2.15.2017

Review: Boston Modern Map Art Print

I recently received a lovely print of Boston from Modern Map Art, a company inspired by the founders’ love of traveling. They "take your favorite cities, mountains, and places and turn them into beautiful works of art." Modern Map Art makes prints of maps, giving you a unique way to cherish some of your favorite memories from different locations. The designs are modern, using city grids and imagery to make each location print special. They come in a variety of colors to fit your preference and are labeled with the city name on the bottom.


Of course, I am partial to the print of Boston, and I framed it as soon as I got it. My family moved from downtown Boston to the suburbs (about 20 minutes outside of the city) this fall. Given that I am still a total city girl at heart, this print energizes me and reminds me of my daily walks in the city, savoring its sights, sounds, and other sensations. This beautiful artwork makes for a great conversation piece about my city adventures and adds a touch of nostalgia to my decor. With this print hanging outside my home office, I feel ‘connected’ and as if I’m still in the midst of all the action.


I debated hanging the print as an abstract art, without the city name at the bottom. But I love the fact that it elegantly and proudly spells Boston, making it extra special and memorable.


Whether it's a bustling city or your honeymoon destination, these prints, also available in many other cities, are perfect to frame and hang up in your home or office. I am also loving their map print throw pillows and phone cases. Add these to your lifestyle or pass them on as gifts - you won’t regret it either way!

1.25.2017

Whimsy Wednesday: Magical storytelling bedding

A magical storytelling bedding? Nothing else would have been more appropriate for today's Whimsy Wednesday! Also a great segue from comfy pjs from yesterday's post to beautiful sustainably produced bedding for your sweet littles.  

I discovered Forivor when I was looking for a perfect bedding for the girls' room back in December. Forivor's products are so unique and inspiring at the same time. “At the heart of Forivor’s philosophy, is a commitment to supporting and inspiring the protection of our natural world and all the wildlife that belongs to it, whilst providing an opportunity to learn and explore our imaginations."


I especially love the fact that Forivor's blankets and duvets are accompanied by Character Cards, encouraging kids to explore and inspire bedtime storytelling. I can see this being a huge hit at my house as storytelling is an integral part of our bedtime routine, and the girls' would love stories about all the magical characters on their own bedding.


My older daughter is obsessed with unicorns. Every single book she has ever brought home from the school library has been about unicorns! Forivor's philosophy of supporting the protection of our natural world and wildlife and the beautiful Pegasus-inspired illustrations remind me of the book The Dragon and the Unicorn by Lynne Cherry that we finished reading just the other night. 


I unfortunately couldn't get my hands on the bedding in December as I didn't plan ahead of time to account for international shipment, but it's definitely on my radar. I would love the girls to be able to wrap themselves up in a super-soft heirloom-worthy magical bedding that's a piece of art!


Photo Credit: Lark Rise Pictures for Forivor.

1.23.2017

Trendy Kids Sleepwear: The Bright Company

Who doesn't love to sleep in comfy and trendy sleepwear? We are glad to be recently introduced to British sleepwear and loungewear brand, The Bright Company. We love the simplicity and unique patterns that can be seen in the photos below. The collection features new designs inspired by the work of American sculptor Alexander Calder. These must-have pjs will be available to buy in February!













Photos via The Bright Company

1.19.2017

Kids Fashion Blog: SS17 Bang Bang Copenhagen

We are very excited to share this unique collection with you all! Bang Bang Copenhagen embodies the true beauty of mix & match outfits - which of course, we love. They describe themselves as having a "high-fashion, conceptual outlook with origami folding technique and urban comfortable streetwear..." They don't conform to gender colors and are not afraid to add patterns and textures to their clothing. Check out their latest collection below and be sure to visit their newly launched webshop too!




















1.17.2017

Flying with kids: Top 10 in-flight essentials for a long domestic/international flight

In preparation for an upcoming trip to India with the girls (and a looong flight ahead), it’s only fitting to switch things up and talk about some of our in-flight essentials while traveling. The list can go on and on, and vary depending on the length of your flight and travel plans, but there are a few things I would absolutely not leave home without. I tried to be pragmatic and concise keeping a long flight abroad (with subsequent flights and possibility of road travel) in mind. This list may particularly come in handy if you are used to shorter flights and have a long trip coming up.


I broke down the list into two parts: Ages 4-6 & Baby/Toddler Essentials


  1. Clothing- Pack one or two outfits for a change of clothes in your carry-on. It seems like common sense but I have heard many stories where a diaper leaked or something spilled, and accidently all clothes had been packed in the check-in baggage. Be sure to also pack a hoodie or cardigan since it often gets chilly on an airplane!

  2. Blankets/plush toys - anything your child needs for comfort/sleep. My girls definitely need their favorite blankets before bedtime!

  3. Sanitation/hygiene - Hand and face wipes, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, flushable wipes, to-go toilet seat covers, a small paper towel roll, and a tooth brush (flushable wipes and toilet seat covers are mostly for our trips at our destination). We take a lot of things for granted in the western world so I always like to be over-prepared when traveling abroad and ready for the unexpected. You can get most of these items in travel sizes to make them easier to carry!

  4. Barf bags - My oldest tends to get car sick, thankfully she hasn’t been sick on a plane yet, but I always like to be prepared with bags just in case. Even if I forget these, it’s easily available on the plane. My alternative is to keep large coffee cups with lids handy on road trips for potential sickness (you won’t believe how many awful clean ups this has saved us!)

  5. Snacks - I typically pack a bag full of dried fruit and nuts (thankfully no nut allergies here), cheerios, chips, veggie sticks, goldfish, animal cookies, and sandwiches for at least one leg of the flight (in case one of them is being picky about flight food). These also come in handy during a very short layover when we don’t have enough time to buy food.

  6. Medicine - Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, nasal spray, band-aids, Neosporin or any antibiotic ointment to go. My fellow mom friends whose kids have allergies don’t leave home without an epipen.

  7. Vaseline/Aquaphor (travel sizes) - Both of my girls have very sensitive skin and skin gets particularly dry during flight travel. Bring chapstick if that’s more convenient.

  8. Entertainment - Books, tablets with favorite apps, some form of Etch A Sketch or doodle & erase toy, coloring books with limited crayons, stickers, a pair of headphones each. We also pack a couple of new 'surprise' toys so those toys can amuse them for a little bit longer than the other usual ones.

  9. Water Bottle - An empty bottle that you can fill on the plane and keep handy so your kids have easy access. Not having to depend on the flight attendant or the next inflight service is helpful.

  10. A lot of patience and a full belly - Being well prepared helps A LOT, however, a 24-36 hour journey, with multiple flight changes and time zone differences with kids in tow isn’t easy. When the girls are asleep, it is very tempting to order another glass of wine and catch a movie (my husband likes to do that), but I chicken out and try to get some rest while I can. We take turns napping and hope for the best!


Baby/Toddler Essentials (things not already included in the list above):


  1. Baby carrier - When our oldest was a baby, and we traveled with just her, I tried to avoid carrying a stroller when I could. For the first couple flights with the baby, carrier worked like a charm. It didn’t slow us down, and I could still roll my carry-on.

  2. Feeding - Inflatable nursing pillow and nursing cover for breastfeeding and/or plenty of bottles and formula supply.

  3. Diapering - diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream, changing pad


Practical tips (things to avoid):


  • While it’s cute and all, I am not a huge fan of kids carry-on luggage especially for long flights. I am all for a small backpack with their essentials, now that they are old enough to choose their favorite toys. I like to be as ‘free’ and mobile as possible in case we are rushing to make a connecting flight or one of the kids is too exhausted to pull their bag, etc.


  • I avoid toys with small parts that keep falling or any foods/coloring supplies that can potentially get messy. The less of a hassle, the better.


  • I steer clear of shoes with laces/buckles. Definitely choose easy to wear slip-ons or velcro sneakers while traveling.

The more you travel, the more you’ll learn what your family needs! It can be stressful at times but just remember to laugh at the unexpected and enjoy the journey. Hopefully with these helpful tips and list you’ll be more prepared and ready to tackle any challenges that may arrive. Safe travels!

1.11.2017

Whimsy Wednesday: Moon Dress

A new year means many full moons to come. It's always magical to look up to the sky and see the stars and moon, especially if it helps your little ones to dream. This outfit was inspired by the moon and all the wonders it brings. Pair it with patterned high knee socks or fun tights to add a touch of your own style, but these shoes are a must-have! The playful eyes and cute little nose will surely have your kids smiling when they prance around in them. See where to get these items in the links below!

Moon dress
Knee high socks
Shoes

1.10.2017

Mix & Match Mania: Eat Your Heart Out

The holidays may be over, but that doesn't mean we've stopped having food on our minds. If your little ones are still seeking out tasty treats, this comfy yet clever sweatshirt is ideal for them. Paired with the floral skirt and checkered tights, these mixed patterns add a unique touch to the outfit. And of course, the black and white shoes are perfect for any ensemble. Check out the links below to find out where you can get these adorable finds!

- Eat Your Heart Out Sweatshirt
- Floral Skirt
- Checkered Tights
- 'Monkey' Shoes

12.19.2016

Kids Fashion Blog: Omamimini FW16

Los Angeles-based OMAMImini is known for its sophisticated and impeccably crafted yet
effortlessly styled children’s apparel designed for girls, boys, babies and toddlers. Their new collection is inspired by the mysterious, encouraging kids to step into the unknown and see how it can be full of surprises. They want to remind parents that fortune favors the bold - a message we strongly support. Check out their collection below and shop OMAMImini!