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babyGap Introduces Limited Edition Peter Rabbit Collection


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Yesterday babyGap introduced a limited edition Peter Rabbit collection inspired by Beatrix Potter’s infamous children’s book The Tale of Peter Rabbit. The line is made for infants up to size 24 months and consists of soft knit graphic bodysuits, brightly colored denim, whimsical one-pieces and patterned dresses. I’m especially loving the little bunny ears on sweaters and beanies. You can find the babyGap Peter Rabbit collection at Gap stores or on Gap.com.

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To celebrate the launch of the babyGap Peter Rabbit collection, Gap invites you and your kids to a special reading of The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit by Emma Thompson, activities and refreshments.

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A book drive will be held by children’s literary organization Milk + Bookies with donations going to local Boys & Girls Clubs.

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Participating Gap stores – Saturday, January 26, 2013, 11 AM

Boston: 210 Andover St @ North Shore Mall, Route 9 & Worcester Rd @ Natick Mall, 94 Derby St

Chicago: 1740 N. Sheffield, 4999 Old Orchard Center #A6, 432 Oakbrook Center

Dallas: 13250 Dallas Pkwy 2nd Floor @ Dallas Galleria, 2601 Preson Road @ Stonebriar, Central Expwy & NW Hwy #738 @ NorthPark

Los Angeles: 1931 Wilshire Blvd, 14006 Riverside Dr. @ Sherman Oaks, 3333 Bristol St Space 1021 @ South Coast Plaza

Miami: 7521 Kendall Dr., Suite 3040 @ Dadeland, 3015 Grand Ave @ Coco Walk, 19575 Biscayne Blvd. @ Aventura

New York: 680 Fifth Ave, 1511 Third Ave, 122 Fifth Ave, 290 Garden State Plaza

Philadelphia: 60 West Rd. @ Newton Center, 1510 Walnut St., 690 W. DeKalb Pike @ King of Prussia

San Francisco: 1554 Redwood Highway, 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd 1002, Stanford Shopping Center Space 223

Toronto: 260 Yonge Street @ Eaton Center, 3401 Dufferin Street @ Yorkdale, 100 City Centre Drive @ Square One

Washington D.C.: 7101 Democracy Blvd @Montgomery Mall, 1100 S. Hayes St. @ Pentagon City Mall

babygap peter rabbit collection

babygap peter rabbit collection

babygap peter rabbit collection

babygap peter rabbit collection

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The Coveteur Kicks Off “Kids Week”!


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The Coveteur is a fashion website that visits the closets and dwellings of fashion heavy weights. The photography is really clever because amazing fashion is showcased in unique ways with home accessories and furnishings. Chanel on a mantelpiece anyone?

The Coveteur is kicking off Kids Week today delving into the closets of the offspring of the fashion heavy weights mentioned above. Trust me, these kids will have closets that will make most of us mamas jealous. The first lucky kid of the week is Alaia Rose Barbier, daughter of Monica aka the Kardashians’ stylist. Be sure to check out The Coveteur everyday to see more kiddie closets!

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New & Expectant Mamas at the Golden Globe Awards 2013


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The Golden Globe Award Ceremony aired tonight and congratulations are due – not just for award but for new mamas Adele and Claire Daines and for expectant mama Kristen Bell. New mamas Adele and Claire Danes looked great on the red carpet and you would never know they just had babies. Kristen Bell is expecting and she wore a great dress for her pregnancy.  An empire waist with jeweled detailing that accentuated her shoulders and neck brought your eyes up to her face.  The flowy chiffon in pale lavender looked ethereal and this may be one of Bell’s best looks.

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Mama’s Kitchen: Artichoke Soup Recipe


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It’s a new year and I’m starting it off with the Whole Living Action Plan Cleanse from 2012.  You may remember that I did it last year and kept a diary to share my thoughts, recipes and progress.  The first week consists of only eating fruit, vegetables, nuts and plant-derived fats so basically I’m eating a lot of soup.  I have my mainstays that I love like Lentil Soup and Escarole & White Bean Soup but they have beans/legumes in them so I can’t have them until next week when I can introduce beans/legumes back into my diet.

A while back I received a promo copy of Pure Vegan and I haven’t had a chance to try any recipes from the book but I thought this would be a perfect time to start.  Yesterday I made vegetable stock from scratch (because I hate the flavor of store-bought vegetable stock) and Artichoke Soup.  If you like artichokes then you will love this soup because since there are so few ingredients it has a strong artichoke flavor.  I skipped the Vegan Aioli for drizzling and opted for fresh herbs and lemon instead.

Vegan Artichoke Soup
Adapted from Confused Artichoke Soup in Pure Vegan by Joseph Shuldiner

2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
1 1/2 pounds of frozen artichokes, thawed
5 cups of vegetable stock (if you want to un-veganize this you could use chicken stock which has more flavor)
1/2 Teaspoon of salt
A few grinds of fresh black pepper

Garnish with
Lemon juice to taste
Chopped fresh herbs like mint, chives or dill
Salt & Pepper to taste

Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large saucepan. Add the onions and sauté until translucent and soft, and then add garlic and sauté until you smell the garlic about 30 seconds. Next add the artichokes, vegetable stock, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. When it reaches a boil, lover the heat, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes.

Let the soup cool a bit then in small batches, blend the soup in a blender until smooth. (Be very careful with hot liquids in a blender. Don’t fill the blender more than 1/3 of the way full and hold the top down with a towel under your hand). Also, artichokes can be fibrous so blend well. As you go, put the puree in another pot and stir well when you’ve blended all the soup. Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with salt & pepper to taste, a bit of lemon juice and some fresh chopped herbs.

It’s yummy and vegan! Buon Appetito!

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Breakfast With Minnie and Friends at Disneyland


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Over the break our family decided to take an impromptu trip to Disneyland.  The Tiny Dancer is a huge fan of Mickey and his crew and we wanted to spend some quality time so we thought we’d drive down to Anaheim for a quick trip.  Ali and I used to take annual trips before the Tiny Dancer arrived but once we started taking her the way we approach the park is very different.  We used to focus on going on as many rides as we could but now we focus on what the little one wants.  Her favorites are meeting the characters, watching the parade and going on the kiddie rides.   We knew going during the holidays would be super-busy but we still managed to do everything we wanted to do.  I prefer going in the summer when the park is a little less crowded but there’s something about Disneyland during the holidays – it gets transformed into a winter wonderland.

breakfast with minnie and friends disneyland

Now that the Tiny Dancer is older I wanted her to experience breakfast with the characters but I thought you could only experience that if you stayed in one of the Disney resorts which are very, very expensive.  Since staying at a Disney hotel was out of our budget, I thought we didn’t have any other options but thankfully I was wrong.  On the last day of our last trip to Disneyland last summer I noticed that the Plaza Inn had a breakfast with characters so I was determined to make it happen for the Tiny Dancer this time around.

breakfast with minnie and friends disneyland

I did some research and found out my answers so I thought I would share them with you. You and your family can have “Minnie and Friends – Breakfast in the Park” at the Plaza Inn at Disneyland. If you want to guarantee a seat you should definitely make a reservation for priority seating by calling ahead at (714) 781-DINE or (714) 781-3463.

breakfast with minnie and friends disneyland

Our reservation was for 8 A.M. and they recommended getting there about five minutes early. Since the park opens at 8 A.M. you can go through a special entrance that is open earlier. We made it into the park early and once the park opened we were seated within seconds. The Tiny Dancer didn’t have to pay because she was under 3 years of age but my husband and I had to pay $23.99 each. That cost got us a buffet breakfast, three Minnie Mouse Plaza Inn pins (one for each of us), and the joy of seeing the Tiny Dancer so happy to see her favorite Disney characters. It’s a bit pricey, but everything is at Disneyland and it’s one of those gems that is worth it. I think we’ll be having breakfast with Minnie and Friends in the park as long as the Tiny Dancer gets this excited about it…

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Wishing You Well in 2013!


I hope you all had a nice holiday! I took a much needed break that ended up being a bit longer than intended. My husband was off from work for two weeks and since he normally works long hours, I took some extra time off to spend some quality family time. I barely checked my email or social media and the extent to which I played on my phone was a game of Solitaire before bed. I’m not going to lie, it felt good. Since I blog, I’m always connected and always checking my phone or computer or iPad. But for two weeks I was disconnected and I feel like it gave me the space I needed. I didn’t feel the need to share everything on Instagram (and then to Twitter and Facebook) and instead, I savored each moment with my family. My battery is re-charged and I feel reinvigorated to take on 2013. I’m starting my (now) annual cleanse to get my eating habits back on track and I’ve come up with some resolutions that I think I can actually keep. It’s good to be back and I look forward to sharing 2013 with you!

xoxo

P.S. – If you want to learn more about the cleanse, I explained it and kept a diary with recipes last year.

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Happy Holidays from Lil’ Miss!


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Baby, it’s cold outside, the families in town and the tree is up.  I’m ready for Santa to come to town, take a break to spend time with family and friends, reflect on 2012 and dream for 2013.  This year has been a lot of fun with the Tiny Dancer because it’s the first time she’s understanding the festivities.  We’ve been counting down the days to Christmas with her advent calendar and I’m not sure what I’m going to bribe her with come January.  And do threats of Santa Claus watching work in January?  I’m thinking no.  But I’m going to milk this until the 25th that’s for sure!

I wish you Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year! We’ll see you in 2013!

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Decorating the Christmas Tree With The Tiny Dancing Tree Hugger


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Friday night we invited some friends over to decorate the Christmas tree.  I had a mini tree from last year so I decided that Asiya could have her own tree to decorate.  Her zizi Liz gave her Hello Kitty garland and I bought her mini ornaments.  The Tiny Dancer decorated the tree all by herself – with a little bit of help – and by the end she was so excited with her tree that she hugged it!  Yes, she hugged her tree. It was one of the cutest things I have ever seen in my life.

P.S. Sorry for the sporadic posts, feeling a bit under the weather but I’m hoping to get some holiday recipes up for you in the next few days. 

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A Sad Day for Families – Sending Love to Parents in Connecticut


This morning I was bombarding my sister with phone calls about what I should get her family for Christmas when after the third call she asked me, “Do you know what’s going on in Connecticut right now?” I said no because I wasn’t at home and I wasn’t near a television. She proceeded to tell me how a hateful person walked into an elementary school in Connecticut and opened fire on children and adults.

I was stunned and silent – she asked if I was still there. I couldn’t think of anything to say. All I could picture was those poor children so scared, away from their parents and thinking of the parents and the extraordinary losses they just suffered.

School is one of those sacred places that a parent can drop off a child and know that they will be safe. That’s not the case anymore. What kind of person walks into a school and shoots at kids? What kind of government allows people to carry guns? When is enough, enough? We’re so concerned about weapons of mass destruction – how about we focus on the weapons at home that are destroying our society one child at a time?

I could go on and on but that won’t bring those people back. My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to the families in Connecticut. If we take anything from this, appreciate your loved ones and show them everyday. Take nothing for granted.

 

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Photo Gifts & Cards for the Holidays Pinhole Press


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When Pinhole Press reached out to me to see if I was interested in receiving a gift code to try out their new products I did not hesitate in saying “yes, please!”  Every holiday season I purchased cards that feature the Tiny Dancer so I knew I would order some cards but when I saw all the other fun products they had, I gave made some fun gifts – for others and for myself.

There are a number of photo printing websites that allow you to order cards, calendars and the like but Pinhole Press is one of the newer companies on the market.  What separates them from the rest are two main things:  (1) the clean graphic design that allows for the photos to shine and (2) the product offerings are more fun and creative.

Yes, you can order cards and calendars.  But you could also order wine labels, note pads, magnets, memory games and flash cards to name a few.  Since my refrigerator is covered with the Tiny Dancer’s latest art projects I needed more magnets to display her art – what better way to do that than with her adorable face?  I made many for myself but a few for stocking stuffers.  I also ordered two memory games as stocking stuffers.  What a fun way to learn a memory game with photos of great times we shared?

Uploading and ordering on Pinhole Press was very easy and I had my completed order in a matter of days.  I love every item I received and I can’t wait to share these goodies with my friends and family.  To get your items in time for Christmas be sure to order by December 15th and all orders over $50 receive free shipping.  You can place your order and browse products on PinholePress.com.

 

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