Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Cute Decor Pieces to Spice Up Your Kid's Room

Do you find yourself, when you actually have a free moment, watching HGTV and get inspired to want to spice up your kid's room?  While in a fantasy world, it would be amazing to have a top designer and interior decorator come in and do a make-over on their room, but there are simple, easy and cost-effective ways to add little accents to your little one's room.  We have a couple of ideas that are incredibly cute and fun!

Made from environmentally friendly plywood from plantation forests.  
They are beautifully finished with non toxic varnish safe for children 
and the environment.

It's so easy to create a make-shift pirate setting 
with these cute flags.  Ahoy, matey! 

And for your baby girl, grab these cute flags which don
spots, flowers and a cute paisley design.

Throw in some instant seating with a fun and adorable
bean bag with a precious dear in pink.


Monday, March 19, 2012

It Will Get Better, No Really, It Will!

For those of you parents who feel like they might have nearly hit that wall, rest assured that you are not alone.  Shall we start a support group?  
In today's Huffington Post, contributing writer-lawyer-mother Devon Corneal, wrote this piece titled, "It Will Get Better," which I'm sure most of you can relate to.  Please see if you can squeeze in five to ten minutes for a quick skim.  If all else fails, just read what's in bold. Enjoy!

"Today I watched Little Dude run to our car, marveling at how tall he's gotten, and how energetic and solidly present in the world he is. In moments like this, when I see how much he's grown and changed, I always flash back to the first year of Little Dude's four-year-long life.
Every single time, I have the same thought: I can't believe I made it out alive.

That first year was hard. The first weeks passed by in a haze of sleepless nights, breastfeeding, and trying to acclimate to having a helpless human being dictate my every move. I thought I was doing pretty well, until Blunt Husband came home one night from work when Little Dude was about six weeks old and told me I looked like Edvard Munch's "The Scream."
My mantra became "It is a good day if everyone is still alive at bedtime." I was setting the bar low, but I was ok with that. There were times in those early months when I honestly wondered how I would get through the day -- and I was just a normal mom with the normal struggles -- no colic, no post-partum depression, no complications. I honestly don't know how parents with those challenges do it.

Four years later, and life is radically different. Everyone sleeps through the night. Little Dude and I talk. We have routines. He eats normal food, picks out his own clothes and tells me when he has to go to the bathroom. These are things I could not have even imagined when I was in the trenches of hourly feedings, fighting to stay coherent in the face of sleep deprivation. I dreamed of days when I could stand down from the perpetual vigilance that infancy and early toddlerhood require.

As much as I am grateful for every moment of his life, I wouldn't go back to Little Dude's first year again for anything. I prefer Little Dude to Mewling Worm.

So for all the moms and dads out there who are hitting a wall, who are questioning whether they have the energy to get up tomorrow and do the whole thing all over again, who wonder what the hell they got themselves into, I want to reassure you -- as an "experienced" mother of a four-year old -- it will get better.

Your child will eventually sleep through the night. By "sleep through the night" I do not use the definition your pediatrician is using, which is a stretch of 5 hours of uninterrupted sleep. That definition is just cruel. I mean a full eight hours of sleep in a row. It will happen right about the time you think that someone is secretly waterboarding you, but it will happen.

You will not have to do three loads of laundry a day forever. Babies stop spitting up after every meal, disgorging what seems like more than you put in them. Mustard-hued runny poop will stop oozing out of diapers every half an hour -- although you'll pay the price because then it will start to smell. Don't think about that just yet because we're focusing on the good stuff here. Drooling will become a thing of the past. You will be able to put your kid in an outfit that will stay on for an entire day.

In a moment of exhaustion you'll forget to sterilize a baby bottle. You'll realize that it doesn't matter. Sterilization is overkill -- a good washing will do. On the horizon is a kitchen devoid of bottles, nipples and bottle warmers. You will reclaim your countertop, your cupboards and your dishpan hands. Can I get a "Hallelujah"?

Brand new moms -- you know those night-sweats you're going through -- the ones that leave you feeling like you've been sleeping in a bathtub? I know they came as a shock, no one warned me either, but they'll stop soon and you won't have to wring out your sheets every morning. On the bright side, you're still doing those three loads of laundry for the kid, so what's one more?

You'll figure out how to carry the infant car seat that weighs five times what your baby does, your purse and the-cup-of-coffee-that-is-the-only-thing--keeping-you-from-crashing-the-car-thank-you-very-much, all at the same time. One day you'll get rid of the infant seat altogether. That's a very good day.

Your baby will stop staring vacantly at the ceiling and will smile at you. This clever bit of evolution will kick in around the time you're considering sending him or her back for a newer and more independent model. That smile will change your life forever. It will also keep you from going on a bender.

If you're breastfeeding, you'll be able to stop. This is no small thing. Because no matter how meaningful or profound you find the experience, or if you nurse for one month or one year, at some point you've looked at your swollen breasts and sore nipples as you dragged yourself out of bed at 2 a.m. for the 15th day in a row and wished you could mix up some formula, hand it to someone else and go back to sleep. This magical day is coming. You won't be a mobile milk truck forever. If the thought of that makes you a little sad, that too will pass.

You'll learn what all the different cries mean. Whether you choose to act on those cries, well, that's entirely up to you. I won't judge. Even better is when your child starts to talk. Things get so much easier once you know that "glisphiflbab" means "raisins, please." Being called "da-da" or "ma-ma" also makes up for a lot.

The bags under your eyes and the poochy stomach will go away. I'm talking to you too dads -- pregnancy weight does not discriminate.

Slowly but surely, the claustrophobic bubble of parenting that consumes you when your kids are infants will burst. Things will get easier. Things will get better. You'll have adult conversations, enjoy a glass (or two) of wine, and have sex with your partner. You may read a book, hit the gym, or leave the house without a diaper bag. Eventually, you won't need the diaper bag at all. Right now, it seems impossible, I know, but the world is still out there waiting for you. You just have to get through the first year."

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Go Vintage!

We all know what spring cleaning means - out with the old and in with new, they say.  If you're looking to add a little vintage flair to your child's toy collection, check out these cuties by Empress Arts that will bring back some memories.  

(comes in a great box which is perfect for gift giving)

 Made of solid wood and painted vintage yellow with speckles of  
flowers along the belly, with a head and tail on springs to bob.

(this retro toy will last for years & looks good
on the toy shelf long after your child has outgrown it)

Made of solid wood and painted vintage cream color with speckles of 
gold and flowers along the belly, with floppy fabric ears and a head and 
tail on springs to bob.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Spring Delights

It's official - the first day of spring starts next Tuesday, March 20th and we are ready!  Bring on more sunny days (as if we don't get enough in LA), flowers blooming and fuzzy bunnies everywhere. 

Disney's Family Fun website has the cutest ideas for healthy treats.  Grab your little ones and head to the kitchen for some fun, spring inspired snacks - all delicious and healthy.  For instance, how about a vegetable flower?  How fun is this?

Or these adorable Carrot Patches.

Make everyone feel like a star with these Watermelon Pop Stars.  They're so simple and you can even freeze them when it gets really hot in the summer.

Who doesn't love anything in an ice cream cone?  Here your kids can enjoy a mini dessert-like snack cone with healthy treats inside.

So bring in the spring with some fun new treats for your little sweeties!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Cute Spring Dresses

It's time to put away those drab dark colors and bring out the sweet, pastel colored wardrobe that you've been hiding all winter for your little one.  The perfect place to start is getting a new dress for spring activities.  We have a few options below that we think you'll love!

Start with this adorable 'Blue Angel' Toile Dress Set - with an elasticized top, hand embroidered embellishments and matching knickers.

Talk about cute!  Every little girl needs their own 'Pretty in Pink' Smocked Gingham Dress, designed by us! This precious dress has small heart details and a waist tie in the back.  Perfect for any fun occasion.

And this dress is as cute as a robin's egg - 'My Beautiful Blue' Smocked Dress.  This is the perfect little party dress with the smocked design, hand embroidery and sash that ties in the back.

Monday, March 5, 2012

It's Time To Celebrate - Spring!

Awww, it's nearly time to wash away those winter blues and welcome in spring with open arms.  So, gather up the troops (or rather the little ones!) and celebrate spring with a party!  Whether it's for a birthday or easter, there are many fun activities that you can do make sure your kids have the best time ever. 

Create fun themes and activities such as a tissue flower making area for a Flower Party. 

 Taunt the boys with Green Jell-o Frogs. Here's how to make these delicious treats:

-To make green Jell-O frogs that won’t melt, combine 4 envelopes of unflavored gelatin with 3 packages of lime-flavored gelatin in a large bowl. Add 4 cups of boiling water and stir until dissolved. Pour the mixture into a lightly greased 9" x 13" pan, and chill until set. Use cookie cutters to cut out frog shapes and add two mini chocolate chips for the eyes.

And top the day off with fun party favors such as: butterfly nets, flower cookie cutters, mini bubbles and sidewalk chalk.