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mom style | summer picks for toddlers.

Posted on: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Mom Style | Summer Picks for Toddlers Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

It’s hard to believe that Jamie and I are no longer moms of infants, but instead, two super curious, super adorable toddlers! (I could swear we were just pregnant??) Things are definitely a little (okay, A LOT) different than they were last summer when we had our babies, so we thought it would be fun to share our recent favorite baby products. Here’s what’s getting us through these long, hot days:

Mom Style | Summer Picks for Toddlers Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

Ann-Marie’s Picks:

+ Swimsuit // I gotta say, shopping for baby swimsuits is one heck of a lot more fun than shopping for mommy suits! I’ve found some really cute ones at Baby Gap and Janie + Jack.

+ Toes, Ears, & Nose // We’ve been reading to Briar since she was only a few days old, but books are just now becoming her activity of choice. She is especially fond of this cute book, complete with flaps and fun illustrations.

+ Sun hat // Getting Briar to wear a hat is always an exercise in trying to distract her before she notices something is on her head, but this sun hat is in constant rotation.

+ Ban.do Watermelon Bag // So technically this bag is designed to be a cooler, but from the moment I saw it, I knew it would make for the perfect diaper bag! Not only is it ridiculously cute but the waterproof liner is ideal for keeping spills and odors at bay.

+ Beco Gemini Baby Carrier // I’ve talked about my love of baby carriers before, but I have to say, I love that this particular model allows me to safely wear Briar facing out! I’m a stickler about protecting her hips and Briar is a stickler about making sure she doesn’t miss a moment of the action, so this Beco Gemini is a win-win!

+ Triangle Blanket // This adorable hot pink / tan / black waterproof blanket from 7 A.M. Enfant is perfect for throwing in Briar’s diaper bag and spreading out on the grass.

+ Dapple High Chair + Toy Cleaner // Having a hungry, hungry toddler means lots of snacks eaten in her high chair. Since I don’t want to pull off and scrub down the tray every time Briar eats, I spray a little bit of this natural, baby-safe cleaner on it and call it good.

+ Gold Saltwaters // Now that Briar’s main mode of transportation is walking, it’s paramount that we have little shoes on her little feet when we go out in public. These baby Saltwaters are easily the cutest things I’ve ever seen…!

+ Bumgenius Cloth Diapers // We’re a little late to the cloth diapering club, but I am happy to finally be a part-time member! Even though we still use disposable diapers the majority of the time, having a few cloth diapers on hand helps ease the environmental and financial guilt of traditional diapering, plus it ensures that we never run out! I also love how these well-designed diapers can pass as bloomers during these unbearably hot summer months.

Mom Style | Summer Picks for Toddlers Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

Jamie’s Picks:

Mini Lunch Bag // I’ve used this bag since my pumping days! My breast milk stayed chilled on the long commute home from the clinic. Now, each morning I pull it out of the freezer and fill it with Luna’s meals for Grandpa Day Care.

+ Hot Pink Bathing Suit // This hot pink suit with yellow pom fringe caught my eye right away. Luna loves birds! Her face lights up when she points to the little birds on her suit.

+ Sunglasses // Luna loves a good pair of shades. Target has adorable inexpensive sunglasses so I don’t feel bad when a pair gets broken.

+ Maracas // Luna lives for music! She’ll find the beat and rhythm in anything. She dances and sings daily. She definitely dances like no one is watching, although she prefers to be watched. Her grandmother sings with her all the time. They are currently going through an old western song phase. Luna’s father will slow dance with her in the middle of a busy restaurant. I’ll turn the music up and rolled the windows down during our car rides. I love seeing her lips move and head bop in the backseat mirror. I hope her love for music and dance contuinue to grow.

+ Sandals // I don’t like to spend too much on Luna’s shoes so when I found these darling sandals on the clearance rack at T.J. Maxx, I scooped them right up! If she’s anything like her mother, she will live in sandals.

+ Baby Fedora // From day one, Luna has loved wearing hats. Luckily, this means we don’t have to apply so much sunscreen to her face. This makes Luna very happy.

+ Sippy Cup // Spill proof! Yes, please! I never leave home without a sippy cup full of water. It always finds its way to the bottom of my diaper bag, upside down of course.

+ Mexican Blanket // This particular blanket was a lucky thrift find and now it comes with us everywhere. It’s always in my trunk waiting to be pulled out at every park stop. (Similar blankets here!)

+ Babyganics Baby Sunscreen // I’m very particular with the products I put on Luna. Minimal organic ingredients. The less ingredients, and ones I can pronounce, the better.

Mom Style | Summer Picks for Toddlers Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

But if we’re realllllly being honest, here’s our secret to staying cool while keeping our cool as the moms of two toddlers. Cheers!

P.S. Our first Mom Style post!

digital brushes: greatest hits | now available!

Posted on: Thursday, July 9, 2015

Ann-Marie Loves Paper | New Digital Brushes! | Ann-Marie Loves

I’m excited to finally announce that all of my most popular rubber stamp designs from 2012 – 2015 have FINALLY been turned into digital brushes and added to my shop. It’s only been on my to-do list for, oh, a whole year? Turning files into digital brushes is not what was stopping me; it was the sheer volume of files that I had to go through that intimidated me for so long. I mean, seriously, SO MANY FREAKING STAMPS (ha!). It’s all good, though :)

Ann-Marie Loves Paper | New Digital Brushes! | Ann-Marie Loves

These are the sixty-seven designs that are included in the pack.

Ann-Marie Loves Paper | New Digital Brushes! | Ann-Marie Loves

As someone who loves to put type on photos, having brushes at my disposal is a huge time-saver! In case you’re not familiar with how to use them, Elise put together a fantastic tutorial video that I highly recommend watching.

Ann-Marie Loves Paper | New Digital Brushes! | Ann-Marie Loves

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing how I use digital brushes in my scrapbook, so stay tuned! :)

Ann-Marie Loves Paper | New Digital Brushes! | Ann-Marie Loves

You can find my Greatest Hits digital brushes HERE and my Holiday set (now on sale!) HERE. Yay!

baby registry essentials.

Posted on: Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Baby Registry Essentials | Ann-Marie Loves

Now that I have almost a year of parenting under my belt (what???), I feel like I have a pretty clear understanding of which items I consider to be essential in caring for an infant. Life most first-time moms, I looked to others to help me navigate the overwhelming world of baby products…there are so many options, it’s a wonder that anyone can make a decision! Here are the items that have made my life easier over the past eleven months:

Baby Registry Essentials | Ann-Marie Loves

1. Britax Travel System. I did a lot of research when I was car seat and stroller shopping, and given our budget (less than $500) and my desire to have an all-in-one travel system (car seat, base, and stroller in one), I decided on the Britax B-Agile stroller and B-Safe car seat. I love the Britax because it’s easy to maneuver, it folds up with one pull of a strap, and it’s a cinch to get the car seat on and off of it. I also love that the stroller works from infanthood well into toddlerhood. I think the biggest selling point for me was the fact that I didn’t have to buy any extra attachments to connect the car seat to the stroller; everything I needed was included in the travel system. If you have more than one vehicle in your family, I would highly recommend purchasing an extra car seat base so you can easily move the baby from one car to the other without the hassle of base reinstallation. (When we have baby number two, we plan on getting the Britax B-Ready stroller since it can accommodate more than one seat!)

2. Soft Gear Changing Mat. When I was in the market for a changing pad, I wanted something that would make for easy clean-up and not require any extra laundry, so when I discovered this particular model, I was sold. We have loved ours since the day we brought Briar home from the hospital. It cleans like a dream, it doesn’t slide around on the table, and it adds a fun pop of color to the nursery.

3. Ergobaby Carrier and Boba WrapThese two items are serious lifesavers, especially since I am a work-at-home mom who needs to be hands-free most of the time. I first invested in the Ergo (assuming that I would only need one carrier) but even with the infant insert, it felt way too cumbersome for Briar’s tiny little body during the first three or so months. That’s when I decided to try out a wrap and thankfully, it turned out to be exactly what we needed. The snug fit and cozy fabric were perfect for keeping Briar close without being too overwhelming. However, as soon as Briar got a little bigger and developed neck strength, the Ergo became our mainstay. It’s super easy to pop on and off and the weight feels evenly distributed.

4. Fisher-Price Whale of a Tub. We started off by bathing Briar in a Puj, but despite the amazing concept (seriously, genius!), our sinks were not ideal for that style of tub. That’s when we decided to try out the whale tub. Sure, it’s bright and clunky (everything I was hoping to avoid in baby products), but it has seamlessly transitioned from newborn to infant and beyond! (While you’re at it, be sure to add baby-friendly bath products to your list. I recommend anything made by California Baby and Honest!)

5. Baby Gap Footed One Piece Pajamas. Sometimes I feel like Briar’s personal thermostat; I’m constantly checking her feet and hands to make sure they are not cold! This is why I love Baby Gap’s footed pajamas. I never have to worry about Briar’s feet escaping her blanket and freezing in the middle of the night. Another reason why I prefer these soft and snuggly pajamas over others? The zipper! I can’t even begin to tell you how tedious snaps can be during a 3 am diaper change…! Stock up on zippered pajamas.

6. Summer Infant In-View Digital Color Monitor. Despite my initial hesitation to move Briar to her crib, I felt a lot more comfortable leaving her in the other room knowing that I could watch and hear her on the monitor. This particular model isn’t anything too fancy, but it has worked perfectly for us. I love being able to see Briar when she wakes up in the middle of the night and gauge whether or not she needs me without having to get out of bed. (My only complaint about it is that the battery dies fast, so in order to get through a whole night, I leave it plugged in to the charger. It’s not a huge issue, but can be tricky if your bed isn’t near an outlet.)

7. Aden + Anais Swaddle Blankets. Buy as many of these as you possibly can! I remember thinking the price point was a little steep for such thin, gauzy blankets, but I assure you: it is money well spent. Briar was born at the height of the summer heat, so we put her in a diaper and then swaddled her in an Aden + Anais blanket every single scorching night. I was so terrified that she would overheat, but she did great! Even if your baby is born in the dead of winter, they are amazing swaddle blankets and can also be used as burp cloths, car seat covers, changing pads on the go, and nursing covers.

8. Mini Speakers + iPod. There was much trial and error when it came to finding the right “white noise” system for Briar. We were gifted the Sleep Sheep and as adorable as it is, the sound only plays for 45 minutes. So then we tried playing a lullaby video from YouTube on my iPad, but it would inevitably turn off at some point during the night. Finally, I decided to dust off my old iPod, invest in $15 speakers, and play an ocean waves track on repeat all night long…bingo! Even though Briar still doesn’t sleep through the night, the ocean sounds definitely muffle outside noise when when the rest of us are still awake.

9. IKEA Antilop High Chair. In my experience, you don’t need a fancy high chair with all the bells and whistles. Babies really just need a safe and sturdy place to sit and learn to eat table food, hence, the $20 IKEA high chair. Money well spent.

– Other items to note: a breast pump (find out if your insurance will provide one for you before you purchase! Mine was 100% covered); grooming kit, thermometer, and infant Tylenol (these are the kinds of things you will want on hand!); a cute (but not cutesy!) baby book; and most importantly…diapers, diapers, and more diapers!

coveting for baby | etsy edition.

Posted on: Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Every now and then, I’ll fall down the Etsy rabbit hole and lose myself in shop after shop of handmade goodness. Unsurprisingly, I gravitate towards anything baby-related. What can I say? Briar is forever my favorite subject. Here are some of my recent favorite finds:

Coveting for Baby | Etsy Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

From left to right, top to bottom:

1. Woodland Animal Mobile. How amazing would this be over a crib or changing table? I know Briar would completely enthralled!

2. Bears Pattern Overnight Bag. This adorable bag would be perfect for stashing diapers on the go OR for a sturdy carrier for a night with Nana + Papa.

3. Bandana Bib. With Briar eating solid foods, it seems like we never have enough bibs to protect her clothes from the inevitable onslaught of avocado. This bib is such a great color and the bandana shape is just adorable.

4. The Slide. Such a sweet print that would fit any nursery.

5. Elephant Tissue Holder. Cold + flu season has never looked better.

6. Wonky Tree Wall Decal. I love a trend that a. ) doesn’t take itself too seriously, and b.) doesn’t require too much commitment . This fun + modern tree decal fits the bill perfectly

7. Wooden Doll Stroller. I can only hope that Briar will love her dolls the same way that I did as a child, and this mini stroller would be perfect for carting my old Molly + Samantha around the house.

8. Organic Baby Blanket. It’s official: one can never have too many lightweight swaddle blankets. Especially when they’re this stylish.

9. Personalized Family. Okay, forget about Briar…I want a set of handmade dolls that look like my little family! What an awesome concept.

 

P.S. Speaking of babies, I can’t stop watching this video from the weekend. Six month olds are the FUNNIEST.

last day for stamps!

Posted on: Friday, January 9, 2015

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Happy Friday! I’m dropping in to let you know that tomorrow (Saturday) is the last day for rubber stamps, my friends. I’ll still be making custom + address stamps, but as for monthly designs, I am officially hanging up my hat. Be sure to grab them while you can! Thank you so much for all your purchases these past few years! Your support has meant the WORLD to me :)

On to the next!

gift guide for the crafty.

Posted on: Monday, December 22, 2014

Crafter's Holiday Gift Guide | Ann-Marie Loves

01. Gold Stapler // Staplers may not seem like a crafting essential, but I assure you…mine gets quite a workout on the regular. I’m in love with this gold stapler by Nate Berkus.

02. PaperMate Flair Felt Tip Pens // When it comes to writing utensils, there is nothing that beats these felt tips. I use them for everything from list-making to scrapbooking to writing letters. They’re my absolute favorite and they come in a ton of fun colors!

03. Gold Scissors // I can’t think of too many crafts that don’t require a good pair of scissors. This gold version is not only perfect for getting the job done but it’s just begging to be Instagrammed!

04. Solid Adhesive Runner // When I used to teach classes and host craft demos, it didn’t matter how awesome the project was…the tape runners would inevitably become the star of the show! Ha! People love the ease and simplicity of a good tape runner (myself included!).

05. Fiskars 12 Inch ProCision Rotary Bypass Trimmer // If paper is your idea of a good time then I highly recommend investing in a solid trimmer. This version is a total workhorse (I used it for all of my wedding projects!) and a steal of a deal compared to other heavy duty models.

06. Knitting by Design // I am a HUGE fan of craft books that not only feature projects I want to make but have inspiring styling and well-designed layouts. Similar books worth mentioning: Playful and Lena Corwin’s Made by Hand.

07. Jet Black Ink Pad // As someone who digs rubber stamps, I’ve experimented with many an ink pad in my time. This version by Ranger is juicy, vibrant, and qucik-drying (aka PERFECT).

08. Martha Stewart Knit and Weave Loom Kit // If there’s one product I’ve gotten way more than my money’s worth out of, it’s this loom. 2014 was the year I became obsessed with weaving (as you may have noticed) and it’s due in a large part to this incredibly easy-to-use kit.

09. Lion Brand Yarn // I’ve become a major yarn hoarder these past several months. I am now forever on the lookout for beautiful yarn in all different colors, textures, and gauges. This hot pink number by Lion Brand is perfect for whipping up a quick tassel, pom pom, blanket, or — you guessed it — woven wall hanging.

In case you missed my other gift guides, here’s one for infants and one for guys! Happy last minute shopping!

briar’s infant gift guide.

Posted on: Friday, December 19, 2014

If Briar could talk, here’s what she would ask for for Christmas:

Infant Holiday Gift Guide | Ann-Marie Loves

01. Plan Toys Happy Puppy // Until we get Briar a real pet, this puppy will hopefully be a good substitute.

02. Munchkin Fun Ice Ring Teether // Since everything goes in Briar’s mouth these days, she might as well get a little teething relief.

03. Minnetonka Fringe Bootie // Sure, Briar can’t walk yet, but in a few months, we’ll need cute shoes for her little feet! Plus, these match the mama-sized pair that I have on my own holiday wish list ;)

04. Infantino Carrier Cover // As Briar’s gotten bigger, I’ve been favoring the Ergo more than the wrap, so this carrier cover would be perfect for keeping my little babe nice + toasty during these frigid (ha!) California months.

05. Graco Bumper Jumper // It’s hard to believe Briar is already able to (mostly) control her movements…I mean, wasn’t she just a spastic newborn yesterday? I’m hoping she will gets lots and lots of joy (and good exercise!) out of this doorway jumper.

06. Pink Piano // Am I asking for incessant loud noise with this piano? Quite possibly! But have you ever seen anything cuter?! Briar so needs this.

07. California Baby Lotion // I’ve been a California Baby fan since the day Briar took her first bath, so as the air gets colder and drier, I’ll be turning to this lotion more and more!

08. Boon Dive Bath Tub Appliques // Briar loves her baths almost as much as she loves her bath toys. These will be so fun when she moves to the big tub.

09. Crewcuts Long-Sleeved Skirted Onesie // Briar has the sleeveless version of this super chic striped onesie, but as babies do, she’s already outgrowing it. This long sleeved option in a size she can fit into months from now would be perfect!

diaper bag organizer.

Posted on: Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Life in Play Diaper Bag Organizer | Ann-Marie Loves

As Briar gets older and we spend more + more time away from home, the amount of baby gear that I pack continues to grow + grow. There are the basics that I always have on hand (Target diapers, Honest wipes, Nuk pacifiers, burp rags, and a change of clothes), but there are also a bunch of new things that she requires as well (Sophie the Giraffe, bottles, and bibs, just to name a few). Needless to say, as much as I’d like to think I’m the “cool mom” (ha!) with a cool untraditional diaper bag, I’m nothing but a hot mess when it takes me fifteen minutes of rifling through my bag to find the one item Briar needs.

Life in Play Diaper Bag Organizer | Ann-Marie Loves

So! When Life in Play e-mailed me about their amazing new organizer which turns any bag into a diaper bag, I was intrigued. It was exactly what I needed to get my sanity back and keep potential baby meltdowns at bay. (Did I tell you about Briar’s recent meltdown in the wine aisle at Trader Joe’s? It. Was. Epic.)

Life in Play Diaper Bag Organizer | Ann-Marie Loves

Life in Play Diaper Bag Organizer | Ann-Marie Loves

The diaper bag organizer features several different-sized pockets that are perfect for all kinds of baby (and mama!) gear. Plus, there’s even a roll-up changing mat nestled in the center! Whenever I need to pack Briar’s things, I take the organizer out, put each item in it’s appropriate spot, and then pop it back into my bag. So simple and so worth the extra couple of minutes of planning and organizing.

Life in Play Diaper Bag Organizer | Ann-Marie Loves

The best part about the organizer is that it doesn’t scream “baby.” Much like the way I wanted a bag that I could keep in rotation long after the baby phase of life, this organizer will be perfect for all kinds of packing endeavors for years to come.

From now until the end of the year, you can take $30 off your purchase of a diaper bag organizer using the code “LOVES.” Happy organizing!

2015 calendar + holiday digital brushes!

Posted on: Monday, December 15, 2014

Happy Monday! Over the weekend I added two new items to my shop. And the best part of all is that there’s no need to wait for shipping…you can download and use them almost immediately!

2015 Printable Calendar | Ann-Marie Loves Paper | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

First up: a 2015 printable calendar! I wanted something sleek and streamlined for my office, while still incorporating a bold pop of color.

2015 Printable Calendar | Ann-Marie Loves Paper | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Six bucks and you can print and reprint as many times as your heart desires. Plus, a bulldog clip pulls it all together and makes it easy to hang on a wall. BOOM.

Digital Brushes: Holiday Edition | Ann-Marie Loves Paper | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Secondly, digital brushes for all of my holiday stamp designs from 2012 – 2014. I know the idea of “digital” sounds super intimidating (even to me! a designer!), but I assure you…it’s FAR easier than getting a perfect rubber stamp impression. You can even customize the size of the design to be as big or as small as your project commands! I’ve been using them on my December Daily album (photos to come!), but they are also perfect for holiday cards, gift tags, and DIY wrapping paper.

P.S. Elise recently made an awesome video tutorial on how to use digital brushes! Be sure to check that out as well as her new digital stamps :)

Digital Brushes: Holiday Edition | Ann-Marie Loves Paper | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

I’ll be turning the rest of my stamp designs into digital brushes very soon. You can find these items as well as rubber stamps, e-courses, and many others right here.

I hope your holiday season is going swimmingly! xo

black friday sale!

Posted on: Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Black Friday Sale | Ann-Marie Loves Paper | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

Happy Thanksgiving Eve to all my friends (and happy Tuesday night to all my international friends too!)!

As I rush around trying to get everything packed and ready for the weekend (while Briar takes a two hour nap…!!), I wanted to whip up a quick post letting you know about my Black Friday sale. From now until Sunday evening at 12am PST, use the code LEARN to save 30% on e-courses and the code STAMP to save 25% on custom stamps and address stamps!

Wishing you a very happy holiday weekend! xo

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