It’s a little hard to believe that the next 7 days will include making (and devouring) a Thanksgiving feast, and (as usual at our house on the day after Thanksgiving) picking out our Christmas tree  and spending an evening decking the halls. So I was pleasantly surprised to awake to freezing temps and blustering winds this morning, since the mere act of pulling on thick socks under wellies and spending the day doing cozy projects around the house is starting to get me in a holiday frame of mind. Are you guys there yet, or does the Christmas decor and holiday music in all the stores still just feel way too soon? And another very important question for you moms out there: how is one supposed to have a decorated Christmas tree within arms reach of a 15-month-old? I have visions of Phoebe shattering ornaments, eating garlands and shaking needles off branches… does she necessitate leaving the lower half of the tree undone? Or is there some other solution that’s worked out for anyone? Let me know, and hope you enjoy a few of my favorite links from the past week!

This skillet apple crisp is every bit as pretty as a pie, but without the crust. Perfect for us filling-lovers!

On keeping the holiday simple

Thanksgiving for the dessert lover.

These roasted carrots with cumin yogurt (from gjelina!) are on my must-make list for the weekend.

Love this foodie profile on designer Cynthia Rowley.

How pretty is Caitlin’s glam-meets-organic Thanksgiving table?

*and a few fun things you may have missed!

We got a peek inside the entertaining style of one of my favorite stylists around.

Claire DIY’d the most amazing gilded-edge desk… and showed the rest of us how to make one of our own.

It’s not too late! 10 great turkey recipes that are sure to make this year’s feast the best yet.

*image: ditte isager for bon appetit

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  1. 1
    Stacia November 23, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    When my family has had little ones, or kittens who still played with everything, we would decorate our tree as normal as far as lights and tinsel go, but we’d migrate plastic ornaments to the bottom of the tree and the prettier, glass ornaments further up to the top. We have a miss-matched tree, though, where all the ornaments represent something going on in our lives the year that we purchased them (we get a new one every year), so it’s a little easier for us than for themed decorators. Hope that helps!

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    zozo November 23, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Hmm, maybe a tall wood box covered by a beautiful holiday cloth or wrapped like a present? haha, I don’t know, I guess a baby’s reach is still pretty far.

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    Jamie November 23, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    I am in the same boat with a 12 month active and crazy curious boy! I was thinking about putting our tree on our covered patio (we live in SW Florida). But even house decorations might have to be skipped???

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    julia-tagandtibby November 23, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    when our little ones were small…we first tried to hang delicate ornaments. But so many were broken that I bought a container of durable ornaments from IKEA and have not looked back 🙂 perhaps you could hang the delicate ones on a high garland? ps, the skillet apple crisp looks amazing.

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    reallyprettyuseful November 24, 2013 at 12:34 am

    I agree with stacia, we put out less precious ornaments at the bottom. Also we told the boys that the tree was too look at and for everyone to enjoy and miraculously it seemed to work. I also have a lot of wooden and fabric decorations which are pretty indestructible. In the end though I figured it’s their tree too so they should get to enjoy it. X

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    Connect-the-Cloths November 24, 2013 at 5:14 am

    Why can’t I be sitting at this table?!! I’m so excited for Thanksgiving! This is every foodie’s favorite time of year!

    <3 Carsla
    ?Founder & CEO of Connect-the-Cloths
    A stylist's, foodie's, & writer's blog in development.

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    Lori November 24, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Fill empty diaper cartons with books, then wrap the cartons with wrapping paper and strategically place around the tree.

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    Kelly November 24, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    I would buy a small tree and have them decorate it so they could touch theirs but not the big one with breakables. But I would also make sure the lower half of tree was less decorated. Good luck!

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    Jeanine November 25, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    thanks for the link love, hope you’re staying warm!