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Hello, again. Did you get a chance to see the eclipse on Monday? We drove to a little town called Weiser, Idaho, population 5,207, hoping to observe the totality. It was a 10 hour drive, but worth it!


We drove all through the night with the goal of avoiding traffic, and it worked. Usually Ben Blair is the main driver on road trips because driving can make me super sleepy. But I gulped down one of those little 5-hour energy bottles and I was totally fine driving from 1:30 AM to 6:00 AM. We listened to an audiobook of Ready Player One while we drove.

The skies were totally clear in Weiser and we loved the festive atmosphere in town — the population practically doubled with all the eclipse tourists, and every green field within the city limits was filled with campers.

As for the eclipse itself, I found the whole experience really emotional and awe-inspiring. As it got closer and closer to totality, I started shaking with anticipation. I couldn't sit still. And then, when it was really happening, I cried and cried — the tears totally surprised me! Oh my. I can't stop thinking about it.

On the drive home, we couldn't help looking up future eclipse dates and marking our calendars. (Here's a map of future eclipse paths all over the world.) If you ever get the chance to observe one, it's definitely worth going out of your way to make it happen.

- I've got school, school, and more school on my mind this week. June started 2nd grade on Monday. Olive started 10th grade the same day. Maude's first classes at Berkeley started today (we moved her into the dorms last week!). And Oscar and Betty are trying a new school this year — the first day is on Monday.


Some years, I'm really relieved that school is starting, but this year I'm kind of dreading it. I've loved the laid-back schedule we've had this summer and I'm not looking forward to the rigid morning timelines of the fall. 

Related, you might enjoy this post about how we don't get stressed out about choosing schools.

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On Facebook, I shared an article about multi-level-marketing companies like LulaRoe. I had no idea they require a $5000 buy-in to start selling. That seems so high to me. Some readers agree with me and others believe that any issues with MLMs are on the shoulders of the sellers, not the companies themselves. Feel free to add your thoughts.

- I'm thinking about changing up my hair again. I've been dyeing it with a semi-permanent option for a few months now. But I'm considering trying a silvery white platinum on my pixie. Since my real, un-dyed hair is so grey already, I think I could get to a full silver-platinum pretty easily.

Also, I've really been enjoying my Tatum wig. It's a super easy way to change things up in a snap. I put on the wig, comb it out, and I'm ready to go in about 2 minutes. Have you ever worn one? On the day this photo was taken, people kept telling me I looked much younger with the wig. I wonder if it's the bangs?



-  Here's something cool! It's a new tool called Nix, and it can scan any surface and tell you exactly what the color is. And it will show you the color in whatever formulation you prefer, like CMYK, RGB, LAB, HEX, and more. It’s basically the Photoshop eyedropper tool in real life! (If you don’t use Photoshop, a quick explanation: with the eyedropper tool, you can click on any color on your screen, and Photoshop will tell you instantly what the color formulation is. So handy! I use it a ton.)

There's a Nix Pro version for graphic designers, interior designers, paint contractors, and architects. And they just launched the Nix Mini with a price tag aimed at anybody who might need a color tool now and then — like maybe when you’re planning a party or a wedding. 

Want to give Nix Mini a try? They're on sale now for $79, and I have a coupon code especially for Design Mom readers — DESIGNMOMNIX — that will bring the price down to $69 plus free shipping. Let me know if you buy one. I'd love to hear how you use it!


I think that's it for now. I'm always interested in hearing your own random thoughts. You can reply to this email — it's a two-way conversation — if you'd like to share.

kisses, 
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