Oh my. My friend Allison sent me a link with a warning I would probably need tissues. When all is quiet in your house (right!) watch this video. Although my daughter is still in a tutu phase, I can see my oldest son in this too. 8 minutes long.
happy new year!
Sharing some quick things that have come into my inbox lately-
and some new finds-
Loving this dish soap smell! Honest Dish Soap in Lemon Verbena- I found it at Target
Stiga Table Hockey Game– I love this game! We have been keeping it on our kitchen table as we are playing so often. Becomes addictive.
Toddler Little Sleepyhead Pillow– Brooke needed a pillow for her bed that was smaller than an adult pillow and I took a chance on this based on all the positive reviews- it’s adorable in the pink case! She LOVES it.
Crate and Barrel dip bowls– I ended up buying more with the holiday sale as we use these more than any other bowl we have. I know it says it’s a dip bowl, but it’s a cereal, yogurt, dessert bowl in ours!
SMaK Salve– My friend Maureen and friends started this company and she sent me a kit of their products. I am using the Salve all the time- cuticles, dry lips, elbows, feet- love it! I will be reordering from this dry state I live in.
and for a REAL treat- order these Sea Salt caramels! My sisters and my mom had these when we stayed at a hotel in Scottsdale and begged for more from the concierge. Now we are ordering them on our own and the owner Julie couldn’t be nicer. Sweetish Treats– YUM!
This may be my final post with gift ideas as things tend to get busier this week and then the kids are NOT IN SCHOOL for over 2 weeks!
If you want more ideas- go to the drop down on the right under Category and look up “gifts” – all the guides from previous years should pull up- and frankly- if they were a favorite thing then, they probably still are!
Okay- back to gift giving- here are some cool gifts to give!
We copied our friends Alissa and Tim when we bought our boys the Basketball Double Shot Arcade System for our basement. We are in that in between stage of not playing with as many toys, so we needed to figure out something new and fun- the reviews are good. They also told me about the Polaroid Cube which is like a less expensive Go Pro.
My friend Kristy shared this sweet gift with me- Just Between Us – she wrote me- “Izie picked it out from Clothes Pony a while back and we’ve both loved it. We write in it when we can, and then quietly leave it on the bed for the other person. It’s been a fun exchange.”
From my friend Amy with two boys under 10-
a 10-gallon aquarium for the kitchen counter. Our goldfish Bobbly is about to be very jealous! Nerf Lazer Tag set, set of 2 LL Bean sleds, winter pajamas and a few books (Marvel and DC superhero encyclopedias have been good gifts the last few years for Henry; this year: Avengers), Zummer Zuppies, and a giant Talking Minion!
Other Ideas she is looking into-
My friend Amy H. is a big fan of Nest Birchwood Pine candles– beautiful packaging too! And I LOVE Thymes Fraser Fir Diffuser– since we have a fake tree, this totally tricks everyone into thinking it’s real! Smells like a fresh cut tree. My sister Wendy is crazy for the Cote Bastide Ambre Crystals – she first smelled it on a trip and now swears by it around her house. You can split them up into smaller bowls to spread the love!
Car and restaurant toys- I realize some of you are passed this but I’m not- so here are some good ideas for those of you who need a relaxing meal out with the kids over the holidays! Kid O Free Play Magnatab, Boogie Boards, and Water Wow!. Even my older boys play with Boogie Boards in the car– they are a great invention!
More to come- please send me your ideas!
As Oprah says “What I know for sure…” is the list of reco books is forever long. Feel free to comment with some of your favorites below!
From Christina- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (I second this suggestion, loved it!) Furiously Happy by Jennifer Lawson- serious subjects, but laugh out loud funny. She also wrote Let’s Pretend this Never Happened– awesome as well. Favorite non-fiction is How to Raise an Adult by
Ali- Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Julie- Just read a YA book with my daughter- A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass. Very sweet.
Amy- Humans of New York is a fantastic book gift- coffee table book too- love love love it. Carry On, Warrior for all the moms by Glennon Doyle Melton. Uprooted by Naoimi Novik is a grown-up fairytale, Bone Clocks by David Mitchell was weird and wonderful, and The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Cradley is a YA book that I personally adored and found fantastic!
Jennifer- My husband suggested this book for his dad: Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience
And my husband LOVED this book a few years back – Salt: A World History
On my list to check out- My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinham and Songs of Willow Frost by James Ford (he also wrote Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet) For more of my favorite books, go to the right side bar of this page and choose the drop down under category of “bedside table”. You will see quite a list!
I always want to hear what you all are reading or giving!