How We Set The Table for a Kid-Friendly Holiday

This year I’ve somehow proven to myself that functionality, style and holiday cheer is obtainable with four children in the house. Who knew? I’ve also determined that ones portrayal of traditional cheer comes in many forms and colors, but one thing remains the same no matter where you are or what you style may be – and that is when the entire family gathers around the holiday table.

Instead of the same ol’ red and green or blue and silver, this year I used our personal style to create the perfect holiday style for us – and one that will carry us through the New Year. Which equates to one less thing for me to worry about and clean up.
In going with our new craftsman-inspired style and décor, I’ve pulled together items that not only fit my personal taste, but ones that are functional, too! (As most of the items can be re-used throughout the year). You’ll also notice that my tall glass hurricanes – that pair so well with festive, glitter clad fillers – mercury glass trees and real candles have disappeared from the mix and have since been replaced with kid-friendly holiday décor that hopefully doesn’t need to be replaced with each passing year.

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1. Glass tablescapes are a thing of the past with four boys running wild in the house. Wooden or woven serving trays and baskets, like the Pottery Barn Jacquelyne Wood Handled Basket, create a safer tablescape amongst children and look amazing with shatter-proof ornaments, pinecones or colorful/decorative felt balls.

2. It is possible to create a child-friendly tree without all the characters ornaments and hazardous glass. The Tweet Life Ornaments from The Land of Nod are innocent and safe for kids (should they get their little paws on them). These also look amazing hanging on twigs and branches used for a tablescape.

3. Wood and metallics are two of my favorite things – and not just during the holidays. With the Golden Age Stockings, also from The Land of Nod, I can accent my craftsman style with some modern flair. For those that don’t have a chimney to hang stockings, I love the idea of a large bow around the back of the dining room chair with the stockings hung off the side of the chair. (This also works to keep kiddos away from the fireplace).

4. Baby’s First Holiday Dinner is kind of a big deal. I’ve been searching and searching for something unique and stylish and finally landed on the Bunny knit baby sweater and hat from Red Envelope. Baby Quinn will look adorable at dinner, don’t you agree?

5. Whether strewn across the windows and shutters behind the table or draped as part of the tablescape, this Starry Garland from The Land of Nod is a perfect addition for the holidays – and beyond.

6. No table is truly complete without the main attraction. Yes, the table itself is a key player and the tablescape is a good supporting role, but the area rug really makes or breaks the entire room. For our new décor, I’ve chosen the Mohawk Home American Craftsmen Style rug in Serenity Oak Creek Bison. The mixture of browns, creams and tans with the pop of blues and gorgeous garden, floral, ikat and medallion design is just my style.

7. I have four boys. I also have Flameless Wax Candles from Pottery Barn at the center of our table. Enough said.

8. In going with my new Craftsman-style décor, I love the look of crisp white with wood – wood anything. Like these Wood Charger Plates from Red Envelope. Simply dress them up according to the holiday (different napkin rings are a perfect and simple way to change the look or feel to match your style or holiday décor) and enjoy them year round.

9. There are lots of family dinners to be had, which means my wee ones spend a lot of time gathering around the family table. We eat, play games, talk… And just enjoy each others company as it’s few and far between the rest of the year. All my kids sit in or on a Stokke Tripp Trapp. The ergonomic design allows for natural movement of their antsy bums and the footrest provides just the right amount of support to keep them comfortable while enjoying family time. The new Aqua Blue Tripp Trapp is quite a beautiful sight, too.

10. I stocked up on these Target shatter-proof ornaments this year. With a baby in the house, it was either that or mommy’s anxiety would rise to dangerous levels. These babies live in my tablescape baskets and on the tree.

11. Give me a pretty green wreath and I’m happy. I found this Boxwood Square Wreath at West Elm and said, yes please. Can you picture this hanging with a wide piece of burlap? I can. On the wall, next to the table.

 

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How are you going to set your table for the holidays this year? If you would like a fresh start or just want to spruce up your family gathering area, I suggest you check out the Mohawk Home Pin To Win – Set The Table with American Rug Craftsmen on Pinterest. Enter to win an American Rug Craftsmen rug of your choice with up to a $1,000 retail value.

Visit Mohawk Home on Facebook or Pinterest to see official rules and details.

 

Disclosure: Mohawk Home sponsored this post and sent us a new rug to complete our ‘set the table’ look for the holidays. All opinions are my own.

My Pregnancy: 28 Weeks

The shelf is back! While at my 28-week appointment, I discovered a familiar sight had returned and is at it’s full potential. It’s the perfect size – just big enough to prop a plate or coffee cup, but baby’s not strong enough to kick it off… Yet. Speaking of the appointment, all is well with the little guy. Got my Rhogam shot, heard the heartbeat and talked about how I have yet to get my 1-hour glucose test. I was so on top of these appointments and lab visits with the first few kids – clearly I’m a little more lax about them now. But no fret, the sugar test is scheduled for this week.

My excitement surrounding this nursery is so great I can hardly contain it. Other than being completely impatient and occupied with three other littles, I’m glad I started this project as early as I did because it also allows me to really shop around and seek out the perfect pieces and accessories. Take, for example, this Target pouf. A few months ago, I saw the same one while killing time with the toddler one morning – browsing the aisles of Target. Except the only color choices were tan and grey. You would think either one would be perfect for the theme of our nursery, but the texture of the tan one wasn’t exactly soft and the grey, well, I didn’t really want to add in too many more shades of grey – if I didn’t have to. I waited it out (even ordered a different option – that ended up being too small) and then it came to me… The orange pouf appeared at Target one morning (yet another morning out, killing time with a toddler in tow) and I snatched it up! It looks amazing and is the perfect size next to the Monte Vola glider.

I think I’m in denial that I’m officially in the third trimester. The other day I texted my mom with the words, “omg I start my third trimester tomorrow!” because, really, where has the time gone? I received this adorable pregnancy journal as a gift recently and because I’ve used the blog to keep track of my pregnancy weeks, I was able to go back and fill in all of the pages for the weeks that have passed. I’ve always kept some form of a journal with each pregnancy, so I was thrilled to receive this Pea to Pumpkin Pregnancy Journal when I did. There’s just something about having and holding a book in your hands to recount those special memories – especially since this will be the last time.

In and Out has become my best friend this week. I made a quick dinner stop while heading up to Los Angeles and posted the picture to Instagram while eating my meal in the parking lot. One of the replies asked if I ordered the root beer float. Root beer float?! How have I never know of such a thing from one of my favorite food establishments. I mean, I’ve known about their secret menu, but not this option! Guess who went back and got a root beer float just a few days later?

My day trip to Los Angeles was amazing – and exhausting! But that’s to be expected when your seven months pregnant. I started my day brunching with some LA friends and learning all about the new BabyBjorn Bouncer Soft. I’m already a fan of the bouncer, but I love the changes to come this year. Andrea from Savvy Sassy Moms hosted the casual event and forewarned me there would be lots of belly rubbing – and there was! I actually don’t mind it when the bump gets some attention, especially soft, loving hands from friends and family. A typical day for this pregnant belly consists of kicks and knocks from three boys running and jumping all around me.

After brunch, I met up with more friends for lunch and then walked around The Grove – alone! At first, I didn’t know what to do with myself and was quite bored. Then I found Splendid, Baby GAP and See’s Candies and snapped out of it. I also made a stop at Athleta for a new pair of Havaianas (because my feet were killing me in wedges) and I needed a new pair of flip flops for the spring anyway. After shopping, I treated myself to an organic pedicure in Beverly Hills where I felt really bad for the lady doing my feet. An impromptu pedicure means hairy legs these days – because I can’t reach my legs anymore!

I finished off my day away with an amazing evening at the Big City Moms Biggest Baby Shower at the beautiful Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood. I met up with friends, met new people, enjoyed mingling with other expectant moms and listened to a few wonderful panels about green living (with Kimberly Van Der Beek and Christopher Gavigan) and top baby products (with “the Guncles“, Bill Horn and Scout Masterson). I had planned on leaving early to make the long trek home, but of course that didn’t happen. Who leaves a good party early? Not me, apparently.

Exciting things to come this week in this pregnancy

  • My husband totally surprised me when he agreed to work on the kids’ playroom this past weekend. Not only did he work on it, he completed everything that needed to be done – that I, physically, couldn’t do. That means I have yet another room to decorate and have fun with – and I have already started planning!
  • Double stroller or single with a sibling board (or two) attachment? I have a few major decisions I need to make – and soon! My three year old is getting better at safely walking with me when we go places (and trust me, we’ve been practicing – or more like I’ve been testing him), but I still feel like we need an option for those times he needs to be in a stroller. Not to mention, my 5-year-old still likes an occasional ride. And I let him, because it’s very rare and he’s very little – and moody. That’s what I call picking my battles with that one.
  • I’ll be on NBC San Diego again this week talking about registry must-haves and the hottest baby gear items. Next to nursery design, this happens to be another one of my favorite topics.

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Giveaway #6 is CLOSED Mohawk Home Baby Rug for TWO Winners!

The fifth prize in the These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things Giveaway Celebration is something for baby (or child or a playroom)… two winners will get to pick their choice of size AND pattern from the new Mohawk Home Baby Collection!

If you want to see which rug I picked… and find out more about the Mohawk Home Baby collection, check it out HERE. Basically, they rock my socks off. No, really. I take my socks off cause it’s so (so so so) soft.

You can also enter Mohawk Home’s $1,000 Make It Home Sweepstakes on Facebook!

Rules and Details for Entries:

  • This contest is open to US residents, excluding residents of Puerto Rico or any other US territories, of at least 18 years. The deadline for entry is June 14, 2011, 11:59 p.m PST., when a winner will be chosen by random dot org, notified by e-mail and posted on this page. A valid email address {in email line on contact form or typed within your comment} is required to win and contest is void where prohibited.
  • No cheating! I can tell so please, be honest  :) Entries that are not compliant with the rules and methods of entries will be disqualified.
  • You must complete the mandatory entry; the additional methods of entry are optional (but increase your chances of winning).
  • Mohawk Home will ship ONE (1) rug from the Baby Collection to each winner. There will be TWO (2) winners chosen for this giveaway. Each winner will get to pick the color/pattern of their choice (from the Baby Collection) and each winner will get to pick the size of the rug (available sizes can be found HERE).

 

 

How to Enter (MANDATORY ENTRY ONE PER PERSON):

  • Leave a comment below telling us which rug you would pick and where you would use it.

 

For Additional Entries/chances to win (you may do one or all of the following but only once per person):

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Don’t forget to enter yesterday’s Giveaway (and all the ones before it)- A Custom Car Seat Cover from Nollie Covers!

Check back tomorrow for the next prize in the Giveaway Celebration and Good luck!

Looks I Love: Coral, Tan, Gold, White, Tie-Dye and Nautical Stripes!

I’m loving the corals, tans, golds, whites, tie-dye and blue nautical stripes! I also love that maxi-dresses are “in” right now. Why? They are comfy!!! Like I said, I’m trying to get out of my yoga pants and in some cute spring clothes. These make me smile because they are mom-friendly but still super cute.

Michael Kors Striped Tie-Hem Top at Michael Kors $69.50

 Roxy Ocean Side Pants at Roxy $39.50
Tiered Gauze Skirt at Old Navy $29.50

Maribel Peep-Toe Wedges at Target $29.99

 Saga Necklace at Anthropologie $38.00

Would You, Could You Pledge To Read?

Would you, could you see the need?

Today is The National Education Association’s Read Across America Day. It’s also the 107th Birthday of Dr. Seuss!

NEA’s Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2—Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books, and you can too! Incorporate these guides and activities to celebrate reading with young people.

Seussville.com has some great printable activities, lesson plans and encouraging ways to get children excited about reading.

Teachers, parents, caregivers; all can make a Pledge on Read Across America to celebrate the year round reading motivation program.

 

Target is supporting the NEA and Read Across America with their campaign and fun activities on their site- here.

Target hopes to make more books, resources, information and community reading support available to every child in America.

Which book will you be reading to your kids today?


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