Night Owl

I’m off to a baby shower this weekend. As I like to do, I scoured the registry early so that I had the pick of the list, and went with something I thought would make a good theme. This time I selected a baby rocker and settled upon a sleep theme.

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Books For A Rainy Day

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It seems to be the trend now that rather than taking a card to a baby shower, you’re asked to share a beloved book. With the price of a card often being high, building a library instead seems to make sense. … Continue reading

Sundays are for Sharing: The Royal Christening

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Source: The Telegraph

Today I’m launching a new, regular post: Sundays are for Sharing. When I lived in England Sundays were a day for relaxing and reading the papers, amongst other things. So it seems like the perfect day for sharing (sharing all sorts) at a time when people typically have a little more time to read and reflect.

With today being the day of Princess Charlotte’s christening I thought it would be appropriate to share some links related to the Royal occasion.

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Shower at Sea

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For baby showers I like to stick to the gift list. It’s nice to know that what you’re giving is needed/wanted and it also makes returns easy for the recipient. However, I still like to inject some creativity into the process. So I carefully view the list and pick some things that are visually appealing and would pull together as a theme.

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If the invite dictates a theme (say, the jungle) then that’s a good place to start. Last weekend our whole family was invited to a wonderfully relaxed celebration with the creative title of Burgers, Brats & Baby Talk. Nothing on the list fit with that concept but there were a couple of sea-inspired items, so they became my starting point: a Tranquil Turtle and a Soothe and Glow Seahorse. We were also asked to bring a book instead of a card, so I chose Wish For A Fish, a Dr. Seuss book.

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Using blue and green wrap and trim I was able to create a sea worthy present for a boy.

Father’s Day: Worth Every Penny

Since my husband works in finance and we’ve just had our second child, it was easy to pull together a theme for this year’s Father’s Day gift…

When our first daughter was born I purchased a onesie with an amusing slogan and took a photo of her wearing it. The not-so-amused expression was priceless and made a treasured picture for my husband’s desk. So now that we have our second daughter I searched out a similar item, took a photo in the same vein, placed it in another leather frame, and wrapped it for Father’s Day.

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In keeping with the monetary theme I also got him a British coin marking this year’s royal birth. (Both of our children were born in the same year as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children, and he has the other coin.) I packaged it all in financial green: green bag, green tissue, green tag and green ribbon. Then in amongst the layers I scattered foil covered chocolate coins, adding one to the tag for a touch of the Midas. I heard yesterday on television that the average American spends $115 on Dad for Father’s Day – worth every penny I would suggest!

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What did you give for Father’s Day?