books & blankets


Last week we visited the Oakland Museum of California and borrowed some books and a blanket and went out to the the garden. The books and blankets program was a new offering this summer to encourage families to visit. We read two out of three of the library book we were given (since one was for teens) and laid out on our blanket under the trees. It was super relaxing and a nice addition to our visit. I love the gardens at the museum and the Blue Oak cafe, where we often to visit to listen to musicians play, and they are free to visit without purchasing admission to the galleries. Adding the opportunity for families to get a blanket and books to inspire a picnic or play time in the grass was a great idea. ^_^


becoming a reader

I had resolved to read more books. I wanted to read more books and less blogs I would say but then go for months without finding one. Sometimes I would get one from the library or thrift shop but I felt like it was kind of slow going until this year when maiki bought me a Kindle. I was not into the idea at first because I did not want to spend money on e-books. I never imagined that I would be able to check out books from the library, but found that the Oakland public library had a large number of e-books available to borrow and the process was super easy. Once I started reading with the device I noticed that I was sailing through books. Now the list of books that I have read since amazes me and I am so happy to say that I am now a reader.

Books Read in 2015

All Joy and No Fun


The Year of Magical Thinking

The Signature of All Things

Jane Eyre

A Tale of Two Castles

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen

Danish Way of Parenting

A Little History of the World

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

A Tale for the Time Being

All the Light We Cannot See

shopping for kids clothing


I found the site the other day and have become obsessed with the adorable clothes that they offer. They have Petit Bateau and Carrement Beau clothing and Aigle boots that I have my eyes on. They show prices in USD and there is a range of clothing with brand name offerings as well as affordable ones. I love to look but will probably not order unless I buy a few things since the shipping is a flat rate. So many cute peter pan collars and stripes and classic cuts.

I don’t usually buy new clothing but it can be worth it for well made pieces that don’t go out of style since they can always be traded in for something new. I have had good luck with resale shops in Berkeley and Oakland and right now Emma has two adorable cardigans from Boden and Oilily (both about ten dollars) that I really wish I could borrow. FYI if you do live in the area, Ruby’s Garden is the best resale shop that I have found. It is on Telegraph in Temescal and they give you credit to purchase any of the clothing in the store and not just the used racks. However the gently used clothing racks do not disappoint. It is hard to visit and not come out with something. ^_^