Little Unicorn Blankets

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Contributing greatly to my lack of posts in recent months is the fact that most of what I am doing in my spare time now revolves around Blythe.  I'm less likely to be discovering a new company that caters to adults or trying a new recipe, but I do come across various kid-related things that I'd love to share.  In hesitating to share these baby finds, I've ended up just not posting at all, so when you see an increase in baby-related posts going forward, please forgive me if that isn't content that you enjoy.  It just is what is going on in my life these days.

On to Little Unicorn!  I stumbled upon this brand via Instagram, where someone I follow posted a photo of their baby swaddled in a beautiful blanket from Little Unicorn. I'm obsessed!  When we were picking out swaddles, it seemed like Aden + Anais was the best option, but I adore the patterns from Little Unicorn and the next time I need a gift for someone, I'm starting here.  In addition to swaddles, they have sweet security blankets (pictured above - note they come in pairs so you'll be all set if one is lost) and quilts.  Whatever the vehicle, its the prints that really caught my eye.  Blythe has no interest so far in "loveys" nor is she particularly attached to any toys.  Does that happen later?  The one swaddle I purchased for Blythe came from this shop, which I love.  Let's be honest, I love anything that is personalized.  

All images credit to Little Unicorn.

Western Rise

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This summer we stumbled upon a new outdoor gear company headquartered in Denver, Western Rise.  I'm pretty loyal to Patagonia, but I purchased a Western Rise henley and absolutely love it.  It's long enough to actually cover my torso without riding up (a complaint I have about Patagonia's tops), the burnt red color is unique, and it is proving to be quite durable.  Rob also picked out a henley and we've both been wearing them for all of our adventures this summer (yes, at the same time - at least they aren't the same color!).  As far as shirts are concerned, I'm converted.  Oh, and with every Western Rise product purchased, a portion of the profits go to Western Rivers Conservancy to directly impact western rivers.  You can currently get 10% off of a selection of items on Huckberry.

All product images above are credit to Western Rise.  If you want to see awe-inspiring outdoor images, check out their Instagram.  Perusing their feed makes me want to put Blythe in her hiking pack and head out for an adventure.  Below are photos of me and Rob in our gear (sadly, no kids clothing yet).

Greet 'n' Potatoes Greeting Cards

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We just returned from a trip to New York that included one night in Brooklyn, where I stumbled upon some creative and clever food-focused greeting cards from Greet 'n' Potatoes.  Illustrator Merrily Grashin designs and prints the cards in Brooklyn and you can find them locally at these spots (and if you aren't in Brooklyn, you can order them online).  As a Fernet lover, "Fernet about it!" rings true, and how about "You're such a ramen-tic?" Which one is your favorite?

All images credit to Greet 'n' Potatoes.

New Stamps for Summer

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National Letter-Writing Month is over, but the U.S. Postal Service is offering an incentive to keep up with letter-writing in the form of well-designed new stamps.  The "From Me to You" stamps are still my current favorites, but there are some new offerings that I really love.  First, the design of the Coastal Birds stamps is so clean and the colors make me think of summer.  You can read about the creation of these stamps here - they were designed by Always with Honor out of Portland, which does really cool, streamlined work.  Second, there are the Summer Harvest stamps, which depict vintage produce advertisements.  These make me want to run to my local farmer's market!  Finally, purple forget-me-nots adorn the Missing Children stamps, which are intended to make the public more aware of the search for missing children.  Now I need to get back to letter-writing!

The USPS also has a neat "guide" called "Style Meets Sentiment" that talks about creative ways to make your letters stand out.  Check it out!

Sword & Plough

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Last week, I spied the cutest tote on the arm of someone and had to follow up with them to get the details.  The tote was made by Sword & Plough, a company headquartered in Colorado and started by two sisters.  While in college, one of the sisters (who was an active-duty officer) realized that the armed forces generates a massive amount of waste from used gear and clothing.  She created these high-end bags from this "waste" and  the company relies on a veteran work force and donates ten percent of their profits to initiatives that benefit veterans and their families.  Inc. did a neat profile of the company that you can read here.  The Signature Tote is my favorite item, but if I hadn't found a solid Weekender Bag earlier this year, I'd have my eye on one of those, too.

Emily McDowell's Sympathy Cards

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I've found that the older I get, the more occasions I have for sending sympathy cards. I wish it were not the case, but if I learned anything from the difficult times we've had it is that one of the worst things you can do is to say nothing at all.  Emily McDowell released a thoughtful, sometimes funny line of cards last week that are perfect for sending to your friends or family when the are down and out.  Emily is a cancer survivor and she created these cards based on what she would have liked to receive when she was sick.  You don't want to have to order any of these cards, but if the occasion arises, I'm glad to know cards with an appropriate message exist.

Mother's Day Cards

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It's not too late to order a special card for your Mom, mother-in-law, or one of your momma friends to send before May 10th.   I know it is May and National Letter-writing Month is over, but why not continue and brighten someone's day with a hand-written note?  Below are a few of my favorites.  How did the letter-writing go?  I missed a few days of writing during April, but I definitely sent at least 30 cards and enjoyed sitting down most nights to write a note or two.  The best part has been the notes I received from people -  thanks!

Speaking of Mother's Day, if you haven't seen this video of blindfolded children identifying their mother, you should watch it.  Warning - it is a tearjerker!


Crab & Cleek Totes

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I love a designer bag as much as the next woman, but the classic canvas boat tote from L.L. Bean will always have a special place in my heart - and my closet.  They are functional, durable, preppy and always in style and I find that I reach for those totes much more often than any other bags we own.  Even Blythe is the proud owner of a L.L. Bean tote bearing her name!  I recently stumbled upon a fun version of the tote that is emblazoned with preppy logos from Crab & Cleek.  For summer, the French sailor shirt and the lobster caught my eye, and I adore the thermos and the Woody tote for fall and winter.  With Mother's Day just around the corner, you could order one for your Mom and fill it with some of her favorite goodies and a bottle of wine?

The totes are 22" wide, 14" tall and 10" deep. 

All images credit to Crab & Cleek.

Serena & Lily Capsule Collection has Launched

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I previously posted that Serena & Lily was going to launch its first line of women's clothing and it did so today.  Unsurprisingly, the pieces are timeless, tailored, and a bit pricey.  I'm coveting the Jane Striped Shirtdress (I have a thing for shirtdresses and stripes), the heart-print pajamas (they'd make a nice Mother's Day present), and I adore the fabric in the Alice Party Dress, although it would be too short on me.  Do you see anything that catches your eye?

How is the letter writing?

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It's the 4th day of April and so far I've managed to write a letter each day.  Only 26 more to go!  I've enjoyed taking a few minutes to myself each day after Blythe goes to sleep to write a note and to reflect on what we've been up to, what's on my mind, etc.

My Write_On notecards and pen arrived, as did my new stamps!  I'm really digging the "From me to You" stamps!  Did anyone else order (and receive) their free cards?