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3 2 1 blast off

It's been over 3 months since Henry turned 3, but I wanted to show off the simple accordion birthday card I made for him. The countdown is huge in our household—we count down the minutes until dinner, bath time,  bed time, and more—so I used it as the basis for the card.

Instead of slipping it inside an envelope I taped the card to the box for a fun pop-up effect. Henry can't read yet, but he knew that the card read "3, 2, 1, blast off!" And for a kid more interested in the presents than the cards, the fact that he even bothered to read it at all felt like a major win.


simple virtues

Sometimes, I look at all the little people in my life—my kids, their friends, the children we meet every day—and I imagine who will be the next president, the next Picasso, or the next Einstein. I wonder what amazing things they are going to accomplish. They could write the next Pulitzer prize winning novel, receive the Nobel peace prize, or save someone's life. The possibilities are endless.

I think it's important to do good things when we can and to teach our children that we can, and do, make a difference.

That's why I'm smitten with designer and illustrator Erin Jang's print of Simple Virtues that she created to benefit cancer research. Not only are the sentiments wonderful, but the execution is perfect. (Of course, everything she creates pretty much is!) And the cause is one near and dear to my heart.

Read more about Erin's mission here. Watch the sweet accompanying animation. Or check out her beautiful work.

Photo by Erin Jang


baby steps

Lately I feel like every day is a race to the finish. There are a hundred and one things I want to do, but I never check off more than a handful of them each day. Instead, I spend a lot of time chasing my two kids around.

If there's one thing that I'm learning while watching Maira gain her footing, though, it's this:

Take baby steps. Let yourself fall. And then get right back up. You'll eventually get to where you want to go.

p.s. Maira's feet are incredibly tiny and narrow, so it's a challenge to find shoes that fit. I am crossing my fingers these little Keds work out.


clean slate

I cleaned my desk last week, and all of a sudden I can think more clearly and work more efficiently. It's the most obvious thing in the world. Why didn't I do it sooner?


the rebuilding year

Every year, Rama hosts a music exchange. I love putting together each mix, because it's a chance to re-live the year through music and create some art just for fun.

I named my mix The Rebuilding Year based on the idea of a sports team beginning a season with a whole new roster and learning how to work successfully together. Introducing Maira into our family threw us all for a big loop, and we have been figuring out how to be a family of four. The cover art was inspired by the color and chaos that we've found along the way.