December 2015

This is one of my favorite finds so far this year. These shirts are great for Parker to play in, spill food on or dig in the dirt. They hold up great, and they are super cheap. They was well and they look stylish in the sandbox.

It's called the Henley Shirt, and you can grab them at Target. They run $3.50 - $7.00. And, if you are like me, you have a Target red card (don't tell Papa). So, you can get a screaming deal on these shirts.


Our friends, Leonie and Gill introduced me to this brand of kid-style products. Then, when Parker was born, our friend Vanessa gave us an entire kit, and I was in heaven!! Mustela is known for their range of specially formulated skincare products that protect the delicate skin of newborns, babies, and children. Plus, it just smells absolutely divine! I even use it in the bath a lot - shhhh!

If you have friends that have kids, throw in a bottle or the Mustela face wipes to round out their holiday present. Heck, they don't even have to have kids. Get them a bottle of the lotion. It's my favorite!

Right now, they are offering a free full size Physiobebe with a $50 purchase. You just use the code PHYSIO50. You also get 10% off, when you sign up for their newsletter. 


November 2015


When you adopt a child, you often get the advice not to decorate the nursery until you get the call that the baby is coming home with you from the hospital. For those of you that know me, you know that that doesn't work well for me.

We settled on the name Harold Parker early on (both are family names), so I knew I wanted him to know that it was his forever room. There's nothing better than seeing your initials or your name on your wall. So, that's what I did. I grabbed a "P" in his signature color (orange) and hung it on the wall.

I love seeing his initial on the wall when I walk into his room every day. It's his room, and I think he loves it! You can pick up your over-sized letters at Pottery Barn for Kids. They are having a huge Veteran's Day sale (up to 60% off). 


Bath time is one of my favorite times with the little man. We have crayons that color the walls. We blow bubbles, and we play with toys. When it's time to scrub away the day, there isn't a better sponge than the Rich Frog line of bath products. I've tried several, and they always end up grungy and dirty. Not this sponge. It's fantastic. It holds up better than any sponge I've ever tried.

And, I love the company. They are in the business because they love taking care of kids' needs. I love what it says on their website, "Since 1994, we have been creating safe, colorful, and creative products, which are perfect for infants and toddlers in the bath, car, home, or crib. Our products have put smiles on the faces of kids around the world." 

Here's a quick tip. If you're buying for kids this holiday season. Pick up a bunch of their fun sponges and bath toys and use them as a whimsical, decorative touch to your wrapping. Instead of a bow, tie on a frog, duck or dog sponge.

And here's a second tip. If you live in the San Francisco area, you can pick up these products at a great store called Nancy Boy! While you're there, you might find some phenomenal gifts for yourself. It's one of my favorite bath products stores. Stop by and check them out.


October 2015


When our first nanny started sending us pictures of Parker at the park, I couldn't believe my eyes! His clothes didn't match or coordinate. And, don't get me started on the multiple patterns she picked out. When I asked her about the clothes that I laid out, she said she wanted play clothes. She didn't want to ruin his nice, good clothes. She wanted stuff he could be comfortable in and get dirty. 

Well, he can still be stylish! These are my favorite "park" and "travel" pants right now. Their comfy, cool and hip. And, they are under $10! Who cares if he ruins them or gets them dirty. You can dress them up, or let him play in the mud. They come in a variety of colors and you can pick them up at any local Target.


This is one of my favorite finds this year. We are constantly looking at photos of Parker and saying, "He looks so grown up. How do we stop time?" Well, we found a way to capture time and our favorite memories.

I couldn’t be more happy with the quilt Dee Ann Tackitt created for us. Dee Ann took our favorite clothes and outfits from Parker's first year of life and created this magical, warm and cozy blanket. She is super easy to work with. She was in constant contact with me and always updating me with photos of her progress. She even found a way to incorporate his "signature" P sweater. Don't worry, I bought one in every size. He'll be able to wear it every year until he graduates! 

 

I have very high expectations as a consumer and she blew me out of the water. If you are looking for a unique, creative and fun way to capture time, you should definitely work with Dee Ann. You can find her on etsy. Thank you Dee Ann.


September 2015

When I saw the "royal" hair gel Original Sprout in People Magazine, I knew Parker had to have it. I mean, if it's good enough for Prince George. I use it on P's hair for his more stylish days. Plus, it's organic, so I don't feel like a total "show dad".

Tips: You can find it on Amazon. I keep a tube in his room, in the car, and in his diaper bag. You never know when you need to freshen up.

Important Note: Every once in awhile, Parker loves to irritate me and mess up his hair. If that does happen, the gel can flake a bit. So, just a word of caution. I always carry a cute fedora or hat for those days.


August 2015


I was introduced to Polarn O. Pyret by two of our best friends - Gill & Leonie (who now live in Singapore - sad face). They taught us a lot about kid-style and parenting. We love the brand almost as much as we love their family.

Selfishly, it is my favorite, because it has a "P" and several French Bulldog options. So, I think of it as Parker's signature brand. Every kid should have their own signature line. Don't you think? Plus, their cotton is super yummy and soft!

Tip: Sign up for their emails and you will get notified about their great sales. I buy years in advance. I also love that they are a company that gives back. Definitely check out their partnership with thredUP.