my week in objects (mostly).

March 10, 2017

five little things that made my week.

1. these tiny slippers. 
{smallest size in the shop.}

2. these white tulips.tulips_reading_my_tea_leaves_IMG_7354

{brought to our house with love from dear friends.}

3. this humidifier.

{and being able to breathe through my nose.}

4. these jars.jars_reading_my_tea_leaves_IMG_7371

{for the freedom found in a jar of frozen breast milk.}

5. these leggings.leggings_reading_my_tea_leaves_IMG_7394

{because they mean i’m getting myself to a yoga class.}

other things:

day without a woman: portraits (!)

the most vulnerable women have been striking all year.

easy breezy.

on my reading list.

this is extremely pretty.

in case of emergency.

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  • Reply Min March 10, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Hi Erin – can you share where the slippers are from, or the name of the slippers themselves? The floors in our house are frigid and my daughter would appreciate some slippers!

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE March 10, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      They’re ballet slippers! We got ours at a dance shop here in the city. They’re made by Bloch!

  • Reply Jennifer March 10, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    My daughter had the same shoes! Is Faye starting ballet? How fun.

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE March 10, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      She’s taking a little class at the Y, just for fun!

  • Reply Tim March 10, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    May I ask what brand those slippers are? Thanks in advance!

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE March 10, 2017 at 1:38 pm

      They’re Block ballet slippers!

  • Reply Lin Nulman March 10, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Just signed up here. Nice variety of objects, but I must say, I also love the lamp base for its decorative simplicity.

  • Reply Hannah March 10, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Hi Erin! I’m curious about your humidifier(s), as I’m considering getting one of those useful beauties. Do you still have the smaller-sized one as well, and if so, do you find that the larger one makes a bigger difference in air humidity? Or are they both pretty equally useful?

    Thanks in advance! Also, congrats on the yoga 😉

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE March 10, 2017 at 1:36 pm

      We still have both. The smaller one is in with Faye and Silas and the larger one out in the main room with us. I love that the larger one can be set to be a continuous mist!

  • Reply Kirsten March 10, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Uh. That humidifier looks AWESOME. Does it work great?

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE March 10, 2017 at 1:35 pm

      We love it!

  • Reply Katie March 10, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    I was just searching your blog this morning to find your previous humidifier recommendation! Is there a specific reason you opted for the larger one pictured here? I’m trying to decide which size will work best for our 450 square foot studio complete with congested baby).

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE March 10, 2017 at 1:35 pm

      We put the smaller one in with Faye and Silas and the larger one in the larger main room of apartment, just because of the size of the room!

  • Reply Maria March 10, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Hi. I was wondering about the jars you are using for freezing milk. Thanks!!

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE March 10, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      Hi: they’re just 8 ounce Ball mason jars. I’ve been using the plastic caps because the metal ones tend to get a little rusty when run through the dishwasher, and the single lid makes for a slightly more streamlined process!

  • Reply Kim March 10, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Kind of a silly question, but what do you do with the frozen milk….put the jar in hot water to warm the milk? Then give it to Silas warm? I breastfed two babies exclusively and before #3, I have to figure out how to free up my boobs! Haha!

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE March 10, 2017 at 4:58 pm

      ha! yes. (we’re not giving it to him popsicle-style ;)) i usually defrost it in the fridge or on the counter and if need be, warm up in a pan with warm water!

      • Reply Kim March 10, 2017 at 5:02 pm

        Haha! I don’t know why the freezing of breast milk has always been unexplored territory for me! But next time around…It’s so on 🙂 Thank you Erin!

  • Reply Alissa March 10, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Those tiny ballet shoes are so adorable. 🙂

  • Reply Pat March 10, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Erin, please forgive my curiosity: is “Silas” a family name? My deeply loved grandfather was named Silas. I had wanted to name my son after him, at least as a middle name, but lost that battle 37 years ago. Now I’m hoping a little grandson will come along and be given that name by the same son, who adored his great grandfather. It’s very, very precious to me, so seeing your little Silas mentioned or pictured brings floods of wonderful memories. All my best to you and your sweet family.

  • Reply Anna March 11, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Great to see your profile in The Cut!

  • Reply Elise Liddell March 11, 2017 at 10:07 am

    looking at those ballet shoes makes me miss doing ballet. i’ve always find ballerinas very beautiful to watch but i don’t see myself fitting despite doing it at young age.

  • Reply Maggie March 11, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Just want to say thank you for your beautiful book & blog. I bought it at a lovely store called Terrain & didn’t read it right away.. As soon as I read it front to back, I was beyond inspired to simplify my similar tiny apartment in CT. The book is now permanently visible as a resource & a reminder to be mindful, pursue sustainability, & to only own things that I use or love. It has created a sense of freedom that has made all the difference. Happy Saturday!

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE March 12, 2017 at 10:31 am

      So glad to hear that!

  • Reply Little Black Domicile Blooger March 11, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Hello Erin-We’ve followed your blog for such a long time. Everything about your blog is soothing and encourages us all to live with things that are important to us which must times mean bucking the trend these day. Thank you putting into words what many of us think. -Laurel

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE March 12, 2017 at 10:31 am

      Thanks for such kind words!

  • Reply Abbie Patterson March 11, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Yes! Heard the interview with the author for Exit West on the radio and was completely captivated. Can’t wait to dive into that.

  • Reply Heather March 11, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    Ballet slippers are so dear! One of the few mementos I kept from my oldest daughter’s toddlerhood was her first, worn-through pair of ballet slippers. 🙂

  • Reply Danielle March 11, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    Have you seen these??
    I know you use life factory bottles, but these could save you a little more space since you already store your milk in mason jars. 🙂

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE March 12, 2017 at 10:31 am

      Ha! Yes: just saw these the other day! If I didn’t have a stash of hand-me-down bottles, I’d give them a try!

  • Reply Lo March 14, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    How is that humidifier? I struggle (really struggle) with allergies, but haven’t found much success with humidifiers because the ones I’ve tried have been very hard to clean.

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE March 14, 2017 at 3:09 pm

      We really love it! It’s small, so it doesn’t have a huge impact on the room as a whole, but it’s wonderful to sleep next to. Admittedly, I can’t really comment on the allergies or cleaning aspect yet!

  • Reply MissEm December 27, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Hey, i know a lot of people come on here to look up this humidifier (I did) – just wanted to say that we got one, it had almost no output, so we emailed the company, and it’s been a whole go-around that’s lasted now for three months and we are still waiting on a replacement part that will hopefully solve it (it’s a multi-step process to try and do this and they’re very reticent to offer a return and refund) – such a headache. I’ve since looked at online reviews and it looks like we aren’t the only ones, so do be cautious if ordering this item :/.

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE December 28, 2017 at 6:15 pm

      Yikes, sorry to hear that. We’ve loved every minute of ours and haven’t run into that (or any) issue!

      • Reply MissEm January 17, 2018 at 1:37 pm

        That’s good to hear – I do wish ours had worked or that they’d been willing to send a new one (they sent a replacement part but it didn’t work either – all in all a frustrating 3 month process and I’m reticent to send my husband down that road again :/)

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