spring teaser and link love

Here’s a peek at some new Robo Roku goodies for Spring/Summer 2015. We’ll be adding new tees soon, and more accessories next month! You can shop The Littles Collection here. We’re behind listing new goodies because things here have been pretty hectic. I’ll share more about that in the next “the haps” post.

Here are some things I’ve stumbled upon recently…

I totally want to make this pasta dish recipe from A Beautiful Mess. There’s a packaged mix I buy sometimes that I enjoy, but making it fresh will be so much better.

What if Morrissey lyrics were motivational posters? There are some pretty cute/funny posters in this list.

This post from The Dainty Squid addressing the awful term “real job” really hit home for me. As an artist it’s really hard to get respect for what you do. I think because people don’t understand the “mechanics” behind making a living as a creative they act like your job is not real. If you have ever used them term “real job”, I beg of you to never use it again. It is so demeaning to all the hard work and hours spent learning and building a viable business that supports you. If you are a maker/artist/designer/blogger and are not at the level of making your sole income from it, please call your main source of income job your “other job”, and don’t belittle “different” ways of making a living.

I shared a link on Twitter to Gala Darling’s post “Feeling Burned Out? Ask Yourself This One Simple Question…” and friends were totally loving it. I thought I should share it here too, just in case Twitter is not your thing.

Speaking of Twitter, if you need help figuring it, out here’s a nice little cheat sheet.

Here’s an artist on Instagram I love following.

Sort of a follow up to the “real job” thing: Why Creatives Don’t Succeed In Traditional, 9-To-5 Work Environments.

This week has been a little rough, but watching The Goldbergs always makes things better. If you grew up in the 80s, you need to watch this show. It’s amazing.

Seriously, go check out The Goldbergs.


link love: october 24 2014

Welcome to our first “Link Love” post. I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile because I tend to share awesome finds with my Twitter friends, but not everyone is on Twitter, and sometimes tweets get missed. I’m going to try and post a “Link Love” post once a week.
Yellow Hair
First I wanted to share some hair tips. Hair color, styles, and care has been on my mind a lot lately. In August, before my birthday, I got my bangs trimmed by someone that had never done my hair (my normal stylist was on maternity leave). I showed the guy a head-on pic of me with how my bangs normally look. I told him how I like it, and he started cutting. Then he said, “I think we should layer your bangs, it will be so great!”. Before I could ask questions, or say no, SNIP! SNIP! Too late! I’ve never had my bangs layered, the rest of my hair, yes; often, in fact, but my bangs?!? No. I was horrified when I saw the finished results. I looked like Joan Jett, which is not a bad look, just not a good look for me. It’s now almost November, and my bangs are still trying to recover from what he did. When I went back to get them cleaned up, another stylist did my hair, and I had to explain what happened, and let her know I knew there was only so much she could do to clean them up. She was so sweet, you could tell she felt bad that she couldn’t wave a magic wand and heal my bangs. I recently went back for another trim, and we chatted about how close my bangs are getting to normal, and started discussing color. As you may know, I love to color the bottom two inches of my hair fun colors. I was going to do it before my birthday, but after the bangs mess, I didn’t want to spend money on color, when I wouldn’t be happy with all my hair. The stylist complimented me on my hair, and asked how I kept it so healthy. I get asked this a lot, and I thought I should share “my secrets”…

1. I don’t wash my hair everyday. I wash it every other day, and once a month I don’t wash it for 3 days. It takes careful planning to make sure that third day is a day I can stay home and hide my greasy hair.
2. I get trims often. I’m at the hair salon every three months for hair maintenance, and every three to four weeks for a bang trim. It’s so important to keep your hair split-end free.
3. I wash and condition my hair with warm water, and do a cool water rinse out. This helps my hair shine.
4. I try not to blow dry my hair. I gently towel dry and then try to air dry. If I have to blow dry my hair, I hold the blow dryer so it is facing down my hair shaft. If I’m blow drying and in a hurry, I use this brush to help soak up some of the water from my hair.
5. I try not to stress my hair too much with ponytail holders or with braids. That said, I do love to style my hair for fun occasions. Check out this milkmaid braid tutorial from Roxy.

Enough about hair, let’s talk jewelry — jewelry and dogs! Have you followed the hashtag on Instagram of #dogsinjewelry yet? So far it’s mostly Sierra posting pics of Faye in Manic Trout, but there are others adding pics, too. If you have a dog that would totally rock some jewelry, you should add a pic!

Do you need some uplifting encouragement (presented in amazing art, mind you)? Then you should follow Adrienne’s blog. This recent print is my current fave of hers. I like to say “Resilient is my middle name”.

Are you trying to save money, and don’t know how? Words of Williams offers such great advice, and I really liked this recent post, on categories in your budget where you can cut costs. As I’ve mentioned before, I used to eat out a lot, until a fro-yo date with Sierra chatting about grocery bills led to the realization that I could save $400 a month by eating at home more. $400 a month! You better believe I changed my lifestyle real quick for that amount.

I loved this tour of my friend Kristen’s candle making studio. She moved from Austin to California a few years ago, and this town certainly misses her. Her candle making biz has skyrocketed and can be found all over the place. I’m particularly fond of the candle scent Laundry Day.

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