March 13, 2017

Kids’ Bookcase Organization – Before & After!

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As you can see above, my toddler’s book situation was a lil’ bit out of control. We live in an old house that has small bedrooms, and hers is not only the smallest but also filled with the most furniture. Crib, huge gliding rocking chair, and twin-sized bed – the old Ikea Expedit I’m using as her dresser is wedged into the closet. But reading is a big part of the bedtime routine, so as she began getting more into books (and squirrelling them all away in her room – toddlers are excellent hoarders) I needed a better organizing solution. The shoe rack/makeshift bookcase worked ok for a while, but lately had been a disaster area and way too small to contain much of anything.

Time for a new solution – a real bookcase with lots of space for storage bins, baskets, nightlights and of course, books. We did sacrifice the walking space between the crib and glider to fit one in, but it’s infinitely better. Ready for the big reveal?

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March 5, 2017

Hot Eats & Cool Shops in Portland, Maine

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A few weeks ago the hubs and I escaped for our first weekend away since kids. Hallelujah! We spent a day exploring Portland, Maine – or as I like to call it, Brooklyn North. There are some seriously cool shops and amazing restaurants packed into this little city, not to mention the quaint cobblestone side streets (incredibly slippery in winter, FYI) and stunning views of Casco Bay. I kept thinking how much the kids would love to visit even though we were supposed to be off-duty! It’s such a unique place. The wharfs in the old, still-working port are fascinating, and there’s a strong arts culture that has fun events year round. For older kids and adults, there’s an incredible music sceneLake Street Dive was in town that weekend for a sold-out show. I was admittedly surprised at how much the city has going on and wished we had more time to explore. Note – it’s not a definitive city guide, just our picks from shops and food we found when wandering around. Think mashed potato donuts (oh, yes), a gorgeous kid’s boutique, Scandinavian heaven and lots more. Let’s go!

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January 27, 2017

Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve

 

Whether you do it up for Valentine’s Day or whether you just chill, PJs or a tee or a little something festive is always fun. I’m pretty picky about my clothing, of course, and especially holiday themed clothing, but the simplicity of a heart print (like this amazing slouchy tee) I can really go for. And little kids in heart-donned clothing? Staaaaaahp. I would put Sienna in all the tiny heart prints if I could.

As you can see below, I lean towards the graphic black and white with a pop of red choices, but I think there’s something here for everyone…even tasteful options for your guys. And the bonus with this stuff unlike other holidays? You can always sport a heart on your shirt, no matter the time of year. Love rules, after all.

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January 20, 2017

What To Buy At J.Crew’s Extra 40% Off Sale-On-Sale

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My birthday coincides with the end-of-January sales, so I always indulge a little.  I know it’s juuuust after Christmas but the deals, you guys.  One of the best sales right now is J.Crew – they’re offering an additional 40% off of already reduced prices.  I rounded up my favs for us, the guys, and the kids.  Happy shopping!

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January 12, 2017

Cool Loungewear For Kids (For Pre-Ski, Apres Ski and Everything Else)

 

Gang, our Breck ski vacation was a dream – more pics coming soon.  But packing for the trip was a little nuts.  The entire trip was a Christmas Day surprise for the boys (and our flight left the next morning at 6AM)….so we ended up with only mere hours to pack skis, boots, poles, helmets…and anything else we might need.

Luckily, for the boys, I nailed it.  I somehow packed them basically one outfit each (in addition to PJs and tons and tons of skiing baselayers), but it was an outfit we could all live with (especially for a casual ski town like Breck).  If I were to call it like it is, the word ‘sportswear’ would be an apt description, but since I’m feeling fancy, let’s go with Casual-Cool Loungewear.  For Kids.

They wore this stuff pre-ski, apres-ski, and poolside.  Which pretty much sums up our entire trip.

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December 14, 2016

Festive, Fun and Comfy: Holiday Clothes For Kids

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Gang, my sister has been visiting all week with her sweet family.  It’s been such a treat.  Little Greenlea is just…..amazing.  I’m so used to boys and all of their quirks that having a girl around has totally thrown me.  She talks!! SO much!  She constantly narrates our day, in the sweetest little voice.  And of course my boys are totally wrapped around her little finger.

She’s pretty fiesty, tho.  A little like her Aunt (yikes).

Anyway, I thought I’d take the opportunity to show off her chubby-and-adorable self, as well as highlight some of my favorite holiday clothing options for the kiddos.  I tend to stick to comfortable pieces….but ones with a little something special.  Ears, for example, should be attached to all hoodies for children under 5, crazy-printed Christmas sweaters on boys are totally hysterical, and tutus with graphic tees might be my new favorite combo.

Keep reading to see my top picks for both boys and girls (yay, Greenlea!)…..

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December 12, 2016

It’s PJ and Loungewear Week: My Favs

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Hey there, holiday-loving Mamas!  We’re pretty excited about this week.  This week has been declared PJs & Loungewear Week (by, uh, us),  so every day this week, someone from the TME team will be posting about their favorite loungewear, sweatpants, leggings, or jammies.

I mean….pretty dresses and high heels are great and everything, but WE KNOW WHAT YOU WEAR THE MOST, MAMAS.  WE KNOW.

So.  Whether you are visiting the in-laws for the holidays and just want something cozy and cute to wear in the mornings (without worrying about wardrobe malfunctions), or you need something bright and cheery for Christmas morning photo ops…by the end of the week, consider yourself Shopping. Enabled.

It’s all for the greater good, of course.  Because what makes a better gift than jammies or sweatpants?

NOTHING.

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December 9, 2016

Baby Gifts for the Design-Minded

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Lucky me… I got to round up adorable baby gifts! It can sometimes be tricky shopping for the itty bitty ones at the holidays though. You want to get something fun for them, but depending on how tiny they are, they may not be super into toys yet. Sometimes for the littles you’re essentially gifting to the parents, so you want something lovely and cute.

I tried to include a good mix of toys and special items to help ya out this year when shopping for the 0-2 year old loves in your life. Check them out here…

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December 7, 2016

Preschool Picks: 10 Bright Gifts for Your Little One

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Preschoolers are such a cool age – big enough to graduate from baby toys, not quite ready for the tiny pieces of big kid toys – but bursting with creativity, exploring pretend play and interested in figuring out how everything works. So creating a gift guide for them was incredibly fun! These toys are pure joy – think brightly colored, open-ended and safe for hours of boredom-busting this winter and beyond.

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December 5, 2016

Gender Neutral Dollhouses

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When I was three, I got a dollhouse for Christmas, built by my talented Papa (he went on to make grandfather clocks and I’m honored to have one in my dining room.) I was so excited; it was a memory I’ll never forget. As I got older, I remember decorating the walls inside with wrapping paper for wallpaper and placing the delicate furniture my grandmother got me in the different rooms.

I’m grateful for my thoughtful parents who carefully saved this dollhouse that is now sitting in Sienna’s room here in Portland (all the way from Arkansas via a stint in Nashville) and I’m so glad we lugged that around all these years. The coolest part? My papa painted the house yellow with white trim all those years ago…the exact colors of our new house in Portland. (Cue all the tears).

I know not everyone can have a talented Papa around to make a custom dollhouse, but I’ve found some seriously cute, high-quality options that will bring years of joy for your little.

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Why gender-neutral?  Well…for two reasons:  First, here at TME we strongly believe in moving past old, limiting stereotypes and embracing the child you have, whatever that may mean, and….as it turns out, non-gender biased dollhouses are less-gimmicky, more décor-friendly dollhouses, too.  The simpler designs allow for kiddos’ imaginations to run wild and give us mamas who enjoy a peaceful looking home a great option we don’t have to relegate to the toy closet. When on the hunt for these little houses, the designer in me was tempted to only choose the natural wooden ones, but I did find some cute, colorful wooden houses, too.

(My poor child and her black & white, neutral-toned life, haha. Except for the yellow dollhouse, of course.)

Check out the fun options I found below.

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