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December 1, 2011

1/ Rootview 2/Doodle Cook 3/Pallina Game 4/iGuy 5/Little Pim French 6/Micro Microscope 7/Who Was That Mustache Man 8/Twig Pencil Set 9/Personal Library Kit 10/Necklace 11/Star Projector 12/Timex Camper Watch

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?

August 23, 2011

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 |


March 11, 2011


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 .

February 18, 2011

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!

November 24, 2010

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!