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Eat lots of food and spend lots of time hugging and loving your families.

We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas this weekend!

 

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a way for santa

Dec
2011
22

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Do you have a chimney? No? Are your kids concerned about how the heezy Santa is going to get into your house? We have a fireplace, but our chimney has been sealed. I’m concerned, I’m not going to lie. Santa never came to visit me as a child. I was told that he didn’t make it all the way to the Philippines. The three kings would make it though, in the first week of January. We would leave our shoes out with letters and they’d come in the middle of the night with their camels who ate the hay we set out for them.

Anyway, so, what the heck are we supposed to do? How is Santa supposed to come into our house and fill our stockings? What about a special magic key, just for Santa!

You can hang a key for Santa outside your door, but it has to be a special magic key that will only work for him (make sure not to use one that ACTUALLY works for your house, lest your little munchkins get some ideas about doing this on their own). Such an easy DIY! Leave Santa a letter, here are some ideas:

Dear Santa,
We don’t have a chimney and I was worried as could be
about how you’d bring presents to my family and me.
But now I’ve solved the problem
and I’m not sad anymore,
for hanging on this ribbon is a magic key to our front door!

or…

This key is very special, you see
It won’t work for you or me.
Hang it outside your door.
Go to bed and worry no more.
Close your eyes. Shut them tight.
‘Cause Santa Clause is coming tonight!

 

Keep that face smiling. That’s really the only goal.

 

Also, check out this site. In case your kids need more proof.

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a box of stuff

Dec
2011
21

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We’re thinking of what to get Gabriel for Christmas. We get him all sorts of really beautiful toys, things that we don’t mind having around our home. But here’s the truth, Gabriel is TOTALLY happy to ignore the awesome vintage-y looking race car to play with some “boxes of stuff.”

Sit him in front of a plain tupperware box with his nasal aspirator, toilet paper rolls, and random plastic baby food containers ANY day and the boy will literally play by himself for half an hour. He will take things out, put them back into the box, he might give it a little taste (which he did with a lemon that was in there–that was fun) and basically just explore the items.
We call these magical toys “boxes of stuff.” So, for Gabriel’s first Christmas, he will be getting a stocking full of stuff for his many “boxes of stuff.”

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Today’s tuesday etsy spotlight is HelloClementine, a sweet little store based in London! I know we’re all in the throws of Christmas chaos, but maybe you can take a few moments to do some Christmas crafts with your kiddos!

These printables are $5 each and they include directions, supply lists, design ideas and patterns! And when you’re done, you can have little angels adorning your home, made by your little elves.

Some other stuff she has are printable tags (see left) for your presents and even printable Christmas-related artwork. I love printables!

And now, back to my regularly-scheduled program… wrapping, wrapping, wrapping.

 

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This gift guide was the funnest of them all for me to do! Making my own wishlist and listing the things I already love so much–so fun!

1. Miette Cookbook. $15. I’ve got this. I love it. It is beautiful and yummy.

2. Domino Magazine book. $20. I still can’t talk about the fact that Domino magazine is no longer in existence.

3. Alexander Girard Love pillow. $195. Blah, one day I’ll feel fine about dropping two benjamins on a throw pillow. Today is not that day, but I still drool over it.

4. Moroccan Oil Hair Treatment. $40. I love this stuff. My hair never thanked me enough.

5. Essie nailpolish in Mademoiselle. $8. This is essie’s classic. I think it looks great on everyone. It is my go-to. They sell Essie at Target now. I come home with a new color every time I go.

6. Korres Lip Butter Duo. $15. These are like yummy butter on your lips. It’s a luxury.

7. Swing necklace. $80. How sweet, carefree and cute is that? Love!

8. Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Key Pouch. $98. I want this for when I take long walks with my babies (Gabriel and Chloe) and I just need a place to put some cash and my keys.

9. Thankful Pencils. $7. Because really, I’m sure you’re thankful for the ladies in your life, and I’m sure sometimes you’d like to remind them.

10. Case Study Ceramic Planter. $150. I love this planter. I’m not even sure I’d care if there was a plant in it.

11. Public Bike D8. $1000. I’m convinced that if I had a beautiful, stylish little city bike like this, I’d ride around in it all the time in dresses to go to the farmer’s market. Nevermind that I’m extremely clumsy (currently, I have BOTH knees skinned, toe bruised and debatably broken, miscellaneous bruises all over my legs and bite marks on my face, but that doesn’t count because they were inflicted by a teething little baby).

 

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Princesses and superheroes these are not, but I think any 3 or 4 year old would still enjoy many hours of valuable play time with any of these toys. And in my book, great play value equals great gift.

1. Dwell Studio Farm Stamp Set. $24. Art and animals in a cute wooden box. What more can you ask for?

2. Plan Toys Large Scale Kitchen. $200 and up (each). My parents are getting my boys the Plan Toys kitchen set for christmas. It was the cutest non-pink kitchen set I could find. I think it’s perfectly healthy to encourage boys to pretend they’re working in the kitchen. Maybe mine will grow up to be world renowned chefs one day.

3. Fishing playset. $35. Pretend fishing. You really can’t go wrong with a gift that allows the child to use their imagination.

4. Crochet Camera. $42. A cute crochet version of the Diana Lomo F+. Who could resist?

5. Svan Wooden Toddler Scooter Tricycle. $107. Ride-ons are usually parked somewhere visible (kind of like a piece of furniture), so it helps when they are well-designed, like this one. We have a few ride-ons already, but I wouldn’t cringe if someone gave my kids another one (especially if it looked like this), because when we have play dates, each child grabs a ride-on and my house turns into a freeway. It looks so fun.

6. Handmade Felt Alphabet. $38. These are soft and squishy. And its handmade quality makes it more endearing.

7. Skip Hop Zoo Pack. $20. Kids can carry around their new Christmas toys in style, where ever they go.

8. Pengoloo. $25. An adorable all-wood memory game incorporating penguins and their eggs. We have this, and we love it.

9. Tegu Magnetic Blocks. $32. Beautifully crafted wooden blocks in a cute felt travel case. Oh yah, and they’re fun, too.

 

 

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a baby giveaway

Dec
2011
15

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Does anyone else feel like this today?

ps. Im a liar.

 

 

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‘Tis the season for holiday and dinner parties! I know most people bring something to eat at these events, but here are some alternative ideas!

1. Cast Iron Muffin Pan. $20. This will last forever.

2. Weck Medium Modern Jar Set. $12. Fill these with some sea salt, or cinnamon sugar, get a bigger one and make Meyer Lemon preserves.. They’re beautiful.

3. Antico Frantoio Muraglia ‘Intenso’ Extra Virgin Olive Oil. $48. Who doesn’t love yummy olive oil in stylish bottles?

4. Jonathan Adler Owl Salt and Pepper shakers. $48. I will never get over owls. I know I said that fox is the new owl, but I will still never get over owls.

5. Peppermint Bark. $25. A holiday classic, don’t you think?

6. Meyer lemons. approx $2 per lb. They’re in season and they can’t be any yummier. Aidan’s mom brought some back for us from San Francisco, from her trees! They smell amazing!

7. Jonathan Adler Vortex Bud Vase. $28. I heart Jonathan Adler.

8. Heath Bud Vase. $22. I also heart Heath ceramics. I also heart bud vases, but I couldn’t make up my mind about 7 or 8, so I put them both!

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Here’s why this is Christmas-related… because you’re surely going to see tons of little girls dressed in all their frilly beautiful clothes and the first thing you will say (the first thing I will say) is…. “your dress is so pretty!” But this article made me think about that and really make a conscious effort to adjust how I talk to little girls.

It is a really fascinating article by Lisa Bloom, How to Talk to Little Girls,” and it basically just made me think about what message we’re sending out about their physical appearance. I don’t want to stand on a pedestal and say, “I will never tell my niece Calliope that I love her pretty pink dress. From this day forward, I will ask her what books she is currently reading,” but I will think about other things I might talk about with her.

But seriously, how friggen cute are my nieces in that picture? That’s Kaila and her baby sister Courtney. See, it didn’t take much.

ps. have you seen this video about girl talk?? pretty funny!

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Yesterday was our 100th post! Thank you to all of our loyal readers, we heart you.

Anyway… Have I ever mentioned how much I heart washi tape? It’s really awesome. It is Japanese tape that is made of washi paper, which more durable than regular paper. Recently, there has been a storm of washi tape that has taken over the crafting world. It is translucent and feels velvety soft, and rolls out like masking tape! I love the stuff.

Today’s etsy spotlight sells this awesome tape. She handpicks all the items in her store and brings it in from Japan. There are sooo many different ones to choose from! Visit her store here.

Today she is offering our readers a 5% discount on any item in her store. Given that she only ever offers discounts on 5 or more, this is kind of a big deal! Use discount code EFITRS3TC3OU3PON5, she will refund after payment via paypal -each listing counts as one item, excludes shipping – remind her not refunded after receiving item.

I like to use washi tape to wrap presents, but you can use it in scrapbooking too! I even have been known to use digital washi tape for some of my posts.

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