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Wednesday
Aug272014

back to school

The Land of Nod recently introduced these adorable backpacks by artist Michelle Romo, just in time for the start of the school year!   Avery and Nate have been loving playing “school” with their bunny and lion backpack.  Avery’s starting kindergarten this year, so she might actually need something a little bigger than this for school to carry her supplies and homework back and forth, but she can always use this bunny backpack to keep her things organized at home.

I’m always curious to see the contents of Avery and Nate’s backpacks on any given day.  It’s both funny and endearing to see what items they decide to tote around in their packs.  It’s like seeing a snapshot of them and their world in this moment in time—kind of like “a day in their lives”.  Among Avery’s collection are a Frozen Rainbow Loom bracelet, one of my business cards, a “book with crazy pictures and cute pictures” that she made and a piece of scratch paper she used to practice her letters.  Nate’s items include a used Anthropologie gift card and a book that Avery made for him.

Have a great school year, everyone!

Tuesday
Aug262014

camping in

Read about Avery and Nate's camping adventures and the indoor version of a beloved campfire snack over at Honest to Nod today!  Thanks to The Land of Nod for sending us this pup tent.

Monday
Aug252014

ice cream days

Although fall and the beginning of the school year are right around the corner, it's still pretty much ice cream weather around here.  Avery loves this Duplo ice cream set--it comes with different ice cream flavors, toppings, cones and even a "popsicle stick."  And best of all, there's no sticky mess to clean up when she's done putting together her icy creation.

Friday
Aug222014

little pear tree

Little Pear Tree, authored by Rachel Williams and illustrated by Jenny Bowers, is a board book with 25 flaps throughout it with hidden elements of nature to explore.  Jenny Bowers' art work immerses you into the world of little pear tree, as you follow it through the changing of the seasons.  Forms and shapes overlap on the pages, producing a wonderful collage quality.  She uses color to masterfully evoke the nostalgic feel and mood of each season--winter in cool blues, whites, taupes and grays; spring in sunny yellows, ochres and greens.  Fall, my favorite season, is rendered in deep reds, oranges and auburns.  Nate likes the lift-the-flap aspect of the book and finding little surprises, like a snowflake hiding under a winter bloom or the seeds buried in a green pear.  Little Pear Tree is such a darling book and a must-have for every early childhood library.

Monday
Aug182014

hello kitty play date

We had a Hello Kitty play date recently including a simple lunch of Hello Kitty cheesy bread and some munchables, Hello Kitty cupcakes and setting up a Hello Kitty store!

Sources: stand from The Land of Nod, red bow clips from Blondie’s Bowtique, cookie cutters by Meri Meri, cupcakes by Candy Clay Cupcakes, cash register by Hape Toys, Squinkies dispenser and play money from Sanrio, images of Hello Kitty credit cards printed out from Sanrio.com.