Wooden Toys

I’m a super huge fan of wooden toys for kids, my kids especially. I love how they look and feel and how durable they are against the wear and tear of teething, chewing, banging and, in general, just experiencing life as a 2 year old.
I try to buy wooden when we purchase toys for Jessica and a great place to do this locally is The Toy Shelf but if you’re not local or want more variety I’ve found a few great online stores to look through:
Muji A European online store with great wooden toys and toy ides.
Dragonfly Not only do they offer wooden toys as a category – but if you look around they offer so much more. Such as their craft and art supplies/toys and especially these (although they’re sold out for the time being). I know my kid has colored on the walls and windows. Why not give them some guidelines and a few colors and see what happens?
And as always Amazon has just about everything. A quick search for “wooden toys” and I get a variety of creative and well made toys to peruse. I especially love this one.

Great Finds

Since I’m in the market for a few new things I thought I’d share what I’ve found and how fabulous I think they are.
Bra’s. That’s right. Let’s just be honest here, I’m pregnant, soon to be nursing once again and am looking for something that will make me look and feel like the woman I am, not the milk machine I will become. A girlfriend recommended Bella Materna and more specifically, these. I have to tell you, I tried one on – heaven. It’s on my Christmas list this year so if I don’t get one under the tree I’ll be speed ordering them the hour after the wrapping paper is cleaned up.
When I was nursing Jessica I just had the run of the mill bra’s available from Target with the clips at the straps for nursing. They worked fine but made me look like an aged woman in that area … if you know what I mean. No support whatsoever, and the clasps were hard to manage at 2 and 4 am as I was half asleep and might as well have fed my child THROUGH the cotton bra. This would have been easier and less frustrating for both of us. Messy – but what isn’t at that stage of life?
Art decor for the wall? I’ve been hounding through Etsy pages for a while now and have found some favorites. I am in love with this print from SarahJaneStudios and I think I’ll be buying this for the new nursery no matter the sex of the baby. Did you see the baby elephant with the bunny? Did you not read the adorable little poem? Do you have a heart? I can’t get enough of it.
Also on Etsy are these earings and I do not know why, but I’m drawn to them like a moth is to a flame. I’m not a jewelery person, I don’t even wear make-up often but these make my heart soar a little bit.
And then, well, then there’s this – it’s a wall paper that acts as a frame for whatever you want. I love this idea. I love this design. I do not have a wall to put it on. Do you? Because I’ll come and pet it for you while you’re gone. I’ll pet it, and stroke it with a fleece blanket and keep her warm and cuddly while you’re at work. I’ll even put some photos or art work up for you while you’re away. Me and the Frames Wallpaper, we’re like this.

Winter window boxes

Do you have window boxes? I’ve been looking for something new to try with mine and finally decided to go with the evergreen look again when I came upon this great idea. I think I’ll give it a try if I get motivated. The only difference is the evergreens are free for me – I just trim one of the 3 Evergreens we have on our property and call it a day but I just love the look of those big white balls.
I finally got out some of our other holiday decorations along with a few boxes of all the baby things we packed up as Jessica grew out of it – so I’m having fun lallygagging down memory lane today.

Edible delectables

Do you know about this website? You should.
Do you know about this website? You should.
I’ll be making these for all our neighbors this year around the holidays and I’ll be making this all for myself, so don’t touch it. Keep your paws at a safe distance. If they get in the way I’m not responsible for the loss of your limbs.
Any who – putting cannibalism aside, both of those sites are worth checking out and if you like to be in the kitchen … well – just remember who referred you to the site. I accept samples of all food and gifts of gratitude in the form of edible delectables.
And yes, dairy has made it’s nasty way back into my diet. It’s because I’m pregnant. (hi John!)