Saturday, July 30, 2011

Where can a girl find shoes for fat baby feet?

Image from TOMS

I need your help, friends.  My baby boy has some remarkably big, fat wide baby feet- too fat for human baby shoes, in fact.  Truly, the little Velcro straps on his baby Vans burst spontaneously when they see his feet coming.  He has very high arches that simply can't be contained in any foot containment unit. Either we can't get shoes on  (because they are usually too narrow) or we wrestle and wrangle them in place and find we can't buckle/tie/Velcro or otherwise fasten the shoes over his high arches.  Many a dream of wearing cute TOMS or little leather loafers has been dashed by his big little piggies. In addition to hampering his style, he needs some support.  He's started to walk, so we need to solve this dilemma.  He is 13 months and in a toddler size 5 or 6. Can anyone offer any tips/styles/brands for toddler shoes that accommodate the plus-sized foot?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Reusable Zoo Pals Plates (sort of)

Sing it with me, "OINK! OINK! ZOO PALS! BUZZ! BUZZ! ZOO PALS! QUACK! QUACK! ZOO PALS....."  That darn song from the Zoo Pals commercial haunts my dreams.  My daughter has been begging for the cute little animal-shaped paper plates lately. They are fun and paper plates certainly have their purpose (I think we could make some great crafts with them). However, for regular every day use, a pack of Zoo Pals wouldn't last a day at our house. So I was delighted to find this sweet little pack of plastic animal plates from Harriet Carter. They are dishwasher safe, come in a pack of three and are a little more environmentally friendly than their paper competitors.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Etsy Love: The Wheatfield

Long before I was losing myself in Pinterest, I wandered through Etsy shops, marking favorite after favorite with big red hearts. I still do.  The Wheatfield is red heart-worthy.  This print shop, created by artist Katie Daisy, has pretty, sunny, whimsical pieces with loads of color. I must have Life is Beautiful (pictured above).  It just makes me smile.  Here are a few of my other favorites (all images are from The Wheatfield by Katie Daisy).

Quick and Simple Boredom Buster for Kids

Hi friend.  It's almost August. Are you running out of ways to entertain the kids?  The Internet is full of great ideas, but I'm always looking for the ones that can be done instantly without a lot of prep work or running out to buy supplies. I saw the Ocean Salt Pictures project on the Thrifty Decorating blog and knew we had to try it.  The original idea came from Smilemonsters with very simple supplies: salt, food coloring and glue. Thanks to these two creative bloggers, we had a fun afternoon with salt art!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I pin, therefore I am.

Friend, I have to admit something: I have a pinning problem.  It started out innocently enough, a few months ago, and has escalated to a full-blown addiction.  I managed to break a new and expensive SD memory card for my camera recently.  This has seriously hampered my ability to work on and photograph blog projects for the past few days. So I've had to channel my creative energy elsewhere.  That elsewhere is Have you heard of it? Pinterest is a fabulous free website that allows you to organize and share all of the great things you find online.

When you find an inspiring photo, project, book, hairstyle, recipe-whatever- on the web you "pin it" to your virtual cork board, add a note to the pin so you can remember why in the world you pinned it and then organize it among your boards on your Pinterest page.  Bookmarking is so five minutes ago ;) and pinning is much more intuitive and user-friendly. It's such a great source for inspiration and such a nifty way to neatly organize all of your favorites.

Do you pin?  You can see what I've been pinning here. If you are not yet a pinning aficionado and you would like to try, I'm happy to send you an invitation to get you started.  Simply contact me and leave me your name and email address.

 I whipped up these little odes to Pinterest for those who share this addiction hobby.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Coffee Table Quote Book Entry No. 5 (note to self)

Happy Monday, friend!

I am staring at a pile of half-finished projects that are currently taking over my house. I have these big wild plans in my head and when my projects don't live up to that or don't seem to be taking the shape I've envisioned, I have a very bad habit of (temporarily) abandoning them before they are complete and starting something new.  I'm not sure if that makes me a perfectionist or just lazy? It's a terrible habit-right up there with nail biting and breaking crayons.

This entry in my Coffee Table Quote Book is inspired by a little motto I read somewhere and am constantly telling myself.  Feel free to print it for personal use. I think I will make multiple copies and tape them to all of my projects ;) Have a great day!


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Put down the laptop and get to Nordstrom!

Friend, step away from the spray paint, put down the glue gun, leave the weeds in the garden and get yourself to Nordstrom or for the anniversary sale!

I went yesterday and it was pretty magical.  I heard a fellow shopper say as she walked into the store, "I'm so nervous, I'm sweating-I'VE WAITED SO LONG FOR THIS MOMENT!"  Whether your passionate enough to sweat over a sale, or just enjoy a good deal, you should check things out.

I have fallen in love with KUT from the Kloth jeans.  I am filing them under the category, "life-changing" (they look much better in person than online) and they are very much on sale!

Enjoy the sale. May your discoveries be many, your purchases be deeply discounted and your underarms stay dry!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Bandana Braid (simple summer Hair)

Ah summer hair styles! Aren't they fun? Braids seem to be a big deal this summer, but they've always been tops in my book.  The bandana braid is a favorite from my childhood (thanks, Mom!) that I'm doing for my daughter this summer and she loves it.  It is fast and fun and adds some color and interest without a lot of fuss- the perfect recipe for summer hair.  This style also works well using a scarf or scrap of pretty fabric!

1. Put hair in a pony tail ( a high pony tail in the back of the head makes for the most secure braid, but my little moving target wanted to try a side pony this time).

2. Roll up the bandanna/fabric into a long narrow band.

3.  Slip the end of the fabric under the top layer of your hair elastic and gently pull it

(try to leave an equal amount of fabric above and below the ponytail)

4. Split the hair into two sections

5. Braid the pony tail, using the fabric as the third section of the braid.

6.  Secure the end of the braid with hair elastic.

7.  Wrap the top end of the fabric around the elastic a few times until it is tight

8. Tuck the end of the fabric under the hair elastic and hide it.

9. Take the end of the fabric, wrap it once around the end of the braid.

10. Bringing the tail of the fabric down through the wrapped section, tie it in a knot around the braid
(It's hard to explain, but once you actually try it will make sense).

I've said it before and I'll say it again, the simplest ideas are the best!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Drugstore Favorites

We're friends, right? So clearly, we should be swapping beauty secrets. I love drugstore prices on beauty products almost as much as I LOVE department store quality- but who doesn't?   I am a firm believer that for some things, you have to cough up the cash get quality, but am so happy when I find exceptions to my own rule.  Here are a few of my favorite drugstore finds that yield department store quality results.

Aveeno Active Naturals Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer

A girl can search her whole life for the perfect moisturizer.  I know I have.  I am always looking for a product with SPF 30 but most irritate my skin and when I put make-up on top of said irritating moisturizer, there is this horrendous chemical reaction and wow, does it burn! In summary, I think I've tried almost every brand of moisturizer in the known universe.  Here is my true love:

  • SPF 30
  • Non-irritating ( do you understand the miracle of this?!)
  • Skin is noticeably softer without being too oily
  • Make-up even goes on smoother with this, friends!
  • Smells d.i.v.i.n.e.  (Never before have I asked people to smell my face, but trust me you will too)
  • $16 for a pretty big bottle (2+ oz)

Suave Professionals Volumizing Root Boost Spray

  • It works. Really well.
  • It's $3.49
  • It's $3.49, ladies!

John Freida Frizz-Ease Secret Weapon Flawless Finishing Creme

I need to tame my tresses as much as the next girl, but my hair is fine. So two drops of an oil-based shine serum and I go from frizzy to looking like I've fallen into a vat of Vaseline. This John Freida product is my new secret weapon ( pun intended).

-Tames frizz and fly-aways
-Adds no oil (and very little shine) to your hair
-Works well on kids' hair
-Great for achieving sleek pony tails and up-dos
-Smells great

Do you have any drugstore favorites to share?  Do tell!

Friday, July 8, 2011

A Real "Up" House

Are you in love?

(image from

Home builders in Herriman, Utah, built this house based on the home in the movie "Up" (they even put balloons on it on the weekend!) It will be part of the upcoming Salt Lake Parade of Homes and will be filled with Ellie and Carl-esque decor and furnishings! This just makes me giddy!

Click here for more details, photos and a video clip from KSL.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Moms By Heart

A coupon clipper and deal shopper I am not.  I aspire to be, but my approach is  a bit different at present.  I generally stumble upon a handful of coupons, tuck them in my purse, take them everywhere with me and completely and entirely forget about them until they have expired and endured so long in the bottom of my purse, they have broken down into their basic components.  The art of coordinating coupons with sales is completely beyond me.  You may as well ask me to split an atom.

Enter Moms By Heart. Have you visited this site? It is loaded with great information, but what I like best is that is so well organized, easy to read and easy to navigate. You can find exactly what you are looking for and all of the work is done for you. Lori tells you of upcoming sales and promotions, many of which I would have never known about, and she tells you where to get the corresponding coupons. She often features online deals with the coupon codes generously given to you in the post or printable coupons.  She makes saving money easy. I love her list of printable mall coupons!  I get downright giddy when I see the deals Lori finds.  In addition, she has amazing homemaking features.  I was lucky enough to be included her Summer Staycation series.  Every Thursday she features a great summer project to keep kids busy.

In short, you must visit Moms by Heart and start saving today!