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Welcome to the new site

We have just moved the entire site from its previous incarnation on the Squarespace 5 platform to the new Squarespace 6 platform. The new platform has allowed us a new look and some new functionality, which we will do our best to make the most of. The main change has been combining all new WORLD, LIFE and RECIPES posts onto the MAIN page. This way every new post will be in one place. For those of you who prefer to stick to one section, you can choose from the 3 main category links in the MAIN page sidebar. 

Everything from the old site is still here and can be found by either searching or by visiting the lovely {FROM the old site} folder in the top navigation bar. Within the folder are the imported WORLD, LIFE & RECIPES sections. You will notice various quirks of the migration, including dropped images in post excerpts and formatting oddities.  We have also added a sidebar that lists all of the categories from those 3 sections to make finding what you want a bit easier. All new recipes posted in the MAIN section will also be re-posted in the RECIPES section, so that it will always include all of our recipes.  Also in the works are a few new pages that are being modified from their older incarnations on the old version of the site. 

If you have any question, concerns or suggestion, please feel free to let us know. I can always be reached via email at: kiersten@greenspotblue.com or comment below.

Inspiration: A bit of everything...for kids

Tomorrow is my daughter’s 3rd birthday. As I’m attempting to type this she and her brother are making giant, 3-4 foot tall Duplo “ice cream cones” right next to my hands that are falling over left and right when they try to lick them. Left- smashing against the wall to the side of me. Right- direct hit to my fingers and the keyboard. I’m now thinking that I’m glad we didn’t get her more Duplos. We did get her lots of cute and very girlie things as per her request, but she is fairly scary for such a girlie girl. And painful, as the duplos smash down on me again. (And, yes, It’s me who’s helping them get the Duplos to the tippie top of their cones which are way out of their reach.) I think what she’d really love most is to share a room with her 3 big brothers. Even while she’s smashing her mommy with duplos, climbing on the dining room table while trying to reach the chandelier, jumping from the top of our very high climber, just assuming someone will catch her, she loves the pinks & purples, tutus and ribbons, sparklies and baubles. It’s all that pretty girlie stuff and those big blue eyes that help her get away with murder. However, she is flipping fantastic and we all adore her endlessly.

I am always in favor of giving children art to live with- be it framing their own masterpieces or some really great pieces that they can grow with. The first 2 pieces below are ones that I am considering for my children for Christmas. First of all because I love them and I think they could appreciate them somewhat as well. Secondly, because they are from the Art for Sandy Relief benefit editions from 20x200 and TIME. I always love when a gift can do double duty, especially when one of those duties is helping others, a great example to set for children at holiday times. Visit 20x200 for details on all of the editions & the local charities the prints benefit.

Next up, Mini & Maximus because I have yet to mention the new Boo Yah collection and I just love their pieces, their philosophy and their fabulous photos. Check out more at their site or go all the way past all of the other lovely things for kids we’ve tossed in this week to view the collection’s video. Or do both. I really love the stills on the site. So super cute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See more of what we love for kids on our Things for little ones Pinterset Board

Inspiration: A bit of everything...for kids

Next week marks my youngest’s 3rd birthday and, as we rather lost the last 2 weeks to all sorts of not so fun stuff, we’ve been rushing to find the perfect presents. We are already drowning in toys, so we’ve been trying to settle on bigger items that will make everyone happy (mixed in with the only 2 things she’s asked for- something Dora and something Thomas). As the baby is officially about to be no longer a baby, we’re thinking it’s time to start de-babyproofing a bit and thus, will be opening up the basement playroom to full, unrestricted access for all. Since it will now be used more often, we’ve asked them all what they want to make it perfect. They all agreed on Wii access, a fully stocked art table and “a comfortable reading lounge area” and a gallery wall. So, this is where we are putting the birthday focus. Hopefully we can meet their expectations. They have once again, over the past 2 weeks, proven themselves to be Rock Stars, so they need a room that is as incredibly kick-ass as they are, each and every one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the Green Table: Soupe au Pistou

Soupe au Pistou is a minestrone or vegetable soup with fresh herbs and pasta from Provence.  The soup can be prepared with virtually any combination of your favorite fresh vegetables that are in season.  It is frequently made with zucchini, green beans, tomatoes and small pasta.  But, depending on the season, you can also use different vegetables such as summer or winter squash, turnips, potatoes, parsnips, celeriac, savoy cabbage, swiss chard, kale or whatever you like.


The one element, however, that brings this soup alive and gives it such a unique taste, is the final addition of pistou, a lighter French version of Italian basil pesto. It is frequently made with only basil, garlic and olive oil, without nuts or cheese.  The pistou recipe below, however, also includes flat-leaf Italian parsley, celery leaves, cheese and tomatoes.  

But you can vary the ingredients according to your own taste.  Your favorite jar of prepared pesto will also work quite well.

 

See our recipes for Soupe au Pistou & Pistou in our RECIPES section

Music: Riding Bubbles

Bubble Ride by Vanessa Trien & The Jumping Monkees is a fun musical romp full of imaginative lyrics and engaging music. From the first song, “Moomooheehawbaabaaneigh”, you are drawn in by the fun chorus and the mix of folk rock with a rap bridge full of animal jokes.Read More

Things we love: twistband

Lulu wearing a twistbandOnce again something I absolutely love has popped out of my Birchbox and I don’t know how I’ve managed to not see this sooner. Twistband is so simple and yet so fantastic I just had to share it right away. I am constantly pulling my hair back and letting it down, over and over, all day long. I also have very thick, heavy hair that resists being pulled back and tears through ponytail holders constantly, so I always have at least 2 ponytail holders on my wrist at all times.  It’s also so hard to find one that I like- doesn’t pull too hard on my hair or slide right off, not too tight, not too loose, doesn’t snap on the first wearing or wear out in a few days. It seems like a ponytail should just be a ponytail, not an endless annoying battle with tiny bits of elastic just to get through the day. Well, I think I have found my solution to my never ending battle with my ever independent hair.

twistband 12 pack from birchboxTwistband is a soft piece of knotted elastic that comes in pretty colors, sits nicely and quietly on my wrist without calling any sort of attention to itself until it’s needed. When it is needed, it slips effortlessly onto my hair, is easily twisted into place without any pulling or snagging and just does it’s job. A perfect ponytail every time and so gentle that it feels like my hair is holding itself back. Whether I twist it on for a full ponytail, wrap it around for a quick bun or pull back a bit of hair at the nape of my neck, it holds gently and oh so comfortably without slipping. When I slide it off there’s no snagging, yanking or creasing in my hair and it goes back to sitting prettily & comfortably on my wrist. And another plus, possibly a miracle, my 2 year old who will under no circumstances even let you suggest her hair be pulled back without a fight, it wearing a ponytail right now for the first time. She thinks “her” twistband (no longer mine, apparently) is pretty, soft and comfy. Because it’s thicker, softer and stretchier than a traditional hair elastic, it holds securely without pulling, even shorter or finer hair is easier to pull back securely without discomfort or quickly sliding out. I love it and so does my daughter, which, really, truly, is amazing. 

Twistband is available in a variety of colors and styles to suit any occasion. Twistband also offers headbands and some pretty cool looking shoe laces too. Visit their site to see more and to order. They are available as singles or in 3 or 6 pack sets. You can also find a whopping 12 pack set at Birchbox. I’ll be ordering more right away since it looks like I’ll never get the one I have back from my daughter. Whether you spend your days working hard at your office, chasing after little ones, are running errands or just running, twistband is a perfect way to make your day just a bit easier and is always at the ready when you need it.