Wednesday, September 3, 2014

monkey business!

September's here, and with it comes new classmates and birthday party invitations! We're bananas about this brand new printable collection in our shop... introducing our Monkey Party Collection! This is so much fun for safari-themed parties or baby showers! We've included oodles of extras with this set, including cute monkey ear party hats, photo props, gift favor tags, and so much more! Below, you can see it in Pool Blue and Lemon Yellow. The collection will also be available in Blush Pink and Lemon later this month, so stay tuned!

In our next post, we'll also reveal the matching scratch-off cards that go with this collection. Enjoy!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Inklings on Food52!

The future looks yummy!

Earlier this month, we were surprised and delighted when Food52 contacted us about our Scratch-off Lunchbox Notes. Food52 is the highly acclaimed site that is packed with incredible recipes, aspirational food photography, and a vibrant community of cooks, chefs, and foodies.

Their beautiful shop, Provisions by Food52, launched last year and has been featured by Design Sponge, Bon Appétit, Fast Company, Dwell, Cool Hunting, and more. Pretty much all of my favorite websites are talking about this place. Featuring a highly curated collection of beautiful home and kitchen goods, the team at Provisions seems as obsessed with the details as we are.

We're delighted to share that today, our notes launched as part of their Back to School Collection! You can see our notes here.

In the interest of full disclosure, I do not claim to be a good cook. I often joke that my creativity ends when I enter the kitchen. If it's on paper, I can create anything and it turns out. But somehow, I enter the kitchen and my mind is blocked. How lovely then, that there is still a place for my little creations in the kitchen. I will not however vouch for how they taste. Nevertheless, all of us at Inklings are tickled to be part of this wonderful community.

Food52, thanks for the love! We can't wait for what's in store. Or in kitchen.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Princess Party Collection!

Calling all royalty... our Princess Party Collection, as featured on Kara's Party Ideas, is now up in the shop! This printable collection offers a fresh take on this classic party theme, with clean lines, crowns, cameos, castles, and our oh-so-sweet Champagne Pink and Gold Glitter combination that we're loving so much right now!

For an extra special touch, we can also customize this collection with a custom cameo of your princess or prince (upgrade required). Just send us a profile photo of the guest of honor, and we'll illustrate his or her likeness and customize this collection so it becomes a special keepsake! 

Above are some examples of custom cameos we've done with this collection so far. "Prince Curtis" hosted a Royal Prince Bash, with a winning color combination of our Jeweler Blue and Gold!

But before you can have a party, you need some royal guests! We're pleased to share that due to popular demand we will soon be offering customizable invitations (sold separately) to go with some of our best selling collections including this one! These invitations will be offered as instant downloads. Just open in Adobe Acrobat Reader, highlight the text, type in your own words, and print!

We hope you love this new collection as much as we do!


Monday, August 4, 2014

Inklings + Freshly Picked Giveaway!

It's giveaway time!

We're so excited to be teaming up with Freshly Picked for this awesome giveaway, valued at over $100! One lucky winner will receive a pair of Freshly Picked baby moccs in the color and size of their choice ($60 value) as well as a customized 120-card Inklings Quote Keeper ($45 value) in any combination of our seven adorable colors.

No purchase is necessary to participate. The winner cannot have won a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins within the last 60 days.

Enter below, and good luck!

P.S. If you haven't done so already, check out our Freshly Picked Moccasins review here.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Product Review: Freshly Picked

Introducing Freshly Picked!
If you're not familiar with Susan Petersen of Freshly Picked, get ready to meet an incredible force of nature! Susan is the hard-working mama and entrepreneur behind the brand Freshly Picked who started making baby moccasins in 2009. When I saw her on Shark Tank earlier this year, her story immediately resonated with me. She worked at her kitchen table, she persisted, she hustled, and she grew her business from its humble beginnings to what is now an extremely successful and focused brand and line of products that people have come to know and love... myself included!

Earlier this spring, I was so honored to be asked to review these beautiful moccs. In full disclosure, I did receive a complimentary pair of moccasins to test for the review, but was not compensated in any other way to write this post. All of the opinions expressed below are mine. And Ethan's, too. After all, he's the one who's worn these around the clock for the past two months! ;-)

Be sure to scroll down to the bottom for giveaway details ... one lucky reader will win a FREE pair of moccs in the color and size of their choice! Our "Inklings + Freshly Picked" Giveaway will launch this Friday, so stay tuned for more details!

Review Time!
Our one-year-old was pleased to volunteer his services by wearing a pair of Freshly Picked soft-soled moccasins, and after two months of good old-fashioned wear-and-tear I'm writing this review.

The moccs arrived in the cutest little reusable drawstring bag, complete with a button. I love me some green, eco-friendly packaging that you can re-use:

Elastic Openings
If you're like me, one of the most stressful experiences with young kids is simply getting them out the door. These soft-soled leather moccs feature a unique elastic opening which allows you to simply stretch the shoe opening to slip it on those chubby bare feet easily, which makes leaving the house just a little easier. Better yet, they give a nice snug fit around the ankle that keeps the shoe on when you're out and about with your babe, and the elastic is concealed by leather so there are no rough or exposed edges. They're easy to take off as well. The other day, we got home really late after a week at the cottage. I transferred Ethan to bed, praying that he wouldn't wake up. I was able to slip these off his feet without him waking. Win!

Cute Factor
Maybe this shouldn't be a category, but let me put it this way: every time we go out in these shoes, someone stops to comment on how cute they are. Every. Single. Time. Now Ethan is a second child, which means that most of the clothes he wears are hand-me-downs or mismatched outfits. Fair enough. But with shoes this cute, what does it matter? No-one notices that the pants he's wearing are actually PJ bottoms, or that his onesie is tighter than Beyoncé's body suit in the "Single Ladies" music video. Over time, the fringe has started to curl up a little, which just makes them even more cute in my books... and the soles of the shoes feature a unique FP stamped imprint to show that they're the real thing. These shoes are available in a host of cute colors, including their Neon Pink and Heirloom moccs (cream with gold dots). Gah!

The moccs are made from 100% genuine leather, which makes them super soft and durable. As I write this, we've used ours for over two months, and they're holding up beautifully. The color is vivid, aside from a few little scuff marks due to our turbo-crawler dragging his feet across the floor. In the past, we've gone through shoes in a matter of months in our household with two busy boys, so the prospect of having one of our littles actually outgrow a pair of shoes before they break down to a pile of rubber and fabric in our front entryway is attractive.

Made in the USA
Each item that Freshly Picked sells is made in the USA. As an American made company ourselves that is focused on building and supporting our local economy, this is something that I really appreciate.

Now let's talk money. These moccs are unapologetically priced at $60. At first, I felt that this was a little steep for a pair of baby shoes (heck, that's more than I typically spend on my own shoes) but here's the thing: these are a premium product. The materials are beautiful, they're made with care, and they're built to last. And one of the intangible benefits that I'm looking forward to is the footprint wear pattern that others report seeing on the bottoms of the soles after many months of use. We haven't been wearing them long enough to see an imprint, but once our little guy starts walking more I'm sure we'll see it. What a cute way to capture your little one's tiny footprint for years to come!

If you're frugal like me, consider ordering a size larger to get a longer use out of a single pair. I ordered their limted edition Aruba moccs one size larger than our little guy's current foot size (he's 14 months, and I ordered a size 5). While they're just a little loose on him, they do stay on well with the elastic closure. This way, I'll (hopefully) get a good deal of use out of them depending on how fast those toes grow!

Wrapping Up
Would I recommend these for a friend? Absolutely. Would I buy them for a friend? Yes, if I really, really love her. Would I like them in my size? Heck, yes. But I don't think they'd look quite as cute on my size 9 monster feet. ;-)

Want a free pair for yourself?
This FRIDAY we're hosting a giveaway valued at over $100! Win a free pair of Freshly Picked moccasins (view all available colors here) in the color and size of your choice, and a custom Inklings Quote Keeper filled with 120 cards in any combination of colors from our shop! See the sneak peek below. More details are to come, so be sure to follow our Instagram feed and our Facebook page to get a jump start on the giveaway:

Wishing you happy little ones with happy feet,

Disclosure: I did receive a complimentary pair of moccasins to test for the review, but was not compensated in any other way to write this post. All of the opinions expressed above are mine. And Ethan's, too. After all, he's the one who's worn these around the clock for the past two months! ;-)

Thursday, May 15, 2014

ethan's first birthday party!

Dear Ethan,

You're one! Getting to know you this past year has brought me the greatest joy, so I thought I'd write this little post to you. 

A little about you right now: You love your big brother, and you love to drum. The other day, the dryer was going and thumping out a beat. I turned to see you bopping in time. Every time music plays (or any type of beat, for that matter), you bop your head and move around and bring smiles to everyone nearby. So it's pretty appropriate that most of the gifts you received for your birthday were musical. You pound those drums with the biggest, most toothy smile!

You hardly ever cry. Except when you're hangry, or when a tooth is bothering you. And you drool. Boy, can you ever drool. So we keep these fabulous little BibbyBubby bandana bibs on hand, and pretty much soak through five bibs a day. We do loads of laundry just for bibs these days. 

You're not too mobile yet, and up until this point you've just been pretty content to let the action come to you. And believe me, there's a lot of that around our house. So you roll places, and usually find yourself in sticky situations. 

Your nicknames right now are Monchichi, Loverton, Lovenut, Droolerson, and E-fin (thanks to your big brother).

This weekend was Mother's Day, but we also celebrated your birthday with family members and a few close friends. It was a fun, beautiful, simple day and you were surrounded with those who love you most. You attacked the cake with enthusiasm, and enjoyed opening gifts with the assistance of your big bro. Here are some snapshots from the day.

My hope and prayer for you? That you will grow up to love and honor God with your life. That you will love others genuinely, and with a servant's heart. That a deep and lasting friendship will form between you and your big brother. That you will discover your true passion, and that you'll find satisfaction in it. You know... little things like that.

Love you to the moon and back!


Noisemakers by Oh Joy from Target. Printable cupcake toppers by Inklings Paperie.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Party Inspiration: Gold Wedding and Party Ideas

Oh, how we're loving gold this season! With gold, you can lean towards the luxury and 1920's feel of a Great Gatsby themed wedding, or you could go with a more whimsical Kate Spade bridal theme with a gold polka-dot motif. Either way, you can't go wrong!

We've gathered some fun ideas to get you started. Don't miss the links and image credits at the very bottom! 

1. Dress up a classic white balloon with gold foil paint! This gold-dipped effect is so sweet. We think that gold polka-dots would be adorable too!

2. Add some sparkle with a gold tassel garland! DIY, or find one on Etsy to complete your gold wedding decor. For the more ambitious, this gold sequined backdrop by Oh Happy Day would be absolutely fabulous. (Click on the image for DIY instructions to get this look!). Get the look in a more simplified way with a circle garland  (bottom)

3. The cascading polka-dots on this cake by Bobbette & Belle make it a work of art! What a perfect centerpiece for any gold themed wedding or special event.

4. We're loving these gold heels, and of course the Kate Spade watch.

5. Need a place to hold all your Great Gatsby wedding ideas? Plan your with style by using these sweet folders and planner by Kate Spade.

6. You can invest in special serving pieces that will become keepsakes, or opt for pretty paper placemats or coasters that will dress up your table on a budget! 

7. Have a little fun! We designed these glamorous gold foil scratch-off cards for an easy, chic party game. Perfect if your looking gold wedding ideas, bachelorette ideas, or just want to have an entertaining evening with friends. Each set of 12 cards comes with a single winning card, but they're so pretty that everyone will feel like a winner!

8. We love these gold swizzle sticks so much! Bring a bit of the exotic to your art deco party theme, or use them for a children's party as stir-sticks or cupcake toppers.

9. Glittery monograms... what's not to like? We think this would be a great keepsake for the guest of honor after the party or gold wedding shower! Make one yourself, or find one on Etsy.

10. Include these sweet little enclosure cards with favors to thank guests! Use gold polka-dot washi tape to seal the envelope for a cute finishing touch! 

1. DIY gold-painted balloon by The Hen Planner
2. Tassel Garland by StudioMucci; Gold DIY Sequin Backdrop by Oh Happy Day; Gold circles garland by TransparentEs Decor on Etsy
3. Cake by Bobbette & Belle
4. Glitter heels photo by Living Pierside; Gold watch by Kate Spade
5. Gold folders and planner by Kate Spade
6. Gold champagne glass; Gold Zag Tray by Up In The Air Somewhere on Etsy; Gold confetti coasters by Kate Spade; Gold straws by FancyThatLoved on Etsy
7. Gold foil scratch-off cards by Inklings Paperie on Etsy
8. Gold animal swizzle sticks from Babble
9. Glittery monogram by Laura Drayton Creative on Etsy
10. Enclosure cards by Kate Spade; Gold washi tape by Paper Source