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26 Apr '16

Mother's Day Gift Guide - Ten Gifts That Will Make Her Feel Special

Posted by Annie Messing in Gift Guides

Over the years, Kari and I have received a whole variety of Mother's Day gifts. There's been books, perfume, clothing, fresh flowers...but certainly the most treasured gifts are the cards and drawings created by our children. I remember one particular year, I was visiting my sister in London and came back a few days after Mother's Day. Upon my arrival home, there was a whole display on the kitchen table of cards, drawings, and paper crafts that Fen and Di had made. Gosh, it's one of my favorite memories!

We put our heads together and compiled a list of unique gifts, all based on same/similar gifts we've received in the past. May you feel beautiful and well-loved this coming Mother's Day!


Ace & Jig Jumpsuit in Flare - Buttons down the front make it breastfeeding-friendly and the bright cheery textile means you'll feel pulled together without even trying! Available from Seedstore in mid-May.

B10 Bracelet by Sergio Gutierrez - Kari's husband gave her one a few years ago...and it's just exceptional! The bracelet's silky mesh-like pattern molds beautifully to the wrist and it's the perfect statement piece without being too showy.

The Count of Monte Cristo - If there's anything I wish I could do more of, it's to read! Even after a long day of caring for the children, it's always such as stress-reliever to lose oneself in a few chapters of a good book. This classic by Alexandre Dumas is one of Kari's all-time favorites!

Intelligentsia House Blend, Direct Trade, Whole Bean Coffee - Good coffee is never a bad gift - and Intelligentsia makes some of the best! Motherhood and caffeine - it's basically a given, right?

40 Blinks Sleep Mask - I use this eye mask when I travel and even at home if I'm taking a nap during the day...it's amazing! I know, it basically looks like a bra for your eyes, haha! The mask has a special contoured shape so there's no pressure on the eyes, allowing for higher quality rest.

Le Labo Rose Lotion - There's lotion - and then there's Le Labo. I've been using this lotion for five years and it's still a favorite. The scent is mildly floral, but also mysterious...and I just love that it lasts all day!

Framed Photo - For grandmothers, a framed photo of her grandkids is always a well-appreciated gift. I love the entire concept behind Framebridge - they make framing a piece of cake...and the prices are reasonable. Win-Win.

Holepunch Transport Tote - Kari and I both have totes like this one - it's the perfect everyday bag for all the mothering necessities...wallet, snacks, sunscreen, toys, books, baby wipes, diapers, etc. Stylish on the outside, answers to all life's little problems on the inside (wink). Every mother should have one!

Tatine Garden + Forest Infusion Candle - Ten years ago, I walked into Tatine Candles' now shuttered candle shop in Chicago and have been a loyal customer ever since! These candles make great gifts - they burn long and smell utterly amazing.

Ceramic Fish Gurgle Pitcher - Whimsically designed and yet quite functional, Kari and I think cheery red carafe is so fun. The pitcher makes a delightful gurgle when pouring - talk about a great conversation piece at the dinner table!



16 Apr '16

New Spring Toys Are Here!

Posted by Annie Messing in Behind the Scenes

This past weekend, Kari and I were in Los Angeles for The Shop Up. This is the second time we've done a pop-up event sponsored by Babyccino Kids. Chatting with vendor friends + customers, enjoying good food, and spending time together are all part of what makes these pop-ups a great experience. But what is most meaningful for Kari and I is seeing the sheer JOY on children's faces when they walk (or sometimes run!) up to our Brimful booth.

Kari and I spend so much time thinking through and studying the toys we pick out for the shop - the colors, the wood quality, the way a toy might roll across the floor - it all has to be "just right"! So after all that energy spent choosing what we hope is the best of the best - it is THRILLING to see a child's pure delight over a stacking toy or a book or a set of blocks.

We opened Brimful with the vision to making life more beautiful with the products from our shop - and this spring's new toys/books/accessories still encapsulate that vision. This new wooden pounding bench is a little different than other wooden benches - instead of pounding all the pegs through several holes, the pegs get pounded through one special hole that slowly pushes the rest out the side - it's really quite clever! In our book collection, we've added Little Honeybee, illustrated by Jane Ormes. The reader counts up to ten by lifting beautiful floral flaps, but there's also bees and other animals to count along the way too. Again - a really unique and special take on the typical counting book for babies.

All new spring products can be found here. We hope you love what you see!

17 Mar '16

Six Spring Greens for Baby!

Posted by Annie Messing
Nothing says SPRING like the fresh cheerful shade of grass green! Kari and I both personally LOVE this color...perhaps it's a happy side effect of our obsession with kale (wink).
Enjoy a few of our favorite spring greens for little ones in the links below! And in celebration of St. Patrick's Day, enjoy this free printable from the makers of Milestone Baby Cards.
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22 Feb '16

Eight Bunny-Themed Baby Gifts

Posted by Annie Messing

Spring doesn't officially start for another month, but it's obvious that this most colorful and fragrant season is already in the air. The hyacinth + tulips keep calling to me at the grocery store and my daffodils already have 4 inch leaves sticking out of the soil in the backyard.

Spring babies and bunny-inspired products go hand and hand, don't you agree? I myself had two spring babies and fondly remember cozy bunny patterned sleepers, tiny bunny slippers, and rabbit eared hoodies calling out to me whenever I went shopping. If only I had these eight adorable bunny-themed gifts to choose from back then!

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29 Jan '16

Three Picture Books for Little Kids

Posted by Annie Messing

When my four children are older and think back to the winter months of their childhood, I hope they will remember what great times we had snuggling up on the couch and reading books together. Over the years, I've found that I have a great passion for picture books - especially ones with intricate illustrations that can be looked at again and again.

I find that I search for picture books online more than anything else! Of course, buying them all wouldn't be very wise, so I'm grateful for the local library and the extensive network of other libraries in our city. Almost weekly, I place a hold for new picture books I've read about on blogs and then we excitedly pick them up a few days later. It's really a fun routine!

Here are three picture books we've been enjoying. All have a whimsical storyline that is relatable for toddlers and older kids. And most importantly - the pages of pictures are top notch, creative beyond belief! Enjoy.

Where is the Cake? by T.T. Khing is a picture book without words, following a group of animals as they adventure through woods, mountains, and waterways. Along the way, a cake gets stolen, and the reader must look for clues as to who took it.

The Bear's Song by Benjamin Chaud was such a hit in our house, we've renewed it three times from the library! The book is quite large, so the pictures of Papa Bear and his cub are easy to see. There's all sorts of details that are missed the first time around that makes the book a good one to reread again and again (as children love to do, of course!).

Mr. Postmouse's Rounds by author and illustrator Marianne Dubuc is the story of a postmouse, following him as he makes his daily mail deliveries. Each page is a new location with homes up in trees, underground, and even in the water! We liked Dubuc's creative style so much, we went and borrowed all her other available books at the library too! This is one that would make a delightful gift to a younger child, sure to be enjoyed for a very long time.


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