THE HOLIDAY SEASON: CHRISTMAS BAKING & COOKING

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December is the time to make sweet treats. Here are eleven of the best Christmas inspired recipes for sugary treats that I found online. Some of these make the perfect gift to bring to a Christmas dinner or party! At the end of this post you can find links to recipes & instructions.

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THE HOLIDAY SEASON: GIFT IDEAS FOR KIDS

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Today’s gift guide is all about the best gift ideas for kids. I hope you enjoy it!

1. wooden shopping cart (€70) | 2. cotton tipi (€140) | 3. felt Indian headdress (€55) | 4. pul along giraffe (€25) | 5. woody lacing sheep (€23) | 6. wooden stacking bird (€39) | 7. Paul Smith cap & mittens (€90) | 8. Miffy light (€161) | 9. bulldozer building kit (€28) | 10. Marcel the Cat (€25) | 11. wooden scooter (€95) | 12. ice cream party assortment (€25)

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1. crocheted radio box with music (€56) | 2. yellow mini tent (€56) | 3. wooden animal figures | 4. wooden rabbit stacking toy (€13) | 5. koala night light (€39) | 6. Donna Wilson hedgehog (€29) | 7. Brio wooden train set (€57) | 8. guitar for kids (€56) | 9. super hero costume (€49) | 10. magnetic rocket (€17) | 11. tulle skirt with stars (€49) | 12. handmade wooden pair of mice (€13)

Previous gift guides: the best gift ideas for home & decor lovers.

A STOCKHOLM HOME WITH A FEW TOUCHES OF RED

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This lovely 69m2 apartment in Stockholm, Sweden, has some beautiful original features such as high ceilings and large windows. The white walls give a feeling of space and light while a few splashes of red give color and warmth. Ilex branches (image above) are great to bring your home in a Christmas atmosphere!

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A PHOTOGRAPHER’S HOME IN LE MARAIS, PARIS

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This is photographer Matthew Brookes’ cozy Paris home. The 60 m2 apartment, which is decorated with antiques and flea market finds, is located in the heart of the neighborhood of Le Marais. Matthew wanted a typical French apartment with the feeling of calm and light. “It was very inspiring to create a charming atmosphere in a small space and spend time in the markets to find all the elements,” he says.

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THE EVERLANE MINI COLLECTION

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Everlane (this is where I shop for good basic items) has launched a kids collection! They have created mini versions of their most essential styles so parents can now dress their kids like they dress themselves. I love the no frills clothes for my son. “No sparkles, sequins, or superheroes”!

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HOLIDAY SEASON: THE ULTIMATE HOMELOVERS GIFT GUIDE

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I have browsed many, many websites and have selected the most beautiful home & decor products for this ‘homelover gift guide’. Most items featured here are handmade. Enjoy! Above: handmade linen napkins ($48, set of 4).

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1 | handwoven African basket ($135)
2 | handmade pillow ($135)
3 | framed feathers ($35)
4 | hand coiled vase ($850)
5 | handcrafted ceramic cup ($60)
6 | handcrafted wall sconce ($174)
7 | teak jar ($38)
8 | set of 3 hand printed teatowels ($42)

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1 | handcrafted oak bowls
2 | Japanese hasami mug ($28)
3 | oak & iron side table / bedside table ($318)
4 | handmade wooden candlesticks ($39)

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A CAPE DUTCH FARMHOUSE IN SOUTH AFRICA

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This beautiful Cape Dutch style farmhouse is idyllically situated near Hermanus, South Africa. It is home to a young family of four and a boutique wine label. On the outside you see a beautiful white, thatch-roofed homestead surrounded by a green lawn and white roses. The interior is a laid-back-sophisticated style – with dark wood, worn leather and various shades of white. My favorite part of the house is definitely the open roof open plan living room and kitchen.

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