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


an afternoon read + nosh

Head over to Honest to Nod for my latest post.  In involves toast!  Thanks to The Land of Nod for sending us this beanbag chair.



Avery made this necklace to send to one of her cousins (with help from me).  Her mother had a great idea to start a correspondence between our girls--not letters, but artwork or crafts that they make for each other.  It kind of reminds me of the Happy Mail series on Giver's Log.  Love this idea and Avery can’t wait to see what arrives in the mail!


rosie revere, engineer

Rosie is a girl with a talent for inventing and engineering, which she does to her heart's content, ensconced in her attic.  After one of her inventions is scoffed at by one of her relatives, Rosie becomes discouraged.  One day, her great-great-aunt Rose comes for a visit and teaches Rosie invaluable lessons about perseverance and the importance of trial and error.  Avery’s favorite part was “when she [Rosie] was a engineer riding in a airplane.”  I included a photo of the front cover illustration--my favorite part of the book.  It is a genuine representation of what a creative type's space can sometimes look like--a beautiful, organized chaos.

Rosie Revere, Engineer was written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts.


a summertime tradition

This little detail is part of my latest post for The Land of Nod.  If you're curious, check it out at Honest to Nod!  Thanks to The Land of Nod for sending us their cleverly named What's That Stand For Stand.