My Latest Snag: Michael’s Haul.
I just bought some super cute activities and supplies from Michael’s for our craft cabinet at great prices — just a little note to self to remember to compare prices between Amazon and Michael’s, as I can almost always find things for cheaper at the latter. I specifically bought a bunch of Valentines Day card materials on sale (!), including this set, these doilies, stickers, etc — as well as some washable paint and play-doh, which are 20% off with code 20MADEBYYOU through today (1/30). I also picked up this little flamingo craft kit and this ladybug one, both under $2 and sure to be big hits at home this weekend with mini. (Also note that Michael’s now carries the very popular activity kits by Kid Made Modern and they are all 20% off today with code above! People love their craft libraries, and I am eyeing this paper doll kit and this papier mache unicorn set.
I don’t know about my fellow Magpie mamas, but I am at a stage of this pandemic and this winter where I have had to designate Tuesdays as my “Weekend Activity Planning Day” and I actually map out the activities, crafts, excursions, baking projects, etc we’ll be undertaking the upcoming weekend so I can make sure I get all the materials in time. If not, the weekends are extremely long given that it’s not really realistic for us to spend more than an hour in the park / at the playground (especially not today, as it’s supposed to feel like -5 degrees outside) and there just aren’t that many socially distanced activities to be had in Manhattan. And beyond that — I honestly need the stimulation and excitement myself, as the parent! Having activities lined up gives the weekend some structure. Anyhow, I’ve been revisiting all the activities on this list (many of which we’ve now done countless times) and am very grateful for the Kiwi crate subscription my mother bought for Emory for Christmas. She loves these sets! I’m actually eyeing one for Hill, too — hadn’t realize they carried kits for such a young age! Strongly recommend.
P.S. If you’re in dire straits, consider overnighting one of the great, “slow-burn” toys on this list.
You’re Sooooo Popular: The White Blouse.
The most popular items on le blog this week:
+This ultra-chic white blouse from ALC, marked down to under $120 (orig almost $300!)
+My new sneakers! I absolutely love this style for running. My third pair!
+Chic woven bowl for citrus, or just for decor on a shelf.
+Well-priced leotard/ballet skirt combo for a little one in really good colors.
+Sweet $15 floral top for a little (pair with white or pink leggings for an easy spring look).
Weekend Musings: Terms of Endearment.
Which are your favorite terms of endearment? Which make you shudder? Or do you universally spurn them as too saccharine? Tell me in the comments section!
For some reason, Mr. Magpie and I have always hated the term “babe” for one another. We only ever use it ironically, with a surfer dude intonation: “Uh, hey, babe [pronounced “beb”], can you pass me the wine?” It’s odd because we’ve probably used every other term of endearment on the planet, plus weird and sickening variations of them, at some point in our long relationship with one another. One of the few I can’t claim to have tried: “pet.” When I was growing up, my best friend was Australian and her parents used to call one another “pet” in their thick Aussie accents. I remember peering at them from the corner of the kitchen in mild confusion. I can’t say I could ever pull that one off…
My favorite? When we were first dating, Mr. Magpie called me “baby” and — ! Let’s just say I drew from personal experience when I wrote about how that term made Caroline feel when Powell used it for her.
What about you?
P.S. If you’re new here, my M Series of blog posts are among my most popular, and the chronicle my love story with my husband.
Post-Scripts: Jayson Home Sale.
+Over the years, we have invested in a number of pieces of furniture and decor at Jayson Home. Their annual sale ends tomorrow, and it is a fantastic time to score some exceptionally well-made and unique pieces for your home. We have and love this deep and stately couch (in a different colorway); this vintage coffee table is amazing; and I love this runner for an entryway.
+People rave about these washable silk pajamas. I love them in the navy!
+Meanwhile, I wore this Rhode dress (in a different print) for Mr. Magpie’s birthday and it is now marked down to under $100 (orig $495!)
+Intrigued by this fancy smoked albacore tuna as an upgrade to my next batch of tuna salad.
+Speaking of striped dresses, I keep coming back to this Lacoste style. It has a great vintage vibe to it — I imagine pairing it with my Hermes Orans or Supergas this summer…
+This sweatshirt is just so chic.
+If you’re still loving the exaggerated collar (I am!), get in on this denim action before it sells out!
+These sunglasses are so cool. If you’ve been a follower for awhile, you know I am obsessed with this brand for sunglasses — they have the greatest styles that look luxury designer but cost under $100.
+Ugh. I keep wanting to buy warmer weather items, but it is cold around here. Maybe a fun new knit like this ($25 and a great shade of gray/blue) will perk me up.