January 2, 2015

Cool Stuff I Like

Well my lovelies, here we are, we made it to the other side of the holidays! WHO'S RELIEVED?? (me) Gotta say - (I've been saying it for awhile) Christmas for me is much better after it's done! And friends, I really looooove Christmas. But the stress of the hoopla, the running around, the busy busy busy - I don't love that. My kiddo has never handled transitions or too much excitement well. She was kind of strung out by the time the holiday rolled around. So I tend now, in the past few years, to be very welcoming of January. That said, I hope you all had lovely times with family and friends. I'm very excited to show you what books appeared in our house over the break!


New 2015 Cool Stuff:

I've rediscovered this blog (I read so many, every so often I lose track of a few) and I'm WAY into it - I can actually FEEL my heart rate decrease while I'm reading it.

What an amazing book to bring in winter. 

This DIY glowing star garland is truly awesome.

All of these cozy Christmas items would still be ideal in January.

OMG I NEED THIS MOOMIN BOOK!!!!

Heck yeah. 

For those who might care, (MY KID) 'Jessie' Season 3 is now on Netflix.

Now's the time to be checking out my Winter Pinterest board. It's a cozy place. :)

Still need a calendar? Julia found this one in her stocking.


Cool Book of the Week: 'Baking Day at Grandma's' by Anika Denise and Christopher Denise is a charmer for tiny tots, and there's something so cozy about the whole vibe of it for this time of year, especially. It's adorable and if I hadn't just bought a book for my nephew at Christmas, I would have sprung for it. It's about little bears, making treats with their Grandma during the wintertime! They walk through the snow! They drink hot cocoa! AND there's a recipe at the end for Grandma Rosie's chocolate cake. Just ADORABLE.

Have a lovely weekend! Be cozy! I've begun the process of de-Christmasing, and winterizing instead. We've got snowflakes on our tiny kitchen tree, instead of ornaments. Can you believe I haven't made gingerbread yet??? It's because we had wall to wall treats given to us as gifts, and I didn't want stuff going to waste, so now gingerbread is going to be a January thing.

~Melissa

24 comments:

  1. I couldn't agree with you more... I'm totally RELIEVED!! Yay for January!!!

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    1. Hurray for January! i'm determined to embrace winter and not long for its demise like I usually do :)

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  2. We took our tree down on the 28th! Mainly because our 1 year old cat was really starting to launch herself into it, but I found I was not at all bummed to have it gone from our tiny house. And Harper (just turned 3) didn't seem to care one way or the other.

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    1. our tree is still straggling along, but it's coming down this wkend. I'm always sad to see the tree go. It's so colorful and cheery and I do wish I could have it up for 2 months. But it's the thing about Christmas that is truly my favorite part!

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  3. Love that post about not "making my kids' childhood magical"... and to think I just thought I was a lazy mama. ;)

    Happy New Year, Melissa! I loved that photo the other day of Julia discovering she's getting a dog. Priceless!

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    1. hurray for lazy mamas everywhere! Oh how I can't wait to see our doggy and show her off! (pretty sure she's a her, ha ha ha)

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  4. Our tree is fake anyway, and it will hang around until next weekend. We will probably take down the stuff in the family room, though. Thanks for the link love again. My girls found season 3 of Jessie, too, and have watched some episodes while on H20 and Harry Potter breaks. (The girls and I are reading Sorcerer's Stone, but Mr. B bought all the movies for the new Blu-Ray player, and as he has only seen the movies, he convinced me to break my own rules. Sigh.) The Moomin book looks cool. I read that "magical childhood" post a few months ago. I remember it made me feel guilty, about all the crafting and activities I've tried to do, starting when the girls were little. Being the child of working divorced parents, family vacations and the few crafts my mom and I made really do stick out in my mind. They were a total break from my norm. I know I'm actually in the middle. I can be very, very lazy, and the girls are left to their own devices much of the time. It's also that time of the month, so I'm sensitive. ;o) (And we won't go into how much TV watching has gone into this winter break since last Friday...) Happy New Year!!! xoxo

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    1. I always feel like I should be doing 'more' and I always feel guilty that Julia's an only kid - so I go both ways on these notions, also dependent upon the time of month ha ha ha! We just got that Holly Claus picturebook from the library, thank thank you for the idea!!

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  5. My Christmas decor is lingering, but mostly because we are dealing with colds around here and I just don't have extra energy. So, bit by bit I'll get it down, and then I will be very relieved, so I hear you.

    This year I want to make January very colorful around here, but I'm not sure how I am going to go about that.

    Can't wait to see your dog!

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    1. neon or really colorful paper chains hung everywhere?? of course, then you;d have to make them....ha ha but I actually love making paper chains, it's very calming - I like to do it on my own, Julia's not so into that kind of busy work.

      I'm leaving up our fireplace garland for that very reason - it's colorful!

      And of course, I'm a big fan of lights until spring really - either lights in a jar, any color! Or hung lights. I'm leaving all my IKEA light strands up until after Valentine's Day!!

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    2. Paper chains - I like that. And I think my boy would go to making them with great exuberance! Thanks for the idea.

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  6. We took ours down like 3 days after Christmas- my son's birthday is NYE, and I wanted to celebrate separately. As for gingerbread- we made gingerbread houses with my aunt and cousins this year, and she had this fantastic contraption so you actually have a nice loaf of gingerbread rather than messing around trying to make the corners fit and the whole thing turns to brick immediately anyway. We've been having candy-coated slices for a couple of weeks now, it's been great! It's like this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-PC-STANDUP-GINGERBREAD-HOUSE-cake-pan-3D-CHRISTMAS-COTTAGE-baking-mold-tin-/371226934550?pt=Bakeware&hash=item566ed97d16

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    1. Also- the kids are sick, and there's a Jessie marathon on. So that's what's happening over here. All Jessie all the time.

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    2. wow a gingerbread loaf creation? awesome. all Jessie all the time sounds about right, it's like that here as well.

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  7. Yes, yes, yes. With school starting again Monday, I already feel like normal is descending upon us. Yikes that was a loooong break filled with flu, food and too much hoopla!

    In other news, thank you for the book suggestion. Baking Day at Grandma's is a perfect one to get for my LO and my mum. They'll love that!

    xox,

    Allison from www.bakingalovestory.com

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    1. it would be a very cute gift for g-mas!!! omg did everyone in the known and unknown universe have the flu or some variant thereof?? i seriously think they did. xoxo

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  8. HAPPY NEW YEAR! :D This book looks so sweet, and love all this....cool stuff!~

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  9. Perhaps the cutest bears ever.

    Awesome winter board!!

    That post about childhood being magical on it's own is perfection. I totally agree. I believe in finding magic in the every day and mundane.

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    1. i see my daughter entranced by the most hilariously simple things....a box, a hot dog wrapper. I'm not kidding about the hot dog wrapper. She brought one home the other day. :)

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  10. Totally loving the "Baking Day at Grandma's". I need that book! Happy Gingerbread house making!

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    1. isn't that precious?? your little girl would love it!

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  11. I will follow here and on Pinterest. I would like to read Baking Day at grandma's!!

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    1. thanks so much Peony! it's really an adorable book. :)

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