To impress (1): Heath Ceramics dinnerware set for kids. This beautiful american pottery is handmade in Sausalito, CA. Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse uses all Heath Ceramics to serve their meals, so just bringing this into your home will add a little farm-to-table flair.
To listen (2): Recess by Justin Roberts. We bought Justin’s new CD at his show a few weeks ago and my boys have had it playing non.stop. since then, and you know what? I love it. Trust me on this one, parents, you will be singing along as much as they are.
To sweat (3): OgoSport Mini disks. Our kids are a little young and they still can play and laugh for hours with this fun trampoline-catch game. The ball is small and soft enough to be played inside during the cold winter months.
To engage (4): Bennett was given Sum Swamp as a gift for his fourth birthday and I can’t believe how much this game has increased his understanding of math. The three dice game is educational and easy to play – perfect gift for your own children or for a friend.
And for the LUXEMamas in your life:
To impress (1): Another beauty from the Heath Ceramics studio, this vase is perfect for any mama on your list. It’s simple and gorgeous curves make it perfect on a bookshelf or as part of a centerpiece. Thoughtful, interesting, and American artisan crafted – you can’t go wrong.
To listen (2): Long a fan of Neko Case, I’m over the moon with her newest album. We just missed her at Austin City Limits last month when we got rained out. Her voice is so magical and powerful. Her new CD is perfect for relaxing with a glass of wine at the end of the day or solo time in the car.
To sweat (3): Barre3’s three month Starter Kit. Along with the ball and water bottle in this package, you get a three month subscription to their large online library of workout routines. I’m a huge fan of barre method classes, but when I can’t make it to a studio, I like logging onto Barre3 online and doing a workout at home. I love that you can sort by how much time you have or the area of the body to focus on. Even a 10 minute workout is worth it and will make you feel great. Perfect for busy moms and parents who travel.
To engage (4): OK, I’m reaching, I know. I just really want a Vitamix and have been looking for any way to drop one into conversations lately. But I promise you I will engage with my Vitamix daily. I’ve been stalking them at Costco and I may just have to get this for our family’s housewarming gift when we move into our new home later this month.
Author: Candace Thomas