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a baby monitor app

Jun
2012
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It’s true, there’s an app for almost anything.

Once upon a time, when Gabriel was 2 months old, we took a trip to San Francisco to visit Aidan’s parents and attend his friend’s wedding. We stayed at his mom’s house and I forgot the one and only thing that you should never forget when staying in a big house–the baby monitor. It wasn’t so awesome. .

Little baby Gabriel was asleep and we put him in a bassinet in the living room while we watched TV in the den. I eventually told Aidan I was going to go to bed in the downstairs apartment and forgot to tell him to bring the baby down when he was going to bed (why I didn’t take him with me is beyond me). Of course, he didn’t take him because he didn’t know to.

5am rolls around and I realized he didn’t wake up to nurse, which at that age he did about 3 times by 5am. I woke Aidan up and said, “where’s booboo?” (that’s what we call Gabriel).

“What do you mean ‘where’s booboo?’” he responded.

My legs FLEW up those stairs and found my little 10 week old son asleep in the big dark living room–he probably cried and cried until he just fell asleep. It still makes me sad to think about it.

What I didn’t realize was, duh, I should’ve searched for an app. So the next time we went to San Francisco, I searched for an app and found DOZENS! The one we owned didn’t work well at all, so I returned it and stuck with the app instead and I’ve never looked back.

I get kudos on the app all the time because it works so well. You leave your phone with your sleeping babe and you basically set it up to call another phone when your little one cries for a certain amount of time (you decide how long).

Like I said, there are a ton, but this one is the one I use. You can even record your own voice or play a song from your music library if your baby wakes up and hearing your voice or a song can soothe him or her back to sleep.

Also kind of neat? The app records them so you can hear what they do and say and even save that! Gabriel sometimes wakes up and says, “aha” his name for Chloe, which makes me think that he’s dreaming about her. So cute.

This app is perfect for traveling since it takes up NO space and costs a grand total of $2.99. Pretty good deal, right?

There are video monitor ones too, but I can’t do that because I’d spend the entire night staring at his little face. Because really? Why wouldn’t I?

also, other travel tips and one more here.

PS. Sorry for the lull last week, my big sister was in town from the Philippines and I was preoccupied laughing and enjoying her company. She’s back home now and I’m totally depressed about it.

 

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Father’s day is this Sunday! What are you all planning to do?

1. Swiss Army Knife. My dad got me one of these a while ago (my dad wished I was a boy, still does) and they’re incredibly useful and classic.

2. Solar Powered Radio. For when dad’s working or relaxing outside.

3. Wall-Mounted Bottle Opener. It’s just so stylish. Why not?

4. Thermos. I’ve been obsessed with thermoses lately. I think they’re so cute, and so Fred Flintstone-y.

5. Wall Clock. Aidan’s been eyeing this for a while. I love it too.

6. Coffee Mill. For the coffee loving dad who can’t talk before he’s had his coffee.

7. Darth Vader and Son Book. Have you seen this book? It’s AMAZING.

8. Craftsman Toolbox. These have a lifetime guarantee. What dad doesn’t enjoy organizing his tools?

9. Canon Rebel Digital SLR Camera. Pretend it’s for dad, but we really know, it really is for you.

 

or the old standby, a card, a drawing, and a photograph in a frame is always pretty awesome.

 

More gift guides for guys here.

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I love these bottles. I basically just threw out all of Gabriel’s other sippy cups and bought a couple more of these for Gabriel. He’s thrown them several times and they have proven to be pretty resilient, in case you were wondering. Have you heard of lifefactory? I’m mildly obsessed with this company. I don’t know if there is any other way to talk about why I love their products so much without a list, so here it is:

1. Their bottles are glass–the safest material to drink water from. This means they are BPA-free (and a lot of other yucky things-free). This means that your kid never has to drink funny tasting water out of a plastic or metal container. This also means that it can be heated without melting the way plastic does–blech.

2. Their designs are super chic. The colors are really quite stylish and the designs are simpleand not over the top.

3. Their bottles can be used at different stages thanks to interchangeable tops. Use the bottle top when your baby is a wee one, sippy top at the toddler stage, and plain bottle cap later or even for you! You can keep your original bottles and just buy different tops on their website or on amazon.

Remember this post about green smoothies with Gabriel drinking out of it?

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We had to take a few family pictures yesterday, for a little project we’re doing. I wanted to share them with you, because I love them so, but also because I wanted to show off Gabriel’s awesome sweatshirt.



Gabriel’s sweatshirt was a gift from a brand new store, just launched yesterday in fact! Sammy and Claire carries high-end luxury brands that are also socially responsible and eco friendly…and their buyers have an amazing eye–all their kids’s clothes are mega stylish! Love!! Find Gabriel’s adorable Stella McCartney sweatshirt here.

To celebrate their launch, Sammy and Claire are hosting a contest and giving away $100 to one lucky fan in the month of May! Visit their Facebook page here and make sure you “like” them to enter the contest! The winner will be chosen at random on May 15.

photographs by Martine.

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Mother’s day is right around the corner. I like to send out cards for all the mommies in my life, but once in awhile, I send something in the mail that is a little bigger than a card. Just something fun for the moms in my life.

1. Bathing Girls Tea Cups. My former intern, Alex, is living in Japan, just posted a picture with these. I was interested in them before, now I’m just obsessed.

2. Blooming Tea Bombs. I bought these flowering tea bombs once upon a time. I saved them for so long because I was waiting for a special occasion. I ended up saving them TOO long and they were brittle and broken once I finally tried one. The moral of the story: every day can be a special occasion. Use your flowering tea bombs.

3. Sweet Paul Magazine. Aidan turned me on to this magazine. It’s so stylish.

4. Shortbread Cookies. I have recently discovered that I love shortbread cookies. I love that they’re not too sweet and perfect for an afternoon snack.

5. Two Kisses for Maddy by Matt Logelin. This book had me in buckets of tears, love and appreciation of my little family. Warning, he curses… A lot. I’ve got the mouth of an exceptionally foul-mothed pirate, so I didn’t even really notice.

6. Set of Two Ceramic TV Dinner Trays.We’re always looking for vintage TV dinner tray tables. These would be so fun to have once we finally find the perfect ones!

7. Josie Maran Hydrating Body Butter with Argan Oil. Natural, organic moisturizer!

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I saw this Pride and Prejudice book by Jennifer Adams a few months ago and just about died of cuteness. I know I might get stoned to death for saying this, but I am not a big fan of Jane Austen. I find the stories entertaining, of course, but I think they’ve just been done too many times. Still, this book, and its siblings caught my eye and captured my heart.

The Pride and Prejudice book basically tells the entire classic story in a counting book.  2 gentlemen, 4 marriage proposals, so on and so forth. I haven’t seen the other ones in person, yet, but I imagine that they are just as clever and adorable. The illustrations, done by Alison Oliver, are like little works of art.

Check out her website here and find the books for purchase on amazon here!

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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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a word on presents

Feb
2012
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What is the etiquette when it comes to gift-giving for kids? I’ve talked about this extensively among like-minded parents, and it’s such a touchy subject, I thought I’d bring it up here.

Here’s the problem: I’m neurotic. I’ll own up to it. I’m probably less neurotic than a lot, but more neurotic than most. I like my house, and I think we live in a pretty cute and well curated home. For the most part, things don’t come into our home without long discussions, frequent visits to the furniture store, taking home samples of fabric and lots of envisioning of what it will look like in the space. It happens, it’s annoying and it’s fun: I’m keeping it real on a sprouting acorn. I mean, you don’t even have to be neurotic about your home, maybe you live in a small apartment and space is limited.

My sister got this rocking horse from the Pasadena Flea Market. It is the biggest toy in our home. She asked me about 8x if I liked it. It was very considerate and I really do like it. 

So what happens when someone decides to give your kid a MASSIVE teddy bear? (I need to be clear that everyone has been very considerate of us with Gabriel and his toys). When my cousin and I were younger, someone gave her a GIGANTIC teddy bear. It took up half her room and it took both of us to move it around. She thought it was awesome and I was jealous of her, but I’m not sure her parents felt the same way. Her parents, my aunt and uncle, live in a gorgeous home, covered with antiques and sculptures. He is an artist, she owns a gallery, they both love aesthetics and decorating their homes. Their beach house is actually featured in this book and they rent it out via this facebook page. (Their beach house has a TOTALLY different look than their home in the city, but I really digress).

I never thought about this stuff before I had a kid, but now I’m conscious of it and KNOW that I myself have been this kind of gift-giver. I remember giving my niece a pink princess vanity table, and maybe her parents cringed when they saw it. Who knows? Most of us know what it’s like to want to get the most awesome gift for your favorite kid. And we ALL know that when it comes to little kids, the bigger the gift, the closer you get to being their favorite. As parents, when your well-meaning friend hands over a huge gift to your kid and everyone’s eyes light up with excitement, how can you be the grumpy friend/parent who says “OVER MY DEAD BODY IS THAT FUGLY THING COMING INTO MY HOME”? You can’t because it’s impolite and we’ve always been taught to be gracious receivers. My aunt and uncle lived with this bear (and they still do, because at this point, he’s part of the family).

So, how do you handle this?  Do you think you should make a registry for your kids? That’s takes away the fun for gift-givers and it maybe a little presumptuous and impolite? I should note that I did create a list at a store for my own parents after overhearing my dad’s colleagues talking about needing to get Gabriel a motorized car that he could ride on. Maybe you just smile politely, take a few pictures and haul it off to goodwill? Or perhaps you just let go of trying to control the situation and live with the giant bear?

For my family and close friends, I ask the parents what they want for their kids. And if they are being polite and refuse to tell me, I get that kid some books, because they’re timeless, unobtrusive, and you really can’t have enough of them. And if books aren’t your thing (there’s something wrong with you), you will never go wrong with something small and cute (provided it isn’t a living creature). But maybe always include a gift receipt.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this.


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