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Etsy Item of the Day: Neva the Christmas Hippo

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Oh. My. Goodness. Is Neva the Christmas Hippo not just the sweetest thing you’ve ever seen? Hippos are my second favourite animals, so I melted a little when I saw this cutie-pie. Made of red fleece with green cotton ears and tootsies, Neva would make a fun, whimsical addition to anyone’s holiday decor, especially those of us who really do want a hippopotamus for Christmas :)
Neva the Christmas Hippo

Etsy Seller: Jessie’s Toy Box

Raymond Around the World: Atlanta


Raymond has been such a good little reindeer this year that I planned a fun surprise for him during the autumn before we started getting really busy preparing for Christmas. Remember Raymond’s dream from the springtime when he was obsessing about baseball? Well, I took Raymond down to Atlanta, Georgia to attend an Atlanta Braves game! We had a fabulous time watching the Braves take on the San Diego Padres, and Raymond had an absolute blast taking everything in—the organ music, the lights, the grass, the wave, the nachos, and of course the game!

Raymond at the Atlanta Braves GameRaymond rooting for the home team
Raymond at the Atlanta Braves GameOne happy reindeer
Raymond at the Atlanta Braves GameScoping out the outfield

Etsy Item of the Day: Wood-Burned Ornaments

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One of the things I enjoy most about Etsy is discovering unique handmade items like this wood-burned ornament. I like the stars scattered above the snowcapped mountains with pine trees nestled at the base. The wood used to make this ornament was harvested from fallen branches, so you can rest assured that no trees were harmed in the process of making these ornaments.

Etsy Seller: By the Rock and Weed

Etsy Item of the Day: Birch Bark Gift Tags

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When wrapping up gifts, I like to get creative with the packaging. Most of the time I repurpose materials that are readily available (i.e. lying around the house), but once in a while I use something unique—like these birch bark gift tags. They are harvested from bark that has naturally fallen from trees in Maine. I think they’d be perfect little tags for gifts or party favors at a rustic themed Christmas party.

Etsy Seller: Light of Day Creations

Etsy Item of the Day: Eco-Friendly Fire Starters

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One thing that I look forward to during the holiday season is sitting near the fireplace. I enjoy the warmth it provides while watching the flames dance in the hearth. I always like to use a starter to get the fire going, so when I saw these eco-friendly fire starters, I was delighted. They are made in Hawaii from macadamia nut shells. Use them in the fireplace, a fire pit, or even to start a campfire!

Etsy Seller: Double Brush

Etsy Item of the Day: Cozy Polar Bear Ornament


As if this polar bear ornament wasn’t adorable enough in the first place, he’s also wearing a sweater to up the cuteness factor. Each handmade polar bear is personalized with an initial embroidered on his sweater, and there are several lovely sweater colour options to choose from. This ursine decoration would be a sweet addition to anyone’s Christmas tree.
Cozy Polar Bear Ornament

Etsy Seller: Ordinary Mommy
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