beau.

Category: parenting

a few of my favorite links

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happy friday all! i’m very much looking forward to this weekend; mother’s day to be more specific. mother’s day in our house is usually goes a little like this: i get to sleep in (yay!) — until my kids awaken me with breakfast in bed and french-pressed coffee. then they waste very little time pulling me out of bed and downstairs to open their handmade gifts. my husband always has a sweet card for me sitting next to a new plant (which i always manage to kill), and later i am surprised with a fun day they had all planned out! i can’t wait to see what’s in store this year! what traditions do you have for mother’s day?

p.s. here are a few my favorite things from the web this week!

love these iphone cases… and basically anything else from her lovely little shop!

the perfect wallpaper for those who rent! (this design is my fav)

80 stems of fresh ranunculus in mixed hues; perfect for any occasion (or no occasion at all)!

she & him’s ‘volume 3’ came out this week! love! if you haven’t already heard ‘volume 1’ and ‘volume 2’, you really should!

gorgeous magnets which are sure to spruce up any refrigerator (or in my case ugly file cabinets from the 60’s)!

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motherly monday

whenever i think of mother’s day, i am reminded of all the times me and my sisters would wake up super early, tip toe into the kitchen and begin the loud and messy process of making our mom breakfast in bed.  here are some items i found particularly sweet for any mom who loves to have breakfast bedside.
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first and foremost, you need beautiful flowers.  because no matter what we say, every girl loves flowers.  you can have these fresh peonies delivered right to your door.  i suggest laying a single stem on the serving tray and arranging the rest in a mason jar with a thoughtful note next to her bed. 
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but the most critical item you’ll need for serving her in bed, is a tray to serve her breakfast on! i adore these handmade trays from ej butik’s etsy store!
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make her the fluffiest pancakes and serve them on these pretty plates!  and for a healthy side, put half a grapefruit in one of these bowls.
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make her coffee just the way she likes it.  she’ll love these mugs — mom’s love their initials on just about anything.
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She will find any reason to use these gorgeous gold-dipped spoons – trust me. 
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the perfect egg cups for perfectly boiled eggs! 
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lastly, she’ll love a new set of pj’s to enjoy her special morning in.  this vintage pajama set is both practical and a little indulgent!

happy mother’s day from the sisters here at beau. xxx

when school is out for summer

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i work with kids on the daily, and it’s all about a schedule- so summer is a time we get to take a break from the busy routine and have a little fun. i really try to mix things up during the week so we are not bored at the house.
if you’re like me and try to keep the day exciting for the little ones, check out some of the things I have lined up !

tipi– ok, this is a cool factor for everyone! I’ve always wanted to have a little hide away like this as a kid so I’m really looking forward to building this! Throw down a cozy blanket and voila! the perfect spot for story telling!

bake shop– all kids love treats and sweets, and if yours are anything like the ones I know they love helping me bake more than eating them! (we like to pretend we are on cupcake wars and set up a judge panel)
it’s a messy job but, fun!

tattly– pretty much the cutest fake tattoos ever. They’re kid friendly and adorable.
become a foe tattoo artist for the day and the kids will think you’re totes cool!

lemonade stand – we love doing this! It’s fun making the signs and lets face it- adorable to see the kids selling their lemonade to the neighbors. It’s really something sweet! lemonade + summer go hand-in-hand!

flower crown – take a nature walk with the kiddos and collect a small bouquet to make your crowns. ( use leaves to make the boys a crown)

more cool stuff to come soon!

in the mean time we would love to hear some of your ideas!

xxx
beau.

motherly monday // un

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well — it happened. everett had his very first temper tantrum(s) over the weekend. i’m all too familiar with school-aged and teenaged tantrums, but since I’m about 7 years (give or take) out of practice with toddler tantrums, it took me a second to recall what works. my method was to remove him from the situation (in this case it was the kitchen where he wanted something he couldn’t have), very briefly and calmly explained what was happening and then walked away. of course he continued to cry (okay, scream), but after revisiting the situation a couple times, he calmed down and after about 3 minutes, he had forgotten why he started crying in the first place and was happy as a clam! i’m curious, what do you do when your toddlers have tantrums? and what about your older children; do they still have “tantrums”?

p.s. please feel free to email me your questions and suggestions to thebeaublog[at]gmail.com.

photo taken by studio 13 designs