Modern Crib & Rocker Guides

Hi All!
I have started to curate 2 boards over on Pinterest for modern cribs and one for modern gliders & rockers. I have made all attempts to add prices (where I could find them) and the images link to the actual store. Please come over and check them out!

I will be adding and updating these guys as new styles and finds are released! Thanks for looking!

A Day in Our Life – July 21, 2012

We were inspired by a recent post over at Baby Rabies to capture a life in our ordinary day.

8:15am – Hayden was up at 6am – I guess we are back on Chicago time…
Still in PJs and hanging out. We love weekends!
9:17am – On the weekends we take turns letting each other sleep in (or not!).
10:20am – First nap. Fast asleep…
11:30am – Baby Lunchtime! The whole bowl ended up on the floor. Again.
Hayden has not been into eating today. Drank lots and lots of rice milk.
12:20 – Picked up my new Bern helmet then off to the
Tour de Fat in Logan Square!
1:22pm – Empanadas from 5411. Mmmmm….
2:10pm – Gentle Scout goes nuts for some aqua fresca!!
3:13pm – Dom rides an Art Bike at the Tour de Fat
4:52pm – Book time! Books multiply like baby bunnies in our house.
I honestly don’t know where they all come from.
5:23pm – Whinnie The Poo. Yup. More book time.
6:23pm – Whole Foods salad bar dinner. Yeah, lazy tonight and didn’t want
to cook. So we hit up the Whole Foods on North Ave (i.e. Mecca) for some
of my fav vegan pizza (and vegan milkshake) and a salad bar sampling for
Hayden. He only ate the pad thai and then tried to throw the rest on the
ground. I am ready for this phase to be over!
7:58pm – Last moment of the day: bedtime. Hayden has been napping and
going down for bedtime great since we got back from our trip out West.
No protesting and no tears! I can live with this!


Things I’m Afraid to Tell You.

This morning I read a great/amazing/inspirational post by Ez over at Creature Comforts. She started an online conversation about the “vast cavern between true reality and the presentation of “reality” on blogs.”

I read over 70 design blogs everyday, follow too-many-to-count boards on Pinterest, check my Instagram feed several times a day and do my own pinning/posting/photographing to boot. People, it’s overwhelming. The amount of beauty out there is amazing – the homes I see, the fashion I love, the design I covet – it’s all amazing. And honestly it makes me feel less than worthy to be blogging about it. My home does not look like this. My child does not look like this. My craft area DOES NOT even vaguely resemble this. We are normal. Mostly. But I feel like a hypocrite. A lot. So to pull back the curtain on my life, here are some things I am afraid to tell you:

  1. I am lazy. It may not seem like it, but I am. Some days it’s enough for me to work full time, come home and cook a meal for my 14 month old, and then cook another meal for me and my husband after the baby goes to bed. My once meticulously kept house has lost it’s luster amid strewn toys, a dirty high chair, piles of cloth diapers to be washed, animals to take care of and, oh, myself to wash and feed. I post about tons of amazing craft projects to be done, and never do them. I’ve had a company idea brewing for a few months now, and can’t seem to work on it. Ever.
  2. I may have postpartum anxiety issues. I have come to terms with the fact that I may need to talk to someone. Every time my husband and son walk out the door I think it may be the last time I ever see them. I love them so much, and I think of them as my whole world. I can’t imagine life without either one of them, so naturally my anxious mind goes to the worst of places when I see them off in the morning.
  3. I am a hot and cold blogger. Sometime I have amazing ideas for posts and never get around to posting about it. Then I will do 3 days straight of posts. Then nothing. Repeat.
  4. My husband and I had a chance to move to Barcelona a few years back and it fell through. The disappointment was one of the hardest things I have ever had to process and deal with.
  5. You know the term, “Jack of all trades; master of none”? That’s me. I can do everything enough to get by.
  6. I’m a hard person to like. I had a rough childhood, and I’ve come to terms with the fact that I may not be the easiest person to get along with. I have changed, slowly, but I recognize it might not be enough for some people. I am working on getting over that and moving on. Slowly, but surely.

So what are you afraid to tell everyone? Or even just tell yourself?

Zutano for Target

I have been a big Zutano for since Hayden was born. We received some super cute clothes from local boutique stores that were just the adorable. Colorful, not overly cutesy, and super soft. Now Target is carrying a line of their products – “Zutano Blue“. And the prices can’t be beat!!

via Target

Happy Birthday Hayden

Happy birthday little man! You are the coolest, best little baby on the planet! I can’t believe 1 year has gone by. This time last year my water broke on the North Ave. bus – and the rest is history! We love love love you and can’t wait to see what the next year brings! ❤

Tents Galore!

I came across this fab post from Cakies about a month ago and just knew we had to make this for little H for his upcoming 1 year birthday party! I passed on the link to my hubby (who would be taking care of any woodworking/drilling/nailing that had to happen) and he quickly agreed we needed this in our home post-haste. So this past Sunday Dom headed with Hayden in the stroller to Home Depot (a mere 3 miles from our house) to procure the wood while I headed to IKEA for the fabric (I don’t ever need an excuse to go to IKEA!). I’ll skip past the boring pics of us trying to drill wood in our apartment (mostly because I forgot to take any) and get right to the awesome result pics:

We were so thrilled with the outcome that we set it out immediately to try it out. Dom and I took turns hiding out in it while we watched episodes of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and ate Pocky. I wonder who is going to get the most use out of this thing…

Check out my Pinterest board of tents for more ideas!

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Adventures in Baby Food!

Baby-led Weaning Book CoverWhen Hayden first started out on solids he was 6 months old and we did the old rice cereal and breast milk drill. He loved it, and soon we moved on to thicker purees. My girlfriends and I had all sorts of conversations about the best way to puree/cook baby food and we talked about all the different recipes that were out there. One day I was looking up info on the internet about moving Hayden to more finger-type foods and ran across a blog about “baby-led weaning”. The concept is pretty simple: babies don’t need special food made just for them – they can eat what you eat. Sounds great- right?! Well, it is. We moved Hayden from eating all pureed food one week to pretty much eating adult food the next. He took to it wonderfully, loving the opportunity to explore different textures and the independence that came with feeding himself. We are still using up our frozen puree supply, and he actually feeds it to himself now with a spoon. He sucked on pieces of roast at our Christmas meal, eats tortillas and bread, all sorts of fruit and loves different types of proteins. So every night I now make his lunches. I usually grab bits and pieces of this and that out of the fridge. Leftover beef and broccoli from our stir-fry, cut up pieces of various fruits, a torn up corn tortilla, and sliced up veggies.

Tomorrow’s Lunch Torn up pieces of romaine, grape tomatoes, beef (from last night’s stir fry), shredded cheese
Pears and mixed fruit (blueberries, blackberries & grapes) A torn up corn tortilla

Feeding Hayden what we eat has been a great experience. It benefits us both – I think more about what Dom and I eat, because I know Hayden will be eating it too, and it’s just plain easier to feed him what we are eating then it is to make special meals just for him. He is also a very adventurous eater – he loves artichoke, spinach and beets. He eats all sorts of fruits – and especially loves tart and sour ones! Next up – veggie sushi!

Owl Have Another

This weekend my mother made Hayden yet another owl themed item – a pillow! And it is super cute. So I was looking around and realized that we are owl-crazed in this house! So I gathered together all the owl themed items I could find and here they are!
1. Crocheted Owl Hat – homemade by my mom2. Croched Owl Pilliow – homemade by my mom

3. Stuf 12″ Yellow Bird (ok, he’s not an owl, but they have one here if you love this brand!)

4. Skip*Hop Night & Day Discovery Toy

5. Paul Frank julius! Alphabet Flash Cards (ok… not an owl – just a really cute quail!!)

6. Kooky Owl – homemade by my grandma – check out the pattern here!

7. Skip*Hop Treetime Friends Stroller Toy

8. Skip*Hop Treetime Friends Activity Mat

9. Gap Forest Creatures One Piece (bonus – it’s on sale right now!)

Tummy Tub – Take 2!

If you remember my post a few months ago about the dreaded Tummy Tub then you have surely been sitting on the edge of your seats all these months waiting to hear about the actual first use of said tub. Well, what could be better then telling you about?! Why, showing you of course!

Just a quick note – please forgive the expletive at the beginning of the video – my husband and I had nearly drown our infant son just moments before and were pretty nervous and on edge. Oh, and forgive my terrible video recording skills…