Friday, May 22, 2015

a Change of Address

Hi there. Thanks for being here, whether you've been here a day, a week, or since the beginning -- almost seven years ago.

Herban Girl no longer feels quite right -- it's like a favorite well-worn jacket that doesn't fit anymore or look you enough, so you toss on a new coat, give your jacket one long last glance over your shoulder, and head out the door.

I hope you'll join me over at Ogden.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

thursday things

What I wrote:
What I discovered:

A cancer survivor designs the cards she wished she received from her friends and family.

Trash can + vacuum. Smart.

Eat up. You'll be happier.

The Last F**ckable Day. (It goes without saying that you shouldn't watch this if you aren't keen on the language in the title, right? Right.)

Dad's reply to school on kids' absence is best response ever.

Fatherly is a cool new(ish) site (for moms too) on parenting, with helpful articles like: How to raise a baseball fan who roots for the right team (meaning yours).

Sure, you might have a local favorite flower shop, but have you ever tried to order flowers for someone in another city? It can be really hard to figure out how to get a non-cheesy bouquet. Enter The Bouqs. Reasonably priced, beautiful (hello ranunculuses), AND you can get a free bouquet with your first purchase. Sold.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

sunday stuff

What I wrote:

Fresh Oregano & 4 Foods to Eat it With

How to Know If Your Seeds Are Viable for Planting

What I read:

Huh. If Anna can pull off plastic plants, well then, maybe the rest of us can, too.

How to drink on a first date.

How to throw a stress-free dinner party -- on a Friday night.

On swearingAnd kids swearing.

Ugh. Need to drink more watervia Design Mom

Wow. This company is setting their new minimum wage at $70,000via Design Mom

Baddie Winkle—the 86-year-old Instagrammer and model for LA-based Dimepiecevia Design Mom

From Brooklyn Supper, I can't give a better intro than she did: "Class is everywhere. As I become more and more grown-up – well into my 30s – I see class in everything. Small asides, what I might assume as a given, or what someone else might assume as one, are all fodder that serve to highlight class and difference. This essay sums up much of this delicate interplay beautifully."

SNAP Judgment: Life After Limesvia Brooklyn Supper

How I Actually Got My Daughter to Eat Her Vegetablesvia Brooklyn Supper

Why you should spend money on experiences, not things. via Shutterbean

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Sunday Stuff

What I wrote:

All About Galangal and 10 Ways to Use It

Watercress and Our 10 Favorite Ways to Use It

What I read:

I want to start / go back to using a paper planner. via Shutterbean

urchin shell + air plant = jellyfish via Shutterbean

39 people doing passive-aggressive better than you. via Shutterbean

6 reasons every woman needs to travel alone.

The guilt-free guide to getting rid of your sentimental items.

Toddler finally meets garbage men he idolizes and he can't even.

My instagram name (linnylot) is based on James Corden's character (on Gavin & Stacey) Smithy's interactions with his best friend's family (still with me?), so I'm already an instant fan of The Late Late Show. If you have to commute to work in a car, Corden knows the best way to do it.

Supertide at Mont St. Michel. That place is on my must-visit list. via Design Mom

How not to raise a narcissist in 9 easy stepsvia Design Mom

Why don't foodies care about who picked their food? via Ann Friedman 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday Stuff

I've been writing about: the 14 foods to consider buying organic, parsley (and 8 green sauces to use it in), yuca, and taro.

The apple slice.

Birds are the bestvia Design Mom

A ball that's a computer. You can kick, throw, and bounce it AND program your own games.

On racism and liberalism and raising anti-racist children. via The Ann Friedman Weekly

Why are some people called expats and others immigrants? via Design Mom

Have you heard of The Stitch? Add an orange zigzag to an item of clothing, and let the stitches help reduce the stigma that surrounds talking about being abused as a child. via Design Mom

Thursday, March 5, 2015

January / February Purge

Even though I haven't been getting rid of one thing every week like last year, I'm still very much sticking with my goal of reducing what I have down to items that are useful and/or make me happy to look at them.

  • A bagful of items sent to Twice. It's so easy! They'll send you a bag with a pre-paid label (or you can just print out a label if you have a box handy), you fill it with items, send it off to them, and they'll email you your offer, which you can approve (or not) and then get your payout in a variety of different ways. I took it as a Target gift card, because you get a small bonus.
  • A carload of miscellaneous items taken to Salvation Army.


  • My old breast pump -- turns out you can recycle them!
  • Another bag of clothes to Twice.
  • More clothes/purses set aside for an annual clothing swap. (not pictured)
  • Another carload of miscellaneous items taken to Salvation army.
  • Over 100 books. They went to a local place that sells them on consignment on your behalf and donates what can't be sold. (not pictured)

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Saturday Stuff

I wrote about kale. Sick of kale? That's cool, we can agree to disagree. I looooove kale, and that deep, passionate love is best summed up by Emma Thompson’s character’s love for Joni Mitchell in the movie Love Actually.

Indulge me for a moment: Alan Rickman’s character, Harry, asks his wife Karen (played by Emma Thompson) what music they’re listening to, Karen replies that it’s Joni Mitchell, and Harry grumbles: “I can't believe you still listen to Joni Mitchell.” Karen matter-of-factly says: “I love her. And true love lasts a lifetime.” Me + kale 4eva.

I wrote about taro too, which I like well enough, but will not profess my undying love for. Sorry taro.

How we created an entire generation of unsophisticated, picky eaters — and why we must stop the tasteless cycle.

12 women who had the perfect response to sexist questions.

"February is thirteen months long in Michigan." Indeed. C'mon March!

Meet the unlikely Airbnb Hosts of Japan.

I know a mama who.

What I learned during our week of doing nothing.

"The Love More Shop is a (you guessed it) love inspired brand that reminds people to love their family, friends, and world more each day because creating empathetic, kind, whole human beings starts in a loving home." That's a brand I can get behind.

15 things that emotionally strong people don't do. via Shutterbean

How should I teach my kids about money? via Shutterbean

34 truths we need stapled to our foreheadvia Shutterbean