The Good Stuff: A Rug Made Of Cat Hair, Dancing Dads, and A Crazy Cool Cave Discovery

Hi ya'll.  How was your weekend?  Lovely, I hope!

I've had a super cool project in the works over the last month or two, and it's finally time to announce it!  The awesome Lion and Swan Collective will be releasing a new goodie box featuring some cards by yours truly.  :D 

Ta da!!!

Swing by the Lion and Swan website to pick up your own box, and stay tuned here for more details in the weeks to come!

 

Abstract, a new Netflix series, takes a look inside the minds of some of the world's most innovative designers

Welsh tea plantations in Patagonia: preserving language, culture, and a lipstick-stained teacup.

Check out these hilarious and uniquely Danish commercials. 

16 cozy reading nooks

To celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, the Philadelphia Dance Center invited mothers and fathers to attend ballet class with their daughters and they captured amazing footage of the loving dads dancing their hearts out. 

A little good news: it turns out marine ecosystems are handling climate change pretty well, actually!

In response to Trump's travel ban, Wellesley's Davis museum is removing all art made or donated by immigrants.  

Possibly the oldest in the world, this rug was woven entirely out of cat hair....and once contained a mummified human foot!

My newest travel bucket list addition: this dog sanctuary in Costa Rica

Super life! These 50,000 year old microbes were found living in the famous Cave of the Crystals.  Seriously, so cool!

Florence Williams on the restorative power of nature

The science of creativity. 

What's a mackerel sky?? (and other meteorological coolness).

This artist painstakingly creates gorgeous ceramic succulents and flowers.

Street kintsugi: Rachel Sussman repairs the cracks in the road with gold. 

Of course Norway is leading the way toward the future of snowmaking

What makes America great

Who knew the history of the phrase "Da Kine" was so involved!?  Pidgin, Creole, and a whole lotta linguistics!

This is your brain on coffee

I frequently refer to my favorite food as my "death row meal", but this artist went one step further and actually photographed the exact last meal requests of Death Row inmates.  I found it morbidly fascinating. 

How tea made water safe

Kahlil Gibran on why artists make art

The Good Stuff: Good Cards for Bad Days, A Disappearing Chinese Language, and Libraries as Sanctuaries

It's been a glorious weekend so far in my neck of the woods -- 65 degrees in February!! I know this is actually just global warming prepping us for total annihilation, but it sure is a comfortable way to prepare for the demise of the planet! :P

I had my breakfast tea on the balcony, read outside a little, and took an unexpected errand detour because of all the amazing President's day deals going on at the outdoor mall near me.  I even picked up a drink I reserve for summery days--an iced chai!  Woo!  Today was just so beautiful that the phrase "it's a great day to have a great day" kept swirling around in my head.  Who cares if that makes me a nerd! It was truly lovely.

How's it been by you?

This photojournalist chronicled an invasion of tumbleweeds.

These babes make up the first Middle Eastern all-female roller derby team, and they are breaking all the stereotypes

Don't know what to say when someone is going through hard stuff? These good cards for bad times may help.

I recently followed a new slew of travel blogs so I can live vicariously through their authors.  This hilarious triptionary and Thai Language guide are serious highlights. 

This funky flashback features the nightmare that was his and hers fashions. Similarly, the weird world of kitschy Christian vinyls

Squirrel party!

I'd be interested in finding an initiative like this in my community (or create one!) Reaching out to refugees, one dinner at a time

America the beautiful: a list of each state's splendid libraries.

A late Valentine's Day post: the animal kingdom's weirdest hearts. Neature. It's pretty NEAT.

Camping in Yurts sounds right up my alley.

No need to squirm, these spiders are seriously cool! 

How LEGO built a social media platform for kids -- and it's totally not creepy!

Nüshu, the disappearing 19th-Century Chinese script only women could write.

Libraries as sanctuaries

I am simply smitten with these fun and thought provoking questions that help you get to know someone a little deeper. 

So dreamy: a Sardinian guesthouse in the trees

This little girl is keeping a Mongolian tradition alive

The Good Stuff: A Japanese Train Station Built Around a Tree, MoMA Supports Muslim Artists, and Ways to Support Public Schools

An interview with one of my favorite humans on social media.

Kayashima: a train station built around a 700-year old camphor tree. 

Going off the grid seems preeeetty appealing as of late.  It wouldn't take much convincing for me to move to one of these cool Earthships.

In an unprecedented gesture, MoMA has replaced works in its permanent collection galleries with eight by artists from Muslim-majority nations named in Trump’s executive order.  #respect

President Barack Obama’s chief photographer Pete Souza has been posting some powerful images on Instagram to mark the end of the Obama presidency.

A list of the drinks Starbucks baristas make for themselves.  The Toffeedoodle frapp has my name all over it.

A recipe for Samoa girl scout cookie inspired oatmeal.

This past week, Betsy DeVos was confirmed as America's new Secretary of Education — "despite having never gone to public school, having never sent her children to public school, having never worked in education, not having a degree in education, not being aware of the most prominent issues in public education curriculum, and claiming that guns should be allowed in schools to defend kids against grizzly bears (seriously) She won’t say whether she will uphold the Title IX guidances protecting student sexual assault survivors. She doesn’t support public schools. She wouldn’t give a straight answer when asked if she would uphold the policies protecting students from corrupt for-profit colleges. Her education mission is to “advance God’s Kingdom” — she said it herself."  So here are some ways that YOU can support public education.  

The Good Stuff: Bill Nye Works it on the Runway, A Super Bowl Snack, and The Virtues of Cinnamon Toast

Happy Sunday, fam.  Any Super Bowl plans? I'll be half-watching (okay mostly just the commercials), half working.  Valentine orders are pouring in and I'm working overtime to get them all wrapped and shipped!  Even though this is the first time in 6 years (!) that I will be my own Valentine, I still adore the holiday.  :)  What better excuse to treat yourself?!   #galentinesday / #valentinesday all the way <3  !

I love cooking with turmeric and I'll never pass up a good golden milk, but what's all the hubub about with the spice, anyway?

You will never, ever, find the cats in these photos (unless of course you cheat).

How do pets build community??

The inventor of the iconic Pringles can had one very specific wish: upon his death, he requested to be buried in one

15 stunning libraries from around the world

This lady created a killer archive of vintage wallpaper

De Poezenboot: a floating cat sanctuary in Amsterdam. 

The geography of literature

Artist and illustrator Ruby Elliot's new book is a heartwarming, hilarious, and gorgeously artistic depiction of mental health.

A sweetly charming article (and recipe!) on the virtues of cinnamon toast

Bill Nye is, and always will be, BAE <3

As usual, I'm a little late jumping on the bandwagon.  But this past week I finally followed J.K. Rowling on Twitter because she BURNS SOCIAL MEDIA TROLLS LIKE A GODDAMN WIZARD.

A 600 year-old statue of the Buddha has emerged from a lake in China. 

These waffle-crusted chicken tenders would make an awfully good addition to your Super Bowl spread, if I do say so myself.

This sloth had the Best. Day. Ever.

Boss Babes

I'm honestly a little surprised Instagram hasn't put a cap on the accounts I follow yet.  I get on following sprees and I just can't help myself!  My most recent trip down the Instagram rabbit hole consisted of accounts that make me feel like the most boss babe ever.  Some are career-oriented, others are full on GRL PWR, but all offer daily doses of wisdom and positivity (something which can seem really hard to come by these days!).  The thing I love about Instagram is that I can choose to surround myself with beauty and creative vision and not have to bear witness to all the crazy that is taking place on my other social media channels.  Sometimes a girl just really needs some joy and pictures of nicely styled coffee cups!  Am I right or am I right?!

*click through pictures to see each account*

Boss Ladies Mag

Career Contessa

Business Chicks

Girls Building Empires

Lean In

Create & Cultivate

The Wing

The WW Club

Levo League

Have a super weekend! <3