The Find’s Fave of the Week

Oilily Tights for Little Girls
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There is a cool crisp breeze in the air, apple festival time has arrived and Halloween decorations fill the stores. Gone are cotton sundresses, it is time for dressing up my toddler in tights and warmer dresses and skirts. She has several pair of tights, but her favorites are the styles from Oilily. Oilily tights are thick, cozy and hold in the washer and dryer. They also come in charming colorful designs that look adorable on little girls’ legs. They look very pretty with fall dresses and corduroy skirts.
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Shearling boots would be the perfect complement to these fun tights or how about a pair of sweet mary janes?

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Get Personalized with a Custom Address Stamp
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Now that summer is over and the kids are back in school, I’m determined to be organized for the busiest time of year. Along with fall and winter come multiple holidays, social events, birthday parties and then as soon as you can catch your breath Christmas has come and gone. No more attaching return address labels on our family’s holiday cards until the wee hours. This year I plan to order a personalized return address stamp. I found these self-inking customized stamps that will be my new personal-izing assistant! Not only can these be used for return addresses, and look great on the back flap of an envelope I might add, but they can be used to personalize note cards as well. The personalized stamps from Three Designing Women (love the name!) are designed to personalize blank note cards, wine tags, gift tags, notepads and calling cards. You can also use these self-inking stamps with your own blank stationery or stickers. I love all of the unique designs and cute, modern note cards. They have something for classic tastes as well as modern design fans. The stamps are available at the Neiman Marcus website and you can also find coupon codes for Neiman’s here.
Products featured above:
Three Designing Women Square Stamp or Round Stamp, $48.00 at NeimanMarcus.com
Three Designing Women Retro Stamper Note (green and brown design), $13.25 for 10 at papersyoulove.com
Three Designing Women Blue Stripes + Brown Floral notes – 1 set of 10 $22.50 at Finestationery.com

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Corral Toy Clutter with Stylish Fabric Bins
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The battle to keep toys tidy and in their place is a 24/7 job. The key to keeping toys from mysteriously multiplying around the house is to place storage bins in each room. Corralling toys is easy when you have a stylish storage container like these from the Netto Collection and Dwell Baby.
The Netto Collection felt storage boxes. Made in Canada of thick plush felt, the containers come in white and gray. Although a bit on the pricey side these beautiful boxes are made by a company with sustainable and eco-friendly business practices. Their furniture collection is non-VOC and uses sustainably harvested wood. These boxes are meant to complement the Netto Collection changing tables, but I also love them on their own, inside a bookcase or under a bench as a hideaway for toys in our living room.
Also stylish on their own or to complement the Dwell Baby line, these Dwell storage bins are they key to keeping clutter in check. Use the chocolate dots design for family living areas or the “Gio” aqua design for use in children’s bedrooms. Measuring 15″wide x 17″h x 15″ deep this box can hold a play date’s worth of toys and can even be used as an ad-hoc laundry bin.

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Milkdot PVC-free Lunch Tote
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As the new school year draws near my search for the perfect lunch box goes into full swing. I was looking for a PVC-free and lead-free bag that is insulated and can accommodate a Sigg bottle and bento box lunches. Of course it has to be modern, good looking and easy for my preschooler to carry. After a thorough online search I have found the perfect lunch tote. The Stoh lunch tote by Milkdot meets all of my wish list requirements and it comes in a sweet pink/brown color combo. The Stoh also comes in blue/brown. Not to mention the fact that the Stoh lunch tote is designed by a very chic New York mom named Janet Cho who is a graphic designer and founder of Milkdot. The Stoh lunch box has modern appeal for me and I’m sure that we’ll be taking the tote on outings as well. I’m impressed by the thoughtful functionality of the Stoh lunch tote. For one it can fold flat, a plus for storage. It has ID tag which will hopefully prevent it from going missing, inside pockets to hold ice packs, a water repellent finish, outside pocket for utensils and napkins, and there is a magnetic closure to keep the handles together when carrying the tote.

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Inspire Young French Chefs with “You’ve Got Recipes: A cookbook for a lifetime”
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As a mother with a school-age daughter, one of my primary goals since her birth is to provide healthy nutritious meals as well as expose her to many foods and flavors from around the world. We are blessed to live in San Francisco with a plethora of options for locally grown organic produce as well as restaurants and markets from almost every corner of the earth.
Recently we were invited to a friend’s house for a book signing of a new children’s cookbook titled, “You’ve Got Recipes: A cookbook for a lifetime”. The culinary adventure is the illustrated tale of a Parisian mouse Sophie Souris and couple of San Francisco raccoons named Cleo and Henry who correspond via email and share recipes in a unique culinary cultural exchange. Authored by Jerry Di Vecchio and Francoise Dudal Kirkman. Jerry is a former Food Editor at Sunset for over four decades and Francoise is a French-born and Paris trained artist who was a Sunset Magazine art director. Growing up in Northern California my parents were and still are avid readers of Sunset and we often attended the annual open house in Menlo Park, California. I have fond memories of the beautiful test kitchens and sunny Spanish architecture of the grounds there, so I was thrilled to meet Jerry and Francoise!
The book is suited for 7 to 14 year-olds and teaches in bilingual text the basics of French cooking techniques, rules of the kitchen (r├ęgles de base). As my daughter is also enrolled in a French immersion program I as eager to jump right in and begin cooking recipes from the book and I’m always up for new recipes as well. All of the recipes in “You’ve Got Recipes” are everyday comfort food dishes and are perfect for kids (and moms!) who love to cook. Recipes include: Poulet Roti, Carottes et Pommes de Terre, Pizza Croustillante, Pan Bagnat, Croque-Monsieur, Sandwich Paresseux, and many others. I can always use some help in the kitchen making use of my Le Creuset pots and this book is one way to inspire my child with the creativity of global cuisine .

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Back-to Cool With a Colorful Pair of Old School Kicks
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The beginning of the school year is only a couple months away. This fall my daughter will be starting preschool. Our daughter is excited as is our entire family, she will be making lots of new friends and learning a new language as part of the Mandarin immersion program. There is a lot of preparation and a checklist to attend to. Clothing name tags, BPA-free lunch boxes, Sigg water bottles, and not to mention the potential separation anxiety. Lots of play clothes and shoes are in order.
In particular some really cool sneakers that will not get lost in the sea of toddler-sized shoes at naptime. I’ve spotted a bright colorful pair of Adidas on two different girls at the playground and had to ask where they were from. “Nordstrom and not too expensive about the same as a price of Crocs,” the mom answered. Hmmm, they are so cute so I did some research and found a couple of pair of old school inspired sneakers in neon bright kid-friendly colors that my daughter will love. The adidas-Streetrun-IIIs ($34.99 – $44.90 available in infants to big kids sizes) are my first pick, so cute and in colorful cool girly colors. A refereshing change from the pink/brown/white palette. The velcro is also another must-have feature for Miss independent to put her own shoes on. Two other completely adorable styles I spotted are the Nike ‘Dunk Low’ Sneaker, $35 – $47 walker to little kids sizes. Very sweet, but not so sure about the white and the laces for me to tie every morning as we rush out the door. Lastly, this almost blinding shade of blue is a fun design that will look great on kids but perhaps a little silly on adults. It is the Adidas Originals Infant/Toddlers’ Detroit II Running Shoe, $34.95 infant to toddler sizes.

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Too Cute Bento Lunch Boxes
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This fall my daughter begins preschool and I’m in search of a bento box for her lunches. I’m half Japanese and I’ve grown up with bento boxes my entire life. I’m looking forward to preparing meals that will make her smile and hopefully consume. Luckily it will only be twice a week! There are a plethora of bento blogs devoted to bento box preparation and many options to buy bento lunch boxes online. I’m looking for a bento that is colorful, cute and can be easily opened with a toddler’s small hands. The larger orange and pink Vivo is adorable, but with the metal handle is better suited towards older kids.
In addition to the actual bento lunch boxes there are recipe books and a dizzying array of accessories for the preparation of bento. I’ve been already using some of them to make mealtimes more fun for my finicky eater. Luckily she loves rice, organic nori and edamame which I’ll be adding to the bento and are quick and easy to prepare.
Bento products featured above:
Vivo Kids Bento Box, Orange and Pink, $22 at Amazon.com
Yokom Kids Bear Bento Box, $17.99 at Sugarcharms.com
Hawaii’s Bento Box Cookbook: Fun Lunches for Kids, $14.95 at nativebookshawaii.com
Niko Niko Punch 3 – Face Bento Decoration, $19.50 at jbox.com