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Sponsor Spotlight! Tiffanie from SF Corner Blog!


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Living in San Francisco, we’re lucky to have such a great community of blogger pals—like Victoria from sfgirlbybay, Jordan from Oh Happy Day, and Liz from Say Yes to Hoboken. But one of our new local favorites is the lovely Tiffanie from Corner Blog. Her blog’s tagline is “slowing down at one of San Francisco’s busiest corners,” which I love and can relate to! Tiffanie chronicles her beautiful experiments in housewifery and motherhood. Tiffanie is an architect by trade, but has a burlesque alter ego names, Yves Jobs (love). She also hails from back East and has a little bit of New England tucked in her heart. But what I really love is that Tiffanie has a wonderful “blog voice”—very charming and winsome and she writes about  all sorts of things like:

Her stunning kiddos, the magnificent Stella (perhaps you recall her from her Weekly Kiddo post?) and her snuggly little bro, Oliver.

I love her quest to find 101 uses for her donut pan.  I’m torn between crust bread rolls and hand pies.

Her zany, take back your sassiness burlesque side career which she writes about with such joy and humor.

Her party throwing skills seem to be pretty darn impressive. With an emphasis on fun. And good food.

And the misc. burro pinata cake, which is all kinds of crafty genius.

And bless her heart, I freaking adore her point-tastic meal inspirations so much!

But my favorite posts of hers are the one where she talks about herself and just those little scraps of life that are so astounding and begged to be written about and fortunately she does and she shares it with us.

So, I hope you’ll check out our blogging neighbor, Tiffanie and stop by and say hi!

 

 

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The Big Questions: Where do you see yourself in five years?


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Our lovely friend Tiffany Moore wants you to die happy. She’s a dream-powered freight train (aka a certified life coach) and she loves to push your buttons and get you to figure out how the heck to get the most out of your one precious life. She also likes to ask questions. BIG questions. She recently asked us to participate in her Big Questions extravaganza—and sent us a slew of thought provoking questions. The one we gravitated to?


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DOTTIE: Oh, what to pick! There are so many plans swimming around in my head. Lots of big ideas but also just a slightly better version of the way life already is. Here is what I’m thinking!

STAYING COZY. Like Dorothy, I am a true believer in there being no place like home. So, I probably see myself still living in the Bay Area because I love my friends and family and living in the Bay Area. I wouldn’t mind a different house with bigger bedrooms and closets and maybe a bigger backyard so I could raise chickens and bees, but I adore my neighbors to the point where I’d rather just stay put. I would like a very nice vacation house on a lake somewhere back east in Maine or maybe up in Oregon or Washington.


CONTINUE POSITIVE CHANGES. I did just make some serious and amazingly life changes that if I had been asked this question a year ago, I would have included something along the lines of working from home with clients that I love and who respect my work.  And I’m very lucky to be on the road to accomplishing that right now. Although I’ve only been working from home for less than four months, it has already had a profoundly positive effect on my life. A lot of stress induced issues are gone. I sleep much better. My eye tick is gone. I think my relationship with Eric is sweeter and most importantly, I feel my time with the Peach is amazing. Watching her personality unfurl over the past three years has been amazing. I’d also love to add another little one to our family mix, and without the job stress, I know I at least have a better fighting chance at it now.

I’m still trying to get the balance right, and get into a better routine.  I have all of these projects around the house—crafty as well as organizational that I sometimes just can’t seem to focus on doing.  But I guess that is just life, right?  There will always be that one project you wanted to finish.

WORK IT OUT. Speaking of routine, I’d like to add regular exercise to my daily routine.  This goes beyond trying to fit into a smaller size vintage dress, but just feeling better.  Be able to keep up with the Peach and help lead her into a healthy lifestyle for her future. Health is wealth!

GOING GLOBAL. In five years I see myself expanding my career to include more teaching and lecturing. And have that lecturing career be an international one. Why can’t I teach social media strategies in London?  My recent trip to Paris unlocked a life-long dream to do more traveling. And I know it can be done. I’d love to take an international trip once a year for the rest of my life! Oh, the list of places I’ve wanted to go is so long—Sweden, Prague, Belgium, Japan, New Zealand and so so so many more.  I also see myself doing more national and local travel with my wee family.  I’d love to do more camping, my road trips, more fun.  I just have to sometimes get out of the day to day and plan some adventures.

In summary, I see myself in five years with a very strong work/life balance as a consultant, allowing me to spend time with my family and friends, travel internationally, and focus on living a healthy life full of fun exercise and time for my creative crafty outlets. OK, your turn Alix!

ALIX:  Wow, those are great lady. I hope you reach them all! So, hmmm, where do I see myself in 5 years? Gosh, I feel like soooo many things will happen in the next five years. The biggest thing for me is that little Wolfie will be 13 years old (ahhhhh!) and I think that will be a major difference in our life. I have to say because of this, my take is slightly different from Dottie’s….I too love our house and adore our neighbors, but as much as I love it, I actually hope we are living some place entirely! I’m a little scared to move, but I think change is always a great catalyst. While I love my little life, there are definitely things I hope to accomplish in the next five years. Here’s how I’d like to see things morph and shift…keep in mind, I’m taking “money no object” to heart. This is the most glamorous edition of my future dreams!

LIVING IN A NEW HOUSE. Our house is pretty great, but seeing us in a slightly bigger place is a goal of mine. I really want a great bedroom for Wolfie…his space right now is pretty small. I’d also love a guest room for when people come to visit (Hi mom!)…a bigger back yard for Sammy…a tree-lined street with a sidewalk so we can actually have trick-or-treaters (we don’t have a sidewalk in our neighborhood). And lots and lots of big windows and sunlight! If we could bring our next-door neighbors along with us, even better!

LET’S HIT THE ROAD. I’m lucky I actually get to spend a ton of time with my guys. We love our weekend outings. BUT, I want to make sure we make time to travel further. With grandparents all over the country, Wolfie is the world’s best little traveler—so I’m not sure why we haven’t gone to more distant places. I really want to be adventurous and expose my boy to the world. We need to go back to Germany (where my mother is from) and I really want to visit Scotland (where Greg’s grandparents are from) AND…..I want to lounge. I think relaxing vacations are so important. We need more of those! I hope to carve out more time for special family vacations and rather than wasting money on silly stuff, setting up a real vacation fund. Even if we can’t make it to exotic locales, just exploring the country together is something I know we will all enjoy.

A LITTLE SPACE FOR ME TO WRITE. I have a hard time visualizing where my career will be in 5 years. Mostly because I’m not sure what I want. I love what I do, and part of me wants to continue doing exactly what I’m doing! Then another part of me thinks I’d love to be doing something totally different. Growing Modern Kiddo into more of an official career?? I’m not sure. What I do know is I love writing. And one thing on my perpetual To Do list is writing a children’s book. One for younger kids. And a young adult book. I have something I’m really excited about brewing and when five years rolls around I hope that this project is well into it’s second or third phase. Also, right now I write with my lappy on my lap, or I sit at our dining room table. I think carving out a special office space for me to focus on work and writing would be amazing and a great way to reach my goal.

LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU. Before Wolfie was born we were very social and had little dinner parties and people over all the time. When he was a toddler, things like bed time and naps meant we didn’t do as much entertaining. It’s something I love to do, and we have such wonderful friends I need to get back on it. Regular little gatherings are so much fun and can be simple and easy peasy—just a bottle of wine and good food and good company.  Of course it wouldn’t hurt to have a swank back yard to do it all it.

FRESH CHOICE. Finally, Greg and I are always talking about improving our diet. He’s much better about it than I am but I really want to get healthy. Hopefully trimming down is a by-product, but I’m not getting any younger and improving my diet and adding in exercise is something I reeeeeally want to see happen in the coming year (and years!).

So whew! That’s it. Now we have to ask, where do you think you will be in 5 years? (especially with money as no object!) Do you have any plans percolating? Any wishes? I leave you with one little piece of advice:


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Thanks to our girl Tiffany Moore who always believes in asking the Big Questions – the kind that help you decipher your (actual) dreams — and (actually) fulfill  ‘em. Find out who else is answering The Big Questions today (9 other lovely bloggers!) and how you can win your own Big Question session here!

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Some grand vintage children’s clothing for you!


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Well, what a wonderful weekend that was! Full of joy and laughter and great vintage shopping and oh, I’m just so happy that my wonderful wonderful wonderful friend, Jenn is back in town from London ready to get married down in Santa Cruz in September! Hurrah!  But of course, between the hours long walks gabbing, mojito toasts for Jen’s bachelorette party and hanging with the Peach and Eric, this has been one of the best weekends of the summer so far. But of course, I HAD to spend some time finding great vintage goodies for your kiddos. YEAH! Enjoy!

Behold, the most awesome bow tie ever. EVER. And your kiddo could wear it! From Etsy seller, UDA Kids.

I know I’ve featured the Fisher Price house before, but not for $16.00!  Um–please someone buy it NOW! From Etsy seller, Little Blue House.

All time favorite children’s hits! Volume 2, no less. Sign me up! From Etsy seller, Audrey Blissful!

I’m completely in love with this little doxie top.  This makes me want to have another baby just so I can buy this top and put it on a baby. From Etsy seller, Fuzzymama.

Perfection. This jacket is perfection. From Etsy seller, Olivia Vintage Kids.

This bib summarizes the Peach’s relationship with our cat beautifully.  I’m sure others are familiar with the cat/baby dynamic. Tee hee! From Etsy seller, Noodle and Lou.

OK, another piece of perfection. Nautical perfection from Healthtex. From Etsy seller, StarlingDarlin.

Ready your little one for a rodeo with this cozy western flannel top! From Etsy seller, Skippy Haha Vintage.

I know it is the end of beach season, but I had to share these amazing little swim trunks!  From Etsy seller, Potato Cake Vintage.

I’m crushing on this sweet little plaid shirt with a lacy Peter Pan collar. And in a big girl size 8 too! Divine! From Etsy seller, Sweet Shop Vintage.

Happy Monday, folks!

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Orla Kiely + Method {And win an Orla Kiely bag. Really!}


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Oh me or my, it’s a styley mashup of two of our very favorite brands! The chic, clean-happy stylings of Method meets the graphic, whimsy of Orla Kiely! Ahhhh, and all was right in the world……

Yes it’s true. Dottie and I looooooove our Orla Kiely. I think she and I scooped up nearly every piece of the Target collection back when it was released! London-based Orla Kiely is one of the most noted pattern makers in the world. With her Orla fabulous retro, graphic cool, a partnership with Method seems utterly perfect! In true Method fashion, they created unique scents inspired by four of Orla’s iconic prints:

I have to share a quick silly story with you just so you know I’m serious about my lerve of Orla. One of my very very very (VERY) favorite purses in the whole wide world is my Orla Kiely handbag. A few years ago I was coveting this Orla bag like crazy:

It was a bit of a twist on the usual Orla patterns and just so funky cute. It came in three different colors and in my mind, it was the perfect work bag—something I could schlep all my stuff around in for ages. The problem was, the bag was discontinued and reeeally hard to find. I was obsessed. I searched online like mad. I trolled eBay. I stalked shops. I wrote all about it on my old blog. Well, two years ago was my 8 year wedding anniversary and I was thrilled to discover that my adorable (and style savvy) hubby Greg had managed to track down THE BAG for me!

Hurray! The most excellent, lemon yellow Orla Kiely button bag! He had actually read my post and manage to find the bag. I was sooo touched by his sweetness and thought it was completely adorable and that he had read my blog and made it his mission to find it too. Except….he didn’t really read that closely or he would have seen that….

I already posted about how, after massive web sleuthing, I found it in red and bought it for myself as a treat for slaving so hard at work. EEP!!!! It was like the Gift of the Magi or something. I hadn’t had a chance to show him the red bag, which had arrived the day before and as I opened up his amazingly sweet and thoughtful prezzie I kind of gulped. Do I pretend I never got the red one? Do I sell it? Hide it under the bed?? Waaah.

Being the good little George Washington that I am, however, I couldn’t tell a lie. I had to come clean and show it to him. Greg thought it was pretty hilarious but immediately said, “Um, you know you can’t keep them both right?” *sigh* I know, I know. I decided to let Wolfie pick the winning color, because I honestly couldn’t decide. The yellow was so sunshiney and sweet, but the red felt more “me”. And so the winning bag (drum roll please):

So this is a very long winded way of telling you that I am THRILLLLLLLLED with the latest Method collaboration with Orla Kiely! Let’s cut to the chase here. The packaging? Gorgeous. These little cuties will liven up any kitchen counter or bathroom.

Of course it’s what’s INSIDE the bottles that is the best part. They may look pretty, but they still clean like crazy, are free of dirty ingredients like parabens, phthalates, triclosan and edta, and of course are packaged in 100% recycled plastic.

And the scents? AMAZING. Ginger Pear (yum!), Bay Leaf (a zippy, fresh scent), Primrose (a delicate, non-cloying floral that is so pretty) and Vanilla Chai (note to self: stock up on this cozy fragrance for autumn). Each scent/pattern comes in regular and foaming hand soap, with Pear Ginger also available as dish soap and as a special edition of our favorite All Purpose Cleaner. This is a limited-edition collection, so scoop ’em up at Target while you can! TIP: Check the cleaning supplies aisle for the Ginger Pear but check the head soap section for all the other scents! I thought my Target only had Ginger Pear but realized the Vanilla Chai and the rest were in another aisle!

THE BEST METHOD GIVEAWAY YET.

OK, so the best part of this month’s Method Mania? Skip on over to the Method facebook page (and click the Orla Kiely tab) to enter to WIN AN ORLA BAG STUFFED WITH PRETTY METHOD PRODUCTS!

Yep. You read that correctly. Five lucky grand prize winners will receive an Orla Kiely bag packed with the entire limited edition collection, valued at $235. It runs from August 22 thru August 31, and 30 runner-ups will receive a little mini Method + Orla Kiely kit filled with a hand soap and dish. Alas, the contest is only open to U.S Residents. Click here to enter!

Have you smelled this amazing line yet? Do you have a favorite scent??

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but all opinions are always our own. Seriously, we love this stuff. To read more on Method’s green practices, ingredients and philosophy, go here!

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Meet “Little Miss”!


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I knew I was going to get some serious cuteness when Stacy Hart, proprietress of one of my all time favorite Etsy shops for vintage children’s clothing, Hart and Sew  offered to share some images of her oldest girlie, known as Little Miss. And let me tell you, Little Miss did not disappoint!

You can tell from that smile and her sweet dance moves that this little kiddo clearly enjoys life to the fullest!  According to her mama, Little Miss loves to sing and dance and is always performing and making up funny songs.

Little Miss is a devoted and caring big sister to little Lark and a (mostly!) obedient daughter.  She is equal parts sweet and sassy—which I think is the best combo!

She also loves to play dress up and changes her clothes several times a day, pretending to be anything from a princess to a pirate. Just my kind of girl!

Some of her favorite things to do are ride her bike, skateboard, paint, read books, build sandcastles at the lake, and help her mama with the laundry by putting daddy’s shirts on hangers.

She is very outgoing and makes friends with kids instantly wherever we go. As for adults, her golden curls never fail to get attention from them.

And congrats to Little Miss, who will be starting school this fall!  She is really excited about it, but her mama thinks mostly so she can wear a backpack. Tee hee!

We adore you, Little Miss!

For more pics on Little Miss and her sweet baby sister, Lark, check out Stacy’s great blog, Hart and Sew!

PS:  Do *you* have a stylish kiddo you’d like to show off? Send ‘em our way! You can find submission details here. We love all kinds of kiddos…. vintage and thrift loving liddles, modern grooviness tots and simply sweet, down-to-earth kiddos.

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