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 and Botanicals

Sundays are for Sharing - TitleLast weekend our neighborhood opened it’s gardens to the public. We like to potter around in the garden, but this year we enlisted some professional help to enliven our front yard. We were thrilled with the results and exhibited it during the festival.


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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!


Mondavi Menu

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2015-07-10 Lauren Lunch 1Yesterday I took lunch to a friend’s house. My friend is pregnant and required to take it easy, so it was a nice opportunity to pay back some of the good will I received during my pregnancy. I opted for a quiche and made a couple of salads from one of my favorite recipe books: Annie and Margrit – Recipes and Stories from the Robert Mondavi Kitchen.

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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.