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Back in the Saddle Again, Sort Of.

Uh oh.
Right before we were about to leave for our cabin vacation my three year old got back at me for ruining his life by having this baby and “accidentally” kicked my camera off the couch while staring me right in the eye. We’re trying to move on but Finn is still coping with the new kid (Gus) being around. The other day he told me to “stop talking” and every once in a while he likes to make it known that he doesn’t love me anymore. I know he will get over it but it’s all a little hard to take at the moment.

So, with all that being sad it’s been hard to blog let alone take pictures. I guess a new camera moved to the top of my 30th birthday wish list, did you hear that Mom, Dad, & Jeff??

I’m finally starting to figure out a schedule with these kids and besides being totally exhausted I hope to be blogging soon, even if it is via iphone instagrams. Be patient with me, I’ll have a new camera & lens soon (I hope).

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  • I grew up in North Central Minnesota, surrounded by land and trees and lakes. We had the luxury of space and plenty of room for gardening of any type be it of the flower or vegetable variety. Both my mother and grandmother kept beautiful sprawling flower gardens while I was growing up. I only hope that one day I will have just as impressive of a garden as they did. Now that I have put down roots in Minneapolis, space for a large garden is a bit difficult to come by. Thankfully the folks over at Fire Escape Farms have got things figured out for us urban-green thumbs. There is a great section with lovely vertical garden planters suitable for flowers or veggies. Check out their selection of reference books and pretty little hand tools too!
  • Our friend Brian turned 30 years old a few weeks ago! This is a milestone that lends itself to massive amounts of celebrating and serves as a good excuse to do crazy shit like jump out of an airplane. An even better way to celebrate is to jump out of an airplane and bring 4 of your buddies with you! One sunny Sunday morning just a few weeks back, Elsa, Lindsey and I got into a car and drove off to Wisconsin to watch our husbands and friends (and dads) jump their crazy asses out of an airplane. Check out this crazy video my guy Aaron shot as he fell from 13,000 feet back to earth. Phew, I’m glad that’s over!
  • West Elm is having a killer Labor Day Sale this weekend! These deals are good online and in stores. A few other places have decided to say good bye to summer by giving us some sweet sweet deals. Check out: GAP, Sierra Trading Post, PUMA, LEVI’s, Betsey Johnson, and REI.
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Vacation Time


  • It’s Time!!! The Allen fam has been waiting all year to take our much anticipated vacation at Uncle Matt’s cabin in Cross Lake, MN. This year will mark the 4th annual TPC & friends family vacation. Jeff and I consider this vacation as the reward for a hard year of sacrifice and waiting. We are so excited that Gus is here and will be joining us, we can’t wait for fam & friend time spent on the beach, going on boat rides, swinging in hammocks, and eating tons and tons of delicious meals. In honor of such a great time of year I will be dedicating this Cool Things! to our cabin vacay.
  • Our good friends “The Detroit Allen’s” (no relation) from Ferndale, MI sent a care package the other day for the fam. There were sweet little presents for Gus & Finn but the best thing of all was the present for me. Two ginormous jars of what looks like the most amazing bloody mary mix this side of the Mississippi. I am saving this McClure’s mix for our Saturday morning breakfast fest, it’s sure to be the star of the show! Thanks Detroit Allen’s!!
  • Did you guys know that babies need life jackets too, what a crazy idea. I gotta order me up a baby life vest ASAP.
  • We most definitely will be needing some beach toys for making super amazing sand castles and whatnot, I found this cool little beach set from Green Toys. Finn just got a Green Toys sandwich shop kit and we’ve been making sandwich’s all day, every day.
  • Guess what else?? Uncle Matt is curing up some homemade bacon for one of our morning breakfast feasts, can you believe it, homemade bacon?? Here’s how it get’s done.
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A few weeks ago we were contacted by children’s clothing company Tea and asked to review their clothing. Tea is a cool little company located in San Francisco, CA. Their globally inspired designs make for comfy and modern clothes for our little dudes and dudettes! They aspire to be global citizens and take great pride in giving back to their community. They have created a line of t-shirts called “little citizens of the world” in which they donate all their proceeds to Global Fund for Children. Not only that their clothing is made of high quality natural fabrics and feels awesome to the touch.

Tea fort

Scoops and I got our families together last weekend for some backyard kid fort fun and a few refreshing adult summer beverages. We had the kiddos try on their new duds while exploring and playing in the backyard. It’s amazing to learn how much magic a few sheets and some clothes pins hold. These kids had so much fun playing in an impromptu backyard fort.

Cool fort

Finn’s Long Sleeve Purity Tee and Elsa’s Flor Del Mar Pocket Dress, both made of a lovely pima cotton, easily kept up with these two crazy kiddos!

Elsa n Finn

Snack Break! Royal the dog tries to get in on a much needed muffin break.

Tea Gus

We can’t forget Gus, he needs to get in on the action too. Not big enough for fort parties he chills with mom in his new bodysuit perfect for the upcoming fall weather. This clothing is so soft that you don’t feel like you need to wash it a million times before putting next to newborn baby skin.

Tea Collection offers up clothing for children of all sizes. Check out their Fall 2011 Children’s Clothing collection, inspired by a cross country trip south of border to Mexico.

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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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