friday link love + a little announcement

So I have some exciting news this Friday:  

Light Sleeper, Heavy Dreamer is now accepting sponsorship.  I'm sure my usual readers have noticed the addition of the "advertise" tab at the top of the page, and you can click there to see my options & rates.  I've kept prices very low, and all advertising will be reviewed for content to make sure that it's relevant to my readers.  I've also added a free option for local businesses!  I want to make sure that my site stays authentic, and that includes continuing to support St. Louis and Southern Illinois.  

As a kick-off, I'm offering 50% off all ads and sponsored posts for the first month, using the code "getstartedwithlshd."  I look forward to working with some great companies and creatives, and I hope you'll be excited to see collaborations with some people I think are really awesome.

First up is BloomNation.com - they kindly offered to give my readers the opportunity to win a $50 gift card to get fresh flowers delivered in the St. Louis area.  Bloom Nation is great, because rather than taking a chunk of money from the profit of the local florist (like 1800flowers.com and FTD), you place your order directly from the florist.  Also, the arrangements you can purchase are uploaded in photos directly by the florist, so you get what you ordered!  How many times have you sent flowers to someone you love, and been horrified by what they actually received?  Seriously, I've sent roses to my mom and they showed up lime green.  LIME GREEN.

You can enter here:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

And now, here are this week's links!  

A letter to my pre-mom self....this one is a really gorgeous essay a friend sent me, so now I'm passing it on to all of you, and one special friend in particular. 

Cool music for babies & kids.  

How to leave a party - should you ghost, or say goodbye?  I'm a fan of the unannounced exit, but apparently there's a flow chart for that.  

Is there anything better than a perfect baked potato?  And is it weird that I can never seem to manage it at home?  

These baskets look like a gorgeous way to stash blankets or toys around the house.  

There's nothing sadder than seeing all those horrifying stories of parents forgetting their children in their car, but now someone's developed an iPhone app that reminds you to get your baby.

And if you're in St. Louis and haven't gotten your tickets to Alive Magazine's Top Chef Burger Competition yet, hurry up cause there aren't many left!  You can click through here to grab some.  


  1. that is exciting! love the new look of your blog.

  2. Sad I missed the giveaway! I like your take on sponsorship. It's deliberate and aligned with your values.

    1. Thanks so much for saying so! I'm hoping I can keep it in that sweet spot of relevant to you guys, and getting to support great brands. Make sure to enter for the eyelashes, that's a good one!

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