Scootin’ Around, Stokke Style!

With spring peeking out from behind winter’s cold days, we have been going on lots of neighborhood walks in the evening. Elem has always liked the stroller, and we used to drive a Baby Jogger City Mini. It was a great stroller with not too many complaints. It served it’s purpose and I was happy with it until I started looking around at other strollers on the market. I noticed that most strollers kept kids so low to the ground and I really loved what some companies were doing to get kids higher up so that they could see the world and interact easier. Stokke is a forerunner in this field offering a “higher is better” approach. They have 3 different stroller models with the Stokke Scoot coming in as their most compact version.

This is Elem’s new ride!

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At the zoo!

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Showing Dad the silverback gorillas!

She loves it (me too)! Besides being easy on the eyes with it’s gorgeous Norwegian design, it’s also ergonomic.  I love the grey mélange textile and it’s so easy to wipe up toddler messes! The basket is easy to access and holds all the things we need for a long day at the zoo. The Scoot really shines at the zoo, finally placing Elem high enough that she could see the animals! She loved pointing at the orangutan’s from the comfort of her stroller.

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Hands down my favorite feature of the Scoot is the ability to quickly lift up the seat and change Elem from forward-facing to rear-facing. Brilliant. This is how we like to ride for most of our walks so that we can talk and interact. At the zoo we quickly clicked the seat facing out and were ready to see some animals.

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I adore this stroller. It drives great, looks even better, and most of all it is safe and comfortable for Elem. I hadn’t thought that a stroller purchase was that important until I drove the Scoot!

Meet Wee Liam

I guess I should explain why things have been quiet on my side of the blog for a while… I had a baby! As I try and type this little man is grunting at me to feed him and thus, I must do it now or suffer the consequences of some pretty extreme screaming.

Phew. I’m back. On January 13, 2014 at 11:38pm we welcomed our first son into this world. William Alexander Bruckner or “Liam” as we will call him arrived weighing in at 7lbs 7oz and 20 3/4 ” long. It was a long and tough delivery but I’ll spare the details and just say that even though neither of my two epidurals worked, we are still really glad he is here and are enjoying every moment with him (even party-pants at 3am).

Life with a newborn has been quite eye-opening, both literally and figuratively. We are now 5 weeks in and I can say that it does get easier and things feel more normal or as Ben says “the new normal.” We are getting out of the house more and seeing friends that we have neglected this past month. Those first weeks seem like a blur of not sleeping, crying (from everyone), family, milk, confusion, and casseroles. Tonight we are actually cooking dinner (salads count right?) and going to bed at 9:00 to try and squeeze 8 hours of combined sleep before 7am.

As far as Liam goes, he doesn’t really have much style yet, but I think he enjoys colorful socks, festive pajamas, not hats, and roomy pants. We have to wait and see with this whole red hair thing, it looks red sometimes, and not others, so I might need to coach him on what his “colors” are.

In the coming weeks while I’m on maternity leave I’ll be posting about the nursery, his first toys and how to deal with the onslaught of baby stuff in your kitchen.

Anywho, here are the pictures!

Our New Family

Our New Family

What curly hair looks like after 30 hours of being at the hospital

What curly hair looks like after 30 hours of being at the hospital

Our sweet boy

Our sweet boy

Bryant’s First Birthday Party!

Birthday Boy and his mama!

This past weekend my family and I celebrated my youngest nephew Bryant’s first birthday! We had an intimate gathering of family and it was probably a good thing considering how excited the birthday boy was to turn one. I think he may have sensed this was the beginning of getting older. There are some things going on with his brother right now, and the only way  I knew I could help out was to make some decorations and cakes / cupcakes. It took maaaybe an hour to assemble the decor and the cakes were even easier. Side note – if anyone wants a birthday kit in any theme, I can make you one for $30 (cakes not included as that really isn’t my specialty).

Let’s start with the cakes because really, that’s the best part.

{CAKE} – Bryant is majorly allergic to many things (eggs, peanuts, chicken, hugging, staying still, etc.) For his cake I used this recipe with the same frosting I used for the cupcakes (see below).  I just added some food coloring for his. Honestly, his cake was about 100 times better in my opinion than the cupcakes. It came out super moist and flavorful. I read online to wrap it and freeze it while it’s still warm from the oven. Worked great! Guess who didn’t agree?

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Bryant doesn't love frosting

Bryant doesn’t love frosting

{CUPCAKES} – For the guests we were able to have eggs in the cupcakes so I went with a homemade funfetti. In hindsight I should have gotten the boxed kind or chosen a different recipe. Live and learn!  They came out super dry and a bit too fluffy. I’m not sure what happened, but here is the recipe anyways.  The frosting that this recipe made was good but WAAAY SWEET.

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{DECOR} – For the decor I cheated and used some of the artwork I made for Jordan’s shower a year ago. It worked and I already had it ready to edit, so win-win. I made a personalized banner for the birthday boy, some cupcake flags, and tee-tiny bunting for the cake.  I printed and then cut out the flags, glued them onto some flat toothpicks and we were in business. Also on hand were some popcorn containers that we used for cheese puffs since a lot of popcorn is made with peanut oil and we can’t risk that.

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Older brother Jack

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Birthday Boy and his daddy!

Birthday Boy and his daddy!

Bryant and Granddaddy

Guess who gets a smile? Granddaddy!

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Sister Squeeze on Bryant! (pregnant people need to stay hydrated!)

At the end of the day Bryant decided that he would in fact eat something but only inside where he could make a mess and only when no one was looking. I caught this photo as evidence.

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Mom Purse Round-Up

I’m in the market for a new purse that plays well with others. By others I mean a diaper bag, a baby, probably a jacket, and whatever else I’m holding (shopping bags, cronut, wine, umbrella, etc.). I began my search by looking for something that is hands free, or “crossbody” as the industry calls it, and I came up with the following choices. Most of these are smaller as I’m not interested in having two diaper bags.

*Side Note: I know that these are more expensive than most people might spend, but in fairness my mom says she has a coupon for 45% off so I upped my limit. I did include one that is under $45 and it doesn’t stand out as cheap looking in my opinion. Also, I like bags that go with all of my clothes so I’m not constantly moving things from one purse to the other which is why most of these are black, gray, caramel, or a similar neutral palette.

What’s your favorite? 

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LINKS: 

1. Coach – Urbane Crossbody  2. Kate Spade – Cobble Hill Little Curtis  3. Kate Spade – Cobble Hill Ellen  4. Anthropologie – Bisbee  5. Tosca – Slouchy Hobo  6. Coach – Mini Tanner

Introductions

Wee Creatures

Hello new friends!  We thought we’d start things off by introducing ourselves…

We are friends and neighbors (living a mere 11 houses from each other) living in Atlanta who both work in the design world.  We both have a kid (or almost do….one is still cooking currently!) and think that kids can have their very own ideas of fashion and design at an early age.  This means we love modern toys, vintage-style wood toys, fun patterns, adorable clothes, and anything new and innovative in the kid world!  That being said, we don’t want to break the bank…so we like to think we’re hip on a budget.

This space is where we’ll share what we’re loving, what works in real life (that we’ve used ourselves), show you our favorite spaces (and our kid’s rooms), and more! Curated collections for your littles.

So, HI!  We are Katie & Jordan, as seen below in our uber-festive hats…yeah, we are pretty fun and never miss a good margarita, unless of course we are busy cooking a kid!  Ole’!

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