Free Seattle: Parades

Did you know parades were originally a chance for rulers to display their military might and authority? Eventually they became associated with festivals and holidays. People used them for a chance to socialize, witness a spectacle, and have fun (as they still do). They say the original Macy’s Day Parade (1924) was the first to … More Free Seattle: Parades

What Are Your Three?

Did you happen to catch Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar speech? Sure, it had your typical Hollywood elements of narcissism, divine shout-outs, and a complete disregard for larger matters that his own character brought to light. None of that impressed me. What did impress me, however, were the questions he posed regarding the three things a person should … More What Are Your Three?

Interesting Person Fund

I recently came across an idea-packed article on creativity rituals, which included everything from naps to bar brainstorming to frequent vacations (yes yes and yes!). They also mentioned something called an “interesting people fund,” the idea of which was taken from an interview with entrepreneur and author Ben Casnocha: By pre-committing time and money to meeting interesting … More Interesting Person Fund

90-Minute Productivity

Ever have one of those a-ha moments, when you encounter something that seems so brilliantly obvious? The Internet gifted me one such moment a few weeks ago with the “Write It Down” concept. It happened again when I came across this video. If you’re stressed, overworked, a parent, or any combo of the above, perhaps this 90-minute … More 90-Minute Productivity

Write It Down

You’re lying in bed and can’t get to sleep for all the to-do’s in your head: Write it down. You’re confused about a next move on a project or in your life: Write it down. You have something bugging you that you just can’t shake: Write it down. It will help. Don’t believe me?

Hour Gifts

My mom came up with the “hour gift” idea when I was 12. At first I absolutely hated the idea. But with time, it’s grown to be one of my favorite holiday memories. And now it’s a tradition for my own little family. Maybe it could help slow down the Christmas craziness at your house, too. The … More Hour Gifts

Countdown

It’s the holiday equivalent to the car chorus, “Are we there yet?” Is it [insert special occasion] yet? Let’s face it. Kids have a different sense of time than us, and understandably so. Think about how long one month is as a percentage of their entire existence, compared to ours as adults. Now perhaps you … More Countdown

Drawing Games

I’ll never forget the first time I realized my toddler has actually drawn a… thing. Since then, I’ve been tracking down fun ways to help her get creative and practice her hand-eye coordination. It’s never too early to prep her for epic video game nights, right? Here are a few of our favorites drawing games. … More Drawing Games