em approved // gifts for two and a half year olds

em approved // gifts for 2.5 year olds

Here’s what Em loved when she was two and a half years old. She also loved a few big things like her trampoline but these are smaller items that are priced nicely for gift giving.

Doctor Set – This is a great set with lots of fun things inside.

Matching Game – There are many versions of this game. For boys, I like gifting the superhero set.

Storybook Collection Books – We got this book on our second trip to Disney. I fell in love with the vintage graphics. It’s a beautiful, thick book with gilded pages and it contains seventeen short stories. Again, there are many versions including a Christmas edition and a superhero version.

Puzzles – Four wooden puzzles are included in this set and they are all contained in a divided wooden box.

Look and Find Books – Em loves seek and find books. This is her absolute favorite. At two and a half years old, I think she read it daily.

recent work // moving announcements – house no. 48

house illustration // no. 48

Here’s one of the latest custom moving announcements we illustrated + letterpress printed. A gorgeous house nestled in lovely lush flora + foliage.

Congratulations on your beautiful new home F family!

iphone 5 cases

iphone 5 cases

If we’re friends on Facebook, then you saw that I just got a new phone [whoo hoo! :] Now, I’m on the hunt for a case that won’t cover up the lovely gold. Here’s what I narrowed it down to. A bumper, a clear case with hand painted flowers, a bumper with clear back and a mock case by the same company that my last case came from.

Do you have any other contenders I should add to my list?

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stitch fix

stitch fix

Have you heard of this? Stitch Fix. It’s a stylish personal shopping service. A few friends use it and love it. You sign up, fill out your profile including your style, size, lifestyle and budget and they send you a box full of hand selected goodies based on your style profile. You have three days to try on everything, and you pay for only what you want to keep. There is a $20 styling fee which goes towards the purchase of anything you like in your box. It’s free shipping both ways. Oh, and your box not only contains clothes, but accessories, too! This definitely sounds like something I could use!

If you want to sign up, I’d love for you to use my referral links above! Thanks!



We bought some new watercolors for Em today. She had been using a little kiddie set with a little cheap brush. We only had one brush and she wanted us to paint together as a family [aka at the same time]. Plus, she paints every single day. So after her dance class, we made a little pit stop at Jo-Ann’s. I didn’t intend to get watercolors too but these were so pretty! Bonus – a nice, new brush inside.


I also picked up a sketchbook filled with paper specifically for watercolors. We spent much of the afternoon watercoloring together.


Here’s the first one we completed. The colors are so vivid. Love.

austin // easy tiger + kung fu saloon

Friday evening, we ventured out to check off Easy Tiger from our Ultimate Austin List. I first discovered the bake shop + beer garden when their website design made the rounds online. Not a huge menu, but what we got was really good – smoked pastrami sandwich, baguette and butter, charred okra and pain au chocolat.

easy tiger

Afterwards, we had a little more time to pass otherwise we would have been caught in the heading-home-traffic that’s brutal in Austin. So, we went to Kung Fu Saloon.

kung fu saloon

Kung fu saloon? Fourteen vintage arcade games + a full bar.

kung fu saloon

My favorite are the vintage skee ball machines. And they are free!

kung fu saloon

How was your weekend?

j.crew maternity

jcrew maternity

I can hardly believe it! J.Crew is now offering maternity clothes! Back when I was eight months pregnant, my love for J.Crew really started. Being petite and pregnant, it was one of the few places that I could find clothes to fit. Back then I thought, wouldn’t it be great if they actually had a maternity line? Three years later, it’s here. Although it looks to be only pants now, I hope it’s going to bloom into a full line for baby bumps.

in the clouds


I was clearing out pics on my phone and came across a couple dozen beautiful cloud pictures that I took within the last week or so. I thought they were too pretty not to post!

This may seem a little strange. Especially for those of you who see clouds everyday. However, here in Austin, most days the skies are clear blue. Clouds are nearly as rare as the rain we get.

My favorite is the big rain cloud in the middle. What’s yours?