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Wolf : 0252

unruly things : wolf 0252, photo by Alyson Brown

I know I’m already a week behind, but I thought I’d try for this lovely project again.  I got halfway through last year and quit for whatever reason.  but this year I’ve got high hopes.

Wolf’s absolute favorite thing right now is to play the piano.  it certainly makes this classically trained mama happy.  so far he’s learned how to play Hot Cross Buns and almost has Mary Had a Little Lamb.  which means we hear them – all the time – on repeat.  this video was right before Christmas when he hadn’t quite gotten the “one a penny” part down but he’s nailed it now.

proud mama.

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my winter essentials

unruly things : my winter essentials

even though most retail sites have moved onto spring, it’s still ridiculously cold around the country.  January is a month of hibernation for me.  the hustle and bustle of the holidays is behind me and I tend to spend the month relaxing while keeping warm.  I thought I’d share my winter essentials.

what are your winter essentials?

one : a cozy puff jacket / two : warm wool sweaters / three : a scarf that doubles as a blanket / four : tiny stud earrings / five : bronzer for keeping that summer glow/ six : a large mug / seven : for drinking my favorite chai / eight : something to feel special with on date nights / nine : a kindle for afternoons reading on the couch / ten : the warmest boots with good traction for icy days / eleven : boot friendly jeans that make you feel sexy

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the weekly rings : garnet & gold

unruly things | the weekly ring : garnet & gold

quite appropriate considering garnet is the January birthstone AND the Seminoles came out champions last night in the most nail-biting game I’ve ever watched. I’m one happy alum!

the stack series will start back up next week.  if you or someone you know has an amazing stack that you’d like to share, submit photos of your ring adorned fingers to hello {at} unruly-things {dot} com.

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{rings : Arik Kastan, arosha, Katie Diamond, Emily Amey}

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right this second… merry merry + family photos

family photos by Wreckless for Alyson Brown, Unruly Things

last weekend, we bundled up and headed to mountains for a little family photo session with my friend Kristy from Wreckless.  I just adore her so much and her photography is the best!  having family photos like these is always super important to me, since I’m usually the one behind the camera and rarely in pictures.  and Kristy nailed it.  the perfect combo of candid and posed shots.

I’ll be taking a little blog break between now and the new year to relax, play in the snow and spend time with family.  merry christmas, happy holidays and cheers to 2014, friends!!!

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{photos by Wreckless.  thank you, so so much Kristy!  if you’re in Bend or the surrounding areas – HIRE HER!  you won’t be disappointed.}

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bite + sip : mulled winter wine

unruly things : mulled winter wine / photography by Alyson Brown

one of my absolute favorite winter drinks is mulled wine.  a few weeks ago, while the snow was falling in buckets and the temps were barely reaching over 10 degrees, I made a little batch.  I may have even enjoyed some at 4 in the afternoon.  hey, it was Friday plus I’d been smelling it mulling on the stove for over an hour.  :)

Country Living asked me to submit one of my favorite winter drinks for their blog, so hop on over for the recipe.

unruly things : mulled winter wine / photography by Alyson Brown

mugs from Mazama and photography by Alyson Brown for Unruly Things.

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little things : decorating the tree + panache box

unruly things : decorating the tree | photos by Alyson Brown

last week we had quite a bit of snow in Bend, followed by ridiculously cold weather.  at one point during the night I reached over to check the weather app on my phone and it read -23 degrees.  so cold!!!  but we’d be determined to get our Christmas tree on Sunday so we bundled up and braved zero degree weather to pick out a tree.

Wolf was beyond excited.  he did more rearranging than helping last year, but this year he was such a big help.  he hung most of the ornaments at his height while we hung some up top.  and he’s so proud!  he keeps calling it “Wolf’s tree” with a huge smile on his face.

unruly things : decorating the tree | photos by Alyson Brown unruly things : decorating the tree | photos by Alyson Brown

speaking of being bundled up, Wolf got to test out his newest flannel shirt for tree gettin’ and decoratin’, courtesy of the folks from Panache box.  have you heard of them?  it’s a super sweet company curating little boxes of clothing for kids.  I played around on their site, and it’s really fun.  you click through a series of pages and basically build a box of clothes for your child.  there’s great brands, too.  ESP No. 1 {one of my all time faves!}, Frank & Lu, Little Traveler and Woolrich, which is where Wolf’s cute flannel/hoodie combo shirt is from.  check it out!  it’s gifting made easy.

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{Wolf’s shirt is Woolrich c/o Panache Box, his jeans are Old Navy skinnies for boys and his socks are Etiquette}