Things to Do - Our Holiday Cards & Calendar from Pinhole Press

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Once again we went with Pinhole Press for our Holiday Cards. This year we didn't have a single family photo that wasn't an iphone snapshot, so I really wanted a card that allowed for multiple pictures, esp. since I took SO MANY PHOTOS in Europe. And I love Pinhole Press's clean designs.

Plus, it's wonderful that Pinhole Press lets you customize the message on the back of the card.

[By the way, sorry for the photo quality (the cards look much better in person], I love taking pictures of people, but I have no knack for styling and product photography].

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And their desktop calendars, as always, are lovely. I buy one every year and it keeps me on track (well, at least it keeps me more on track than I'd be without it).

Pinhole Press is offering 25% off holiday cards and address labels through Thanksgiving with the code HOLIDAY25. Click here to check out all their options.


(This post was sponsored by Pinhole Press, but the creative input is all me.)


Things to Do - Cherish This Day & Random Links

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We've had this plastic playhouse since the girls were toddlers. They haven't used it in years and I've tried to give away, but nobody seems to want it. So we keep it in the backyard, mainly because we're too lazy to cart it off to Goodwill. Then the other day, T and his friends reassembled it and a fort was born.

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Doesn't it look so cute? The boys playing with stuffed animals. Little did you realize, they're actually a warrior army, trained to attack pretty much anything. Childhood always looks more adorable from a bird's eye view.

Don't forget to check out this week's awesome on Cherish This Day.


* Life advice from 10 smart humans. I love these quotes.

* 15 picture books celebrating the lives of great artists, scientists, and writers.

* The best pull on pants for Thanksgiving and beyond. I think I need a few pairs.

* Amazon's list of the best children's books of 2015.

* Wouldn't these custom family portraits make a wonderful Xmas gift?

* I don't know what the answer is and I offer no solutions, but if these photos don't break your heart, then something is wrong with you.

* Everyone loves bacon - the book.

* I loved reading Kelly Hampton's post on marriage.


Things to Watch - Netflixing (November 2015)

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F broke her collarbone and soccer season for all three kids ended, so we have A LOT of time to watch TV this fall (for better or worse). Odd how the days changed so suddenly, a few weeks ago we were scurrying from one soccer practice to another one. And now we're all at home, together, walking the dogs and eating dinner by 6:30. I must admit, I'm loving this downtime.

So here are are current addictions:


* I just finished binge-watching Aziz Ansari's new Netflix show, Masters of None, which I'm totally obsessed with. Episode 9 might be my favorite episode of tv ever. The show is great in that it takes on hot topics such as: racism, sexism, parenthood, old people, etc. in insightful, non-preachy ways.

* Have you seen, What Happened Miss Simone? It's so good. A summary of Nina Simone's life and of the 1960s civil rights' movement. Now I can't stop listening to Mississippi Goddam over and over again.

* Dan has decided to rewatch all seasons of Arrested Development. Random fact, we almost named F May Bee because we were obsessed with that show when she was born. Luckily, we didn't because a few years later Call Me Maybe became a huge pop hit.

* I'm currently making my way through Ken Burn's The Roosevelts, which is the perfect background show while I edit photos. Teddy Roosevelt was kind of an egomaniac.


* The girls keep talking about the movie Standing Ovation, which has the subheading of "dance sing dream" and Hoodwinked, a "hilarious" movie about fairy tale characters.

* T continues to love Ninjago and the Avengers cartoon.

* On Saturday mornings, they all still like My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic.


* Peabody and Sherman is now a cartoon talk show (see photo above). We haven't had a chance to watch yet, but the cold days are coming and we're excited for something new.

* In the meantime, Dan and the kids are watching Once Upon a Time together, the kids seem to love it (I'm not so sure about Dan).

* And for family movie night, we've recently watched Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Footloose, two of my favorite movies ever.

[Disclaimer- I receive compensation for posting about Netflix, but I decide what I want to write about and what I want to say.]



Things to Do - One Sentence A Day (1st Grade Version)

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This year, T's needed a little extra help with his reading, so every morning he goes to school thirty minutes early for one-on-one tutoring. The lessons have been super helpful, we couldn't be happier.

During tutoring, one of T's daily activities is to tell his teacher a sentence, which she then writes down and cuts into pieces. For homework, T reconstructs his sentence.

An added benefit is that T's sentences have become the perfect diary of our lives. Every evening, Dan and I look forward to the newest addition. My favorites are highlighted below.

10/16 - I tripped over a cushion and I splattered my face.

10/19 - I went to Cox Farms but it was too crowded.
10/20 - I had fun when I played tennis with my dad.
10/21 - I went to a battlefield and it was fun.
10/22 - I am good at defense in soccer.

10/26 - I went to a block party.
10/27 - I am leaving early to go to Cox Farms.
10/28 - My dog is lazy because she is old.

11/2 - I went trick or treating with my friends.
11/4 - I was stung by a yellow jacket.
11/5 - I went to see Antman because my mom didn't have dinner ready.
11/6 - I have my sister's birthday party today.

11/9 - I raked leaves at a a playdate and got eight dollars.
11/10 - I was fast asleep when my dad woke me up.
11/11 - Today Graham and Ian are coming to my house.
11/13 - Yesterday my grandma came from Richmond.

11/16 - My sister broke her arm in soccer. [Actually, it was her collarbone, but yes, poor F, someone crashed into her during a soccer game. Though on the upside, F was goalie and she saved the ball.]
11/17 - Yesterday I got Arnie the Donut and Laurie Keller signed it.

Anyways, sorry for the lack of posts lately. But the sentences above provide a great summary of our lives these days!


Things to Do - Cherish This Day & Random Links


P turned 9 on Veteran's Day and we spent the afternoon at the zoo. She wanted to go to the Peanuts movie or rock wall climbing, but I insisted on staying outside while this t-shirt weather lasts. We returned home to Dan cooking a venison roast (he's killed two deer already this year), which was crazy good.

Since I'm working so much on weekends lately, it felt nice to have a weekday off with the kids. It goes so fast . . .

HAPPY WEEKEND!! Don't forget to check out this week's awesome over on Cherish This Day.


* NPR has a new blog devoted to finding good podcasts.

* Photolucida's Top 50 documentary photography projects. Prepare to be wowed.

* 37 Things You'll Only Understand if You Went to College in the 90s. I can't believe how spot on these are.

* Some of the best books of 2015.

* This poster hanging system is gorgeous (and much cheaper than any sort of frame). Especially when coupled with your own custom poster.


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