Merry Christmas: My Modern Christmas Nursery 2010

Have a wonderful holiday weekend whether you’re celebrating Christmas or Chinese Food Day!

1- Flensted Pixy Family Mobile– $31

2- Ikea Gulliver Crib– $100

3- P’Kolino Clothes Tree in Green– $72

4- Holiday Ornament Merry Christmas– Holiday Vinyl Wall Decal- $23

5- Way Basics Modular Storage Cube Red Set– $135

6- Nordic Stripe Rug from Crate and Barrel 4’x6′- $60

7- Ikea Hemnes 8 Drawer Dresser– $300

8- Suede Glider Rocker Recliner– $530
Under The Nile Santa Doll Lovie

9- Lantern Arc Floor Lamp from CB2- $200

10- Alpine Ivory Pillow from Crate and Barrel

Etsy Finds: Countdown to Christmas

Some great etsy Christmas gifts and decor ideas:

Shop quickly before they’re all gone for the year!

1- pillow from decology (sold out already- sorry!)

2- LittleLion Studio Christmas Tree Wall Decal from LeoLittleLion- $95

3- Ringo the Reindeer Natural Maple Wood Teether from littlealouette- $15

4- Cute Crochet Red Nose Reindeer Hat (2T-4T) from amiamigos- $25

5- Green Splat Bamboo with Red Modern Wall Clock from pilotdesign- $64

6- Holiday Ornaments Felt Mobile from dagmarsdesigns- $55

7- Gingerbread Man Crayon – Jumbo Sized from GiggleRainbow- $2 each

8- Naughty & Nice – Hand Stamped Holiday Pillow Cover from JoshuaByOak- $44

9- Chilly-Willy the Snowman Plush from TheWoolenZoo- $12

Shopping Guide: Holiday Cards from Tiny Prints

It is NOT too late to send out holiday cards and you’re not even going to have to leave your computer to do it.  Your beautiful photos + a stylish design = your best holiday cards ever.

I always find my picks at tinyprints* because they have reasonable prices, gorgeous styles and top notch customer service.  I have used tinyprints for invitations several times and I use their greeting card service all the time.  Every time I send tinyprints cards I get numerous compliments.

This holiday season, tinyprints was kind enough to send me a few samples of their holiday cards to tempt me to order some.

I was most impressed with the ornament cards.  This is such a great idea.  If everyone send their cards as ornaments, not only would you have a lovely tree, but you’d have somewhere to display all those cards!  These are really nice and there’s a huge selection of different designs.

Ornament Cards Merry MirthOrnament Cards Haute HolidayOrnament Cards More the MerrierOrnament Cards Batik Medallion

I also think the flip cards are really special.  As you pull it open, the photo turns over.  These are bound to impress!

Die Cut Christmas Cards Ornament DelightDie Cut Christmas Cards Cheery Christmas

tinyprints make it so easy to personalize your card.  The hardest part is going to be finding the design you like the best.  There are just so many to choose from!

My absolute favorite service at tinyprints is that they will mail the cards directly to the recipients.  No licking envelopes, no buying stamps and no waiting in line at the post office.  Just pay the postage when you order and you won’t have to worry about a thing!  Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to sort through my iphoto album to find just the right photo for my cards.  This could take a while.  We’ve taken over 6,000 photos this year!

*I’m proud to be a tinyprints affiliate and a loyal customer!

Holiday Shopping: Great Finds at Ikea

If you are fortunate enough to have an Ikea within driving distance, you can really stretch your holiday shopping budget and find some lovely items for the kids on your shopping list.

These baby classics in their Mula collection are $5 to $15.

MULA 24 building blocks with wagon  Length: 13 " Width: 10 5/8 " Height: 2 3/8 "  Length: 33 cm Width: 27 cm Height: 6 cm  MULA Bead roller coaster  Length: 12 " Width: 10 " Height: 11 "  Length: 31 cm Width: 25 cm Height: 28 cm  MULA Crane with blocks multicolor Length: 11 " Width: 6 " Height: 4 ¼ "  Length: 28 cm Width: 15 cm Height: 11 cm

MULA Shape sorter multicolor MULA Stacking rings multicolor Diameter: 5 1/8 " Height: 7 7/8 "  Diameter: 13 cm Height: 20 cm  MULA Toy hammering block multicolor Length: 9 1/2 " Width: 3 7/8 " Height: 5 1/2 "  Length: 24 cm Width: 10 cm Height: 14 cm

The Duktig felt food collections will be treasured for $5-$8.

DUKTIG 14-piece vegetables set  DUKTIG 15-piece breakfast set  DUKTIG 9-piece fruit basket set  DUKTIG 18-piece dessert set

And the Duktig kitchen, dishes and utensils are really fantastic and long-lasting toys as well.

DUKTIG Mini-kitchen white Width: 28 3/8 " Depth: 15 3/4 " Height: 42 1/2 "  Width: 72 cm Depth: 40 cm Height: 108 cm  DUKTIG 7-piece baking set  DUKTIG 10-piece coffee/ tea set multicolor DUKTIG 4-piece cookware set stainless steel color

The new Lillabo pack of cars is only $10 and the soft Landet set is $8.

LILLABO Toy vehicle assorted colors Package quantity: 3 pack  Package quantity: 3 pack  LANDET 6-piece vehicle set

The ultimate Ikea gift (as long as you have the space for it) is the Virre slide.  We spend at least 10 minutes of every Ikea trip “testing” this one out.  This is the most expensive Ikea toy ($150) but it’s a beautiful piece of indoor play equipment.VIRRE Slide with ladder and guard rail red Length: 59

As always at Ikea, there is more in store (including wrapping paper and holiday decorations at great prices) so you have to take a trip this holiday shopping season.


Holiday Shopping: Can’t Go Wrong at The Land of Nod

Now that Halloween is over, it’s time to face holiday shopping head on!  I admit, I’m pretty well set with gifts for my own kids.  I pick things up for them through the year and put them away for their birthdays and the holidays.  It’s the other kids on the list that I’ll still be shopping for.  I love shopping for and finding just the right gift.  I think people get scared that they won’t find something good enough and so they put off holiday shopping until it’s too late and they have to settle for something that just good enough.

Get started shopping with me now, and over the next few weeks we’ll find “can’t miss” places to shop for the holidays, where it almost doesn’t matter what you pick because it’s bound to be a winner!

The first shop I have to recommend is one of my affiliates, The Land of Nod, where “you’ll find everything for your kid’s room from A to ZZZ”.  As soon as I got their holiday catalog in the mail last week, I was impressed with the collection of gifts they put together.  They’ve assembled so many of my favorite toys and brands and have a fantastic variety of quality toys with a lot of imaginative and creative play value.

Sorters and stackers are gifts that every toddler should have on hand and these wooden versions will be handed down through the family.

I’m a big fan of these multi solution puzzles from P’kolino.

For the artistic and creative kids, a beautiful art set paired with a coloring book can’t be beat.

They also carry colorful and cozy Blabla dolls.

The Land of Nod even has the youngest babies covered with gifts like these cherry wood teethers or the wooden wheeled animal baby toys.

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If you celebrate Hanukkah, your kids are sure to enjoy the Kidkraft Hanukkah play set.

Finally, this Mojo Play Table is on my own wish list…

Mojo Table from The Land of Nod

There are TONS of other great items at The Land of Nod (including a fabulous selection of books, clothes, baby gear, etc…) so just go visit the site or if you’re lucky enough to live in the Chicago area or in Seattle, you can visit the store in person.

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