More Holiday Gift Ideas

Most for her – and some for him….!

These items I am passionate about myself. Hopefully you can find some inspiration here too. (Or maybe I am the only one left out there who has yet to buy some gifts. Wouldn’t surprise me a bit…) Happy day lovely blog friends!

1. Design House Stockholm Bicycle Basket, 2. Pink Cameroon “Juju” Headdress, 3. 18K Wishbone Necklace by Jennifer Meyer, 4. Linen pincushion, 5. Dachshund pillows, 6. Leather passport holder, 7. Montblanc Rollerball pen, 8. All-clad fondue pot, 9. Prada cosmetics bag

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Pencils Of Promise

My terrific blog friend Laura with Laura Casey Interiors alerted me to today’s blog support driven by the lovely blog La Dolce Vita. The effort is to generate awareness in the blogsphere for a worthy cause  – the wonderful charity called Pencils of Promise – that seeks to help end our global education crisis. I am definitely lending my support and my voice to the initiative.

Did you know that in this world there are 75 million children without access to even the most basic education? Pencils of Promise seeks to end that statistic by partnering with local communities and organizations to build early education schools in developing nations for some of the world’s most impoverished and undereducated children.

Through collaborative efforts of sustainable development, Pencils of Promise works to place a pencil in the hands of every child with the hope that it will be the first step towards self empowerment and an elevated quality of life.

Last December, the Pencils of Promise team visited a small village in Laos and by July 2009, they had built a new school for the village children who started attending classes on September 1st. This month, Pencils of Promise will be opening their third school and they hope to open the doors to education for more children in 2010.

{The First Pencils of Promise Class Outside of their School}

The Blogger Collaborative Project will benefit the females students of Champet, a village in Laos that is home to the only high school in the area for surrounding villages. In order to attend this high school, the students must leave their families and homes to live in dormitories. These dormitories are worlds away from our Western boarding schools. These precious girls are living in unsafe dormitories which consists of make shift bamboo huts in order to get an education. 

The goal for Bloggers Taking Action today: To build safe, legitimate housing for the female children of Laos in order for them to have the opportunity to further their education. Currently, some parents are unwilling to send their kids to school because of how dangerous the bamboo dormitory huts are. This dormitory Pencils of Promise hopes to build will accommodate about 200 Laotian girls.   

What can you do to help?                                                                     

Many of us often forget the very important task of giving back to those less fortunate. In the spirit of this holiday giving season, I hope that you will consider giving back by donating to Pencils of Promise. The donations collected through our initiative will go towards building a dormitory & library for a high school in Laos, which is the only secondary school in the area.

The dormitory will house 200 high-potential girls currently living in bamboo huts in Champhet, Laos. We have the opportunity to make an enormous impact if each of us donated just $1. And if you’re able to give more it would be greatly appreciated. ($35 will buy bookshelves for a classroom, $50 provides pencils for on year, $100 will pay a teacher’s salary for three months and so on). 

You can donate via paypal here or via this link. Every little bit helps and together we can make a difference! If you would like to stay informed about the difference Pencils of Promise is making, be sure to become a fan on their Facebook page.

I made my donation today. And I hope you will do the same. Peace & love, Monika.

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Perfect Holiday Hostess Gift

I haven fallen hard for these stag wine stoppers (the owl is also cute) from Pottery Barn. I am loading up on a bunch myself. Together or without a bottle of wine they make for perfect hostess gifts. I can see a cluster of them on bottles at a buffet table. A simple but festive decor on any kind of table. $12/each. (They show them as no longer available on-line but I just called a local store and they put a few on hold for me. They seem to be hot commodity!)

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Lovely Swedish White Rooms

I can never get enough of Swedish white rooms (although I don’t have one single white room in my own home. How is that for being a true Swede! But I have several light gray rooms if that counts!). Just looking at these images calms my somewhat stressed december/holiday nerves. And as always I love mixing old with new. It makes for such wonderful contrast. Don’t you agree? Happy weekend wonderful blog friends!

All images via Skona Hem

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Have Yourself A Stylish Little Christmas

Happy Monday wonderful blog friends. Are your homes all decked out for the winter holiday yet? With us going to California for Thanksgiving and now little William’s broken arm (Thank you so much for all your wonderful e-mails and calls & gifts! You have no idea how much they mean to the whole family), we have not managed to even get a single little pinecone inside the house, until this weekend. The house finally smells and looks a little festive. Here are some images that might inspire you to to try something new this holiday.

Love everything in the image above. So my style. (Image via Elle Interior)

Images via: Homes & Gardens Uk

Images via Martha Stewart Living

Image via PointClickHome

I love, love, love this image with the branches in the vase and the carefully selected ornaments.

Images via House & Home

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