// Go Outside and EXPLORE!

Yesterday I didn't touch the internet. (Such a weird way to say that, isn't it?) I didn't Instagram, I didn't tweet, I didn't blog. I didn't worry about numbers or followers or letting anyone know what I was up to at every waking moment. It was refreshing. (But of course now I'm here a day later to tell you all about it... eh?) 

There's a big sense of "change" around our family right now. Adjusting to new schedules and roles and goals. Some days it feels like we're on top of it all: checking off to do lists, wiping out grocery lists, and having all of our laundry clean and put away. Then there are days where I feel like I'm grasping at straws to keep my head above water. I know everyone has them, but I've definitely felt the weight of it all lately.

Yesterday I steered clear of social media and I loaded up the boys with my friend Whitney and we took them to a gorgeous creek and picnicking area, along with her 2 boys, too. 4 boys, running hog wild, splashing in the water and throwing rocks. And 2 mamas just enjoying being outside. It's so easy to feel like a prisoner in your own home when you're there day in and day out, especially with kids. Sometimes I'll find myself asking "What does it feel like outside?" at 2pm... As in I haven't stepped foot outside all day. It's sad! I'm trying to be much more intentional with my time lately, and getting outside was high on the list. Whitney and I are trying to check out our "Autumn Bucket List" with the kids, so maybe I'll share more about that soon!

It was just really really nice to unplug and skip rocks and get a little dirty. I'm going to make it more of a priority before it just gets way too cold (because let's be real: when I turn into a human popsicle, I'm not going outside! HA) So far it's been a successful Fall break!

TiLT will be coming at your later this week, don't worry! 

What's the last (fun and intentional) thing you did outside?

xo KB

// EVERY Girl Deserves a Safe, Quality Education

Y'all are familiar with Malala Yousafzai, no? She's a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate. She has lived through so much in her 18 years, and she's a truly remarkable role model to so many (myself included!) When my friend Turi asked if I'd be willing to share some information about Schoola's mission to raise $100,000 for the Malala Fund, the answer was obvious. I've talked about Schoola a handful of times here on the blog (We're big fans! Here's another post, too!), but this might be the most inspiring partnership yet. Schoola has partnered with Gymboree in an effort to raise money for Malala's non-profit organization, and they're doing it in a really cool way. While most clothes listed for sale on Schoola's site are secondhand and donated by customers, Gymboree donated 10,000 brand new items for Schoola to sell for the benefit of the Malala Fund. Not only that, but Schoola will also send 5,000 students to see the film He Named Me Malala through the Students Stand #withMalala program. Y'all, this is awesome stuff!

The clothing donated by Gymboree spans sizes 4-12 and can be purchased for 40-60% off retail. Not only are you buying quality (brand new!) clothing at a fraction of the cost, but the funds are funneled right back into education programs for girls around the world. 66 million girls don't have the privilege of an education. That's unreal! Schoola's CEO Stacey Boyd wrote a really wonderful post about what this partnership means for her and her company. I totally recommend you all read it. I'm all about female empowerment and women making their own way in the world. THIS is exactly that! This is so moving and powerful and awesome. I can't think of a better brand to help bring awareness to the lack of accessible education than Schoola. A match made in heaven!
Toby got to try out a cute little Gymboree ensemble thanks to Schoola, so here's a whole post of his silly little face. The whole Gymboree selection is currently on sale so please consider scooping up a piece or two if the clothing or mission speaks to you! I may not be building schools with my own two hands, but knowing I'm contributing to a worthy cause makes me feel really good. If you're not really up to go shopping yourself, consider requesting a Schoola bag and donating some gently used clothing from your closet! School accepts clothing for kids and women, so your hand me downs can do some good! We've donated a couple bags of our own already, and hearing about their partnership with the Malala Fund makes me want to go do another thorough sweep. I'm really pumped to see what Schoola is able to do, and I can't wait to follow more of Malala's incredible journey.

xo KB

PS; Schoola has a referral program too! You can share your link with friends and each person who signs up gets $15 in Schoola credit, and so do you! You can rack it up pretty quickly and the benefitting school programs still get funded! Win/win! 

// Things I Love Thursday v.239

My Michaels Makers post went up yesterday (in case you missed it, Linden was a lobster!), so my TiLT post got pushed to Friday! I hope you don't mind. Just a little something something to get you through the last day of the week!
this photo ♥
♥THIS! ♥
this illustration and all of anine's work ♥
this champs watercolor illustration ♥
this little girl's room ♥
this kitchen ♥
this candy costume ♥

// I just designed and ordered the silliest tank top from Zazzle. I can't wait to wear it! I think I'm kind of falling in love with how easy it is to upload a design and get it shipped right to you. My coffee mug collection needs a few self-designed pieces, don't you think?! haha

// This totally looks like a straight up music festival. And apparently designer water bottles are a thing! 2015 is weird!

// 10 delicious twists on your classic apple pie recipe!

// I love the styling in the lookbook for Rebecca Minkoff's new activewear line.

// These shoes look so neat, and you can get them for a major steal on Kickstarter right now! (What are some of your favorite Kickstarter campaigns happening now?!)

// 21 things you'll only understand if you're a girl who hates feelings. This isn't me at all, but I still laughed!

// Dad stops, pulls Stepdad into wedding procession to give daughter away. I'll admit, I cried.

// If you're into reusable paper towels and the super soft feeling of bamboo, get you some of these NatureZway towels and cloths! We've been using 1 roll for almost 3 months (!!!) and we still haven't run out!

// 7 powerful photographs of terminally-ill patients living out their final wishes.

// If you're into traveling, you need to be following this blog!

// Did you know "Pom Bag Charms" are a thing? Can someone tell me why?

// Today is a big day for me "business" wise! Please send me some good vibes if you got 'em!

xo KB