Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A Few Favorites for Mother's Day

Mother's Day is fast approaching.  Are you ready?  Here's a recap of a few of our favorite thing for the new Mother in your life:

Give the gift of freedom:

This may sound a little dramatic, but I'm being serious here --- any product that can return you to signs of your former life, aka: pre-baby, are a miracle!  Being able to be hands-free at the Farmers Market and have your baby close is a win/win situation!

Ergo Original Baby Carrier: $115
Stop in to see a full selection of our baby carriers with prices starting at $79.

And don't get me started on how much I LOVE MY POD by Baby Jogger.  This thing is liberating.  It's a single or double jogging stroller. It's a single or double bike trailer. It's the best!  A little pricey, it's proven to be well worth the investment for my family!

Baby Jogger POD - $499 (Available for order at Lullaby Lane!)
Give the gift of health:

Ok, Ok, this isn't what it looks like! I'm not suggesting you hand your partner a spray bottle and a sponge on Mother's Day. That won't go over well for you.  Trust me.

But, if you make a sweet basket filled with some of our favorite cleaning products, vitamins, and body products from the Honest Co., you will be well received.  By taking time to recognize that your family's health is important to you, you'll pass the Mother's Day test with flying colors!

And for an extra bonus: Demo these products for her on Mother's day!  (This suggestion comes from my husband…will he follow his own advice? Only time will tell.)

Honest Co. Products - $4.99- $12.95

Stop in to Lullaby Lane before Sunday to grab something for the Mama in your life!  

Anything on your wish list we missed?  Share in the comments below!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Lifestyle Photo Shoot Tips

The weather in Ohio is finally breaking. Our family is thrilled to be able to be outdoors - hiking, visiting parks, and bike riding are our favorites.  This is also the perfect time to consider a family photo session!  Here are some things to consider when planning your photo session:

Plan out your shots:  Pinterest is your friend. Maybe you're a little too close, like I am? It's a love hate relationship.  Either way, I scoured pinterest and found this darling shot that had to be recreated.

Time the session appropriately:  We're most happy right after breakfast in this house. 10am was our preferred time. Normally nap at 10am? Don't schedule it then.  And, I speak from experience here: DO NOT schedule a photo session 1 day after your child's well-check with vaccines (if that's your thing). This is what you get:

Not that this little lady isn't just darling...this photo just didn't really capture her personality at 6 months old. 

Base your photos around your daily activities:  Take pictures of things that you do around your house that are meaningful and routine.  We read a ton.  We bake a ton.

Have the props ready:  Pizza dough was already made ahead and in the fridge ready to go.  Keep things moving. The kids and the photographer will thank you!

Choose your location and dress appropriately.  Remember, you're trying to capture your day-to-day living.  Think authentically.  Love being in your backyard? Take the photos there! Here is a great example of what not to do. I had this thing that I wanted pictures at a favorite hiking spot of ours. Awesome!  We wore dress clothes. NOT awesome.  This picture is totally not our family:

We look like we're trying to be fancy. In the middle of the woods.  Totally weird, right?
Have any tips or ideas to share? We're all ears!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Easter Basket Ideas

Ditch the candy this Easter for your little one. Instead, fill a little basket with sweet treats like one of these fellas from Jelly Cat.

And if they're really little...include a little treat for yourself. No one will know!

Chewbeads are the perfect New Mom accessory!

You can also consider adding some art supplies to your basket.  You can never have too many! My 4 year old is always floored when she receives a new Piggy Paint nail polish, too, so I'll be adding one to her basket.

What are you putting in your kids baskets this year?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

What's in my secret closet?

Gifts!  It's a gift closet, people. Sheesh. What were you thinking?

I'm a huge advocate of buying things ahead of time, when they're on sale. This includes toys, books, puzzles, you name it.  It's a minor to moderate obsession.

Bonus: When kids are small, they don't have an opinion. That, my friends, is the time to stock up!  As the wee ones get bigger, they get more specific in their wish lists.  I've definitely slowed down buying things for the 4-5 year old kids in my life, as they're getting pickier.

Here's what's rockin' in my current gift closet.  Upcoming Spring birthdays are receiving this adorable planter set by Green Toys, and you may spy some Duplo blocks for the little dudes in our family, too.

Do you stock up on anything ahead of time?  I'm ashamed to say that this effect is bleeding over to my pantry...which isn't a bad thing. Snack? I've got almonds, dried cherries, and oatmeal. Lots and lots of oatmeal :)

Monday, March 9, 2015

Top Expecting Mama Tip: Buy Ahead!

If it's possible, buy your baby clothes ahead of time, when they're on SALE!  Often times this means buying off season.  You'll need to predict the size of your child for that particular season.  Once they're a few months old, though, you'll likely have a pretty good sense of their growth patterns.  

Think of how much money you'll save just by planning ahead!

But this also means you may have a jam packed closet.  Lucy Darling offers an 8-pack of Closet Dividers for $24.99.  Included are sizes NB all the way to 2T.  These Closet Dividers will help you stay organized so you don't forget to wear one of those adorable outfits you purchased (last Fall)!

We love the animal print Closet Dividers by Lucy Darling!

Stop in to Lullaby Lane to grab your Closet Dividers!  After all, it's almost time for a Spring Sale!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Traveling Sweet Spot: 4 months - 18 months

To a brand new parent, traveling sounds like a nightmare.  But after a few months, you've got your routine down pat.  I'd like to take this time to encourage you to travel during your child's traveling sweet spot: ages 4 months to 18 months old.

In Brooklyn, NY - age 6 months old
I know it sounds crazy, but NOW (could be) the time for you to travel. Spoiler alert:  between the ages of 18months and 3 years old traveling has the potential to be torturous. This is due to the fact that your baby is now mobile and could potentially start (duh, duh, DUH....) climbing out of the pack 'n play.  I know. Because it's happened to us.  The will for that child to be near you in a new place often causes the non-climbers to start climbing! Until your toddler is secure sleeping in a "big boy/girl bed", there's a chance everyone will be very sleep deprived.

Hiking the Cinque Terra trail in Italy - age 18 months.

We're so lucky we've got great friends that we are comfortable traveling with. We all genuinely like each  other, so it's basically a dream.  Kids are ages 10 months - 4 years old. This portrait in the mountains of Colorado was intentional...too bad I can't keep a straight face:)

All that being said, there is NEVER a wrong time to travel.  Exposing your children to different cultures, communities, and landscapes is a genuinely rewarding experience.  So I say go for it. Book that tropical destination or ski trip.  You won't regret it!

Have you travelled with your wee one recently?  We'd love to hear from you! Any tips to share?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Spring Suggestion: Paint a Chalkboard Wall!

I know, I's not *quite* Spring yet, but that doesn't mean you can't get to planning those projects around the house you want to tackle!

We technically have a Chalkboard Door.  We painted our pantry door a few years ago, and let me tell you, this door gets daily use.  From grocery lists (simply snap a pic on your phone for quick reference at the store), to photo ops, to daily drawing, we've never regretted taking the plunge with paint.

Princess Grayson invites you to her 4th birthday bash!

Perfect for his scrapbook, although I must remember to explain that he prefers butter knives to "fix things"...not pocket ones:)

Do you have a chalkboard wall/door in your house? Is yours as popular as ours?