DesignForMiniKind

Keeping In Touch

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One of my favorite social channels is Instagram because of the ease in which it depicts the truest sense of my everyday life. From overseas adventures to hallway shenanigans, it’s our snapshot of today, one that I know I’ll be so grateful to have tomorrow. The only downside? My family members that aren’t on Instagram don’t get nearly as many updates as they’d like, and I find myself constantly emailing links to individual Instagram photos when I receive a request for Bee photos. Until now!

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Destination Summer

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Ever since we returned home from Singapore, Ken and I have been seeking out more local activities to carry on the spirit of travel in our own backyard. We’ve been trying new restaurants, hitting more farmer’s markets – anything to keep the adventurous momentum alive and well in our wee family of three…

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Summer!

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It’s beach season, which for the tots, means two things: sand castles and popsicles, preferably simultaneously. I spotted this modern set of beach toys a few weeks ago and although was initially drawn to the design, was thrilled to find they’re completely biodegradable. A nice bonus for when your kid’s bucket gets carried away by the waves, yes?

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Dear Bee // 50

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Dear Bee,

I remember the first time I saw a kid in my 4th grade class blow a bubble within a bubble while they were chewing gum. It was fascinating to me, like how could something so flexible and thin – weak, I thought – possibly become a home for something else? How could there still be room in there? It just… defied logic. And now, here you are. Doing the same for me, 20-something years later.

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Time Capsules

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We’re home! We’re home! I’ll be chatting about bits and pieces from our Singapore trip (you can see a slew of photos here!), but for now, I wanted to pop in and share this adorable time capsule from a new friend I made on my travels!:

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Follow: Mer Mag

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Merrilee Liddiard authors Mer Mag, a playful, craft-based blog I frequent for DIY/craft ideas I never actually attempt to create. Still, she lights up a certain part of my brain – the one that believes in creating an environment for Bee that is conducive to play and imagination and memory-making. My childhood was littered with cardboard boxes, colored pencils and endless scribbles and facilitating this sort of beautifully messy space for Bee has always been top of mind for me.

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Follow: Kelle Hampton

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While I’m in Singapore this month, I’ve been sharing a few favorite blog recommendations I have over here – blogs that make me think and smile and – as in today’s case – cry. Kelle Hampton is an unapologetic mother – she is beautifully honest about her trials and struggles, with an unending emphasis on the beautiful. She is living proof that light can shine when we look to the sky.

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All Packed!

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Our tiny family trio leaves for Singapore on Monday, so we’ve been preoccupied packing and re-packing and stuffing extra stickers into various pockets and compartments (you can never have enough stickers when you’re staring in the face of 28 hours of flying with a toddler, am I right?). I thought it might be fun to share a few of our traveling must-haves for Bee, just in case you’re planning your own summer adventure!:

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These Are The Days

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The temperature hit 70, so we grabbed a picnic blanket and our sunnies and jetted out to the backyard. The thing about spring in the Midwest is that it waffles often between extremes: 55 one day, 85 the next. A sunny-and-70-degree day is a rarity, and it’s one worth celebrating.

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Bee’s Everyday Basics

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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!):

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