Hello my dears! I know it’s been a shamefully long time since I poked my head in here – for those of you who have followed me over to Lolalina, you know a lot has been going on in my life since I last posted here. The biggest and best change of all is that I have a little one of my own now, my son Bixby, who just turned two this June (I still can’t believe he’s 2…)! I’m popping in now because I have a few projects in the works that will merge some of my Global Mama content (parenting, inspiring finds for kids, etc.) with some of the design aesthetic and tips I have been building up on Lolalina and through my columns on Houzz.

So, the good news is you can now sign up for my brand spankin’ new monthly e-newsletter, Lolalina Mini News, which will be filled each month with only the best curated ecofriendly, well-designed product picks, bite-size mini articles on parenting topics (like the ones you came to Global Mama for), and other goodies. If you are at all interested, please sign up now! Which brings me to the not-so-good news…


I will be shutting down the Global Mama website in only a few short weeks. After much thought and consideration, this just doesn’t feel like the right fit for what I want to do moving forward. I have so appreciated all of the comments and emails that have continued to roll in, even years (!) after typing my last post here. You can still connect with me via email, through my blog at Lolalina, and…

I really, really hope you will sign up for my new e-newsletter! I am envisioning this as a low-pressure way for this lovely community that we have built here to keep in touch and continue to grow.

xoxo Laura

(image: lovely print by Enrouge available here)


Hello everyone! I hope you are doing well. As I mentioned earlier, I have been a very busy little bee working on a secret project, which I would now like to share with you…

picture-11I have been gathering a lot of great stuff that I’ve been just bursting to write about, but that doesn’t really fit Global Mama, so I have made the jump and launched a second blog, called Lolalina. Lolalina is all about finding your Sweet Life ~ I will be talking about decor, personal style, travel, weddings & celebrations, creativity, small business, and things that bring us joy. If any of those topics sound interesting to you, I really hope that you will come visit me at Lolalina and say hello! It would mean a lot. And don’t worry, you will still find me blogging here at Global Mama each week as well :)

Check it out: Lolalina ~ Find your sweet life

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I am excited to share this recipe with you, as it has become one of our favorite easy dinners lately. I adapted this from a recipe featured in the last issue of Domino magazine, and it really couldn’t be simpler. Basically, you cook some pasta, gather up a few fresh ingredients, and toss everything in a bowl at the last moment.



A note on special ingredients: I prefer using ricotta salata, which is very mild – but if you can’t find it, feta or soft goat cheese will work as well. If you don’t have fresh peas, use frozen & just zap them in the microwave for a minute before you throw them in.

p.s. – The recipe is an image, so feel free to drag/copy it to your desktop for future reference :) Enjoy!

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Hello dear friends! I realize that I haven’t posted much lately, and I hope you don’t think I’ve abandoned you :) I have been having a very busy few weeks with family visiting, as well as a new project that I have been working on (I’ll fill you in on that soon). I’ll be back in a few moments with a nice, fresh spring recipe…

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“Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to have to explain things to them always and forever.”

~ from The Little Prince

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Hello there! This is just a quick post to let you know I am guest blogging today over at The Homeschooler’s Guide to the Galaxy on various approaches to science and nature education. *Big* thanks to Alison for inviting me to post on her lovely site; you can read the article here. Come on over and tell us what you think!

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Hunting For A Preschool, Part 4: Charlotte Mason, A Homeschooling Approach

April 20, 2009

This is the fourth part in an ongoing series about finding the right preschool for your family; you can read the introduction here. The first posts covered Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio-Inspired schools. And now for something a bit different: I know that many of you out there are either homeschooling or considering homeschooling your children, [...]

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The Girl Project

April 14, 2009

Wonder what teens are up to these days? The Girl Project is putting teen girls behind the camera to document their own lives.  Girls are encouraged to take photographs of anything they wish – and after taking a look at the photos on The Girl Project Blog and Flickr set, you may be surprised at [...]

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Off The Beaten Track Travel ~ Equitrekking

April 13, 2009

Imagine riding horseback through the jungles of Costa Rica, down ancient roads lined with fields of lavender in Provence, or across the wide open plains of Wyoming, and ending your day in a cozy inn to enjoy a delicious dinner and a well-deserved glass of wine. This is no ordinary lying-by-the-pool vacation; this is equitrekking. [...]

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April 10, 2009

Happy weekend, everyone! {beautiful tulip photo from Straussy1}

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