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Happy Wednesday, friends! Sorry I am posting later these days – my schedule has been a bit all over the place since we arrived in Arizona last week…plus I’ve been working very hard on preparing a awesome surprise for you for December – more about that at the end of the week! Anyway, I’ve had a wonderful trip so far, doing just about a billion things!! Not a lot of me time since we’re taking the girls everywhere, showing them the wonders of AZ and also showing them off to my friends, but it’s ok – I figured I’d settle with some virtual me-time this week….almost the same, right?

1. Wooden tub caddy by Peg and Awl.| 2. Eberjey cami and pants.| 3. Strawberry fields whipped soap by Soul Sisters Soaps.| 4. Pink lace bodysuit by Knickerocker. | 5. Pink shades of Essie nail polish. | 6. Pink heart earrings by Irenka R.

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L: Coastal Australian home via Dustjacket Attic | R: Vanilla Almond & Anise Cupcakes by Sweetapolita

If you have been following this blog for a while, it’s not secret to you that I am a big fan of bright scandinavian homes where white tones dominate. But I just couldn’t not love this gorgeous Australian home. The contrast of dark and bright colors is simply perfect, and I pretty much love every single room of this modern home. The concrete floor and wood panels, the giant chalkboard….now can I move in, please pretty please?

And to go with that, these pretty vanilla Almond & Anise Cupcakes by Sweetapolita. Such unusual flavor combination, such pretty colors – I’ve got to try them!

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I’m all about celebrating one holiday at a time…and now that Thanksgiving is over, I say, bring it on – I’m beyond ready for Christmas! Time to crank up the Christmas songs on the radio and decorate our apartment from top to bottom. And I’m also trying to do some fun things with the girls – now that the girls are getting old enough, it’s time to start some fun tradition for our little family. We’ll definitely bake cookies and go see the christmas lights in our neighborhood. What about you guys – do you have any fun traditions in the weeks leading up to Christmas? I’d love suggestions!

PS: I am spending a couple of weeks in Arizona right now, sorry if I’m slow answering emails/comments! :)

1. DIY Adorned Glittered Clothespin Gift Toppers by Ez at Creature Comforts. |2. DIY advent calendar with clothes-pins |3. DIY felt garland at Papernstitch. |4. Peppermint macaroons at Anna & Blue. |5. Giant advent calendar by Oh Happy Day.

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All images by Samantha Goh Photography.

Happy Thanksgiving everybody! I hope you’re all having a wonderful day surrounded by loved ones. We’re in Arizona visiting my former host family, and will travel around AZ for the next couple of weeks to visit old friends – pics to come!

There’s been so much to be thankful for lately, but really I don’t think that life could be any better than with my two happy little girls. I am truly so thankful to wake up to their giggles in the morning, comfort them when they fall, tuck them into bed at night, and watch them become such amazing little girls. My amazing photographer friend Samantha Goh came last week to us to take some pics of me and the girls…and I know I am going to cherish these gorgeous pictures for the rest of my life.

PS: DEAL! If you are in the Manhattan/NJ area and looking for a photographer for you holiday cards, Samantha is offering an amazing rate to all my readers – $250 for a photo session. (regular $450 for portrait sessions so this is a HUGE discount!). Just get in touch with Sam and don’t forget to mention TLS! Offer ends 12/31/12

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And last but not least, here’s a list for the little ones – whether you have a boy, a girl, or a tiny little baby at home, you’ll find some ideas. Sorry, I didn’t have a chance to get to the bigger kids/teens this year – but next year I’ll make sure to include them! Hope you like what I found.

In other news, we’re leaving for Arizona this afternoon for a little vaca. We will celebrate Thanksgiving with the (awesome) family I lived with when I was an exchange student in high school – I haven’t seen them for 4 years and I’m so excited. And after that we’ll head down to Tucson for a little vacation. I did my B.A. at the U of A and I can’t wait to share that part of my life with hubby and the girls. It’s going to be fun, definitely expect some pictures from the trip! Oh, and I’ll be posting all the way though, so you won’t be missing any TLS fun ;)

1. Eco bird doll by Timo Handmade |2. Animals wooden puzzle by Dwell Studio. |3. Cloud shelf at My little Square. |4. Animal baby flash cards|5. Giraffe bank|6. Snowflake hoodie |7. Bashful bunny. My daughter has it and adores it! |8. Colors book by Charley Harper. |9. Knitted pompom booties by Happy Circus.

1. Princess and the Pea bed set. |2. Ear muffs by Rainbow Mittens. |3. Wooden market stall. |4. Hand-painted bike bells at Poketo. |5. Tablecloth playhouse by Kids Decor.|6. Garden teepee. |7. Polka dot bike.

1. Awesome animal jackets by Little Goodall. |2. Knight crossbow. |3. Wooden carpark |4. Make your own robot kit. |5. Race kit. |6. Tool belt. |7. Vintage car.

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And there you go, some more presents ideas for the holidays – this time for the men in your life! I know buying presents for men can be a little trickier sometimes – but hopefully these will inspire you and help you find something that they love.

Happy Tuesday everybody!

PS: Today is the last day to enter the giveaway! Check it out here.

1. Wristwatch at Horne*|2. Apple ipad mini. |3. Wobble cognac glasses. My husband has these and swears by them!|4. Turn your old records into digital music with this cool turntable.|5. Messenger bag with ipad viewer window at Flight 001.|6.Iphone remote helicopter. |7.Hankie pocketbooks. |8. May the force be with you poster.

*Cyber Monday deal: Receive 15% off the entire Horne website with code MONDAY15 on November 26 between 12AM-11:59PM. The sale excludes items by Iittala, Fermob, VIPP and Pablo Designs.

1. May 28th watch.** |2. Set of Laguiole Steak knives with wood handle. |3. Toms grey oxfords. |4. Boden biker jacket. |5. Last days of the Arctic book. |6. Little America backpack.|7. Scratch-off mini wall map. |8. Abercrombie mountain sweater.

**Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal: 50% off selected black matte watches at May 28th from 11/23 through 11/26.

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So, the question that everyone dreads this day….are you done with you Christmas shopping? Or if you were to ask me, have you even started your Christmas shopping? How I wish! No reason to panic yet, there’s still time. And I thought I’d help you out by sharing some of my favorite things with you this week – starting with a few things for you, ladies :) Things to cosy up with at home, and things you’ll need to get out and about. Happy shopping!
1. Warm toes with thisHot water bottle at Leif.|2. Comfy rocking chair at West Elm. |3. Can’t beat a subscription to Kinfolk Magazine. |4. How lovely is this llama print wool scarf at Leif? |5. Mint ring at Modcloth.|6. Walk around the house in these grey corduroy slippers by Molipop.|7. Pretty bead necklace at Leif. |8. Cuddle up under this rainy day throw at Leif.

1. Love this Britannia bike by Pashley |2. Pretty navy Satchel at A-Thread**|3. How cool is this rusty fox scarf by Celaplu ? |4. Tea in style. Tea travel mug at David’s Tea.|5. Pretty geometric necklace by Blue Bird Lab.|6. Need these red boots at Modcloth. |7. Stay warm in this duffle jacket at Joe Fresh. |8. Feel pretty in this polka dot flirt top at Elleez.

**A-thread will be offering 10% off orders up to $150, 15% off orders between $151-$200, 20% off orders $200+ with codes BLACKFRIDAY10, BLACKFRIDAY15 and BLACKFRIDAY20 from 11/23 through 11/26.

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Here’s a little something pretty for your eyes before the weekend! I’ve been a big fan of Giftshop Brooklyn for a while now, and when Annie added these gorgeous holiday clutches to her shop this week I almost fell off my chair. Aren’t they just gorgeous?! I love the mix of fabrics – one shiny side and one soft side. I’m all about adding a little shine to my outfit for the holidays, and these clutches would be the perfect accessory.

Have a great weekend, friends!

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Let the men drink their coffee in this cool  set of cups by Jimbo Art, while the little ones run around in this fun little bow tie outfit by Wild Juniper.

Hope you’re having a lovely Thursday! As far as I am concerned, it’s been a busy day already: started with a photo session with the girls, then a visit to a friend who just had her second little girl…and now I’m off to preparing some fun surprises for you all this December…..I’m so excited about it, but sshhhhh, I can’t say more for now ;)

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Usually, comes winter and I’m all about wearing darker colors that seem to fit with colder and darker weather – but this year, I don’t know what it is, I’m all about keeping it bright and happy. The days seem a little less cold…these bright colors cheer me up somehow, they remind me about the warm summer days :) Here are some of my favorite things right now! What about you guys? Are you sticking to the darker colors this winter, or are you spicing it up a bit?

Happy Wednesday, friends!

PS: Don’t forget to enter our $125 giftcard giveaway for a chance to buy all sorts of cute presents for the little ones in your life at My Little Square!

1. Loving the selection of bright jackets at J. Crew this winter! |2. That’s one pretty cute hat at Anthropologie. |3. Gotta love a chunky scarf. |4. Knit cable cup cosy by Creations from Boredom |5. Pretty mint sweater at Acne Studios, via Refinery 29.| 6. These Kate Spade mittens will come pretty handy here in NYC!

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