Let It Go

I am a person who holds on to things. Tightly. Memories. Conversations. Things. I hold on especially to things that have any sort of personal attachment tied to them (which is pretty much everything). A gift from my grandmother. A stuffed animal I bought for my child before they were born. My son’s art projects from kindergarten. And because I associate these very special people or memories with the particular item, I cannot let the item go. It is as if by getting rid of the item, I am afraid I will lose the attachment that I associate with it. Obviously, that causes quite a conundrum. (Not to mention a lot of extra stuff.)

Which is where my sweet little friend Marie Kondo comes into the picture. I picked up this little gem right before Thanksgiving…

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I have slowly and very consciously made my way through this darling and insightful book. And it is has fully changed the way I see items in my home. {alleluia music}

People! It’s a total game changer. I am so happy to report that I can now let things go. Because they are just that. Things. If I don’t love the item or it doesn’t serve a purpose to me or my family (read: used regularly), I let it go.

That is right, folks.

I. Let. It. Go.

{insert musical break to belt it out like Elsa from Frozen for a few minutes}

It has been very refreshing to be able to let things go and I just wanted to share this new way of thinking with you. Just in case there are other like-minded, attachment-issue peoples out there just like me. 😉

Thank you Marie Kondo for the life-changing magic of tidying up.

Dear readers, I highly recommend checking out the book. Kondo has great ideas and insight for those of us who need some help letting go of our long-held, but no longer necessary items that clutter the nooks and crannies of our homes. She has great tips and tricks on how to store items too. We all want to live in a space that sparks joy, which Kondo has aptly titled her next book . Here’s to spring cleaning!

May you experience the magic at your abode,

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Waiting for Unicorns

I don’t know if y’all have any amazing friends who also happen to be famous but I am happy, honored, privileged and very proud to share with you that I do! My dearest friend Beth’s debut novel came out earlier this year and it’s a gorgeous book with heart and soul and beauty. Just like the author. (She’s amazing!)

I was lucky enough to attend Beth’s book launch party at the Red Balloon Bookshop on Grand Avenue in St. Paul. To read Beth’s book is one thing. To hear her speak about it is another. It was magical.

Here she is at the Red Balloon. It was truly a night to remember and I am so glad I was able to be a part of it.

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And here she is signing books…

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I’d like to share my review with you here and I strongly encourage you to get your hands on your very own copy of Waiting for Unicorns. Many local bookstores are carrying this, especially in Minnesota. You can also order online here and here. Here is my review:

Waiting for Unicorns explores the fragile world of twelve-year-old Talia as she navigates through a journey of grief, hope, and grace. Talia has lost her mother to cancer and travels to the arctic with her father who is a whale researcher. She must adapt to an entirely new place, physically and emotionally. With wishes we can relate to and struggles we can sympathize with, Hautala writes with straightforward elegance as she shares Talia’s tale. Hautala delicately weaves the wisdom and words of Talia’s mother into the narrative and delivers clarity to Talia in her mother’s absence. A wise Inuit woman named Sura guides Talia to a place where she can begin to heal and find hope, and find her footing with her father. Hautala’s debut novel is rich with vibrant imagery and tidbits of wisdom that are relevant at any age. Waiting for Unicorns introduces readers to the unicorn of the sea, the narwhal and to Churchill, Manitoba, where they will discover their emotions intertwine with Talia’s and the grace that connects us all.

One of my favorite excerpts (and there are many) was from page 43, “…sometimes you just need something bigger than yourself to feel whole. To keep all the pieces of yourself from falling apart.”

Beth writes while also wrangling a household of four darling children and owning and operating a stellar advertising agency, Red House Media, with her husband Aaron. Mother’s Day seems an appropriate day to pay her tribute. Congratulations to you my sweet friend on your debut novel, and more to follow! You are an inspiration to moms and writers and women everywhere. You can learn more about Beth on her website.

The Day the Crayons Quit

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My son received this wonderful book, The Day the Crayons Quit, for his 7th birthday from our dear friends. It was a huge hit with both of my children, current ages four and (you guessed it) seven. My son loved it so much that he brought it to school to share with his class.  We received a note in return, expressing how much the teacher and all the kids LOVED it.  I am sharing it with you because it makes a terrific gift. With Christmas right around the corner, I figured you may need to find something sweet to share with the little ones in your life.  In this story, author Drew Daywalt weaves an imaginitive tale where the crayons come to life, expressing sentiments of frustration and suggestions for improvement to their owner.   The illustrations by Oliver Jeffers are equally as gorgeous as the narrative.  My children giggled a lot, especially at the embarrasing predicament of peach crayon.

The Day the Crayons Quit comes with 4 thumbs up from our family.  I highly recommend adding it to your family collection or giving it to a child or educator in your life.  Enjoy!