holiday gift guide: toys around the world

Can it really be time for Holiday Gift Guides already? We love this part of the holidays, and are so glad you do too! We’ve collected beautiful and meaningful items for everyone on your list! As many cool ideas and items come through the States, we can’t help but highlight the ones we’ve seen from all around the world.
holiday gift guide: toys around the world

1. We fell in love with Flat Out Frankie a couple of years ago, but now you don’t have to shop via New Zealand anymore! Amazon to the rescue, we love the Flatout Frankie Little Kitchen.

2. This tiny German piano is so vibrant and would make such a beautiful addition under the tree.

3. This is another Japanese company discovered this year, the Woody Puddy Fruit and Vegetables are definitely not a new idea, but we love that their magnetic (versus velcro like others we’ve tried) so it’s really easy for little hands to separate.

4. No one can question that Scandinavian companies have a leg up on design, this Playsam company has been around longer than we’ve been born, and the classic design shows. This Streamline Car is a great representation of that.

5. These super cool, illustrated animals are a printable that you can assemble at home! Via the United Kingdom.

6. We love these fold-out cities with coordinating landmark blocks. Such a great way to teach our kids about cities from around the world! Kiko+ Machi Paris Play Set and London (pictured) via Japan.

7. Our kids love to play memory games, but finding a beautiful game that appeals to our design aesthetic has been tricky! Slow claps for this OMM Design version from Sweden.

8. Have you all discovered Grimm’s toys? These German toys are modeled after natural elements like Fire, Waves, and Caves are not only beautiful to display, but great for learning to build, stack, balance, and more!

9. These Danish plush bowlers are a fun Christmas feeling toy that can be played year round.
To our International readers, what toy or toy companies would you add to the list? Find last year’s Gift Guides, here!

Live In Legging: SALE!

Remember our Little Black Legging Giveaway that went nuts?! Well our #1 pick for fit was the Zella Live in Legging and it’s ON SALE! This NEVER happens! We’ve rounded up our favorite pairs for you to shop for 25% off! Happy Weekend!

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FRYday : Nicole

We hope you’ve enjoyed a peek into our beauty routines, find Emily and Jenna‘s here and here. But, here are my picks!

First and foremost, my beauty go-to tip is SLEEP! As a mom, I don’t always get in the hours I need. But boy, when I do, there isn’t enough makeup in the world to make me look and feel that refreshed. I am not a night owl, so getting myself into bed at a decent hour isn’t hard. Get those 8 hours! I even push for 10 if my kids will allow it.
Okay one more thing before we move into products. Every morning after the shower and every night before bed, I slip into this robe. Before I wash or brush or drench my hair in oil, I slick it back into a bun, put on my white robe, and forget about the tornado of a day I just had, and give myself a few minutes to feel beautiful. You can find white robes almost anywhere. Ikea even has some now! But this one is my very favorite.
 Back to the hair oil… Once a week I drench my hair in this Heavenly oil,
wrap it up into a top knot and let it nourish my hair through the night. After I wash the next morning with the Moroccan Oil Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner, my brittle dry Utah air hair feels like I live in Hawaii.
 This Korres Wild Rose Cream is my day cream. I apply this super generously. My skin is DRY as a bone and needs all the help it can get to stay moisturized. This cream smells like rose petals and has saved my skin. It helps my foundation go on super smooth.
 Again, Korres to the rescue. This Sleeping Facial is what I sleep in. This night facial while smelling like roses (again) nourishes my skin all night with Vitamin C and I love the bright fresh face I wake up with in the morning.
LIP SCRUB! This is a new found obsession. I try not to do it morning and night, because I’m so in love with it. I would assume it’s best to just use once a day. It makes my lips feel fresh and plump before I apply lipstick for the day or a moisturizing balm for the night.
Because black is always my go to nail color, here is my fave.
This color is my jam. I am not a red girl, and not a pink girl. So this orange “Cherie” has proven to be just my thing.
If you arent on the Cashmere Mist train yet, it’s time you jump aboard. I think everyone I know has fallen in love with this piece of Heaven. It’s a rockstar in doing its job as a deodorant, and it leaves you and your clothing smelling DIVINE.
This body scrub! I don’t have words. My skin feels like silk every time I shower. Just be sure and generously apply your favorite body cream following. Leave your skin slightly damp to lock in moisture!

nununu [giveaway!]

We’ve got an awesome giveaway for you today with one of our favorite brands for kids, Nununu! Check out our last post about them here (and our big boys looking like babies.) We love their ultra cozy and cool line. Everything has enough style to wear to a play date or school but comfortable enough to sleep in. We love how each piece in the line goes together and is fairly unisex, so they’re great pieces to build a wardrobe with  and share with siblings!

Here’s some of our favorites, but one lucky winner gets a $250 credit for the items of your choice!



The Square Patch Pull-over for cold days // Geometric Shift for your little lady // A Metallic Pull-over for your Little Personality // Star Leggings //  “No!” Onesie to celebrate your two year olds favorite word // Circle Patch Playsuit for the little guys // A French Terry Jacket with a cool slanted zipper

What pieces are catching your eye? Enter below, and good luck!!

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LittleList app

Brought to you by Pinwheel, formerly known as LittleList.

We were getting ready to launch our Gift Guide series for this holiday season when we learned about the LittleList app and wanted to share it with you guys! We think it will make gift giving such a breeze this year. Pinwheel is a gift wishlist brought to you by BabyList, a universal baby registry that lets you register for exactly what you want from the retailer of your choice – including your favorite local or independent shops (like Etsy). So many of the moms who used the registry for their baby showers were also using it make birthday and holiday list too! So that’s when Pinwheel was born!LittleList Christmas Registry

Just like a baby gift registry, Pinwheel let’s you create a gift wish list by adding items from any store. It even offers suggestions for what to add based on your childs age and interest – we found this part so helpful! They have categories for just about everything and if you don’t feel like searching the web, their suggestions are very well curated. To be honest, their suggestions might be a little dangerous because they’re all so amazing! Once you create the list anytime a grandparent or loved one asks “What does ____ want for Christmas” you can make it so easy and show them. Then they can reserve what items they want to give making sure that there aren’t any duplicates.

LittleList Christmas Registry

We’ve also found this app incredibly helpful as we start thinking and planning out what we want to buy the boys for Christmas, too! Have you ever gotten to the end of a Holiday season and realized you went way overboard? Shiny things caught your eye and before you know it you’ve over spent. We love that you can keep track of what you actually want to give this year and keep that focus that can be hard without something to organize for you!

At first we were hesitant about this app, would we really want to answer the question “What do they want?” with a giant list? But coming from a gift-giving perspective, it’s hard to think of something a child will want, need, read, or wear without asking the parents first.  It’s frustrating when gifts need to be returned, or when kids end up with lots of things they don’t really need (and parent’s don’t want in the house), less waste is always what we aim for and this is so helpful!

You can check out what we’ve picked for our own lists if you’d like to see how it works and get ideas!

For Hayes / For Dash / For Quinn