Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company Now Selling Exclusive Stroller

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Jessica Alba can now add stroller designer to her very long list of achievements. The mom of two launched her eco-conscious company, The Honest Company, back in 2012 — offering non-toxic diapers and wipes, as well as cleaning and bath & body products for baby. Now, Alba has partnered with Baby Jogger to create a designer stroller that will be available exclusively through TheHonestCompany.com.

The award-winning City Mini GT ($369) is the ultimate stroller that blends safety, design, simplicity, and beauty with all-terrain capabilities and deluxe standard features in a chic compact package. The best part? You can pick up and fold the stroller with one hand — because really, who ever has two free?

“We put our Honest design twist on an beloved classic — light gray, ultra-durable and easy-to-wipe fabric, subtle stitching details, and a pop of teal accents streamline this ultra functional stroller without sacrificing style.”

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Geometric Patterns Galore

After my last post on spots & dots, I thought I should show you one of my current obsessions:  GEO!
As I mentioned, I’m slightly over chevron so triangles and geometric shapes are a great alternative.

geometric patterns baby nursery design trend

Lamp / mobile / decals / quilt / print / linen / mobile / cushion

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Trendspotting: Polka Dots

Are you seeing spots?  You aren’t alone!  2012 saw chevron everywhere (yes, I’m slightly over it) so what do you think will be the chevron of 2013?  In my opinion, you are going to be seeing polka dots and geometric prints everywhere.  I’m sure you have started to notice the trend!

Polka dots in the nursery

I love spots.  They can be gender neutral for those of you that are planning a nursery or they can be used when transitioning your little one to their first big boy/girl room as they aren’t too babyish and not to grown up.

Dots aren’t a trend to use on every surface, but check out my finds to see some items I think would really set off a room design.

1. Paint palette linen 2.  Neon spot cushions  3.  Dotty blanket 4.  Mini pom pom garland
5.  Multi spots removable wallpaper  6.  Mini Dot Rug  7.  Neon mobile 8.  Smartie pillow slip

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Newborn Registry Essentials

Putting together a baby registry can be overwhelming, especially with all the options available. My husband and I have been parents for less than two weeks, but here are six items I couldn’t live without and would highly recommend adding to your registry.

Gerber’s Cloth Diapers ($20) are thick and absorbent, which means they make great burp cloths too! You’ll need plenty and luckily they come in packs of 10.

My Boppy Nursing Pillow ($40, includes slip cover) has quickly become my best friend. Not only is it a huge help when learning to nurse, it’s also a soft seat for mom after giving birth.

Our portable changing pad ($15) makes it easy to change Hannah’s diaper no matter where we are, and because it’s waterproof and wipeable, mid-diaper change pees (there have been more than a few) are no big deal.

Ah, the Comfy Time Bouncer ($40). When you need both hands, or just want to take a shower, this chair makes it possible. Definitely a must-have for new parents.

Our newborn sleeps best when swaddled tightly but she’s already strong enough to free her arms from even our best swaddling attempts. The velcro on these Swaddle Me Blankets (2 for $20) ensures she stays snug, plus they’re easy to put on and come in tons of cute and colors and patterns.

We received an Aden + Anais Muslin Blanket as a shower gift and it’s quickly become our go-to, go-anywhere blanket. I especially love that it’s so light and breathable during the summer heat.

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Stylish (and Affordable) Diaper Bags

As I’ve been learning recently, a stylish diaper bag can be hard to find. An affordable, stylish diaper bag is even harder. Here are five diaper bags I love—all for around or under $100.

1.- This canvas bag by Matt & Nat is actually $180, but I was able to scoop it up on sale recently for just $27! If you’re willing to wait, flash sales are a great way to get the look you love for less.

2.- JP Lizzy’s satchel diaper bag ($78) looks like a purse, but its large size and wipeable interior/exterior make it functional, too.

3.- I love the pattern on this Bella Tunno tote diaper bag ($89), which could definitely do double-duty as your everyday bag.

4.- The Momo Baby Sling Diaper Bag ($77) is perfect for dads. I love it’s modern design and dad will love that it’s not pink or floral!

5.- This gorgeous quilted bag by Babymel is normally $105, but it’s on sale right now for $98. Moms who’ve reviewed it say it’s spacious, stylish AND comfortable.

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Paper Airplane Baby Mobiles: Handmade Etsy Finds

Zoom, zoom! A baby mobile is an important accessory in a nursery. After all, baby spends a lot of time in the crib looking at it. It has to be visually interesting for baby — and aesthetically pleasing for mama too! Which is why I just know you’ll love this super special Etsy find. These handmade paper airplanes are sweet, delicate and modern — and made with fabulous patterned paper. I just love them!!! Don’t you?

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Decorative Knobs: Save vs Splurge

Add an upgrade! Deciding to revamp an old dresser or purchasing a simple and inexpensive dresser seems to be the trend among expectant mamas decorating a nursery on a budget — but that doesn’t mean that the end results we’ve seen don’t look like a million bucks!!!

Decorative knobs are the upgrade of choice for most — and they can turn an ordinary dresser into a fabulous one in the blink of an eye!

Save: Hobby Lobby carries a great selection of decorative knobs for an affordable price. All of the knobs shown here are just $3! {And yes! You can shop Hobby Lobby online!}

Splurge: I’ve been drooling for years over Anthropologie’s hardware, and their decorative knob collection is fabulous — but a bit pricey. The average price of a decorative knobs is $10.

* Big thanks to our Facebook fan Jill M. for the tip!