My mother-in-law lives just two doors down (it’s a good thing, in case you’re wondering!) and in the summertime, you can often spot at least one of us in her pool at any given hour. I won’t tell you which of us is the pool noodle hoarder (hint), but I will share a few of Bee’s poolside essentials we rely on all summer long…
Bee’s taken an extreme interest in bike-riding, wearing her helmet for hours while she watches TV or “bakes cookies”, eats dinner or just causes general around-the-house mayhem. It’s a fight to get her to take it off for bed and she asks at least 34 times/day if we’ll take her for a ride. (I have to wait until Ken gets home to say yes, because I’m the world’s worst bike rider…)
So in the spirit of embracing these two-wheeling days, here are some great bike-inspired finds for you and the little:
Bee mostly dresses herself now, but every now and then I’ll find ourselves wearing matching-ish outfits (or doing matching-ish things!). So in the spirit of twins, here are a few mother/kid swimsuit ensembles for the young and the young at heart!:
I’m often asked on Instagram where I shop for Bee, and truth be told, it’s much less under-whelming than you’d imagine. I’m a garage sale devotee in the summer and find myself picking up cute vintage pieces for a quarter here and there, plus Bee’s lucky enough to have a slew of talented artists and designers in her life that keep her well-stocked in the fanciful department.
But when Bee’s limbs start to sprout and suddenly her leggings have become shorts, I always find myself grabbing last-minute, everyday basics from Old Navy. And today, I thought it might be fun to share what’s in our shopping cart! (Hint: Everything is on sale!):
Ken and I had one of those quiet, non-interrupted dinners last week where the conversation kind of swims around from pizza to work to friends to – hey, what are we doing with our lives? It’s a rare occasion these days, because sometimes big ideas come up and my body is just kind of too tired to think them through, so I like to redirect the tide a bit. I’ll say “Man, these tomatoes are insane good,” and “Hey, thanks for taking the trash out last night!” so the weight of the unanswered questions doesn’t swallow the night into a double digit bedtime. Which, is lame, because the byproduct of a good conversation is an energized soul, and sometimes the only way to energize your soul is to deplete your body’s thirst for sleep.
My sweet e-friend Elisabeth is the powerhouse creative behind Fine Little Day (remember these Bu! Blankets?) and last week, she launched a new clothing collection. Fun, comfortable and eco-friendly, her designs range for babies and children through age 10 (and a few beyond!). Also? They’re darling.
Have you heard of No Added Sugar? Born through a simple desire to create witty baby tees, founder Deborah Medhurst crafted her line of quality basics for kids after a ten-year career stint managing London clubs and parties, living a colorful and “mainly nocturnal past life.” There were strict door policies and dancing until breakfast time until Deborah and her husband Ric became pregnant with their first son, Gabriel. “With Gabriel as our new baby, we had woken up to a different world,” she writes. “I was itching to do something creative and a little challenging.”
Seeking: an easy way to teach the little ones left from right. Spotted: Chooze Shoes, a 100% vegan shoe that features two different, but oh-so-complementary patterns for those tiny toes. Next lesson? Teaching Junior not to leave his kicks on the staircase.
To Buy: $24.99 at Chooze Shoes.
Bee picks out her own shoes now, refusing to leave the nursery until she’s grabbed her teal Toms to tote around the house or sneak into the diaper bag. Sure, they don’t ever make it on her feet, but hey – the girl’s accessorizing with the best of them. It’s been such a delight to watch her establish opinions and tastes and preferences and I’m excited to see how her own aesthetic vision develops over time. Guest blogger in the making, yes?
What do you get when you mix a love for vintage quality, glam sensibility, Americana ethos and optimistic design – fueled by a particularly creative London duo? Dandy Star, a collection of crazy comfortable kids clothing and retro-inspired housewares.