Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wishing all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I am taking a short break to spend time with my family and will be back in the New Year!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The right idea....

I am pretty sure these two are not stressing about getting everything done in time for Christmas. They do this often and every time it makes me smile.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Naughty or Nice?

Have you been Naughty or Nice this year?

Isn't this mug cute? I got it at Pier1 and the other side says Naughty.

Friday, December 17, 2010

The To Do List...

Christmas tree up... check
Christmas presents purchased...well most
Christmas cookies baked....not yet

What is still on your to do list?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

You Capture: Get outside

Last weekend we attended Holiday Nights at The Henry Ford. The weather was perfect for strolling through The Henry Ford. It was packed with Christmas cheer so if you weren't already in the Christmas spirit you would be now. That night the snow started falling and the next day we had our first big snow of the season. It made for a perfect night. I still can't believe Christmas is next week! Are you ready yet? I am not I still have so much on my to do list.


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Ready to ship...

A few of my bestsellers are available and ready to ship just in time for Christmas. I made some extras a while back for those last minute shoppers. There are just a few in each available so once they are gone they won't be available until after the new year. Happy Shopping and you can find them HERE.

Monday, December 13, 2010

I need a cat nap...

Things have been so busy and I really wish I could take a nap like this, but the only one getting naps is our kitty. I am in the home stretch of working on holiday orders and am really looking forward to things slowing down a bit and soaking up some family time. Sometimes I wish I was a cat.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Santa is scary....

Will has always been afraid of Santa but each year he is a little less afraid. This year he actually smiled for the picture. We didn't intend on seeing Santa but when there wasn't a line at our local museum we seized the opportunity. I am a bit disappointed that Will wasn't dressed up but he does have his favorite shirt on. I am pleased that Santa told him to brush his teeth, clean up after himself and listen to his Mom and Dad. All I need to do is remind him of our visit with Santa when he starts to protest and it stops, I will take this as long as I can!

Are you kiddos scared of Santa?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


I collect nutcrackers and right now I have 37. One day I would like to get a really large one like the one below. What do you collect?

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Aurora Plush for the kiddo on your holiday list!

I don't know about you but I find all of Aurora's plush are simply adorable. I have featured their plush many times and think they make the perfect gift for any kiddo big or small on your holiday list. Let me introduce you to just a select few that I think are sure to please.

Cheeky Charlie™ & Carmen™

These little monkeys are loaded with personality, lovable smiles and signature banana in the tail. Cheeky Charlie™& Carmen™ have three newer styles in the line also which include Cheeky Charlie “Rock Star” which features Charlie with a Mohawk, Cheeky Charlie Zoo Keeper, Wrangler Cheeky Charlie, and Carmen “BFF” are some other top items in the line. Each monkey’s Velcro hands make “hanging out” easy! Ages three and up. All “14.5 inch” Cheeky Charlie & Carmen styles retail with a suggested price of $17. Visit Aurora online HERE.

Now for the little rocker in your life, meet Aurora Retro!

Aurora’s international toy phenomenon YooHoo & Friends™ aims to please kids and collectors with the release of super-hip YooHoo & Friends dressed in 60s, 70s and 80s retro styles. The collection is fashioned after some of the most famous pop culture icons of those decades (think Elvis, Madonna, Travolta from Saturday Night Fever etc.). The medium sized, five inch “retro” YooHoo & Friends are available in seven styles including 70s Love, Punk Rocker, Pop Singer, Vegas, Flash Dancer, British Rocker and Disco Dancer. The larger, eight inch versions include Punk Rocker, 70s Love, Flash Dancer and Pop Singer. Both sizes make sounds when squeezed (MSRP: medium-$8.99, large-$14.99) you can find them online HERE.

You can also find Aurora plush at most fine gift shops. Happy shopping friends!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

You Capture: Kindred

If you look at this tree really closely you will see that there are initials carved all over the place, they are even around the back side. It symbolizes past, present and future loves and there is surely something kindred about it.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Giveaway: Nestle Holiday Gift Pack

Hooray a GIVEAWAY FROM NESTLE!!! This giveaway will help you kick off the holidays. NESTLÉ Family wants to help you and your family with your holiday preparations by providing you with all the products to help with your holiday needs. The giveaway prize will include:

A copy of the newly released cookbook, Southern Plate: Classic Comfort Food That Makes Everyone Feel Like Family, from Christy Jordan, blogger at It will also include a mix of free coupons from CARNATION® Evaporated Milk, TOLL HOUSE® Morsels, TOLL HOUSE® Refrigerated Cookie Dough, JUICY JUICE® and STOUFFER’S® for those nights when you don’t feel like cooking.

The cookbook alone is simply fabulous and there are so many delicious recipes to try! Would you like to enter?

One lucky reader will win this fabulous gift pack.

To enter:

Main entry: Leave a comment and tell me your favorite comfort food.

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Contest will run until December 10th at 11:59 pm EST. Please leave a valid email address for notification if your blog does not link back to you. Once the winner is selected you will have 48 hrs to respond otherwise a new winner will be chosen. Contest open to US Residents only. Good luck! I received this gift pack from Nestle.

Monday, November 29, 2010

I {heart} Kraft paper!

I purchased a huge roll of kraft paper HERE and we have been having so much fun with it. At the last two family get togethers I torn off a huge piece and covered our dining room table and had Will help me decorate it and then when the other kids arrived they joined in the fun too. The best part is it is cheap! We have been using it to paint on, color and I am thinking we could decorate it and then use it to wrap presents. Who doesn't like to doodle?

Friday, November 26, 2010

Let the shopping begin!

I can hardly believe the holidays are just around the corner! We have so many items for just about everyone on your list and hope to make your gift giving easy! We have special Mommy necklaces, something for Dad, a few things for that special teacher on your list a special necklace for Grandma, and for the teen that is so hard to buy for. We are sure you will find the perfect gift!

Please enjoy 10% off until Novemeber 30th, just enter DOLCE10 to receive your discount.

Happy Shopping friends!

La Dolce Vita

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing all a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.
May we all give thanks for our many blessings.