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Cute Crochet from Frolicking Leaves

I can’t sew, I can’t knit, and I sure as heck cannot crochet.  I did try to make a pillow for Ava once while I was pregnant … didn’t turn out too bad, but there is still an opening on one side because I never learned how to do the closing stitch.  The closest I’ve come to knitting or crocheting [and this is quite a stretch] is doing one of those latch hooks rug kits when I was a kid.  For some people, wielding a pair of long needles [or hooks, I think they’re called] and turning a ball of yarn into something other than a potholder is second nature.  Etsy shop owner, Angie of Frolicking Leaves, is a great example.

Angie lived with her grandmother while she was student teaching in 2001 and from those skilled hands, she learned the craft of crochet.  She refined her skills, began creating her own fun designs, and opened up her shop in October ’09.  Once she perfects a design [which can take days of starting to crochet, pulling apart, starting over, and finally nailing it], Angie can stitch up a pair of booties or an adorable hat in couple of hours.  So jealous.

Over the holiday season, these felted crochet ballet slippers [omg i love them] were selling fast, just like her current line of hats.  One lucky reader will even WIN A HAT just by leaving a comment.  [View Giveaway Details]

Angie is also a mom – two kids, ages 6 and 22 months – and spends a lot of late nights crocheting while the kiddos sleep.  She has even helped her daughter open up her very own Etsy shop [Greta’s Paper Art] to sell her crayon creations.  What a cute idea!

Just like any mom, we need to find ways to unwind.  Angie’s, of course, involves crocheting … as well as a good cup of coffee and an episode of Little House on the Prairie.  Don’t laugh – I actually love that show too.  :-)  Thanks so much to Angie for taking the time to share a little of herself with me … and don’t forget to check out the Frolicking Leaves Giveaway!  XO

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Baby’s First Dim Sum

After what has seemed like forever, we are finally all moved into our new place.  I still have plenty of boxes left to unpack, artwork to hang, and knick-knacks to arrange, but for me that is the fun part of moving.  [Pictures coming soon!]  Our loft is located in the South Loop, pretty close to Chinatown.  Yesterday we took Ava for her first dim sum [think Chinese brunch].

We brought along the training chopsticks Mike bought her [by Combi from ThinkGeek], which she was actually able to pick up food with [but enjoyed just poking holes in it more].  Her favorite part of the meal was the green tea – she loved holding her little tea cup and sipping warm tea.  So mature.  :-)  XO


Smile Real Big!

I love it when we ask her to “Smile Real Big” …. and that she does.  XO.  Have a great Labor Day Weekend!

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Ridiculously Cute Baby Blog

I have to give the credit to Michael for finding this.  Adele, a mom in Helsinki, waits until her baby is napping and sets up the cutest little scenes and posts them in a blog titled, “Mila’s Daydreams“.  So cute that it made me feel a little better [awful summer cold].  Also so cute that I almost want another baby just so I can do this.  Almost.

Ava never would have slept through this.

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Baby Loves Her Shoes

The other day I took Ava to the beach.  She loves the water and especially the sand.  We splashed around, dug holes in the sand, and smiled – a lot!

On our way back to the Jeep, we stopped at the playground so Ava could run around and swing [and hopefully dry off and ditch some of the sand].  When it was time to go, she didn’t want to leave [big surprise] and started to throw quite the tantrum.  She did that thing where she arched her back and let her legs go limp when I tried to pick her up, and I dropped one of the bags I was hauling.  When I put her down to pick up the tote, she took off running for the slide.  I caught her and started walking to the car.  She was sobbing and kept trying to say something, but I couldn’t understand.  I thought she was having a worse than normal reaction to leaving, but maybe she was just tired.  I still couldn’t figure out what it was she was yelling, and then she took a deep breath, looked at me through her teary eyes and said, “shoe, mommy”.  I looked down at her feet and saw one of her shoes was missing.  It must have fallen off when she went for the slide.  As soon as I acknowledged it and headed back to pick it up, the tears stopped and she was all happy-go-lucky again.  Baby loves her shoes.

The Shoes.

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Tuesday: “All About the Babers”

Is Anything Safe?

BPA in bottles, Phthalates and Parabens in bath products, Pesticides in food, and the list just goes on and on.  As if I needed more things to worry about as a first time mom!  I try to be as ‘organic’ as possible when it comes to my little one, but it isn’t easy.  Many products labeled ‘natural’ aren’t and when there seems to be a new toxin to look out for every day, things can get confusing.  I have had people say to me, “What’s the big deal?  Our parents used that stuff on us and we’re just fine,” but are we?  Am I willing to take the chance and use products containing ingredients that can cause a wide range of problems including early onset of puberty in girls and uro-genital abnormalities in boys, diabetes, obesity, cancer, skin irritation, and ADHD?  The answer is NO.

I reccommend checking out Safe Mama, a wonderful website dedicated to providing up to date information regarding recalls and non-toxic eco living.  It’s also a good idea to spend some time at the EWG’s Cosmetic Safety Database, a safety guide for the personal care items and cosmetics you have in your own showers, medicine cabinets, and make-up bags.

The Madeline Bea Soap Co. has a great alternative to baby wipes – Owl Naturale Cleaning Solution is made with wholesome ingredients as opposed to harsh chemicals.  They also offer several soap options for baby and lots of great products for mommy too!



Learning is Fun

We all want our children to be geniuses and this first physics book and set of flash cards for “baby nerds” from Tiffany Ard are perfect gifts for any future ivy league scholar.



Babies start learning in the womb and the first five to eight years of life present such an important window for development.  Stimuate your baby’s brain TODAY!

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