A Few Things

December 2, 2011

Image by Olhar.

Hello, Friends! Are you ready for the weekend? We have family in town — Ben Blair’s brother, Jim & our niece Sophie — and I think we might make an outing to Paris to do some Christmas shopping. I want to see the Christmas shops on the Champs Elysees! Or. If Baby June is too sick (she’s got a cold, poor thing!), maybe we’ll stay in and make ornaments and drink hot cocoa. Both sound equally appealing to me. : )

What are you up to? Holiday parties? Visiting Santa? Ice skating? I’d love to hear! And while we discuss weekend plans, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share with you:
- Paperbag wreath. Cute. Cute. Cute. via YAMF
- Have you ever tried boiled omelets? They look yummy!
- I’m going to ask Maude to make me one of these.
- Watercolor confetti.
- What do you think of the branch in this nursery?
- Yes to all of this.
- I love Marta’s handwriting.
- A glowing family.

I also write for Babble. Here are this week’s posts:
- Yay or nay to the faux fur trend?
- Everybody should own a pair of red shoes.
- I wonder if this will entertain Baby June.
- This would make the sweetest baby gift!
- 15 totally do-able gift wrapping ideas.

I hope you have a wonderful December weekend. I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.


P.S. — The finale giveaway will be posted shortly. Fun!

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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Giulia December 2, 2011 at 7:09 am

Except for swim and ballet class this will be a quiet weekend. Yayyy! Time to put up our holiday lights and start decorating the house. We might tackle our first batch or two of cookies.
Hope June feels better. BTW – I ordered that French Cardboard Cafe you linked to the other week – so exited to put that up for the kids come X-mas.


2 Johanna December 2, 2011 at 7:31 am

The Christmas windows you will want to see are those of the Bon Marche. Don’t miss them. Also along the grand boulevards where ” les grands magasins” are located.


3 TennesseeCassie December 2, 2011 at 7:31 am

Christmas in France and seeing Paris in this season sounds sooo beautiful! We are packing up the kids and traveling to the base of the Great Smoky Mountains to visit with my grandmother. It is beautiful there this time of year: snowy, foggy, but green with evergreens. We might even see a bear! I love this wilderness AND my grandmother! Have a beautiful weekend!


4 Kate in the Shade December 2, 2011 at 7:34 am

Unfortunately, will likely spend the entire weekend writing a paper. Oh, well!


5 Veronika December 2, 2011 at 7:35 am

I can’t get over Marta’s handwriting. WOW! I love that you shared that – thank you! Is it weird that I’m thinking about printing out some pages off her website and tracing them so I can convert my handwriting…?


6 aimee @ smilingmama December 2, 2011 at 7:43 am

Christmas shopping in Paris! Amazing!! (Hoping baby June feels better soon!)


7 Helen December 2, 2011 at 7:49 am

I love that nursery, but that branch looks kind of scary! Our weekend will be full of painting and cleaning, trying to improve the house before Lucy’s first birthday party. I hope Baby June feels better…


8 Marina {YummyMummyKitchen.com} December 2, 2011 at 8:12 am

I love that image. And Christmas shopping in Paris sounds like a dream. Enjoy !


9 TN December 2, 2011 at 8:15 am

Yummmm…So glad it is hot chocolate season again!

We are getting a tree this weekend…I need to find a Baby’s First Christmas Ornament, Christmas Stocking (for the new addition) and One Special Ornament (I like to buy one nice one per year)! I can’t wait…it’s so hard here in Paris though…I never know where to look and with 2 kids now it’s even harder ;-)

Have fun



10 Anne December 2, 2011 at 8:16 am

Hugs to baby June. Colds are so miserable before you learn to blow your nose! Our weekend plans include hoping it will stop raining long enough visit a friend’s donkeys at her farm. I love donkeys.


11 barchbo December 2, 2011 at 8:29 am

Let’s hope Baby June is on the mend!

Whether it is this weekend or not, I hope there is a post ahead about Christmastime in Paris. *Swoon!*

Have a fabulous weekend whatever your activities may be!

PS : Fireplace in the nursery? Love!!


12 Adventures In Babywearing December 2, 2011 at 8:36 am

All of your giveaways have been incredible! Hope you’re having a fabulous holiday season in France!



13 Patricia December 2, 2011 at 8:53 am

Thanks for all the great giveaways this week, they were fantastic, it was so fun to come back and see how each one was better and better. Love this Friday’s roundup. As for faux fur, definitely a YAY, too cruel to get real fur. That vintage nursery room with the tree branch is a dream! I hope baby June feels better. I’m flying this week with my 7 month baby and praying she doesn’t get sick…

Enjoy your weekend, and see you Monday!


14 Lori C. December 2, 2011 at 9:00 am

Boiled omlettes are perfect for camping and last year we made them for Christmas morning breakfast…easy, fun,and everyone gets just what they want. Use a Sharpie to write names on the bags before you fill them.

Love from Lori C.


15 Lauren December 2, 2011 at 9:21 am

Tell Jim and Sophie hi! Jim was our Bishop in Provo and we love him dearly. Have a fun weekend!


16 Margaret H. December 2, 2011 at 9:45 am

The branch is awesome, though I was never brave enough to hang anything over our kids’ cribs… I met someone recently who built a tree in a corner of her child’s room, using chicken wire covered with paper mache, and plastic (though tasteful) branches wired to the ceiling. it’s magical!


17 everton terrace December 2, 2011 at 10:15 am

I am VERY excited about this boiled omlette thing. It’s not the pans or the room for me but about them all being finished at the same time. What a treat to be able to sit down with my guests. Usually I’m standing there making one at a time. Seriously, this could be life changing for me :)


18 Traveling Mama December 2, 2011 at 10:47 am

I hope your little one feels better. Shopping in Paris is always fun, though staying at home with a mug of hot cocoa sounds pretty divine too! Best from Copenhagen!


19 Amanda S. December 2, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Boiled Omlette’s Are Fantastic!

This weekend is my bachelorette party. I will be a Mrs. one week from today. I will spend Saturday morning at the Spa and the evening at five course cooking class with gourmet chef. Friends, family, relaxation, wine, food and fun. Perfection.

I will be in Paris in January for a week. So wished I would be able to see the Christmas Markets. There is always next year.


20 Arrica M December 2, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Cocoa sounds delish to me…
I was wondering, are you going to post your homemade gifts for this year?
Would love so me new inspiration. : )


21 Maren December 2, 2011 at 5:33 pm

boiled omelets?! Best idea EVER!


22 Krista December 2, 2011 at 6:01 pm

The Ziploc website says the bags are not made to withstand boiling. I wouldn’t risk it. :(


23 Amelia December 2, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Wow! It’s like an instant Merry Christmas. You don’t even have to add water.


24 Amanda December 2, 2011 at 8:35 pm

It sounds like you’re going to have a lovely weekend! My roommate and I are picking out a Christmas tree tomorrow and we’ll be decorating it and the house this weekend. We’re also going to see National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at the movie theater! (I’ve never watched it before and apparently this is something that needs to be remedied.)


25 Wendy December 2, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Christmas shopping in Paris sounds so lovely!
We’re wrapping prezzies, making a wreath out of the fresh Hydrangeas in the garden (it’s summer down here in Africa!) And spending some much-needed family time after a busy week.


26 jen December 2, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Christmas in Paris? on my bucket list and i am so jealous!! this weekend we are throwing a pirate party for a lucky 5 year old {he’s now a whole hand of age!!} then on sunday our six year old is in our town’s santa claus parade with her irish dancing group. so needless to say we are going to be on our toes but it will make a great spread for my december daily. good luck and happy trails this weekend!


27 marta December 3, 2011 at 2:03 pm

thank you, gabby. you’re so sweet. i hope you have a happy weekend. like everyone says, christmas in paris sounds absolutely positively dreamy. wow. enjoy every second of this holiday. it will surely be a happy memory your kids will never forget. my family lived in england for a year and we had a special ‘england scrapbook’ that helped cement the memories for me, since i was only four. i still think i know exactly what it smells like there though!!! you’ll be so happy so many details are documented in your blog. happy holiday-ing!

xo. m

p.s. congrats on a sold-out ALT!


28 Alea December 3, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Boiled omelets are a camping thing for us. My sister-in-law introduced us to them. It’s easy for each person to get exactly what they want in their eggs, and have as much egg as they like.


29 Siouxzy December 3, 2011 at 5:11 pm

My family has always made boiled omelets and they are so easy. I have began to wonder lately if it’s a bad idea to boil things in plastic though. Might leach something into the food?!


30 Krista December 3, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Check the link above that I posted from Ziploc. They do not recommend it.


31 Jacqueline December 4, 2011 at 9:59 am

Hope baby June recovers quickly!


32 Hausfrau December 5, 2011 at 7:18 am

Great links! Wanted to say hello, as my family’s home was also featured on House Hunters International! Think our episode was called “village life in Bitburg, Germany.” What a crazy experience that was! I don’t think I’ve seen your episode, so I will try to watch it (in parts) on YouTube!


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