Baby Essentials

Our sweet friend Isobel Benesch with Bel and Beau is about to have her second baby and we couldn’t be more thrilled for her!!  Isobel has just fabulous taste and we just adore her.  So when we chatted about having her as a guest on the blog giving us all her Newborn Essentials we knew it would be great!!  Enjoy!!

When I was pregnant with my first son, Holden, I went completely overboard and bought every single product out there that was marketed towards newborns. There are so many different products out there that it is hard to know what you will actually need and what products your newborn baby will like. We ended up with so many products that we never used, that this second time around I have decided to only buy the necessities, the tried and true products that we used again and again with our firstborn. Below is my carefully edited list of basics and essentials that you will want to have for your new baby.

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ROASTED POTATOES

Okay, so these potatoes are seriously my current obsession.  You can ask my kids or husband, because I think they are quite sick of me cooking them every other night.  I got the recipe…(well if you can even call it that) from my mom who is a fabulous cook.  One of my New Year’s resolutions was to start eating more healthy and cooking a lot more.  These potatoes are so simple, easy and fast + you just can’t beat that!

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NEW YEAR. . . NEW ROOMS

Since the new year has hit, I have been itching to change the kids’ rooms.  Not sure what it is, but I swear this happens every year.  I want new bedding or (sheets will do), fresh updated pictures in all the frames in the house, a good cleaning and chucking of old clothes and toys, and list could go on.  Please tell me some of you feel this way or have some sort of urge/thing with the new year?!

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The two older ones have not been sleeping well in the same bed for the past few months.  Nightly I’ll hear from the room…”you touched me, don’t cross this pretend line, you are hogging the blanket.” So after many late nights of that I packed up the kids and headed down to Ikea to snatch up two twin beds.  I brought them home and started assembling myself.  Good thing Joe got home early or I would have been up all night, because I was bound and determined that everyone was going to sleep peacefully that night.  Good news, since a week ago the sleeping situation is back to is fabulous self!

Below are our “beloved” beds from Ikea and the millions of ideas + inspiration I have for the kids rooms.  When I find the time + finally finish up the rooms I’ll post a before and after.  In the meantime…if you have any favorite stores, pics or ideas for kids rooms please help a girl out and leave your inspiration in the comments.  Love ya!!

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VALENTINE’S GIFTS HE’LL LOVE

Here is a little round up of some of the items I ended up getting my little guy for Valentines.  He’s not as big a fan of dressing up for the day as the girls are, but the girls kinda rub off on him.  So we goes with it.  He’s really into the color red right now so I think anything we got him (red) he’d be more then ecstatic.

I don’t know if anyone still does the whole leave the gift/thought + ring the door bell + run off?  My little people absolutely love this part of Valentines.  We make cookies every year and then drop them off to neighbors and friends.  The most enjoyable part for me is watching the kids light up as they leave a little surprise for the people they love and run away.  We hope this might give you some ideas for your little men in your life + maybe you can door-bell ditch for your kids.

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STAY+CO design work

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blanketsStay+Co was such a fun baby + home + kids line to design.   The baby fabrics we chose for this line were all organic cotton and the best quality we could find. We wanted to design timeless pieces that could work for both your home and littles. The goal was to help you STAY in the moment by taking the thinking out of dressing up you home and little people. These designs are timeless and I hope to have them in my home for many years.

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FAVORITE RECIPE: SNOWBALL COOKIES

This is Joe’s Grandma Wrights amazing Snowball Cookie recipe.  She has got to be one of the best cooks/bakers I have ever met!!  The minute she finds out someone is travel through she starts baking and always has a hot treat ready for our arival.  It took us a few years of begging for some of her famous recipes and slowing but surely she has let one or two go every year.  I always love to bake these around the holiday’s + my kids absolutely love them.  They are super easy + yummy.  Enjoy!!

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SNOWBALL COOKIES

3 squares unsweetened chocolate

1/2 cup oil

add 2 cups sugar

beat in 4 eggs

add 2 cups flour

1/2 teas salt

2 teas baking powder

2 teas vanilla

roll into 1.5-2 inch balls and deep freeze overnight

roll cookies in powder sugar

bake @ 350 for 12-15 mins

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HUNTER’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

My (Kailee’s) oldest Hunter j. just turned 8 in November…(yes and I am just now getting around to blogging…celebrations will do that to ya).  Eight is a big birthday over here as it is the age you can choose to be baptized.  So to say the least we had a lot of celebrating going on well into the weekend. Both my parents and my husbands came along with aunts and uncle’s.   We ate too many treats + opened too many presents + Hunter got way too spoiled…but that’s what birthdays are all about right?

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I had so much fun prepping the dessert table for Hunter’s Baptism + Birthday.  As it has been way too long since the last one I have did.  The months following up to her birthday I had been searching out darling party supply shops on Instagram and online and came across these amazing shops.  These shops are were seriously addicting + have everything you would ever need to plan the perfect celebration!  Below I have listed all the materials I used and linked exactly where to find them…to make your next party planning a breeze! Enjoy!

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Tassel banner : The Banner Shoppe

#8 cake topper and Straws: Confetti and Sparkle Party Shop

Cupcakes : Sprinkles 

Big white balloons + frill : Efthamar and Sienna Shop

Table runners  :  Oh Joy/Target 

White tablecloth : Target 

Zucchini bread : Daddy’s Oven

Glass bottles : reused from old Starbucks drinks

WISHLIST + HELEN FICALORA GIVEAWAY

What is on your Christmas list this year? Kailee and I put our heads together to give you this round-up of things we want and/or things we love! If you are looking for ideas, we’ve got some here for ya. Parker Smith Jeans is a fellow Los Angeles based company that we have had our eye on – we are excited to get our hands on some of their denim! And then the booties at #3 are a must-have! I got the Oxblood and then Kailee got the black and they are some of our favorite boots this season! I NEED that coffee table from West Elm like I need 8 hours of sleep every night, ha! Oh and then this is fabulous Helen Ficalora “xox” charm that is TOP KNOTCH! We love it. Helen Ficalora makes timeless, high-quality jewelry that we drool over. We both feel like the personalized necklace charms are classic and we both own them. It has been so fun working with the Helen Ficalora team and are so grateful that they are GIVING AWAY a chain and an “xox” charm to our fabulous friends and followers here at STAY + Co. We wanted to show you how much we “xox”  (LOVE) you by hosting this giveaway with them and help spread the word about their amazing company. Please enter by filling out the Rafflecopter below and have yourself a merry little Christmas!

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CHRISTMAS CARDS WITH MINTED

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Sending holiday cards is one of my favorite Christmas traditions. I seriously love stuffing + licking + addressing + whole works…it just gets me all excited for the holidays!  After school my kids will run to the mailbox and can’t wait to see all holiday cards start showing up in the mail. I love to display them on the wall in my kitchen and I do save them each year + turn them into a little book to look back on all the fun years of cards we have received.

Minted is my absolute  favorite place to shop for holiday cards!!  Their cards are just simply amazing…they have the most gorgeous selection of modern and tasteful cards, every detail down to the weight of the paper and the envelope insert is perfect, and they’ll even address your cards for you (for FREE) so they’re ready to send out the moment they arrive!

I loved picking out our Christmas cards this year, and picking out all the extra details like return address labels and more.  Also, I was in shock when my cards arrived 4 days after I placed my order online!!!  Now that is just madness.  Right now Minted is offering Free Two Day Shipping + Free Addressing.  Here are just a few of my favorite cards.

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miss j design work + photo shoot

This was one of my favorite baby lines I have designed!!  All the golds, black and turquoises were just to die for.  I designed and patterned the leggings and dresses by hand…I wanted the fit to be perfect.  With help of an old high school friend I was able to find my amazing printer in LA who did a fabulous job with the gold foiled fabric.

Chelsy with B Couture Photography was the photographer at this shoot.  Her work is amazing!  Styling + doing hair + directing 14 little ones was kinda crazy on my part, but as you can see we got some amazing images that we are proud of.  1402MISS J HANDMADE NEWBORNS283-Edit

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