My daughter Trixie loves to take care of her special rag dolls. Her favorite is her Wee Wonderfuls doll my mom got her for Christmas a couple of years ago from The Land of Nod. She gets the whole bed to herself.
They are tall, soft, and lovable. The girls pictured below are Clara and Agnes and are available at The Land of Nod.
Sometimes Trixie lets Harper play with her special girls, which is lovely when it happens. He usually gets pretty frustrated that he doesn’t have his own doll. It doesn’t matter how many rag dolls we find him in our stash, Harper wants a boy doll. I decided that I would find him a boy doll for Christmas that is equally as fabulous as the Wee Wonderfuls are.
I spent hours searching online whenever I had a spare moment during the pre-holiday madness, and finally, after days of looking, I found it!
Being out of grade school for so many years, I forgot what an important holiday Valentine’s Day is for school kids.
In 2010, when Trixie was in Pre-Kindergarten, I wanted to find something easy for her to do that was creative and fun for both of us. I had her paint on watercolor paper and fill the whole page. After the page dried I cut out large heart shapes. Then we attached the hearts to pieces of patterned scrap paper I had lying around, added some drips of Elmer’s glue, and dusted the glue with glitter. The glitter kept flaking off, so I made simple envelopes out of tracing paper and closed them up with a sticker. They were so cute!
After school that day, we looked through her valentines and I was surprised that they were all store-bought character cards or candies.
What had I missed in the 25 years I had been out of the valentine game?
Our home tour from Design Mom that was published 5 weeks ago, shows our house ready for the holidays. Here I have included even more shots of our “holiday house” for you to enjoy.
Our holiday card photoshoot produced some good shots at Lake Charleston.
Here is our 150-year-old house in the only snowstorm we had this season. I love using classic holiday decorations on the exterior of our 1864 house. Wreaths on every window, and a garland swag at the entrance are simple and pretty, especially in the snow.
A blog! Can you believe it, just what the world needs, another blog.
What can I say, I am inspired.
Last fall, while I was promoting my business, Kistner Supply, and the latest edition of our keepsake baby book, Mother Stork’s Baby Book, I turned to three all-star bloggers who were great supporters of mine from the early days of my buisness: Nicole Feliciano of MomTrends, Liz Gumbinner of CoolMomPicks and Gabrielle Blair of DesignMom.
These ladies amaze me! While I was was struggling to raise two kids and run a small business, these women were rocking their mom-lives and have created reputations as the go-to experts on everything moms want and need for modern families. I “met” each of them over a decade ago when I was first introducing the world to Mother Stork’s Baby Book. I found their support vital to the health of my business and the creation of my new products.
Fast forward through the past ten years: now that my littlest one has started Kindergarten, I needed to put myself back “out there” to promote my business and support my family. I turned to Nicole, Liz and Gabby for help and again they came through for me with unmatched support and enthusiasm.