Kendra’s Favorite Things!

OMG! It’s almost as exciting as Oprah’s list, save for the free Volkswagons and cruises and giveaways of any kind. And the commercial fanfare and approval from Stedman Graham. But this list has still been thoughtfully compiled. Maybe someday it will have its own claymation special! With a soundtrack! With ill-advised duets with, like, Mariah Carey and Kenny Loggins to boot!

1.) Peppermint Hot Choco at Ula Cafe
Yes those are candy cane bits on top of frothy creamy chocolatey yum tasty goodness. By jove, it’s like they made it JUST FOR ME!

2.) Fancypants duct tape.  I bought this from Tarjay and I cover everything with it. Gifts. Signage. Preschoolers’ hands that need to be made waterproof.

3.) Darling prints from my mate Helen’s Etsy Shop o’ Prints that she done photographed herself.  I think she is so talented!

helen makadia

4.) The Gingerbread Pops kit. We testdrove the house kit a few years ago with my in-laws and it was wicked fun, but the pops are the perfect activity if you are hosting a party of a motley crew.

gingerbread pops

5.) Chillin’ in my holiday menagerie


6.) Little Man’s Cheeks
Each sold separately


7.) The Throwback Little Tykes Dollhouse
I have had such fun tracing various pieces of it through e-bay.


8. A tour of the Louisa May Alcott House in Concord, MA
All decked out for Christmas!




9. Don’t tell my Mary Kay posse but I really like this lip tint from Fresh.  It’s long-lasting and has some lemon oil in it that is really yummy.

10.) The Flour Cookbook.  Flour and I go way back.  Both of my children gestated on Flour bakery goods.  I bought this for my stepmother for Christmas.  I hope she likes it, but more importantly, I hope she makes me the Chunky Lola cookies.  Which may or may not be found on page 97.  Please and thank you.

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Five Dollar February

My annual Five Dollah February sale is going on NOW!!!

E-mail me at kendratheadverb at gmail dot com if you are interested in any of the following books. Shipping free when you buy 2 or more. I accept paypal.  I will remove books as they are claimed.

Beach Music by Pat Conroy – paperback. Excellent condition

The Bone Woman by Clea Koff – hardcover.

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding – paperback. Fair condition

The Conscious Bride by Sheryl Nissinen – paperback. Good condition

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway – paperback. Excellent condition

Restless Virgins by Abigail Jones and Marissa Miley

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Siege of Elmo

Of course we all balk when the “Tickle Me Elmo” stampedes occur at Wal-Marts hither and yon every Christmas. Breaking down doors and wrestling each other to the ground over the want of a stuffed Elmo doll. Those crazy muthahs! Seriously. Take a xanax and come back to earth, you overparenting, consumerist, maniacal crazypants!

But these days I find myself backpedaling. Baby Girl’s got a thing for that looney red monster with the spaghetti arms and the distended belly. And he’s starting to grow on me a bit, too.

So much, in fact, that I can no longer open a magazine without Baby Girl interrupting my sustained silent reading with the constant interrogative, “Where’s Elco? See Elco!” So I put down my magazine and we go find the one with the ubiquitous Elmo ads.

And this computer at which I sit to type this? Oh forget about it when Baby Girl is awake and in my general vicinity. “Elco? See Elco!” Oh cursed be YouTube, that boundless source of Elmo videos, ever at the ready with another one we haven’t yet viewed. Conspiracy against mothers who blog, that’s what that is.


I’m sorry I don’t have any pics of the Siege of Elmo. I do, however, have a picture of the hottest apron on the planet that I HAPPEN TO OWN which my ubertalented friend Aliya MADE FOR ME!! And you can have your own, too! Check out her etsy shop. Her work is brilliant!


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