Click. Read. Love. 4.9.21
Yesterday was a bit of a wild ride. I spent the morning trying to figure out daycare for Marin for next fall/winter in Vermont, only to find out that our prospects are BLEAK, because I had no idea it was something you were supposed to think about far in advance of your child actually going to daycare. My DMs were on fire with other mothers commiserating and sharing their own experiences with finding early child care. It’s a seriously flawed and broken system, that sets mothers, parents, and caregivers up to fail. And maybe most frustrating, is that we know there are solutions to these problems, but our country fails to implement them. I have a lot more thoughts on this, and I’d be interested in yours too, once I can gather them coherently I will write something with more on the topic.
In other news, we put our names on a cancellation list for the vaccine and got a call yesterday afternoon there were two spots open. We were able to get the J&J shot and what a huge sigh of relief. I had some minor side effects overnight, chills, and low fever but I woke up, took some Tylenol, and fell back asleep. Feeling very grateful this morning and a bit emotional at the thought of being able to see some friends and family I haven’t seen in over a year. That is certainly a reason for joy.
If you’re looking for something to buy, try, read, share or pin, we’ve got you covered. Here’s the best of the week…
Jess (J) & Caylin (C)
Click. Read. Love. 4.9.21
This story about an Arabian coin from the 1600s found at Sweet Berry Farm in Middletown, RI is pretty wild.
On cancel culture and who it serves.
Self-tanning to get in a bathing suit for Marin’s swim class. Haha. Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Mousse never does me wrong. (J)
After our Instagram discussion yesterday on early childhood care, an article on how to fix the broken childcare system.
OMG these photos of Amanda Gorman in Vogue are beyond beautiful.
I forgot about this dewy highlighter from Saie beause I left it in RI. I love it alone or under my makeup as a primer. (J)
The US ranks as one of the highest countries in parental burnout, here’s why.
A really interesting review of Melissa Febos’ new book: Girlhood.
The Sephora Spring Savings Event is here. Right now it’s only open to Rouge Members. I have VIB status so I’ll be posting my picks on Monday. In the meantime, my post from last year has a lot of my favorites. (J)
Loved this peek into a cozy upstate home—it looks so tranquil and removed from the hustle of the rest of the world.
I was a hold out on this vodka sauce recipe from GrossyPelosi and that was dumb because it’s freaking delicious and easy. (C)
A really interesting piece
The flaw at the center of purity culture.
For those of you who love Brandi Carlile, she was recently on an episode of Brené Brown’s podcast.
Ten simple ways to raise a respectful child.
Making two fairly simple adjustments to the way we eat can help fight climate change.
AYR just launched some new colors in The Deep End button down. I’m still partial to the blue but I love the pink too. (J)
Apparently pandemic wilderness explorers are putting a real strain on search and rescue.
An essay by Joyce Maynard about the consequences for women when they tell the truth.
Why we need paid leave after miscarriage in the US.
Craig and I saw the documentary WeWork: or The Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn on Hulu last weekend. I read some articles about it’s downfall but never followed the company that closely. In many ways the documentary left me with more questions than when I started, but it’s worth watching. (J)
A beautiful photo essay by Asian and Asian-American photographers that show what love looks like during a time of hate. There’s a lovely intro by Celeste Ng as well.
I’ve been on the hunt for a good sports bra so I ordered this one from Summersalt (will let you know what I think but I generally love their stuff). Got these leggings too (both in the sage color). (J)
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Hey Jess- I know you have been VERY covid safe this past year. Can you share more of your thoughts on daycare during this time? Are you thinking things will be different in the fall/winter related to covid? I know some families have no option other than daycare and totally understand that it’s a risk they may have to take. No judgement at all- just weighing these decisions for myself and would love your input!
Hi Stacey, I understand, it’s really tough. We go back and forth constantly. Ultimately it’s one of those things that we feel like, Covid is not going away, it will continue to be a risk, potentially for a long time, so how do we move forward and live with it. Ultimately we feel it’s the right decision for our family, and the two daycares we’ve looked at (which honestly we may not even get a spot in) have had no covid outbreaks and have been open since last spring/summer. So I think they manage the risk incredibly well, and my hope is also that more people will be vaccinated come fall/winter. Also helping me feel more at ease is numerous friends who’ve put their kids back in daycare or started them in daycare and have had no issues. It probably depends on where you live too. Vermont restrictions are pretty stringent and cases have remained low. It’s a really hard decision but that’s our mindset right now.