1st Birthday Paintings

We struggle with finding the right, cool art for our home that not only goes with our aesthetic/decor, but has meaning and isn’t $1M! Finding something we actually WANT to look at all the time that makes us happy for any particular reason. In our old house we were building our collection as we started to build our family so naturally we had a lot of walls to fill.

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Valentine Cards!

Just like our Christmas cards this past year, I am outsourcing our Valentine’s! We need easy-peesy. (Mama’s got a lot on her plate in 2019!) Actually, I typically try to do this every year. I find Valentines that the girls can help create, but make sure they aren’t going to take over our lives. A couple of times Ive made the mistake of falling in love with a design that I can’t talk myself out of while telling myself they will be easier than they look. Yet, there I am stressed and overwhelmed! Don’t get me wrong, they are usually worth the time and I end up loving them (like when we did THESE!). It’s just that some years there isn’t time for them to take up more of MY time than my daughters’! All that being said, we’ve been on the hunt for the right Valentines for Lucy and Greer these past few weeks. Here are some of our top picks (source links listed below):

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Storing Children's Art + School Work!

I used to be a saver. I saved evvvverything. After our recent move and reno, however, my perspective has completely changed. The moving and storing and sorting of all of this “stuff” created such a burden on us all. There are things my mom saved that I so appreciate. Heck, that is the reason Bitsy ever came to be! So recently there has become this fine line - we thin ourselves out from the things that we really dont need, but save (and use!) the things that bring us great joy. And maybe we can even incorporate those things into our home’s decor and our daily lives. Here’s my system…

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Bitsy's Valentine's Day Collection

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so of course we are already planning our girl’s outfits! We’ve also been gathering some sweet V-Day swag for your little ones as well. Check out our collection below PLUS a DISCOUNT CODE for you Bitsy followers ! How sweet is that?! More info below…

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Art Cart Organization!

Things were getting out of hand. Every time my girls wanted to color (not even take on a big art project) I was getting stressed. There was no system. And the clean up would be too much for us all. I already had the great coloring mat idea (you can find that here), but I needed a place for that to live along with all of their markers and other mediums. I was stressed, they were stressed and the worst part was that my kids didn’t have their creative outlet when they were home.

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La Coqueta Sale!

A sale from one of our most favorite brands - La Coqueta! Yes, please. Lucy and Greer wear a ton of La Coqueta for many reasons. The first reason being that the clothing is made SO well. It is true craftsmanship - something that we don’t see much of in these times. The other reason is that their styles are spot on - classic and easy to tailor to your own every day (or even special occasion) vibe.

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Faux Fur Jackets for the Littles!

One of my most favorite pieces in my closet for the past 2 years has been my faux fur jacket. I actually have a few, but the one that has the loudest style and is most obnoxious surprisingly wins as the one I wear the most! Dress it up or down. So, it was only natural that I went on a hunt for Lucy and Greer. Here are the 2 cutest, most fun, least expensive brands I settled on…

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Wall Pocket Folder

We are looking to help you get motivated in this New Year to get organized! As we get our house back in order from the pre-holiday construction and the holidays themselves we’ve been on an organizing rampage. It is my absolute favorite thing to do. I could walk around and organize (and I’ve become obsessed with purging and tossing lately!) for hours. I get lost in it and have to pull myself away!

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Bitsy Favorite for the Itsy...PEPPER KIDS!

Happy 2019!! We thought we’d start the New Year off with a stunner. PEPPER KIDS is a brand we mamas want to be wearing ourselves. Bitsy feels like we hit the jackpot by discovering them. Not only does PEPPER KIDS offer the cutest in children’s fashion (classic with a modern twist), but they also have an insanely reasonable price point that seriously cannot be beat. It is the perfect scenario for children’s fashion - dressing them as you wish without paying too much. PEPPER’S pieces adapt into many different looks - play clothes for school, dress clothes for special occasions and special activities and everyday rascality.

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Bitsy's Favorite Gifts from Christmas!

We were really picky with what we gave the girls this year for Christmas. After a year of purging, cleaning and renovating we felt that less really does mean more so we stuck to our guns and paired down their lists. Here is what Lucy + Greer told us are their favorite gifts from Christmas:

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Easy Gingerbread Houses

One of my most favorite memories from growing up is making Gingerbread Houses. I never understood why my mom never made them for us to decorate. Back then there weren’t kits available so making a Gingerbread House was a big commitment. So now that I’m a mom that has been through 7 holiday seasons - learning the chaos, lists, stress - I completely get why my mom never had a chance to Gingerbread House with us! I always decorated them in Brownie meetings or at a friends December birthday party so really there was no need.

Fast forward to now - I was bound and determined to find a way to do these with my girls without allowing them to create too much stress. While searching for easy DIY Gingerbread Houses I came across the idea to use Graham Crackers - genius! So with those as my base, I have slowly figured out a system over the past few years. After executing again this past weekend I think it really works! I’ve broken it down for you below with all of my resources.

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Santa Writes Back Kit

‘Tis the Season! What we love most about the holiday season is the little sprinklings throughout - baking gingerbread cookies and houses, decorating the tree, Elf on the Shelf shannagins, our girls decorating their mini trees for their rooms. We have a soft spot for a hand-written, snail-mailed letter as we shared in our Snail Mail post last March. So it is only fitting that we share this great little “Santa Writes Back Kit” creation by none other than Mr. Boddington’s Studio. There is still time (up until Dec. 15th!) to participate in this sweet idea. Something that can become a new tradition while keeping the old traditions alive.

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Elenfhant

We decided a while ago we want to gift the girls useful, simple presents this Holiday season. We have just spent almost 2 years of our lives packing, moving, sorting, moving again, purging, renovating, moving some more, renovating some more, purging, renovating. You get the idea. Through this we’ve realized that we have too much “stuff” and the burden of holding on to it seems ridiculous. Since we are about to embark on installing our family room area carpet (fingers crossed before Christmas!) we thought bean bags would be such a great addition to the room that we hang out in the most. So, the search began for the right bean bags.

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Harry Potter

We’ve recently started reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone with Lucy and Greer. It has been such a fun family experience to say the least. We snagged this illustrated copy of the book [ HARRY POTTER & THE SORCERER’S STONE ] from our local library in order to also engage Greer (age 4) and it has been such a special reading journey!

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Engineer Prints

It’s not a secret that our reno has been very challenging. But as we start to live in the fruits of our labor, there are pieces of the process that have changed me in such a positive way. These engineer prints that I posted on Instagram in the beginning stages of our renovation (moving day!) are one of those pieces.

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Dollhouses

Recently we posted on Instagram about the beautiful dollhouses created by Jackie Anderson of Sawdust Angel. Her recent stunning collab with one of our favorites, Hygge and West, to create tiny versions of real-life, decorated spaces in the dollhouse realm for their new book HYGGE & WEST HOME: DESIGN FOR A COZY LIFE completely inspired us. So we are sharing our dollhouse!

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Holiday Gift Guide

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Get ahead of the game and excited to make things easy on yourself by sorting through Bitsy’s Holiday Gift Guide below. Our favorite gifts this year are….

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Happy Halloween!

DIY Little Red Riding Hood + Goldilocks Costumes

This year Lucy and Greer picked their Halloween costumes on their own and truthfully at separate times (seriously, last spring!). Lucy told me she was thinking Little Red Riding Hood and Greer told me she was thinking Goldilocks

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Limitless

In honor of International Day of the Girl we’re sharing an incredible new book (officially available for purchase on November 6th - pre-order details below!). Leah Tinari is an artist with extroadinary talent. Her artwork is inspiring in-and-of itself, but when you partner it with a book to empower girls and women, it truly becomes electric.

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