December 17, 2013

I heart MacKenzie-Childs (thanks Kris Jenner)

I'm pretty sure my favorite thing about Keeping up with the Kardashians is Kris Jenner's kitchen, and really.. the entire house. And the one thing that stands out is all of the gorgeous MacKenzie-Childs that lady rocks. Tea pots, glassware, dinnerware, even Kris Jenner's floors are blessed with that classic black and white courtly checkered tile.



While Christmas shopping in Wellesley and stopping by Lux Bond & Green, I chatted up Nancy and she showed me so many gorgeous MacKenzie-Childs items. Alas, the JQ Lounge collection has started with a serving bowl and a utensil holder. Maybe if I become a successful momager I can compete with Kris Jenner's collection.. but I'm more then happy with my two pieces right now!

Why didn't I register for MackKenzie-Childs instead of the wedding china we have never touched in 7 years!




What are some items/brands you collect?

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November 20, 2013

GoldieBlox - Engineering Toys for Girls

You've probably seen this shared on Facebook already thanks to a post on UPWORTHY, but the more viral it goes the better!



What an awesome ad for GlodieBlox -- which makes Engineering Toys for Girls. Its refreshing for something to go viral that is uplifting and encouraging in this day and age.

My daughter said 'Push button for more please!' about 30 times to watch this over and over again. And I was all for it.

Also? Having a 2 year old singing Beastie Boys around the house now is an added bonus.

If you could spare a second of your time (and you totally can if you still check out my blog after months of MIA) please vote for GoldieBlox to get an ad spot for the Super Bowl via the Intuit Small Business Big Game contest.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE! ::::::::: you don't need to sign up/sign in to anything, you just click vote and you are done.

Here is a blurb from the founder:


PS. you can get GoldieBlox on Amazon for all you crazy cats obsessed with Amazon Prime as I am!


August 26, 2013

Frank Webb's Bath Center Fenway Park Family Tour



A few days ago we were invited to check out Fenway Park for a family tour because Frank Webb's Bath Center recently installed some lovely family friendly restrooms to the historic ballpark. "Do they know I have a toddler?" was my initial response..

Babies are one thing, but toddlers? They are scary out in public. Don't let Lil C's cuteness fool you.. this chick already knows how to squiggle her way out of her strollers like Houdini.

Luckily my mom was around to help manage the children with me, so off we headed into Fenway!



"Out of all my years here at Fenway, this is the first tour that's factored around the bathrooms!" our guide chuckled.

Now, I can assume not everyone who reads the JQ Lounge is a Red Sox fan, but you can't not appreciate the beauty of Fenway Park and all of its rich history, being the oldest Major League Ballpark in use.


The three family restrooms provide an enhanced family and environmentally-friendly atmosphere. The restroom renovations are part of F.W. Webb ’s partnership renewal with the club and brands the Frank Webb’s Bath Center division as the official sponsor of family restrooms at Fenway Park.

The fixtures will also help conserve water, reduce energy use, and provide a cleaner, more sanitary bathroom for fans through hands-free operation

Red Sox fans will immediately notice upgrades made in the restrooms, including high efficiency toilets and hands-free faucets. Along with the state-of-the-art fixtures, new, vibrant framed photos of children and families at Fenway add ambiance to the restrooms. Plaques adorn each renovated restroom stating, “This Restroom Was Designed for Your Family by Frank Webb’s Bath Center.” The renovated restrooms are located at the Home Plate Grandstand, Gate E and the bleachers. And it also caters to physically challenged individuals as well, making it a pleasant trip to the ballpark for everyone.

It was such a nice day and we were treated to some lunch and goodies after the tour.

Oh, Wally.. such a charmer
Workin' the bat girl uniform!
Of course she smiles in pictures with everyone except MOM.
Proof that its not always rainbows and butterflies with a toddler. But that's what juice boxes and gold fish are for! 
Zaza was a huge help as usual. Thank you thank you. 
Thanks again to Frank Webb's Bath Center for a great afternoon and for making these improvements for a much more enjoyable experience at Fenway Park!! For more information about F.W. Webb, please visit their website at: http://www.frankwebb.com and their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/frankwebbs


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August 5, 2013

Little People Bunkbeds

Taking a couple minutes to figure out how to login to my blog = signs you are a wanker and don't blog anymore.

Let's not get emotional about that though, because I want to talk about bunk beds. My kids are not in the same room yet (it's coming!) and hopefully it'll be a couple more years til Royal wants to leave the blessed place that is a crib.. but if for any reason they need bunk beds, I am obsessed with this UK company, fun furniture collection (via LilSugar).

A few favs..

VW Camper ($1200)


Range Rover (though I would prefer the Land Rover Discovery version)

Double Decker Bus -- I hear Prince George is in the crib version..

These are so cute and yet semi claustrophobic. Oasis CD included!

Hopefully y'all are having a lovely summer! Catch up post is very necessary... 

May 2, 2013

Mother's Day Shopping & Gemvara Giveaway

Holy moly, its already May! Mother's Day is in less than 2 weeks.. start your shopping now so you don't scramble last minute. A few ideas.

Cards
Treat.com, I always rave about this site. These cards are the same price as you would find at Target or CVS.. plus you get to customize it. Moms lose their shit over pictures of their kids or grandkids in it. Trust me. Heck, I might even use these two happy people below in my treat card. BTW, is that a grandmother with a nose ring?


Again, the key is to order soon since you have to deal with shipping. Etsy is another place I always love for cute original cards. My mom doesn't watch Mad Med (I've told her many times she is missing out) or else that would have been 'the one'.
Arduosity "Mad Men Betty Draper inspired card", $5.25
HenPenDesigns, $4
JulieAnnArt, $4


Moms to little ones
Passes and Memberships!!! For real, nothing like being able to get out of the house and go explore to the kid friendly places around you.
Lil C enjoying a local farm and a local Miss Piggy
Whether its play gyms for tots, museums, farms, zoos.. its such a treat to get a yearly membership as a gift or even a few day passes. Most likely there are enough toys already in your house, these gifts do not take up any room thankfully!

Jewelry
We all know I love me some pretty jewelry! I was recently invited to a Mother's Day sneak peak for Gemvara.com and unfortunately my little guy wasn't feeling well the day of the event. That still didn't keep me from checking out all the pretty things on their website. For moms especially, Gemvara is great because all the fine high-quality jewelry is sold just the way you want it in your choice of gems and precious metals. I picked out the pretty 'Pure Pave Pendant' that included both Lil C & Royal's birthstones, and even got their names engraved on the back! I must say-- their customer service is outstanding. Always worth mentioning that when you come across it these days..

To get mom's present shipped in time, you can order online at Gemvara.com by midnight on Sunday, May 5th.

Gemvara would like to gift a lucky JQ Lounge reader with a $250 gift certificate! 

To enter, just leave a comment with what your dream piece from Gemvara would be. I'll pick a winner next Tuesday! 1 extra entry if you tweet it as well.

I wonder what these two knuckleheads are going to get me this year...
Tough Guy's reaction to this pic? "Out of all the things.. why the sailor suit?!"::::::: I think he looks dashing :)

Excited to see what Gemvara fabulousity you pick in the comments! Happy shopping!

UPDATE: Congrats Lara of Good Cook Doris for winning the giveaway! Just send me your email and I will get the Gemvara gift card out to you!

April 18, 2013

Boston


I packed up my little kiddos to go watch the Boston Marathon on Monday. We drove to Newton to meet up with some friends and walked to a nice little area to start cheering on runners.  The two hours I was there flew by chasing Lil C around, clapping for all the runners, feeding Royal under the hooter hider, all while tracking my friends who were running via the Boston Marathon iPhone app. I packed up the children and headed back home. No sooner than 5 minutes in my house did I get a frantic phone call from my mom "You didn't go to Boston did you to watch, did you?" "There was an explosion"

the day was cheerful and bright before the afternoon's tragic events
You just get that confused feeling deep in your gut. I got the same feeling that chilly Friday in December when I turned on the news after reading some confusing tweets about Newtown, CT.

An hour then flew by refreshing Facebook every 10 seconds to see if my friends updated their status to say they were safe. Not just the runners, but all their friends and family that were in town meeting them after the race. Freaking out at Instagram seeing a few friends who had posted pics near the finish line just an hour earlier.. Wondering if your friends who work downtown were in the office today, or if they had the day off.

You then start trying to figure it out in your head.. was it an electrical explosion? There has to be some reason for this. Its never a good sign when even the newscasters can't keep it together. And then there was the loop of video they kept showing over and over of the first explosion. Its hard to even type 'bomb'. Not in Boston. Not on Boylston. Not on Marathon Monday.

Its absolutely heartbreaking. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who was effected by this act of evil. It was such a beautiful day out and its so near and dear to people from all over the world to be able to go cheer on runners on Patriots Day. Most of these runners running for a cause.

There have been so many lovely blog posts and facebook posts about Boston that have made me smile and tear up and smile again. We may be Mass-holes, but we take care of our own.

I will hold my babies a little tighter after Monday's events.. but feel much better knowing there are so many kind people in this world, especially in this great American city.

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April 7, 2013

Lilly

Its funny, I didn't really appreciate my love for preppy until after my days as a sorority girl. I purchased my first Lilly Pulitzer dress years ago when Ruelala was a fun new website that had the ability to drain your 'secret' bank account.


After that, I was in love. From totes, notecards, to picture frames, iPad covers, to coffee mugs and beer koozies. Things were just more enjoyable when dipped in a Lilly pattern. Its bright, fun, youthful and cheery. It just makes me happy whenever I see it.

One of my favorite gifts for when Lil C was a lil baby
was a Lilly summer ensemble
Everything from the packaging to the little tags on the items inviting you in and telling you about how it all started with young girl and a juice stand, you feel like part of a secret club. And yes, I do feel an extra ounce of sass and confidence when rocking LP!
Sipping a tasty cocktail in Charleston, SC in my first Lilly dress.
Meeting Mayor Menino in Lilly. Holy short hair, Julie!


So a pink champagne toast with your pinkies out to Lilly Pulitzer..  thank you for making the world a brighter place.
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April 2, 2013

Oh.. I had a baby!

Meet Royal! That's his blog name for now because I'm crafty like that. He's now well over a month old and has been soaking up all of my free time (well.. him, Lil C, Tough Guy, Bravo television and twitter of course)

Lil C has been the most fabulous big sister and she takes her role very seriously. She loves to point out his eyes, nose and ears..  as well as trying to take over his bassinet, pacifier, and anything else newborn related. 

I also finally perfected how to cut her bangs perfectly.. many thanks to my Yiayia's advice of twisting it first and then cutting it so it falls messy but straight. 

If only Suri Cruise had Lil C's mom for hair and styling advice...


Excited to be back blogging. Cannot wait to share the adventures in parenting two little kiddos..

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January 27, 2013

Ocean Bump


If you've noticed, I rarely take pictures of myself (or have them taken of me) during the last month(s) of pregnancy. Some friends are so good documenting it.. and they always look FAB! I just feel blah.. and its always the last few lbs are the killer ones for me: with this pregnancy its 23, 24 and 25.

But today I had such a nice time on the North Shore this afternoon celebrating my brother and his lovely fiance's upcoming nuptials and even snapped a couple ones since my car was parked to the most gorgeous view ever!


 The happy couple, MQ and Lexi!


So there you have it. Pregnant face and all! Alright little man, let's get going now :)


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January 25, 2013

Nesting + Etsy

Ohhhh, nesting! It sounds so relaxing and sweet. But when you have a toddler around, its not really nesting as its more constantly being on your (pregnant and tired) toes.


If I'm only going to get 4-5 hours sleep each night because said bump is taking over the house, at least the Internet has pinterest and etsy to keep this night owl company! While I've been blessed with the most amazing boys clothes from fantastic friends with baby boys, I've had to get a little shopping out of my system.. I mean, I'm still Julie from the block. Blonk.

I bought a few things for Lil C on etsy back when I was nesting with her- but it was mostly sweet little prints for her nursery. This time around, I was craving Chevron. Lots. Of. Chevron.

Baby Boy Q update:  This guy is ready to arrive! Hit full term last week so who knows what will happen within the next couple weeks. Have already encountered a contraction (boy, have I missed those wonderful things!) but baby is still chilling.. my midwife thinks he'll be a little big bigger than his sister was, so remind me to pack a big fat bottle of white wine in my hospital bag for after.. kidding kidding. Because the sad thing is, I'd totally settle for a turkey sub instead at this point!

Getting back to etsy fabulousity, here are my a few of my favorites that I've purchased << also makes great gifts too! >>

Handmade Set of 3 Chevron Burp Cloths, via mimikinsboutique ($15)


Chevron Swaddler Baby Blanket, via lippybrand ($24)


Nursery Print, via mindyink ($15)


Baby Month Stickers-- Preppy Green Gators, via preppychick ($12)


But we can't forget our darling Miss C! Was so excited to find these little girl bows that are made in Lilly Pulitzer fabric! Perfect for spring. Check them out at looking4lilly ($4.95)

And since I was on an etsy spree, the last item was a cute adorable heart scarf at FashionScarvesforyou for the pregnant chick. ($9.95) Even though its destined to be covered up by newborn spit up in the near future.


 What's been your favorite Etsy purchase recently?

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