Decor & Design

Mike and the boys picked me up from the airport on Sunday.  I got into the car amidst cheers of "MOMMY!! Yay, MOMMY!" It was awesome. Raines was giving me his shy grin, while little Pax leaned his head back in his car seat, gnawing on a Starburst, pink sticky stuff all over his face (nice, Mike).  "Mom" he announced around...

Local Love: Lulu’s Casita

Thanks to Vivi Gonzalez and Jessica Robles Worch, Mainline mamas have a new place to hang:  Lulu's Casita.   Lulu's Casita is a kid-friendly cafe and play space where "kids can play and parents can stay".  And at Lulu's Casita, they are serious about play.  For example, there are runways and dress up and giant blocks....   ...and an insane attention to...
  We have always lived in tiny places.  Before kids, we lived in a 500 sq. ft. apartment in Boulder.  When we moved into our Denver "palace", all 1400 sq. ft. of it seemed HUGE...until we somehow found ourselves sharing the space with two kids. And their toys. The system that worked for us was this: The boy's toys all had to fit...
Mamas, I know I said we'd be taking it easy for a while, but I just came across this and had to share.  It's something so jaw-droppingly stunning and unique and wow.  Just...wow. Kim Krans (who happens to be my mom's BFF's daughter...follow me?) is an amazing artist.  She recently created an ABC book for kids.  Instead of primary colors...
Mamas, I'm so excited about this one!  The following article is a guest post from Allison Harlow (Lane's sister - yay!).  Allison is an interior designer and the owner of Curio Design Studio. Curio Design Studio offers interior e-design for mamas on a budget!  For $85(!!), Allison will help choose paint color (OMG I needed her help - remember these...
Given the option, I'm sure R would choose some obnoxious Thomas-the-Train printed bedding.  Or, even worse, Dora the Explorer.  I, however, prefer Dwell Studio (chocolate dots in particular). *snort* We obviously do not agree. But I just came across a few designs by Garnet Hill that appeal to both his design sensibilities (dragons!! monsters!!) and mine (clean and modern, please).  And...
...it follows that we have tons and tons of artwork, in various phases of "finished" floating about our small apartment. And since Jackson Pollock is one of my very favorite artists....I obviously don't need a recognizable shape to love the art. But, given the size of our space, we did need a cool way to display! My old method of scotch-taping-to-the-wall (see it in my previous post on easy Montessori-style shelves) just wasn't cutting it. After much research, we decided on...
Several months ago, my husband and I attended a workshop about bringing Montessori methods into the home.  We went in not knowing a thing about Montessori...other than there seems to be quite a buzz about it among parents.  (Montessori or no? Are you Waldorf?  Play-based?)   I'm the silly girl that still thought pre-school started at age 4.  Oops. In...
M and I were recently interviewed by the Denver Post about how to keep the little ones entertained (but safe) at home. You can read the full article here. My contribution to the article centered on the transformation my balcony goes through each summer...I've spent the last two years trying to find items that look cool, and are also portable, washable and store-able. Lastly, I want to be able to quickly transform the space from a day-use play space, to a night-use dinner space. Here's what I've found:
It probably won’t surprise you to learn that I was not satisfied with my initial high chair purchase for my eldest son. Despite my best efforts, I, like many parents-to-be, did not make the best baby gear choices with Boy Wonder No. 1. . . While many people feel compelled to rationalize and justify their purchases, regardless of their dissatisfaction, I feel the need to rectify these situations. And with a blog like this, why not? Thank you, CraigsList, for making this possible. Here I compare three modern-style wooden high chairs, including the Svan, the Stokke Tripp Trapp and the Keekaroo Height Right High Chair.

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