I'll get you my pretty!


We're feeling better so we decided to create some last minute Halloween magic. Black felt + butterflies + a little ribbon and string = the cutest witch that ever cooed cackled! Happy Halloween!

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I'm Loving

This Halloween costume from Aesthetic Outburst (modeled by both her son and daughter lol):

A bouquet of flowers - how original! The Hubster would NEVER let me create such a pretty costume for Halloween. He's all about zombies and blood and gore...men! His ideas for V's Halloween costume included a zombie baby, a bag of blood?, and an amoeba. Oh yeah and there was some mention of a booger in there too. Hopefully someday he has a son who shares his passion for the disgusting.

Props to this mom for creating this costume - I wanted to make V's but I can't figure out how to find the time. I mean, seriously, some days I don't brush my teeth until 1PM. Maybe next year...

Happy Halloween!

Jenny Lind Cribs

Thanks to ohdeedoh for featuring Violet's nursery in their Jenny Lind cribs roundup!

I think they can add charm to any nursery - modern or traditional, and their classic look will never go out of style. Plus ours was super affordable. If you're in the market for a crib with personality that won't break the bank, it's definitely the way to go.

Eye Candy for Your Halloween








Happy Halloween weekend! We will be spending it sniffling and sneezing at home while playing with V and watching The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Garfield Halloween, and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (cartoon version), soothing our scratchy throats with some hot apple cider or wassel, and of course consuming copious amounts of chocolate makes everything better. Maybe we'll save some for the trick-or-treaters, we'll see...

And the Winner is...

Kari! Congratulations - please email me with your mailing address at withtwocats@gmail.com to receive your $50 gift card.

Thanks to all for playing - stay tuned for a new giveaway next week. Happy Friday everyone!

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Out Sick

Sorry I haven't posted much this week...V's got her first bug and her mama's busy giving a hefty dose of TLC.

Hope everyone has a spooktacular Halloween!

Last day to enter!

It's your last chance to enter to win $50 to grandinroad! Click here to enter.

These are pretty...


Too bad they don't come in a 4x6. Maybe 3.5 x 5.5 would work? What do you think - coral or yellow?

Found here.

Costume or Bust!

Looks like I may have to DIY a koala outfit for V since her "infant 6-12 month" kangaroo costume is totally toddler-sized. The bodysuit would definitely fit our nearly 2-year-old nephew and the headpiece fits me! Guess we're saving that one for next year. (And I thought I was taking the easy way out buying a pre-made costume.)

These DIY Halloween costume kits found via Baby Space are great for inspiration:

A hoodie, some felt, and a little 'fur' should do the trick! See more DIY costume kits via Etsy seller Do It Yourself Costumes.

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Just a Reminder

The $50 giveaway to Grandinroad is open until Thursday! Click here to enter.

Eye Candy








Hyland's Recall

These didn't seem to do much for V anyway but for those who use them:


For Immediate Release: Oct. 23, 2010
Media Inquiries: Dick Thompson, 301-796-7566, dick.thompson@fda.hhs.gov
Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA
FDA Issues Consumer Safety Alert
Hyland’s Teething Tablets may pose a risk to children
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today is warning consumers that Hyland’s Teething Tablets may pose a risk to children. The FDA recommends that consumers not use this product and dispose of any in their possession. The manufacturer is issuing a recall of this product. 

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Wow. We're stunned!

Thanks for all of the votes! We've never been this close to the top 25 before :) You guys are a-mazing! If you haven't already done so, and can spare two clicks, you can vote for us once per day. Thanks again - happy Saturday!

~Lauren & Violet

Idea Boards

Just letting ya'll know that I'm currently accepting requests for idea boards. They will be completed as I have time and on a first come, first serve basis. The babe still comes first, so don't expect any miracles! ;)

Nurseries/Children's Spaces:

Adult Spaces:


And everything in between! Click here to order.

One Mantel - Three Ways

I have just recently stumbled across the most amazing blog - thompson family-life. Check out author Danielle's amazing holiday fireplace vignettes:

So unique, fun, whimsical, ab-so-lutely GORGEOUS!!! I'm gushing over here...really. Note to self: buy some fun masks...

Happy Friday!

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Bottle Blues

My days as a stay-at-home mommy are numbered. My little girl is quickly approaching the five-and-a-half month mark and I will be home with her until just around eight-and-a-half months. This in itself is super sad and scary to me, but the thing that is most on my mind these days is the bottle. No, not that bottle - the BABY bottle.

I know that I don't want to wait until the last minute to wean Violet from breastfeeding, as I don't want to take away both her mommy being home and nursing with her mommy all at once. I know that I should very soon begin this process. The (small) side of my brain that is still logical tells me this, but my (much larger) emotional side keeps screaming, "Don't do it!!!"

And no, this has nothing to do with the whole 'breast is best' debate that rages between formula feeding and breastfeeding mommies, so please don't go all commando on me. You see, I know many many babies who are formula fed and are happy, healthy, beautiful little cutie pies. I think that Violet will continue to grow and thrive just fine on formula. The problem is really me. I. just. can't. let. go...

Maybe part of it is that beginning the switch means that I am accepting the fact that I have to go back to work (which as much as I love my job, I just really dread leaving my baby). Or maybe it's the fact that we finally have the hang of this whole breastfeeding thing. Maybe I'll miss the closeness and the cuddling time that I get with my sweetie. Or maybe I just have absolutely no clue what to do with a bottle - I mean, will it put her back to sleep at night like nursing does? What do I do if I go somewhere - do I bring a mixed bottle along and keep it cold or do I just bring some formula and a bottle of water? What if she needs it to be warmed? How do I do that when I'm on the go? Which formula should I buy? Why do my bottles always look cloudy when I take them out of the dishwasher? Will that hurt her? How do I go about weaning? Cold turkey or take it slowly? There are SOOO many unknowns and it SCARES THE BEJEEZUS out of me.

I know that some of you are probably wondering why I don't just pump while I'm at work. Well some jobs just aren't conducive to pumping. Like mine for example. I'm a teacher. I can't really say to my class - hey guys, I have to go and pump - I'll be back in half an hour. Be good!!! Haha, the thought of that just makes me chuckle... Plus you know how pumps and I get along.

Anyway, as you can see I'm freaking out a little bit over here. I'm sure I'm making a WAY bigger deal out of this than I should be, and it will probably be an easier transition than I expect it to be. At least I hope so. If you have any tips or advice from me I would sooo greatly appreciate it!

Have a great weekend - you're the best!

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