12.20.2013 / merry

merry christmas from la la lovely

merry christmas lovelies.

these are a few of my most favorite ornaments.  3 of them being from my childhood.  my littles think the one of the left, which happens to be john from peter pan, is creepy.  to me,  he is entirely endearing.  do you have any ornaments like that? 

i just wanted to say that i wish you a wonderful christmas and a very happy new year.  and, for those that find this time of year to be difficult, and far from bright, you are on my heart and in my prayers.  i’m praying that peace would cover you like a warm blanket on a cold, dark day and that hope would find its way into your heart for the coming new year.

i’ll be taking a break over the next few weeks, and i look forward to seeing you all in the new year!

i’ll be on instagram and pinterest though, so i hope to catch you over there.

12.09.2013 / holiday traditions

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do you have any holiday traditions?

i almost didn’t do christmas cards this year.  i’m trying to cut back on the hustle and bustle and the “have tos,” i seemingly always put on myself.  i love sending cards, but just the thought of outfits and photos and wrangling made me heavily tired.  thus, i succumbed to my weariness and congratulated my self on letting go a bit.

but . . . then i remembered my own personal little tradition.

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Hello…Hello!!!!!  How was your Christmas?  Your New Years and all of the days in between?  It was so good for me to take a bloggy break and just be with family and move at a bit of a slower pace.

As you can see we did lots of baking and then tried to make it through almost all of us getting sick, one after the other (and me, twice).  I felt bad because I wanted to do a lot of fun things with the kids but the reality looked a lot more like pj’s 24/7 and more t.v. than is recommended.  Oh well.  Sometimes you just gotta go with it.  I made peace with that and we all made it through and with lots of sugar cookies to boot.  In the midst of all of the sick and holiday craziness I felt really blessed to have had lots of cuddles with the little ones, play games with the older ones and just take in the gift  of being a mom.

Since we’ve been feeling better I’ve been busy trying organize closets and drawers (all the while avoiding my closet as it is a weekends worth of organization – soon soon).  I’ve been like a crazy prego lady neurotically nesting (I know this feeling well…been there, done that, 4 times).  But I feel like I’ve got a bit of a fresh start into the new year, which is just what I’m needing.  I’ll be back later today (likely) with a bit more on the fresh start business that is buzzing in the air.

And how was your Christmas and New Year’s?

PS –  Isn’t the Swedish style gingerbread house so cute?  It’s from Ikea, of course.  I’m going to be getting one of these kits every year – easiest and cutest gingerbread house ever!

12.21.2012 / Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas Lovelies.  I’m going to be taking some time off and spending my days with my family over the next week or so.  I am in need of some serious slowing down as I’m sure many of you are too (more to come on this in the new year).  In the meantime, if you are up for reading, don’t be a stranger, there is plenty of good stuff in the archives and I’ll definitely be over on Instagram (@lalalovelythings) and probably popping in over here every so often.

I hope you all have the loveliest Christmas filled with Love, peace, joy, family and friends.  And I wish you all a very happy new year filled with hope and great anticipation of great days that are ahead!

XO.  Trina

Inspiration : PINTEREST / Chatter :  TWITTER / Conversation : FACEBOOK / Pictures : INSTAGRAM

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OK, here is the truth. I’m still shopping and still feeling a little unorganized this year.  You?  Please say, you too!  There are so many great ideas out there that it is hard to decide.  I’ve rounded up a few last minute ideas that I’m loving for the little ones this year.

I’d love to know what your little ones are asking for?  And what your favorite toys are this season.

01 / Yummy : I love when a writer / illustrator does classics.  We have always loved Maisy Mouse in our house & I think this collection nursery stories would be great to add to our library.

02 / Schleich Animals : Animal figurines are always a favorite and are kind of all the rage.  These are by far the best, in my opinion.  I’m getting a few new ones for Rocco.  One year olds can be hard to buy for and these are just perfect.  I like anything that can be considered a little collection!

03 / Electric Paper Airplane : I’m always picking up paper airplanes around my house …so you know why not encourage paper airplane making a little more.  What boy (or man -ha) wouldn’t love this?

04 / Whale Music Mobile :  This is just too cute and pretty much perfect for the baby who has everything.

05 / Jess Brown Doll :  These  handmade dolls are just the super coolest.  Elle is getting past the doll stage so I can’t quite justify it but if you can…please get one, in my honor.

06 / Jane Eyre : Start ‘em young is what I say.  I totally love the idea of board book classics and the design is darling to boot.  This is, of course, is my favorite book but other classic titles are available also.

07 / Tin Robots :  A few of these were floating around my house the other week, while I was working on a special project, and my boys went nuts over them (which of course led to a bit of fighting, but hey, that is how I know it’s a great toy, right?

08 / Felt Mosaic :  A fun crafty present with great design in mind.

09/ Chinese Checkers :  Fun for the whole family.  I’m ashamed to admit I’ve never played Chinese checkers but I plan to cross that off my list after Christmas this year.

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Next up for favorite gifts is darling Colleen of Inspired to Share :

+To Give:  handmade gifts…I’m still narrowing down ideas but I think those are the best and most meaningful. And this year I’m slightly obsessed with packaging! I’m seriously so excited to wrap gifts creatively and personalize each one. Hopefully people appreciate it as much as I do! ;)

+To Receive : in a dream world…a fancy new camera or lens to help take my photos to the next level!

+Ever Gotten : a drawing of my husband and I as a wedding gift. It’s the sweetest thing that perfectly captures us. The drawing is of us in the reflection of the tea kettle in our kitchen. :) (I blogged about it here.)

So tell me, lovelies….are you making any of your holiday gifts this year?  And if so, what are you making?

P.S.  See more favorite gifts here!  And get the details on Colleens DIY pictured above  right here!

image : abbey moore

12.12.2012 / Christmas Cards

Christmas Cards via La La Lovely

Do you do Christmas cards?  This year we did our cards with Pinhole Press.  This is the first year I’ve done cards with them, but I’ve always been so happy with any and everything I’ve ordered from Pinhole.

We snapped some pictures of our wild brood and I knew I wanted to keep the look and layout simple, this year.  So instead of choosing a card with a lot going on, I opted to be kind of playful with our photo. The baby boys look like little wild cubs (and pretty much act like little wild cubs most of the time too).  I’m kind of obsessed with their lion hats (to say the least).

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And speaking of Christmas cards, one of my holiday traditions has to do with them.  Every year while filing out my Christmas cards I watch Little Women.  I found myself doing this a couple of years in a row and deemed it my own little personal tradition….And now I look forward to watching and writing every year.

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If you haven’t ordered any cards yet, check out Pinhole Press and if you are all about a good pen… this is the one i’m loving at the moment.

12.11.2012 / 3 Gifts : Plumo

Danish Desktop Lamp / Decorative Flower Ring / Log Basket

Have you heard of Plümo?  It’s a London-based catalog and online shopping destination, offering beautiful, eclectic collections of luxury fashion and home décor products. They have so many beautiful options for gift giving.  The above are 3 of my favorites.

Plumo is offering La La readers 15% off!  Simply use the code:  LALA

*This discount is available until 12/16/12 and is not  to be used in conjunction with any other offer.

And to all my UK lovelies….Plumo is offering free shipping this week if you live in the UK.

Happy Shopping!