Monthly Archives: February 2013

Snack Attack

Did you have any particular cravings during your pregnancy?  During my first trimester, I was feeling too sick to even think about food.  I probably had a longer list of “cannot eat” due to my hightened sensitivity to smells than a list of what I could manage to keep down.  During the second trimester my appetite went back to normal, but now that I’m in my 30th week,  it has accelerated full force to where I now cannot stop thinking about what to snack on (This doesn’t bode well for someone who has an office job that lets her sit all day!).

Last night, my husband had a craving for a dipped ice cream cone so he made a trip to our local Dairy Queen and brought me back an Oreo blizzard.  It was the first time that I finished one by myself from top to bottom and I have to say, it was heavenly!  Unfortunately, the satisfaction doesn’t last too long before I’m thinking, “What’s next?”.

Whether savoury or sweet, these are some items that I could totally take a bite out of (Find all links and credits for images below on my Eat, Drink and Be Merry Pinterest board)!

 

SWEETS:

Chocolate crepes with strawberries and creme: Need I say more? 😉

 

Chocolate frozen bananas:  I actually might have to make these at home since it looks relatively easy and healthy!  Bananas are a source of potasium too.

 

Eton Mess:  “Whether its creation was a happy accident or divine design, this thoroughly English dessert is heaven in a bowl.”  Meringues are another weakspot of mine and with a description like that… I’m sold.

 

Honey roasted apricots: I can’t wait for summer to do this one.  If you had to minus the ice cream, it’s still the perfect combo of healthy and delicious!

 

SAVOURY:

Sliced baked potatos: Of all carbohydrates, potatos are another one of my weak spots.  Cannot.  Resist.

 

Roasted brussel sprouts: I actually do enjoy brussel sprouts!  It seriously has been the undog of all vegetable with most people recalling it as a dull and lifeless chore to take care of when they were little before being released from the dinner table.  But I’m happy to see that this underrated veggie is now enjoying a revival in both restaurants and home.

 

Roasted vegetable mac ‘n cheese: This one’s on my dinner roster tonight!  Really!  It’s reviving a childhood favourite while packing those veggies in.

 

Vietnamese pickled vegetables: While I can’t say that I have had any cravings for pickles and ice cream, I have noticed that I have been partial to sour foods.  This is another recipe that I think I will put on the “to try” list.

 

Baguettes: Was never much into bread prior to being pregnant, but since then, I’m always up for a fresh slice of a hearty one.  I have noticed that since packing a good quality dense bread for lunch, it has carried me through the work day better than the generic fluffy stuff.

I Left My Heart With Santino

***Update March 20, 2013: The Santino 3 in 1 Crib design has been updated to convert from a crib to a toddler bed and then to a  daybed.  It does not convert into a full-bed.

Features:
-Available finishes: Espresso and white
3 in 1 crib that converts to toddler bed and daybed.  Toddler rail is included.
-Solid stationary sides offer security and stability
-Three   adjustable mattress support positions to accommodate your baby’s growth
-Made of solid wood and wood products with non-toxic finishes
-Meets or exceeds to all North American safety standards
-Easy to assemble with permanently attached instructions
-1 year manufacturer’s warranty
-JPMA certified

 

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Here’s a preview of another Stork Craft piece that will be part of the Spring 2013 collection (along with the Giovanna and Princess Cribs), the Santino 3 in 1 Crib.  This is hands down my top pick so far with 2013’s cribs as it works beautifully for a boy or girl, and with its contemporary shape, it’s got just the perfect amount of details like the curved railings and bold legs to make the piece have personality and be a canvas for making the nursery’s decor pop.

With its rounded legs and contoured rails, the Santino 3 in 1 Crib has just the right modern touch to grow with your baby in style! 

Features:
-Available finishes: Espresso and white
-3 in 1 crib that converts to daybed, and (with separate purchase of a full-size, double-ended mattress   rails) a full-bed.  
-Solid stationary sides offer security and stability 
-Three   adjustable mattress support positions to accommodate your baby’s growth
-Made of solid wood and wood products with non-toxic finishes
-Meets or exceeds to all North American safety standards
-Easy to assemble with permanently attached instructions
-1 year manufacturer’s warranty
-JPMA certified

 

To keep things contemporary and light, I would love to pair some of these crib bedding sets with the Santino.

 

Olio’s Cobblestone in Taupe: Even minus the crib bumper, which many parents are now forgoing due to safety concerns, this cribs set still has all the graphics that keep it interesting and sophisticated.

 

  

Dwell Studio’s Skyline Collection: Perfect for the little city dweller.

 

Oli & Lime’s George Set: As much as I like soft pastels for a calming effect in the nursery, a pop of colour is also a great alternative for decorating.  Bold colours placed where your baby can see is good for sight developement during the first few months when he/she will be drawn to high contrast colours.

 

Zig Zag Rainbow: Whimsicle and fun!  The colours and mix of polka dots with zig zag reminds me of “craft time” in elementry school.

 

May as well get the little one started early on ABC’s with Skip Hop’s Bumper Free Alphabet Zoo collection.

 

 

 

ABC Kids Expo 2013

The ABC Kids Expo that will take place this year from Oct. 15 – 18 in Las Vegas is open for registration, and though it’s still early, we can’t wait to show industry insiders all the new designs that we will be coming up with for 2014!  During the show, buyers from your local retailers and sales team members give their feedback on our new designs and let us know what customers (you!) are looking for.  With their feedback, we make the tweaks on the furniture samples, and select the items that have we have determined as having the best potential to meet our customers’ needs to go into full production.

 

2013 has already gotten off to a great start with amazing feedback on our Princess 4 in 1 Crib , as well as the Giovanna 3 in 1 Crib, and there are more new products to come that we will be announcing here!  These items were part of this past year’s 2012 ABC Kids Expo in Louisville, KY (Below are some pics).  For this year’s 2013 show though, we will be expanding our booth another 1000+ sq. ft. to include pieces from our Canwood Furniture line and also items that Stork Craft has designed and made exclusively for some of North America’s top furniture companies.

 

If you have any design or product feedback that you would like us to know about, feel free to leave us a comment!  We love hearing back from you on what new stuff you would love to see from Stork Craft, or even what current products are working for you and we should keep in our exisiting line!

 

Stork Craft’s booth at the 2012 expo.

 

 

Stork Craft is the parent company of Status Furniture.  A brand new line from Status will be coming soon in May 2013 and will be annouced here and on our Facebook page!

Showered with Love

Now that I have just started on my third trimester, the questions about when and where the baby shower will take place have started to pop up from friends.  Up to now I have never really thought about really wanting one or what kind of theme I would like, but after scrolling through On to Baby’s baby shower page, my interest is piqued!  We still have not been able to find out the sex of the baby, so I have been drawn to the gender neutral themes and boy are they cute!

 

Did you have a theme for your baby shower?

 

1) Love this sock monkey theme with it’s punches of bright red, touch of vintage charm and bunting for room decorations.

 

2) Yellow seems to often be the default colour for gender neutral parties and baby gift items, but no reason for it to be mundane.  This bubble bee themed shower is vibrant and fun.

 

 

3) It seems that showers are no longer limited to a guest list of gf’s and mothers, but many couples are opting for a mix party where even the men are invited.  This Bun in the Oven with it’s pulled pork sandwiches, backyard location, and grey and red theme would make everyone feel comfortable to celebrate.

 

 

 

 

Hello, Giovanna

Our customers have been requesting for a new, modern design and Stork Craft has been listening!  We are so excited to welcome the Giovanna 3 in 1 Crib to our 2013 lineup (available Spring 2013 in your choice of white, cherry or espresso).  It’s a convertible a crib that can turn into a day bed, and then with the purchase of a generic set of double-ended, full-size mattress rails, convert into a full-bed.

With the ban on sales of drop-side cribs in North America, we have received thousands of calls from caregivers with concerns that people who are shorter  or have to recover from birth will have trouble reaching into cribs with very high front rails.  To address this concern Stork Craft has designed the Giovanna crib with shorter legs and have it sit a bit lower so that caregivers can have easy access over the front rail to reach baby.  In terms of the distance from the mattress base to the top of the rails though, it is still tested to meet or exceed North American safety standards, and has the adjustable 3 position mattress base feature for lowering when baby learns to sit or stand up.  It’s function and safety for both parent and baby!

 

“Something more contemporary!” is another request that we have been hearing more than ever.  While popular crib designs to tend to stay traditional, it was time that we came out of our comfort zone a little bit and design something that could infuse a bit of modern style into a room.  With its swoop rails and tapered legs, we love how the Giovanna has that right touch of subtle detail and keeps things timeless as a canvas for customers to decorate with.

 

Last week we did a romantic pink and grey theme style board for the Princess 4 in 1 Crib, so to switch things up, this time we came up with a bold navy and yellow theme for the Giovanna 3 in 1.  What do you think?

 

 

Giraffe Lamp: http://www.jonathanadler.com/Giraffe-Lamp-7265/?cat=861

Bedding Fabric: http://www.babybedding.com/gray-and-yellow-zig-zag-crib-bedding

Custom Letter Prints: http://www.ontobaby.com/free-printables/circles-initial-free-printable-nursery-artwork/

Mirror: http://www.jonathanadler.com/Rococo-Mirror/?cat=0&initial=7576

Elephant Lamp: http://www.jonathanadler.com/Utopia-Elephant-Lamp/

Rug: http://www.surya.com/rugs/zuna/zun1050/

Pouf: http://www.surya.com/poufs/pouf78/

Pillow: http://www.surya.com/pillows/com010/

Stork Craft Dresser: http://storkcraftdirect.com/uncategorized/beatrice-5-drawer-chest-2/