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Neat Writing Rubber Stamps


  • I don’t much think about rubber stamps most days. Then I saw these little beauties over on cutetape.com. Don’t these look like the best little trinkets to hold in your hands? They come in two styles: Neat Writing and Handwriting. You could also get yourself a set of numbers to go with your letters. Man.I.Need.These.

  • I’m a sucker for a good scarf and all things that keep me cozy. Check out this easy tutorial over at Behind The Seams to see how to make this simple and chic wrap/scarf combo. What a versatile piece to add to your wardrobe. I’m not sure why you wouldn’t make this?
  • Links to James Mollison’s book ‘Where Children Sleep‘ have been passed around FB over the past week or so. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out I recommend you do so. Mollison’s travels give us a glimpse into how children across the globe spend their days and where they rest their heads at night.
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A Blanket for Gus

Gus & Blankie

Every new kid in this world needs a blanket he can carry around with him every place he goes. In good Auntie fashion I felt obliged to make our new little buddy Gus something special.

Heirloom Cut Baby Blankie on Chair

I came across a tutorial for a beautiful cut chenille baby blanket over on Aesthetic Nest and knew it would be perfect for our boy August!

The most beautiful blanket.

This cozy chenille is sure to keep Gus warm during the cool Fall and Winter months.

August on pattern side of Blankie

Welcome to the world little baby Gus. Your Auntie Colz loves you!

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Coccoli Onesie

  • We came home from the hospital to a pretty small stash of onesies and newborn clothes, no problem though, I am pretty good when it comes to internet shopping and all. I went straight over to Zulily.com to get the latest deals on cool baby stuff I bought one of each kind of Coccoli boy baby gear. I also was smitten with a few of the kimono style onesies over at Kate Quinn Organics and threw a few of those in my shopping cart as well. I couldn’t resist all the colors, I was pulled in my their tractorbeam and was helpless against their powers.
  • It didn’t take long to start feeling back to my old self. Now that I am home and I have this body back I just want to clean and tidy and pick up, and rearrange and keep up with my obsessive ways. Unfortunately my body likes to remind me that I just gave birth and should probably be taking easy. One of things I would really like to do once I fully recover is make a trip back to Ikea for more toy storage. Gus and all his baby business combined with Finn and his ever growing toy pile has me thinking ‘toy hiding spots.’ I NEED hiding places in every room of our house that are functional and most importantly good looking. On our next trip to Ikea I will pick up another set of Expedit 4×4 shelves with baskets for the porch and possibly an end table with room below for a basket for the living room. The new 2012 Ikea catalog is providing lots of good solutions for this dillema.
  • After labor day, Finn Gus and myself are adding a new addition to our daily routine…(drum roll please) Elsa will now be joining us 5 days a week! I know it’s probably a little crazy but I think it will be good for Finn and Elsa to have someone their own age to play with on a daily basis. That being said I would really like to start “wearing” Gus in a sling, something I never did with Finn. I think slinging him would help with multi-tasking and allow me to give more attention to the older kids. My friend Joanna recommended me these slings from Li’l Pepper Keepers but am curious to know what other people have used. Please let me know if you have recommendations for me, I need all the help I can get.
  • I am dedicated to shedding these extra baby lbs ASAP! Last time I waited a good six months before I started losing weight and I regret not doing it sooner, I was totally miserable and unhappy with the way I looked but losing weight sounded SO hard. I started my “spreadsheet diet” and shed the last 30lbs in 4 months. This time around I’m gonna try this awesome thing called a fitbit, introduced to me by my friend Liz. Not only does it help me count calories and activity it also keeps track of my progress in a visually awesome way. Its like the spreadsheet diet on steroids. I’m actually excited to start!
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August (Gus) Jack Allen

August Allen
He’s Here! The newest member of our family arrived last Friday, the 29th at 2:50pm. After many false alarms and lots and lots of waiting he made it up to me with a speedy delivery. He is a happy and healthy baby, only cries if he’s hungry, attempts to sleep at night and nurses like a champ. We’ve been home since Saturday and are adjusting fine. Finn is doing an awesome job as a new big brother and Jeff and I are naturals (so far) at this second-time-parent thing. We hope the next few days keep going as well as the first few have.

August Allen
August Jack Allen: July 29, 2011 — 7lbs . 13oz . 20″

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DIA Rug Love

  • I’ve been slowly getting the first floor of my house in order. I recently gave my dining room a face lift. Now that I have gotten that out of the way I have moved on to the adjoining living room. I started the make over by refinishing the hardwood floors on the entire first floor this past weekend. I’ll be telling you all about that adventure later this week. But, now I’ve got to pick out some sweet rugs for these sweet new floors. I came across this beauty of a rug by DIA Rugs. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I’m so hoping I’ll be able to make this rug mine VERY soon!

  • Did you know that I have never ever seen an episode of Mad Men? I’ve been hearing about how awesome the set design is and how awesome the 50′s were and how awesome Don Draper is, for quite some time now. Well, thanks to Netflix instant queue I have finally experienced Don and the gang in action. Yes, I agree, the set design is killer. Yes, I agree, there is a certain something about that Don Draper. I don’t really know if I fully agree that the 50′s were all that awesome from a sociological standpoint…..but I’ll keep watching. I have a feeling that there will be plenty of late nights in front of the TV trying to get as many episodes under our belts as we possibly can.

  • I can’t end this weeks “Cool Things” without mentioning the coolest thing of them all. Our good buddy and my BFF, Scoops will be getting her very own little baby Gus sometime this week! We have all been anxiously awaiting Gus’ arrival and he has really been putting his Mama, Pop and big bro through quite the roller coaster ride of anticipation. We’re ready to meet you already Gus! Scoops, I’m wishing you a happy and safe and easy and fast delivery of this little guy! Your boys are a very lucky bunch to have you. Love you much Lady!
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