Personalized Poem Notebook

I love creating gifts and keepsakes that require minimum time, are low cost but are still special. So I was excited to team up with Brother to create these DIY notebooks which are exactly that. They are sentimental and personalized to whoever you give it to and will also remind the recipient of you every time they use their notebook. And as you'll see below it's ridiculously easy to make. Instructions below.



Supplies:
Notebook
Brother P-touch labeler

Instructions:
1. find your friend or family members favorite poem or quote.
2. Print it out on your label maker.
3. Attach to notebook. You can lay it out in a clean row like I did or make it more haphazard or even try something wacky like doing a spiral or circle. Have fun with it.
4. Ta Da! You have yourself a beautiful, personal and affordable gift.




Stokke Scoot Stroller Giveaway

Every day, almost since birth, Ingrid and Travis take a little daddy daughter morning walk. It allows me to get some uninterrupted work done but also is a great bonding time for them. When she was a newborn he used a carrier for these morning walks but now that she's getting bigger and more interested in taking in the world around her our new Stokke Scoot stroller has been perfect. I love that it can face in or out and it's super light and compact, great for city dwellers with limited apartment space or as the perfect traveling companion for all the globetrotting families out there. Not to mention how modern and stylish it looks! It's probably my new favorite baby equipment. Which is why I'm so excited, that thanks to Stokke, I get to give one away to one lucky reader! This is by far the best giveaway I've ever had so you don't want to miss out on it. Instructions are below, I will be picking the winner at random on February 23rd, one week from today. Good luck! Also make sure to check out the my Stokke travel inspired Pinterest board.






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9 Months + An Announcement!

Ingrid is 9 months old today. Everyone always warns you once you have a baby about how fast it goes, but man they are not kidding! I feel like these first 9 months have flown by. She's already crawling and pulling herself up and cruising around furniture and generally getting into places that she shouldn't be. She babbles and says mama and baba and once in awhile a word that sounds like hi. She claps and dances and smiles and giggles and is generally just the coolest human alive (I recognize I'm slightly biased). It's amazing to watch her quickly mastering things that were so hard to even imagine her doing when I would hold her in my arms as a newborn, just a few short months ago. These 9 months have been a whirlwind for sure. They have also been some of the most inspiring and motivating 9 months for me. Maybe it's because the previous 9 months, while pregnant, I spent so much time (basically all of it) so miserable and bed-ridden that once Ingrid came it was like a floodgate of ideas and creativity. Which brings me to my big announcement.
I am starting a new business with my mom!! Ack! Because I figured I don't have enough on my plate, right? But this is something I've been wanting to do for awhile and after Ingrid came it just felt like the right time. 
It's an online store named Bitte. We will be selling a curated selection of beautifully designed, all natural toys and clothes for little ones. We will be featuring and collaborating on products from many of my favorite small makers and artisans both here and abroad, who focus on the highest quality materials and craftsmanship. I will be sharing more in the weeks and months to come but for now you can follow along with our progress and inspirations on our instagram, twitter and pinterest. We are so excited and can't wait to launch later this summer.








DIY Felt Nursery Garland

I love a DIY that can do double duty and this fun and easy felt garland does exactly that. I originally created it for this years xmas tree but when I was taking down the tree and packing everything away I thought it would be such a shame to not see this pretty handmade garland again until next December. That's when I thought it would go perfectly above the crib in my daughters nursery, and voilĂ  problem solved! To see the full DIY head on over to ebay where I've been guest blogging for the last couple months.






Forage

One of the things I love about living in the Bay Area is all of the cool things everyone is working on. I feel like every other day a friend tells me about an amazing project they are starting or working on. It's exciting to continually have so many inspiring people around me. That's how I felt recently when my friend Emily La Fave launched her new venture, Forage. A new spin on meal planning, Forage delivers all the ingredients you need to recreate some of your favorite restaurant dishes from famed restaurants such as Hapa Ramen, Dosa and Alta CA. I've been trying it out for a few weeks and it's been super nice to have a gourmet way to speed up making dinner on those nights when things are hectic.








Jarek Puczel

When I came across the work of Polish painter Jarek Puczel recently I was immediately enamored. Most of his imagery has such a beautiful haunting quality and his deliberate use of negative space is amazing.






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