The founders of The French Circus (handmade mobiles) are one of the most creative couples we know
We are in love with the charms from this company Altruette. First of all, they make the cutest charms and charm bracelets for girls, at totally appropriate price points for how nice they are. (The bracelet is $20, a charm is $15.) Each charm is connected to a cause, so when you give or buy […]
Are these the most incredible paper bag puppets you’ve ever seen? I thought so too. Our friends kindly made them for our son, Soren, who was amazed to see his favorite Where the Wild Things Are characters in 3D. Max’s private boat is a reoccurring theme in our sidewalk chalk drawings, and we’ve read the […]
I know, it’s the time of year you’re thinking about a different kind of tree than one that bears apples, but come on, how sweet is this apple tree kit, called “An Apple Tree to Be Kit“. It includes everything you need to grow an apple tree, except for patience, which you will need to […]
My dad gave our daughter a silver coin for her first Christmas, and continues to do so at every year. He buys her the American Eagle Silver Coin that is one ounce of silver, which the U.S. Mint puts out each year. We keep all of them in a coin book, which has become one […]
As a child I invented elaborate stories about the secret lives of my dolls and stuffed animals. Which is one of the many reasons why I’m drawn to these embroidered pocket dolls stitched into existence by Stephanie Housley of Coral&Tusk. The collection includes a bird watching owl; bike riding fox; bear who loves grilled cheese […]
Every year (I do Christmas, but it could just as easily be birthdays or anything else), I write and hand-bind a story for my two boys–about my two boys, Cass and Ollie. Cleverly disguised as Casper and Olivier (two fictional characters we’ve invented for bedtime story capers), these two tenacious brothers, who also happen to […]
I’m a sucker for the layered worlds of dioramas and Joseph Cornell boxes. So when I happened upon the mini ecosystems with figurines held captive in glass created by Twig Terrariums, I couldn’t resist. Co-founders Michelle Inciarrano and Katy Maslow specialize in what they describe as “the easily maintained, easily contained life”. The titles alone […]
My husband recently brought two of these tiny leather journals home for our sons from a trip, and immediately designated them The Dream Journals. Ever since they got the books, which live on their shared nightstand, our sons have been recording—in writing and in pictures—both real and made-up dreams. It makes me think that any […]
I came across the Lego Architectural Series yesterday and thought it would make a perfect present for a certain type of kid or an architecture-obsessed adult. I’m a fan of the Farnsworth House, but I also think the White House would be a winner.
We talk a lot about the tyranny of the goody bag, and the pressure to fill them. I went to Pearl River and got a bunch of great but inexpensive stuff to fill the bags for my son’s 5th birthday. This fan was a huge hit–and so cheap!