So excited to share…The Tiny Company! My sister just launched the cutest curated shop for little ones. So many great brands, like Faas Designs, Anamalz, and Twig Creative. There are even some handmade goods that were just listed today! Of course I had a blast designing the branding and couldn’t wait to blog about it. When she first told me about the idea, my head was spinning with ideas! Her mission is to bring those big city brands to smaller towns offering local pickup as well as online ordering. So head on over you have to check out the shop…and be sure to follow on instagram and facebook for giveaways + promotions!

Obsessed with this plywood bed! I think my favorite part is the storage and it’s on wheels! I’m always looking for fun ways to improve my home, especially our boys’ rooms. Those little details are what makes it functional and stand out. Proud of your little one’s space? Submit it here for a chance to be featured! photo by Kira Brandt
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Obsessed with this plywood bed! I think my favorite part is the storage and it’s on wheels! I’m always looking for fun ways to improve my home, especially our boys’ rooms. Those little details are what makes it functional and stand out. Proud of your little one’s space? Submit it here for a chance to be featured!
photo by Kira Brandt

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See all the little spaces that have previously been featured on Little Frills.

3/12

Jaxon: Napping with daddy.
Casen: Pretending to be Hulk.

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There are always yearly photo challenges happening…lots of my mom friends are participating in the 52 week project where you take a photo each week of their little one for the whole year. I think that is a little ambitious for me being I am no longer a wahm. So I am challenging myself to 12…once a month, a photo of my boys. See the whole project here.

23 months old.

No way! yep, Casen’s new favorite thing to say. So ironically perfect start to this post. I can’t believe our baby is almost two!

Hands down best eater in the house! Seriously can’t stuff enough in his mouth at once. I don’t even think he chews. Always stealing his brother’s food when he’s not looking. Into dipping. Not just food, always getting those little hands into everything, even the toilet. Which by the way I am not ready for potty training yet…aghh!

Still a fan of Mickey, his blankie, shoes and Buzz. Currently has been sleeping in his crib transformed big boy bed for a few weeks now. Doing well, aside from a few night terrors here and there that make mommy and daddy walking zombies.

Our Casen Blake is wild, happy, fearless and lovable. He might give you a kiss every once in a while. More of a hugger. He quite possibly is going to grow up to look just like his dad, but I’m totally fine with that. Beyond blessed.

TOYS FROM GRANDMA: I remember playing with this Fisher Price crazy combo horn when I was a kid. Of course when I saw it the last time we visited my Gran I knew that my music loving boys would be tootin’ and whistlin’ for hours. Ha! This one is from the 80’s…with no missing parts and sweet blue case.

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See my Gran’s other incredible thrift store finds and toy treasures here.

PINNED! Head on over to Pinterest to see some of my latest pins.

+ dreaming of this space by Tribe
+ toy slingshot that won’t hurt a fly
+ loving all Rachel Castle’s work
+ monster prints…in the shop!

I seriously still can’t get enough of little Mayhem! If you haven’t seen this girl and her momma at work you are missing out. Together they make dresses out of paper, recycled materials and clear packing tape. This was the first dress she made all on her own. Now they are getting inspired by Disney, Project Runway and award shows, making replica gowns. I mean!

She reminds me of myself. In college I wanted the general public to become educated about graphic design, so for my senior thesis I had a fashion show. I screen printed fabric that was filled with information, shapes and typography. I sewed them into garments that my friends wore in the show.

Three year old, Mayhem is going places, giving those top fashion designers a run for their money. I can’t seem to pick a fave!

To see more of her masterpieces and a behind the scenes of the two at work in their ‘studio’, follow @2sisters_angie or read more about them on Babble’s Meet Mayhem: The Most Fashion-Forward Toddler on Instagram.

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Read about other mother-daughter collaborations here + here!

NEW FRILLS! I just listed these geometric birth announcements in the shop…available for baby boy or baby girl. Interesting play with triangles, features a black + white photograph, the details of the birth…date, weight and length, baby’s name as well as the proud parents. Perfect way to introduce your new baby into the world!

Look for the entire little frills collection in the shop soon…working on making it easier for you to shop all in one place! Meanwhile have a look at FRILLS PAPER + GOODS to see recent features + some example of custom work.

I love your blog. What kind of camera do you use? I'm about to have my first baby and I do not have a great camera for the digital baby book I have started on tumblr. Also any tips you have on taking your indoor pics would be awesome. I have been trying to take pictures of the nursery and I can't get the lighting right. Your pics belong in a magazine!!! — Asked by happycrossings

Thank you! I use a Canon Rebel T3, it’s pretty beat up. I push it to it’s limit. I studied photography in college so I’m partial to using just manual settings and natural lighting….it is the best way to capture exactly what you see. Sounds nerdy but over time I have discovered what times of day the light comes in all the rooms of my home. So when I am photographing an new item for my shop that usually happens around 2:30 in the afternoon on a weekend…haha!

You don’t have to have an awesome camera to take great photos, it’s about finding the right light, creating a composition and changing your perspective…even if that means you are standing on top of a piles of books or laying sideways on the floor. After you get the basics down you’ll begin to style your photos, add props on the fly and even push around furniture. Check out the ‘little spaces’ category on my blog for some inspiration!

Good luck and thank you for following!
xo
Laura

2/12

Jaxon: A little Mr. Bubbles overdose at bath time.
Casen: Relaxing in his fave spot on the couch after he snagged my beanie.

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There are always yearly photo challenges happening…lots of my mom friends are participating in the 52 week project where you take a photo each week of their little one for the whole year. I think that is a little ambitious for me being I am no longer a wahm. So I am challenging myself to 12…once a month, a photo of my boys. See the whole project here.

22 months old.

In two months Case will be two! Ahhh…too many twos! He is getting so big, I feel like he is catching up with his brother. Into jumping, running around the house and climbing, always makes his way up on top of the kitchen island. Likes to eat…anything, even cleans up after Jax and even me sometimes. Sits in his favorite spot on the couch every morning to watch some toons. Mickey obsessed. But he likes Buzz, says ‘Bazz to Restwoo’ haha! He also likes to ROAR, he pretends he’s a dinosaur or a monster, or Hulk. We tried to count how many words he can say, think its around 25! So smart. He knows how to buckle in his high chair all by himself. Destructive little dude, he destroyed a balsa wood airplane in ten seconds. Bent two forks last week at dinner. I’m definitely in for it. He’s Daddy’s boy for sure! Still my baby forever though…little thumb sucker.

MUST HAVE TEES: I’m always on the hunt for the perfect tee for my little ones. My four year old is into dressing himself and lately he has been pretty particular. Kids can wear tees all year round. Of course we are ready for some warm sunny days but for now we are layering with flannels and thermals. Here are some of my favorite well designed, super soft tees for boys and girls!

hello ladies + hola ladies tees from Prefresh / rad tee from Geo Fox Apparel / strawberry fields forever tee from Tribe is Alive / we’re all friends tee from Wildfox Couture / be brave tee from Elsage Designs / joker tee from Atsuyo Et Akiko / arrows tee from Hello Apparel / trust your guts from Ascot + Hart / kicked it in the sun tee from Tiny Whales

photo by Katie Stauffer

Oh hey CAMO! Freshly Picked is killing it you guys! This is their newest signature moccasin…just came out today. It’s the first print made especially for Freshly Picked, on the softest suede.

Susan Petersen is the hardworking mom behind this brilliant business. She was recently the winner of Shark Tank, so excited to see her business grow. Read more about Susan and how she started her business here. And go get your little ones some FP moccs! Getting ready to place my order…loyal fan over here!

Head on over to Small Fry blog, they are giving away 4 pairs!

So stoked….Jax’s camp out birthday is featured on 100 Layer Cakelet today! Head on over to their blog and see how we camp out!

So stoked….Jax’s camp out birthday is featured on 100 Layer Cakelet today! Head on over to their blog and see how we camp out!

Ta-da! Finally figured out what Jax’s valentines were going to be this year…Jacks! I mean I don’t know why it took me so long! And we may have stayed up a little late to finish them for his pals for preschool but he was into it. So pumped. He separated, counted, stuffed + wrote every single one. I sure did enjoy our team work and the conversations we had together. He was getting sleepy but so determined to finish. I noticed that he drew a really good heart on one, I said ‘Jax, that heart is perfect!’ He put his hand on my chest and said, ‘I preciate you.’ Ahhh, my heart. I love this kid.

Happy Valentine’s Day! xoxo