September 18, 2014

Project Nursery’s New Online Shop is Totally Gorgeous, Of Course

When I was putting together Alice’s nursery I was A FREAK. Totally obsessed. I was a crafting, searching, inspiration board maniac. Don’t believe me? My team at work bought me this Anthropologie shower curtain months before my shower, in what I can only imagine was a bid to shut me up because it was all I talked about in meetings. Unfortunately, for them, it didn’t work because then I just talked about how much I loved the curtain and did they think a turquoise elephant lamp was going to be too much up against it or could I get away with it because it was an elephant and isn’t nursery planning fun?

My point is, all I wanted was a bunch of cool, unique items that would make people gasp when they walked into the nursery, is that too much to ask? What I needed was Project Nursery’s new online store. It is GORGEOUS! But, still totally fun and accessible and the kind of place where you can buy paint that’s baby-safe and a print for their walls that reminds you how much you love them.

Here are eight of my faves that make me want to do the whole thing over again…

tin hanging lamp with bird perchedHanging Lamp with Bird That’ll Probably Change Your Life
This is a lamp to build a nursery around. This is a lamp worthy of many nursery tours. This is a lamp that you’ll be happy to see at 2am. This is a lamp that will keep you warm at night and probably picks up its socks and puts them in the laundry basket and probably even tweets a little song while doing it because this is the PERFECT LAMP.

stickers for your baby's first year

Floral Baby Stickers to Keep Track of Your Baby’s Growth
When Alice was in her first year I valiantly attempted to do the whole picture-a-month thing. I spent an hour (an hour!) making a badge that I planned on redoing each month to match that month’s outfit. SHOCKER ALERT: I have that month’s photos. The badge is nowhere to be found and my memories are hazy. Had I been smart I would have bought these adorable stickers and then stuck them on her the day that month she was all clean and shiny and called it good.

cloud and bird nursery wall papaerDaydream Wallpaper in Sunshine
This is the sort of thing that makes me yearn to settle down in a place for a long time. I’d paper the kids rooms in this Daydream Wallpaper in Sunshine and then I’d make everyone who visited was highly aware we live in a home with walls covered in daydreams in sunshine and then I’d hashtag it #karaisawesome.

confetti wall decals for nurseryConfetti Wall Decals in Coral and Gold 
But, right now we live in an apartment that I’m pretty sure our landlord doesn’t want me papering, no matter how gorgeous the name of the wallpaper, so we’ll have to settle for things like these removable Confetti Wall Decals, which, ohmahgawd, is my life terrible or what!?!?

crib bedding with handdrawn rufflesHand-drawn Ruffle Crib Sheet that Doesn’t Make You Want to Gouge Your Eyes Out
Do you have any idea how hard it is to find gender-neutral crib sheets that are cute and don’t feature bunny rabbits? Of course, you do, because you just spent the past 14 hours of your life looking for them. Well, here you go. These hand-drawn ruffles are so sweet, the colors will match just about any decor, and it’s subtle enough you probably want a matching set for your own bed (I do).

chewable necklace for baby in turquoiseChewable Necklace in Turquoise
I loved my chewable necklace and so did Bennett. It was kind of like a candy necklace for my baby that I didn’t have to feel guilty about and I could wipe off and people would never know it had just been gnawed to death by a very drooly 8-month old.

gorgeous modern changing table - white and goldHeavenly Baby Changing Table
Having another baby because you want a redo on the nursery decor is a bad idea, right? Right. Of course, it is. It’s just I see a changing table like this and start thinking all those late night wakings weren’t really that bad, were they? I mean, I know I complained non-stop, but that was just because that’s what you’re supposed to do, not because I was actually that tired. Right? Right?

lovely tassel mobile for baby's roomSweet Tassel Mobile for Baby’s (or Toddler’s) Room
Like I told my husband when I hung up our cardboard deer head, I’m a blogger so there are certain things I’m, by contract, obliged to get excited about and, I’m sorry, but a gold tassel mobile hanging from a twig and screaming “Woodland Nursery” is ONE OF THEM.

There’s lots more goodness where these came from. Check out Project Nursery’s complete shop or lose the rest of your afternoon in their galleries.

September 11, 2014

Mom-Approved Fashion: A Mediocre Summer Outfit

mom approved outfit shorts outfit

So, I wasn’t going to post this outfit for SO MANY REASONS.

mom kid having fun princess fabulistasOne, it’s pretty lame. I mean, it’s a pair of striped jean shorts with a tank top and my diaper bag turned purse (which I’m still obsessed with and truly goes with everything). Nothing too aspirational, but then there’s this photo above and turns out there are all sorts of inspiring things happening here, they just have nothing to do with me.

cute diaper bag mom fashion fabulistasTwo, you guys are all headed into Fall so the last thing you need is another post about shorts, but did you see how I matched my shoes to my bag? That is a pro move and should definitely be documented. It’s a subtle way of telling the world, “Hey, I may have oatmeal all over the front of my shirt, but I care enough to match my accessories so BOO-YAH.”

late summer fashion princess fabulistasThree, I don’t take the most attractive photos a lot of the time. And when I see myself on video, I often cannot believe the astoundingly ridiculous faces I make. But, that is totally cool. I’m not in this to win any beauty contests or even contests for Mom with the Least Amount of Chins. I’m in this to have a good time with my kids, to be the biggest version of myself I can be, and to try not to scare our neighbors too often with our singing.

fabulistas karaFour, my bra strap is hanging out, you can see I need to get my roots done, my wrinkles are coming in nicely, and I, most likely, sat in something. Some might call that a hot mess, I’m impressed I remembered to put on earrings.

And with that I’m going to post this sucker and take my highly imperfect self off to have yet another iced coffee and call this day a win.

 Linkage:
-My outfit might be mediocre, but the photos are most definitely not. Thanks to the AMAZING Fluxi on Tour, who is an absolute delight to work with and has one of the prettiest Instagram feeds around.

-Outfit: shorts: Gap // shirt: hmmm? // earrings: Francesca’s, which it looks like they’re sold out of mine, but these are really cute // sandals: TJ Maxx // bag: Timi and Leslie // sunglasses: Target

September 4, 2014

What Kind of a High Chair Should You Buy?

Today I dropped Alice off for her first day at preschool and, like parents the world over, had a little snuffle about how big she’s getting. She was totally grand; she ran off and was playing at the play-doh table within 30 seconds of arriving while I peered through the window like a jilted lover. I’m sure it will get easier; in the meantime, I am keeping Bennett in baby mode for as long as possible (bottles ’til 16!).

In other news, I have some excellent advice for those of you who are in the market for a high chair. Lucky for you, I went kinda crazy in the high chair department and purchased many, many versions. Some were worth the money and I will be handing them down to my children as heirlooms (seriously), others not so much. I lay all the nitty-gritty out on the (high chair) table in the video below (see what I did there? DayQuil, take that!).

Linkage: 

-I’m still figuring out the whole video thing, but I’m having a ball doing it. I have a bunch of new ones going up in the next couple of weeks so make sure to subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss any! And if there’s anything you’d like to see me talk (and talk and talk) about, let me know, because I’d love to know what you gals are interested in.

-If you’re looking for high chairs, are you also interested in whether you should buy a diaper bag or a backpack? I may have the answer for you here. (This all felt sorta sales-y, so here’s something to rectify the situation.)

-In rereading this, I realized I used the word “grand.” Yes, I may have started reading Tana French’s new book. Coincidence? You decide.

August 28, 2014

Eleven Things I Did This Summer Instead of Blogging

summertime pool fun with kidsOh hello! Fancy seeing you here. Can you believe summer is almost over? I keep thinking it’s about mid-June and there’s still so much I want to do! For us, this summer was one heckuva ride and I honestly just kinda held my breath and tried to roll with it; there’s a small part of me that’s relieved we’re headed into structure and schedules…

I was beating myself up about not showing up enough here (and other places), but then I had an iced coffee and the caffeine kicked in and WHATEVER. I was busy. You were busy. You probably didn’t even notice I was gone. And if you did, I thank you and raise my iced coffee in your honor.

So I don’t completely forget what I Did This Summer, I’ve written it up in handy-dandy list form and am hoping you’ll share your highlights in the comments below. That way, when the snow (or rain here in SF) is blowing this winter we can laugh about long-faded tan lines and high-jinks at the BBQ (not sure whose list that is on but go with it).

Anyway, What I Did This Summer Instead of Writing My Blog:

1. A whole lotta summer-ish stuff. We went to a Frozen sing-a-long, hit the pool and splash pads, threw a couple of birthday parties, took a stay-cation with my husband, laid in the sun in Denver, felt sorry for myself in the fog in San Francisco, learned how to walk and talk (my son, not me).

2. Took up ironing. UGH. Chris started a new job where they actually wear something other than t-shirts (WHAT?!?) and because I am diligently working towards the title “Best Wife EVER” I have generously taken on the frantic ironing of his shirt each morning while he races around with a child attached to each leg, trying to explain why reindeer can’t talk but snowmen can.

3. Watched an entire season of House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. It just occurred to me that one of us could be ironing while we’re watching, but then our mornings might run more smoothly and where’s the fun in that?

4. Started referring to my kids as “Hawes 1″ and “Hawes 2″ while tapping my ring on a table every time I made an excellent point (which was often). Decided to cool it on the Netflix shows.

5. Entertained all sorts of visitors, which meant showing them around San Francisco and remembering why we live here. Turns out the world outside our house and local playground is AWESOME.

6. Crammed into a Minnesota hotel room with two of my sisters and four of our kids where we pretended we to be farmers, got gussied up for our cousin’s wedding, and watched the kids swim for, literally, days. My mom and sister – suckers – flew the kids back to Denver while I gallivanted around the Twin Cities with one of my besties.

7. Took an impromptu trip to the UK to be with Chris’ family after a death in the family. It was an incredibly sad time, but also incredibly moving to see Chris’ family at work – their humor, closeness and strength was at its best and I was reminded again that I hit the jackpot when I married my husband and his family.

8. Wrestled with my Monster of Depression (I’m not trying to make light of how down I was, but, looking back, it feels like one thing that happened in a summer of many things). Between the trip to the UK, the incessant summer fog and a brain that just won’t shut down, my dear friend reared his ugly head and took me out for a bit. But, as always, once I actually stepped back and took the time to feel what I needed to feel he went back into hibernation and I went back to spending too much time thinking about how much I love iced coffee.

9. Wrote a bunch of stuff for Momtastic that I’m pretty excited about and that’s given me a million ideas for over here. I threw a Dipping Party for Toddlers, I came up with ideas for making lunches more fun, I profiled Jen Loves Kev’s easy style, I rounded up cheap places to buy glasses online. So basically, you should just go over there to read my blog.

10. Hosted a blogger meet-up with the indomitable Heidi from Spitfire Girl. So many lovely ladies turned out and I was totally blown-away by what a cool place Denver is nowadays.

11. Cleaned out our bedrooms. I have to add this to the list because I cashed in TWO weekend mornings without the kids to get this done. At the time, I couldn’t quite believe I was spending my free time cleaning rather than, oh, flying to Palm Springs to lounge by the pool (I tend to over-estimate what I can accomplish in a morning), but I did such an impressive job our cleaner congratulated me on it. So, yeah, I cleaned out our bedrooms.

And, that, ladies and gents, is a wrap. See you in the Fall! Or after Labor Day next week. Is that officially Fall? Whatever! I’ll have a video for you next week so have a lovely, long weekend. xx.

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