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August 26, 2016

HAPPY FRIDAY!! Ok. Not only did I not have two posts like I said I would try to try to do last time I posted, I then didn't post for two weeks! My friends, it's all been crazy. And I know it's been crazy for you all as well, so let's just all be crazy together and get together here when we can! Life will all calm down when that magical magical magical time called BACK TO SCHOOL occurs. How do you like these amazing dolls up above? I did head shots for an artist the other day, and she had the most amazing work space. Beautiful art, decorative lovely things, crystals and these amazing wooden dolls. I'm so inspired to set up a new work space. Guess where I've been working?? ON THE FLOOR of our guest room, because I can't handle being at the table in the middle of our house anymore. First world problems I know. But this weekend I'm-a gonna-go to IKEA and I'm getting me-self a desk. And I'm going to tuck it into our guest room and I'm going to hide myself in there like a wee little squirrel!

Cool stuff I've been collecting the past couple of weeks, ha :

Can't WAIT to see this!

Back to school with Etsy.

I kind of want one of these, and think it's right up my alley. Even though Andrew says it's bunk.

How gorgeous is this marzipan and berry tart?

Dried cranberry and banana oat cookie bars - these would be great in lunchboxes...

Hilarious. (thanks Leanne!)

Love this idea.

Cool book!

INCREDIBLE. Julia and I both thought this was one of the best children's movies we've ever seen. (Note: read up on it though before taking the under 7 yrs set - use your own discretion! It's PG, and amazing but kinda intense emotionally, and there are some scary elements that might upset sensitive younger kiddos.)

Cool Book of the Week: I'm such a huuuuge fan of Emily Winfield Martin and her newest book, 'The Littlest Family's Big Day' (due out this autumn) looks so delightful I can barely contain myself. I think everything she does is beyond magical. This was supposedly inspired by of one of my all time favorite books, 'The Little Fur Family'. I can't wait wait wait to see this in person. I think I'll have to give one to every under 5 I know this holiday season!

Have a lovely weekend! I can't believe summer is basically over. I feel like I didn't get to do half of what I mean to accomplish. But I shan't be sad. I SHAN'T. Because the best time of the year is just around the corner and that makes everything better.


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August 12, 2016

 Happy Friday! I know. I've been scarce around these parts. End of summer, all that roo-rah, I think everyone is in the throes of end of summer skedaddle, and I have no time for anything. WHAT KIND OF SENTENCE WAS THAT?? I'm really happy that I got a post up today. I promise I'll have more than one post next week, or at least I promise to promise. Since we're all in a race against time in regards to summer (am I sad? am I glad?), I'll be brief in today's post and just throw info at you quicky-loo-like. I'm sorry that apparently I can't write real words anymore.

Cool stuff this week:

I had no clue Anna Dostoyevski was so amazing.

Anatomy of a weeknight dinner.

Really want to check out this cookbook.

I'm speechless at this amazingness.

How to raise the world's happiest kids.

Sorry, this is neither cool nor the type of fare found on my blog. But this.

Awesome list!

Poldark!!! September 25!

Cool Book of the Week: 'The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter' by Jamie Harrington is a cooooooool book we picked up a couple of weeks ago and THIS BOOK IS FUN and a must if you're a fan of anything Harry P. We've made the pencil wands and friends, I will follow up and do a post on this book and show you our pencil wands because they are neat neat neat! Julia wants to make several of the crafts for Christmas presents for her pals. Really interesting crafts, like a Remembrall Ring, Butterbeer lip balm, a Pensieve paper clip dish, a Marauders Map mug, a House Colors tie dye t-shirt, crafts for school, crafts for one's room, potions ornaments and on and on. We'll be having fun with this one for a LONG time. Julia is so wanting to make a golden snitch necklace but that one is a bit tricky and we need some wire cutters from the craft store.

Have a lovely weekend! Are you having Olympics fever? There's all these movies I've been wanting to watch with the kiddo but we can't because we have to watch the Olympics and The Great British Baking Show, so there really hasn't been time for anything else.


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July 29, 2016

Happy Friday! We went blueberry picking with some friends, and picked ourselves about 10 pounds of blueberries. Our friends picked nearly twenty pounds! It was a lovely day and not too insanely hot. I told Julia she couldn't wear a tank top because I didn't want to deal with all that sunscreening, and when her pals showed up in tank tops, guess who was in biiiiiig trouble? (me) Cough. But now we're set with at least two pies worth, a crisp, two batches of muffins at least, blueberry pancake material AND extra for eating plain. We are SET for blueberries.

Julia just told me about jelly flower lipsticks. Also, my kid is now telling me about new cool stuff online. WOW.

10 Wallpapers for Children's Bedrooms.

'Gilmore Girls' has a premiere date!

Korean skincare products for tweens.

Jeska has a ton of garden and floral goodness happening on her blog right now.

These tacos.

A cozy London apartment.

A darling friend says that 'Moon Over Manifest' is an amazing book for tweens, older elementary.

Speaking of cool stuff lists, I love these lists!

Cool Book of the Week: 'Fanny in France' by culinary legend Alice Waters is coming this autumn and I can't wait to see it in person! I'm a huge Alice Waters fan, I own several of her cookbooks and I adored her first storybook/cookbook for children, 'Fanny at Chez Panisse', which was based on her daughter's experiences growing up around Alice's famous Chez Panisse restaurant. In this newest book, Fanny goes to France, and learns about French cuisine, and has adventures in Bordeaux, Provence and the Pyrenees mountains. (Sheep! Making cheese! Feeding nine people with one chicken!) The art is the same charming style and I might be thinking hard about this one as a holiday gift next Christmas for Julia, who is loving all things cooking-related these days.

Have a lovely weekend! I have a photo session with two toddler girls this weekend, wish me luck! And then Julia is going to make a blueberry pie from our aforementioned blueberry haul. Oh guess what - you know how for years I've been harping on cleaning my garage? Maybe you recall. WE CLEANED IT. It's not totally done, but it's 90%. I'm so delighted! It actually finally happened. I'm now waiting to win the lottery because of all the awesome energy clearing and good feng shui vibes that can now flow through my garage. I told Andrew, that after marrying him and having Julia, this cleaning of the garage has made me almost as happy as those things. Yup!


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July 25, 2016

Welcome to Christmas in July! 'Scandinavian Christmas' by Trine Hahnemann is just the thing to get your inner Scandi-loving Christmas vibe on - SIX MONTHS EARLY. Are you thinking yet about holiday gifts? It's not too soon! Don't wait until December! Too stressful! I've been giving great thought to what kind of homemade holiday presents Julia and I can come up with this year. (which is funny because of course all of the grandparents will get what they always get - photos. but maybe I can come up with something else to throw in the mix.)

Friends who read this blog regularly know that I'm just a tiny obsessed with all things Scandi. So when I got this book at an after Christmas sale last holiday season, it was a happy day indeed. Let's peek further, shall we?

The book is divided into charming sections - Christmas Baking, Gifts from the Kitchen (hey!), Advent: A Whole Month of Christmas, Christmas Party, The Christmas Feast and Christmas Day Smorgasbord.

I LOVE the baking chapter and all the info about Advent because I love love love Advent - one year we had three or maybe four Advent calendars going at the same time and I realized that I had maybe gone a wee bit TOO FAR with my Advent love.

Look at the picture, do you see the Christmas Porridge? I am SO making that. Do you see the "Nisse" (elf) cake? Do you know the Scandinavian tradition involving house elves who leave gifts and protect the home, if they are properly fed with OATMEAL? Did you know that oatmeal is one of my favorite foods in the whole world? Not sure if you knew that. I love love love oatmeal. I'm constantly trying to feed it to my family, and no one loves it as much as I do. I would even go so far as to say that my husband has a downright disdain for oatmeal.

I love the idea of celebrating Christmas as a month long celebration - all of December filled with the making of treats and decorating and lighting candles and good smells and the notion of doing something 'hygge' ( it basically means COZY!) everyday. I think when I was young, it was just mostly about Christmas day in our house. I like that feeling of excitement to be stretched out all month long, and I think the Scandinavians understand that fully. December 1 and we hit the ground running.

The only thing that keeps this book from being Mary Poppins-practically-perfect-in-every-way is I wish there would have been a craft section (I'm interested to see if my library has this book) - whereas this beauty is all about the food. WHICH IS FINE. I can't wait to make Honey Layer Cake with Orange Mousse and Spiced Christmas Cake and Frosted Almond Heart cookies.

Are you thinking about the holidays yet? Do you leave porridge out for house elves? Is the temperature in the 90's where you live? Even if it is, it's never too early to think about Christmas! Say it loud and proud.

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July 15, 2016

Happy Friday! A little late. My kiddo just wrapped up a camp and now we have about a month before the next one. I'm sitting here on Friday night, wondering what to write, looking out my window at some pinky purple clouds, as birds fly off to wherever they like to go at night. I'm afraid to go on Facebook or look at the news for what I might see next that's tragic or maddening or anxiety provoking. Instead I'll just look out the window. Reading this blog. Wanting to read this book, which was suggested by a lovely blog reader. About to order a new copy of 'Anne of Green Gables' for Julia, I can't wait until Christmas (I've long since lost my old paperback copy) and I'm so excited I can't handle it. I've been waiting and waiting - you'll be able to feel my tears when I write a blog post about it - what I'm agonizing over is...which edition should I get? This, this, or this? Or this? Or this set? This post has a few more options as well. HELP ME.

Things I found this week that didn't make me sad:

What a cool girl.

This makes me miss Hawaii. Mango Bread.

"The golden rule is that emotions are never the enemy, even when they are exaggerated."

Love this series so much! Fascinating.

11 Summer Berry Desserts.

Would you try this technique? (welcome to my new obsession - Japanese/Korean skincare) 

Hey you astronomy buffs - this is very neato.

So excited for this show. (Winona forever!)

New decorating tricks from IKEA.

Cool Book of the Week: The most darling board book, and it's HUGE! 'Giant Seek and Find' by Benjamin Becue, Didier Balicevic and Annabelle Mege. It just came out this past spring and it's so much fun. I flipped through it in a shop and the only reason I didn't get it for my pre-K aged nephew was because I ended up getting him a little mini robot that moves around with a remote control. I knew he'd love the robot more than a book. BUT! It's HUGE, like the title says, and it's more than gift worthy and would also be intensely fun to throw in the car for summer road trips. I loooooove the art. Julia adored seek and find books when she was younger, actually she still does! If you have a kiddo who loves that sort of thing, this one is a stunner.

Have a lovely weekend! We are cleaning the garage. I've been saying this for SIX YEARS. Actually I've been saying it since we moved into our house. I'm telling you, this will happen my friends. This garage will be clean! Or no one in this house will have any fun ever again, ha ha ha.


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