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Outfits On the Go for Spring

As a mom, I am always looking for outfit ideas that are quick to throw on, allow me to chase after the Little One, yet look put together.  Since we currently live in a small space, there’s not a whole lot of wardrobe space for me to indulge in having too many pieces of clothing, so I like to make sure that whatever I have is easily mix and matchable and will go the extra mile.  Right now I’m loving these as my go-to basics:

1. Classic straight or skinny jeans in a medium wash

2. Chambray/denim shirt to wear on its own or over a classic T or cami

3. Long cardigan or twill jacket for those breezy days

4. Comfy flats

5. A shift dress in some sort of wrinkle resistant and breathable fabric like a cotton or rayon jersey.  Its an easy one-item outfit to slip on during warmer days.

6. Cross-body bags have been my best friend for corralling all the knick-knacks that moms always have to carry.  They keep my hands free and stay in place even while bending over to pick things up or while carrying the kids.

7. Light weight scarf is a simple accessory to change up.  They can cover up spit up on shirts, and act as an on-hand cover for breast feeding mommies.

 

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This is an easy outfit with only three items.  Dress it up or dress it down with accessories.  Image courtesy of Sincerely Jules

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A simple dress and pretty sandals.  Change things up with a hat.  Image courtesy of Babble

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A classic striped Breton top and twill jacket makes for good wardrobe staples.  Image courtesy of Zimbio

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A light weight scarf.  Image courtesy of Pinterest

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What are some of your wardrobe staples that you cannot live without?

 

Dawn

 

Spring Things

Spring is finally upon us and we are welcoming the warmer and brighter days with open arms!  Here are 5 Spring Things that you’ll be finding us doing in the upcoming weeks.

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1. [Eat]  A healthy and delicious frozen dessert that’s good for the entire family, AND only takes one basic ingredient?  Could it be true?  Yes!

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Image courtesy of A Cup of Jo

2. [Grow]  Bring in some greenery with these adorable DIY “Chia pets”.  The kids will love personalizing their own planter and watching theirs grow.

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Image courtesy of By Wilma

3. [Read]  We’re ardent believers in reading to children as early as possible.  These 10 Spring-themed board books are great to read to your little one even year round.

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Image courtesy of Scholastic

4. [Clean]  You didn’t think you could get away with the “cleaning” part of “Spring”, did you?  The good news is this Spring cleaning tip from Eat, Craft, Parent:  It’s the perfect method for those with young children whose toys need a quick, natural, and effective disinfecting.

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Image courtesy of Eat, Craft, Parent

5. [Play]  This stove top-free playdough recipe is right up our alley.  We know the LOs will have hours of fun being preoccupied with the new batch of lemony-scented dough, and that means some downtime for all the busy mamas and the papas.

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Image courtesy of Learn, Play, Imagine

Dawn

Web Wednesdays: Around the Web

With the two day countdown to Christmas, here are four things that have us admiring and reading around the web.

1) One parent’s take on “Why you shouldn’t give out goody bags while flying with a baby“.

2) How gorgeous is this nursery?  We love that it is a shared room, and a simple crib can still look so luxe with the right accessories.

Love this look?  Get a similar crib here.

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(Image courtesy of Trasito Inicial)

 

3) Need to serve an easy-peasy appi dish for all those holiday guests?  We’re drooling over this cheesy pull apart bread.

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(Image courtesy of Food Fu)

4) The best of DIY gifts are the ones that are easy, cost effective, and actually useful!  We think this one may qualify.

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(Image courtesy of Snap Creativity)

 

Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

 

Dawn

 

Storkcraft Favourites

Whenever I do write about Storkcraft products, they’re usually in the context of announcing a new product or how to incorporate a design trend in the nursery with a Storkcraft piece.  But I recently realized that I have yet to share about my personal favourites- Items that I would have on my own “must-have” list if I could re-select my nursery all over again.

 

The Sorrento Convertible Crib–  I am partial for pieces that tend toward being more streamlined and modern, but this Sorrento crib with its classic shape is one that I absolutely love for it’s wider slats, generous wooden rail cap detail and the awesome price-point (Currently on sale for only $226.43 at Amazon.com!).  I am currently going through an “everything in white” phase too so the white finish is my pick, though it does come in a handsome espresso and also cherry too.

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So most of my friends who have had kids will probably have one of these Rocking Horses as I give them as either baby shower or birthday gifts.  In a world where children already know how to work an ipad by their first birthday, it’s nice to know that there are still some toys that just never go out of style and still encourage imagination.  This Rocking Horse in Natural is on my Christmas shopping list for my own Little One.

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The Thomasville Kids Upholstered Glider & Ottoman set by Storkcraft is the most recent addition to our lineup and I only wish that they had come out with this one sooner when my LO was just born.  This would have been just what was needed for those late night feedings and transitioned perfectly for our current night time routine of reading a book together before bed.  It’s extra roomy, and do I even have to comment on that amazing fluffy back cushion?  I’m loving this gray glider set as shown below with its neutral, but far from boring shade (It comes in a fresh green and also yummy chocolate microfibre too).  Throw a fun decorative pillow or quilt on there for a pop of colour and personality.

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Now, I know that I just mentioned above that I love white finishes, but this new Dove Brown finish that we are introducing to many of our current and new products is just too dreamy to ignore, especially in the form of the Broyhill Kids Marco Island Captain’s Bed.  The colour is light enough to keep a room bright and airy, even with larger pieces of furniture, yet rich enough to show off the texture and character of the wood.  Combine the Dove Brown colour with a bed that comes with a trundle for extra sleeping accommodations and bottom storage drawers, and I would say this is rivaling kid’s room perfection.

Marco Island Captain's Bed

 

You can’t ever have too much storage, and bonus if it is easy to put together too.  Storkcraft offers a whole range of dressers to match to cribs and beds, but the new Destin 6 Drawer Dresser is my current fave.  It’s got the Tufflink Assembly feature (Watch the video here!), which will make you wonder how we all managed to previously deal with pesky bags of hardware and all that time spent on assembly.  As for the style itself, I love how the legs elevate up the dresser to give it some visual lightness, and the classic lines lends itself to easy mix and matching with various other furniture pieces.  And with all that generous storage space, this is a dresser that can definitely grow with the little one.  Take your pick of finishes in espresso, cherry, white, black, dove brown or gray.

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Dawn

Back to School Bedroom Prep

September is just around the corner and organization is key to getting the school year off on the right foot.  Whether it’s for your Little One or your college bound child, keep your child’s room in tip-top shape with a Canwood loft or bunk bed.  Great for making use of vertical space, these beds will not only add storage, but also minimize furniture footprint to maximize bedroom space.

 

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^This Skyway loft bed keeps everything compact.  It has built in open shelving and 5 drawers of storage space.  Pull up a chair to make use of the computer desk right below.

 

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^Both parents and kids love the Mountaineer for its stairs feature.  Not only do they offer easy and safe access up and down the bed, it also has built in drawers in each one of the steps.

 

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^The Overland (Top) and Ridgeline (bottom) twin-over-full merge the best of storage with bunk beds.  They’re perfect for siblings or simply for keeping extra sleeping space in your guest room.

 

Products are available in espresso or white finish at Amazon.com or Walmart.com.

 

 

Dawn

 

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