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It’s a sad fact.  From the moment the cord is cut, your child is on a steady march toward independence, and it’s your job (gulp) to help him get there.  As a new mom, I was shocked by how quickly it all started.  I got a little weepy the first time I put away outgrown clothes, packed up disused...
  For those of you so inclined (and much, much more talented than I am), I found a fantastic DIY option for a cool winter hat with an urban feel.  The Cadet Hat, shown, is a free pattern that you can download from Kathryn Ivy.  It's listed as a project for "all skill levels", which makes me really curious....
We don't do cutesy in this family.  We don't do clothing with puppies, kitties, bunnies, or even happy little hammers with slogans like, "Daddy's Little Helper!"  I can't do it.  I.....just....can't....do it. I'm also not a fan of anything too sporty, too preppy, too scratchy, too stiff. I'm starting to sound like Dr. Seuss. I do not like them...
Because we were relying on swaddling as a method to keep our sanity in those early days, we wasted a ton of money trying every swaddling blanket under the sun. We tried various sleep sacks (too roomy - he'd wake too early), "miracle" swaddling blankets (too thick, too hot) and an assortment of others (most were the wrong size and he would wiggle out, or they would cover his face). Then we discovered Aden + Anais.
Everyone has one -- and I'm not talking about the super stylish and cool MacLaren version for $100 and up. I'm talking about the $20 Target special. The one that is given away as a free gift with purchase at Babies R 'Us. The one that, despite spending $800+ on a Bugaboo, you find yourself pulling out of the trunk when you are too tired to deal with your "real" stroller. Yes, I'm talking about the Umbrella stroller. It's cheap, it's boring, it's very, very practical. So let's pimp it. Here are my picks for ways to liven up your stroll with some fabulous and useful umbrella stroller accessories!
Her line is a little big boho, a little bit rocker, but SO chic and clean. It's so good, in fact, that it's almost wasted on the kids! Almost. What I find so refreshing - besides the use of re-purposed fabric - is the fact that she manages to infuse a children's line with chic, never veering into the realm of cutesy, fussy or trying to hard. She just offers great design, great lines, and great fabric. It's a recipe so deceptively simple that you almost miss the genius behind it. And the fact that this line is also so ridiculously affordable (prices range from $6 - $44) is simply the icing on the cake.
It’s scary getting ready for baby number two. Strangely, a second child seems so much more committed than baby number one—like we were just dabbling in parenthood until now. Now, we’re going to be a full-on family of four and as such, we need to trade up for a (GULP!) double stroller—a potentially big hit to my mom fashion sensibilities. In this post I review the Micralite Toro and the Phil & Teds Vibe strollers.

Best Rain Boots for Kids

Splashers rain boots are made in Canada (Yay! Not China!), have a moisture wicking inner lining, are completely puddle (or ocean) proof and sturdy as hell. With the exception of the camo print, their other designs are very, very cool.
When you see your precious child in this retro-inspired organic cotton pajama sleeper from HappyGreenBaby.com, you'll immediately flash back to those Saturday morning cartoon marathons spent slurping down Lucky Charms on rust-colored shag carpet, only without all the pesticides and chemicals we all rolled around in and ate.

Stroll On With Your Bad Self

However, nothing sabotages my inner rock-star faster than carrying around a bunch of cutesy baby crap. Blankets with puppies, kittens or bunnies are nice, but you just can't get no satisfaction from a cutsey-woosty baby blanket draped across your stroller. Enter Oshie Vintage - a line of rock-star worthy baby blankets that are perfect for adding a little R-O-C-K to your afternoon walk in the park.