• Latest Loves


    A few things I'm loving lately:

    1. Saving space in your toiletry bag and sailing right through TSA in a carry-on are two fantastic reasons to love this shampoo bar, but the fact that its scent is delightful and that it doubles as a body wash are two more checks on the love list. It's joined me on two week-long trips, and mine still has lots of life left. (Thanks, mom, for such a great Christmas gift!) 

    2. An account I follow on Instagram (I cannot for the life of me remember who posted this!)  just referenced this brilliant blog post about saving kids artwork, and I can't wait to document my overflowing backlog of kiddo creations from their grade-school years. And, let's be honest, my teenagers are still making things with which I have trouble (and guilt) parting, so I may have multiple volumes on order for each of my children.

    3. Our latest Spotify playlist, complete with a new favorite from Waxahatchee and an old favorite from Mary Chapin Carpenter...and a few more tunes to welcome springtime.

    4. I've never read anything quite like North Woods by Daniel Mason, and it is wholly different in the very best of ways; the writing and story are inventive, curious, stunningly clever, and entirely fascinating. Layers of life and history and time and place pulled me in from the start, and I hated to see it end, though I've taken it along with me ever since.

    5. On a recent trip to the Caribbean, I had the absolute pleasure of a food tour in Antigua's capital city, St. John's. Everything we tasted was delicious and everyone we met was delightful, and a highlight (in addition to our wonderful guide Tracy Anne) was learning to make an Old Fashioned Rum Punch. Not the bright pink syrupy confection with grenadine and pineapple juice you may be thinking of - this was the OG of rum punches that is full of rich flavor from spices and fresh citrus. This blog post I found shares a recipe that is VERY close to the one we learned in class - and we added some mint and a twist of lemon peel for garnish. Might be my new warm-weather cocktail.



    Posted by Emily Maynard
  • Fashionable Finds - Mask Up Edition


    1. 100% Human Masks (available in other colors)

    2. Liberty Print Mask (available in other patterns)

    3. Fabric Face Mask (available in other patterns and colors)

    with our Paperclip Chain Fun Flair

    4. Organic Cotton Face Mask (available in other fabrics and colors)

    5. Embroidered Blockprint Masks (set of 5, available in other patterns)

    6. Reversible African Cotton Kitenge Mask (proceeds to voting initiatives!) with our Collection Beads Fun Flair mask/glasses chain

    7. VOTE Mask (gives $10 to When We All Vote)

    8. Kids Tie-Dye Face Mask (set of 2, available in other colors)

    9. Kiddo Fun Flair Mask Lanyard (available in other colors)

    10. Kids Fabric Face Mask (set of 2, available in other patterns and colors)

    11. Adult or Kiddo Face Masks (set of 3, available in other patterns)



    Posted by Emily Maynard
  • Rainy Day DIY

    A long holiday weekend and lots of rainy weather meant some crafting was bound to happen with my little ladies to keep us (me) from going stir-crazy. Thanks to an earlier trip to my new favorite art store in town (Louisville peeps, if you don't know, now you know: Artist & Craftsman Supply!) I had a paper bag full of polymer clay and some packets of paracord that was a sure bet of at least an hour-ish of jewelry-making with my favorites. And as long as they're crafting, they're not whining, so it's a win all around.

    Here's what we used to make the magic happen:

      • colorful packets of polymer clay (we used a few of these and these)
      • wood skewers (actually, we didn't use those, but I wish we had...we made do with the handles of our trusty paintbrushes, which was a little tricky, so something with a point would've been money)
      • a small and very dull knife (my kids are old enough to be moderately safe with a little kitchen knife, but if you wanted to get fancy and have the official tools, my guess is this set would be legit)
      • our hands
      • a cutting board
      • an oven
      • parchment paper
      • cookie sheet
      • paracord (make sure the diameter of the cord is smaller than the holes in your beads...I've heard meltdowns can happen when the beads can't actually be strung on the cord you originally purchased because it's too thick and "why didn't you tell us to make the holes bigger???")


    Honestly, it was pretty great just letting the girls do their thing and make whatever kinds of beads they wanted, but the style that was easiest for us all (seen above) involved rolling a base color of clay into a ball, then applying little confetti-like pieces to the outside of it, and rolling it a bit more to create a fun dotted design. 

    Once we made our beads and created a hole through it (or tried to) we placed them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and baked them at 275 for 15 minutes (I think. The packet of clay will walk you through that part...)

    After letting the beads cool, (and waiting a week because Mom's eyeball measurements don't always pan out) we strung them on the CORRECTLY SIZED paracord and now have awesome necklaces to remind us of being together for a long weekend and surviving...mostly with smiles on our faces!

      Posted by Emily Maynard