When it’s difficult

Don’t worry that it’s difficult. The first time usually is. The good news is the more you do it, the easier it will get. It may not ever be “easy,” but it will be easier than this.

What kind of a key opens a banana? A monkey!

What three animals make awesome iPhone wallpaper backgrounds? A monkey, a bear and a penguin!

To celebrate the launch of my new line of simple animal wall art, I’ve turned a few of my minimalist animal designs (bear, penguin and monkey) into even cuter iPhone wallpapers…for FREE!

If you like these animal iPhone wallpapers and want the same designs as wall art for your nursery, kid’s room or even YOUR room or office, visit my Etsy shop and place an order today! You can own a set of 3 with our special Buy 2 Get 1 Free promotion. I’ve got lots of different animals available, like a bunny rabbit, chicken, lionfox and more!

Click here to download the files for iPhone 5/5c/5s: bear, penguin, monkey

Click here to download the files for iPhone 6: bear, penguin, monkey

Free downloadable iphone wallpaper

What to make today…

There are a lot of things I can make today. There are a lot of things I can do. There are a lot of ways I can spend my time. But most important of them all is to make today meaningful.

Here are a few ways I can make today meaningful: hug, laugh, encourage, kiss, smile, give, rest, play, work, nurture, love and listen.

How do you make your days meaningful?

make today meaningful

Young kids love animals. They ask for pets and promise they’ll take care of them. But do you know who usually ends up taking care of them? Parents. I can barely take care of a house plant, so books about pets will have to do for now.

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1. Larry Gets Lost in Seattle by John Skewes
Larry Gets Lost in Seattle is an interactive, highly visual children’s story about a young boy (Pete) who goes to Seattle with his family and is temporarily separated from his cute little dog, Larry, while sightseeing. In his search for Pete, Larry encounters many Seattle landmarks and cultural attractions before the two are reunited.

2. Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
Boy and fly meet and so begins a beautiful friendship. Er, and so begins a very funny friendship. Using hyperbole, puns, slapstick, and silly drawings, bestselling author/illustrator Tedd Arnold creates an easy reader that is full of fun.

3. A Fish Out of Water by P.D. Eastman
What happens when you feed a fish too much? Read this book and find out!

4. This book just ate my dog! by Richard Byrne
When her dog disappears into the gutter of the book, Bella calls for help. But when the helpers disappear too, Bella realizes it will take more than a tug on the leash to put things right. Cleverly using the physicality of the book, This book just ate my dog! is inventive, ingenious, and just pure kid-friendly fun!

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Trying new food

Whenever I need a laugh, I play a BuzzFeed food tasting video. The sniffing, the poking, the licking, the commentary and the reactions of delight and disgust make me laugh every single time.

It’s funny when it’s a grown-up in a video. It’s not so funny when it’s my three-year old at the dining table.

The next time KidFish does it, maybe I should lighten up because what she’s doing is completely normal. Trying new foods can be strange and scary, just ask any of the people in these videos.

For those of you reading this via e-mail, click here to watch:
People try food of the future
Americans Try Korean Side Dishes
Americans Taste Test Australian Food

Be Spontaneous

Being spontaneous does not come naturally to me, especially since I have two young kids. I like having a plan. I like being prepared. I like following a schedule. So, when I said, “Yes!” to a spontaneous trip to the beach, everyone was surprised (especially me).

Live in the moment. Let go. Get dirty. Get knocked over by waves. It’ll be okay. You know how I know? Because that day I laughed harder than I had in months.

Planning and preparation are good, but so is spontaneity.  The reality is that I need a little bit of both in my life. I can’t plan everything and I can’t be prepared for everything. Even if I could, I don’t know if I’d want to because some of the most enjoyable and memorable moments are unplanned.

Be Spontaneous. It's good for the soul.