My Latest Snag: Fabric Face Masks.
What an odd time in our lives, but I have been shopping for reusable fabric face masks for my family as New Yorkers are now required to wear them in public when social distancing is not possible. (And honestly, it’s usually not possible to maintain a six foot berth because we live in such tight quarters.) A couple of sources for fabric face masks I’ve found:
BUSY BEES KIDS — MAKES ADULT SIZES TOO
BUCK MASON (GREAT FOR MEN)
You’re Sooooo Popular: Everyday Earrings.
The most popular items on the blog this past week:
+My spring floral mug (on sale!!)
+Gingham romper for a little boy under $20.
+One of my favorite bulk storage bins is on sale for $5 off!
#Turbothot: Kitchen Countertops.
We have a problem with kitchen countertop clutter at the moment. I have been daydreaming of one of those enormous kitchens with a huge island and expansive, spare counters and only, like, an intentional arrangement of flowers or a bowl of artichokes on one surface. Our countertops, by comparison, are lined with appliances, a salt pig and pepper mill, a knife rack, an implement holder, bowls of produce and potatoes, a drying rack for bottles and sippy cups, oil-splattered cookbooks, a stack of hand towels, the Home Pod, a canister of formula, a tray of just-made Rice Krispie treats. Every time I feel I’ve found some clever way to consolidate and hide, something new crops up in its place: a glut of citrus that needs a new home outside the fridge; an arrangement of fresh herbs (we find they keep longer if you place them upright with their stems in water, like flowers); a too-long box of cereal that won’t fit in the darn cabinet; shallot oil from Mr. Magpie’s most recent cooking project.
These counters are a perfect mirroring of our lives as young-ish parents to young children: full, busy, occasionally inconvenient, sometimes, necessarily, more focused on function than form. They are also a reminder of how well we eat and how fortunate we are to stock our home so fully.
“Any advice for me now that I have two?” I asked a friend just after micro had arrived last May. She paused and said: “embrace the chaos.” That’s not my style, of course. I am hyper-organized and find it difficult to sit if there are toys spilled across the carpet, or crumbs on the counter. But I am slowly beginning to accept a kind of sanctioned disorder in certain spheres–our countertops being one such site. I have learned how to make the countertop feel more organized and tidy by arranging the bowls of fruit around one another in a cluster, hiding the stand mixer beneath a cover, stacking the bottle racks on their side against the wall when not in use, organizing the spines of the cookbooks by color.
Of course I aspire to one day get my expansive slab of clutter-free marble, sans drying racks and the mound of tomatillos currently sitting on my counter, waiting for taco night.
But for now, I’ve made peace with those tomatillos and with the — well, spillage — that comes with this life stage.
P.S. All that said, I contain, sort, label, and organize what I can. Countertops are tricky.
+In love with this dress!
+It feels like mini’s birthday party was a different life.
+Sweet bodysuits for itty bitty girls.
+Very into this look for Hill this summer.
+Dying over these elegant sconces!!!
+My favorite bra – 25% off!
+Obsessed with the cut of this dress — and it’s 70% off!