Cute Rompers and Tees from Adeline's Daddy

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

One of our favorite fellow daddy-bloggers is Don Naylor a.k.a. Adeline's Daddy. He recently took the leap from workin' for the man to being a completely self sustained work from home Daddy and we couldn't be more jealous! One of the fruits of more time for his personal artwork is his new children's clothing line! When this launched we fell in love with the simplicity and tattoo-esque styled drawing & I scooped up the one that reads "HOMEWARD BOUND". All the artwork for the line is hand drawn by Don and insanely cute! ---> SHOP HERE

Comes in super cute packaging with hand made hang tags! Also ours came with a hand written letter and the original drawing as a thank you for being blog-buddies :) Thanks Don!

Sierra loved her romper! It is super comfy and soft and she kept saying "STROLLER STROLLER STROLLER!" and pointing to her belly :) I died from cuteness!


Hip Toddler Shoes!

Fall is quickly approaching which means the end of sandals and shorts and hello to jeans and sneakers. In preparation for the cooler weather we are on the hunt for a hip, comfortable and affordable pair of sneakers for Sierra who is now a size 5 or 6 depending on the brand.

Up until now she has survived on awesome barely worn hand-me-downs from friends including a pair of Converse's and Nike Dunk Lo-Tops which she loved. We also purchased her a pair of TINY TOMS which she's yet to fully grow into and are more of a spring/summer shoe anyway. So little to no knowledge of the world that is toddler footwear we did what every new-age parent would do; we took to Google, Twitter an Etsy of course.

The first thing we did was to try searching for shoes we liked but in mini sizes so Google searches like "Vans Toddler", "Saucony Toddler" and "Converse Toddler" into Google were very helpful bringing up not only the companies online stores but an array of third party vendors where you can usually save a buck or two. One of these said vendors is everybody's favorite mall shoe store, Journeys, where we found pretty sweet shoes from Converse, Vans and Puma:



Thanks to a few friends on Twitter we heard of a website called which much like Journey's pulls in shoe's from a ton of different vendors to make it easy to search for and buy shoes in one convenient place without having to go to 40 different websites. Over at Zappos I found the same brands but with even more of an assortment to choose from:


The Last place we checked was Etsy. If you don't know Etsy is an online location for artists and dealers to sell their product online easily and securely. It is an amazing place to search for handmade and vintage goods, INCLUDING SHOES! The only issue w/ Etsy when it comes to clothes (especially the vintage stuff) is it's hit or miss on the sizes available. Our family is big into used / hand-made for a variety of reasons:

  • It's cheaper (sometimes)
  • It's eco-friendly
  • It's nice to support local artists
  • You normally find something more unique and interesting than the mall has to offer

We searched through Etsy and look at some of the awesome finds we came up with:

70s Buster Brown's CLICK HERE <--> 70s Crazy Child Oxfords CLICK HERE
Vintage Queen Bee's CLICK HERE <--> 80s Dress Shoe's CLICK HERE

So we havent as of yet made our purchase but I think we're leaning towards those super cute Watermelon Vans or the Teal Chucks. Not sure yet though! Open to any suggestions to a brand, shoe style or website where we could keep looking. Would love to hear your feedback! -Craig

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Double Takes

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Our Camping Weekend!

This past weekend we decided to escape the city and head out to a local State Forest with some friends. We packed up our buddy Felicia's truck and headed for Myles Standish State Forest with her lovah-man Alexander. After about 2 hours sitting in Friday Boston traffic we finally arrived to partake in #Camping2K11 which involved three campsites,14 great friends and one toddler.

Now I want to come clean here and announce I whined the whole time we drove there:

Yes I'm a whiner. Now you know. After we arrived and set up it was time for a swim to cool down and try to relax about the fact we were in the wilderness. I guess I'm a city slicker at heart even though I go camping twice a summer normally. Will I ever learn? We stayed Friday and Saturday night and then left early Sunday morning. All in all it was a nice weekend that was spent with lots of friends, grilled food, ponds and campfires. I suppose I should complain less?

Here is our campsite and the first campfire of the weekend :)

The next morning the
Smoke Monster invaded our site.

Cooling off down near the pond! Left to Right: Xander, Lauren, Sierra, Trevor, Felicia, Will & Myself.
(Pic by 
Aunty Jill)

One of my favorite photos ever! Sierra digging holes w/
Uncle Trevor!
(Pic by
Aunty Jill)

Sierra and I after the pond in some new duds including my
V-Neck courtesy of AmericanApparel and her romper from Don Naylor's "Adeline's Daddy" line!

Sierra getting a guitar lesson from

Sierra eating breakfast / showing off her
Adeline's Daddy "Homeward Bound" Romper!

Xander basking in the morning light.

Guerilla Marketing at the campground! YOU KNOW!

Vegan Smorgasbord! Smart Dogs, Veggie Burgers, Vegggie Chick'n and Corn on the Cob.

At night time we got a little silly :)

Our tent is large enough for all of our things, a blow up mattress for Mommy and Daddy and Sierra's Pack N' Play! Sierra is an expert at zippers so she sure as hell let us know when she was awake in the morning! PEEK A BOO!

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Hushabye Baby CD giveaway WINNER!!:

Monday, July 25, 2011

First off I want to thank everyone that entered via tweeting, commenting and following our blog! So I used a "Random Thing Picker" to choose a winner so it would be fair and our winner is... drum roll please... @ChrissyHFischer!!

Congratulations Chrissy! I will be e-mailing you with details so we can get the CD shipped out to you right away! Thanks a ton everyone and we look forward to doing more giveaways VERY soon :) -C

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Guest Dad: Matt Ferreira

Thursday, July 21, 2011

In the early days of hip hop, one of the defining characteristics of the music consisted of a production technique called sampling. The instrumental or “beat” was actually a collage of sounds taken from various pieces of music, television, movies, or any media that contained audio. This collection of previously existing sounds would then be skillfully arranged and weaved together to create a fluid, rhythmic, original piece of music. Think of the saying “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”.

I relate to this art form when I think of the family I’ve created for myself. My name is Matt Ferreira, 25, from New Bedford, MA. When my wife Leah and I started dating in November 07, she had two children from previous relationships—Xavier (then 3, now 6) and Nancie (then 2 now 5). To make a long story short, Nancie went to live with her father for what was supposed to be a temporary stay that ended up turning into a three year custody battle to get her back and I ended up adopting Xavier who had never known his biological father much like I had never known mine. In March 2009, my son Matthew Jr. was born and my daughter Azaria came soon after in August 2010. A few months ago, Leah’s custody battle finally came to an end and Nancie now lives with us—all the sibs together full time at last. And since she hasn’t seen or talked to her dad at all after that last court date, I’ve become more of a stepFATHER than a STEPfather.

So, to re-cap—I have an adopted kid, a step kid, and two biological kids all under the same roof with my wife and I. Potentially, it could be a disastrous, life-scarring scenario for these kids, with some feeling less loved than others. But through truly knowing our children and what they need to feel stable, Leah and I are able to make all the elements of our family weave together seamlessly like a DJ Premiere beat. And I don’t mean that we’re the perfect family where everyone gets along all the time and there are no problems. What I mean is that our problems do not include our kids feeling like they’re part of the family to greater or lesser degrees than one another.

The key ingredient to making this work is of course sincerity. For all our children to feel equally accepted they must actually be equally accepted by both adults in the house. Seeing that Leah is the biological mother of all of our children, our family structure mostly depended on my degree of acceptance of the two children she brought into my life in the beginning. It’s funny, but I remember being really little and hearing my adoptive parents arguing with some lady, I don’t remember who, about whether or not a child is really yours if it’s not your flesh and blood. Now that I’m an adult with both children I made and some that I didn’t, I can finally say with confidence that the lady was wrong. The fact that you made a child is only one reason to love them, and while it’s a good one, there’s still plenty of others which could apply to any child—it’s all about whether or not you choose to do so.

Another thing that I feel helps is that there are no step or half brothers and sisters in our home. Our children are taught that they are brothers and sisters, period. They live in the same house, follow the same rules, and sit at the same table to eat the same dinner at the same time, so I can think of no good reason to distinguish their sibling-ship to one another with prefixes. My wife and I treating them all with equality as parents only holds so much weight if they don’t follow suit in the way they view each other. Plus, we can’t go one dinner without someone saying with a mouth full of food “Look, I’m beating you guys at eating!” so I can imagine what a daily “I’m More Mom and Dad’s Kid Than You Are” competition would be like. Yeah, no thanks.

So, that’s my family—four children, two parents, mad love. There’s some families out there in similar circumstances who are different than mine in that they have boundaries and separations, and if that’s what works for them, that’s great. My wife and I on the other hand have always felt it was best for our household to exist as a whole. We want to live, grow, and function as a full-fledged family rather than six people who are associated solely by the fact that two of those people are in a relationship. You won’t ever hear me say “Honey, can you tell your kid to stop leaving the bathroom light on?” I’m the dad in our house—I’ll handle it. 

Tiny Threads

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Hendrix is wearing Vintage Tee from Baby Come Back Vintage and shorts c/o American Apparel.

Disconnect Days

Friday, July 15, 2011

Social media is a great tool for keeping in touch with family, networking with clients from around the globe and sharing your opinions and lives with people you don't even know but can it get in the way of real life? My family and I are exploring that theory with what we are calling "Disconnect Days". Don't get me wrong, Lauren and I are big supporters of all things social media, both having (multiple) accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+ and of course Blogger but with 5-10 websites and accounts to check and update daily it begins to take up a lot of time! A normal night for us consist of listening to records, having a beer and enjoying one anothers time with our noses nestled sweetly in our.......iPhones. "Look at this cute photo Adriana just instagrammed!" or "WOW I can't believe what AJ just tweeted!" are normal conversation pieces around our home. Now I find nothing wrong with this, social networking is fun and especially useful for me for my freelance and business ventures but theres comes a point where you need to step back and smell the roses instead of putting vintage filters on a picture of them for your friends to post comments on.

"No time for cameras, we'll use our eyes instead" - Matt Johnson & Kim Schifino

Our first Disconnect Day (DD) was last Sunday and it happened to fall on a day that we had planned a cookout & pool party at our house. So the night before I texted everyone who would be attending and said "Tomorrow is Lauren and I's first disconnect day, long story but we won't be reachable by email or phone so the time is 1PM and you know the address see you tomorrow!". We woke up and Lauren asked "what time is it?" and instead of checking my phone I ran to the kitchen and checked the oven clock and DD was officially on. I did leave my phone on just incase somebody who was coming to my house was lost or needed to ask something - but I didn't answer texts or emails and once everyone had arrived I shut my phone off. It wasn't as hard as you would think and there was a noticeable change in our behavior. During the cookout I found myself more engaged in conversation and just enjoying my friends company instead of tweeting about how much I was enjoying it. Once everyone left for the day it was fun to just sit with Lauren and relax without both being on our laptops blogging or looking up soccer news. All in all I like our Disconnect Days and can not wait until Sunday to shut off the internet. You should give it a shot sometime!

Photos from DD (1 rule was our camera was allowed!)

Watermelon Babies!

Henry and his beautiful curls.

Christian knockin' back a cold one (root beer of course!) 

Sierra pulling a "Kiss and Run"

Cooling off in the pool!

This picture is way over-exposed but I love it anyway.

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What we did today!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The time is currently 10:15 PM on Saturday night and I figured now was as good as any to get some bloggin' done. It is very hot in Boston so I am cooling down with an adult beverage and a big fat air conditioner. Yesterday we had a VERY busy day; we went down the Cape to visit friends. For our readers who are not Massachusettsians', "down the Cape" means to drive to Cape Cod, which is a two hour drive from Boston. So after getting in very late last night we decided to take it easy today and just hang around our own hood. We started out by going to our standing Saturday brunch date with Aunty Kiki which was delicious as always (vegan french toast, home fries, bagels, tons of coffee and juice). After brunch it was nap time for the little one and Lauren and I got some apartment cleaning done. When Sierra woke up (after a very short nap) we headed to the community pool that is only a 3 minute walk from our apartment. We have never gone here before which I regret now as it was massive, very clean, not busy at all and a great time / way to cool down! We had a ton of fun and after we were all exhausted headed home and Sierra took a slightly longer nap while Mama and I got our LOST on and texted all our friends to plan a BBQ + Pool Party for tomorrow. When Sierra woke up from her nap it was already 5PM so we ate dinner and then headed to the local playground. So I hope you enjoyed my horribly written-late-night-what-we-did-today-run-on-sentence-blog-post. I am going to start writing a real blog post about what Lauren and I are calling "Disconnect Days" --- Goodnight everyone!!

- x.o. Craig @TheHipsterDad

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

IT'S GIVEAWAY TIME!! I'm sure you've all heard of Rockabye Baby by now, but did you know they also have a country music version? When i saw they had a lullaby Johnny Cash album I almost wet myself! The fine people over at CMH Label Group decided to send us the the album and we couldn't be more stoked on itThis Saturday after a long day at the beach with Sierra and some friends we jammed it out in the car and it was great. It's done really really well and features the same steel drum sound you're used to with Rockabye Baby but also pulls in some great bass plucking & guitar riffs reminiscent of the original Cash tunes. I found myself singing along and was really pumped to have some new kid friendly music for the car since Mama thinks Lil' Wayne isn't appropriate for baby ears. So enough blabbing about how much I love the album, let's get one into your hands for your little one's ears! Good luck!


  • You can pick ANY hushabye baby cd, not just Johnny Cash
  • Winner will be picked at random in two weeks: July 19th, 2011
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  • You can enter 3 ways:
  • Leave a comment on here with your name, what album you want and why!
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Happy 4th of July Post!

So I'm sitting in my office trying to climb the mountain of emails that were sent to me over the long weekend and I have to say that I have a severe "Case of the Tuesday's". Long weekends are GREAT but going back to work after them is always so hard. So here we are the day after the long 4th of July weekend and it's "photo dump" time. There are a LOT of photos in this post, but trust me editing down 450+ photos to about 25 or 30 was really hard, lots of great ones. Friday we planned on going to Boston's SOWA Open Artist galleries and studios and then were pleasantly surprised when Michael (the other half of THD) & Adriana (of Just By Living) said they were going to join us! What we did not plan for was everyone being STARVING and it being near impossible to find a place to eat that was kid friendly, had more than one high chair and also didn't have a 2 hour wait. We decided on The Beehive which is a self described "bohemian eatery" in the South End of Boston. The food was amazing and the kids has a great time playing at the outdoor seating area. Sierra even got to be part of a wedding party! By the time we finished dinner and hit up a playground everyone was pooped and it was late so although we didn't see any art we still had a great time.

Sierra sharing her flower with Henry @ The Beehive

Adriana enjoying her yummy sangria :)

Sierra pretending to be the flower girl for the wedding party!

After dinner we headed to a local playground.

Henry cruising in his

Not their best photos but I love it anyway, they look like they are at a dance party being photographed by our buddy James Colletta!
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I absolutely love this photo of mama and Sierra, Mama you forgot your purse!
p.s. Mama just wrote an awesome blog post on breastfeeding: here
So no art, but a great night none the less. We took the train (and a bus) home and all passed out of exhaustion. The next morning we went to our normal Saturday brunch with "Aunty Kiki" a.k.a. Kaitlin Maud. After a ton of coffee, bagels and (vegan) french toast we headed to this little parkish area and enjoyed some sun and flowers before heading home to straighten up our apartment before Uncle Will and Aunty Jill came to visit. Once they finally arrived we rented a Zipcar (our new obsession!) and headed out to Revere beach for a little late afternoon beach time fun. Aunty Kiki came with us too as her husband (Uncle A.J.) was away for work. The weather was really nice and fun was had by all of course.

Sierra posing for the camera at the "parkish" area after coffee.

When we leave the house we HAVE TO bring basically everything we own or it's meltdown time. So we brought Biddy Baby, Nini (aka bath baby), three purses and our
Maclaren Baby Quest Doll Stroller.

We finally made it to the beach and was a wonderful time. Sierra is a bit scared of the ocean so normally clings to either myself or mama for the first few minutes but eventually settles in and enjoys herself.

Me and two of my favorite ladies, Sierra was off burying Nini in the sand.

Sierra still a bit tentative about the whole beach thing but really cute anyway. 

I wish Nini's hand wasn't in this but I love this photo of her anyway.

Uncle Will snapping photos, Aunty Jill reviewing photos, Aunty Kiki checking Twitter
...Yeah that's about right.
So after the beach fun we headed home and put Sierra down to sleep and had a little pre-4th cookout and drinks. We listened to records, watched a little TV and played a little "corn hole". It was great to spend so much time with good friends and we had an amazing fun filled day. After about 4 hours of sleep we woke up and took a Zipcar down to the Freetown State Forest for a dual Birthday party for my sister's twin girls (2 years old!) and the most amazing man ever, my Father. (Happy 46th Dad!). All week my mother kept telling me she had a surprise waiting for me at home and couldn't wait to give it to me. I had no idea what it would be but after getting lost for about 45 minutes in the woods we made it to the party and were pleasantly surprised to see my other sister who lives in Maine with my 3 nieces and nephews had come down for the day too! This is the first time we have all been together in one place in years and it was an absolutely perfect day with my entire family.

This is my beautiful sister Sherrie who I love with all my heart and was so excited / surprised to see!

Here is my Dad with ALL his grand children in one photo!
From left to right: Dad, Ashley, Lexi, Autumn, Cora, Sierra and Timmy.

My father with all his children AND grand children!
From left to right: Dad, Ashley, Alison, Autumn, Lexi, Sierra, Sherrie, Cora, Me & Timmy.

Sierra on the catwalk apparently in her adorable new swimsuit.

Here is my sister Alison's adorable daughter Ashley.

Uncle Will & Timmy

My brother in law John and his darling daughter.

Sierra and Tia Jill playing a game.

Sierra and her cousin Cora modeling.

Sierra with her cousins Cora and Lexi (who has pink hair!! Radical!)

My sister Alison's big blue eyes daughter Autumn on her 2nd birthday!

My sister Sherrie snagging a kiss from Sierra during snack time.

After the party we stayed the night, got some laundry done and just relaxed as we were too tired to drive back to Boston. The next day was finally the 4th of July! I painted a bookshelf (an entire entry on that project coming when I finish it!), we cleaned our apartment and Sierra took a VERY long nap (growth spurt anyone?). After that we went to Uncle AJ and Aunty Kiki's apartment for some cookout shenanigans and then called it an early night. All and all it was a wonderful weekend spent with friends and family. We will have a new giveaway very shortly (for a hint to what it is click here) and a few new posts as well! If you have a spare second please click the banner below to vote for us on TBB, xo -C

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