Things I Love – May

skateboarding oranges are the cutest //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comWhere the heck did May go?  For real.  How can it almost be summer?  Nothing says summer like little skateboarding oranges, right? 

Voluspa candles make my nose happy.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comLauren got me totally addicted to these Voluspa candles.  This Ambre Lumiere flavor is SO good!  I want these all over my house. [Read more...]

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Great Kids Book About Abe Lincoln by Brad Meltzer

A fantastic book about Abe Lincoln written for kids by Brad MeltzerHappy Birthday, presidents!  Your kids are probably home today.  Your husband may even be home.  Because some pretty cool men were born a long time ago.  I really like presidents.  I’m not 100% sure why.  I think it might have something to do with the fact that it the most pomp and circumstance our country has.  I also think it is super interesting that people get so crazy about politics and certain presidents in particular.  Presidents are human beings, who make mistakes just like us.  They have families and friends and hobbies and interests.  And some are known for doing GREAT things.  Abraham Lincoln and George Washington are two of my faves.  That Lincoln was a stylish figure and George had curls for days.  I will generally stop to check out anything presidential themed.  So color me happy when I spied this ‘I am Abraham Lincoln‘ book at Target.  The moment I spotted the book I thought about not really knowing why I like Abraham Lincoln so much and I wondered what they say about him to the kids at school.  But I digress.  This book is freaking amazing. You MUST get it for your kids.

slavery is dumb.  thank goodness for abe lincoln.First off, Brad Meltzer is a legit writer.  But from the day his son was born, he knew that he wanted to share people he considered heroes with him at an early age.  Read more about his “Heroes for my Son” book here.  I believe this book was born out of that. These books show these important historical figures as young people not when they were famous.  This really helps the kid to connect with the amazing characteristics these exceptional people possessed.  The focus is also on ordinary people changing the world.  YES!  Let’s get our kids to know that they can make a difference!  The drawings are great, the writing is great and Abe Lincoln was great.  I read the book, standing in Target and knew I had to bring it home for my boys to read.  Abe truly stood up for what he believed in and stood out for fighting for the rights of others.  This book discusses that and shows great character.  All written in a way that children can easily understand.  And if they can’t, it is a great starting point for a family discussion.

Happy birthday Abe Lincoln.  And thank you! This book makes me so happy.  And we’ve read it several nights.  I am so glad I feel like I know a little bit more about this fine president.

other great kids books by brad meltzer about heroes.Turns out Brad Meltzer has written a few other books that I am sure are equally amazing.  I would love to pick these up as well.  Have you run across these?  I encourage you to pick these up and even think of donating these to your school library.  They are absolutely fantastic.

You can order the book here

December Loves

mozza newport beachSorry for the terrible iPhone pic, but we tried out a new restaurant a few weeks ago and it was AMAZING!  If you are in Orange County and haven’t tried Pizzeria Mozza yet, you HAVE to.  It was phenomenal.  We tried a bunch of different things and all of it was perfection.  And this cocktail, the Holiday Garland I think it was called, was sensational!  A spiced cranberry reduction with bourbon and a cranberry gelee garnish.  FTW!  I had 3 of them!  3!! I never have three cocktails when I’m out.  And I was able to walk myself out so they may have been light on the liquor.  Or my belly was THAT full of delicious yumminess.  We also spotted a celeb chef eating there.  That is always a good sign.

k-and-i-at-microsoft-p.s.-i-made-this-partyKristin and I attended a party thrown by Microsoft hosted by Erica of P.S. I Made This to showcase holiday gift DIYS that can be done with their products.  We got to take home these awesome plastic ornaments that were printed on a 3D printer! (image via Getty Images for Microsoft)

fresh-paint-custom-wrapping-paperWe also got to create our own wrapping paper.  Using the Fresh Paint program, Kristin drew a Christmas tree pattern and then it was printed out for her!  SO cool!  I’m dying to play with Fresh Paint some more.

custom-thank-you-noteIt is rare that a company sends out a thank you note after working with you on a project.  It makes sense, you sometimes are working with a PR company and not the actual brand.  And some of their campaigns include a huge number of bloggers.  But I got this thank you note from Chinet (remember this post?) and thought it was super cool.  Not only was the message very nice but it was personalized with the name of my blog right on the front.  I thought it was a really nice touch.

abe-lincoln-sweatshirtYou all know that I love U.S. President’s right?  I saw a girl wearing this sweatshirt when we were at Disneyland and I almost stopped her to ask her where it was from.  I googled it once we got home and found out it was from Forever 21 (says no longer available but they have this version too)!  Sold!  It’s my fave.

hooray-cake-topperI can’t wait to use this cake topper from Little Cat Design Co. available at Sweet and Saucy Shop!  My youngest is turning 5 a few days after Christmas and this will be coolin’ out on top of his cake.  They come in a bunch of colors and phrases and if you live in Orange County, you can order over the phone/email and then pick it up in one of their stores (I went to the Newport Beach location).  That way you save on shipping AND since you are in the bakery, you might as well pick yourself up some delightful treats.

What did you love  this month?