Thread Thursday: James & Lottie

You may have guessed, but one of my hobbies (ie: obsessions, haha) is buying amazing baby clothes for my daughter. Combine that with my photography hobby and Thread Thursday is born!

Thread Thursday: When I share details and purchase information about one of my current favorite outfits.

I’ll give you the down low on the brands, the shipping options, the fit of the clothes, and what you really want to know- whether you can score any sales or deals!

Today, I’d like to feature this beauty from James and Lottie:

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James and Lottie “Zoo Millie” $56

This is their “Zoo Millie” tunic and bubble shorts set. I’m a traditionalist when it comes to dressing my girl, and I adore a good bubble short. It’s the kind of thing that you can only dress kids in when they are little like this and I fully support taking advantage of it while you can!

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The set fits true to size, in my opinion. My 24lb, 30in, 15 month old is wearing an 18-24 month set in these photos. The straps can be work crossed or not, and I love the sweet little bow on the front! The print is darling and we received a lot of compliments when we wear it.

James & Lottie can be purchased from select boutique stores across the U.S. or directly from their website. Limited size and quantity of inventory, so shop early and often! I’ve never seen a sale on these lovelies, but you can always score a deal from the Buy-Sell-Trade group on Facebook! (Just search “James and Lottie buy sell trade”) On the website, standard shipping rates apply. There are no returns and no cancellations, so choose wisely!

Rainy Day in Baltimore: Maryland Science Center

After a brief reprieve from the rain over the weekend, rain is back in the forecast and that makes this new series I’m running pretty perfect. Growing up in the country, I was pretty isolated and the nearest rainy day activity outside my house was probably a thirty minute drive today. I remember how boring it was and how much I wished I lived closer to my friends and fun things to do. Given that, I guess it’s no surprise that I love living in the city and especially LOVE raising a child in the city. There is no shortage of things to do, indoors or outdoors, and we can always creatively occupy our time.

This week, I’ll be highlighting a couple of my favorite recent rainy day activities in the Baltimore area. I try to do things that are inexpensive (preferably FREE!) and local (within the Baltimore beltway.. walking distance or public transit accessible preferred), so they should be pretty accessible to just about any parent in the Baltimore area. Try them out and let me know what you think!

Today, I want to discuss one of our favorite places to spend a dreary day in the city: the Maryland Science Center Located at Baltimore’s beautiful Inner Harbor, this is just a short walk from our house. If you are coming from out of town, the Light Rail stop at Camden Yards is the best way to get to this part of the city. Leave your car at a station further out of town and save yourself time and money versus parking in the city.

We have a membership here and if you are able to come 3 or 4 times (or more) per year, the membership option is definitely the way to go. Otherwise, entry is about $20 per adult and $17 per child over 3. I consider this a great value because of the membership ($125 for 3 people) and because we go there all the time. We long ago broke even on the investment and it’s been worth every penny.

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The Science Center is great for kids (and adults!) of all ages. There are exhibits on natural history, weather, electricity, space and almost everything has some kind of hands-on, interactive element that encourages the kids to participate and really think about what they are seeing.

My daughter is a toddler, so we’ve spent most of our time over the past year just hanging out in the special room just for babies and toddlers on the third floor.

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The baby area includes a water bed area with a sea theme and stacking blocks, a climbing area with giant legos, a reading and counting station and a computer station. There is also a nursing chair available for the mamas.

Just outside the baby area is an interactive area for toddlers and bigger kids featuring a water table, nature station, and several big play areas with an under water theme. My daughter has recently started to venture into this area and currently loves the water table and “earthquake” lego engineering station.

We have spent many rainy/snowy/just plain cold days at the Science Center and I definitely think it’s been great for my daughter’s development. Since she doesn’t go to daycare, this provides her with another opportunity to socialize with children her own age and explore the world outside of our family home in a way that’s safe and fun. I can’t wait to see how she enjoys the Science Center in the years to come.

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  • Parking: No bueno. Locals should walk or take the Charm City Circulator. Out of towners should Light Rail to the Camden Yards station and walk the short distance from there.
  • Stroller Friendly: Yes. Elevators and stroller parking available. Can be crowded at peak times.
  • Bathroom Situation: Plenty of restrooms on each level. Men, Women, and Family.
  • Economics: $$
    • Can be pricey for single admission tickets.
    • Recommend becoming a Member for best value.
    • Occasional Groupon deals are available!

Here comes the sun..right?

It’s been pretty wet over here recently. Raining and raining and raining. Bad news at any time of year and almost any circumstance, but especially bad news when you have an active toddler who is dying to get outside! We’ve been keeping busy with cooking, indoor playtime in our awesome toddler heaven of a basement, and time spent at our favorite “rainy day ” spots (a few posts on that later!) This weekend, however, we had a brief respite from the constant drizzle and were able to get a few hours out in the sunshine!

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Blair has been walking running up a storm these days and it’s hard to get her to stand still for a picture (or anything else, for that matter!) She especially loves running around in the grass and trying to chase all the dogs at the park. She definitely keeps me on my toes!

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Sadly, the forecaster tells me that we’re in for some more rain here in the next few days. These sunny memories will have to tide us all over until then… 🙂