quarantine essentials from public goods


this post is in partnership with public goods

i get a lot of questions about public goods and what my favorite items are, so i’m happy to have it live on my blog permanently! their products are not only super useful, they’re also sustainable and extremely inexpensive. so now more than ever i’m really loving their store and all the very crucial items they sell.

obviously the initial attraction to public goods was their packaging design because i’d never seen such utilitarian simple shampoo and toothpaste bottles, but now they have expanded to cleaning, food, sanitary products, etc. and since the prices are so reasonable you can try a bunch of them without spending a lot. i’ve almost never browsed through the site without wanting to try at least 5 things.

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diy shoebox puppet theatre (with free printable puppets)


so excited about how this little project turned out! we started making some popsicle stick puppets recently for arlo so i thought a whole little stage would be really fun. i left the inside of the box white but it could be fun to make different backgrounds to swap out.

i had gid draw these guys, they are some of arlos favorite animals, the most fun part is you can print them and have your kids color them in so its like they made the puppets. kids are so obsessed with taking credit aren’t they? arlo sometimes claims he made our dinner when he wasn’t even there lolll.

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kid things / recipes

easy homemade strawberry pop-tarts


i wasn’t planning on creating a blog post when i decided arlo and i would make homemade pop tarts but it was actually so easy and a super fun recipe with a toddler so you should do it too! they don’t look great and i forgot to crimp the edges but WHO CARES!!!?!

you could totally make your own pie dough but if you have store bought and a toddler, i am all for the easiest methods. when i decided on pop tarts it was because we had so many blueberries and lemons so i wanted to use some of them up, but then i started researching and realized i could just use jelly instead so again, EASY!

so yeah ours came out looking like crap, we overfilled them, i forgot to crimp the edges like i said, and the jelly leaked out everywhere during baking– BUT i was able to salvage but trimming with a chefs knife prior to adding the glaze. and yes they’re totally asymmetrical but as i always say, you can blame your kid for that. now is not the time to care about doing anything perfectly, it’s hard enough to do anything at all lol.

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gift guide

mothers day gift guide (while quarantined)


mother’s day is going to look pretty different this year obviously. and while i’ve always been a homebody and focused mostly on cozy gifts, this year they’re a little bit cozier. a bunch of things that would be useful or comforting in this weird phase of our lives… hope they help you! Read More


printable weekly meal planner


well it seems everyone i’ve spoken to is also having food anxiety and needs a meal planner badly, for their sanity. we usually eat leftovers or sandwiches every day for lunch, but i included a lunch section for you guys too, as well as a little notes area at the bottom.

the first step we took when this all happened was going through our giant freezer and writing down the entirety of it, itemized and categorized. since then i reference that list (and cross of things we’ve eaten) and i cross reference with our fresh food/pantry items to figure out what needs to be eaten, what can go together, etc. so then i come up with a weekly plan so i’ll know what i’m making and not have to stress about it (plus it helps me remember to thaw dinner in time everyday). i’m excited to have a pretty and eternally-reusable place to write down our meals for the week now.

anyway, we’ve been exclusively shopping for food online for about a month now so it’s been very limited and stress inducing, so the meal planning has definitely helped ease my anxiety about it. i hope it helps you too! Read More