A Busy Box

I like to keep a busy box on hand for afternoons when a girlfriend is in a pinch and needs to chat over tea for an (uninterrupted) hour or so. It’s simple enough; a box of craft supplies and activities the kids don’t have everyday access to – something to delight, surprise and busy them

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Holiday Cheer

For us, the holiday season often means a door wiiiiiide open (and the snowy draft to prove it). Chili bubbling on the stove, mulled wine simmering in the slow cooker, rosemary bread rising in the oven. Scents upon scents upon scents. This year, I added Plant Therapy’s Cozy for Christmas set to the rotation, and

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The Best Jeans

Cutting to the chase here: You guys. I’ve found the perfect pair of denim. Soft and stretchy but not too stretchy, wonderfully high-waisted, fabric that hugs but doesn’t tug, know what I mean? And ethically made to boot! (Or should I say boot cut?) Everlane just released their first line of stretch high-rise skinny jeans,

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Making Scents

You guys know by now I’m a firm believer in custom gifts. The more specific, the better. Once, a friend visited our home and left a 3-page haiku on the guest bed, complete with hand-drawn illustrations and (highly illegible) footnotes. We framed it that afternoon. If you’ve got a friend in your life who always

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Something to Give

I fell head over heels for Chandler, the founder behind Haiti Design Co, on my first visit there nearly 3 years ago. A whip-smart woman with boots on the ground, I was endlessly impressed by her ability to empower the women she employs in a nontraditional, holistic way. She runs her Port-au-Prince studio with grace,

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An Eco Book for Kids

Educating our kids about the importance of preserving our planet’s natural resources is never far from my mind, but finding books that strike the right tone for little ears can be a challenge. Enter The Big PickSure Book: a blend of wisdom and joy for a lighthearted, rhythmic (oh-so-empowering!) read. The premise is simple –

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Cafe Tumblers

When we visited London last year, I fell hard for the cafe tumblers in my favorite bistro. (No one ever accused me of overlooking insignificant details.) Substantial, shatterproof but totally lightweight – mine was filled to the brim with iced coffee, but I couldn’t help noticing they’d be the perfect glass for kids. I’ve been

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Pint-Sized PJs

When winter rolls in, we homebodies like to line our drawers with jams of all sorts. Bring us footies or bring us death, tis the Loechner chant. Our current favorite for the littles? California-based Sara’s Prints, a line of gently snug-fit pajamas in 100% cotton rib knit with stretch-memory cotton lining. They’re the softest things

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