Friday, October 24

Christmas Shopping on Etsy :: Children Edition

Etsy is amazing. If you haven't checked it out, please do so. With Christmas lurking just around the corner, I've plunged myself into another black hole that is Etsy, aside from Pinterest, as I have mentioned last time in this post.

Lately, I've been wanting to find unique presents for little ones. And, Etsy is one place to go to on the web to look for it. Or, you can also hit up local craft fairs in your area. I attended the Renegade Craft Fair in SF this past July and am looking forward to one coming up in November. {Check out Renegade Craft for one near you} The hubby and I came away with some unique crafts for the house as well as presents. We can talk about this some other time...

Here are some toys that I'm looking at lately at Etsy for kids:

1. For someone who has a child who loves taking pictures but is not ready for the real thing- get them a wooden toy camera from Twig Creative. They specialize in handcrafted modern wooden toys and children's furniture. We got this same camera for our little one and she totally loves it.

Toy Camera from Twig Creative

2. Just learning how to walk- if you don't like the corn popper walkers, this is a great alternative.

Goos Push Toy from Friendly Toys

3. For someone who loves puzzles!

Wooden Cow Puzzle from Art Gift Store

4. For a beginner reader:

Reading blocks from Quality Montessori

5. For the creative artist:

Unicorn Crayons from Ivy Lane Designs

Mens and Ladies will be coming up next... so, until, next time...

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Monday, October 20

{What I'm Currently Pinning}

Every now and then, I get sucked into the Black Hole that is Pinterest. Okay, to be truthful, Pinterest has been great in being a one stop site for getting ideas for dinner or DIY or etc.

This is what I'm currently pinning on my boards:

1. This is from How About Cookie and its gallery of lunchbox ideas. Once, the little one starts going to school or just for practice at home, I'd love to delve into creating some of these bentos.


2. For when I have long-er hair again...


3. With Halloween and Christmas around the corner, some DIY idea for decorating your front door. You can use the same instructions to create something similar for Christmas.

The Pinning Mama

4. Have to try this pot roast recipe!

You're Too Crafty

5. Pasta, pasta, pasta...

Inspired by Charm

Until then... 

Friday, October 17

SF :: Brunch and the Exploratorium

A few weekends ago was spent hanging out with two great friends, who live in the city, as well as my parents, who came up for the weekend to see the little one. It was a perfect day in the city- not too hot and not too cold. Just the perfect Goldilocks zone. 

We started the morning having brunch at Serpentine in the Dogpatch area of SF. The food was good and I'd highly recommend it. Also, just across the street is an ice cream parlor, Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous, which I give two thumbs up. The little one loves ice cream and she demolished the cookies and cream flavored ice cream that we got. After filling our stomachs with food and dessert, we made our way over to the Exploratorium, which has moved to its new location at the Embarcadero. 

Switzerland :: Baren Park & Barengraben

While in Bern for the day, we stopped by Bären Park and Bärengraben. The Bärengraben or the Bear Pit, is a tourist attraction in Bern, the capital city of Switzerland and has been around since 1857. It is located next to the River Aar near the eastern part of the old city of Bern. Bären Park, is a new addition to the bear pit, which is a larger and more natural enclosure alongside the river, which opened back in 2009. The Bärengraben is a heritage site of national significance because the bear is both the symbol of the city and its canton and is also featured on their coat of arms. 

The bear pit houses two bears and we were lucky to be able to watch them eat and walk up and down the park.