Category: Christmas

December 2, 2015

Kids Gift Guide 2015

That time of year came quick. Faster than usual and it only seems to be coming quicker the older we get.

So on that note, I wanted to share a list of gifts for kids, because there are only 23 days left until Christmas?!? 2015, where did you go?

Gift Guide 2015

a little something to read wear and play. Oh, to be a kid again.

one :: two :: three :: four :: five :: six :: seven :: eight :: nine :: ten :: eleven :: twelve :: thirteen

Happy Wednesday!

Irene Lovett

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September 13, 2015

Reindeer Sacks & Storage Bags


I’m super excited about our new Reindeer Santa Sacks & Reindeer Paper Storage Bags! Perfect for wraping gifts, holding wrapping paper, or just display by the tree over the holiday season! Visit!

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December 18, 2014

Kids Holiday Wear

I’m certain I say this every year, but I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas.

I wish I could say I’m done with all my holiday shopping, but I pretty much just started two days ago.

If you’re less of a procrastinator, you may just be waiting for that day to arrive and are only now deciding what to wear.

Irene from designstiles today sharing some holiday wear for boys and girls.

Time to get festive.


boys: one // two // three // four

girls: five // six // seven // eight

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

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December 3, 2014

Stuff Those Stockings

Hi there. Irene from designstiles today.

Christmas is fast approaching so I wanted to share some stocking stuffers. Sometimes the best things come in small packages.


1. Little Law Man Badge – Great for kids 3 and up. Let the town know they mean business.

2. Headband – a pretty little headband in a variety of colors. And it actually stays put. Doesn’t slip, so I hear.

3. Nail trimmer – My son is one and to this day I have not cut his nails myself because I’m too scared I’ll cut him. My husband trims his nails and based off the reviews, I can take over if we buy this. It’s thee nail trimmer to get.

4. Socks – such a cliche gift but I’m all for patterned socks for kids. Love the colors and am a sucker for stripes.

5. Bear Booties – I mean. They have little claws. So adorable.

6. Brush – Doubles as a brush and a toy. It’s a win-win.

7. Banana Rattle – Looks so soft and squishy. Ideal for teething babies.

8. Nightlight – Sleep tight babies and kids, this stylish lion nightlight makes darker rooms way less scary.

Happy Holiday shopping.

Irene Lovett

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December 10, 2013

Christmas For Your Little Man


A little LOVE for the little boys today. What are you getting your little guy? Rex is getting the cash register (he loves anything that has to do with money) & the Davy Crockett hat. I may also have to swing by IKEA next week so he can make me breakfast in bed. That 15 piece breakfast food set is only $7.99!

Happy Shopping!

1. The S’more the Merrier Campfire Set
2. Black Music Pro Kids 25” Acoustic Guitar
3. Little Flash Gordon Print
4. Davy Crockett Hat
5. Kanken Mini Backpack, Teal Green
6. Learning Resources Pretend & Play Calculator Cash Register7. Superhero Sidekick Masks
8. Nobodinoz Small ‘Lynx’ animal cushion
9. Distressed Canvas Pitch Tent
10. 15 Piece Fabric Breakfast Set

December 3, 2013

Christmas Picks For Babies


Hope you all had a nice long holiday weekend! I got a bit behind with blogging after our Black Friday blanket sale. I’ve been shipping like crazy and we have our last shipment coming in right before Christmas. So for those of you that have ordered, don’t worry your blankets will arrive just in time!

So, this week I am sharing more of my favorite things for your little ones. Here are a few ideas for the new babe in the family. ENJOY!

1. Mint & White Striped Wooden Toy Camera
2. Leo the Lion soft pillow with back pocket
3. Quinny Mood Stroller
4. Milk & Masuki Classic Bib Fox
5. Duux Baby Projector
6. Crew & Lu Lace Up Moccasins
7. My Little Clouds
8. ATSUYO ET AKIKO / Team Christopher Pillow – Pooh

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November 18, 2013

Gifts For Your Daughter

The holiday shopping season is coming!…

I’m starting gift guide posts early this year.  Hanukkah begins on Nov. 27th and I am sure that most of you who celebrate have already begun shopping. This year I’ll be sharing some of my favorite things for babies, girls, boys, and possibly even a few things for husbands, wives, and best friends!

I’ve decided to start the gift idea fun with girls… Harper’s birthday is super close to Christmas and so I’ve been focusing primarily on her so far. She’ll be getting one of the items on this gift idea board. Can you guess which one?  (I’ll share it once it arrives on my Instagram page: @spearmintbaby)

If you have a 3-5 year old daughter, what kinds of items are you picking out for her this year? I’d love to hear!

1. Oeuf Coral Crown
2. Leopard Cushion Cover
3. Lapin & Me Dolls
4. Lucky Boy Sunday Beauty Baby
5. Louise Misha Beanie, Mustard
6. Heart Duvet Cover Set
7. Citrus Dotti Oxford, Zuzzi
8. Cloud Silver Bracelet – Neon Pink
9. Pocket Babushkas – Circus
10. Mog Plate
11. CINQ D’ÉTOILES 5 Star Garland by Leuie
12. INSEKT desk by Buisjes En Beugels +++
13. ATELiER ATSUYO ET AKiKO, Le Cirque Organic Tee, pink

November 15, 2013

Treetopia, Going for GOLD!


Let’s talk trees! When do you put your’s up? Do you have any traditions? REAL or FAKE?

The past 2 yrs we’ve gone FAKE! I have to be honest, it is soooo much easier for maintenance. Especially if you want to display your tree for over 1 month. Remember our purple Christmas Tree from last year? Well this year we decided to go GOLD! I love gold accessories so thought, “why not?”

Have you ever had an unusual colored tree? This year my faves are gold, black and hot pink! Have a look at for the best online selection of trees, garlands, & accessories.


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November 14, 2013

Pottery Barn Kids Wish List


The holiday season is on it’s way… EEEK, it always kind of sneaks up on you! Where will you be doing your shopping this year? There are SOOOO many things that I would LOVE, & this is the one time of year that I buy things that I do not actually need. (most of the year I am pretty frugal!)

This holiday season, Pottery Barn Kids has so many new and beautiful things for babies & children. I’ve picked out just a few items that I would love in my home! Harper would go crazy over the Snow Leopard Faux Fur Sleeping Bag and I am obsessed with the Brass Bunny Lamp!

What are you loving from PBK?

Wooden Shopping Cart * Hanging Star Mobile * The Emily + Meritt Unicorn Wall Mount * The Emily + Meritt Brass Bunny Table Lamp * St. Jude Give Back Bears * Wooden Milk Container Set & Wooden Egg Set * Animal Plush Playmat * Fur Sleeping Bag – Snow Leopard * International Dolls Mika & Inna * Ivory Santa Bags * Sherpa Bear Rocker

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December 27, 2012

Harper’s Christmas Outfit


Thanks to Klever Kids for providing Harper’s Christmas day outfit. She wore the Happy Days Long Sleeve Crew Neck & the acid green Bubble Hem Skirt.

The Klever Kids line is designed for boys and girls ages 2 – 8 years. The entire collection is made from 100% Peruvian pima cotton, making the clothes ultra-soft, comfortable & stylish. Be sure to check them out!


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December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas


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December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas


I spent the morning & evening wrapping presents… & now I’m just waiting to put them under the tree. I’m not sure that Harper will ever go to sleep tonight. She knows that Santa will come only if she goes to sleep but she still keeps checking to see if he’s arrived!

We also left Santa a note + cookie! (only 1 cookie so he doesn’t get a tummy ache!) Merry Christmas!


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December 19, 2012

Ice Cream Cone Christmas Trees


I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought it would be really fun to make a bunch of these for dessert table decor. If I did it again I would probably melt white chocolate chips instead of frosting because the frosting never fully dries.

& be sure to slide a clean piece of paper under the cones before you shake the sprinkles on. A lot of sprinkles will fall off & this way you can re-sprinkle using the ones you collect on the paper.

I prefer my cones with simple glitter sprinkles, but the decorating methods are endless!


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December 17, 2012

Christmas Shopping Done


We are officially done Christmas shopping! I just picked out the final 3 things for Harper (above) from The Land of Nod. I am taking the rest of the day to rest in bed. I got really sick on Sunday and hoping this passes quickly! Have a good one, shari


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December 12, 2012

Here Comes Baby Christmas Gifts Guide – Day Twelve

Kids Christmas Gifts - Cath Kidston changing bagChristmas Gifts Guide – Day Twelve (One for Mom!)

Cath Kidston’s new shape changing bag in their lovely Pinny Flowers print contains everything you need for a day out with baby. Includes changing mat, bottle insulator, baby flannel and large zip pouch, perfect for storing dummies, baby wipes and other bits and bobs. A fabulous gift for a new mother.

Purchase from: Cath Kidston

Price: £75

Want more inspiration for Christmas gifts for the little ones in your life? Then come on over to Here Come Baby Blog and see more from our Christmas gift guide, bringing you style and inspiration from the UK and Europe.

Kirsty xxx

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December 5, 2012

Kids Christmas Gifts Guide from Here Comes Baby

Kids Christmas Gifts Guide – Day Five

Ingela Arrhenius’s nesting animal dolls are a joy to behold. Each little animal has such an appealing character and personality. The six nesting animals are made for art, design, and toy lovers of all ages. Display, collect, enjoy and play with them!

Purchase from: Hus and Hem

Price: £19.95

Want more inspiration for Christmas gifts for the little ones in your life? Then come on over to Here Come Baby Blog and see more from our Christmas gift guide, bringing you style and inspiration from the UK and Europe.

Kirsty xxx

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December 4, 2012

Colorful Christmas Trees

This year we wanted to jump on the colored Christmas Tree trend. Initially, we were going to get Harper a small PINK tree for her own room. Her birthday is 5 days before Christmas and we thought she could be her own little tree decorator. BUT after talking about it, she recommended a HUGE PURPLE tree.

We partnered up with this year to bring home the brightest purple Christmas tree we could find! It was a bit too large for her room so we are using it as our living room tree. The kids LOVE it, & I have to admit I really like it too. At Treetopia you’ll find pretty much any COLOR tree you can imagine:

Some COLORFUL Christmas Tree decoring inspiration:


P.S. is having a HUGE sale through December 6th. Up to 60% off + FREE shipping on orders over $100.

December 3, 2012

Holiday Cards – Minted.

I’m super excited to team up with for our family’s holiday cards this year. Be sure to check them out. They make high quality, beautifully designed cards for the holidays…(+ weddings, baby showers, birth announcements…you name it!)

After spending hours trying to decide on our favorite design, my husband & I decided to go with the festive joy holiday photo cards. We were able to include each of our smiley kids + pup without stressing about getting a “perfect” photo. I just love how the cards turned out.

Our holiday cards: festive joy holiday photo cards (rounded corners, patterned back, & speckletone kraft envelopes), Chalkboard Typography Happy Holidays Stamps, Christmas Wishes Address Labels

some of my other favorite design options:

P.S. my cards arrived 3 days after placing my order!

November 30, 2012

Christmas Wishlist:: Coats, Hats and Wooden Toys

Knitted Toddlers Hat by Sweet Meadow Street, $25
Blue eyed cat A4 print by lukaluka, $16.06
Wild Grey Wolf Coat by Little Good All, $165 
Girl’s Dress Coat PDF pattern by BurdaStyle, $5.40 
Children’s Puzzle, Rocking Horse Toy by Berkshire Bowls, $19.99
Children’s Neighborhood Chair by Paloma’s Nest, $228
Zu cloud cushion by Petit Home, UK 35

 Even though my husband is a grinch who hates holidays, I can’t stop browsing the internet for cute Christmas stuff for kids. I post my favorites on Pinterest (here is my “baby” board) to organize, and revisit the board later to see what I really want to buy. Etsy is also a great place to search for gifts for your little one. I like browsing their treasuries, which are small collections of items curated by etsy sellers each having different themes. For instance, if I’m looking for something pink to decorate my daughter’s room, I would search the treasuries by typing “pink, girl, room”.

I thought this girl’s dress coat pattern by BurdaStyle was a great gift for yourself or your craftsy friends. I can’t imagine how expensive it would be to buy a dressy coat like this at a store. With less than two yards of wool fabric and some sewing skills, you can make this on your own!

Chie  {find me elsewhere: blogshopfacebooketsytwitter, pinterest}


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November 28, 2012

Paint the nursery red! From Here Comes Baby

Red Nursery Idea from Colora Belgium

With Christmas coming closer we found this red nursery inspirational photo from a Belgium paint company called Colora. I love the creature on the wall although I am not sure if it is a aardvark or reindeer, who knows! The painted white dots break up the bright red colour and match with the bright white nursery furniture. The idea to hang the sleep sack on the wall when not in use is a nice touch as well as a few red accessories and toys to tie it together.

Red nursery – love it or hate it? Let us know what your thoughts…

Want to see more European style then why not pop on over to our blog: Here Comes Baby

Kirsty xxx

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November 26, 2012

Butterscotch Blankees

Good Morning! Hope you enjoyed a relaxing holiday. We are back from a fabulous almost 2 week vacation to MN & AZ. I’ll be posting pics over on Spearmint Decor this week.

For the next few weeks I’ll be posting some of the things that will be under our tree on Christmas morning. Today I wanted to share a fun store to purchase cozy personalized things for your girl/guy/or maybe even your own bedroom. Butterscotch Blankees sells darling pillows and blankets that you can personalize with initials/names in colors to match your nursery/bedroom. They also sell hats, scarfs, & dresses.

The pillows and blankets are SUPER soft and cozy. (no itchy fabrics here!) This year Rexy will be getting a cute new pillow for his big boy bed which I am hoping to switch him to in Jan/Feb. I picked out my favorite design, the single border 15 X 15 pillow in black & white. Check it out below.  (I am also eyeing the LOVE and ♥ pillows for Harper!)

**PURPLE Christmas Tree from

November 16, 2012

Christmas Wishlist:: Little Girl’s Edition

1. SALE hello acrylic sign, $10

2. Custom Initial with a Floral Wreath- hand embroidered 3 inch hoop, $30

3Butterfly Garland Spring/Summer Palate Yellow Thread, $7.50

4. Wall Decals Horses (Reusable and removable fabric stickers, not vinyl) – Pretty Horses, $105

5. Dollhouse pdf pattern/tutorial, $18.50

Clip art courtesy of A Lovely Lark, free download here.

Hello! It’s Chie from Vivat Veritas again. Since we don’t have Thanksgiving holiday in Japan, as soon as the Halloween is over, the stores are all about selling Christmas items. Many Christmas decorations and light-ups are all over Tokyo now.

For Christmas, I’ve started to compile a list of items I want for my 18 month old daughter, Kiko’s room. Her room is a Japanese style room with tatami floor, and I personally find it very hard to decorate. It also has very low ceiling and the ceiling is made out of fake wood, and it’s very ugly…sign. Since we are renting, we can’t do a drastic makeover, so I found small decoration that’s friendly to renters, like removable decals, light weight paper bunting (don’t need to make a hole in a wall) etc.

Chie  {find me elsewhere: blogshopfacebooketsytwitter}


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November 13, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide Sneak Peek + a Big Giveaway!

Hi there! I’m Lauren from A Lovely Lark and I’m guest posting for Shari while she’s on her road trip. I thought it would be fun to share one of my gift guides here on Spearmint Baby with all of you today. I’ll be posting one or two gift guides each day up until Thanksgiving over on my blog, A Lovely Lark. Here’s an exclusive sneak peek of one that I’ll be posting later today for the babes:

 1. Teething Rings (win this by entering here!)
3. Personalized Embroidery Hoop (win this by entering here!)
4. Chickadee Booties (discount code here!)
5. Wooly the Sheep (discount code here!)
8. Ergobaby Organic Carrier (win an organic Ergobaby carrier by entering here!)
I’m also running a holiday giveaway with over $750 in prizes that will go to one lucky reader! There are goodies from Ergobaby (an Organic Bundle of Joy Carrier and Infant Insert!), Uncommon Goods, Colette Bream, Pretty Little Things by Lori Marie, Magpie Lovely, Bungalow Kids, and many more as well as a ton of discount codes on vendors like blabla kids, Twig Creative, Magpie Lovely, and Ergobaby! All you have to do to win is visit your favorite vendors and leave a comment over on the post on A Lovely Lark. Good luck!
November 11, 2012

DIY Playdough Gift Box

The holidays are coming up and it’s time to start thinking about gifts! It’s always extra fun to give something you’ve made yourself. Here is a play dough gift set we recently put together for Little A’s friend Rebecka when she turned two:

Mini Piccolini - DIY Playdough Gift Box

We filled our gift box with homemade playdough (see recipe below), the mat, some plastic cookie cutters and molds, a little rolling pin and a butter knife (which is Alec’s tool of choice when he is “working” with playdough).

Mini Piccolini - DIY Playdough Gift Set

This is a really doable project with a fun end result.

Mini Piccolini - DIY Playdough Gift Set

Alec was proud to hand over our homemade play dough gift set to Rebecka and we hope she has had a great time playing with it!


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • gel food coloring
  1. Mix all of your dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add your wet ingredients and mix well.
  3. Divide into as many bowls as you have colors. We made four colors out of this recipe and actually gave away half of the playdough, so you will definitely have enough for 6-8 colors or more. Now add your food coloring. The end color will be pretty much the same as what you see now, so add as much color as you want to get really bright, saturated hues of playdough. Or use less color for soft pastels.
  4. Place a small sauce pan your pan on the stove top over medium heat. Start with your lightest color (so you won’t have to clean out the sauce pan between colors). Pour the mixture into the pan and stir continuously until it starts to get chunky. Keep stirring until it forms a big dough ball. 
  5. When all the wetness is gone, remove the dough from the pan and leave it to cool. Once cool, knead it a bit until it is soft and smooth.
  6. Repeat for each color. I just did yellow first, then green, then blue then purple, without cleaning out the pan in between.
  7. Store play dough in an airtight container at room temperature. We’ve been playing with the same batch for a few weeks now.
December 7, 2011

Holiday Cup Cozies

Very festive, don’t you think? & can you believe that they were made from $1 bin Christmas socks? (gosh, I love Target!) Get the DIY “how to” at

This darling project was found via A few of my favorite things…I love all of her fun finds!!

December 5, 2011

Holiday Cards

Happy Monday! Hope you had a nice weekend.

We finally did a little holiday decorating last night and to get in the mood we put on some holiday music & had a little dance party. Now we just need a tree -hopefully we’ll get to it on Saturday morning! It seems like the older I get, the faster the time goes (especially between Thanksgiving & Christmas!)

If you haven’t ordered your holiday cards yet, I wanted to share one of my favorites..aren’t these sweet by Jelli & Ink?

She also makes the sweetest Birthday invites!

November 11, 2011

Holiday food for children

The holiday season brings all kinds of fun food ideas. On my list is a colorful gingerbread house & these adorable reindeer faces made of cheese & pretzles!

Send your favorite holiday foods to: shari @

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December 26, 2010

Our Christmas

a few highlights from our Christmas:

*Harper (who just turned 2) was more excited about unwrapping everyone’s presents than her actual presents. she LOVES her new Dora book from her grammy and her other fave. is her new big bird puppet.

*Harper also got 2 personalized CDs from her Aunt Keli from she thinks it is pretty funny that Elmo knows her name! the Fun Time Nursery Rhymes is really good too. i love how the guy sings songs and talks to Harper–so so funny!

*John and i got each other a new Blue Ray player that streams Netflix movies. this weekend we watched Food, Inc and Mongol. Mongol was fascinating…especially if you are into Genghis Khan. (we are!!) we plan to spend the next week laying in bed and watching movies.

*Rexford (almost 8 months) started crying whenever Harper would open a present. i really think he was jealous. he didn’t get much, but will probably get spoiled next year.

*we had super yummy lasagna and meatballs for our Christmas day dinner thanks to MIL! what did you have?

*it was my first Christmas in 2 years to NOT be pregnant and i drank 3/4 bottle of Pinot Noir on Christmas Eve!

Hope your Christmas was as wonderful as ours. blogging will be sporadic this week. i am taking time to spend with family and possible going on a quick road trip up to New Hampshire to look at land!

xo, shari

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December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!






Merry Christmas! i hope you all have a wonderful celebration.

we are having Christmas Eve at our house tonight. here is a copy of my grocery list:

horshradish – extra hot horshradish
roastbeef (how much and thinly sliced??) 2 LB should do it
kaiser rolls? what kind of buns (how many?) 8 rolls
provolone (how much?) 1 LB
meats? what kind – typically pepperoni but I am trying not to eat that stuff
crackers? – triscuits, whatever else you like
beef gravy (what kind?) FRANCO AMERICAN or HEINZ

we keep it simple on Christmas Eve and will be having these!

my husband and i finished our Christmas shopping this morning with a trip to Best Buy, the movie theater, and so, i am off to wrap presents and clean the floor. i already have the CD player on with this CD which is really festive for Christmas/NYE parties!

later tonight i will be posting contest winners so stay tuned!

p.s. a pretty picture for you!!

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December 3, 2010

stockings hung!

the stockings i ordered from Pottery Barn arrived last week and they are so so soft! even better than what i imagined. i bought these chrome stocking holders at Target.

we hung the lights on the tree last night. you can see the photos HERE.

now, all i have left to do is wrap presents and make the tree skirt. i saw this faux fur white tree skirt at West Elm a few weeks ago, but i didn’t want to pay $55.

so, i got this fabric the other day from Jo Anne’s:

i hope to get it made by Christmas! (it is on my long “to do” list)

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November 30, 2010

Glitter Trees!

i LOVE these glitter trees by Eighteen 25. harper is too young to help me with this project, but maybe we can make these together next year? (i am thinking of silver and gold!) found via

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November 19, 2010

personalized christmas stockings

i’ve been doing a lot of online shopping the past week. now that the main floor has been repainted i am changing up the decor just a bit. i ordered these fluffy white on white/ivory faux-sheepskin stockings from Pottery Barn. i had them personalized for the kids (Harper, Rexford, & Kaley). my next project is to sew a furry white tree skirt to match. i stopped over at Jo Anne Fabrics yesterday and i think i have the fabric picked out. now i just need to find a coupon because the fabric is $14.50/yard!

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November 18, 2009

getting ready for Christmas

some pictures of my daughter trying on her new rhinestone tutu from if i could get her to stand still for a second you could see how beautiful this tutu is! it has a satin bow and cute red rhinestones attached.
(santa hat is from the $1 bin at Target!)

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