Friday, November 30, 2007

for the utahns:

I'm hoping to make it tonight! I'm all for handmade holidays (and getting out of the house for a little bit tonight..). I'll be the one blowing my nose every 4 minutes. Sigh.

tea papers.

pictured: turtle swim birth announcement, $1.69/card

You must know that there is no photo card more inspiration and beautiful than one from Tea Collection's Tea Papers, featuring their fresh Daily Tea prints.

giggle + tea collection.

Maybe you've had enough of Giggle in the last couple of weeks (not possible I would argue) but Giggle and Tea Collection teaming up is something to be noted!

This hat, scarf, mitten set is the latest Tea Collection fantastica- exclusively for Giggle!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

give twice.

Awaken your senses and celebrate the holidays with: the Mint Cashmere Cream Collection by Cake Beauty! Not only is this the most fantastic holiday scent in beautiful, modern packaging all done by a trusted and lovely company, but this line {among the Cake Beauty Holiday collection} gives twice.

Listen closely: Cake has teamed up with Zerofootprint, the not for profit environmental organization, to offset all carbon dioxide emissions generated during the manufacturing and shipping of their give twice collection.
"We antied up some charitable dough, so with the sale of every holiday product a tree will grow."
So... Cake has gone green. And they've done it well.

The Mint Cashmere Candle {pictured above and back by really popular demand} has quickly become my favorite holiday gift. The silky chocolate and soft peppermint cream combination is simply divine, and paired with its 100% soy wax and double cotton wicks (a clean burn), it's perfect. $24.

This holiday, "feel nice, give twice!"

modern paper ornaments.

Design Sponge's DIY Monday posts are inspiring. Holiday decorating really is exciting to me (I haven't started yet) and the idea of handmade paper ornaments makes it even more so. If you're holding to the handmade holiday theme, look here for the tutorial. I'm on this one..

aden + anais.

Swaddling a newborn is any parent's saving grace. It's an art that can induce much anxiety in the first several days home from the hospital... because how do you do it like the nurses without reverting to that one hospital blanket with the pink and blue stripe that's completely void of style and comfort?

Solution: aden + anais has perfected the swaddle. Crafted from soft, breathable muslin fabric for air flow and ultimate comfort, these Australian-made wraps have deservedly received brilliant acclaim. Cool enough for summer and stylish enough for always, I so wish I knew about these with Cole. Because it's proven that the secret to the swaddle is in fact in the wrap {blanket} itself.

A packet of 4 standard wraps sells for $44. Winter warmth swaddles and dream blankets are now available. All available in several mod patterns and all wish worthy.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


My Anthropologie Giving catalog arrived in the mail last week. I saved the coveting for my nightly bubble bath, so the pages are a bit warped from bubble fingers... but I found enough gift favorites to need to share. I love the monogram/initial theme and think it's a perfect thoughtful gift for the holidays:

1. yours truly bracelet, $58.
2. velvet alphabet ornaments, $6.
3. monogrammed mug, missus, $6.
4. alphabet hooks, $12.
5. bookhand tumblers, $10.
6. archipelago monogram candles, $25.

banana cream pie.

My friend Kathryn posted this {Emeril's} banana cream pie with caramel drizzles and chocolate sauce recipe on her recipe blog recently and it looks divine. Perfect for the holidays.. right?!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


This just in: a new company that brings the "hip, fashion forward, trend-setting, modern, well thought out, reliable, edgy, innovative, and smart" to diaper bags and baby accessories. They're Rowdy: parents bringing the ideal product to parents.

Truly, Rowdy bags (their forte) introduce features I've never before seen: removable, water-resistant and washable liner, removable clutch purse, insulated bottle and changing pad. And they're urban and rockstar. Available in 8 different styles, Rowdy's mission was to do comfortable, fashionable and functional without compromising each mother's/father's unique style {that they believe shouldn't have to change after parenthood}. They're plenty large with compartments and pockets galore. Starting at $69.99{!}... I'm sure they'll quickly create some fans of you.

But Rowdy didn't stop at bags. The square changing pad is simple and sturdy and finally a perfect solution for moms and dads: canvas, neutral, fully functional and only $31.99. Be sure to check back for Rowdy's latest product- the "perfect" blanket, as well as any upcoming specials.

*update* Rowdy is offering all Tangled and True readers 10% off and a free t-shirt when purchasing Rowdy products with coupon code: TANGLED.

What do you think?

femme fatales.

decor8's Holly Becker created a fantastic Femme Fatales slide show of etsy artists. I love it.. and mark one of these prints perfect for holiday giving for that someone who's just too cool for most gifts {...or anyone else}.

Monday, November 26, 2007

virtual baby shower #3.

, JJ! Today we celebrate you, your happiness and your beautiful family.

due: march 9th
sex: unknown!

I was inspired by the way JJ captures her world through a lens. Aside from being a pretty incredible photographer, she seems to be a mama in love with her daughter. I'm excited to celebrate the gift that motherhood is. Baby #2 is one lucky baby.

On with the party:

Every party needs a theme and despite the popularity of birds {and nests and eggs}, I love it all and think it's perfectly suiting for the celebration of {the anticipation of} a new life.

Tangled and True's baby bird theme suggestions:
food: bird's nest cookies
invites: baby bird cards
favors: egglings
decor: felt birds

For the giving, you have a crowd of supporters. Cheers to all you have to look forward to! Now... for the unveiling {all gifts going to you- JJ... of course}:

gives: Go Sling in Heather

Whatever the need, PUJ makes parenting easier. With the "Go" sling you're in and out in no time. No straps, no buckles, no zippers and no metal rings. Just throw it over your head and you're good to go. You can even put it on while holding your baby.

Zebi Baby gives: 1 van bucket of burpies and 1 vintage bucket of burpies

Zebi Baby wanted you to be prepared for either a boy or a girl. You may choose to give whichever set you cannot use.

As a new parent, you can never have too many burp cloths! Each set includes 3 14"x21" burp cloths made of soft, absorbent cotton and packaged in re-usable one gallon pail.

MD Moms gives: We {heart} Moms mom + baby set

Perfect for all things pregnancy and baby.. the set includes:

1. Full sized Baby Silk Delicate Skin Comfort Silky Liquid Powder-
soothe those chafed zones on mom's body, protect those lovely folds on baby
2. Full sized Baby Silk Daily Skin Protection Moisturizing Balm-
moisturize and protect mom and baby's skin, and enjoy it as massage cream
3. Full sized Baby Silk Soothing Bottom Relief Diaper Rash Cream-
mom can use this on her dry, chapped skin. protect and treat baby's diaper area daily
4. Breast Self Examination Shower Card

Petunia Petunia gives: School of fishes quilted blanket

A whimsical, luxurious quilted blanket made of pure, soft, Egyptian cotton, 210 thread count. This is a blanket your child will hold onto for years!

The Baby Bunch gives: one yellow bunch, size small

The Baby Bunch is a blossoming selection of infant clothing presented as a bouquet of flowers that makes a unique gift for moms and dads in need of the essentials for baby. Each small yellow bunch includes: one bib, one t-shirt, one hat and four pairs of socks. All clothing is 100% cotton and aged for babies 0-6 months.

KLT Works gives: nest watercolor print

A perfect addition to the nursery and compliments the "Flights of Fancy" mobiles and plush. Original artwork by Kristin Loffer Theiss exclusively for klt:works. Each limited edition watercolor print is printed on white, archival, heavyweight paper with archival pigment inks.
Unframed, signed and numbered- editions won't exceed 250. Dimensions: paper size is 11"x14" - image size 8"x10"

Satsuma Designs gives: bamboo jersey swaddling blanket

Satsuma's signature item. Wrap the babies in your life in love and good health with this naturally antibacterial swaddling blanket. 100% bamboo fiber-34"X34".

Chittypulga gives: knitted donut toys

Bite them, chew them, make them your angel's favorite. You will not have to worry about the sugar content or a toxic threat. These donuts are soft, colorful, nicely textured, perfect as babies' first toys or even for the older siblings, as part of their tea parties' menu.
...They come in a set of five inside of a gingham box with bows tied in each corner.

Woobee gives: classic cream/chocolate bib and burp

Woobee bibs are designed out of the same amazing materials as the Woobee Blankets. They are soft, hip, and water resistant to keep whatever is underneath clean and dry. A front pocket design helps stop messy spills and the neck snap makes closure easy on parents.

The best feature about the Woobee Burp isn't the wonderful water-resistant backing, or even the amazingly soft plush material. It’s the Woobee Burp's ability to absorb liquid. A perfect addition to a Woobee gift. You will love these!

Queen Baby Bean gives: Angel Baby's "a little something for baby" set, peaceful mama tea, heart tea ball,

It's an all-natural welcome for your brand new gift from heaven. A Little Something For Baby Includes: Angel Baby Bath Blossoms 42 g. (1.5 oz.); Angel Baby Lotion 30 ml (1 oz.); Angel Baby Bottom Balm, 30 ml. (1 oz.)

Peaceful Mama Tea is a heavenly blend of organic chamomile, organic lemon balm, organic oatstraw and organic lavender blossoms that will help to calm and relax expectant mamas, and daddies too! Great for normal pregnancy anxiety, pregnancy sleeplessness or just as a soothing cup of tea throughout your pregnancy - and way beyond.

3 2-oz bottles: one fig/green tea, one lemon/white tea, one unscented.
Momspit no-rinse cleanser is the accessory you need for life's chance meetings with dirt. It's tailor-made to fit your fancy 'cause fresh and clean never go out of style.

Burpbees gives: stroller burp cloth, buzz buzz burpcloth, buzz buzz bib

Burpbees burp cloths and coordinating bibs are mommy and baby's favorite accessory. They are handcrafted of super soft 100% cotton to make a fashion statement while handling everyday baby messes. Burpbees products can also be embroidered to create a truly personalized gift to welcome baby. Burpbees is a business owned and operated by a mommy of twins.

Johnson's Baby gives: 3 bedtime sudsing bar sets and three bedtime bodywashes

Thanks to their long history of providing effective, gentle, mild and clinically-proven baby products formulated especially for babies, JOHNSON'S® has become the most trusted name in baby care. Bedtime toddler products are the newest in the Johnson's Baby line.. offering a natural calm right before bedtime.

{Gift value total= $554!}

Good luck and happiness, JJ! Thanks for sharing a bit of your life with us.

Friday, November 23, 2007

swing by.

you're invited:

virtual baby shower #3

monday, november 26th

celebrating happiness

Print by Terese Bast- a new favorite!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


If there are design purists among you, you'll know of {or quickly take to} Flensted Mobile perfection! I've been in love with the idea of a "harmonic balance" floating above Cole's head while he lays in his bed for a while now. I'm thrilled about our newest addition to the nursery: the Hedgehog Family mobile. It's delicate {arrives in a box nearly the size of a standard envelope}, flawless and brings massive amounts of character into the room. Between the intricately designed cardboard characters, the hand craftedness and the exceptional variety and uniqueness among their mobiles in general, I'm a firm believer in the Flensted team.

The magic of mobiles is they're near impossible to outgrow. If you're in the market, Queen Baby Bean's selection is brilliant. {A few more of my favorites posted above..}

happy Thanksgiving!

I love this simple, clever and natural way to decorate for the mini Thanksgiving feasters. {Via fun finds for mom who recommends willow tree toys for the twig colored pencils.}

Happy Thanksgiving!

giveaway {winner!}

The winner of the Giggle better basics giveaway is bc, who said,
"Gorgeous! I love the Tangerine color. My little girl is due 12/26 and would so sweet in all these items!"
Congratulations, bc. You'll have one healthy, happy & lucky baby! Please email me with your shipping information and your collection will be sent off shortly. {Oh, how I would love to be you...}

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


Reminder: last day to register for the Giggle giveaway. Don't miss out. Read here.. and good luck!

modern baby shower.

Blueprint's modern baby shower is reason enough to push for #2. This baby shower would surely win some wows; a mobile how-to, gourmet snack food suggestions, favors to be desired and the dream gift basket instructions/ideas all leave little room for error. It's just plain cool!

A bit more about my favorite feature: the save mama gift-- a modern toy basket full of wisdom from those who have been there; things that each participating friend/mother have grown to know and love. Perfect.. right?!
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