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summer locavores

Jul
2011
30

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Food is really important in my house. My husband is an amazing cook and cooks probably 9 out of 10 meals. We try to eat local and organic as much as possible, which is easy to do in Los Angeles since we have amazing produce, especially during the summer.

I found this artist, Claudia G. Pearson, on etsy and fell in love with her artwork.  
So simple recipe posters! So adorable, right? But it gets better… She also makes a coloring book for kids so they get an idea of what’s in season!

Gabriel is just starting to eat solids and he has been eating what is in season: peaches, plums, summer squash, zucchini.. not too bad for your first foods! I think it’s really important that kids know where their food comes from and that they eat fresh as much as possible!

But really, sometimes you just have to indulge. Last night, my husband and I ate 7-eleven ramen and frozen potstickers and had a picnic in front of the TV, and it was TOTALLY fun.

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When I was a little girl, I dreamed about a Barbie dream house. I never got that house (don’t feel too bad for me, I got lots of toys), but I still find myself wishing for it every year on my birthday–that’s embarrassing, but true.

There are some really beautiful modern dollhouses out there like on this site, although those houses are a little more for mom and dad.

The house and furniture pictured above are from a store coincidentally named The Acorn Store. I love the fact that the toys are made of wood and are not only totally kid friendly, but also design friendly. I probably never got that Barbie house because my parents did not want to have a gaudy pink plastic monstrosity in their living room, this… they probably wouldn’t have objected to so much.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

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Strawberry popsicles are a summer staple in our household. Nico and Lucas love to gobble these down. Not only are they yummy and healthy, but they’re super easy to make, too!

Ingredients:
3 cups fresh (or frozen, thawed) strawberries, hulled and halved
1/2 cup agave syrup (or honey)
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

In a food processor or blender, combine strawberries, agave syrup and lemon juice, and blend until smooth. Pour puree into molds (I bought these at the dollar store), and put in freezer. Freeze until solid (about 4 hours). And enjoy!

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Autumn, to me, signifies the end of unbearable humidity and itchy mosquitos bites. Don’t get me wrong, I love the summer, the pool and the beach, yet as I type this in the midst of a heat wave, I must admit I am falling for anything that reminds me of cooler temperatures. Also, lately I’ve been seeing back-to-school commercials on tv (in JULY, really??), so it’s almost impossible to not have autumn on my mind.

Incorporating leaves into my summer wardrobe has never come so naturally:

1. Double Happiness Leaf Earrings ($105) lespommettes.com

2. Floating Leaves Tunic ($78) jcrew.com

3 . Brilliant Botany Necklace ($18) modcloth.com

4. Twist-Front Bandeau Top ($30) jcrew.com 

5. K. Amato Golden Leaf Ring ($30) maxandchloe.com 

6. Weave Metal Tip Envelope Clutch ($52) asos.com 

7. Pedro Garcia Ruth Peeptoe Palm Leaf Wedge ($200) my-wardrobe.com

8.  Leaf Print Tote ($42) yesstyle.com

9. Essie Nail Polish in Geranium ($8) essie.com

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a temporary tattoo

Jul
2011
23

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Am I the only bad mom who wants to place these temporary tattoos on my baby?

Tattly is a brand new company created by a mom who was tired of the cheesy temporary tattoos her daughter kept coming to her with. These clever little tattoos are designed by moms and designers from all over, and you can even send in an application to get your tattoo created by them! They are totally non-toxic, safe and used with vegan products. It washes out in 3 days or even earlier with just a little soap… no scrubbing and raw skin needed!

I’m amused.

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no ordinary swaddle

Jul
2011
22

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When Gabriel was born, Aidan watched the DVD version of the book The Happiest Baby on the Block like it was his bible. Developed by Dr. Harvey Karp, the book teaches new parents to calm a crying newborn and the concepts are pretty simple. You may or may not already be versed in his Five S’s, but I really wanted to talk about a swaddle that has a special place in my heart.

We swaddled our newborn with lots of different kinds of swaddles, but he managed to get out of most of them. That is, until we found the miracle blanket. It is unlike other swaddles in that it has arm locks and is super simple to use… no rocket science required.

I especially appreciate the baby’s expressions changing as he gets swaddled. (It is fairly accurate). He slept so much better when we had him in the miracle blanket. We had two of them and that’s all he slept in; a diaper and the miracle blanket. He is currently 5 months old, and I just packed them away yesterday.

Since this discovery, I have become probably the biggest promoter of this product. I have recommended it to several of my pregnant friends as my #1 must have.

 

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Lately, Nico and I have been playing a lot of Pengoloo, a cute children’s game that’s a spin on the traditional memory game. It’s fun and adorable, and it’s ALL wood.
It comes with 12 penguins, 12 colored eggs, 4 iceberg scoring boards, 2 colored dice, and instructions. It’s for 2 to 4 players, ages 4 and up.

Players take turns rolling the colored dice then trying to find the matching hidden eggs which are “snuggled” under each penguin. The first to collect six penguins wins. It’s very easy to learn, even for my 3 1/2 year old!

This weekend, we’re going to a birthday party for a little boy who is turning 4. He is the youngest of three boys, and, like his older brothers, he loves super heroes and the Super Mario Brothers. What to get the kid who probably has literally every super hero paraphernalia available on the market? I think I’ll get him Pengoloo. It’s not a cool crime-fighting hero, but it’s still something he and his brothers can enjoy together.

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swimwear for boys

Jul
2011
13

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Los Angeles is scorching and we are just DYING to get in the water. Like many new mothers, I’m obsessed with finding the cutest stuff for my baby to wear. So, naturally, I started the search for little boys swimwear. What I found out was amazing; for every ten little girl bathing suits out there, there might be one article of little boy swimwear. Not only that, but people get very creative with girl swimwear…polka dots, stripes, flowers, frills, ruffles, two-piece, one-piece, halter, strapless, pink, yellow, purple, blue, green, and the list goes on… but for the little guys, they pretty much got stuck with shark themed stuff and trunks emblazoned with sayings like “surf’s up.”

So I started a search.

1. Polarn O. Pyret Swimming Trunks $13.50. These are so so so adorable. I love the Kennedy -esque style of it.

2. Polarn O. Pyret Swimming Trunks  $28.00. I’m loving the color block on these.

3. Boden  Baby Bathers $24.00. These are just so sweet with the little frogs on them.

Both Polarn O. Pyret and Boden have really cute and reasonably priced baby clothes that you must check out!

We ended up going with the Polarn O. Pyret navy blue ones. I’ll make sure to post pictures of my baby Gabriel wearing them!

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Museums aren’t necessarily where one would expect to find an infant, but it was actually pretty easy and fun to tag my little munchkin along. We visited the Tim Burton show at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and I have to say, it was a perfect show to attend with kids and adults alike; lots of cartoons, drawings, and sculptures that look more like toys than “Art.” Even if Gabriel, in all his 5 months, has never seen a single  Burton film, the high contrast costumes on characters (Tim Burton might be the only other person on earth who likes stripes more than me) were definitely entertaining for a little guy.

 

 

LACMA also has many other galleries that have interesting work that make for good photo opportunities.

An added bonus to taking an infant to a museum? They will rarely contest to photo opportunities, even if your parenting choices (placing a child on the floor of a county museum) may be questionable.

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For this year’s 4th of July, Matt and I decided we’d do something patriotic with our kids. So we took them to the annual Nathan’s Hotdog Eating Contest in Coney Island, because what’s more American than watching people stuff their faces with hotdogs?

We’d only ever seen the contest on TV, so we were beyond thrilled to be there in person. We were mostly excited for our boys, Nico (3 1/2) and Lucas (15 months), who, in theory, were going to have the best day ever. Unfortunately, reality didn’t quite work out that way.

The scorching heat alone was enough to ruin any fun day, but having to stand in it, in one spot, surrounded by thousands of fellow sweaty bystanders, only made it worse. The boys, hot and miserable, grew restless. Watching people eat hotdogs was just not their idea of fun. And, frankly (pun intended), I don’t blame them.

Matt and I tried to make it up to them by taking them on the cute kiddie rides at the famous amusement park, but they remained sweaty and miserable, as they went round and round the hot merry-go-round.

The boys napped on the car ride home, and when they woke up the temperature had cooled a bit, and the kiddie pool in our backyard was filled. Finally, we saw smiles.

I brought out some refreshing festive snacks (watermelon and blueberries). More smiles.

Later that night, we let the kids stay up past their bedtime to watch a local fireworks show from our driveway. It was a lovely ending to a long day.

Nico and Lucas may not have thoroughly enjoyed the hotdog eating contest this year, but I think that at a more suitable age (10 and up perhaps), and with the proper tools (i.e. handheld misting fan), it could’ve made for a great family-fun-filled 4th of July.

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