Things I Love Thursdays

And here we are again.

It is February.  And that means it is cold, and dark (but getting lighter!) and I’m in the thick of the most challenging part of my year.  But all is well!  And the kids are (at least for today, and this minute) healthy!  Though there is a constant, unyielding stream of snot at my house.  SO MUCH SNOT.  Ugh.

So here is a mid-winter installment of TILT for you – fun, light and lovely things to offset the seasonal blahs…

 

Tulips! They start arriving at my local grocery store in mid-January.  Ten stems for $4.99!  I buy them every week because they make me happy every time I see them.  I fill a vase with ice and water, trim the stems and pop them in, and they last for 7-8 days without drooping.

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Milestone Baby Cards from Anthropologie.  I’m sure you’ve seen the stickers or blocks that are used as props in baby photos?  You know, the ones that say “One Month Old,” “Two Months Old,” and so on and so forth?  These are similar.  They are the modern, iPhone era version of a baby book entry.  And they are adorable.  They would have been perfect for Pistachio, my third, who is in a lot of photos, but whose baby book is pretty sad and empty.

Click on the photo to be brought to the Anthropologie page.

Click on the photo to be brought to the Anthropologie page.

The kate spade champagne bottle clutch is ridiculous and impractical, but maybe that’s why I like it? 

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Heather Ross fabrics designed for Windham Fabrics.  These make me want to sew things.  Or quilt things.  Or make cute smocks, and dresses for my children and friends’ children. Only I don’t actually know how to do any of those things.  Maybe someday!  I just adore the Tiger Lily and Briar Rose collections.   

Briar Rose Collection by Heather Ross

Briar Rose Collection by Heather Ross

 

My favorite from the Tiger Lily Collection.  Ms. Ross was inspired by her childhood summers in Vermont.

My favorite from the Tiger Lily Collection. Ms. Ross was inspired by her childhood summers in Vermont.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all – I hope you get lots of love and chocolate.  And maybe some tulips, too.

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Things I Love Thursdays

I love vacation, I love September, and I love stinky cheese!

The end.

No, not really.


Dye! Dye!!

I did some fun cooking and crafty activities with the kids during vacation.  Tie-dying with children under the age of 6 is… interesting.  But the kids loved it, (some of) the shirts look great, and those tie dye kits make it really easy.  If you are daring and like semi-permanent messes, I say go for it!

Tulip Tie-Dye Kit from Amazon.

Tulip Tie-Dye Kit from Amazon.


Duck, duck, soap!

Thanks to an adorable DIY kit from a friend, we also tried out soap-making last week.  So easy.  Melt glycerin, add fragrance, glittery color and oatmeal, stir, pour in molds and you have adorable duck-shaped soap.  The bonus? I’m all for crafts that encourage my children to wash their hands or other kid parts. If I made them again, I’d use less of the fragrance and skip the oatmeal.  The orange glitter stays, though. Quack!

Ducky Honey Soap by Makers|kit. They make all sorts of affordable crafty kits. Image from Open Sky. Click on photo to go there.

Ducky Honey Soap by Makers|kit. They make all sorts of affordable crafty kits. Image from Open Sky. Click on photo to go there.


Some Good Advice

A lovely video from CBC/Radio Canada on how to age gracefully. Stay weird!

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Happy Fall Y’all! 

(I couldn’t help myself with that one.)

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Things I Like Thursdays

I haven’t done a TILT in a while.  So here goes!

Honest Kids Goodness Grapeness is delicious.  And yes, I'm the one drinking it (my #1 pregnancy craving is always cold beverages). I've enjoyed the Honest Tea brand for years, because I like things on the less-sweet side, and their juices haven't disappointed either. Organic, less sugar and yummy?  I might even share this stuff with my kids! (Image from www.honesttea.com)

Honest Kids Goodness Grapeness is delicious. And yes, I’m the one drinking it (my #1 pregnancy craving is always cold beverages). I’ve enjoyed the Honest Tea brand for years, because I like things on the less-sweet side, and their juices haven’t disappointed either. Organic, less sugar and yummy? I might even share this stuff with my kids! (Image from www.honesttea.com)

Sweet Lemon Body Butter by The Body Shop. This was a gift and sat in my to-be-used-someday drawer of bath and body products for a long time. I brought it out when my expanding belly was itching one day, and just finished the tub up today. (Not to worry, another tub has been ordered and is on the way - it is on sale!)  It moisturizes well, and isn't too stinky. It smells like Bee Balm, which I love. (Image from www. thebodyshop-usa.com.)

Sweet Lemon Body Butter by The Body Shop. This was a gift and sat in my to-be-used-someday drawer of bath and body products for a long time. I brought it out when my expanding belly was itching one day, and just finished the tub up today. (Not to worry, another tub has been ordered and is on the way – it is on sale!) It moisturizes well, and isn’t stinky. It smells like Bee Balm, which I love. (Image from www. thebodyshop-usa.com.)

Make Your Own Snow Globe Kit by Seedling.  Okay, I don't actually own this - I just think it is awesome.  I would have loved this as a child.  And I'd probably still like it today.  Instructions say it is appropriate for ages 6+, and it can be found all over the web (Giggle, Yoyo, Amazon, etc.)

Make Your Own Snow Globe Kit by Seedling. Okay, I don’t actually own this – I just think it is awesome. I would have loved this as a child. And I’d probably still like it today. Instructions say it is appropriate for ages 6+, and it can be found all over the web  at stores like Giggle, Yoyo, and Amazon. (Image from www.uncommongoods.com.)

Things I like Thursdays!

TIL #1 – Etsy Seller krakacraft

I don’t know Ms. Krakacraft.  Apparently, she is in Slovenia.  Her (although I suppose she could be a he?) dolls and hand-stitched lovelies are amazing.  I adore them.  I have ordered three, and will order more.  Two of her little birdies hang above my desk at work.  They make me happy.  Meet Daffy…

krakacraft's Daffy

TIL #2- Nut Grinder by King Arthur Flour

Weird, I know.  But I love this kitchen gadget and I use it more often than I ever thought I would!  It is useful, does what it is supposed to, and takes up very little space.  And check out the King Arthur Flour site too, they have amazing goodies for baking, cooking, and everything in between.  Definitely worth a visit.

As usual, krakacraft and King Arthur Flour don’t know me from Adam.  I just love their schtuff. So there.