Love it? Get the print on Etsy here.
Love it? Get the print on Etsy here.
While I don’t do it as much as I want to, I love shopping at small independently-owned businesses and am often in awe of how the owners manage to get it all done. So I’m starting a Lovely Small Business series which will ask seven questions to owners of small businesses that I love. If you ever have a suggestion of a business you think is worth a mention, please share!
To kick off the series is one of my favorite online children’s retailers, Sunday in Color. Have you heard of them? If not, you should. As my nearest and dearest know I’m a huge fan of colors and patterns, which Sunday in Color joyfully embraces, and it’s impossible to peruse their online shop and NOT feel happy. It seriously makes me want to be a kid again. Or get all that stuff for my kids who you know won’t appreciate it as much as I would.
Sunday in Color was started by the lovely (and French) Sonia Imbert, who lovingly selects the most delightful finds from polka-dot animal bookends (sold out, alas) to the most adorable handcrafted stuffed mice in a box (this coming from a mouse hater), to cheerful bunting that would brighten up any nursery. What an amazing job, right? If you’re ever on the hunt for unique children’s gifts, you’ve found your one-stop shop. And now, without further a due, let’s learn a little more about Sonia.
1) What motivated you to start your own business ? And why this particular online shop?
I am French and I moved from Paris to San Francisco 3 years ago. I was 6 months pregnant at this time. San Francisco is a perfect city to launch your own business. People are very positive and are not afraid of undertaking new things. In addition having a business at home allows you to stay with your kids a little more. I chose kids decoration because kids stuff are fun, colorful and happy. I think in the US the demarcation girls / boys ( pink / blue ) is very strong and I wanted to offer something different. I love colors, dots and bright prints for boys and girls.
2) What were you doing in your previous life ?
I was a communication specialist in the medical / insurance sector (not so funny, right?)
3) What has-been the hardest portion of juggling your own business ?
Mak[ing] yourself known! It’s a lot of work and I still have much to do. On the internet there are many shops, people can compare prices, products etc. This is why I try to offer rare and hard to find products and a range of reasonable price! What is also difficult is to know what will sell or not, it must be tested !
4) What are your 5 fave items in the shop right now ?
5) How do you find these awesome finds for your shop ?
I already knew some brands like Petit Pan, Vilac, Egmont toys or Kuramae before launching my shop. I spend time on Etsy, Pinterest… Sometimes, people contact me to introduce their brand. I love that because discovering new brands is my favorite part of the job!
6) Your shop is so happy – filled with bright colors and patters – all the things I love – what are your inspirations and what draws your eye when you’re looking for new products?
Thank you! I am addicted to colors and prints . When I go shopping, I am always attracted by neon colors, red, dots, stripes etc … It is the same for the shop, when I see prints and bright colors, I can’t resist ! I buy only what I really love without really thinking whether it will sell or not. I need to improve myself on that!
7) Finally, what are three things you couldn’t live without ?
Chocolate croissants, colors, and travels ! And my family of course
Thank you Sonia! I can’t wait to see what fun new goodies you have in store soon!
Between work and kiddos and sleep (or lack thereof), I’ve been a basketcase. So here’s a little light fun for a dreary Thursday:
p.s. Am I the only one in a love/hate relationship with the wallpaper in the background?
p.p.s. there’s a slew of awesome posts I’m so excited to share in the works, so stay tuned
This post is mainly for posterity so that one day if I perhaps have baby fever again, I can look back and go, NO. (I kid, I kid.)
4:30am – Baby awake, has broken out of Miracle Blanket, and we all know that once one arm is free, it’s over! Bring her into bed with me in desperation.
6:30am – Alarm goes off. Wait, didn’t I just fall back asleep? Agh.
7:00am – Nursing the baby as I hear the toddler yelling, “Mooooom, the sun is awake!” over and over and over. Tough luck kiddo, you’re just gonna have to wait.
7:00am-8:00am – Utter chaos as we rush to get dressed, change baby and toddler (one day I will have the energy to potty train, I swear), gather together all my essentials (purse, pump, bottle parts, laptop, ahhh!) and rush out the door.
8-8:45am – Commute to work while I pump. I’m always terrified of being pulled over and having to reveal what’s under the cover. I am ravenous and my mouth feels as dry as the Sahara, but ahhh… at last some alone time.
9-5pm – Work aka “me time”. Realize I have milk stains on my pants and spit up on my shirt. Oh well. That’s what jackets are for. Finally get to eat some semblance of breakfast at 10am. Dread pumping every. single. day. It never gets easier, just more annoying. The day flies by most of the time.
5-6pm – Race home.
6pm-8pm (that’s on a good day) – Chaos again as we rush to get dinner on the table, kids fed, sometimes bathed, in PJs, and in bed.
8pm-10pm – The toddler did NOT feel like going to bed tonight. Neither did the baby. Crap. Back and forth from girl to girl. Head wants to explode, I’m so tired.
10pm-midnight – Get the baby down. Wash pump parts, bottles, dishes, etc. How is there SO much stuff to wash everyday?! Get everything ready for tomorrow. Maybe squeeze in a shower if I’m feeling extra motivated – I’m probably not. Too exhausted to even want to watch TV. Finally, at long last…time for bed. Praying the baby does not wake up at 2am and 4:30am like she did the night before.
Rinse and repeat. At least I get to wake up to this:
Happy almost Friday, ya’ll!
Being home alone the past few months with an infant and a toddler, all sense of time and day have gone out the window. There’s a 95% change that I won’t know what day of the week it is (what’s a “weekend” anymore?), and even less clue about the time besides the general – as my toddler would say “the sun is awake!” So you can imagine my surprise when I started hearing people (i.e. the TV) talk about Valentine’s Day approaching. Wait, it’s not still January 2?! So to hop on the love train, here’s a collection of adorable and delicious-looking Valentine’s Day treats that look easy enough to make with a toddler. Because, ya know, anything that entertains a toddler for longer than 5 minutes is pure gold in my book. And we all know what’s going to happen to these goodies once they’re done: Little Miss will get to eat one of them, and then Mommy and Daddy will devour the rest while she’s asleep. Now that’s love. So dust off those heart-shaped cookie cutters, and let’s get cooking!
Cupid Crispies - These would be the perfect Valentine’s treats to send to school/daycare with your little one, or to munch on at home.
Homemade Oreos with Strawberry Cream Cheese Filling – You had my heart at homemade oreos. At least the strawberry cream cheese filling adds a little bit of protein to this otherwise delectable sweet. Have your toddler help mix up the batter and filling. But don’t turn your back unless you want that whole batter disappearing in the blink of an eye!
Red Velvet & Strawberry Trifle - A cool, creamy and refreshing dessert, have your toddler help scoop the different components into a clear glass or trifle bowl (if you’re fancy enough to own such a thing.)
Valentine’s Day Pretzel Rods - These adorable pretzel rods couldn’t be easier to make (I made similar ones for Little Miss’ past two birthdays) and the salty-sweet combo makes for a delicious snack. Kids will love helping you dip the rods into the melted chocolate and rolling it in sprinkles.
Valentine Rice Krispie Pops - Too. Cute. I love anything Rice Krispy treats-like, and these are no exception. They’re easy to make and involve sprinkles aka the perfect toddler afternoon activity.
Heart Brownie Pizza Brownie + fresh strawberries = major yum.
Cherry Hand Pies - Confession: I hate making pie crust, but these are so sweet looking that I may just have to lift the ban on dough making in my kitchen. Young kids can help by being the official cookie-cutter wielder, or helping to scoop the cherry filling inside.
Ice Cream Sandwiches with Bittersweet Heart Cookies – OMG how yummy do these look? (Hubby, I’m talking to you.) Now these look a bit more labor intensive than some of the other recipes, but you know your toddler will adore you for making these with them. Just watch out for the inevitable sugar rush – and crash – afterwards.
Popping out of blog hibernation right now to share a quick snapshot of my life right now. Parked in a car on the side of the road in a random neighborhood because I was trying to get the toddler to take a car nap before a doctors appointment and the baby started stirring. Quickly took baby out of car seat to nurse in front where she promptly fell asleep, and by the grace of God the toddler is still asleep! And so is my arm… #winning
Sooo… this happened. Little Lady #2 arrived 2.5 weeks early at a whopping 5 lbs 6 ounces (after a 16-hour failed induction and eventual c-section), and healthy as can be. But a healthy newborn + toddler + surgery recovery = no posts for a while. I’m constantly awed and amazed by bloggers I work with and follow that are able to post anything mere days after their delivery. My brain is still a pile of mush from the 2 hour chunks of sleep I get, so the fact that any of those women can string together multiple coherent sentences is beyond me.
Having a newborn the second time around is much more mellow than the first, mainly because (as I share over at Right Start), you’re not as anxious about the little stuff like “is she breathing?” “what do all these grunts mean?” and Dr. Googling every tiny little noise or symptom. A) Because you’ve already been there, done that and survived, and B) You simply don’t have the luxury of time to do that anymore since there is now a toddler that requires much more attention than the newborn. Oh, and that sleep when the baby sleeps thing everyone tells you? Well, trust me, no one’s going to tell you that with your second, because it’s IMPOSSIBLE. Toddlers are awake most of the day and need constant supervision. Hence, you stay awake even when your body is begging you to lie down. Also gone is hibernating indoors for a month. Have you ever tried staying indoors all day with a stir-crazy toddler? Yea, not so fun. We watch way more TV than I’ve ever let her watch before (hello, Daniel Tiger,) and thankfully she enjoys reading books by herself for a while (and “a while” in toddler time means anything longer than 10 minutes.) But if it weren’t for our daily outings, I think Little Miss and I would both be going crazy.
One thing thats been a pleasant surprise (so far) has been watching how Little Miss simply dotes on her little sister. She’s the first thing she asks about when she wakes up or comes in the door and all she wants to do is pet her head and give her kisses all day long (which is a blessing and a curse, as #2 has already had a fortunately very short cold thanks to her germy older sister.) There are definitely moments when I can tell Little Miss is clingier to me, and I don’t blame her. You go from being the center of the universe to having to share in the blink of an eye – that can’t be easy. She’s also incredibly possessive over “my baby.” No one else besides myself and Little Miss – not even Dad – are apparently allowed to hold baby sister most of the time or a meltdown occurs. “Myyyyy sister, no Grandma hold! Miiine” – but I guess I’ll try to see it as sweet in a demented kind of way. And while nursing all day everyday and feeling like a prisoner to your boobs is frankly, sucky (pun intended), at least I get to catch up on my TV shows (well, at least after Little Miss goes to bed). Otherwise it’s rinse and repeat over and over (and over) again. Thank God for coffee.
But I know these days will go all too fast, and before I know it she’ll be walking and talking and doing other things that remind me that life goes way too fast, so I’m going to try to enjoy every second of newbornhood this time. And if you have any shows on Netflix you recommend binge watching, send them my way!
As my due date approaches at what feels like lightening speed, and the possibility of an early inducement looms large (I have GD and IUGR – a lovely, somewhat contradictory combination – seriously, the worst), I’ve been in a giant panic to get things ready for bambino # 2. I wrote over at Right Start about registering the second time around, but besides the common items you can find in most baby stores, (and who doesn’t love getting adorable tiny baby clothes?!) what are the things that a second, third, fourth, or even first-time mom really want/need?
Meal or grocery delivery - Getting in a car to go grocery shopping?! Forget it! Or making any sort of home-cooked meal – ha! I try to remember to always bring some sort of meal or snack for the new family when I make the first visit. Or even a bag full of easy to reach for and eat snacks (think Kind bars, granola, Smart Water, or the like) will always be appreciated. A great gift to pool in on with a bunch of friends might even be something like an Amazon Fresh subscription,, so the tired parents can order groceries online and have them show up right at their door!
Blow out gift certificate - I think this is an awesome gift for ANY woman, new mom or not, but I’m sure a new mom would REALLY appreciate getting an hour away to drink champagne (or tea) and sit BY HERSELF while someone makes her hair look fabulous, thereby making it ok that she won’t get to shower for the next 4 , 5, 6 days.
Mani/Pedi gift certificate + babysitting bonus - Same as above, any kind of pampering where you get to get away is a plus in my book. Offer to watch the baby/kids while she’s gone, or arrange something with her partner and have a relaxing girls hour at the nail salon.
Lactation cookies - If the new mom is breastfeeding, come over with a batch of fresh-baked lactation cookies to help with that milk supply! Delicious and helpful – that’s a double win in my book!
Freezer meals – Everyone knows that you hardly eat those first few weeks (or months), life is just too crazy and before you know it, it’s time to feed the Baby again! So next time, I think I’ll show up with an easy freezable meal so that Mama can just pop it in the microwave when she needs a quick dinner! Think quiche, casseroles, lasagna.
Girl time – It’s so easy for a new mom to feel isolated and disconnected from everyone around her. Arrange for the partner to watch the kid(s) for an hour and take her out for a drink!
A bottle (or two) of wine – No joke. All I’ve been dying for this pregnancy is a nice glass of wine (or two), and as long as it’s done responsibly, there’s no problem with drinking while nursing either. So if you know your friend is a vino lover, why not share the love and share a lovely and relaxing glass of wine?
Caffeine - fresh or in gift certificate form – Friend not into wine or cocktails? Well with all the sleep-deprivations they’re bound to be experiencing, some coffee would be nice too. So don’t forget that requisite latte or pumpkin spice ANYTHING. And if your friend isn’t into either booze or coffee… well, I can’t relate, so you’re on your own there!
No matter what, I’m sure your friend would love to see your lovely face and have some adult company and someone to entertain the older child. Those are the kinds of gifts that are truly priceless.
This is NOT how I feel today, but if you’re experiencing a major case of the Mondays, perhaps these 7 pets with a serious case of the Mondays will cheer you up!
That’s all, folks!