All is Calm, All is Bright

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone! This week chalk + dot will be taking a break while we spend time with our families. I (Brieanne) am in Portland with my husband and inlaws, while Erica is at home nestled up with her new baby! That’s right! Jackson Riley was born on December 24 at 12:04pm. He was 7lbs even, and 20 3/4 inches long…We’ll have plenty of pictures to …continue…

Two Turtle Doves

On the second day [til] Christmas, my true love sent to me, Two turtle doves, whose cousins you can read about in these pigeon books by Mo Willems. These books get me giggling every time–fun to read for kids and adults alike! With titles like “Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog” and “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” how can you go wrong? See our other suggestions here: 12 drummers …continue…

Three French Hens

On the third day [til] Christmas, my true love sent to me, Three FRENCH hens…and other cute items on these vintage-looking French flash cards! Start introducing your child to another language with these adorable flashcards made from a 1940′s French children’s book! See our other suggestions here: 12 drummers drumming, 11 pipers piping, 10 lords a-leaping, 9 ladies dancing, 8 maids a-milking, 7 swans a-swimming, 6 geese a-laying, 5 golden …continue…

Four Calling Birds

On the fourth day [til] Christmas, my true love sent to me, Four CALLING birds…who might use this snazzy Marvel wood phone to make their call We all know how much kids love to play with phones, so why not give them one of their very own to start out with? See our other suggestions here: 12 drummers drumming, 11 pipers piping, 10 lords a-leaping, 9 ladies dancing, 8 maids …continue…

Five Golden Rings

On the fifth day [til] Christmas, my true love sent to me, Five golden RINGS! Or teething rings… I couldn’t help but pick five teething rings instead of just one!  I tried to pick a little bit of variety as far as types of teethers go.  From the upper left they are: miYim teether, speesees teether, sassy teether, natursutten teether, and sophie the giraffe. See our other suggestions here: 12 …continue…

Six Geese A-Laying

On the sixth day [til] Christmas, my true love sent to me, Six geese a-laying…all cozy in a nice Halo sleep sack! Keeping baby warm is important, especially in this winter season! Since blankets are frowned upon for safety reasons, sleep sacks are the perfect solution to keep baby cozy all night long. See our other suggestions here: 12 drummers drumming, 11 pipers piping, 10 lords a-leaping, 9 ladies dancing, …continue…

Seven Swans A-Swimming

So there was a bit of a post bottle-neck this weekend, but that just means you get multiple posts at once for the continuing countdown! On the seventh day [til] Christmas, my true love sent to me… Seven swans a-SWIMMING…in the bathtub, with the Skip Hop Dunck stacking bath toys! Who can resist these cute little guys?  Perfect for playing in the tub as well as pouring water over your …continue…

Eight Maids A-Milking

On the seventh day [til] Christmas, my true love sent to me… Eight MAIDS a-milking…or at least cleaning up that spilled milk with their very own cleaning set! Cleaning is way more fun if you have fun tools to do it with, and what is more fun than your very own cleaning set? This Magic Cabin cleaning set is perfectly sized for your little one to be able to sweep …continue…

Nine Ladies Dancing

On the ninth day [til] Christmas my true love sent to me, Nine ladies DANCING…to the tunes on the Do Fun Stuff charity album! A kids album for parents, everyone is sure to love these catchy songs performed by talented musicians! Hop over to iTunes and download it for your favorite tot. This album was a labor of love by a lot of people who care about raising money for …continue…

Ten Lords A-Leaping

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me Ten lords a-LEAPING…in their Oeuf bouncer/baby lounger! We love these for their more minimal and simple look, and the babies love them! For more twelve days [til] Christmas, see our countdown so far! Twelve drummers drumming Eleven pipers piping

Eleven Pipers Piping

On the eleventh day [til] Christmas, my true love sent to me Eleven pipers PIPING…frosting on cookies, that is, with the Paula Deen Kid’s Baking set! Kids love to help in the kitchen, and this is the perfect set of real tools for small hands.  Sidenote: in searching for these, I found that kitchen-related things (real and play) for kids are alarmingly girl oriented–lots of pink and teal.  There was …continue…

Twelve Drummers Drumming

For the next twelve days, we’re going to be posting a gift idea a day leading up until Christmas!  Since it’s a countdown, we’re starting at 12 and working back… On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me twelve drummers DRUMMING…with the Plan Toys Wooden Drum Every single Plan Toy gift I have given my niece has been extremely well used, and holds up even with …continue…