The Friday Five Vol. 14

We are well into the dog days of summer here! I can't complain, though, since we'd be back to school this week in our old district. Instead, we're stuck in quarantine with our first case of "the vid" - thankfully, everyone is doing well after just a day or two of high fevers and we should be good to re-enter the world by this weekend. Here are a few things keeping us sane while we've been cooped up this week!

1. Air-dry clay - this stuff is magic, and our first pack lasted about a year. The girls are obsessed with making tiny clay cats (what else?) of all different colors. I like that I don't have to stick them in the oven!

2. A Good Girl's Guide to Murder - this has been such a great audiobook to listen to while I've been painting the mudroom all week! I have the hardest time getting into audiobooks, even when I listen at 1.5x speed, but this one has a great narrator and ensemble cast. The story is compelling, and the mystery has some great twists and turns. I am flying through it and can't wait to read the next two.

3. Black cat fleece fabric - I'm usually dying to prep for fall by August 1, but we're really trying to soak up summer in New England this year, and I haven't been itching to put out the pumpkins just yet. That said, we popped into Joann's last week to get some supplies for the girls to start their sewing classes in September (!!) and there was tons of darling Halloween fabric. We couldn't leave without a yard of this for M. L picked some sunflowers and I taught the girls how to make fleece tie blankets.

4. Flare jeans - ok, I lied a little bit; I have been thinking about fall clothes at least a tiny bit. I bought a pair of dark wash bootcut jeans from Old Navy. They're a $20 risk, and feel incredibly like 2002. Thankfully they're not low-cut this time, and I'm hoping I can figure out a way to make them feel current. I'm thinking I'll put together some outfit collages with items similar to something I already have to feel it out, since it's way too hot to put any actual clothes on my body right now.

5. KINDergarten - I do have a back-to-school book roundup coming, but this sweet new book is too good not to share, especially for little ones just starting school. Joey Chou's illustrations are always darling, and the message of kindness here is absolutely perfect.

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