Friday, January 30, 2009


It's been a long week and last night found me making my way through all kinds of fog to Moonstruck Chocolates. If you've never had them, they are a must. Seriously, other chocolates don't compare... If you don't live near one, they ship! So they'd be a perfect Valentine's surprise for someone you love. My favorites? The Hazelnut tower, Mayan and the Sea Salt Caramel.

nursery inspiration.

I am loving this nursery put together by Ali Edwards. It is the perfect mix of new and old.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

cupcake bowls.

I've always loved these, and at 30% off {using code THANKS09} I think now is the time to stock up, and while you're adding them to your cart, be sure to check out all Rose and Radishes great products, because the 30% off applies to the whole store!!

Thanks for the tip Jordan.

leftover candy canes?

If you've got leftover candy canes from Christmas, this would be a fun idea to try for Valentine's Day.

tailored tadpole {winner!}

Congratulations. Please email me ( by Monday morning to claim your prize.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

help make a change...

I just came from reading sarah jane's blog with I must say one of the best and most comprehensive posts detailing what is going on with the new CPSIA law. I highly recommend reading it and taking action... making your voice be heard. I will be.

so good.

These are seriously so good. Everyone that has tried them has loved them. 

1/2 c. coconut
1 T. oil
1/2 c. shallots chopped
1/4 c. fresh ginger
2 T. chopped garlic
1 lb. ground pork (I use 1/2 ground turkey and 1/2 ground sausage)
juice of one lime (I used about 3/4 of the lime for juice)
3 to 4 T. diced green chiles
2 to 3 T. soy sauce

Stir coconut over medium heat until golden and crisp. Remove and set aside. Add oil to pan and place over medium heat. Add shallots, ginger, garlic and meat. Stir until no longer pink. Add lime juice, peanuts, coconut, chiles and soy sauce to taste. Can also add fresh mint.

+image from

maternity photos.

Maternity photos. What do you think of them? Are they an absolute for you? Or do you shy away from the camera especially when pregnant? I have never done maternity photos, I haven't ever wanted them, but when I saw the picture above I loved it. I want a picture like that. And so I feel torn, with no real pictures of the other pregnancies, should I be taking pictures of this one? I think I love this one because it wouldn't show my bare belly that is not so attractive or my swollen nose, and yet I am still debating.

*image from pic me photos

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

tailored tadpole {giveaway!}

I have to believe that every mother out there has days that a lounge outfit is in order. I have those days, recently they are far more frequent as clothes get more and more uncomfortable. For so long I was quick to put my children in their designer jeans and button up shirts, until one day I came to the conclusion that they needed lounge days too (though their lounge days are much cuter than mine). I have come around to comfortable and soft cottons, they've improved drastically in the last 5 years and Tailored Tadpole is living proof. These lounge outfits are to die for. So soft, so comfortable and on top of it stylish. The best part, I'm happy to leave the house with the kids in clothing they can actually breathe in.

But lounge suits aren't all the Tailored Tadpole makes. Their organic cotton tees are fresh and fun, their blankets - the ultimate in modern funky designs and micro-fiber softness, and their pillow cases well the name suits them well. The Ultimate Pillowcase.

Since the day ours arrived the girls have fought over who would sleep on the soft pink pillow. They absolutely love it, but I love it too, not for the fighting that ensues but because it is hypoallergenic and stain resistant. Absolutely perfect.

Today the Tailored Tadpole is giving one Tangled and True their choice of lounge suit and pillowcase... how will you decide? 

Which Tailored Tadpole design is your favorite?

Would you love to win? be sure to:
*enter a comment on this post - with your name
*please only enter once
*answer question above
*entry will be open until 7 am Thursday morning 1/29
*winner will be announced Thursday morning

Monday, January 26, 2009

eleven collection.

As Lily was transitioning from toddler shoes to kids shoes, I found myself in search of the kind of shoes I had fallen in love with for her younger self. I wasn't finding much until I happened upon Eleven Collection. Sister company to my favorite toddler shoe See Kai Run, I was ecstatic to say the least. 

The styles are a bit more grown up but feature the same quality and impeccable style that I know and love. 
Our mission is to create wonderful shoes for little travelers who make each step an adventure. Based in the Northwest, Eleven combines quality footwear with independent style and modern accents.
Eleven shoes feature soft leather uppers and flexible durable rubbers soles providing superior traction.  The high quality leather is naturally water resistant and each style features easy on and off Velcro or zipper closures. Available in girls, boys, boots and sandals.

I'm happy to say with Eleven we've crossed over into kid shoes without missing a step.


Congratulations Kelly! Please email me ( by Wednesday morning to claim your prize.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

PHYLUM KINGDOM {giveaway!}

I can't even tell you how excited I have been for this giveaway. I don't remember the last time I saw something this innovative, fresh and just outright cool. The styling of the pictures (view more here), the jewelry itself, I could stare at it all day long. It makes me happy just thinking about it. 
Most jewelry doesn't really enthuse me. So I thought I'd try my hand at making some that does. After all, if all art is collecting and arranging and rearranging the arrangements, who says I can't clew my talents, throw the output at the wall and see what sticks. This wall turns out, is the interweb. Here it is in stage one of production, the conceptually driven...

You'll find the etsy store stocked full of design after design of nature inspired goodness. Each comes packaged just like a bug display and the names (though most I can't pronounce) make me love the line even more, so much so, I find myself wanting to surprise everyone I know with a PHYLUM KINGDOM piece just so they can experience the wonder for themselves.

I've been dropping hints to my husband for Valentine's day... I'm hoping he's picking them up. Here are just a few of pieces I would love to have. Vegrandis vigeo earrings, Pyrrhia umbra necklace, Cuprum cerule earrings and the Aphelion vitum necklace. 

Each piece makes a statement without screaming "look at me" and isn't that exactly how jewelry is supposed to be?

Todays winner will receive the Acerglabrium orbis ($42) inspired by old tree rings, the wood hangs suspended from nylon copper wire, 26".

Which PHYLUM KINGDOM piece is inspiring you?

Would you love to win? be sure to:
*enter a comment on this post - with your name
*please only enter once
*answer question above
*entry will be open until 7 am Monday morning 1/26
*winner will be announced Monday morning

b blanket {winner!}

congratulations shawna! please email me ( by Monday morning to claim your prize.

*winner chosen using

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

another winner and a discount...

Resa Design is offering all Tangled and True readers 10% off your orders through February 10th by using code Tangled09 at checkout, Hooray for discounts.


You'll have to excuse my pregnancy brain, there were to be two winners for the See Kai Run giveaway, and I only posted one. So without further ado, I give you the second winner...

Congratulations Miriam. Please email me ( by Friday morning to claim your prize, and sorry for the confusion...

*winner chosen using

quiet hour toys

These incredible little dolls were in my inbox this morning. Don't you just love them?

mairzey dotes {going out of business sale}

I hate to even have to write this but due to the new CPSIA law Mairzey Dotes is closing their doors on February 9th. (read more about the law here...)

As sad as it is to hear they are closing doors, they are offering all the product they currently have at 40% off, so make sure to buy some of these amazing blankets, bibs and burps at such a great price. The fabrics are amazing...

For 40% discount simply enter code "thanks" at checkout.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

b blanket {giveaway!}

When I found out about the newest line of Rain or Shine Kids, I was thrilled. The Woobee is one of my all time favorite and used blankets. We take it everywhere, the beach, the park, hikes... you get the idea. So when Heather (owner and designer) said they'd created the b blanket at a more economical price point, I couldn't wait to see it. The b blanket is a water-resistant fleece with ribbon ties and sports the same quality you've grown to know and love from Rain or Shine Kids. (also worth noting, there are currently sample b blankets for sale for only $20... so stock up for yourself and for gifts!)

The day it arrived we started using it, even though it's supposed to be for the new baby, it has been perfect for all our outdoor activities despite the crazy weather we've been having keeping the girls warm and dry. I'm sure the baby won't mind that his sisters have pre-approved the blanket for him...

Lucky for you, Rain or Shine Kids is giving away the celery green blanket today (a $36 value)!

Which Rain or Shine Kids product would you most like to have?

Would you like to win? be sure to:
*enter a comment on this post - with your name
*please only enter once
*answer question above
*entry will be open until 7 am Thursday morning 1/22
*winner will be announced Thursday morning

Monday, January 19, 2009

she's back!

It's true, she's back... The fabulous Nie, and rumor has it, she'll be updating her blog regularly.

giveaway-a-day {winners!}

I first need to give a huge thank you to all the amazing companies that participated in the giveaway-a-day series! What a fun and exciting way to kick off the new year. I also want to give a huge thanks to you the readers for your continual support, T+T would not be a success without you and I greatly appreciate your comments, feedback, ideas and support. Here's to 2009 and the winners are:











Congratulations Ladies!!! Please email me ( by WEDNESDAY morning to claim your prize.

I hope you've enjoyed this series and found yourself some new favorite companies. Stay tuned this week for 2 brilliant companies giving away some fabulous new product for 2009!

*all winners chosen using

Thursday, January 15, 2009

west coast baby {giveaway!}

If you haven't experienced westcoast baby yet, it needs to be at the top of your list. Two moms while on maternity leave with their second babies, founded what has to be one of the top 5 layette companies out there. They've taken "traditional Japanese shapes and vintage practicality and added a whimsy of funky colour."

They can be found in over 100 retail locations across Canada and the US and for good reason. Each piece is snapless, zipperless and buttonless providing ease and comfort. They've put together the perfect combination for you and your baby.

They're infant kimonos have long been a favorite of mine, but more recently they've launched the In The Hood line (available in sizes 0-3 months through 18-24 months and pictured above), which is equally impressive. 100% soft, 100% comfortable and 100% perfect.

And while their clothing is fantastic, I can't help but mention this blanket I have absolutely fallen in love with. Bright and fun and perfect for swaddling.

Today westcoast baby is giving away your choice of the Wasabi and Chocolate or Mandarin and Chocolate set in their newest line (a $60 value).

Which westcoast baby item will you be putting in your cart?

Would you love to win? be sure to:
*enter a comment on this post - with your name
*answer question above
*entry {for today's giveaway} expires tomorrow at 8am MST
*winner will be announced Monday January 19th along with winners from each giveaway in the giveaway-a-day sequence.
note: each giveaway must be entered seperately.

Good Luck and Thank You westcoast baby!

update: this giveaway is now closed.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

resa design {giveaway!}

Although we've spoken about Resa Design before, they've added some amazing new products and fabrics to their line-up. With Resa Design it's your baby, your style. They specialize in the gear you need most as a mother. Bibs, changing pads, receiving blankets, burp cloths and of course there's the always stylish and modern customizable clothing.

Every item I have from Resa Design has been used time and again, each product makes my life a little easier, plainly put, Resa Design simplifies. They don't make things you'll stuff in a drawer and forget you have. For your baby or the perfect gift for a friend you'll find classic styles and designs you can use year after year or baby after baby.

Todays giveaway was specially designed and put together for Tangled and True by Resa herself, including some new products that haven't even been listed on their site yet! So brace yourselves for the "Tangled and True Ready for Baby Super Set" which includes...

1 Newborn size (short or long sleeve) Tee- Hot Dot Blue turtle
2 Perfect Fit Blankets – NEW Kiwi and Tweet (pictured above, blankets 2 & 3)
3 Burp Cloths – 1 Kiwi, 1 Tweet, 1 custom Hot Dot Blue turtle
1 Custom Blanket – Hot Dot Blue turtle
1 Hot Dot Blue Changing Pad
(a total retail value of $85)

So whether you keep it all for yourself, or divide it up among friends and loved ones, you'll have the very best in useable baby gear. Oh how good is that?

Which Resa Design would you most like to have?

Would you love to win? be sure to:
*enter a comment on this post - with your name
*answer question above
*please only enter once
*entry {for today's giveaway} expires tomorrow at 8am MST
*winner will be announced Monday January 19th along with winners from each giveaway in the giveaway-a-day sequence.
note: each giveaway must be entered separately.

Good Luck and Thank You Resa Design!

update: this giveaway is now closed.

pangea organics {giveaway!}

Another giveaway for you, and this is one of my favorites. The skin you are born with is the same skin you will have your entire life, so it's important to take care of it. Pangea Organics is the fastest growing organic skin care line in the world. They use only the very best, filling each bottle with ingredients that are needed, and none that aren't. No phosphates or chemicals, simply pure and organic.

Each product is designed to create and maintain balance in your skin. The ingredients are hand-picked and specially blended to perform many functions. Plainly put... they multi-task.
These ingredients cleanse, exfoliate, detoxify, balance oil production, condition, tone, nourish, hydrate, protect, soften, heal, regenerate skin cells and collagen, stimulate, revitalize and are highly antioxidant. 
And, if that isn't good enough they are anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant, soothing, gentle, calming and restorative.

Today Pangea Organics is giving away a set including their Facial Toner and Facial Cream. The perfect at home treatment for your skin, they will leave you feeling fresh, rejuvenated and your skin will have that healthy glow we're all in search of.

retail value :: $26

retail value :: $36

Which Pangea Organics product would you most like to try?

Would you love to win? be sure to:
*enter a comment on this post - with your name
*answer question above
*please only enter once
*entry {for today's giveaway} expires tomorrow at 8am MST
*winner will be announced Monday January 19th along with winners from each giveaway in the giveaway-a-day sequence.
note: each giveaway must be entered separately.

Good Luck and Thank You Pangea Organics!
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