I think everyone is done shopping for me – but probably Mike is not. So here is my edited (as of 12/13) Xmas list:
– Essential oils (NOT orange, peppermint, jasmine, lavender)
– Empty cosmetic bottles (2-8 oz), that I can use for homemade lotions
– Empty shoe boxes or alike
– Paints (oil, tempera or for metals)
– Fragrant dried flowers
– Snow boots (size 8)
– Snow shoes
– A large dutch oven
– Cookbooks: Ad Hoc at Home, Bouchon, The Complete Robuchon, The Cuisines of Mexico, How to cook everything, Rick Bayless Mexico
– Books: Cahokia, Bad Mother, Karnak Cafe, Khan el Khalili, A short history of nearly everything, The Short Stories of Yusuf Idris, Thebes at war, Who Gave Pinta to the Santa Maria?
-One of those knives that are basically a rectangle and that are often used to cut meat – but can also be used for veggies. I just can’t remember the name. A cheap one is OK.
-A knife sharpening rod.
-Soldering iron (s/t mike can do to fuse metal for me)
-Krampus decorations (search in http://www.etsy.com/ and e-bay.
– Microplane Grater/Zester
It’s time for the annual Mika & Camila Xmas list, though this year there isn’t too much to put in it.
Indeed, I’m not putting anything at all for Camila. The fact is she will like anything and everything. Last Christmas she opened every package full of enthusiasm and proclaimed everything she got as “Just what I wanted”. If you need more guidance, she probably doesn’t need any more dolls (but could do with some door equipment). She loves arts & crafts & workbooks. She also says she wants a stamping kit and Hello Kitty stamps & stickers (we saw that at a Hello Kitty store in the mall). But she will enjoy whatever you get her.
As for Mika, she wants:
-A Furreal puppy dog (e.g. this one)
-Jeans (call for sizes)
-Half-body sweaters (to wear with dresses)
That’s pretty much it but she also has too many dolls.
Instead of working, I’ve been spending my time looking for more craft kits I could get for the girls. I’ve found quite a few jewelry making kits that I’d like to try, a couple of pedicure/manicure kits and yet another t-shirt decoration kit. Of course, I’m not going to buy them all. At least now. But as we run out of activities, I’ll think about getting one or two.
Here is the list: https://www.amazon.com/wishlist/VWJBLAM09D0S
Of course, feel free to send me any suggestions for more kits 🙂
I’ve been cleaning my garage and I quite a few baby/toddler things I need to get rid of. In case anyone in San Leandro reading this is interested, here is what I have:
Evenflo Trailblazer Baby Backpack – $25
“The Trailblazer Backpack Child Carrier by Evenflo lets you take your baby anywhere whether it is indoors or outdoors. 5 positions frame adjustments fits adults 5 feet to 6 feet 2 inches.
* Removable, retractable canopy
* Padded contour shoulder straps
* Easy in/out child restraint system
* Load balancing straps
* Adjustable sternum strap
* Padded waist belt
* Removable soft seat for easy clean up
* Fully padded adjustable seat
* Retractable loading stand
* For child 6 months to 45 lbs
Fisher-Price Intellitainer Exersaucer – $30
“Entertainment to go. The Fisher-Price Intellitainer is a one-stop interactive entertainment system offering a 360-degree rotating seat so baby can walk back and forth, discovering activities at every turn. Two modes of play, learning and music allow baby to hear the alphabet, numbers, songs, words and much more. Fisher-Price Intellitainer: Encourages and rewards early learning and baby’s natural stepping motion Seat rotates 360 degrees, allowing child to walk back and forth Mechanical and electronic activities are located on the side rails and the arch at one end Two modes of play in the electronic toys, learning and music Learning mode includes language, ABC’s, numbers, listening, memory and problem-solving Seven songs with lyrics Spoken words, sound effects and lights Pad is removable and machine washable”
Barbie My Size Castle Dollhouse/Playhouse – $40
This is a dollhouse with 8 “rooms” on the corners, that serves as a playhouse as well. Large enough for a couple of children or an adult to fit inside. There is one on e-bay right now for $180! (they’re out of their mind).
Newborn girl clothing – Preemie to 3 MO – 20+ pieces for $5
If you are interested e-mail me at email@example.com