Sundays with Lida Ziruffo - Ordinary Habit

Sundays with Lida Ziruffo

We first stumbled upon Lida’s work in Magnolia Journal, and immediately fell in love. There was whimsy within the work, but in a quiet way. With muted tones, and luscious scenes, we thought it would be the perfect fit for a puzzle. Based in Orvieto, Italy we caught up with Lida to see how she spends her Sundays.

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Game Night with Ordinary Habit - Ordinary Habit

Game Night with Ordinary Habit

Do you hear that? It's the faint sound of children laughing, the chime of champagne flutes mid-toast, the rustle of wrapping paper coming undone. It's easy to let these ordinary moments pass us by. But if we slow down and listen closely, they can ignite the senses—and inspire a feeling of nostalgia—especially during the holidays.

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At Home with Natasha Feldman - Ordinary Habit

At Home with Natasha Feldman

There’s a million reasons to love following along with Natasha Feldman – she’s hilarious for starters, but more importantly her...

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A Thanksgiving Cocktail from our friends at Esme - Ordinary Habit

A Thanksgiving Cocktail from our friends at Esme

If there was an Ordinary Habit restaurant headquarters, it would be Esme, in Brooklyn. Dear friends, and ever supplying our french fry and cocktail cravings, they’ve fueled many brainstorm sessions ever since we started. We hope you enjoy this cocktail as much as we do, and if you’re ever in Brooklyn, make sure to stop by!

On the menu since day one, the Zelda Fitzgerald is a riff on a classic cocktail that combines rosemary honey and citrus with the botanicals of your favorite gin into a holiday (and year round) classic.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2021 - Ordinary Habit

Holiday Gift Guide 2021

This holiday season, we're building on our mission by giving you even more ways to engage in artful, everyday play—together, at last. Enter the Ordinary Habit Marketplace, which features a curated selection of brands that we know and love.

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At Home with Helena Price Hambrecht of Haus - Ordinary Habit

At Home with Helena Price Hambrecht of Haus

We started following along with Haus early on, on social media, and have been fans ever since. With their new releases, and additional flavors, there’s one for every occasion. Whether it’s on the rocks, or mixed into a cocktail they’re always a delicious treat!

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Sundays with Manuja Waldia - Ordinary Habit

Sundays with Manuja Waldia

When our friend Farah at One Stripe Chai introduced us to Manuja’s work, it was love at first sight. We were thrilled to include her vibrant celebration of sisterhood al fresco, entitled Troublemakers, in our latest collection of puzzles, and we remain mesmerized by its bold colors and beautiful details. Read on to learn more about how she spends her Sundays in Goa.

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(Life)Style Habits: Reflections on Happy Hour by Marlowe Granados - Ordinary Habit

(Life)Style Habits: Reflections on Happy Hour by Marlowe Granados

When I was younger, my sartorial inclinations weren't motivated by much else other than the desire to check a box. It seemed to me that style was less of a habit and more of an expectation. Clothing was a way to tell a story I felt too shy to say out loud. These days, my reading habit has shifted how I understand aesthetics (both on and off the page). Recently, I picked up Marlowe Granados' debut novel Happy Hour, and I was reaffirmed of the nuanced role style can play in someone's life—and how it can quietly transform their story.

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At Home with Farah Jesani of One Stripe Chai - Ordinary Habit

At Home with Farah Jesani of One Stripe Chai

When we got a note from One Stripe Chai Co.’s founder, Farah Jesani, in our inbox we knew we’d found a kindred spirit. Immediately we hopped on a call full of laughter and stories about how we all love pairing puzzles and tea time, and thus our dream collaboration was born.

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A Quiet Habit of Connection: Reflections on Seek You by Kristen Radtke - Ordinary Habit

A Quiet Habit of Connection: Reflections on Seek You by Kristen Radtke

From observing the details of a book’s cover design to breathing in the inviting scent of its pages, these small acts make me feel a little less lonely in my body, even when I’m alone with my mind. This duality was at play while reading Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness by Kristen Radtke.

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Sundays with Kate Arends of Wit & Delight - Ordinary Habit

Sundays with Kate Arends of Wit & Delight

For years we’ve been fans of Kate, and the world she’s created at Wit & Delight. Started in 2014, Kate began publishing personal essays about her life, design, travel, and everything in between. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with her extroverted husband, Joe Peters, son August, daughter Bennett, and their sweet English labrador, Winnie Bear.

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Ordinary Habits, Fanatical Language: In Conversation with Amanda Montell, Author of Cultish - Ordinary Habit

Ordinary Habits, Fanatical Language: In Conversation with Amanda Montell, Author of Cultish

In the sixth installment of this series, Rachel Schwartzmann speaks with Amanda Montell about her new book, Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism, and the habits she hopes to cultivate in reading, writing, and beyond.

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Cheers To One Year - Ordinary Habit

Cheers To One Year

A year ago today we launched Ordinary Habit. With the aim to breathe some new life into the world of games, we wanted to reshape how people thought of play time — focusing on tactile mindfulness, elegance and beautiful artwork with our first product, a collection of six 500-piece puzzles.

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Nourishing a Habit of Love: Reflections on The Book of Difficult Fruit by Kate Lebo - Ordinary Habit

Nourishing a Habit of Love: Reflections on The Book of Difficult Fruit by Kate Lebo

Food writing is transportive and—especially during a period of isolation—a gift to the senses. Reading The Book of Difficult Fruit: Arguments for the Tart, Tender, and Unruly (with Recipes) by Kate Lebo was certainly no exception. Lebo's storytelling is enough to satiate the most well-versed foodie. And while I initially thought the book would nourish my reading practice, it ended up feeding something much deeper.

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Sundays with Ashley Streicher - Ordinary Habit

Sundays with Ashley Streicher

Sundays With is a monthly series that will highlight the routines, habits, and rituals of folks in the Ordinary Habit community. We’ll be exploring what helps them close out their week, and get ready for what’s ahead. We’re joined by Ashley Streicher, one of the most sought-after hair stylists in the industry.

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At Home with Ally Walsh of Canyon Coffee - Ordinary Habit

At Home with Ally Walsh of Canyon Coffee

Our journey into coffee began with a jump start when we accidentally broke our french press one morning, and replaced it on a whim with a Chemex. The contrast in flavor—smooth, clear and sweet compared to the press’s more robust, thicker body—was a pleasant surprise, and we’ve been enjoying the daily pour over ritual ever since. 

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Life’s Ordinary Habits: In Conversation with Rainesford Stauffer, Author of An Ordinary Age - Ordinary Habit

Life’s Ordinary Habits: In Conversation with Rainesford Stauffer, Author of An Ordinary Age

“Ordinary” may take on different meanings depending on who you ask, but one thing is certain: An Ordinary Age will endure as a guidebook for the ages. Rachel Schwartzmann spoke with Stauffer about the book’s development and the ordinary habits that are important to her in reading, writing, and life. 

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At Home with Fanny Singer - Ordinary Habit

At Home with Fanny Singer

I met Fanny Singer years ago while working in the kitchen at Violet Cakes in London. Around the same time that Ordinary Habit was launched – a mother/daughter duo founded company – Fanny’s book Always Home was released. Chronicling her world of food, wine and travel, it’s also an intimate portrait of her mother Alice Waters. I was immediately struck by the beautiful nature of their relationship, one that very much reminded me of my own relationship with my mom.

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The Art and Habit of Listening: Reflections on Earth’s Wild Music by Kathleen Dean Moore - Ordinary Habit

The Art and Habit of Listening: Reflections on Earth’s Wild Music by Kathleen Dean Moore

Earth’s Wild Music features new and selected essays from Moore, which are divided into four sections—aptly titled “Tremble,” “Weep,” “Awaken,” and “Sing Out”—and her poetic blend of reportage and personal reflection stays with you. Moore writes with an attentiveness that moves between empathy and accountability. 

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In Conversation with: <br>Priscilla Weidlein - Ordinary Habit

In Conversation with:
Priscilla Weidlein

Priscilla Weidlein is an artist whose eye is trained on the sort of visual tangents that keep her audience open to wonder. Like the eccentric splendor of a bedroom occupied by dogs wearing sweaters. Or the leafy warmth of a home where plants and art rule. Her work is abundant, itemized, patterned. 

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Habits with Heart: Reflections on Between Two Kingdoms by Suleika Jaouad - Ordinary Habit

Habits with Heart: Reflections on Between Two Kingdoms by Suleika Jaouad

Ordinary Story is a monthly series by Rachel Schwartzmann that features musings and conversations on one of our favorite ordinary habits: reading. In the first installment, Rachel reflects on Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of Life Interrupted by Suleika Jaouad.

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