gifts

  • a book advent calendar, continued.

    This is the second year that I’ve taken to wrapping up books we own and books we’ve borrowed and setting them on a shelf to open one by one through the month of December.…

    December 11, 2018 22 Comments
  • gift guide: gifts to shift habits.

    An extra bag you’ll never want to leave home without +/or same-day grocery delivery (zero-waste edition). A wrist watch to help you put down your phone +/or a record player for analog evening entertainment. Not-ugly compression socks…

    December 10, 2018 8 Comments
  • gift guide: gifts for little ones.

    Colorful blocks of every shade +/or a blank-slate wooden dollhouse. Families of fairies (plus a rose flower fairy and a sunflower fairy),+/or bedding, a tiny tea service, and furniture. Headphones to fit little ears +/or a very special lap harp.…

    December 4, 2018 6 Comments
  • gift guide: gifts to hone skills.

    Knitting Skills: A new knitting pattern +/or the yarn to complete it. Knife Skills: A new cutting board (plus phone holder) +/or a new knife for practicing. Cocktail Skills: A handy guide to strong drinks +/or a whiskey…

    December 3, 2018 9 Comments
  • a clutter-free advent calendar, updated.

    When I first posted about our plans for a clutter-free advent calendar, Faye was a wee thing of 19-months. That original list of holiday activities has all the hallmarks of a family with one…

    November 29, 2018 18 Comments
  • make your own: compound butter.

    Compound butter sounds fancier than it really is. It’s butter, softened, with herbs or fruit or other bits of tastiness stirred in. You can shape it into a log, chill it, and serve it…

    November 27, 2018 11 Comments
  • gift guide: gifts to savor (now or always).

    A precious spice jar to fill on repeat +/or something special for seasoning. A bottle opener to last a lifetime +/or something bubbly to open.  Linen terry towels for everyday luxury +/or something to soak up during…

    November 26, 2018 16 Comments
  • baby proof: bedtime stories lately.

    Both of my kids are off at school these days and it’s meant that at the end of the day they don’t have quite the stamina for the multi-book bedtimes that we’ve been used…

    November 15, 2018 35 Comments
  • waste not: pumpkin seed brittle.

    Waste Not is a collaboration with my friend, Carrie King. The premise is simple: Carrie, a food writer and editor, shares a recipe highlighting at least one particular way that we can curb food waste.…

    October 29, 2018 6 Comments
  • make-believe: vote.

    There are a lot of reasons to feel disenchanted with the democratic process these days, to say nothing of the folks in office. It’s understandable to feel angry, or to feel like voting won’t…

    October 10, 2018 8 Comments