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Jude’s Shirt & shoes via Target. Ruby’s outfit from H&M.

I love this Land of Nod collection of costumes because they can be used for Halloween & future dress up!

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Find these and more at Land of Nod

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Ruby’s dress vintage (mine when I was her age). Jude’s button down Cherokee via Target, cutoff Levi’s.

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Adorable & meowvalous Leila & Hailey are our #lookieboo (s) of the day! Thanks to their Mama @jgvaldeezy for tagging @lookieboo on Instagram!

Aug 19

Vintage love.

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

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Michael & I have been waiting for this vintage dress that was mine as a child to fit Ruby since before she was born.

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Jude & Ruby wearing their new Hello Apparel dinosaur tanks. Have a happy weekend!

Aug 16

Ruby Mae’s Outfit of the Day!

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

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Tunic by Lottekins on #Etsy. Shorts Circo via Target.

Aug 12

Q Wunder Boardgame!

Posted by Lookie Boo in Autism Awareness, Sponsors

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and EQtainment, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #Qsracetothetop http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

photo 3I’m genuinely excited to share with you guys about the newest board game by EQtainment, Q’s Race to the Top!

photo 1As you can see, Ruby was pretty pumped about adding a new board game to our collection as well.

I’ve shared with you guys a little bit about our journey with Jude’s Autism Diagnoses here. As part of our therapy regiment for Jude, we have started doing in-home ABA Therapy 3 days a week. One of the things we do with his (amazing) therapist is play board-games, to practice things like emotional intelligence, social skills, sharing, learning to be flexible, sportsmanship, etc. So when I heard about Q’s Race to the Top and how it helps kiddos with Social Skills, Behavior, Physical Coordination and Emotional Intelligence, I knew we had to get our hands on it! If the term “Emotional Intelligence” is new to you as it was to me not long ago, essentially it means the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. Think of EQ as all the important skills outside of IQ and academic education such as self control, motivation, empathy and social skills. Studies have shown that having a high emotional quotient boosts career success, relationship satisfaction, leadership skills, health, humor and happiness!

When the game arrived, Jude’s Therapist and I opened the box together and were so impressed with the amount of thought that went into developing a game like this. Plus, it smartly makes practicing these skills FUN which is obviously all 2 toddlers like mine really care about.

I also liked that the game is very simple and straight forward, put your cute little colored Q’s on the start arrow, take turns rolling the dice, read the appropriate colored card, do activity or answer question, etc. Ruby is only 3, and she was able to understand the rules to the game instantly.

photo 5Oh, and Jude loves that when you land on the square with the white monkey face you get to jump ahead or go back because he’s cute like that.

photo 4The game comes with 4 colored Q’s, however the game would be easy to play in 2 person teams as well.

I love the way the game mixes physical coordination in with the other important aspects of this game. Especially because with my kids, this helps them to burn their little energy and hold their attention MUCH longer. Plus, its been really hot outside here, especially in the later afternoons, so anyway we can come up with indoor activities that burn that extra toddler (non stop) energy is wonderful for us.

red (1)photo 2They get very serious about physical activity, obvi.

Here are examples of other types of questions:

red (2)red (3)Ruby REALLY needs help with the whole “inside voice” thing. Homegirl has two volumes 1. LOUD 2. Whisper.

EQtainment in addition to board games makes books & videos that teach emotional intelligence as well. We have the book Q’s Wild Ride and the kids have been enjoying that as well. They teach social stories including the same attributes the board game does. Check out EQtainment’s Kickstarter Campaign for more.

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Mini Rodini Autumn // Winter 2014

Shop all New Arrivals at Mini Rodini

Mini Rodini was founded in 2005 by the Swedish illustrator Cassandra Rhodin as a tribute to all children, their imagination and sense that everything is possible. It is important that children have clothes that match their own mood and creativity. And while the aesthetic of the Mini Rodini design – playful and humorous – may speak to children, the quality of the garment is equally important. Mini Rodini wants to make it both easy and exciting for parents to buy better products for their kids in regards to design, but more importantly the environmental and ethical aspects.

With sustainability and quality in focus, Mini Rodini creates clothes that modern and conscientious parents want to dress their kids in, and that kids love to wear.

Mini Rodini is one of Scandinavia’s fastest growing children’s wear brands. Selling in some of the most prestigious department stores and independent shops world-wide, from Harvey Nichols in Kuwait, Selfridges in London and Little Fashion Gallery in Paris. As of now, Mini Rodini is represented in over 400 selected locations aside from the three fully owned stores and the successful web channel.

 

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Adorable Leila & Hailey are our #lookieboo (s) of the Day! Thanks to their Mama @jgvaldeezy for tagging @lookieboo on Instagram!

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

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group and Sharpie, but all the opinions are my own. #PMedia #PaintYourWay http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

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!