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My Kids: Personal Christmas Cards 2013

November 27th, 2013

Each year I always send out our family Christmas card and letter. It’s fun and all encompassing. This year however I thought it would be a fun project for the kids to create their own personal holiday card & notes and send them out. We’ve been working all afternoon using the photos that their Auntie Liz took while she was visiting this summer. (thank goodness for Photoshop to add text, and our home printer. We printed on 4×6 photo card paper)!! We were able to print a bunch and get going.

The kids sat with me at the computer and told me exactly what they wanted their cards to say, colors everything. I was the grunt worker.

Here’s some sneek peeks. I think it’s really so lovely to include them in sending out their own personal cards to loved ones. It makes me all warm inside to see their little lists made up of the names of their family and friends who they want to reach out to of their own accord. Worth every extra stamp!!

Watch for their love for you in the mail soon.

Alexa Ray Joel sings “Just the Way You Are”

September 16th, 2013

Back in 2007, I had the honour of interviewing Alexa Ray Joel for an exclusive Boutique Cafe podcast. I love Alexa’s voice and her music and have followed her career ever since. Now Alexa has beautifully reworked her Dad (Billy Joel’s) original hit “Just the Way You Are”, and also has teamed up with Gap for their “Back to Blue” campaign. Love you Alexa – Congratulations!! XO Daria

Snag Alexa’s gorgeous version of “Just the Way You Are” on iTunes here>>

Luv Chicken Booster Cushion

September 10th, 2013

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Check out this adorable and highly portable booster cushion from Luv Chicken! This mini booster is cute as can be, in wipeable and easy to clean vinyl. The bottom of each cushion is non-slip and there’s a handle to make it easy to carry, even your toddler can tote it along (and believe me they will want to). The soft and comfortable foam insert makes seating issues at restaurants a thing of the past, now your child can sit up at the table at the proper height. If your child is past the highchair phase, but not quite tall enough to join the family at the table, the Luv Chicken boosters will help include them in family mealtimes together.

I love the idea of taking a Luv Chicken cushion to the movies, no need to worry about all the germs on those hard plastic movie theatre boosters. Bring your own and skip the germ stress, plus lets face it these are WAY cuter and far more comfy! Mermaids, Cars, Circus, Playtime, Dinos, Pirates, you can find all these themes and more from Luv Chicken.

Luv Chicken offers two sizes of booster cushions – Original in 4” thickness and Mini in 3” thickness. For comfort and {Adorability}, we love the Luv Chicken product line and encourage you to give yourself a boost and check them out!

You can follow Luv Chicken on Twitter>>
And join their Facebook group here>>

Boutique Cafe {Daily Dish} Sample Disclosure: The opinions expressed above are honest, accurate, and not encouraged anyway by monetary donations. A sample free of charge was received from Celebrity Baby Trend Expert, Rachel Florio-Urso.

Mindy Gledhill’s Pockeful of Poetry

September 5th, 2013

Did you know that you can Pre-Order Mindy Gledhill’s new album Pocketful of Poetry on iTunes? I just did and I can’t wait for the full album to drop. {LOVE IT}

Sneek peeks of her new songs on Mindy’s youtube channel here>>

I MUST own this, take me to iTunes>>

Summer Lovin’ at Boutique Cafe

August 4th, 2013

Why Hello friends, I’m sure you’ve been wondering where I’ve toddled off to. It’s summer and I’ve been spending my days with my cute little kids enjoying the sunshine. We’ve been surfing in Tofino, swimming in our pool, I even hosted a wedding for a couple I’d never met before at my house overlooking the ocean. It’s been busy and wonderful all rolled into one. The truth is, that I miss you all though.

I’ve been trying to make some new plans for Boutique Cafe. When I started this website years and years ago my life was infinitely different, and so was the boutique community. I’m transitioning in my personal life, and am looking to transition Boutique Cafe along with me. I warmly welcome your advice and suggestions in this, after all we’ve been through alot together you and I over the years.

While I’m figuring that out I want to invite you to follow along at my Instagram feed, it’s a fun place where I regularly share the likes and loves in my everyday life. Daria – Instagram

I look forward to making some BIG CHANGES here very soon, let’s continue to be friends!

Boosting Your Child’s Communication Skills with Fiona Barry

June 19th, 2013

Top Tips for Boosting Your Child’s Communication Skills:

Bullets from Fiona Barry of www.talkingtipsforkids.com

I’m often asked for my ‘top tips’ for helping children’s speech and language skills. So here they are, my five Top Tips:

1. Tune In
You need to tune into your child’s level of communication, even from birth, so that you can act as a responsive conversation partner. Follow your child lead’s in play and conversations and you’ll get so much more from your interaction with them.

2. Speak Up
It’s time to add some language in. Talk about the here and now with young children, if you See It – Say It! Find as many times in the day when you can chat as possible. Talk about what you can see out of the car window, chat about the washing as you hang it up or comment on what your child’s doing as they play. Make time for talk.

3. Love Books, Love Learning
Nurture a love of reading in your child and you’ll set them up for being capable talkers, readers and writers as they grow up. To be able to read and write a child needs to be able to use and understand spoken language first. They also need to find reading and writing fun and exciting. You can make books the champion in the house instead of the TV or games console. Make book reading part of your family life.

4. Songs For Today, Words For Life
Singing songs and nursery rhymes with your child, even from before birth, provides them with a great springboard into some of the underlying skills needed for learning to talk, read and write. Songs provide the perfect structure for learning language because they’re predictable and repetitive. They help you to bond with your child and are excellent for soothing cross, upset or bored little ones. A song a day keeps the tears away.

5. Listening Comes First
Communication is not just about talking. For a conversation to flow we need to listen to what the other person is saying. Children need to develop good attention and listening skills not only to learn new words and sentences but also to become good at conversations. Children learn by example so when we listen to children they learn how to be good listeners themselves.
I have developed and presented a series of videos which share a range of ‘parent-child interaction strategies’ (ways of talking with your child) that speech and language therapists use. These are essential for all children, with or without difficulties.
The videos are packed full of useful tips to boost any child’s communication skills and are designed to be put into practice as part of families’ everyday routines at home. Download my free App on iTunes or visit my website www.TalkingTipsForKids.com

Small changes in how you communicate can make big changes in how your child communicates!
Words are free – but they’re also priceless.
Fiona Barry

Here’s a FREE Sample Video from Talking Tips for Kids:

Thanks to Rachel Florio-Urso PR- Facebook and Twitter

Refashion Your Life with the Ta-Da List!

May 29th, 2013

Drop everything you’re doing, and rush on over to view the new Refashion Your Life video on Brassy Apple about the Ta-Da List!

I believe this can totally change our lives and our outlook. How awesome, I’m inspired and I want you to be too! Thanks Megan and Chalyce XOXO

Printstagram Rocks My Pics…and yours too

April 19th, 2013

Recently I decided to get those adorable Instagram pictures of mine off the computer and into some physical form. Time to print baby! I decided to give Printstagram a whirl and was thrilled with the result.

I jumped at the chance to put together these darling mini photo books. They hold 50 photos in each tiny book and you can order TWO for $12!! Jackpot!

I am by no means being compensated for sharing their products, I honestly just tried the service, LOVED IT and wanted to pass it on. You can not only print these tiny books, but they offer options like sticker/posters/prints and more!

You won’t believe the cuteness and the quality. Prinstagram makes it super easy to upload your photos. Shipping was quick and my books are now being enjoyed by my children (and me). So get printing those memories, it feels so wonderful to hold your memories in your hands and share them with those you love.

Organize your Jewelry with Brassy Apple

March 21st, 2013

My Brassy and fashionable friend Megan is showing us all how it’s done! That’s right DIYers, scoot on over to Brassy Apple for a tutorial on how to make your own Necklace board! Brassy Apple DIY Necklace Board Tutorial

And other ways to store & organize your jewelry in her video here >>

Due Date Bags: One Diaper Bag to Rule Them All

February 22nd, 2013

Every once in awhile, a diaper bag comes along that hits all the marks and looks good doing it. For me, the Due Date Bags are the one diaper bag to rule them all!

Yes, it’s true that celebrity moms are snapping them up like hotcakes (cool mamas like Tori Spelling, Ali Landry, Jennifer Garner and Vanessa Lachey to name a few). So why are these bags so desired? Well, I was sent a gorgeous “metallic mama” bag to take for a test drive and what I discovered was the ideal blend of style, quality and function.

First of all, I’ll be honest – this is a big bag. It’s meant to have room for mom’s on the go to be able to tote along all they need for baby. I personally LOVED the size and amount of baby stuff, personal items and even electronics I could fit in to take with me. The next thing I was giddy over were the labelled pockets (yes that right, labelled). It takes what could be a mess of a bag, and turns it into a functional and organized tote, picture asking someone to hand you the baby wipes…now they can find it in a blink! Bingo, it’s genius.

Due Date Diaper Bags feature 3 “drop in” bags for cosmetics, snacks and a large one for extra clothing. The bottom of the bag is your own little changing station, featuring a changing pad and spots to hold diaper cream, toys, wipes and diapers.

The bags come in three styles: Metallic Mama, Midnight Mama and Red Hot Mama. For the ultimate little luxury you have have your Due Date bag monogrammed. What a treat for the expectant mom in your life! xoxo – Daria

To purchase your own Due Date bag visit DueDateBags.com
Join the Due Date Bags Facebook group>>
Follow Due Date Bags on Twitter here>>

Boutique Cafe {Daily Dish} Sample Disclosure: The opinions expressed above are honest, accurate, and not encouraged anyway by monetary donations. A sample free of charge was received from Celebrity Baby Trend Expert, Rachel Florio-Urso.

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