1. Vacation or Trip? A Helpful Guide for Parents: Summer is a great time to get away with your family, but traveling with little ones isn’t exactly relaxing. This hilarious account of what counts as a trip vs. a vacation is sure to leave any parent who has taken a ‘trip’ this summer laughing out loud.  (This is an old article, but it was new to me after a friend shared it this week and it was so good I had to pass it along to all of you!)

2. Downtown Rooftop Patio Makeover Reveal: Our friends over at Sugar & Cloth just revealed their ultra-chic rooftop patio, complete with an outdoor dining area and the cutest polkadot couch we’ve ever seen! Some major patio inspiration with dreamy views of the Houston skyline right here!

3. What You Should Know About Moving to NYC: If moving to the Big Apple is on your bucket list, this is a must-read for you! Lots of people want to move to NYC, but not everyone actually wants to live there. It’s easy to get caught-up in the idealized version of New York that we see in pictures and movies, but in reality, living in the City has it’s fair share of challenges.  I loved reading Krystal’s realistic and honest account on how she made the trek from SF to NYC.  (Don’t get me wrong, we LOVED our time in the city and wouldn’t trade it for anything.  For us, the benefits outweighed the challenges while we called NYC home and welcomed Knox to the world.)

4. Teachers and Students Speak Out When School Gets Real: This article showcases how students from across the country are processing our current political climate through the lens of some of their favorite literary characters, as well as how teachers are broaching some of these sensitive topics.  A great read and perspective!

5. What It’s Really Like to Raise a Family in a City: Raising a family in any city can be challenging at times, what with the high price of living and the crowded, fast-paced nature of urban life. But when you take a moment to really consider the things you like least about living in a city, you may come to view them as pros!  This article is specifically about raising a family in LA, but could be applied to most urban areas.