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Some Fun Gifts–For Your Kids and Your Tree

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

We are about to enter Black Friday.  A day I could care less about. I hate shopping and on that day it takes it to a suicidal level. But some people like the chaos of it. Others, like me, would rather eat cat food than step foot in a store. So I order a lot of stuff online.

But no matter how you shop, I want to give a shout out to my best friend Suzy Ultman who has a line of products at Land Of Nod, Crate and Barrel, Etsy and Chronicle–all of which you can order online. Some of her stuff you can find in the stores as well.

It’s super fun, whimsical items/toys, creativitely designed and perfect for your Christmas tree and for your kids at Christmas.

Here are a few of her ornaments from Crate and Barrel. Click here to see the whole collection.

Her “Box World Adventures” was chosen by FamilyFun magazine as one of the “Most Creative Toys and Games of 2013.












She also has a Shrinky Dink Craft Kit and some Needlepoint Fun at Land of Nod.

Suzy and I met in 9th grade and have been through so much together over the years. She has been a single mom of 2 boys for the past 5 years, trying to build up her career and make a living as an illustrator. She has made extraordinary strides in the marketplace. Check out her entire collection at Etsy and all of her product line from Chronicle.

Here’s to a stay-at-home-Black -Friday!

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A Fia Doll! Who Would Have Thunk?

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

I’m so excited to announce there is a Fia doll… 

…inspired by my one and only, Fia!!

My best friend Suzy Ultman, is a graphic designer and illustrator. Land of Nod approached her with the idea after she did a line of bedding for them.  The doll is inspired by my real-life redhead, (although Fia’s hair is becoming more light brown over time). I’m so proud of you Suz, and am honored to have a Fia doll in the world.

Here’s the whole collection:

 For all your New Yorkers, there will be a Land Of Nod pop-up toy store in Soho this holiday season, featuring the Fia doll (and the others).

Suzy also did this counting book for Land of Nod. It was just released yesterday. Woo Hoo!



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Post-Maternity Shopping

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Suzy and Jill

Illustration courtesy of Suzy Ultman

My best friend from 9th grade came into town this weekend. She left last night. Whenever I have visitors, everything else, including the small routine I’ve started to establish, goes out the window. It drives me a little crazy, but on the other hand, it’s important for me to connect with my friends. Because Suzy and I are so close, she knows all this and I’m not hurting her feelings. So my blog and bills sat still. We, on the other hand, ran all over town shopping, having playdates, etc.

She’s a graphic designer/illustrator and has a good eye for a lot of things, including clothes. My sad wardrobe consists of sweat pants, old tank tops, and overly worn maternity clothes. Needless to say, I haven’t felt attractive in a long time. The thing is, I hate shopping. Despise it actually. Until I get there and start trying things on. Then, when clothes start to work, and do their magic, I get into it. Sort of.

Suzy dragged me to The Grove here in LA. I didn’t want to spend a whole day away from Emmett, but I did. He survived. As did I. My boobs on the other hand were quite difficult.

As we shopped they got bigger and bigger. So the clothes got smaller and smaller. I had a hand pump with me, but I only wanted to use it once. (More on why in this post here). I over-explained to every clerk why something was too tight. As if they care. At one store I walked out to show Suzy and the dude my jeans. She pointed out that my shirt was hiked up over my bra and my boob was inching out. Somehow things go array in my frantic and frenzied state these days.

“Oh, sorry,” I said, still not pulling my shirt down, as Suzy pointed out later. “I have a baby, so modesty has been thrown out. I don’t care what the world sees. What do you guys think of the jeans?” Luckily he had a 3-year old and understood.

Over lunch we laughed at how, despite 30 years of knowing each other, not much has changed. Except instead of using our mom’s credit cards, we now have to use our own. And instead of putting on makeup in the bathroom, I’m pumping.

At the end of the day I had a new spring/summer wardrobe, mostly things found on sale, as I think the sizes are still a bit transitional, depending on how my body bounces back. I’m sure my boobs will shrink to nearly nothing when breastfeeding is over. Sigh.

We hurried home at 4; I fed Em and fell asleep with him in my arms. Happy, and now, if not attractive, at least getting there.

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Milestone Monday: Turning 2

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Almost 2!

Author’s Note: Join me every Monday as I share Fia’s ongoing milestone (mis)adventures–from potty training to talking to everything in between.  Mayhem and mischief guaranteed on Milestone Monday!

Friday is Fia’s 2-year old birthday. What a difference a year makes. Last year I was in tears over the 1-year old milestone. I was overtaken by emotions. It just felt like such an accomplishment to have made it through that first year….especially those first months. I had a little party at our apartment with a few of her friends.

This year I feel almost unemotional about it. Not that it hasn’t been a phenomenal year, but I guess I just don’t feel like making a production out of it, emotional or otherwise. Thus we have nothing planned. Nada.

I did run in a frenzy to Babies R Us last week when I realized it was almost December. I hate shopping. Just thinking about indoor areas with florescent lights gives me a headache. One store plus the Internet is about all I can handle. I don’t think she’ll need therapy down the road for this, but for some reason, I feel guilty for not feeling guilty. I mean, should we at least have a friend of hers over and blow out a candle? (To quote my Brooklyn therapist, “”should” is shit. Don’t “should” yourself.”)

If I dig deep, I guess the one thing that hits me is she’s now officially in “mid-toddler” stage. Right? She’s not necessarily “a baby” anymore. I love it when I’m at the playground and other moms tell their bigger tots, “be careful of the baby.” I will be sad when I’m telling her that. Of course, that scenario is right around the corner with her baby brother coming January 25th. But she’ll always be “baby” to me. To the outside world, she’ll soon start to become “a big girl.” Small sob.

So in conclusion (sorry if this sounds like a book report), I think I’ll just go with doing very little this year. I’ll smother her as always with as many kisses and hugs as she’ll allow. And I’ll watch as she delights in ripping open her presents, more excited about tearing paper than what’s inside. We’ll get a cupcake and a candle. And the three of us, plus Wayne will celebrate. Then we’ll call it a day. And I’ll officially have a 2-year old.

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