joy in link form

what I’m doing/reading/enjoying elsewhere on the internet…

  • Emily Henderson is one of the contestants on HGTV’s Design Star, and I love reading her blog for behind-the-scenes commentary about each episode. Her writing voice is also so friendly and funny–you will love reading it.
  • The only way to have a truly offbeat wedding is to do what you like. Because if you’re keeping up or rebelling someone else’s status vision, you’re wasting your time and resources.” Ariel (of Offbeat Bride fame)’s take on being an offbeat consumer.

  • Anyone else ever dye their hair Cotton Candy Pink? I did right before our family photos when I was fourteen–my mom probably wasn’t pleased but she wisely brushed it off. Reading The Story Behind Manic Panic brought back lots of Cotton Candy Pink memories!
  • Alice’s favorite song

what are you into these days?
xo

p.s. giveaway tomorrow!

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  • Trish

    I’ve been following your blog for over a year now and have loved every single post. Your button and flower bouquets are fabulous and you have an amazing family. I just wanted to say thank you for the link of “20 things I wish I’d known at 20″. I just turned 20 yesterday and while I’ve learned a few of those, it’s really a great list and I can’t wait to share it with my friends. Also, I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your thoughts and talent with us in this online world. I wish you the best of luck with CAMP and all of your future endeavors. Hopefully someday I’ll get to order a bouquet from you!

  • http://www.geekdetails.com Amanda @geekdetails

    I heart cotton candy pink hair. Mine is currently purple but it’s also been all sorts of different shades of pink. I heart it. The manic panic story was an interesting read too.

    Currently in to making small details pop in my house. Painted and rewired a chandelier, made a bright pink bulletin board etc.

    And as always, Alice is freaking adorable!

  • shelby

    it was not cotton candy pink or my whole head but i did have magenta highlights on 2 separate occasions.

  • http://www.redmittens.com Megan’s Mom

    I don’t like the pink hair because you have the most beautiful hair color! Natural highlights, thick, and perfect.
    Pink?
    Not so much.

  • LuckyGirlAmy

    Lately I have been into…
    making galettes with yummy ripe, fragrant summer fruit esp. farmstand peaches & juicy blueberries…

    Gretchen Rubin’s book, “The Happiness Project” & the blogs accompanying it: http://www.happiness-project.com/ & http://www.happinessprojecttoolbox.com/

    staying caught up on the mundane activities by doing a little each day so I may enjoy the moments that matter with abandon & no worries…

    learning to make my own jewelry…I love the necklace you’re wearing in the photograph on the boat!

    have a beautiful blessed day…

    • http://princesslasertron.com Princess Lasertron

      I want to make a galette! Martha Stewart always makes a pear one on her show that looks really good.

      xo

  • http://circlesareforever.etsy.com kim*

    i never did my hair all pink but i did add high lights here and there. im not one to go full force with the brighties i am more of really dark and then here and there.

    oh whichgoose is deciding on her blog if she wants to or not.

    babytron is getting more and more adorable you are a blessed mama.

OOTD: Windy, Rainy, Snowy, Sunny.

I'm doing a panel talk tonight (my fourth of the week), then Friday morning I'm leaving at 6am for Ikea in Kansas City, then driving on to Bentonville Arkansas for an event at the Crystal Bridges Museum, then back up north to Chicago for a Bears game on Sunday, then back west through Iowa to Omaha to arrive Monday night and get to work again. Then it's gearing up for Thanksgiving week, which will be the most important week of my online (and beyond...) retail career.

Leaving a Mark: A new mural project in Benson

Omaha artist Watie White is currently creating a series of murals in partnership with Justice For Our Neighbors-Nebraska where he interviews and creates a linocut portrait of several new immigrants to Omaha. With support of other organizations including the Intercultural Senior Center, Omaha Public Schools, the South Sudan Community Association, and the Anti-Defamation League, he's creating these small-scale carved portraits and then turning the art into giant murals all over town. This is one of two murals Watie is doing currently in the neighborhood of Benson in Omaha--you can see it on the side of the Benson Law Center. The themes in the text are inspiring--the desire for education, the bravery of leaving home in hopes of a better life, and a compulsion to give back to the communities that have welcomed them.

OOTD: Wooly and warm on Election Day. Go vote!

Go vote today! Every midterm election matters. Our local officials are the ones who are both most accessible to us, and who have the most impact on our daily lives. Partisan interest groups thrive on indifference, and sitting out of the vote serves only to continue the status quo of gridlock and fear-based campaigning. Locals, show the big money coming into Nebraska's races that we're smarter than that.

OOTD: Pleats and Posies

This dress gets filed into my personal "business drag" collection, the section of my closet devoted to things I would costume myself in to fit in to another person's board room, a nerve-wracking meeting, or a pitch.

What’ I’ve Learned: Marketing on Blogs and Social Media in 2014

Barbara Soderlin, a reporter for the Omaha-World Herald, recently contacted me for some comment about local companies advertising with bloggers in Omaha and we ended up having a really rich discussion about the changing landscape of online advertising in an age of social media. She had seen me post on Facebook about the decline of blogs as the epicenter of reader engagement in favor of other platforms that ask a little less of its users.
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