Preparing for Winter – more blankets!

Preparing for Winter –  more blankets!

While I cannot claim the all out hardiness that our some of our snow blessed neighbors to the north can (Buffalo and Chicago, I do mean you), I did grow up in New England so I know how to prepare for winter. I know when to bring out the mittens and snow pants and when to wash them to put them away (not before April or you risk a spring snowstorm and it will be your fault (like my Red Sox superstitions which are true, too), it is a certainty that if you wash the winter stuff to early, you will actually cause a storm. so be a lamb and don’t.

Obviously you need good gear – waterproof mittens are the best – I like REI (and their outlet) for great last season deals (frugal, you know) and in addition to the scraper, and salt or sand in your car (and a small shovel if you can deal with the thought of actually having to use it) you should have jumper cables (even though I currently don’t), and car blankets. like lap blankets for a sleigh ride but better.

We use these to warm up when the car isn’t warm enough (no garage) and have ever since my kids were in car seats. I still have two oldish small baby blankets but recently decided to up my game (they are teenagers and have outgrown the baby blankets) and started shopping for cute blankets and got distracted by all the great choices. And I decided that the car wasn’t the only place I needed new blankets. I found some sweet fleece blankets from Wayfair.com – Check out the gorgeous fleece and microfiber blankets and throws.

And since I am no where near ready for the holidays, I went shopping at not one, but two shops at house parties tonight, one was a Holiday Shop by local artists and the other was at the fabulous (and newly opened) Senseandhumor.com, I got some gifts there and some maybe something for me, too. More than maybe. Go to the website for better pics, I was shopping and enjoying snacks and taking pictures at the same time…that’s my excuse anyway.

Looks like I have some holiday shopping all wrapped up!

Back to Basics – Day 6 of the 12 Days of Shopping – Going Low Tech

It has been a long two weeks. I have been stashing catalogs where ever I could hide them before my husband throws them out. I wanted them for this series of posts and my own personal use… Hmmm…perhaps that explains the immediacy with which these are normally dispatched into the recycling bin.

Alphabet Pillow from Uncommon Goods on Capability Mom blog's 12 days of shopping
Alphabet Pillow from Uncommon Goods

My assignment, go low-tech (Pragmatic Mom has the high tech gifts covered). These are my favorite low, and I mean low, tech gifts (thus the old school catalog finds).

I love the Uncommon Goods catalog – super cute and cool gifts in a great range of prices. Anything from Periodic Table of Elements Blocks for your budding science genius to door mats made out of flip flops or lobster rope.

Arts and Letters:


Paper Source's Unravels Pencils

For all ages:  Art Supplies like paper and colored pencils or journal and nice pen, books, wooden toys (yes, for all ages).

Green Planet Kids is a Newton store with a great selection of back-to-basic toys and there are these oh-so cool stocking stuffers from Paper Source (love these peel-y pencils).

Back to Basics: Homemade treats, prettily packaged, with recipe attached, maybe some clove fruit from Pragmatic Mom, little handmade lavender sachets (you can buy lavender in bulk and fill fabric squares with it, so nice), special keepsake ornaments (we give my mom one every year) or a The Hanukah Candle Kit.

Love You More Pillow - Paper Source


Cozy Comforts:

Cashmere socks, scarves or sweater, mittens, a favorite team sweatshirt or baseball cap, yoga or fitness gear, fleece from Northface for that particular teen, a Snuggie (I caved and bought these last year!)


C is for Chocolate – always! Get some sweet Lindt truffles and put them in a pretty container. Last year I found a template on Martha Stewart’s site for turning a candy bar into a Santa.

Books are a basic and always welcome (even if you know only one book the child has liked, a good bookstore or librarian can give you many more suggestions).

If you are looking for year round reading for kids, I really like the publications from Cricket MagazineMuse for ages 9-14 years and Babybug, Ladybug, and  Cricket for younger children. I also love Stone Soup for the tween age, too.

Upcycled Pom Hat
Upcycled Pom Hat - Uncommon Goods

The 12 Days of Shopping

I will be posting The 12 Days of Shopping jointly with Capability:Mom. Please visit her blog to see the other half of each post.

Dec 1: Make Your Own Gifts GRANOLA, Amazing Granola from Nigella Lawson versus Amazing Granola Bars from The Barefoot Contessa

 Dec 2: Kids Make Gifts CRAFT (ModPodge versus Clove Fruit)

 Dec 3: Personalized Gifts (Fancy Address Stampers versus Pretty Papers Giveaway)

 Dec 4:  Father-in-Law/Dad and Mother-in-Law/Mom

 Dec 5Tutors/Teachers

 Dec 6High Tech/Low Tech

 Dec 7Hostess/Doing Good and Getting Something

 Dec 8: Sanitation Engineers, Mail Carriers, Hairdresser, Delivery People, Babysitter, Cleaning People, Dog Walker/Dog Trainer, etc. (a.k.a. who else did I forget?)

 Dec 9: Husband, Me (Our Own Wacko List)Capability:Mom Husband/Wife

 Dec 10:  Dog/Cat

 Dec 11: Quick Gifts from Whole Foods versus Gourmet Food Store

 Dec 12: ‘Cause I Am So Together,  Last Minute Home Made Gifts:  Cookies Personalized Holiday Tags

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