February 6, 2015

cool stuff i like

Happy Friday! My post is up a bit late this week because it's been nonstop rain and Nomi the Puppy wants to go outside every 5.2 minutes. And at night, I am EXHAUSTED. I might be too old to be raising puppies! I took down our winter window (sad face) but I've put up several Valentine's Day paper chains, which were a gift from this lovely lady. I think I need pink fairy lights to complete the look. But that might be too much. Did you all have a chance to check out my winter book stack? I'd like nothing better than to lie down and watch 5 hours of period British films or read for hours on end this weekend, but that never ever seems to happen, unless I'm sick, and when that scenario occurs, I'm usually too miserable to be able to happily read or watch anything. I guess maybe when I'm 80, I'll have time for all of that, eh? Maybe?

Found some cute things online this week:

A flower clock?

2015 Newberry award winners. 

'The Artful Year' looks fabulous. Just published!

Cauliflower quesadillas. 

Babies eating ice cream.

A new 'Frozen' short film!! 

Just tried these mini cookies and they are AWESOME. And so adorably small! (that means I can eat more)

A beautiful maple cake.  

I'm totally excited to see this book when it comes out.

Beautiful post. 

Cool Book of the Week: 'The Princess and the White Bear King' by Tanya Robyn Batt and Nicoletta Ceccoli is a charming version of one of my all time favorite fairy tales - 'East of the Sun, West of the Moon'. The story sometimes also goes by 'The Polar Bear King'. Whatever it's called, this tale of a maiden searching for her true love (who's been enchanted to take the form of a bear), in order to rescue him from a troll Queen, is one of my favorite stories! I bought this from one of my favorite online book shops, Barefoot Books, and I adore Nicoletta Ceccoli's art, so I thought it would be a worthy addition to my fairy tale collection.

Have a lovely weekend! Has anyone seen 'Strange Magic'? I wonder if it's any good. If you haven't seen 'Paddington' yet - GO! Julia and I looooooved it.



  1. We went to see Paddington last weekend, it was WONDERFUL! Also- maple cake. Yum.

    1. THE DOLLHOUSE thing - the way they did all of that - just made me so happy inside!!! Loved it, loved it!

    2. YES! So creative and Wes Anderson-y! Also, it's always nice to see Lord Grantham...I about died when he pulled back up to the hospital in the beige Volvo.

    3. ha ha ha! that was so AWESOME!

  2. I have such fond memories of my second grade teacher reading the Paddington books, I couldn't wait for that time of day. I wasn't going to see the movie till I saw Hugh Bonneville was in it, then I thought "Ok, this may live up to my second grade experience!". Glad to hear you and Julia loved it.

    I have a question for you and your readers-I am a new substitute teacher, and have a kindergarten class this Friday. I would love to buy a great Valentine's book to read aloud-does anyone have recommendations?

    1. Valentine's books! I covered one a couple yrs ago called 'Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink' by Diane deGroat - it's cute and would be good for Kinder age! Also, 'Mouse and Mole: Secret Valentine' by Wong Herbert Yee - I haven't read that particular one, but the whole Mouse and Mole series is ADORABLE and just right for that age range! And 'Arthur's Great Big Valentine' by Lillian Hoban - love all the Arthur the monkey books!

  3. Thank you so much! I will be at the bookstore tomorrow!

    1. Maureen, you can also go check out my 'V is For Valentine' Pinterest board! I just spent the evening pinning a ton of Valentine book stuff!

  4. Hey!

    Thanks for the shout out! I don't know how I missed it on Friday, but I saw it today. So glad you made the paper chains. They knocked me out last year.

    We loved Paddington, too. Lulu was a little scared, but, for a 4 year old, she did awesome.



    1. we LOOOOOVE our chains! i could have done without the Paddington in danger scene with the incinerator - not needed and totally at odds with the extreme charm of the rest of the movie. but other than that, nearly perfect!

  5. I adore maple cake. My local grocery store makes it and it's divine.

    Cauli quesadillas? YES please!

    I can't wait for the Frozen short film.