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Weekend Notes

August 31st, 2013

Picnic | Camille Styles

Happy long weekend, friends! And I’ve got to admit that it got here not a moment too soon. This past week has felt like a major juggle, balancing a busy work schedule with lots of social stuff and, most of all, a 1-year-old who is suddenly wanting to explore everything…and who has to be watched like a hawk every single second of the day. I feel like I suddenly understand what my friends with kids meant when they told me things can get a lot more challenging when babies become really mobile. Phoebe’s at that point where she wants me to be playing with her around-the-clock, making normal tasks like laundry and making dinner seem almost impossible. On one hand, it’s such an incredibly fun stage as she starts to say new words and is constantly learning new things, but it also makes for one exhausted mama at the end of each day! I’d love to hear any of your advice, for keeping 1-year-old’s entertained, getting through dinnertime and keeping the inevitable tantrums at bay. Any words of wisdom or book recommendations welcome! And for those of you without kids, thanks for letting me have this little vent session. Sometimes you just need it, and having a long weekend with a couple nights of extra sleep can do wonders for the soul, no? Hope you all have a lovely holiday weekend, and enjoy my favorite links from around the web this week!

Love the design of this California beach-inspired café in London.

Checklist for a prepared-for-anything stylist’s toolkit.

This risotto with chard & wild mushrooms looks like the perfect way to start getting in a fall frame of mind.

Love the authenticity and love that’s evident in this family reunion dinner.

Chic tastemakers have afternoon snacks, too.

Embrace the last days of summer with this cute painted lawn game DIY.

*and a few fun things you may have missed!

You guys loved our new Editors’ Essentials series! I kicked it off by sharing all my current obsessions.

Martha Lynn gives us the 411 on a doing a quick & easy cat eye.

Ever wonder what crazy requests artists make for backstage?

*image: smitten studio

 

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  1. Rebecca Jones says:

    I have two little boys aged 3 and 1 so I totally understand how you’re feeling. We ended up making our house as child proof as possible so that we could let Rufus and Laurie loose and to a certain extent learn to entertain themselves. I also have a draw full of Tuppaware in the kitchen to trash while I cook. Or up turned saucepans and wooden spoons to bang. In a few months you’ll be able to sit her down with play dough or crayons to draw. My boys like to help me put washing in the machine. If they’re being particularly troublesome I put baby Einstein on, they love baby macdonald which is free on YouTube. In terms of books both boys love counting and alphabet by Alison Jay. Beautiful illustrations great for pointing and building vocab. They’re picture books based on fairy tales and they’re fab. X

  2. Madelyn says:

    Child proofing the house is probably the single most important thing you can do at this age. Great ideas, Rebecca. I look forward to checking out the books you recommended.

  3. S says:

    Prep your dinner the first hour of nap time… Then you can throw it together nicely once it is time to eat. Many of our dinners for our family of 4 (and soon to be 5) are made at 9:30 in the morning or 1:30 in the afternoon! And, yes, childproof as much as you can. Encouraging her to play on her own (they tend to enjoy anything repetitive at this stage, and anything that they need to open or close) will also help out. Having dinner prepped early will also allow that 5 o’clock wine (because Mom’s are allowed to indulge an hour earlier) even sweeter.

  4. Although I don’t yet have my own kids, I used to work as an au pair in France, sometimes with more than 10 kids running around, so I completely understand you. Making them discover the world is so much fun, but it’s also absolutely exhausting! You can have a vent session whenever you want, after all, you’re human, too :) We’re here to offer our support! Hope you really enjoy your relaxing long weekend!

    xx Ivana
    Macarons and Pearls

  5. Rebecca Jones says:

    I often prep dinners at nap time too if I’m at home. tYou can part cook risotto and then just finish it off with a ladleful of stock and the cheese at supper time. We don’t often have time to eat with the children in the week so I batch cook things at the weekend such as meatballs, homemade chicken nuggets and slow cooker curries so that I can warm them up quickly in the week. We eat after bedtime. It’s still tough somedays though and then I get the fish fingers out!

  6. Jenni R says:

    Everything these ladies say is spot on. I had two babies within 13 mo this of each other so when I was nursing my new born my 13 mo th old had to crawl around and explore by herself. So baby proofing, while temporarily ugly at times, will save your sanity. Also, for Lois at this age, I had two crates of really different things. One box had Tupperwareith lentils or split peas in, random breadsticks, soft pieces of cloth, empty card board boxes etc. the other had noisy maracas, thick flip books or flash cards, and pictures of family and friends. Each day I’d rotate the crates and let her run wild in that half hour before dinner time, emptying the crate, finding a rogue breadstick and chewing on that while age played and explored with that else was in there

  7. functionallyfrivolous says:

    I love the honesty! Life is tough, and sometimes the weekend can’t come soon enough. Vent away! functionallyfrivolous

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