Laser Engraved Wooden Skate Decks by Magnetic Kitchen

Have you ever tried skate boarding? I cruised around a bit in high school but never got close to being good at it, painting boards for friends and school art shows more than actually riding them. Twenty years later I still have a soft spot for skateboards so when I saw these laser engraved hardwood maple ones by Brooklyn’s Magnetic Kitchen I was blown away.

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Magnetic Kitchen is a small design company specializing in laser cutting and engraving, but skateboards are a fairly new medium for them. Through Kickstarter they managed to earn enough backers to get their boards into production and are now selling the decks for just $80. The company also invites people to design their own laser engraved decks.

I’m drawn to the Kanagawa board most. How about you?

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I Survived My First Winter in Portland!

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I survived my first winter in Portland and I have to say it was not all the rain and gloom it was chalked up to be. I’ve heard from locals that this last year has been unseasonably sunny and dry, which either means we got lucky or people are hiding the true loveliness of Portland to discourage more people from moving here.

Coming from the Bay Area where seasons are mostly non-existent, it was lovely to have a real summer filled with heat and consistent days of sunshine. Living farther north also means at the height of the summer it’s still light out at 10pm–perfect for dinner outdoors! There were a good couple weeks when the heat hit the mid-90s, but most of the time it was in the 80s.

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The plethora of colors that hit with autumn amazed me. It was a slow change from hot to ideal sweater weather and I was surprised at how much sunshine remained.

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Once winter actually hit, I felt so fulfilled by the full summer and beautiful fall that I was ready for the cold and gray. I quickly learned that when the weather calls for cloudy skies, you typically get some nice patches of blue as well. While some days got as cold as nine degrees, most of the time it was in the 30s during the day.

We had two snow storms, one brief stint in late fall and the other in January which lasted for days and provided some great sledding opportunities!

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The rainy season is around the corner and I’m nearing my super pregnant “no flying allowed” time, so I’m curious to see how I’ll cope as a California girl. Sometimes I dream of the beaches and sunsets on the California coast, but overall I’m pleasantly surprised by the seasons here.

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A Girl & Her Dog

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Some of the sweetest moments we’ve had with Violet was seeing her love for our dog, Oakley. Oakley passed away in December and there are few days that go by when she doesn’t ask where Oakley is or talk about playing with her. It’s endearing how connected pets and children can be.

Photographer Rebecca Leimbach captured this connection between her daughter, Harper, and their English bulldog, Lola, in these wonderful photos. One of the most touching aspects of their story is that Rebecca struggled to conceive and once she had Harper she worried about her not having a sibling to bond and play with. That role was filled by Lola.

To read more of their story, go to Today!

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Looking at these gorgeous shots makes me want to run out and get another dog for Violet!

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Brothers & Sisters Lookbook by Zara Kids

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Zara just released this adorable lookbook called “Brothers & Sisters” which features the kids of three great bloggers, OhJoy, pinksugarland and Mokkasin. The textiles and prints are great, as is the photography and styling, but what gets me the most is seeing all the adorable pictures of brothers and sisters. With my due date fast approaching, pictures of siblings together–especially two girls–melts my heart. As one of six kids and the older sister to three other girls, I cherish my relationships with my siblings and I know Violet will too.

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Children’s Eyeworks & the Importance of Sunglasses

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Sunglasses may seem like a novelty for babies and small kids, but they’re actually quite important. As my friend Divina–owner of the wonderful Children’s Eyeworks and mother of two–pointed out to me, children have more sensitive eyes than adults do and spend more time outdoors, so sun protection is a must.

Last summer Divina invited us to do a photoshoot for her new selection of eyewear and I was instantly impressed with how wearable and adorable her selection is. Unlike most cheap store lines, her sunnies stay on well, are made of lasting high quality frames and have 100% UV protection. When you think of how much sun damage is done in the first 18 years of life, you realize the importance of protecting our kids’ little peepers! Check out her online store and blog at childrenseyeworks.com.

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(All images belong to Children’s Eyeworks.)

 

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