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The Honest Co. 04.10.2013

We had the pleasure of meeting some of the great people at The Honest Co. at Alt Summit this January, including the darling founder, Jessica Alba! We had already heard of the great mission behind Honest’s products, but had yet to sample them ourselves. We came home from Alt excited to try out everything Honest had to offer since it is perfectly in line with what we look for but can’t find in cleaning products and baby gear: eco-friendly, stylish, safe, scary-chemical-free and reasonably priced. It’s a dream brand for us. And the best part of all: for every product purchased, The Honest Company donates product, money, time, and effort to addressing critical health & social issues affecting children and families. Love it! The gals at Honest were sweet enough to give us some gift cards to go to town on the Honest website, and that we did…

Morgan was immediately drawn to the Honest diapers because other brands were causing a rash on her little guy’s legs. Knowing that these were non-toxic, plant-based and included no “scary stuff” made them an easy pick. The only hard part was choosing from the adorable patterns. She went with dinos, and now naming the dinosaurs by their colors is a favorite changing time ritual…bonus.

We both went straight for the fruit and veggie wash also. It’s not always an option to buy organic, but we aren’t fans of feeding anything that could have pesticides or other chemicals on it to our little ones. Voila! This spray is exactly what we needed. It removes toxic pesticide & chemical residues, waxes, dirt, and other garbage no one wants to consume. It feels great to know we are getting that stuff off of our produce with a quick spray and rinse.

Really, we couldn’t be happier about discovering a company that stands for the same things we do and that doesn’t sacrifice style in the process. How cute is their packaging? We’re in love!

The products we sampled: Disposable Diapers in Dinosaurs Pattern,  4-Pack of Travel Wipes,  Fruit & Veggie Wash,  Essentials Sample Collection, Stain Remover

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Holiday Gift Guide: Baby & Kids 11.15.2012

We are continuing to share our all time favorites and brand new finds…hoping to make your holiday season a little easier by providing the perfect gifts for your loved ones. Today…Baby & Kiddos–we have a lot of experience with the two and under range, so most of these ideas came from our own experiences for the baby to toddler stage, but we think many of these, like the coloring book, swing and art for your kids walls, will last years beyond that!

1. handmade wooden swing 2. MoMA Coloring Book 3. Handmade Fox Pillow 4. Dwell Studio Zoo Shape sorter 5. Paper-cut ABC customizable wall art (designs by us!!) 6. striped bodysuit & stars bodysuit 7. modern wooden blocks 8. Bit Bike (comes in other fun colors, too) 9. Crochet Chimp Ring Rattle

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handmade: jane foster 10.22.2012

I love when I stumble onto a treasure on etsy! I just discovered the bold, graphic, happy work of Jane Foster and I’m in love. the textiles she uses combined with her own silkscreened prints are just too darling. I think I need one of those stuffed animals for the nursery just so I can look at it every day!

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on the lookout: toy storage 08.24.2012

Toys are overtaking our house! Having good-looking bins, baskets and other miscellaneous containers all over the house to stow them back into makes things more manageable so I’m always on the lookout for durable, kid-friendly options. Cleaning up the mess with a toddler running around is a lot like shoveling the driveway in a blizzard, but what are ya gonna do, right?

1. Crocodile Wall Organizer 2. Raccoon Storage Bin 3. Mountain Peaks Bath Basket 4. Chalkboard Storage Bench 5. Store by Numbers Cube Bin 6. Flea Market Wire Ball Bins 7. Rugby Stripe Bin 8. Industrial Basket and Toys Liner

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  1. Olivia

    Awesome! I love item #3, but the link does not work for me.

    August 24, 2012 3:25 pm
    • ampersand

      Oops, sorry, Olivia! The link is updated now.

      August 24, 2012 3:51 pm

getting crafty: paper mobile 08.10.2012

Our girl, Laura, is with us again today, and she’s cooked up another fun project—this time for baby! How fun would it be to create this mobile as a gift or a finishing touch for your own little babe? We love it! Take it away, Laura! Thanks so much for stopping by!
With several pregnant friends and cousins, I’ve got baby accessories on the brain! I’ve made a super simple paper mobile using scrapbook paper and a paper mache box lid I had stashed in my craft closet. This project is easily customizable by the paper you choose. See the instructions below!
Materials: Ribbon (1/2 yard), tape, glue, scissors, fishing line, paper mache box lid

Step 1: Cut your circles. I used a circle punch, but you can certainly trace something round and cut the circles yourself. You’ll want three different sizes of circles and you’ll need 4 pieces for each hanging element. For this example, I cut 8 small pieces, 8 medium pieces and 4 large pieces, to make a total of 5 hanging elements.

Step 2: To create the three dimensional circle, take one of your small circles and fold it in half, creasing it to ensure symmetry. On the spine of that crease, place a small bead of glue. (You don’t need much!) With the creased circle, glue it directly to the middle of one of your flat circles, set aside and allow to dry. You will make two of these per size, making a total of 4 small ones, 4 medium ones and 2 large ones for this example.

Step 3: Next you will sandwich the fishing line in between two identical side pieces, by putting a thin layer of glue on each side and pressing the two sides together. Initially, I left the fishing line longer than I needed and cut accordingly once I figured out how long I wanted each strand. Repeat this process to finish each hanging element, matching up sides of equal size.

Step 4: Using the scissors, create a small hole in the middle of the paper mache box lid. Loop the ribbon through the hole in the lid and tie in a secure knot on the underneath side of the box lid, making a loop on the top.

Step 5: Simply using clear tape, adhere each piece of fishing line to the underneath side of the box lid. When completing this step, make sure each circle is spread equally around the circle. Also, you will want to adjust the heights of the circles to ensure visual interest.

Once each circle is in place, use the loop created by the ribbon to hang the mobile.


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  1. Ellen of White Table Style

    I am getting ready to make my own mobile for the nursery in the next few weeks. These tips are helpful. I’ll be share to post my version.

    August 10, 2012 2:08 pm