rest your weary head right here

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Keeping Birdie from melting down is feeling like a full-time job this summer. Between the lack of routine, warm weather, and random summer indulgences (like popsicles and a trip to the fair), she’s begun to think every day is a big fat adventure waiting to happen. Throw in the fact that she could probably still […]

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have your very own mini me doll

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Even when we’re young, we want our dolls to look like us. These days, I try to be more equal opportunity, but I definitely have a soft spot for dolls with long hair like mine. Birdie, being only 5 and half, wants them all to look like her. There are two ways to get your […]

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swing away the afternoon

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Oh to be a child, sitting in a swing, wandering through a sunlit afternoon – with someone to push you. Wouldn’t that be lovely? Especially if you can avoid those rather garish plastic toddler swings we’ve all been around for years. Or, maybe you add a swing to the corner of your kitchen to lend a helping hand […]

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round about: mini treehouses & knotted trikes

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What a strange week it’s been.  I spent a large chunk of it trying to create the perfect photoshoot filled with cherries, lemonade, Indian colors, and French rustic touches. It was a blast. I’ll tell you more about that some other day. Plus,I  finished up some logo sketches for a new client, and drew aardvarks […]

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worth 1000 words: capsule lamp

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For the most important of collections (rocks? stamps? gum?) The Capsule Lamp might just do the trick, though it comes with it’s own vending machine toys if you need them.

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dancing with their tippy toes

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Teddy bears, bunnies, or sweet girls in tutus? Which would you prefer? With Mini Boheme, you have all of these options and more. Created by hand in naturally dyed organic linen,, Mini Boheme dolls feature hand stitched faces, beautiful fabric accents, and eco corn fiber filling. You can add a beautifully embroidered name onto their little […]

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can you say vroooooom?

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There is something so seductive about a good car. Give me the old school, curvaceous, corner-hugging, low-slung race cars of the ages. Iconic, that’s the word I’m looking for! These Playforever Racing Cars have all those boxes checked off and then some. As they tell it: “Playforever Toys have been engineered to last. Manufactured from […]

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go fish with us

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We just returned from a weekend in my parents’ camper – oh my god we had so much fun hanging with our family! During downtimes, Birdie has become obsessed with playing Go Fish. We have a deck from Hello Kitty, but her cousins have this hilarious Go Fish game from Eeboo – aren’t these fish sweet? And […]

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worth 1000 words: embroidered moths

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I want all those boring old paper moths in my backyard to look like these instead. See more of Yumi Okita’s work via The Jealous Curator.

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give your kids an adventure

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Every time we see a plane in the sky, I always ask Birdie: “Where do you think it’s going?” Lately she’s decided they’re all going to Paris. That sounds like a perfect destination to me! Travel and adventure are something she finds very fascinating – and what kid wouldn’t? It’s a time when rules are […]

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you’ll need these for your lille lova

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I have a serous case of baby fever right now. No, I am not pregnant, but having a 5 year old makes you realize how far we are from baby-dom.  I do want to share with you a beautiful line of hand-knit lovelies that are perfect for your own babies. Lille Lova Knits has a name […]

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make: diy wooden bead dolls

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I suppose you could use wooden beads to make necklaces. We’ve done that, and they’re lovely things to wear. They’re much prettier than the plastic pony beads that are more common kids accessories. But today I thought I’d think outside of the box, are you with me? In fact, I’m thinking outside of a very specific […]

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round about: circles everywhere & vibrant friends

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Summer vacation can certainly take its toll, can’t it? Routines for the kiddo are hard to come by, and if you work at home like I do, I’m missing the routines (and work time) as much as she is! The bright spot this week was her drawing sumer camp at a local kids art studio: […]

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worth 1000 words: crowded teeth landscapes

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There is really only one thing I have to say about these printables: I wish I’d designed them. Paper Island by Crowded Teeth, found via Mr. Printables.

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the green tones of music

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There is a beautiful-to-look-at and beautifully-made new line of wooden toys for kids: Green Tones toys are sustainably made, child development focused, and so sweet to look at too! Musical instrument toys for the pre-k set can be pretty bland, but these have both the great design cues we love, and the real-life musical functionality […]

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