11 May 2013

Weekend reading + links

Ahhhhhhh. That's the sound of me coming down from a fab time at the Mom 2.0 Summit in Southern California AND getting my working computer back from the Apple Geniuses. Feels like a new beginning all around, you know?

Mom2 was the first time I saw Christine in person since the release of Minimalist Parenting. There was kissing.

Asha Dornfest and Christine Koh
Why yes, we enjoy working together. Photo credit: Cindy Meltzer

Thanks to our sponsor Cozi, were we able to give a copy of the book to each attendee of our session (which was about applying the minimalist mindset to the day-to-day work of blogging). 

We also had the delightfully surreal experience of doing a book signing together. Especially wonderful: seeing Minimalist Parenting in the conference bookstore alongside friends' books.

Mom 2.0 Summit Bookstore
There's a co-sleeping joke here somewhere. Photo credit: Charlie Capen

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Then there was the reconnecting with friends at the conference. Not just celebrating what we've been up to, but learning about the incredible work others are doing, and getting a chance to re-know people I mostly communicate with online. It doesn't matter how many years I've been doing this...the talent and heart in this community continues to amaze me.

With that, I leave you with some weekend reading.

Happy Mother's Day to YOU (Parent Hacks): I'm giving away a Genet scarf from FashionABLE! Leave a comment on that post to enter (I'll draw the winner's name Sunday morning).

What's the Best Life Hack Your Mother or Grandmother Taught You? (Lifehacker): As long as there have been mothers, there have been hacks.

How-To: Tiered Cake Pan Display Tower (A Nest for All Seasons via MAKE:): As someone who just shelled out cash for a plastic version of this, I loved seeing this tutorial. Good for summertime parties and potlucks.

Flowing with the Stresses of Kids (or anyone else) (Zen Habits): Leo is one of the original minimalist parents, and this essay, one of many about his parenting experience, resonated deeply.

A Snapshot in Time (Huffington Post): One of my favorite writers, Meagan Francis of The Happiest Home, gives us a beautiful long view of her experience parenting a challenging toddler now grown into lovely young man. There is so much I identify with in this post I don't even know where to begin. It's a deeply comforting perspective from a mom who's been there.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and especially -- a Mother's Day full of adoration. Love, Asha 

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