Grammar Police

I favorited these two prints on Etsy the other day thinking they would be really fun to hang in my office at work. What do you think?  Joanna from A Cup of Jo also posted a t-shirt version for all your grammar nerds to flaunt your skills. ha!

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Happy Friday!

 

photos via Etsy shop alphonnsine.

Splurge vs. Steal: Plus Sign Sheets

I found these awesome plus sign sheets – a classic design that the husband wouldn’t groan over, neutral in color for a guest room, and also is playful enough for a kids room. I pretty much want them on every bed in my house. But at $189 for the set, I just couldn’t. And then whaddya know but Target does it again with this set from their Room Essentials line. The sheets from Schoolhouse Electric are a really versatile army green color while Target’s is a little more modern in black and white. I don’t have the more expensive set so I can’t compare quality but it’s definitely got the look for less factor going on.

I’m sure you have someone left on your Christmas list and let’s be honest, you know you’re going to Target this weekend. So, yeah, go ahead and grab a set for yourself and a spare to share.

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Sweet Shop: Starla Michelle Halfmann

If you know me, you know I’ve got a slight obsession with peacocks and peacock feathers. Part of it stems from growing up in Arcadia and the other part is just because they’re insanely beautiful. Mumbles’s grandfather even has a few at his home, which is always fun for me. (Proof: here and here.) Even our wedding had a bunch of peacock feathers and hues, so it’s no mystery that there are still some lingering in our home.  How I’m going to refrain from becoming the crazy peacock lady, I have no idea. I see a future where everything I own may or may not have a peacock on it because surely when my friends and family see such things, they’ll think “Jenn will love this!” and they’ll be right.

Well, here’s a lady I just discovered who is wholeheartedly not helping with this problem. Meet Starla Michelle Halfmann.  I discovered her work via Anthropologie (swoon) and it’s just absolutely gorgeous. I want everything she makes but this print is definitely on my Dear Santa list.

Starla Michelle Halfmann

 

P.S. More awesome art.

Heirloom Tiger Blanket by Roxy Marj

If you’re anything like me, you’ve watched the video clip of Declan learning to roar about 8 zillion times on Instagram. (If you haven’t, watch it here.) It might just be that I’m his mom and find it incredibly adorable and it breaks my heart because he’s so darn cute but then hearing him roar and giggle just puts all the tiny little pieces back together and I feel warm and fuzzy inside so I watch it again.

So now that we’ve established Declan is the cutest little roarer there ever was, I think he really needs one of these amazing tiger blankets by Roxy Marj. There’s also a lion and a bear. All animals that roar. Maybe he needs one of each? These things sell out so fast so I haven’t been able to get my paws on one (#seewhatididthere) yet but I can’t wait! Maybe it’ll be a Christmas gift for our little cub.

Heirloom Tiger Blanket by Roxy Marj

 

Which one is your favorite – the lion, tiger or bear?  Anything else ridicute that I need to know about right now? 

Party Planning

In about a month, Mumbles is turning 30.  I’m so excited to celebrate and I’ve been busy pinning to a secret Pinterest board for months, perusing the interwebs for gift ideas, decor and inspiration while simultaneously planning Declan’s 1st birthday party for two weeks later (ahhhh)!  I decided that it’s now or never to pull off a “How I Met Your Mother” themed party since the show ended earlier this year — condolence high five.  Originally I was thinking that the invitations (womp womp…read about that goof here and then give me another condolence high five) could ask guests to help “stock the bar” as gifts for his birthday but being that the the main setting of the show is inside a pub, you can bet that our new bar, Clyde, will be center stage at this shindig.  Here he is, proudly showing off how handy he’s become:

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Bookshelves

Did you know that the number of bookshelves in your home can predict your kid’s success at school?

A study by a team of Stanford and University of Munich researchers shows that parents who own two bookshelves raise kids who do better in school. Whoa.

And with that, here’s why you should absolutely read books out loud to babies.

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Do you still read paperbacks and hardcovers or do you rely on tablets and e-readers?

 

 

Sweet Etsy Shop: Little Low Studio

Do you ever get the impulse to make every wall in your home a gallery wall? I see art and prints sometimes that make me want to keep adding to Declan’s wall of framed illustrations and watercolor animals…but it’s not organically arranged, they’re perfectly spaced and it was planned just for the six frames currently up there so I fear it would look sloppy to add more and I really don’t want to take them all down. wah.

You can get a peek of how they’re hung in this precious photo by our fantastic photographer friends Brandon + Kristin Kidd:

declan newborn photo 2 brandon kidd photography

I totally have the temptation to add more prints and art up there, especially after I found these Little Low Studio prints.  And I know Mumbles would approve of the vintage car set – he totally loves the Thing. And it all coordinates with the color scheme in Declan’s nursery nicely (which Mumbles could probably care less about).  This pack in particular is a handy little set of 5×7 cards so they’d be super easy to frame and add up to the gallery wall – maybe two on each side or maybe even all lined up in a row along the bottom! (hey, now that’s an easy solution!)

little low studio car prints

So now that I’ve tackled the nursery issue, I still want to gobble up a lot more of the beautiful prints from this shop and frame them for various gallery walls that have yet to be made in our home.  Like this stunning American map with floral representations for regions of the country.  I love that navy.

American Map floral little low studio on etsy

And how fantastic would this be as a gift for the garden-lover in your life?  Like sugar, that’s how sweet.

Have you found any fun Etsy shops lately?  

 

P.S. Check out more of my favorite prints on Pinterest.

Photo via Brandon Kidd Photography.