My new morning treat is a homemade iced cafe au lait. Love, love, love this new drink. I most definitely stole the idea from Chloe Redmond Warner, of Redmod Aldrich Designs. She served this drink at the amazing shower she hosted for a mutual friend. She served the Jittery John’s style brewed iced coffee with whole milk and maple syrup… and some rum, yum yum. I am steering clear of the rum in my morning glass. I’ve been using Chameleon Cold-Brew, 1% milk and a touch of sweetener. It is so decadent, I can enjoy without heading out into the wild world with my twins and it is so much less expensive than my local coffee shop.
PS. You can’t go wrong by enjoying this drink in a Bodum glass. Can’t believe we are planning on heading to the world of Bodum, Copenhagen, this fall. So excited!
Mother’s Day is right around the corner. I have decided to celebrate by running my first 5K since the pregnancy. Should be…. interesting. Luckily I have roped a fellow new Mom into running with me. Misery loves company. Typically for Mother’s Day you think of spoiling your own Mother or being spoiled as a Mother with treats like flowers, spa appointments and perhaps a piece of jewelry (ALL GREAT IDEAS for the men reading this post).
However this year I’m hoping for a more practical gift. A second more useful, lightweight, non-swear inducing stroller. I currently use any number of terrible profanities every time I try to get my Double Chicco Snap-in-Go-ish monster of a stroller in and out of the car… or to turn it down the hallway or not break my child’s legs (the one riding in the front). The stroller that I now want The City Mini Baby Jogger City Select Double is monstrously expensive. I think it might be one of those save up, sell the other stroller and then hope that I get very spoiled by a few of my loved ones. With twins it is hard to run errands and shop with the Double Bob (don’t get me wrong the Double Bob is amazing for running, trail walks and strolls to the Farmer’s Market) but I need a day to day stoller. Here it is, and yes I want it in this awesome red color:
My hubby and I have been wanting to add a map to our place for as long as we’ve lived together. I like to pretend it’s because I’m super brainy and need to reference it daily as I ponder how people are living their lives in different parts of the world. In reality it’s because I think maps are pretty and I more often need to reference a map because I am awful at geography.
Someday we will get a real map, not just decorative, that is current for our boys. I’m guessing it will take the form of a shower curtain. Long before that happens, we are potentially talking this weekend folks, I will scratch my map-as-art itch by framing one of Paper Source’s Cavallini Fine Papers. I’m hoping one of Ikea’s pre-matted frames will be large enough to fit the 20″x28″ paper size. I’m sensing a child-free Ikea outing in my near future.
I obviously saved the best for last. I think Mr. Elephant Map is going to soon become a part of our home.
Way to go GAP. Diggin’ this ensemble.
I think I would add the following just to really make it POP:
Hello out there Find The Pretty readers. Now that I’ve started blogging about the world of baby I have a hunch that a few of my new readers might enjoy a post about my boys’ favorite toys from ages 0-6 months.
First and foremost at age 0 months they didn’t care at all about toys. At all! They cared about eating, getting fresh diapers, their soothies and being rocked. Once they did start to play they had quite a long list of toys that have captured their fancy.
This is a great spot for the babies to begin their Tummy Time activities. At first they will like to lay on their backs and become engaged with the world around them. Don’t be disappointed if at first they just lay their like little lumps. Soon they will track objects, and then eventually they will reach for objects. Now (at 7 months) my boys roll around and grab all the toys. If I’m lucky they will get trapped by one of the arches and amuse themselves for a few moments before they roll across the floor.
I can not state strongly enough how amazing having TONS of these links around has made me. I use them to extend the length of the toys on our activity mat. I also link toys to the boys’ car seats, strollers and jumperoos. They are the perfect size for their little hands to grasp and they love to chew on them (teething time at our house!). This pack comes with 24 links and I might just be crazy and buy a second pack.
This crazy looking guy is a big hit. Lots to look at, lots to grab onto. The back is all black and white patterns (perfect for newborns). Thanks Tara!!!
I couldn’t forget Sophie. This little lady has a great squeak and has all the right nooks and crannies for teething.
This is a new toy to our house from Gramma and the boys are OBSESSED with it. You can suction it to your baby’s high chair, or like me, you can just toss it into the mix on the floor. It has a fun rainstick sound, both fun and soothing at the same time.
These round rattles are another favorite at our house. The boys can get their little hands into the holes and grasp the balls and get a really good shaking session in. They are also big enough that they can’t get them into their mouths. In my mind these are a must.
My boys were each given a Lovey by their cousins when they were born. They have become a nap-time staple in our household. They boys love to snuggle and rub these guys on their faces as they fall asleep. They have a ton of options for animals and colors. We have the cow as seen above (we call him Moo-Cow) and we also have the puppy version (we call him Puppy, we are very clever at our house).
Hopefully you find this list helpful. As the boys grow, and therefore my knowledge grows, I will share more options for older babies.
For Christmas this year my husband bought me the most delicately beautiful gold necklace that captures all the things in my life that I love the most; my husband and my two twin boys. To be completely honest I did suggest that I would love a necklace like this and that I wanted to add his initial and not just the boys (he wasn’t just being conceited and adding his own initial). I decided to put his initial on the upper strand, since he was my first love, and then added the boys initials on the lower strand. The only thing I think the necklace is missing is a third initial “C” for the lower strand to symbolize our cat Charlie, who is most definitely one of the greatest loves of my life.
The necklace is from an Etsy designer Petitor. The shop has other lovely jewelry. All as delicate and perfect for every day wear.
For those of you that have had children or watched after children you know how it is almost impossible to find socks that stay on baby feet. For some crazy unknown reason manufacturers somehow lose all common sense when making itty-bitty socks and they put no elastic in them. Babyhood is a stage in your life when you kick your legs and feet like crazy and it’s also when you are flexible enough to put your feet in your mouth on a whim. So sock-makers PLEASE listen and use elastic.
I recently found the cutest little socks from Baby Boden that are not only adorable but also will stay on the boys feet. You can tell right away that these socks are not like all the other cheap-o options out there. They are designed with some style in mind and the packaging is oh so pretty.
I will leave you with a fun little clip from HIMYM. As Lilly would say, ” But sock”.