a children’s book for weary parents

A Mansbach book

Rest easy, everyone. I’ve found the gag gift for your next baby shower. This book, written by Adam Mansbach and illustrated by Ricardo Cortés, has been making the Internet rounds for a few weeks fueled, it seems, by the empathy of thousands of very tired parents. Rounding out 50 days in the top 100 on the Amazon Bestsellers list for books (where it sits in second place, as of press time), this might be a great laugh for a parent you know with a restless baby and intact sense of humor. And it appears other sleepy parents agree. Originally slated to be published this fall, the publication date was moved up to today after PDF versions hit the web, creating a spike in demand. A runaway hit for its independent publisher, Akashic, the first print run of 275,000 copies easily trumps the firm’s standard first run, which averages 4,000 to 6,000; a testament to the the power of tired parents everywhere. Readers, have you read it? $8.18 at Amazon. – Sarah C.

For an interesting look at the book’s success, click here.

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one more day to enter our hammocks & high tea giveaway!


If you missed it last week, you’ve still got a chance — a chance to win a set of lightly (or not at all) scented drawer liners from Hammocks & High Tea. We’re giving away a total of THREE sets to you lucky readers, so as it stands, the odds are quite good that you could win a set! The giveaway runs until 5pm PST tomorrow (June 15), so if you’d like to enter, please do so — at the original post. Tell us there what Summery wardrobe essentials you can’t wait to take out of storage, and you’re entered. We’ll be choosing the winners via random number generator and announcing on Thursday. Good luck — and thanks to the generous & fabulous folks at Hammocks & High Tea!

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blogwatch: where we’ve been clicking this week


MMM… DONUTS. Fresh cherry cake donuts, to be precise — naturally pink frosted — at Cook and Eat.

We got caught up (forgive the pun) in love with this nauti-cool DIY fishnet curtain we spotted at Remodelista. Stealing it for sure!

You’ve still got time to order a cool gift for Dad — and CasaSugar has a great Etsy gift roundup to help inspire your purchase!

Peel and Stick tiles worth using — spotted at Curbly.

The kaleidoscopically bright floors in Whorange’s monthly pad for June are amazing. Just sayin’.

Badder Homes and Gardens introduces Tick clips, meant to turn any surface into a mod table in the only way they know how: with side-splitting NSFW hilarity.

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collab we’re crazy for: angela adams and egg press


Collaborations are a dime a dozen these days, so it’s rare that one really catches my heart. But when I heard that one of my favorite letterpress stationery gurus, Egg Press, was teaming up with the ultimate rug design diva, Angela Adams, I actually swooned. Now that they’ve finally launched, the Angela Adams Egg Press collection is even more gorgeous than I’d imagined. Every single card is the perfect paper interpretation of those beautiful rugs from Adams’ collection. As it turns out, this really is a match made in heaven: Egg Press’ bold letterpress style lends itself perfectly to Angela’s retro-mod graphic styling. Plus, of course, what really makes Angela’s rugs sing is her use of texture within each pattern, which Egg Press has recreated perfectly.

This isn’t the first time I’ve seen cards that I’ve wanted to take home and frame…but it’s the first time I love them enough that I might actually do it. The textures and colors are so vivid, I can’t help wanting to show off a few – I’m envisioning a vertical line of them down a narrow wall space in my dining room. Or, I suppose I could go the traditional route and actually send them to friends – for all the technology in the world, there’s just nothing like a handwritten note, especially for no reason at all.

With four sizes (including an impossibly adorable mini gift card), and several messages to choose from, I have no idea how I’ll even begin choosing favorites. The only solution? Get one of each! –Becki S.

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customize great gifts for dad at pinhole press


This year, my dad will be receiving a shiny, new bird feeder for Father’s Day (more on that to come), but for those of you looking for an indoor gift for Dad, a few very thoughtful ideas worth passing along can be found over at Pinhole Press. First spotted by way of Joanna Goddard’s blog, A Cup of Jo, the company makes gorgeous photo gifts, like the incredible birthday book Joanna made for her father. From customized notepads and stationery to calendars and books in a few formats, the site offers a variety of options in different price ranges that all boast very professional, keepsake-worthy finishes. Though a time-consuming project, a 97-photo signature photo book, complete with linen book-cloth cover, vellum end-leaves and customizable title page will cost you $65, but would be well worth the time and money spent on that #1 Dad. – Sarah C.

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