Lend a Hand


Anthropologie has put a classy spin on the kitschy, retro hand chair. The Palmistry chair is carved out of teak and retails for $998.


60272974-707_1I am loving the new outerwear collection from Polarn O. Pyret, which includes this adorable helmet hat. There are no stores in Illinois just yet, so check it out online.

Fairy Tale Home


Check out this adorable (and super affordable) play house. Comes complete with Goldilocks, the three bears and a variety of porridge. Available for $30 at UncommonGoods.com.

Butterfly in the Sky


Love this updated classroom print for a little girl’s room. The hanging butterfly print is available for $39 at UrbanOutfitters.com.

In a Galaxy Far, Far Away


OK, how cool is this? This bed mimics the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon. Yeah, the price tag is hefty at $3,999 but it’s sure to be the coolest bed on the block. The good news is that the full Star Wars collection at Pottery Barn Kids includes many more affordable options. View the full selection here or check out a sampling below.


Quilted bedding, $39.50 to $229


Sleeping bags, $129 to $199


Darth Vader bath wrap, $49.50


Death Star bean bag, $149



Restoration Hardware has launched a new line, RH Teen. The collections are true to the parent brand’s mix of industrial chic and romanticism, with a few younger, more whimsical touches to youth up the classic styles. Be forewarned that prices are commensurate with Restoration Hardware, but if you have a design-savvy teen, or just don’t want to bother with disposable decor like puffy pink poufs and turquoise curtains, stop by the site to browse online or request a catalog. See a small sampling of the styles below.


Wylie loft bed, $2599


Versailles bed, starting at $2,699


Fuller sphere lamp, $279


Kitson desk, starting at $899


Iluminated chalkboard, $299


French library desk, $1,999


Gemma crystal accent lamp, $99

Ever heard of a shelfie? It stands for those shows you’ve been meaning to watch but just haven’t had the time (and are therefore sitting on your virtual shelf.) School is in full swing, the kids are occupied, it’s time for mom to grab a glass of wine and enjoy some guilty pleasure TV. (Keep the current season on DVR until you catch up.) I’m going to catch up on How to Get Away With Murder (congrats to Viola on that Emmy win), Scandal (which I’ve actually never seen, but that seems unacceptable pop culture-wise at this point), and the latest season of Grey’s Anatomy. (Yeah, I know how it ends. I’ll see it through nonetheless.)

Here are some other suggestions for you. Happy viewing!






I don’t know about other parents, but by about August 1st, I was counting down the days until school started. Sure, we had a fun summer but I’m out of ideas, and they are bored, bored, bored. And bickering. And hot. So come the end of August, my husband and I may do a triple gainer in celebration. I may need to go to the hospital soon after, because I think those are pretty hard, but still. Worth it.

But until that glorious time, we need to ease our older son back into school mode, which we plan to do with trickery. (That’s right. I’m not ashamed.) If I bust out a math book, I’m sunk. But if I do it under the guise of watching Netflix, everybody wins. Check out these shows that will re-jigger those brains from summer to fall.

Reading Rainbow


Reading Rainbow. A classic.

The Magic School Bus

The Magic School Bus. One of my all-time favorites for kids for its mix of education and fun.

The Cat in the Hat Knows Lot About That!Seussian rhymes. All of the times.


And, should a rainy day come and you want to give them a bit of fun, check out Netflix’s new series DinoTrux, premiering Aug. 14th, about prehistoric hybrid dinosaurs and trucks – pretty much every little boy’s dream come true.


School Supplies With Style


Came across the fun site Poppin.com, which has more stylish school supplies than you’ll find at the run-of-the-mill Target. Prices are reasonable. Browse by age or product at Poppin.com.

Tree Construction Set


Creative toy set that allows kids to snap branches together and build a tree. Available for $25 at UncommonGoods.com.

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