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Earlier this month we had the pleasure of attending Crafting Community at Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, California. It was a whirlwind trip that involved over six hours of driving in each direction, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. We had the best time together in the few days we spent here. It was wonderful to be around so many like-minded families, and so many other creatives as well. The pool was filled with flamingos, swans, and giant beach balls and there were enough crafts and activities to go around. Fitness classes, including soul cycle, were offered in the morning and evening, as well as a few other fun workshops. All meals and snacks were delicious and included, which saved us time and also gave us more time together instead of worrying about the next meal. I know the boys had the time of their life, and we’re hoping to make it back not only next year, but to spend more time in Palm Springs as well.

If you are interested in attending an upcoming Crafting Community event (and you should be!), you can sign up for updates via their mailing list here.

Søren’s summer vibes t-shirt courtesy of Little Adi + Co. Images 3, 11, 14, and 15 are courtesy of  Crafting Community. This trip was sponsored by Crafting Community. All opinions, text, and images are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make life here at Team Wiking a little sweeter.

Minimal Black Swimsuit

Minimal Black Swimsuit

In my last Minimal Closet post, I shared some of my favorite black sandals, this time I’m talking about the little black swimsuit. You’ll notice that most of these swimsuits aren’t so little at all. I’m not sure why I gravitate towards one-piece suits, but I’ll blame it on my age or having kids. The truth is that I just feel more comfortable in them and don’t need to worry about slips when diving in the water or trying to juggle two kids and all of the beach things that go along with them. The suits I chose are all very versatile, and I love how you can pair most of them with a bottom to complete an outfit when packing light.

Minimal Black Swimsuit

Marysia Swim (featured, reversible!) / basta surf for Madewell (reversible!) / Marysia Swim (pair with bottoms!) / Orlebar Brown (favorite!) / Eres Bikini

I chose all of these for different reasons, but really love the reversible aspect to the first and second suits. I also really love how easily the third suit can be paired with bottoms to travel a little lighter. My favorite is the Orlebar Brown swimsuit because it is simple, timeless, and a flattering cut. I included the Eres Bikini because I love it’s clean lines.

If you’re looking for great beach accessories, Nordstrom is having it’s Half-Yearly Sale!

Little Black Swimsuit at the Beach Little Black Swimsuit on the Street

Beach Swimsuit / Cabana Pants / Textured Hat / SunglassesSlide on Sandals
Street Swimsuit / Shorts / Sunglasses / Tote (similar) / Sandals


Do you have a little black swimsuit? What is your favorite style of swimsuit?

4 Tips to Find Your Happy Place

4 Tips to Find Your Happy Place and other thoughts on Work/Life Balance

As Team Wiking’s 7th blogiversary approaches, I’ve partnered with HP & Intel to share some of my thoughts from behind the blog. I don’t normally discuss business here, but I’ve been self-employed since 2010 and only now do I feel like I’m in my happy place.

It has been such a struggle to find the perfect work-life balance, especially after Søren was born in 2012. I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no secret formula that automatically makes being self-employed easier. The thought that you will have more time to do the things you’d like to do when you’re working for yourself is a myth. The day doesn’t magically become longer than 24 hours simply because you are your own boss. I’ve found that the best way for me to work is to go with the flow. Sometimes it means working odd hours, or having flexible to-do lists that change from day to to, but mostly it just means working from my happy place.

Now that Søren is older, I’ve come to realize that my happy place is anywhere near my family. While I have times that I need to get stuff done, most of my work can be done more casually. Despite my love for travel, the happiest place I can think of is at home on our couch. When we’re home, it’s the place in our house where we spend the bulk of our time together as a family. We play games, we talk, we laugh, and I even spent some time there during Søren’s birth. So when I am not in get-stuff-done mode but still need to work, the happiest place I can be is on that couch, with the kids playing around me. The ultra-portable HP Stream 8 with Intel Inside® allows me to hang out with them and enjoy their company at the same time. I can pause when I’d like to interact more with them, and when I’m on the go free 4G data right out of the box makes it easier for me to stay in contact with them.

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4 Tips to Find Your Happy Place:

    1. First and foremost, your happy place should be somewhere that you are most happy.
    2. Are you there in quiet or are you surrounded by loved ones?
    3. What does the space look like? Mine is calm in a usually chaotic living space.
    4. Is your space complete or do you need tools to be productive? I need my water bottle and notebooks near.

Have you thought about where your happy place is? I’d love to hear about it, use the hashtag #WorkFromHappyPlace on social media.

I’d also love to hear about any other tips or tricks you have for your perfect work/life balance in the comments below!

4 Tips to Find Your Happy Place and other thoughts on Work/Life Balance 4 Tips to Find Your Happy Place and other thoughts on Work/Life Balance

This discussion is sponsored by HP & Intel. All opinions, text, and images are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make life here at Team Wiking a little sweeter.