Friday Finds: Holiday Gift Guide 2018

  1. Craft Beer Making Kit 
  2. Gringo Bandito Hot Sauce
  3. goSili to go coffee tea cup
  4. Raw Spice Bar Subscription – Build Your Own Spice Sets
  5. KYVAN Mild Honey Apple Salsa
  6. Pic’s Peanut Butter


  1. Custom Photo Album by Shortcake Albums 
  2. UnPlugged 10K 
  3. J-Pillow Travel Pillow
  4.  Flipshade Black Dot Phone Shade Hero
  5.  This is Us Sign by Knot & Nest 
  6. Wonder Forge Yeah NOPE Board Game 
  7. BT2200 Volume Limited Kids’ Bluetooth Headphones
  8. SABRE Personal Alarm with Clip & LED Light
  9. Illustrated Greeting Cards – Thank You Cards

  1. Glow Getter Gift Set – EDDIE FUNKHOUSER® Cosmetics
  2. Be Your Own Hero Inspirational Message Bracelet
  3. Kanio Ice – Creativity and Self Expression Kanio Love Bracelets
  4. Babo Botanicals Lip Tint Conditioner SPF 15
  5. Yeast X – Organic Anti-Yeast Supplement
  6. Wee Likey Baby & Me Bangles
  7. Isabelle Grace Jewelry Mama XO Necklace
  8. HAPPY Organic Mood Supplement

  1. “Excuse Me, I Have To Go Be Amazing” Tee Shirt | Saylor Design Co
  2. Covered Goods Multi-use Nursing Cover
  3. Pro Brush Collection – EDDIE FUNKHOUSER® Cosmetics
  4. PURenergerizer™ Nano Solutions Skin Infuser Kit
  5. Anjou 12 Bath Bombs Set

  1. How to Dress: Secret Styling Tips from a Fashion Insider
  2. Dress-Up Jane Austen: Discover History Through Fashion
  3. Kawaii Doodle Class: Sketching Super-Cute things
  4. Prettycitylondon: Discovering London’s Beautiful Places
  5. Mary Berry Everyday: Make Every Meal Special
  6. If You Can Cut, You Can Collage: From Paper Scraps
  7. Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave
  8. East by West: Simple Recipes for Ultimate Mind-Body Balance
  9. Dress Up Meghan by Georgie Fearns

  1. Martin and Bobby: A Journey Toward Justice
  2. Riley the Brave by Jessica Sinarski
  3. Elmer and Wilbur (Elmer series) by David McKee
  4. B is for Baller
  5. The Nerf Blaster Modification Guide: The Unofficial Handbook
  6. Oliver the Ornament Christmas Story Book
  7. Read Your Story – Personalized ABC Book 
  8. Dawn Sign American Sign Language Baby Series 
  9. OwlCrate Jr Subscription Book Box

  1. DojoBoom Extreme Air Sports | Trampoline Park Stocking Stuffer
  2. Professor Maxwell’s 4D Science Augmented Reality Lab
  3. Cry Babies Lala Baby Doll
  4. Gravitrax Starter Set
  5. Cuddle+Kind Ethically produced hand-knit dolls
  6. SoapSox Scorch the Dragon Baby Bath Toy
  7. HABA Kullerbu at The Construction Site Play Track
  8. Brain Blox Wooden Building Blocks for Kids

  1. Wonder Forge Disney Villainous Strategy Board
  2. An Illustrated Ornament Set
  3. ThinkFun Shadows in The Forest Play in The Dark Board Game
  4. ThinkFun Cat Crimes Logic Game and Brainteaser 
  5. Edushape Ez- Grip Magic Brix
  6. Hacker Cybersecurity Logic Game
  7. Eliminate U
  8. Capture the Flag

  1. Jack & Lily Footwear
  2. Baby Smile – Organic Soothing Diaper Rash Cream
  3. MAM Newborn Gift Set
  4. Kid’s Probiotics And Colostrum
  5. ergoPouch Cocoon Swaddle and Sleep Bag
  6. Waterproof Smock Bib
  7. bbluv Multi Reversible Play Mat
  8. Feltman Brothers Holiday Knit Dress
  9. aden + anais classic swaddles







How a handfull of cheerios ended India’s modeling career || On Thursdays I post from the vault. This post is from November 2008.

On Thursdays I post from the vault. This post is from November 2008.


{at the rehearsal before the show. notice: Cheerios in hand = compliant toddler}

India had her first (and last) modeling gig today. It was a runway show for Simple Shoes at a swanky hotel in Laguna Beach. She had one task: walk down the runway, turn around, walk back. Let’s just say things did not go as planned, and I don’t think we will be asked back.

In truth, I really haven’t pursued any kind of modeling stuff for her, even though people often tell me I should. But I heard about the show through a mommy blog contact, and thought, what the heck? It sounded fun, and I thought India would be a perfect fit. And literally, she was a perfect fit. They were looking for kids who wear size 7 shoes, and she does. Voila. India books a runway show.

I would be lying if I said I had no ulterior motives about the day, though. Of course, in the back of my mind, there was that little dream that she would be so dazzling that a talent scout would walk up to me and offer her a Target commercial that would pay for her college. But alas, that did not happen.

What DID happen . . . well let’s just say it was not pretty. We arrived at the shoot early (as in, I had to set an alarm and freakin’ wake her up). When we got there, wardrobe gave me an outfit for her to wear, which was an adorable wintery outfit with lots of layers and a fleece hat that was as tight as a swimcap on her 97% percentile sized head. It was so tight it pushed the skin on her forehead forward, giving her a kind of neanderthal look. She was not happy with the hat, but I kept coaxing it back on her head. We did a few practice runs, and everything was great. India was adorable, she walked down and back and even pretended to be a ballerina. She was pleased with herself, and everyone thought she was really cute. We had a little breakfast, and then they rallied the kids for what was supposed to be a 9:30 fashion show.

This is where things went wrong. Apparently, there was a little presentation before the catwalk, and this gal was going LONG. So the huddled the kids into a dark backstage area that was seperated from the audience by a curtain and a screen. The presentation was still going on, so we were urged to keep the kids really quiet. This went on for a HALF HOUR. You can imagine how 30 minutes of sitting still and being shushed went over with a tired 2-year-old. Things got so bad that I finally pulled out some Cheerios, thinking I could keep her quiet for a few more minutes that way. The talking lady didn’t seem anywhere close to finishing up.

Oh wait. Turns out she was finished. As soon as I pulled out the cheerios, I hear the lady say, “and now let’s have a look at our toddler shoes”. And suddenly the room becomes chaos, and we’re being told to line up. Which means that I have to take the cup of Cheerios out of India’s hand and try to get her to line up and walk down a runway.

She was not having it.

She lunged for the Cheerios.

She started screamed.

She threw herself on the ground.

She went boneless.

She kicked her legs and banged her head on the floor.

It was a full-blown tantrum. I tried to pick her up to calm her down. I carried her to the stairs of the runway, at which point she starts hitting me, hitting herself in the face, and crying even more loudly. I’m told to please just go back out into the hallway if she won’t cooperate. But at this point, I am determined that we will finish this thing.

I have to carry her down the runway myself. She is still crying, and alternately hitting me in the face and then burrowing her face into my shoulder from embarrassment. Meanwhile, I am walking down the runway with a smile plastered on my face as if to say, “this is fine. This is all fine. Just focus on the shoes, people. Focus on the shoes”.

We escape to backstage and I hand India the Cheerios, at which point she morphs back into a charming, delightful, adorable little girl.

I leave in shame.

Oh well, I guess she will never live out the dream of becoming one of the ultimate runway models:

Just think, this could have been India!! Don’t these girls look so well adjusted?

Wednesday’s Child: Jacob

Every Wednesday I feature a child recently highlighted by a local Wednesday’s Child newscast to share the stories of children from around the country who are waiting for a family. My hope is that this can broaden exposure for the children highlighted, but also serve as a reminder that these children represent thousands of children currently in the foster-care system. Perhaps their stories will inspire you to consider opening your home to a child needing a family. For more information and to learn about other waiting children, visit AdoptUsKids.


Life Lately

I’ve just given in on making them keep these around. The fun is in the process….and in eating it the second you’re done I guess.
You can dress them up….
It’s adoption month and I thought it would be interesting to host a conversation with my boys to talk from their perspective as adoptees. We will be answering questions over on instagram tonight, so leave your questions here or pop them into my stories. •photo by @loveisaphoto


I gave my kids full control of planning and executing the food. Behold my Thanksgiving meal. You can pin that if you want.