Take Me Downtown

I have a new favorite television series and it has me wanting to be British.

If we could live across the pond, you can bet I would want one of these:

Balmoral Pram by Silver Cross

A girl can dream anyway!

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Break the Bank! {These diaper bags are worth it!}

Why is it so hard to find a good diaper bag?  You can carry an oversized handbag and be fine, but those pockets designed specifically for changing pads and bottles are just so darn nice to have! And, it’s not like we can all be like Rachel Zoe and have Alexander McQueen send us our very own diaper bag. And let’s face it, a trendy diaper bag can come with a high price tag.

But let’s admire these pricey pieces anyway…

Lots of famous ladies carry this Not Rational leather bag.

Gretel Bag Available at Saks Fifth Avenue

And then there’s Prada

Prada Baby Bag available at Bergdorf Goodman

I always like a Burberry bag.

Burberry Hobo bag available at Neiman Marcus

Or we could all be like Gwyneth and carry this Kelly Hermes bag as a diaper bag

Just remember, pricey isn’t always better! And really, why break the bank when there are babies to spend on?

On the more (kind of) affordable side, there are still some good options….

I love this bag from Longchamp, which I think could totally could work as a diaper bag!

Cosmos bag in Distressed Leather

Cosmos bag in Distressed Leather

Storksak bags are great and usually reasonable. This one is actually on sale right now for $80.00

Emily Canvas Bag

Oh, Charlie! How I love you! (The Charlie bag from Timi Leslie).

Project Nursery, Charlie bag by Timi and Leslie pinned via Alison Koenig

Better yet, design your own bag with Deyitta on Etsy

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I. Want. Another.

Oh, baby! If these are not the cutest thing on Pinterest.

From supjakeryan.tumblr.com via alifeofbeautyandgrace.tumblr.com

So cute. Pinned from Brooke Schwab Photogragy via Jenny

Pinned from browneyedbellejulie.blogspot.com

Via Fly Buttafly

via simplypix.tumblr

But none are as cute as this guy!

(Sorry, I am partial)!

{Photo by Michelle Marie Photography}

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MOVING!

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Mabo Me

Fair prices, totally adorable.  Meet Mabo!

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The Pregnant Lady Rules!

I have always loved etiquette.  When we were little, my sister and I both did cotillion and something called promenade where we had to learn good manners (and how to dance)!  I adored every minute. So, when a friend recently had a status update on her Facebook page about her desire for people to keep their comments to themselves as they related to her looking tired, sick or oh-so-pregnant, I decided I should post about pregnancy etiquette!   Here is my short list of what to say and not say as it relates to pregnant (or not so pregnant) ladies.  Feel free to comment and add your own.

Found on Pinterest via The Daybookblog.com

1. NEVER EVER ask a woman if she is pregnant. Even if she looks clearly pregnant to you, wait for her to mention it. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

2. If she IS pregnant, don’t say something like, “Wow, are you sure you are not having twins?”

3. Also don’t say, “You look so sick/tired/swollen/overweight.” Really any adjectives other than beautiful and glowing are not needed.

4. Never inquire about how much weight she has gained.

5. Unless you are related, even if she is pregnant, never tell a woman an outfit makes her look pregnant.

6.  If a pregnant lady needs a seat or a hand, give it to her.

7. If a pregnant lady tells you what she plans to name her baby, do not make ANY negative comments or facial expressions, even if it is the most ridiculous name you have ever heard.

8. Don’t tell your pregnant friends, neighbors or strangers every or any pregnancy horror stories you know.  The world is scary enough.

9. Don’t go on and on about how kids ruin a marriage or take away all freedom.  The truth is, having a baby can be very romantic and there is something called a baby sitter.

10.  You really don’t have to give unsolicited parenting advice.  If she wants your opinion, she will ask.

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Nursery Design 101

I have been wanting to write this post for quite some time. I will say first I learned most of my knowledge of decorating from my sister, my friends Linda and Carlyn, and the Domino Book of Style.  I am definitely not trained in design and therefore no expert, but here are my tips. Feel free to comment and add your own.

1.  Start collecting photos and ideas of design elements that are meaningful to you, that you love and are inspired by.  I use an actual binder but pinterest is another great way to do this.  It’s so fun to research the web, blogs, magazines and other friends brains to get ideas!

2. If possible, find some kind of focal or design point (or points) that you want to work around. This can be a particular color palette, textile, painting or piece of furniture (etc.). For me, when we started working on Gray’s nursery, it was a particular picture my sister-in-law painted and a fabric I fell in love with. It’s okay to plan your nursery in a style/palette that is similar to the rest of your house.  You don’t have to have the typical “themed” nursery.  Think about your particular style…are your more traditional, modern, cozy, bohemian, elegant, eclectic, etc?  Do you want to include these elements in your nursery? I love the idea of having a piece of art that you just love become your main focus of the design scheme.

Kim Schuessler painting available at pryorfineart.com

(Like if we ever have a girl, I already know I will want an adorable Kim Schuessler painting for her room!)

3. Make a plan-a floor plan and a furniture plan.  There are only a few necessities for a nursery, namely a crib and some form of changing table. And then there are the niceties, like a plush glider, dresser, rug, etc.  You need to know what you need and have room for in the space.

4. Set a budget. You don’t want to fall in love with a crazy expensive piece of furniture or a Madeline Weinrib textile if they are out of your budget.  For our nursery, we were on a pretty tight budget.  BUT you can be creative. For instance, I always wanted the Stokke crib. I loved that it was oval and different from anything I had ever seen.  So, I found one that had been used once and was discounted.  Also, when walking in to my (most) favorite baby boutique, I noticed they had a staged a nursery with matelasse curtains.  They looked something like this:

Picture from lilsugar.com

Then, I remembered my mom had some from our old guest room. They were in great shape and worked perfectly!  I honestly took a million shortcuts to save money, most of the furniture was from IKEA (great place for kids furniture) and I really think the room turned out great!

5. Think about  your color palette. (It doesn’t have to be pink, blue or yellow). Is there a specific color range you want or need to used based on any design elements you have picked out?  Or is there some flexibility?  It may be a good idea to start collecting paint samples and samples of textiles, fabric swatches etc. Include these in your design binder. Also, think about textures.  (Especially in the case of a rug, you don’t want something hard like seagrass).

6.  Narrow down your options. Make a list of the pieces you want keep based on your floor plan and budget.  See how all your choices come together. Think about important elements you might be missing.  Remember, things like lighting and storage are important in a nursery. (Babies seriously require A LOT of storage.  Baskets might be your new best friend!)

From DecorPad.com via AbsolutelyBeautifulthings.blogspot.com

7. Get to work!   You may even need to give yourself a time line.  I totally had nesting fever from 20 weeks on, but its a good idea to have things ready by week 32 or so. Remember, if you have to order something, it can take upwards of 6 weeks!  (like in the case of our glider!)

Happy Designing!

**Be sure to double-check safety guidelines as you plan your nursery. For instance, better not to put your crib in front of a window.  Also, did you know doctors are now recommending you NOT use a crib bumper?

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Feed Me

Starting solids makes meal times a whole new adventure. Watching your baby experience new sights, smells and TASTE is so much fun.  We chose to make our own food for a few reasons.

 1.  It is way cheaper than buying jars.

2. It seemed healthier.

3. It isn’t nearly as hard or as time-consuming as you think it will be.

All you need is a food processor or this cool baby food maker by Beaba and some ice-cube trays all available at Williams Sonoma. 

Here are some of our favorite recipes:

(Of course be sure they are appropriate for the age and stage of your baby)

Most homemade recipes can last in the fridge for three days, but always double-check.

Super Easy Banana Oatmeal

1 Banana

1 Cup Oats

Make oats as directed with water.

Mash Banana with a fork

Mix oats and Bananas together!

Easy Chicken Salad

1 Chicken Breast

Handful of Spinach leaves

1/4 Cup applesauce

Boil chicken until thoroughly cooked.  Shred chicken and spinach using food processor. Mix with applesauce and serve!

Creamy Pumpkin Risotto

(This one is adapted from the WS Baby and Toddler cookbook)

1/2 Cup Arborio rice

1 1/2 Cup veggie stock or water

1 tsp unsalted butter

1/2 Cup butternut squash or pumpkin puree using food processor

Pinch cinnamon

Cook rice according to directions on the box.  Stir in butter, puree and nutmeg.  If needed you can add more water or process to the right consistency.  Serve at room temperature.

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Birthday Bliss

Happy Friday!  My sweet Gray is turning ONE in just a few more months.  So, I have been thinking a lot about birthday parties.  Here are some ideas I just love from Pinterest and the blog world:

Surprise your little one with a room full of balloons on his or her day!

From Sweet Home Style via Pinterest

Or how about a balloon themed party?

From Hostess with the Mostess via Pinterest

Just pretty and sweet!

From Enjoy Cupcakes via Pinterest

A little lamb birthday

From Hostess with the Mostess via Pinterest

A precious birthday hat (worn by my sweet niece)

Available on Etsy

A birthday Banner

Available on Etsy

And of course, a smash cake!

Found on Lil Sugar

Can’t wait to share Gray’s first birthday with you! Until then, I will be trying not to go overboard!  For other ideas, check out these posts on a Superman party and a Farm themed party!

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Stroll Away With Me

I have had strollers on the brain lately.  We have the most fabulous jog stroller but since Gray has outgrown his orbit car seat stroller we have been thinking about umbrella strollers and what not.  No decisions or purchases yet, but my search has led me to some great options.

1. My dream stroller, the Bugaboo Donkey.  It has room for your bags, or room for another baby. I am in love.

2. The Cybex Onyx…I like my cars to be German engineered, why not a stroller?

(Note: found this one at Cool Mom Picks, check it out!)

 
 
 
 
 

3.  Everybody likes the iCandy stroller. This one is lightweight, which is always nice!

4. Of course, the Maclaren triumph, its lightweight and popular.

5. And, a new discovery for me, Mamas and Papas the Trip- really I just like all the design options with their strollers. The Trip is lightweight and easy!

(Seriously, you have to go to their website and check these out!)

Feel free to comment on your favorites, or any I failed to mention!

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