Cool Stuff I Like

August 24, 2012

Just a little over one week. Until the little girl goes back to school. We've been clothes collecting and school supply amassing and we've got the backpack and it's all under control. While my heart is getting trampled upon. I don't know why, I feel a little more bereft about the start of this school year than last year when the Big K was being ushered in. Maybe because the Big K was such a BIG DEAL, there was little room for any mama drama angst. In my mind, a kindergartener is still a bit of a tiny person. A first grader might as well be headed off to college, it seems like such a big kid! A first grader is firmly in elementary school. The situation is not helped by Julia informing me every other day how in 6 and a half more years, she'll be thirteen. Gasp inducing right??


Some COOL STUFF I liked this week.....


Mini Cherry Pies made in a cupcake tin.

Really supercute animal masks made from boxes. (Future Halloween idea? I know. Too early.)

I made this tomato & goat cheese tart from Bon Appetit years ago and lost the recipe. Thank you Pinterest!

Discovered a new-to-me site devoted to all things charming and darling in children's decor.

+Fiffa is a shop that takes basic Ikea items and makes them divine. (hover over the images to see!)

LOVE this Asian Landscape Wall Sticker set. And this one and this one.

Nutritious Chocolate Pudding. Is there such a thing? This recipe looks great!

I think this is going to be my book to read during Halloween season. (Did I just mention Halloween again??)


Cool Book of the Week: 'Pancakes for Findus' by Sven Nordqvist. Have you all read any 'Pettson & Findus' books? There's a whole slew of them, and they are so much fun! We've had 'Pancakes for Findus' for a year now, and both Julia and I are still really enjoying the adventures of  this eccentric older man named Pettson and his precocious kitty, Findus. In this book, Pettson is trying to make a Swedish birthday cake (a stack of pancakes with whipped cream, traditionally) for his cat's birthday and things don't go to plan, let's leave it at that. The art is fun and colorful and the more you look, the more details you see! Great for ages 5-8.


Have a LOVELY weekend! The last one in August, I can't believe it. I really didn't think time could go by any faster and I swear, each week whizzes by more quickly than the previous one. It'll be Christmas in three weeks, I'm convinced. Time will just race and skip forward and boom, hello Christmas! You watch.

~Melissa





20 comments:

  1. Good luck with 1st grade jitters! It does feel different than Kinder. I clicked on your Big K link and noticed Miss J has the same dragon as my boy (except his is blue)! He totally loves dragons! And thanks for your always awesome Cool Stuff list! I feel like your list is catered to my personal taste! Have a good weekend!

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    1. you are so so welcome -- I just put down things I think are charming, cozy & cute and delicious sounding ~ b/c if I could live life inside of a cookbook in the Cotswolds wrapped up in vintage quilts, I would! :)

      those dragons are darling, aren't they? that one is currently J's bedtime stuffed animal #1 choice :)

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  2. Dear, lovely Melissa,

    I read your post today - now we are back from our vacation - with a nod and a spot of goosebumps. I totally get your maternal angst. Here in France children, or should I say babies, can start Kindergarten at 2 (shudder) and I appear a little strange keeping my child out of K until three and a half. When my second child, now 8, started five years ago I was a jibbering mess. The days are long in France for little kiddos: 8-4. It just seeems wrong to me.

    Having said all that it does ALL sort itself out, Melissa, I promise you. One day at the time and in my humble opinion - perhaps I should whisper this - girls adapt more readily than boys.

    I'll be thinking of you.

    Stephanie

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    1. darling Stephanie! I am thrilled to hear from you. I can't wait to hear and see all about your vacation and the end of your summer, hopefully :)

      I really am looking forward to Fall and Julia loves school so much - my mama angst will be alright and I'm hoping for a really lovely year for us all!

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  3. Aww, good luck, good luck, good luck! Big Sis had her first sad morning today. It's been a week and a half for her - she cried a little at the breakfast table, because she didn't want to go to school. She perked up when she realized it's Friday, and she gets to take her new lunch box to school.

    I want a mini cherry pie!!! The tart looks amazing. I want chocolate pudding now. It doesn't have to be nutritious. A Lovely Lark looks lovely. And I just placed a hold at the library for Pancakes for Findus. xxxooo Happy Weekend!!!

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    1. You will love the Pettson and Findus books! There is a recipe for swedish pancakes at the end of the book, I forgot to add.

      New lunch boxes. Is there anything better?

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  4. Ahhh, another school begins anew! The leaves will start changing and falling and the days will shorten. Grade 1 is a leap, I can only imagine! I am surprised Miss J hasn't brought up the fact that she will be driving in 10yrs, but that is an awful long time from now. :-)

    Looking forward to Mr A's visit next week, I only wish you and Miss J were joining him! But I will be back in SEA 9/10 and I definitely will be down with ditching Mr J and Miss J with Grandma for an Auntie A/Melissa outing!! :-)

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    1. oh yes, she often discusses driving....oh boy.

      and hurray for auntie outings! xo

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  5. 1st grade! I can totally understand. So hard watching them get bigger! However, healthy chocolate pudding? Awesome!

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    1. 1st grade. sounds so big right?? the pudding looks like a really good recipe, can't wait to try it out!

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  6. I feel angsty about my daughter starting grade 1 as well - hard for me to imagine her going to school 5 full days a week and being a real 'grade-schooler' now.

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    1. I'm so glad I'm not alone with the mama angst!! :)

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    2. We'll have to compare notes after the first day of school!

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  7. Melissa, I LOOOOVE that tiny cottage! Wouldn't it be so fun to have one of your own? Or to rent one for a weekend?

    And your book of the week looks fantastic. I'm betting it's something Miss C. would really enjoy! :)

    Please don't tell me it gets harder to send my wee one off next year! Kindergarten and preschool were heart-wrenching enough... I don't know how I'm going to survive more trauma!

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    1. I adore the cottage, it looks like a grown up dollhouse! You will love the book, there's a book about them camping as well!

      Preschool was harder for me than K for some reason. I was pretty cool with K. I think the loss of all the teeth...just very much hitting home what a big girl she's becoming!!

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  8. You are going to LOVE the book of lost things! It's a fantastic read- really really good. perfect read for October! perfect! I'm sending Dax to first grade on Tuesday and I had a complete meltdown about it two days ago... hopefully that's out of my system! I love that J is starting 1st with both front teeth out! Adorable! Dax's teeth are coming out rather slowly- he's just lost the two front bottom so far... maybe all he'll want for Christmas is his two front teeth ;)

    That cottage is amazing and I'm pinning the pancake book! thanks!

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    1. oh YAY! now I'm even more excited for it!

      I'm so glad we're all in the same boat with the 1st grade biz. Le Sigh.

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    1. I need to rustle up some cottage building skills I think! :)

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