Little Coyuchi

A trip to Point Reyes isn’t complete without a visit to Coyuchi. They’ve recently launched Little Coyuchi— safe, organic and non-toxic products for your little ones. I can’t wait to check out this 100-piece-collection in person.

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Minnow Swim

I recently came across a darling new kids’ swim brand, Minnow Swim, that launched yesterday. The brand eases California cool; yet still sweet and age appropriate. The designer is also a boy-mom and had the hardest time finding the perfect fit, length and style. Amen! If only Minnow had launched in time for my trip to Hawaii. See below!

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Birth Announcements

One of my best friends delivered a healthy baby boy this AM so I have babies on the brain! A roundup of my favorite baby announcements below:

There’s nothing better than a classic birth announcement from Crane with a hand-tied ribbon.

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Sugar Paper makes darling custom announcements.

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Simplyput is one of my favorites out of Atlanta, GA.

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Want all the frills? Love this invite Erika Bearman used to announce the birth of her daughter with Cheree Berry Paper.

FullSizeRendertimthumbWe received the most amazing birth announcement from Paper Culture. Their customizing department is amazing and you can really do anything. Go with the double or triple card stock.

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And finally, the announcement we used for Hank here.

Anna Quindlen on Motherhood

I’m not one to share quotes but reading the ever-wise Anna Quinlen’s thoughts on motherhood (coupled with the fact that my baby is turning one) has me hanging on to the sweet days of babyhood!

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“Oh, I loved having babies. The smell, the feel, the … well, I liked the stupidity of them. The way they grabbed their own feet and then looked perplexed at the fact that they somehow felt it in their bodies. The way they’d be entranced by sunlight or ringing phones or the thrum of the dishwasher. There’s a popular YouTube video that shows a baby in near-hysterical laughter because someone is tearing up a piece of paper. That’s babies all over. Why paper? Why tearing? Who knows?”

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“The biggest mistake I made is the one that most of us make while doing this. I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of the three on them sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages 6, 4, and 1. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in a hurry to get on to the next things: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less.”

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“The great motherhood friendships are the ones in which two women can admit [how difficult mothering is] quietly to each other, over cups of tea at a table sticky with spilled apple juice and littered with markers without tops.”

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“I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.”

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“Your children make it impossible to regret your past. They’re its finest fruits. Sometimes the only ones.”

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“When children are small, parents should run their lives and not the other way around.”

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“Even today I’m not sure what worked and what didn’t, what was me and what was simply life. When they were very small, I suppose I thought someday they would become who they were because of what I’d done. Now I suspect they simply grew into their true selves because they demanded in a thousand ways that I back off and let them be. The books said to be relaxed and I was often tense, matter-of-fact and I was sometimes over the top. And look how it all turned out. I wound up with the three people I like best in the world, who have done more than anyone to excavate my essential humanity. That’s what the books never told me. I was bound and determined to learn from the experts. It just took me a while to figure out who the experts were.”

 

Hank’s Desert Fiesta

It’s hard to believe that my little man turns ONE this week. Scenes from Hank’s first birthday party in Palm Springs (right before the wind storm hit and balloons went flying down the fairway…FORE!).

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Bringing Gender Neutral Back

Well, we barely survived Hank’s first stomach bug and first trip to the ER. Nine loads of laundry later, it’s time to get this almost one-year-old some new crib sheets. Erika Bearman (former Oscar PR Girl) posted this darling picture of her new baby girl which lead me to Ivie Baby Shop– a shop dedicated to “bringing gender neutral back”. Speaking from experience, it’s so tough finding items that are truly gender neutral these days so little shops like these are gold for parents waiting to find out the sex of their baby.

I’m loving these crib sheets: navy moose, black forest and grey elk.  Screen Shot 2015-12-16 at 4.03.56 PM

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Birthday Supplies for the Kids

Your child’s looming birthday. Keep it simple? Go all out? Either way, below are some party favors/ decor to help you along the way. Happy, happy!

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Birthday hats: 

Birthday Cups:

Cake/ Cupcakes:

Tablecloths: 

Misc: 

Shark Mode Hank

Halloween takes on a whole new meaning when you become a parent. It quickly jumped from my least favorite holiday to my absolute favorite, thanks to this little Bay Area shark. Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!

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