For the last few weeks, my kids have been hunting around for Father's Day gifts for my husband. They found an iron-on nametag that says "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." (Princess Bride? Anybody?) They also landed on ice cube molds shaped like the Star Wars Death Star and a whiskey glass with a .308 bullet incased in it. These kids. As they handed me their saved allowance money to pay for the gifts, I thought about how much our babes adore their daddy. . . .
As a busy mom, I often feel like I'm the last to know about the goings on in our community. I swoon over post-event photos and promise to do better about keeping myself informed for next time. A new In Her Company series, 10 Things to Do, has grown out of that desire to stay in the know. Though it won't appeal to everyone reading my blog, I hope 10 Things encourages you to look in your own cities and towns for monthly events. Resources helpful to me are Bloom Magazine, C-Ville Weekly, Facebook . . .
When my friend Cassie and I connected about an interview for The Thersday Series, I knew it would be special. Cassie is a beautiful writer and, I'm learning, is also wickedly funny. A trait I bet is from her daddy, a remarkable man who passed away six years ago. What I didn't realize is how closely her interview would be published in relation to Father's Day. Cassie's story about her dad, Mike, is both touching and sharp. She reminds us that grief can be raw even years after death, and her words . . .
I am a sucker for easy summer dresses. Toss me something I can roll up in a suitcase and pull out wrinkle-free at the beach, and I am in love. Lately, I've been tuned into Amazon Fashion after a blogger I follow introduced me to the deals. Y'all there is so much out there! Now, I'm not looking for my Amazon dresses to hold up for the next five summers. But if I'm paying $20 for something I can wear into the ground from June - August and then donate, I'm a happy camper. Here are some of my . . .
As a mom of four and a lover of local, I've always believed Charlottesville deserved another option for children's clothing. It seemed the size of the town could support it, and there was a hole in the market for beautifully merchandised, ethically sourced, and fairly priced pieces. I'm so glad Ashley Sharp had the same thought after becoming pregnant with her daughter, Everley. Ashley opened Green Bean Baby Boutique in May 2017, with a newborn in tow. This weekend, GBBB celebrates its one year . . .