My Summer Must-Haves for Little Girls


Two things I can’t live without this summer. These barrettes. (You guys, we are deeeeep into Whoorlita’s bang-growing-out phase, and those clips stay put, don’t slide around the hair, and the bows are nice and simple and NOT TOO LARGE.)

The second thing? Denim shorts from Target. Not ashamed to admit that we have almost all of the below pairs, and Wita wears them to her summer camp every. single. day. The denim makes them a bit more rugged than traditional cotton shorts, and, well, look at them…so cute!

I’m telling you about them today because Target has a 30% off promotion on these shorts today only with the code FIREWORKS. Do it. You won’t regret it, and your daughter will thank you.

Happy Fourth of July to you all! We are road-tripping this week – can’t wait to head out.


Odds and Ends


1. If politicians had man buns. OMG.

2. If you let the internet name animals, chances are you’ll get some doozies. Hahaaa, Danger Noodle.

3. The downsides of growth. “I want an awesome audience, not a huge one.” Amen to that.

4. Beautiful post on what real love entails.

5. This is what happens when you reply to spam email. Hilarious.

6. Quit worrying about fat and get really freaked out by sugar. A rigorous study just proved it.

7. The price of being single. Do you agree that single people are discriminated against?

8. “It’s with a heavy heart that I announce I am having my parents pick me up early from this sleepover.” Ahhhh, this is a good one. Haven’t we all been there?

9. Universal parenting struggles. Spot on – photo #2 just happened this morning.

10. 4 questions to ask your kid everyday. I’m on board.

11. Is addiction a learning disorder? Absolutely fascinating read on addiction.

12. I linked to a piece on high-functioning depression a few weeks ago, now let’s talk about high-functioning anxiety.

13. What the what?! This scarf is wicked.

14. Buy these shoes, okay?

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What Are Your Favorite Documentaries?

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Calling all my savvy, in-the know friends! Can you help a lady out?

Dustin has this thing, y’all. He can not stay awake while looking at a screen. At all. I am not exaggerating. It sounds funny, BUT IT IS NOT FUNNY, PEOPLE. Okay, maybe a little funny. Mostly incredibly annoying, though.

It doesn’t matter where we are or what time of the day it is, the man will fall asleep within 5 minutes of watching a television show or movie. And it goes wayyyy back…apparently at HIS OWN birthday/slumber party as a child, when “Raiders of The Lost Ark” had just been released on VHS (gawwwwd, we are old), he fell into a deep slumber within minutes of the movie commencing. Yes, he missed his entire party due to SIN. (Not “sin,” for crying out loud…clean up that mind, you heathen! But S.I.N. – a very serious and very plausible disorder, Screen-Induced Narcolepsy, the name of which I personally created. About five minutes ago. We’ll be selling a SIN wristband to raise awareness for this calamitous disorder very soon.)

Due to this disorder, we have seen a grand total of…wait for it…5 movies in the theater since we started dating in 2001. Let me do the math for you…that equals 15 years. One movie every 3 years. Fabulous. And guess what, friends? I like movies. I would enjoy seeing a movie with my husband once in awhile. Alas, not in the cards.

Until last week. Upon hearing about the death of Bill Cunningham, I mentioned interest in watching this documentary released a few years back. Dustin agreed that he was also interested. I sharply inhaled when I heard this statement. Could it be? COULD THIS BE THE ONE?! I prayed to the screen gods as I accessed the documentary via Amazon Prime.

And you guys. He stayed awake. For 124 blessed minutes. (And that’s pronounced blesid, like the adjective. Say it aloud with me, one-hundred and twenty-four blesid minutes. Feeeeeel that important distinction in pronunciation.) Dustin did not suffer the ill effects of SIN. Glory be to the highest!

As we finished the documentary, and I brushed away my tears of happiness, he said to me, “I think I might like to see some more documentaries.”

FRIENDS. HE WANTS TO SEE SOME ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTARIES. Could this be our turning point? Could his SIN go into remission due to a robust supplement of varied documentaries?

Help me, dear friends. Help us. Keep Dustin in SIN remission, and please share the best documentaries you’ve seen – any and all subject matter welcomed. #putanendtoSIN