Archive: April, 2011

April 29, 2011

your weekend

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good morning! i just dropped Harper off at preschool and it is an absolutely gorgeous day!! before i had children i was known to sleep through the entire morning, but nowadays i enjoy morning time so much. spring mornings are so refreshing when the air is still crisp, and birds are chirping.

John left for China again on Wednesday so we’ll miss him this weekend. BUT, i do have really exciting plans tonight…a date with my DVR for the Royal Wedding. did you see it yet? i am so anxious to tuck the kids in bed tonight. i’ve always loved the handsome princes and was a huge fan of their pretty Mama. i’m sure Diana would be so proud of her sons -if only she was here to see them all grown up and starting families of their own.

BTW: if you didn’t already know, 2 of our contributing editors have been nominated in categories on Circle of Moms:
Lauren of With Two Cats & Inessa of Diaper Style Memoirs. Please vote for them everyday.

a few more tidbits:

seriously, my idea of a perfect day.

a grass bedspread

if you have a little girl, is Barbie this much of a concern to you?

make colorful silverware
a colorful wedding isle

these sandals are so simple and cute, too bad i have wide feet!

Michelle Williams– she seems to reinvent herself every season. always flawlessly beautiful.

breathtaking horse photography. the one of the horse hidden behind the mossy trees is magical!

so sweet

Union Jack decor.

the cutest Girl + Bike.

personalized notes & calling cards– what would your’s look like? i think i’d be a girl with Ray-Bans & a bun.

spring flowers

the most beautiful cake

& bread bears

have a wonderful weekend. our’s will include ice cream! xo, shari

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April 29, 2011

Costume Party

Harper and I had our “dress rehearsal” yesterday. We have a costume party/birthday party next weekend. Can you guess who we are?…

Harper is going to be Hedwig, Harry Potter’s favorite owl. & I am going as a student of Ravenclaw..still studying & learning witchcraft spells and magic!

Our Costumes:

Ravenclaw Adult Robe & Child Hedwig Costume

We kept it simple, but be sure to check out fun Harry Potter Accessories! (hats, scarves, magic wands, etc)

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April 29, 2011

photo of the day

one of these things is not like the other…Margo = 5.5 months old.

AMAZING how much she looks like these dolls! what a sweet photo. XO, shari
p.s. Harper’s middle name was almost Margaux.

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please email it to (subject: Photo of the Day)

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April 28, 2011

For Your Little Party Animal: Jack & the Beanstalk

Clockwise from top left: Marimekko Bottna Napkins, Wandering Vines Tablecloth, ‘Bean’ Bags, Vine Garland, Gold Plastic Eggs, Fee Fi Fo Fum Poster, Sweet Sprout Cupcakes, Jelly Beans, Muslin Favor Bags

Party Ideas:

  • Fill muslin favor bags with ‘magic’ beans
  • Play pin the nose on the giant
  • Have a ‘bean’ bag toss
  • Fill golden eggs with treats for the partiers
  • Create a magic beans mosaic


Happy party planning!


April 28, 2011

Cloth Diapering Twins

Eeek! We finally took the plunge. My husband and I have been talking about buying cloth diapers since I became pregnant, but we just kept putting off actually buying them.
Since you almost have to spend a few hundred dollars to build up your stash, it just always seemed like too much money at the time, even though we knew we’d save a ton in the long run.
But we finally, finally spent the money and got the diapers.

And seriously, just for these pictures it was worth it. Have you ever seen such cute little baby booties?

Even though the boys are eight weeks old (tomorrow!) they only barely graduated from newborn diapers, and when we cracked open that first package of size 1 Huggies I almost cried.
I felt like I was wrapping the boys in crackling newspaper. The diapers weren’t soft and I felt so guilty that they’d be rubbing Grey and Micah in their most sensitive areas.
That’s the day we decided enough was enough, and finally got online and pressed the Add to Cart button.

So now we’re parents in the cloth diapering world, with little to no experience with cloth diapers… but we’re excited.
For those of you who cloth diaper your babies (or baby), do you have any tricks or favorite diapers?
And what’s the reason you do it? Money? The environment? Because regular diapers just aren’t soft enough for your perfect baby?

Check out more pics and tales of Grey and Micah on my blog at

and leave your advice and opinions in the comments!

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April 28, 2011

5 Looks for Boys

I love to incorporate basics into my children’s wardrobe. But sometimes it’s a bit hard to imagine all of the looks you can create with just a simple pair of shorts or a plain t-shirt. So I have created a little guide that will hopefully show you how to wear a basic piece 5 different ways. Today I am sharing with you 5 looks for boys featuring an inexpensive pair of super stylish denim capris from Zara Kids. Enjoy!

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April 28, 2011

Alexa Blog Hop 4/28-5/4

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if you’ve been participating in our Alexa Blog Hops the past few weeks, you have probably seen a significant improvement in your Alexa rank. if you are a new blogger looking to decrease your Alexa rank & gain new GFC (Google Friend Connect) followers, please participate.

you will need to install the Alexa Toolbar on your browser. it only takes a few seconds! there are toolbars for Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox. (for those that are worried, don’t be. this is NOT an additional toolbar, just a little “A” icon that will show up in your toolbar)

the Alexa Toolbar will allow you to keep track of your daily Alexa Traffic Rank- which will give you an idea of how your blogging efforts are paying off. you can also use it to check out the Alexa Rank of any website.
e.g. Facebook is ranked a 2, Blogspot is a 6, Anthropologie is 5,813, and today Spearmint Baby is 146,265. your Alexa Traffic Rank will most likely fluctuate daily and the lower you are the better ๐Ÿ™‚

here are the rules:
*download the Alexa toolbar
*add your blog name & URL to the linky list below.
*then, follow any blogs on GFC that interest you (be sure to leave a friendly comment on their blog letting them know that you are a new follower so they can follow back!) if you are already a follower of their blog, just leave a comment asking them to visit you for the Alexa hop!
*feel free to grab the Spearmint Baby Blog Hop banner & post on your blog to get new people involved. (the more new people the better ๐Ÿ™‚
* please note that i keep this blog hop open all week so you have plenty of time to visit all of the blogs on the list!

to gain some new followers this week we have a new cohost: Our Family World. ๐Ÿ™‚


**for those interested in cohosting, you must have an Alexa rank lower than 200,000 & 1,500 plus followers. contact for details

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April 28, 2011

show us your BABY BUMP!

Hi SB~

I thought I’d throw my bump into contention for the Show Your Bump feature (which I love).

My first pic (the bad attitude pic) is a reflection of how it really feels to be 33 weeks pregnant. Constant back aches, pain under the ribs, baby kicking the heck out of my vital organs, a bladder that feels so full it’s going to burst (only to kindly release about 2 ounces of fluid after all), heartburn that would scare a dragon, etc.

The second pic is the “I’m so happy I’m pregnant” pic that we all know and love. And I am. I am having my little son, Brixton, sometime around May 18th and I absolutely can’t wait! I never thought I wanted kids, but this experience has been amazing…not only am I changing physically, but inside I’m morphing into my version of a mommy.

Wishing all the pregnant mommies-to-be a safe and healthy pregnancy!

thanks, Kelley! you are almost done- i always say that the last 2 weeks are a huge adrenaline rush knowing that labor could happen at any time. enjoy it, & be sure to share your birth story and pics of your little guy ๐Ÿ˜‰ xo, shari

are you PREGNANT?

send a photo/s of yourself (and your BUMP) to

feel free to include wks pregnant, boy or girl, 1st/2nd/3rd baby, cravings, and/or something interesting about your pregnancy. we all enjoy reading fun pregnancy details!! if you have a blog, etsy store, or website we would love to give you some link love!

p.s. i have received sooo many adorable pregnancy photos….and will be featuring one of you every Wednesday & Thursday so check back!!

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