When Nate and I first started the business, the name and branding fell into place easily. Someday I'll Learn began as a personal way for us to keep distant friends and family updated, and every detail of the site grew easily out of our own preferences. There was no pressure to impress anyone or worry about consistency and setting myself apart.The blog world's gotten a bit more cutthroat since then.
It started with one of Some Boy's friends last winter. Poor dude had persistently-chapped lips from all the weird weather and allergens around here, so his buddy gave him a lip balm at school. I'd been using coconut oil on him before he went to bed every night, but he needed more persistent application.
Nate and the boys were invited by Warner Bros. Pictures to go to the Legoland press junket for The LEGO NINJAGO Movie last week. I was up in San Francisco helping my sister move to her new apartment (more on that later) but I had so much fun ogling all their pictures from afar. They got to play around with some Master Builders and meet actors like Dave Franco, Justin Theroux and Michael Peña.
Every time Chelsea and I have a baby, people inevitably ask where the baby's sleeping in relation to us and his brothers. The concept of four kids under six years old IS mind-boggling, sure. The bigger issue people seem to be grappling with, however, is the idea of getting any baby to go from sleeping in the parents' room to sleeping in a room with siblings. So, I'll admit it. Here's our big secret.
I've admitted to you all in the past that I'm a bit of a perfectionist. That tendency spills over into a LOT of aspects of my life and I actually make a conscious effort to limit my expectations around the cadence of day-to-day life with four small children. When it comes to shopping and products, though, I maintain my dang-near-impossible-to-please attitude. I have certain standards and I'm always on the hunt for the best.
Athleisure is all the rage right now. Anytime I hear someone mention athleisure, I think of that line at the end of Pride & Prejudice. Mr. Bennett gets good news and urges his wife, "For heaven's sake, send them in. I'm quite at my leisure." It's one of those scenes I could watch ten thousand times because it never fails to make me smile. The twinkle in his eye, that feeling of belonging and peace. That's what leisure really is, isn't it?
My close friends and family will tell you that I am a huge pain in the butt to shop for because I'm kind of a minimalist. I like stuff, don't get me wrong, but a gift has to meet a certain set of criteria in order for me to really put it to use in my life. I need items that are quality and that serve a purpose. With four kids, our home is simply too busy for stuff that breaks or adds clutter!
Last year I wrote a post offering some insights into the difficulties of blogging as a career, and a TON of people asked me to share more about the industry. That's a little ironic since my post pretty much boiled down to me being burned out on the internet noise.Go figure.That was almost a year now, and I still get people asking for my ideas about blogging. I've found ways to be more efficient with my time, scheduling things out and being extremely focused in my efforts, and I'm not quite as overwhelmed. So I guess now is as good a time as ever to kick off a series sharing thoughts on balancing work and biz.
Every spring, we do a photoshoot of the boys together. We take individual shots throughout the year, of course, but it's kind of unusual for us to have all the kids coiffed and napped and fed and in non-meltdown mode at once.And simultaneously wearing pants.So we don't get sibling pics as often as we'd like, but come April it's a...