Spring has Sprung! Depending on where you live, this may mean rain, sunshine or even snow (like here in Utah). No matter what, spring weather can seem a little unpredictable at times. The best way to be prepared for whatever Mother Nature has in store is with the proper footwear. For this reason, we are very excited to announce our newest brand addition, Bogs Rainboots for Kids.
Bogs have long been known for their outstanding quality and value, comfort and waterproofness. These kids rainboots are amazing in snow, slush, rain or mud and with many great colors and patterns to choose from you’re bound to find a pair your kids are crazy about. Take a look and grab a pair of these great Bogs for Kids and be ready for spring conditions anywhere!
Why are Bogs for Kids so great you ask? Well, here are just a few reasons why these stand out as the best rain boots for kids:
1. Comfortable in temperatures from -30 degrees Fahrenheit
2. Easily removable Aegis antimicrobial footbed for easy washing
3. Rubber outside to easily wipe off and keep out mud, wetness and snow
So, don’t wait to grab a pair. Spring has arrived! Click here to shop all Bogs for Kids
It’s FRIDAY! We hope that you all are receiving some of this amazing spring weather that we have been fortunate to have here in Salt Lake City and are heading out to enjoy it the weekend. We’ve made it through the week to another Friday and wanted to wrap it up by sharing a few of our favorite finds, stories, videos, and projects with you!
Meet Straight Grain, and be careful you could get lost in this blog for hours. These adorable styles and tutorials remind us that sometimes all you need is a needle and thread.
If only Halloween were tomorrow the adorable Etsy shop, The Whishing Elephant, would be the answer to our costume prayers.
Have you discovered Nuna? If you haven’t, you must! We’ve become complete obsessed with these design conscious products that are not just amazing functional and convertible but will also look great in your house. We love all of their products but have been eyeing their Leaf for quite some time now.
This great DIY Utility Ottoman has made its way onto our weekend project list. The perfect solution for toys, blankets, or odds and ends. What projects have made your weekend list?
Hatch launches their spring collection for all of you prego mamas out there!
Craving soft and shiny hair for spring? Check out this home beauty mask by the Beauty Department.
Kids today have is all. All the talent that is! If you missed this great piece on the Today Show be sure to check out the amount of talent packed into these tiny bodies, pretty impressive if we do say so.
Car dancing at it’s very best gave us a much needed laugh this week!
Toys from around the world. This great photo editorial is worth the 5 minute break from your day to check out.
(*photo from fotoblog)
I hated our family garden as a child. The pear and apple trees shed their fruit and left a minefield of rot and buzzing bees. Instead of climbing trees, I was tasked with gathering the fallen apples and pears. Weeding was even worse. Our straight rows of carrots and peas endured a constant invasion of unforgiving weeds. Saturday mornings we were banished to the backyard to care for our garden. If we even wanted a chance at pizza and a Saturday night movie, the gardening chores had to be completed.
Things have changed over the years and now as spring blossoms I can hardly wait to break ground on my garden. I’ve been starting to study the options of what I can grow this summer. I had eggplants coming out of my ears last year and you can only eat so much eggplant parmasen. Tomatoes are a garden staples but I’m not so sure if I have the heirloom touch. It’s time to start planning people! Get your little munchkins, grab your shovel and get ready to get dirty. Here are few gardening sites and ideas for the spring!
I love Rachel Turiel‘s suggestion for involving kids in gardening. Some great ideas include planting a grazing garden with items like snap peas and cherry tomatoes that kids can harvest and eat on their own.
It’s always a good idea to get fun tools. I love this watering can with a happy floral print.
Kid size shovels and rakes also make the job easier for your little helpers.
I’ve also learned to ask the experts when it comes to planting. There are so many things to think about from planting schedules to soil types. Here are a few of my favorite places to look for ideas. If you are in the West, Sunset magazine is not only a great resource for gardening but also has amazing recipes! The Vegetable Garden has planting schedules, companion plant tips and great gardening articles. My Square Foot Garden has easy tips on getting your garden started. Finally Johnny’s Seeds has a great collection of seeds to get you growing. Spring is coming! Get your green thumb ready.
When it comes to luxury accommodations in one of the best ski areas in the world, you’d be hard pressed to find a better spot than Tivoli Lodge. Voted the #1 Vail Hotel on TripAdvisor year after year, Tivoli Lodge can’t hide the fact that it provides the best in personalized service, amenities and comfort. Click here to learn more about this amazing hotel. We’ve partnered with Tivoli Lodge to bring you an exclusive 25% off any stay of three nights or more now through 6/27/2013. Just click here and use promo code: Tivoli13
And…don’t forget to stock up on the gear you need for your stay! Shop our great selection of this season’s kids ski wear on sale now.
I don’t know about you, but here in the AxlsCloset office we’re all feeling a little bit of spring fever. But here in Utah the weather can be a little unpredictable. Preparing for the day means layers of clothing. You almost never know what to expect and it’s necessary to bring along clothes that can shield you from a random blizzard or that you can shed to enjoy a warm, sunny day in the valley. So as we dream about far away beaches and palm trees, we’ll take some time to be realistic about preparing for spring.
We wanted to share some of our favorite spring discoveries with you to prepare you and your kids for the weather that lays head. An adorable kids rain jacket that will keep your kid dry and happy is essential. When we discovered little IMBUE, we had to share them with you. Now a part of our Axl’s Market, these water repellent jackets come in bright, vibrant colors and are perfect for the spring.
Our go-to’s for spring, also include this favorite among us at the office. The Girls Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket offers the Patagonia quality you trust with great H2No waterproofing with features such as a built in visor to shield rain and reduce glare. Also check out The North Face Tailout Rain Jacket for babies…another great way to protect your kid from the rain.
As the weather starts to warm up, a light layer is all your kid needs sometimes. A great mid-weight piece for spring is the Patagonia Synchilla Cardigan for babies. Soft, quick drying and generously sized for easy layering.
Spring also means you can finally venture outside to play, enjoying the sunshine and activity it brings. Keep your kid mobile and happy with a longboard skateboard from GoldCoast. A local Salt Lake City, and California, based company, GoldCoast longboard skateboards offer kids a great way to get outside and enjoy the spring air.
For those first days back at the park, prepare with one of Eco Vessel’s line of innovative BPA free water bottles and lunchboxes. We’ve been digging on the cool features like the Eco Vessel Tea Strainer for boulder bottles and their line of insulated stainless steel water bottles.
So, come rain, shine or snow, prepare yourself for the spring adventures that lay ahead.
Have favorites of your own? Please share with us here!
If you are not receiving the daily Etsy email, it’s time to sign up. The email highlights cool new Etsy shops and unique products that will having you grabbing your wallet. I decided to share a few of my favorite finds from Etsy this week. Enjoy!
I’m hoping this little guy flies south to my house. Wouldn’t it look great tucked away on a book shelf?
I love the contrast of these earrings. The gold dipped in pyrite gives a very natural but polished impression.
Aren’t these cardigan onesies the best? We just brought Haddon and Co. onto Axls Marketplace as a new brand. Babies are adorable when they are all dappered up!
I’m kinda of a thrift market junkie. I love finding forgotten old objects and adding them to my eclectic home decor approach. So far the Brooklyn Flea Market has blown everyone out of the water but this shop is pretty fun too!
Ashley Pahl’s stationary is gorgeous. I’m tempted to frame this card and hang it as art instead of send it. Selfish, I know but look at how great her work is!
It’s Valentines Day and I’m starting to feel all mushy. I can’t help it. The older I get, the more I cry over heart warming Johnson and Johnson commercials and love stories. It’s really that I am a sucker for love. There is something magic about seeing two people fall head over heels for each other. I totally swooned and got teary when I found the extraordinary Jessica Hische’s wedding invitation. The illustrations are incredible and the love story gave me a good heart melt. I’ve posted some images below but you should really take a break from that crush of emails in your inbox or your sink of dirty dishes and fall in love with Jessica and Russ.
Visit the invitation here: http://jessandruss.us/
It’s been pretty grey here in Salt Lake City and I can’t help but daydream of summer sunshine. I’m ready to move onto February and enjoy the invasion of heart shaped candies and grocery store aisles bathed in pink. To pump a little sunshine into the frigid winter temps and prep for Valentines Day, I made these amazing strawberry cupcakes. They are delicious and incredibly easy to make. ( Trust me, I am not a baker and they turned out great!) A huge props goes out to My Baking Addiction, who created this fabulously approachable and tasty recipe!
Easy Strawberry Cupcakes
Yield: 24 cupcakes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 18-22 minutes
For the Cupcakes
1 (15.25 ounce) package French Vanilla cake mix (see note below)
1/2 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
1 cup Greek strawberry yogurt
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
4 eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup diced fresh strawberries (about 10 medium berries)
For the Strawberry Buttercream
4 sticks (2 cups) unsalted butter, room temperature
1.5 pounds (24 ounces or about 5.5 cups) confectioners’ sugar, sifted
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
about 8 medium fresh strawberries, pureed (you’ll need 4-5 tablespoons of puree)
For the Cupcakes
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin tin with paper liners or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat together the cake and pudding mixes, Greek yogurt, oil, water, eggs and vanilla. Beat for about two minutes on medium speed until well combined. Fold in diced strawberries
3. Using a large cookie scoop, distribute the batter between 24 muffin wells; about 3 tablespoons of batter per well.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 18-22 minutes or until the tops of the cakes spring back when lightly touched. Allow cupcakes to cool inside muffin tins for about 10 minutes. The cupcakes may develop a slight divot in the center as they cool, but no worries, you’ll cover that with delicious frosting.
5. Remove cupcakes from muffin tins and allow to fully cool on a wire rack. Once cupcakes are cool, prepare your frosting.
For the Frosting
1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed for about 5 minutes.
2. Turn the mixer down to low speed and gradually add in the confectioners’ sugar until it is completely incorporated. Add in vanilla and 3 tablespoons of the strawberry puree, mix until incorporated. Turn off the mixer and check the buttercream for taste and texture. Gradually add in the last 2 tablespoons of strawberry puree until you reach the desired level of strawberry flavor. Please note that adding more than the recommended 5 tablespoons could result in a thinner frosting. Turn the mixer back up to medium-high speed and beat the mixture for about 3-4 minutes or until light and fluffy.
3. Pipe the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes and if desired, garnish with fresh strawberries.
- My favorite French Vanilla Cake is made by Betty Crocker – Pudding in the mix.
- I used Chobani Greek Yogurt
* Recipe and photos attributed to My Baking Addiction
Secret Confession- I’m kinda of obsessed with kids books and Dallas Clayton’s debut work did not disappoint. Encouraging kids to DREAM BIG and packed full of awesome illustrations, An Awesome Book has quickly become one of my favorites. I’ve included a few great illustrations from the book.
Dallas Clayton’s story of how he decided to write the book is pretty inspiring too. You can watch an awesome video about why he wrote the book here. (It’s okay if you get a little teary eyed watching it… I did.)
Reading this book brought back all the imagination of childhood and made me realize that at any age, it’s not too late to DREAM BIG!