Category: Baby Stuff

5 Fantastic Etsy Finds for Baby Girls

Posted on Apr 10, 2021 by 4 Comments

Oh Etsy how I love thee…

It is my go-to spot for handmade and vintage anything. I love that at the stroke of a key, I can find something with a unique and personal touch. I only wish I were so crafty.

When it comes to our little bundles of joy and those of our friends, Etsy is a fantastic place to find the perfect items. Below I have 5 Fantastic Etsy Finds for those little girls who are sugar and spice and everything nice. From their rooms to their diaper bag and their first year photo, you will find an item that is fitting. Read more…

Modern Baby with the Bloom Fresco High Chair

Posted on Apr 2, 2021 by 5 Comments

When I think of a high chair, I think of functional, wooden or plastic with tacky characters on it. Unfortunately, that’s what I tend to see at the stores I frequent for my baby supplies. And then, I get a glimpse at stylish and functional baby items and think to myself, now why didn’t I do more research?

Enter the Bloom Fresco High Chair.

This chair is sleek, modern and just plain gorgeous. If you’re going to have a free standing high chair, why not consider one of these? Now granted, it may not fit your decor, but does the Winnie the Pooh or Fisher Price Fish motif go either?

Now, the above high chair does make a pretty big impact both in design and space - so if you’re looking for simple, sleek and small - Bloom High Chairs has a simpler (and cheaper!) chair. It comes in five colors in addition to the white below - so you don’t have to go completely basic. Read more…

1 Thing You Can Do Now to Give Your Child an Advantage in School

Posted on Mar 27, 2021 by 5 Comments

Our oldest, Sydnie, is a whiz in math and science. In fact, they are her favorite subjects in school … even though she’d never admit it because it’s totally uncool to like such subjects when you’re a 12-year-old girl.

But she is great at them. At first, I couldn’t understand how this happened. These two subjects were my least favorite in school. I always did poorly in them because I just wasn’t interested. Naturally, I was drawn to English and language … shocking, I know.

But, after reading this summary of a study at Parents News Now, written by Holly Lebowitz Rossi, I’m left wondering if I did something right without even knowing it. This 15-year study directly correlates how parents play with their children and the effect of that play on kids once they hit 5th grade. Read more…

5 Decisions You Make Before Baby Arrives

Posted on Mar 16, 2021 by 3 Comments

Becoming a parent is a momentous occasion. It’s a step in life where you and your significant other take that next great leap into your future. But, there are so many unknowns and so many things that come to mind when attempting to prepare for such a journey. So what are the “must-make” decisions every parent should decide on before baby arrives? Well, as a mom of three, I have narrowed down the seemingly endless list to a manageable starting point. Read more…

Brooke Jackman Foundation Announced Top 10 Valentine’s Day Children’s Books

Posted on Feb 11, 2021 by 1 Comment

Personally, I’m all about candy and shiny things for Valentine’s Day.

But with the rise in childhood obesity and all the ailments that go with often horrid diets, I can see where pushing books instead of candy is a good idea.

The Brooke Jackman Foundation, a non-profit focused on childhood literacy, has named their Top 10 picks in the category of Valentine’s Day Books for Kids. Read more…

Go Ahead, Get Messy With It

Posted on Feb 1, 2021 by No Comments

Messy and outside, a toddler’s dream. Modern Playhouse has made an outdoor playhouse for all those times when you want to go out and play in the garden rain or shine. It’s called the Dacha playhouse, named for a Russian garden house. Not to be confused with danke, which is German for thanks.

The playhouse can simply provide shade or it can be a garden/green house or Read more…

5 Tips to Photograph Infants

Posted on Jan 12, 2021 by 4 Comments

Cooochichooochicoooooo.

Truth be told, it’s not hard to photograph babies. They are always so, so, so cute. But it is hard to take a GOOD picture of babies, what with all their moving, squirming, and drive-by smiles. You’ve got to be on your toes!

Here are few tricks Read more…

I’m In Love with Felt

Posted on Jan 3, 2021 by 3 Comments

I know it’s been around a while, it being from sheep and all, but I’m just discovering how amazing felt is. Felt can be used for oh so many things. And, 100% wool felt is amazingly earth friendly - again, think sheep!

Think coasters, like these from Etsy. Since wool is naturally water resistant, it makes for a perfect coaster. One that won’t let your glass drip all over your table when you pick it up either. So no little dribbles.

What about folded and stitched into a bin for toys? Get a load of this adorable felt toy Read more…

Busy Bag Ideas for Idle Hands

Posted on Dec 21, 2020 by 4 Comments

I think whoever said that idle hands were the devil’s workshop must have had toddlers! Oh, what can happen.

While you can put toddlers to work whenever you need to busy them, I can think of no better time than the holidays, with the possibility of being stuck inside with adults who are busy themselves, to have a “busy bag” for a toddler (or any aged kid for that matter - it just depends on what you fill it with). A busy bag is simply a toy or game that can keep little hands busy that is stored in a gallon Ziploc bag and whipped out when needed.

I love these bag ideas from The Rigneys. So many options for little hands to get down to some focused work. The felt board is especially great and can transform into oh so many things: Read more…

Your Kid Can Star in Their Very Own Fairy Tale

Posted on Dec 15, 2020 by 4 Comments

OMG. Fairies! When did fairies take over my children? Fairies are like crack. You get one taste and you gotta have more, more, more. Not that I know beans about crack, it’s just that, well, you know.

Both my girls are wild about fairies, especially the older one. Oh, how I did her wrong!

See, my friends over at I See Me thought my girls would like a fairy tale made just about them. And I did a bad thing. I over-thought it.

I thought that I could get one book, for the younger daughter, and let her feel like the princess for a change. She’d be the ‘chosen one.’ And my older daughter would see that her sister was, in fact, pretty damn cool because she had a fairy tale written about her!

Ok. Ok. Ok. I, myself, am the younger of 2 sisters. It’s possible that I was thinking of my childhood. My sister. Possible. Oh alright. Yes.

So I got the ONE book about the YOUNGER daughter. It’s incredible. It’s Read more…

Pottery Barn Kids Retro Kitchen

Posted on Dec 13, 2020 by 5 Comments

Well alright! I gotta tell you about this Retro Kitchen from Pottery Barn Kids. Seriously. My girls LOVE it.

But first. Pottery Barn Kids. Honestly, I burned myself out on Pottery Barn with my first house. I had a few hand me downs that I loved, but every time I bought furniture - any furniture - it was from Pottery Barn. And then, I looked around and I lived in a catalog. So I stopped perusing their things for a long time. And stopped buying.

Until I discovered Pottery Barn Kids. Same thing happened. I looked. I loved. I bought. And then I thought, “this is getting ridiculous!”

So I’ve been on a self imposed fast from them. And you know what happens when you fast…the first bite of food tastes delicious.

The folks at Pottery Barn Kids asked me and my girls if they wanted to test drive the Read more…

Lap Games for Indoor Days

Posted on Dec 7, 2020 by 5 Comments

Winter. Stuck inside again. Instead of baking yet one more batch of cookies, try playing a little lap game with your wee one. These are good for babies all the way up to toddlers. My older daughter is 4 and she still loves playing, albeit she flails a bit more and likes to throw herself off my lap at the end. She’s very dramatic. (Mom, I hear you snickering!)

First: get on the floor. Yes, all the way on the floor. Legs straight out so you can bounce your knees up and down.

There are two pony songs we sing: Trot, trot, trot and Trot, trot, trot to Boston. The specific tune doesn’t matter so much as the knee bouncing and the falling over at the end part. I always add a Read more…

Strange Bedfellows and Other Critters - A Great Gift Idea

Posted on Nov 28, 2020 by 3 Comments

The second my younger daughter saw this book, Strange Bedfellows and other critters, she started running through the house saying “cock-a-doodle doo!” which, for a 2-year-old comes out something like “cock doo doo.” Until I saw the rooster on the cover, I thought, “oh boy, what’s going on now?” Like when your baby yells “fu*k” at the dinner table and you look all flabbergasted at her until you realize she’s just asking, very loudly, for a fork.

The book, by my step-dad Campbell Hutchinson (aka Hutch), is a compilation of his paintings and limericks about the bond that forms between differing species in the animal kingdom. These pairings work together, transcending their differences to unite against a common enemy. Much like grandparents and grandkids. Read more…