Just a quick post showing you the advent calendar I did for Lara. As I mentioned yesterday, I got inspired by this one from A Beautiful Mess but I made ours much less elaborate. I thought it was going to be tough finding stuff to fill 24 packages with but I actually did just fine. I picked up a regular cardboard calendar with chocolates and used those, as well as party favors like balloons, party games, and keychains.
Lara also loves to draw and color and we go through a lot of markers on a regular basis. So for the calendar I bought a package of special glitter washable markers and wrapped them individually for different days. On some days I just wrapped up a little chocolate from the regular advent calendar. For the four Sundays leading up to Christmas I used a slightly bigger “present” with a Kinder Surprise egg and a little extra like a children’s lipstick, a bracelet, a little ring, and a kiddie nail polish. Because we’re all about glamming it up right now!
I wanted to make the month of December a little more special but admittedly I kept going back and forth on the fact that a little something each day might be a bit much. But I compromised by splitting up the little gifts and trinkets individually and the whole special part is basically the fact that they’re wrapped up as a surprise. If doing a daily surprise isn’t your thing but you still want to do something different, my friend Åsa choose to do only four packages for each advent Sunday but made them a little bigger. And they’re super gorgeous too!
I think we’ll actually make this into a little December tradition! Also just as a little tip, I think little gift pouches like the ones on ABM are a lot simpler. Wrapping up 24 teeny tiny packages was no quick and easy feat (as you can probably tell from their expert wrapping, yikes!).
P.S. None of my special glitter markers worked on the shiny paper so I had to use this really ugly black permanent one. Note to self: be more prepared next year.
- “The Honest Life” by Jessica Alba and/or “The Signature of All Things” by Elizabeth Gilbert – I loved Jessica Alba’s The Honest Life because it’s full of super practical and affordable tips on how to make your life more honest a.k.a more natural and therefore healthier. The Signature of All Things is Elizabeth Gilbert’s (of Eat, Pray, Love fame) latest novel. Set in the 1800’s it tells a story of a heroine who is passionate about botany and eager to claim her place among scientists and explorers with her theories of evolution. The book got incredible reviews!
- Aden+ Anais Latticework Bamboo Daydream Blanket – I mean it it’s Aden + Anais. Need I say more?
- This hand printed cuff bracelet from Thief & Bandit is bound to be a hit with any green goddess. And I say this from personal experience
- I rave about 100% Pure nonstop and that includes this cheek & lip tint. With many different shades to choose from and absolutely zero bad stuff in it, this will be appreciated by all organic glam ladies.
- Growbottle. This stuff is genius! Grow your herbs indoors with this repurposed wine bottle that sets the perfect conditions for hydroponic herb-growing. You can choose between organic basil, chive, mint, parsley or oregano (or get all of these).
- A luxury candle from Neom Organics. An organic scented candle is always a good way to go when looking for a present for your green goddess friend. And this Christmas Wish scent is just what Santa ordered. Who doesn’t love to relax with a good book or a nice bubble bath and a dreamy candle? That’s what I thought!
- Baggu Monogram Dipped Tote. I love me a good tote bag and this one is that much more special because of the monogram options that make it a truly thoughtful and personalized gift.
…Nice to see you here. Now, I know I’ve said some pretty bad things about the cold and all that in the past but honestly, I’m really happy you’re here and I’m excited for the weeks ahead.
Since we’ve been nursing a pretty bad cold since last Wednesday and I ran out of ideas what to do by Friday, we decided to go on ahead and start the Christmas prep. We put up our Christmas lights, I got us a winter bouquet of flowers, we cut out some paper snowflakes for the windows AND Lara started her little advent calendar. I got inspired by this one from A Beautiful Mess this year, although ours is admittedly much less elaborate. I also got her the regular cardboard Disney princess one because it was the pinkest and the tackiest one I could find in the store and Lara was obviously going to love it because it’s really all about that right now.
I didn’t take any pictures yet because frankly we’ve been looking like sweatpants-pajama freaks for the past five days (at one point Lara even wore one of my stretched out shirts) and it really wasn’t worth documenting any of that. So I’ll just leave you with these two Instagram snapshots that I deemed decent enough for the world wide web.
I, on the other hand, took my online Christmas shopping very seriously this weekend so kudos to me on that one. The only thing difficult about getting most of the presents so early is keeping them a secret!
OK, Christmas let’s do this!
To all those celebrating it and happy Thursday to the rest of us. I’ll keep it short and brief trying to mask my envy for all those that are going to indulge in some delicious Thanksgiving dishes today (and some Black Friday shopping tomorrow)! Also, we’ve seem to have caved to the first nasty bug of the winter season resulting in strep and an ear infection for Lara, so since yesterday our house has been pretty chaotic with trying to entertain a sick 3 1/2 year old with fever but who refuses to acknowledge the fact that she’s sick and needs rest and instead continues to jump up and down until she’s really just too exhausted. It’s fun let me tell ya!
Anyhow, happy turkey Thursday
As promised yesterday, here’s what you can find on my virtual and kitchen bookshelf right now. I’m looking to finish these by Christmas in order to make more (brain) space for some new ones that Santa will hopefully put underneath our tree. Have you read any of these? What did you think?
- Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple– I’ve heard such great things about this quirky and fun novel I just had to give it a try. It’s been on my Kindle since this summer and I just got around to it. It’s book overload there, let me tell ya.
- The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison – Recommended and introduced as the Gone Girl of this year, I obviously needed to get the Silent Wife ASAP. I loved loved Gone Girl and even though I’m just beginning this one, it’s turning out to be pretty amazing as well. Also Nicole Kidman signed up for the movie adaptation.
- The Story Of A Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett – Just read the NYT review of this one and decided to go ahead and go for it. A collection of essays by the wonderful author spanning from her childhood to present day, The Story Of A Happy Marriage discusses many different topics, from relationships and love to family and the joy of writing.
- The French Market Cookbook by Clotilde Dusoulier – Well it’s kind of obvious I’m doing my best to take advantage of our time in France. Also, a new cookbook every once in a while really inspires me to get into the kitchen and play around a little. The French Market Cookbook features vegetarian recipes, which gives me a nice reprieve from the more meaty recipes that the rest of my little tribe favors.
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