Thursday, March 25, 2010

the things you can learn from a good nanny

When my son, now 6 1/2, started dressing himself he would pull out every t-shirt in the drawer and discard them on the floor until he found what he was looking for, generally on the bottom of one of my neatly folded piles.  After a few weeks of folding and refolding I did what I thought was the only sensible thing, I hung every single t-shirt in his closet.  Now he can easily scroll through them to choose his favorite and very rarely do any tees end up discarded on the floor.  But clearly, I wasn't thinking far enough out of the box.  Or drawer.

Years later, I was at my girlfriend's house when she opened one of her son's drawers to show me a t-shirt we'd been discussing (that's a story in itself so we'll skip the details).  Needless to say my jaw dropped when she opened the drawer.  It looked like a drawer you'd find at the GAP at store opening.  Perfectly folded t-shirts (the boy is SEVEN) rolled up to expose the detail on the shirt for easy selecting.  Now I'm a self professed OCD sufferer and even I was amazed.  Fortunately, she cleared up the fact that her live-in nanny was fully responsible while I was still attempting to pull up my jaw.

So what does one do with this new information?  Well, she certainly doesn't remove all of her son's shirts from their hangers but she does attack his younger sister's dresser immediately.  Now my work is not nearly as perfect as the ingenious nanny's was but it suits Zuzu just fine.  And yes, she has far too many clothes for a 3 1/2 year old. 

Disclaimer: Sincere apologies if this post was boring and contained old news for you... but I'm guessing that my other OCD mom's out there might just appreciate the tip.  wink, wink.


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

best birthday looks - number 19

I've been away for a bit challenging our family record in number of trips to the pediatrician, after hours clinic & pharmacy in a two week span of time. I am proud to announce that not only were all of our illnesses fairly insignificant (although slightly annoying and uncomfortable) but we have successfully beaten that record.

We have also managed to somehow find ourselves included as #19 on the list of "The Best Birthday Outfits and Accessories" broadcast today on the homepage of

We are humbled and honored.  And, coincidentally, we are headed on vacation tomorrow to attend to an important family matter.  Timing is everything, eh?  We will keep the shop open for orders and inquiries but will be forced to suspend shipping until we return next Tuesday, the 23rd of March.

Thank you for your continued support of zuzu girl handmade and we'll see you soon!


Monday, March 8, 2010

charming blooms

Just about the sweetest shabby we've ever seen.  Introducing the first of our new zuzu girl handmade charming blooms headbands.  We hope you love them as much as we do...


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

ABC paper cup

ABC paper cups courtesy of Imagine and Make Designs, a Seoul based design company.  Sure beats writing the kids names on their cups with black sharpies.  I haven't actually been able to figure out how to purchase them yet but that doesn't negate the fact that they are super cool.  Dreaming up a simple DIY version now...

Monday, March 1, 2010

lela rose for mommy & me


These sweet and stylish Mommy (top two images) and "Me" (bottom image) kicks are all courtesy of Lela Rose for Payless.   Ah, am I'm ready for Spring!