November 2022 / Mainly Marta :: A Motherhood + Lifestyle Blog

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What started as a digital diary to document a newfound journey as a stay at home mom / wife has quickly evolved into my own little corner on the internet where I share all that life brings my way -- the good, the bad, and those "aha!" moments. All with a hint of sarcasm, a dash of truth and bold European wit. Thanks for following along!

11.28.2022

Gift Guide | For The Ladies

 


Hey friends! it's four weeks until Christmas and I've decided that instead of posting a post every day, I'd instead roll out a gift guide post with several people in mind each week. This week we're looking at the ladies in our lives- the grannies, the mothers, the teens / young adults, and the little princesses we love. So without further ado, here are the gift guides! 

*as always, inserting the disclaimer here: some of these links are affiliate links which means that if you purchase through them, I make a small commission. 


The (Grand)Mothers 

Tinsel Tidings Bubble Bath Set | Robe | ILIA Lip Care Set | Laura Mercier Hand CremeHero Hair Towel | Madewell Tote | Tatcha Overnight Serum | Tatcha Cleanser | Milk Concealer | Saie Highlighter | Rose Inc Cream Blush | Merit Bronzer | Mascara | Dewy Foundation Drops | Facial Steamer | Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer | Detox Mud Mask | Mineral Body Lotion | Detox Shampoo | Slippers | Ugg Throw Blanket | Winter Mug | Silk Pillowcase | Deer Socks | Flora Bar of Soap | Botanical Shower Steamers | Wallet | Birthstone Ring 


The Teens + Young Adults

Checkered Robe | Oat Milk Mug | Sherpa Airpods Case | Sunflower Wall Hanging | Sleep Scrunchies | Daisy Pillow | Volare Paperweight | Flamingo Propagation Vase | Financial Planner | Rainbow Bath Dust | Fleece Pullover | Corduroy Boxers | Berry Pajama Set | Happy Candle | Mini Table Lamp | Stanley Tumbler | Cheese Board Card Deck | 100 Cookie Cookbook | Mouse Vase | Soupology


The Little Princess 

Baby Doll | Pink Cape | Mouse in Suitcase | Wagon | Velvet Dress | Paper Mice Book | Rainbow Light | Alphabet Blocks | Winter Gnomes | Princess Puppet Set | Bows |  Gloss Balm | Plush Poodle

so there you have it -- some gift ideas for the women who make our worlds go round! Hope you've found a little inspo here; see you next week. happy shopping! 

11.14.2022

Three Holiday Table Inspo Boards


it's the most wonderful time of the year -- and that means a lot of dinner parties are coming our way! Sooooo, I thought it would be fun to start my gift guide / product round-up series with three mood boards for three dinner parties: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve! As always, the products will be listed + linked below the graphic of products and some of the links will be affiliate links.



Pumpkin Cast Iron | Turkey Serving Platter | Turkey Napkin Rings | Thankful Trivet | Dried Rusty Tail Bunch | Orange Velvet PumpkinBronze Turkey | White Gourd Flameless Candle | Gravy BoatTerra Cotta Pumpkin Flameless Candle | Blue Glass Pumpkins | Mercury Glass Pumpkin | White Maple Leaf Tray | Cloth Napkins | Pumpkin Serving Bowl | Blue Velvet Pumpkin | Jute Runner | Stoneware Mug | White Pumpkin Plate | Striped Bowl 


Country Stoneware Plate | Pine Green Napkin Set | Pinecone Candles | Cypress Garland | Gingerbread House Cookie Jar | Gift Tag Napkin Rings | Snowman Appetizer Plate | Berry Branch | Pinetree Candle | Holly Napkin Ring | Noel Holiday Dutch Oven | Dark Red Flocked Tree | Flocked Green Deer | Pine Placemat | Bottle Brush Trees | Deer Salt + Pepper ShakersBrass HolderCardinal Statues | Peppermint Candy Dish | Snowman Glass | Stoneware Mugs | Metal Christmas Tree | Holly Bowl | Snowy Spruce Platter | Reindeer Plate 



Magnolia Bundle | Gold Candle Holder | Star Candle | Black Plate | Cast Iron Everyday Pan | Mice Musician | Gold Placemat | Gold Rimmed Plate | Black BowlGold Glittered Trees | Gold Stripe Cloth Napkin | Metal Napkin Ring | Stardust Glass | Garland | Marble + Wood Serving Platter With Glass Dome | Marble Dip Bowl | Black Pot

so that's my inspiration for the upcoming holidays -- if only I had an unlimited budget. LOL. off to find dupes of those fancy pots! anyway, hope you loved them as much as I loved curating them. Keep your eyes open for a few upcoming and affordable gift guides!



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11.06.2022

Christmas + Birthday Wishlist


Every year my husband asks me what I want for Christmas and every year I direct him to this blog because I need to sit and think about it for a bit -- and this year is no different in that regard! Here I am sitting thinking and curating a list that he can go off of. 

I hope to get more crafty this following year by learning a few new things: how to crochet, knit, and sew as well as felting nature / woodland elements, making dollhouse furniture + making Waldorf dolls. So, my wishlist this year reflects all of these interests. My birthday is a month after Christmas Eve, so I'm curating this list with both days in mind. 


Personal List



Set of 17 Play Silks :: I've been eyeing this set for a while now. I use them in the classroom, as backdrops in photos, and as bandanas while the boys use them as capes + during their imaginary play. I just love this brand and everything about them.  *bought this for myself when it was 70% off.


Candle Holders :: decor for the table that I have been eyeing.

Light Branch (2) | Dark Branch (2) | Yellow Star


Sewing Machine :: getting kind of courageous by asking for this, but I really want to learn how to sew and crochet to make little animal critters for my little guys (and eventually sell?). I read in multiple places that this is one of the better machines for beginners, so I'm gonna trust the pros on this one.

How to Sew | How to Machine Sew | How to Embroider |  Crochet Tips + Techniques | Crochet Kit / Sewing Kit 


Vintage Postcards :: paintings and vintage animal prints, seasonal landscapes, and rural life -- all on postcards. they're my new way of collecting art and I display them during our units at school. I would always love to add to my collection. 

Set 1 | Set 2 | Set 3 | Set 4 | Set 5 | Set 6 


Susan Branch Cookbooks :: I have been eyeing these for a while! 

Autumn Cookbook | Christmas Cookbook | Summer Cookbook | Heart of the Home 


Little House on the Prairie Book Set :: classic literature is such a weakness of mine, I just love how simple this set looks. 


Felting Tools  :: a hobby that I want to pick up!

Felting Kit | Large Felting Pad | Needle Handle | Wool Set 1 | Wool Set 2 | Needle Felting For Beginners


Figurines :: I collect a wide variety of vintage figurines and am always looking for more sweet friends to add to the collection. I've linked several examples and lists below to give to an idea of what I love. Basically, anything that looks like Hummel figurines, gnomes (except the kind with the hats covering their eyes), woodland + farm animals, dressed-up mice, fairy garden houses that look like cottages, or historical little village buildings are my favorite. 

Mice | Mama Duck + Ducklings | Thrush Nightingale | Small Landscape + Animal Paintings | Gnome | Black Bear CubPenguin 


... that's basically it. LOL. obviously, this is a list of ideas, but it's good to keep in mind that I love little vintage trinkets, art, and you know what they say -- a diamond is a girl's best friend, so that's always a good gift too. 

so, yah, that's the list. I feel like I will be getting most of these in time. I really want to get crafty this coming art, and if I can fine-tune one of these skills, I'd love to start up a little Etsy shop where I can sell the crafts. Time will tell and I hope to keep you posted!

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