Friday, May 29, 2009

Spearamint Baby Contest for Sonny Boutique!

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I would love to win this contest, my first purchase would definitely be the crayon rocks, in fact I might buy two sets, one for myself and one for the big boy! And I love this animal print as well. What would you purchase with a $50 gift certificate?

Spearamint Baby Contest for Sonny Boutique!

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I would love to win this contest, my first purchase would definitely be the crayon rocks, in fact I might buy two sets, one for myself and one for the big boy! And I love this animal print as well. What would you purchase with a $50 gift certificate?

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Learning to live with less...

Less is more...more space, more clarity, more freedom! Why did it take me almost 30 years to realize this? I'll tell you why because we live in a land of excess and a mantra of more and a life of keeping up with the Joneses! Well, no more. I am committing myself (and my family) to living a life of less things and more experiences (shout out to Belle for the paraphrase). So this epiphany comes with a task that requires a lot of hard work and that is getting rid of the excess things I have in my home.
The first step in figuring out whether you have too much stuff (stuff is a bad word) is whether you have SPACE to hold all your stuff. If you cannot find a place to put most of your stuff, you probably have too much stuff. If you want to throw massive amounts of stuff out onto your lawn and curse while you're doing it, you probably have too much stuff. If you can not do laundry for a month (or more) and still have copius amounts of clothes to wear, you probably have too much stuff. If you have not touched, used, or seen some of this stuff in more than a month (and it's not seasonal), you probably have too much stuff! I HAVE TOO MUCH STUFF!


My stuff can be summed up in the following categories:

  • Baby/toddler stuff - you do NOT need all the stuff that the stores put on their registry lists, it is a SCAM! After living with the big boy for the last two years I've realized how much stuff we didn't need and/or that he only used/wanted for about a week.

  • Clothes - as I stated above I can not see an item of clothing for months and not miss it AT ALL! I am pledging to only buy things I love and buy QUALITY over QUANTITY! I've always read about doing that, but there's so much STUFF I wanted to buy. But no more!

  • Hubby's stuff - this category runs the gamut from clothes to momentos to old photographs and lots and lots of ephemera, that I lovingly call JUNK!

Well today I've started my first strike against the excess STUFF in my household! I've scheduled a bulk trash pick-up and some of the things they'll be hauling away (this time) are a standing hair dryer, old television, old tv stand, old cable boxes, and various other items of junk. Here's to living with less!

Learning to live with less...

Less is more...more space, more clarity, more freedom! Why did it take me almost 30 years to realize this? I'll tell you why because we live in a land of excess and a mantra of more and a life of keeping up with the Joneses! Well, no more. I am committing myself (and my family) to living a life of less things and more experiences (shout out to Belle for the paraphrase). So this epiphany comes with a task that requires a lot of hard work and that is getting rid of the excess things I have in my home.
The first step in figuring out whether you have too much stuff (stuff is a bad word) is whether you have SPACE to hold all your stuff. If you cannot find a place to put most of your stuff, you probably have too much stuff. If you want to throw massive amounts of stuff out onto your lawn and curse while you're doing it, you probably have too much stuff. If you can not do laundry for a month (or more) and still have copius amounts of clothes to wear, you probably have too much stuff. If you have not touched, used, or seen some of this stuff in more than a month (and it's not seasonal), you probably have too much stuff! I HAVE TOO MUCH STUFF!


My stuff can be summed up in the following categories:

  • Baby/toddler stuff - you do NOT need all the stuff that the stores put on their registry lists, it is a SCAM! After living with the big boy for the last two years I've realized how much stuff we didn't need and/or that he only used/wanted for about a week.

  • Clothes - as I stated above I can not see an item of clothing for months and not miss it AT ALL! I am pledging to only buy things I love and buy QUALITY over QUANTITY! I've always read about doing that, but there's so much STUFF I wanted to buy. But no more!

  • Hubby's stuff - this category runs the gamut from clothes to momentos to old photographs and lots and lots of ephemera, that I lovingly call JUNK!

Well today I've started my first strike against the excess STUFF in my household! I've scheduled a bulk trash pick-up and some of the things they'll be hauling away (this time) are a standing hair dryer, old television, old tv stand, old cable boxes, and various other items of junk. Here's to living with less!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Etsy Rocks My Socks...

This would be perfect for the big boy room:

Shop: Spell It Out Designs

These little shoes look both sweet and punk for your little princess:

Shop: My Rockin Baby

This gender neutral print is gorgeous:

Shop: Modern Pop

Etsy Rocks My Socks...

This would be perfect for the big boy room:

Shop: Spell It Out Designs

These little shoes look both sweet and punk for your little princess:

Shop: My Rockin Baby

This gender neutral print is gorgeous:

Shop: Modern Pop

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Nurseries I Love!

With baby on the way, my thoughts have moved to nurseries and here are some nurseries I'm currently in love with:

This first one is a shared nursery which especially piqued my interest because baby #2 and the Big Boy will be sharing rooms in the near future. I love the neutrals and the calm feel of this nursery, very uni-sex, modern, and grown up, but playful.

more pics

This is another lovely space, the bright blue and reds, anchored by the chocolate brown looks so fresh and modern! I also love the handmade touches of the hamper liner, changing pad, and the name art on the wall. Although this room was meant for a baby boy, I could see a happy baby girl in this space as well.

more pics

Nurseries I Love!

With baby on the way, my thoughts have moved to nurseries and here are some nurseries I'm currently in love with:

This first one is a shared nursery which especially piqued my interest because baby #2 and the Big Boy will be sharing rooms in the near future. I love the neutrals and the calm feel of this nursery, very uni-sex, modern, and grown up, but playful.

more pics

This is another lovely space, the bright blue and reds, anchored by the chocolate brown looks so fresh and modern! I also love the handmade touches of the hamper liner, changing pad, and the name art on the wall. Although this room was meant for a baby boy, I could see a happy baby girl in this space as well.

more pics

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

To make...

Here are things I want to make:

  • Custom changing pad cover (look at the neat pockets!)


  • A custom car seat cover a la Joon Bug Baby



To make...

Here are things I want to make:

  • Custom changing pad cover (look at the neat pockets!)


  • A custom car seat cover a la Joon Bug Baby



I wish, I wish...


I've just added this to my mental wishlist!

Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing for Baby
: 24 Easy Projects for Newborns to Toddlers

Beloved designer Lotta Jansdotter shows how easy it is to make cheerful gifts for little cherubs. A new mother herself, she's created 24 projects that match her simple style with practicality, resulting in sweet, yet durable, essentials for any rumble-tumble baby. She includes baby hats, bibs, a diaper bag built for the back of a stroller, a ribbon-tag blankie perfect for teething, and many more pint-sized projects. Beautiful photographs inspire while clear step-by-step instructions and how-to illustrations ensure foolproof crafting. With ready-to-use pattern sheets included in the handy front pocket and stencil templates at back, Simple Sewing for Baby makes it a cinch to stitch up modern accessories for both baby and mom.

Lotta Jansdotter is a self-taught designer. She works from her studio in Brooklyn, New York.




I wish, I wish...


I've just added this to my mental wishlist!

Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing for Baby
: 24 Easy Projects for Newborns to Toddlers

Beloved designer Lotta Jansdotter shows how easy it is to make cheerful gifts for little cherubs. A new mother herself, she's created 24 projects that match her simple style with practicality, resulting in sweet, yet durable, essentials for any rumble-tumble baby. She includes baby hats, bibs, a diaper bag built for the back of a stroller, a ribbon-tag blankie perfect for teething, and many more pint-sized projects. Beautiful photographs inspire while clear step-by-step instructions and how-to illustrations ensure foolproof crafting. With ready-to-use pattern sheets included in the handy front pocket and stencil templates at back, Simple Sewing for Baby makes it a cinch to stitch up modern accessories for both baby and mom.

Lotta Jansdotter is a self-taught designer. She works from her studio in Brooklyn, New York.




Thursday, May 7, 2009

Baltimore 1st Annual House Tour of Kids Spaces!!


Darn my previous weekend plans, because I would surely be at this...

The Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance (DBFA) is launching it's 1st Annual House Tour of Kids Spaces, taking place this Saturday. Stroll the streets of Federal Hill to see the best kids' rooms, nurseries, and play spaces. According to the DBFA, they would like to "share how modern families are raising children in one of Baltimore's premiere historic urban neighborhoods." The DBFA is a non-profit dedicated to making downtown Baltimore a more favorable place to raise a family, with all proceeds from ticket sales going directly to their cause. If your interested in taking the tour, click here for more information.

If any of my readers go, can you take pics for me? I'd love to see the tour!

Baltimore 1st Annual House Tour of Kids Spaces!!


Darn my previous weekend plans, because I would surely be at this...

The Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance (DBFA) is launching it's 1st Annual House Tour of Kids Spaces, taking place this Saturday. Stroll the streets of Federal Hill to see the best kids' rooms, nurseries, and play spaces. According to the DBFA, they would like to "share how modern families are raising children in one of Baltimore's premiere historic urban neighborhoods." The DBFA is a non-profit dedicated to making downtown Baltimore a more favorable place to raise a family, with all proceeds from ticket sales going directly to their cause. If your interested in taking the tour, click here for more information.

If any of my readers go, can you take pics for me? I'd love to see the tour!


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