Kids

BOOKROO BLACK FRIDAY SALE!

Bookroo Black Friday Promo CodeHappy Black Friday! The only day of the year you should really consider not leaving the house for any reason at all. Seriously. It’s scary out there, guys. Small Business Saturday is way better anyway, amiright?

I’ve told you about Bookroo before (here). We love it, and I’ve teamed up with them again to share a Black Friday code with all of you. You know, so you don’t even have to leave the sofa on a scary day like today.

If you need a refresher, Bookroo is a children’s book subscription service. The best titles wrapped and delivered straight to your door. It’s an excellent and thoughtful service for new parents looking to grow their kids’ library or those of you whose kids are book obsessed, like ours. The folks at Bookroo pick and share their favorite titles and you end up with an eclectic collection of titles you’ve probably never heard of before. Plus, the kids gets wrapped presents in the mail and what kid doesn’t get excited about presents?

When Isla and Theo were younger we got books from the Board Book Box, but this time around I asked for the Picure Book Box, since we now have more board books than weight in children. Also because as the kids get older I’m looking to grow their collection of more mature literature, specifically stories that teach kindness, adversity and empathy, and encourage a curiosity about this great big, diverse world.

This latest delivery (thank you, Bookroo!) featured two titles I had never heard of before: Night Knight and Bernice Gets Carried Away. If you’re a Grumpy Cat fan like my daughter, I highly recommend that last one. The kids were thrilled to unwrap their special packages and I’m thankful for some new reading material. I could recite every page in our entire library with my eyes closed.

So if you’re expecting, in need of new titles or looking for a great gift option for your next birthday party or baby shower, I can’t say enough good things about Bookroo.

In honor of Black Friday, here’s a discount code just for you!

Use code BFRISA for 25% off any multi-month subscription (3, 6 or 12 months).
One redemption per family. Valid for new customers only. Existing customers may use for the purchase of one gift subscription. Valid 11/24 – midnight PST 11/27

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TIE-BACK SWEATER

Dallin Chase leather jacket; Topshop tie-back sweater; ASOS Lisbon mid-rise black skinny jeans; Ray-ban Clubmaster sunglasses; Nixon Kensington leather watch; DV by Dolce Vita Gibsin perforated leather sneakers; Made by Mary Lana Bar necklace When we moved last spring, we did our best to purge as much unneeded “stuff” as possible. Old toys, unused hand-me-down furniture that had been stored in the basement for the entire eight years we lived there, shoes, random decor, clothes, linens, you name it. I’m afraid I might have gone a tad overboard though because my closet has been left with very few cold weather layers. Either there’s an unpacked box somewhere with all my missing clothes (unlikely) or some Philly AIDS Thrift shopper is enjoying my fall wardrobe. Hopefully it’s the latter.

I’ve picked up a couple of tops and sweaters over the last few weeks that make me glad I had an excuse to shop for myself for once. This tie-back top is a fast favorite, and I’ve linked to a couple of others I’ve recently picked up and fallen in love with, too. They’re all gray because apparently my closet is also devoid of color these days, and I’m really alright with that.

{Dallin Chase jacket (some I like below); Topshop sweater; ASOS jeans; Ray-Ban sunglasses; DV by Dolce Vita sneakers (similar below); Made by Mary “Lana Bar” necklace; Nixon watch}

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DIY, Kids

HALLOWEEN DIY: PEPPA & GEORGE (AS A DINOSAUR)

DIY Halloween Costume: Peppa Pig and George Pig / Dinosaur

When I began creating the kids’ Halloween costumes this year, I had no intention of sharing the DIY on the blog (hence the lack of in-progress images). But they turned out better than I imagined so I thought I’d share.

Let me preface this by saying I do not sew. A button or two, sure. But a dinosaur costume? Yea, right. When I did Isla’s sushi costume a couple of years ago I was too nervous to even sew a pillow, so I used stitch witchery to make a no-sew piece of salmon. If you can’t sew either, welcome. If you can, you probably don’t need to read this DIY.

The Peppa and George costume was inspired by Theo, who adores the show. He also regularly chases us around while shouting, “Dinosaur, RAWR!” If you’ve seen the show, you get the connection. But I didn’t want to just throw on a blue onesie with pink arms and legs and call it a day. So Theo is George from the episode where he dresses as a dinosaur for Halloween. If only I can get Theo to wear the George mask. Complicated, I know, but Theo is in love with his new dino suit so mom for the win.

George Pig / Dinosaur

What You’ll Need:

George Pig mask
green hoodie + 2 pairs matching pants
green felt (approx. 6 sheets) for spikes
thread to match the hoodie/pants
thread to match the felt
elastic
polyfill stuffing

Instructions:

Dino Hoodie:

  • To make the felt spikes, cut out a bunch of diamonds in two or three sizes. Mine measured 5″, 6″ and 8″ (tip-to-tip). Lay your hoodie flat, find the center and draw a line or “spine” with chalk as a guide. Then pin your diamonds sideways to the spine. (refer to pictures below).
  • Sew the center of the diamond to the hoodie, which will give you two triangles on either side of the stitch. Fold the triangles together, insert a little polyfill, pin the edges together to hold it in place and sew along the edges to close the spike. (If you can’t sew, like me, it’s okay because no one will see your messy stitches, especially if your thread matches the felt perfectly. Also, tiny stitches help conceal the sloppiness.)
  • Repeat this step for all of the triangles, using the smaller triangles as you travel up the hood. (I first used 4″ spikes everywhere but it looked more like a mohawk than a dino so I swapped the hood spikes for smaller ones.)

Dino Tail:

  • Cut one of the pant legs off your extra pair of pants. (I know this is painful, but just do it). Cut the foot opening on an angle so it’s a bit more narrow/pointed. I used chalk to draw a line as a guide.
  • Turn your leg inside out and sew the foot opening and the open side (where the crotch was) closed. Leave the other end (what was the waist) open.
  • Turn your leg right-side out and stuff it with polyfill.
  • Repeat the steps from the spike instructions above to complete your spikes. I sewed mine right along the seam of the pants to keep them straight. If you don’t have a seem, find the center and draw a line with chalk, then pin your diamonds to the chalk line.
  • Again, make the spikes smaller toward the tip of the tail.
  • You can either pin your tail to the hoodie or add an elastic waistband, which is what I did. First, cut your elastic to the appropriate length to snuggly fit your little one’s waist, then sew the two ends to the inside of your hole/opening. You’ll have to play around a bit with this to make it lay on the waist and not twist around as your child moves. I sewed both ends right next to each other at the top. Then sew your opening shut. Mine is not very pretty looking, but it gets the job done and you can’t see it under the hoodie anyway. If you want a more professional-looking tutorial, try this one.

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Peppa Pig

There are obviously no instructions for this one, but here’s what I bought for the outfit:

Peppa Pig mask
pink pants and shirt
red dress
“golden” rain boots
DIY pig tail (I used this tutorial)
Peppa’s teddy (it came with this tea set we have)

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IT’S RAINING LEAVES!

Free People Royale Flat; ASOS black jeans; Miss Demeanor linen top; Zara knit cardigan; Made By Mary necklaces

The first thing Isla said to me on Sunday morning when we stepped outside was, “It’s raining leaves, Mommy!” She was thrilled and it was adorable. The leaves are finally turning and falling and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome autumn and all its fun seasonal festivities. I’m also pretty excited it’s cool enough to wear these leather flats. They’re a recent purchase and a fast favorite; incredibly comfortable and gorgeous. A nice bootie/flat compromise. They’re on the pricey side, but I rarely buy new shoes anymore (what with two growing kids stealing my budget) so I want them to last. These are worth every penny.

Anyway, happy fall!

{Free People flats; ASOS jeans; Zara sweater (old / cardigans I like below); Miss Demeanor top;
Made by Mary necklaces (Lana bar + charm)}


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BIRTHDAY (JUMP)SUIT

Pepper Place Design Linen JumpsuitI’ve been searching everywhere for a jumpsuit for spring and summer. Something linen, striped and with short sleeves and wide legs. Pretty specific, I know. I found this one, from Pepper Place Design, about a year ago while browsing Instagram and instantly fell for it. But the sizing was limited and since it’s handmade I was uneasy about having it hemmed.

Fast forward to this spring. I hadn’t found a jumpsuit that fit the bill and was still dreaming about this one. I went out on a limb and asked Amy, who designs and hand makes these, if she’d hem it for me, knowing full well she’s a busy lady with lots of customers. Not only did she agree, she was incredibly helpful as I struggled to determine the appropriate length for something I had never seen in person, let alone tried on. She went out of her way and, as a result, I am over the moon with this jumpsuit and Amy’s shop.

This is exactly why I love buying clothes from the actual people who make them. I know that’s not always possible, but Instagram is a great resource for small shopping. And let me just note, at the $60 preorder price (or the $72 full price), this jumpsuit was more affordable than most of the others I had found online.

It’s softer than I expected, fits better than I thought it would (the length is perfect) and feels like it was made just for me. Because it was. It arrived just in time for my birthday so I wore it for a night out with my husband, welcoming 35 feeling comfortable, confident and, of course, stylish. Worth every penny.

{Pepper Place Design jumpsuit; Made by Mary necklaces (Lana bar + charm); Madewell bag;
Dolce Vita sandals (old, similar below)}


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