lets pause for a dose of cuteness

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We interrupt these practical thoughts to share something insanely adorable with you. Doe-SF has a collection of clips and magnets that are off the charts on the cuteness-meter. Just look at Little Red Riding Hood and The Wolf . With all the woodland themes happening in home decor, it’s a wonder this duo hasn’t had a major resurgence. We think they’re overdue for one, but we’ll have to wait a little bit ’cause they’re currently out of stock. You can grab one of these fuzzy town chipmunk magnets, $4 each, in the meantime. Chipmunks! They’re way cuter than squirrels or deer, don’t you think?

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blooming teas for mom (or you)

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A week or so ago I wrote about blossoming teas, something I had seen in a movie but had never tried in real life. A bunch of you left great suggestions on how to find them, and now I am happy to report that I have! I brewed a few cups from fullbloomtea.com and think they’d be a wonderful Mother’s Day present. Why send ordinary flowers? With names like “happiness,” “pot of gold” and “sunset” each one is a an aromatic surprise. The blooms are a bit pricey, $3 each, but each makes about six cups or two small pots of tea. They all tasted amazing, especially with a drop of honey added, and would be great iced. You can order a Greeting Bloom for $6 and the company will inculde a printed message card for you. For mom, I’d recommend the half dozen sampler, $22, which comes with a clear glass mug (above) which will allow her to watch the magic happen.

A few other places that also sell blooming teas: dragonwater.com sells them by the pound (1/4 lb is $37). adagio.com has the best price — ten for $10, and their packaging is lovely, too. teaposy.com sells a half dozen for $18. — Angela M.

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it’s a girl! congrats to beth & josh!

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One of our contributors, Beth J., just gave birth to healthy baby girl! Leigh weighs in at 7 pounds and 14 ounces, and we hear that her Dad Josh and big sister Iris (who may recall from previous posts) are very excited and proud. So are we! We can’t wait to meet her and hear all about the joys (and bumps) of raising two kids from Beth.

Wondering about this cutie above? It’s Sleepyhead Bunny from kookoobearkids.com, $45, and it’s so super soft you can’t help but want to take a nap when you hold it!

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it's a girl! congrats to beth & josh!

shelter_sleepybunny.jpg

One of our contributors, Beth J., just gave birth to healthy baby girl! Leigh weighs in at 7 pounds and 14 ounces, and we hear that her Dad Josh and big sister Iris (who may recall from previous posts) are very excited and proud. So are we! We can’t wait to meet her and hear all about the joys (and bumps) of raising two kids from Beth.

Wondering about this cutie above? It’s Sleepyhead Bunny from kookoobearkids.com, $45, and it’s so super soft you can’t help but want to take a nap when you hold it!

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blooming plants for mom

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Still trying to decide what to give Mom for her special day (May 13)? One of our favorite gift ideas — for any occasion — is a flowering plant. They always last longer than cut flowers, and if Mom likes, she has the option for transplanting it to her outdoor garden, where she’ll be able to think of you every time she smells the lavender, mees, hydrangea or tulips. Here’s the best of the bunch we’ve seen in all the many Mom’s Day gift guides out there now.

We love Hydrangea and this plant from Smith & Hawkin comes in glazed terra cotta plant from Portugal. $70 at smithandhawken.com.

Real Simple magazine put a Calyx & Corolla Dutch Tulip Plant in their best bouquets online list last year. We like this new Spring Dutch Tulip Plant with its chic plaid ribbon. $40 at calyxandcorolla.com.

Over at Red Envelope, they have a bunch of well packaged plants, but this lavender plant is not only lovely, it is fresh and uplifting. Perfect for a stressed out Mom! $50 at redenvelope.com.

This Mees plant from Windowbox.com come in a glavinized champagne bucket. They last three weeks inside before moving to the garden. Give them lots of sunshine! $25 at windowbox.com.

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