Month: June 2009

travel pillow for kids.

When we travel I allow the kids to pack one small pillow, one blanket, and a favorite animal so they’ll feel more at home wherever we are. I was beyond thrilled to discover Zoobie Pets, which combines all three. Is it a bird, a plane, Superman? Actually, it’s a Ladybug, a pillow, and a blanket. So clever. Lily the Ladybug $34 {via Zoobie Pets} And the kids discovered that if you stuff the empty animal with your daddy’s sweatshirt {when…
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monterey bay, california

Next stop after San Francisco was Monterey Bay, California. Monterey is hands-down one of my favorite cities in the country, if not my all-time favorite. If I ever end up with a whole lot of extra cash, I’ll be plunking it down on a tiny cabin in Pacific Grove right on the ocean. I mean, a girl can dream right? My family has always had a bit of a *love affair* with Monterey; going back three generations, I might add….
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Mike and I are very excited to let you all know about a fantastic art retreat in San Francisco this August. In addition to my Illustrator classes and Mike’s Photoshop classes, you can learn about photography, letterpress, oil painting, and screenprinting. And in case that’s not cool enough, there’s even a photography class for kids and a cartooning class for kids. Some of the classes are sold out, but get on the waiting list if you’re interested! Don’t live in…
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family room re-design.

Remember way back in the Fall when I painted my family room blue? The room is still at a total standstill and it’s driving me crazy. So I enlisted the help of two of my favorite women, Deb & Erin, from Fresh Nest Design. I sent over photos of the space, what I hoped to accomplish with it, what kind of style I envisioned, and VOILA! just like magic I have a new design for my family room. All I…
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Sephora makeup.

I’ve recently developed an infatuation with Sephora.com. I’ve enjoyed their stores in other cities–if you’ve visited a Sephora store you know how fun it can be with all those pretty, shiny containers of color and fragrance. But, I had never purchased makeup on-line before. Don’t know what I was worried about. Their selection of brands is unbelievable and I’ve been really happy with each of my purchases, like this, though if I hadn’t been happy, returns aren’t a big deal….
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stephanie nielsen’s birthday

If you happen to be in Utah this weekend, there’s a lot going on. And you’ll want to be a part of all of it. At least I do. In no particular order, here’s what’s on the calendar: The ever talented Nicole Carman is hosting a boutique full of the cutest hand-made lovelies this side of the West on Saturday June 27th from 2-8 p.m. You really don’t want to miss it. If you need a birthday gift, wedding present,…
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fitness tip of the week.

Try something new. That’s my tip for today. Are you a yogi? Try Tae Bo. Love running? Go for a swim. Your body needs to be confused every once in a while if you’re going to get and stay in killer shape. You’ve gotta confuse those muscles! Go get ’em tigers.

Tour of Boudin Bakery.

animal shaped bread

Day three in San Francisco was one of the highlights of the entire trip for me. We went to Boudin Bakery on the wharf for a tour of their San Francisco museum as well as their sourdough bakery. As it turns out, the Boudin sourdough starter, their “Mother Dough” has been around since the beginning of San Francisco and was the one thing that Mother Boudin saved from the burning building during the fires of 1906. If you know anything…
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kids in the garden

Without fail, if I’m working in the yard, my toddler wants to work in the yard. With the big heavy grown up sized shovels and rakes. It quickly becomes frustrating for both of us, but he’s not content with the small plastic toy shovel I keep offering. Apparently, it just doesn’t get the job done for him. I’ve searched high and low and I may have found the perfect solution at Main Street Supply. The website is decidedly no-frills, but…
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