Buddy system, pumpkin spice alternatives, and a pandemic kid book worth crying through

Hi there,

Earlier today, my friend Becca and I cohosted a workshop on brand and consumer insights (reply if you’d like the replay link!). It was so fun and reminded me how amazing it is to work with people you know and trust, and who complement your skills and expertise. This might sound obvious but it’s something I’ve been missing lately in my professional life. I am lucky to get to connect and work with super smart founders and companies all the time but it’s usually just me on my side, which gets lonely and makes it easy to second guess myself. That’s why, as part of my ongoing optimization drive, I’m aiming to team up with friends to work on projects together. Buddy system, right? 

On the kid front, we’re somehow weeks out from Halloween and I’m very grateful for the Primary Costume Concierge service, who is helping fulfill Lilly’s dream: “I want to be Rey on the top and Princess Leia on the bottom. And Finn will be BB8.” If you’re in a pinch, I highly recommend browsing their easy DIY ideas; that’s how we came up with our Cookie Monster and Princess Poppy of years past. And, if you’re wondering, Rob is going to be “Luke when he gets old” and I’m going to be Queen Amidala. 

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Routine, is that you? Plus kid-friendly masks, twisty novels, and inclusive sunglasses

Hi there, We just wrapped up Lilly and Finn’s first week (!) of school: Lilly in Pre-K and Finn in a 2’s program. I had been anxious in the lead-up to this but by the time it rolled around, change and routine felt very welcome. Both kids are embracing this new phase as well, although … Continue reading Routine, is that you? Plus kid-friendly masks, twisty novels, and inclusive sunglasses

Catching my breath and canceling plans, mermaid supplies and the coolest tinned fish

Hi there, It’s been awhile since my last newsletter and things are both the same and not at all. For a minute, it felt like we had broken through to a new chapter of this pandemic; it’s become clear that we’re still very much in it. And while this summer has been great, it has also been … Continue reading Catching my breath and canceling plans, mermaid supplies and the coolest tinned fish

Hiiii + How to enthrall a four-year-old, 90s nerdy-cool sandals, and a backlog of book recs

Hi there, It’s amazing how quickly things can change. I’ve been fully vaccinated for less than a month but it feels like a lifetime. Around us, New York City is hurtling back to life, with every night seemingly a block party. This week’s NYT Magazine was full of exuberant pictures of the cityscape (all taken by incredibly talented young … Continue reading Hiiii + How to enthrall a four-year-old, 90s nerdy-cool sandals, and a backlog of book recs

Feeling the feelings, a new whole grains bible, and how to turn nut butter into dinner

Hi there, Since last March, “How are you?” has become a real doozy. “I’m great,” I respond automatically. But then I pause and start again. “You know, the world is heavy and sad but we’re doing well and the kids are amazing and ridiculous.” Whatever your go-to answer is, the truth is that we’re all processing … Continue reading Feeling the feelings, a new whole grains bible, and how to turn nut butter into dinner

Is that hope I feel? Plus un-lazying my skincare routine and test-driving a new granola

Hi there, We’re back from a wonderful, wonderful week in Maine, where my parents were thrilled to see the kids after far too many months. Lilly got to have Grandpa Jay storytime in real life, my mom took Finn on daily power walks by the ocean, and auntie Annie spoiled everyone with treats. I gave myself a break from email … Continue reading Is that hope I feel? Plus un-lazying my skincare routine and test-driving a new granola

Pressing reset, dumpling adventures, and the sci-fi book I can’t put down

I started this newsletter three years ago as a way to share my many, many opinions. It’s followed the thread of my life, from baby discoveries to toddler recs, job transitions to consulting adventures, always heavy on the food optimization. Then 2020. Quarantine lifesavers, antiracist resources, get-out-the-vote tactics, and other gentle suggestions for navigating this scary and uncertain … Continue reading Pressing reset, dumpling adventures, and the sci-fi book I can’t put down

The best thing in my inbox, bedtime upgrades, and why I think Feb 1 is the official start of 2021

My friend Elana has the very good idea that February 1st should be considered the official start of the new year. I’m into it, which means that this past month has really just been practice. So as we enter 2021, I’m hopeful that things will start trending for the better: friends and family slowly getting vaccinated, winter … Continue reading The best thing in my inbox, bedtime upgrades, and why I think Feb 1 is the official start of 2021

Socially distanced cookie swaps, delicious food gifts, and goodbye 2020

December! The end of 2020, a year none of us could have predicted (save maybe Ed Yong). We’re here, and I have no idea how to feel. It’s been tragedy upon insanity upon tragedy, and yet we’ve found plenty of joyful moments with the kids and our community of friends in our 10-block radius. It’s a … Continue reading Socially distanced cookie swaps, delicious food gifts, and goodbye 2020