Because I Had a Teacher


It seems like the last few months have just flown by and we are now on a race to the end of the school year.  As a former teacher those last few weeks edging toward summer are an incredibly special time of year, in fact I believe they are magic, there is so much energy in your classroom, the days are getting hotter and longer and the excitement for summer builds with each passing day.  As a parent, this time of year is incredibly important as well, because it is a time for our family to recognize the hard work and dedication of the teachers that serve our daughter.  Today, we are sharing a really special book with you all.

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I have to say I am a huge fan of Kobi Yamada and his writing, my family loves his two books What Do You Do With An Idea? and What Do You Do With a Problem?  They are absolutely wonderful books that belong in every single classroom and school library.  Mr. Yamada has an incredible talent, in that he is able to connect with kids through his words and stories.  So when I heard that a new book as coming out, that was entitled Because I Had a Teacher, well I just knew it had to be swoon worthy and guess what?  It is!

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Because I Had a Teacher by Kobi Yamada and Illustrated by Natalie Russell (Compendium Inc, 2017) is am homage to great teachers everywhere.  To teachers who inspire, care, support, create spaces for learning and overall make a difference in the lives of our children on a daily basis.

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This darling little book filled with heartwarming illustrations that evoke a sense of whimsy and wonder.  This book could be told from the point of view of a child or an adult reminiscing about their favorite teacher.  Either way, it is a perfect read for little ones as well as a touching gift for a favorite teacher or mentor.

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Our favorite part of the entire book is the final line:

Because I had you, I learned to believe in me

If you are not familiar with Kobi Yamada and his other works you will need to get to your local library or bookseller, his books always cause you to think, to wonder, to appreciate and best of all to believe in yourself and your own abilities.  This book does just that, we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Bloggers Note: We want to thank Compendium for the use of images in this post.


A Perfect Journal for Petites

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Me: A Compendium: A Fill-in Journal for Kids by Wee Society is by far one of the cutest most eye catching journal for petites that I’ve ever seen.  This journal is appropriate for little ones from 4-8 years old and has many vibrantly colored pages that ask some of the most unique questions – that are quite spot on for what a 4-8 year old might be thinking about or interested in.

What I love about this fill-in journal:

  • Incredibly vibrant design
  • Questions that are age appropriate and capture a sense of who your child is
    • These are the things in my brain
    • Rating different kinds of weather
    • If I had a band it would be called
    • Time I wake up and time I go to sleep
    • If I were going to outer space this is what I would pack
    • What I wish was inside my refrigerator
    • This is how I feel about (with little face outlines to draw in responses) lightening, pirates, pickles, etc.
    • Something that used to scare me, but now its cool
  • A perfect size for little hands
  • This book looks as thought it were made by people who truly understand great design and how that relates to little ones
  • Perfect for kids who are still doing a lot of drawing to convey their message
  • A fabulous price for such a well designed and easy to use journal
  • A perfect place to collect memories, feelings, ideas and everything in-between
  • A surprise hidden behind the book jacket which is absolutely a secret delight

Today, my 7 year old started her first day of first grade, I can’t wait to share this amazing journal with her when she gets home.  This will be a fantastic book to document all of the growing up that she has done.  This journal will be a perfect way to capture and document what is unique and awesome about your petite.

I also feel compelled to say that I have been looking for a journal for my daughter for a while now, and this is one of the finest I have seen.  I am so excited to be sharing this lovely journal with you all.  I can’t wait to hear what you think about it.

Bloggers Note: I received this book from Blogging for Books; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.


Gift Giving: Cooking Edition


When I think of my foodie friends I think of all of the things that they would love to have in their kitchens, and all of these items fir the bill.  I chose items that I either have and love, or items that I would be thrilled to receive.  Hope you enjoy!

CookbookJoy the Baker Homemade Decadence: Irresistibly Sweet, Salty, Gooey, Sticky, Fluffy, Creamy, Crunchy Treats is a great cookbook for anyone who loves her blog as well as her delicious recipes.

Gorgeous Apron, I love this one from Anthropologie

Tea Towel, Studiopatro makes these amazing tea towels, cook and devour are my favorites.  Almost too pretty to use.

Pie Dish, I love these Emile Henry bakeware dishes, they are fabulous, so easy to clean.

Decorative Measuring Cups, how cute are these little cheerful cups?

Mixing Bowls, these melamine bowls are amazing and oh so colorful.

Recipe Box, I am in love with Rifle Paper Co.  They have such stunning pieces like this gorgeous box, I saw this one at the Book Larder in Seattle, but if you can’t get to this shop you can buy online here.

Recipe Cards – you can really never have enough cards and these gorgeous ones will be sure to delight any cook you know.  Rifle Paper makes some of the most gorgeous products.

Happy shopping, if I forget anything please let me know in the comments, I always love hearing what other gifts people love to give.


Gift Giving: Wanderlust Edition


Here are some of my favorite gifts for the travelers in your life.  Whether they are traveling in their car or bus to work or globe trotting on adventures that we can only follow on instagram.  Here are some perfect gifts you can pick up today for your favorite traveler.

Moleskin Notebook You can never really have enough notebooks especially for keeping track of all of the amazing places you plan to see on your travels.

Unique Map Gifts This is something to adorn your walls –  garlands to keep you inspired and thinking of your next travels.  I love this garland, maybe because I make them with love, but because they inspire me to think about the where to go next travel plans.

Water Bottles Always a good idea for long flights or road trips.

Pashmina I think I have a rainbow of colors of pashminas and am pretty sure I need to add this lovely one to the mix, always nice to wear on a flight.

Specialty Lotion This is a favorite of mine, because it is nice and thick and smells great, but not in an overpowering way.

Lip Gloss One of my all time favorite lip glosses, you cannot go wrong with this as a stocking stuffer.

Let me know what I’ve missed, what are your favorite gifts for the travelers in your life?





Gift Giving: Picture Book Edition

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I’ve spent a great deal of time creating a list of our favorite books and illustrators over the last few months.  For your holiday gift giving guide, here are our top 12 books, 12 because I couldn’t bring myself to cut the list down to 10.

No Pirates Allowed! Said Library Lou – the petites love this book because library Lou helps the pirate to realize that books are the treasure and adventure, we couldn’t agree more.

Oliver’s Tree – a sweet book about three friends who problem solve so that everyone can be included.  Not to mention, the cutest illustrations ever!

Me…Jane – stunning book about a remarkable lady who continues to inspire an entire generation of animal lovers and future conservationists.

Bats at the Library – a fun story about bats who sneak into the local library when the window is left ajar, they explore books and all the joys the library has to offer.

Flora and the Penguin – this delightful book is gorgeous and will bring a smile to any petites face and those lucky enough to share this book with them.

Tea Rex – a sweet book about a tea rex who loves a tea party.  It is super silly and the petites will love it, especially if they love to have tea parties too.

Rosie Revere Engineer – one of our all time favorite books, this book should be in the hands of all young petites.  A young girl wants to be an engineer and learns an important lesson, every flop moves you closer to getting to your goal.

Little Red Hot – another family favorite, a play on Little Red Riding Hood, Little Red Hot will have your petites rooting for Little Red Hot and cheering in the end.

Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey & Day Dreamers: A Journey of Imagination – these two books have some of the most gorgeous illustrations I’ve seen.  They are absolutely magical.

Alice Waters and the Trip to Delicious – perfect for the petite who is interested in food and cooking.  The petites loved this book with it’s bright illustrations and

Julia, Child – another lovely book that is all about the love of food and cooking.

All of these books have been Petite Stag favorites over the past year.  They are fabulous options for gifts for the petites in your life.

Enjoy and Happy Holidays.


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Gift Giving: Bookish Edition


I know when I think of giving presents I always want to give people books, always!  But sometimes it’s hard to know if they already have a specific book and giving a gift card can feel impersonal.  So I’ve put together a list of some gifts that I would love to give to my book loving friends. Here are just a few of my favorite things.

Cute Mug – I personally love this Ampersand Mug from the Small Glow Etsy shop.

Gorgeous Scarf, what better way to celebrate someone’s love of books with this fantastic scarf, this etsy shop has a few different ones to choose from, Annabel Lee, The Raven, Pride and Prejudice, Hamlet and more.

Tote – you honestly can never have enough cute tote bags, especially for those trips to the library.  I love this one from this cute etsy shop

Cozy blanket for snuggling up with a great book, I think this one, from West Elm looks divine.

Personalized Bookmark – this is something I am currently working on for my family stay tuned for a tutorial.  However, you should check this one out, I know a few Dr. Who fans who would love this.

Special Edition of a favorite book – I know that I have multiple copies of my favorite books, some of them are from when I taught them with my scribbles in the margins others are just irresistible and I have more than one.  I love the Puffin in Bloom series, as well as the Puffin Hardcover Classics Boxed Set.

Pillow for snuggling up against or for propping up really big books.  I love this one and need it immediately.

Happy Shopping,