Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Book To Get

Welcome, Precious by Nikki Grimes, illustrations by Bryan Collier is very fitting for your child's library. Grimes was able to poetically express all the wonders and possibilities the baby will experience once they are born. I love the line that says, "Welcome to the silk of grass, the satin of rose petals, and the squish of sand between your toes." I just got mine in the mail last night and read it to my bella right away; although, she was a bit distracted...I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Classic Trench Coat

As I near 30, I feel the need to establish a wardrobe. Not any type of wardrobe, but a wardrobe that would enable me to have something to where for a date with my hubby as well as to the inauguration ball for Barack Obama. One key item that I know is essential for this wardrobe is a classic, well-fitted trench coat. I spy a winner at Banana Republic and Victoria Secret. Banana's coat is what a good friend of mine would call butta soft leather...said of course with a Jersey accent; while, Victoria's is wool.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Cool Ways to Display Pics of Child

I love taking pictures and one of the issues I face figuring out the best place to display my favorite pictures. One way is to have pictures toned in black and white and have them cascading down a staircase wall. Another way is to insert unexpected shots of family,friends, and perhaps that lovely shot you took of the sunset in Antigua on bookshelves. As for showing off pictures of your baby, I like the matted frames shown above from Restoration Hardware for kids. Martha Stewart also shared a unique way of celebrating your kids first year. You take a picture of your newborn in a white 12 month old onesie in the same background and wearing the same onesie each month. By the twelfth you can have the growth of your baby documented and you can display it in a framed collage.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Myles of Style

By far one of the most clever decorators on T.V. Kim Myles never ceases to amaze me as I watch her makeovers each Thursday night on HGTV. This self taught decorator considers her style urban global glam. Tune in at 8:30 P.M. EST on HGTV and you'll be inspired to spruce up a room or two.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Alternative to Jarred Food

Among many questions many mothers would be asking themselves is whether or not you will make your own baby food or buy the traditional baby food. I try my best not to be judgmental, because parents tend to come across that way due to their strong convictions regarding major issues (i.e. cloth diapers, vaccinations, breastfeeding, home school). However, I honestly believe most well-meaning parents try to make the best choice for their child based on their knowledge regarding child rearing; so who am I to look down upon Jane Mary for feeding her child Gerber. But, I'm more inclined to smashing up organic fruits and veggies (sans seasoning) to ensure my child actually learns to appreciate food without all of the other stuff we put on it. So, far my favorites are sweet potato and banana because it's so easy to puree. Pumpkins are also a great addition to the early food sampler for your cupcake as well.

But if the thought of making food into a puree gives you the hives perhaps you might want to try Plum Organics ( With blends such as pumpkin banana and pears and apples you eagerly want your munchkin to taste it; while also sneaking a taste for yourself. There's also Happy Baby food ( that has frozen yummy combinations of organic food organized in frozen trays.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Beauty of the Ballet Flat

Prior to motherhood, I would have never donned flats. I went from two extremes, heels to flip flops. I used to think a good pair of heels was all I needed to pump up an outfit to the wow factor, until I became pregnant. You know, you hear those warnings of wearing flats to prevent falls or for maintaining your balance. So, I gave up the heels by my second trimester and within weeks grew to really appreciate them. Now, with a rapidly growing newborn and all the essentials to carry her around (diaper bag, car seat, stroller, play pen) flats are not only stylish but downright practical. I love the leopard print suede from J Crew which can go along with skinny jeans or a knit dress.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Child Slippers

I'm a little hesitant of baby's wearing shoes that does not come close to their bare feet, but these shoes come as close as possible. These are at Padraig Cottage ( They are made with lamb's wool and has a non-skid sole.