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Chalk Dust

The temps in the midwest are breaking records but that doesn’t stop school from kicking off. And as much as we enjoy the summer days which turn into late night activities, I am ready for structure. Kids crave routine, even when they don’t realize it, is my belief. With early-risers in the house, the start time for school doesn’t throw us off; however, I know it’s a time for adjustment for many.

Helping Kids Transition to a New Schedule

If you’re looking for support with this transition to school, Moomah, the online magazine, has provided a simple and useful technique, the family chalkboard. The key is to allow the children to write down their own goals within their mourning routine. By handing over the power of the chalk, kids may enjoy creating their own schedule to kick off the season, one which could potentially stick. A little chalk dust is good for any kid. 

Aside from the supply lists your school asks you to assemble, who says a parent doesn’t need a set of his or her own clever new pencils during the back to school season?

Since regular yellow Number 2’s are so yesterday, the New Black Pencil Set from Fred & Friends  will keep you on the hipster edge. Write on. (more this month on freshening up office supplies!)

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(Emmett heading off to 2nd grade!)

 Now if we could only stop time for few moments.

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With many Moms finally finding some air after a hectic end-of-school-year season, the energy output continues on with Father’s Day only 10 days away. I thought a few gift tips might be helpful. Let’s begin with cards…

Father's Day Fly Fishing Card

I’m crazy about the Fly Fishing Father’s Day card created by the Floridian folks at Rifle Paper Co

Make it! Fancy Father’s Day Card

This DIY Father’s Day Card from Moomah is pretty darn sweet and not too difficult for even me!

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Portland, OR’s Quill & Fox has created the perfect card for the coffee-loving father

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For the humorous dad, these memorable cards from local Old Tom Foolery will be appreciated

And now the treats…

These Kraft Notes from Kikkerland Design are classic, a must for any high-styling dad these days

And while you’re on their site, include a Matchstick Pen with your order for a little gift topper!  (bonus: use coupon code FATHERS13 for 20% off, order by June 9th)

Restoration Hardware ate their Smart Pills when creating the Chalkboard Door Hanger. The kids might not like this one, but Dad will. Just think, he can write out the message the night before “Start coffee machine. Watch cartoons until 8.” And all might be calm in the house just a wee bit longer…Imagine.

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A quote from the beloved Star Wars on anything will put smiles on the Brown boys’ faces especially when to comes to a Father’s Day gift idea. Thankfully, the Yoda Essential Handbook seals the deal. You can even monogram the book for free! Love.

Anti-Gravity Space Pen

And while you’re shuffling around my new favorite Owen & Fred website, why don’t you pick up an Anti-Gravity Space Pen so Dad can feel a little Neal Armstrongesque on an off…or on day.

 

BLUE FLY A6 NOTE CARDS

If Dad is like most men out there, he’s lacking in the stationery department. Why not surprise him with a handsome, engraved Blue Fly note card from Terrapin Stationers?

Or for the sailor, the Golden Nautical card set is elegant and sporty

For New York Yankees fans, this Vintage Yankee Stadium Seat Pen was created from authentic wooden seats salvaged from the stadium before ’73 when the seats turned to plastic. The disc at the top even features the original blue paint.

For the final touch, check out the latest design coming out of the USPS.

Every year over 140,000 images are sent to the USPS for consideration as a stamp. The latest Johnny Cash Forever Stamp was a standout for obvious reasons.

Of course, there is no reason anyone needs to spend a dollar on this day….

Have the kids create an IOU or coupon for projects around the home or look here for a printable Father’s Day Check like the one above.

The best gifts of all are the handwritten ones in my mind. A poem, one sentence “I love you Dad” sentiment from a child, a list of the favorite attributes of your father. After he’s loved and enjoyed on this holiday, tape the written thoughts in Dad’s medicine cabinet, frame the words for his office desk, or place them in his glove compartment. These are reminders, created by the hand and heart, of the most important part of life.

(PS – If you’re looking for even more gift ideas, check out my list from last year for inspiration.)

we love our Mothers

Mother’s Day is only two weeks away. So I thought I might share some ideas which hopefully will be passed on to the fathers, husbands or in-laws in your lives.

First off, I can’t more strongly suggest gifting your mother this Phone Pouchette from russell+hazel. I know, I know, I’m preaching technology but just listen…

phone1This has become my go-to when it comes to note taking outside of the home. And it can easily act as a purse with the interior slots for business or credit cards. Handsome and functional. And for a mother (no mention of names) who misplaces her phone from time to time, you will always know where your phone is ringing and where you last scribbled out an appointment or two.

My mother tends to subtlety “hint” at what she might like for Mother’s Day. Lucky for me, she’s in need of stationery!!! Love that kind of research.

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These Peacock Feather Pattern note cards from Michelle Brusegaard are lovely for a note to a loved one.

letter1I grew up near the Walker Art Center so my mother was known to reproduce art pieces which spoke to her (once she even painted a canvas orange and stuck a piece of toast right in the center of the painting). This lovely Mekko Note Card from MARA-MI reminds me of a piece she would have replicated.

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My mother-in-law, also a Walker fan, would easily enjoy sending these Piet Note Cards to any one of her lucky friends.

mom2I don’t know a mother who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive these Valencia Note Cards which scream spring has arrived.

(All three MARA-MI cards can be found at their flagship store in Stillwater or their sister store, russell+hazel, in Minneapolis.)

coral letterpress notecard

I’m crazy about this elegant, letterpress Coral note card from Fig & Tulip.

Here’s a little something to help send off a letter in style…

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Mad about the pig stamp from imm living. I mean, come on? I would find excuses to use this cute little Wilbur on any rainy day!

Here’s an idea. Not only surprise the mom in your life with an unexpected trip but plant the airline ticket in this handsome Traveler’s Notebook from Baum-kuchen. An unforgettable Mother’s Day gift, no doubt.

journal_akolamarketThe beautiful selection of journals from Matta are covered with archive fabrics filled with market paper. (Why not pick up a scarf before you click off the site!)

Most mothers these days have some sort of stress on their minds. You can help by gifting her a Massage Pen from Kikkerland with an actual vibrating massager at the tip! (now 20% off site-wide with coupon code MOMSDAY13)

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For the mom who likes to keep an orderly desk, the slick acrylic pen and pencil holder from Russel+Hazel makes your writing utensils look like art.

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Why not send your adult daughter a few family recipes on these copper foil recipe cards from Yellow Owl Workshop?

Sometimes a few words is all a Mother needs to receive. Which is why Shanna Murray illustrated decals is a wonderful gift for any mother figure in your life!

Of course no gift is complete without a card…

Make it! Blooming Mother’s Day Card

I love this Blooming Mother’s Day Card from Moomah. It’s a little DIY project, possibly a perfect card from a grandchild!

Rosy Blooms Mother's Day Card

Rosy Blooms from Rifle Paper

Lipstick Mother’s Day

Lipstick Mothers Day from rocket ink

I Heart Mom from Gold Teeth Brooklyn

But when it comes down to it, we feel the written expression is the most authentic and meaningful. A Mother of any form or nature will cherish this reminder of love.