Friends, I was AMBIVALENT about celebrating the 4th of July this year. Instead of focusing on the aspects of the holiday that didn’t sit well with me, I took the opportunity to spend time with loved ones, swim in a big, beautiful lake, and contribute to a few deserving organizations. I was also on call for a few births and got to do a postpartum session with one of my June families. Keep scrolling to see some of the links that resonated with me this week.
This is important: things you can do today to help children at the border
Is your favorite company greenwashing?
I really like these toys for kids
Related, one family’s methods for keeping toys under control at home
I’ll take one of each, please
The importance of empathy - with great links at the bottom of the article, too!
A stunning before and after by one of my favorite designers
Do you know about the Be My Eyes app? Sign up to receive video calls from blind and low-vision people when they need assistance with a task.
Three easy summer recipes
“Sometime on new year’s day, as the people of Hawaii recovered from a night of revelry, in a trailer on the outskirts of Kailua, Oahu, a 14-year-old snail named George died.”
You should grill heads of garlic
Did you watch the USNWT beat England on Tuesday? “They play the game as a form of incursion, as a battle for female sovereignty, and so the stakes have always been higher for them than just the final score.”
Advice for new parents
If you’re local, check out these fantastic businesses:
Hola Postpartum: a fantastic postpartum meal delivery service
Northern Natural Gardens: a sustainable landscape company specializing in native plants, pollinator gardens, and invasive plant removal and I am so stoked about their mission
Hairy Poppins: a Dog Trainer Professional who geeks out on dog behavior and training. She uses evidence-based positive training techniques, and understands the importance of effective communication and consistency while working with and walking dogs. Serving South Minneapolis for walks and training.
Don’t forget to watch the World Cup final at 10 am on Sunday the 7th! Regardless of who you’re rooting for, supporting women’s sports is always a good call. On a personal note, I’m offering a special on my intimate Real Postpartum sessions in celebration of the upcoming World Breastfeeding Week. I’d love it if you’d spread the word! Have a great weekend!