This week I am going to do be doing a bit of brainstorming about the Holiday wish lists. There are so many great websites and blogs out there to inspire the creative thinking for the holidays and I want to share some of my findings with you! Today - stocking stuffers for the little ones!
1. Animal cards at Land of Nod
2. Recycled Pencil Set by Poketo
3. The Daily Doodle Book
4. Adorable barrettes by Giddy Giddy
5. Instant Iron Ons - fun for the crafty little one!
6. Bilingual Flashcards at Anthropology
ANYTHING From this section of Anthropology!!
Anyone who has a little one knows that they often need someone to ask those "questions" to. From the very beginning of first finding out that I was pregnant to now having a happy little 4 month old, I have had two people in my life who have literally SAVED me when things were uber awkward, insane and frustrating. Today's post goes out to Helen and Katie for your Mom-"Expertise" when I most needed it. Katie is the "BFF-friend" that I call on my lonnnnnnng commutes home to grill about things that the "experts" in "What to Expect When You Are Expecting" say but which, turns out, are not at all a litmus test of what is "normal". Also, you need someone to ask all of the really awkward, paranoid questions when things are just straight up crazy with your own body or that of the new little creature that you have been tasked to care for. Also, she has two little ones who are turning out nicely, so I consider her my Mom-Cliff notes to raising happy bilingual munchkins. And she sends me hand me downs in the mail!
Helen is the work-wife / friend that is always there to listen to my woes (or silliness, usually) when it comes to my "matapasiones" (mom-uniform: the outfit that one puts on IMMEDIATELY upon returning home from work), dinner ideas ("What can I make with the following ingredients that will be edible?"), baby advice, tricks of the trade ("wait, I can feed her cereal already, thank god!"), those "is this normal" questions, and the daily paranoia / spaz attacks that come with trying to keep it all together and make it to work on time with some sort of plan for the adolescent super-stars at our job (aka "Super Mom" syndrome). Plus, she buys me chocolate.
Thank you both for every little bit of advice that you have given me in this past year. I am sending you these blog flowers :)
It has been an adventure that I could not have survived without you both.
I find it fun to take a look at the simple, smaller things in life and really pause to notice them fully. Last night as I went to bed, I noticed a funny little collection on my night stand. What's on yours? It's fun to see what's there! Pictured:
"The Lacuna" by Barbara Kingsolver (currently not being read!)
"Goodnight Moon" & "The Snowy Day" (constantly being read!!)
1 old journal from my time in Spain studying
2 old handkerchiefs of my grandmother's
1 black and white (my favorite wedding picture!) of my hubby and I smooching while the guest lit sparklers all around us!
1 ikea lamp in "stainless steel" finish
I love the baby K'tan carrier for so many reasons. It has proven to save me with those times around the house when its just me and the little lady. All she ever wants to do is snuggle, ALL THE TIME, which is great, but can get a little heavy. (We think she weighs about 13 lbs already!) The baby K'tan carrier has proven to be a little easier for me to set up and get baby comfy than the other ones I looked at. But, dad still loves the Bjorn carrier the most and claims it is the "most manly". The Baby K'tan suits my much more "dirty hippie" look! :)
Read more about Baby K'Tan here: Baby K'tan Carrier