Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sponsored Post: Clutter Clearing with Glad Black

Last year's spring cleaning cast-offs. Best feeling in the world!
It's that time of year again.

Flowers...birds...a bittersweet goodbye to boots and sweaters. Because in LA, it's spring time again. 70 degrees and sunny. Not to be confused with the 70-degrees-and-sunny winter season, or the 70-degrees-and-sunny fall. Did I mention I'm an east coast girl at heart and I really, really miss the seasons?


Spring is officially here, and since I no longer get to celebrate new seasons with actual changes in the weather, I celebrate them with new beginnings, new resolutions, and--most important of all--a good old-fashioned clutter clearing.

If you've followed me here for a while, you know how much I love to get rid of clutter. Holding on to more physical clutter (and digital clutter) is directly related to mental clutter. Less belongings equal less mess, less chaos, and more space to breathe, create, and dream. So this spring, I'm really excited to be taking a brand-new and somewhat hard core approach to getting rid of stuff thanks to my friend Morgan at She's created a hashtag called #cutyourcrap, and she's tossing 5 things a day for the next 90 days on an epic journey toward a clutter-free summer. Less stuff and more zen by summertime? Count me in.

Sound like too much to handle? That's where Glad Black bags come in. I'm a huge believer in tossing stuff without looking back, so at any given moment during my clutter-clearing phases there are three giant trash bags labeled with masking tape: Trash, Recycle, and Donate. Glad's easy-to-use, industrial strength bags make it super easy to set a timer (10 minutes max!) right before bedtime, take a good hard look around the house, and find five things to toss, recycle, or give away.

I'll be posting some of the things I'm letting go of on Instagram with the #cutyourcrap hashtag, so if you want to join in, come visit me there and don't forget to post some photos of your own--when it comes to tossing stuff, there's definitely motivation in numbers. There's nothing like social media to give you a not-so-gentle nudge when it's time to let go of your prom dress or the instruction manual to an alarm clock that broke during the Clinton administration...

(Let it go. Let it GO...)
*sorry. I couldn't help it!

And for even more clutter clearing inspiration, check out this awesome Glad Black video!

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Glad, but concerns my own opinion.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Happy Birthday N! A Letter For Being Three...

Dear N,

OMG you're THREE.

By the time you're old enough to read this, you'll roll your eyes at that first line and how lame Mommy can be sometimes. Let's be honest: if you could read NOW you'd roll your eyes, because since the minute you were born you've been a tough crowd. Quick to understand the joke but slow to be amused...until we hit on just the right thing to make you giggle, and then you laugh uncontrollably with such infectious, enormous delight that it makes us laugh like crazy too.

You are three and you are amazing. You are affectionate and sweet and empathetic. You ask a million questions, and they're really, really good ones. You talk nonstop (at least, when your sister gives you the chance to get a word in) in fourteen-word sentences with your funny toddler-pronunciation I still don't always understand.You notice everything. You are listening and watching all the time. You get smarter and wiser and more compassionate every day. You know when someone is tired, or sad, or needs a giant N-hug. The ferocity of your love leaves me breathless and laughing and sometimes bruised in weird places. I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.

You are a dedicated, fiercely loyal and loving little brother. E is your whole world. You would follow her anywhere, to the ends of the earth or the edges of the backyard. The two of you have this magical, unexplainable and unbreakable bond that blows my mind and makes me grateful every day.

You wear sunglasses all the time, everywhere, sometimes indoors. You are blue jeans and big-boy underwear and race car pajamas. You are golden curls and clear blue eyes that disappear completely when you laugh. You laugh all the time and we love that about you. You love books and trains and cookies, pizza and carrots and Lightning McQueen (oh my goodness, how you love Lightning McQueen...) Your favorite game is Hungry Hungry Hippos, and you always need to be the blue one, because blue is your very favorite color. You still sleep with your Dora the Explorer doll and your giraffe lovey every night...but your favorite expression is "I do it MYSELF, Mommy!"

You are more stubborn than all the rest of us put together, and that's saying a lot. You know your own mind and aren't afraid to let anyone know it. You are secret giggles and silly jokes and nonstop mischief. You push boundaries. You want to be seen and listened to and understood. You are as shy as you are brave. Your need for independence, and your need to be curled up safe in my lap, shift back and forth like a pendulum.

I hope you never stop wanting to be independent. I hope you never stop curling up in my lap. I am so very, very proud of you, my beautiful son, for being strong and kind and affectionate and stubborn and silly and loving and brave. You bring smiles to the faces of everyone you meet. You light up my whole world. You are getting bigger every minute...but you are, always and forever, my baby boy.

Happy Birthday, sweet N.
I love you so much.


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Me too, baby girl. Me too.

Thanksgiving, 2013.

My heart is overflowing with gratitude for this crazy, beautiful, blessed life I'm living. Every morning I wake up and give thanks to the universe for a life that is filled with friends and family, love and support and laughter, joy and strength and learning and miracles.

So today, on Thanksgiving, I'm thrilled to be dedicating an entire day to celebrating with my incredible family...and giving thanks, every minute, for all of it.

Wishing you and your families a day filled with love and laughter, joy and light and lots of turkey. And above all..


Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!