Ants on a Log

Introducing my greatest toddler culinary achievement thus far... Ants on a Log.


Once we got past the "these ants aren't real ants by raisins phase" she was willing to give it a try.




Success! Although the concept of celery is a little advanced. She nibbled on it a bit but I had to throw most of it away.

Now, I think it's time to move on to more advanced toddler snack topics.. such as this work of art on Pinterest.
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Christmas Morning: Do You Believe?

Grace is almost 2 so this was her first Christmas where Santa was a key player. The true test of his visit on Christmas Eve? 
 Well... Grace examines the evidence below.

And it appears to check out!

She then proceeded to eat Santa's leftover cookies.

A December Day to Remember

We were treated with the greatest of Christmas gifts here in Rhode Island this past weekend. After a week of bitter cold temperatures and two snowstorms, something miraculous happened. It got warm.

Like, real warm. So warm that the snow melted, coats came off, and a (very) late season trip to the beach was in order! 

Dress - Koala Baby \\ Tights and Shoes - Target \\ Top - Kohl's

Thanks Auntie Em for providing this wonderful photo!


Loungewear takes flight


Who doesn't love a great set of loungewear, and with fairy wings its twice as nice! Josie looks like Santa's little helper in this sparkling red suit with fleece trim from Target. Ariel socks from the Target dollar bins complete this look, well, because who can pass up the dollar bins!!

http://www.target.com/p/circo-infant-toddler-girls-hoodie-and-pant-collection

Christmas Cards (I'm not good at them)

Every year I have these grand plans for Christmas cards. Last year we got lucky and had a great picture to use from Grace's 6 month photo shoot. This year, I once again had grand plans of taking a really fun and festive photo of Grace in a full on creative holiday mode. Well, it's December 7th and that never happened - so I had to move on to plan B. Plan B was going over to my friends at Tiny Prints (because I adore their designs), selecting a design, and finding our most loved pics from this past year. And then... using a KILLER coupon code! Then I took advantage of their service to mail my cards directly to recipients which means that I don't even need to buy stamps!

I actually saved over $40 on my order and that really makes a girl's Friday night.
So here I leave you with some options... go crazy!

First up, 25% off all Holiday Cards + Free Shipping! 
 
40% Off Tiny Prints Stamps - One Night Only


iPhone Cases by Tiny Prints

Tiny Prints Mugs


Disclaimer: These are affiliate links so if you do click through and make a purchase I will earn a commission, but all opinion listed above are my own. And I seriously love my Tiny Prints Holiday cards!


#WinterSupportGroup

While Grace is asleep tonight, all I can think about is winter dread. Sorry, no toddler fashion or gift guides tonight. This is something I struggle with every year and tonight it's time for a solution.

I tweeted this:

Moments later, people were in agreement. Yes! We should start a group! Let's drink wine and peruse Ancestry.com! Ok, that was my idea... But something must be done.

The older I get the worse it gets. Winter. Blech. "You should love winter, you're a skier!" Well yes, it's true that I was born and bred a skier, but I'm a skier that prefers warm, sunny March over blustery January. Although, I am a true New England skier because I don't mind skiing on sheer ice. It's what I know, you know?

Anyway, back to the matter at hand. In all likelihood I suffer from Season Affective Disorder but I've tried light therapy and it's only moderately effective. What I really need is a distraction! Warm sunny beaches, reminders of summer. All of us who can't deal with winter need this! So let's help each other and forget winter. Granted, things will be ok through the busyness of the Holidays but when January and February happen upon us we'll need each other. Trust me.

#WinterSupportGroup
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Block Island - Summer 2013
Negril Sunset - April 2010
How do you cope with Winter?

Finding the Perfect Coat!





Finding just the right everyday coat for my almost 3 year old has been challenging this year! It's a delicate balance of finding a coat this is fashionable but not too fussy and fancy, and that is playground appropriate but still makes her stand out in the crowd! It should keep her cozy all winter long and come spring time be in good shape to hand down to our friend Grace for next year! Well, I think all criteria have been met with this beauty! It's pink, it's chic, it has ruffles AND faux fur! What more could we ask for! Most importantly, she was all smiles showing off her new coat to her friends today!


Mommy's Wish List


Let's take (another) break from Gift Guides for others to discuss the things Mommy wants for Christmas. Is this list too much to ask?

1. A Hot Shower
This one should do
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2. A 3 Hour Nap
The whiter and fluffier the bedding the better.
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3. Something for the Closet
Always.
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4. Sensible Shoes
Do these come in flats?
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5. A Coffee Mug
Every Mom needs a coffee mug!
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What's on your wish list this year?

Friday Friend: Trisha's Top Holiday Picks


Oh, the weather outside is frightful….and every little girl must brave the cold with a stylist puffer jacket!
Check out this fabulous animal print faux fur piece found at The Children’s Place!
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I know I like to stay snug as a bug in a rug on Christmas Day…as should any stylish toddler!
Cuddle up in these cozy snowman fleece pjs in PINK, obvi! ;)
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This weekend, I was lucky enough to go on a shopping spree with one of my favorite tots!  Miss Gracie!  She gravitated right towards multi-colored UGG boots!  Unfort, they were adult and didn’t come in Gracie’s size….but here’s a great alternative to still get the splash without all that extra cash!
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Who doesn’t love a Scotti dog?  Especially around the holidays!  Stay stylish with these plaid leggings and embellished top!  Found at Macy’s!
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No Tutu left behind!
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Holiday events and parties are filling up our calendars, make sure your tot is dressed to impress!  Here’s a fab red dress found at Macy’s!  Throw on a black party cardi and add a pair of black patent leather flats and you're ready!
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It’s all about the accessories!  One of my favorite Tots, Miss Ella Bean, said “sometimes, I shower and get dressed the night before.  This way in the morning it’s as easy as throwing on a headband and tutu and in a few minutes you’re out the door!”  I couldn't have said it any better myself!
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Happy Holidays! ♥ Trisha


This reminds me....



I have a sister. She's two years younger than me, and infinitely more talented (but we'll get to that later). I saw this GIF today and it immediately reminded me of our relationship.

Via
But the thing is, as any siblings close enough to understand each other would know, this little shove comes out of a mischievous love. My sister and I used to spend a lot of time together. To the outside world we were very well behaved, however, we had our way of pushing buttons. I can remember an especially sisterly ritual of poking and scratching each other until someone cried or passed out when we had to sleep in the same bed (mostly at my grandparent's house). Luckily we've grown out of that by now. I still hide around corners and scare the crap out of her for old time's sake. Just saying.

So now that I have your attention, I'd like to take a few moments to brag about my aforementioned, very talented sister and her shop Restudios.

She creates word art using typography to shape the places you love with local landmarks, locations, and memories!

See some examples below or check our her Etsy site to see if the place you love is there. You can also customize your print with colors or your own words.


Rhode Island Anchor Word Art Print
Rhode Island Anchor - various sizes 

Brooklyn Bridge Word Art Print
Brooklyn Bridge - various sizes

16"x20" Gallery Wrap Canvas Print - Boston Map
16x20 Gallery Wrap Canvas - Boston City Map
Did you see anything you liked? I have pulled some strings to get a 20% off coupon on your purchases through Jan 1, 2014! Use HOLIDAY20 - *This discount may not be applied to custom colors or words.

Kind Words




Something we should all remember as we slide into the Holiday Season. Especially in parking lots.



Throwback Thursday: I Miss this Sweater!

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Thank God for Throwback Thursdays! It give me the chance to relive this adorable fall hat and sweater set that fit Grace last year when she was 8 months.
Sweater and hat c/o Grace's Mémère 

Babies grow out of clothes so fast! Do you ever find yourself longing for a particular outfit they once wore?

Enjoy the Little Things

We take a break from our 'GIF' Guide today to remind you: Enjoy the Little Things. 

Grace and I had a fun weekend of playgrounds, swim lessons, and shopping and it was perfect!


Helping Others!
Playing Dress Up!



And to top it all off... embrace the spontaneous dance party before kicking off the work week.



2013 Holiday "GIF" Guide: The Running Addict

Our second Gift Guide goes out to all of you searching for the perfect present to please the Running Addict on your list!





2013 Holiday 'GIF' Guide: Running Addicts