Book Review: The Ladybug


at first, henry thought the ladybug was going to be about a ladybug just being cute (last summer a lady bug landed on his nose and he freaked out), but then he read it and he saw there was more to being a ladybug than he had thought. the next day he read it to adela. they laughed at the picture of the ladybugs mating and she made him read the entire book to her three times in a row. they took turns opening the flaps and when they got to the picture with all the different types of ladybugs they fought about which one they would be if they were a ladybug. in the following days, henry was then quick to offer an interesting fact about ladybugs even if the conversation was not related to ladybugs, which was usually the case.

illustrated by bernadette gervais. published by laurence king (one my faves)   the ladybug











Spring Fling with the Baby Cubby

the online shopping market for children has gotten pretty crowded these days. there are more boutiques that offer a euro-curated selection products than i can count on my fingers. then, of course, there are the major chains like giggle, land of nod, and so on. all and in all it's good! 

let me share a new discovery: the baby cubby. the cool thing about this online retailer is that you can find everything from major brands and practical gear to sweet indie brands you've never heard of-- it's the stuff you need and the stuff you want all in one place! 

here are some of my favorite spring finds from the baby cubby...

+ gorgeously simple, lightweight cotton bonnets from indie label briar handmade. the perfect baby gift.

+ i know i've been out of the baby game for a bit now, but i must have been asleep at the wheel to miss these insanely sweet swaddles from little unicorn! the prints are everything. the baby cubby carries a ton of their products so do a full search!

+ and i know rylee and cru is on every bloggers list these days, but honestly this season had me at whimsical-hand-drawn-circus-pony-print

so a bit of a random smattering of things, but i had a hundred to spend (thank you baby cubby) and honestly i did pretty well considering the quality of the products. oh and they have a fantastic selection of wood toys for little ones as well. spend $49 and they take care of the shipping. did i mention they have a registry? i might just get pregnant again? [insert psychotic laughter]









wedding wear



we headed south last weekend for a very fun and fast wedding getaway. the number one question i get after, "what's a great newborn gift" is "where to get formal wear for kids?" girls are easy, adela is wearing a $30 lace number from zulily, but boys can be harder. an appaman suit (as seen on master henry) is a bit of an investment, but if you have a skinny guy like i do, worth every penny-- he's been wearing this for 2 years now! i paired it with a zara shirt and h+m bow tie and sneakers are a must! this kid got more compliments than the bride at the wedding!








Reset


surprise! i am back.

i took a very long, much needed break. nothing dramatic happened, although it would make my come-back post a much better read. to be honest the pressure of the blog had been mounting over the years-- the whole social media rat race-- i had started to think maybe it was time to sign-off for good.

then the election, which i became totally obsessed with. then i bought my first house, another obsession, which i will definitely be channeling here. oh and i left my beloved brooklyn and i turned 40! (dayem! i kinda had a ton of stuff happen!) then the election ended and i realized i needed to break my pattern of obsessively reading the news like somehow i can fix this f***ing disaster.

i am pretty quiet about my career, i am not sure why. it just has always felt awkward to talk about that here, which is silly since most parents that look at blogs probably work and would like that perspective. i mean, the ones at home are in the trenches and never have a second to look online. am i right or what?  anyway, i work full-time as a pr-professional for an important architect. i love my work, but it is full-on all day and i often have to travel overseas, which in recent years was putting more pressure on the family and my ability to keep this going. none of that is going to change soon...

having a break confirmed that i love this space. it doesn't matter who and how many people read. i don't need 1500 likes on every photo on instagram to feel like this is good. my life isn't a perfect black and white scandi dream...well maybe a teensy bit! i just want to let go and let this be what is. maybe sometimes messy and a lot real. great photos, amazing designers and getting way too excited about beautiful little things. this should be fun and inspiring and silly. just like our children.

so if anyone is still out there, here we go...

Illustoria



“i know the key to this was my mom’s way of learning in parallel with me rather than as a teacher imparting wisdom,” says the musician andrew bird in an interview for the spiffy new quarterly illustoria--a magazine for creative kids and their grown-ups--he’s referring to his mom's nurturing his musical life while he was her study partner in grad school. there is oodles of knowledge for us to pass down, and oodles of knowledge for us to... well, know! the key is finding the space that genuinely engages both parties that is vital.

not surprisingly, illustoria is more than eye candy and hip names, it’s also a mind buffet that is fresh and timeless. imagine a cross between highlights and high times-- or maybe a little mcsweeney's. there are trippy stories and articles about the process of some of the artists that create them, there are recipes for adventurous eaters and basically a little something for anyone who has a curious mind. the magazine is focused for ages 6-12, but I think they should add a zero to the twelve-- the adults in our house enjoyed it as much as the little ones! so grab an issue and learn something together with your kids... don’t just shove free jazz down their throats. (ha!!)

subscribe to illustoria






 

Youth Independent Party (a.k.a. Yip Kids)


introducing the new fashion label youth independent party (yip)! the eco-focused collection features simple, well-designed clothing that is anything but boring. the california-based yip, works with recover yarns that upcycles materials locally to create custom knit fabrics that are effortless stylish and soft. the line is highly edited, versatile-- everything is seasonless and unisex-- and completely affordable. we are loving the playful silhouettes and mismatched patterns. you'll be mixing and matching your way to back-to-school shopping. (h + a are loving their new looks)
 






 

Thirty One Bits - Bitsies

the story of 31 bits is pretty amazing. it was started by a group of college students looking to make a difference in the world and turned into a full blown business bringing handcrafted jewelry from ugandan artisans created from recycled paper and painted with eco finishes.

31 Bits just launched their new bitsies collection for kids. the collection is full of colorful, eco-friendly beaded bracelets, necklaces and friendship bracelets in tiny sizes-- they also make grown-up designs! i am really feeling the lady power lately between beyonce and hillary. i relish teaching my little girl that anything is possible and to be strong! these bobbles convey that message not only in the story, but the product names are great: be brave, shine on or reach for the stars. such a cool and stylish way to teach kids about purchasing products that make a difference and will make those back-to-school looks pop! (prices range from $12 to $24)







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