Baby Decor

2 DIY projects we're going to try this week + 1 that worked!

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Today I finished a successful DIY that I wanted to share. I took an old frame from Ikea that I have had since college (yay repurposed old stuff!) and took out the poster. Then, I cleaned the plexiglass off and painted it with a roller and 3 coats of chalkboard paint. After it dried for several hours, I placed the plexiglass and cheap cardboard that the frame came with back into the frame and snapped it all together. It looks great and will soon be hanging in our kitchen!

Future projects...

1. How fun are these rope necklaces from honestly wtf blog ? Stay tuned. Gotta get to the hardware store.

2. Also, if I order enough things online....I will have enough cardboard and then.....I can make little cardboard houses / forts with the little lady! She loves hiding and playing peek-a-boo, so this is right up our alley.

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Best spring break ever? Yup.

This may go down in the charts as the best spring break ever! A whole day of relaxation has been quite successful and a trip to the park (x2) doesn't hurt.

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Plans for our break include massive amounts of stroller-ing and swinging, trips to Starbucks, a picnic to feed some ducks, lunch out on the town...

My my, how you have changed spring break. I think I love it! :)

Enjoy the sunshine. M

Words to live by...

When I look at my sweet little girl some evenings, I daydream of the lessons that I want her to learn and the quotes that we will say to her to remind her of the important things in life. I'm working on narrowing it down and might hang our "mantra" in the kitchen somewhere as a constant reminder for our little family.

What do you think?

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Cute Guy with a Stroller...

It's not often you read a blog where the wife writes an ode to her valiant hubby. Well, it's time ladies, this is happening! Every morning the handsome fellow I married takes little lady to daycare and braves the gridlock and aggressive drivers without a complaint. (well, not too many!).

(As I discovered today, "drop off" of the sweetest, smiling little girl produces a large hole in one's heart similar to what I imagine was felt when my parents dropped me off at the airport to study abroad in college for 6 months. Note: I usually do "pick up", sooooo much easier.)

And he looks real cute pushing a stroller. See below.

So that's all for today. Thanks sweet hubby. You are great.

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Holiday Shopping...Stocking stuffers for the little ones!

This week I am going to do be doing a bit of brainstorming about the Holiday wish lists.  There are so many great websites and blogs out there to inspire the creative thinking for the holidays and I want to share some of my findings with you! Today - stocking stuffers for the little ones!

 

1.  Animal cards at Land of Nod

http://www.landofnod.com/baby-toys/toys-gifts/animal-art-cards/f4558

 

2.  Recycled Pencil Set by Poketo

http://poketo.com/shop/stationery?product_id=1494

3.  The Daily Doodle Book

http://www.chroniclebooks.com/taro-gomi-daily-doodle-2012-daily-calendar.html

 

4.  Adorable barrettes by Giddy Giddy

http://shop.giddygiddy.com/product/french-barrettes-1

 

5.  Instant Iron Ons - fun for the crafty little one!

http://www.blueribbongeneralstore.net/6535/Julia+Rothman+Instant+Iron-Ons.html

 

 

6. Bilingual Flashcards at Anthropology

http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=23185564&parentid=QUICKSHOP&navAction=jump

 

ANYTHING From this section of Anthropology!!

http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/category.jsp?pageName=Books&popId=HOME&navAction=middle&navCount=12&pushId=HOME-KIDS&id=HOME-KIDS-BOOKS

House 8810...

I love the simple, vintage feel of the toys and children's books at House 8810.  I just wasted (enjoyed) the last 10 minutes of my day daydreaming of what I would love to buy someday for my favorite little lady! check out their site at: http://www.house8810.com/Browse.aspx?Category=mi_3|little_ones

Here are a couple of favorites:

 

Mom Moment: Baby K'tan Carrier

I love the baby K'tan carrier for so many reasons.  It has proven to save me with those times around the house when its just me and the little lady.  All she ever wants to do is snuggle, ALL THE TIME, which is great, but can get a little heavy.  (We think she weighs about 13 lbs already!) The baby K'tan carrier has proven to be a little easier for me to set up and get baby comfy than the other ones I looked at.  But, dad still loves the Bjorn carrier the most and claims it is the "most manly".  The Baby K'tan suits my much more "dirty hippie" look! :)

Read more about Baby K'Tan here: Baby K'tan Carrier

Etsy - Love this painting!

On Etsy the other day, I fell in love with this painting and contacted the artist to learn more about her.  I love the childhood nostalgia and memories associated with her pieces.

Details: Printed on canvas using archival pigment inks, this print looks amazingly like the original painting. It is printed on cotton canvas and is stretched over 3/4" pine stretcher bars. It measures 6"x6", is signed on the back and ready to hang.

Check out more of her work online at  kikiandpolly.com, which focus' on her portrait work.  She is also getting ready to lauch a new series of work here, thefloodline.bigcartel.com/ More about the artist:  My art is an extension of my life and as that has grown to include children so has my art. Since my childhood I dreamed of being an artist. I initially studied photography, the influence of which can be seen in my paintings. Much of my work explores the memory of childhood and how watching my own children influence the snapshots of these memories. The name, in fact, is inspired by my daughter’s love of a bird she named Kiki, and for her imaginary friend Polly. Polly no longer visits our house as she once did, but I try to keep the spirit of childhood, wonder and imagination with me in my Portland, Oregon studio.

Preggo humor

"Its the final countdown" in our house and in an effort to stay happy and enjoy a good chuckle, I found this list on another blog. "Things you should never say to a pregnant woman": (If you ever have been, it makes perfect sense and offers a good laugh!)

http://www.babble.com/pregnancy/my-pregnancy/etiquette-rules-pregnancy-jokes-humor-rude-comments/

I would like to add my two personal favorites from the past 9 months "how much weight have you gained" and "are you afraid it is going to hurt?"

 

Also, a great pie chart for the future....

http://ilovecharts.tumblr.com/post/5841383337

Los pollitos dicen...

The baby chicks say... is an adorable childrens' song often heard in Latin America and Spain. Now there is a website dedicated to all things "los pollitos dicen" related!  Check it out.

http://lospollitosdicen.biz/shop/

And, if you need to brush up on your lyrics, practice here:

http://www.hispanic-culture-online.com/los-pollitos.html

 

Los pollitos dicen, pío, pío, pío, cuando tienen hambre cuando tienen frío.

La gallina busca, el maíz y el trigo, les dá la comida, y les presta abrigo.

Bajo sus dos alas, acurrucaditos, duermen los pollitos, hasta el otro día. Repeat all verses.

Cuando se levantan, dicen mamacita, tengo mucha hambre, dame lombricitas.