A Few Things


Hello, Friends! How are you? How was your week? This has been a good one at our house. We decorated the tree and put twinkle lights in any dark corners. It’s been rainy and grey and foggy — which is about as wintery as Oakland gets — so we’ve had good reason to have hot cocoa on the stove. The house feels cozy and festive, and I attended a fun cooking group and cookie exchange on Tuesday night. A good week.

Some darkness this week too as our city processes the tragedy of the GhostShip fire. 36 people — young artists mostly — died in a warehouse fire. It’s taken several days for people to start writing about it, and I think it’s partly because it’s just so sad. It wasn’t an attack, it wasn’t intentional, there isn’t an enemy to focus on. It’s just a heart-breaking loss, without any silver linings to be found.

Friday link list and some GhostShip resources when you click through.

Gorgeous DIY Leather Tassels – A Gift Kids Can Make (and Grownups Will Want to Make)

Easy DIY Leather Tassels - Use a Cricut Machine for the cutting!

This post is brought to you by Cricut Explore Air™ 2. Check out their amazing 12 Days of Christmas sales happening right now, with Cricut machines as low as $139.99 — these prices won’t last long!

Here’s a gift idea I know you’ll love. These DIY leather tassels are so easy to put together, and they look gorgeous! Hang a few from your handbag or tote, use them as keychains, or top off a gift with one — wherever you put them, they’ll for sure add a big dose style and sophistication.

Amy Christie and I were thinking of gift ideas that kids can really make — useable projects that look legit — and realized that with the Cricut Explore Air 2, making tassels is suddenly easy as pie, even for kids. Because all the cutting is done for you! And with Cricut, the cuts are totally precise, so the tassels really look fabulous — your kids will want to make them for their piano teacher, their coach, their favorite aunt. Your teens will want to make them for everybody they know. But fair warning, they’re so pretty you may want to keep them all to yourself!

Click here for full instructions and inspiration photos!

Dessert For Two: Peppermint White Chocolate Pudding

White Chocolate Pudding Dessert for Two Recipe - with hot fudge on top!

Oh hooray! Another Dessert for Two recipe from Lindsey — and it sounds perfect for December. Peppermint White Chocolate Pudding? Yes, please. Miss Maude will be home from Paris in less than 3 weeks. I’m already looking forward to late nights of catching up (while she’s dealing with jet lag), and making midnight snacks for two. Seriously can’t wait!

Let’s get to the recipe.

Click here for the full recipe and gorgeous photos!

An Easy Way to Reduce Stress & Free Up More Time With Your Family During the Holidays

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We’re one week into December. How are you holding up? I know the holidays can be nuts. There’s gift shopping and cookie exchanges and post office visits and Elf on the Shelf duties and parties to attend and trees to decorate and Christmas movies to watch and on and on. And I admit, I’m into it. I love it all! But sometimes I feel like we’re so busy during December, that I’m hardly seeing my family. Which drives me crazy! Because all this fun holiday stuff that I love? I really only love it when I’m enjoying the activities with my family.

So last week, after a long day of photoshoots, I decided to give UberEATS a try. I use Uber regularly and love it, so I don’t know why it took me so long to try UberEATS. I wish I’d tried it sooner! The whole service was as easy and smooth and affordable as I’ve learned to expect from Uber. And it turned what could have been really stressful ending to the day, into a relaxed, family-filled evening.

What we ordered, how it worked, and lots of family mealtime photos, when you keep reading.

You’re Invited to 746 Holiday Parties…

Holiday Style Tips & Picks that Won't Break the Bank

My friend Karey (the same one who told the heartwarming story about cardinals) has the best style. She has a major talent for finding eye-catching, glam, quirky, silly-chic pieces that make me smile, and make me want to up my fashion game.

She’s definitely who I would pick to dress me for a holiday party, so I thought it would be fun to ask her to share some holiday style tips and what-to-wear inspiration. And she found the best stuff!

Sparkly, fluffy, and unique…coming right up!



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