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Archive for February, 2012

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

More Gender Reveal Fun

Check out these fun ways to reveal a baby’s gender!

A box filled with, you guessed it, pink or blue balloons, found here.

Yummy, yet mysterious cupcakes, found here.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

What leap will you take tomorrow?

Tomorrow is leap day, an extra day that doesn’t occur every year. For most of us, it will be just another Wednesday, but perhaps there will be a moment when you can take your own leap, literally and figuratively. Maybe you’ll finish something, start something or just savor the moment you find yourself in.

In the meantime, check out this beautiful, brand-new, online travel magazine called Wayfare, inspiring people to travel in new ways and to appreciate the spirit of travel as motivating, accessible, and delightful. It’s about the journey of understanding places, instead of just passing through them. And it’s pretty darn cool to look at too!

Enjoy (and happy leaping)!

(image courtesy Wayfare Magazine)

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Kid Quotes

Kids say the darndest things; there’s no question about that, but are you capturing all of it for the future? That which is funny or cute now will only grow more priceless with the passing of time. Before you know it, your child is in school and learning how to speak and write correctly, which is necessary of course, but which also leaves you sometimes yearning for the unique, outspoken curiosities that were inspired by a younger mind trying to make sense of it all.

I’ve been keeping small photo albums of Livi’s language development for years now, which also makes a great grandparent gift! When I have new gems to add, I just print them out and add them to the album and I give the new ones to the grandparents as well.

The format can really be anything; the important thing is to get it down on paper or on the computer. You can always figure out the format later. Imagine giving the collection to your child when they’re all grown up!

In the beginning, it’s all about how a child repeats everyday words they hear. Sometimes an initial pronunciation sticks, and the new word becomes a part of the child’s lexicon. It might even slip into the family’s vocabulary!

Some words will instantly take you back to past events, such as a road trip to see friends.

Some questions you won’t be able to fully answer for a number of years…

… and some questions you may never be able to answer, such as reuniting with a beloved pet.

Seeing how a child’s mind grows and learns to make associations is nothing short of remarkable.

They sometimes even have you pondering how some parts of our language came to be.

Even the obvious can be entertaining.

Some questions will make you chuckle…

some will break your heart…

… and some expressions will wrap themselves around your heart and make you wonder who’s learning more: mother or child.

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

The Year You Were Born Cards

Looking for a modern take on the tradition of keeping a newspaper from the day your child is born? These beautifully-designed letterpress cards from Double Bravo Designs on Etsy have 12 fill-in-the-blank questions for interesting and timely facts such as the cost of a gallon of gas as well as the cost of mom’s afternoon latte. There are also savvy quips customized for each major city such as the most likely place to spot a celebrity in LA and the subway station closest to home in NYC.

Current cities available: LA, NY, Chicago, Portland, Park Slope, San Fran, Brooklyn, Houston and London.

(images courtesy Double Bravo Designs)

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Momglish Dictionary Featured in Cool Mom Picks 2012 Baby Shower Gift Guide

We’re excited to report that for the second year in a row we’ve been included on the Cool Mom Picks 2012 Baby Shower Gift Guide! In their words, “You already know you’ll need diapers. You already know you’ll need sleep. Allow us to help you with everything else.” Thanks, CMP!

Know of someone who needs to get up to speed on the language of Momglish? Punch in the discount code “coolmom” at checkout for a 25% discount, good through 2012. Now, that’s cool!

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Weekend Words

Last weekend Livi and Brian started a game in which Livi wrote down various words that came to their minds as they reflected on the day’s events. The result was a poignant yet humorous documentation of a single day and it made me think about how powerful words can be, even in just a quick list form. Many of us wish that we could capture more of life to treasure in the future but this tells me it doesn’t require as much time and effort as we think.

I wonder if I could convince Livi to do this daily, or even weekly? Wouldn’t it be fun to look back on thoughts you wrote as a kid, unaffected by the daily grind that can preoccupy adults?

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

The Unknown 101: Kid Skills for the Future

What will the world be like when our children are adults? No one can really predict. But Leo Babauta of Zen Habits believes the best way to prepare our kids for an unpredictable and ever changing world is to teach them to adapt, to deal with change and to be prepared for anything by, surprisingly, not preparing them for anything specific.

The nine skills he identifies:

1. asking questions
2. solving problems
3. tackling projects
4. finding passion
5. independence
6. being happy on their own
7. compassion
8. tolerance
9. dealing with change

Read the full post here.

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

From Felt Heart to Heart Felt: the Valentine’s Wrap-Up

I hope everyone had a great day yesterday! Here are a few highlights I wanted to share:

Check out the felt hearts Brian made for Livi and me… too sweet. It’s always fun when someone buys something for you, but someone making a gift is that much more special.

Each side holds a different color surprise.

Let the after school party begin! Hearts all over the front door ensured that Livi and her guests had come to the right place!

An unintended surprise: They also looked neat from the inside of the house.

The stage, or should I say table, is set! The biggest challenge in throwing a party? Making time right before the guests arrive to document your efforts!

For the record, I did offer everyone a peanut butter and jelly sandwich prior to the sugar celebration!

Two fun finds at the grocery: heart-shaped marshmallows and white chocolate gourmet hot cocoa (brand name: Stephen’s). Just add a drop or two of pink or red food coloring.

A good time was had by all!

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Heart Attack

Looking to make someone’s day a little extra special? If you’re wanting to skip the traditional gifts AND not break the bank doing it, check out these two lovely ideas. The simple ingredients: paper, flour and love! In the meantime, I’ve got to get ready for a house full of little girls this afternoon… look for pics of the event tomorrow. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Find out more about these flour hearts at Oh Happy Day.

Find out more about these paper hearts at The House that Lars Built.

Monday, February 13th, 2012

A Glass Class for All

There’s no better way to celebrate a holiday as a family than by sharing in a new experience. This past weekend we visited Brazee Street Studios, here in Cincinnati, for a Valentine’s open house. It was great fun to experiment with a new material such as glass, and I was in awe over all of the different forms it can take. Not in Cincinnati? Look around your town and see what you can dig up! It’s truly an experience that the young and old can share together.

Need some inspiration before diving into your own piece? Take a look at what’s on display around the studio.

Call me crazy, but what I actually loved the most was seeing the glass in its various raw forms, ready for purchase and your next project. The colors are fantastic, whether you’re looking at flat sheets or…

… these long rods.

The OCD designer in me also loved seeing the various hues of a color. These are small pieces that are cut or broken from sheet glass.

Such eye candy!

Here’s how they look after firing.

These are super thin pieces called confetti. They’re as thin as paper!

A sample showing how the confetti turns out.

These are rod dots.

They turn out looking like polka dots (on the right). On the left is frit which starts out as glass crumbs and turns into little pebbles.

Last but not least are the stringers (at far right). Imagine pre-cooked spaghetti that is very brittle at room temperature but which can be shaped when held over a tea light.

The stringers after firing.

Ok, Livi has made her selections.

Time to get down to business!

Starting with a clear square of glass as her canvas, she glues her thicker pieces on first, adding the thinner, smaller pieces on top.

The results of today’s open house: a beautiful range of self-expression! Some kept to a Valentine’s theme and others remained abstract. In a week, we can go pick up the finished pieces.

We can’t wait to go back and play some more!