FREE Valentine’s Day Printable!

Just popping on to gift you with a FREE 8×10 print of one of my all time favorite quotes.

The image is sized to an 8×10 but can be printed on an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper (I recommend printing on cardstock and using one of these simple wooden print hangers!)

Click here to subscribe to Vintage Kids | Modern World and DOWNLOAD your FREE Walt Whitman Art Print

Share with your friends and loved ones, but this is for personal use only, and not for resale



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If you follow me on instagram, you may have noticed that the background of my photos has changed.  No longer do you see the boxy, 1904 cottage (ok, not a cottage, but with 4 kids, it felt like living in a cottage) that we lived in for almost 8 years in the center of our college town.

The blog has been *incredibly* quiet for the last few months, so let me give you the quick run down…

This past summer, we moved out to the country, about 20 miles away, to live with my husband’s parents, whose health has progressively gotten harder for them to manage on their own.  We’re living in their beautiful barn house, surrounded by fields, and built on the family farm, and we’re here to help with their daily care, cleaning, cooking and joyfully providing the entertainment (read: noise) that only 4 kids, 2 dogs, 3 chickens, 3 ducks and 2 rabbits could produce. Granted, the rabbits aren’t very loud.

So these last few months have been a literal blur.  Until recently, home has been the rickety fixerupper we bought when we only had 2 kids and weren’t going to have anymore (ha!),  but for the last year, home has been straddled between the old and new – our old life in the city and the new one we’re building here in the country.

We packed up and moved at the end of last school year, missed enough school days that we needed to continue over the summer, and then picked back up in August, now with a 7th grader, 4th grader, 1st grader and a toddler.

Flexibility has been the name of the game, as we are adapting both to country life, as well as to caring for my in-laws, all while reading Shakespeare and memorizing times tables.

I can’t even begin to tell you what it means to me that the blog has kept on truckin!  Each day I’m getting notifications of new subscribers and to those of you that reached out during the quietness, a deep heartfelt thanks! I read and reply to every email myself, and the little notes of encouragement are worth more than you’ll ever know!

If you’re a new reader, welcome!  Thank you for joining me! And to those that have been here since the beginning (back in 2012!), thank you for hanging in during these last few months.  I’m back now and have notes upon notes of ideas and projects that I can’t wait to share!

If you haven’t yet, make sure to subscribe so that you can catch all of my posts in my weekly newsletter!

I look forward to catching up with all of you!




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Our Hanukkah Gift Guide + Favorite Resources

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Consider this a Hanukkah gift guide of sorts, for setting up everything you need to celebrate Hanukkah in your home!

Granted, there is very little you actually need, so don’t let this list intimidate you!

To celebrate Hanukkah, all you really need are 9 candles. 

That’s it.  Stick some little votives in baby food jars and call it a day. Been there, done that, and sometimes the simplest (and cheapest!) are the most meaningful.

However, as you grow to celebrate Hanukkah year after year, it’s fun to add in special bits and pieces and spruce things up and add to the tradition.


1. Led Battery Operated Menorah  2. Star of David Menorah  3. Multi-Colored Menorah 4. Tree of Life Hanukkah Menorah  5. Kidcraft Wooden Hanukkah Set  6. Beeswax Hanukkah Candles 




1 Hanukkah Gel Clings  2. Design A Dreidle Kit  3.  Felt Hanukkah Banner  4. Canvas Pouches   5.  Hanukkah Tea Towel  6.  Table Runner  7. Hanukkah Platters  8. Menorah Serving Tray


Just for Fun.

  1. Hanukkah Mad Libs   2. My First Hanukkah  3.  Dog Chew Toy  4. Dino Rawr Raglan  5.  Create Your Own Beeswax Hanukkah Candles  6. Ugly Hanukkah Sweater Cookie Kit  7. Dog Collar  8. Hanukkah House  9.  Jelly Belly Hanukkah Gift Box  10.  Maccabeats Hanukkah CD  11.  Chocolate Gelt Coins  12.  Latke Spatula 



  1. Maccabee – The Story of Hanukkah   2.  My First Hanukkah   3.  Sammy Spider’s First Hanukkah  4.  A Parakeet Named Dreidel  5.  The Hanukkah Guest  6.  Maccabee Meals  7. Hanukkah Lights  8. The Everything Kid’s Hanukkah Book  9.  Yitzi and the Giant Menorah  10. Oskar And The Eight Blessings 11. Celebrate Hanukkah With Lights, Latkes and Dreidels  12. One Candle


And never forget that it’s never too late!  Hanukkah began Tuesday night this year (2017) but even if you don’t join in until the 8th night, it’ll be worth it!  Don’t wait until next year, but join us in celebrating that Light that has overcome the darkness!

Happy Hanukkah!


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