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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an oreo alternative

Mar
2012
08

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How good are oreos?
I like to eat them all different ways: split open, cream first, cookies last; the entire cookie in one mouth full; split open, cookie first then cream with cookie last; crumbled up in ice cream (aka cookies and cream ice cream); and the conventional way, in several little bites of cookie, cream and cookie. They’re amazing! They’re also 100 years old this year!

Did you know that oreos had a healthy cousin alternative? They’re called raweos! They’re made with almonds, coconut, carob, cashews, vanilla, honey and cinnamon, and they’re PRETTY good. They’re no replacement, but they are pretty yummy in their own right.

I’m not so super down with “healthy” alternatives because it gives the false impression that you can eat more of them “guilt-free,” but since these are pretty nutrient-dense (coconut, cashew and almond), they’re filling you don’t really want to eat too many of them. I gave Gabriel a little taste after his dinner tonight (he ate sardines for dinner–what a strange kid!) and he LOVED that little bite. Find them here or at your local health food store. 

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Happy Tuesday friends! Today’s etsy spotlight is LauraFrisk who is all about woodblock prints and plushies! LOVE! Woodblock printing is actually a really old technique for creating artwork. It was traditionally used on fabric, then later on paper. Are you familiar with Japanese woodblock prints? This is probably the most well-known one, or this one?

Anyway, I have been loving all the little fox-themed stuff I’ve been seeing around lately… and it’s totally the new “cute” animal to put on stuff. There was the bird, then the owl, and now it’s the fox. What do you think will be next?

If you’re not into foxes, she has a lot of other cute little creatures available at her store! Check out that fawn!

And if you’re not ready for foxes…she also has a pretty cute owl.

I hope you’re all having a fantastic week! We’re back home from San Francisco!

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We always try to have Gabriel eat whatever we eat. It’s really important to me that he doesn’t have to have some special meal, just for him. Sometimes it doesn’t really work out that well (raw arugula salad really isn’t his thing) but most of the time he eats whatever we give him.

This meal is a staple in our home. It is really simple and, more importantly, really yummy. I mentioned the Thomas Keller Bouchon cookbook in this post about my favorite French stuff. This chicken is straight out of that cookbook, but the same recipe can also be found here.

We (usually) don’t roast an entire chicken.
We do just roast individual thighs.
We don’t use butter; this recipe lists it as an ingredient.
We do use dijon mustard, you should too.

We pair it with a simple arugula salad. This particular night, we put apples in our salad. Gabriel doesn’t eat salad yet. He feeds it to Chloe.

You will love this chicken. Swearsies.

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We’re changing up the Friday posts. Five was too limiting! It will now be more like a week in review! I mentioned that we’re in San Francisco this week… we keep extending our stay, which doesn’t bother me one bit, except that I miss our dog Chloe so much.

But onto the good stuff.

Meeting up with some baby friends in San Francsico. On the far left with the amazing cheeks is Paolo, the precious little lady getting mauled by is Frankie, and the kid desperate to make eye contact with her to get her to laugh would be Gabriel. The two babies are the children of Aidan’s very best childhood friends. They were all born in 2011! This was the first time that they all met. It was so precious.

A date night. We went to see this year’s Oscar winning best picture, The Artist. Black and white AND silent?  Aidan totally gave into me with this one. I’m now even more enamored by the roaring twenties.

We took a little trip to this sweet little bakery, Miette. I can’t talk about it enough. It is ridiculously stylish and the sweets are unreal. Miette means little one, or crumb in French. It was a top baby girl name for us before we found out Gabriel was a boy!

A trip to sight glass coffee. I had my first cup of coffee in MONTHS! We went to sight glass coffee. The place is ridiculous and amazing. I mean, look at that sink! It smells like heaven in there!

Gabriel meets his first fish at the Academy of Sciences. He thought this place was magic. I agreed.

La Taqueria with the hubs SANS baby! We’ve been taking advantage of Aidan’s mom and going out a lot just the two of us. This place is Aidan’s favorite…and I’ve definitely jumped on the bandwagon.

 

Have a good weekend! See you all on Monday!

 

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a travel tip

Mar
2012
01

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Are you going somewhere? With your baby or toddler perhaps? Here’s a tip that I found so useful.

Order a few of your supplies online and have them delivered to your destination!

Diapers.com is amazing for this since the packages arrive super fast, you can usually get free shipping and you don’t have to deal with packing extra stuff or running to the store once you get to your destination.

You can order regular and overnight diapers, wipes, sunscreen, baby wash (so you don’t have to deal with airline fluid issues) and outlet plugs (which I forgot).

If you’re staying at a hotel, just make sure to call the hotel ahead of time and let them know!

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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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