April 26, 2013

Cool Stuff I Like

Hello my friends! You know how I love my tea mugs, right? How do you like this business? This cup lives in my girlfriend's home, the one we recently visited during my kiddo's spring break. I love it! I love cups. Two of my small teacups just broke and I was secretly happy, because now there's some prime real estate action that just opened up inside my cupboard. I really like this set from Cost Plus.


COOL STUFF for you this week....

Happy Oats. 

What can't you do with washi tape??

Plant-a-grams.

If I had THIS, I think all of my life's ambitions would be complete.

Check out this lemon cake! (scroll down)

What a fun, happy kid's room.

A great favorite Springy post of mine from Curly Birds.

Not one, but TWO bookcases in this cozy kitchen....

Reader pal Shannon sent me the link to this bit of book delightful, which was featured on Gretchen Rubin's blog.

Oh my stars.....I didn't need to know about this. 


Cool Book of the Week: 'Here's a Little Poem', collected by the great Jane Yolen, Andrew Fusek Peters, and oh-so-charmingly illustrated by one of my personal favorites, Polly Dunbar. We've had this book since my daughter was a tiny tot. I can't tell you how fun, and simple, and adorable this book is nearly as well as I can show you....

This is the sweetest introduction to poetry for the littles! It's really fun, really cute, and has lots of peppy rhymes. It's a beautiful hardcover, and would make a special gift. When my kiddo was a toddler, we read this a ton, and we also read nursery rhymes all the time. Kids that age really love rhyming, have you noticed? I've been meaning to share this book with you all for ages and ages, and since April is National Poetry Month, I knew I had to get this one featured on the blog before the month was out!

Have a lovely weekend! Any plans?

~Melissa

20 comments:

  1. The kid's room is so pretty and fun!!! (gathering all the ideas I can to decorate my kid's playroom!).

    The kitchen washi tape is so nice!!! I want washi tape now!

    Have a great weekend Melissa!

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    1. You too Cherie! Wasn't that fun what they did with all that washi tape? xo

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  2. I llllloooove that mug! SO cute! And oh, I know JUST how you feel about mug realestate. I have an entire cabinet crammed with mugs (it's a little one! that's what I tell myself) I'll buy a pretty mug and my husband will sigh and say "did you really need another one? how many mugs does one person need?"
    I told him it wasnt a problem of too many mugs, but of a too small kitchen ;) guess which one is getting traded out? YUP, the kitchen! lol!

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    1. ha ha! i'm so extremely excited to see your new place!

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  3. That is some washi tape craziness. My grandma in Oklahoma loved lemon cake so much, and I love it, too. It will always remind me of her. The traveling tea emporium looks AWESOME. I love that little girl's room, it's stunning. Love the bookcases in the kitchen. Love the Quentin Blake rules. (They rule!) Violet jelly? Wow. And that poetry book looks wonderfully awesome.

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    1. I loooooove lemon cake. Any kind of lemon treats, really. Someday I want to have violet jelly but I'm not sure where to find them!

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  4. Great post, Melissa! A few thoughts:

    • Those cookies look so decadent! And I will never bake them, because then I would likely eat them all in one sitting.

    • I can totally see you rocking that tea wagon... or owning a tea room... or book store... maybe someday? :)

    • I'm in love with that little girl's room! Why is it that kids get the best bedrooms? I swear, I always want to live in those rooms much more than grown-up rooms.

    • And I love that little bit of booky fun by Quentin Blake!

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    1. Having a tea-slash-book store would be my life's ultimate dream! It really really would be. :)

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  5. That book was one of Kitten's favorites that we borrowed from the library... she kept bringing it to me to read over and over again! So cute and sweet and perfect for littles. Also potato chips in cookies? wow, the things I've never considered are boundless!!!

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    1. I've had cornflakes in cookies, and those were good....I bet the salty from the chip is just over the top in the best way...:)

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  6. That travelling tea room is my idea of heaven, colour included! I am IN LOVE.

    Hugs,

    Stephanie

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    1. Well, you know how I feel about caravans :) This falls right in step with that idea! xoxo

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  7. I got this book for Juliet when she was a baby and we have enjoyed it! I must pull it out for Lucia! Too many books--I forget what I even have! :)

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    1. I do that ALL the time...forget about which books I have, or can't find the books I'm looking for...I spend way too much time looking for cookbooks and books that I've hidden from myself!

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  8. That mug! Oh, that mug! I neeeeeeed it.
    Also, my dear when are you going to join G+ and share all your kid lit goodness with our Great Books for Kids community? We neeeeeed you!

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    1. Oh goodness I am so terrible at keeping up with social media~ I would love LOVE to be a part of that group! I'll email you and maybe you can help my clueless self navigate that whole endeavor of Google+ :)

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  9. I did such a good job introducing first kid to poetry ... a favorite was The Frog Wore Red Suspenders by Jack Prelutsky ... but second kid not interested. Le Sigh. Maybe I'll try again today. Your poetry book is not one in my collection but it looks adorable!

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    1. It's darling, Christina...fun, happy, cute poems! Funny which kids are interested in what...my kiddo is not nearly as into fairy tales as I was..she likes science nonfiction stuff that I wouldn't have touched with a 10 ft pole when I was a small fry! :)

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  10. What a cutie book!

    I'm obsessed with visiting a traveling tea room.
    I'm sorta obsessed with food trucks in general actually.

    I sorta feel like framing those reader's rights.

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    1. Right there with you about food trucks! I mean really. A traveling tea room??? Just the greatest thing ever!!!

      Those reader's rights thing would be just swell framed, great idea!

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