February 15, 2013

Cool Stuff I Like

Did you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day? Was a copious amount of chocolate consumed? Did your kids come home with more candy than they did on Halloween? I am full of questions. Here's another: Do you realize there is only one more 'Downton Abbey'???? What are we going to do with ourselves? I'm really not excited about anything else that's on TV right now, that's terribly disappointing. Even 'Vampire Diaries' has been boring lately. I might have to...read more books. What should I read?


COOL STUFF that was cool this week:

The most beautiful love letter to a child.

 Book review blogs written by children.

Beautiful and light cherry blossom fragrance for spring! it's amazing.

Julia brought in Funfetti cookies today for her birthday school treat. Soon to be followed by a Funfetti cake.

What an amazing pillow for a kids' room.

LOOK at this little beehive purse!

I ordered this dress. I'll let you know, I have my doubts.

OMG!!!!! Tiny little dollhouse food! 


Cool Book of the Week: 'Eloise', by Kay Thompson. A classic right? THAT I'VE NEVER READ. And now Julia is obsessed with it, AND the shows that she's been watching on Netflix. She just can't get enough Eloise.

I can't believe I had never actually read it! It's SO FUNNY. Andrew is horrified at how spoiled Eloise is, and he's wondering what's up with the missing-mom factor. I told him to just go with it. I love how how non-PC this book is, what with the Nanny smoking while she and Eloise watch a boxing match on TV, and all the "Oh My Lord" biz coming out of Eloise.

This is easily one of Julia's favorite books that she's read in the past 6 months. Who wouldn't be taken with the idea of living in a fancy hotel and DOING WHATEVER YOU WANT???? 


Have a lovely weekend! Guess what I'll be doing. Guess. TRYING NOT TO LOSE MY MIND DURING JULIA'S BIRTHDAY SLEEPOVER. That's what! (Actually, MFAMB-Jenny talked me down from the ledge re sleepovers, and I think it's all going to be cute and giggly and super fun. I'm giving them 3 rules: Be nice to each other. No screaming. NO EXCESSIVE SCREAMING. And no destruction of furniture! After Julia's birthday we go straight to another friend's birthday. By the end of the weekend, I'm sure she won't be cranky at all.

 
~Melissa

29 comments:

  1. Is the pictured bowl yours? It's lovely

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    1. It is my bowl! Came from Anthropologie a couple of years ago. Each year I let myself by a bowl from Anthro, in a cheery color, to lift my spirits during the grey grey winters here :)

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  2. I can't say enough how much I love Eloise books! Not just for the story but also for the incredible illustrations. Recently bought two of the books for Sophie (cough, well for myself too) before they go out of print! Can't say I like the movie so much though.

    The miniature food is simply amazing! And I love that pillow. So much talent out there!

    The dress is pretty and quirky! I hope you will find it to your liking!

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    1. I think we need to pony up and buy the Eloise book for our permanent collection -- Julia shows no signs of wanting to return it to the library any time soon! :)

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  3. Yes, we'll need a dress review.

    You forgot the fourth rule of sleepovers: Buy a nice bottle of wine : )

    Have you read any of the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde? Starts with "The Eyre Affair." I absolutely adore his writing and it's set in England, of course.

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    1. that dress is crazy eh? It might be going back to the store as soon as I see it in person :)

      NO I HAVE NOT READ THOSE and once you said 'England', well, say no more!

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  4. Andrew sounds like my hubs. He always notices things like that too.

    I hate that mamas are always absent in kids lit. I saw Brave and was delighted that mom got a role.

    That shop is precious!

    Awesome pillow. I want it in my living room.

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    1. It's so funny the things that will seize his notice in books! Julia wanted to know too, why Eloise has a nanny and where is her Mama? I was like, um...shopping in Paris??

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  5. You know, we've never read this either and Audrey loves the shows too! For a while she was insisting on watching the Halloween one at breakfast, lol. The missing mom thing is interesting, isnt it? And where is Eloise's dad? Was she a love child? Perhaps her father is Clark Gable? ;)
    I'll have to look for this at the library next time! And I love all these things you mentioned too! :D

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    1. Julia just watched the Halloween show (for the 5th time) yesterday! She loves that one. She's totally a love child I think! I love your idea of Clark Gable being her dad. I think definitely yes, or some such film star of the '40's :)

      I think the mom thing is representative of the days when the elite privileged had nannies to perform the day-to-day childcare, while the parents drank their brandy from snifters. Like what they're doing with Baby Sibby on 'Downton Abbey'!! ha

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    2. That reminds me, where's my brandy?!?

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  6. I've watched the whole season of Downton Abbey. The hubby and I hopping up and down, biting our lips, waiting for everyone else to see the end. And Ooooo, I just love Eloise! I love Kay Thompson! She was in Funny Face, and she was Liza Minelli's godmother, and she was mentor and lover to Andy Williams, and she used to pretend to be this bratty little girl named Eloise to entertain her friends. I love it all.

    As for everything else: the letter will make me cry, especially after my bad mommy melt-down from yesterday, so I'll read it later. Slumber parties scare me. The pillow is gorgeous. (A lot of the pillows you pinned the other day are gorgeous!) Love the purse. No one got me any chocolate yesterday, so I bought a box of Thin Mints from our GS Cookie stash and called it good. Hope you had a lovely heart day!

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    1. I know what happens! I think I know, unless something has changed. I think I'm cool with it actually. Can't wait to discuss! There's a whole section at the back of the Eloise book all about Kay and her life and whatnot -- I love that she had this glamorous life and then wrote about this wacky little girl with a turtle named Skipperdee -- it's all so brilliant!

      If it makes you feel better, I just had a meltdown b/c I've hidden so many birthday things around the house and couldn't find any of them! J was at school but I had a good ugly cry. We've now moved everything to my closet in a box. Until Julia discovers that hiding place. I need a locked vault of some kind. But then I would forget the combination or lose the key and then cry again!

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    2. I'll just say I wasn' at all shocked, but the way it's done was a bit of a ... I can't think of a worthy alternatvie to the word I want to use.

      My meltdown was directed at the girls, at 11 pm last night. They gave my grandma a hard time while I was doing my show, and both had gotten out of bed shortly before I came home. I was mad and embarrassed and frustrated. Sigh.

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  7. I just noticed the Eloise shows on Netflix and we've only watched one so far- both my kids are huge Eloise fans. I think about that too, that so many children's books/movies are essentially parentless (either orphans or nannied)- Madeline, Annie, Anne of Green Gables, pretty much all fairy tales, Max and Ruby, The Cat in the Hat, Harry Potter, James and the Giant Peach, Tom Sawyer, and on and on. Do kids prefer books about independent kids? Maybe being unrestrained by parents is what allows the adventure in the first place? I don't know. Anyway- won't there also be a Christmas episode on Downton Abbey? Crossing my fingers for an extra episode at the end.

    Happy birthday, Julia!

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    1. yeah you know I wonder if writers put that theme in to be dramatic or if there is a collective subconscious psychological theme of some kind going on, touching on what I would imagine to be a kid's primary fear, of losing their primary caregiver (usually the mom). Have you ever read any of Bruno Bettelheim's work? He was a child psychologist who did a lot of analysis on fairy tales and their themes. His main book on the topic is called 'The Uses of Enchantment' and it's fascinating!

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    2. Oh, I haven't heard of it! Thanks for yet another great book recommendation, I'll look for it!

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  8. ELOISE!!! She was my idol growing up. I've read every one of the books but the TV show is a bit (erm) after my time, so I haven't seen it. How disappointing for kids (and parents) not to have nannies any more. (Not that I ever had one, but still...) I had a friend in preschool who thought my great-grandma was my nanny because she picked me up from school and took me to ballet class.

    Good luck with the sleepover. Terrifying! No, don't mind me; I'm sure it'll be fun.

    We've been watching Twin Peaks on Netflix and I have a box set of the entire 4 seasons of The Sweeney arriving from Amazon today. I can't wait. Have you seen it? It's a 70s cop show filmed in London starring John Thaw (Inspector Morse). It's awesome. I totally need to post about it.

    Anyway, have a fantastic fantastic weekend!

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    1. Oh, forgot to say that I NEED some of that felted tiny food.

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    2. Me too. THAT TINY FOOD. Oh I gotta have some!! I haven't seen The Sweeney, that sounds fun and like something that Andrew would also like, as opposed to merely tolerating :)

      I would LOVE to see Twin Peaks over again....

      Think good thoughts for me during the sleepover....!

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    3. The Sweeney is definitely a husband-friendly show. Paul loves it and I think part of him secretly wants to be Inspector Regan so he can go around roughing people up and yelling at them in cockney.

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    4. golly, WHO WOULDN'T want to yell at people in cockney??? :)

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  9. We are big Eloise fans! She is just so cute!! We are thinking of taking our daughter to NY in December to Eloise's tea party at the Plaza Hotel...it sounds like fun!! My daughter's first book was Eloise at Christmastime given to me when i was five months pregnant by my Mom. She bought it for Charlotte at the Plaza Hotel and it was signed...it's very special!! I hope Miss Julia has a wonderful birthday this weekend!!!!!!!

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    1. Oh how FUN Julia ~ My mom and I have been talking about taking her when she's 8 or 9 to NYC to see The Nutcracker and do The Plaza thing. I didn't know they had an Eloise tea party!!!!

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  10. oh, the prabal dress! I want to hear how you like it. I saw the one with more black in it at the store and was very tempted--it looked pretty in person, but didn't have the time to try it on with the kids. Maybe it will still be there next week. :) haapy weekend! Enjoy the sleepover--I'm terrified of the day when Juliet asks for one!

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    1. I feel like I may have had a crazy moment when I ordered that dress Vanessa! It was such a grey day, and I saw the yellow and was like, OH YES sunshine in a dress! Normally I don't wear yellow because I think then I look like a banana, with my hair being the brown stem on top.

      (writing this comment 2/17: I survived the sleepover! I'm still standing :)

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  11. I am not very brave with patterns when it comes to clothing...this timidness is increased by my coming home and trying on patterned purchases and being giving incredulous and frightened looks by my husband and children...good luck though because I think prints are so lovely on other people!

    The love letter :) I used to be so good about keeping a journal for my girls of things that I loved about them and sweet occurences we had, etc--- I have completely stopped because I am a gigantic slacker of a mom :( I really need to do this again!!

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