Vida Baby Boutique

Ramblings and Ravings of Two Cool Moms

Well, Hello There, Lonely Little Blog… October 16, 2009

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Oh my, it’s been way too long since either of us have been here!

Things have been very busy in the land of Vida Baby Boutique and in both Allison’s and my households.  As far as our households go, we both have crazy crawling and cruising little kiddos – I personally think that Allison’s son is going to walk any day now. And Lucy is really keeping us on our toes.  Right now I just checked on her and she had taken all of her baby dolls upstairs and put them in her crib, laying in a row with their heads on her pillow and tucked in.  How stinkin’ cute is that?

In regards to Vida, we have been super busy with a couple of shows.  We did the Minneapolis Farmer’s Market on Sept. 27th, and the Birth and Babies Expo on Oct. 10th.  So, we were pretty much buried in flying fabric and creating new ideas prior to both shows.  We did well and had a great time at both.  It seems our stuff shows so much better in person than photos, so we got tons of compliments and encouragement and made some great connections too.

So, what do we have coming up?

Minneapolis Farmer’s Market – tomorrow (Sat., Oct. 17th)

a small private boutique  – Sunday, Nov. 1st

Nokomis Urban Art Fair – Saturday, Nov. 14th

South of the River Holiday Boutique – Sunday, Nov. 15th (we’ll post more details on this one soon!)

Other than that, just trying to spend some time with our families and get our new stuff photographed and loaded to etsy.  Stay tuned for some cool new things!

 

Gearing up for a busy fall… September 21, 2009

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As if we weren’t busy enough with work and mommyhood, Vida is working on lots of fun things for this fall.  We can’t tell you about all of them quite yet, but here are a few snippets:

Custom Wall Letters – Not just for baby’s room, but anywhere in the home.  Want to spell out FAMILY in gorgeous blacks and creams?  We can help.  Want a cool initial to match your decor? We can do that too.  But of course we always love spelling out your baby’s names in cool designs and colors to compliment your nursery. Examples and ideas will be posted on etsy soon!

Blankets – We have come up with a design for a blanket so cozy you’ll want one for every family member.  You’ll fall in love with them once you see them.  We’ll be posting a few on Etsy as well, but they will be custom only, so you can let us know what you like and what fits your decor and we will be happy to create a one of kind blanket for you!

Ultimate Gift Sets – These sets are perfect for when you need a really special gift.  Like the baby shower of a close friend or a gift to the grandma of a new baby.  Gifts will include a gorgeous basket or box, with a coordinating set of baby supplies (burp cloths, washies, a bib and a linky lovey).  If you really want to go over the top, you can add a plush full size baby blanket.  Gift will be packaged and dolled up, ready to give.  We will have beautiful handmade cards available that you can add for a minimal cost, and we can even fill it out for you and ship directly to the lucky person you wish to give it to.

Events – we are also lining up a few events this fall where you will be able to see our great products in person.  We will have loads of cash-and-carry items,  but you’ll also be able to see some of our custom stuff before you order.  Stay tuned for more details.

We are so excited about these new ideas and opportunities. We really want to thank all our of friends and family for being so supportive of this new little project.

And don’t forget to enter our giveaway by telling about about your favorite must have baby item!

 

PSA – Where to find your lost socks!!! August 31, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Karla @ 11:14 pm

meep – meep – Public Service Announcement – meep meep

If you’ve ever wondered if your washing machine is eating your socks, I can tell you with absolute certainty, that it is very possible.

Saturday night, the washing machine was beeping.  I assumed it was this annoying  “suds” indicator that we sometimes get.  We have a high efficiency front loader, and apparently those things are a little sensitive in the suds department.   So, I hit reset and we left for the night.

Sunday morning, it was still going off, and driving Kurt crazy.  So after trying the usual tricks to get past the error, I consulted the manual, which informed us it was some sort of a draining issue.   So, we unplugged the machine, reset it, tried again.  Still not working.  Meanwhile there is still a load of partially washed laundry inside sitting in about 6 inches of water. We throw the sopping wet clothes into the sink and there is still a few inches of water sitting inside the machine.

Next we check the drain hose to see if it’s clogged.  Unfortunately, we can’t see each other as Kurt is behind the machine and I’m halfway inside the cabinet under the sink.  So, Kurt decides to blow on one end, at the same time as I shine the flashlight into the other.  Yours truly got a face full of disgusting water. Ewwwwwwww.  But, apparently the hose is not clogged.

This concludes the usefulness of the manual, so Kurt calls a plumber friend who gives him some advice over the phone and suggests that Kurt check the drain pump.   Which is easier said than done.  But after about half an hour of wrestling with it, Kurt removed the pump and not only found the source of the problem, but also released all the water sitting inside the washing machine onto the laundry room floor.  Great!

And what was inside the pump, but a knee high dress sock of mine that I hadn’t seen since last winter.  And it used to be black, but was now dingy grey.  Who knows how long that had been sitting in there, because the real root of the problem was a plastic baggie that must have come of one of Kurt’s pants pockets.

The only thing worse than getting the pump out, was getting it back in.  But after an hour of wrestling with it and a trip to the hardware store to buy a different type of clip for the hose.  Kurt did it and we slide the machine back under the counter and turned it on and it WORKED.  Yay!

Now, who would have thought a knee high sock would have got sucked all the way into that thing.  If that’s possible, I don’t even want to know how many baby socks have made it all the way through.

 

Doing Good Things… Donate Your Used Mobile Phones August 27, 2009

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So, Kurt finally got himself a Blackberry a few months ago, and as a result he got a new phone for me too.  Not that I really care, I was perfectly fine using the one I had with the slightly cracked screen and it’s slightly brick-ish feel, but who am I to turn down a FREE phone.

Anyway, we got carried away with life and as I was cleaning out a drawer in preparation for Lucy’s party, I found that we had a number of phones laying around that were perfectly fine, we just weren’t using them anymore.

I thought it might be a good time to take a little trip to the Body Shop.  You know, the yummy scrummy lotions and potions chain.   What do used cell phones and lotions have to do with one another?  Well, The Body Shop collects used cell phones and chargers to donate to women’s shelters.  And what better thing for your cell phone to do, than go to someone in a bad situation, so they can get help if they need it?  It sure beats sitting around in a drawer.

So, my most recent “Doing Good Things” thing is donating a bag full of old phones and chargers.  And I’d like to encourage any of you reading to do the same.  The best part of all, The Body Shop makes it so easy.  All you need to do, is drop your phones and chargers off and they do the rest.  And you might just feel so good about your good deed that you’ll treat yourself to one of their fantastic products!

http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com/

 

Baby Jack’s 9mo pictures August 20, 2009

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It’s hard to believe that Jack is already 9 months old!  We had his pictures taken over the weekend by our photographer Kelli with Limesmile Images (a wonderful local Lakeville photographer).  She has taken Jack’s pictures since he was 3 months old and does an amazing job.  We went to a great location, which I was never even aware of in Burnsville – off Burnsville Parkway and Nicollet.  It has a little band shell where they have local music in the summer and various arts festivals.  Beautiful flowers and fun water falls and streams with boulders for the kids to play on/in.  Kelli posted a few pictures of Jack’s photo shoot for pre-view on her blog – check it out:

Jack’s pictures have the title: Explorin’ the Park (six pictures posted) dated: August 15th

http://limesmile.wordpress.com/

Karla has also used Kelli to photograph Lucy & Lyla.  Their pictures are amazing.  When you are on the site – you can see their adorable pictures under “Archives” dated APRIL 2009 with the title “Sweet Girlie Girls”.

Enjoy!  I highly recommend Limesmile Images for any of your photography needs.  Kelli is great to work with and you can see from her blog that she does amazing work!

 

Recipe of the Week! – Allison’s Birthday Cupcakes August 16, 2009

Filed under: Recipe of the Week,Uncategorized — Karla @ 4:09 pm

Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes – Yummy!

I started with one of my favorite chocolate cake recipes, which you can find here, but modified a bit and made into cupcakes rather than the bundt.    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Too-Much-Chocolate-Cake/Detail.aspx   Then I added yummy cream cheese frosting and flaky coconut, as inspired by something I saw on Food Network.  I’ll definitely be making these again.

Ingredients

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package devil’s food cake mix
  • 1 (5.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, melted butter, beaten eggs and water. Stir in the chocolate chips and fill cupcake liners 2/3 full.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes, or until tops are springy to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Beat first three ingredients until smooth, add vanilla and mix again.  Frost cooled cupcakes and then dip the tops  into flaked coconut.

 

Doing Good Things August 7, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Karla @ 8:46 pm

Earlier this week, I was struck by a thought, as  I walked past the EMPTY school supply donation basket in the lobby of the building I work in.  Well, actually it was two thoughts.  First, I thought “they” must empty the donations often, because I’ve not seen anything in there yet.  Then, I thought more realistically that maybe no one was putting things in the basket.  Which made me sad, but also reflective that I hadn’t put anything in the basket either.

So, on my lunch break, I went to Target and in addition to my normal little spree, I stopped in the school supplies section and picked up some notebooks and pencils to drop in the basket when I returned.

I felt good.

But then I started thinking about how I haven’t done much volunteering or given many charitable contributions since the being pregnant with Lucy.  I mean sure I have money taken out of my paycheck for United Way, and I participate in the workplace giving events, and I send out Mother’s March donation requests in my neighborhood for the March of Dimes (which are actually sitting on the island in my kitchen as I type waiting to be dropped off a full three weeks late.) But, it terms of a big commitment, I guess it just seems like there was never time.

This led me to realize that maybe I don’t need to make a big commitment to do good things.  Maybe I just need to do little things every once in a while and they will add up to something really good.

As so, I’ve decided that at least once a month I’m going to come up with a simple, minimal time and minimal cost way to give back to the community, then do it and post about it here.  I’m counting on you all to keep me honest, and I’ll challenge you all to try to contribute as well.

In case you are interested in doing so, those of you in the twin cities can find out more about donating school supplies at:

http://www.veapvolunteers.org/services/seasonal/back-to-school

Of course, your local school district, I’m sure would always be willing to take a donation of supplies as well.