christmas is for kids, yes? for a couple of years i’ve felt in the middle of it. i refuse to totally grow up, which basically means i’m dedicated to using my imagination. yet, i feel like i have grown up a lot these past couple of years, mostly in ways i thought i’d never have to. in my journey to stay forever young, i sometimes look to christmas as a free pass back to childhood. anyone else?
well, yesterday, with two toddlers (and a gommy) in tow i went the mall (not sure when i will realize this is not a bright idea). we hadn’t planned to see santa but we did. after a long line and being told no photos with your iPhone, i got lost in the moment. and, that is exactly what it was . . . a moment. a fleeting piece of time that is gone just as fast as it came. but, i was in it. i didn’t capture santa and the boys on instagram, but i did capture rocco’s big blue eyes growing even bigger. and, i recorded, in my mind, exactly, the way he said, “santa.” i scribbled on my heart liam’s christmas list, spoken in munchkin, which consisted of shoes and and a stuffed animal reindeer. just as quickly, i jotted down how rocco immediately followed liam’s lead and requested shoes too (i think the whole shoes thing is hilarious). it wasn’t all magic. there was hitting, there was crying and there was full out melt downs (almost including me). but, it was all mine. the thing is, somewhere between the crying (over not buying my 4 year old jeans at abercrombie – yes, seriously), and the magical moments with santa, i think i may have dropped my ticket to the north pole. i’m just along for the ride now. and i’ll happily accompany my littles.
if you are looking for a few, non- toys r us, ideas for your littles this christmas here are my favorites :
1. mizy.me do/ such a sweet little handmade doll.
2. schleich safari truck / my kids adore schleich animals. we saw this schleich safari truck at the zoo this past summer and it immediately went on our christmas list.
3. shrinky dinks charms + trinkets craft kit / did anyone else love shrinky dinks as much as i did (ahem, do)? fun for all ages and the designs on this set are super rad to boot.
4. inflatable tiger head / i might be ordering 3 of these.
5. cottage dollhouse / i’m seriously in love with this dollhouse (see how cool it is here) + the family that lives in it.
6. whale puzzle / puzzles are always fun, especially when they form a pretty blue whale.
7. iggy peck architect / we always do a book for each child. this is my fave book to recommend.
8. scottish terrier tic-tac-toe / you’ll never want to use x’s and o’s again.
9. unicorn slippers / i don’t know what to say except someone buy these!
i’m also a big fan of this joke a day set, camper tent, magic set, toy cash register, + a monchhichi, of course.
more of my fave toys for littles here.
i have to tell you, lately, i feel like i’ve been playing catch up with self care. i haven’t been taking the time to do things like exercise, do my hair or even wash my face. the whole neglecting scene was starting to catch up with me in a bad kind of way. it took a week of consistent exercise and a pedicure to get myself together. i’ve been pretty consistent (this week) about washing my face, slathering on lotions and potions and taking time to pick out a non yoga pants outfit or at least updating the yoga pants with a cute shirt (most days).
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hi lovelies. i thought i’d share a few things, new and old, that i’m loving at the moment. a few new purchases and a few things i’ve had around the house for quite awhile.
apple tv / i had no idea. really. i mean, i’m an apple devotee but i thought that apple tv was just not really a necessary apple family memeber. well, i was wrong. way wrong. we had netflix and i kind of loathed it. that is, until apple tv. it makes everything easy and pretty. oh so pretty. but, duh, that is what apple does. you can search kids show by characters (which look like they just might jump off the tv + come babysit your kids — hey apple, can you make that happen?) which i love. and the whole set up is so easy, that the kids can easily work it.
gold glitter toms / so maybe my husband still calls me a leprachaun every time i wear these but i don’t care. i still love slipping these on and the reaction i get every time i wear them. little girls love them and older people, almost, can’t stand them. who knew gold glitter would make me feel so rebellious.
bare minerals / truth be told, this powder had been wasting away in makeup drawer, as i had been schlepping on another popular brand’s mineral powder for the past year or so. last week, i thought why not give good old bare minerals a go again. let’s just say that the other powder is going in the trash. hello, healthy glow, i was wondering where you had gone.
ray-ban folding wayfarer / these are new and i love them. first i should tell you that they fold up, like into a tiny little square. sold! i haven’t had new sunglasses for quite a few years and i’m 100% happy with these. i had been wanting ray-ban’s for awhile and last week after wearing my mom’s, well that just did it.
water / ok, this is random. and yes, it’s free. but can i just tell you how bad i was about drinking water, or really just any liquids. on a normal day, i’d have 1/2 a cup of coffe, 1/2 a bottle of water and then maybe 1/2 a cup of tea at night. this might have had something to do with getting dizzy and looking a bit haggard all the time. last week, i made myself drink an entire bottle of water first thing in the morning. friends, i felt so much better and i swear my skin looked brighter because of it. i’m not gonna lie, i fell off the wagon this week but i’m going to do my best to keep at this.
what about you? what are some new, old or random things that you are loving at the moment? look around you just might surprise yourself.
awhile back i posted on these i love you . . . i know tea cups. you loved them . . . i know. and guess what i just spied (over here) that there is a shop and you can buy them here. you love me . . . i know (ha). cheers!
so who heading to ALT SUMMIT next week? this will be my 3rd year attending and i have to say i’ve learned a thing or two along the way. for instance . . . what to pack. if this is your first time, than i hope this photo journal will help give you some ideas.
you’ll need / /
+accessories – you know the stuff the makes the outfit or takes it from one to two outfits. this is my new favorite necklace!
+polk dots - are always popular (and so are stripes). this bow ads instant fun to any outfit.
+comfy - is good because every night is like a slumber party. i’m bringing these.
+shoes - i say bring as many as you can fit. i always opt for practical and pretty. my new favorites.
+patterns - are always popular. you’ll probably see me wearing this shirt.
+school supplies - sort of. don’t forget your business cards, a notebook, good pen, your camera, iPad or computer and some mints to share with your new friends. this case keeps things cheerful.
+a dress - or two. i like going a bit simple and dressing it up. i’ll be dolling up this dress, with some accessories, for the clue party.
so there you have it. don’t worry, i’m not bringing all this, but i will be overpacking because i just always do. i guess i like to be over prepared.
what about you friends, do you over pack for trips? or do you plan out every outfit? i’d love to know.
if you are going to ALT… i’d love to meet you! and if you’d like to know about any other item pictured, just let me know.
Still more shopping to do! Today it is all about the lovely person in your life…think, friend, mom, sister, aunt or anyone that is special in your life. I’ve picked several items that I’d love to give (and well, who am I kidding, I’d also love to get).
Ready, set, SHOP!
01 / Personalized iPhone Case : I always love a new iPhone case, don’t you? I think these personalized iPhone cases from Tiny Prints are so fun!
02 / Lip Gloss : Nothing better than some shiny new lipgloss for a quick pick me up.
03 / You’re Awesome : Sometimes the best gift is a personal letter sharing your admiration and appreciation.
04 / Mineral Magnet Set : These are the coolest (and prettiest) magnets I’ve ever seen.
05 / Cat Tape Dispenser : Even if you are not a cat lover, I bet you would like this kitty sitting pretty on your desk.
06 / Black Clutch : Perfect little bag to grab before you run out the door.
07 / Taylor Headphones : These are pretty much like head jewelry.
08 /Morning Walk Print : I love everything about this print, even the name.
To see more of my holiday picks, click here! You can also see more la la Lovely gift guides here.
la la loves pretty + modern art. Currently we are loving art by Danish art director and illustrator Nynne Rosenvinge. You can shop Nynne’s art at her Etsy shop, Spenderbuks.
These two prints are adding a nice fresh touch to my home (and the unicorn likes them quite a lot)!
images 1 + 2 : Nynne Rosenvinge
This week is all about Christmas. I’ll be sharing more 3 Gifts and I’ve asked a few fellow bloggers to share a few of their favorite presents. And by that I mean favorite present to give, the present you’d most like to receive and the best present you’ve ever gotten.
The lovely Paula of Two Ellie is starting the week off with her picks. Paula has pretty impeccable taste, there is no doubt about that. Here are her picks:
+To Give Every year it seems someone is on the receiving end of a Rifle Co Calendar. They always feel so unique and extra special.
+To Receive : I am ALWAYS thinking how nice it would be to have a nice camera strap. I may even be more inclined to carry around my good camera instead of just the iPhone. These are gorgeous!
+Ever Gotten : Classic pave link bracelet, I have family and friends who are all wonderful gift givers. This is is my most recent favorite simply because the kiddos helped pick it out. They were so excited! what about you?
I’d love to hear your what you’d love to give, receive, and the best present you’ve ever gotten!
p.s. if you want to know more about Paula, you can check out her blog here and see her monday mess feature here.