my week in objects (mostly).

January 8, 2021

1. this birthday banner.

{and the little guy turning four tomorrow.}

2. this little candle holder.

{cause i just needed a little night light.}

3. this new-fangled lighter.

{a gift, and a game-changer.}

4. this indulgence.


5. this baker.

{and not being responsible for the “wedding cake” that’s been requested by the birthday kid.}

other things:

there’s no pausing for national crisis.

what happens online matters.

joy comes in the morning.

we can’t allow political amnesia to overcome our better instincts.

vigorous and far-reaching protections, support, and stability.

dirty cities.


peanut butter soup.

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  • Reply Kim M January 8, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    Hope you give a review of the serum!

    Also Happy Birthday Silas! Our family is also celebrating tomorrow: my baby is turning one!!!

  • Reply Nancy January 8, 2021 at 5:14 pm

    No way. 4 already?!?! Happy birthday!!

  • Reply Emily January 8, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    Would love to know why an alternative to retinol as I’ve been thinking about adding it to my skin care!

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE January 8, 2021 at 6:48 pm

      haven’t used retinol before, but it’s generally pretty harsh and I love and trust herbivore, so decided to give this a try!

  • Reply Margaret January 8, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    Request: much as I often enjoy your links I would really like to know where they go before I click them. I don’t mind slamming into a paywall, but I like to ration the “4 free articles a month” carefully. I’m already subscribed to everything I can afford. Supporting journalists is important, but so is my mortgage.

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE January 8, 2021 at 6:47 pm

      if you hover over the link before you click, you should be able to see the url!

    • Reply Bailey January 11, 2021 at 3:58 pm

      And if you’re reading on an iPhone, a “long touch” or a “touch and hold” (I hope that makes sense) instead of a quick tap will do the same thing! I, too, hate it when I use up my allotted articles accidentally.

      • Reply Jo January 11, 2021 at 6:04 pm

        Long press or press-and-hold also works on Android!

  • Reply Judith A Ross January 8, 2021 at 7:18 pm

    Happy Birthday, Silas! Wishing you good health and much joy in the coming year.

  • Reply Angy January 8, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    Happy Birthday Silas! Wow – time is flying.
    Here’s to a year filled with all manner of good for you & your family!

    Thinking of you and yours Erin during this TRULY CHALLENGING chapter in your citizenship. The world watches as so many amazing people work to change, heal, educate and grow your country. We believe that these intentions will forge a better tomorrow. It will be tough but it’s more than possible.

    Stay the course. Keep the faith. Know that you have beautiful, trustworthy stars to navigate by and strong winds at back.

  • Reply Amanda Murray January 9, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    Definitely thought that lighter on the windowsill was a vibrator.

  • Reply Emma January 11, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    Happy happy to Silas! Would love to hear about your experience with bakuchiol – I really like Herbivore but haven’t tried that one. Would you consider sharing what kinds of skin/body care products or practices you use these days?

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE January 12, 2021 at 10:56 am

      Sure! Will work on it!


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