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.
The reindeer on these napkins have some stately tree branch antlers. The napkins are 100% cotton, and the design is screen printed. I think they would be an elegant addition to one’s rustic Christmas décor or as a hostess gift.
Raymond has been quite the little traveller during his downtime this year. We’ve already told you about his adventures in Ventura, Portland, Orlando, and San Francisco, but he also travelled to places outside of the United States. Any guesses on where he went?
When I told Raymond that I was going to Tokyo, Japan to visit a friend from university, he begged me to let him tag along. And how could I say no to his sweet reindeer face? Japan is one of my favourite countries, so I was excited for Raymond to experience it, too.
Raymond taking in Tokyo from our balcony in Setagaya
If you’ve been reading about Raymond’s escapades and if you know me at all, you know that we both love to experience new and different foods, especially when travelling. For me, trying out local cuisine is one of the best parts of travelling! Finding vegetarian dishes in Japan can be a little tricky, but we definitely found plenty to make our bellies happy
One Japanese dish I love is miso soup, and I was delighted with this giant, hot bowl that I had at Misogen. Full of okra, mushrooms, greens, and tofu skin, this soup really hit the spot for lunch. The steamed rice served with umeboshi [pickled plum] was an excellent accompaniment.
About to chow down at Misogen
When we decided that we wanted to try a new food, monjayaki, we headed over to Monja Street in Tsukishima where there are literally dozens of monjayaki restaurants to choose from. Monjayaki is pan-fried batter filled with chopped veggies and/or meat. It’s sort of a runnier version of one of my absolute favourite Japanese dishes, okonomiyaki [savoury pancake]. For both of these, you usually cook the food on a grill right at your table. However, with monjayaki, you eat it directly off the grill using a wee spatula.
Raymond and our natto monjayaki
Where else in the world do you think Raymond went this year? Stayed tuned to find out!
Peppermint is such a refreshing scent, so I love the idea of this candy cane soap. I’m sure it smells fab and would really wake you up in the morning. And not only is this soap pretty, it’s made with the good stuff, such as olive, palm, coconut, canola, and castor oils, as well as shea butter.
This charming tote bag will make a nice Christmas gift for the foodie or the chef in your life. No matter what cuisine your BFF prefers, there’s an diverse mix of round foods on the bag. Jammie Dodger, anyone? How about a burger patty or daifuku? Your food lovin’ friend can use this baggie for toting around books, groceries, or whatever else their heart desires.
When I was searching for a pair of candy cane earrings and came across these earrings, I was tickled pink! The candy cane by itself is a fun classic, but I just love the addition of the gingerbread man who looks like he decided to hitch a ride on the earring. Not only are these earrings cute, but they are also handmade with polymer clay.
Aaaaah!! Be still, my heart! These little elf shoes are sooo cute! Newborn babies can wear these handmade booties for a special occasion (e.g., a family portrait or Christmas photo shoot) or every day to get in the Christmas spirit. If you want to complete the elfy attire, you can also get the matching hat.
Iceland is one of my favourite countries on this planet; it is just so unique and gorgeous. So I have a weakness for most anything Icelandic, such as these cozy woolen socks. These lovely socks are handmade with 100% pure Icelandic wool, which will keep your tootsies super warm.
When I came across this squirrel card on Etsy, I was immediately drawn to the sweet playfulness of these two squirrels exchanging gift atop a telephone wire. I love the city skyline with Christmas trees accented with a few snowflakes. I had a really hard time choosing which card to feature because I really like several in this Etsy shop. That being said, I also really love this sheep card and this owl card.
With its luscious textures and pop of red berries, this square succulent wreath is quite striking. I fell in love as soon as I saw it! You can hang the wreath on your door or lay it on your table as a floral centrepiece. Either way, this wreath will be a gorgeous conversation-starter.