Wednesday, November 4, 2009

I LOVE "Ilovegorgeous"

What little girl wouldn't want to wear the clothes at Ilovegorgeous? They are whimsical and harken back to clothing of many different eras. I see influences of the 60's and 70's but also the the 15th century. The dresses are definitely swirl worthy and their separates are adorable. Also, I love the styling in the photos on their website. Gorgeous.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I heart my daughter's highchair

We have the high chair from IKEA and seriously, it's amazing.

We fed our daughter in a bouncy seat until she was sitting upright really well and then switched to the IKEA seat. We wanted the Stokke seat but we haven't looked back since (not once).

It comes apart easily and fits in the trunk of our car for trips to the in-laws (who have no high chair). It has an extremely low profile and goes great with our table. The seat fits under the edge of the table for times we want Hazel to eat with us without a tray. It's all plastic and easy to clean. It doesn't have a million parts and it’s only $25 so if you don't like it, you really haven't made a huge investment.

We actually made no investment because a friend found ours on the side of the road and brought it to our house but I would have paid for it, knowing what I know now.

Six thumbs up (and no I’m not being paid for this endorsement, unfortunately).

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Wow, I've read a lot of books since I lost my job!

Ever since I lost my job, I've been less inclined to post to the blog. I'm not really sure why. I haven't stopped reading though. Here are my brief yet informative reviews of the books I've read since my state of unemployment began in August.

Emotionally Weird by Kate Atkinson - A fun read.

He, She and It by Marge Piercy - Eh, it was ok, I finished it but I don't think I'd pass it on.

Winner of the National Book Award: A Novel of Fame, Honor, and Really Bad Weather by Jincy Willett - Great! Go buy it or borrow it from your local library NOW!

Before You Know Kindness by Chris Bohjalian - Don't be fooled because Midwives was good, this books sucks ass (excuse the language). I really don't see what all the reviewers are raving about. This book was all about getting nowhere.

The Nature of Monsters by Clare Clark - I loved loved loved this book. It reminded me of Perfume: The Story of a Murderer which you should also read if you haven't. This is definitely the best book I've read since I've been unemployed (someone hire me, not so subliminal message).

The Red Men by Matthew De Abaitua - I really enjoyed this sci-fi read, until the end, when it all fell apart for me. I'll still recommend it because I was totally wrapped up in it and maybe I just missed something because let's face it, it happens sometimes.

I just started People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks because March: A Novel was amazing. I'll let you know how it is.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

New Etsy Items

Finally, we've got some new items at our Etsy shop. We think they're pretty cool (of course). Check them out.This photo-collage is a 6 x 8 inch photograph printed on 8x10 Archival paper with Epson inks.
Multiple is a 7.5 x 7.5 inch photograph printed on 8x10 Archival paper with Epson inks.
Ocean is a 6.5 x 9 inch photograph printed on 8x10 Archival paper with Epson inks.

Monday, August 31, 2009

chivalry is NOT dead


Clyde helps Hazel across the threshold! How cute.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Love these!

I saw Julia Rothman's hand silkscreened pillow on dooce.com, that's how I found these GORGEOUS gouache dress paintings ($135 each). Too bad I don't have any extra money...where'd that go? Oh yeah, I had a baby.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Hazel likes....today

Ice...yes, ice. She calls it ichy I don't know why (probably because she's 15 months old) but, she LOVES it. I think because it's hot (really hot) and because she's teething (really teething). I'd been giving her little ice chips by hand or spooning it to her from my glass in restaurants when we went out but last night I had the genius idea of putting some cubes in her Nuby Nibbler (which we never actually used with her). She happily chewed on the mesh bag and it gave me time to get her dinner ready. Why hadn't I thought of this before. Then she wanted more, because of course, the ice melted. I don't know why, but getting the top on the Nibbler isn't so easy for me. Does anyone else have this problem? It looks like it should screw on but it doesn't...I was getting really frustrated, and the ice kept melting. I kept having to put more ice in it and Hazel was watching me stand over the sink, water streaming down my arms and I got more and more annoyed with this stupid piece of idiotic baby equipment that I couldn't friggin get closed....sigh....now I remember why we never used it. Anyway, I finally got so frustrated that I pushed the top really hard and it snapped shut...ooooh! Duh! Drool....

Mommy Bloggers on MSNBC

Monday, July 27, 2009

The Manipulator

I love these photos by Jill Greenberg...some of them are a little TOO manipulated but they're still excellent. The underwater photos are also great.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Cute Skirt

I just got this adorable pink chicken skirt for Hazel on Hautelook for a great price (over 50% off). I didn't think I'd use Hautelook but the deals are really good! Go figure. It's going to be great for Fall with tights!

I'm Reading

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann.

Before I talk about that, I just want to conclude my thoughts on It Sucked and Then I Cried. That book was so honestly written. I loved Armstrong's unblushing admittance to eating nacho cheese Doritos by the bagful and having pop tarts every morning for breakfast. That along with her sense of humor, easy writing style and willingness to share every aspect of her pregnancy (I mean EVERY ASPECT) made this book a pleasure to read. Go out and get it already! What're you waitin' fer?

Ok The Lost City of Z... I can't put this book down, except I have to occasionally because Michael and I are reading it at the same time plus sometimes I have to do other things, like drive. One thing I know for sure is that I NEVER want to go into the Amazon, EVER, NEVER EVER NEVER. Do you know there are worms that burrow under your skin, bees that sting your eyes, bats that suck your blood, fish that will eat you, snakes that weigh over a ton, not to mention poisonous plants, incessant rain...should I go on? Anyway, I don't need to go, because Percy Fawcett did and David Grann is writing about it.

Fawcett entered the Amazonian rainforest in 1925 to find a lost city and was never heard from again. Grann goes into the Amazon to follow Fawcett's route and hopefully solve the mystery and maybe even find the Lost City of Z. I can't wait to see how it all ends.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Hazel likes....today

Her new Offi Kapsule chair! We've known for a while that Hazel wanted a chair her own size because she's been climbing up and down off of the couch and chairs in the living room and looking really proud of herself when she got up there. Then she'd sit like an adult and look through a book (maybe upside down, maybe right side up, whatever, she's 15 months old). So we caved and bought her a chair her size.

This chair is great because it's hollow so we were able to also use it as storage...which trust me, with a kid, we totally need. We stuffed it full of Hazel's plush toys, which she loves to pull out and throw all over the floor. Hey, whatever keeps her busy right? She also loves to push it down the long hallway of our house. Much to my dismay, Hazel also loves to stand on it, and use it as a climbing tool to get to other HIGHER chairs. Everyone kept saying it was fine, she hadn't fallen, to which I added the dreaded "YET". So, of course, this morning, she did a complete face-plant, OUCH! Of course, she survived. Kids are tough.

Standing, sitting, pushing the chair down the hall...this chair gets two thumbs up.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

I'm Reading

It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margarita by Heather Armstrong. If you don't know who Heather Armstrong is, she's the writer of the blog dooce.com (which, if you've never checked out, you should). First off, I had to wait months to get this book from the library. We have a moratorium on buying books at my house so I twiddled my thumbs and waited (impatiently). After reading the first two pages I knew I had to buy this book for everyone I knew who had ever had a baby...ok well, at least my sister (hey, I work for a non-profit, I'm not made of money). I was reading the book in bed before going to sleep and I had to leave the room. The book was making me laugh so hard I was shaking the bed and Michael was whining beside me because I kept waking him up. I laugh silently so he couldn't tell if I was laughing or crying, which can be disturbing. I think I might have shed a few tears actually. This book simultaneously makes me want to be pregnant again and makes me want to have my uterus permanently removed so that there's no chance that it ever happens again, EVER! I'm not finished with it but I already highly recommend It Sucked and Then I Cried. Go out and get it.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Not to be ungrateful but...

... it would be nice to see an end in sight. Not that I'm unappreciative of the Sunday & Monday of partly cloudy days in my future but when is Summer going to be here...will this endless rain ever stop?!

Friday, June 26, 2009

I'm reading..this, while I'm reading that


Mysteries by Knut Hamsun because seriously, there's only so much about food (and how horrible it all is) I can read before I go to bed. So far, I'm really liking it. More to come on completion.

Monday, June 22, 2009

I'm Reading

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan. So far I've spent the last 3 nights reading about corn. Corn propogation, corn, elevators, corn chips on legs. It's very interesting but I'm kind of ready to move on to another food type...though, apparently all we eat is corn.

I spent Family Matters waiting for the ball to drop. It was good but not as good as A Fine Balance. I got a fortune cookie fortune a little while ago that said "It can't rain all the time" (forget the weather for now) this book does not exactly follow that reasoning. So....just keep that in mind when you go along for the ride. I mean, I guess it has it's sweet moments but in general, it's a cloudy tale.

I kept that fortune by the way. I love it. It's hanging on our fridge.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Hazel likes...today

Ring Around the Rosie...yes, she does. She likes it over and over and over again. She likes it in the kitchen, and in the living room, in the hallway and in the our bedroom. She likes it in her bedroom and even in the bathroom. She's a big fan. You know, it's not always safe to "all fall down" everywhere....I'm not middle aged but I'm not 20 anymore either. Spinning around at 6:30 in the morning doesn't exactly do wonders for me, if you know what I mean. Of course, I laugh through the whole thing because she's having the time of her life and even though I'm dizzy and honestly, a little nauseous, so am I.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Circus Themed Wedding


Michael and I had an amazing wedding (why am I never prepared with photos when the urge to blog hits me...and I can't restrain myself and wait) but check out this amazing circus themed wedding...how cool is that?! As seen on A Cup of Jo. Photos from Cinematographer & Photographer Josh Goleman's website.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Hazel likes...today

Rock-A-Stack Finally! I don't know why this product is for children ages 6 months and up. Maybe there's a genius baby out there who can stack these at that age...I guess it could have been all of the shaking and gumming of the rings that led to this momentous day but Hazel finally did it. Two days away from 14 months of age, she stacked all of the rings on the yellow base. She did it in order too. It was really something to watch. Then she clapped with pride at herself and took them all off and did it again, and again, and again...

Thursday, June 11, 2009

I'm Reading

Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry. I'll have to give you a review once I'm done. I'm hoping it's as good as A Fine Balance which was an amazing book. It was so hard to put that book down. The Book Thief was good, not amazing but an enjoyable read, maybe because it's a young adult book, which I didn't really know while I was reading it. If I was 20 years younger I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more...ok now I feel really old.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Hazel likes...today


Coco the chick. These books by Sloan Tanen are so funny. Hazel loves the adventures Coco goes on and I get a kick out of them too. Sloan's attention to detail in her chicken vignettes are great. I highly recommend them. I just ordered the counting and alphabet books from Amazon. I wish the hardcovers came in board book versions.

Bulthaup






Want gorgeous new kitchen, have no money. Sad conundrum.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Long grass


Hazel loves playing in the long grass that David let grow in the backyard.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

WOW!

I'm in love with a kitchen!
Seen on small space style, designed by Fuse Interiors. If I'm not mistaken...I think there's a print on the wall by roddy&ginger.

Cutest Shoes

I just found the CUTEST shoes for kids on ebay at Boutiquemax. I'm happy to see they have some items from Japanese brand Bit’z Kids which has a location at 410 Columbus Ave., at W. 80th St. near the Natural History museum and has been working on an online presence for a while...which makes me doubtful (and sad) that it will ever exist since their clothes are ADORABLE and pretty affordable. You can buy them at various Japanese online outlets, like Child Akiyama but as I don't speak or read Japanese, it's difficult for me...anyway, this is about the shoes. How cute are they?!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Hazel likes...today


MILK!!! Hallelujah, praise Jesus and all that stuff. After a month and a half of not drinking milk, the light finally went on in her head and she loves the stuff. I don't really get it but it works for me. We've been feeding Hazel dairy with every meal hoping to get whatever it is in milk that makes it so important for babies to have, into her. Two days ago, BOOM, she's drinking it like it's the greatest stuff on earth. Yay! Here's a shot of Hazel, pre-milk days, happily sitting with her cup o'water. She still hasn't had juice (the big lie), which is just a-ok with me.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

I'm Reading

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Only on page 20 or so but I'll let you know how it is. The White Tiger was excellent. Pick it up and read it. Read eeeet. That's an order!

Mother Lover


I meant to post this a few weeks ago but I forgot. I think this is genius (in it's own way).

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Finished Reading

I'm posting the books previously in my right hand column here. I finished these over the past two years.
The Rise of Silas Lapham
The Invention of Morel
The Boy Detective Fails
The Light of Other Days
The Songs of Distant Earth
The Sparrow
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Dance Dance Dance
Jude the Obscure
The Beautiful and Damned
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Saving the World
All Aunt Hagar's Children
Persuasion
Mansfield Park
The Hermit
Falling Angels
Sea Glass
Fortune's Rocks
The Painted Alphabet
Summer
Spirits of the Ordinary: A Tale of Casas Grandes
Emma Brown
When Nietzsche Wept
No Angel
Ines of My Soul
Shakespeare: The World as Stage
The Holy Terrors/Les Enfants Terribles
The Color of Water
The Hours
Dreams of My Father
Disobedience
Immortality
All But My Life
Schindler's List
Rendezvous With Rama
Dreamland
Of Human Bondage
The Dower House
Sarah
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
The Space Between Us
Eat,Pray,Love
Gray's Anatomy
Sex With the Queen
Howards End
The Blue Flower
Manon Lescaut
Candide

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Crystal World
Eugenie Grandet
Mademoiselle Fifi
Distant Star
The Custom of the Country
Lost in the City
Possession: A Romance
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
Five Quarters of the Orange
A Wedding in December
The Hummingbird's Daughter
Never Let Me Go
The Inheritance of Loss
The Fountainhead

I'm Reading


The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga. So far I'm really enjoying the narrator's voice. I think this one's going to be a hit.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Ice Cream Sandwiches

Every year a couple of friends and I go out for our birthday's to Zon's in Jamaica Plain. Tonight was the night. I don't go out THAT often (should I not be admitting that, probably not) so I figured I'd blog about one thing we ALWAYS order at Zon's. Their ice cream sandwiches. They are soooo good. OK, done, go there and order them. Enough said.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Hazel likes...today

Cheese! I think Hazel had cheese for dinner, seriously, I got a couple of beans in there but she was hysterically laughing as she shoved cheese into her mouth. This is good I guess, since she refuses to drink milk.

Poetic make-believe

Could creative dressing get any more beautiful? From Wovenplay.

Laundry Confusion

Do you co-habitate with someone who drops their laundry not in the laundry basket but right next to it? Perhaps they leave their jeans with one leg draped in the basket and one leg out? I asked Michael (guilty!) about this phenomenon, because I really see no problem with putting my dirty clothes right into a conveniently placed basket (that has a very wide opening). He says, the clothes are borderline dirty and clean. They're not quite there yet so they go next to the basket. Does this make sense to anyone? I understand that you can wear jeans more than once and they don't need to go in the laundry basket after you wear them but do they need to go on the floor near the basket? Are they related? They are cousins to the dirty clothes...they like to stay close.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

How cool is this?!

A giant cup! This is so awesome. Seriously. As seen on Ohdeedoh. From Limi Teds. I want one (or two)!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Still loving Eugene

Eugene Mirman on Late Night With Conan O'Brien

Even though this video's almost a year old....it just happens to be the one I watched....I still love Eugene. So funny.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Lou and Lee


I saw these headbands on Rebecca Woolf's gorgeous baby Fable on Girl's Gone Child. They're made by Lou and Lee. I think Hazel might need one. I keep trying to put barrettes on her but she's totally on to me and keeps pushing my hands away. She did enjoy watching me put the barrette on her lamb and on her baby doll though. I got her to wear a barrette once....once...and of course, I got a photo!
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