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Keep Your Toes Warm- Kids Corner

One thing you must know about me is that I love children's shoes, especially boots. This winter has been extra cold here in San Diego and well, I've found myself making sure my daughters feet are nice and toasty. My sons feet are keeping warm too but the girl boots are much more adorable than the boy boots.

I have some favorites I'd like to share with you. Below are the boots I just bought for my youngest daughter and I love them!! I had the same style boot for my older daughter when she was a baby but they were pretty simple in a solid pink...nothing like these- I love the leopard!
UGG Kids Cassie Leopard (Infant)
UGG Kids Bixbee (Infant)

I just discovered the EMU Karama heart boots on Zappos and they are next on my list for my oldest daughter. She loves hearts and well so do I, so perfect for February.
EMU Karama Lavender with Hearts

EMU Little Creatures

UGG Kids Baily Bow 

Keep those toes warm!


Inspiration Board:A Barbie Inspired Bedroom

In celebration of Barbie's 50th Anniversary, designer Jonathan Adler paid tribute by creating a life-size Barbie Malibu Beach House.  The Palms Hotel in Vegas took inspiration from Adler's design and recreated a suite in honor of Barbie (photos are a mixture of the original Jonathan Adler beach house as well as from the hotel suite).   

When I came across the design, I knew right away - I would recreate a room like this for my oldest daughter.  I've been collecting inspiration ever since and I thought I would share it with you.  

I am having two twin beds made to mimic the bed shown above with hot pink velour and white piping.  Below is a Jonathan Adler lucite bench topped with sheepskin from Neiman Marcus that will sit at the foot of each bed.  

One of my favorite pieces from the suite were these adorable corset chairs upholstered with retro Barbie fabric and tulle skirts.  I plan to use this as the vanity chair in the room.

The vanity itself will be mirrored with a Venetian mirror above to match.  I plan on putting the pink poodle statue to the right of the vanity...or maybe the left.

Here are the poodle statues I hope to use, flanking the fireplace.

I am going to have a muralist recreate a Barbie Warhol on the wall, similar to the photo above, but in a series of four.

I can't wait to show you the finished product.  Stay tuned.  And Happy Birthday Barbie!


A Guest Post: "Staying Thin" by Gretchen Wendel

This is from my good friend and award winning children's book author who somehow juggles staying fit, three kids and her writing. Read on chickadees... 

Introduce yourself:
Gretchen Schomer Wendel; I’m a mother of three young children (ages 10, 7 and 3) and I write a series of children's books. It's harder juggling the logistics of the three kids schedules then it is to write the books. :-)

Recommendations for someone who wants to lose a lot of weight?
To lose a lot of weight it takes time; be patient and try to stay active. I try to walk everyday for about 30 minutes to an hour and usually I schedule the walks with a girlfriend so time flies. I secretly hate to exercise so walking works for me but do some type of exercise to get your metabolism moving. Then eat less. I grew up in an Italian family eating lot's of pasta and bread; I was chubby as a child growing up. In high school I started watching what I ate and lost the 20 pounds I needed to lose. Now I eat what I want (I do not snack) in about 3 or 4 meals consisting of about 400 or so calories per meal. I don't count calories, I just know when to stop eating. Do not over eat or you'll never lose weight. 

Quick, skinny tip?
Don't skip meals and eat when you are hungry. If you want a turkey sandwich with mayo and avocado eat it but don't eat the chips.

Cocktail of choice?
Antioxidant Mojito - it's kind-of an oxymoron which makes me laugh and I love how they taste!

Fav healthy snack?
Parmesan/Gouda cheese and crackers.  

One word describing how you feel after a hard workout?
Sore and alive - that's two words! Remember walking up hills is a good workout. 

Thanks Gretchen for your tips ; ). Check out Gretchen's website if you want to know more about her books and background: "Becka and the Big Bubble"