Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Caroline's Favorite Board Books 12-20 Months

This originally appeared on my old blog. I'm adding it here for consolidation! These books are still much loved nearly a year after this originally posted. :-)

1) Karen Katz: "Where is Baby's...?" Books

These books are bright, simple and have plenty of flaps to lift. (and rip) Gotta hand it to Karen Katz. She found a formula that works and added in every item under the sun including, Where is Baby's....

Beach Ball?
Christmas Present?
And more.

Toddlers love these. 

2) Madeline Board Books

Madeline books are classics, and you can find just a few of them printed as board books.

You can get a little peak of the inside of this book in these pics.

Madeline Loves Animals is so cute and fun. Many one-year-olds can start saying the sounds of the familiar animals in this book.

I actually liked the illustrations in this book so much that for a while I had it displayed on a shelf opened to the page that has a picture of Madeline and her yellow lab. 

3) Les Petits Fairytales

I will always be sentimental about this book, because it was her very first favorite book. She took to it instantly, and this book was our life's obsession from months 8-13. One of Caroline's first 10 words was "girl." because of this book right here. These little board books take the old classics, and add just one to two words per page, such as "girl", "chores", "mean stepsisters", "pumpkin" etc...

They are the cutest little books. You can add on as much or as little to the story as your heart desires. 

As cute as this book is, I did get really tired of it after the 900th time. I tried to hide in many times and Caroline would crawl around the books saying "gurrrl?" until it reappeared. She also went through a phase where she had to rock with it alongside her blankie.

Eventually, we moved into other Fairytales in the series, and they're all so fun to read! These are just adorable, and would make a great little gift for the baby girl in your life!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Friday Favorites: Leah's Sweet Treats + Mini Boden

My Friday Favorites can be summed up in this picture: the girl, the place, and the dress. 

Leah's Sweet Treats is a Fort Worth bakery known for their Sprinkle Cakes, but carries macaroons, cookies and cupcakes. I had tried their sprinkle cake at a baby shower and loved it. When I heard they had a cute little childrens' play area, I knew we had to try it! Y'all, look at their website.  This place is just too cute. 

So, not only was the play area fun, but the cupcakes were wonderful!!

Caroline chose Cotton Candy because it was blue with pink sprinkles. These cupcakes were just the right density, texture, everything. (I don't want to name names, but there's this one cupcake chain everyone loves and I sometimes find their cupcakes to be a bit dry. Leah's cake is much much tastier, and a little less $ per cupcake!!) 

MK ate from a discount  box of leftover cupcake tops....They sell a little box of them for a few bucks, and it's a steal of a deal! The cake is just as delicious, and they even make them look cute in the box. So, I tried the cotton candy, chocolate chip, and strawberry cupcake top. They were all great, but the strawberry was my favorite!! 

Delicious treats AND a cute play area made for a really fun outing, making Leah's Sweet Treats one of our new favorite things! 

Mini Boden

Caroline asks to wear her green polka dot dress almost every day. I usually say no, but it kinda screams "girly cupcake shop" so we wore it to the bakery. Sadly, it is no longer available, but it's one of our favorites!!

Luckily, our other favorite Mini Boden dress is still available and half off at Nordstrom. 

It is SO cute, and wears really well. I love that it's very substantial fabric, yet light enough to not be hot! I hope our baby likes it, because we have two of them. She'll be wearing this for the next 3 summers. :-) 

Finally, an article featuring some of my favorite books on race was featured on The Federalist this week. If you're a new reader coming from The Federalist, thank you, thank you for stopping by! Happy Friday! 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

BabyLit Art

Children's literature illustrations are hands-down my favorite type of art. I think they're magical. One of my favorite children's literature companies is offering tons of awesome prints of their artwork.

When working to decorate Caroline's nursery, and then later her big girl room, I knew I wanted to decorate with some of these illustrations. Maybe another day I'll show you some more of those pics...

(And yes, I would tear apart a book for a picture. Still cheaper than buying a print somewhere else.)

Anyways, I found these precious books from BabyLit. The BabyLit books take an old classic such as Pride and Prejudice and uses it to teach counting. Sense and Sensibility is used to teach opposites. Emma is used to teach emotions, etc.... (Truth be told, my girls don't love to read these books, but I think they are super cute!)

I fell in love with the art in all of these books, but since they were board books I opted not to cut any up to frame the pics. So, I just chose one to leave open face on a shelf:

Cutest little Pride and Prejudice book!!!

My favorite page is the very first one!

I still think the little open book is pretty cute, but if I were doing the girls rooms again, I would probably purchase some of these prints from the illustrator's website.

Aren't these so cute and whimsical?!?! And, they have all kinds of themes that would tie into almost any nursery design whether it be nautical, woodland animals, florals, jungle, travel, pirates, and so on!

I absolutely love these prints...Check out these books or look into buying the prints. Either way, you will enjoy some eye candy with these illustrations.