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DIY || Minimalist Dream Catcher Party Decor

When Parker was born, my mom started a shared Pinterest board for her first birthday party somewhere around her second week of life.  I’m not exaggerating.  And yet, here we are with less than a month until her second birthday and I have literally just begun to plan!  She has made it somewhat easy since she has a totally unchanging love and obsession with Anna and Frozen. The only challenge will be comforting my own heartbreak over not being able to throw her the super hippie Kidchella birthday party of my own dreams that would …

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What To Listen To Now || Hipster Vibes

I’ve been giving a lot of thought to personal style lately, so it was timely that when Matt’s email came through it had a disclaimer that it was realllll hipster.  (Which might just be my new favorite genre of music.)  The dictionary defines the word ‘hipster’ as “a person who follows the latest trends and fashions, especially those regarded as being outside the cultural mainstream.”  Which is interesting because I definitely thought there was a facial hair requirement to being defined as hipster. …

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DIY || Rose Quartz Ring

Consider this little project our ode to spring, the colors of the year, and super simple DIYs that anyone can do!  It’s so easy and yet I never think to make my own jewelry, so I’m really glad Maritza is stopping by today to show us how to get started as a beginner.  If you want to up the ante on this project, consider swapping out the glue for metal wire and playing with the band materials.  There are literally endless options for this one so have fun and give yourself the freedom to be creative.  Take it away, Maritza! When …

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What To Read Now || Winter

While whatever semblance of winter Los Angeles may have had this year is most definitely gone (and I’m not complaining), Aaron’s recent travels through Milwaukee, Detroit, and Toronto can attest that winter is still alive and well in some places.  This post was originally scheduled for friday, but then we thought it our civic duty to give you enough time to prime these literary gems in case you happen to find yourself snuggling up inside this weekend.  Our resident book guru and writer, Gail Werner, is back today with six books …

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