Faux Fur Fix

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Reagan’s outfits haven’t been getting the blog attention that they deserve. It’s this mommy’s New Years Resolution to bring you the super cute clothes that I find for my adorably fashionable daughter. I’m a stickler about not spending full price on clothes for Reagan. She’s two, is potty training, loves popsicles, and has my mothers genes; which means she inevitably spills something on the front of her shirt before the days end. For all these reasons and more, I hate spending a lot of money on her clothes. From play clothes to dress up; I feel like Reagan always looks super cute, without breaking the bank.
J.Crew has spoiled us lately by offering an additional 50% off of their sale items!

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J.Crew Tunic
Old Navy Jersey Crew Neck
Janie and Jack Ponte Pant
J.Crew Faux Fur Vest
Hatley Gingham Lab Socks
Chuck Taylor’s

Friday Favorites

Get yourself an extra cup of coffee this Friday

Welcome back to Friday Favorites!  In addition to the holidays, this polar vortex has been quite bitter this week!   I’ve been MIA from the blog for a bit but I am back and ready to share some great stuff with you in the New Year.  As a teacher, I always think about my new year starting in September when it’s a new class, new kids and a fresh start.  I’m not big into the resolution thing as I can never seem to keep them anyway.  However, I hope that 2014 is happier, healthier and more fun than last year and I’m sure it will be with lots of weddings and celebrations coming up!  Happy Reading and TGIF!

Here are some links I loved this week:

100 years of fashion in 100 seconds? Yes, please!

I am so happy that one of my favorite shows, Downton Abbey, is back and it appears that millions of others are as well

New Yorkers will understand

This man and his wife are doing incredible things

We love all things Anthony Bourdain and hope that his plan works out…as I love some chicken rice!

Apple introduced the first iPhone 7 years ago this week and this article was an interesting look back and comparison to our smartphone reliant world today

I’m sure you’ve seen this Olympic commercial floating around this week but maybe you missed this one from the 2012 London games?

I know that I saved those Beanie Babies for a reason (but knowing my luck,  none of mine are worth anything)

Just about every store is having crazy post holiday sales.  Many in store sale sections have been picked through but you can still snag some great deals online from all our favorites!

thank you!

IMG_0804I wish to instill a sense of gratitude in my daughter.  I would love for her to feel grateful and appreciative of the life that she has and the fabulous people that she is lucky to have in her life.  Our mother instilled a sense of gratitude in her children.  She was and still is adamant about sending thank you notes, not just for material things received, but also for kind words said, helpfulness, and love shared.  In this day and age, it is so easy to send out a quick text or write-up a quick email; which are definitely acceptable ways to show thanks.  However, a lovely hand written note, or a one of a kind piece of art , in my opinion, is a super special way to show someone how appreciative you really are.  I love receiving mail, as does my sister Caitlin.  An actual physical card, among all those bills and junk mail,  is such a surprise when you open the mailbox. It’s nice to know that someone appreciated what you gave or did for them.

Reagan and I try our best to get thank you notes out within a week of receiving a gift, feeling loved and/or appreciated.  I’ve found some fabulous cards, at great prices, at our local Marshall’s, Home Goods and even in the dollar section at Target! If we use store-bought cards, I provide Reagan with markers and crayons to decorate the inside of the cards, and when she’s done decorating we talk about what she was given, physical and/or emotional and then I write a quick note to the sender.  We have even created our own envelopes in the past, to send our friends and family notes.

Our Christmas Thank You Notes, in my opinion, turned out really great and were a special way to thank those that thought of Reagan over the holiday season.

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I painted, with washable paint, Reagan’s hands in her choice of color and then had her place her hands on a piece of paper and press down firmly.  We thanked our family and friends with the saying ‘I give my (insert gift) a ten!

I hand wrote my own notes on these super simple cards that I found in the dollar section at Target.

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‘Gratitude may be crucial to compassion, empathy, and even happiness.’ -Jeffrey Froh

Helpful Links!

5 Tips For Writing Thank You Notes With Kids

Fun Ways to Encourage Kids to Write Thank You Notes

How to Write a Charming Thank You Note

A few cards that I’m loving:

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Top Row: sugar – paper , Target , TweeCards

Middle Row: BLUE BARNHOUSE , Zazzle , Papyrus

Bottom Row: minted

Even Jimmy Fallon writes Thank You Notes!