during our recent holiday excursion i discovered my newest, favorite kid friendly item… crayangles. they’re exactly what they sound like, triangular shaped crayons. perfect for restaurants, planes, or any other time you don’t want to deal with crayons rolling away. & maybe i’m crazy, but i swear their triangle shape enabled my littlest one’s grubby little hands, to get a better grip on the crayon. although the small package of 4 crayons easily fits in my purse, i kinda wish i could find a big ‘ole box for everyday use. i did manage to swipe a few boxes from the restaurant (please don’t tell), but when i need some more i’m definitely heading HERE.
image via here.
i love all things travel related… mini suitcases, vintage luggage labels, old travel postcards & posters. (i think you get the idea.) but most of all, i love maps. big or small, flat or round, i love them all. so it’s no surprise to me, that while watching one of my favorite guilty pleasures, the wall map totally caught my eye. (click on the picture to enlarge it.) i’ve always loved the idea of having a huge wall map… either in the kid’s room or perhaps in a game room or office. i’ve toyed with the idea of “sticking pins” in the places we’ve visited, but this idea is so much better. instead of your basic push pin, they’ve used postcards & pictures to signify special locations. i loved it when the little boy was asked “do you remember where england is?” & he replied “it’s the one with the big clock”. i seriously LOVE this idea, it goes way behind your basic geography lesson. i found a similar map HERE, unfortunately they are all sold out, although i did spy a few on ebay. obviously there are probably hundreds of map options out there, but i kinda like THIS one, THIS one, or THIS one. oh, & THIS one too.
our family has a christmas eve tradition. it’s nothing unique, i’m sure many people of the same tradition, or at least some variation of it. anyway, every year on christmas eve, santa pays our house an extra special, early visit. i don’t know how he finds the time in his busy schedule, but he always manages to drop by to deliver a few gifts. it’s never a surprise, because we always get pajamas. but it’s always fun to see what santa has picked out for us that year. my boys were especially thrilled to find THESE cute slippers in their packages from santa. (gavin got the sharks & little o got the lizards.) they made the oprah o list so you know they’ve gotta be good!
i would love to have THIS precious little print hanging on her wall. however, if she’s a “pink princess”, which i suspect she will be, simply because i’m not, then THIS one might be a better choice. & if we lived somewhere “chilly”, i’d probably hang THIS one as well. (but when you live in sunny california, it just seems silly to have a picture of snow on your wall. but, i guess i could always send out the cards.) don’t you just love what you can find on etsy?
June is finally here! That means summer has officially begun & vacations are just around the corner! I don’t know about you, but taking my wee little ones on a plane, isn’t always fun or easy. Gavin is such a wiggle worm… it’s hard to get him sitting still. Lucky for me, my mom, found the greatest thing ever – the CARES airplane safety restraint harness. Seriously, this has been a life saver. I realize I can take the car seat on the plane… but it’s a pain, having to haul it & my two kids through the airport, especially if I’m alone. CARES is lightweight & easy to install on any airplane seat. If you’ve got little ones & are planning a plane trip, go HERE to check it out. Just thought I’d pass it along!
my mom gets every catalog in the entire world, i think. On a recent visit I was perusing her stack and I came across a catalog that was new to me… Chasing Fireflies. Lots of cute, fun & magical things to delight both you and your children. I was particularly drawn to all things girly… here are some of my favorites. Too bad I don’t have a little girl to buy them for.
To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.
In celebration of Valentine’s Day I thought I’d pass along some answers to the age old question “What is love?”
“When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.” Rebecca – age 8
“Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.” Karl – age 5
“Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss” Emily – age 8
“My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.” Clare – Age 5
“Love is when mommy sees daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross.” Mark – age 6
“You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.” Jessica – age 8