Having a baby on board in your vehicle definitely gets you thinking a lot more about not only how you’re driving, but also how safe your vehicle is. When starting your family, you’ll likely want to feel confident that your automobile choice is one that protects your children as much as possible. To find out how safe your car is, you can easily check safety ratings of cars. This will tell you how safe your car is overall and when compared with other vehicles. It is very important that your car has a high safety rating, especially when you’re carrying your children around with you.
Options for Purchasing Your New Car
Although it may seem nice to purchase a car with cash, most people aren’t able to. The most common way to purchase a vehicle is by getting a car loan, which can help you get your family into a safer vehicle that better meets your needs. IMB offers car loans to parents looking to upgrade their vehicle to a safer choice for their family. Talk to a representative today to find out how you can purchase the best vehicle for your family by obtaining a car loan.
The Importance of a High Safety Rating
Automobile safety ratings are incredibly important when it comes to families with children. Making sure you have a car with a high safety rating should help to ease your mind when bringing your children in your car with you, as you can be assured that you and your family are as safe as can be when driving.
The Best Cars for Parents
When determining what the best cars for parents are, it is important to consider the ANCAP safety rating, the amount of cargo room, the style of interior design, and especially the value for your money. Here are some of the best cars for parents:
Honda CRV 2WD VTI (5 Speed Auto) – This family vehicle offers the highest ANCAP safety rating of 5 stars, an economical 2.0L engine, and a bonus reversing camera, for added safety when driving. In addition, its interior is large enough to comfortably fit 5 people, making it perfect for taking your kids with you on the go, and you can get your family in one for as little as $29,990. The Honda CRV 2WD VTI is the quiet baby. The baby that is easy going and doesn’t seem to make much of a fuss.
Subaru Forester 2.0i (Manual) – The Subaru Forester 2.0i is an incredible vehicle that keeps its traction even in the most demanding situations you may come across. It has incredible safety features, including 3 child seat anchor points and 7 airbags. It also achieved a 5 star ANCAP safety rating and is small enough in size for ease of city driving yet has a roomy interior for taking your family with you on the go. You can purchase the Subaru Forester 2.0i for as low as $34,291. This is the baby that is constantly exploring – climbing the highest furniture (or mountain) and venturing way out in the backyard (or outback). This baby certainly doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty!
Volkswagen Touareg 150TDI (8 Speed Automatic) – This model features a powerful 3.0L V6 turbo diesel engine and 4 motion permanent all-wheel drive. In addition, this high quality, German designed car offers a 5 star ANCAP safety rating, along with 9 airbags standard, along with active safety systems including EBD and ESP. You can buy a Volkswagen Touareg 150TDI for as little as $62,990. This is a baby that is both powerful and stylish and certainly isn’t afraid to show it! This baby undoubtedly exudes confidence, class, and charisma.
Benefits of Having a Safe Vehicle for Your Family
You can have peace of mind. Knowing you have a safe vehicle for your family can help to take away some of the stress of driving around with children in high traffic areas.
You know you’re protecting your children. Choosing a car with the highest safety ratings means you are doing the best you can to protect your children’s safety.
You’re doing your best. Having a safe car can help you know you are doing your best to help your children, as the benefits of added safety features found in cars that meet the highest safety ratings can make a huge difference when compared with cars without them.
As I designed each of my children’s rooms, one of the things that I wanted to be sure to include was something they would be able to grow up with. I wanted something that if they wanted to they could take and put in their own homes one day. One of my favorite things to use is artwork, classic pieces of fine art to be more specific. Artwork that you wouldn’t typically see in a child’s room.
So, I thought I would share one of my favorite inspiration boards inspired by a fun, adorable piece of artwork. I’m super excited about it actually!!
I chose Young Girl Reading painted by Jean-Honore Fragonard because of the feeling of youth, innocence, and a little whimsy. My goal was to create a young, feminine, bohemian space that was full of texture, pattern, and bright colors.
I didn’t want to steer away from the pink because of the bits of pink found in the painting, but I didn’t want pink to be the dominant color either. The light fixture and dream catcher help to add visual texture to the walls, perfect to stimulate a young infant. The rug and graphic print help to add a sense of modernity and trendiness to the space.
To finish the room, I would love to see all white with the painting framed in a thick ornate gold frame. Oh it would be so fabulous!! Rich, bright, colorful, youthful yet classic with a wonderful bohemian vibe… my favorite!!
What do you think? Would you use it for a little girl?
Have any artwork you would love to see an inspiration board created for? Let me know!! I’m LOVE suggestions!!
Do you ever think “my baby is going to grow up to be a star?” Some kids just gravitate naturally to singing and performing. My mother wrote in my baby book that when I was three years old, she asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I said I wanted to play Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. (Eventually, I did.)
However, if you’re serious about helping your kid follow dreams of stardom, you need to act early. Even if you want to skip the stage-mother business and let your son or daughter have a normal childhood, you still need to give your kids the best performing education possible to prepare them for the challenges of high school, college and professional auditions.
I used to teach university acting classes, and one of the most heartbreaking parts of every semester was seeing the first-year students who were just starting to realize that some of their classmates had been taking music and dance lessons since they were children, and that by waiting until college, they were already years behind their peers.
Here’s what you need to know:
Start kids with singing lessons as soon as possible. Kindergarten age is fine. Learning how to sing properly requires lessons in diction, tone and breath control, and waiting too long means kids pick up bad habits. If you are anywhere in the NYC metro area, go ahead and book weekly or bi-weekly voice lessons in New York; if not, choose the best voice teacher in your nearest large city.
(Why does it have to be a large city? A few reasons: first, because the teacher is likely to be a professional performing musician herself, and thus up-to-date on the best techniques; and second, because your teacher will be able to expose your child to more opportunities than might be available in a small town. Many music teachers understand that there’s a huge difference between “good enough” lessons and “professional” lessons. Good enough lessons still teach your child all of the mental, physical and social benefits of music; professional lessons prepare your child to perform.)
There is no reason to send toddlers to dance lessons. Take them to a toddler movement class for the social aspect, or just put on the radio and have a dance party in the kitchen. Wait until age 7 or 8 to seriously consider dance class; by then, you’ll know if your child is seriously interested in the physical rigor of professional dance lessons.
As with voice lessons, look for dance classes that teach professional, applicable skills, rather than classes that advertise dance “exploration.” There are plenty of professional dance classes on the East Coast, in Los Angeles and in major cities like Chicago. Look for dance classes that train students in good habits and technique, and that have a track record of placing students in good universities. Never attend a school that lets kids go en pointe before age 12.
Although you might be tempted to put your child in weekly acting classes as well as voice and dance classes, that’s actually a bit overkill. Yes, a few weeks at acting camp is often a welcome respite for both children and parents, but consider that your child will have plenty of acting opportunities simply by attending a school that regularly stages plays.
As a university educator, I start all of my acting students on the same page regardless of whether they’ve spent years doing high school plays or whether this is their first time reading a script. Every student has to learn to deconstruct a play, to understand a character, and to apply theories and techniques created by Stanislavski, Donnellan, and others – skills that aren’t taught in elementary-school level acting classes.
So, in this case, just let your child perform in school plays and community theater. The difference here is that, unlike a dance “exploration,” a fully-produced play is always, by definition, a professional experience.
If your child is one of those children who is determined to perform – and trust me, if you have one of those kids, you know – these are the steps you need to take to give your child the best chance at a professional career in the arts.
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Guess what? After 4 years of blogging and working with sooo many amazing children’s brands, we’ve decided to go for it! Soon you will be able to shop with us. Stop by our brand new e-commerce store, SpearmintLOVE.com, this September. You will find some of our FAVORITE baby & mama brands… seriously, all of the GOOD STUFF!
Hi Mamas! Have you heard about Target’s “Kids Got Style” campaign? They want you to show off your kid’s unique style on Instagram for a chance to receive a personalized “Stylagram”. The Stylagram, created by Target, will be a cute, handcrafted postcard of the Instagram photo submitted plus tailor-made outfit inspiration specific to the child’s fashion sense.
I just posted harper’s #kidsgotstyle pic last night (@thespearmintblogs). She picked out the leggings (from Target) & boots (Kamiks from Tea Collection), & I picked out the sweater (American Apparel) + hair accessory (Kate Spade).
I can’t wait to see your kids showing off their unique style! Be sure to include the #KidsGotStyle hashtag in your Instagram photo.
Today was our last day of summer. Well, for them it was… I may sneak over to the pool by myself every once in awhile while they are at school! Tomorrow is the first day of elementary school for Harper & Rexford. Crazy how early school starts here in Arizona. We had orientation this afternoon and got to meet our teachers and classmates. It looks like a fab group! I tried to soak in the day with some quality play time today.
Tomorrow, after school drop off I hope to catch up with all of those things I’ve gotten so behind on over the summer. Emails, Facebook updates, blogging in general… + a new project we are working on that should launch just after labor day. Stay tuned for updates on SpearmintLOVE.com!!
This week I’ve been busy prepping my kids for back to school. School begins on early here…August 7th, hard to believe that is next week!
Both Harper & Rexford will be attending elementary school this year. In AZ there are lots of preschool/pre-K programs taught at the elementary schools. Harper is 4 and will be attending the Pre-K program and Rex is 3 and will be in the class right below her.
So, in addition to organizing their wardrobes & school supplies, I’ve also been trying to get them on an earlier and regular sleep schedule this week. School will be from 8:30-3:00 Mon-Fri so I know they are going to be exhausted. I don’t know about your kids, but when my kids are exhausted they start getting runny noses and coughs. Our bedtime routine as of this week begins between 6:00-6:30. After putting on jammies, brushing teeth, & story time we have them tucked in their beds by 7:00 PM. I am hoping this new sleep schedule plus regular exercise (we get lots now that we are renting on an acre lot!) will help to keep them healthy and well rested this school year.
In addition to sleep & exercise, I try to keep their diets interesting & healthy. We love eating lots of fruits & veggies and often have a difficult time fitting them in the fridge after a trip to the supermarket. (The photo above was taken after a trip to the market!)
Rex told me the other day that his favorite food is mango. Do you eat mango? We eat lots of it! My dad swears by mango… growing up he would tell people that his 3 girls were NEVER sick because he & mom fed us so much mango! Not sure if that was true, but I do love seeing my kids gooble up mango! In addition to mango, Rex & Harper eat citrus fruits all winter & LOTS of fruit smoothies. If your children are not good fruit eaters, just stick it all in a blender. It is much easier and faster to consume a lot of fruit when you can drink it! I add a bit of greek yogurt, almond butter, and ice to my smoothies – so delicious!
And finally to help keep them healthy Harper & Rex take a L’il Critters™ gummy vitamin each morning. (They actually think that they are eating little candies!) If you haven’t tried children’s vitamins, be sure to check out L’il Critters™:
L’il Critters™ are the #1 child gummy vitamin. We are the better tasting gummy vitamin that is preferred by Kids and trusted by Moms. “We Make Nutrition Taste Good.”
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Church & Dwight via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Church & Dwight.
One of those things that I think totally makes a nursery is the mobile. Every nursery typically has one… they’re so visually stimulating and perfect for little ones to look at and entertain themselves with. And there are basically a gazillion different kinds out there, how is a momma supposed to chose just one?? Do you go store bought or handmade? Or maybe you want to try your hand at making your own? Either way, mobiles are a definite must for the nursery, don’t you think?
I have a serious love for mobiles. I’ve spent hours and hours looking at all the different kinds out there. I’ve even tried my hand at making a few, like this one that I just finished and am still trying to decide where to hang. If I were out looking to buy a mobile though these days… these would probably be on the top of my list…
I have a thing for different, unique, handmade mobiles that are going to make a statement. We already talked about how important the mobile is to the baby, but what about to the design of the room? When you are designing your nursery you have a chance to really make a statement and create an excellent statement piece with the mobile. It is one of the first things you see when you walk into the room and it hangs low from the ceiling so is often right at eye level. Since it is one of the most dominate pieces in the nursery, don’t you think we should give it that extra “umph” to really bring in some specialness to your sweet baby’s room?
What do you think? How do you feel about mobiles? Which one would you choose?
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Summer is well and truly here so it’s time to pack your bags and get away with the family! If you’re planning a family road trip, you’re probably trying to find ways to keep the kids happy in the back whilst you concentrate on the road.
In this guide, Izzy from Pass Smart shares a few creative ideas which the little ones can work on during the journey, meaning they’ll be entertained and you don’t have to worry about them asking “are we nearly there yet!?” every five minutes.
Why not make the most of the sun and get the kids to make some fun summer bugs? They could try their hand at making some bumble bees and ladybugs using pipe cleaners, small pom poms and felt. They can accessorise their bee or ladybug with googly eyes and felt spots before attaching them to a pipe cleaner.
They can be used as pen toppers, drink toppers (using straws instead of pipe cleaners), or just simply summery decorations for the car!
• Red and yellow small pom poms
• Pipe cleaners and straws
• Googly eyes
Tissue Paper wind surfer
They’re colourful, great fun to play with and easy to make. The kids will love making their tissue paper wind suffers, and the materials you need won’t cost much at all.
Simply rip up strips of different colored tissue paper, tying or taping them around a long wooden or plastic stick. The kids can use all of their favourite summery colors, or can even go patriotic with red, white and blue!
Once they’re made, and you get a chance to get out of the car and stretch your legs, they’ll be able to run around in the sun with their colourful creations. Once they’re tired of all of the running about, you’ll be able to rip the tissue paper off and recycle them for your next colorful creation!
• Different colored tissue paper sheets
• A stick or pole. Don’t use wood which is likely to splinter
You can use your recycled tissue paper for these. Use a pom pom for the centre of the flower and stick the multi-colored tissue paper around the outside as petals.
They might even want to create their own little fan to keep the sun at bay, by using cardboard as a base to stick your tissue paper on to. Glue it all down, and you’ve got yourself a very simple-to-make homemade fan!
• Cardboard cut into circles
• Tissue paper
• Pom poms
No summer road trip is complete without some in-car accessories and decorations. The perfect way to accessorize your ride is with some awesome window shades. We all know the dangers of overheated cars at this time of year, so window shades are ideal if you want to keep the summer heat off of the kids.
You can buy these in stores and online, but why do that when the kids can make and design them themselves? Buy some dark translucent fabric, some fabric glue and some fun accessories to decorate them with.
You might want to create the shade yourself before you leave for your car trip, leaving the kids to do the decorating whilst you’re on the move. To do this, you’ll need a long piece of wire which you can fit to the shape of the window, and the dark fabric to wrap around the wire. Glue it all in place with some superglue, and the canvas will be ready for the kids to get creative on.
• Bendy wire
• Dark translucent fabric
• Superglue/fabric glue
• Decorations – sequins, fabric pens, feathers, felt, pom poms (anything you can find!)
• Suction cups to attach it to the window
The great thing about doing crafts during a long car trip is that the kids can make something personal. Encourage them to make something which will remind them of the trip or which they can have as a souvenir or a gift. Who said you need DVD players and iPads to keep the kids happy!?
The PassSmart team wish you a very safe and fun-filled trip!
Fall fashion is my fave! What about you?
The colors, the layers, the adorable details.
Here are some of my faves from the web right now…
Have you heard of Sonnet James? Well… I think you should. A new fashion start-up featuring play dresses for playful moms. They are the perfect dresses created to allow a mom to look classy and fabulous (my own personal mantra) while at the same time being able to be present and engaged with her children. They’re designed to work for moms, stylish, durable, and comfortable. They’re the perfect addition to an active mom’s wardrobe.
Whitney, the amazing mind behind Sonnet James, believes strongly in being a playful involved mother who is always ready for a fun adventure. She launched a Kickstarter this week to help get her fabulous line out there. Be one of the first to get your hands on one of these gorgeous dresses by backing Sonnet James! Promise you won’t be sorry… I’m not! I’m super excited actually! I can’t wait to get my hands on the stella dress… or maybe the remi? Gosh I can’t decide!!
PS… for more super fun mama style news or basically anything… be sure to come and visit me over on Just Dawnelle! I’d love to have you!!
Are you preparing anything special for the 4th? I’m dying to try a cake like this by Krissy’s Creations. Wouldn’t it be fun to cut open at your 4th of July party?
Other than that we’ll hopefully catch some fireworks in our new neighborhood. It is HOT this week- kind of feels like walking inside of an oven. The good news is that it is so dry that you hardly break a sweat. If you haven’t already, come join me (& my family) on INSTAGRAM: @thespearmintblogs
P.S. be sure to stop by Buymodernbaby.com today. I am sharing some of my favorite RED, WHITE, & BLUE picks for the nursery!
HURRY Vitacost has select BE Boxes back in stock today! They will probably sell out soon.
I got my Be “Pretty” Box from Vitacost & Be “All” Box and can definitely say it was well worth the $13.99 (even less if you took part in the $10 off $30)! The one MyChelle Dermaceuticals Pumpkin Peel Facial from the Be Pretty box alone sells for $21.95! The New Chapter Wholemega® Flex — 60 Softgels sells for $21.57 & the New Chapter Organics® Perfect Calm™ Mulitvitamin — 72 Tablets sells for $25.17 that were in my Be All Box!
You can order two of the boxes and then a small filler to get up to the $30 to save $10.
Vitacost is offering up Be Boxes for ONLY $13.99 + FREE Shipping. They are filled with lots of fun items. Plus you can combine this deal with the $10 off $30 offer when you create a new account. So you can get $30 of items including the $13.99 box, for ONLY $20 + FREE Shipping on everything! This really is a great deal especially if you like natural/organic products. Plus, don’t forget to add 2 FREE samples to your order!
YAY! Gevalia is at it again! You can now get 4 Bags/Boxes of Gevalia Coffee or K-Cups, 2 Coffee Mugs, and a Stainless Thermal Coffee Carafe for ONLY $14.99 + FREE shipping (this offer is valid through June 29th).
By signing up for this offer you will be in their direct delivery service, but it is so easy to cancel. You just have to call them at 1-800-438-2542 or login to your account online and cancel that way.
I have been wanting to try Stork Stack for awhile. It is a bit pricey at $28, which is why the $10 off comes in handy, making it $18. But they only deliver HIGH QUALITY, FULL SIZE healthy and natural baby products & toys! Use code C1E9F11B to save $10 off your first box! The Products are customized to your child’s age (3rd trimester to 3rd year).
**This is a monthly subscription, but you can cancel your monthly subscription at any time. Your credit card is charged on the anniversary of your purchase date or on the 15th of the month, whichever comes first, and so cancellations received after noon Central time on that date will be processed the following month.
Have you heard of Fancy.com? They have been coming out with HIGH VALUE coupon codes lately ($25 off $25 and a $20 off $20) so be sure to sign up, so you can grab their next offer! You can grab items for FREE, & just pay the $4.95 for shipping. Fancy.com offers deals on clothing, toys, gadgets, home goods and more.
When it comes to getting all the right gear for your littlest one… there are so many options for just about anything you might need. And when it comes to blankets… there are about a million and a half different ones out there. But you want to find THE ONE right?
You know, the one blanket that just speaks to you. The one that has something a little special to it because you know its going to be part of your little one’s life for the next few years. If your lucky too, it will be one of those things that your little one just can’t live with out. You’ll be running frantically through the house each night looking for it so your tired toddler will go to sleep. So why not make that blanket something super special and fun right? These are some of my favorite, new, unique blankets, each one with something super fun and exciting about it!
1 // Muny
Block printed light weight cotton… I love how lightweight, soft, and warm these blankets are! Plus aren’t those colors and patterns just so… bohemian and ethnic!
2 // Vintage Kandy
Handmade out of vintage sheets and fabrics… how fabulous right? The mix of florals and colors. Definitely something unique you won’t find a duplicate of! Something totally special for your little ones!
3 // Iviebaby
A trendy triangle quilt in amazing colors for less than half the price?! Sign me up my friends!! This is a steal! I think I totally need one… for myself! Does this come in a king size maybe?
4 // Rikshaw Designs
Block printed by hand… and elephants! I have a thing for elephants these days. Plus this blanket comes in like six different colors! How super cute!! and it is that lightweight cotton again…
5 // Haptic Lab
I need this one… preferably with Philly on it but hey, there are plenty of other cities that would work too! But really, how unique and totally super amazing are these?? They come in three different color ways and are a serious piece I don’t think anyone would EVER regret!
6 // Milk and Soda
Oh those little cats… I’m not a big cat person but I can not get over those adorable little faces. I am loving the colors too!! How unique are they??
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Today I wanted to share this beautiful video about Skype keeping families together. The video is about Denis, who left his war torn country in the middle of the night. He carried nothing with him, not even a family photo. He arrived in the United States with only $5 in his pocket. Denis now lives in Pennsylvania. He desperately misses his family, especially his son. They all still live in Uganda. See how regardless of the many miles, mountains, and seas between them, Denis is able to stay in touch with his family. The video shows how they are able to stand shoulder to shoulder for a once-in-a-lifetime family portrait!
Last month my own family moved across the country (from NJ to AZ). Though not as far as Denis is from his family, we too are thankful for being able to stay in touch and see our loved ones at any time. Using Skype and the internet we can chat with loved ones at any time: Grandma, Grandpa, Tia Gaguy (Aunt Keli), Tia Jodi, + many of our close friends. Seeing their faces live on the screen really makes such a difference!
Do you live far from loved ones? How do you stay close to them?
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I haven’t had to purchase a new car seat in a while and now both of my boys (ages 22 months and 5 years) are in dire need of an upgrade! Buying car seats has really stressed me out since obviously my children’s lives are in their care! The one piece of advice that I keep coming across in my research is that using your car seat correctly is more important that buying a certain brand! So I will be sure to read my car seat manuals front to back. I am leaning towards these two Britax models for my boys. Do you guys have any great car seat advice? Which car seats do you love? Or hate? I’d love to hear what you think!
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Happy Father’s Day weekend! Any special plans? Other than the obvious…sleeping, reading, cooking, & eating, we are taking our first family camping trip on Saturday night. There is nothing my husband would rather do than drive off into nowhere and set the tent up! So, I am off to get marshmallow & matches. Have a fabulous weekend!
(follow me on instagram @thespearmintblogs to see bits of our camping trip!)
With the summer break practically here (already here for many of you) thoughts of… what in the world am I going to do with my kids all day are crossing many minds around these parts. Well, here is a fun, super easy, inexpensive DIY project perfect for any age, a dyed noodle garland complete with their name! It can be completed in less than a day, needs little supervision (depending on your child’s age), and is able to be hung by the child afterward giving it a wonderful function! What more could you ask for in a children’s project right??
I won’t lie, it was rather interesting helping my boy string the noodles since he is only two but he was able to get the hang of it. But seeing the excitement in his face and hearing him giggle when he crawled into bed and saw his garland hanging there in his room made all the work totally worth it!!
The garland was unbelievably easy to make… There are two different parts to the project but really if you keep at it you totally could do the entire thing in a day.
I used these instructions to dye the noodles. I used rigatoni noodles because they are large, columnar, and have a huge hole allowing my two year old to string them very easily. A few other tips you might want to remember… the longer you let the noodles sit in the food coloring the darker and more intense the colors get. I let mine sit for probably 30 minutes or so in the dye, flipping and shaking the bag every so often to make sure the color was evenly spread. PS… they dry quite quickly too since it is rubbing alcohol not water they’re soaking in.
Once you have you colored noodles, it is time to string your garland! Are you ready??
Dyed noodles (you could totally use really big beads honestly… the noodles are just fun because they’re super cheap! We’re talking like $2 for more than enough for a garland)
Letters to spell your desired word (I don’t have anything to cut the letters out for me so I simply printed them and cut them out by hand.)
Punch holes in each of your letters. You want each letter to have two holes so that they will hang straight and flat.
Cut your string so it is the length you would like the garland to be.
Begin stringing your letters onto the string. I would recommend stringing the letters from the front down and then back up through the second hole. This makes the string along the letter in the back not the front. Trust me… you’ll want it that way…
Center your letters so they spell your word on the center of your string.
String your noodles onto the garland on either side of the word keeping the number of noodles even on both sides.
Once you have strung your desired amount of noodles, hang it up!! Enjoy it!! Let your baby feel proud of his hard work!
And there you have it!! Super easy right?? So… is this super cute or just super tacky? I can’t decide… Christopher loves it though so I think it will stay up for awhile for him. There is something special in letting your child see his work and be proud of creating something I think.
For more super fun DIY projects to keep you and your kiddies busy this summer be sure to drop by and visit me over on Just Dawnelle!
(Yes, Roman broke his arm, and yes, Asher jumped in that puddle after I took this photo!)
My two favorite ways to save money on kids’ clothes are to shop used and to shop clearance! I eyed both of these shirts (from Target) and shorts (from Old Navy) when they were full price in the spring and only weeks later they were on the clearance rack! I loved being able to mix and match so that my boys were “matching” while still having individual styles. Stores are always putting out new items, so I highly suggest checking the clearance racks! These t-shirts cost me less than $3 each and the shorts were about $5 each. Personally, I have found that shopping in store results in better deals than online.
I couldn’t find either of these items shown online right now but some other cute boys clearance items I’ve eyed recently are: this, this + this.
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Somehow May 22nd came and went without me realizing that my Asher is 22 months now! I can’t believe that in two months this little boy of mine will be 2! At 22 months, Asher is full of energy and passion for life. He is talking more and more each day and always surprising me with forming new little sentences. He loves to take hikes in the woods and he LOVES birds! Most of all, he loves his little family and he likes to repeat our names all in a row, “Mama Dada Momo (Roman)”
Happy Memorial Day everyone!
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Lifetime’s Pretty Wicked Moms debuts in just a few weeks and I’m sure it is going to be the hit of the summer! The show follows 6 stylish Atlanta Mommies on their adventures in Mommyhood while they attempt to maintain their high-end lifestyles. I am not sure how much I have in common with any of these mamas, but am excited to see how they balance work, play, & home life.
As a SAHM & full time blogger, I find it so easy to forget to take care of myself! Anyone else? Baby stuff somehow takes over your life, and you forget about the once stylish and well kept person you used to be, right? It also becomes really easy to start neglecting the house once baby gear begins to take over the living room.
For the first year after I became a mom, my living room literally became a playroom. It was convenient for my daughter, but got old really fast. It was also a bit depressing for me. I missed having a nice adult space. I missed just having a dining table. There were no dinner parties that year and really no place to even have a nice meal with my husband. That is when I decided to redecorate. After I did, my husband & I started having weekend date nights in our new dining room. (after the kids were in bed of course!) See how the dining room turned out HERE.
My children’s toys & gear nowadays remains in their bedrooms or the basement. I try and keep my main floor toy/clutter free. It is really nice that my home feels stylish once again. How do you keep your home/yourself stylish, yet practical while raising children? I’d love to hear!
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Oh diaper bags… I have a love-hate relationship with them. They carry all kinds of very useful things. They are the perfect excuse to hide snacks at all times of the day. But at the same time they are bulky and sometimes end up so stinking full you wonder if you’re actually leaving anything at home when you leave the house.
Not only that… but I have issues sometimes with the way they look…
Let’s be real for a second. When you have children it is awful hard to keep your swag going. Spit up on the shoulder, peanut butter smeared on your pants… shoot sometimes I feel lucky to have remembered to get dressed. Throw a diaper bag into that mix and my personal style and swag has completely gone out the window!!
How do I remedy this? I don’t use diaper bags as diaper bags… I use a bag that I love, a bag that represents me, a bag that I will feel excited about carrying around.
Now I know that diaper bags are made with specific pockets and waterproof linings. Shoot, I’ve seen bags with a special pocket that unzips into a changing pad! But when it really comes down to it, I personally don’t use that stuff. I take the essentials and that’s it. I want simple and something I love.
So here are the bags that I am currently LOVING and would be excited to carry around everyday as my diaper bag. Best part? All under $100! I’m all about spending less on a bag so I can switch it out for a new one in a few months…
1. Mad Pax
How adorable are these things? I actually have one of these… half size… perfect to be passed onto my little boy when he is ready for his own bag to carry around his treasures. I get the best compliments about this bag too… people are always trying to touch it or ask about it. Plus it is a super wonderful plaything for my ten month old. She loves the texture and spikes!
2. Ecote Geo Mini Backpack
Check out that texture! Love backpacks for diaper bags… they keep your hands free and can always be used for other things after their life as a diaper bag has ended!
Oh the Kanken… I actually like to think of this as the PERFECT diaper bag! Made out of waterproof material, the front zips all the way down so you are able to easily find anything in the bag. They come in tons of different colors and have two different ways to carry it… handles or on the back! I adore my Kanken. Plus… I know it is going to last FOREVER!
4. Guatemala Tribal Print Backpack
Again with the patterns! Easy, small, bright backpack with a super easy opening… plus a thick textured, colorful fabric makes it super durable against the kiddie whirlwind!
5. Water Warz Tote
I’m completely in love with this pattern… and color… The silhouette is perfect to carry anything you might need. Super easy to stuff full of diapers, toys, blankets… you could probably fit any and everything in this gorgeous thing! Who wouldn’t want to be carrying this around?
6. Cereal Box Tote
Leather making it durable and soft… big to store just about anything… and a long strap to throw over your shoulder keeping your hands free without having to wear a backpack. Plus that price? Can you beat it??
7. Trip to Thailand Messenger Bag
So I know this isn’t so kid friendly but how can you beat that pattern and color? This is a bag that will stand out in a crowd. It is the type of bag people will be asking about… I’m completely in love with it.
8. Hudson Colorblock Handbag
The simplicity of this bag is beautiful. The colors make it super versatile. The leather keeps it durable. The strap makes it hands-free… what more could you ask for? Great price? Of course! This bag is basically just perfect for any wardrobe or style…
With only 9 days until our big move (EEEEK!), I’ve set up this work area in my living room. We’ve sold pretty much all of our living room furniture & I am loving having my desk front & center. Most of my work stuff is already packed away. I left out my sewing machine and my new cricut expressions machine so I can work on a few little projects once I am done packing boxes.
A little bit about my space….
I love the idea of using Flor tiles in the nursery! Don’t the chevron ones POP? Which Flor tiles are your favorite?
A few more details in my work space:
white KASSETT storage box, & polka dot box from IKEA too (not seeing it on website but was $3.99 for 2)
Parsons Dining Table from West Elm (I always go for dining tables instead of desks- I love to have a large surface to spread out all of my things!)
Lindsayletters.com “Anchored in Love” Print in white & gold.
Eat You Up Card
Madebygirl.com “Love Languages” Poster
Bertoia Style Chair
Put The Love In The Coconut beach towel (on my chair)
BAROMETER nickel plated floor lamp
Dayna Decker Ambrosia Cassis Candle
I have a very serious question for you today… I would like to know if there is anything cuter than a tiny little pair of baby shoes? I mean seriously, if you really think about it… the tiny little feet scrunching up those tiny little toes making it hard to put on those adorable tiny little shoes. But once those shoes are on… how super cute is it to see fat little legs kicking and kicking those shoe covered feet?
So today, let’s talk about the most adorable of all the adorable baby shoes shall we?
1 // All About Heidi
The most adorable petal shoes! Handmade out of a single piece of leather, there are no seams so no roughness on little feet. The petal silhouette allows your little one to stretch their toes any which way while still being protected. Perfect right?And if you are interested there is a giveaway going on over on my personal blog for a free pair!!
2 // OWO Shoes
Handmade out of leather and lined with a super soft lining, they come in some fabulous colors! The laces ensure a perfect fit and they come in all kinds of sizes from newborn on up! I’m pretty sure they will become something to keep and treasure forever. I mean look at them… are they not adorable?
3 // Freshly Picked
Ohh moccs… I have a soft spot for moccs… The colors, the fringe, the silhouette, the fact that they become more adorable as they’re worn in AND they’re handmade? Basically they’re worth every penny!
4 // Scarlettos
Baby canvas shoes that look like little Toms! With elastic so they stay on! Handmade with lots of different patterns! Adorable!
5 // Manimals
Now these are moccasins. The mix of the fringe and the little tie are perfect for a little boho baby! Plus they come in yellow and HOT PINK! Sweet right?
6 // Weepereas
Little cloth reversible slippers with an endless list of patterns. Don’t these look like the perfect little things to keep those socks on those adorable little feet?
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Hola, Irene here again from designstiles. This week it’s time to get your babies ready for Cinco de Mayo. Arriba!
Just because babies can’t sip on margaritas, doesn’t mean they can’t partake in the festivities. They can do so with holiday-appropriate onesies. Rattle it up with some maracas. Sport an adorable, handmade poncho. Play with a plush piñata, or they can count (not yet) their blessings with custom banners.
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Going into the labor of my second son, I thought I had it all together. Tiny newborn sleepers were washed and folded and my hospital bag was actually packed and ready. Even the birth seemed to go off without a hitch! The one thing I hadn’t prepared for was my son’s stay in the NICU. Here are some tips and tricks I learned to help get through our NICU encounter.
• Bring Pillows- In the NICU where our son stayed, parents had wooden rocking chairs with thin cushions to sit on. Let’s be honest here- a thin cushion is not going to cut it after giving birth. I may have looked a little ridiculous walking in with all my pillows, but being comfortable helped me to focus on my baby.
• Stay Nourished- With all your attention on your newborn it can be difficult to remember to eat and drink. However, keeping up your strength is imperative when you have a sick baby to care for especially if you are breastfeeding! Carry a big water bottle with you and take snack breaks!
• Rest- During this crazy time, being able to get adequate rest is so important! Mommy guilt begins at the start, so it can be hard to leave your newborn’s side but don’t feel bad if you need some rest. Chances are your baby will be sleeping while you are gone as well.
• Call in Backups- When friends and family ask what they can do to help, don’t be afraid to speak up and ask for meals or babysitting for your other children. Sometimes even having a friend come and sit with you can go a long way and give you fresh strength to cope.
• Let your Voice be Heard- It can be very hard to keep with all the medical jargon coming at you from doctors and nurses. Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions and don’t be shy to give your opinion. Now is the time to practice that protective Mama Bear side! You’ll be using it for a long time to come.
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Oh my holy cuteness! Jumpsuits!!! Trending right now, and forever more in my mind, are jumpsuits. These are just too cute to keep to myself. Stripes, ruffles, patchwork, florals… you name it and they’ve put in on a jumpsuit this season. Here’s just a few that I’ve found so far…
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With spring weather finally showing it’s face where I live, I cannot tell you how excited I am to pack up our winter coats, hats and gloves! There is something so freeing about the beggining of this season and I am loving all things spring. While I have been doing some shopping for my little boys, I wanted to focus on Moms this week by sharing some of my favorite “spring things”! Sunglasses, sparkly shoes and colorful toes certainly have been cheering me up lately as I’ve been getting outside more with my boys. What are your favorite things for spring??
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Designing for my family is a passion of mine. I thrive on making a space special for each of them… To see their faces light up in a room that reflects their individuality, decoratively. Redesigning Soph and Charlotte’s room was no exception. It began with a brilliant Craig’s List find of two mint condition Jenny Lind beds and evolved into an eclectic mixture representing both of the girl’s personalities. By blending newer elements like an Ikea desk spray painted hot pink and older relics like the industrial sign letters above each bed, a naturally delicate balance was achieved. Without hesitation, both girls have settled into their new stomping grounds flawlessly, which in turn makes for a very happy mommy.
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Beds: Craig’s List / Paint color = Graceful Grey by BEHR, Bedding: Target, Pillows: Target, Urban Outfitters + Home Goods, Industrial Letter ‘S’ and ‘C': Etsy, Vintage Dresser: Ebay, Floral Rug: Target, Wall Lamps: Ikea, Chandelier: Ikea, Eifel Tower Vinyl Decal: Etsy, Curtains: Ikea, Armoire: Shabby Chic for Target, Yellow Rug: Home Goods, Desk and Chair: Ikea, Wall Color: African Violet by BEHR
Happy spring morning…it is contest time! This time we’ve teamed up with the folks over at Clevamama to give away 5 of their most popular products:
- Splash & Wrap Hooded Towel (Clevamama’s signature product)
- Pacifier Tree
- ClevaScoop Infant Formula Scoop
- Baby Formula Mixer
1. The ClevaFeed™ is the safest most hygienic way to introduce your child to solids including fruit and vegetables without the risk of choking. Easy to use – simply snap open the top of the feeder and place food in the teat.
2. The Splash and Wrap Hooded Towel is designed to fasten around your neck like an apron to give you two free hands to lift your baby safely out of the bath. This extra-large towel is made from 100% cotton and is perfect for drying in between little fingers and toes.
3. The Clevamama™ Baby Formula Mixer is designed to blend powdered formula milk into a smooth consistency. It eliminates the need to wait for the contents to cool in order to shake the bottle. No fuss, no mess.
4. The ClevaScoop Infant Formula Scoop is all it takes to prepare your baby’s bottle correctly every time. The patented BPA free ClevaScoop™ was developed in collaboration with the world’s leading infant formula research lab and is proven to be more accurate when tested against all other formula scoops. Using ClevaScoop™ is easy, just set the scoop to the size feed you are making and make your bottle with confidence.
5. The Pacifier Tree™ is compact, fast and a simple way to sterilise and store Pacifiers. Using the speed and convenience of your microwave, it is now possible to sterilise up to 6 pacifiers in just 60 seconds. It’s also a convenient home which means less lost Pacifiers! Includes 2 FREE silicone orthodontic Pacifiers.
* Contest will be open until Midnight EST on Monday, April 15th, 2013. Contest is open to US & Canadian residents only. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, April 16th. We will send an email to the winner but please also check back on Facebook/Twitter within 4 days to see if you won.
Are you sick of having to click on links in Twitter to see people’s Instagram photos? I felt like I was missing out on so many pics & am thrilled to find this awesome solution! I had to share with you guys…
This is specifically for those who use Chrome as their browser. (& if you don’t use Chrome you SHOULD, so go download it now!)
& here is the link to the Twitter Instagram Picture Viewer download. It literally takes seconds. As soon as you download it your twitter page will look like this:
Any Instagrammers out there? I am always late with these trends, but finally starting to get into it. I love that it is like Twitter with pictures! (aren’t we all visual creatures?) Now I can get to know you and your cute families! To connect with me: @thespearmintblogs
Feel free to post your username in the comments as well!
Have a great evening, Shari
Hi, It’s Irene again from designstiles. Today I’m sharing some super cute crib sheets I discovered while looking through some of my favorite baby shops. One of these is even from Target. Can you guess which one (pssst, it’s no. 3)?
Number four is adorable. So is six. They’re all cute.
Do you have a favorite?
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Spring break is coming to an end & I have so many fun photos to go through. I am so in love with my iPhone 5 camera (vs. the horrible quality of my 3GS) that I barely ever use my nice camera anymore!
Here are some simple graphics for dolling up your photos. I used a few of these on photos from our spring break. ENJOY!
Hope you’re enjoying your spring vacation! I decided to take the week off to spend some quality time with my kids. It is still CHILLY & wet here, but we are trying to make the best of it. Hope you are enjoying your Passover & Easter week!
In lieu of Easter weekend, I was inspired by all of the pastels and colorful Easter eggs. Why not find inspiration from a colorful egg? I remember dying eggs with my mom as a child and how much I loved to see what color combination it would take on as you pulled the egg from the colorful water. I still love all the blues, pinks, yellows, and teals so when you put all those wonderful colors together, you can create a pretty nursery palette of eggcellence! Happy Easter….
Hi there Spearmint Babies, It’s Irene from designstiles, a lifestyle blog where I cover interiors, style and sometimes my dogs. My business has focused towards nurseries and kids’ rooms because they speak more to my design aesthetic, colorful and charming.
While sourcing wallpaper for a client, I came across these adorable designs that would make a splash in any baby or child’s room.
Need help with your nursery, feel free to contact me.
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I am so into the baby legging craze right now! Leggings are great for little boys and girls because they are comfy, easy to put on and ADORABLE! I had a hard time finding cute inexpensive leggings for boys until I started looking in the girls section at stores! LOTS of leggings can be gender neutral so don’t be afraid to shop for your baby boys in the girls section!
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Harper went to her friend’s 5th birthday party on Saturday evening. (EEEK, I cannot believe her friends are already turning 5!) In her goodie bag was a can of shaving cream, a paint brush & the recipe for bathtub paint:
mix shaving cream with a few drops of food coloring in a muffin tin until you get your desired color
If you are hesitant, no worries…there was no staining. If you do spill any food coloring on your grout or counter while mixing, my girlfriend recommends Clorox Clean-up with Bleach. I used Scrubbing Bubbles to clean the bathtub afterwards. (although it really only took a good rinse for clean-up!)
My kids were busy painting the bathtub for about 30 minutes before they asked for more paint. I definitely recommend bathtub paint for a rainy day!
Just wanted to make a little personal update on my Asher who turned 19 months! Photoshoots with toddlers NEVER end up how you expect them to in your mind. While I had planned for some photos of Asher quietly reading books on the bed in his jammies, I was happy to capture him jumping on the bed instead! This captures Asher perfectly, our “wild one”. Asher’s favorite things at 19 months include taking his own diaper off (EEK), following his older brother around and mirroring his every move, sharing daddy’s ice cream, playing with balls and learning new phrases to say!
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1. blue striped cloud shaped pillow
2. yellow star garland
3. blue knit crown
4. ABC house
5. 24 carat gold leaf sign letter Q
6. grey/white star storage boxes
7. BOBO CHOSES knit stripes blanket
8. retro high top children’s sneaker, ZARA
9. bloom alma papa crib
Before I had a boy I never really thought it would be as much fun decorating a boy’s nursery. I’m not the pink -obsessed-girly-girl mama, however my eye does gravitate more towards girly things.
After having my darling little boy, my eyes suddenly opened up to the wonderful design/accessory/clothing world of the BOY! I’ve picked some of my current favorites and put them into a mood board this morning. One of my favorite color combos: BLUE, NAVY, BLACK, GOLD, & WHITE.
My littlest is already a year and a half and I can’t believe it! I spent much of yesterday afternoon sorting through my boys’ clothes and switching out sizes, which is actually one of my favorite things to do. With more and more baby things going back into the garage for baby 3 (SOMEDAY) it has me thinking back to those precious newborn days. I’ve realized that newborns really don’t need a whole lot of “stuff” but these are some of my favorite things to have around when a new baby joins the family.
What are your newborn baby must-haves?
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