Oh, you are going to LOVE MJ, of Pars Caeli.
Although we only met in person last June at Alt NYC, I had known MJ “virtually” for many months, as we are part of an amazing group of ladies who blog and create.
Not only are these women smart, talented and driven, they are (as is much of the blogging community) some of the most supportive friends I’ve ever had. We offer advice, share each other’s work on social media (Tweeted! Pinned! Go girl!), and offer a shoulder when our bloggy lives disappoint us.
So I was super excited to meet MJ in real life, and I know you’ll be as smitten with her as I am.
Pars Caeli (pronounced “pars kiley”) is Latin for “piece of heaven”. And as MJ explains it:
“In this cozy space we talk happiness and heartbreak, discuss parenting and the wonders of childhood, share design, fashion and home decor, and collaborate on making the best life”.
I asked MJ to pick out her favorite posts, and here are the ones she shared:
MJ is all about family – I love this memoir box for its simplicity, and how it captures a lovely family memory. It’s also a wonderful “snapshot” of where her children were at the time, through their writing, drawings and thoughts.
“This project was in collaboration with a great group of uber talented women: Jen from Classic Play, Alexandra of AlexandraHedin, and Melissa of Lulu the Baker. The project was a perfect blend of real life meets blog world for me. My children and husband were engaged in remembering our fun summer together, and the memoir box came together quickly. And I love the finished product!”
MJ is also all about collaborations. In fact, it’s one of the things I admire most about her. She is genuinely interested in engaging with her peers as well as her readers, and this series beautifully exemplifies that.
“My fave series so far (always open to new greatness, you know?) has been the Celebrate the Normal posts from this summer. Dozens of folks from around the globe weekly contributed images of their normal, everyday lives, and allowed us to see the beautiful in the ordinary. I relished seeing what new shots I’d get from long-time friends, and I was happily surprised to see newcomers to the fold each week! I am all about gratitude, the beautiful in the simple, and common experience – so I think #celebratethenormal may make a return some time soon.”
I love that MJ gives a “peek behind the curtain” to see the bumps, mistakes and plans-gone-awry that we all experience. That – although the internet would have you think otherwise – we’re not all leading Pinterest-worthy, picture-perfect lives.
“Blogging is cathartic for me. I love to talk projects and family, happiness and creativity, but sometimes life is completely frustrating so I love talking about that, too.”
MJ did a great job of sharing posts that show the range of topics that you’ll find at Pars Caeli, as well as the positive message she’s always putting out into the world. But of course I couldn’t help but add a few picks of my own:
I love the idea of a craft “date” with a friend. These burlap placemats are SO me, and look easy to execute too.
And finally – MJ doesn’t spend her time chasing pageviews and “likes”. Instead, she celebrates the work of others, genuinely engages with her audience and joyfully collaborates with her fellow creatives.
Sounds like a piece of heaven to me.
Thanks so much MJ! xo
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