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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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a word on presents

Feb
2012
29

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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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Yup. Wallpaper. Hear me out…. I know we might have stigmas with wallpaper, like it was some cheesy thing we grew up with, but I really think it can be pretty cute if you pick the right one! It’s definitely making a huge comeback!

Think about something sweet and playful on one wall of your kids’ bedrooms.

These two are from Hibou Home. I love that there are boy options too! I think there is a cool vintagey vibe that comes from their “boy” wallpaper. 

Here are some others that I thought were pretty cute and stylish.

1. Fern Living Shop.

2. Julia Rothman for Hygge and West.

3. Fern Living Shop.

4. Julia Rothman for Hygge and West.

5. Dwell Studio.

6. Julia Rothman for Hygge and West.

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a little pouf

Jan
2012
26

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I’m in love with poufs and honestly, Gabriel is too. Whenever we go into a store with one, he just props himself against it and smacks it repeatedly. The woman at the Jonathan Adler store told us that little kids do it to their poufs CONSTANTLY. Hilarious!

They’re pretty versatile pieces of furniture and they look so playful and fun. You can use them as ottomans, or coffee tables, or even smacking drums. Here are a few that I particularly like!

Anthropologie pouf. $168.

Jonathan Adler pouf. $275.

Design Within Reach pouf. $380.

CB2 pouf. $89.

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a storage space

Jan
2012
25

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Remember Michelle’s post on storage solutions? Loved those! I just saw this one recently  that hasn’t been out in production yet, but it’s still pretty awesome.

It looks like a duck!! It’s on wheels! It’s crazy cute!

Find more information about Quackie here.

I’m busy doing stuff for Gabriel’s upcoming birthday bash! I can’t wait to share the crafts and pictures!

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Now that the whirlwind of the gift-giving season is over, you’re probably left with more toys than you know what to do with. (I know I definitely am!) So with the help of our children, we should probably go through all our toys and determine what we are holding on to, throwing away, and giving away.  The keepers can hide in cute toy bins like these!


1. BaffinBags Bin in Corn Yellow and White Slub Chevron ($18)

2. Gracie Toy Box. ($450)

3. 3 Sprouts Organic Storage Bin in Orange Fox. ($40)

4. Ikea Apa. ($15)

5. Argington Fuji Toy Box. ($349)

6. Kirby Block Box. ($270)

7. DwellStudio Dots Bin in Chocolate ($90)

8. Oeuf Toy Store. ($498)

9. Maude Toy Box. ($425)

10. Noah Owl Toy Box. ($330)

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I’m actually obsessed with book display. When Aidan asked me what I would want to do first in our “dream house,” I said I’d like wall to wall books with a ladder like an old library, or, let’s be honest, like Beauty and the Beast (Disney version).

I try to mix things up with our books. Sometimes they’re color coded, sometimes they lie horizontally rather than stand vertically, sometimes we put them on stools, sometimes they’re on mantels.. we get creative, because really, books on display can be like artwork and they can change a room completely.

Here are some ideas about how to mix things up with your own books!


I missed posting a tuesday etsy spotlight.. and I have no good excuse… but I have been working on some good etsy spotlights.. hopefully next week!

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a fall army

Nov
2011
09

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The weather is getting chilly and I’ve been living in cozy clothes and wearing my uggs in the house and on all our walks around the neighborhood. It could only mean one thing–the holidays are coming up.. time for wrapping paper, knee high socks, sweaters, throw blankets and ornaments.

Some things I’m loving lately:

1. polka dot wrapping paper.

2. fair isle socks

3.  chevron throw

4. cashmere sweater

5. needle felted ornament

6. danish boots

7. hot toddy. (recipe here)

8. army surplus rucksack

 

 

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