Click. Read. Love. 12.2.22

By Jess & Caylin
2 Dec 2022
Photo by Greg Rakozy on Unsplash

A snowy cabin tucked away in the woods sounds nice doesn’t it? I’m currently living in the never ending circle of daycare illness hell and wondering how this year is turning out to be worst than last year. But it’s building up her immunity right?! Somehow, that is no longer comforting. We are on illness number 5 so far this year, I think (?)…becoming hard to keep track. If this is you too, I don’t know what else to say other than I’m so sorry. I promise I won’t tell you your kid just needs to “eat healthier and start going to a chiropractor.” Yes, that is a real message I got from someone on Instagram.

Which leads me to my next thing, it’s officially December and my last month on Instagram. I’ve been getting a lot of messages asking if I’m really leaving the app and the answer is, yes. I have someone wonderful who will run my account for me but I personally do not plan to use the app after this month. I am nervous/thrilled/curious how this will impact my day to day life. I AM however, launching my online community within the next week, currently doing some testing within the platform to work out any kinks. I hope you’ll join, whether or not you want to leave Insta I think it will be a great place to connect with other like minded people, online and IRL. My newsletter subscribers will get first access (it’s going to be free for the first few months). Sign up here.

Wishing all of you a great weekend. Here’s the best of the week…
Jess (J) & Caylin (C)

Click. Read. Love. 12.2.22

Anyone else feel this way lately? Everything is fine…until it’s not. (NPR)

Sezane makes the prettiest blouses. I love this one for layering over a turtleneck or under a cardigan. -Jess

What is it this time? A day in the life of a mother with a child in daycare. (The Cut)

Speaking of daycare, our childcare infrastructure is broken, but anyone with kids knows that. (The Cut)

As I come up on one year of breastfeeding my child, this essay on what it takes to breastfeed really hit home for me. -Caylin (The New York Times)

I’ve been getting so many compliments on this sweater. Get 20% off at Faherty with code JESSKIRBY (until 12/10).

Yes, it’s good to get outside even in the cold, but there’s plenty of health benefits too. (Oprah via Apple News)

Apparently Instagram is over or everyone is over Instagram. (The Atlantic)

An incredible poem on the labor of labor by Lizzie Harris.

If you’re still gift shopping ABLE has such gorgeous jewelry that’s incredible quality and ethically made. Use code JAKGIFT30 for 30% off.

The 23 best places to go in the US in 2023. (Condé Nast Traveler)

I love Sara Petersen’s newsletter and this one on why people are buying what conservative momfluencers are selling was quite interesting. The Moms For Liberty/School Board Takeovers/Femininity over Feminism, it’s all connected. – Jess

This melted snowman bark is a cute holiday treat!

So if you haven’t seen the new series from Tim Burton, Wednesday, on Netflix I highly recommend it! It’s very fun. Jenna Ortega is wonderful as well. -Caylin

My year of working less. This is a must-read. “But where does it end? If 5 years ago me had known all that I was working on and making last year, she would have thought I’d made it. Yet, there I was, feeling like it wasn’t enough. The more I made, the more I wanted. Regardless of the projects I took on, there was always a more impressive client or brand partnership that I could acquire.” (Substack

Why you should never check your email before noon. (James Clear)

If you’re looking for a newsletter about small, but meaningful ways to be more sustainable, please consider subscribing to my friend Laura’s newsletter. If you want to get a feel for her writing, check out this article about how to avoid the gift giving madness at the holidays. -Caylin

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  1. Becca wrote:

    I look forward to this post every week! I have clicked on almost every single link this week and am looking forward to reading the articles. Thank you for sharing.

    12.2.22 | Reply
    • Jess wrote:

      Thank you Becca! That is so nice to hear. Thanks for reading.

      12.3.22 | Reply
  2. Bec wrote:

    Exhausted mum/terrified immunocompromised person here. It feels never ending. My kindergartener and then me, always two days later, have been sick five times back to back this Fall. I can’t believe someone tried to tell you it was just a diet and a chiro you needed!!
    Thanks for your post – it helps not to feel alone in this.

    12.2.22 | Reply
    • Jess wrote:

      Ugh I’m so sorry Bec. Wishing you and your little one health. It has been an absolutely awful fall.

      12.3.22 | Reply
  3. Monica wrote:

    I never though instagram was a problem for me (how naive). I thought I was above being duped by its new tricks, etc. I used it “just for friends and family.” But this fall, I went back to work after a long maternity leave and found myself stretched thinner than ever before. I quit social media to buy myself more time for more important things. I have been shocked by not just how much literal time it’s opened up, but how much mental space, too. I’m not thinking about others’ lives because I haven’t seen them! It initially felt strange not to know what so and so is up to after decades of following them, but then it was so freeing. I highly recommend it to everyone.

    12.3.22 | Reply
    • Jess wrote:

      Wow Monica that’s amazing. Honestly every story I hear about someone leaving Instagram ends with them saying how amazing it has been and how much they recommend it!

      12.3.22 | Reply

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