Archive: July, 2012

Tuesday
July 31, 2012

Olive Juice SALE

EEEEK!  I just found this sale and had to share…

Olive Juice has marked down their entire spring/summer line. Some things are more than 50% off! They have some really cute separates that could be worn in fall/winter as well. I couldn’t find anything over $25!

I picked out 3 things for Harper, since Rex already has sooo many cute things for the upcoming year.

P.S. enter the code JULY at checkout for FREE SHIPPING!

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Tuesday
July 31, 2012

Twin Girls’ Bedroom

Dorte lives in Copenhagen with her twin girls, Freya & Anna. ((in my dreams i’ve visited!)) She recently shared their beautiful, feminine bedroom. I LOVED her idea of mounting a huge, RED mirror down low so the girls can actually see themselves in the mirror. I’d never thought of that before! Not sure why not. Don’t your kids LOVE to look at themselves in the mirror?

She also picked out the prettiest wallpaper for the accent wall. LOVE those elephants & rhinos. The cozy reading corner has an ovesized floor cushion & all kinds of cute pillows. What a fun spot for her little readers!

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Tuesday
July 31, 2012

Bakery or “Homemakery?”

Lets talk birthday cake for a second…

Have you noticed the fancy, themed cakes at children’s birthday parties lately? A lot of them have more tiers than my wedding cake!

Whatever happened to home made cakes? Growing up my mom always whipped up something pretty delicious. It was usually from a box & I’m pretty sure never cost more than $5-$10! Betty Crocker makes it sooo easy… I guess nowadays we have so little time. It is a lot easier to leave it up to the bakery, right?

When Harper turned 3 last December she asked me for a PURPLE & PINK cake. I knew that I wanted to make her something in my own oven.  After buying all of the ingredients she offered to be my assistant. So, we decided that she would get to decorate her OWN cake. It was her birthday after all!

I covered the cake with purple frosting, then she helped squeeze out the yellow piping. She also wanted an Elmo face. ((do i dare take credit?)) After that she went at it with glitter & sprinkles.

She did a fabulous job & enjoyed cake decorating so much that we’ve decided to make this a birthday tradition!

So, what about you? Are you Team “Bakery” or Team “Homemakery“?

Tuesday
July 31, 2012

My Frugal Finds!

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Plum District is offering up $20 for $40 Toward Eco-Friendly Diapers, Baby Care and Home Cleaning Products from The Honest Company.  Plus they have a 25% off coupon code: FLASH31 making the deal ONLY $15 for $40.  You could get 150 size 1 diapers with the $40 voucher. I like that the diapers come in super cute patterns and are chlorine free too! Also, there are reports that the voucher IS APPLYING towards SHIPPING :)

Plum District also has $27 for Two 18-Count Variety Packs of Organic Baby & Toddler Food, Plus One Surprise 8-Pack & Free Shipping from NurturMe – a $50 Value. After coupon code: FLASH31 your total will be ONLY $20.25 for the Pack Shipped!

Plum District also has $15 for $30 Worth of All-Natural, Organic Products at Ecomom.com. Plus use code: FLASH31 to save 25% making it ONLY $11.25 for $30!

WOW! Totsy currently has 35 back to school sales with prices up to 83% off retail. Plus, you get FREE Shipping when you create a new account.

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Tuesday
July 31, 2012

photo of the day

Hi there! Here is a photo taken last weekend at the park to document my daughter, Scarlett turning 9 months old. Her favorite things to do are point at things with her pointer finger, play pat-a-cake and clap her hands. These months are flying by!
Kristin

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Monday
July 30, 2012

Mini Piccolini: Shopping for Baby #2

Baby #2′s arrival is nearing and we are starting to feel ready. I thought we wouldn’t really need much new stuff this time around since we had our minis so close together, but there were a few things we did have to refresh. And some things we ended up selling when we moved from Atlanta and they have to replaced now that we are back in Europe…

Here’s what we’ve got:

CLOTHES, SLEEP & CARE

Mini Piccolini - Shopping for Baby #2

1. BABY CLOTHES. We have everything we need. We stocked up on a bunch of Gerber’s fabulous side-snap long-sleeved shirts that we loved so much for Alec, and his old ones have held up remarkably well and are actually even softer and more lovely now. We replaced Alec’s old Halo Sleepsack Swaddles with new sets in cotton, velboa and fleece. We have added a couple of colder climate essentials like this Polarn o. Pyret fleece newborn overall/wrap blanket and this wind fleece baby overall. Even though this baby will be a summer arrival, evenings can get chilly in Sweden, and autumn will be here before we know it.

2. WUBBANUB PACIFIERS. Alec still loves his Wubbanub pacifiers even though we are trying to get him to use more teeth-friendly pacifiers instead. The other day he actually chewed through one of the nipples so we need to do something fast. We’ve ordered a couple of giraffe wubbanubs for the new baby but this time we’ll try to transition onto a more tooth-friendly pacifier at around the six month mark.

3. SOPHIE. Alec doesn’t really use his Sophie anymore but we’re still going to get a new one for the new baby since it was such a constant must-have for those first eight or nine months or so.

4. CRIB MOBILE. I’m DIYing this one – stay tuned!

5. SLEEP SHEEP. We have a Sleep Sheep and a Mini Sleep Sheep (for travel) that we still use for all of Alec’s sleep (except in the stroller) every single day. At first I thought we would just use the Mini Sleep Sheep for the new baby, but I think we’ll get a proper new one for the crib so that we have the mini one easily available to pack for trips. Who knows, maybe we’ll need a second mini sleep sheep as well if our kids end up sleeping in separate rooms when we’re in the country etc.

6. BABY BATH TUB. We had a simple baby tub with a sling which we found so useful for newborn baths with Alec. Then we switched over to a Hoppop toddler tub which we loved. It got damaged in shipping to Sweden and now we don’t have a little tub at all. Hoppop also makes a bucket-style tub for babies, but I have a hard time seeing how it would work for a newborn. Since we couldn’t find a good sling option and are trying to find things that don’t take up too much space, we ended up buying the very cool Boon Inc. Naked tub. Read more here.

7. CRIB. We chose the IKEA Sundvik. You can see all the options we considered here and why we chose the Sundvik here.

8. BABY MONITOR. We had an Angelcare baby monitor for Alec in Atlanta and I loved the peace of mind that it gave me to know that an alarm would sound if he stopped breathing. I realize it’s a little over-zealous, but until we got it set up, I just could not relax about Alec sleeping in his crib. So it was a must for us. Once he started rolling off the sensor causing false alarms, we just stopped using the movement alarm, but it was still a great baby monitor. We sold it because we didn’t want to deal with voltage adapters etc (and actually don’t need a sound monitor in our old, thin-walled flat in Stockholm) when we moved back to Sweden. But we ordered We bought another Angelcare for the new baby too and now they make one that has video as well! Yay!

9. SIBLINGS WITHOUT RIVALRY. This is the one new parenting book I will be reading specifically in preparation for the new addition to the family.

 

STROLLERS, GEAR & FEEDING

Mini Piccolini - Shopping for Baby #2 (Strollers, Gear, Feeding)

1. DOUBLE STROLLER. We just picked up our new Bugaboo Donkey. See why we chose it here, and what we got in terms of accessories etc. here.

2. HIGH CHAIR WITH NEWBORN SET. Since we’ll need another Tripp Trapp for the new baby when it’s time to start solids, we decided to just buy one now and use it with a newborn set for the first months. This will provide a safe place for baby to hang out when I have stuff going on in the kitchen, and will also allow our new addition to join in family meals from the start.

3. BREAST PUMP. We also sold the Medela Pump in Style Advanced breast pump that I used in Atlanta. It worked well for me so I wanted another one of the same. Medela seems to be phasing out the Pump In Style in favor of a (more expensive) pump called Freestyle but it seems to be getting mixed reviews, and since the Pump in Style worked for me, I was quick to order one of the Pump in Styles that were still available on Amazon.

4. PUMP & BOTTLE PARTS. Most pump and bottle parts shouldn’t be re-used, so we’re getting new bottle nipples and extra sets of valves etc for the new breast pump.

5. DRYING RACK. The Boon Inc. drying rack that we already have seems always to be full so we got another one for Baby #2′s pump and bottle parts.

6. CAR MIRROR. We still have Alec’s infant car seat that we’ll be re-using for the new baby. We just a need a second EasyView mirror so that we can see the little one in the back seat from the front seat.

7. PLAY MAT. We had two for Alec – a Baby Einstein Baby Neptune one which we kept tucked away in the nursery because I thought it was too ugly, and a cute IKEA one. At the moment we’re using the bottom padded mat of the IKEA one as a play mat in Alec’s room (tucked into a SWOOP bag) so we bought a new one from IKEA for the new baby. The ones they have now have a circus theme and a really plushy soft play mat which is nice.

8. BABY CARRIER. We have the BabyBjörn Original Organic Baby Carrier that we used for Alec but it’s not one of the things we got a ton of use out of last time around. I found it a little too bouncy to use a whole lot with Alec while he was really little. And then by the time he really felt stable enough for us to take walks with it, it was quite heavy to carry. Admittedly it was indispensable when we travelled and for a hike we did once. I think we will be doing more baby-wearing this time around – just because we will need more hands-free carrying since we’ll have our hands full with Alec, and because we live a much more urban lifestyle in Stockholm than we did in Atlanta. We won’t be driving much, but we will be managing the logistics of a teeny tiny elevator and inner city living. So we bought a Dreamy Dot sling/carrier hybrid to start and will probably be considering an Ergo carrier in the future.

9. TRAVEL CRIB. We love the BabyBjörn Travel Cot that we have for Alec. For any travel we do the first few months, we can just use the stroller bassinet and/or a baby nest, but after that, we’ll need a second travel cot for the new baby if Alec isn’t really be done with his yet.

10. TRAVEL STROLLER. We keep a Baby Jogger City Mini in the trunk of our car so we don’t have to lift our main stroller in and out of the trunk unnecessarily. We also use the City Mini for travel since it’s so easy to fold and carry and so we don’t have to worry about travel damage to our main stroller (read about our city mini and how we like it here). With two babies, I think we will end up using a carrier a lot more for the little one and probably make do with our single City Mini for shorter outings. But for travel, we think we’ll probably end up buying a City Mini Double Stroller in the end.

 

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Monday
July 30, 2012

photo of the day

Eliana’s first gelato…I think she likes it.
LB

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Friday
July 27, 2012

Hot Air Balloon Ideas + Printable

{balloon chandelier, centerpiece, dessert table, DIY mobile}

Hello all! Ijin of ijinku here – first time contributing to Spearmint Baby and couldn’t be more excited-Thanks Shari! Now onto the post,  it all started with the movie, “Up”, back in 09 and over the years, hot air balloon theme has become quite popular among weddings and events, and it’s perfect for baby events.  The chandelier channeling balloon decor on top was from photographer, Jessica Claire’s workshop. A group of talented folks came up with this theme for a wedding shoot, but wouldn’t it be wonderful to add this for baby showers, birthday parties, or even gender announcements?! The centerpiece is from a wedding too, but easily a hit for a children’s party.  The dessert table was made by an event company for a shoot and I first discovered it on the Amy Atlas blog-I like the organic/vintage feel to it. You must check out this DIY paper mobile, such a cute mobile to hang over your baby’s crib-so simple, anyone can do it.   All this balloon talk inspired me to make a few whimsical printables. ☺  See below.

As you can see, I made two options-one for birth announcement and one for birthday.  You can print them out and write by hand-simple! Links below.

To download them (5×7) in pdf format, just click here and here. More free printables are available on my blog. We also provide blog design services. What do you think readers? Let me know if you like these and I shall make more.  Enjoy and have a great weekend! ♥ ~ijin

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