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MIA

Not quite missing…Ava and I are away in sunny Michigan for some quality grammy and grandpa time!  I still hope to post but cannot make any promises.
I am very busy with my new camera and excited to share some pics upon my return…until next time!

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It was about a week ago when I was down in Portland visiting my friend Emily that I heard about culture passes. She is member of the Beaverton Public Library, just outside of Portland, OR. Her library has these incredible things called culture passes. You check them out just as you would a book (although only for the day). They are passes for several cultural stops around the city, YES, free passes in other words to experience the culture of Portland; Portland Children’s Museum, Japanese Gardens, Portland Art Museum etc). Of course just like a book they have to be available…but how incredibly cool is that!!!

Sadly such things do not seem to exist in the Seattle area…perhaps someday! I did discover that is all of Washington County Oregon that has access to these passes. So if you are a Portlander…ENJOY!

The baby room at Portland Children's Museum

The baby room at Portland Children's Museum

Next time Em…!!!

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Park Bling

park try 009At last, Spring is here…at least I think so most days! With Ava off running and daily trips to the dog park it was time for some shoes that would hold up. After hitting all the usual stores I decided on these pink sparkly Converse tennis shoes…after all why not have a little bling at the park! Ava LOVES them and after two weeks of climbing, mud and running they still look like new~

 

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Side Note: Ava’s other shoes are See Kai Run which I wrote a review on a few months back. When I reviewed this brand of shoes it was purely on aesthetics since I had not yet purchased a pair. I still LOVE the design and colors of these shoes the quality however is lacking. The beautiful soft leather, although beautiful, is not ment for a toddler who is much too hard on shoes. They scuff incredibly easy even to the point of being destroyed. I was lucky (they were not) to have friends toddlers ruin theirs first so Ava’s pretty shoes are reserved more low key activity. I have written a letter to the company stating these concerns. If you too have had problems I urge you to write as well. I am hoping that if enough feedback is received they will increase the quality/appropriateness and we can once again praise and enjoy the designs of See Kai Run!

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So I have to admit that I love fashion. Although my style has drifted a bit since Ava was born. Naturally as I am viewing my favorite blogs I am totally drawn to all the posts of those boutique style children’s designers. There are endless posts out there flashing baby fashion you just do not find at your neighborhood mall. But let’s face it not only are those clothes not in the budget it is impossible to buy baby clothes without seeing them in person. I swear that every designer/brand uses different measurements for sizing. And even with Ava who has been exactly true to size online ordering is just not a good idea!

With my mom working retail and the fact that she is just about the best bargain shopper on earth Ava does flash some “fancy” clothes every now and then, all of them for incredible prices! Shopping sales and resale does wonders!

Ava only sports comfortable clothes that she can play in! My favorite style these days is a tunic or dress over leggings…SO CUTE!  Dry cleaning or ironing and it does not matter how cute they may be…

My favorite boutique quality labels found at department stores: (Click on pictures to connect to URL)

Tea Collection

Tea Collection

Splendid Littles

Splendid Littles

Little Ella

Little Ella

 

 

 

 

 

 My more budget conscience favorites:

Even as a regular at these stores I am always waiting for the sale!

Baby Gap
Baby Gap
Janie and Jack- Love for sweaters

Janie and Jack- Love for sweaters

Oshkosh at Target

Oshkosh at Target

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Naartiji

Naartiji

 

Recent Find:

  NAARTIJI (Thanks Mariah!)

 

Side note: *Ava’s outfit in Flower Power post was by Puella Petit as seen on Violit Afleck and other celeb babies: Thanks to Autie Heather and her fabulous LA Style! Fancy!

 

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Flower Power

Ava cannot quite say the word touch but she sure tries, “tch…tch…tch”!  She likes to touch everything; light switches, the butterflies on her mobile, the A on her wall, pictures of Mama and Dada, the coffee maker. When she says “tch” and points we take her to what she wants, what control! You can see the sparkle in her eyes, she is just so proud of powers of communication!

The other day she was relentless she wanted so badly to touch the beautiful roses a good friend of mine had given me for Mother’s Day. They were gorgeous so I could hardly blame Ava for wanting to explore. I decided what could be the harm and possibly I would get a good photo opportunity out of the experiment as well? After removing the thorns we answered the question:

What happens when you give a one year old a flower?

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Since Ava’s one year birthday has now come and gone I decided it was time to finally mark her beautiful wood growth chart. Not wanting to write directly on the chart, I found some Martha Stewart stickers where I could record her age, date and height. How exciting!

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Ava’s growth chart was perfect for the décor of her room and I loved that it was wood. I also considered that I needed something that could move if and when we changed rooms or houses.

If you are not planning on moving I also love the idea of using wall decals or stickers to create a wall art growth chart! Romp and several Etsy shops have some wonderful choices…

you can even buy bird decals for your tree

you can even buy bird decals for your tree

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Here is my other favorite option:

Making your own growth chart: I loved this idea! It re-creates the charm of etching the family’s changing heights in a wood door way molding. There is something nostalgic about that process the downside however, is that it cannot move with a family! This family stained a special piece of wood and used nail heads to mark one inch increments, then hung it on a hook to etch. Your design could be traditional to modern and hang anywhere in the house. The best part it that it could also travel with you so your memories are never lost!  (the link to this tutorial is currently broken I will keep checking!)

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“There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one” -Jill Churchill

 I love this quote although I may change it just a bit; “there is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a great one.”  On mother’s day especially I do not think I am out of line in believing that we may just deserve the title of great!  God knows we all work hard enough and love without limits and if that is not great what exactly would be?

 The part of this quote that speaks to me the most however is the million ways and the importance, recognition and acceptance that we all have our own ways and our own gifts that we give to our children. To often mothers judge each other on EVERYTHING: what kids eat, play, learn, where they sleep, how they sleep, go to work you are judged, stay at home so are you…the list is endless!  I think we are all hard enough on ourselves without needing to be hard on one another. 

Smile, relax, watch and learn.  Those other moms you know may not do it exactly like you, you may not do it exactly like them but who cares!  What a boring world we would create if we were all the same!  So today, tell another mom just how great they are and spread support whenever you can…we all need it…more often than we would ALL like to admit!  Happy Mother’s Day 2009!

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