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Archive for March, 2011

March 15, 2011

The prettiest wood toys

From Nova Natural. See, this is why I cleaned out the toys. To make room for things like these:

How have I come an entire year into parenthood and only recently discovered this site?? (Thanks to a link posted by Jora a while back).

So many nice, simple toys and instruments.

Pictured: Forest animals, fish rattle, sweet little car (which we have! Thanks to Nikki and Olin who live in Basel and brought it from the source to Costa Rica for Dash’s first bday), caterpuller, glockenspiel, tumbler, bell bracelet, and blocks.

Plus they sell a ton of great craft and learning supplies and nice wool baby clothes, among other things.

March 14, 2011

Deja’s kraft paper gocco’d invites

My dear friend Deja is getting married in (according to her count) 47 days. How do I know this? She tells me every time we talk. It’s so cute. Plus her shower was on Saturday so I just got an update.

I helped her out with her pretty kraft paper invites and they are finally finished and mailed and in most people’s hands. Which is so exciting. I love it sending a project off to it’s final destination.

The little touch of gold ink really gussied them up, don’t you think? I’m in love with gold on kraft at the moment.

We tied them up with black and white baker’s twine and pretty vintage gold thread. Such a cute little package.

Next I think we’re going to tea dye shipping tags for her escort cards. Yay.

March 11, 2011


Just in time for his party. He was taking a few steps before we left for Costa Rica and while we were there, but once we returned home everything sort of fell into place. Though he’s still little shaky. He mostly loves standing up and sitting down, over and over and over. And then every so often he’ll take off across the room.

It’s so cute.

Happy birthday Mom! And happy Friday, all.

(PS. I took these photos with my dad’s camera and now I’m borderline obsessing about getting a new one for myself. The quality is soooooo good. And his has an older model even. I can’t imagine what the new one feels like.)

March 10, 2011

toys organized

I’ve been meaning to organize the toy situation for months now. It’s harder to keep things under control than I anticipated! We’ll just say that my vision for the sort of toys my children would be surrounded by and the very well-intentioned gifts that have been bestowed on us throughout the course of the year don’t always line up. Does that make me a bad person?

I resolved to clean the toys out, donate those that we don’t need, and create a place for Dashiell where his toys are organized and accessible. I want him to know that it’s his little space and that each toy has a place (roughly), instead of just heaping everything into a pile.

I nearly donated a set of old West Elm nesting tables too when I realized that they would actually make pretty good temporary shelves for Dashiell’s play area.

Tis not perfect, I could still do a bit more pruning, but the toys have been thinned and the corner of the living room that was previously a sad, messy, dead space is now the perfect baby-size activity center. And he is so happy in there, throwing books on the floor and burying his little blocks under the couch.

I feel like I can breathe again. Yay.

March 9, 2011

The 1st birthday party

We had so much fun. It was simple and mostly for adults (read: burrata sandwiches and lunch wine), but you know, I think that’s how most 1st birthdays are.

A few highlights:

(Close up of the invites here.)

Positives: It didn’t rain and everyone was late (so we were ready and I was able to take a few photos).

Needs improvement: It was super windy so all of my cute confetti blew off the table and into the planters before anyone arrived. Also it was super sunny and warm, which was great, but that makes it really hard to take good photos! I didn’t get a great shot of the whole table with all of the honeycomb poofs hanging above, but you can imagine that right?

Almost all of the decor is from Shop Sweet Lulu. Napkins are from Ikea. Confetti tissue paper is from Michaels. I made the little cupcake flags and Dashiell’s birthday crown (which successfully made it to and from Costa Rica intact!). Oh and Dash’s adorable chicken shirt? Consignment store, of course! I love that one.

The menu (does anyone care?):

Veggie sandwiches
Burrata, roasted red pepper and arugula sandwiches
Coconut quinoa with tofu and snap peas
Guac, salsa, chips
Crudite with homemade hummus
Carrot cupcakes (muffins) with cream cheese frosting.

I used Sucanat for the cupcakes and 1/2 whole wheat flour to make them slightly more baby friendly. Which made them taste more like muffins than cake, but they turned out fine.

So glad we ended up having a party after all!

March 8, 2011

Dashiell goes to Costa Rica

Apologies in advance that nearly every single photo of our trip from Costa Rica contains my baby. He’s a much better subject than, well, pretty much anything else. We had just the best time. And we’d love to spend another few weeks in St. Teresa/Malpais. (We never did figure out the difference). The longer we were there, the more we liked it.

Aren’t his Zebi Baby bloomers the cutest? He wore them almost exclusively. And thoroughly enjoyed playing with large tropical fruit.

Our days went like this: Pool – Beach – Nap. Pool – Beach – Nap. Pool – Beach – Dinner – Bedtime. It was pretty good.

Lots of sweet little restaurants with pretty good food.

Lots and lots of smoothies and juices.

Fully enjoying being the center of attention.

Playing dice with friends in the evening.

Judah and his awesome parents show up and now we have TWO of the cutest babies in all the land on our hands.

The expression of the trip. Also, cannot recommend that Phil & Teds clip on highchair enough! We take it everywhere.

Birthday breakfast wouldn’t be complete without a birthday crown:

The wedding.

And the beautiful bride:

I seriously wish we were still there. I could get used to eating fruit and avocados and living in only a swimsuit and sunscreen. We’re all excited about taking a little “sabbatical” once our kids are old enough to appreciate living in a tiny, spanish-speaking beach town. But that’s years off.

March 7, 2011

Nina Garcia’s The One Hundred

My friend Clare recommended The One Hundred when I commented on her awesomely huge LL Bean tote in Costa Rica. I ordered the book two days after we got home. Now that I’m coming out of my fashion hibernation, I thought it an essential addition to my nightstand.

Now I have a guide to tell me what necessities I should fill my closet with! It enforces my general (though not always followed) philosophy on shopping: buy quality, classic things that fit perfectly, last forever, and that I will wear for a long time. Even, wait no… especially, if they cost double what knock-off versions that don’t fit as well might. Quality is always worth it, if you ask me.

And they’re not all classic as in Jackie O. or Miss Hepburn. I doubt either of them would have rocked a vintage concert tee or pair of Havianas, but that’s what’s so brilliant about this book. Some things are a bit unattainable (but perhaps worth saving up for?) and others you can pick up for a song. And you’ll be surprised how many items you already have in your closet. Which is v. v. encouraging, if you ask me.

Motorcycle jacket. Check! I think mine would be considered a Bomber jacket, but it is fabulous and I love it.

Perfume. Check. Though it’s not a super fancy one. I’m partial to Jo Malone Orange Blossom.

A statement necklace. Hmm. I definitely need to work on that one. I have necklaces I love and wear often, but I do not think Nina would approve of any as my “statement”.

Stilettos. Yes yes yes yes. And I totally agree they are worth the investment. I spent more than necessary on my wedding shoes, but they are gorgeous black heels that I wear any time occasion calls.

Valid passport. Sighhh. You never know when you’ll need to jet away, I suppose. But I love that this is an essential for a stylish woman.

Diamond studs. Which are “best when large, real, and received as a gift. But large, fake, and self-purchased do the job, too.” Love the little explanations! I’d settle for medium, real, and gifted? Just saying.

Plus there’s animal print, aviators, cowboy boots, investment bag (with tips on how to spot a fake), jewelry pouches, the men’s white shirt, a one piece swimsuit… the list goes on.

Buy it. Now. You deserve.

March 3, 2011

Imaginary birthday wish list

For my birthday that was a few weeks ago while we were in Costa Rica. I am quite happy with our trip instead of a wrapped gift, but you know, a girl likes to dream. Or at least window shop.

1) Heidi’s new cookbook, Super Natural Every Day.

2) An Alma Alan canister. Or four. The last time I was at Heath LA they had a few left. How I love.

3) A simple gold band to wear when I travel. My actual wedding ring is a bit too big to wear sans engagement ring, and I’d love something like this to wear from time to time. I tried my friend Katie’s on (she has the one pictured) and it’s perfect. But is it weird to have the same ring as someone you know??

4) Didymos Baby Wrap for, um. carrying Dashiell on my hip? I so don’t need this, but they are so incredibly gorgeous I can’t help but want one. And I’m in the market for something I can use for a hip carrier. He’s getting so heavy!

5) Sperry topsiders. I realize I’m about 2 years late on the trend, but that’s how I do it.

6) A new pair of jeans that actually fit. Probs not the ones pictured, but I like the photo.

There. Not completely unreasonable, right?

March 2, 2011

First birthday invites

Aside from dropping these babies in the mail before we left for Costa Rica, I’ve done not a thing to prepare for Dashiell’s bday party on Saturday. Which really doesn’t matter since he’s one, won’t remember this, and it’s pretty much just family attending. Plus a few non-judgemental friends who (I trust) will not assign me to unstylish-mom-hell for failing to deliver a more cohesively themed celebration. (RIGHT?)

But the invites turned out pretty cute, no?

(I hate how photos look with personal info blurred out, but you never know who’s lurking around on the internet.)

I love the big tissue paper confetti. So so easy to make! I have a whole bag ready for the actual party. I stuffed each envelope with a handful just for extra fun. See? I have a theme! It’s circles! Yes! Circles! As in extra large balloons and confetti.

I couldn’t bring myself to go rockets or cowboys this time around. I like that he’s still a baby.

Also, did I mention how much I love my new lens? Tis amazing.

March 1, 2011


But all discombobulated and exhausted and behind on life and work and the house is a disaster and we’ve got a birthday party to plan for Saturday. We were only gone 10 days but it seriously felt like we were gone for a month when we opened our front door at midnight on Sunday night.

The trip was so so great. We wanted to stay another week at least. Maybe a year? Dashiell has proven to be an excellent traveler, which means hopefully he’ll be getting a bunch more stamps in his little passport.

More photos soon.