This week's top links include Valentine DIY projects and gifts for kids.

It’s interesting to note that 2016 has so far been a very calm, slow, kind year to me. I can only cross my fingers that it continues. The best parts about this week are little things that turn out to make a big difference towards getting to that calm, peaceful feeling. I’ve started meditating with an awesome app called Headspace (I signed up with the membership plan, but the first 10 days are free!) and last night I finally got back to a yoga class! Now, let’s just hope I can continue this momentum throughout the year. I’m not going to call these things New Year’s Resolutions because I don’t want to jinx them! How about you? I hope your 2016 has been kind so far.

Meanwhile, round about the internet this week:

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worth 1000 words: adding your crown

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I’m going to put on a paper crown and smile just as big today – wanna join me? Illustration from Lao Studio.

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you can grow a mermaid tail in no time

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One of the silliest – and enjoyable – gifts Birdie received over the Holidays was the ability to turn into a mermaid whenever she feels like it! It’s easier than drinking a magic potion or singing like the Little Mermaid. All you need is a Blankie Tail. Available in different colors and made of the […]

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make it: smallful valentines just for you

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Ah, the month of lurve! It’s here, and I’ve got you covered. I have new Valentines ready and waiting for you over at Smallful! Heart Thief Valentines:: The Heart Thief Valentines come in a pack of 4, perfect to cut out and give to classmates and best friends. “You stole my heart! But I’ll let you […]

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your pals barry, wilby, chloe, ralph …

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It was one of those wonderful weekends where I actually felt good at the end of it, like I’d accomplished something. Even though, to be frank, it really wasn’t much at all. Just living life. So, to be honest, I don’t have a lot of words for you today – I’m still basking the glow […]

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round about: balloon clouds & barbie hips

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It has been a slow, introspective kind of week around here. Which I have to say, was so well-deserved. I’m in between big deadlines, and had time to finish up some long overdue things. Plus, there are new Valentines over at Smallful – but don’t worry, I’ll share those with you next week! In the […]

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worth 1000 words: well coifed sunshine

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With all the cloudy weather we’re having, it’s obvious the sun hasn’t been combing it’s rays. See more illustrations from Lim Heng Swee.

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cat rabbit or pineapple on your shirt?

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I’ve always loved Catbird Plush for their totally unique stuffed animals. But today I realized they have something else just as cute: brooches. You know what brooches are perfect for? Valentine gifts. Seriously, you want something small, special, unique, and sweet. Cat Rabbit Plush’s pins fit that description and then some! Each one is made to […]

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pompoms and blankets go beyond cute

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PIck a subtle, sophisticated palette, throw in some pops of super on-trend color, and maybe a tribal print. What do you get? The perfect hipster baby gift. Each handmade cotton/wool blend blanket from Little Louise NYC is the perfect size for strollers, with beautiful wool pom poms giving a little flounce around the edges. The […]

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round about: anatomical hearts & modern campers

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This week flew by in a haze of the usual flotsam and jetsam of life. Not much happened really, and yet each day was full of stuff. You know how it goes: life is in the little things, right? That’s what this week was – one big bowl of little things. So though I don’t have […]

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worth 1000 words: into the deep

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While researching animals for a project, I stumbled onto these amazing creatures: the perfect inspiration. Illustrations by Tracy Walker.

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wooden toys you might never expect

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I can’t believe I’m doing this, but apparently I need to share a nother post about wooden toys at Target. It seems to me wooden toys are finally hitting the mainstream – at least in Target’s eyes. Well, Target and Fisher-Price both believe in the importance of wood toys, apparently! Check out this new collaborationL Fisher-Price […]

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origami playhouse

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I saw a T-shirt the other day that fits my Monday mornings almost perfectly: it said “I can’t adult today”. Anyone with me? Let’s go hide out in Origanid’s French Playhouse. You bring the hot cocoa, I’ll bring the pillows and blankets. Seriously, if the cost wasn’t quite so splurge-worthy, I’d probably be ordering one […]

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round about: cookie parties and valentines

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Every January when I finally feel like I’ve recovered from the Holidays I look around and realize Valentine’s Day is suddenly just around the corner. At least, the stores and websites would all have me believe it! And I definitely feel behind over at Smallful – I’ve got to get some new stuff going asap! […]

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worth 1000 words: inaluxe

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A little color, a little black, a lot of mid mod perfect. I’ll take this one for my office please. See more prints from Inaluxe.

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