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Friends, I have a confession to make. I’ve been cheating on this blog with another.

I’d like to introduce you to Bunny + Dolly, my little baby blog.

Yes, that’s right. I’m having a baby! Actually, I’m having a baby pretty soon. My due date is July 9th!

I invite you to click here to read up on my experiences over the last couple of months–the good and the bad. I may be spending most of my time over on Bunny + Dolly for the foreseeable future, so please be sure to subscribe to the RSS feed while you’re there. I’m also playing around with the idea of keeping an abbreviated version of Somewhere in Middle America up and running on Tumblr, so feel free to check that out, too.


{self-portrait taken at 36 weeks}

If you’re a fan of D.I.Y. and a lover of gift swaps, you won’t want to miss the latest Inspired Creations contest. Hurry, you have until Monday, November 8th to enter.

Props to my dad for sharing this video from Fight Back NY.

It’s 2010. Why are our lawmakers still voting against equality?

Check me out over on Elizabeth Anne Designs Living, where I’m talking about Briscoe’s–I mean, my–favorite new pet accessories. Be sure to leave a comment (here or there) and be part of the conversation!

If you got a kick out of the Double Rainbow song, you are going to love this.

Watch this video first:

Now, listen to this:

I hope that brightened up your Monday morning. Did you snort a little bit of coffee out of your nose?

You are welcome.

I’m over on Elizabeth Anne Designs Living today sharing one of my hummus with yogurt recipes — and, inadvertently, igniting The Great Tahini Debate of 2010.

Come on over and share your two cents!

Well, friends, we made it through another week! And this was a particularly memorable week–one of my closest friends in Omaha gave birthday to a big, beautiful baby boy yesterday. I’m especially giddy this morning because I get to meet him today, and his parents asked me if I would take his first “professional” portraits next week. What an honor! I’ve been doing my research on newborn photography, learning the best positions for the baby and what equipment I’ll need. But if you have any experience photographing newborns, I’d love your suggestions.

On another note, do you enjoy these weekly round-ups? I know I don’t do them every week, and I’m debating whether to continue with them. I come across so much great content on the web every day that I want to share with you, but I’m wondering if these types of posts disrupt the “flow” of my blog. (Does my blog even have a flow?) I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please leave your comments below. Or email me if you prefer: pj at somewhereinmiddleamerica dot com.

And now, the list:

From honey-colored waves or a bleach-blond pixie, Michelle Williams can do no wrong with her hair.

Am I jealous that this talented photographer is only 19? You bet! (via Creature Comforts)

I have never been to Maine, but I would go just for a McLobster.

These book clocks are so brilliant. One would look terrific in my living room. (via A Merry Mishap)

Free downloads for fellow list-making lovers. (via Elizabeth Anne Designs Living)

I’m in the mood for A Little Romance.

When was the last time you had a really good cry?

Have you ever seen anything as darling as this embroidered cake? (PS: Happy birth day, Spencer!) (via Oh Happy Day)

Knitting takes too long; I need to learn how to crochet. (via Design*Sponge)

Again, please let me know what you think about this weekly series (or any of my posts). I’m in the process of considering a blog revamp and could use your good advice.

Today I’m over on Elizabeth Anne Designs Living sharing a simple anti-aging skin regimen I learned from my dermatologist.

Curious? Hop on over, and join the conversation.

(image via Allure)

If this doesn’t put a smile on your face, I’m not sure we can be friends anymore.


Today feels like the perfect Fall day. Woke up to temperatures in the low 60s, and the high temp, as predicted by my fave, Rusty Lord, will be near 75 degrees. What a way to usher in Labor Day Weekend!

Do you have big plans for the holiday weekend? I have nothing on my calendar yet, but I’m hoping that will change. I do not want to sit around on my bum for three days, sulking because J isn’t home. This is exactly the reason why I like to make plans in advance — I love having something to look forward to! Blank pages in my calendar make me sad. Do you agree?

On to the list:

A new source for affordable art — plus a giveaway! (via Please Sir)

Emily and I have the same desk. So why doesn’t mine look as stylish as hers? (PS: I want a Ghost chair!)

If I had an extra $1,000, I would buy a Satomi Kawakita ring in a heartbeat. (via Unruly Things)

Briscoe would never do what Uki did.

I need to look for some eggplants at the farmer’s market this weekend.

Oscar has the most adorable handmade denim trousers.

Would you wear two belts at the same time?

Joy’s dining room is a work in progress, but I already love it.

Kate Spade Publishing.

Truthfully, I think J and I are a pretty cool couple.

(image of gorgeous allium flowers via)