We hope you are all enjoying this long weekend with your families and getting a little sun on your faces! It’s that time again for Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly Sale and there is SO much good stuff! From sandals and shorts for mama to tees and summer dresses for the little peanuts. It’s the perfect time to stock up for summer and also save on some amazing sales! Lucky for you we’ve scoured through the sale and picked out our favorite pieces! Scroll through them below and as always happy shopping + save up to 40% off through May 31st!
When we think about our daily routines, meal time is usually on the top of the list and such an important part of our day to day activities. Not only are we nourishing our bodies and our little peanuts’ bodies but there is so much more that meal times represents. It’s a time for families to take a break from the chaos and responsibilities of life to enjoy each others company, bond and communicate. Many of our favorite and most cherished memories with our little peanuts involve simple lunches together or family dinners celebrating holidays, birthdays and other special occasions.
There is so much to love about mealtime, but we also know that it can also be a struggle at times for families to get their little ones to settle down long enough to take two bites of food or to eat a couple extra bites of vegetables. Whether we are introducing solid foods to our babies for the first time or enjoying a simple lunch at home we’ve always loved and used the clever + innovative products by Munchkin. Not only do we love the vibrant, modern look of their feeding products, but we love how smart and truly functional they are! Our favorites would have to be their new Lil’ Apple Plates that are visually appealing + make mealtime fun for little hands. TIP: if you have a picky eater try displaying their food in fun ways and shapes… it’s all about the presentation! We are also completely obsessed with the Miracle Cup which really is genius! You can drink naturally from anywhere on the 360° rim, without worrying about spills. The lid automatically reseals after drinking — perfect for a growing kid on the move!
Munchkin rids the world of the mundane by developing clever, innovative solutions that make family life safer, easier, and more fun. You can find Munchkin products at Munchkin.com, Target, Babies’R’Us, Walmart, and Amazon. It’s the little things! Check out more from our lunch with Munchkin below!
Last week we took you on a journey back in time to midcentury Palm Springs and shared the first part of our wooden toy features. Today we are back at it and talking about the incredible handmade products from Clifford & Sons MFG. Founder + designer, Christopher Clifford, is a full time stay at home dad to three energetic boys – Morgan, age 6, Wyatt, age 4, and Luke, age 3. All of the Clifford & Sons toys are inspired by, and the first three were named after, them. They are curious and imaginative little boys, and that is the philosophy behind Clifford & Sons. Every toy is designed to be simple enough that children of any age can incorporate them into their play in a million different ways. The toys are meant to be a launch pad for a child’s imagination and creativity – there is no wrong way to play with Clifford & Sons toys! Think anything from turning the blocks into castles, forts, neighborhoods, forests, swamps, and even racetracks.
Every toy and set of blocks is hand made, hand sanded, and hand painted with a 100% child safe paint. They are then finished with a homemade beeswax wood polish so they are safe for even the smallest little ones and the highest quality hardwoods so every toy will last, kid after kid. We instantly fell in love with the craftsmanship of these toys and our little peanuts instantly fell in love with the fun colors and unique shapes. Check out more toys by Clifford & Sons here!
Happy Monday Friends! It’s time to add a pop of color + a touch of tropics to your house for summer and we’ve got the perfect DIY craft to solve the problem! Easily transform any pot into a pineapple inspired plant holder! Start by spray painting an old pot with yellow spray paint. Once dry hand paint diagonal lines to create diamonds with white craft paint. Don’t worry if the lines aren’t perfect… that’s what makes it unique! Let the pot dry completely and fill the pot with a spiky succulent or cactus (the perfect indoor plant)! And just like that you have one cute pineapple decor piece for your home!
There are so many fun toys out there for little peanuts and we have to admit that some of our own little guys have a bit of an obsession with toys. In the current digital and technological time it’s easy for kids to turn to ipads, iphones and video games for entertainment. We want to bring back traditional play time with beautiful handcrafted toys that inspire the development of little hands + minds. So we sought out some of the best handmade wooden toy brands that encourage imagination + creative play and featured them in our current magazine issue!
When we came across these miniature wooden cities we instantly fell in love! McKean Studio is the collaborative efforts of Sydney based husband and wife duo Joshua & Megan McKean. Their fresh designs are inspired by mid-century design, ora + fauna, and the beautiful cities they have visited together. Featuring three miniature models of Palm Springs. A mid-century heaven in the Californian desert, USA – including cactuses, palm trees, cute cars, and incredible + colorful architecture. Check out more of their creative work and amazing mini cities here!
Is there really anything better than snuggling a new little one in your arms, probably not! Today we have a dreamy little newborn session by Taylor Cole featuring sweet little Samuel and his adoring parents. We love the laid back and relaxed feel to these images and the love this little family has just radiates right through. We also are crazy about the darling dream catcher in his nursery, too cute!
We have an absolutely gorgeous baby boy nursery to share with you today. Camille Styles is just moments away from welcoming baby number 2 to her sweet family and we couldn’t be more excited for her! Camille and the RH Baby + Child design team did an amazing job at putting together this perfect nursery for Baby H. We love the neutral colors and design, and though this room is fit for a king it could easily be for a queen as well. The clean minimalist look they went with is pure perfection, and though it is a neutral color pallet we love how they combined plenty of texture and patterns within the room to make it nothing but ideal. To get more details and design tips head over here. Good luck on your new addition Camille, we are so very excited for you!
We hope you all had a great Mother’s Day weekend and spent as much time as possible with the one’s you love most! Motherhood is such a beautiful blessing and we are beyond thankful to be able to call these little peanuts ours. Being a mother is for sure the hardest job that any of us will do but also the most rewarding and fulfilling. We are so thankful to have this space to help celebrate motherhood, unite together as women + mothers and enjoy these magical years as much as possible.
From our team here at LPM we hope you continue to celebrate being a mother every single day and know that you are strong, beautiful and loved!
There are always so many fun options when it comes to girls fashion and this summer we are loving colorful tees paired with tulle skirts, floral ruffle tops and of course anything denim! Today we are sharing a few more fashion looks from our summer magazine issue featuring Stella McCartney Kids. We’ve always been big fans of Stella McCartney’s line for kids because the pieces are always unique, colorful and the quality of their materials are so amazing! See how we styled our favorite pieces below and happy Fashion Friday!
We are so excited to be sharing the story of little peanut Welles and the beautiful dynamic that having a down syndrome baby brings to a family!
Oakley, let’s start off by having you tell us your story about sweet little Welles and a little bit about your family.
It’s a boy! The ultra sound tech declared.We could hardly contain our excitement.Scott and I both have several sisters and expected a family of all daughters.Our first-born is a darling little girl whom we love to pieces. In my second pregnancy, we were simply over the moon to get to experience a boy as well.I imagined little league, teasing his big sister, and watching sports with Dad.After months of staring at my husband’s baby photos, I hoped he would be a toe-head with blue eyes just like his daddy! I already loved the little guy who kicked incessantly inside of me and couldn’t wait to meet him. I found myself on Pinterest several times preparing the perfect nursery for our perfect little boy.Little did I know just how perfect he would be. After a fast (but rough) labor, they laid that sweet little boy in my arms. Scott and I were thrilled to have him with us. I was flustered when they interrupted our beautiful first moments to inform us of the possible diagnosis. They were ruining our precious first meeting with our baby boy, causing unnecessary worry and concern!There was no way our little boy had Down Syndrome.Obviously they were mistaken.They weren’t. The early days were painful as I said Good-bye to the ideas I had for a typical son and Hello to so much unknown.Fear and worry engulfed my entire being.What about his health?What will the future hold for my sweet little boy?How will others handle his differences?We are only a year-and-a-half in, but I can tell you, his doctors are on top of his health (which is very good, btw), his future looks bright and happy, and his “differences” are some of my most favorite things about him. It’s funny that something I would have never wished for or planned on has proved to be one of the most beautiful blessings to our family. Welles is a bright light to every single person he comes in contact with.We get big smiles and sweet looks from strangers, and kids of all ages gravitate towards him. He also brings out the best in each member of our family.Welles radiates happiness, which is something this world could use a lot more of!
As a mother, what was your very first reaction and feelings you had when you found out you were having a baby with Down Syndrome?
If I’m being completely honest, it was painful. It was the strangest mix of emotions. My heart was full of pure and absolute love for the little boy in my arms, but I felt like the child I was “supposed to have” had passed. It felt like the little boy I had imagined and bonded with was taken from me. But at the same time, I had a very different little person who I loved unconditionally. Like I said, a very strange mix of emotions. It’s so hard to put into words. Author Emily Perl Kingsley describes it beautifully in a piece she wrote called, “Welcome to Holland.” She compares having a special needs child to planning a big trip to Italy your entire life. You do everything to prepare for it, study the culture, learn the language, decide all the places you’ll see, etc… Then when you’re finally taking the trip, you get off the plane and you actually ended up in Holland. Holland is beautiful and wonderful, you love Holland instantly, but it’s not the Italy you were expecting. Eventually you realize Holland was the place you were meant to go all along.
I’ve heard from many parents of children with Down Syndrome how it is such a blessing. What blessings do you see in your life from this?
Where to even start on that one! Welles has blessed our whole family in countless ways. The over all spirit and energy he exudes is amazing. He’s almost always happy and pleasant. He has taught me to appreciate the little things, celebrate the simplest of milestones, and to slow down and be patient with life in general. He’s blessed me to have no choice but to sit back and take it all in. Life is beautiful, and we get too busy to stop and remember what’s important. Welles reminds our family daily. How awesome is that?
On the flip side, what challenges do you currently face and what ones do you worry about down the road?
While I would say the wonderful far outweighs the challenges, there are definitely still challenges. With Welles only being one and a half, I haven’t had to face acceptance with peers, dealings in the classroom, or serious learning disabilities. But I’m well aware those things will likely be in my future. Right now our biggest challenges are teaching him to feed himself, regular appointments with specialists to check on his health, and working on those motor and fine motor skills, etc… Right now the real challenge is not eating that scrumptious ball of perfection!
Tell us about your blog and what you are trying to accomplish with it.
My main goal is to show my readers that having a child with Down Syndrome is not going to hold your family back but rather spring your family forward with unity, special adventures, and a happiness that is quite unique and very special. I want the world to know that anyone would be lucky beyond measure to have a child with Down Syndrome. It’s not something to be feared, but celebrated.
What words of wisdom and advice do you have to offer to parents who have children with Down Syndrome or who have maybe found out that their unborn child has it?
It’s okay to mourn. It’s not the child you were expecting. The early days are an overload of information and the unknown is terrifying. But it will all be okay. It will be more than okay, I promise! It will be wonderful. Even with the challenges. Before you know it, there is a new light in your life and it’s a bright, powerful light. A light you won’t know how you ever lived without. I would also recommend reaching out to foundations and support groups when you’re ready. There are so many parents that have been through that same shock and they want to be there for you. Let them in.
What are some of the biggest myths and stigmas out there about Down Syndrome that you would like to comment on and maybe set straight?
Holy moly, there are a lot of myths out there. I had one nurse tell me Welles would be “high functioning” because his Down Syndrome features were less severe! While we do expect him to be “high functioning,” it has nothing to do with the fact that his eyes aren’t super slanted ;). You’ll hear lots of silly things. Generally I’ve found people to be loving and ultra excepting, but once in a while I’ll come across an article or hear of a comment someone makes that is really hurtful. That’s becoming more rare. The biggest myth of all is that they won’t live a full and happy life. That’s absolutely absurd. If you’ve ever met someone with Down Syndrome, it won’t take long before you realize they’re typically the happiest people at the party! The outrageous 92% abortion rate of those pre-diagnosed with a Down Syndrome child wrenches my soul. Those poor parents have no clue what they are missing out on.
If people would like to get more involved in the Down Syndrome community or even volunteer, where do you suggest they go?
Usually there are local groups and foundations that desperately need volunteers. I suggest looking for local Facebook groups and asking how you can get involved. We LOVE United Angels Foundation, they always have volunteers for events!
Lastly, what is one of your favorite quotes and why?
“Beauty isn’t about having a pretty face. It’s about having a pretty mind, a pretty heart and a pretty soul.”