charm bracelet

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 […]


wildthings2

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 […]


apple tree kit

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 […]


tradition

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 […]


dolls

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 […]


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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 […]


TwigTerrariums

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 […]


dreambookopen

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 […]




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A bead loom is one of my favorite presents to give kids ages 6 or 7 and up. You can find them for around $10, and it’s pretty much guaranteed that the birthday girl (or boy) doesn’t already have one. It’s also something good to have around the house as an indoor activity for cold […]


mosaic_animal

My friend Gina gave my son this great present for his birthday–Lauri Toys Peel and Stick by Numbers Wild Animals. The simple but satisfying mosaics are made out of squishy sticker tiles. It kept my 7-year-old occupied for hours and you end up with a little work of art they are really proud of. The […]


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