Charlie, I can’t believe you are 4. You have grown into such a beautiful and joyful little boy. I love that you prefer Bohemian Rhapsody to Disney songs, and you know the words to and who sings the songs on the radio (“momma, this is a Jay-Z remix!”), I love that you know if someone moved one of your toys even an inch, I love that you only want to eat yogurt and bananas all day every day, I love that you call pooping “dropping deuces.” I love what a big innocent heart you have and how everything is magical and exciting to you. I love how you see something that most people think is ordinary like a leaf or the sky and call it beautiful. I love that you are shy in public and a ham at home. I love how you talk in poetry, making up stories and songs that both have rhythm and that rhyme. I love how you insist on performing those songs every night wearing only a hooded fox towel. I love how you make us video each performance and then have to watch it back immediately. I love how you call me your beautiful momma, how much you love your brother, and that your daddy is your best friend. I love you for all that you are, even when that is a raging fournager. I hope you always live your life as fully as you do today. Thank you for making me a momma and letting me be yours every day. Even on the hardest of days it is just the best thing. Love you forever and no matter what. Happy 4th birthday baby boy.
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Fall is my favorite time of year: cooler temps, changing leaves, everything pumpkin, Halloween & Thanksgiving – what’s not to love? It also happens to be the season of both my birthday and Charlie’s birthday (mine is 11/2 and his 11/11). So I thought it would be fun to do a little fall wardrobe giveaway in honor of Charlie’s 4th birthday in a couple weeks. And I have a very special favorite things giveaway coming the week of my birthday for the gals too!
So I gathered up some goodies from some of my favorite apparel brands & shops for littles. One lucky winner will get:
1. A monogram letter cardigan from The Wishing Elephant.
2. A $30 credit to Tribe is Alive.
3. A Preply refurbished denim fringe jacket from Salvage Maria.
4. A $30 shop credit from Rags.
5. A $30 shop credit from Sugarplum Lane.
6. A Raglan from Mama Case.
7. A $30 shop credit from Little Adi & Co.
All specific items above are subject to size and in-stock availability. Read instructions carefully – only one comment will count towards an entry. Giveaway runs from 10/27/14 to 8:00 pm PST on 11/1/14 and the winner will be announced in the entry widget above.
If you saw my room tour of Calvin’s nursery earlier this week, then you know I promised a giveaway of some of my favorite things from his room (and if you missed it, check out the post before this one, or go here). I’m a little late getting it up (two kids is no joke guys!?) but better late than never! I wanted to celebrate Cal’s birth and nursery completion with a little giveaway of some of my favorite details from the room. One lucky winner will get:
1. A cloud mobile from Baby Jives.
2. A nautical bundle from The Land of Nod, including the plush Simon the Whale and whale rattle included in Calvin’s room, along with the Tug O War lamp.
3. A framed 18×24 customized nursery print from Minted.
4. A $20 store credit to Bannor Toys (where Calvin’s name blocks and California rattle came from).
5. One crib sheet in your choice of fabric (or a $43 store credit) to Little Slumber.
6. A Wayne Pate Seagull Pillow Cover from Serena & Lily.
7. A cloud decal pack (96 clouds included) from The Decal Lab.
8. A $200 gift certificate to Lullaby Paints.
Enter above, and don’t forget to read the instructions and follow the directions. Winner will be chosen at random and announced in the widget above on 10/3/14. Good luck!
I’m so excited to finally be able to share Calvin’s nursery with you. It was a labor of love and I so enjoyed dreaming, designing, and decorating this little space for my little Cal. Once I found out I was having another boy and we knew we were going to name him Calvin and call him Cal for short (which we knew right away because it was a name we loved when we were pregnant with Charlie), I knew that my idea to do an indigo California-inspired nursery was a perfect fit. And it was so fun to do and quickly turned in to my favorite room in our home!
I gathered pieces from some of my favorite brands, like The Land of Nod, Serena & Lily, Minted, and Lulu & Georgia, and added touches from some etsy favorites to complete my vision. There’s a full shopping guide at the end of the post, and a giveaway of some of my favorite details coming later this week!
I’m so in love with this indigo cloud mobile from Baby Jives and those Calvin blocks (and California rattle you’ll see later in the post) from Bannor Toys. Oh, and that sun marquee light from Saddle Shoe Designs – she created that just for me! How perfect would one of those be for wedding decor that you can then incorporate into your home!?
I bought that bull during a blog press trip to Mexico when I was about 20 weeks along, and he’s the perfect addition to Calvin’s eclectic bookshelf! It was our first trip together, just he and I
Baby already has quite a shoe collection, which is funny because Charlie literally never wore shoes! He was a barefoot California baby, but my obsession with baby moccs (if you haven’t heard of Freshly Picked yet you are missing out!) has benefited Calvin and I can’t wait for him to fit into them!
That dresser was a $150 mid-century Craigslist score. I was initially going to refinish it, but once it was in the room I realized it was perfect as is. I just added our old changing pad from Charlie’s changing table and turned it into a more functional piece than just a dresser or just a changing table.
The photos of that Lulu & Georgia blue ombré rug do not do it justice. It is the most beautiful rug I’ve ever owned and is so so soft. Charlie likes to lay on it and say he is swimming in the ocean, which means my vision worked because that’s exactly what I hoped for when I choose it!
I hope you enjoyed the tour of Calvin’s room – if you love it as much as I do, you can win some of my favorite details later this week, and shop for everything below.
And if you missed our maternity/newborn feature on 100 Layer Cakelett, you can see it here, and also more of my maternity photos that I blogged here and our newborn + family photos that I blogged here.
There’s also more peeks of my home under the category in the sidebar “a lovely home.” Stay tuned for more as I make progress on the rest of our home!
Credits: Photography: Jennifer Roper / Styling & Room Design, Chandra Fredrick of Oh Lovely Day / Wave sheets, dip dyed stools, belly baskets, whale pillow: Serena & Lily / Crib, bookshelf, whale, cloud garland, cloud storage basket & rattle: The Land of Nod / Tie dye throw & curtains: Urban Outfitters / Rug: Lulu & Georgia / Mirror, ottoman, blue storage baskets, bedside table & tie dye pillows: Target (from Threshold Nautical line – most no longer available) / Personalized “Calvin” blanket & hat: Simply Boco Baby / Calvin blocks & California rattle: Bannor Toys / Gallery Wall prints: Most from Minted, California print from Truth & Beauty Design, Live by the Sun print: Reform School (designer unknown), tie dye print from Society 6 / Cloud mobile & mini cloud on door: Baby Jives / Crib Sheet: Little Slumber / Cloud Decals: Decal Lab / Marquee Sun Light: Saddle Shoe Signs / prayer flag bunting: Graham Keegan (bought from Reform School in Silverlake) / Lamp: Lamps Plus / Sun & Cloud bookends: Moose & Bee / Let’s Adventure Wood Hanging: Grace & Salt / paint: custom color from Lullaby Paints / mid-century dresser: Craigslist ($150!) / quilt: vintage (made by my husband’s grandmother) / mini-succulents: Concrete Geometric / Narwhal stuffed toy: Savage Seeds / Personalized cloud pillow: The Fox in the Attic / Rocker: Nurseryworks Sleepytime Rocker (bought second hand from blogger Justina Blakeney)
In case any of you wondered why I’ve been a bit absent from the blog, I wanted to share our newest family member. Calvin Michael was born on August 14th, after 8 hours of much easier labor than his brother. He was a bit bigger, at 7 lbs 5 oz and 20.5 inches long, and looks pretty much the opposite of Charlie. He’s now a month old, has already rolled over three times, and has such a funny little personality. He and big brother Charlie already have such a sweet and special bond, and it’s so magical to watch their interactions.
I’m sharing a few of Calvin’s newborn photos over on 100 Layer Cakelett today (along with some of my maternity photos and peeks into the nursery), but thought I’d share the rest of the family photos here as well. And next week I’ll be sharing more of Calvin’s nursery, along with a giveaway of some of my favorite things that I included in his room.
Many many thanks to Jennifer for taking these beautiful photos of our family. And don’t forget to come back next week for more of Calvin’s nursery + a giveaway of some of my favorite things in his room!
And you can see all of our family photos that Jennifer has taken for us here
Credits: Photography: Jennifer Roper / Styling & Room Design, Chandra Fredrick of Oh Lovely Day / Wave sheets, dip dyed stools, belly baskets, whale pillow: Serena & Lily / Crib, bookshelf, whale, cloud garland, cloud storage basket & rattle: The Land of Nod / Tie dye throw & curtains: Urban Outfitters / Rug: Lulu & Georgia / Mirror, ottoman, toy storage baskets, bedside table & tie dye pillows: Target (from Threshold Nautical line – most no longer available) / Personalized “Calvin” blanket & hat: Simply Boco Baby / Calvin blocks & California rattle: Bannor Toys / Gallery Wall prints: Most from Minted, California print from Truth & Beauty Design, / Cloud mobile: Baby Jives / Crib Sheet: Little Slumber / Cloud Decals: Decal Lab / Marquee Sun Light: Saddle Shoe Designs / pennant bunting: Graham Keegan (bought from Reform School in Silverlake) / Lamp: Lamps Plus / Sun & Cloud bookends: Moose & Bee / Let’s Adventure Wood Hanging: Grace & Salt