Whimsical Hand-made Christmas Ornaments

November 14, 2007

I’m always on the lookout for one-of-a-kind Christmas ornaments for our tree or gifts, especially ones that the children can enjoy and remember throughout the years. Online retailer The Land of Nod offers a “Twelve Days of Christmas” ornament set featuring the whimsical illustrations of San Francisco artist Michael Mabry. Each ornament depicts a different day of the "Twelve Days of Christmas" song through illustrated words, numbers, animals, and people. Each ornament has been beautifully hand-painted in a soft pastel palette. They are made of papier-mâché and are non-toxic.

Give the Gift of Safer Toys this Holiday Season

November 12, 2007

It seems now that just about every other day there’s a new recall of toys, most of which are mass produced in China. Invariably they end up being a popular plastic toy contaminated with lead or who-knows-what-else. Although it’s difficult in this age of imports and outsourcing, you can find quality toys from the US or Europe that not only are unlikely to be tainted with anything, but are higher quality, to boot.

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