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No One Puts Baby in the Closet



Photo Credit: A Cup Of JoeActually, using a closet as a nursery is a great and common solution for people with limited space like me! We live in a two bedroom condo and space is lacking to say the least. Especially after two years of collecting children's toys, books, clothes and everything else child related. With our second child on the way we contemplated moving to the burbs (where we know we'll live and love one day). We imagined more space, a backyard, storage, much less street noise, better weather, room for entertaining and the list goes on.

But living in the burbs also means a longer commute for my husband, which translates to him not getting home in time to see either of the kids before bed and also lots more driving on my part! Sounds silly but I hate packing up the car and doing the car seat thing! It's tedious.

While having a large gourmet kitchen to cook in, more space to entertain and a backyard for the kids to play in is a dream of mine someday, I had to think about what I truly value right now in my life. And that is time with my husband and conveniences of city living. I realized I am not ready to give up my walking life style. I can walk to my daughter's preschool, public library, coffee shops, restaurants, convenience stores and more. We have a park across the street that we consider our backyard and most important to my family is that my husband has a less than 15 minute commute home and can be home most nights in time to help put the kids to bed. So you can bet that I am willing to sacrifice all the joys of the burbs for this... at least for a while longer. Not to mention there is a good possibility that we'll make a big move to the burbs in the next two years. 

So where does that leave us? We've decided to do some major rearranging and organizing of our place and clean out a small walk in closet that we have for our second child. The closet is located between my toddler's room and a bathroom area. We have some major work to do since we currently use it as storage and my toddler's room is half her room and half office but we'll get there. We figure we'll keep our second in the closet nursery for at least the first six months to a year and then move her/him to my toddler's room and they will share.

One couple in New York City made a nusery closet in their 500-squre foot studio apartment. I found the post, (which the picture to the left is from) inspiring. I've also been finding inspiration on Pinterest, Project Nusery and Babble. If you have any thoughts, ideas, suggestions I'd love to hear from you!


My Favorite Piece Of Artwork


My favorite wall art in our home is this piece - the framed birth announcements of my two children. 

Even though my children were born two years apart, I used the same birth announcement template on Shutterfly, although obviously one is blue and the other pink. I absolutely cherish these announcements so I wanted to do something special with them. 

I took them to my local Michaels, where they always seem to have big promotions on framing. The woman in the framing department helped me pick out the mat and frame to match. It was not cheap, but it wasn't overly expensive. I estimate a little under $200 but well worth it to me. This hangs on the entrance to our family room and every time I pass it my heart melts just a little bit. Bless these babies of mine. 

What did you do with your children's birth announcements? 


Bedtime Story: There's An App For That

My husband found this super cute bedtime story app for iPad that our 2 year-old absolutely loves! It is called Goodnight Safari and it's free! 

It tells the tale of various safari animals getting ready for bed and lets your little one help the animals in their nighttime rituatls. It's very sweet.

For more children's app suggestions, be sure to follow our app Pinterest Board


I Pin; Therefore, I am



It’s official.  I’m addicted.  But I think it’s actually a good thing (doesn’t every addict?).  To what you ask?  To the BEST. WEBSITE. EVER.  

It’s Pinterest, and it’s basically a way to collect pretty images on the web and organize them into inspiration boards (or fantasy dream land boards in my case).  I have one for the gorgeous destinations that  I hope to (but may never) see, for the spacious home I don’t have and for the clothes I wish I could afford.  It sounds depressing, but it’s surprisingly fulfilling.

Here’s why: It scratches the itch that I have to “have” things, without actually buying them.  It’s all the adrenaline rush of a shopping spree with none of the guilt.  And I never have to worry that I’ll spill wine on my gorgeous new dress.

And it’s not all fantasy world.  I am actually using it to collect ideas for practical things like kids’ playrooms, recipes and Nic’s upcoming second birthday (I know, I can’t believe it’s been another year either).

The moral of the story is: If you aren’t on Pinterest, you’re missing out.  BIG TIME.


QT with your Little One

On a recent podcast, we discussed the conundrum of what to do with your little one with all the extra time on your hands when they downgrade from two naps to one. Nathalee and Alex have shared some great options in the Bay Area and I recently discovered two new places that share fun, easy, affordable and educational activities with kids.

Teach Your Tot is a fantastic blog that highlights a new theme each week filled with a variety of activities, book suggestions, songs, online fun and recipes.  This past week’s theme was “Grandparents”. Other themes include “Getting Dressed”, “Pumpkin”, “Dogs”, “The Sun” and so on. Corey is the incredible super mom behind this blog. She has three children all under the age of 4. Before having her first child, Corey taught third grade, first grade, and kindergarten. Corey does all the work for you. All you need to do is head to the library, grocery or craft store to pick up the goods and you are good to go with a week’s worth of fun activities. Definitely worth bookmarking and visiting regularly.

Pinterest is just what you didn’t know you were missing. It’s a social site with a bookmarking option that allows you to follow friends’ finds, “pin” ideas you love and sort them into easily organized boards. Imagine a huge inspiration board where you can pick and choose to save whatever you want. Need birthday party inspiration? Check. Need a fun holiday kid-friendly recipe to make? Check. Need inspiration for fall wardrobe so you don’t appear to be too out of it? Check. Need fun things to do with your kids? Big check. There are so many fun projects to do with kids on this site, you’ll never want for inspiration, just time. Below are a few projects that might have you rushing to the crafts store. And, here’s a fun idea. It’s going to be AWESOME for Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/holiday gift lists. And, there are lots of great DIY ideas as well.