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Fashion Fridays

Forever ago, I used to document silly but fun things – like my kids’ fashion. Ya know, what they wear. I don’t know why, probably because I spend so much of my damn time looking at kids clothes and we rarely do anything that I feel like it can be a waste of adorable clothes. That makes no sense and it’s so self centered but…aren’t we all a little bit?



Shirt from Ahoy Amigo, skirt from Pepper Kids Co. Necklace is an Ollie original.



This silly romper is Ahoy Amigo. We kinda love them.

The other kids rushed out the door before I could catch them. If we’re being honest, their getups weren’t really that adorable. We’re talking Adidas shorts and tee shirts. Meh.


Happiest of Fridays to you!


(PS, if you follow the link, they send you to the exact item. And no, I’m not getting paid for it or getting free stuff but IF YOU’RE LISTENING, AMAZING SHOPS, I WOULDN’T BE MAD IF I WAS!)


Fashion for the Kittens: something mindless for a Saturday night.

Let’s do something a little mindless, okay?
Let’s talk children’s fashion.
I used to talk a lot more about children’s fashion, but that was before work and four kids and school and autism and violin and dance and Willow Center and GAP…it was when children’s fashion was closer to the top of my list of things that matter.
I’m lucky these days if I can find matching socks for my kids much less a put-together outfit. Just kidding. I try my hardest because it’s something I enjoy, but I don’t care as much as I used to. But it’s a perfect subject for a blog post when things have been a bit heavy lately.
It’s technically Autumn but it feels a lot like Spring. Today it was 70 degrees, I kid you not. We can see our breath in the morning but by afternoon we are peeling off our coats and it’s short sleeves. I’m over it. Let’s move on to sweaters and hoodies, booties and tights. Enough with the short sleeves.
Here are some of my favorite looks for kids in the Fall:
I’m a sucker for bloomers and tights. I know, what’s the point? The point is that it’s adorable. Sometimes, that’s all you need.

Maria is eleven and would rather me pick clothes for her than have to get up 10 minutes earlier than necessary to pick her own. She’s so easy to please and she’s super fashion on her own, so skinnies always, boots always, and she rocks a leather jacket like a boss.


Last year, Charlotte wouldn’t even touch her clothes in the morning if it didn’t consist of a dress and wedges. Yes, wedges. A famous Charlotte quote: “What is THIS?! This isn’t even LIKE A DRESS!!” complete with a toss of the cute clothes I had laid out for her. She’s mellowed out a bit and will even let me dress in her a sweatshirt with Jay-Z on the front and tennis shoes. We’ve come a long way, baby. But to meet her in the middle, I like a dress, leggings, and cute shoes. The jacket gets torn off, I’m sure, within minutes but she humors me at least while she walks to the playground.


Welcome to my perfect world where Ollie would happily put on a neutral Mabo tee, a cute jumper, wellies and yellow tights. Ollie cries when she’s not in a dress (this is a Charlotte flashback) and she usually sneaks a princess dress during that sweet spot when she knows we don’t have time for her to go in and change before leaving the house. But I’m not adding a Princess Sophia dress in this little collage, so this is it.



Alice and Jamie dress alike and if I let them do it on their own, they’d wear pajama pants every day and flip flops. So Hanna Andersson staples it is. Super comfortable, classic and cute.


If you see me out and about and the kids are wearing pajama shirts and tights as pants, it means I lost the morning battle. Or….Dan got the dressed. Either way, remember that deep inside me, I still know kitten fashion.

DIY Fabric Banner


You can all now call me Dr. Prasil.

Or Professor Prasil.

Or Professor.

Or just Ruthie, I don’t care, but I prefer Dr. Prasil.

What I’m saying is that I’m teaching a blogging class at our local college all about blogging and one thing we did was a DIY post. Enjoy!


Here’s what you need:

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Cut the fabric into 1″ strips.Photo Apr 14, 6 34 18 PM


Oh, hello, lovely class.Photo Apr 14, 6 34 54 PM

Fold the strips in half…like so.Photo Apr 14, 6 39 10 PM


At the end of the strip with the fold, fold it down again only about 1″ down.Photo Apr 14, 6 39 24 PM


Cut a slit about 1/2″ long on that fold (so that when you unfold it, it’s an inch long, Einstein)Photo Apr 14, 6 39 36 PM

There’s your slit.Photo Apr 14, 6 39 47 PMPhoto Apr 14, 6 39 59 PM

Lay it on top of the jute cord like this:Photo Apr 14, 6 46 26 PM


Pull the ‘free ends’ around the back side of the jute cord and through the slit.Photo Apr 14, 6 46 43 PM


Tighten that baby up.Photo Apr 14, 6 47 00 PM


Now, go create a petition and present it to your dean of nursing, proposing a change in carpet pattern.


You’re done!

One year old fashion tips

Franci wanted me to share with you her tips on being the most fashion 14-month-old you can be. She was afraid that since this blog has been rather serious lately, you’d forgotten how extremely fashion and cool she is. I assured her you hadn’t, but agreed to remind you anyway.



June and January romper and shirt.

Bloomies Handmade felt bow.

Handmade wooden dolls.

Board Book.

We love June and January. Amy’s designs are simple and comfortable and exactly what little ones want to play in. They’re versatile, too —  pair them with anything and it’s always appropriate.


June and January top and cardi again.

Hansel from Basil tights.

Hansel from Basil might be my favorite. The prints are whimsical and sweet and they add a fun element to an otherwise boring ensemble.


June and January top and tights. See? They go with everything.

Peek Kids bloomers.

Lemons and Lace headband.

Mini Myths board book.


Zara sweater and joggers.

Crafted Co headband.

Hazel Village raccoon friend.

Everything Crafted Company touches is perfect, including this headband. It’s thick and stays put on  Franci’s head AND the other girls. A note about Hazel Village: you must get one for a tiny one in your life. They come with tiny little outfits and stories about them and their personalities. They’re the perfect size for little hands and they’re the cutest.


Oh, look. June and January again. Love.

The Printed Palette shirt.

Kira Kids macaron leggings.

Baby Lit board book.

Montessori Pink Tower.

I have loved The Printed Palette for years! They are a small business based out of California and their tees are comfy and cute. I found Kira Kids at Renegade in San Francisco and loved their prints immediately. Fun and silly. As for the Pink Tower, I’ll always be a lover of Montessori materials. They are so well made and kids just ‘get’ them.

Follow the links to be a  Franci copy cat.

Happy End of Weekend to you!


I’m making a conscious effort to not place so much importance on how we (me and my kittens) look on the outside — meaning, spending so much on clothes is ridiculous and the way I always comment on cute clothes or brands is probably permanently making a home in those sweet little brains. So we’ve been doing something about it (look for a blog post on that in a few weeks).

But you guys, sometimes you decide “today is the day I’m going to really put effort into what my kids look like so people don’t think I’ve completely given up on life.” If you could have seen Ollie’s hair and outfit choice yesterday, you might think I should really look into serious help. Which, I probably should, but meh.

Today was the day I actually looked through my kids closets and chose clothing that was adorable and actually matched. This is a big day.

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[those socks!!!]

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Some of my kids refuse to be photographed lately. This makes me sad and might sometimes result in me threatening to take away privileges before I come to my senses and realize it’s just a picture…and then snap a quick one with my phone when they aren’t looking.

Sneaky like a fox.

Ollie scored big time at the Nordstrom anniversary sale. I’m not sure I could ever buy full-priced Hudson jeans or Docs for a 2 year old, so when I see them on major sale, I pounce. And since the sale is in the summer, I have to guess on sizes for the Fall/Winter. Apparently, Olive has chosen not to grow at all and still wears size 18-24 months. She swims in bottoms. For Charlotte? TARGET, you guys! Target is my favorite place for clothes, I swear. They copy trends of really expensive brands and all of us non-celebrity, non millionaire moms benefit. Franci loves Ollie hand-me downs and Maria is sporting some Target, too.

And the Frye boots? Because sometimes, a splurge is absolutely necessary.

Happiest Wednesday to you!


We all know what Wednesday means, right??

Okay, so maybe I’m shuffling things around and what used to be called “What They Wore Wednesday” is, for today, “Wednesday Favorites” because if I am being honest with myself (which I’m trying to be a little more often), I want no one to witness W(th)WW.

So today, we view some favorites.

Wild Fox sunglasses. You guys, if I had a dime for every time I got complimented on these sunglasses, I’d buy each of you a pair. Or at least one of you. Or at least pay the shipping on a pair you buy yourself. My point is, I’d make some money because that’s exactly what these sunglasses are: MONEY. I love em.

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Kortni Jean swimsuits. I’m not sure if you all are aware, but high-waisted bikinis are completely in this summer. Which is pretty much the best news ever for a mother of 6 who is quite close to losing baby weight but will never lose the stretch marks or the loose skin (of which there is plenty). Kortni Jean has the cutest mix and match patterns and colors and the next time I find a $100 bill on the street, I’m going to buy a suit.

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Question: When is it not party time? Answer: never. It’s always party time. has become one of my favorite brands for all things fun and spunky. SPUNKY. Off-beat, things you wouldn’t expect. Things like “party time” headbands and pencil cases that say “I’m very busy.” They’re my favorite for tumblers and headbands and coffee mugs and accessories.Screen Shot 2015-05-08 at 11.21.19 AM

Where was I when Parenthood arrived on television? I’m not sure where I was or why I didn’t jump on that train each time I saw a Facebook status about “last night’s episode.” Tara mentioned that she started watching it and I rarely let my friends get away with doing something cool and not joining in, so I definitely started watching it on Netflix, too. HOOKED. Will Crosby and Jasmine ever get back together? Will Alex relapse? KRISTINA IS PREGNANT?!?!??! so much happening in my life their life right now.Screen Shot 2015-05-08 at 11.21.43 AM

Shook Twins. Danny and I went to see them a few weeks ago at LCSC for the Dogwood Festival and I was sold after their first song. They’re cute as can be, incredibly talented, and it’s the kind of music that makes you feel at home. Does that make sense? Listen and it will.Screen Shot 2015-05-08 at 11.22.19 AM

Coconut shrimp tacos. Patrick and Lily took me to a Mexican restaurant in California that served coconut shrimp tacos and I was surprised at how delicious I thought they were. So then I started trying to make them at home and they weren’t quite as good as the ones in Cali, but they were pretty freaking good. Screen Shot 2015-05-08 at 11.25.34 AM