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You know that I love to shop local, small business and homemade as much as possible, right? Well, here are a few of my favorite things to recommend this holiday season!

all I did was listen

This beautiful, inspirational book features artwork and writing by Rachel Awes. All I Did Was Listen, $18.95, 232 pages, full color

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books

The Zoo, That’s Not My Penguin, just a couple of the many fabulous books available through Usborne Books

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I plan to buy this Usborne Book of Drawing, Doodling and Coloring Fashion for myself, $13.99

Wild Rice

Wild rice, kale & sweet potato casserole is just one of the more than 65 recipes on Anna Dvorak’s new e-cookbook, nourish:winter, $9.99 on Amazon. More info: www.nourishcookbook.com

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Nourish, by Anna Dvorak

Family Book Advent

The Family Book of Advent: 25 Stories and Activities to Celebrate the Meaning of Christmas, by Carol Garborg, Kindle Edition $7.99, Hardcover $10.99  Great hostess or neighbor or teacher gift, which will brighten their season year after year!

closer to the sky

And the gift of being positively cheered up, courtesy the brand new album by the Sweet Colleens. Accordion + fiddle + cajun-celtic-zydeco-country arrangements + original songwriting = anyone of any age will smile while listening to Closer to the Sky

Quote of the month

Lettergirl Gina Sekelsky’s Quote of the Month Club, $48. Each month in 2013 you’ll find a pretty little envelope in your mailbox with a handlettered quotation inside — embellished by hand with watercolor, collage, and/or glitter. This year’s theme is A Year of Gratitude.

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I love to receive anything that comes in these adorable, colorful, Stella & Dot love packages. Prices vary, but when you spend $50 in 2012, you’ll receive $25 in Dot bucks to spend in 2013. Check them out here

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Buttoned cowl made from old sweater

Making things with my friends from upcycled materials. See some of what we have planned on Pinterest.

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Scented soy candles

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Salts & Scrubs made with Anna Dvorak’s recipes

chocolate

Delicious chocolate and candy by locally-owned Droolin’ Moose. Sisters Amy and Missy sure know how to deliver decadence with those Malted Milk Boulders and Salty Bogs