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Of Sleeping Babes and Sorting Minds

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“It is the nightly custom of every good mother after her children are alseep to rummage in their minds and put things straight for next morning, repacking into their proper places the many articles that have wandered during the day. If you could keep awake (but of course you can’t) you would see your own mother doing this, and you would find it very interesting to watch her. It is quite like tidying up drawers. You would see her on her knees, I expect, lingering humorously over some of your contents, wondering where on earth you had picked this thing up, making discoveries sweet and not so sweet, pressing this to her cheek as if it were as nice as a kitten, and hurriedly stowing that out of site. When you wake in the morning, the naughtiness and evil passions with which you went to bed have been folded up small and placed at the bottom of your mind and on the top, beautifully aired, are spread out your prettier thoughts, ready for you to put on.”

-J.M. Barrie, Peter and Wendy

Harry and I have been reading Peter Pan. I use it as a way to expose him to new words, and to entertain whilst doing so. Believe it or not, I’ve actually never read the story of Peter Pan, though I’ve seen it done in so many different movies (my favorite being Finding Neverland. Have you seen it? Amazing.). It’s amazing how, with the birth of my first son, my perspective has changed. I no longer relate to the children of the stories, which, up until age 26, I did. I now see the love, affection, heartache, of the mother. In all stories.

This passage struck a cord with me. I have many hats, but my favorite one to wear, and the most important, is Mum. Everything I do is hopefully for the best when it comes to Harry. At least that is my intention. And so watching Mrs. Darling tidy up Wendy, John, and Michael’s minds is where I find myself in these books. I see bits of Harry in John, Michael, the lost boys, even Peter Pan. But I find myself when Mrs. Darling is tidying her babies minds at the end of the day, with her sweet mocking mouth keeping that elusive kiss in the right hand corner.

xoxo, Mallory

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Style Me Pretty Weddings: THE BOOK

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Okay, we can say it. I fail at the 12 Days of Christmas. The problem was – I spent all weekend at Christmas Parties, or decorating Christmas Parties, or cooking for Christmas Parties, or shopping (for… you guessed it Christmas Parties). So I just didn’t have the time to blog. But I was still Christmassy, I promise!

I’m planning on doing a full fledged gift guide later this week for those of you (like me) who shop late. But can I just stop in to say, holy crap, my boss wrote a book? It’s freaking gorgeous you guys. And honestly, honestly, it would make a fabulous present for someone who is engaged – or maybe someone who is getting a sparkly rock in her stocking. Or just someone like me who loves weddings more than most other things.

I’m so proud of the whole Style Me Pretty team (and all the fabulous photographers, designers, etc) who came together to create this absolutely beautiful book. I have the best job ever. Want proof? Just open the pages.

xoxo, Mallory

PS buy it here!

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Bosom Friends

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Have you read Anne of Green Gables? It was always a favorite of mine growing up. I would sit on the sun porch on my dad’s farm house pretending to be at Green Gables and read the Anne books over and over. Such a huge part of my imagination & childhood can be found in Anne of Green Gables.

Anne had a best friend, you may remember, named Diana Berry. She described her as her kindred spirit – her bosom friend. I was dying for a bosom friend when I was younger. Someone just like Diana (or maybe just like Anne, because let’s face it, I’m much more Diana then Anne). Someone whom I could call my bosom friend.

The problem was, I didn’t totally understand what a bosom friend was. A bosom friend is more than a best friend, but different from a sister. Someone with whom you connect with no effort. A person who just gets you. She accepts your flaws (and might even love you a little more because of them) and adores your strengths. A friend who will always be a part of your life, no matter what. A bosom friend has that indescribable quality that just makes them, simply, a bosom friend.

I have good friends, great friends, and best friends. I have some of the most lovely people in my life – people whom I am lucky to know. People who I care about deeply, and people who care just as deeply for me. Some really amazing friends. And, as I realized yesterday, I finally have a bosom friend. And I’m SO lucky for that. Not everyone gets a bosom friend.

Do you have one?

xoxo, Mallory

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30 Days of Thanks: Day 25

We’re piggy backing off of yesterday’s thankful post, but I felt like he deserved his own day. Today I am thankful for Harry Potter.

J.K. Rowling’s books have taught me so much about love, life, and friendship over the years and many, many (too many to count) rereads. I have learned about compassion, good vs. evil, heartache. I have laughed, cried, become unbelievably mad, and awed time after time again and plan to continue the cycle for the rest of my life.

I can’t wait to share the story of Harry Potter and his journey through some pretty tough years with my children. I can only hope they will love him as I do – as one of the best friends of my life.

Thank you Joanna + Harry Potter.

xoxo, Mallory

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30 Days of Thanks: Day 24

Books. Books have made my life the life it is. They are my solitude when I need some time to myself. They are my escape when I need to escape. They are my entertainment when life is lacking that. They are my teachers when I am ready to learn. They are my friends when I let them into my heart. They are my passport when I am ready to explore.

Books have grown my imagination, my knowledge base, and my passion for different cultures, different time periods, different worlds. They have always been there for me and will be there for me until the very end. They are some of the best friends I’ve had.

When I’m old and grey, and my grandchildren come to visit, I hope they can walk into my library and enjoy every last book that I have known and loved over the years. The warn, ratty books, the books with the almost new spine, every single one.

Today I am thankful for books.

xoxo, Mallory

PS if you’re looking for some awesome book reviews, check out Book Monster. She’s awesome.

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Steve Martin

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I’ve been a fan of Steve Martin since the first time I watched Father of the Bride. And after reading a few (hundred) of his Tweets, I’m an even bigger fan (he even has a book). One of my favorites:

Ah, summer’s almost over and fall is almost setting in. Which proves that you can tweet anything.

xoxo, Mallory

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