Classic Kids Easter Books Round Up.

You know I love anything classic and traditional and while I'm doing some last minute planning for the kids Easter basket this year, I'm getting all nostalgic about these classic Easter books for kids.

My kiddos love reading, especially at night so including a book or two in their basket is always a must. I thought I'd share this simple round up and hope you'll work in some classics this year too.

classic kids easter books round up / heirloomed

CLASSIC EASTER BOOKS ROUND UP


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12 Days of Christmas Cookies.

December is finally here (and so is my Mom) so that officially means holiday music non-stop on my radio, visits to Santa, decorating every square inch of the house and of course, Christmas Cookies.

12 days of Christmas cookies / heirloomed

I'm so thrilled to share a very special new hand-illustrated Holiday Tea Towel that you use have for the season. So, we're taking the first "12 days of Christmas" to celebrate 12 of our family's favorite classic Christmas cookie recipes.

Each cookie is featured on the tea towel and guess what? My mom is the one who illustrated it so it's all the more special to me. Not coincidentally she's the one that taught me to bake each of these cookies so this has truly been one of the most special, full-circle projects I've gotten the chance to work on to date.

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    Stay tuned over the next two weeks or so as I share these classic recipes and a whole lot more about all the holiday traditions that I love. The nostalgia of the holiday season, from decor you use year after year, traditions that have been passed down and the recipes that just make the season what it is - it's what heirloomed is all about. And seeing the season through the eyes of my kiddos is all the more special.

    I'd love for you to share some of your favorite decor, traditions + recipes too with hashtag #HEIRLOOMEDHOLIDAY all season.

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    Old-School Game Night.

    There are so many traditions I love creating, whether knowingly or not, for my kiddos during this very special time in their childhood.

    I was just talking about how funny it is that some of the fondest memories I have from growing up were some of the most simple things of my life. Sipping hot cocoa on the front porch of a cabin, fishing with a cane pole and a can of corn in the middle of a creek, eating pecan sandies at the beach in a large hole we dug in the sand because it was so windy, and making "mud pies" with rocks + leaves we found in the driveway.

    Because the simple things are often times the most special, and because of the ages of our kids these days (5, 3 + 2) the thought of game night every now and then is right up our "staying in tonight" alley.  

    dominos for family game night / childhood traditions / heirloomed

    Even our supper club has skewed toward game night lately in lieu of going out. I grew up playing Rummikub, SkipBo, Gin Rummy, Monopoly and Dominos, and doing puzzles on those rainy days at the beach. I love the throwback nature of a good game night and the kids love the challenge of learning something new and growing their little skills, beating each other (or us ..) and of course munching on a few snacks along the way.

    I've included a few of my favorites below because they make great holiday gifts + stocking stuffers as the season grows closer. Love to know some of your favorite games to play with your family! #HEIRLOOMED


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    Hand Drawn Sketches.

    This time of year I'm scrambling to squeeze in a little photo session of my family so I can knock out my Christmas cards as early as possible. Which pretty much never happens. I'm generally rushing at the last minute to put them together, get my address list updated and cards out before the season is over. Maybe this is my year.

    One reason I wait until the last minute these days is because my kiddos are at such a fun, young age and before my very eyes I wake up and they seem suddenly older overnight. I say that to mean that I hate taking the family photos too soon before the season because I love to capture them and their age + wonder at that very moment in life.

    As I started thinking about my card this year it made me reflect on how we are capturing them as children forever. One way to do this beyond photography is a bit more old school through sketches and paintings of your children.

    hand drawn childhood pencil sketches / heirloomed

    I'm so thankful that my mom is an amazingly talented artist who can create just about anything I throw at her (which admittedly is *alot*). For each of the kids 1st birthdays she did these gorgeous pencil sketches of them, forever capturing that special first year for us there on paper. Such a special keepsake that I know they'll cherish later in life. 

    When you're taking your family photos for your own holiday card this year, you may want to consider having your photographer capture a few individual photos of your or your child to keep and later have turned into a piece of art.

    While some artists prefer to work with live models to capture the spirit and personality of the person, many work from a photograph so you'll want to plan ahead and keep in mind the style of art you want at the end of the journey. For example, if you're looking for more of a traditional oil painting, you may want to go with a sweet seated pose in a little chair in your home in a sweet little smocked outfit. It's great to do this around age 3-5, generally before your child starts loosing their teeth and still has the essence of childhood in their little face. Mom, get ready.

    vintage red charcoal sketch of grandmother / heirloomed

    I love the beauty of a sketch and this gorgeous bust of my Grandmother was passed down to me with a special caption handwritten at the bottom "Cecile Longley, my daughter a drawing."

    I just love this so much because I see the artist has signed it, so I know the text handwritten below was probably added by my great grandmother, who I never had the pleasure of meeting. I love that she probably had this piece commissioned of my Grandmother, who is much older than a child so I often wonder if there was a certain occasion this piece was created to celebrate. A graduation perhaps?

    I also have some paper cut silhouettes that my mom had created for me when I was very young, and I did these for the kids as well when they were younger. They're so sweet and classic.

    I'd love to see some of your sketches, painting + family photos from your own family #HEIRLOOMED


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    A Yancey County Cabin.

    If you've followed me here for any amount of time you know that I love a good treasure hunt - from antique stores to barn sales on the side of a back road, I can certainly relate to the "American Pickers" way of life.

    I posted previously about tips for how to shop an antiques market and one my biggest recommendations is having an on-going list of things you're looking for so there is always something you can be keeping your eye out for.

    My list is a funny thing, I'm sure, if you see it without explanation and in its entirety. One thing that is always on my list, that I inherited from my Dad's very same list, is National Geographic, June, 1958.

    national geographic cover

    Pretty specific, I know. This issue holds a special place in my heart and in my life. There is a particular story with the issue of June 1958 that features one of the tiniest towns that holds one of the biggest pieces of my heart. The story is set in the heart of Burnsville, in Yancey County, North Carolina and the author of the story My Neighbors Hold to Mountain Ways once lived in the cabin that my Aunt + Uncle live in today, the very cabin we grew up visiting all throughout our childhood.

    I was just up visiting this past weekend, a getaway we make on the same weekend each year to take part in the Olde Timey Days tractor parade + Fall festival. The cabin was just listed for sale and when I visited I found out it has just been sold. My heart is heavy but I know our tradition will continue now that my dad lives up there, having a place where my own children will visit and growing that fondness in their own little hearts for the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains.

    A map of Yancey County is featured, with a little sketch of the original, rustic cabin just as I remember it from my youth. A long back porch overlooking the 180 degree mountain view, where I'd sit on a picnic table with my sister every chilly morning sipping our cups of hot cocoa with one single large marshmallow melting inside. The inspiration behind the naming of our "cozy cupped cocoa" children's apron, in fact.

    National Geographic / June 1958 / Yancey County North Carolina Map

    The article goes on to highlight local landmarks, talk about the craft and culture of the area, including the gemstone + mica mining that occurs still today in surrounding towns. It shows the Parkway Playhouse, revived and in operation today, and a bronze statue that stands tall in the very center of the small town square. The author shares his fondness for this area, the way of life and the throwback and forgotten mountain ways but remarkable to me is that not much has changed since June of 1958. From my childhood in the 1980's to today when I still visit in the summers with my own young family, the experiences we have are the same as they have been for generations, untouched by the technology and civilization of today.

    National Geographic / Mountain Ways article / heirloomed

    There is much I will be sharing in future stories about this special place and our travels to the area. As part of our #HEIRLOOMEDTRAVEL series, you will certainly be hearing more from me on my love of the mountains and the traditions we are keeping alive today. If nothing else, keep your eyes peeled for this issue of National Geo just for me as my collection continues to grow.



    heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen aprons, tabletop linens, art, ceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com.