Beautiful watercolors

wcelephant2I was looking at Etsy yesterday and came across The Wildlands shop which listed these watercolors, aren’t they beautiful?  They are perfect for a child’s bedroom.  The colors are vibrant but not overwhelming and they all seem so joyous.  And the prices is right!  I thought they might brighten your day!

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My most popular pin

paintI know I’m not the only one addicted to Pinterest.  I think everyone has a secret obsession with it.  I have my phone set up to alert me when someone pins my pins and weirdly, this is the most popular pin.  Guess there are a lot of baby rooms being painted out there…

What are you obsessed with on Pinterest?

Best gifts for a two year old girl, the answer might shock you!

islacloseMy daughter is about to turn two and I’ve been trying to figure out what to buy that she will truly love and use and not just another plastic toy that will fill up the toy bin and get played with twice a year.

Here are a few things I came up with in case you might be interested…

Cosco Step Stool

stoolShe is all about being independent so this will allow her to wash her hands all by herself and probably about a million other things like help me prepare food in the kitchen and turn on the lights.  I know she will use this multiple times a day for several years.

PS The reviews are great and someone pointed it out it can double as a seat when you run out of chairs and help you reach things on tall shelves!

Mini Mag Light

flashlightWhat kid doesn’t like a flashlight?  They could play with this all day and night.  This one is pink and benefits  breast cancer.  Can’t go wrong.

Pink Elephant Lunch Bag

lunchbagIsn’t this sweet!? Her lunch bag is too small so a new lunch bag would be a great gift.  Again, something she will use and love every single day.  Kids get very attached to their lunch bags and I can imagine her carrying this around all day.  The design is unique which means other kids in class won’t have the same thing, aka you never take the someone else’s lunch bag home on accident!  Very important with kids in daycare.

Neon Polarized Sunglasses

sunglassesThis may just be my daughter but she loves sunglasses.  Living in the desert I’d love it if she wore them every day.  I will talk to my eye doctor about the best option for a kid but this seems like a good start.  Cute and functional and I believe she’ll wear them all the time.

“Frozen” Thermos Funtainer

thermosWhat is it with Frozen, it has some serious staying power!  She loves Frozen and I want her to love her water bottle because it’s so good for her.  She’ll use this every day.  They have a ton of designs, too.

I got this same thermos for my son (Mickey Mouse design) and it keeps the water nice and cold, is fun for him to pop open, it’s very recognizable and easy to tag with their name so it’s great for daycare.  We also tote it around with us in the car to do errands and we need the water to stay cold, again, it’s the desert.

Prince Lionheart Booster Seat

boosterMy little junebug is very independent, as I said, and no longer uses a high chair but she can still fall out of the big chair.  This seems like it will be a good option to keep her strapped in and still feeling like a big girl.  Absolutely necessary and useful every day!

aden + anais Security Blankets

blanketNot all kids like the satin but she loooves it and it comforts her.  We have a lot of larger blankets but they are hot for the summer.  These little blankets are small and very light and perfect for the (desert) summer and the little elephants are so sweet.

Hmmm, just realizing there’s an elephant theme that’s starting to develop…

Painted Ukelele

ukeleleI’d love for my kids to have an interest in music so I want to surround them with instruments to play with.  This is just her size and so classic.  I’d love to learn myself!

Harmonica

harmonicaIn the same vein, who doesn’t love a harmonica!  This might drive me crazy but I’m willing to give it a shot.

Chatter Telephone

phoneAnd just to have a toy on the list, I had to go with the classic Chatter Telephone.  I think she will love dragging this around and dialing the phone.  I like the idea that my kids would be able to recognize the old rotary phone concept.

I could probably go on forever, especially since I haven’t even mentioned any books which she absolutely loves.  I’ll come back after a few months and let you know what we get from this list and how she liked it!

What ideas do you have that I missed?

Candles!

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I made a bunch of candles last night and they were all hot when I went to bed.  When I woke up this morning, this is what I found!  They came out great and I can’t wait to dress them up and see if anyone is interested in buying 🙂

Added bones: my house smelled DELICIOUS!

Gift Guide: Three Year Old Boy

Before I had kids I would have had NO idea what to give to a three year old boy on his birthday.

Below is a gift idea list for a boy who is sweet and kind (most of the time), loves to jump in muddy puddles and also enjoys a little down time in front of the TV.Buzz

 

Buzz Lightyear Action Figure – This guy is a favorite of ALL kids I know!

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Woody Talking Figure – Can’t have Buzz without Woody!

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Sperry Top-Sider – These shoes are absolutely adorable and make the bear look like a tiny hipster.  They really pull an outfit together! 

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Kazam Balance Bike – This bike is amazing!  It has no pedals so kids learn balance first, then we can introduce a pedaled two-wheeler.  So many parents I know swear by it!  

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Hooded Shark Towel – I don’t know any kid who wouldn’t love this!  Looks great on, too. 

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kidSTYLE Mixed Fruit Mini Suitcases – Great holding sports and transportation devices for favorite toys, plus they look good sitting around the house, too! 

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Fisher-Price Doodle Pro Classic Doodler with 2 Stampers – Kids can draw without the mess and even babies can use this.  Great for the car!

TSTrilogy

Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3 OR Just get the Box Set – Toy Story Trilogy – My son loves them all (although 2 is his favorite).  I suggest getting the digital copy so you can have it for the car or airplane if necessary.  It’s super convenient.

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Superhero Third Birthday Kids T-Shirt – This is something they can wear all year and really makes a statement!  Kids love the superhero splash!

 

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For maximum impact, go with the Giant Stuffed Wild Republic Crocodile – Both kids love to throw themselves face first into something soft and cuddly and then dissolve into a fit of giggles!  Also makes for great pictures 🙂

Gift Guide: New Orleans Spirit #1

One of New Orleans’ greatest qualities is it’s pride.  The people who live here believe it’s truly the only place to live.  Especially since Katrina, there have been lots of little businesses popping up giving New Orleanians lots of unique products to express their love of the city.  Here are a few things I love and any New Orleans fan in your life would love too!

I have named this gift guide #1 because I just know there will be more!

This is the Jazzfest poster for 2014.  Doesn’t it beautifully capture the spirit of New Orleans?

A Dirty Coast t-shirt.  This company started just before Hurricane Katrina hit and has been putting out unique designs ever since.
A Jazzfest flag which can only be purchased at the fest.  I love the way the design captures the movement and spirit of the music of New Orleans.

This beautiful jewelry by Jose Balli.  He has so many wonderful and unique designs, something for everyone!

Anything sold by Two Sprouts.  This little company was started by two wonderful women who wanted to start a business that would allow them to use their unique skills and also spend more time with their families.  Everything they make is adorable and uniquely New Orleans.  The ladder with the beads is something special about Mardi Gras which I will be sharing soon.

A second line umbrella is the most wonderful addition to any occasion.  They are so festive and fun!  They were originally used as part of a funeral procession but have grown in popularity and can be found in just about any New Orleans celebration.

Of course, beignet mix!  Anyone who has been to New Orleans has probably had a beignet and, if you are anything like me, had it multiple times.  You can use this mix to make it at home!