December 2, 2016

cool stuff i like

Happy Friday! It's December. Doesn't it seem like it was just December? I remember last holiday season so vividly. It seems impossible that a year has gone by. The intervening months seem both like they whizzed by at the speed of light and also like they moved at a snail's pace. What a strange, sad year it's been. I want to light candles and eat cookies, and watch lots of holiday movies. That's my seasonal plan in a nutshell. I'm pleased with how early I jumped on a lot of things - most of my presents are taken care of (for the most part) - our tree is in our living room - photobooks have been ordered. I found some presents way back in the summer and autumn. I didn't make as many as I wanted to - actually I didn't make any at all - maybe one needs to start really really early for that! I was going to make tea sachets and bath soaks. Next year's Christmas plan is going to be seeing how many gifts I can make with my own two hands. I'll never really be able to get on board with that plan very well though because, *cough* BOOKS. I think Christmas should just be one big book exchange!

Online inspiration I found this week:

How to reduce inflammation. (hey, i thought it was interesting, as we move into the next month of all sugar-all-the-time)

A Scandinavian-inspired brunch.

Delightful looking fairytale DVD collection! With bonus Hayley Mills!


Darcy always has such fun ideas for Things To Do at holiday time.


Amazing sounding book and such a beautifully written blog post. 

Looking to get or receive some new cookbooks this year? This is the mother of all cookbook gift guides!

Love this holiday decorating idea.

Cute gift guide for older kids.

Cool Book of the Week: 'The Star Tree' by Catherine Hyde took my breath when I saw it the other day. I read it while standing in a shop, and despite the fact that the story takes place on Midsummer Night's Eve, I thought this looked perfect for this time of year. MAGICAL. Just pure magic from beginning to end. A little girl makes a wish on her rocking horse, after her nightlight has gone out. And then she travels through the night, meeting assorted enchanted animals as she goes, until she makes her way to the Tree of Constellations. Let THAT sink in, why don't you. It's as beautiful as it sounds! The little girl takes one tiny star from the tree to lead her home. This picture book is so amazingly beautiful it took my breath away.

Have a lovely weekend! We're going to decorate our Christmas tree - I can't believe we got it so early this year! I hope it's not a crispy critter by the end of the month. Usually we get our tree up somewhere around December 5th. It will be nice to have it up and ready by the weekend so we can have it for the whole of Christmas season though. 2016 has been a hard year for me personally. I want to spend the last bit of it just staring at our tree......



  1. I'm so honored to be featured on your list today! Thank you, thank you! And thanks for the heads up on The Star Tree, which I hadn't of and which looks SO up my alley. :) Happy Reading this Holiday!

    1. You are SO welcome!! That was a lovely and brilliant post you did. This Star Tree book, I tell you - a real vision of loveliness. Happy reading to you too!

  2. Thank you for the shout out! I love that we both are all about the best cookbook lists!

  3. Thank you for featuring my little countdown calendar. My daughter is having so much fun with it. She just wrote Joy (the mouse) a note that reads "Thank you for making my life more magical than it all ready is."