if santa were to ask . . .

(wink, wink)

Or I wouldn’t turn away these or these. Cozy and beautiful!

And of course anything handmade, homemade (especially if it were by a certain nine or twelve year old), or thrifted trumps all of the above!!!

And the “sugar on top” would be a mango bubble tea from our local Vietnamese restaurant or maybe a cup of the peppermint stick flavored coffee that is for sale at ALDI these days and that I ran out of yesterday. I seem to be craving both right now. 🙂

Naturally dyed market tote

Noonday Salinas stud earrings

Twisted bow velvet headband

Beautycounter foundation

Simple Crossbody Bag

Contrast cashmere scarf

Bandana

Whitney Winkler home state mug

Wool socks

tween girl. big and small “under the tree” gifts.

Here are just a few “fun” things I found while searching online for my younger tween. Enjoy!

Photo #1 (first nine photos):

“You Do You” Banner

Custom Oval Initial Necklace

These sheets are no longer available but these and these are fun also

Milo’s brush and chisel tip markers

Crosley Deluxe Portable Bluetooth Turntable

Mug

Yellow Duffel

Cardigan

Alarm Clock

Photo #2 (second nine photos):

The Puffin in Bloom book collection

Gold Shelf

Sleeping Bag

Patagonia Sherpa Pullover

Lip Balm Making Kit

Canon Mini Printer

Caboodle Toiletry Case

Henley PJ Set

Soft Magnetic Letter Board

tween girl. stocking stuffer or small gift ideas.

Hair scrunchies

Neon pink bobby pins

Kate Spade French-English phrase dictionary (I also found one of these at Homegoods)

The Confidence Code for Girls

Cat Earrings

BE YOU Embroidered Mini Banner

Monogrammed clutch/ zipper pouch

Friendship Bracelet Kit

Personalized notebook/ planner

Tweens. Some of my favorite ages but not always my favorite to find gifts for! They are close to or have exited the “toy phase” but aren’t quite yet into clothing, tech gadgets, sports equipment, etc. As my nine year old little lady was writing out her Christmas list the other day she said “I just can’t think of any toys that I want”. (wink, wink) With just a hint of sadness but mostly gladness I told her that she just might need to try and think of some other things this year. Honestly, I could get her a stocking full of pretty notebooks and stationary and she’d be happy – she’s definitely my girl. Next week I hope to find some “under the tree” ideas for your tween lady! In the meantime, happy weekend to you!

advent calendar ‘18

Happy December! Having lived in the south these past six years warming up hasn’t seemed possible since the weather has turned chilly here in Missouri. So all of the coffee and tea for me these days! 🙂

This year’s advent calendar is nothing out of the ordinary and a little haphazard, but it’s made with lots of “mom” love out of scraps of fabric that we have used for special occasions throughout the last few years. We just used the star fabric as a table covering at Tate’s first birthday celebration! Right now the kiddos may not care or even remember things such as this, but I’m hoping maybe all of these little parts that make a whole will bring back the fondest of memories for them one day!

The bags are filled with treats, small gifts, and cards with things we can do throughout the season to help remind us how lucky we are to have “us” (our cozy little family of five) and all of the other special people in this beautiful life God has blessed us with.

Speaking of memories and holiday crafts, these house ornaments will always be one of my holiday craft favorites. I made them right after we moved to a new house (in Alabama) and used fabrics that had been some of the kids old clothes, scraps from their quilts, curtains in our old house, etc. The numbers on the doors were their ages at the time. Darn it, time slow down!

All of the happy and merry to you and yours!

“t” is for tate! celebrating one.

And the cake . . .

(I followed this recipe for his cake)

Tate is ONE! What a wonderful blessed year we’ve had with him! Just when we thought our hearts were full beyond measure Mr. Tate has come along and helped us get and give even more love!

We had a small “t” party for our newest one year old (we also celebrated my niece turning twelve). We invited family and a few friends and ate a light lunch with lots of treats to top off a sweet celebration.

Ready to bring on year #2 as a family of five!

hello autumn. the third season.

. . . and now hello november. we are looking forward to a first birthday, short days and long evenings at home, decorating for the holidays, and a thanksgiving back in Missouri.

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” – L.M. Montgomery

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the Fall.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

all hallows’ eve ‘18.

Out Halloween festivities started with The Haunting of Greenberry. A house that goes all out decorating and does an organized flash dance every year. This year they went with a circus theme! The kids then had “crazy day” at school on Halloween day. Instead of dressing in costume they dress in mismatched or “crazy” attire. Halloween eve we went trick or treating in a nearby neighborhood. Maddox decided to forgo going out with us this year to hand out candy to the few trick or treaters we had. I was hoping we’d have more (being in a new neighborhood you never know). Lastly, the Saturday after Halloween Maddox, Isla, and I did the Angel Run (5K) at the kids school. Isla and I dressed as angels (well kind of). I made the wings with coat hangers and fabric. Which seemed like a great idea but they added a quite a bit of resistance when running. 🙂 Hope your October festivities were grand!

This costume idea was my favorites this year!