As a baby, Holden needed constant movement. We spent hours doing circles around the living room, bouncing him in our arms to comfort him. It didn’t matter whether we were rocking, swinging, or bouncing, as long as we were moving, Holden was a happy baby. One of our favorite baby products during Holden’s infancy was the 4moms Mamaroo. Although being a first time mama, I found it hard to ever remove him from my arms, when I did, it was to pop him into the mamaroo. He loved the different types of movement that it made and we loved that it gave us a break here and there from our circles around the living room.
If this next baby is anything like Holden, the living room circles are about to be another constant in our house (although, with a second baby, we won’t be able to dedicate as much time to the circles since we will also have a toddler to take care of). This time around, I imagine that the 4moms mamaroo is not only going to be essential in soothing our new little baby, but will also allow me to spend one-on-one time with Holden and give me time to get ready, make food, and all of the other parts of life that are now a necessity with a toddler.
We were lucky enough to try out the brand new 4moms mamaroo which is everything the original mamaroo was and more. The brand new mamaroo allows you to control everything from your iPhone (via their iPhone app) which means no waking baby when you want to change the power, motion, speed, and sounds and no interrupting one-on-one time with Holden when the baby is content in the mamaroo.
And it’s your lucky day because I’m partnering with the 4moms team to giveaway one new mamaroo to one lucky winner! Enter below and good luck!!!
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Today I wanted to share one of my favorite new brands for children’s bedding, Bramwell Designs. I have found myself consistently drawn to Australian designers and this brand is definitely one of my favorites. Bramwell Designs products are bright, colorful, and fun, and just perfect for a little one’s bedroom. I had the honor of asking the designer and owner, Emma Rodney, behind Bramwell Designs, a few questions about the brand and her stunning creations…so let’s all get to know Bramwell Designs a little more…
A little intro please… At Bramwell Designs, we create organic hand printed bedlinen & accessories. We also specialize in custom design orders to create bedding to suit our clients or interior stylists needs and desires to a ‘T’. That is great fun and I love a challenge.
Who inspired you to do what you do? Since becoming a mum to two adorable little boys my passion for color and design led me down this path to create imaginative playful bedding collections for little peoples bedrooms.
How would you describe your line? I strive to create bedlinen that will grow with the child over the years. Our designs are contemporary, classic and a little bit quirky, whilst sourcing a high quality organic cotton which is super soft and cozy. All our design work and everything else is done in our studio, by the sea on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
What influences your work? My childhood and the children in my life…how their little faces brighten up to the most simplest of things in life and their appreciation for their natural surroundings. We all need to remind ourselves to simplify our lives and appreciate the simple/little things in life and to take time to play and have some fun.
What does a typical day look like for you? Busy busy busy! As a mother and designer, I try my best to be super organized and allocate time for my designs and custom bedding orders, and when I am with my boys, I’m 100% devoted to them. My bedding collection is an extension of them, being free spirits, having fun on the journey and taking some risks. My passion for business and design drives me to continue and always will.
Tell us about your background before Bramwell Designs? I always aspired to create my own business doing something I was passionate in. I painted my big bold designs onto canvas and following a stint in London working for the worlds number one online fashion forecasting and trend service, my passion for design and beautiful things was ignited, so I took the plunge and haven’t looked back.
What is your favorite product you create and why? It’s all lots of fun & imaginative, our whole bedding range and recently we’ve launched these funky kindy sheet sets with hand printed name badges & organic canvas storage baskets and totes. A few other amazing products will be launched in 2015, but keeping the range fresh and limited, whilst on trend is essential and I truly love creating custom designed orders for my clients too, where I work with them and ultimately create a bedding collection that is unique for them and their little ones.. We also do adult size bedding, which has been a hit overseas.
What are the future plans for Bramwell Designs? The future is going to be an adventure where dreams come true. Some new collections will be launched in 2015, while still keeping our favourite ingredient, pops of neons, but we will offer something a little different to this years collection’s in the bedding range. Additionally, we will have an official launch of our Kindy sheet sets, which we hope will grow and give children something bright and playful to take to daycare/kindergarten. Plus a few other big surprises we are keeping a little secret for now…
Find and follow Bramwell Designs here: Website // Facebook // Instagram
Today I am beyond excited to announce that I have teamed up with one of my favorite companies to give all of you a chance to win the brand new Nuna LEAF luxx, which will be available exclusively at Neiman Marcus.
The Nuna LEAF luxx is a swaying baby seat that is perfect for newborns and will last well into your baby’s childhood as it holds 130lbs! The Nuna LEAF luxx is a fresh spin on it’s predecessor the Nuna LEAF, a Dutch designed favorite, and comes with a toy bar with 3 plush toys (which can be removed) and a newborn insert. With a gentle push, the Nuna LEAF luxx sways for over 2 minutes unassisted, which means you don’t need batteries or cords for this beauty.
Today we are giving away one Nuna LEAF luxx to one lucky reader in the color almond pictured above. It is available only at Neiman Marcus and it sells for $295.
This giveaway will run for ONE day only, so don’t miss out!! To enter use the Rafflecopter widget below. The winner will be picked at 8:30 PM (PST time) today!
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wearing one of my hands down favorite, most comfortable maternity items by Isabella Oliver
Sometimes, with social media being such a big part of our lives these days, it is easy to get caught up in a constant game of “keeping up with the Joneses” and for some reason, seeing glimpses of everyone’s fall photos (you know, the changing leaves, the fires blazing in the living room, the cozy sweaters and knits) pop up on my instagram and pinterest feeds left me with a severe case of envy. In Southern California we were experiencing a heat wave and I almost felt as though I was depriving Holden of something by him not getting to experience the changing seasons and all of those special moments I remember from my childhood (jumping in leaves, building snowmen, etc.).
But with Thanksgiving quickly approaching I have been working on the mindset to be thankful for what I have and I found that when I started looking around and counting all of the blessings in my life (regardless of how big or small), I have found myself filled with gratitude for this life of mine (funny how changing your mindset can make the world look so different).
This season in our lives is just beyond perfect. I feel so incredibly lucky for this boy of mine who seems to be growing up by leaps and bounds every single day. More and more I feel like I am spending every day with my best friend - we can go to a cafe and stay for hours talking, laughing, and playing. We have been taking advantage of this beautiful weather and have found ourselves at the beach almost everyday for the past two weeks, playing in the sand and splashing in the water. And it’s days like the one pictured above that make me thankful for this city we call home.
As I’m entering my third trimester (which I am still trying to wrap my head around because wow, this pregnancy has flown by), I find myself obsessed with nesting. My mind has been swirling with ideas on how to redecorate our home, diy furniture projects for my husband to carry out, and all of the necessary baby items that we need to purchase. Since my brain is all over the place, I’ve decided to start my ever-growing project list by singling out my five favorite and necessary baby items…
First up, a place to sleep. We co-slept with Holden for almost 3 years, so although we had bought a crib for him before he was born, we never ended up using it. It wasn’t what we had originally planned to do, but it’s what worked for Holden and our family (whatever gets you the most sleep, right?). For this next little bebe, I would still like to have a place for him to sleep (even if it’s just for naps) and I like the idea of something that can be close to our bed, but also moved around the house to different rooms. I think that I may have found the perfect solution with this gorgeous hanging cradle.
Next up, a ride. I have been obsessing over this stroller for years. Soon after we were married, the husband and I spent some time in Copenhagen (a city that we both fell completely head over heels for) and the city was filled with gorgeous mamas pushing their little ones in these modern-day prams. I vowed that when we had children, this would be the stroller. Unfortunately, when Holden was born I discovered that they don’t sell or ship to the U.S. which actually worked out since Holden never like riding in strollers anyways. So unless I plan another trip to Copenhagen in the next month or so, baby #2 also won’t be riding in this beauty, but I just still can’t seem to get this gorgeousness out of my mind.
And don’t forget a wrap. I can’t mention a baby’s first ride without including a wrap. Babywearing was a lifesaver for us when Holden was born. I probably own about five to ten different types of baby carriers and Holden lived in them until I got pregnant this year and could no longer carry him. From the time he was born, Holden never enjoyed riding in the stroller, always preferring to be close to me and being a first-time mom, I found myself rarely wanting to put him down. Wraps are my favorite way to carry a newborn and I believe will be essential as a mama to a newborn and a toddler. Holden and I are constantly out and about and I know that baby brother will be living in the wrap by Solly Baby so that he can easily join our everyday adventures.
The coming home outfit. I don’t know why baby’s coming home outfit is such a big deal (or maybe that’s just me), but I remember stressing about finding the perfect outfit for Holden for that day we left the hospital until I stumbled across Paige Lauren. Holden wore a Paige Lauren romper on his way home from the hospital and I think our next little guy will as well. I always found their clothing to be one of the softest-to-the-touch out there and when you have a newborn baby, you only want the softest and most comfortable clothing touching their skin. All of the designs are simple and classic so you won’t look back at photos and wonder what you were thinking with your outfit choice. I think this little romper and matching hat is the perfect outfit for a newborn baby.
And lastly, the toy. I think that a baby’s first toy should be a keepsake, something beautifully made and designed, and an item we don’t mind being put into our baby’s mouth. I’ve always leaned towards knit or wooden toys rather than plastic ones (yes, I am one of those moms) and try to find toys that are simple, well-crafted, and last for years. We were gifted this gorgeous hand-knit taxi rattle by Estella NYC, the first item to be baby #2′s very own, and this rattle is everything I look for in a toy. Made from 100% cotton and BPA free, the rattle is soft to the touch and is perfect for little hands (although I must admit that Holden enjoys playing “taxi” with it as well….shhh, don’t tell brother!). I can’t wait to introduce this gorgeous item to our baby boy. You can check out the whole collection of Estella hand-knit baby rattles here, and right now, Estella is offering Bel & Beau readers 15% off a purchase of $50 or more using the code EST15OFF29 now through December 15th.