Last minute holiday gift ideas!

HatPile1--e1452815122982A few last minute holiday gift ideas that are a bit unique. If you’re looking for a hat for warmth or for style, visit Goorin Bros on 1st ave in Seattle. They do have a few female hats but predominantly they have hats for men.  The hats are authentic, distinguished looking and the staff are friendly and knowledgeable.

While reading through Geekwire 200, I came across a startup called Glowforge. It’s a 3D laser printer that can be used in your home or business. It’s affordable, easy to use and you can even create exact chocolate desserts, a cardboard globe, a leather wallet, a unique skin for your laptop or iPad. Very cool for that techie or creative genius in your life.

A friend of mine wrote the cookbook: The Everyday Ketogenic Kitchen: With More than 150 Inspirational Low-Carb, High-Fat Recipes to Maximize Your Health. The cookbook is not only for diabetics, people looking for low carbohydrate recipes, but also for people (like me) who like to try new yummy recipes. Due to this book, I’ve purchased a spiralizer in which one of my daughters is now a huge fan of zucchini noodles, and we have added 5 new recipes to our rotational meal plans. The recipes are easy and quick to make after a long day at work.  Check it out!

The last idea, is more of a hostess or work colleague gift for that someone who loves eclairs. The store Choukette on Western Ave in Seattle makes very unique eclairs. I had to try 4. They are a bit pricey $5/eclair but they are a work of art.

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Eclairs!

As the holidays quickly approach, hostess and teacher gifts come to mind. Instead of giving scented candles, or wine try these amazing artisan pickles http://www.seattlepickleco.com/. The fresh dill pickles and green beans are fantastic. Not into pickles?

This strawberry freezer jam is outstanding home_cta_freezerveshttp://sunfreshjams.com/ . We recently stayed at Sun Mountain Lodge and were served this yummy jam with toast. After one bite, I lathered my half piece of toast with this jam and asked for more. I do make jam, but not in these flavors. The staff at Sun Mountain Lodge nicely told me their jam secret. So, I bought a case! The jams can be thaw and then be refrozen, thus you’re able to bring them to a holiday party. These items are great for teacher, boss, colleague gifts.

Enjoy!  you won’t be disappointed.

Paula

*Update: if you buy 4 jars of pickles online = FREE shipping. Otherwise if you can find them via the store locator on their site.

Kids camps!

Fantastic Summer Camps in Seattle!

The girls were in camps most of the summer. I put them in the morning sessions so we could hWP_20150829_14_35_30_Proead to the beach, park or just hang out in the afternoons.

(I couldn’t source camps in Seattle until my kids actually went to them.)

Here is our list for 4.5 year olds:

Best to Worst

  1. Aerospace Camp – Museum of Flight (the girls loved the songs, the water rockets, learning about planets and more) There isn’t much around the museum for parents while the kids are in camp, but they do have free WiFi and if you’re okay with driving 20 minutes – the largest Costco and Southcenter are close by.
  2. Seattle Children’s Theatre – Treasure Trunk (worth the drive to the Seattle Center. The Armory has great bagels, coffee and free WiFi for parents while you wait)
  3. Elizabeth’s Dance Dimensions – Frozen Dance Camp (need I say more?)
  4. Mummy Camp – I was beat out by Aerospace Camp. This is a week in which we only do things with Mummy – Ferris wheels, aquariums, carousels, lunches out etc.
  5. Tennis Camp- This was at the Pro Club in Bellevue. Even though it was only one hour in duration – it was just enough to get the kids into tennis.
  6. Bellevue Studio – Art Camp! This is an amazing program. The enclosed pictures were completely done WP_20150829_14_35_15_Proby the girls. They start them off with three separate sections i.e. for the flower – draw a circle and a straight line. Then draw circles around the big circle, then draw a line for the grass. Shade and smooth. If I was taught this way I may have drawn more than triangular mountains and V shaped birds!
  7. Engineering For Kids this was disappointing because the description in the handbook says they’re outside and building bridges and towers.
  8. Pedal Heads Many of my friends loved this camp but we did not have the best experience during the camp session. However the manager did give us 2 free private lessons, which were excellent. Only one of my twins enjoys biking, the other prefers kayaking.

Good luck with the Back to School rush!