santa's best buddy

seeing Santa from blog.cleanlinestudio.com The outcome of visits with Santa has been hard to predict. We went for the first time when E was just 6 months old, and she was too little to be afraid of the jolly man in red. The next year at 1.5, Santa may as well have been Satan. I paid for the photo, but I’m not sure why. She’s sliding mistrustfully off of Santa’s lap while giving him the baby stink eye. Yeah, it went so smoothly that we didn’t even bother with Santa last year.

This year, I really wasn’t sure to expect. Eva is a much more even-tempered human than she has been, but you just never know. The morning of our planned Santa visit, when asked if she would be sitting on Santa’s lap, her response was “Hmm…I don’t think so.” BUT, when we actually got to the red velvet rope, indicating that we were next in line to see the big guy, Eva’s feelings about Santa did a 180. She actually ran up and hugged him. Then they had a nice chat about what she wanted for christmas, and she came away with a candy cane (mega-score).

Eva is now at that perfect age where she’s old enough to be really interested in Santa and other holiday activities, yet young enough to be absolutely enchanted by these experiences. I wouldn’t trade this time for anything. Did your little one(s) go through a faze where they were leery of Santa?

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santa’s best buddy

seeing Santa from blog.cleanlinestudio.com The outcome of visits with Santa has been hard to predict. We went for the first time when E was just 6 months old, and she was too little to be afraid of the jolly man in red. The next year at 1.5, Santa may as well have been Satan. I paid for the photo, but I’m not sure why. She’s sliding mistrustfully off of Santa’s lap while giving him the baby stink eye. Yeah, it went so smoothly that we didn’t even bother with Santa last year.

This year, I really wasn’t sure to expect. Eva is a much more even-tempered human than she has been, but you just never know. The morning of our planned Santa visit, when asked if she would be sitting on Santa’s lap, her response was “Hmm…I don’t think so.” BUT, when we actually got to the red velvet rope, indicating that we were next in line to see the big guy, Eva’s feelings about Santa did a 180. She actually ran up and hugged him. Then they had a nice chat about what she wanted for christmas, and she came away with a candy cane (mega-score).

Eva is now at that perfect age where she’s old enough to be really interested in Santa and other holiday activities, yet young enough to be absolutely enchanted by these experiences. I wouldn’t trade this time for anything. Did your little one(s) go through a faze where they were leery of Santa?

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creative pumpkin patch round-up

creative pumpkin patch from blog.cleanlinestudio.com Let me start off by telling you I have absolutely nothing against a traditional jack-o-lantern. There’s nothing better than a ghoulish handmade face lit up with candlelight. And reaching your hands in to pull out all the slimy seeds, just plain awesome.
However, in the Stone household, I’m not sure we’re quite ready for all that fun. I have anxiety about Eva even trying to use pumpkin carving tools. I think it would just make her mad if I helped her with the task. So, this year we’ll be experimenting with some alternative pumpkin decorating techniques, both for safety and because I think they look awesome! These carving alternatives also seem like a great idea if you don’t have an outdoor space to display your pumpkins. They’ll last longer (and smell better) if you aren’t hacking into them. I can see these being the perfect chic decoration at a grown up halloween party.
So what do you think, will you be going the traditional route with your pumpkins, or trying something new? If you try any of these creative tutorials, have fun and please send me a picture! Have a great weekend!

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a summer camping supplies round-up

let's go camping from blog.cleanlinestudio.com I hope you had a lovely 4th of July, I know I did. We started the day off by walking through Old City (just past the Liberty Bell and Constitution Hall) to see the parade. This was a huge hit with my daughter last year, and she felts pretty good about it this time around too. We spent the afternoon lazing about and napping, and had a late dinner on the grill. After E went to bed, Sean and I climbed up on the roof and watched the Art Museum fireworks. It was super refreshing to have a mid-day break and time with my favorite dude.

Some of my most favorite 4th of July experiences have been camping, so that’s naturally where my mind turns when Independence Day rolls around. It’s something we haven’t done since Eva was born, but I think that’s all about to change this summer. I’m loving all these fun ourdoorsy lady products. Don’t they put you in the mood for a camping trip? Have a great great holiday weekend!

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thoughtful and stylish gifts for mom

gifts for mom from blog.cleanlinestudio.com Since becoming a mama, the importance of mother’s day has gone up significantly for me. Not because I expect to be pampered or receive many gifts, but because I now really feel the pressure to choose a great gift for my own mom. I’d love to receive any of the gifts pictured above, but some mothers are tougher than others. I think if your gift touches on any of the following categories, It’s bound to be mommy approved:

1) THE ONGOING, THOUGHTFUL GIFT
I love the idea of a gift that allows you to express your appreciation for mom throughout the entire year. I’m completely smitten with these Lenneke Wispelwey vases pictured above. Maybe buy your mom a hand crafted vase, but take it a step further and include a monthly flower arrangement as part of the present! If you live too far away to make a monthly floral delivery, you could send her a lovely wax seal or custom stationary, and finish off the gift with a monthly letter from her favorite pen pal.

2) A SHARED EXPERIENCE
Obviously this cherry blossom clutch is gorgeous, but let’s up the ante a bit, shall we? Surprise mom with tickets to a concert or reading from her favorite author tucked inside her new bag. Of course she’ll carry the clutch you got her, and think of the experience you had together every time she uses it. If that doesn’t work for you, buy nail polish in her favorite shade and treat yourself and her to a mani/pedi afternoon. I promise she’ll think of you fondly every time she wears that color.

3) SOMETHING SENTIMENTAL, BUT NOT CHEESY
What do mom’s love more than anything? Their kids (and grandkids)! I love gifts for mother’s day that make you think of your child, but still have a modern stylish aesthetic. I personally love the cut paper silhouette I have of my little one (similar to the one linked), and I’d treasure a tiny catbird ring with my kiddo’s initial.

I hope this helps, now go spoil your mommies!

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a strange little poem on love

a strange little poem on love via blog.cleanlinestudio.com love is when you send postcards
more than to other people–
love is they could push you down in the grass
and it doesn’t even hurt–
love is the same as like
only you spell them different–
only more of the same, sort of–
Love has more stuff in it!
love is you give them
a leg off your gingerbread man.
No, two legs.
And the head!

Happy Valentines Day! This little poem was in the book I got Eva for valentines day, and I wanted to share with you!
It’s called I’ll Be You and You Be Me by Ruth Krauss, Image by Maurice Sendak

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color me monday: warm winter white

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Hey Friends! I hope the stresses of holiday shopping and planning are behind you by now. I wanted you to leave you this Christmas Eve with a serene, barely there palette of warm winter white. I’m not usually a huge snow person, but Christmas is the one day of the year when new fallen snow feels really special to me. I’ve got my fingers crossed for some white stuff tonight! Wishing you a beautiful, peaceful holiday with family and friends huddled close!

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holiday gift guide: for home and hostess

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Hi friends. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably done all your shopping but haven’t given a second thought to the decorations in your home, amiright?
Here’s a little holiday roundup to get your house looking holiday ready in a snap! OR, if you’ve been lucky enough to evade holiday hosting this year, these might make some lovely hostess gifts for all your holiday parties!

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easy & affordable gift wrap

easy gift wrap, affordable wrapping paper, holiday gift wrap, kraft paper gift wrap So, you’ve spent countless hours and dollaz making Christmas a reality. Maybe you even made your gift by hand for the person you love. Now you likely fall into one of these two categories:

1) The shrewd “I’m not spending as much on the paper as I did on the gift” type OR
2) The “Oh (profanity of your choice)! It’s Christmas Eve and I haven’t wrapped a single present type

In either case, fear not. The interwebs have spoken, and it turns out simple and kraft papery is all the rage this year. Unfold a brown paper grocery bag and use that for the wrapping paper (That first example is a paper bag from trader joe’s). If you’re following this blog, I’m going to assume you probably have some washi tape on hand. If not, no problem. Go trim a few branches off any green plant you can find, attach with baker’s twine and call it a day!

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easy & affordable gift wrap

easy gift wrap, affordable wrapping paper, holiday gift wrap, kraft paper gift wrap So, you’ve spent countless hours and dollaz making Christmas a reality. Maybe you even made your gift by hand for the person you love. Now you likely fall into one of these two categories:

1) The shrewd “I’m not spending as much on the paper as I did on the gift” type OR
2) The “Oh (profanity of your choice)! It’s Christmas Eve and I haven’t wrapped a single present type

In either case, fear not. The interwebs have spoken, and it turns out simple and kraft papery is all the rage this year. Unfold a brown paper grocery bag and use that for the wrapping paper (That first example is a paper bag from trader joe’s). If you’re following this blog, I’m going to assume you probably have some washi tape on hand. If not, no problem. Go trim a few branches off any green plant you can find, attach with baker’s twine and call it a day!

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