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kristin
New York
Founder of Miniluu & Co-Founder of Manhattan-based family of four
Interests: The Mister, a little man named Max & a new little miss named Alexandria
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We got back from our trip last week. It was my first trip to Germany that lasted longer than a few days and did not involve morning sickness. So naturally it was the best visit yet. We had a wonderful time and some surprisingly beautiful weather, and we met our... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2013 at bonbonmini
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Summer is only 4 days old but already it's time clear stock and get ready for fall. This year we're jumping straight into the deeper discounts offering 25-50% off all spring/summer clothing. There are plenty of pretty little vacation pieces, so if you're getting ready to fill your suitcase stop... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2013 at bonbonmini
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These pictures are old...springtime old. The tulips have long since died off and conceded to red leaf begonias, and Max's flat silky curls have been replaced with chlorine-induced beach head. We are now frantically packing for a trip this Thursday to visit the mister's hometown in Germany. So very gone... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at bonbonmini
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For those of you who were eagerly awaiting this post, I'm sorry for the 7 day hiatus! Refining this post took a bit longer than anticipated... So without further ado, the following is a mix of techniques I've learned from Siegel & Hartzell's Parenting From the Inside Out, Jolette Jai,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2013 at bonbonmini
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The nature of this post is quite personal and like other such posts I pause before hitting "publish". I have not written about behavior or discipline issues in eons because it's been such a confusing struggle for us. But I recently turned a huge corner with Max and wanted to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2013 at bonbonmini
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The rough patch: Where oh where do I begin? One minute you were 3 and the next 3.5 going on 16. Somehow we got swept up in a whirlwind and only just recently did our feet touch the ground. Each tantrum seemed to build another wall between us. Until we... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2013 at bonbonmini
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First, the disclaimer...cloud dough is not for the faint of heart! In spite of placing it in two big bins on a a huge sheet, the dough ended up everywhere. But if you've got a good vacuum and don't mind flour-smeared little ones, it's a cheap and simple way for... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2013 at bonbonmini
Thank you!!! I think so too but I suppose I'm a bit biased...
Toggle Commented May 21, 2013 on dear alexandria [14 months old]... at bonbonmini
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Your nicknames...These days we call you sing sing. It all started with "Alsingla" which is what Max calls you because he can't quite say Alexandria. Now it just so happens that you love to sing the most lovely little tunes that are all your own, and sometimes you follow the... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2013 at bonbonmini
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Those of you who are paying super close attention might have caught on to the fact that this sale is coming a bit late. It was actually back in March that both my store and a certain beautiful little woman (with whom I've fallen head over heels in love) turned... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2013 at bonbonmini
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I did it! Two posts in one week. Haven't managed that in months. And the prize? Getting to share these easter photos before Christmas rolls around. (P.S. It's only April and I'm already getting daydreamy about this year's holidays. Is that weird?) There were easter festivities throughout the week followed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2013 at bonbonmini
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You know I never realized how hard it would be to keep up with the blog with 2 little ones...You're getting there too! Just three months to go ;)
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2013 on Pictures Nora took... at bonbonmini
Hi Rochelle, I wish I could give advice but we actually have the opposite problem. He likes to walk but he likes to sit and nap even more! We sometimes use a kick board on a bugaboo (which is kind of fun for bigger kids-- we used to call it his skateboard) but when he gets tired he is unhappy about having to stand. More and more he wants to walk and I'm okay with that except when I'm in a big rush. Then an argument usually ensues! Kristin
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2013 on Pictures Nora took... at bonbonmini
Hi Ana, I have two children and have used 7 different brands and types of slings, wraps, carriers and back carriers. I received tutorials from 4 different experts on how to properly wear children at different ages in both my slings and my wraps. At all stages I listen to my children when determining what to use because they have been very good at letting me know when they are uncomfortable. Both of my children protested vehemently at different ages and stages when placed in ring slings or wraps that were safely and properly adjusted. My daughter preferred the ring sling for the first 5 months and then she wanted the Bjorn or Ergo. My son preferred the Bjorn from day 1 and then our Kelty backpack. I'm sure all children are different but this is what mine prefer. As for hip problems...My son who was carried in a Bjorn exclusively from 0-12 months until we switched to the Kelty backpack never had hip problems. My daughter however who was sling carried exclusively for the first 5 months, with her legs and knees positioned in the manner you describe as ideal, did have hip problems. I then switched to the Bjorn and her hip joint alignment/dysplasia improved. Not to imply a causal relationship, but I wouldn't say that your advice there is completely sound. Hip dysplasia can be aggravated by positioning, but the actual cause of hip dysplasia is unknown. Also, all methods of carrying a child (including on your hip) put some degree of pressure on the crotch area. The only thing my children have protested however is pressure on their chest/abdomen and/or restriction of their arms. When choosing between a screaming squirmy unhappy baby or toddler in a sling or wrap (that a professional has shown me how to adjust) or a smiling happy little one in a Bjorn, I choose the latter. Based on my experience I've learned that it's important not to judge other moms for their choice of carriers or strollers, or any other choice for that matter. Not every family is exactly like yours and you never can know how much due diligence another parent has done. We all love our kids and are trying our very best! Kristin
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2013 on Pictures Nora took... at bonbonmini
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Most of these pictures were taken by Nora, my niece-in-law, a few weeks back while she was visiting over a break from school. We were stuck with a macro lens for the day but she made the best of it and got some amazing shots (mostly by running really far... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2013 at bonbonmini
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Max: "Yea, yea trying to take over my cutest in the family title. I know how you do..." Me: "Hold this pillow just like so...that way I can layer text over it later. K?" Max: "Whatever, mom! As long as you put marbles in my marble jar so I can... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2013 at bonbonmini
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When it comes to Valentine's day we are more homebodies than night on the town types. So a room full of balloons and flowers, heart shaped toast, bag full of dollar store treats and day packed with quality time was the perfect day for us. It was one of those... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2013 at bonbonmini
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After weeks and weeks of waiting and wishing for snow and only getting those "Oh it's snowing...wait no it's melting" snow flurries, the skies finally agreed to open up and dump 11.4 inches of snow on our fair city. So we grabbed our new sled Ferrari (thank you Nora, Savva... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2013 at bonbonmini
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Strong relationships take effort and time, and I'm learning that even between little people the rules are no different. In the last few weeks I've watched them grow closer as Max's respect for Alexandria grew. At first that respect seemed to appear out of thin air but then I realized... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2013 at bonbonmini
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[BTW Alexandria did not draw those scribbles in the top photo! Max and I did most of it and then she made some edits.] I've been meaning to give an update on our home-preschooling activities (which Max has named "acta-tivities") for a while. Last year about this time I noticed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2013 at bonbonmini
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When I think back over the past two years I've noticed that each time I had a stretch of writer's block, one of two things was to blame: upheaval of some sort, or a period of rapid personal growth. Luckily this time it's the latter. By day I am a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2013 at bonbonmini
I'm another lurker who visits all the time but almost never comments. I just wanted to add to the positive backlash against the negative comments on sponsored posts. #1 You are an inspiration to mothers around the globe (your style, humor and your willingness to put yourself out there post after post) #2 People should know by now that nice comments and page clicks are not all there is to blogging. Blogging is work and to not receive $ for your efforts would be unfair and not realistic so please don't let anyone intimidate you from incorporating sponsorships. #3 Like everything you post the watches were darn cool, James. So I don't know what all the fuss was about! I've been following bleubird for 2 years as a much newer mom myself I've learned so much from you and although we're the same age I think of you as big sister in that regard. So from the bottom of my heart THANK YOU! (and merry christmas!)
Toggle Commented Dec 27, 2012 on SOME THOUGHTS ON BLOGGING. at BLEUBIRD BLOG
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1. exploring presents for the first time 2. our Elf and it's shinanigans 3. stockings hung on the bookshelf with care 4. beautiful cousin Naia 5. hand painted ornaments 6. cookies from the most talented baking ladies I know 7. a pine branch moose 8. a baby who likes to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2012 at bonbonmini
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Hi Kris, You're right and we actually know a couple of people with strawberry allergies. They get a rash on the face. I think it's a reaction to the fungus that lives on the skin of the berries. I wasn't aware that it could cause anaphylactic symptoms as well, but that's good to know. It is probably best to avoid just in case!
Toggle Commented Dec 8, 2012 on Solids! at bonbonmini
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The scene: Little man is at soccer. Baby is snoring. Mom sits down to work and says "Hey wait...it's the perfect time for a quick post!" These days life seems to be whipping itself up into a frenzy around us, but in a good way. The tree is up, holiday... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2012 at bonbonmini
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