2017 Gift Guide No. 3 – The Kids!


I have to say, some of the most beautiful products I see these days are for kiddos. That could be because I am a parent and that stuff just naturally crosses my path, but seriously! It’s never been easier for kids to be as design-savvy as their grown ups. These are skewed for babies and toddlers but if you’re shopping for older kids you’ll find good stuff from these same shops.


1 — Forest Friends Crib Sheet  2 — Blockitecture Parkland  3 —  Bamboo Dinner Set
4 — Planet Blocks  5 — Play Food  6 — Wooden Car  7 — Cozy Sweatshirt
8 — Slipper Moccasins  9 — C is for Castle  10 — Gemstone Crayons  11 — Xylophone

At the Zoo

ZOO041217-11Yesterday Alex and I went to the Minnesota Zoo to hang out. I hadn’t been myself in probably close to decades, and he’s only 5.5 months old, and it’s like $18 a ticket, plus parking, so it was a gamble. I don’t want to say people who try new things with babies are heroes, but there does take a certain amount of bravery. But you need to get out of the house and do stuff, otherwise you’ll go insane.

Luckily, everything worked out perfectly. The weather was cool and cloudy, but not cold or rainy. Alex was comfortable in a sweatshirt and I in a t-shirt (because you have to be ON YOUR GAME constantly with a baby and that makes you sweaty). The crowds were minimal, and Alex didn’t get upset once. He even seemed to get a kick out of it! Like, in the photo above, he’s literally just looking at a tank of water.ZOO041217-8ZOO041217-12ZOO041217-17I also wanted to go to the zoo because I thought it would be a good photography exercise. And in theory I was right, except I didn’t check my battery beforehand so I was running on close to empty the whole time.ZOO041217-1ZOO041217-4ZOO041217-6ZOO041217-19

By the way, I can’t recommend our stroller enough. It’s got super system of different seat configurations. It’s also got a massive basket underneath for storing anything and everything. I love it. It’s on the pricier side, but if you plan on having more than one kid (which we do), it’ll pay for itself.

ZOO041217-24ZOO041217-27My favorite part was “Russia’s Grizzly Coast” which kinda just felt like a nice nature walk. Plus, bears. ZOO041217-33I ended up applying my ticket price towards a year-long membership so a few more trips this spring while the crowds are low and the weather is still nice will be 👌🏻ZOO041217-30ZOO041217-29

Pillowfort at Target

Screen Shot 2016-10-10 at 2.37.10 PM.pngMy shopping habits have dramatically shifted this year, leading me down a few rabbit holes I otherwise wouldn’t be finding myself in. One of these is this awwwwdorable new home line for kids at Target called Pillowfort. The nursery is very neutral at the moment, and there doesn’t seem to be a lot of baby stuff here, but I’m hoping this collection stays around for a few years because I can totally see a toddler’s room bursting with a little more color and personality. Obviously I lean heavily toward the woodsy collection but there are a ton of cute little themes for children of all persuasions. (Though I’m prob gonna get that tree blanket for myself. It’s so much like my beloved Gran pattern from Fine Little Day)pillowfort

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