If you follow any moms on Pinterest, I have no doubt that you’ve noticed this prominent trend. Teepees (or tipis..?) are finding their way into stylish playrooms and magazine-worthy one year photo shoots left and right. And honestly, I’m not surprised. Kids love curling up in small spaces! As I child I made a fort in my closet and I would spend hours in there playing, reading…being all kinds of mysterious. Teepees are the ideal design-friendly play tent. Go ahead, call “bandwagon”, but we’re jumping on. Beckett’s getting her own teepee for her first birthday in January!
photography by Souraya Hassan of Binti Home for Kid&Coe
The Cross Design
Kendra Smoot for Cup of Jo featuring a teepee DIY
Abbey Nova of Design Scouting on Cup of Jo featuring old Land of Nod teepee
Kristin Rogers Photography featuring a House Inhabit teepee
Jessica Kraus of House Inhabit on A Beautiful Mess featuring a House Inhabit teepee
Jute Interior Design
Marla Michau from MerryThought featuring a teepee DIY
Joy Cho of Oh Joy! featuring Land of Nod’s A Teepee to Call Your Own
Catherine Benson of Rikshaw Design
Sara Bederman Interior Design
Jeff Andrews Design (this is Kourtney Kardashian’s home in InStyle Magazine) featuring a Parkdale Teepee Company teepee
Even though I have a daughter, I still find myself swooning over baby boy clothing. There’s nothing more precious than masculine style shrunk down to a mini size. When it comes to little boys, I love a modern, all-american style. In the Fall, you can’t beat the look of a cozy knit paired with blue jeans. Here are my favorite sweaters for baby and toddler boys this season. Clearly I have a thing for stripes, shawl collars and button-down cardigans.
No. 1 Marled toggle front sweater from Old Navy, $24.94
No. 2 Striped sweater from Gymboree, $32.95
No. 3 Fine-knit cotton sweater from H&M, $14.95
No. 4 Varsity cardigan from Joe Fresh, $19
No. 5 Zig zag cardi from Seed Heritage, AUD$49.95
No. 6 Shawl collar cardigan from Crazy8, $19.88
No. 7 Cotton-cashmere baseball sweater from J.Crew Baby, $36
No. 8 Striped cashmere sweater from Jacadi Paris, $79
No. 9 Striped zebra knitted cardigan from Paul Smith Junior, $95
The kids are back to school and the fall activities have begun. It’s time to trade in the flip flops and linen fabrics for booties and layered knits. But since temperatures here in Texas are still hovering in the 80’s and 90’s, I’m looking to fall dresses to help make the transition. Floral graphics, large buffalo checks, soft denim and mixed fabrics are my favorite trends found on these tiny frocks. Each of these would be perfect for that photo shoot at the pumpkin patch, don’t you think?
No. 1 Sateen polka dot dress from Carter’s, $24
No. 2 Adelheid eyelet baby dress by Tea Collection, $29.50
No. 3 “The Uniform Dress” by Duchess & Lion, $98
No. 4 Mixed-media stripe dress by Gap, $26.95
No. 5 Mixed fabrics lace dress by Zara, $35.90
No. 6 Abigail dress by Pink Chicken, $64
No. 7 Long sleeve dress from Egg Baby, $60
No. 8 Pretty collar jersey dress by Mini Boden, $32
No. 9 Watercolor floral dress from Anthem of the Ants, $84
Today, I’m rounding up our favorite newborn essentials for three to six months. It’s hard to believe that that time has already come and passed!
No. 1) My first few months with a newborn were spent mostly at home. You can imagine, once she got a little older and it wasn’t as much a risk to expose her to potential germs, I was itching to get out and about. Beckett enjoys her stroller, but she LOVES when I wear her in the ERGO. I usually wear her in the hip position and she is constantly looking around, taking everything in. She’s secure, being close to mommy, but my hands are free to shop, eat or look up something up on my phone. I use it all the time while running errands, especially at the grocery store. Note: I have the ERGObaby Original Baby Carrier, but I would have gotten the ERGObaby Four Position 360 had it been available.
No. 2) When it comes to toys, I favor quality items in (mostly) natural materials. I have a serious aversion to loud, tacky plastic things that fall apart easily. Also, less is more in this department. Beckett mostly plays with one or two items at a time and I rotate through a small, curated collection of teethers, rattles, books and stuffed animals. Her favorite is Sophie the Giraffe and mine is Skwish (is doubles as a sculpture object on my bookcase!)
No. 3) I only recently discovered this brilliant book series, Indestructibles, but I wish I had a while ago. These books are water-proof, tear-resistant and extremely durable, making them the perfect infant book, since everything (everything!) goes in my daughter’s mouth. Honestly, these books put board books to shame. They’re also extremely light, making them ideal to carry in your diaper bag or for travel.
No. 4) Since Beckett was in this stage during the height of summer, a great sunhat and safe, mineral-based sunscreen was definitely one of our top essentials.
No. 5) Going for walks is one of my favorite activities to do with other new moms and their littles. On nice days, we’ll head over the Arboretum or White Rock Lake and when it’s 100+ degrees, Northpark Center is a great air-conditioned alternative. I have been so happy with my UPPAbaby Vista. It strolls effortlessly, even over uneven sidewalks, and it’s easy to rotate Beckett from forward- to rear-facing, depending on her mood. It also has a large storage basket (compared to some of my friend’s strollers), which has come in very handy on long shopping trips and picnics.
No. 6) It makes me sad that Beckett has outgrown this little wooden activity gym from PlanToys. I have such sweet memories of watching her kicking at the toys, learning to reach, and smiling at her reflection in the mirror. It’s a simple version, compared to options you’ll see at a big box retailer, but I think it’s beautiful; and Beckett didn’t seem to miss the plush jungle-themed toys or battery-operated melodies. And, I certainly didn’t.
No. 7) Around five and half months, we started solid foods, but even before then, this highchair was one of Beckett’s regular hanging-out spots. She loved being at our level, instead of down on the floor or in a baby swing. She was easily entertained by watching me cook or do the dishes and around five months we started including her at the dinner table. She loved watching us eat and it seemed to encourage a healthy curiosity and interest in food. She wasn’t sitting up great until recently, but the Boon Flair has five-point harness that kept her safely seated from about two months.
No. 8) Okay, I am letting you all in on my little secret…Ebay. Download the app, start a search, filter the results and save it! This is specifically great for baby clothes, since they’re usually not worn very much, but now I am also starting to look for toys and other products. Beware, it’s addicting.
I’d love to hear what items you found helpful during this stage! Please leave a comment below.
Life seems to be settling into a little more of routine around here. And when I say “a little”, I really mean “a lot” – as in the I do laundry on Mondays and go to the grocery store on Tuesdays-kind of routine. And, at what comes to extreme shock to me, I am not complaining. The predictability is nice, for now.
Weekends leave room for a little more spontaneity. But they, too, are proving to be quite low-key. A dinner on a patio here, an afternoon dip in the pool there, followed by one ridiculously long and stressful trip to Costco. You don’t need to tell me. I knew going to Costco on the weekend was a bad idea. I ignored my own good judgement. Overall, life is feeling slower and simpler, just the balance I’ve been needing for a very long time.
On Mommy :: BCBG blouse (old) // LOFT pants (old) // Loeffler Randall sandals (old) // Bracelets from J.Crew, Madewell and Etsy.
On Bébé :: babyGap gingham flutter dress (old) // Little Crane Headbands