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As everyone probably knows by now, I’m am partial to more contemporary styles and especially ones that pay tribute to Scandanavian design, so I’m thrilled to announce that Stork Craft has partnered with Target on the Target 365 Crib!  How awesome is this grey/white combination pictured below?  Move aside white and espresso, grey is the new neutral to go with everything!  Get yours in grey/white or the classic espresso/white at Target.  Too bad I already selected the crib for my own nursery or else I’d be all over this one.

Infuse your baby’s nursery with Room 365 Convertible Crib’s fresh, modern charm.   The perfect combination of style and function, this solidly built crib converts into a toddler bed, daybed and (with the separate purchase of a full-size, double-ended mattress rails) a full-bed.  Select your preferred theme colour in a classic espresso/white, or sophisticated grey/white combination.

Features:

- Available colours: Espresso/White and Grey/White

- 4 in 1 crib that converts to daybed, toddler bed, and (with separate purchase of a full-size, double-ended mattress rails) a full-bed

- Toddler rail included

- Fix-side rails for security and safety

- Three adjustable mattress heights

- Made of solid wood and wood products with non-toxic finishes

- Meets or exceeds to all North American safety standards

- 1 year manufacturer’s warranty

 

A crib like this needs some fun accessories for the rest of the room.  I’ve got my eyes on these.

 

Dachshund Lamp by Offi: We had a mini doxi when I was little so anything to do with these adorable dogs, I am all over it!  This lamp comes in a selection of colours.

 

 

Michelle Mason’s London and Picadilly Circus Cushions: I would have one on the Stork Craft Tuscany Glider and Ottoman set!

 

 

Fun prints: Moon and Bear

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/

 

Fit For A Princess

Stork Crafts is welcoming 2013 with some brand new crib designs, the first being the Princess 4 in 1 Crib.  The majority of Stork Craft designs tend to stay towards gender neutral ones, so we are excited to finally be able to launch a style that simply caters to the whimsical and girly!

 

 Inspired by the charm of fairy tales, complete your baby’s nursery with the Princess 4 in 1 Crib. With its heirloom scrollwork and elegant bow detailing, this timeless crib will last your princess for years to come as it converts into a toddler bed, daybed and (with the separate purchase of a full-size, double-ended mattress rail) a full-size bed.

  • Features:

Available in white finish; 4 in 1 crib that converts to daybed, toddler bed, and (with separate purchase of a full-size, double-ended mattress rails) a full-bed;  Toddler rail 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.

 

With the crib having so many details and being so feminine, here are some of my picks for balancing the room off with some neutral grays and some practical pieces that will last well until baby has grown up into her full size bed.

White Lacquer Floor Lamp 

 

Grey, Pink and White Pom Pom Mobile

 

  

Frayed Ruffle and European Trellis Nursery Bedding for the crib, and later on a full-size bedding set.

 

Chapman Lane Wool Rug

 

Stork Craft’s Rocking Horse

 

Surya’s grey and purple pouf 

 

Vinyl Monogram Wall Decal

 

Stork Craft’s Aspen Cube Organizer Changer

 

 

Lussobaby Giveaway Contest

Congratulations to Lussobaby for opening their second location in Greater Vancouver!  For Canadian residents, Lussobaby is celebrating this new store with a series of giveaways and one is the Stork Craft Tuscany Glider and Ottoman in Black/Beige!  Go enter today and also check out their lovely new store on 2699 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC, V6H 3H4.  Bright, modern and filled with a wonderfully edited selection of baby gear, furniture, clothing and toys, this new addition to Vancouver’s west end will be a treat for any parent searching for the pieces to complete their nurseries, or anyone looking for the perfect baby gift.

A Little Bit of Love

To this day I still have warm memories of being in grade school and going with my mom to the local drug store to pick out a box of Valentine cards to write out to my fellow classmates.  In class, we would each decorate our own tissue paper box with heart cut-outs and patterned paper, then set it out on our desks to wait for the “mail” to come.  At the end of the day we would open our boxes up to go through the assortment of cards, little envelopes of cinnamon hearts, and foil wrapped chocolate that we had received.  Now that I’m “all grown up”, I still find V-day to be a great excuse for the over usage of red and pink and indulging in all sorts of heart-themed sweets!  But who says that hearts and the colours of bold red and bright pink need to be put away right after February 14th?  Here are some sweet ways of keeping up that little bit of love through out the rest of the year with your little one (Find all sources for images on my Nursery Pinterest board).

 

Heart headpiece!

Gap’s heart ruffle one-piece swimsuit is really as cute in real life as it looks.  I spotted this itty bitty cutie over the past weekend in a Gap Baby store, and even though we haven’t been able to find out the sex of our baby yet (He/she wasn’t in the ideal position during the last ultrasound), I was tempted to snatch this up!

Another easy nusery decorating idea that I am contemplating about after seeing it on fashion and lifestyle blog, The Doctor’s Closet.

Welcome to the World, Grayson

Stork Craft would like to send a warm “Welcome to the world” to little Grayson Quinn.  Born at two and a half weeks early, this little bundle of joy is the son of Amanda Vrtis from Saving 4 Five, our Mom of the week back in December, and also PTPA reviewer of Stork Craft’s Carrara 4 in 1 Crib, Aspen Combo and Tuscany Glider!

 

Now with a total of four children and a husband, Amanda definitely has her hands full!  So how does she handle it all?  We’ve followed up with her to see if she has any pointers for moms-to-be, and to give us a glimpse of how her family has gone through the transition of welcoming a new born into their home.

 

-New Arrival’s Name: Grayson Quinn
-Age: 2 weeks

 

SC: Congrats on the birth of your little one! With three other children, most people would think that you would be a pro at the whole birthing process and all. But has this fourth delivery been any easier or more difficult?

Amanda: I think it’s easy to assume I’m a pro at having babies, but something I try to remember is all deliveries are different! You can’t always plan out what’s going to happen. This delivery had a couple hick-ups. It wasn’t at all what I thought it was going to be.

 

SC: Any pointers for mothers who are nervous about going into labour?

Amanda: My best advice to mothers who are nervous about giving birth is don’t be afraid to ask questions, understand that anything can happen, and do what is best for YOU! You’re the one having a baby, not your family or friends. Also stay away from Google! That is one sure fire way of scaring the heck outta yourself.

 

SC: For families that are thinking about giving a sibling to their child, any advice that you have for preparing the family for a new addition, whether in prepping your current child(ren) emotionally, or allocating resources like time, finances, etc.?

Amanda: Being that this is number 4 for us, it has gone different ways with each. This time around my Daughter at 19 months was the youngest to get a sibling. The others were a bit older. I noticed that at about 2 and older the children seemed to be excited for another baby, but my 19 month old not so much. I’ve just tried to understand where she is coming from. I praise her when she loves on the baby and try not to scold her too much when she is being jealous. She is coming around though- Giving more hugs and kisses now than getting mad and jealous.

 

SC: As a mother to four children now, how do you find time for yourself or your husband? Any tips for doing so?

Amanda: I don’t find time for myself LOL.  Well ok I do. I tell my husband that I’m going to take a bath. Going to the store for dinner is also my away time. My husband and I get our time together once all the kids are in bed. So having a set schedule is a must in this house. Even if it’s just a couple of hours watching tv together, it’s just us, and I love my quiet time.

 

SC: As soon as your new little one is/was ready to go out, where is/was the first place that you will take/have taken them to?

Amanda: Being that it is flu season the only time he has been out is his checkups. I think though once spring hits he may get an outing to the park. I know the older kids will love to get out and about! We also have a season pass to our local zoo. Maybe we will go there.