Carved Wood Side Table

I was a big fan of this coffee table when it came out and I wrote about it here, but I decided it was too low (and potentially tippy) for our living room. The new side table version, however?

It may just be perfect next to the crazy floral chair. I still love the little table that we have there, but it’s too spindly (and tippy!), and I’ve been looking for something with more presence. I think I have some store credit too which, as we all know, is essentially free money. (Never mind that I did actually spend that money once upon a time.)

What do you think?

Happy New Year!

We had beautiful weather over the weekend, with highs in the mid-forties, so we decided to see the Zoo Lights at Brookfield this year. August is sick, so Brandon stayed home with him, but my Uncle Ray was able to join me and Eleanor. Brookfield Zoo bills themselves as having the largest light display in Chicagoland and after having visited, I don’t doubt it.

The wind was chilly, but we popped in to some of the indoor exhibits to warm up every so often. Then Eleanor rode the carousel before leaving, and everyone ended the ride with a joyous exclamation of “Happy Zoo Year!”

It must be odd as the ride operator, having to shout that hundreds of times in an evening. It made our ride feel special though, which was appreciated… Especially after waiting in line, realizing I had to get in a different line to buy tickets, and then waiting in line again with tickets in hand. Happy Zoo Year, indeed.

But then hey, we did get our photo taken with some furries. So there’s that.

Happy new year!

Honor Roll

I’ve had a productive week! I made good progress on my redesign, and I’m going to work with an illustrator for a couple of elements on the new site. It’s also been a nice time to reflect on all that has happened in 2011. I’ll have a couple of recaps for you when I’m back next week, but first, some fun links to take you through the new year!

Sometimes I come across something so cute/sweet/charming/funny/pretty/inspiring/lovely that I just want to share it with you.  These are the things that have made my  honor roll.

I also write daily for Babble’s Family Style blog. Here’s what I’ve been sharing over there…

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