Category: Baby/Motherhood

BABY'S NEWEST PLAY ROOM

posted by Elshane on Aug 3 2017, under Baby/Motherhood

When us mommy's look for toys for baby, we look to hit all the senses, right? A fuzzy stuffed animal that moves his head and giggles, a wooden train that pieces together with a choo choo on top. 

Well, what if your best toys were hiding in your very own closet? Sometimes when Sunday and I are getting stir crazy and we don't want to/can't go outside, we lock ourselves in my closet and get WILD.

I show her the fuzzy fur coats, the spiky sequin tops, and all of the colors of the rainbow. She opens and closes my accessories drawers, she takes clothes off the hangers, and she "cleans up" when we're done. (You know... putting all of the clothes in one pile at the corner of the closet!)

Point is, it's a great way to spend 20 minutes of time. Plus, it's a great way to revive that silver sequin dress that you haven't worn in years... ;)

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TRAVELING WITH A TODDLER

posted by Elshane on Jul 26 2017, under Baby/Motherhood

Traveling with a toddler? It's not easy, no matter how you slice it.

The flight is a nightmare (they just want to run the aisles when the seat belt sign is on). The packing is insane (day diapers, night diapers, snacks, cute outfits, spill-able outfits).

And then there's the "stuff"... the stroller, the car seat, the lovie blanket, the sound machine. 

Now that Sunday's walking running, having an "SUV" stroller as I call them (think Bugaboo Cam, UppaBaby Vista, Baby City Mini), is completely unnecessary. They're bulky, they don't fit through narrow spaces, and they're so heavy to lug around.

So here it is... I found the most incredible "umbrella" stroller-- as you can see it folds up to the size of a bread crumb... and it even has a shoulder strap so you can carry it around (it weighs 13 lbs, as opposed to my 24 lb Bugaboo)! It's absolutely the perfect travel essential.

So there you have it. Yet another necessity to add to your ever-growing baby list!

 

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BABY'S CLOSET TOUR

posted by Elshane on Jun 12 2017, under Baby/Motherhood

Breaking News: Sunday and I played dress up... again. ;)

Sometimes toys are overrated.. and emptying your kid's closet while jumping and playing and throwing clothing in the air is where the party's at, instead. 

Ok, the truth is we did this for our Fashion Mama's Cribs photo shoot...and we had a very willing participant on hand to clean up the mess. But I do recommend this. There's something very exciting about creating chaos in the midst of beauty. 

Note to self: Sunday likes my vintage Chanel layered necklaces a little too much. One more tug and the entire pearl strand would have covered the nursery floor. I think I'll save that necklace for adult-only time moving forward. I'm sure Sunday will appreciate this later in life, when the necklaces get passed down to her! :)

Photography by @howlandrose for Fashion Mama's Cribs

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THE CHASE: MOMMY AND ME STYLE

posted by Elshane on May 31 2017, under Baby/Motherhood

Can you see the sweat beads dripping down my face? It's the result of chasing a wild yellow squiggly toddler around my dining room. Man... it doesn't get easier!

I'm so excited to share this shoot, as well as so many more looks, from an in depth interview I did with Fashion Mamas.

I've included snippets of the interview in this blog post, but to read the entire interview (it's awesome and filled with tons of photos), you can scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the link!

 

******* Read the full interview HERE! ********

Photographs by Jacky Mitrius @howlandrose

Interview by Nara Walker @DeerPath

 

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ONE FOOT TWO FOOT

posted by Elshane on May 19 2017, under Baby/Motherhood

Chasing after the speediest banana feet in spikey Louboutin sneakers is pretty much the story of my life. Besides, it makes for a pretty cute photo!

We've been loving the entire line of Freshly Picked moccasins. They actually stay on Sunday's feet... ALWAYS. I'll never forget a few months ago when I was strolling Sunday around the block and I saw a single baby shoe sitting on the side of the road. I wondered, "whoooo, and whyyyyyy?!"

Now that Sunday's walking running, I understand exactly why. These babies walk right out of their shoes, literally

But these Freshly Picked moccs are different. They fit Sunday's feet almost like a second layer of skin, and the elastic strap keeps the shoes secure on her chunky baby ankles. And can we discuss this adorable banana print?! 

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BABY'S FIRST PICNIC

posted by Elshane on Apr 25 2017, under Baby/Motherhood

Well this was cool! Sometimes it's just fun to bunker down in your own backyard or nearby park and set up a pretend picnic. Sunday and I utilized a good 45 minutes of playtime here-- setting up place settings, eating "food" (wooden food is delicious, don't ya know!), smelling flowers, and dressing like the pretty garden ladies we were always destined to be.

It seems like these wooden food shapes are the go-to for all babies and toddlers (shop them in my SHOP section below), and my new baby-friendly plates, silverware, and insulated food jar from SkipHop made for the perfect picnic setting.

We really do take these SkipHop items with us to the park at all times! They're the perfect lightweight set to keep Sunday's eating on the run happy, healthy, clean, and cold/warm as needed! Shop all the fun colors and prints below!

 

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KIDCHELLA

posted by Elshane on Apr 17 2017, under Baby/Motherhood

Trying to make light of the fact that I couldn't make it to Coachella this year, I shared a fun little Kidchella moment with my littles, instead. 

For Sunday, I wanted to give a nod to her father's obsession with the Grateful Dead paired with my love for tie dye, sunnies, and overly ridiculous accessories. Mission accomplished!

For Homer, well... he was easy breezy. His new "Beverly Hills Hotel Valet Parking Attendant Shirt" as we call it, was a clear match for the occasion. And Sunday even let him borrow a pair of her shades to complete the look.

I think it's safe to say that there will be more themed dress up moments to come... especially now that Sunday is starting to reach for mommy's handbags and shoes. ;) 

We can call this a mommy match made in heaven! <3

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SUNDAY FUNDAY: A PERFECT 1ST BDAY BASH

posted by Elshane on Mar 30 2017, under Baby/Motherhood

 

And like THAT... (insert swift finger snap)... she's ONE!

In true Elshane form, a celebratory event doesn't come and go without a celebration. Sunday's first birthday was no exception. But I had to be strategic-- this innocent soul wouldn't remember a thing from this special day-- so it had to be just enough, but not too much. 

Basically, we wanted an excuse for our family and friends to gather, eat cake, and take epic photos to last a lifetime. Mission complete!

Here's how it all went down...

 

 

Sunday Funday was a natural choice for a theme-- I guess you can say it's less a "theme", and more a "mentality". But hey, that's how I feel about life in general! So yes, our mentality was Sunday Funday. We celebrated on a Sunday, for Sunday's birthday, which strategically fell on a Sunday this year. Yes, yes, yes!!!

 

 

 

 

The FIRST thing I did when planning the party was book the entertainment. I knew there was only ONE choice- The Beat Buds! They're basically like The Beatles of Southern California. If you live in or around SoCal, there's truly no other choice for kid's entertainment. 

They strolled into the party with endless instruments both for them to play, and for the kids to jam out with, too. Their original songs (like how to say Hello in many languages) are so catchy that I honestly spied many parents boogie'n in their boots. (CAUGHT!)

Sunday said "BYE MOM" and hung out as a Beat Buds band groupie the entire party. No joke-- it's like I wasn't even there. (Ok, it was a little sad, but mostly thrilling to watch her undying independence and jam ability.)

 

 

 

 

And what's a party without Pinterest-worthy splashes of decor? That's where Minted came in. The stationery powerhouse was a one-stop-shop for perfectly pretty banners, photo backdrops, garlands, table confetti, and theme signs that sprinkled the entire outdoor space.

The washed pink canvas "1st Sunday Funday" photo backdrop was the icing on the selfie wall cake.

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CALLING ALL INSTAGRAMERS!!! You can't forget the must-have party moment for any Instagram-obsessed chick like myself-- a selfie wall!!

With the help of Pottery Barn Kids x Emily + Meritt's newest collection that just hit stores last week, I created a swoon-worthy stars Teepee, lion and cat beanbags, metallic pillows, and pom pom garland backdrop that welcomed tots in for a cozy photo in perfect lighting. 

And who can say no to babies in Teepees in perfect lighting?!

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And lastly, the moment we had all been waiting for... the SMASH CAKE!! I wondered what Sunday would do in that first moment that sugar touched her sweet little lips. Some babies cry, some scream, some dive in face first and never let go!

Well... as you can see from the photos... need I say more?!

 

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