Stuff I Love: F. Scott Fitzgerald to his Daughter: Things to Worry About

tumblr_lthpckYgeh1qlegq7o1_500Things to worry about:

Worry about courage
Worry about cleanliness
Worry about efficiency
Worry about horsemanship

Things not to worry about:

Don’t worry about popular opinion
Don’t worry about dolls
Don’t worry about the past
Don’t worry about the future
Don’t worry about growing up
Don’t worry about anybody getting ahead of you
Don’t worry about triumph
Don’t worry about failure unless it comes through your own fault
Don’t worry about mosquitoes
Don’t worry about flies
Don’t worry about insects in general
Don’t worry about parents
Don’t worry about boys
Don’t worry about disappointments
Don’t worry about pleasures
Don’t worry about satisfactions

Things to think about:

What am I really aiming at?
How good am I really in comparison to my contemporaries in regard to:

(a) Scholarship
(b) Do I really understand about people and am I able to get along with them?
(c) Am I trying to make my body a useful instrument or am I neglecting it?

With dearest love,


Found on Lists of Note. (Source: F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Life in Letters; Image: F. Scott Fitzgerald with his daughter, Scottie, in 1924.)

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Mamatoga Gift Guides: BFF Edition



1. The loveliest fragrance, a splurge that your best friend wouldn’t do for herself but would totally appreciate. Penhaligon’s Artemisia, find it locally at Yoicks

2. If you are the crafty type, you can make this ornament (or do it together with some wine for a girls night). If you are craft-impaired like me, you can also buy one.

3. Get your doubles partner the cutest tennis necklace around, this gold one from Samantha Faye, find it locally at Silverwood Home and Gallery.

4. My favorite (non-toxic) nail polish, gift it to your preggo friend and she will be hooked. Find it locally at The Bundle Store.

5. So in love with this monogrammed racing stripe tote bag, and it is definitely more affordable than it looks.

6. She can skip doing her hair for the morning school run and instead wear this chic hat, I am loving this look for fall and winter. Check out Piper Boutique for some styles you will love to give.

7.  My absolute favorite website for moms is now also a book, you’ll want to buy one for yourself too. The Glow:An Inspiring Guide to Stylish Motherhood

8. I love the bohemian look of this wooden tasseled bracelet, and at just $10 a pop you can buy her more than one to layer.

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Mamatoga Gift Guides: Teacher Edition


1. Can someone PLEASE get this Library Date Due pashmina scarf for their favorite school librarian?! How cute is it?!

2. Stock up on some new books for the classroom, hit up Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs and ask the booksellers for some great age level appropriate books to keep that classroom library stocked.

3. Gift cards! May I suggest one for coffee?

4. This personalized stamp is just too cute, and this Etsy shop has lots of different styles to choose from.

5. Teachers often pay out of their own pocket for classroom supplies, lighten that load for them by gifting a School Supplies care package. Find out what they need most in the classroom from the Room Parent and make up a cute basket full of stuff.

6. This notebook paper stationery from Rifle Paper Company couldn’t be more perfect, plus you can get it personalized. If I were a teacher, this is the gift I would want (maybe with one of those coffee gift cards inside too. I like coffee).

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Mamatoga Gift Guides: Toddler Edition {girls}


1. Still so in love with this handmade kite, such a perfect and offbeat choice for a mobile that will transition easily in any child’s bedroom as they get older. Find it at Lex & Cleo.

2. I am Amelia Earhart by Brad Meltzer is a perfect addition to their budding book collection. Find it at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs.

3. We have one of these sweet little Maileg mice in a matchbox and it is one of the most played with toys in our house. The absolute cutest, it comes with a little teensy pillow and blanket. Find it at Lex & Cleo

4. I love a Fair Isle cardigan, and this button up one from JoJo Maman Bébé is great because the super soft cashmere mix is also machine washable. Find it at Lex & Cleo

5. Corolle makes such great quality dolls for little girls, and this one is the perfect size for littler ones, find it at G. Willikers.

6. Nap time happens (fingers crossed!), make sure you are always prepared with this Oh So Sleepy pink traveling nap and play pad from Blabla.

7. A great beginner dollhouse for smaller kids, this one comes packed flat in a folio that can be stored on a shelf right next to your books. You can put it together and take it apart to store it flat whenever the mood to play strikes without taking up extra room. Find it at The Bundle Store.

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Mamatoga Gift Guides: Baby Edition


1. A sweet little mobile sure to inspire sweet dreams.

2. Definitely the happiest pants I’ve ever seen…

3. I am obsessed, OBSESSED with this pretzel rattle! The cutest!

4. This abstract wall art will easily go from baby room to teen room (maybe even beyond)

5. Loving these heart print booties from French brand Easy Peasy

6. The absolute cuddliest way to do tummy time

7. This woven wrap is my next baby wearing upgrade, loving the stripes. Find it locally here.

8. The pink and gray combo of this super soft blanket is so right now.

9. This mirror with bunny ears. No further explanation necessary.

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Mamatoga Gift Guides: Big Kid Edition {girl}



1. Everyone loves a nameplate necklace, and this one by Moon and Lola is so playful and cute it is totally age appropriate for the younger set. Find Moon and Lola locally at Silverwood Home and Gallery.

2. This vintage inspired tee is the sweetest with muted purples and pinks, love it.

3. This crystal and bead friendship bracelet takes it up a notch, buy two, one for your girl and one she can give to her BFF.

4. Fashion Plates! Oh man I loved these when I was younger. Prepare for some mom & daughter bonding with these.

5. Rubber Ducks snow jogger boots, cute and functional in a boot that I wish I had when I was in third grade.

6. OMG Shrinky Dinks! Kids can shrink these into pocket-sized charms that can be used for jewelry, key chains and more, I love it!

7. It might be time for a diary, or just something to start recording little doodles or memories. This notebook from Rifle Paper Company is so sweet, and small enough to slip under a mattress to keep it top secret.

8. This lamp is so gorgeous you might just reconsider and gift it to yourself.

9. This Pop Bottle Science Kit lets kids make a volcano, quick-sand, barometer, thermometer, trombone, compass, walkie-talkie, lava lamp! Okay, I want one now too. Find it locally at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs.

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Mamatoga Gift Guides: Toddler Edition {boys}


1. This car print will go from toddler room to big boy room to college dorm.

2. Plui, quite simply, is a “rain ball” for the bath or pool. Kids immerse Plui in water to fill him up and then plug their finger over the top hole as they raise it up high. Lift the finger from the nozzle and water falls like rain. The only difference is kids get to control the downpour! Plui stimulates the senses and discovery of basic physical principles.

3. This rainboat wooden stacking toy is so pretty you’re going to leave it out on display when your little one isn’t playing with it.

4. Imaginative play is so key at this age, and this sweet little Fair Trade set is hand knit from hand spun, hand dyed 100% wool and stuffed with wool roving. Packaged in a recycled pulp berry basket in red netting.

5. A classic toy gets new life with these Stacking Robots, good for little hands but hard to resist playing with at any age.

6. Have a budding Arnold Palmer on your hands? This golf set from Plan Toys comes with one ball, two different tracks and one hole and is made of eco-friendly rubberwood and comes in a little carrying bag so he can walk the greens and play whenever.

7. A classic look for any age but especially cute on little feet with a great punch of color.

8. There are no instructions with this colorful set of six Bilibo Minis. Just like big sibling Bilibo, five-inch Mini Bilibos are in cahoots with the imagination of kids and natural curiosity sets the course.

9. Everybody needs a Blabla, and this little mustachioed and suspendered Luigi the Frog is just beyond cute. Find them locally at Yoicks!

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Mamatoga Gift Guides: Big Kid Edition {boy}


1. Snurk Astronaut bedding, the coolest

2. Some good old fashioned whoopie cushion fun, what 8 year old boy can resist?

3. For the Minecraft obsessed kiddo

4. Coziness in a classic buffalo check

5. Lego Mixels Glurt, just in case you don’t have enough Lego stuff already

6. Choose your Own Adventure books, a classic.

7. The most awesome book ends ever

8. This hat kills me.

9. This Tin Can Robot Project Kit turns an aluminum can into a walking, wobbling, googly-eyed robot.

10. Get them out exploring with this book.

11. Reptangles, a new way to build

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Mamatoga Gift Guides: Grandmother Edition

This little collection is great for that special mom in your life, either your own mom, your mother in law or your own grandmother.

1. With a gorgeous vintage design just like the original, this sweet clock is functional but also makes a beautiful addition to any bedside table.

2. These little knitting kits are perfect for some grandma and grandkids bonding time.

3. These bracelets are so cute (and inexpensive) you’ll want one for yourself too.

4. Personalized and simple, a functional classic for the house.

5. Just plain pretty, this wallet is retro without being cutesy.

6. These place settings are just too cute to pass up.

7. Emma Bridgewater is my absolute fave, something she’d never buy for herself but will use everyday, get it personalized with her name for a special touch.

8. A cute way to round up the toys leftover from when the grandkids come to visit.

9. A beautiful way to capture a childhood home.

10. This tote, with the absolute cutest thermos print. I’m in love. Might have to just get this one for myself actually.

Stay tuned for more gift guides coming your way, and find the Holiday Guide 2014 here for all the holiday info! xoxo

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My Wooden Toys Obsession

woodentoys4be850b3ad042a5c41e042698b48e1da31f2bcde_1024x1024I have a wooden toy drum in my house, this one on the left actually, and it is one of my favorite toys. Now, I know what you’re thinking, a DRUM?! In a house with four kids? But yes, this super cute drum is the first toy I bought when I found out I was pregnant with a little boy, with Finn, who is now 8. All of the kids still play with this thing on a regular basis, and when they finally tire of it I will probably give it to a mommy friend and let their kiddos have some fun with it. There aren’t that many toys you can do that with, but this super sturdy, beautifully designed toy is virtually indestructible and has been in our playroom for nearly a decade relatively unscathed and has stood the test of time where other toys were broken within DAYS of being bought. (ps the little drumstick actually makes a soft, almost melodic sound on the drum, more of a background noise than you would imagine from a child’s drum).

That’s the thing about wooden toys, they are sturdy, well made, and will take the abuse toddlers and little kids can dole out without breaking. They are also really pretty, especially the Plan Toys, which is what the drum is. Plan makes their toys out of rubberwood, a sustainable by-product of the latex industry’s harvesting of trees used for natural rubber production once their productivity declines. Plan Toys also uses preservative-free rubberwood and non-formaldehyde glues, as well as recyclable packaging and water-based ink. You don’t have to worry about any of the scary chemicals in some plastics, you don’t have to worry about it breaking after a couple of rambunctious toddlers get at it, you just hand it over and let little kids do what they do best, play.

That’s the other benefit of wooden toys, the good old fashioned kind of play they provide. Modern high tech toys are designed to amuse and distract children and are often noisy and over stimulating. Wooden toys can inspire creative and imaginative play in children. They allow kids to engage in meaningful play, developing cognitive and problem-solving skills that they will carry throughout the rest of their lives. The natural textures of wooden toys stimulate the child’s senses as they invite children to touch, feel and explore.

All of the wooden toys in the photo above (including that super cute drum) can be found at The Bundle Store, one of my stops for Small Business Saturday (click here for info on the deals she has going!). On the top of my list, that super cute submarine toy, my two year old is going to flip out over that one. xoxo



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