Baby and Kids

12.03.21

Toys That Are Safe for Younger Siblings

At around 2.5, Margot got very into “tiny toys” – mainly her mouse …

At around 2.5, Margot got very into “tiny toys” – mainly her mouse house accessories and sensory clay kits. She is allowed to play with them while Kate naps and we always keep a close eye on her because you just never know. Right before Kate started crawling, I went …

Holiday

11.23.21

Gift Guide for Kids and Babies: Toys under $25

The best gifts aren’t always the most expensive ones. I’ve put together a …

The best gifts aren’t always the most expensive ones. I’ve put together a list of over 40 gifts for kids and babies, and they’re all under $25! I’ve covered everything from fidget toys and crafts to play food and vehicles. There’s something for every kid on your list.  tIt should go …

Home

11.17.21

The Design Trend I Can’t Get Enough Of

Scallops are hardly new, but they have come back in a big way.

Scallops are hardly new, but they have come back in a big way. From scalloped furniture to bedding lamp and shades, these little curves are everywhere, and they have really grown on me. They’re simple and delicate without being too frilly. When I had the opportunity to Partner with Serena and …

Baby and Kids

11.11.21

The Toy Purge: What I Donated and What I Kept

I’m always surprised at the content that resonates, and moms are into toy …

I’m always surprised at the content that resonates, and moms are into toy purging and organizing, and I hope this helps some of you learn more about the toys that are worth investing in. All kids are different – they play differently and will each have their “thing” – but …

Shopping

11.09.21

22 Women-Owned Baby and Child Brands to Shop This Year

From clothes to toys (and even decor) I love shopping small for my …

From clothes to toys (and even decor) I love shopping small for my girls. The quality and style can’t be beat, and as always, there’s something so special about supporting other women (often moms) who are following their dreams. Here are some of my favorite brands to shop for babies …

Baby and Kids

11.04.21

New Fall Outfits for Kate

I was so excited when, conveniently, I found out I was having another …

I was so excited when, conveniently, I found out I was having another girl, and that my girls due dates were exactly 2 years and 2 days apart. Seasonally, they’d align perfectly, and I’d be able to pass clothes down. Or so I thought. Margot was a peanut, and Kate …

Baby and Kids

10.14.21

Our Favorite Books for Toddlers

We read a lot of books every day. From activity books during the …

We read a lot of books every day. From activity books during the day to our favorite stories before quiet (nap) time and bedtime, these are the ones we always go back to again and again. Lola Dutch I Love You So Much Shop now Odd Dog Out Shop now …

Baby and Kids

10.12.21

The Best Winter Gear for Babies and Toddlers

It’s almost that time of year. Temps have been pretty warm in Chicago, …

It’s almost that time of year. Temps have been pretty warm in Chicago, but in the next week, we’ll say farewell to summer weather and hello to fall and probably three weeks later it will snow. 🙄 I really wish fall lasted more than a week or two but what …

Baby and Kids

10.06.21

2021 Holiday Gift Ideas for Babies

Ah, babies. They don’t understand the holidays and would be happy with a …

Ah, babies. They don’t understand the holidays and would be happy with a plastic cup and some paper, but we buy them gifts anyway. 😉 I shared gift ideas for toddlers and today, want to share gifts for our tiniest recipients age 1 and under. I have many of these …

Baby and Kids

10.04.21

Babyproofing: How We Made Our Home Safe for our Baby and Toddler

I knew I’d baby-proof our home but was also the parent that thought …

I knew I’d baby-proof our home but was also the parent that thought I’d just teach my girls to avoid the stairs when they were little. Parents everywhere are laughing at me. Ginger jars are within reach on our console and we’re trying to teach Kate not to touch them …

Baby and Kids

09.23.21

Kate’s Nursery Tour

Kate will be fifteen months this week, so it’s about time I shared …

Kate will be fifteen months this week, so it’s about time I shared her nursery with you. 😉  This room, which was my former office, is (this might shock you) more neutral than I wanted it to be, but after adding some molding and art, I’m happy with how it …

Baby and Kids

09.22.21

Danielle Moss x Sara Fitz Art Prints for Alex’s Lemonade Stand

Friends! I am so excited about this collaboration. A few months ago, I …

Friends! I am so excited about this collaboration. A few months ago, I randomly messaged Sara Fitz after seeing her prints (and wallpaper) pop up over and over. We had never messaged until that day, but I said hello, told her I loved her work, and asked how she’d feel …

Baby and Kids

09.20.21

The Single and Double Strollers I Tried and Loved (and The Ones I Didn’t)

A stroller is a huge investment, and unfortunately, the one you love for …

A stroller is a huge investment, and unfortunately, the one you love for one child might not be your favorite for two (in fact, it won’t). If you’re like me, you might find yourself trying half-a-dozen strollers before figuring out which one(s) are the best. That number might seem excessive …

Baby and Kids

09.12.21

The Cutest Fall and Halloween Pajamas for Babies and Kids

We love kicking off the holidays with festive pajamas, and that starts with …

We love kicking off the holidays with festive pajamas, and that starts with Halloween. I love seasonal and themed pajamas, and already ordered fall and Halloween pajamas for the girls. We have a little more than a week left of summer but some of these prints are starting to sell …

Baby and Kids

08.20.21

Our Art Table and Craft Station

In preparation for at-home preschool and another winter at home, I wanted to …

In preparation for at-home preschool and another winter at home, I wanted to wanted to make the girls’ art table a little more fun. It’s now a place that inspires creativity and learning. A fun and functional craft area is just what the playroom needed. I was shopping around for …

Baby and Kids

08.08.21

The Best Play Food and Sets For Toddlers and Kids

My 3-year-old loves play food. From treats to farmer’s market finds (but it’s …

My 3-year-old loves play food. From treats to farmer’s market finds (but it’s mostly about the treats), these are her most-played-with toys. She bakes, plays grocery store, and fills her little baskets with toys, carrying them around the house. Here are the best (and cutest) play food sets for toddlers …

Baby and Kids

07.26.21

Three Years With Margot

My baby turned three a few weeks ago and I realized I’d want …

My baby turned three a few weeks ago and I realized I’d want to have this post to look back on. To know Margot is to love her. She’s kind, funny, sweet, loving, empathetic, inquisitive, smart, silly, grateful and very strong-willed. She is a bit opinionated (ha) and honest, just …

Baby and Kids

07.23.21

One Year with Kate

I shared Kate’s birth story one year ago and an eight month update …

I shared Kate’s birth story one year ago and an eight month update last spring, so it’s time for another update on our Kate now that she’s one! Kate turned one on June 27 and she’s not 13 months yet so I made it. Since very few people (read: no …

Baby and Kids

07.14.21

Toddler Naps and Quiet Time (and Tips From A Sleep Consultant)

Some people love sleep. My toddler is not one of those people. She …

Some people love sleep. My toddler is not one of those people. She would rather stay up, play, and learn – her brain is truly incredible. “Can we play? Is it raining? Is it nighttime? Do you got a robe on? Is your hair dry? Can we go downstairs just …