Year: 2008

what essentials do I need for baby?

Well, it’s less than one month till my due date, which means that I may officially be kicking it into panic mode. There’s still so much that I want done around the house, and I’ve refused to let myself buy any baby supplies until the house and baby room are completely in order. So seriously, I’d better get things in order fast. Part of the stress of being a first-time mom is just feeling overwhelmed by a new responsibility. I’m…
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see kai run giveaway!

It feels about time for another giveaway doesn’t it? I mean, it’s been awhile, so let’s get this party started! And for those of you who don’t really need this giveaway, no worries, I have your back. There’s maybe a big, um, shhhh….. something next week. So don’t stress, I have it all under control. Meanwhile, for those of you who do need a pair of shoes for your little one, I have TWO pair of See Kai Run Smaller…
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kid’s shoes.

Addison sale $25.60 {via See Kai Run}. Do you know about See Kai Run? Well I do now, now that I no longer have children to wear these scrumptious shoes. Seriously I know I beat this drum a lot but where were they when I needed them? My little C had such fat feet as a baby that nothing fit. At all. It was a good thing he liked being barefoot because I just didn’t have the heart to ram…
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Pajama Party

I really have a thing for pajamas, perhaps stemming from a favorite tradition from my childhood: new PJ’s for Christmas, which we were permitted to open on Christmas Eve. I love them for myself, and I love to see my little guy all cozy in cute PJs. If you have the talents of Miss Alison here at Petit Elefant, you are probably custom making some very darling pajamas for your little ones this year. For the rest of us, I’ve…
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american girl doll patterns.

Miss Madeline Peasant Dress Pattern. $9.95 {via You Can Make This} In an effort to save money, be environmentally responsible, and put more meaning into Christmas this year I’m making at least half of my gifts. Not just neighbor gifts but gifts to my kids, my husband, and my siblings. I think most of us are feeling the financial crunch, and I’m especially feeling the need to create memories instead of buying them. One of our family traditions {as I’m…
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bi-annual beehive bazaar in utah.

If you’re even remotely close to the area, this gathering of talented artisans and handmade goodies is definitely worth a trip. This Thursday-Saturday. I hope to see you there, I’ll be the one *gently* reprimanding my four-year-old about touching with his eyes, not his hands.

letters to Santa.

My oldest is thisclose to not believing in Santa anymore, and I’m not having any of it. I’m going to take her A.S.A.P. to Macy’s to write a letter to Santa. If you take your kids to Macy’s right now & have them write a free letter to Santa Claus, Macy’s will donate a dollar to the Make a Wish Foundation, one dollar per letter, up to 1,000,000. So, if you needed any extra motivation to get into the holiday…
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great books to read to your kids at Christmas.

Last year I did a post here about a little tradition we’ve started in our home. We are building a collection of 23 holiday-themed children’s books so that each night of December, up to Christmas Eve, we choose a different story to enjoy together. Then on Christmas Eve we read the Biblical account of the first Christmas. ┬áSome of the books are religious, some are playful, and some involve different cultures and celebrations like Hanukkah. We especially like those with…
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toy idea for girls: cupcake maker.

Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker. $19.99 {via Amazon.com}. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that {in my eyes} this cupcake maker is a few steps above the Easy Bake Oven. Now calm down, don’t let me offend you here. I had my very own Easy Bake and so does my little P, but I don’t think it can hold a candle to this cupcake maker, which is one of the hottest little girl toys this season….
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