What could your school do with $50k? With so many schools strapped for cash these days, it doesn’t take much to get a passionate response to that question. The situation is especially dire for after school programs and activities, which are often the first things to get cut.
Here’s your chance to do something about it. Nominate your favorite school program in the Power A Bright Future school grant program by Clorox and your school could win a $50k grand prize or one of three $20k grants.
Last night, my awesome brother and uncle extraordinaire Murphy Jensen won his 2nd straight World Team Tennis title as coach for the Washington Kastles. My two oldest boys, Jonah (10) and Murphy (7, his namesake), were there with him to celebrate the big moment.
Of course, it didn’t hurt that Venus Williams was on his team :)
Rock on, Big Murph!
(images via washington post)
A heads up to all starving artists: you’ve got until this Saturday to design a new laptop bag for the HP Ultrabook for a chance to with $10,000. That’s enough to seriously stock up on art supplies or build your dream studio!
My jaw literally hit the floor when I came across this collection of embroidery on the Misako Mimoko blog. These artists are literally recreating nature, one stitch at a time. It’s so inspiring to find such amazing talent!
I’m totally smitten by Yumiko Higuchi’s embroidery art. These mini pouches are to die for! It comes as no surprise that her shop is completely sold out.
It doesn’t get any more delicate than these embroidered magnolia leaves and insect exoskeletons by Iseebi. I’ve actually tried embroidering leaves before, it’s practically impossible.
Eva Monleón brings her own unmistakable style to the art of embroidered nature. So fun!
I Found Fish Bones In The Egg
visit cute food for kids for more info
My kids would totally freak if I served up a round of these for breakfast. So fun!
Baggu Small Leather Zip Pouch
available for $35 at creatures of comfort
Creatures of Comfort is one of my all-time favorite shops. These hand-painted Baggu leather pouches are super sweet.
Glassy Acorn Necklace
available for $40 at lazy jane
These glass bead acorns are absolutely lovely.
Housebuilding For Children
available for $12 at amazon.com
One of the coolest books I’ve ever come across. Already picked up a copy of my own!
Follow Misako Mimoko’s boards on Pinterest for more great inspiration!
I’ve always been a firm believer in giving children time to explore and discover on their own. Lately it’s been paying off. Just the other day my two oldest boys (Jonah, 9, and Murphy, 7) came across a bird’s nest just as the eggs were hatching. They came back thrilled and couldn’t wait to tell me about the little beaks poking from the shells. The following day, they came across a box turtle and watched as it dug a hole, laid its’ eggs and covered them back with dirt. What are the odds?
I suppose they could’ve read about this in a textbook, but it certainly wouldn’t have been as inspiring.
Pictured above: Murphy, my 7-year-old, proudly displaying one of his finds.
If you’re not already familiar with Present & Correct, you need to be. The UK-based online shop is a designer’s dream, filled with original handmade items and truly exceptional vintage finds. They are definitely at the top of my list of favorite online shops.
There’s no better way to experience Present & Correct’s uncanny knack for finding lost treasures than by visiting their boards on Pinterest.
Be sure to visit the Present & Correct blog for more of their amazing finds!
I’d like to re-introduce you to Design Mom. Yes, re-introduce because everyone knows and loves Design Mom–Time Magazine, New York Times, Martha Stewart… the list goes on and on. But I’d like to share my personal experience with the queen of all bloggers.
Gabrielle Blair has been amazing mentor to me. She would always take my call and answer my cryptic emails while I was trying to figure out how to handle the transition from “stay-at-home mom” to “60 hours per-week working mom.” Gabby is an open book–or maybe a better way to put it would be an open encyclopedia. The advice and information she shares is priceless. She truly wants to help people.
I’m totally psyched to announce that I will be pinning alongside Gabby on her Pinterest boards this month. We’ll be sharing yummy recipes, DIY projects, interiors, ultra-hip mom style, and more. Click here to visit Gabby’s Pinterest boards–press follow all and pin the love!
Thanks Gabby, for all you do and the love you share!
Spring is such a wonderful time to live in the country. Nothing beats watching the kids run for the door in the morning and return with rocks, turtles, and other found treasures.
On an unrelated note, check out this amazing series of LEGO British Birds by Thomas Poulsom…
“Kids don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.” – Jim Henson
images via nytimes, muppet wiki