I’m so excited to be starting a new series on the blog showcasing my favorite baby and mama products. These are by no means “must have” items that you can’t live without, they are just things that have been special to us or have offered us a helping hand when we needed one. In the insanely overwhelming world of baby products, it’s impossible to keep up with what you really need. So this series is about things our family has loved along the way. Some are obvious and can be found at Target or Amazon, some are from smaller more specialized companies.
I wanted the first piece to be on something that we will hold on to for a long time rather than on something temporary that has gotten us through a quick phase. Since Poppy is likely our last baby, I am highly sentimental about everything she touches and am already saving her favorite baby clothes. My absolute favorite pieces are these gorgeous hand knits by Misha and Puff.
Misha and Puff knits are incredibly soft, made from all natural, washable merino wool or alpaca wool. The rich hand dyed yarn colors vary from season to season. The nature of the knit allows you to stretch the fabric as your baby grows to ensure a long life. Each piece is knit by hand in Peru by their talented team of knitters who work to support their families. The knitters work from home or in the Misha and Puff knitting center which provides meals and daycare. The strong connection between the knitters and the company is apparent in each meticulously made item. The name of the woman who created your piece is included on the hang tag so you become part of their community as well. These heirloom quality knits are sure to last many lifetimes and I hope one day Poppy will be passing them down to her own babies. Any one of their pieces would be perfect for your squishy cuddly babe, or would make a gorgeous baby gift for friends or family.
Poppy is wearing the pinetree playsuit, the dayhike booties, and the popcorn bonnet.
I’ve never really made New Year’s resolutions before. They always just seem like more to add to my ever growing and impossible to accomplish to-do list. But this year there are a few things I would like to focus on that might make our family’s life more enjoyable. And I feel like if I write them here, with all of you as my witnesses, I will have to honor them!
- BE ON TIME I am perpetually late. Which means my kids are perpetually late, and that’s not fair. It’s not fair that every time we leave the house I am shouting at them and rushing them. I am going to try to leave more time to put on shoes, pack up bags, and walk peacefully and calmly out the door. And if you’ve ever seen Adam (who always moves as if he’s moving through peanut butter) get ready you know I’m going to have to leave A LOT of extra time.
- BLOG MORE This space was intended to be a place for me to share stories about our life and give helpful tips and observations along the way. I am certainly not claiming to be any sort of expert, and I have learned enough not to judge other parents’ decisions. We are all doing the best we can. But I have discovered some things along the way that have made my life easier and I hope to share more this year.
- CONSUME LESS Alex was excited about this one. Even though I made sure to point out that it’s not necessarily intended to spend less, although I am hoping that’s a happy side effect. I truly want to bring less STUFF into our home. Toys, clothes, decorations, nick nacks, all of it. I understand the value of having a variety of thought provoking toys. We have every drawer in our living room filled with legos, crafts, puzzles, games, paints, markers, drawings and papers, which I will happily add to. But other than that we just have too much stuff. It’s everywhere. And I can’t keep up. The laundry, the toy closets, the kitchen cabinets. We are filled to the brim. It’s time to try a more streamlined way of life. And I know, that means less shopping. But I’m giving it a go.
- MORE KISSES This was Alex’s contribution to the list. And I’m happy to oblige <3
I know I know, belly photos are such old news around here! And even though I’m a few months behind, these photos by the amazing Nicole Elizabeth Photography are too beautiful not to share. She, as always, has captured Adam and Lake so perfectly and I just want to remember this day forever and ever.