Month: December 2018

Hay Stack Fun


Haystacks on my brother, Max’s North Dakota ranch captured our daughter, Parker’s attention this holiday season.


In a day and age when technology doesn’t give kids an opportunity to experience boredom, a stack of cattle feed captured and held Parker's attention for hours.

In a day and age when technology doesn’t give kids an opportunity to experience boredom, a stack of cattle feed captured and held Parker’s attention for hours.

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Favorite Gift Finds of 2018

For years, my go-to spots for gifts have been antique stores, rummage sales and thrift shops. This year, my best finds have been discovered at church rummage sales. In fact, all the items displayed below were discovered during the annual First Lutheran Church Holiday Bazaar.

Knickknacks of LifeThis year, one of my favorite finds is for a close friend who favors Scandinavian Christmas décor. It is a beautiful Scandinavian-inspired, Christmas centerpiece. The note taped to the wax envelope protecting the Scherenschnitte art (German for scissor-cut), indicates that it was created in 1985. It looks like it has never been displayed. I cannot wait to see how my friend incorporates it into her holiday décor.

My mom has an affinity for blue glass. And, now that she’s an empty nester, she has blue glass displayedKnickKnacks of Life by Lura Rotithroughout her 1930s bungalow (to be enjoyed out of reach of grandchildren). Recently, she asked a friend to help her install glass shelves across the dining room windows so that the sun can backlight some of her favorite pieces. This is a display technique she got from her grandma.

To celebrate my 40th birthday, the three of us are going to pack up our 1958 canned ham and hit the road. During our road trip, we plan to take in the Grand Canyon, Moab National Park and then hit the Pacific Coast highway – camping in a few other national parks along the way. So, when I saw this kid-friendly atlas, I thought of Parker, our 7-year-old daughter.

Christmas books are one of my favorite holiday traditions. Passed on to me by my cousin, each year on Dec. 1, Parker gets to unwrap her Christmas PJ’s as well as a new Christmas book. This year, the book happens to be a coloring book!

Then, each morning, when she finds her Elf on the Shelf, she also discovers a wrapped Christmas book, which we read during breakfast. It’s a fun way to rediscover our many Christmas books!

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Now, I’ve shared my favorite finds with you – what are your favorite finds? Please share.

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