Sunday, July 26, 2015

clickables 055

GAHnchrscnkiujjcd!!!!!! My two favorites chattin' on a playground, nbd.

This is exactly how I feel about having another baby. (you will not be able to predict anything that happens in this birth story)

Low income moms can't afford diapers. (And neither food stamps nor WIC cover diapers or wipes.)

a thoughtful birth mother explains her heartbreaking and surprising process for choosing her sons adoptive parents 

8 reasons moms leave the workplace (a legit research study), not necessarily by choice (raises hand)

In case you were wondering, these socks are as good as they claim to be

Just finished this book all in one sitting.

I recently got a beautiful cutting board from Josh the carpenter for a wedding gift. He opened a shop to help fund his family's adoption. Check it out.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

tales from the (mini) crib

Olive always slept in our bed and I am a big bed sharing proponent but I think that even in families where parents and kids sleep together there is room for a crib. Especially with number two, it's handy to have a place to put them down where they are safe. Charlie usually naps in the crib and does the first stretch of nighttime sleep there, then moves into bed with me.

We have owned 3 different versions of the exact same standard size crib over the past 4 years. 

I had a post all ready to go about the mini crib and small spaces and how great it was. And it was for a while. But now it's not. Charlie is exceptionally tall but exactly on track in terms of motor development. So, when, like any good 5 month old, he tosses and turns in a 360 degree circle on his way to falling sleep, he gets jammed sideways in the mini crib and can't move. Something about the way his tiny, bald, pulsing soft spot presses fiercely against the bar just won't fly with me so, back to the Sniglar we go. Third time's a charm...?

In general, I love mini cribs and I don't think they get the appreciation they deserve. They have a low profile, are easy to fold up and stick in the trunk, if need be and many come with detachable wheels just in case you need it to travel inside the house. Standard size cribs are SO BIG. So so big. I think they're completely appropriate for toddlers but ridiculously large for babies. I have a friend who still had her three year old in their mini crib (the weight limit is 30 pounds on most), all folded up and happy as a clam.

However, due to this head-in-bars situation with Charlie, we'll be assembling our old standby for the third time. I LOVE the Sniglar crib. At $80 (it's price has only gone up $10 since we first bought it in 2011), it's by far the least expensive option on the market and I love the look of natural wood. It's quite sturdy and converts to a toddler bed (if you're into that kind of thing. Olive was decidedly NOT.) It only takes me about 20 minutes to put together by myself.

We use Naturpedic mattresses in both the big and little cribs (as well as the changing table!) and love them. They're free of chemicals (why is that so hard to find in a mattress for babies?!), ergonomic and wipe clean in the inevitable event of a mess. I recently got a Restoration Hardware linen crib sheet on super sale that will probably become a family heirloom. And that's the crib situation! 

I'd love to hear your experience with cribs, co-sleeping, transitioning to a toddler bed and anything else bedding-related!

(Naturpedic affiliate links earn me a small commission on your purchases.)

soaring heart and wool futons

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

improving on disaster: more with amiable home

Having a beautiful space that I love to be in (and that's enjoyable for my kids and guests) is super important to me but making it happen just doesn't come naturally. After 5 years of being the one in charge of the house, I am only just now starting to get certain routines in place to barely keep up (every morning before coffee or anything else: laundry, sink clear and dishwasher running before we go anywhere for the day, etc.) Getting rid of a lot of stuff has helped, but deciding where to put the things I've kept has been a slow, evolving process.

Amelia has lent me her discerning eye before and I really can't say enough about A. what a natural gift she possesses in the home-organizing department (especially in the midst of children) and B. how good she is at working with you exactly where you are, making affordable, incremental changes that make a huge difference overall.

I mean, she says things like, "The toaster wants to live here - how can we let it?" She gets your toaster, you guys.

Similar to Marie Kondo, who is famous for her one liners, Amelia has a gentle, edited way of approaching the process of organizing. A couple of the bite-sized tips that have stuck with me and continue to guide my attempt at creating a beautiful and USEFUL home are:

+ Keep The Thing Where You Use The Thing: This sounds silly-simple but look around and I guarantee you have at least a few things that you keep in ridiculous places and are constantly moving back and forth from where you use them to where you keep them. I know I do did. This has changed my life and the entire flow of the house.

+ Use What You Have: There is such a huge industry of home organizing tools, it's easy to get sucked in. But you probably already have what you need and "needing" to buy more stuff to organize your stuff means you probably have too much stuff. Keep culling until you find yourself with extra baskets, extra shelving, etc. and then decide how best to utilize them.

You guys this is CRAZY. Amelia is offering free 30 minute Skype sessions (that's anyone, anywhere) to get you started with organizing/discarding/marie-kondo-ing/whatever you want to call it. Whatever it is you need, she's got you, trust me. I have her on speed dial for tune ups at our place. Things you may want to consider chatting with her about: your closet, your entryway, your kitchen, your bathroom, your kid's room. See? The wheels are turning already, I can hear them from here.

You can follow Amelia on instagram for daily inspiration (and reminders) here.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

grown up living: towels

For whatever reason, having a set of nice towels is a metric by which I gauge adulthood. It's always felt fairly unattainable even while it sat atop my list of get-the-house-together goals until recently when I realized, duh, I don't have to get them all at once. One of the nice things about not having a wedding is being able to put all your wedding money into your side sewer (good choice). One of the downsides to not having a wedding is not having a registry. Ladies with registries: go crazy, put some fancy towels on there.

After lots of searching, I've decided on linen for its longevity and ease of care (it doesn't hurt that it folds up super small, either). Spartacus has been a hard sell on these but I do believe he's coming around due to my analogy that linen is like the cast iron of towels. 

My collection is small (stay small! love small!) and consists of these super thin and beautifully made multi use towels from A Well Traveled Brand (navy and white) and these sturdier, thicker guys (in grey which is sold out but the navy stripe looks nice) from Fog Linen for the bear in my life

I got two thin Turkish towels for Olive and Charlie to take out and about (the wading pool, etc.) and that's it. Thick, plush towels are huge and take up an enormous amount of space in the linen cabinet so I'm psyched to get that real estate back. And I fully expect these towels to last 20 years.

Linen towels, I recommend 'em.

Friday, July 17, 2015

clickables 054

uber for kids? I have died and gone straight to heaven

this single dad thinks his divorce made him a better boyfriend

these would make great hostess gifts this summer

and THIS. cuuuute.

mile count: 14

This weekend: swim class, sailing, strawberry shortcake, home repairs (i'll show you my new closet when it's done!) and making tons of oatmeal for the biggest eater in our family: Charlie.