Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving.

I hope your holiday is filled with laughter, friends, family, good food and great memories. We'll be back to regular posting on Monday. Make sure to enter the Zebra Baking Mixes giveaway and watch for 2 incredible giveaways next week. See you then!

baby booties.

If these aren't some of the cutest baby booties ever, I don't know what are. Hand knitted, organically grown. $18.

Monday, November 24, 2008

zebra baking mix {mini-giveaway!}

The girls love to bake, as soon as they see the mixer coming out of the pantry they are dragging chairs and stools to the counter as fast as their little legs can carry them. Most days I try to bake while they are sleeping.. until now. 

Enter Zebra baking mixes. They are incredible. They taste good and baking with your kids WILL be fun. These step by step baking kits are made specifically for kids and are available in single boxes or gift packs. (Can be purchased online and at your local Whole Foods market. View complete list of retailers here.)

Each kit comes complete with a large full color baking map including two levels of instructions, along with word games, math and science challenges and much more. The girls loved the baking map, the bright pictures, and the feeling of accomplishment they felt when they were able to follow the step by step instructions.

I loved that there was far less fighting and mess, we worked together easily and had more fun than we ever have in the kitchen. Zebra baking mixes will definitely become a staple in our pantry from now on.

Extra Goodness: Zebra Baking Mixes is offering one T+T reader a chance to try out their amazing mixes. Up for grabs is their cupcake and frosting mix (so delicious).

Leave a comment telling me which Zebra baking mix you would like to try by 7am Friday morning and you'll be automatically entered to win. I'll randomly pick and post the winner Friday.

children's books.

Michael Recycle $11.50

Tea for Ruby $11.50

I find Christmas to be the perfect time to add to our book collection. These are two I've been eying for this year, although I'd love your suggestions for some tried and true childrens' books.

Making Leaves.

With our lives currently in a state of chaos, the holidays are upon us and we are in the middle of a big move. As stressful as everything has been, our main goal has been to keep the girls happy and stress free and try to make the adjustment as smooth as possible. This responsibility lies pretty heavily on me as I am the one home with them, so we've been trying to come up with fun activities, some baking (watch for a giveaway tomorrow featuring some of our favorite mixes), crafts and outings. I happened upon this fun craft and have added it to the list of Thanksgiving crafts for this week. Supplies on hand, relatively easy and so many possibilities. Sounds perfect!

What things are you planning to keep Thanksgiving kid friendly and stress-free?

Friday, November 21, 2008

india rose.

I recently happened upon India Rose. They have amazing textiles. These bags are some of my favorites I've seen. Can be used as a tote or laundry bag, although I'm sure I could find other good uses for them as well.

turkey pops.

Have you seen Bakerella's latest? She's amazing.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

shabby apple.

I am a big fan of Shabby Apple, it is so refreshing to find dresses that fit and flatter all types of figures. They've recently launched Mama Apple, a truly brilliant maternity line, and to celebrate they're offering Tangled and True readers 15% off any purchase (regular and maternity). You'll be sure to find the perfect dress for every occasion, reasonable prices, and quality. What more could you ask for?

Simply enter code tangledandtrueblog15off at checkout to receive your discount. Coupon expires 1/31/09. Happy Shopping!

small magazine.

For your browsing pleasure. I don't know how anyone could not get lost in this magazine. I could look at it for hours!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

maternity dress.

I love a stylish kids boutique that offers great things for moms as well. Most of us have had the experience of shopping for maternity clothes and it isn't always easy to find things that are stylish and look/hang right over the baby bump. This dress has been added to my must have list.

And whether you are pregnant or not, Simple Me Boutique is offering all Tangled and True readers 15% off your entire purchase (over $35).

operation shower.

This is the season of giving, a season to reach outside ourselves and help those around us. Resa Design and Julian and Co. (with more to be added soon) have teamed up to sponsor Operation Shower. The idea is simple, to shower and support our military moms with some of our favorite baby items.
Operation Shower sends baby showers in a box and also hosts baby showers on
bases, for WELL deserving mom's who's spouses are serving in the military or
whom might be military personnel themselves.

Purchases can be made at of items tagged for Operation
Shower. These items will be shipped directly to Operation Shower
headquarters in St.Louis, MO for inclusion in upcoming boxes and events. All
items are deeply discounted, and shipping is free. Operation Shower desires
to bless their mama's with items they wouldn't normally be able to pick up
for themselves. What better way to help than to give them some of the best
indie designs on the market!

Monday, November 17, 2008

little uni.

Little Uni has been a long standing favorite of mine. Their unique designs are not only fun for kids, they are comfortable and high in quality as well (every mothers dream). They've recently released new designs for the holidays. Some of my favorites include Merry and Shiny. The personalized tees would be perfect for your family pictures or holiday greetings!!

Little Uni
is currently offering 10% off all their holiday designs (readymade and personalized) to all customers. After you place your order, just send an email to ( with your order information and "LITTLE UNI HOLIDAY" in the subject line and they'll refund you the 10% on your holiday design.

head chef.

I have two things on the brain these days, cooking and stocking stuffers. Perhaps the cooking is because Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and the stocking stuffers, well that has to be one of our favorite parts of Christmas. My dad loves Christmas and stockings are one of "his things", years ago, our stocking stuffers no longer fit into our stockings and we started having pillow cases stuffed with all kinds of gadgets and items specially handpicked by him for us.

I would love to find these little guys in my pillowcase this year! Would you?

as seen on

the mini mart {winner!}

Aren't the mini diaries so fun? Thank you to all who entered the giveaway and thank you to Marta for giving one away! The winner is:

Nicole who said: Brilliant and cute too!

Congratulations Nicole!! Please email me ( by Wednesday morning to claim your prize.

winner chosen using

Friday, November 14, 2008

myself belts {winner!}

Happy Weekend! Thank you to all who entered the Myself Belts giveaway! 

The winner is:

andrewanderinn who said: I'd pick the pink/green block belt! So cute.

Congratulations, please email me ( with your belt and size choice as well as shipping information by Tuesday morning to claim your prize.

*winner chosen using

Thursday, November 13, 2008

the mini mart {mini giveaway!}

I've spent my entire life wishing I kept a journal. I've had countless failed attempts, I always start with the best of intentions and fizzle out within the first week or so. There are so many wonderful benefits from keeping a journal, I try to tell myself that our family blog is at least some documentation of our lives, but it definitely lacks in some areas.

When I came across the blog marta writes, I fell instantly in love. Her writing style, her simplistic views and documentations. Come to find out she has an amazing little shop. Selling these mini diaries that even I can keep up with on a daily basis. I have to say I honestly love them. I think they are perfect for me. On days that I have more time, I can jot down a few extra things and feel good about my efforts. Not to mention the fact that they are fun to go back and read with the girls.

To make it even more appealing, the covers are just my style. Some print, some color and a small enough size to fit in my purse, glove box, really anywhere I'll be. They'll make the perfect stocking stuffers, but be sure to keep one for yourself.

Extra Goodness: WIN ONE! Leave a comment on this post (any comment) and you'll be entered to win. Monday morning I'll pick and post a random winner, Good Luck!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

office space.

My husband received a very sudden and unexpected job transfer back to Portland, so we are in the process of moving on essentially no notice. Lucky for us we had no renters in our house at the time of the news, and so we are moving back to our old house. The only small problem is that our old house is on the smaller side, so I have been scrambling trying to come up with efficient ways to save space, especially with baby number 3 on the way. I am thinking we might have to cook up something similar to this pottery barn office space. Plenty of storage, not a lot of wasted space. Yay or Nay?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

myself belts {mini giveaway!}

I love finding things that make my life easier. Belts have been a tricky thing for us so far. I like the look of them, I like that the girls aren't hoisting their pants up all the time, but I don't like that it involves my or another adults help when it comes to using the potty or dressing and undressing for the day.

Myself belts has "produced a patented, innovative belt, one that is kid-friendly and promotes independence!"

The best part, your kids will really be able to do it! They won't be yelling for your help multiple times a day. The belts are well made, they don't look cheesy, and they come in multiple colors and designs. There is something for everyone.

Extra Goodness: WIN ONE!!! Your choice of any belt (excluding personalized or adult belts). Leave a comment by midnight Thursday telling me what belt you would choose. I'll pick and post a random winner Friday morning.

Monday, November 10, 2008

stocking stuffers.

We all know and love how about orange, and they've recently stocked their etsy store full of patterned goodness. Mousepads, postcards and these reversible canvas totes are something you don't want to miss. They fold up small so you can tuck them in a seat pocket or purse. Perfect for library books, kids toys and the grocery store. Affordable gifts or perfect stocking stuffers, you decide.

new plush blankets.

Be sure to check out all the new plush blankets at Mairzey Dotes. They are brilliant. Also worth noting, any order placed between now and November 21st will be entered to win a $50 gift certificate.

Friday, November 7, 2008

superhero party.

I love planning parties, it's almost a stress release for me. Throwing myself into the decorations, invitations, food and more, it makes me happy just thinking about it. Today as I was browsing some of my daily reads I happened across this incredible birthday party. One of my girls must be having a party like this next year. It is perfect for boys or girls and I love everything about it. The colors, the activities, the invitations, it is in my book one of the best I've ever seen. View more pictures here.

cnk designs {winner!}

Thank you to all who participated in the CnK designs giveaway, be sure to add one of their amazing designs to your Christmas shopping lists (or your own list). They're perfect for friends, sisters, mothers, mother in laws and more!

The winner is:

abby who said: I love the flower button necklace!

Please email me ( by Monday morning to claim your prize.

*winner chosen using

Thursday, November 6, 2008

meet hawk.

Allow me to introduce you to Hawk. A little suburban dog, his many friends, and their great adventures, all captured on canvas. What little boy wouldn't fall in love with Hawk and his friends (be it a deer, owl, turtle or bird)?

Marnie Vollenhals created her own company J. Austin Ryan after years in the art industry. Each piece she creates delivers a unique style bringing modern, retro and classy art styles together. All of Marnie's pieces are hand-painted and done in small batches. Each and every one has her stamp of quality and won't be sent out unless it's perfect.

So take heart in the adventures of a little dog, let these paintings take you back to the days of imagination and childhood innocence. I know they did for me.

*Through November 17th purchase any item or items totaling $15 and receive a free print of your choice. Another perfect addition for your holiday list!


My girls both experienced a glockenspiel for the first time in their Kindermusik classes. They LOVED them, but until now, I

a: didn't know how to spell glockenspiel and
b: had no idea where to find one.

Imagine my surprise when I happened upon this little beauty. I can hardly wait to surprise them for Christmas. They will love the addition to their instrument collection and I will love the clear sweet tone, that is much milder than some of their current favorites.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

happy chickadee.

With so many different boutiques out there it is really refreshing to come across one like happy chickadee. They've combined hand made and boutique designer clothing and accessories for little girls ages 0-4. And while boutiques for little girls abound, happy chickadee has designs and a selection I haven't found anywhere else. The color combinations are fresh, the designs are new the selection hand picked and in my opinion pretty much perfect. 

Started by two mothers... "they wanted to find a spot that specialized in just girls clothes. So they went about trying to find the best, most hip and fresh girls boutique out there. But it wasn't to be found. Each mom had visions of their ideal online boutique and when combined, Happy Chickadee came to be."

You'll be glad they combined their ideas and vision, because the outcome is brilliant. The softest of fabrics, high quality and unlike clothes you'll see everywhere else. The perfect addition to your holiday shopping.

Pumpkin Spice Thermal Top by Baby Sara $38

Pumpkin Spice Pants by Baby Sara $50

and for only $5 your purchases comes packaged so beautifully you'll wish every present under your tree was from happy chickadee!!

To sweeten your holiday shopping happy chickadee is offering tangled and true readers a 20% discount on all orders by using code true20 at checkout!

resa design.

Resa design happens to be a favorite of mine. They've changed things up a bit, but not to worry, they're still creating your customized tees and blankets using the best in fabrics. What they have done is add some new and exciting products that you are sure to love. Among others,


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

cnk designs jewelry {giveaway!}

For whatever reason I am drawn to hand stamped jewelry. I love it. I could stare at it all day. I don't know if it is because I love the look of it or if it is because I love that each design has meaning, but whatever the reason, my latest favorite comes from CnK-designs.

Every piece is completely handcrafted using fine silver, sterling silver and genuine gemstones. There is no other piece just like yours and each has a rustic finish. While some of their peices are already made and ready in the shop, they happily accept custom orders based on your own ideas and style. I have included some of my very favorites:

Free Spirit necklace

Etched Tree necklace $60

Today CnK designs is giving away one of their custom pieces pictured below. I have the exact one, wear it every day, receive tons of compliments and have added it to my Christmas lists for some of my very favorite people.

Personalized Charm necklace $110
(your choice of 2-3 charms)

What CnK design do you love most?

Would you like to win? be sure to:
*enter one comment on this post - with your name
*please only enter once
*answer question above
*entry will be open until 7 am Thursday morning (11/6)
*winner will be announced Friday morning

don't forget...

Today is the day, no matter who or what you are voting for, to get out and let your voice be heard!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Thank You Lindsey!

Wasn't it a fun week with Lindsey from Cafe Johnsonia posting all her great finds? She posted some incredible things over the weekend. Be sure to scroll through and check them out. Especially all those great looking recipes!

Thanks for spending the week here at T+T Lindsey. I hope you enjoyed your time here!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

So Long, Farewell!

Thank you to Brittany and all of you for a very fun week. I had a splendid time.


{Catch me over at Cafe Johnsonia}

Favorite Fall Recipes

Happy November!

Now that Halloween is over, I feel like it's time to start thinking about the holidays. I can't tell you how much I adore the cooler weather.

I've assembled a list of our family favorites for Fall, Winter, and the Holidays.

Appetizers and Soups:

Phyllo Cups with Brie, Preserves, and Pecans

French Onion Soup

Butternut Squash Soup with Apples and Fresh Sage

Breads and Breakfast:

Refrigerator Rolls

Buttered Apple Cider Sauce on Buttermilk Waffles

Dutch Pancakes


Cheddar-Corn Spoonbread

Potato-Celeriac Au Gratin

Sausage Cornbread Stuffing

Main Dish:

Beef Stroganoff

Pan Fried Steak

Crock pot Cassoulet

Sticky Chicken


Mixed Greens Salad with Dried Black Currants and Toasted Hazelnuts


Cran-Apple Cherry Crisp

Oatmeal Pecan Pie (on our Thanksgiving table for the past two years)

(image via

English Toffee

Lionhouse Gingerbread
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