December 26, 2010

Enjoying time with family and friends...
and looking forward to an exciting new year!

December 15, 2010

I've been chugging along like this little train for the last week or so, and have sadly had to cut blog time short. I'm back...loving the holidays and seriously loving all of the memories that fill me up with happy during this time of year. Ice skating, window shopping, hot chocolate made from scratch, wrapping presents, trimming the tree, warm fires, slippers, great food, tacky yard displays, snow, family, family, family, and then some more food. Walking to see the holiday train display was one of my all time favorite things to do this time of year when I was a kid. I remember being so small and feeling like Christmas was the biggest thing in the world. Hundreds of hours are spent making the detailed models used for this seasonal masterpiece...located in downtown Cincinnati in the main lobby of the Duke Energy in its 65th year of operation. More than magical year after year after year. 

{ see more beautiful photos here }

December 4, 2010

How sweet is she?! The kids at Sprout Studio made these little beauties last week. The Cozy Christmas Tree project was a a good keepsake. 

December 2, 2010

{ Stocking Stuffers }

One of my favorite things to buy for Christmas! What is it about the little treasures in your stocking that's so exciting? It was all candy (topped off with a festive orange) when I was small, but I switched things up a bit when my boys came along. The sweets remain, and the orange, but with candy canes and chocolate kisses comes a collection of trinkets, toys, and gadgets, too. Here's a few ideas that I came across recently...for the littles and bigs on your list this year. 

List makers, rejoice! These pocket journals have space to record details on every bottle—winery or brewery, price, and your star rating. $5 each at

Start with a blank canvas (also known as plain white shirt) and let him create his own design. Once dry, your little Rembrant can wear his “tag” for all to see. $9 per set at

The epitome of the just-one-bite dessert: small bittersweet chocolate–covered delights accented with espresso, sea salt, chili, or popcorn(!). $16 for eight ounces at

A set of five time-honored tricks, including a whoopee cushion and a hand buzzer. Ridley’s Classic Joke Set $12 at

A bag bulging with miniature cowboys and Indians feels like a treasure chest—even to modern kids. Ages five and up. $15 at

Champagne Beer! A genius collaboration between Samuel Adams and the Weihenstephen Brewery yields this unexpectedly tasty beverage (definitely more brewski than bubbly). $20 for 750 milliliters at 888-726-2326.

Robots are all the rage. This reconfigurable toy is the perfect procrastination tool. Cubebot $35 at

{via Real Simple Magazine, }

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