Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Come Be a Part of Bubby and Bean!


Come Be a Part of Bubby and Bean!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

10 Great Pineapple Recipes


10 Great Pineapple Recipes // Bubby and Bean
1. Pineapple Cake, Fun & Food Cafe  //  2. Pineapple Cooler, Recipe.com  //  3. Pineapple Orange Salad with Toasted Coconut, My Recipes  //  4. Vegan Pineapple Quinoa in a Boat, Popsugar  //  5. Pineapple Pops, Martha Stewart  //  6. Pineapple Mint Punch, Love Food Eat  //  7. Pineapple Chips, ChowStalker  //  8. Grilled Pineapple, Skinny Taste  //  9. Pineapple Empanaditas, Eating Well  //  10. Pineapple Crush, Fete  


When it comes to design and fashion, pineapples have been all the rage this summer.  It's hard to walk into a store without seeing a pineapple print garment or some sort of pineapple-themed accessory.  And although I'm usually not a huge fan of 'cutesy' trends, this is one that I've been embracing.  I mean, what's not to love about a summery dress covered in tiny pineapples? 

The pineapple may be pretty much owning the pattern world right now, but trends aside, it's also a delicious - and incredibly healthy - fruit.  I put frozen pineapple in my smoothies every single day, regardless of what other fruits and greens I'm including.  And when it comes to drink or candy flavors, I always choose pineapple (when lemon, my #1, isn't an option of course).  It's versatile too, and can be prepared countless ways and used in a wide variety of recipes.  I've been on the lookout for some new ones lately, and decided that for this edition of 10 Great, I'd share with you guys some that I'm especially anxious to try.

What about you?  Are you a fan of the pineapple trend?  What about pineapple as a food?

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Hiking with Baby (+ Our Quick Clean-Up Solution)


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When I was a little girl, my dad used to take my sister and me on what we referred to as 'nature walks.'  Technically, these were short hikes in local forest preserves and wooded parks, where we'd explore, search for treasures like rocks and sticks and leaves, and develop what would be a life-long appreciation for the outdoors.  Now that I have a daughter of my own, we've begun to revisit this tradition by taking her out on mini hikes as well.  She's only seven months old right now, so it's a different experience for her, but she is mesmerized every time.  She loves looking around at the flowers and animals, listening to trees rustle in the wind, and feeling the textures of the leaves, bark, grasses, and rocks.

As fun as these adventures in nature are for us, they ultimately end with a messy babe.  Essley's adoration for touching everything we pass by on our hikes leaves her hands (and face, which she also loves to touch) covered in dirt.  I remember needing to take a bath immediately after nearly every nature walk we took as kids, and that it could sometimes be quite the ordeal.  Thankfully, we have an easier solution today that allows us to get Essley's little hands and face clean before we even get back home.


I prefer to just carry a small backpack on these excursions, with a water bottle, a couple of diapers, a small blanket, and a container of Wet-Nap wipes.  This ends up being all we need to enjoy the adventure and arrive back home in the same condition as when we left.  With just a few swipes of a Wet-Nap, I'm able to clean my little one's hands and face (and sometimes arms, legs, and feet too!) at the end of a hike and avoid the need for an immediate bath.  And that means more time to play (and more time for mommy and daddy to get their stuff done too) when we get back.  Wet-Nap wipes are great for keeping my husband's and my hands clean on our family hikes as well.  Best of all, they're even stronger and softer than before, and they moisturize with aloe.


If you're looking for a way to quickly clean up after an outdoor adventure, head to the napkin aisle at your local Walmart (where we got ours for a great deal, thanks to their everyday low prices) and pick up some Wet-Nap products of your own.  If you need further incentive, here is a coupon for fifty five cents ($.55) off of any Wet-Nap product.  Score!


Who else is a fan of mini hikes in local nature areas?  Have you tried Wet-Nap wipes for quick clean up after your outdoor adventures?


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Friday, July 25, 2014

Our Favorite Coffee Tables


By Home Contributor Paige Ronchetti

Our Favorite Coffee Tables // Bubby and Bean
one // two // three // four // five // six


Here's a riddle for you: what's the one thing we never did in our basement during the big remodel?  If you said "replace your giant black hole of a coffee table" put a gold star next to your name because you're a winner!  I'm not sure what happened with that.  We had every intention of buying or making a new one, but it just kind of... fell off the list and then we moved on to other things.  It's the one that got away, you guys.  (Metaphorically speaking, because it didn't actually get away from us at all and that's the problem.)

Ideally, I'd like to bust out some power tools and make one, but since we're notorious for taking on too many things at once, it's likely that we'll end up buying one instead. And that's totally fine because there's some major eye candy to be had in the coffee table department.  I did some searching and put together a group of stuff that would not only work in our house, but would actually look great in most places--just in case you're in the market for a new one, too.  It's hard to go wrong with any of these.

My favorites here are numbers one and two--midcentury modern for life!--but I honestly love all of them. The cool metal frames on three and four are everywhere right now; it's a good trend to try on furniture because it's more subtle than, say, chevrons and will transition well as styles keep changing. Five and six have the bonus of being cute AND having extra storage.  I wouldn't mind having a designated spot for stashing coasters and our 400 remotes...

It would be silly of me to say goodbye without a gratuitous shot of a coffee table in action, so here we go:

coffee table1

Yep. That one's a keeper.

Which of these tables is your favorite?  Is there a project that you've accidentally left undone for a while? Have you ever tried to make a coffee table yourself? - Paige

Thank you Paige for sharing your top coffee table picks with us today.  #3 would look pretty fine in my living room, in case anyone is wondering what I want for Christmas or anything.  In addition to writing for Bubby and Bean as our Home Contributor, Paige is an Interior Designer (check out her biz, The Room Kit), and also blogs over at Little Nostalgia.  You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

GIVEAWAY // Win a $1,000 Gemvara Gift Card (+ My Specially Designed Necklace)


GIVEAWAY // Win a $1,000 Gemvara Gift Card at Bubby and Bean!

As you guys are probably well aware by now, I have an almost 7 month old daughter who is my very favorite thing in the entire world.  Hands down.  She was born in December, and for my birthday, my sister had a lovely ring made for me with a Topaz (December's birthstone) stone, and my daughter's name engraved on this inside.  It's so special and personal, and I treasure it so much.  So when Gemvara contacted me about working with them to design a piece of jewelry, I knew that I wanted to create something along the same lines - something beautiful and unique, dedicated to my Essley.

For those of you who aren't familiar with them, Gemvara.com offers customizable fine gemstone jewelry online - with 29 different gemstones, 9 precious metals, and hundreds of styles to choose from. What I love most about them is that they allow you to create a truly one-of-a-kind piece that captures a personal story or unique inspiration.  From rings to necklaces to earrings to bracelets and more, they have endless options for creating a piece of fine jewelry exactly to your liking.  And each piece is crafted by hand, by artisans in their Gemvara New York workshop.  How cool is that?


I had so much fun on their website, looking through all of the stunning options they offer and trying out different pairings until I was able to fully customize the exact piece that I wanted.  I ended up putting together a necklace: a round-cut solitaire pendant in 14k white gold, paired with an 8mm Blue Topaz gem, and 1.4mm 14k white gold cable chain.  I wanted a simple and timeless design, with a delicate chain that would really showcase the Blue Topaz, in honor of Essley.  The process of designing exactly what I wanted - from the type of accessory itself to the choice of metal and weight, to the size and color of the gemstone, to the style of the chain - was so easy and enjoyable from start to finish.  To be able to create such a meaningful piece of fine jewelry, with each detail precisely the way I wanted it, was a really incredible experience.  When it arrived and I saw it in person, I actually got a little teary.  It's absolutely flawless, and I've been wearing it everyday.  I plan to pass it down to Essley when she's older, so it's kind of a family heirloom in the making. Even the packaging was gorgeous.  It also came with a certificate of authenticity that lists the fine metals and stone, and states that it was designed by me.  So, so special.


And now that I've gushed about how much I love my necklace, I get to deliver the best news of all.  One of you is going to get to create your own special piece (or pieces!) of fine jewelry at Gemvara as well, because they are giving Bubby and Bean readers the chance to win a $1,000 gift card (yes, $1,000)!


Just use the entry form below.  There are several ways to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway will run through July 30th, 2014 and is open to Bubby and Bean readers worldwide.  The winner will be randomly chosen and announced here shortly after.


Many, many thanks again to Gemvara.com for giving me the chance to create such a lovely, meaningful necklace, and for giving Bubby and Bean's readers the chance to win a truly incredible prize!  Good Luck!


This post/giveaway is in partnership with Gemvara. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting Bubby and Bean by allowing me to share occasional sponsored content.

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