I recently came across Projecteo which is a tiny projector that projects instagram photos. My daughter runs around projecting them on every possible surface. This would make a great stocking stuffer or as a novel little present for a friend. I plan on making a little nature story to project on our wall as part of our night time ritual. So many creative possibilities!
When Elodie was turning three I found her a perfect little doll from the Italian Etsy shop Cromanticamente. These two sisters make lovely little dolls and I chose the December doll for her third birthday. I also love their seasonal dolls like this sweet Nordic inspired one and Clara & The Nutcracker. I am tempted to put their New Arrival doll in Francesca’s room as a sweet gesture of her and Elodie together!
Every autumn, Elodie asks when we are going to “meet more acorn friends.” We first created these little people at a play group we used to attend a few years back and it has firmly took hold into a seasonal tradition for us. We always collect leaves and twigs for their little beds and can easily spend an afternoon creating stories around them. Here are some instructions to create your own:
Here’s what you’ll need:
- little peg dolls
- acorns (have fun hunting for these or get some here)
- beeswax (usually can be found at an art supply store)
- tacky glue
- wool for hair
- optional is paint and glitter for acorn hats
Here’s how to do it:
1. Using sandpaper, give the peg dolls a little scrub to get them ready for paint
2. Paint the bodies with non-toxic paint and let dry (or you can just leave natural)
3. Give your little friend a face. Maybe a smile and some rosy cheeks.
4. Rub all over with a bit of beeswax to seal paint color.
5. Choose a bit of colorful wool and pull apart so fairly thin. Coat with a thin layer of glue just wear you are going to attach to top of wooden peg doll.
6. Wait until this dries and then glue your acorn hat on top of hair.
7. (Optional: coat top of acorn with glitter for an extra sparkly cap)
It is so fun to hunt for acorns and it seems every time we do this activity we find different acorn caps. It takes time to coordinate which cap will fit with the little peg dolls but you can always find a handful that will work. If you find your self short on time, loads of people sell these on etsy as well. Last year we didn’t have time to make as I was preparing to have a baby and we found the ones above here.
To read more from Elizabeth, hop over to her sweet blog, The Littlest.
September has been a busy time for birthdays around here. I am always looking for cute gift ideas, especially for boys, since I am surrounded my little girls. I came across Tweet Toys which makes wooden imaginative play items for children.
To read more from Elizabeth, visit her lovely, heartfelt blog The Littlest Blog.
I’m in the middle of designing my youngest daughter’s nursery and keep coming back again and again to so many pieces from Kalon Studios. Their cribs and dressers are gorgeous and have such a harmony in design that they feel perfect for what should be the most soothing space in your home, your child’s room.
They use 100% natural, eco-friendly materials, and many of the pieces are designed to grow with your child. I particularly love their Caravan line and the hut hut, such a genius reinterpretation of a rocking horse!
To read more from Elizabeth, visit her sweet blog The Littlest.
There is something special about selecting a quilt for your child. Elodie has a quilt that was handed down from her great great grandmother but I was hoping to find something a little different for my baby Francesca’s nursery. Hopewell Workshop provides a colorful, modern take on this very traditional art form.
The Los Angeles based company was founded by two friends – both artists and mothers – with a desire to create a line of artisanal products. It is so refreshing to hold a beautiful heirloom piece in your hand – one that both you and your little one will appreciate.
I’m a big fan of the Chewbeads new line of necklaces and bracelets for children called juniorbeads. Elodie is in love with the glow in the dark necklace and bracelet and always puts it outside in the morning for a charge. They are stylish and also double as a brilliant toy for teething babies. So clever!
I recently found these wonderful books for babies and toddlers called Indestructibles. Not only are they beautifully illustrated, they are also water-proof, tear-resistant, and baby-durable (I even tried to rip one myself just to see!) I have since ordered several as gifts for my friends and have some handy for when my little one starts getting interested in her big sister’s library!
I became acquainted with Bambinos & Bunny when my friend brought her toddler girl over to my house. She was wearing the cutest little harem romper with gold moccasins and I had to look the line up immediately. Having two girls I am always looking for a respite from pink and purple. Bambinos & Bunny feature bold yet sophisticated designs built for comfort and play!
We bought a new house this summer and moved in a mere two months before our baby girl arrived. Since she is still only two months and sleeps with us, I have been slow to design her nursery. It’s always so fun to pick out new artwork for the little ones and I was happy to come across the art of Los Angeles based Britt Browne. Her pieces are playful and happy – I particularly love “Dots” and “Zebra” and think “Backgammon” would be fun for a boy’s room too. I can’t wait to get our print framed!
I just came across Peas and Queues, a gem of a children’s line made right here in Los Angeles. We are having an Indian Summer so it wasn’t a stretch to buy this cheerful dress even as we move into the colder months. The silhouettes and bold patterns are perfect for your little adventurer but classic enough that I actually wish a few were in my size! I’m looking forward to seeing more from this whimsical brand.
Peas and Queues is offering Babyccino readers a 15% discount now through the end of the month. Please use BABYCCINO15 at checkout.
I am always on the look out for new music for my little girl. We try and listen to everything at home, from reggae to classical. I recently discovered that Elizabeth Mitchell released Little Seed , a new album of Woody Guthrie covers. It is such a sweet, calm collection of songs that we love listening to while making breakfast. “Little Sack of Sugar” has been known to diffuse a tantrum or two in my house. It’s hard to fuss and carry on when your mama is bouncing you on her knee and pretending to eat you up!
Playsilks and scarves are such wonderful props for a child’s imagination. I’ve been collecting ones from Sarah’s Silks since my daughter was a wee one. They are great for using with clips to create little fortresses and also for creating capes or beds for baby dolls. The line of dress-ups is new to me and I am quite sure my daughter would be overjoyed to be a mermaid or a unicorn. Halloween might be easy for us this year!
My daughter is in that in-between stage where half way into our evening walks she’ll abandon her tricycle and I’m stuck pushing it the rest of the way home. I wouldn’t mind so much if it weren’t for the fact that it’s blazing hot and I’m 34 weeks pregnant! So when she tried out her little friend’s Mopi I knew right then and there that it was the perfect little bike for us. Children love scooting along on it but it’s lightweight enough to pick up and carry when they get tired. Plus it comes in loads of colors and two different sizes so it’s easy to get the one that’s right for your child! My arms are thanking me already.
I am in the market for some new toddler bedding and found these at colette bream. I had bookmarked her etsy site ages ago and fell in love all over again with her whimsical assortment of children’s pretend play items and lovely bedding. My daughter has been dragging around a favorite silk scarf of mine, using it as a dinosaur tail, and I think I might just have to reclaim it and replace it with one of these!
My daughter’s first request when she walks in from her days at pre-school are invariably “May I have a popsicle?” or “May I paint in the backyard?”
I can easily distract her first request with a plum or some other lovely summer fruit, but I can rarely stave off her desire to paint (some days I just want to read books or do a puzzle with her, call me lazy!) Lately, she has been perfectly content putting on her bikini bottoms and painting her hands and feet, making the sweetest little prints for us.
Last year I invested in a wooden caddy with six glass jars and some watercolor paints and much prefer it to the messy little pans of paint we would run through. Plus, it just looks so much nicer. I’ll warn you now, the Nova Natural website is a little addictive, especially their dress-up and crafting sections!
Now that I’m in my second trimester of pregnancy, I find myself all of a sudden ravenously hungry. My blood sugar drops and if I don’t have a healthy snack nearby I get really dizzy and disoriented. No fun! I’ve been aiming to make one healthful salad at the beginning of the week that I can load up with veggies and feel good about eating throughout my day.
This week I made a Sesame Kale Chilled Soba Noodle Salad that my whole family loves (I’ve had to make a few batches of it!). It’s crunchy and refreshing and, best of all, easy to make!
- 8 oz. soba noodles (or rice noodles if gluten free) 1 bunch of lacinato kale, deribbed and chopped
- 3 large carrots 1 cup edamame (cooked and shelled) 1 bunch scallion (about 6) , chopped
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds A squeeze of lime
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce (or shoyu)
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar 1.5 tablespoons sesame oil 1 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon minced ginger
Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook noodles. Drain and toss with a drizzle of cooking oil so that they don’t stick together. Chill in refrigerator. Peel the carrots. Shave with a peeler or mandolin and set aside. Whisk together sauce ingredients. Set aside.
In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add chopped kale, cook for about 1-2 minutes (tossing it as you go – bringing wilted leaves from the bottom to the top). Add edamame and scallions. Cook, stirring, for about 30 more seconds.
Pour in the dressing, noodles, shaved carrots, and sesame seeds. Toss together. (If your skillet isn’t large enough for this, transfer to a large bowl). Squeeze lime on top. Taste and adjust seasonings.
I love the playfulness of the Moroccan line Zid Zid. It is a complete line of children’s accessories, toys, and items for the home, each handmade in Marrakech. The animals on the cushions and clutches remind me of characters from a Roald Dahl or Rudyard Kipling story and will transport your child right into the exotic world of play. The cushions you can color would make a great birthday gift!
As sure as the sun, I can always count on Nico.Nico for at least one must-have item each season. Last summer I fell head over heels for the romper, this summer it’s the apron dress. I love the classic shape and the cute front pocket. The only problem? It comes in such perfect colors that it’s proving difficult to choose which to get for my little one!
My almost 3½-year-old is having an increasingly hard time going to sleep without a light at night. We have the turtle that has glowing stars on its back but it automatically shuts off after 45 minutes and we often get early morning requests to “turn turtle on please!” which can get a bit tiresome. so now I’m on the hunt for the perfect night light — harder than you might imagine! For now, it’s a toss up between the modern jonathan adler elephant and the fairy house (my daughter is obsessed with elephants and fairies) but I’m also toying with the idea of using a sun jar instead! Do you have any favorites?