We have lots and lots of board books (hundreds), but our all time favorites will always be our personalized board books from Pint Sized Productions. You customize your book on their website where you can upload photos and add captions. We just made one for Lake and it is always the first book she grabs. Adam has had his since he was 1 also, and it still remains a staple in his daily rotation. Our two books are about our extended family, complete with photos and stories about each grandparent, cousin, aunt and uncle. Having our families thousands of miles away has been hard in so many ways, but now we know we will talk every day with the kids about how important our family is to us and how many people love them. Lake goes through each page with a huge smile on her face as she points to each person and says their names (Mimi! Papa! Titi! NoNo!) The pages are just like a standard board book and durable enough to stand up to destructive, teething toddlers. I think it would be so fun to make one with photos from their birthday party each year, or a family vacation. No matter what you create your toddlers will love to open their book and see familiar faces!
Customized board books start at $24.95
It’s beginning to look a lot like summer in Los Angeles! Kids are swimming and heading back to the beach. Don’t worry friends in the midwest and east coast, I’m sure the snow will melt soon!
Along with the summer sun comes loads of responsibility for parents. Studies have shown sustaining 5 or more sunburns in youth increases lifetime melanoma risk by 80 percent. And as someone who is not at all happy with the sun spots and freckles scattered across my face, neck and arms, I would love to teach my kids sun safety very early on. These days the variety of safe, chemical free, yet highly effective sunscreens is beyond anything we could have dreamed of growing up, but it’s still nice to have an extra barrier in the form of shade, hats, and rash guards. Oh how I love a cute ruffly bikini on a chunky little belly, but you can’t deny the fact that it’s safer to cover up that perfect baby skin. Luckily kids clothing lines are catching on, and there are so many adorable options for your beach babe. Here’s some of my favorites!
1. Mara Hoffman kids rash guard
2. Hannah Andersson sun ready rash guard
3. Mini Boden rash guard
4. Lands End half zip rash guard
5. Carter’s 2 Piece rash guard swim suit
6. Nununu star wet suit
7. Old Navy flower graphic swim set
8. Old Navy floral one-piece rash guard
9. Stella McCartney Taylor 3D sea print one-piece
10. Gap mix-print two-piece rash guard
11. J Crew stripe rash guard
When Adam turned 4, we knew it was time to turn his room into a “big kid” room. Gone are the neutral stuffed animals, baby quilts, and nursery rhyme prints. When we asked Adam what he wanted in his room, he immediately said super heroes. This was not a surprise, as his entire universe revolves around super heroes. And it’s safe to say that he feels more comfortable and protected when super heroes are around. He has been going to bed so much better since we made his dream catcher (DIY here), but it’s still nice for him to have Batman watching over him all night! We chose Batman because he is Adam’s favorite, and I liked the idea of a Navy, Black and White color theme. I knew we wanted to keep the basics, the couch, toddler bed (which is his converted crib), bookcase, and rug. I also wanted to keep the overall look simple and clean. By starting with these amazing wall decals by Urban Walls, I was able to get an immediate Batman effect. When I first started placing them on the walls, Adam was hopping up and down squealing with delight. The art and photo banner is made with twine and clothes pins decorated with washi tape. Adam and I picked out the gold lamp together at IKEA and I think it adds a fun comic book vibe. It also works as a great night light. He also found the Batman piggy bank at Target. It’s been a fun adventure putting this room together with him, and it’s clear he is proud of his special place that he helped create.