weekend plans & post requests

January 6, 2018


We’re having a quiet weekend around here.  A lot of couch nursing/reading (finally breaking in the kindle paperwhite reading Little Fires Everywhere*  – I do find it easier to balance on the My Brest Friend compared to a real book, but I still miss pages!).  Josh just took the kids out bike riding and I am assuming this post will be very short because G is very into 30 minute naps lately.**  I am taking G to a bridal shower and we have a park play-date set for tomorrow.  Oh, and we may attempt a restaurant experience – our first dinner out as a family of 5.  I actually think things will be pretty easy in this realm until G is mobile (or at least more awake), so might as well do it now!

* enjoying it a lot; reminds me of a slightly more literary Liane Moriarty

** which I am fine with because her night sleep remains very decent predictable – bed between 9-10, up at ~1-2, 4-5, and 6-7 for multiple nights in a row now.

Anyway, I just wanted to pop in to ask if anyone has any blog post ideas/requests, as I haven’t solicited feedback in a while!  Here is a list of current frequent topics + some ideas I’ve had floating around, so you can ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ them, or add to them with any of your own.

day in the life
fave parenting books
kon-mari (round #2)
our version of (sort of) minimalism
stationery faves round-up
finding babysitters (though not sure I have much to add here)
daily routines
social media – current use (& misuse)
go-to recipes
parenting philosophies
kid-friendly activities in South Florida
eating evolution
wardrobe transitions
planning series (my methods & paper systems)
what’s in your bag? (work / diaper / other)
skincare / cosmetics
media & kids – what we currently do
fave splurges vs places to save
monthly media reports (books, music, tv, blog posts)
workouts / fitness
goals check-ins
weekend reports
Which kinds of posts are you itching for more of, and which could you do without?  Let me know, and I will try to include more of what you all are looking for!


  • Reply Colleen March 10, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Most of your list sounds interesting to me, but the ones that really caught my eye are: parenting books and philosophies and self-care 🙂

  • Reply tas March 10, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Personally I love regular planning posts. My goal this year is to spend more time planning. I spent the last few years completely overwhelmed, and used to scoff at those beautiful lists people (you!) post. Then I had a huge aha moment that when I slow down and made the lists, and spend time thinking through things (and yes, making beautiful lists myself!) my productivity skyrockets. Your posts on this are what got me started, so thank you and please more of those !

    • Reply theSHUbox March 10, 2019 at 7:06 pm

      yay for beautiful lists 🙂

  • Reply Jenny March 10, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    What a great list of topics! I would read them all happily, of course, but my top interests are minimalism + KM (agree with others that these are linked in my mind), and anything parenting-related…philosophies, books, media use, etc. Also very interested in self-care and anything money-related, like your areas of splurging and saving. I’m not as interested in more planner/stationery talk just because there’s already been quite a bit of it between the recent podcast and your other Insta account lately.

  • Reply Jenn March 10, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    I love "what’s in your bag" and "media and kids" but I think my favs are always when you just pop on randomly and share about what you’re thinking/feeling in the moment. 🙂

  • Reply Amy March 10, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    I love anything stationery and planner related, but am also super interested in your second Kon-Mari experience. I need to do another round myself!

  • Reply Erika March 10, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    That is a super list of topics! I’m most interested in parenting philosophies, media & kids, daily routines (puts my own in a different light/like finding new things to adopt), minimalism (maybe how this relates to keepsakes/kid art/other collections), go-to recipes, weekend reports, fitness…actually now that I look through, there’s hardly anything on the list I’m not interested in.

    Side-note: recently on BOBW (can’t figure out which episode!) the listener question was about a new babysitter and I recall you & Laura addressing finding one and then having them work when a parent is home, etc. I thought you were going to address the process of on-boarding said babysitter. Once we find someone new, I give them a detailed day-in-the-life typical schedule (I update it every 6mo or so) and a packet of information about routines: what our kids typically eat, house rules, bedtime routines, etc. They don’t have to read it, but it’s there for reference. It removes any confusion about what the kids expect and also contains important info like emergency contacts as well as useful tidbits like the wifi password. Just in case that helps someone!

    • Reply theSHUbox March 10, 2019 at 9:00 pm

      love this!! going to mention in an episode!!! and use the idea!!

  • Reply emilymargaretnyc March 10, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Of all of your suggestions, I would especially like to see posts of:

    * stationery faves round-up
    * daily routines
    * use of social media
    * planning series
    * eating evolution
    * skin care
    * media & kids (although I don’t have kids, this is so interesting to me as it seems so different now than when I grew up (not so long ago!))
    * monthly media reports — would LOVE this.
    * goals check-ins

    Also, I’d be interested to see what the results were of your time tracking and how you did it. Thanks!

  • Reply gervy2 March 10, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Hi, new reader here (via Laura Vanderkam and your great podcast with her). Interested to see almost all of your suggested post ideas above, esp.:
    * kon-mari (round #2)
    * our version of (sort of) minimalism
    * parenting philosophies
    * wardrobe transitions
    * planning series (my methods & paper systems)
    * skincare / cosmetics
    * media & kids – what we currently do
    * fave splurges vs places to save
    * goals check-ins

  • Reply AJa March 10, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Go-to recipes. I am a physician mom of 3 kids under age 5. Dinner is hard! Just discovered your podcast via Modern Mrs. Darcy & I am really enjoying it.

    • Reply theSHUbox March 10, 2019 at 9:00 pm

      thanks AJa! our nanny does a lot of the cooking but I do meal-planning / logistics and we definitely have a handful of favorites that both adults + kids like, so will do a post!

      3 under 5 – WOW. The fact that A is almost 6 definitely makes things easier than if A&C were younger. I bet things will get much easier in a year or two for you!!

  • Reply Alyssa March 10, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    +1,000 for "planning series (my methods & paper systems)"! =)
    I would really love to see how you organize bigger projects and work elements in your additional notebook(s). I’m always interested in learning about folks workflows as well. (For example, how/when are integrating catching-up on new lit for your work?)

    But I also love all the following ideas, too!
    –fave parenting books
    –stationery faves round-up
    –parenting philosophies
    –wardrobe transitions
    –fave splurges vs places to save

  • Reply Organising Queen March 10, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    I’m not local so not interested in those posts. I’m interested in parenting/ time management posts 🙂 and everything else on your list.

    And a big yes to Irene’s suggestion above on the podcast guests!

  • Reply K.N March 10, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    would love-stationery faves round-up. Also social media – current use (& misuse) sounds nice and social media – current use (& misuse) is intriguing. Thanks for looking new things to write for us 🙂

  • Reply Amanda March 10, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    I’d love minimalism, daily routines & recipes!

  • Reply Omdg March 10, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    My favorite posts are when you give updates on your life about what you”re doing and how you”re feeling. Those are the posts that give insight on who you are, which is really why I read your blog in the first place. I also like to read about your family activities to get ideas for my own family,

  • Reply val March 10, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    all of it sounds super interesting!! as a first time mom to a 7month old, i am especially interested in parenting philosophies , favorite parenting books and day in the life. love anything planning/stationery-related, fashion and productivity also!

  • Reply Emily March 10, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Fave parenting books and parenting philosophy. Also go to recipes, daily routines, and eating evolution. Oh, and media and Kids because I am currently working through how I feel about thi r my kids who are roughly A and C”s ages.

  • Reply Anon March 10, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    I am about to hire a nanny for the first time – you seem to have a great working relationship with your nanny, where she is really part of the family. Do you have any tips for how to be a good employer to a nanny? Would love a post on that.

  • Reply Jen March 10, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    Sleep training babies
    More planning posts

  • Reply SusannahEarlyBd March 10, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    I love when you do little "currently" lists sharing a favorite podcast episode/ music/ book etc. I love your planner shots/planner posts and anything about organization/konmari/minimalism!

  • Reply Emily March 10, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Kon Mari / Minimalism (these are related in my head, and things at which I would like to get better)

  • Reply Diana March 10, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Side question, what is G sleeping *in* for naps and at night? Rock n Play, swing, crib, carrier??

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