Here are some of our favorite things from January-
Could your kids name the state capitals? My kids are close ever since my friend Angela sent me this link to Tour the States- very fun learning video! (admittedly, I learned some too!)
Saw the Original Dish Drying Mat at my friend Jill’s last week- I am using it instead of a wet dishcloth for when I empty my dishwasher.
Books I have recently enjoyed- The Husbands Secret by Liane Moriarty and The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom. On my bedside table is The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. My friend Krista suggested I read How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough- I ordered and gave to my husband to have the first crack at it!
My friend Erin posted a recipe for Homemade Flour Tortillas last week and I am considering a tortilla press!! If you have a favorite press, please tell me!
A new snack for long flights for my husband- Kate’s Real Food Stash bars- great stuff inside and great taste!
My friend Linda sent me this tip of what to do with your butter wrapper and I have done this ever since she sent me the idea!
Hope you are staying warm wherever you are!!
My sister sent me this link yesterday and I really liked it – from Finding Joy.
I have blogged about Kelly Corrigan before because I find her so insightful (and funny). I think she nails it about us being in a middle place- hence her amazing book The Middle Place from 2008. Take a moment to read her latest work- an excerpt from Glitter and Glue- I am excited for the February release. Here is a snippet-
“It is one thing to be a man’s wife—quite another to be the mother of his children. In fact, once you become a mother, being a wife seems like a game you once played or a self-help book you were overly impressed with as a teenager that on second reading is puffy with common ideas. This was one of many things I had learned since crossing over into the middle place—that sliver of time when childhood and parenthood overlap.”
I am not a mixologist. I have intentions of serving a specialty cocktail for parties, but usually end up offering wine and beer, and possibly, gin and tonics. But this year, I have enjoyed watching so many cooking shows in anticipation of the holidays and I stumbled onto Claire Robinson mixing Clementine Cosmos the other day. I quickly glanced at my overflowing bowl of clementines and noted that I could pull it off! A quick stop at the store for Vanilla flavored Vodka and I was in business. I just made the simple syrup this morning and then mixed the ingredients – they are ready for tonight! I also have frozen cranberries to pop in the frosted glasses- I may as well go all out. (of course I sampled it and it’s fabulous!)
Have you always wanted to photograph your tree with blurred lighting? Here’s how-
My friend Diana gave out bags of holiday potpourri the other night and I have been enjoying mine so much!! A great last minute gift for others and yourself! Reminds me of my mom as she always has one of these simmering over the holidays
Last year I needed a letter from Santa and used this template – quick and easy with fill-in information
A beautiful answer to “Are you Santa?”
Finally, we have had a really wonderful month of doing Random Acts of Kindness. On the way to school yesterday, my 9 year old asked me “when’s our next one?” Here is an awesome list of random acts of kindness with kids I found online if you want to get in on it this week!
Happy holidays to you all!