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

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.

Ten Little Fingers

There are so many wonderful children’s books. We have many, many favorites, including Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Goodnight Gorilla. But taking along one of these classics may mean that you end up giving something that someone else has also chosen. Below are some other suggestions. – All of which would make fabulous reading material for a young mind.

The This is series features a different city in each book, such as London, New York and Rome, allowing you to personalize your selection. They were created and illustrated in Miroslav Sasek’s striking hand, making these a stylish choice. Another old classic, from 1946, is How to Behave and Why. This has some wise words to impart which parents will appreciate.

A reworked classic that will please the fashionista Mom-to-be is This Little Piggy Went to Prada, an irreverent and witty take on traditional nursery rhymes. The same story is retold rather cleverly in The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale, this time aimed at architecture buffs.

Future classics include Shhh! Don’t Wake the Royal Baby, a must for royalists. While artistic types will like the New York Times bestseller Mix It Up! which introduces children to color through an inventive participatory experience.

Other professions are catered for with I Am a Zookeeper and One Cent, Two Cents, Old Cent, New Cent. The former is comprised of pictures featuring lots of activity, which generates conversation. The latter takes the Seuss format while providing knowledge on all things monetary.

Finally, for a more traditional book I’ve included Paddington Bear All Day, a nice little amble through the loveable bear’s day.

Happy reading!


Sundays are for Sharing: The Royal Christening


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.



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!


What did you give for Father’s Day?