Melissa’s Friday Favorites #15


1. I’m always on the lookout for fun new kid’s Christmas stories, and Olivia never fails to disappoint!  This book is one of the best Christmas picture books around today, with a funny and cute story to boot.  I promise you’ll be reading it again, and again, and again….

Olivia Christmas book for kids



Assuming you still have the energy for crafts at this point in the season, check out these

DIY christmas ornaments that your kids can make.  Scanning DIY Christmas ornaments on my  Pinterest account tends to leave me feeling helpless and silly ‘cause they’re usually too complicated, but this one seems doable and cute! It also doesn’t seem to hard for kids to execute, which I like.  Plus, those reindeer antlers are super cute!

DIY Kids Christmas Ornaments



More adorable, DIY christmas ornaments for kids here! Again, unlike a lot of the DIY Pinterest activities, this ornament frame is doable and something my kids would actually be use for Christmas. The uneven puzzle pieces could be used to create a cute contemporary frame for one of the many photos I’m currently storing in envelopes and boxes around the house. Why buy it when you-or better yet, your kids-can make it, right?

DIY Kids Ornaments holidays



When you’re pregnant, the issue of what to wear for a work christmas party complicates things just a tad bit more.  Whereas past maternity christmas dresses consisted of wrap dresses and not much else, now you can find a maternity party dress with all of the style, zest and fun that you would normally look for in holiday attire.  Love the deep red of this classy dress and the fun, swirly skirt!



5. I’m a sucker for wooden toys for kids, and this baby-to-toddler rocker is ideal for both creative play and the very practical purpose of developing gross-motor skills and balance.  Toddlers can use this before walking and it’s a fun way for them to move around!  Part of the Very Hungry Caterpillar Nursery collection, this rocker is something that you can build on too if you’re a fan… I would also pair this with the book because it’s such a classic and a right of passage!  

Very Hungry Caterpillar Rocker for Kids


Is there anything I missed?  Seen something fabulous or maybe you shared a project on your blog and you want a shout out?  Let me know in the comments or share it with me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, or Google+.