Obaby+

This post is brought to you by Obaby the iPhone and iPad app that celebrates early childhood. In honor of their Reveal Week, buy it in the App Store for only $.99!

Obaby AppDo you all use the app “Over” to write text on your photos? It’s a hugely popular app and the makers have done it again! They created Obaby (and Obaby+) specifically for expecting parents, new parents, and toddler-aged children. They have discounted the app to only $.99 and $9.99 respectively (normally $4.99 and $14.99) to celebrate their Reveal Week!

Check out what we’ve been Obaby-ing:
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☝A mom and Quinn date, a trip to the library with a best buddy, and Jude being sweet as can be.

Obaby has a huge collection of graphics to add to your photos for nearly every occasion. Baby’s firsts, the 1st and 2nd years, adoption, pregnancy, siblings, and darling borders and doodles, too.

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☝ Sparklers for the New Year, Cal and mom on the ferris wheel, Hayes first night in his big boy bed (yep, he didn’t climb out of his crib until nearly 4!)

We love printing our Instagrams in to books and one thing that we thought is so great about Obaby is that you are basically captioning your images to further remember the moment. And when you finally upload them to print, you don’t even need to write a caption necessarily.Obaby App

Sunny on the carousel, Dash and mom at the Grand America gardens.

Obaby will only have their app discounted for a short time, so don’t miss it!

Download it here.

Looking for our favorite apps for our kids? Read this post!

babushka doll valentines

Here’s another early-bird Valentine’s Day idea and if you’re lucky, free printable. Just kidding, of course there’s a free printable!
valentine babushka doll printables

It starts out as a Valentine’s Day card, but then when you take it home you can make it into a garland, too! You all know how we feel about a garland.

HOW TO MAKE THE CARD: All you need to do is print the download onto cardstock (in color) and cut out each babushka. Then take a separate piece of cardstock for the carrying envelope. We fold the bottom third up to create the front lip, then glue/tape/staple the sides to create your open envelope. Then cut out the included “I wish there were six of you” card and glue it onto the front lip.

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HOW TO MAKE THE GARLAND:

You can either sew over the tops of their heads or we used mini clothespins to attach them to twine.

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And let’s finish this one of with a little brotherly love. Awww!

 

valentine's babushka printable

 

The print above the Babushkas is available at Skoope Home. We’re digging so many of their prints. So fresh and so clean (clean). They have a special Valentine’s Day line up right now that is awesome, too! Here’s some of our regular favorites:

Skoope Home

 This Much Print // Calendars // Rainy Days Print

Small Fry Films : West Village Picnic

We are beyond excited to share this film with Gaby and Belle with you all today. Do you remember last year when we held a contest to gift a family in NYC a film by Jenner Brown? NYC is our #1 city for readership and we wanted to say thank you in a small way. We didn’t know that the strangers we chose would have such a clear vision for this film, and even a music track performed by Gaby to accompany it! Even more wonderfully, we didn’t know that these strangers would become dear friends. Gaby and Belle live in NYC with their two beautiful kids Biet and Lucien. Belle blogs at (the gorgeous!) Petite Biet and recently launched the killer-cool kids line Welkin NYC. Belle is such a beautiful writer, we’d love to have her introduce her family before debuting their film. Welcome, Belle!

“Gaby and I met 11 years ago in the Lower East Side. I had just moved to NYC from the West coast and had gotten a job in a little French cafe on Ludlow Street. The cafe had these huge windows that looked out onto the street, and when business was slow I would sit and drink hot chocolate and watch the city going by. Ludlow Street was really neighborhood-y then, and everyone knew and took care of everyone else, and by watching the people go by I began to learn all of the characters and people and families of the block. One of those characters was Gaby.

Gaby worked across the street at at a venue that had live music and poetry and comedy every night. He was an Argentinean who had moved to NYC a decade earlier from Israel (our family is a crazy mix of cultures!) and made his career in music. He and his coworkers used to come into the cafe for sandwiches before work, and me and my coworkers used to go listen to music at the venue after work, so, over time, we all became good friends.

— Gaby still tells the story about the first night we met: He was working with his friend Paul, and I walked in with my coworker after we had closed up the cafe and walked right up to them and introduced ourselves. We hung out all night listening to music and after my friend and I left, he turned to Paul and said “I’m gonna marry that girl one day.” Five years later, Paul married us. —

The longer I lived in the city, the more I experienced how everyone in the neighborhood, from the butcher to the deli guy to the waitress at the cafe (me) to the newspaper delivery guy, was a family of sorts. There are so many people in NYC with no roots or family close by, and over time they all band together and form an extended “family”, taking care of one another and growing together over the years, like you would expect of a small town. Its a really beautiful thing to experience and be a part of, and that’s what we wanted to convey with this film. You think of NYC as this big majestic metropolis, but it’s really a collection of small neighborhoods, like little villages.

Over time, Gaby and my friendship evolved from friends to best friends to boyfriend and girlfriend to, eventually, husband and wife. We were married in a park in the village, and all of our friends and people from the neighborhood came. Then we were blessed with a daughter, Biet, and a little less than two years later (just a few weeks before we filmed this!), a son, Lucien. Our community evolved and grew to include the West Village (where we shot the film) and now Brooklyn. It’s really important for us to teach our children the importance of growing your community, fostering relationships with friends and neighbors, supporting local businesses, and appreciating the history of the city. They don’t have any aunts, uncles, or grandparents here, but they have a loving family that we’ve built over time with friends and neighbors who love them dearly.”

This family loves their city, they love each other, and they are just salt of the Earth. We felt so fortunate to be able to meet them all! Follow along their NYC journey via Petite Biet and @augustabelle via Instagram. And of course check out their clothing line Welkin NYC!

Filmed by Jenner Brown of Lumineux.

Music Credit:”Todo Por Ti”

Gaby Savransky / vocals + guitar

Baba Z. Buerger / piano + bass

Shahar Mintz / guitar
Yuval Lion / drums + percussion
Alex Asher / trombone

naturebox giveaway! [closed]

Congratulations to Meaghan for winning this giveaway!

We have an awesome giveaway and a 50% off discount today sponsored by Naturebox! We’ve been Naturebox fans for more than a year now and to celebrate these healthy snack habits we are giving away a free YEAR of Naturebox subscriptions to one lucky reader!

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Here’s an example of what might come to your home for your Naturebox order (Fuji apple slices not pictured, as they were already eaten in about ten seconds):

Naturebox Snack Delivery

They send the perfect mix of savory and sweet options. All can be eaten straight out of the bag or added to meals. Granola and yogurt, sea-weed rice pops on top of a salad, really there’s no limit to what these bags can provide! We used them most recently in addition with healthy smoothies during a family-friendly cleanse earlier this month and they were a life-saver.

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A new feature they’ve added is their Snack Catalog, where you can go and actually select the snacks you want delivered for those who have more specific dietary preference, or simply know what your kids like to snack on (Fuji apple slices).

So let’s cut to the chase. How do you enter? Keep reading. If you aren’t the giveaway type,  Naturebox is offering 50% off your first box. (You’ve got to use this link to activate it.)

Head to Naturebox and pick your favorite snack and tell us in the comments.

For extra entries you can also follow Naturebox on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

If you’re feeling really motivated you can follow us as well!

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A winner will be announced January 29th and must have a shipping address in the United States. Good luck!!

midway ice castles

If you live near Midway Utah or Breckenridge Colorado or Lincoln New Hampshire, you are in for a real treat. Ice Castles is a man-made dream world and we took the boys to check it out! They’ve all been enjoying the movie and soundtrack to Frozen (who hasn’t?) so our trip was perfectly timed. We’ve got some tips we learned to make your experience even better, let’s go!Ice Castles

 

Wear boots. With so much foot traffic the ground is loose and you’ll find yourself stepping in foot deep snow at times!

 

 

Midway Ice Castles

Buy tickets in advance. The line to purchase is long, but there’s a separate line for people with pre-purchased tickets. It will save you a lot of time! Either way it’s worth the wait.

Midway Ice Castles

Ditch the stroller. There are narrow hallways, and lots of people around, and you’ll wish you didn’t have it. Bring a child carrier or enough arms to hold your non-walkers. Luckily, Midway’s has stroller parking at the entrance.

 

 

Midway Ice Castles

 

You’ll want to see the castles in perfect daylight and at night when they start lighting them from the inside with colored lights. Either get your hand stamped and come back, or go around sunset so you can get the best of both worlds. It was truly magical for every age!

Find out more about Ice Castles, purchase tickets, and see glorious photos all on their website here. If you’re going to Midway, check out our favorite spots from our Tiny Tour post here.

First photo credit Helen Richardson for the Denver Post, the rest are from our phones!