Do You Djeco?

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September 7, 2011

I want to share one of my favorite toy/cool kid stuff companies. Djeco offerings are beautiful and FUN. They make puzzles, decorative items, games, toys, art supplies, and all of them are ultra delightful. No one is nudging me to say this; I just think they have wondearful, quality things for children.

I picked a few of my favorites but these are just the tip of the iceberg of Djeco fab.



Origami Animals from Djeco, $7.99.



Pirates Ship Lantern, $9.99.



Bamboo Umbrella, Princess Marguerite, $17.09.



Fairy Elves Stickers, $4.99.



Little Red Riding Hood Puzzle, $12.53.



Djeco Ludanimo 3 in 1 Game, $39.99.





An Unusual Night Mobile by Djeco, $29.99.


Wild Flowers Felt Tip Brush Art Kit, $20.69.



Mosquito Board Game, $21.59.

I am really taken with their mobiles. No scratch that. I am taken with their everything. Honestly, every single thing they make is gorgeous and special-occasion worthy. I think I love them more than I love Haba toys, and I really love Haba.

Have you seen any Djeco stuff? Are there any items that really rocked your boat?




Tiny Tot Tuesday: Gyo Fujikawa’s A to Z

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September 6, 2011


There are special books and then there are special books. And then there are Gyo Fujikawa books, which fall into a special realm of special. If I do nothing else with this blog other than make people aware of the Supreme Level of Awesome that exists within the cover of a Gyo Fujikawa book, I’ll have satisfied the main reason I began blogging. People need to know about amazing books and they really need to know about these books in particular. Why?

Gyo books are magic.


I wrote about Gyo at length in this post, so I’ll keep today’s Gyo dissertation a little less lengthy. My mom-in-law introduced me to the World of Gyo, and she gave us today’s book, ‘Gyo Fujikawa’s A to Z Picture Book’.


In my opinion, no other illustrator’s art is like Gyo’s. You will never anywhere see a more accurate and adorable reflection of the way real children think and live as you will in her art and in her books.


This ABC book is perfect for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and any child who is learning to read. Older children will be captivated by these books as well. I defy anyone not to fall under Gyo’s enchantment.
“S is for sunflowers, squirrels, strawberries, and snails.
S is for black-eyes Susans, and spiders, and Sam, the setter.
S is for summertime, sparrows, and snoozes in secret shelters”


If you are looking for an ABC book to start off your kiddo’s school year, this one is pretty much near perfect.

Do you have a favorite ABC book? The only other one that I think comes closest to touching the brilliance of Gyo’s ABC book is Dr. Suess’s ABC, but there are tons of really imaginative and gorgeously illustrated ABC books out there that are oodles of fun.




Melissa’s End of Summer Reading List

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September 5, 2011

I’m having a hard time believing that it’s September. I’m clinging to the idea that it is still August. The summer weather that I’ve been hoping for since June is finally here; it’s supposed to be 80+ for a good solid week! I am ALL kinds of happy about this.

Remember my post where I talked about what I wanted to read this summer? Well, this is what I actually read.

I’m actually three-quarters of the way through ‘The Lost Girls’ and I’m so happy this one caught my eye and that I picked it up! I love books that have a lot of travel to far-flung and exotic locales in them. This story is essentially one long travelogue, detailing the year three women in their late twenties spent going from one country to the next, journeying across four continents. I so admire this true story of some best friends who took the ultimate plunge and left everything -- jobs, apartments and boyfriends, to search for something other than The Expected Path that was set in front of them.

Do you think you could ever do that? I could never do that. That’s why I like reading about people who could do that.

I also read this:


‘Soulless’ by Gail Carriger, is part of a five volume series. I’ve read this one and I’m midway through the second book, ‘Changeless’. I was so excited to read these books!

Vampires and werewolves in a Victorian setting, with a Jane Austen-ish vibe? I was prepared to ADORE these books. I didn’t quite adore them as much as I wanted to. The books are a bit. . . silly. But something silly has never stopped me before, and you know what? I’m going to keep on with the series, so I guess the books got their hooks into me, despite the fact that I’m not sure why I’m reading them and the level of awesome is a bit less that I’d hoped. My husband Andrew took one look at the cover and was like, ‘What are you READING?’ And not in a Hey that looks cool, curious kind of way. Sometime I’ll show the ridiculous book covers of the sci-fi-from-the-‘40’s books he reads and then we’ll see who’s the silly one.

So this is what I am just SO DARN EXCITED TO GET MY HANDS ON, it will be perfect Halloween reading!

‘The Night Circus’ by Erin Morgenstern has been described as a cross between ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ and ‘Harry Potter’. SAY WHAT? I am SO there! It will be released on September 13, and I for one, will be first in line.

Do you want a little book tip? I have received great book advice from the unlikeliest source. Lainey Gossip. A site I ADORE. Best Hollywood celeb blog ever. Lainey has great book taste and always mentions the books she is reading and I have loved every single one of her suggestions! And she shares my great love for YA fiction.

So what about you? What did you read this summer? What’s on your book agenda as we head into fall? Have you heard about ‘The Night Circus’? We totally need to discuss all this so let’s get into it!




Cool Stuff I Like

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September 1, 2011


Well my sweeties, this was the sun setting on our Lake Chelan vacation, and I think the sun is setting on our summer as well. It’s September. It’s getting darker earlier. Leaves are changing here and there. BUT! Fun things are afoot. My baby starts Kindergarten. Rad autumn books. A whole month of Halloweeny books in October. We’re going to have ourselves a good time!


Items of Extreme Coolness I’ve been thinking about this week:

I am so happy to have ‘met’ lovely Vanessa over at her blog, Silly Eagle Books. She loves children’s books as much as I do! And her daughter’s name is Juliet, don’t you love it? She wrote about these Storybook Tea Sets and I am now OBSESSED.

I want to try this Peanut Butter, Banana, and Cinnamon Milkshake. (via TheMotherHuddle.com)

Don’t these felt star garlands look so cheerful and fun? I want some for Julia’s room. (via Enjoying the Small Things)

Remember my Cool Coloring Books post? I forgot to add Johnny Joe’s Time Travel Coloring Book.

Cool Book of the Week: ‘Pickle Chiffon Pie’. I saw this at my sweet friend Jenny’s house; it is so funny and darling. It’s a refreshing spin on the traditional fairy tale format.

Summer’s technically not over yet folks. It’s not too late for a MERMAID PARTY! You’re going to want to tuck this one away in your inspiration file, promise.

I picked up this issue of Real Simple Family magazine – it’s FANTASTIC – so many great ideas, articles and recipes. I love it when a publication doesn’t waste my time and has a ton of awesome in it. I was going to do a feature post on it and then realized I’d be regurgitating the entire magazine because EVERYTHING in it was cool!


HAVE A GREAT LONG WEEKEND! I’ll have a little something for you on Labor Day, if you want to stop by. And then some cute back-to-school books to discuss!




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