Tag Archives: Summer Break

Summertime Bounty

Last night while the Brown family ate dinner on the porch (roughly 7.5 minutes before the kids jetted off to play in the yard!), we began counting the weeks left in Summer. Yes, I’m aware this conversation was taking place way too early! But here’s the simple truth…Minnesotans have both the beauty and frustration of living with clear beginnings and endings to the four seasons. Summer is fast, fun, messy, full, exhausting and tremendously entertaining.

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Which is why I’ve decided to take a temporary pause from blogging over the next two months and spend more time with my three young children, handwriting as much as possible, sharing the bounty of our garden and participating in the family circus. You’ll still hear from Brown Ink Paper Goods regarding a sale or two over the Summer (check out the latest discounts here!) and posting new products on Instagram, TwitterPinterest, and Facebook. Otherwise, I’ll rejoin you all in late August. Until then, put the phone down and let your closet, inner-youth take over whenever possible! Before I leave you, here are a few highlights from the past month worth checking out…

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Cocorrina’s current obsession with brass office supplies from Kohezi!

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The always creative USPS Stamps blog recently spotlighted two experts to help us style our cards as well as find the right words while corresponding!

Enjoying the Lettres Grandes from Nowness, a film series of French actors reading letters such as correspondence by Van Gogh to his brother.

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No one highlights the National Stationery Show quite like Nole from Oh So Beautiful Paper (I finally met the gal in person at the show this year and expressed my appreciation for her inspiring site!). Check out her favorites, 13 post series, from this year’s show!

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The new NYC boutique, C.W. Pencil Enterprise, is a must-visit for all pencil enthusiasts headed to The Big Apple. Speaking of traveling…

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Did you hear the latest? Boutique hotels are now offering letter-writing amenities in hotel rooms, one even has personalized stationery awaiting their guests!

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Recently released More than Words: The Illustrated Love Letters, Thank-You Notes and Travelogues of Great Artists is one to add to your coffee table collection this Summer.

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Make it a memorable Summer. Be daring, share what you love, and write when you can. xo

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Life is full…and messy, scary, exhausting, exhilarating, rewarding, challenging and beautiful. All of it, fluctuating day to day,  moment to moment. Why not introduce more “high points” into our days with one gesture – the delivery of an unexpected note.

A simple act, really. The note doesn’t need to be long, witty, or even written on fancy paper. How about giving thanks to the couple next door who often welcome the neighborhood children into their home with open arms. Or before the day begins, drop a love note in your partner’s briefcase, just because. Try tucking a written message under your high-schooler’s pillow, praising his or her dedication to an activity. Next time you pick up your daily latte, drop a humorous one-liner in the form of a note for the Portlandia-extra barista behind the counter. Or slip a note in your grade schooler’s folder for the teacher to find, a little praise for the energy they put into each day.

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If you need help in the idea category with notes or messages, take a look at these clever lunch notes from provisions. If not, cut out a good clip from the newspaper’s funny section. Or handwrite a note on the back of a vacation photo, reminding a loved one of a “high point” from Summer Break.

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Of course, it’s always easy to get the kiddos smiling in the middle of the day with an unexpected joke! Print off the Halloween Joke Notes from All for the Boys for a guaranteed lunch-table laugh.

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This act will literally take you 5 minutes, if that, to a make someone’s day. And also your own.