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I thought it was appropriate to have my final weekly photo of my kids on the final day of the year – that was a fast one! At dinner last night we talked about what New Year’s Eve is and what our favorite memories of 2015 were. And when asked what she’s most excited about for 2016? Z said fireworks. =)

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She and I are both obsessed with our new chalkboard pens and chalkboard strip on the basement door.

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He is obsessed with his age appropriate race track (actually we all are!).

 

It was such a good year! I hope you enjoyed my weekly photos, I am debating whether or not to do it again in 2016…

Handmade Valentine’s Day Cards Class – Sign Up Now!

I am teaching a craft class Wednesday, February 3rd to make beautiful, handmade Valentine’s Day Cards – SIGN UP NOW! If ever there was a holiday to spend time and effort to hand-make a card for your loved one, Valentine’s Day is it! Read the catalog description of the class below.

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Keepsake Valentine’s Day Card Class: Legend has it that the practice of sending Valentine’s Day cards began in this country when a Mt. Holyoke College student received one such card from her beau in England. The daughter of a stationery manufacturer, she convinced her father of the business potential behind this idea. Thus, the Valentine’s Day card was born! Come join Jess for an evening of handmade heartfelt fun. Using rubber stamps, embossing powder, paper punches, decorative tape, and more, you will create at least two one-of-a-kind cards that express your creativity. Once you learn how simple and rewarding it is to make your own cards, you’ll never again settle for store-bought. This class is ideal for friends and adult/child pairs. Please bring scissors suitable for cutting paper; tuition includes a $10 materials fee.

Gingerbread Saturday

Gingerbread men have been a major discussion point this Christmas season. They focus on gingerbread at Z’s school because it seems as though gingerbread men are a safe, non-specific holiday theme that everyone can enjoy no matter what holiday you celebrate. They’ve made gingerbread men, read books about them, craft projects, you name it. So when I heard that the Cottage in Chestnut Hill was hosting a gingerbread breakfast this past weekend I thought it would be fun to make a whole day of it. And I took a few photos so I could share here!

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The breakfast was cute – breakfast buffet, hot chocolate with marshmallows for the kids, and treats to take home in goody bags.

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There was a station to decorate your own gingerbread man cookie…

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…which seemed to be the highlight for the kids.

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The photo booth area with the gingerbread man was adorable, although the guy in the costume made the gingerbread look angry and melting.

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Then we hopped in the car and drove into Boston. Our first stop was to the Taj to see their Boston Tea Party scene that was made completely out of gingerbread. It was awesome! They even had the boxes of tea “floating” in the water.

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Impressive.

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Our last stop was the Boston Public Library and their new children’s wing, which was so fun – big, a nice play area, tons of books, and a really fun stage area with huge window overlooking Exeter Street.

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We found some gingerbread books to read, played, and called it a day. Fun!

Exciting News (New Job!)

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I like to get dressed. And, even more so, I like to get my kids dressed. So, as it were, when I saw a job posted on a moms group I follow on Facebook to be a stylist for Mac & Mia, I thought – that is for ME! Mac & Mia is a clothing delivery service for children ages 0 to 6 (much like Stitch Fix, if you’re familiar). You give me details about your kids (she hates red and will only wear dresses and skirts, for example) and I fill a box of 8 to 10 clothing pieces and send them to you. You look them over, try them on your child, keep and pay for what you like, and send back the rest. Easy! Convenient! And oh so fun for me!

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It’s a part-time, work from home job which makes it even that much more appealing and the only way it would work with our little family right now.

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Mac & Mia has tons of clothing brands I work with to find just the right pieces for your little ones. Some favorite brands like JoJo Maman Bebe and Hatley. Some new to me brands like Angel Dear (for babies, SO cute). And of course they’re all fun brands like Pink Chicken.

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So…that’s what’s new, it was time I shared! If you’re interested in signing up and learning more you can use my direct link for Mac & Mia here. Or my stylist code is JessJ.

12 Days of Christmas Tops, day 12

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12 Days of Christmas Tops, day 12: On the 12th day of Christmas tops (ok, it’s the 14th but oh well) I present to you a simple but perfect top – the Sleeveless swing peplum top from Vineyard Vines. It’s so cute, so versatile, so seasonless. I hope You’ve enjoyed my little series of 12 Days of Christmas Tops, I had fun putting it together! Check out all of the 12 Days of Christmas Tops.