Living With Kids: Abby Burba

I am so excited for you all to meet Abby today. She is a interior designer raising her two adorable daughters in lovely North Carolina. And her home is really a stunner. I love when a place really looks collected and curated, you know? Like it doesn’t look like you just bought one whole page out of the Pottery Barn catalogue and plugged it in. : ) It’s neat to see pieces that were found and gathered over time and have a great story to tell.

Well, Abby’s house has that in spades. And she has some really lovely things to say about motherhood that will make you think about the stories in your own life. Come say hello.

You are going to love this mix of vintage and modern. Keep reading!

8 Favorite Christmas Crafts & How-Tos

Right about this time every December, I start feeling crafty. My tree is up, my decorations are set, most of my shopping for the kids is done — and I get the craving for a project. This year, I really want to paint a set of dessert plates with some sort of holiday theme. Will it happen? Who knows. Hah!

If you’re feeling the same way, I’ve collected 8 holiday projects and how-tos that will be sure to inspire your own ideas.

8 totally do-able projects, crafts and how-tos. Click here.

4 Seek & Find Picture Books Your Kids Will Love

Do you remember the first time you picked up Where’s Waldo as a kid? I had never seen anything like it. It felt like part book/part game. It felt like a challenge. Both kids and adults enjoyed it. It encouraged the reader to study the illustrations and notice the details. Perhaps there were other books like it before Where’s Waldo hit the scene, but in my experience it was the first of its kind. And it launched a whole new publishing category: Seek & Find Books.

There are new seek & find books being published all the time these days, with lots of variety in approach and illustration style. Here are 4 we’ve added to our collection — and one is a holiday book. Any of these would make a fun gift.

First up is A Thousand Billion Things (and Some Sheep) by Loic Clement with illustrations by Anne Montel. I really love the illustration style on this one. Each object is separate and complete. The book gives one challenge to find on each page and takes you through all the common objects in a child’s world. I also like that as a parent, you could easily give more challenges per page to make this book an endless treasure hunt. It’s a big book, with a “board book” cover.

Click through for 3 more recommendations.

A Few Things

Hello, Friends. How are you? What a crazy week it’s been! We started the week with guests here to see Scrooge (which wrapped last Saturday night). Then I spent a few days in Palm Springs on a site visit for Altitude Summit. And then I arrived home to a jam-packed family schedule of December stuff.

Work travel is always tricky for me. I’m super productive while I’m away, but still come home woefully behind on work. It’s the constant struggle for my time between the two businesses I run, and I would love to get a better handle on it. I’m thinking that could be a focus for 2018 — possibly hiring a CEO to run one of the companies, or even selling one of them. Although both of those feel like incredibly intimidating options — I’ve never done either and don’t really know where to start. Hah!

How about you? How is your December coming along? Have you been able to take a minute to enjoy the holidays? Or is it just rush, rush, rushing along?

I’m off to tackle my inbox, but before I go, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share:

13 amazing links. Hand-picked by me. A little weekend gift to you.

How Do You Handle Extended Family Gifts?

How to tie a perfect bow.

We’ve talked about sibling gifts and Santa gifts and how many gifts is too many (see links below). Today, let’s shift the conversation a bit. Let’s talk about gift-giving with our extended family now that we’re all grown up. Do you rotate siblings? Draw names for cousins? Donate to charity in someone’s name? Do the grandparents organize it?
Do they participate? What works well for your family?

This is how my family handles it. I’m one of 8 siblings, and we have a rotation that we’ve been doing for over a decade. In fact, I think we might be pretty close to 2 decades now!

Keep reading. And share your traditions too!

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