Cool Stuff I Like

January 4, 2013

As you can see, I'm still clinging, just a bit, to holiday cheer. I'm not sad Christmas is over though. The past two years, I've been happy to see January roll around. I've welcomed the calm after the holiday swirl. How can one be at all unhappy to see January usher itself in when it means that DOWNTON ABBEY is coming!!!!! You know it's THIS WEEKEND right? I can hardly stand it. You'll have to check out MFAMB in the coming weeks, she does the best and most awesome recaps of the show and they are (almost) even better than the show itself. I'm so happy to be back to regular blogging. I love this space so much. I love books. I love cool stuff. I've also realized how much I've missed Pink Sparkle Fun, and I'd love to keep that space trickling along, it's so fun and happy....and PINK. (also, Julia loooooved this little elf from 'Rise of the Guardians', which came from McDonalds. His name is Yeti A. ????)


YAY! COOL STUFF! I've missed looking at cool stuff.

Are you kidding me with this porridge? I wants it!

Cute little kokeshis!

I thought I was alone in my love for Weleda Calendula Cream. I LOVE this stuff!

Winter dessert ideas.

Pretty sure this is the cutest thing I've ever seen in MY LIFE.

One of Julia's big presents from Santa was this knitting machine. It's awesome! She's made a scarf with it thus far.

Christmas makes people crazy. (totally relate)

Hot cocoa add-ins.

WHAT??????? OMG!!

Gingerbread milkshakes. 


Cool Book of the Week: 'I am Pangoo' by one of my great favorites, Satomi Ichikawa. Her art just speaks to me. I have several of her books and each one is dreamlike, beautiful, sweet and gentle. I'm reviewing 'Nora's Stars' soon, which is seriously my all time favorite of hers. But 'Pangoo' I saw at the library and it's ADORABLE, especially for the under-five crowd. Pangoo is Danny's stuffed penguin and he worries that he won't measure up to Danny's newer stuffies, and wonders if his true home is with the real penguins he sees swimming at the zoo. It's somewhat reminiscent in theme to 'The Velveteen Rabbit' and just delightful and charming.

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND! Feels like ages since I shouted that at you all. Stay cozy, my friends.

~Melissa





12 comments:

  1. I want that knitting machine. The kids can borrow it. Love the hot chocolate add-ins. I admit, when I make my homemade hot chocolate, I always add a pinch of chili powder and cinnamon. Soooo good! And funny, I had opened the Bleubird video in another window to watch after I'd gone through your posts. Suddenly, it was open in two windows. Haha! Sooooo cute! Love the kokeshi cuteness, too. And so many sweets... I'm trying to lay off sugar right n--ooooo, chocolate meringues...

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    1. I'm so inept, it does not occur to me to put interesting things in my hot chocolate, I have to read things online for it to penetrate my little brain! That kid and her lolly, I seriously cannot handle it. The last one was her in her Superman underwear.

      I'm trying to get myself off the sugar too -- realized that I can't continue eating cheesecake squares all day long....

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    1. Hey thanks!!! Nice words for a Friday morning :)

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  3. Love the hot chocolate add-ins :) Satomi Ichikawa is amazing, adding more books to my library list ASAP (even though I was just there last night, I seriously need to work there!)Gingerbread milkshakes are yummy, though the only thing I had during the holiday season was a gingerbread shake from Burger King ( I know, not the most frugal, but it was most delicious!) :D A knitting machine, book on cute kokeshis crafts, videos of cute lil' girls, winter desserts... yeah, this is a good list! :) That porridge looks so yummy, I might have to try some of those and some of those oatmeal flavors. Another great post from you, why am I not surprised? ;)
    Lori Ginn Reed

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    1. My birthday is coming up Lori! I really think I might have to order one of those fancy oatmeal packages. That would be the bestest gift for me: OATMEAL. :)

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  4. That is an awesome knitting machine! And OMG the kokeshi dolls book... I had this New Year Resolution to not buy anymore books until I move to my new apartment... but oh gosh this is tempting! *whimpers*

    Glad you are back to blogging and that you like it so much! It shows! Your posts are sunshiny little treats :)

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    1. Cherie, my list of books I want is soooo long it stretches to the moon. Thank heavens for the library :) And thank you! Your comments are ALWAYS sunshiny treats for me.

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  5. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on each of the Downton episodes!

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    1. I gotta figure out how I'm going to watch -- if I can't get it on Hulu Plus, I'll be in front of the computer....but i WILL be watching!

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  6. I agree. I always look forward to the calmness of January! Awww, it's finally nice to relax!

    Happy weekend!!

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    1. You too!!! I'm planning on doing the things that didn't get done in December, like making gingerbread and making snowflakes, stuff like that...

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