Living the Wolf Style: Baby & Toddler Swimsuit (2017 Edition)

I think I’ve got the girls covered this pool seasons thanks to Boden, Carter’s, Oscar de La Renta and J. Crew’s adorable swimwear.  Read on for some great options if you are still looking for some swimwear for your baby and/or toddler girl.  I’ve also included some picks for the boys.

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Mini Project: The Artsy Cork-board

I know I said I wasn’t going to do any big projects this year, but I may have snuck in a mini one.  I was first inspired by my friend Emily’s art wall off of her kitchen in her beautiful home.  She has three kiddos, and a wall full of their sweet creations.

I’ve also been pretty inspired by these Pinterest images.

So 2017 became the year of the art wall here at the Wolf Den.  I decided against a chalkboard (I can’t stand the texture and feeling of chalk) and against anything magnetic (I didn’t want to worry about C swallowing anything magnetic).  Cork seemed like the perfect solution.  I’ll keep the thumbtacks up high and no art (or art attached with tape) down low for now.

Once I decided on materials, I had to find a spot.  Our kitchen doesn’t have any big open walls, but we do have this odd area between our kitchen and our den.  It was almost like an entryway to the den — complete with totally useless glass double doors.  Anyway, I really wanted a big wall to put all of B’s (and one day C’s) masterpieces, and this seemed to be one of my only options.  I also liked that it led in to a relatively casual area.  As much as I love my kiddo’s art, I didn’t want it visible from the dining room or formal living room for obvious reasons.

Here is the before (full side).

Here is the before (half side)

Here is the after (full side).

Here is the after (half side).

First things first, I had the doors removed and the door jams covered up so you couldn’t tell doors were missing from the space.  Then I got my super duper handy man (see my closet post and future kitchen banquette/extra refrigerator and freezer drawers post for his handy work) to frame out some custom cork boards for each wall.

I originally wanted to do two full size cork boards — one on either side.  I will forever love symmetry.  But, after realizing it would be an odd shape to work around the light switches, I opted for a half board on that side.  I figure that I can always put a chalk board or magnetized board when the girls get a little older down below.

If you are looking hard at some of the photos above, you may also be wondering why I invested in cork boards and not in a paint job.  I guess I am just being a realist — I am just as sure that my children will mark up the walls as I am sure that they will bring home art.  So, it was an obvious decision for now.

This wall makes me so happy.  Even before we had children, I had always dreamed of seeing my little ones’ first masterpieces.  I can’t wait to rotate the art and add some of sweet C’s one day.

Right now I am using the half size board for B’s class photos and birthday party invitations (so I don’t want to post a photo of that for her classmates’ anonymity sake).  I am keeping the junky stuff (calendar, bills, other random stuff) in our mudroom on a different cork board to keep the clutter away from this space.

What do you think?  I just love how versatile it will be as the seasons change and our kiddos grow.  The full size board will be the perfect display area for all of our Christmas cards in December.

Stay tuned for my pantry overhaul.  I am emptying out the entire thing Saturday and filling it with lots of Container Store goodness.

Baby Gear Guide for the First Six Months

Hooray!  I’ve officially made it through the first six months of being a mother of two.  I do not consider myself an expert on this topic by any means, but I wanted to share the items that got me through those deliciously adorable but sometimes impossibly challenging months. Continue reading “Baby Gear Guide for the First Six Months”

Alice Kathleen & Company Spring/Summer 2017

I am hosting a Spring/Summer 2017 Alice Kathleen & Company trunk show next month and can’t wait to receive my trunk!  I know I will have countless favorites once I get to touch and feel every item, but I am already swooning over so many pieces online.

There are a lot of great children’s clothing designers out there, but I am always impressed by the quality and attention to detail in AK’s pieces.  Take a look at some of these gorgeous items for boys and girls (sizes 3 months to size 14).

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Our Favorite Toddler Toys

Now that Christmas has passed, I’ve had some time to reorganize our playroom and take stock of what toys are being used and what toys are better off on the higher shelves.

Read on for my almost-3-year-old’s most used toys from 2016.  These would all make great additions to your 2 or 3 year old’s playroom, and they’d also be fantastic 2nd or 3rd birthday presents. Continue reading “Our Favorite Toddler Toys”

Toddler & Baby Girl: Spring/Summer 2017 Preview

Well it is officially Winter in Atlanta.  I’ve always been more of a Fall/Winter kind of girl — until I became a girl mom.  They are so much more fun to dress when the weather is warm.  Here is a look at what I am eyeing for Spring / Summer for the girls for all of your early bird orderers out there (or for those of you who are headed somewhere warm this Winter).  If this doesn’t warm you up, I don’t know what will. Continue reading “Toddler & Baby Girl: Spring/Summer 2017 Preview”

Upping Your Family’s Holiday Pajama Game

There is something about this cold weather that makes you want to stay in your pajamas just a little longer — especially on the weekends.  I am actually writing this in my pajamas while my husband chases B around the neighborhood on a scooter and C is taking her morning nap.

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Entertaining Your Toddler at Home

I’ve been trying to find ways to entertain B (my very active almost two and a half year old) at home.  Of course school (just two days a week for three hours each day) and park time account for a lot of our day.  However, we have a lot of down time at home now that baby sister is here.  Here are some of the activities that have been a big hit around the Wolf Den.

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An Eclectic Big Girl Room

I love all things interior design, and although I had lots of help with most of my house (thank you Emily at Wyatt Designs), I really wanted to tackle the nursery, play room and any potential big girl or big boy rooms on my own — mostly because I didn’t want to break the bank on a child’s room, but also because kiddo spaces are the spaces I find the most joy in decorating.  I am still not ruling this out as a potential career because at some point I will stop having my own kid’s rooms to decorate . . .

I began planning my daughter’s big girl room around the same time I started thinking about her nursery.  Once we found out we were expecting another girl last fall, I decided that the current nursery would stay the nursery and started to implement my ideas for the big girl room.

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