Oliva (No Pope)

If your kiddo is anything like mine, a book with paper pages is about as safe as…well…paper in the hands of a toddler. After a few of my favorite books were torn to pieces ( Goodbye, One Fish Two Fish!) I opted into collecting board books. They are way more durable and my youngest has decided that they are amazing teething toys!

Here is one of my new favorites in our home library: ‘Olivia’ written + illustrated by Ian Falconer. The illustrations are simple and crisp and the entire book is illustrated in various shades of black and pops of red. It really is visually appealing and while I am big on rhyming books ( my son seems to remember words better when learned in a rhythm!) and this one is not that, the sentences and story line are simply amazing. I enjoy the book as much as my little one does, if not more.

This is Olivia. She is good at lots of things.
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See You Later Alligator for Mini Rodini SS15

Mini Rodini drops the first part of their SS15 collection next week, January 29 to be exact, and I couldn’t be more excited. The collection is called See You Later Alligator and is inspired by fishy life with lovable colors like Seaweed Green, Florida Orange, and Sunset Pink! Fun, right?! Here is a sneak peak of what you can expect from this collection:





I’m a sucker for matching my little ones in some way so I’ll probably try to scoop the Merpeople dress and shirt. I mean, really, look at these prints–they are to die for! This brand speaks so clearly to the fun and curiosities all children should enjoy growing up. I first fell in love with this brand about a year ago when their SS14 line dropped and it had the sweetest Mini Zoologist shirt. Of course, I bought it and, to this day, my son still wears it–put the rigors of toddlerhood, Mini Rodini is of great quality.

Let me introduce you to this brand if you are hearing about it for the first time.

Mini Rodini is based out of Scandinavia and was founded in 2006 by Cassandra Rhodin. The brand started small, debuting in a few Stockholm shops and sold out almost immediately. Since then, Mini Rodini has grown into an international sensation loved for its unique take on children’s clothes (which is to take into consideration a child’s personality, imagination, and mood) and respected for its ethical and sustainable commitment to the environment. Mini Rodini is made fromĀ organic and recycled material and stands on practices of ethical responsibility throughout– from company culture to the initial design phase, the cotton fields, supply chains and transportation all the way to the end-consumer.

What’s not to love?