MEET BUBBLE

10/29/2014

1 3 4 7 8 Say hello to Bubble, the newest member of our family. We were on our way to the grocery store the other evening to pick up some fun snacks after dinner and the kids asked to go “look” in the pet store next door. We walked out an hour later with this tiny white rabbit and everything she needs to feel right at home. Needless to say, the kids are thrilled—especially Plum—she has been asking for a bunny since she was three. We’ve had a lot of excitement with this little one around the house, and also a lot of bickering about who gets the next turn to hold her (we call it bunny drama), but mostly smiling faces and lots of “oohs and awws!” We set a few rules to help with the arguing and so far she’s been a fairly easy pet and super mellow with the kids, which is great. Welcome home Bubble!

WORN / 23: CUYANA

10/28/2014

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Worn: Alpaca Classic Cape, Cuyana. Mauve Triangle Dress, Two New York. Leather shopper in Natural, Cuyana.

Fewer, better things—the philosophy behind the brand Cuyana and a goal that I have personally worked towards over the past two years. I was immediately drawn to their company values and mission to create timeless, quality pieces that you will use and wear over and over for years, rather than just a season. Owners, Karla and Shilpa believe in “style, not fashion.” They strive for simplicity through “beauty and intentional buying.” They want women to love and wear every item in their closet. Some of my favorites include their beautiful leather bags, which can be monogrammed for yourself or would make an extra-special gift, their soft, alpaca sweaters and capes, and their travel case set (also monogram worthy).

See Cuyana’s entire Fall 2014 collection here, if you’d like.

This post is in partnership with Cuyana, whose mission I adore.

GLUTEN-FREE, VEGAN DONUTS

10/26/2014

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My assistant came into the office the other day and brought a plate full of the most amazing, freshly-baked donuts with her. She made them from scratch and with my son Julian in mind, who has a laundry list of food allergies. To be honest, I usually don’t like most gluten-free baked goods, but these were so delicious that I asked her if I could share the recipe with all of you. There is something to love about the gluten-filled, donut shop donuts that we all know and love, but these are a whole different ballgame and even better, in our opinion, because they come without the guilt of having more than just one. I hope some of you will give them a try, and if so, please let us know what you think!

Gluten-Free and Vegan, Baked Powdered Donuts by Mindy White

Prep time: 6 mins | Bake time: 9-12 mins
Makes 1 dozen medium sized donuts.

You will need:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose gluten free flour (You can use regular flour if you prefer.)
1/2 cup raw sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
A pinch of finely ground sea salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
1 “egg” = 1 tsp of ground flax seed mixed into 1/4 cup of hot water (Or 1/4 cup of mashed bananas or applesauce.)
1/4 cup of vegan butter (Melted)
1 3/4 tsp 100% real vanilla extract

Coating:
1/2 cup of vegan butter (Melted)
1 cup of powdered sugar (Feel free to add more, if you need.)

Directions:
Grease 2 medium-sized donut pans, and preheat oven to 400° degrees. Sift your flour before measuring. This ensures that your donuts will be light, fluffy, and bake evenly. In a large mixing bowl, whisk all dry ingredients together. Set aside. In a separate medium bowl, blend all of your wet ingredients together. Next, pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture, and combine until there are no visible lumps. Pour batter into each donut round carefully, about 3/4 to the top. Pop into the oven to bake for about 9-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and place donuts on cooling rack.

For the coating: Melt butter in a small bowl. Pour powdered sugar into a medium bowl. Dunk each donut into the melted butter, letting it soak for a second before placing them into the powdered sugar bowl. I like to use my sifter again to “dust” the sugar onto the donuts, but rolling them around in the powdered sugar works just fine, too.

SOME FAMILY TIME

10/20/2014

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Sorry for the crickets around here lately. We’ve been taking some much needed, personal family time over the past few weeks, which I am sure all of you can relate to in one form or another. I’m not going to dive into details, but I appreciate all of the sweet notes that some of you have sent our way. We are all doing well and are healthy, except for a few runny noses in the house right now that are on the mend. I will be back very soon with some recent bits and pieces, a new Sunday’s cake, some favorite Worn photos, and my updated Vanity Project of what I’m using currently, as I know many of you have asked for one.

Above are some photos that I snapped for another round of the Brother’s and Sister’s campaign for Zara Kids. Sadly, Julian isn’t able to participate since he’s a giant, standing at 6’4, and no longer fits into the clothes. I am not asked or required to post these photos as a part of the campaign, but I love some of these photos too much not to share.

CUTE FALL KID’S CLOTHES

10/01/2014

It’s cooling down outside, which means it’s time to start stocking up on warmer clothes for the kids. I am completely obsessed with the fall/winter selection of clothing and accessories from Darling Clementine, one of my long-time favorite shops. From the cutest knit long johns and stuffed knit toys, to star covered tights and jellyfish sweats, here are a few of my favorite things that are on our list for Birdie and Sailor this season.

To celebrate this new season of layers, knits, and hats, Darling Clementine is offering Bleubird readers 10% off at checkout, using discount code: Bleubird. The code is good from now until Oct. 31st! Happy shopping.

(This post is in partnership with Darling Clementine, a long-time sponsor and family run site we adore.)

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