This is the first time I’ve ever been away from home since Kai was born. I’m off presenting at a conference on my dissertation research and my kiddo and her dad are hanging out doing fun Halloween things.
It’s weird going back to my professional life after so much time more or less being a SAHM. I mean, I’ve been working, but writing from home and traveling across the country are two different things.
It is, however, really nice to be hanging out with my colleagues and having intellectual conversations again. I even went to a bar last night for the first time in more than two years.
Still, I’m going to be ready to be home when the conference is over!
Christmas shopping is in full swing around here. I thought I might make a few suggestions for presents made with natural materials to offset some of the plastic shock that often comes with Christmas. This week I have another list of small scale makers that offer awesome handmade goods.
Grandparents tend to get excited about Christmas, I know my mom does. Sometimes this excitement translates into piles of gifts. Plastic, plastic everywhere. I think I’ve seen this question on every mom related Facebook group I’m in, how do I stop the grandparents from buying a ton of plastic toys?
I’ve already started shopping for Christmas and I know some of you have too. I thought I might make a few suggestions for presents made with natural materials to offset some of the plastic shock that often comes with Christmas. I’m not an Etsy affiliate, so these are just people I love and want other people to love too! This first week of handmade Christmas, here are seven makers who focus on toys and educational materials.