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Family Halloween Costume Ideas

Today our UPS delivery guy was wearing a hoodie parka with his shorts … I think it’s a sure sign that it is, indeed, Fall here in Charleston. Now that it’s Fall, the next logical thing on the mighty to do list is to think of a really clever Halloween costume.

Canadian Flag Spandex Halloween CostumeOur son is thinking about being a robot this year, and I’m trying to convince John to be a Canadian (long story), but so far we haven’t decided on anything yet. If you have any great ideas please let me know.

Pictured above, some of my favorite Halloween costume ideas: The Kid from UP, Bowl of Spaghetti, Bandit Family. 

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Accelerate Through the Turn

Accelerate Through the Turn Advice from Donald Firm via DelphineAs usual, my plate is overflowing with projects, and some pretty big changes are in the works. In effort to keep it all together, I’m trying to remember this advice my dad (Don Firm) gave me when he was teaching me to drive: accelerate through the turn.

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Daddies are the Greatest!

Father's Day 2012Happy Father’s Day to all the daddies out there. Daddies make the world go ’round. Special shout out to my Daddy. Missing you!!!

cat at table eating

Ajax thought the Father’s Day brunch looked too delicious to pass up. Totally busted him eating yogurt when I was setting the table!


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rainbow matchbox cars

//photos: Beatrice Firm

Let’s just say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Styling by my 7yo son.

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lessons from first graders

I’m in New York for the National Stationery Show (I promise to report trands and scenes from the show soon here and on my other gig, Creative-SoCal), but meanwhile just had to post these pictures from my son’s first grade classroom. The class read the book “It’s Okay to be Different” and then had the idea to write additional “pages” to the book. I love what they came up with! 

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field trip: birch aquarium in la jolla

Our first grader is on “ski week” vacation. Why they don’t call it President’s Day vacation is beyond me. But I digress …

It’s one of the busiest times of the year at the Delphine studio, so we couldn’t take time off for a proper vacation. Nor do we ski. Chilliness and I don’t mix very well. Instead, John and I are taking turns taking half-days off with our little one this week for a “staycation” in San Diego. We’re super lucky to live in a city where other people love to visit — there’s lots to do here. We decided this is the year we’re going to actually take some time out to enjoy our back yard! Hopefully we’ll find time to take some time together as a whole family to enjoy it all together soon.

It’s Museum Month in San Diego, so we went to pick up our half-price museum pass at Macy’s on the way to our first museum trip this week. We were super sad that they are all out of passes! Major bummer. We decided to press on anyway, and visited the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla, California yesterday.

This giant wolf eel looked super grumpy!

This gigantic fish tank is home to some pretty huge fish, including some that seemed larger than my kid! 

The little suckers on the octopus and starfish are really amazing up close. I also like this red and pink color combination. Inspiration strikes me in some of the strangest places!

My favorite tank is the reef tank, because it reminds me of snorkeling with my family in the Florida Keys. 

These sea plants remind me of fern botanical prints. Love the shapes here.

Hard to beat this view! The Birch Aquarium is available to rent out for special occasions like weddings and corporate parties. I’ve been to a few wedding industry events here.

We had a fabulous visit, and Alexander told me “this is one of the best days ever.” Awwwww. Just that made it worth it! 

All photos: Erika Firm

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wish list: ipad

I know, I know, it’s not a very original wish list item. But I really do wish I had an iPad (and a cute iPad cozy to carry it around, like the felt one above by ccommeca).

Sorry I haven’t had time to work on cool gift guides for the blog this year. I have been busy trying to track down items from my son’s own wish list. This year he assembled a BOOK of items he’d like Santa to bring to him. Topping his list this year: Legos and Hexbugs.

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holiday sparkle

May your holidays sparkle!

This weekend I made some giltter Christmas ornaments to help decorate the house this year. Some of which are for sale in mom’s Etsy shop, Sainte Beatrice!

Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday weekend. xoxoxo, E.

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