You’re probably wondering what the heck a Spring Kitten is? I was too when Ruby asked me for a “flower kitty” party, but somehow it worked out beautifully. Thank you so much to all of the Etsy Shops that partnered with Lookie Boo for this year’s party! You can find a complete list below! A special thank you must go out to Emily at Bake My Day who made the gorgeous cupcakes-in-a-jar and Ruby’s pink ombre cake & rose cookies. Last but not least, thank you to Amanda Rose Photography for shooting this editorial! Make sure to check out her Photography Bloglike Amanda Rose Photography on Facebook and follow Amanda on Instagram for more awesomeness.

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Thank you to these incredible Etsy Shops:

Glamor Princess 3rd Birthday Candle by Little Miss Mraz

 Pink & Purple Origami Bow Garlands by Dear Betsy

Custom Personalized Nursery Name & Birthday Hoop by Lola’s Little Place

Kitten Pin-back Buttons (on favor boxes) by Paper Candys

“Ruby Mae” Customized Nursery Print by Strawberry Jam Studio

17 Piece Paper Rosette Backdrop by Decor by Toria

XL Giant Tissue Flowers by Frilly Lane Handmade - Special for our readers! Use code LookieBoo5 to receive $5 off of a purchase of $20 or more. Expires August 1, 2014

Black & White Upcycled Cat Bunting Banner by Two Time Vintage

Pink & White Heart Pinwheels by Halo’s Haven

Pink & Purple Kitten Crayon Favors by Mini Monet Crayons

Sweet Sunset Tassel Garland in pink, purple, yellow & gold by Silverlake Sisters

 “Meow” Burlap Cat Lovers Banner by Mimi’s Creations for You

Custom Vintage Kitten Birthday Party Invitation by Itsy Belle

Vintage Kitten custom Candy Wrappers, Water Bottle Wrappers, Treat-boxes and Pin the Butterfly Game by Perfect Wrappers

Hello Kitty Vintage Inspired Cake Bunting Banner by Ali Eli Weddings

Rose Crown by Megan Madinger from Daisy Salon Sacramento

Free Printable! Instagram Hashtag Sign by The Elli Blog

Free Printable! Country Floral “Thank You” tags by The Elli Blog

 

 

 

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Ruby Mae’s outfit of the day: dress & kitten ears from H&M // bow belt by Down East Basics // shoes by Journey’s.

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Ruby Mae’s outfit of the day: mixed denim romper from Baby Gap // wood print bow by Augie & Lola via Etsy // vintage boots.

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Jude’s shirt & shoes Cherokee via Target, cutoff Levi’s and hat by liberty linens on Etsy // Ruby’s dress from H&M and oxfords by Journey’s.

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Ruby’s outfit from Target // Jude’s tank from babyGap.

Jul 03

Ruby Mae’s Outfit of the Day!

Posted by Lookie Boo in Brags, Ruby Mae, Toddler Girls

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Ruby’s shirt from Crazy8.

Jul 02

Ruby Mae’s Outfit of the Day!

Posted by Lookie Boo in Brags, Ruby Mae, Toddler Girls

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Long fitted tank by Cherokee via Target // shorts by Japna Kids.

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Before having children, I envisioned a plethora of epic, movie-esq parenting moments. Like a heartwarming episode of Family Matters. Yet, even as my first Due Date with Jude came and went it became apparent to me that Motherhood may not be as I expected. Becoming a  new Mother is your expectations meeting reality. In the same way, the happiness of parenting has not been found in big, predictable moments as I once suspected. For example, you stuff your children into uncomfortable outfits, wait in a 2 hour long line to meet Santa for the the first time and then they scream their heads off the entirety of the visit. But on the way home, you stop for cookies, because now everyone needs a cookie, and you treasure that moment of you gave up caring about silly traditions and think fondly of how you stuffed your faces and laughed it all off.

Obviously, I’m not at all bias, but my children are extraordinary. The love that they have for each other teaches me how to give more of my self each day. Children are really quite profound in really small, simple ways. In their giving of their last sip of juice box, in their sharing of toys, in their hugging when they’ve made mistakes. Jude & Ruby inspire me to take myself less seriously, look for adventure in the mundane and re-explore old territory with new vision. Before having children, you expect to love them, you just don’t know the magnitude and depth of that love. The simple things they do each day that make my heart sing are the ones I will reflect back on one day and long for again.

One of my attempts to capture all of these small yet monumental moments and lock them away forever is through photos, home movies and writing these little moments down. I had a really fun time creating a “My extraordinary kid” video through yourextraordinarykid.org thanks to Stanford Children’s Health. You can view my video HERE.

dear jude and rubyYour kid is extraordinary. Show them how much you enjoy every moment together

by creating a special video of your own!

I’m a born and raised Northern Californian, so I’ve long known of Stanford’s incredible reputation of helping women and children. If you are not as familiar, Stanford Children’s Health (and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital) have been the top-ranked children’s hospital in Northern California for over a decade. It’s the largest Bay Area healthcare provider with an exclusive focus on children and expectant women. Whether your visit is routine or rare, Stanford Children’s Health is committed to providing extraordinary care for healthier happy lives. Their doctors can be reached within 10 miles of most homes in the San Francisco Bay Area. The work they are doing is important, and as a Mom of an Autistic child, I have a new found appreciation over the last few years for those who work with Children in need.

How do you record your favorite small moments with your children?

XoXo, Tiffany

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Hat by Liberty Linens on Etsy // shirt from Nordstrom // pants & shoes from H & M.

Jun 23

Summer Fun: DIY Art Shoes!

Posted by Lookie Boo in DIY, Ruby Mae, Sponsors

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If you are anything like me, sometimes finding new activities to do with the kiddos in the summer can be challenging. Indoor crafts are one of our favorite pastimes when its too hot out. This project was really fun to do with Ruby Mae! Homegirl is obsessed with Kittens, in fact her birthday party next weekend is Kitten themed (stay tuned). Of course, you can customize the theme of your project however you’d like. Or you can be less Type-A than me and let your kids go buck wild with their own “design”.

First, I went to Michael’s in search of Sharpie’s Paint Markers. The nice thing about using these markers (I went with oil based, they also have water based) with the kiddos is there was no mess afterward. I’m all about any art activity that doesn’t include a mess.

photo(3)Michael’s had a huge display with lots of choices. Also, Michael’s is always having great deals/sales, you can get more info in their Sunday Circular or at Michael’s website (while supplies last).

Next, I found these canvas shoes, they were actually on Clearance, so bonus.

Lookie Boo DIY sharpies paint markers 2I loved this Sharpie Paint Marker pack with all the bright fun colors, especially for summer.

These bad boys are going to get a lot of use.

Lookie Boo DIY sharpies paint markersThis is what we ended up with! I obviously helped Ruby quite a bit this time, but she just loves wearing these shoes now! She’s so proud of them and every time she wears them it remind us both of the quality time we spent together making them.

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Thanks for reading!

How are you keeping busy with the kiddos this summer?

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Graduate Joseph is our #lookieboo of the Day! Thanks to his Mama @t1diabetes_mom for tagging @lookieboo on Instagram!

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Ruby Mae’s Outfit of the Day: Floral tank Mini Boden // skirt by Lemon Loves Lime.

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Gorgeous Lola is our #lookieboo of the Day!
Thanks to her Mama @augieandlola for tagging @lookieboo on Instagram.

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This post is brought to you by Everalbum.

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I’m so excited to share my new favorite app with you guys! If you’ve known me for longer than 30 seconds, you already know that I love to document every single day of my life with photographs. It’s one of my favorite pass times and now part of my job. When I learned about Everalbum and that I’d never have to about running out of space on my phone again?! I was one happy Mama.

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Everalbum automatically syncs your photos from your phone and desktop everyday, so you don’t have to worry about losing your memories! No matter if your computer breaks, or you lose your phone, once your photos are in Everalbum they are backed up and safe forever. Once your photos from your phone are backed up, you can delete your camera roll and make more space on your device. Any future photo you take will automatically be added and backed up to your Everalbum! How easy is that?

Even better, you never have to worry about privacy or having your photos public. Privacy is very important to Everlabum and they’ve done everything possible to guarantee all of your photos are private to you and only you by default, except when you want to share your photos privately with family and friends. Which is also another great bonus, if you have family or friends who are far away or not on social media, you can share your photos through Everalbum so easily.

I’m so ecstatic that Everalbum insures me the security my memories deserve! Want to try Everalbum for free? Check it out HERE. Once you discover how much you love Everalbum you can subscribe for  backup to FIFTY THOUSAND FULL RESOLUTION PHOTOS for  $7.99/month or save 20% by buying yearly at $79/year.  I love this option because you never need worry about GBs, or MBs storage, they don’t care about that. Especially a great option for you photographers out there, so many more high resolution photos can be stored at this affordable rate compared to iCloud, Dropbox, etc.

 Happy Summer!!!

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Lookie Boo would like to thank Amanda Rose Photography for shooting this editorial! Make sure to check out her Photography Bloglike Amanda Rose Photography on Facebook and follow Amanda on Instagram!

 

Jun 05

Dear Teachers,

Posted by Lookie Boo in Autism Awareness

The following is a letter sent out to Jude’s teachers (and really all special needs teachers everywhere) to thank them for their time they’ve spent helping our Jude.

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Dear Ms. Erica, Stacey, Pam & Connie,

I’m sitting here dumbfounded by the progress Jude has made with you in the past two years.

When Jude began Preschool with you all, he was almost completely non-verbal. Now he is ordering me around the house all day long. And I have you ladies to thank for that. When Jude began I’m sure you remember he couldn’t even sit in circle time, now when he comes home he sings me the songs he has learned there.

When Jude began, he still wore a diaper and needed full self-care assistance, now he’s potty trained and can put on his clothes and shoes.

When Jude began, he payed little attention to his peers, now he’s asking when he can play with Bailey, Rainy, Aiden and Ari.

When Jude began, he made little eye contact with us when he spoke, now he grabs my face to tell me he loves me.

Over all, when Jude began with you ladies, life felt unlivable. Watching Jude’s frustration was heartbreaking for us. You have helped our lives to soar from surviving to thriving. For this we are forever grateful.

Thank you sincerely for all of your time, patience, kindness, love and understanding when teaching our child. The work that you do, in the amazing way that you do it, can only be done by a select few.

They say that these early years of development are the absolute most important of a child’s life and I am glad that mine was able to spend his with you.

Best,

Tiffany Reese

Jun 04

Ruby Mae’s Outfit of the Day!

Posted by Lookie Boo in Brags, Girls, Toddler Girls

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Ruby Mae’s Outfit of the Day via H&M Kids USA.

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Adorable Stella is our #lookieboo of the Day! Thanks to her Mama @momma2stella for tagging @lookieboo on Instagram!

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Ruby Mae’s Outfit of the Day: Dress Circo via Target // floral oxfords from Journey’s Kids.


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Sweet Baby J is our #lookieboo of the Day! Thanks to her Mama @kray_ray for tagging @lookieboo on Instagram!

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Ruby Mae’s Outfit of the Day! Dress by the incredible Burlap Llama on Etsy! etsy.com/shop/burlapllama

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Sweet Roxy is our #lookieboo of the Day! Thanks to her Mama @silvershandiin for tagging @lookieboo on Instagram!

Burlap Llama’s Etsy Shop is finally here! Check out these adorable, handmade, vintage-inspired clothes below. Their quality is impeccable. Check out Burlap Llama on Etsy!

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Lookie Boo would like to thank Amanda Rose Photography for shooting this editorial! Make sure to check out her Photography Bloglike Amanda Rose Photography on Facebook and follow Amanda on Instagram!