Minted Love + Weekend Links {10.24.14}

October 24, 2014

FINAL

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 12.12.15 PMOne Thing To Love

Minted

Have you heard of Minted? Millennial girls unite over their Christmas cards, but did you know about all the other things? Like this print of Pennsylvania for a true Pennsylvania girl.IMG_8197

Minted is a marketplace of independent artists from all over the world, an early pioneer of crowdsourcing product design that has held open art and graphic design challenges monthly since 2008. Winning designers are paid a commission on every sale. Their goal is to find great designs for customers who will appreciate them.

I love Minted because not only is everything unique, it’s also high quality. Birth announcements, business cards, graduation party invites (aka: pleas for money)—they have it all. Once you go Minted, you don’t go back.

About this particular print–> All 50 states and letters available. Sizes from 5″x7″ to 44″x60″ with a selection of framing to suite all the gallery walls I wish I had. Pennsylvania Love Location Art Print is by Heather B for Minted.

+

5 Links To Read

What The Dying Really Regret + The Best Way To Deal With Hateful Internet Comments + New Between Two Ferns + A Memory Of Our True Home + This Story Had Me On The Edge Of My Seat

+

One Truth For The Week

Truth

+

Happy Friday

***

Thank you to everyone who shared Internet gems. You make Fridays better.

IMG_8213

Let’s Talk About Vasectomies!

October 21, 2014

IMG_5553

Do you want to know what guys love talking about? Vasectomies. Cosmo may think it has something to do with lace underwear, but no. Guys definitely love talking about testicular surgery.

I want to tell you that Austin and I don’t talk about having a third baby every week, but that would be a lie because we talk about it every day. No one wants to talk about it, but out it comes in various forms having to do with things like vacations and private school and most importantly how will we ever have time.

Practically we know it doesn’t really matter. If we have zero or three more kids, we will be fine and happy and make it work. But when two firstborn children marry each other, it is very hard for everyone to just relax.

The conversation often centers around the desire to be more than parents. We find ourselves routinely frustrated over not being able to pursue hobbies because the kids are constantly asking for refills of orange juice. Austin loves babies, but worries the stage of diapers and tantrums will seem unending if we keep the ball rolling. I know how he feels. There are many moments every day when I stop and think, this is all I can sanely handle. This is absolutely it. 

On the other hand, children are heart growers, birth is beautiful, and what about all those instagrams of newborns in sleepsacks?

Pros and cons, pros and cons.

Our plan has always been to wait until Evie is three years old and make a decision from there, but it is hard to push it from my mind. I want to know for sure if these are my last infant years. Will I really only have two little faces in the rear view mirror? Should I be keeping my baby bathtub? What if my robot arm birth control is giving me a disease? IS MY WOMB EMPTY FOREVER.

I have talked about the last baby before. From the beginning I have treasured our daughter like she is the last time I’ll ever kiss a soft baby belly, and yet I can’t help but dream about a Braverman-like crowd at future holiday dinners. I love my kids so much, why wouldn’t I want more? Won’t Waylon and Eva want more siblings? What other kind of humans could we grow!

Of course there are many opinions. Last week I read an article on the top ten reasons why you definitely should have a third child. A few days later, I read another post on why you definitely should not. Both used the word “selfish” and both made it seem like I was only one round of Clomid away from the best or worst decision of my life. It was confusing.

It is human nature to be curious about the what-ifs. I will pray for peace and Xanax. Best case scenario is that I will become more enlightened, or at the very least, more relaxed. We have time. We have two mostly nice kids. Hormonal birth control (probably) won’t kill me. What will be will be.

In the meantime, keep making babies and let me know how it goes.

***