December 13, 2013

Cool Stuff I Like

Happy Friday you Christmas warriors! How's it going? My sweet Christmas elf got hit, for the first time in her life, with a tummy virus. Spent two days at home, watching Christmas videos. Can you believe she's gone all this time without getting this? She tends to get upper respiratory illnesses, but I guess at some point in everyone's childhood, you're going to get hit with a tummy virus. I got one when I was just about J's age -- on Christmas Day if you can believe. I spent Christmas Day in bed, puking, watching terrible TV b/c we didn't have cable in Hawaii when I was young, and oh I will never ever forget that particular Christmas. Glad J is getting it out of the way now!

COOL STUFF this week:

The MOTHER of all pom-pom garlands!!!!!!! This lady is so awesome.

This animal drawing book from eeBoo is totally cool. My kid would love.

Cranberry Hazelnut bread.

Look at this Christmas STICK TREE!! I did a full on mini tree in my kitchen this year, but next year I would love to do something like this.

My pal Laura told me about these: Story Starters!

And another pal told me that I must pick up a Rainbow Loom for Julia for Christmas. So I did.

This would be a lovely coloring book for older children.

Gingerbread pancakes.

OMG this is priceless! Poor scared doggies.

The best YA novel of all time? (Andrew will be thrilled with this pick, he loved this series, which I have yet to read.)

Totally making these Christmas cookies.

Cool Book of the Week: 'Little Golden Books for Christmas'. ADORE. How cute is this set??? I adore any kind of Golden book, the little ones, the big ones, they are all darling and amazing. This set contains The Animals' Christmas Eve; The Christmas Story; The Little Christmas Elf; The Night Before Christmas; and The Poky Little Puppy's First Christmas. I've seen every one of these in person I believe, and they are all adorable, especially The Little Christmas Elf, which we own already. This would be an amazing gift!!! Best for the 6-and-under crowd. And the nostalgic at heart.

Have a lovely weekend! I think/hope that round one of Christmas cookie making will occur. I'm at a good point with my Christmas present accumulation. Except for my parents, who are impossible to shop for. They get pix of Julia every year. That's ok right? Oh, my ma is also getting some marmalade from Ikea. It's cool marmalade! With elderflower in it!



  1. Sorry to hear about Miss J. being sick! Wishing her some good rest and I hope she will feel great very soon! I picked up one of Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea book when I was very young, at the library, because it was displayed on a shelf. I was very impressed but I don't remember much from the story because not long after I discovered LOTR and that became my favorite books during my entire pre-teen and teen years! But Earthsea was still wonderful to read and might have to re-read one day :) Coloring books for adults? Yay! I love it!

    1. Guess what - I'm sick now! I had a lovely breakfast on jello and one saltine. OH THE MISERY.

      I think I'll read Earthsea in January -- I'm needing a fun series to read right now :)

    2. Oh noes! I hope you'll get better soon! If it's any consolation, I just mentioned you in my post today :) Hugs! ♥

  2. I remember loving Earthsea (and everything else I read by Ursula LeGuin). By now the details are all fuzzy, so I'll have to read it again so I can sell it to my son. He said he needs a new series to get excited about, but he might not be ready for this one.

    Yes to the Rainbow Loom! My girlie switches between her Rainbow Loom and her potholder loom, and was interested in another weaving loom in one of the nicer toy catalogs. Future textile designer? They are weaving in art class, too. If only I can find the time (when the boys are otherwise occupied), I'd like to take her to a beginner knitting class (for the both of us).

    Sick day at house today, too. Thankfully it's not tummy related and we are subsisting on tea and toast with and Trader Joe's Cookie Butter.

    1. boo to sickies at christmas time. i would love to learn how to weave -- maybe I need a kiddy version for myself :)

  3. So sorry about the tummy bug! Not fun! But at least it hit now and not on Christmas. Big Sis just missed two days with a nasty, nasty cough. She's toughing it out at school now.

    Rainbow looms and various versions of them are everywhere! There are even little mini ones at Target. I thought about adding one for Big Sis, as she's already getting a knot-a-quilt kit and a new potholder loom from Santa. (She asked!) A rainbow loom would go well with those things. That nature coloring book looks amazing. The girls' magnet school got a huge grant to add a STEM program, so next year, it will become a Performing Arts and SCIENCE magnet, which has us jumping up and down. Both girls love science and nature stuff. I'll have to keep that coloring book in mind, or add it to someone's wish list for later. And I still haven't read the Earthsea books.

    1. I just got that coloring book for Andrew's cousin, who is in college and her mom said she requested a coloring book and crayons. I was like, I have the perfect thing! I hope she likes it!

      I have the tummy bug now, and while I only threw up once, I was up ALL night with body aches. So not a happy camper right now....:(

  4. Oh no!
    I had it too. Luckily my kiddo didn't get it this time. Toddler sicky is no good.
    I can't believe J hasn't had it before. Blessed girl!
    Hope you're both better soon.

    I want that coloring book for me! I'm not too old right? :)

  5. Oh, I'm so sorry your little one was sick! Thank goodness it's out of the way now rather than hitting in a week, no? Great post, Melissa!