Halloween has run its course but I’m still giggling at these little ghouls:
The first few months after both my sons were born are a bit foggy but some moments are so significant, I recall them as vividly as if they happened this morning.
Monica Shulman is a photographer and the author of Ciao, Chessa! – a photography and lifestyle blog. She lives in New York City with her husband, toddler daughter and infant son.
My girl is officially big – or so she tells me. The other night, on the eve of her first day of pre-K, I cuddled her tight and said “Please stay little for a short while longer. Please don’t grow up so fast.” and my wise girl looked at me and said “I have to grow up sometime, mommy, everyone does. Don’t they?” my point exactly! Please stay little a little longer!
Her interests seem to change from month to month but one thing she always reaches for every day is her box of colored pencils and markers. The girl loves to make art and we basically made every craft, collage and painting possible this summer. We used all sorts of materials and she had a great time thinking of ways to incorporate different things into our projects. Earlier this summer we decided to organize some of her work in a folder that we will put in book at the end of the year. I asked her what her favorite picture was and it was a no-brainer. Last year in nursery school her class made self-portraits for an art project and we promptly hung hers on her bedroom wall. I’ve been looking for a way to remember this time in her young life aside from making photo books (one of my favorite pastimes) and that’s when Budsies came into the picture.
Last month we headed to Target to shop for this season’s hottest back-to-school trends and must-have products. With my big boy starting kindergarten this week and the little guy beginning nursery school the following week, we made one more run to check out the latest back-to-school fashion trends.
September is National Baby Safety Month and to celebrate, Babies”R”Us has teamed up with Motorola to offer shoppers an incredible deal:
Last year I took a trip to P&G’s headquarters in Cincinnati with the Pampers Baby Board, a group of online moms and dads committed to happy, healthy families. You may have seen me geeking out over vintage beauty products on Insta or eating my way through Cincy on Facebook.
Not only was the trip a blast but I learned a lot about the manufacturing of diapers and toured Pampers laboratories hearing first hand from the scientists and engineers that devote their careers to ensuring Pampers products are safe, comfortable, and effective. It’s quite an operation and I left feeling very secure in my decision to be a Pampers family and recommend the brand.
While meeting with P&G executives, the Baby Board was given the opportunity to choose 3 stylish new Pampers Wipes designs and they’re launching this month! You’ll see 9 new packaging designs total, 3 of which I had a direct hand in choosing. How cool is that?! Those are the designs above.
The list of stroller and car seat options and fabrics is a mile long but rarely do we see a gorgeous print like Maxi-Cosi’s new special edition Bohemian Blue Collection.
Billed as “fashionable baby gear products for the free spirited,” the playful and colorful Maxi-Cosi Bohemian Blue Collection is inspired by hand-crafted items. The striped fabric is available on Maxi-Cosi’s popular Pria 70 Convertible Car Seat, Mico AP Infant Car Seat, and Kaia Stroller retailing for $225-$275.
We received a Maxi-Cosi Kaia lightweight stroller in Bohemian Blue for review and it’s definitely a scene-stealer: