Web Time Wasters

You guys! It’s been a crazy week! Eight days ago my guy and I tied the knot in front of our parents and his boys. Yesterday, I invited over a pile of friends for a) Adult Snow Cones b) my 36th birthday.  Somewhere in there, I met friends for coffee and lunch, read lots of magazines on blankets, played hooky at the beach, and watched my husband (?!!?) record a podcast about climate change with two professional comics.

But enough about all that. Let’s talk about the internet.

I’m officially a stepmom now and this book comes highly recommended. If you have any other recommendations, let me know!

Sister Bourne is our new idol.
In the 1910s she lost her first school teaching job in Arizona because she danced the one-step (think about what would have happened if it was the two-step!). At her second teaching job at a mining camp outside of Tuscon, Bourne asked her students (who didn’t speak any English) to teach her Spanish even though it was illegal to speak Spanish at Arizona schools at the time.

DIY deodorant cream? I’m kind of into it.

I love the idea of pairing a workout with your favorite book!

Wouldn’t this be cute nestled on your bookshelf?

Back-to-school supplies for grown ups

Yes! Yes. The REAL way to stand with Planned Parenthood.

Whoa! An app for … foraging fruits and vegetables?


Not Dressed As Lamb is one of my long-time favorite fashion bloggers; she’s incredibly stylish and fit and happens to be 43. Recently, she started the Instagram hashtag #iwillwearwhatilike, asking her followers to photograph themselves in trends they’ve been told they “shouldn’t wear over the age of 30.” The results are wonderful!

I liked this. 5 simple ways to make life LESS convenient.

Why is it so painful to admit you’re on public assistance?
I see myself in the stranger’s eyes, and I know he thinks he and I are the same. I am a young white woman with an expensive looking dress I bought at a thrift store last summer.  I have an EBT card, too, I imagine myself telling him, taking ownership of my identity. After all, what is there to be ashamed of? I wonder what it is, exactly, about receiving public assistance that humiliates me so deeply. I work hard, I want to tell him. I’m working two jobs this summer, and I’m starting college in the fall. Instead, I merely smile back at him and shrug. Moments later, I slip the cashier my EBT card, and the cashier looks surprised, then confused. Still, he swipes it without a word, and to my relief, it’s accepted. When I exit the store, I don’t let myself look back.

Wait, what? You can make your own sidewalk chalk?

Cute! DIY map envelopes!

A roundup of eco-friendly beauty products.

What if we treated our sons like daughters?
Logan is learning to read! There are so many books in his classroom, and he naturally gravitates to books about princes. He even wears his Prince Charming costume to school most days and keeps it clean. He daydreams about growing up rich and living in a castle and being married to a beautiful princess.

How to spend time alone in NYC.

And a few Yes & Yes posts you might have missed: 4 theme parties you’ve probably never tried,


Catherine @ Not Dressed As Lamb

Sarah thank you SO much for linking to my blog and mentioning #iwillwearwhatilike!! What started as a very negative article by an ill-informed (and presumably very young) journalist about the things older women shouldn’t wear has turned into a very positive – and fun – Instagram campaign. It wouldn’t have been as great as it has been were it not for the amazing ladies taking part – they’ve really embraced the whole concept and I’m so proud of them for that, not to mention thankful that they really do wear exactly what they want and ignore these BS articles!

As always I really appreciate your support and kind words… Likewise I thoroughly enjoy your newsletter and blog posts, everything you write is so helpful AND fun. Yay for mutual appreciation!!!

Much love to you
Catherine x


Squee! Congratulations Sarah. Wishing you and your husband many wonderful years together.

Also, happy birthday!


Congratulations on your marriage! Would love to hear more about it, especially how you planned it and what made you opt for the small ceremony over a big blow out. My partner also has children from a previous relationship and I would recommend Stepmonster by Wednesday Martin. It’s really good.

Sarah Von Bargen

Thanks so much! Once we get the photos sorted I’ll definitely write about it. And thanks for the book rec!


Congratulations to you and your husband, and happy birthday! 🙂 Also, I snuck a peak at your Instagram and you looked so lovely and happy in the wedding picture!


Subtlest and loveliest wedding announcement ever! Many congratulations to you and your husband, Sarah x


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