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Your 2016 Guide for Gifts That Give Back {For Women} is amazing! Seriously, go covet every pick in good conscious. I LOVE The Good Trade.

 

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I’ve been giving myself a pep talk to craft some Christmas tree ornaments with the kids this year. Landee See Landee Do has a good round-up, including those Pom Pom Pinecones via One Little Project.

 

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I read a brief description of each of the 2016 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and wow, they are an inspiring bevy. Recipients included Elouise Cobell, Ellen DeGeneres, Diana Ross, Maya Lin, Bruce Springsteen, Margaret Hamilton, Robert Redford, Frank Gehry and 13 more! They all share at least two common traits: passion and determination. (image of Maya Lin and President Barack Obama via Cosmopolitan)

 

 

 

 

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Most Popular Pins

These 9 pins have been most popular on my Pinterest lately.

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Emma’s Vintage Bedroom via The Boo and the Boy

Playhouse via Woohome

Playhouse under the stairs on Interiors-Designed

Dinosaurs Days-of-the-week briefs from The Gap

Make-up inspo from Keikolyn on Flickr

Treehouse sketch (source unknown)

Grey Undercut Pixie on The Right Hairstyle

Black Ceiling Bathroom via Blood and Champagne

Midcentury Modern Expansion with Cedar Walls on Houzz

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Photograph by Drew Angerer via The New Yorker

I’ve been following the updates on the re-opening of the Rose Room of the New York Public Library. This article in The New Yorker is so moving. Here’s a fascinating time-lapse video of the shelving of 52,000 books. And maybe you’ve already seen the new book trains there.

 

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I’ve been in a self-manicure mood lately, and I have pinned these Galaxy Nails (A Beautiful Mess), Ghostie Nails (Good Housekeeping),  and Matte Black Moon Phase nails (Diply).

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Which new DesignLoveFest desktop wallpaper would you choose? I chose Akiko Da Silva 1 (above).

 

 

 

Drama-Free Dressing for School

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For the first month of the school year, my husband and I had morning battles with our 6-year-old about appropriate school clothes for first grade. When we said, “Go get dressed,” she’d come out of her room wearing a leotard and ballet flats. Veto! And then we had an exasperating back-and-forth of which clothes were appropriate for the weather and school activities. A simple rearrange of the dresser drawers drastically reduced our morning drama. I have two easy tips for you. Continue reading “Drama-Free Dressing for School”

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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