Giving Thanks

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for...

My family, who fill my days with purpose, love, laughter, and joy.

My parents, who are one of my greatest supports - who unfailingly give of themselves - their time, love, and energy to help me in any way that they can.

My sister, who understands me better than almost anyone and loves my children like her own.

My college roommate and close friend, who agreed to watch my girls when I went back to work part-time and who pours out buckets of love, care, and attention on them each and every day. I am amazed daily at the wonderful and unselfish gift that she has given me.

My husband, who is a wonderful partner and an amazing father. Who supports me in my work and in my decisions. Who is trustworthy, thoughtful, and honest. Who is the love of my life.

And for the relationship that my girls have. There is nothing like the love of two sisters, and these two pour out their love for one another in such a way that you can almost feel it radiating out from their little hearts and souls.

I hope you all have a wonderful and joy-filled Thanksgiving, surrounded by all of the people you love most in the world! xo, Lauren

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Little Reader


One of my favorite things to buy for the girls is books - you can never have too many! Here are a few on our list:

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett 
Once Upon an Alphabet: Oliver Jeffers
Foxy Bookshelf: Cardboard Friends on Etsy
A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
Brownstone Bookcase: Land of Nod
Peter Pan: J.M. Barrie
Big Wolf & Little Wolf: Nadine Brun-Cosme

P.S. I still love the books in my 2012 and 2013 Holiday Gift Guides for Little Readers! You can check them out here and here.

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Play Kitchen


My girls absolutely love to play chef, so I always buy a few new things for their little play kitchen every Christmas. Here are my favorite picks this year:

Apron: Fawn Shoppe
Wooden Petits Fours: Le Toy Van
Wooden Cake Set: Plan Toys
Wooden Shopping Cart: Pottery Barn Kids
Pie Slice: Bug Bites Play Food on Etsy
Wooden Pots & Pans: Hape
Wooden Orange: HABA
Wool Apple and Pear: Darling Clementine
Coffee Maker: Pottery Barn Kids
Wooden Toaster: Plan Toys
Wooden Play Kitchen: Sprout
Felt Baguettes: Mummy Made It Me on Etsy

P.S. You can find my play kitchen picks from last year right here!

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