What I'm reading today

Fifteen Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kidsby My kids don't need much excuse to get outside, but this helps me do it.

Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girlsby This makes me want to be a better writer.

The Mood Guide to Fabric and Fashion: The Essential Guide from the World's Most Famous Fabric Storeby(Photographer),  (Foreword) I bought this at Mood on a girls' trip to NYC a few years ago. It makes me want to be creative.


Stuff I wrote lately


Happy Mother's Day from a place of insecurity!


I wrote about panic attacks for Romper

I was recently told by someone who knows me very well that I conceal my anxiety like a cool cucumber. Maybe that's true, and not everyone in the whole world knows I've been struggling with anxiety and panic since Lizzie was born. Well, first, it is getting better. :D I was able to write about it for!
My Baby's Appointments Triggered Panic Attacks, But I Learned To Cope

"I found that staying aware of tangible things around me left less mental space for catastrophizing."

10 books to add to your style inspiration library

(I originally shared this list as a guest post on Librarian for Life and Style a few years ago.)

What is your personal style? I am constantly exploring what that question means to me — how to find inspiration, be different, be myself, stay frugal, be age- and shape-appropriate, decide if I care about age- or shape-appropriateness. Beyond the question of What do I wear today? is the joy in an aimless exploration of my own style potential. Here are some of my favorite books for that kind of daydreaming. 1. The Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style: How to Wear Iconic Looks and Make Them Your Own Though The Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style is seven years old, I feel the styles are iconic enough to remain inspirational for many more years. When I first bought this, I labeled myself California Casual and Bohemian, but now I’m feeling a little Arty Slick and Posh Eclectic. Though it’s not important to find a mold and cram yourself into it, this guide is nice for identifying what style categor…

What I learned about self care from my husband

This essay I wrote for in December has been shared 1,800 times!

My Husband Running Makes Me Rage & Here is What I Do About It I spent plenty of time feeling bitter about how easy it is for my husband to take time away from our kids to relax, and then I decided to borrow his secrets for self-care.

Ultimate plan for decluttering my house

Rent medium-sized Dumpster.Send husband and children to a hotel for a weekend. A three-day weekend.Fly my mom and closest girl friends to San Antonio (like, only the people I would trust to bail me out of jail.) Empty 90 percent of contents of closets, bags, and cabinets into Dumpster.Take mom and friends to spa.