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Gift giving.  Do you find that is just not what it used to be?  I do.  It’s just not the same as looking through the Sears Catalog when you were a kid, writing Santa and hoping you’d get at least one thing you were wishing for.

This gift giving [and receiving] thing has gotten way major complicated.  And I’m not gonna lie.  I am a full on complicator myself.  Should I admit to you that I just found 2 unopened presents from last Christmas in the playroom?  That bothers me [and for more than one reason].  But being intentional is a lot of work.  It takes a lot of thought and a lot of planning. Don’t get me wrong, there will be some useless Barbie, Transformer type junk mixed in the lot but I’m hoping that the majority of the lot sparks creativity, makes you use your imagination and doesn’t add a lot too much clutter [for my sake].

Let’s talk specifics.  How do you do presents for your children at your house?  I always wonder?  I mean, really, everyone does things very differently.  Clearly, my husband and I have different views, as we grew up differently.  I suppose we’ve kind of mixed up our childhood Christmas gift giving ways and have come to somewhat of an unspoken agreed upon middle ground.  And I like to think we are quite middle “ish” on the presents.  I’ve seen both ends of the spectrum.  I’m sure you have too.  Parents that are very conservative with their gift giving both in cost and quantity.  And parents that are lavish and over the top.

Where do you fall on this spectrum?  Do most of the gifts come from you or from Santa or is it an even split.  Do you make sure you spend the exact same dollor amount on each child to make it fair or does each child have the same number of presents to open.  Or do you just buy what you buy for each kid and not worry about keeping score?  I can’t be too crazy about this aspect though though.  It just may happen that one child might get a different number of presents than the other but we try to keep it in a close range.  And truly, as they start to get older it all shifts anyways.  Small items cost more and more expensive presents equals a few less to open.  I always like to have one biggish present for the kids that is from us, and then a mix of gifts from santa and us.

What about you?  Do you have a method?  And tell me, how do you keep the toy overload at bay?

08.23.2011 / 2 in School


School Started today.  I’m all kinds of random.  I know things should be easier with 2 in school and 2 at home.  But today it all seemed a bit harder.  Longer day, more details.  A bored little one missing his la la and Lukie.  I’m sure the days will get easier as we settle into a routine but today was just all kinds of sad.  Do you like or loathe the first day of school?

These are the backpacks I ordered for the kids.  Still waiting on them to arrive.

I’m trying to be a little more creative with lunches this year.  Here are some ideas from last year.

Do you bag it or box it?  These are my favorite lunch boxes.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

images | madpax | weheartit lunchboxes |

 

03.11.2011 / Happy Friday

 

I do have a swing in my house.  It’s pretty great.  BUT a slide!!!  That is part of my, “build my dream house plan”{although the mister thinks he can somehow build a slide to the basement}.  These pictures just makes me all kinds of happy.  What I love best is that you have to go through a trap door in the floor to go down the slide.

This fun house is called the Rainbow House and is located in London (no surprise, there).  You can take a full video tour here.

And a few more links for the weekend:

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If you’re feeling crafty : DIY Glass Bubble Chandelier 

Anthropologie now offers design services

These shoes have me thinking spring & would def put a spring in my step

Would love to sit down with this design book and a cup of tea this weekend

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I hope you’re weekend is all kinds of happy!

images . abrogers via handmadecharlotte .

02.18.2011 / Hope Your Weekend Is

Isn’t this little shirt the greatest?  I’m loving everything I’ve seen from Shopstels, which I discovered on {love} Pinterest.  I think at least one of my 3 boys needs this shirt, yes?  If you need one too, you can buy it here.

Happy Weekend!

11.24.2010 / A 1st Birthday Party

Today my Liam Brave is ONE.

This past Saturday we celebrated with a full on party + his baby dedication . . . it was quite a

H O O T.


We had quite the celebration. A house full of family + friends. We started the day with Liam’s baby dedication. Our dear friend and pastor dedicated Liam in our home which was quite special and meaningful. And then we moved on to a feast of food and cake. Isn’t that cake spectacular? I was beyond excited with the way it turned out and it was divine. I’m not a huge cake girl and let’s just say it was a good thing there wasn’t a lot of leftovers.
We hung the swing in our living room and I think it is the greatest thing ever. A lot of other mom’s think I am crazy nut job but the kids think I’m pretty cool. I know it will bring some extra sunshine during our long winter and it definitely adds just the right amount of whimsy to my home. And now the kids are asking for a slide to the basement.
As for my hair . . . I went dark. Hopefully I’ll snap a picture or two this week (when my hair is actually done) and then share. I really like it. I think I’d still like it a little lighter on my ends to get the full ombre look, though.
Sorry for the lack of posts. With the party and company and being pregnant, I’m pretty much wiped out. I’ll be back next week after the holiday and look forward to chatting with you all then.
Have a beautiful Thanksgiving with your loved ones!
xoxo
11.01.2010 / Rearranging Rooms
Right now . . .

This is what is starring me in the face. Switching 3 kids rooms around is a lot of work. That is, if you are trying to weed through things and get rid of a lot of crap (I know this is not a lovely word but, let’s face it, that is what it is.. McDonald’s toys, old scrap papers, random puzzle pieces, etc. all mixed in with giant toys that should not be in bedrooms. I have 2 rooms pretty much done (not as in decorating but as in sorted). And I threw the rest in the room above (and this brings me to a massive pile now being accumulated in the basement toy room that will now have to be sorted too – does it ever end?). There is no way around a pile like that, though. Oh, this room is now going to be the boys room. Bunk bed’s a giant wall of chalkboard paint, etc. etc. Have you seen any fun light fixtures?
This is in my daughter’s room . . .
It was a hand me down that was given to us (it was made in Europe). I thought right away it had a real Bazaar Style look. And about 2 weeks later I got the Urban Outfitters catalog . . .
It really kind of reminded me of this . . .
I definitely think it would look fabulous with these pillows . . .
And this is sort of the look I’m going for in my oldest’s room. A little wallpaper, maybe.
Anyways, it’s back to sorting and cleaning for me. Hope you have a great week!

images . me . Urban Outfitters . decor pad .
10.21.2010 / Spilled Milk

Today, I’m kinda in love with these images from Milk Magazine and well, the magazine itself, hello style. I’ve got kiddies on the brain. This weekend my kids are all shifting around, from this room to that room. It’s going to be a process and I’m certain the whole switch will take much longer than this weekend but it’s a start.
Have you seen any super fabulous kid’s rooms or spaces lately? I am looking for all kinds of ideas.
I hope your day is as fun as riding a bike in the house!

images . milk .

09.29.2010 / Candy Takes the Cake

This past weekend we celebrated my L’s 5th birthday. I made a candy cake last year and apparently it was hit because it was the one request I received for this years par-tay. I think this is now a tradition in our house.
Hope you have a super sweet day!