Play Kitchen Inspo

 

 

 

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This play kitchen is one of those things that is for my kids, but really it’s for me. All three of us (me and my six-year-old and my three-year-old) had the same reaction when we saw it: gasp!…stare in admiration…pretend to stock it with delicious food. Continue reading “Play Kitchen Inspo”

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Favorite Kids’ Bed Sheets

sheet-setI’ve been shopping for sheets for my kids’ twin beds. For the past few years, the night pottying was in progress, so to speak, so I only had cheap white sheets on their beds. Now that things have stayed dry, I want to get some fun graphic sheets that coordinate with their blankets. I am pretty set on getting the Shy Little Kitten sheets for my six-year-old, so I might end up getting the Bed’s Best Friends (dog) sheets for my 3-year-old. The prints aren’t not related, but I think they’d be cute paired on their bunk bed.

Copen Floral Percale Sheets | The Company Store

Organic Dino Sheet Set | Pottery Barn Kids

Organic Shy Little Kitten | The Land of Nod

Organic Check Sheet Set | Pottery Barn Kids

Organic Rainbow Sheet Set | Pottery Barn Kids

Little Prints Kids Sheets Blue Triangle | The Land of Nod

Modern Mosaic Tassel Sheet Set | The Land of Nod

Rosy Cloud Flannel Sheet Set | The Land of Nod

Bed’s Best Friends Bed Sheets | The Land of Nod

Some lifestyles!

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Christmas Mantle

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I threw together my Christmas mantle this morning. I’ve had my eye on eucalyptus-draped mantles this year. I may decide to make it fuller, but for now I have a few branches. I love that it is no maintenance. The branches dry out quickly and beautifully. When I take it down in a few weeks, I’ll toss it in the fireplace for fragrance.

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I put up my Little Lamb print by Jenedy Paige. She tried to capture historically accurate traditional swaddling bands embroidered with the symbols of the houses of Mary and Joseph, laid in a manger carved from common limestone. Next to it is my thrifted midcentury peace dove candleholder, similar to this one.

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The hand-carved wood and porcelain nativity is a music box that plays “Silent Night” after you wind it by the star. I bought it in Denver at a stand in the mall on my honeymoon, right before Christmas.

The poinsettias are from Trader Joe’s–I like that their foil wrap is matte gold. And the felt ball garland is from Target years ago. I can’t remember where I got the faux evergreen wreath, but I wish I could because I’ve had it for years and I love it; it is so realistic and also durable. I’ve shared the other print on my Instagram; it is a custom Bella Adele Co. print with the Finnish saying “Oma koti kullan kallis,” meaning “Your own home is as precious as gold,” with the sentiment of “There’s no place like home.”

If you’re looking for more opulent eucalyptus mantles, here’s what I’ve been pinning:

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DIY Seeded Eucalyptus and Pine Garland on Fiskars

 

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Peaceful Christmas on Beijos

 

 

 

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Advent Calendars 4 Ways

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Alexandra (my 6-year-old) has been asking me all week how many days until Christmas. I keep telling her we’ll start counting once it’s December. I just set out the advent calendars, so, fingers crossed, the calendars make it through the last few days of November before the kids break into them.

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It used to be hard to find advent calendars in the U.S., so my mummi (grandmother) sent my brothers, sister and I each one from Finland every year, until we were adults. She and my mom sent them to my kids, too, until I took over in her name last year, since they’re easier to find locally now. This year, I got ours from IKEA and Trader Joe’s.

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My December has a lot of traditions, including the chocolate encased in cardboard countdown, so I have never thought much about other ways to wind down to December. But if you’re looking for inspiration here are three simple non-chocolate advent calendars that caught my eye:

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Postcard Advent Calendar by The Merry Thought makes a heartwarming activity seem attainable, and looks so lovely, too. She covered the front of 24 matchboxes with birch veneer, painted and numbered each one, and slipped the name of a loved one inside. Each day, she picked a vintage postcard from the basket below and sent off a little note. There are endless ways to adapt, simplify, or expand this idea, but the simple boxes dangling from an evergreen branch are so lovely.

 

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Photo Frame Advent Calendar by Not on the High Street is 50% off for Cyber Monday, but probably wouldn’t ship in time this year. You could easily make your own simpler version from Instagram or other photo prints, clothes-pinned onto wires in a frame like this, or just along a string or ribbon. If you want to ramp up the sentimental giving, make one for a loved one.

 

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Lego City Town Avent Calendar is at stores (like Target) and elsewhere online. Each day, you get a little piece to put the town together. It sounds fun, and it’s got me wondering what other constructions could be broken down into 24 pieces or steps.

Do you have an advent tradition, or countdown to Christmas?

 

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6 Fail-Safe Hostess Gifts

I thought my thirties would involve a lot more dinner parties than they have so far. Almost all the gatherings I attend are more casual, with close friends or relatives, and not only would a small gift not be expected, it might be awkward. So, I’m curious, do you bring a hostess gift? What do you bring? There seem to be strong, conflicting etiquette viewpoints on whether or not to bring wine as a gift. I say don’t bring wine; it’s better to not put the hostess in the position of feeling like they must open the wine for everyone that evening.

Here are my 6 Fail-Safe Hostess Gifts:

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Winter Clothes for Kids

While shopping for some winter clothes for my kids, I found such adorable new must-haves that I had to share. I only chose the softest and kid-friendliest cold-weather basics that I was sure would get approval from both kids and parents. Here are my finds for little girls and boys (6 years and up), and in another post I’ve got toddlers covered.

My 6-year-old, Alexandra, will wear dresses but not pants (not even sweatpants!), and tights but not socks. That makes her winter wardrobe straightforward: long-sleeved dresses and thick tights. But for those of you who can get your kid to wear pants, check out these picks.

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Winter Clothes for Toddlers

While shopping for some winter clothes for my kids, I found such adorable new must-haves that I had to share. I chose only the softest and kid-friendliest cold-weather basics that I was sure would get approval from both kids and parents. Here are my finds for toddler girls and boys, and in another post I’ve got kids 6 years+ covered.

 

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