the principal of his school handled the whole thing really, really well, and I found myself fighting tears the entire time. The New York Times ran a bunch of photos from walkouts across the country – it’s a powerful piece. I am so inspired by our kids. Despite everything, we must be doing something right.
Two Instagrams you’ve gotta see. First go look at this photo of 7000 pairs of shoes outside the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. There’s one pair of shoes for every child killed by gun violence since Sandy Hook. The visual is horrifying. Then, to help restore your faith in humanity, check out this sweet photo of ageless love that my husband shared with me. It’s basically our new life goal (and obviously, loads of luck is required). And Mom….that totally should’ve been you and Dad.
Life, man. Happy, uh, weekend?
Hope you guys are hanging in there. We’re heading out on Spring Break next weekend, so hopefully this weekend article will be less….gloomy.