Here is the thing – being married to a photographer can be a bit irritating at times – constant stops for ‘that shot’ or to make you pose in the ‘stunning light’ while walking around town…but of course it also has its perks. So when we found out we were expecting our first child we stuck our heads together to come up with a way to record the journey…here is what we came up with (reminiscent of our save the date photo):

All photos by Jim Blackstock (

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This is ridiculous. So this  stamp series was inspired First Lady Michelle Obama to promote her anti-childhood obesity “Let’s Move” campaign. Yet once in production,  the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition deemed three of the activities unsafe: The skateboarder  not wearing kneepads, the diver doing a cannonball, and the boy doing the headstand not wearing a helmet.  Read more about this story HERE!


Found this lovely quote in which Psychologists explore the creative benefits of mind-wandering over on Explore HERE!

“We mind wander, by choice or accident, because it produces tangible reward when measured against goals and aspirations that are personally meaningful. Having to reread a line of text three times because our attention has drifted away matters very little if that attention shift has allowed us to access a key insight, a precious memory or make sense of a troubling event. Pausing to reflect in the middle of telling a story is inconsequential if that pause allows us to retrieve a distant memory that makes the story more evocative and compelling. Losing a couple of minutes because we drove past our off ramp, is a minor inconvenience if the attention lapse allowed us finally to understand why the boss was so upset by something we said in last week’s meeting. Arriving home from the store without the eggs that necessitated the trip is a mere annoyance when weighed against coming to a decision to ask for a raise, leave a job, or go back to school.”


Interesting idea- phoneblocs is a modular phone concept developed by Dave Hakkens. Read more about it HERE!

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Tommy Edison, who has been blind since birth, explains his perceptions of things that we dont even think about –  sun, space, sky, and more.
So interesting how many things he describes are spot on…also really makes you wonder about the things we take for granted…
Found via Its Okay To Be Smart HERE!

Mica Angela Hendricks is an illustrator and graphic artist. In her latest collaboration, she doodles a head and then lets her 4-year-old take over and complete the illustration with her vision. So unique and what beautiful memories…Found via @swissmiss HERE, you can read more about Mica on her site HERE!

You can also buy these beauties as art prints, phone cases, stationary cards and all the other goodness over at Society 6 HERE!

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This looks like it could actually be really useful – Morning is a very sleek, minimalist iPhone app for all your content-needs in the mornings. It features 8 customizable panels for whatever you need…weather, to-do’s, traffic etc… Check it out HERE!

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Swoon! over theses ’Keidos’ cement tiles by Spanish designer Alberto Sanchez for Entic Design. See more HERE!

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Lovely quote from Martine’s Hand-book of Etiquette, and Guide to True Politeness over on swissmiss this morning…

“The power of preserving silence is the very first requisite to all who wish to shine, or even please in discourse; and those who cannot preserve it, have really no business to speak. … The silence that, without any deferential air, listens with polite attention, is more flattering than compliments, and more frequently broken for the purpose of encouraging others to speak, than to display the listener’s own powers. This is the really eloquent silence. It requires great genius—more perhaps than speaking—and few are gifted with the talent…”

(Martine’s Hand-book of Etiquette, and Guide to True Politeness)

I love the simplicity of this project. Italian photographer Manuel Cosentino chose one unassuming little house to capture the changing weather, light and surroundings by photographing the house from the exact location for nearly two years. Found via Colossal, you can read more HERE! 

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Behind a Little House

Behind a Little House

Behind a Little House

Behind a Little House

Behind a Little House

Behind a Little House