I was sharing with a co-worker the other day my knack for singing the wrong lyrics to songs, Christmas songs in particular. He told me about the book Olive, the Other Reindeer by J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh. This adventure begins when Olive, the dog, is listening to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and confuses the  lyric “All of the other reindeer ” with “Olive, the other reindeer”. Convinced she is supposed to be one of Santa’s helpers she heads to the North Pole. Olive enthusiastically joins Santa on his Christmas eve flight, helping him by using her doggy talents of sniffing, fetching and chewing to save the day.

Screen Shot 2013-12-04 at 11.11.23 AMI’m glad my blunder introduced me to Olive. We are already fans of Seibolds other book Mind Your Manners B.B. Wolf. Another clever and funny story about how the big bad wolf learns his manners.

Dilyn, WCM


Here we are! The second half of “Dressing Boys for the Holidays” (see the first part here). This time, I relied on my old stand-by, Crewcuts, to give me ideas about what the dudes will be wearing (but most kids stores have pieces that work in the same way). To get them dressed and out the door with minimal complaining, I’m going to use the “trick them with comfort” ploy. However, with the super dressed up outfit I might have to go straight candy…

THE NUTCRACKER – Fancy all the way with a slight twist – it’s hard to feel stuffy in blue velvet.

SCHOOL HOLIDAY SING: Traditional, but with some unexpected pattern mixing that makes him stand out.

SANTA PHOTO OP: Who says hanging with Santa needs to be a formal event? The sweater pulls it together, but the relaxed feel of everything else makes standing in line a lot easier.

CLASS PARTY: Free dress day practically screams jeans, pair them with a festive t-shirt and a jolly flannel and he’ll look like he tried with out actually trying.

CHRISTMAS MORNING: Christmas pjs are a tradition in our house, but I try to get them ones that don’t look silly when they’re still wearing them in February.

Final Tip: I’ve found that when I make sure the boys’ clothes actually fit properly, it makes a world of difference in how “together” they look. Even the nicest trouser and button-down combo looks sloppy when it’s too big!

Happy Holidays!

Claudia, WCM




Here is Miles, a couple of years ago, on Christmas morning. The look on his face is that of a kid who just discovered he wasn’t on the “Naughty List” after all. Thanks Santa!!!


Dashiel very proud of the ornament he made at school!

Happy Friday!

Claudia and Dilyn, WCM


When it comes to holiday greenery, no one does it like Trader Joe’s for the price. They stock the major flowers and plants that are the harbinger of the winter season: holly, evergreen, poinsettias in various shades, those festive berry things, you name it! Each one can be used for a multitude of things: from decorating the house to topping off gift wrap. It’s a perfect way to add a bit of holiday spice to your life, while saving enough to get a little something for yourself.

Claudia, WCM