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New Boots for Dad

LunarGrand Chelsea boots by Cole Haan

Sumit has had these awesome slip-on boots from Cole Haan. Rubber-soled, leather boots. Casual and comfy and pretty practical almost all year round. He has worn them to the ground and last week actually forgot them at the gym. It’s time to find some new boots to replace them. I’m looking for something preferably brown, preferably slip-on, that can handle a little wear-and-tear in Stockholm. Something to wear for pre-school drops in the morning and lazy nap-walks with the stroller in our neighborhood. But they should also be able to handle a country walk at my parents’ place. Here are some of the options I’ve found.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were magical, peaceful and wonderful in every way.

I’m in a total new years mood – making and breaking resolutions already. I definitely have some things I want to get in order this year and I’ll be posting on my new habits as I get to them.

Did you make any resolutions this year? What are they? What are you most excited for in 2015?

Photo from the kids’ new year countdown last year.

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Day 22: Make White Clay Cutout Christmas Ornaments

It’s already Day 22 of 25 Creative Days of Christmas and it’s my turn again to share a creative Christmas project.

This Christmas, the children and I are making white clay Christmas tree ornaments as gifts for family. I’m so excited that Alec and Louis are big enough to make gifts now, and I think making gifts is a great way for them to understand the concept of giving. I love the conversations we have while we’re crafting, about giving and about the people we are making gifts for and why we love them so much.

When making gifts with smaller children, it’s a good idea to not make the gifts to long before the actual giving. We made our ornaments over the weekend and will be gifting them on Christmas Eve. I find that longer waits make it harder for small children to make the connection between making something and gifting it.

These white clay ornaments are a fun project to do with kids because you can make a simpler version – like the plain hearts – for small children to decorate, while older children can make more intricate designs – like the cutout ornaments. I found the white clay to be a little challenging to work with as it crumbled quite easily, but it dried hard and strong and the pure white colour is lovely for Christmas ornaments. Click past the break for all the how-tos!

 

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It’s Friday!

It’s finally Friday and there’s just a few days left until Christmas! I thought I would be so organized by now, but I’m totally not, so this weekend will be spent getting ready for Christmas before we pack the car full and head down to the country. I can’t wait. What are you doing this weekend?

Here are some fun links to kick off your Christmas!

Making these DIY Time Capsule Christmas Tree Ornaments would be such a good party activity for a December birthday.

Sweden runs out of garbage – we have to import it!

A chocolate gingerbread house!

A working mother’s plea to the president.

These white chocolate dipped meringue trees are so lovely!

This gift guide is spot on – I want one of everything!

Aren’t these prism snow globes incredible! Can’t believe they’re made out of overhead film…

 

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Gingerbread Muesli for Christmas

Alec is so funny. He helps me make our muesli and he keeps a pretty close eye on the muesli jar on the shelf in the kitchen. When it starts to run out, he’s quick to report to me that “Daddy has eaten up all the muesli” (in a slightly accusatory tone). A few days ago it was time to make muesli again and for the holidays, I decided to make gingerbread muesli.

Muesli is super easy to make and such a delicious and healthy breakfast or snack. We have it everyday with chia breakfast pudding, yogurt and fruit. And it makes such a lovely little gift – for a teacher or a hostess – during the holidays. I used a regular glass jar, glued a square of fabric onto the lid (to cover the ugly lid and so the fabric stays on even when the jar is open) and tied a ribbon around it. You can also add a sweet cork gingerbread gift tag.

Our muesli is loaded with nuts and seeds and can be varied endlessly. It’s a flexible recipe. Take more of what you like and skip what you don’t.

Click past the break for the recipe!

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Cork “Gingerbread” Ornaments and Gift Tags with Homemade Puffy Paint

"God Jul" is Merry Christmas in Swedish

I love the look of gingerbread ornaments, so when I found some flat pieces of cork in my craft box, I knew I wanted to make “gingerbread” ornaments with them. It’s a really easy project and I like the idea of making gingerbread ornaments that will keep for years to come.

I used homemade puffy paint to decorate my ornaments. Though small children would need help to cut out the ornaments, kids of all ages would love decorating these with puffy paint. Too fun!

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