Hide and Seek

As Declan gets older, he and Baxter are getting to be better buds. I think a lot of it has to do with Baxter eating all the food scraps Declan throws off his tray, but it’s also that Declan is more aware of the dog and thinks he’s funny when he runs really fast, licks his face and plays with squeak toys. We’re practicing petting Baxter instead of the usually hitting Declan does…but it’s coming along slowly.

While I was home the other day, Declan and I had a fun time trying to find Baxter in various locations throughout the house. Baxter’s not that great at hiding, which is totally fine since Declan’s not that great at finding…but it got a few giggles out of Declan, and it was a good way to exhaust him before naptime by crawling all over the house and taking a few steps as he’s learning to walk.

Since Declan and Baxter are my two favorite obsessions, you know I followed those two around with my iphone to take pictures.  So join us for a little hide and seek, won’t you?

A grayish Baxter trying the camouflage strategy in our game of hide and seek. Probably would’ve worked better if he didn’t need a bath.

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“Hmmm…where is that dog?”
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Aha! Got you!

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Good spot, B. Just not quite hidden…

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Found you again!IMG_4241

 

DIY or Buy: Cozy Kindling Mini Tree

I know it’s still November and Thanksgiving isn’t even here yet, but if you’re gonna start DIYing the Christmas decor, then you have to get started now so it’ll be ready to put up the weekend after Thanksgiving, right?  Right.

I love love love the look of this little tree for an entryway or desk, or even kitchen table! but at $88, it’s a little pricey for a stack of twigs and colored thread. How about an easy DIY?! I think it’d be fairly simple to wrap the twigs with cotton (sort of like batting cushion for the thread), wrap with colored thread, yarn, twine – whatever you choose!), and then stack and glue the sticks on top of each other. You may need to use supports to get them highly stacked. Or just really strong glue. I wonder if it’d be easy to drill a small hole through the sticks and use a dowel? Worth a try, right?

diy or buy cozy kindling mini tree via Anthropologie

I have some left over eucalyptus branches from Declan’s Lumberjack Lunch that are pretty big (too big to stack like this) but they’d be really cute and festive wrapped in fun colors laying in our unused fireplace!  I just may give it a go.

2015 Calendars

Calendars seem like a big commitment purchase for me. You’re stuck with it all year, you know? Last year I did good in picking this gorgeous one, which doubles to create 8×10 size prints once you’re done with the calendar part, which I think is so genius. If I’m being honest, I didn’t even hang it up as a calendar, I really just loved the art! I can’t wait to hang some of them.

If you’re looking for a great hostess gift, holiday present (so thoughtful for coworkers!) or you’re just ready to think about a new year, here are some of my favorite 2015 designs:

 

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Free People Moon Calendar 

 

Rifle Paper Co honey bee wall calendar 2015

Honey Bee via Rifle Paper Co.

rifle paper co Les Fleurs calendar

Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co. via Artsy Modern

 

_woodcalendar_ artifact uprising custom photo calendar

Make a custom photo calendar with Artifact Uprising. When the month is done, cut off the calendar and keep the prints to post or frame!

craft a day calendar

Inspire creativity with this Craft-A-Day Calendar from Paper Source.

imagined desk calendar

The Imagined Desks of Historic Women – I love this!

where's waldo wall calendar

If you need a little fun in your life, try the Where’s Waldo Wall Calendar via Barnes & Noble.
(probably a no-brainer for kids but I think it’d be a huge hit at the office too! just don’t be surprised if coworkers linger in your office while they look!)

the year in stitches calendar

This one would make an awesome gift for knitters! Get it from Schoolhouse Electric.

stir and shake calendar via redcruiser

Count down to happy hour with the Stir & Shake calendar‘s beautiful cocktail ingredients.
Gift idea: use the illustrations to accompany recipes for each libation and include with a box of bar-themed gifts like a shaker, stirrer, glasses, and a bottle of liquor and liqueurs.
Throw in fresh fruit or herbs for good measure!

imaginary travels calendar

For the adventurous dreamer, Imaginary Travels. These would be so great framed in a kid’s room!

Calendars that do double-duty when the month is done are so clever. I think most are set up so that you could pretty easily cut off the calendar portion and frame or post the photo/illustration like I did last year. Here are some other favorites I’ve found with a little something extra to offer:

idlewild co rooftop cities calendar

From the same artist as my beloved gem calendar, this gorgeous cities by rooftop calendar. I need it just so I can frame the Barcelona one! (BFOTBM: remember that time we LIVED in Spain?!)

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Houseplant Postcard Calendar – just cut off the calendar and send a happy note to a friend or use as a gift tag with to accompany small houseplant.

stendig wall calendar via schoolhouse electric

The Stendig is a bold, black and white classic that you can tear-away each month and use as gift wrap.

Which one is your favorite?

Lumberjack Lunch 1st Birthday

Declan the Lumberjack

You guys, my baby is a one year old! I can hardly believe it myself but we have the epic party photos and mountain of new toys to prove it.  It was such a memorable and special day filled with family, friends, lots of good food and fun.  My amazing sister took 497 photos throughout the day, but here are a few of some of my favorite details…

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Sweet Shop: Starla Michelle Halfmann

If you know me, you know I’ve got a slight obsession with peacocks and peacock feathers. Part of it stems from growing up in Arcadia and the other part is just because they’re insanely beautiful. Mumbles’s grandfather even has a few at his home, which is always fun for me. (Proof: here and here.) Even our wedding had a bunch of peacock feathers and hues, so it’s no mystery that there are still some lingering in our home.  How I’m going to refrain from becoming the crazy peacock lady, I have no idea. I see a future where everything I own may or may not have a peacock on it because surely when my friends and family see such things, they’ll think “Jenn will love this!” and they’ll be right.

Well, here’s a lady I just discovered who is wholeheartedly not helping with this problem. Meet Starla Michelle Halfmann.  I discovered her work via Anthropologie (swoon) and it’s just absolutely gorgeous. I want everything she makes but this print is definitely on my Dear Santa list.

Starla Michelle Halfmann

 

P.S. More awesome art.

Sweet Stuff: October Link Roundup

A waterfall swing. I need one.

Ha. Sarah Silverman on the $500,000 vagina tax.

My skin is so dry and I’m trying to decide between these five new face moisturizers. Recommendations?

I can’t stop watching this video of Declan learning to roar. I can’t help but smile every time. Gosh that kid is cute!

Have you seen #NoahsHalloweenCountdown on Instagram? Too much good stuff.

Kate Spade for Gap Kids. Swoon.

An epic version of God Only Knows featuring tons of your favorite musicians:

 

P.S. I hate Halloween. What about you? Are you dressing up?

 

Heirloom Tiger Blanket by Roxy Marj

If you’re anything like me, you’ve watched the video clip of Declan learning to roar about 8 zillion times on Instagram. (If you haven’t, watch it here.) It might just be that I’m his mom and find it incredibly adorable and it breaks my heart because he’s so darn cute but then hearing him roar and giggle just puts all the tiny little pieces back together and I feel warm and fuzzy inside so I watch it again.

So now that we’ve established Declan is the cutest little roarer there ever was, I think he really needs one of these amazing tiger blankets by Roxy Marj. There’s also a lion and a bear. All animals that roar. Maybe he needs one of each? These things sell out so fast so I haven’t been able to get my paws on one (#seewhatididthere) yet but I can’t wait! Maybe it’ll be a Christmas gift for our little cub.

Heirloom Tiger Blanket by Roxy Marj

 

Which one is your favorite – the lion, tiger or bear?  Anything else ridicute that I need to know about right now?