Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley April 29, 2016

Weekend hellos! Tomorrow I’m off to San Francisco to pop into a few shops in a favorite neighborhood then I’ll be babysitting my sweet nephews so my brother and sister-in-law can enjoy her birthday out on the town. I think the best gift for parents of little kids is a night off, plus I get my baby fix by spending time with those cute little guys. Sunday is free of obligations so I’m hoping for a little R&R that day and I wish the same for all of you too.

Here’s the list of favorite links from the week!

blackband portfolio

 The coastal home tours in the Blackband Design portfolio are so fresh and inspiring.

I loved the images of this Swedish home decorated in neutrals and with plants.

7 better ways to answer “What do you do?”

9 things you should never put in the dishwasher.

Teaching kids to do their own laundry.

Ramen noodles reinvented as classic pasta dishes.

“Respect for people behind the scenes keeping the world together.”


Enjoy your weekend!


Mother’s Day Gifts from Etsy

By Kate Riley April 27, 2016

Midweek greetings! Today I was browsing Etsy in search of a few little gifts for some favorite moms and came across some lovely shops I had never visited before.

Today is the day to really think about ordering since Mother’s Day is only TEN days away. Here’s a roundup of shops you may want to browse in search of something special for a mother, aunt, grandmother, sister, or friend!

Handmade ceramics for kitchen, garden, and home by Convivial Production.

 convivial productions planter

planter / fruit bowl


Family tree gemstone necklaces by Danique Jewelry.

 family tree necklace

birthstone drop necklace / family tree necklace


Simple and sweet, scented candle tins from AromaLab.

 candle tins etsy

mom / love


Personalized initial bracelets from Frosted Willow.

 frosted willow bracelets

initial branch bracelet / infinity bracelet


Stylish tablet covers at Case Genie.

 stylsh ipad covers

marble / floral


Handblown flutter glass bowls by Foci Gallery.

 flutter handblown glass bowls

blue flutter / green flutter


Boho beach blankets and textiles by On the Rainbow.

 boho beach towels

navajo coral / aztec blue


Whimsical wooden wall clocks from DecoyLab.

 whimsical wall clocks

 floral kirie / pig


Handmade lavender sachets by GardenMis.

 lavender sachets

herringbone / butterfly


Gorgeous blue and white handmade ceramics by Art & Manufacture.

 blue and white ceramics

pie plate / oil & vinegar