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Should you need a quick gift idea for a child in your life …

Should you need a quick gift idea for a child in your life …

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… may I recommend any book by Chris Van Dusen.

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Our collection started with King Hugo’s Huge Ego and The Circus Ship (both favorites of all the kids – ages 5, 7, 9, 10). I didn’t even realize they were by the same author until my former-librarian aunt gifted us with Learning to Ski with Mr. Magee and we finally figured out why we loved the books so much … they are cleverly written and charmingly illustrated by the same talented guy!

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Each book is written with a catchy cadence which make them fun to read out loud and I could look at the pictures all day. A well-illustrated book makes all the difference and these are beyond well done.

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I just bought the boys a few more Van Dusen books: A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee, Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee and If I Built a Car. We’ll wrap them up for their somethings to read (we do four gifts for each kiddo at christmas – something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read) and I’ll be just as excited to read them aloud as they will to receive them.

So if you’re needing one more last minute gift idea, maybe a Chris Van Dusen book is just the right choice.

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12 great holiday skirts

 We’re mid-holiday party season which means us ladies get to figure out what to wear. Festive, but comfortable, pretty and classic. At least that’s what I prefer when choosing party outfits.

This season, I’m all about skirts. I love the look of a full skirt, sleek black turtleneck, opaque tights and statement necklace.

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 The best part about this outfit is that a girl can sit, move, dance, and eat without having to constantly adjust and worry about wardrobe malfunctions. So if you’re looking for ideas for what to throw on for a party this season, look no further …

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ONE / zara pleated short skirt $69.90
TWO / h&m brocade skirt $29.90
THREE / boden walbrook wool skirt $59.00
FOUR / zara sequined mini skirt $59.90
FIVE / h&m imitation leather skirt $24.95
SIX / h&m jacquard weave skirt $49.95
SEVEN / boden jersey jacquard skirt $70.40
EIGHT / boden flock spot ponte skirt $52.80
NINE / boden ella skirt $138.60
TEN / zara midi skirt $59.90
ELEVEN / jcrew factory sequin mini $47.50
TWELVE / boden olivia skirt $59.00

Just add a black turtleneck (like this merino wool one or a super soft cashmere option), opaque tights (love these), and a statement necklace (like this or this).

What are you wearing to your holiday parties?

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last chance!

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This weekend is the last chance to order from the shop to ensure christmas delivery. If you’re still searching for that perfect gift to give the teachers, your neighbor, your mom – a thoughtful art print (popped in a frame?) is perfect!

>> Shop our entire collection here <<

All Christmas prints are on sale this weekend!

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Use them this year, or have them ready for your christmas decorating next year!

>> Shop Christmas prints here <<

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PS. Shipping is ALWAYS free!

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christmas house tour: northwest coastal edition

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Today I’m hoping on the Blogger Stylin Christmas Home Tours hosted by Lindsay at White Buffalo Styling Co. Normally, I would show my own home (like I did last year and the year before that) but we just found out that Better Homes & Gardens Christmas Ideas Magazine will be coming in January to shoot photos for next year’s publication (so fun!) and so I can’t share our christmas house with you on the blog this year. Truthfully, this arrangement works in my favor because I’m dragging my feet getting our house decorated.  I’m hoping all of these amazing homes on tour will stir up some inspiration.

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Instead of showing our home, I asked my friend Erica if I could come take pictures of her cute new house. We met Erica and her husband Scott at college, they were in our wedding and even though we don’t get together often (they live about 45 minutes away), its one of those friendships where we just pick up where we left off. Their family just moved to this darling house on an island with the Puget Sound for a front yard. Even on the cloudiest days, it is still so beautiful to look outside and see the water and she’s found that she doesn’t need a lot of decorations with a view of nature out every window.  Her house looks simple and classic all dressed for Christmas and I’m excited to show you!

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Isn’t it great?! I love how bright and open the space feels, but still cozy and christmasy.

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wall color: Sherwin Williams Sensible Hue
couch: ikea ektorp
living room rug: ikea
red plaid pillows: ikea
chairs: world market
curtains: made by Erica, ikat fabric from fabric.com
silent night pillows: etsy
kitchen table/chairs/bench: world market
Noel marquee letters: made by Erica

Continue on with the blog tour with Laura at Finding Home and to start at the very beginning head over to Lindsay at White Buffalo Styling Co. I hope seeing other homes brings you inspiration for your own spaces and the permission to make your home reflect your style!

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when the holidays magnify heartache

This is a re-post from last year – it just felt like the right post to share again today. I adore this time of year as much as the next person, but it never fails that the joy and twinkling lights and peppermint candies are always accompanied by some type of undeniable pain and sadness and loss. If you find yourself not quite in the holiday spirit today, may this post be an encouragement to you …

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I’m a dreamer.

Not in the sense that I’m a visionary with lofty ideas or plans. I’m not that type.

I’m literally a dreamer. I wake nearly every morning having dreamt the night before and can usually remember large portions of these dreams. Sometimes they are off-the-wall, make-no-sense types of dreams. Other times, I wake with a deep impression, a clarity, a sense that my dream was not just a dream.

Sunday morning, was one of those moments.

I’ll spare you the details, but the gist was that I quickly delivered a baby boy and he only lived for a few short minutes.

I woke with a broken heart.

I am not pregnant, we are not trying for another baby, it’s not a story I recently read or watched or had a conversation about. There is no logical reason why my sleeping brain would dream about this. Someone told me once that when interpreting dreams, pay less attention to the details and focus on the emotions instead. So I woke, thought about my dream and was compelled to pray.

This time of year is about joy and cheer and merry and bright. There is so much to celebrate, so many delicious smells and cherished traditions, festive parties and happy moments. It is the most wonderful time of the year.

But the holidays also magnify heartache.

The loss of loved ones. Broken marriages. Sickness. Financial struggles. Unexpected hardships. Unrealized dreams. Fears coming true.

These things happen all year long, but it sure seems they pile up during the holidays. Heaps of sadness, heartbreak, struggle, loss come pouring down during this time of year when we should be singing merrily.

I don’t mean to be a downer. I just know there is a lot of pain underneath our glittery sequins – sometimes hidden masterfully, other times oozing out in the least expected moments.

You are not alone.

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As I lay in bed on sunday morning, I prayed. I prayed for the mothers who have lost babies. I prayed for the families who are fractured, for those with scary diagnoses, for the heartache and brokenness we all feel. Will you join with me in praying? For relationships healed and bodies made well, for jobs found and hope restored. But most of all, for an unexplainable peace to cover and comfort in the face of trial.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

You are welcome to download and print this quick scripture reminder I made for myself. Share it with a friend who needs hope today or keep it for yourself as a reminder of His loving gift of grace and peace in the midst of ugly circumstances.

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