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Putting a great podcast to use

Debbie Millman Simon Sinek
When I get sick of the top hits on repeat on every station on my morning commute, I normally switch on a podcast. Design Matters is usually my first go-to for some inspiration for my work day ahead. Do you ever listen to it? If not, you should! Debbie Millman’s voice is beautiful. I could listen to it all day. The latest podcast was an interview with Simon Sinek, author of Start With Why .. Before listening to this, I had no idea who he was, but I tell you, I’ve never been more inspired to be a leader and to put my d*mn phone down. He talks about how managing people is different from leading people. That you should treat your employees more like children .. You wouldn’t fire your child. You’d encourage them and mentor them, and support them along the way. He also spoke of the “D” generation or the depression generation, those who get so lost in the unreality that is Facebook and Instagram that it makes them depressed, always comparing.  Isn’t it the truth? And the idea of social media now crossing the line into addiction and the rush of dopamine that accompanies “likes”, comments, etc. that feed the addiction. There is so much more to the podcast, he talks about his new book and finding your why, you just have to listen to it! And he also encourages you to put your phone down when at the table with friends. To truly give someone your utmost attention.

So, one day last month, when I had some time set aside with my friend Kristin, I put that one tip to use. We chatted all night, uninterrupted by phones and TV. We did brunch the next morning and just kept talking. It was so wonderful to talk about everything under the sun. I didn’t even bring my phone to the table. No need. I wanted to give my friend my full attention. Now, I just need to remember to do this when I get home!



Activities for Kids, Favorites, Gilbert

We love our Dutch Bros.

thumb_IMG_6932_1024Our favorite thing to do on the weekend is get up early and take the bikes to Dutch Brothers here in Gilbert. We live right down the block from one. They sure do treat us well there. And they’re always so happy and full of life. I get the vanilla iced latte, Rob gets an iced coffee with a triple shot and honey .. and Mr. Jace gets the strawberry smoothie, with extra whip ;) After we wait in line and dance to the techno music, we normally take a few sips  and then continue our bike ride down to Gilbert for the splash pad. It’s truly the best way to get charged up for the weekend if you ask me. And the sky was so pretty this day. Not too hot or sunny, just the right amount of sweat, ha. If you don’t already follow Dutch Bros. on Instagram, you should.  I follow their Arizona Insta too.




I just signed up for We Cook (!!)

we-cook-kit-9b7301472591f1df55f6b0cb05e3d53fI’ve been DYING to know what Baby Boy Bakery has been secretly working on and the minute I found out about her new site and monthly We Cook kits, I pre-ordered and subscribed for 12 months. Whole heartedly. Then I spent most of the night visiting every page on her new website and looking at pictures of sweet Ryan. Jacqui, if you ever read this, I think you are so strong and so brilliant. I cry often about Ryan and for you and Dan; we think of you almost every week and keep you in our prayers. And I’m so happy that you want to share your recipes and tips with us moms out here so we can find joy in cooking with our own littles. To take that love for Ryan and what you shared in the kitchen together, to then share it out with the world so we can experience the same thing. Wow. You are one amazing woman. Ryan is very proud of you.  I can’t wait for the first kit to arrive in November … Jace is going to loooove the fruit roll-ups. And I’m already hoping for a smoothie recipe kit! ;) I’m also excited for the free recipe binder (so cute!). For more about We Cook, visit Jacqui’s newly launched Baby Boy Bakery website and also spend some time looking over Ryan’s cute face here.

Congrats Baby Boy Bakery!!!!


James Bay

I’m definitely one of those people who obsess. I find something I like and I don’t leave it alone. Hence my relationship with Robby. I saw him. I liked him. I stalked him. The rest. Any way, I heard “Hold Back the River” by James Bay in a Purre Barre class and immediately had to download the song after. I even sing it to Jace at bedtime. Then I Googled him to find out his age, home town, love life, blah blah. Then I listened to his album on Spotify. Then I bought it. Then I searched his Tour dates. Then I booked 3 tickets for November. Ha. Then I started watching his You Tube channel and searching for acoustic videos. This is sort of how I get with new music (and any celebrity crush that I have at the time, but I won’t even go there). I can’t wait to see him live!!


Future front door

I’m a HUGE fan of Gray Malin. When my budget is right one day, I’m going to buy one of his A La Plage prints for my dining room or bedroom. Anyway, he recently posted the above picture on Instagram and I can’t stop coming back to it. This shade of peach / coral is absolutely perfect. I’m mesmerized for life. I MUST have this color for my future front door. Must. Love it. What color would you paint your front door if you could paint it any color in the world?