Tasty Tuesday: Applesauce Bites

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

We saw this post on Mom-dot-com  and were amazed at how clever it was! Trisha simply poured little dots of applesauce onto a wax-paper covered cookie sheet and placed it in the freezer overnight… AND NOW HER TODDLER (who isn’t that great with a spoon) CAN ENJOY APPLESAUCE AS A FINGER FOOD!

Genius, right?

You can do it with yogurt too!

We’d write some more, but now we’re going to see what fruit and yogurt combinations we can throw through the blender and into the freezer for snacking during all-night work sessions.

Make Something Monday: No Sew Beaded Tutu Bedskirt

Monday, March 18th, 2013


We saw this tutorial written by Beth of Free Stylin’ and HAD to share it.  It’s such an easy, cheap way to make your little princess/dancer/mermaid(think blues!)/fairy’s room super cool and special.



What You’ll Need:

  • A ton of tulle fabric
  • A fitted sheet
  • Beads (optional)
  • A hot glue gun OR a needle & thread (to go with optional beads)
  •  A ruler
  • A pencil
  • Scissors

Directions are HERE.

still obsessed: jen loves kev

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

We know we’ve mentioned it here before, but we have been digging the recent posts on Jen Loves Kev so very much lately. If you haven’t been over lately, you should.

We love Jen and her writing continues to inspire us all on a lot of levels.

Happy Saturday!

“the scared is scared of all the things you like”

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

This video is darling. If you are in a grumpy or grouchy mood, it will pick you right up. Kids are amazing. Major thanks to our friend Amanda for sharing.

the Scared is scared from Bianca Giaever on Vimeo.

Fun Facts Friday: Golden Gate Bridge

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Today’s Fun Facts are inspired by the Bridge – one of our first designs, and one of our biggest sellers.

  • The bridge is named The Golden Gate because it stretches over the Golden Gate Strait. The strait was named “Chrysopylae”, or Golden Gate, by John C. Fremont, Captain, topographical Engineers of the U.S. Army circa 1846. It reminded him of a harbor in Instanbul named “Chrysoceras” or “Golden Horn”.
  • The strait is approximately three-miles long by one-mile wide with currents ranging from 4.5 to 7.5 knots.
  • Knot (pronounced not) is a unit of speed equal to one nautical mile, approximately 1.151 mph.
  • It took just over four years to build the Golden Gate Bridge. Construction commenced on January 5, 1933 and the Bridge was open to vehicular traffic on May 28, 1937.
  • There are approximately 600,000 rivets in each tower.
  • The Golden Gate Bridge is colossal. Its total length is 1.7 miles (8,981 feet), middle span is 4,200 feet and width is 90 feet. It is built at a height (average) of 220 feet above water.
  • The bridge is painted in orange vermillion color, also known as international orange. Irving Morrow, the architect of the bridge, chose the color because it goes well with the bridge’s setting.
  • If you think you’re going nuts now, because you could have sworn the bridge was red, “international orange” is a reddish color. (The Pantone color of the bridge is 180 C)
  • The Golden Gate Bridge was the longest suspension bridge until the Verrazano Narrows Bridge in New York replaced the title in 1964.
  • The fog around the Golden Gate Bridge is called “advection fog.” Such fog forms when humid air from the Pacific swoops over the chilly California current. The bridge has an influence in directing the fog as it pushes up and pours the fog around the bridge.

You probably recognize Zavery, the son of Amber: creator/owner/everything behind Rockerbyebaby from this Wear It Wednesday post, as well as others (what can we say, he likes us!)

Cool Company: Carrie Bears

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Carrie Bears is not only one of the sweetest companies we’ve ever heard of, but they’re complete masters of upcycling!  Their motto is “It helps to have something to hold on to” and they focus on creating adorable stuffed bears out of a lost loved ones clothing in order to help children (and adults) have something tangible to help them connect with someone they have lost.

“Sometimes, when it’s hard to let go, it helps to have something to hold onto. Carrie Bears comfort those who are grieving by helping them feel close to someone they have lost.

To create your bear, send a favorite shirt, blanket, or article of clothing to Carrie Bears. We will turn it into a soft, huggable 20-inch stuffed bear. It is heartwarming to see what happens when we can actually hold something that connects us to someone we have lost.

Bears can also be made to match a baby nursery or a bedroom set. If a loved one is confined to a hospital bed or has moved far away, a Carrie Bear can make home feel so much closer.”

While their main focus is to help the grieving, they also make bears out of baby blankets, maternity shirts,  and old favorites that have been grown out of – to help preserve good memories.

Cool Group: Beagle Freedom Project

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

We recently heard about Beagle Freedom Project and fell in love. They rescue and find homes for Beagles being used in animal experiments.

From their site, “Beagles are the most popular breed for lab use because of their friendly, docile, trusting, forgiving, people-pleasing personalities. The research industry says they adapt well to living in a cage, and are inexpensive to feed. Research beagles are usually obtained directly from commercial breeders who specifically breed dogs to sell to scientific institutions.”

They really do a great job of advocating while being a resource for the breed. We are huge fans. This post brought us to tears.

Check them out and share away.



We learned something today.

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Today we learned that this guy exists.


He’s an Australian Quokka!

Quokkas are one of the smallest wallaby species in Australia. They have thick, coarse, grey-brown fur; short, rounded fluffy ears, a tail about 10 inches long and shorter hindlegs than other macropod species.

Even though quokkas are considered some of the friendliest, happiest animals on earth, they’re a “vulnerable species”!! (meaning they’re not far away from being  endangered!)


Quokkas are very unusual for a number of reasons. They are able to survive in an environment virtually devoid of freshwater and they can climb trees.

Quokkas have been used in medical research on muscular dystrophy as they suffer from the same disease.

This one is napping and we just want to cuddle him!!

Make Something Monday: Recycled Pool Noodles

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Somehow everybody seems to own at least one foam pool noodle, even if they don’t have a pool, or live near one. They’re cheap, take up room, and usually get thrown out after one or two uses.  Not in our world though, we at b&b love to upcycle whatever we can, so here’s some of our favorite pool noodle upcycles:



Slice one noodle in half and race matchbox cars/marbles!

Chop off about 6″, slice one side, and wrap it around your door. No more slamming doors! (Especially on kid hands!)

Swirl the noodle around itself (secure with a hot glue gun), wrap it in clear plastic and stick it on a bit of pvc pipe and you have a giant lollipop for all sorts of partys and awesomeness.

Turn them into hobby horses! Tutorial is here.

Did we forget about any other ways to upcycle these? Let us know!



Weekend Mix Tape: Vanessa

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Our good friend Vanessa of The Owl Mag took time out of her busy music-review writing schedule to make this weekend mix tape for  you to chill out to. And to write the following note:

“As a kid I loved making mix tapes. There was always a reason for a good one whether it was mood, season, occasion or love interest. When I was older, making my first mix cd practically blew my mind. But regardless of the medium, a good collection of tunes is such a wonderful thing. I experience angry punk moods, electronic dancey moods, earthy folk moods, 80s’ new wave moods and so on. This playlist is compiled of old favorites, along with some new ones. On a bad day, any of these musical gems can pull me up and take me to another place for that moment. It’s a beautiful thing and I hope you enjoy them.”

Check out Vanessa’s mix tape here.

Check out Vanessa at The Owl Mag here.

She’s also kind of obsessed with improv, performing in San Diego with The Hinges and Swim Team. For fun, and because she’s crazy, she drives to UCB: LA to take classes in being better at making things up on the spot.