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7 Blogs You’ll Want to Savor

7 Blogs to Bookmark & Savor • Little Gold Pixel

I read a lot of blogs. I mean a lot. I might even read your blog, you never know.

As I’m scrolling through my reader, I sometimes have to make hasty choices about which posts get my full attention and which ones get a cursory glance (time, that mean jerk, there just aren’t enough hours in the day).

There are a handful of blogs that I save, sometimes for weeks, so I can binge-read all the content at once and savor it.

I thought I’d share them with you today. Bookmark for later, and enjoy!

7 Blogs to Bookmark & Savor

1. Shutterbean

Why? I draw so much inspiration from Tracy. (Just look over to my “topics” design in the sidebar to see how I borrowed a page from her book.) I identify with her style and her vibe. Not only is she relatable and her blog posts fun to read, she is forever killing it on Instagram with her wry observations and beautiful imagery from San Francisco. Her love of food is apparent, and her photography is top-notch.

The best: A tie between her Thursday Snacks and her meal-prep photos on Instagram

2. Mimi Smartypants

Why? I’ve been reading this text-only Chicago-based blog since the early 2000s, and it never disappoints. Updates are few and far between nowadays, but there’s always the archives. I think of Mimi Smartypants as the Seinfeld of bloggers. She can take an everyday tale of minuitae and make you gut laugh.

The best: Chicago transit horror stories.

3. Modern Mrs. Darcy

Why? Anne is a master of writing about things that start conversations. The comments section is often just as lively as her post, whether it be about books, personality types, or your favorite things to buy at Trader Joe’s, you will immediately feel introspective after reading this blog.

The best: Start anywhere, but maybe with 11 Books That Are Better in the Spring.

4. Girl’s Gone Child

Why? Rebecca’s blog was one of the first ones I started reading when I found out I was pregnant. She can write. It’s interesting: Her life feels so dreamy — the fairytale children (seriously, their names are Archer, Fable, Boheme and Reverie) and storybook life in Los Angeles — but she never pulls punches. She gets REAL, but somehow everything is more beautiful in the process. Just dig in and get used to her world.

The best: How kids can change our perspective on body image.

5. Everyday Reading

Why? Janssen writes about the exploits of her growing family (newest edition Star is just two months old), all the way keeping a cheeky sense of humor and effortlessly winding interesting/helpful information throughout. She’s a maestro like that.

The best: Her Summer Unplugged series last year was a great way to find good kids books.

6. Enjoy It / Elise Blaha

Why? I’ve been reading Elise’s blog since before she got married, following her entrepreneurial adventures from San Diego up the coast and back down to San Diego again, through her first pregnancy and now starting her second. All the while she sets goals like no one’s business and works her butt off to meet them. She puts it all out there, and it’s fun to be along for the ride.

The best: Her behind-the-scenes posts.

7. Oh Dear Drea

Why? Drea writes about being a vegan mom in Florida. I’ve been reading since she was a single mom, and her genuine nature shines through in everything she does. Her world is colorful and she writes in stream-of-consciousness in a way I can only call Drea-ese. It’s imperfectly perfect and her life is enchanting.

The best: What Marlowe Eats — a series about feeding her kid vegan food (and I’m not vegan but I swear her food looks amazing)

Do you read any of these blogs? Are there any blogs I should add to my reading list? Do you write a blog? Leave a link in the comments below, and I’ll check them out.

P.S. 11 awesome free printable bloggers!

Weekly Pixels #16

Weekly Pixels • Weekly Photo Project for 2015 • littlegoldpixel.com

This is an update in my Weekly Pixels series, a weekly photo project for managing my family’s digital files in lieu of printed photos. At the end of the year I will create a yearbook out of my images. Here’s what the fourth week of April looked like for us.

These are not the best photos of the week. They are the only photos of the week. I literally took less than 10 photos all week long. If I had taken more, they likely wouldn’t have been too exciting.

An aerial view of my desk at work? A Mac keyboard? My bloodshot eyes from staring at a computer screen for 10 hours a day?

It’s OK, though. Last week the scales tipped in the balance of work. This week we will tip them back toward family. It’s only fair.

The parking garage was empty when I left work each night last week.

Weekly Photo Project • Pixels #16 • Little Gold Pixel

Fog made for a bright, hazy sunset.

Weekly Photo Project • Pixels #16 • Little Gold Pixel

Weeding our memories closet, and being ruthless about getting rid of sub-par photos. (You’re looking at a keeper pile right there, and yes that’s a pic baby Vanessa on the far right.)

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Sunday morning family cuddles.

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(Extra grainy)

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Alexa has been on a Lilo & Stitch kick, so we thought it fitting to have Hawaiian food for lunch in between running errands.

Weekly Photo Project • Pixels #16 • Little Gold Pixel

P.S. Past photo projects: 2012, 2013, 2014

P.P.S. Follow me on Instagram for more photos.

A Frozen Blast from the Past #SouperPower

Frozen Blast From the Past • Little Gold Pixel • Campbell's® Condensed Soup • #SouperPower

I used to eat Campbell’s® Condensed Soup straight from the can. No water added, no questions asked.

From the time I was able to twist the can opener by myself and warm up my own bowl of soup, it never occurred to me to add water. The soup was thick, savory and tasted like home. I liked it that way, and no one could stop me or tell me different.

Alexa shares my stubborn streak. Not about soup, yet. But definitely about playtime.

Frozen Blast From the Past • Little Gold Pixel • Campbell's® Condensed Soup • #SouperPower

She constantly dons her Princess Anna or Queen Elsa costumes. She could re-enact the same scene from Frozen a million times without tiring. Her “five more minutes” sometimes last up to an hour if we are feeling obliging.

Sometimes we play so hard and so long that lunchtime gets squeezed. To keep us going, I turn to my childhood comfort favorite — chicken noodle soup from my favorite red-label Campbell’s® Condensed Soup can.

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It doesn’t hurt that the soup now has Elsa and Anna on the label. (The kid’s bedspread has Elsa and Anna on it. I mean, they’ve taken over our house.)

And it’s definitely an easy moment for me. Warming up the soup and doling it out into bowls reminds me of childhood.

Just a few familiar scents take me straight back to busy days and sick days and cold winter days. Tomato soup and grilled cheese at a friend’s house after school. Vegetable beef soup after karate practice.

Frozen Blast From the Past • Little Gold Pixel • Campbell's® Condensed Soup • #SouperPower

I add water to this batch, but like magic the soup in my bowl appears thicker and more strained. Because old habits and nostalgia and shhh, this is just the way I like it.

Now that Alexa has spied the princesses on the label, she is asking to ride her Frozen bike at the park after lunch. And we go and go and go.

Frozen Blast From the Past • Little Gold Pixel • Campbell's® Condensed Soup • #SouperPower

And I sing the chorus of “Let It Go.” She tells me,”Shhh, Mama, don’t sing that.” It’s inside her head, the stubborn way she wants to hear it, and it’s not how I’m singing it.

So I let it go because I am an adult and willing to compromise on things unrelated to soup. I sit with my daughter. I eat my nostalgia. And I realize I’m sharing a piece of my childhood with her.

What about you? Do you have memories of Campbell’s from your childhood? How do you #SouperPower up for a day of activities with your kid(s)?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Why Puzzles Are the Perfect Relaxation Tool

Why Puzzles Help Us Relax • Little Gold Pixel

I’ve been coming home late this week because it is a crazy busy time at work. Even though I arrive home exhausted it takes a lot of winding down before I’m able to relax and finally drift off to sleep.

One method of winding down is better than others, in my experience, and it’s not what you might think.

If you were going to guess reading a book or watching a movie, you’d be wrong. I still love to do these activities, but they are far more enjoyable when I’m already relaxed.

When I’m keyed up, there’s nothing like … a good puzzle.

Yes, that’s right. A good puzzle. I first noticed this when I was pregnant. I was under strict orders to keep my blood pressure down. I came up with several techniques (breathing, happy place visualization, for starters). One day I spaced out and played Bejeweled on my cellphone for 20 minutes, all the while feeling placated and happy, then randomly took my blood pressure. I was surprised to see how low it was.

Do you think puzzles are fun?

If so, it turns out there’s science behind your puzzle love:

That’s what a huge bit of the cortex is primed to do — to spot [patterns] — and once we spot them we can assimilate them into our pyramid of knowledge and build more layers of strategy, and knowing how to do that makes us incredibly successful at controlling the world.

— Neuroscientist Daniel Bor

That’s exactly what I felt after playing Bejeweled: in control. Feeling in control when you are “worrying for two” or your busy life is stuffed to the gills is an impressive feat indeed.

Here are three super easy ways I solve puzzles or spot patterns before going to sleep. Give them a try, and you’re bound to sleep well.

Why Puzzles Help Us Relax • Little Gold Pixel

1. Games on cellphone

Not all games are created equal. Search for one that is fairly repetitive, one you can do almost subconsciously. I downloaded some crazy game a few weeks ago with a fast-paced bouncing ball that made me ridiculously tense. I was gritting my teeth. So yeah, don’t play a game that makes you do that. For me, I chill with Tetris, 2048, Two Dots and of course Bejeweled — that’s where it’s at.

Why Puzzles Help Us Relax • Little Gold Pixel

2. Drawing patterns

I’ve started keeping an art journal again, and it’s come in handy for me doodle patterns at the end of the day. I caught myself breathing a sigh of relief. Stream of consciousness again. Start with a checkerboard or concentric circles. Keep adding to your design. When you’ve filled the page, go inside the pattern and create micro patterns. It’s cathartic and relaxing, I promise.

Why Puzzles Help Us Relax • Little Gold Pixel

3. Pinterest sorting

This might be the most controversial of my methods because I’ve heard of people becoming overwhelmed by Pinterest, even agitated. If that’s you, maybe skip this one. For me, I like to sort, and I find it relaxing and inspiring. The easiest way is to scroll through your feed and find pins that interest you. Repin them to one of your corresponding boards (after checking that the link is valid). Another way is to create a new board, do a search for items to put in that board and start curating. Yet another way is to open up one of your boards with a lot of items and look for patterns. Do you have a Home board with 1,000 pins? Why not glean the kitchen images and create a Kitchen board for them?

What is your perfect relaxation tool? Does it involve puzzles or patterns? Share in the comments! 

P.S. 5 Ways to Cheer Yourself Up.

Weekly Pixels #15

Weekly Pixels • Weekly Photo Project for 2015 • littlegoldpixel.com

This is an update in my Weekly Pixels series, a weekly photo project for managing my family’s digital files in lieu of printed photos. At the end of the year I will create a yearbook out of my images. Here’s what the third week of April looked like for us.

They are ripping apart our sidewalk to replace the storm drainage system. Alexa is very happy to walk the opposite way of the drills.

Weekly Photo Project • Pixels #15 • Little Gold Pixel

Trying on her baby jacket, and it still fits. Kinda.

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We waited in line at Porto’s, and it was worth it. Meat pies, pineapple cakes and horchata smoothies. Among other things.

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I can’t help myself around sexy floors like this. Do you follow I Have This Thing With Floors on Instagram? So good.

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“Why won’t this thing take a picture?” “Because it’s not meant to shoot photos of UFOs.”

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Time for a bang trim.

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The camera may not focus on aliens, but it takes great pics otherwise. This one by H.

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We saw a groundhog. “Hiiiiii!” she says.

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She gave me this leaf but I think it was supposed to be money in her world.

Weekly Photo Project • Pixels #15 • Little Gold Pixel

Accidental upside-down selfie. It’s strange to see your freckles so close up.

Weekly Photo Project • Pixels #15 • Little Gold Pixel

We also tested our strength on the monkey bars.

Weekly Pixels #15 • Little Gold Pixel

Elsa. Who else?

Weekly Pixels #15 • Little Gold Pixel

Chef and sous chef.

Weekly Pixels #15 • Little Gold Pixel

I found my old sketchbook from freshman year of high school. I attempted drawing hands, roses, my old teddy bear and each and every Beatle.

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Sunday was beautiful.

Weekly Pixels #15 • Little Gold Pixel

Alexa insisted on taking her mermaids everywhere, including lunch, the beach and bathtime.

Weekly Pixels #15 • Little Gold Pixel

Windy beach day.

Weekly Pixels #15 • Little Gold Pixel

Alexa made two friends. They all liked to do the same things: Jump into the waves, sit in the waves, run back and forth through the waves and make sand castles. She was thrilled!

Weekly Pixels #15 • Little Gold Pixel

P.S. Past photo projects: 2012, 2013, 2014

P.P.S. Follow me on Instagram for more photos.

Hold That Thought Free Art Printable

Hold That Thought Free Art Printable • Little Gold Pixel

You know, when I sat down to create a free art printable for you this week, I could’ve sworn I already had an idea on tap.

I checked the notes app on my phone.

I checked my Pinterest boards. I looked through my email (and subsequently got distracted by things I need to respond to; sorry if I owe you an email).

I even retraced my thoughts.

Nada, zilch, zero.

Is this is a sign of age? Mom brain? Sleep deprivation (the vacation is over)? All of the above?

Yes, and short-circuiting from pure data overload.

Hold That Thought Free Art Printable • Little Gold Pixel

It has been a hectic week. If I’m not careful, things get lost in the shuffle. My job as a magazine designer forces me to multitask and “multi-remember” at an alarming rate.

Countless projects fill my day. If I’m not careful, things get buried from one moment to the next. It’s a rare feat to finish a project without interruption. I’m always refocusing my attention on a different project in the middle of another one.

I relish this game, which at times can feel like a accelerated game of Tetris. But sometimes I have to stop and say, “Hold that thought.” Then I’ll get back to you.

But let’s not forget to put on our own oxygen mask before helping others, if you catch my drift.

Whether it’s a forced break, a notepad to jot down really great printable ideas (hint, hint), or a simple Time Out — we owe it to ourselves to keep our sanity in check.

I know all of this, but applying it in real life is a huge problem for me. Often I fail.

What about you? How do you multitask and maintain a balance? Is it possible, or is burnout inevitable?

Hold That Thought Free Art Printable

High-res PDF in 8×10 format.

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THE FINE PRINT: As always, play nice. For personal use only. Give credit where it’s due. Share with friends. It warms my heart to see my printables on social media, so please tag me @littlegoldpixel on Instagram so I can see the art in action.

P.S. More freebies!

P.P.S. Ever think about making your own printables? Here are some resources to get you started.

Book Giveaway & Review: The Selection

 

The Selection YA Book Giveaway + Review • Little Gold Pixel

Is it just me, or does it feel like Cinderella season lately?

First, there’s Alexa’s always-eager request to read the book at bedtime. Then there’s the movie that just came out, which we saw together. Add her constant Cinderella cosplay, and you might think I’d be Cinderella-ed out. (You guessed right.)

But then I had an opportunity to read The Selection — a Y.A. Cinderella/Bachelor hybrid based in a dystopian world — and I couldn’t resist. I love a good dystopian book, and I’ll even admit to liking the whole “being swept off your feet” storyline in fairy tales.

GASP.

I know! My inner feminist is screaming. Still, that doesn’t mean the glass slipper magic isn’t appealing. There’s something about being picked out of a crowd of thousands that appeals to our very core, isn’t there? At “true love” finding its way even through the most ridiculous circumstances. At living “happily ever after.”

This is precisely what makes The Selection easy (and downright addictive) to read.

The Selection YA Book Giveaway + Review • Little Gold Pixel

At first I was a little annoyed when being introduced to America’s world, a broken United States that has been re-imagined into a caste system, thinking of course, I’ve read this book before. And the idea of putting her name in a hat for the chance to date the prince with 34 other women? It kinda brings up my gag reflex. And my sense of competitiveness. Good grief is my inner feminist is all torn up.

But I still wanted to know — will America find a “happily ever after”? Will she fall in love with Prince Maxon or will she return home to be with her lower-class boyfriend, Aspen? How will the rebellion and political undertones play out in the rest of the series?

And that’s how I stayed up late to finish The Selection the other night and immediately started The Elite. Soon I’ll be reading The One, probably finishing just in time for the The Heir to arrive on May 5. Whew.

The Heir Book Cover • The Selection YA Book Giveaway + Review • Little Gold Pixel

I could see Alexa reading a book series like this in her teens. It’s the perfect mom-daughter series, actually, because it would open up the doors for us to talk about happily ever after vs. true love vs. never ever ever sign up for The Bachelor, my daughter, no no no.

Apparently The Selection had been in my to-read queue for awhile because I found it loaded and ready to go on my Kindle on the same day HarperCollins sent me a shiny new book. So, lucky you.

Just like America, you may put your name in the hat for a chance to win the crown, er, a copy of the book.

The Selection Y.A. Book Giveaway

The Selection YA Book Giveaway + Review • Little Gold Pixel

The Selection Book Giveaway

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own. 

What I’ve Been Reading

What I've Been Reading • Book Club Ideas • Little Gold Pixel

This is an occasional series that chronicles my quest to read 80 books in 2015. This is the third roundup (and a good way to get book club ideas). You can read the first here. The second here. Let’s see how it went, shall we?

There’s a glitch in my audiobook setup. My car is so analog that I have to tap my phone into the tape deck to hear it. The tape deck has been griping for awhile with this crazy high-pitched sound, which I’ve grown accustomed to.

No, really. On the weekends, H nearly pulls out his hair and the cassette adapter at the same time, saying, “How do you put up with that sound?!”

Honest to god, I didn’t hear it at all. That’s how used to it I am.

Now the cord has decided to short-circuit, rendering my audiobook narrators’ voices oh-so-chipmunk-y, even more than usual because I like to listen to audiobooks at double speed.

This could all be fixed if I were to spring for a state-of-the-art Bluetooth system with voice command and all that jazz. Or I could just buy a new cassette adapter that doesn’t whimper and short-circuit. One option costs hundreds, the other costs $10.

Obviously I want the Bluetooth.

That whimpering sound you’re hearing? It’s me, not the tape deck.

In the past month, I’ve made it through 8 books. My prolific book reading is directly related to my ridiculously long commute. I swear by audiobooks for this reason.

(Do you follow me on Goodreads? You should!)

Quick side note: You’ll notice that my Goodreads reviews for these titles are mostly empty right now. I will remedy that in the coming days, promise.

Book Reviews 2015: 29/80

What I've Been Reading • Book Club Ideas • Little Gold Pixel

The Book of Strange New Things / Michel Faber
File under: Suspense, space, sci fi, religion, philosophical
Plot: Man is tapped to teach Christianity to the natives on a newly colonized planet, where not everything is as it seems.
Review: There are so many ways this could’ve gone, but it didn’t, and I was pleasantly surprised at how it all unfurled.
Amazon Goodreads

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The Future of Us / Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
File under: Y.A., 1990s, rom-com, blast from the past, nostalgia
Plot: Teens in the 1990s are able to access Facebook and see their future lives.
Review: Predictably endearing flashback to my high school days.
Amazon Goodreads

What I've Been Reading • Book Club Ideas • Little Gold Pixel

The Chaperone / Laura Moriarty
File under: Historical fiction, literary fiction, Kansas, 1920s
Plot: Cora chaperones a young Louise Brooks from Wichita, Kan., to New York City in the early 1920s.
Review: This book was an easter egg of interesting plots following the titular character, Cora. Moriarty knows my home state well (see: The Center of Everything), and it was engrossing to walk the streets of my hometown via the lens of orphan trains, the Prohibition Era, women’s suffrage and reproductive rights.
Amazon Goodreads

What I've Been Reading • Book Club Ideas • Little Gold Pixel

The Room / Jonas Karlsson
File under: Literary fiction, office drama, existential crisis
Plot: Man tries to blend in at his new job but alienates his colleagues when he discovers The Room.
Review: Equal parts The Stranger and Being John Malkovich. A short but curious read.
Amazon Goodreads

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Holy Cow / David Duchovny
File under: WTF, vegan, anthropomorphization
Plot: Elsie the cow gets wise to humans’ intentions and makes a break for India, where she will be revered.
Review: Honestly I don’t even know. I mean, it was nice for David Duchovny to read me a bedtime story with cows talking in LOLZ and slang, but I think I’d rather wait for the X-Files reboot.
Amazon Goodreads

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The Rosie Project / Graeme Simsion
File under: Rom-com, sleuthing
Plot: Man who might be a robot comes up with a dating quiz to weed out potential mates.
Review: I enjoyed this, despite the fact that Don refers to everyone by their BMI (yuck). I could see this one as a movie already, which makes sense because it’s in development.
Amazon Goodreads

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Days of Blood and Starlight / Laini Taylor
File under: Fantasy, battle of good vs. evil, star-crossed lovers
Plot: Kairu crosses into Eretz to avenge her people, but at what cost?
Review: This fantasy realm is so not my usual genre, but it’s possible that I enjoyed the sequel even more than the first, Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I started reading the final installment today, so you know I’m hooked.
Amazon Goodreads

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It Was Me All Along / Andie Mitchell
File under: Memoir, weight loss, bloggers
Plot: The blogger behind Can You Stay For Dinner shares her lifelong struggle with food.
Review: I love Andie, really. Her blog is amazing. BUT. The book was undercooked. The first half made me cry with its honesty and the mixed feelings toward her father, but the second half was shallow in comparison and I never got the sense that she has actually come to terms with those daddy issues.
Amazon Goodreads

In a Nutshell

Three to read: The Book of Strange New Things, The Chaperone, The Rosie Project

One to pass: Holy Cow

So there you have it. 29 down! 51 to go!

What have you been reading lately? I’m always on the lookout for a good book … do share recommendations in the comments. Have you read any of these books? Do you agree/disagree with my assessment? Let’s discuss in the comments below.

Linking up with modernmrsdarcy.com, a great place to find good reads. Check it out.
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Weekly Pixels #14

Weekly Pixels • Weekly Photo Project for 2015 • littlegoldpixel.com

This is an update in my Weekly Pixels series, a weekly photo project for managing my family’s digital files in lieu of printed photos. At the end of the year I will create a yearbook out of my images. Here’s what the second week of April looked like for us.

I’m starting to keep an art journal again in an effort to become a better sketcher. Remember the one I kept in high school?

Weekly Pixels • Weekly Photo Project for 2015 • littlegoldpixel.com

Alexa’s gallery wall, curated by the artist herself.

Weekly Pixels • Weekly Photo Project for 2015 • littlegoldpixel.com

H washed my car, which was boasting about three inches of dust on the outside. I had been hoping rain would wash it clean (ha, drought!). The crazy thing? It rained the very next day.

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We took our dinner to the beach and kicked the soccer ball around. An awesome sunset was painted for us.

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Weekly Pixels • Weekly Photo Project for 2015 • littlegoldpixel.com

Weekly Pixels • Weekly Photo Project for 2015 • littlegoldpixel.com

Alexa will make a thorough decorator one day. She tested each display room, saying things like “Could you guys turn on the TV for me? I’m relaxing.”

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I’m so happy to report that H is making our green juice again. It’s the best ever.

Weekly Pixels • Weekly Photo Project for 2015 • littlegoldpixel.com

Another day on spring break, another fab sunset.

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Weekly Pixels 2015 • littlegoldpixel.com

Woke up one day to find lines all over the sidewalk outside our town home. I’m not sure what the master plan is, but there is a missing stretch of sidewalk near the parking lot that has stressed out Alexa for days. They put a wooden plank over the hole, but it isn’t fooling her.

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Thai iced tea, I love you.

Weekly Pixels 2015 • littlegoldpixel.com

Having a week with my baby has been amazing. This might be my favorite age of hers yet.

Weekly Pixels 2015 • littlegoldpixel.com

There’s nothing like eating hot dogs and hamburgers off a paper plate, amirite?

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Lounging under a monstrous tree.

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Weekly Pixels • Weekly Photo Project for 2015 • littlegoldpixel.com

Vacation distractions.

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It’s jacaranda season! (It’s my favorite.)

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Alexa is not impressed.

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This perked her up, though:

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P.S. Past photo projects: 2012, 2013, 2014

P.P.S. Follow me on Instagram for more photos.

Let’s Sleep In Free Art Printable

Let's Sleep In Free Art Printable • Little Gold Pixel

This past week I’ve been on spring break with Alexa, and every day I’ve done something surprising.

I’ve slept in.

Thank goodness my daughter is old enough now to entertain herself while I snooze. She even poured herself a bowl of cereal this morning to avoid waking me up while I snored on the couch.

Obviously I’m the best mom ever.

Let's Sleep In Free Art Printable • Little Gold Pixel

Lazy mom jokes aside, Alexa seems super pleased with herself, too, for this burgeoning independence. I remember being her age and sneaking out of my room in the morning, well before my parents woke up, to turn on the TV and watch “Sesame Street” by myself.

Granted, this was when there was a knob on the TV and all I had to do was turn it. I’m not anticipating that Alexa will figure out how to decode the myriad remotes we have for our television anytime soon (heck, half of the time I don’t remember how they work).

Anyway, sleeping in. It’s so sweet. I highly recommend you do it as often as possible.

I made a print for you to hang in your bedroom as a reminder.

Let’s Sleep In Free Art Printable

High-res PDF in 8×10 format; two color schemes.

Let's Sleep In Free Art Printable • Little Gold Pixel

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Let's Sleep In Free Art Printable • Little Gold Pixel

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THE FINE PRINT: As always, play nice. For personal use only. Give credit where it’s due. Share with friends. It warms my heart to see my printables on social media, so please tag me @littlegoldpixel on Instagram so I can see the art in action.

P.S. More freebies!

P.P.S. Ever think about making your own printables? Here are some resources to get you started.