These are intended to be party decorations, but don't you think it would be super fun to make a bunch of these dresses and water color and decorate them with your kids?
As soon as Christmas is over I'm all about taking down the decorations and whipping the house into shape. It's one of the few times I'm motivated to clean:) I get excited about the new year! Do you make resolutions? My theory about resolutions, at least for myself, is the fewer the better. I have a list a mile long of things I'd like to change: start exercising regularly, cut out sugar (again!), get up earlier, be more patient, read more fiction etc. etc. But instead I make two do-able, but important goals that I hope will make a big impact and maybe one or two fun goals, like
Happy Christmas Eve Eve! I'm so excited for Christmas, having little kids makes it that much more magical. Have you been enjoying the holiday season? Eating delicious food? Enjoy the twinkly lights? Spending time with friends and family? What a great time of year! Here are a few fun ideas for the weekend, some last minute gifts, special things to do, and of course, yummy things to eat!
This illustration in the current issue of Edible Wasatch might be my favorite one of Clay's yet! And the recipe for molasses spice cookies that I shared is definitely a favorite at our house! Locals can pick up a copy at most locally owned food stores, restaurants, the library, Whole Foods etc. You can also read the whole issue online here. I wrote about making holiday sweets with less refined sweeteners. Do you have any favorite recipes using honey or molasses? I'm always looking for good ones!
This guest post is shared by Megan, author of the completely gorgeous blog, Fig and Fauna.
The farm is so full of life. A pulse that arises at the first tinge of dawn, ready to be fed and greeted with our early morning smiles. The garden is dripping with unripened tomatoes and cabbages just begining to form. The beet greens have been a favorite amongst the caterpillars and loose chickens, but just under the dark, cool soil are the bulb-shaped beet roots that we've all been waiting for.
On Christmas Eve, my Mum would traditionally make an assortment of sugary Christmas delights. They were all heavenly, but the only one that really mattered to me were the chocolate covered coconut balls. Our own pantry and garden provisions inspired a slightly different take on my special childhood treat. I dare you to take this to your next Christmas party and ask the guests what the ingredients are!
Are you feeling cozy and Christmas-y? We're definitely feeling it here! My parents got into town on Tuesday and are staying all the way through the new year. It's been so fun for everyone, especially the kids, who now always have at least one adult willing to read to them, or stack blocks or listen attentively to whatever story they have to tell. Here are a few fun things we may be trying this weekend!
Grain-free, sugar-free gingerbread men!
Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw is an amazing writer and illustrator and an absolutely lovely person. She sent our family a copy of her latest book to check out, and we loved it. You can win the same book HERE! Sam thought it was especially neat because one of the boys in the story is from India and says, "Namaste." (You may remember me writing about our neighbor who Sam calls "Namaste." We're now helping his daughter-in-law learn English!) Sam loved talking about what was the same and what was different, and tying that in to our neighbors. The message of the book is so sweet and peaceful, but not heavy-handed. What it succeeds best at is being entertaining, bright and enjoyable to read. I'm so glad to have it as part of our collection and love that Sam has been requesting it over and over.
I asked Jenny a few questions about being a mom and a writer and illustrator, having a personal interest in the combination myself:)
Ever since Sam was born I've wanted to have a soft nativity set that kids could play with. I love the idea of them being able to interact with the pieces and really think about the people. This year I finally made one! The whole thing is super simple. You can download the pattern and instructions here:
Forget Occupy Wall Street. If we just did the majority of our shopping at tiny, independent retailers, all those nice people could have stayed home. Let's reverse economic trends one small business at a time! So, if you're planning on doing a little shopping this season, consider some of these rad, small businessnes first. We try to stick close to the "something to wear, something to play with, something to read (or learn with)" rule, plus whatever we can fit in the stockings. Here are a few of my current favorites.
Stocking Stuffers for Everyone:
The good kind of treats: honey sticks, Panda licorice, roasted seaweed (No? This totally tastes like candy to me...), nuts, crunchy fruit... (What else? I'd love to hear what healthy treats you stuff in your stockings!)
This post is sponsored by Stubby Pencil Studio, where you'll find interesting, uncommon gifts that kids will love and you'll feel good about buying: eco-friendly stocking stuffers, gifts under $10, and green art supplies.
I started making these curly toed, elf-inspired, Christmas stockings a few years ago. They're so fun to make that we now have way more stockings that people in our family (time to have more kids...?). I had the brilliant idea to stock up on wool sweaters over the summer
You might have noticed that things look a little different around here! The new look is thanks to Vada Creative Studio (if you dig it, leave a note; the people there are so nice and they would love to know you like it!). It's also in honor of me feeling ready to blog again:) Sort of like a new outfit for the first day of school. After my break from regular blogging, I decided