Posts in March, 2011

Stork Vision

Thursday, March 10th, 2011


So you are a little impatient and want to see the little miracle growing inside of your belly? Do you want to capture incredible images that you and your children will cherish forever? Maybe you’ve been looking for a unique way to share the news of your baby joy with family and friends? These incredible images are all from Stork Vision®, and yes, they are precious babies just hanging out in mommy’s belly.  Stork Vision® locations are prenatal imaging centers that offer elective 2D, 3D and 4D ultrasound images. Their goal is to make the ultrasound a warm, comfortable and super safe experience where you can receive an elective ultrasound and capture priceless images (and find out if you should be shopping for trucks or tutus!). Check out their location map to see if there is one in your area.

Stork Vision® is committed to philanthropy and has joined forces with Operation Special Delivery, a non-profit International Organization that supports all branches of the military including Reservists and the National Guard. Operation Special Delivery provides trained volunteer doulas for pregnant women whose husbands or partners have been severely injured, who have lost their lives, or who will be deployed at the time that they are due to give birth.

Linda Benenati Paintings

Sunday, March 6th, 2011


A few weeks ago I went out to dinner with my husband and son to a new restaurant in our little town of Saratoga, California. As soon as I walked in I immediately noticed a handful of paintings in the entryway that caught my eye. I was hungry and focused on my yummy panini and keeping my son from pouring salt all over the table for the next 40 minutes, but I couldn’t stop thinking about the enchanting paintings in the other room. And then there was the near meltdown because my son could not get You Tube to work on “his” iPad. It was a long dinner….

On the way out I convinced my husband to take my son outside so I could go back and enjoy these enchanting pictures again. I almost bought all 5 – but figured that would make for one very expensive panini! Instead I opted to email the artist. Long story short, and lots of schedule juggling later, we went to visit Linda Benenati at her home yesterday and had such a wonderful time in her magical abode. She was such a joy and such a wonderful hostess to me, my husband and our very curious 4 year old. We saw her studio and she explained how she creates her encaustic paintings. I knew nothing about the process and found her workspace quite a joy and a reminder that if you do what you love, you can make anything work.


As a mom, she shared so many words of wisdom with me to prepare me for the life I have ahead of me with my son. She was such a dear. I love her artwork and I hope you do too. Here are two of her encaustic paintings and you can see many more on her website. Why don’t you pick out one for yourself so I don’t buy all of them! You can support a mom who is following her dreams and passions and making the world a little more colorful along the way….


Small or Tall?

Saturday, March 5th, 2011


Our very own, very tall, Susan Fry brings us this week’s scoop on children’s books:

My sons are taller than average. Much taller. They tower over their friends. We never get hand-me-downs because they’re bigger than the hand-me-downers. And everyone assumes they’re years older than they really are. This can be very embarrassing during public tantrums.

So it comes as a shock to remember that my children are still small in the adult world. I have to lift them up to peer over counter tops. They need step stools to brush their teeth. And – for a while at least – they can’t reach the chocolate I’ve hidden on the top shelf of my pantry.

Want to appreciate a child’s view of the world? Try these books on for size.

Tall, by Jez Alborough. For very young children, this book tells an entire, adorable story with the words “tall” and “small.” Bobo, a baby chimpanzee, feels “small” surrounded by the jungle. So he climbs on a rock. “Tall,” he says, happily. But then his taller friend, the chameleon, strolls up. “Small,” Bobo says sadly, until his friend lifts him onto his shoulders. “Tall,” again! The pattern repeats with a baby lion, an elephant, and a giraffe, each one lifting Bobo higher and higher, until – oh no! He falls off the giraffe’s head. Luckily, Bobo’s mother comes running, and as she catches and hugs him, he discovers that being small isn’t so bad after all.

Big and Little, by John Stadler. A mouse ringleader urges his elephant assistant, Ellie, to jump from a diving board into a glass of water. As Ellie climbs the ladder, the ingenious fold-out pages shift back and forth between the mouse and the increasingly nervous elephant. The tension builds slowly, page by page, as the mouse says, “I can’t watch! Careful!” and Ellie loses her balance. At last, with a “splash!” the elephant hits the water, leaving kids – and adults – wondering how it was possible. Only the last pages reveal the size-bending truth: Ellie is a tiny elephant, barely as tall as the mouse’s knee.

George Shrinks, by William Joyce. One day, George wakes up small. His parents, gone for the day, have left him with a list of chores. George explores all the good and bad things about his new size — from the fun of riding in a toy airplane to the danger of being eaten by a cat. He even gets to take care of his now much-bigger little brother. George’s struggles with making his (enormous) bed and washing his (gigantic) dishes might remind parents just how overwhelming the world can be to a child. The illustrations are charmingly retro, with fifties-style clothes, cars, and toys.

Susan Fry is a writer and mother in the San Francisco Bay Area. She’s written for Stanford Magazine, salon, the San Jose Mercury News, and many other publications. You will find links to all of her children’s book reviews on our Toys & Books page.


Chanel Cupcakes

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011


I stumbled upon this photograph tonight as I was poking around online when I should have been updating Sweet Peas & Stilettos or sleeping. I just love it and I hope you do to. I found it on Table Couture who found it on We Heart It and I think it was taken by Hot Chocolate With Cookies. Perfect cupcakes for fashionistas of all ages….Yum!

Top 25 Creative Moms

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011


This week Sweet Peas & Stilettos was was nominated as one of the Top 25 Creative Moms on Circle of Moms. We just need a quick click to help get us to the Number 1 spot by the end of the week. Cast your vote, with a simple click, by March 11th. Thanks!

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