Archive for March 2012

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When I was prego, I thought I was the frumpiest thing on two feet.

The first trimester was ok…the second was amazing, then the third, oh the third, there are very little photographs of the third…


I had convinced myself that I didn’t need to buy maternity clothes partially because I was in denial about how big I was getting, but mostly because I couldn’t really find any clothes that I liked. But recently, I heard about the HATCH collection, a clothing line for stylish maternity clothes, but with an added bonus of the clothes totally transforming into regular stylish clothes after having your babe! Clothes for before, during, and after pregnancy—for reals!


I’m definitely going to invest in some key pieces the next time I’m knocked up.. also, I LOVE how these models wear heels while pregnant! Why did I think that they were forbidden?

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I was so excited about posting this etsy spotlight last week, but alas, our site wasn’t working.. but now it’s up and running! Yipee!!!

This week’s etsy spotlight is dualchocolate, where you’ll find handmade products made with natural fibers. I found the items so beautifully crafted and unique that I HAD to share it with you all. The textures vary from soft and fuzzy to intricate and delicate. The colors are unreal and are so flattering. Love! I’d love to wear that green necklace over a white tee and some jeans…such a perfect piece to dress up any ensemble.

Moreover, her sweet crochet bears are so adorable. The simplicity is so refreshing and perfect for your little ones to use their own imagination for the bear’s personality. Love x2!

As a special little bonus, she is offering our readers a 20% discount on all items in her store with the code sweetsprout. Visit her store here!

I love her stuff, I hope you do too!

Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone!

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a few laundry tips

Mar
2012
26

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I know right? How disgustingly domestic of me to post something about something as mundane as laundry. I suppose I was a little inspired by the Mad Men chatter for the premiere last night. Unfortunately, laundry is real and it sucks and it is the task I hate the MOST. I mean, I’d rather clean the bathrooms than fold laundry.

In our house, clean clothes take a long journey  from being in the hamper back into their respective drawers and shelves. They might spend a few days in the hamper, waiting to be washed, then they might spend the night in the washing machine, two nights in the dryer, a night in the clean clothes basket, two nights folded in the basket then maybe it will make it into the closet…maybe. I’m TERRIBLE at it, but I’ve tried to get better. Desperately tried to find ways to make it tolerable for me. And well, you might already know these things, you might not, but I thought I’d share them anyway.

Presort laundry. The whole wash only darks and only whites thing is total bollocks, unless you’re washing something for the FIRST few times and it’s something that is heavily pigmented, like blues, blacks or reds. So I wash things according to how it folds, ie all towels are washed together with kitchen towels, all tshirts and sweatshirts, all pants and sweats, then there’s usually a load of underwear, socks and other odds and ends. Not only does this conserve energy, but it makes folding SO much easier.

Remove shirts after a few mins in the dryer. Nothing’s more annoying than a crumpled up shirt. Ugh, not only did you get through the laundry, but now you have to iron? No thanks! Remove the shirt from the dryer after a few mins and hang it. Those wrinkles will never appear! And if you forget, this guy is pretty awesome.

Do a load a day. It makes it a lot more manageable and only takes a few minutes a load, rather than spending all weekend doing laundry.

Get rid of “blowout” stains by leaving soiled clothes in the sun. Forreals. It works. Just leave it out in the sun and it fades.

Aaand lastly, here are a few of my favorite products:

Dryerballs. Save money on dryer sheets!
Stain Remover. This stuff is a miracle. Love it.
Stain stick to go. I keep this in my purse now. I don’t know how I ever lived without it.

image via Jezebel.

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This adorable vintagey looking toy is actually an MP3 player for kids. Since it’s made for very young cutie pies who [typically] can’t read yet, the buttons aren’t labeled with numbers or letters; instead they’re different colors, each with a different function, allowing little fingers and imaginations to explore and control sounds freely. Also, it’s battery operated, which means there are no cords or wires for little teeth to chew on. Brilliant, right?

When I saw this, I fell in love immediately. Unfortunately though, I can’t find a source that sells this German beauty in the US. Verflucht! 

www.hoerbert.com/

 

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I’m not sure if it’s because I’m still in St. Patrick’s day mode or if it’s because I just naturally love this green stone, but lately I can’t stop thinking about jade. Did you know that jade is an ancient stone believed to have many significant energies? Holding it or wearing it can bring financial luck, and it can protect against accidents and misfortunes; and its soothing color provides healing properties, aiding in self-healing. It also happens to be the gemstone for both Pisces and Libra, mine and Andrea’s zodiac signs. It’s no wonder I’m so drawn to jade!

As I type this, my nails are painted in Jade by OPI. I know it’s not the actual jade stone, but hopefully just wearing the color will provide some of the magical energies of jade (though I’m doubtful). Below are some more jade-colored items we thought were pretty neat.

1) girl’s chino ruffle jacket, crewcuts. 2) ipad case, cygnett. 3)  jade link necklace, kenneth jay lane 4) jade nail polish, chanel 5) mint-dipped hobo, anthropologie 6) antique sea fan, vintagebytheshore 7) color-changing nightlight, boon 8) fabia x band sandals, pour la victoire 9) tear drop jade ring, toosis

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It’s been a little quiet over here. Sorry! I’ve been feeling a little uninspired lately, which I suppose means that I need to go out and do stuff to seek out a little inspiration.. not a bad idea!

 

A morning hike. We’ve been taking a few morning hikes at Griffith Park with my sister. It’s such a beautiful trail, quiet and full of nature. Our doggie gets to go off leash and explore the sites, my sister and I catch up on life and work our buns off, Gabriel gets to nap, and Aidan gets to have the morning off.. everybody wins!

A date with Frankie Ling (and her mommy). I go on weekly dates with this little girl and her mommy. She’s Gabriel’s best girl.. and you can see why! This week we went to the Grove to see the new Diane Von Furstenberg collaboration with Gap Kids.  It was all for girls, but it was CRAZY cute!

A new pair of pajamas + sleeping. I just got Gabriel some new pajamas at the Gap. He just kills me. We love sleep. The other day, I was able to talk to my sister (in the Philippines) for an hour and a half while he slept. That would be a favorite for the week for me, but I wasn’t sure how to photograph that. I rarely get to talk to her for so long uninterrupted, so it was really special!

A new set of spice jars. I LOVE our new spice jars. Aidan put all the spices in them and it made me so so happy. It was KILLING me to have a bunch of random spice containers and now they’re all pretty and uniform in these weck jars.

A spa date. My friend Kyo and I went to a Korean spa to get our bods exfoliated. It was so fantastic. Aidan took care of Gabriel all afternoon and through the evening (THANK YOU, LOVE!) and I got to relax with my friend. We got really hungry after, so we asked the women at the spa to recommend a good restaurant. The woman told us she’d write the name of the restaurant down… and handed us THAT piece of paper and some vague directions. We were pretty dubious that we’d be able to find it, but Kyo was able to match the characters with the restaurant! AmASIAN!

A new book to read. Steve Jobs’ biography. I can’t put it down. It’s so good.

A petrified pitbull. Chloe is a rescued pitbull. She has issues. One of them being that she is TERRIFIED of the wind. If she so much as hears a window creek, she runs for cover. I found her hiding in the shower. It didn’t make me happy, it’s not my favorite thing, but it’s stinkin’ cute.

A record player. WE FOUND IT! The Fisher Price record player! I had it when I was a kid and we got it for Gabriel recently, after popping our heads in almost every baby store. I could’ve just ordered it from Amazon, but the quest to find it was more fun. This toy was for me, but Gabriel seems to really enjoy it too.

Alright folks, we get our new vitamix today (we had one, but it moved out with my brother-in-law, leaving me a little depressed and begging for one for the past few months). I’m beyond excited. Aidan keeps teasing me and telling me that he keeps waiting for me to say “I just want everything to be perfect for it’s arrival.” I’ve been buying all sorts of supplies, like stuff to ingredients for smoothies and sippy cups with straws for Gabriel. His teasing is warranted for sure.

Have a FANTASTIC Saint Patrick’s day and also a happy Michelle birth day…. to my bestest friend in the whole wide world. I love you. You are my ultimate Friday fave!

 

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a pair of shoes

Mar
2012
14

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I’ve been obsessing a little about shoes for Gabriel. I’m failing at the original plan of “one pair of shoes per size.” Another thing I’m obsessing about? Matching my shoes with his! We’ve already both got Toms thanks to Christmas and birthday presents!

But here’s a little roundup of shoes I’m loving for mommies (and sometimes daddies) and kids (sometimes girls and sometimes boys).

1 & 2. Zara Ballet Flats. Mommy and Baby.
3 & 4. Salt Water Sandals. (I actually got these two exact pairs for me and G. I have a picture of myself as a kid wearing these). Mommy and Baby.
5 & 6. Minnetonka Moccasins. Mommy and Baby.
7 & 8. Jefferson Shoes. Mommy/Daddy and Baby.

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a lovey

Mar
2012
12

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Does your child have a lovey? What in the world is a lovey? Some sort of comfort item, think Linus’ blanket in the Peanuts cartoons, an item that they find comfort in.

I tried to give Gabriel a lovey when he was an infant, but he wasn’t that into it. I gave up on the idea. His grandpa gave him this funny looking monkey bear stuffie. It’s made of Alpaca fur and is quite possibly the softest thing I’ve ever felt. They’re handmade and crazy expensive, but they’re meant to last for generations… an heirloom doll. Find them here.

So one day, while I was putting him to bed, he decided to tug at my hair, the hair that has JUST begun to grow into the bald spots I acquired after having him (my hair fell out in chunks). Desperate to keep those delicate little hairs, I grabbed this doll and put it in his hands. Lo and behold, a lovey.

He pretty much sleeps with this guy nightly now and whimpers if you take it away! Do your kids sleep with a lovey? What is it?

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I feel like I always start off my Friday posts by saying how quickly the week flew by, but seriously, how fast does life zoom past us? Can someone show me where the pause button is?

Life over here has been pretty eventful. I just need to manage my time better to fit in some regular blogging, which I haven’t been doing much of lately. Andrea, I still don’t know how you manage to do it all.

On to the good stuff. My favorites:

A new chair. We bought this chair to go in the foyer; a place to sit while putting on shoes. However, it doesn’t really suit the room the way I had imagined (and I thought about it A TON before purchasing), so now it just floats around from room to room…

A buddy for the week. This week, it was Nico’s turn to take home the class teddy bear and have him tag along on his day-to-day. Teddy Skywalker (the name Nico gave him) came with us to the Mayan Empire exhibit at the Long Island Children’s Museum, to gymnastics class, to hockey practice, on playdates, to Grandma and Pop pop’s house… everywhere!

An easy morning moment. The other day,  I sat next to my boys while they ate  breakfast, and I sipped my coffee while looking through the March 2012 Anthropologie catalogue. It was quite lovely.

A castle by Nico. Seeing my kids make stuff like this makes me so proud. Every time they make something, anything, I think of Dave Chappelle and when he talked about his kids making jewelry out of macaroni. Watch this, it’s pretty hilarious (Warning: Dave uses potty mouth).

A sweet brotherly moment captured. My boys, like any other brother duo, have their fair share of fights. And sometimes they get along so well.

A new clock/outdoor thermometer for inside. Putting this in the foyer has made life more efficient, because now when we’re on our way out, we know not only the time but also the temperature outside and can dress accordingly!

A nice warm winter day. I’m not sure how it is in your part of the world, but this winter in New York has been unseasonably mild. Yesterday, it almost reached 70 degrees out here, which is quite unheard of this early in March. We took advantage of the weather and hung out at the playground. Why can’t every New York winter be like this? Right?

 A hairy family portrait. My niece is into mustaches. It was her 11th birthday this week. Naturally we all wore mustaches to celebrate the occasion. 

Btw, did you know that March is National Craft month? Do you have any craft ideas to share? We’d love to hear!

I hope you have a good weekend, friends! xo

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a word on manners

Mar
2012
08

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I’m reading that book that I had mentioned in this post,  Bringing up Bebe. I’m actually enjoying it, but taking most of it with a grain of salt. It’s a pretty easy and entertaining read.

One thing that really stuck with me is when the author, Pamela Druckerman, talks about manners and what is taught to French kids. She says that generally speaking, American kids are taught to say “please and thank you,” and that’s the main stuff, but the French kids are taught two more things, bonjour and au revoir… yeah that’s right, “hi” and “bye.” What’s that you say? American kids are taught to say “hi” and “bye” too, duh, but hear me out.

In essence, greeting adults and acknowledging an their presence. She talks about how children saying “please” and “thank you” puts them in a children’s role, with an adult who is expected to do/have done something for them, but that saying “hi” is almost like a basic human courtesy.. that little sign of acknowledgement. Makes sense right?

My parents were hard asses about this. It didn’t matter if I was having a tantrum or if I was too tired, hungry or grumpy, when I saw an aunt, uncle, family friend whatever, I HAD to greet them. It wasn’t a big production, it was just “hi.” It’s a simple way to be polite and courteous. And it’s so funny because I find myself making Gabriel greet people, even if he can’t really do much. I still greet everyone, and with him, I just say things like “say hi to nana,” knowing that he won’t say a word.

I think its really important to get in the habit of manners from very early on, so that it’s not as difficult to introduce later in life. What do you think about that? Do you think it’s a little much to ask a kid to greet an entire room of adults? Or do you think it’s important? What are some other “manners” that you were taught? What are some manners that you teach your kids? I’d love to hear!

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