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Charlotte and Ella: Two moms who met on the Internet and love design, simplicity, and sustainability.




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ZAZA Baby Hammock, Toddler Swing | Product Review


When our ZAZA baby hammock arrived at our house, I knew lots of things about it. I knew it was handmade in Israel by a wonderful woman named Robyn, I knew the fabrics used to create the baby hammock + toddler swing were upcycled, frequently vintage and I knew that it was a versatile product that could either be positioned to create a baby hammock, or you could switch it up and make it a comfy swing for a child. I also knew it was a product that The Beast would love. It was just one of those products that I knew would fit in with our family, and who our son is as a tiny human being.

What I didn't expect was how quickly the ZAZA baby hammock and toddler swing would become his everything.

When I say his everything, I mean it. 


It is the place he goes when he isn't feeling well (okay seriously, the worst picture of us EVER, but he was so, so, so, sick with a 104+ degree temperature and all he wanted to do was bounce in his hammock. Yes I said bounce. The bounce kit consists of two huge elastic bungee loops to make the baby hammock + Toddler Swing bounce. By far the greatest ad on ever!) 

It is his snack fort

It is his reading nook

It is the place he goes when he feels the world getting away from him and he needs a happy to cancel it all out (AKA he is mad that he wasn't allowed to do something he wanted to and feels the need to cry about it).  

Don't worry, that is a happy scream! No, really. It is. 

It truly is his space. We live in a nice cozy 900 sq. ft. house, and while our living room is basically his play room, the hammock has really carved out a safe spot that is really, truly,  just his, and when company comes over, if the hammock is hanging up in our living room we just take down the two carabineer and toss it in a closet. 

I could keep blabbing on and on about this product, because it is such a big part of our household, but, I will end it here with a few important things.  

One thing I really, really appreciate about the hammock? The versatility.
If you didn't notice, all the pictures thus far were taken indoors. That is because we (using this term loosely here folks.  I did nothing) installed two really simple eyelet screws into our ceiling so the ZAZA Baby Hammock and Toddler is able to be used indoors. However, since the kit comes with the complete set up for hanging it up in a tree, we just grab the hammock, toss the ropes around the tree (or any other anchor spot), click in the carabineer and we are good to go in 25 seconds, tops. There is no permanent instillation required for the outdoors because Robyn had the foresight to make it easy to set up, and easy to take down. You could even throw it up for a nap at the park. Check out this quick 60 second video that shows you how to set up your ZAZA hammock outside.


One thing you should plan on? Having an extra pillow handy
Kids are little, and seats are deep.  To ensure that The Beast is propped up and happy, we almost always end up tossing a pillow in the bottom of the hammock. It also helps when he is napping to support his body.

One thing that isn't lame? Dude, the bounce kit.
A pretty simple thought, but the bounce kit has been one of The Beast's favorite things about the hammock. He loves to sit and bounce, and have us bounce him to sleep - or as he says. "Bow, Bow?". 

One thing I find really interesting? Did you know that indoor hammocks and swings are often used for children with sensory processing disorders and children with Autism? I didn't. 
The Beast doesn't have any sensory processing disorders, and he isn't autistic, but I had no idea that indoor hammocks and swings were used for sensory integration therapy until I started looking into hammocks for The Beast.   

Also, if you are interested in how to hang up an indoor hammock or swing in your house, my husband is putting together a tutorial on how to do it, and I should have it up next week!  


Spa Night GNO | His2Hers Spa products review & giveaway

(His2Hers giveaway is now closed. Winners announced below.)

One of my favorite parts of Girls' Weekend in San Diego was our spa night on Friday evening. When we arrived in our rooms the Hilton Homewood Suites had left us each a fluffy white robe and slippers. So glad we let them know in advance that we were coming!

We contacted 2GoSpa in San Diego and scheduled to have pedicures done in-room.

To say it was heavenly would be an understatement. The woman who came was named Jennifer and she was so friendly and personable. We ordered take out and then kicked back as each one of us got a foot massage and pedicure, had delicious wine, and pizza. Blissful way to start the weekend!

While we took turns getting pedicures, we spent some time writing postcards to our fellow July moms who couldn't make it to San Diego. The postcards are from a vintage image we found through Found Image Press in San Diego. A special thanks to them for contributing the postcards at a discounted rate.

After all that pampering, we still had the incredible spa products from our sponsor Megan at His2Hers to try out.

French pink clay for facial masks by His2Hers

O.o La La Sugar Scrubs by His2Hers

O.o La La Glyercin Soap pack of 5 by His2Hers

I'm going to be completely honest with you when I say that I am not a "spa products" kind of girl. We thought up the idea of having  a spa night in the planning stages of our Girls' Weekend and I SO GLAD we connected with His2Hers.

But when I applied the clay mask to my face, it felt smooth and relaxing.

(Kudos to Ella for remembering to bring cucumber slices for our eyelids!)

My skin felt soooo soft when I washed it off. It's been over a week since I used the mask and my skin is still glowing. Totally hooked (and Ashley and Ella let me take the rest of it home too.) Score!

We washed the mask off with one of the soaps from the five pack and then used those for the rest of the weekend. Again, I've never been a crazy soap lover so I was impressed how incredible each one smelled and that they left my skin feeling moisturized instead of dry and tight. We all had to debate over who would take the remaining soaps home (since I got the French clay, I relinquished my rights to the rest of the soaps.) 

But we have two more that are are just dying to be sent to an awesome FinchFound reader.

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Congrats to Melissa L and Ali for being chosen by to win. Just sent you both emails!

Want to win one? If so, leave us a comment in this post about your favorite types of spa products. Clay masks? Fancy soaps? Indulgent body lotions? I'd love to hear what you enjoy. Two winners will be chose at random at 9:00pm PST tomorrow (Wednesday) night.

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Can't wait to get your hands one some of these products? His2Hers is offering a 10% coupon code to their shop to FinchFound readers until May 31st. Just use code: GNO2012


Best of Girls' Weekend | GNO in San Diego

Girls' Weekend in San Diego was a smashing success. It is decided, I need a girls' weekend AT LEAST once a year. Period. End of debate.

Ella spent the weekend being glamorous. Ashley spent the week brightening up San Diego's gloomy weather, and I spent the weekend eating. I approved of this equation.

We spent time up in North County and drooled over the beaches.

Did you see the photos of some of the other shots we took at the beach? Let me just refresh you on those if not:

:collective sigh:

Torrey Pines was gorgeous too.

I hope Ashley loved San Diego as much as we do. 

Sooo much fun!

And more to come, including a giveaway for some of the awesome spa products we tried out from His2Hers!


Getting Back To It | Girls Weekend

I don't know about Charlotte and Ashley, but I have been home for a few days and I am still recovering, and making up lost time with The Beast. I can't wait to blab about all the fun we had though! 

In the meantime, I thought I would leave you with a total mom post.  The photos shown above were not taken by an extreme hipster. Nay. The Beast has had me wrapped around his little finger ever since he was born we got home on Sunday.  Part of that was, I let him roam around the yard taking pictures of whatever he felt the urge to capture. Turns out, after going through his photos, you are left with a really fun look at street taco Sunday.

For some reason I find his photos a never ending source of amusement, as they really do seem to reflect what he finds important. His cats, us, a few favorite toys and the flowers he loves to pick so dearly. I love the glimpses from his point of view, taken with out being prompted. A short little glimpse into how he sees his world. 

Man I love that kid.

We will be back ASAP to talk wine.  


Chillin' | Girls Weekend Still Bubbling

Girls' Weekend. It has been blissful.

Full pics, wrap up posts, and giveaways to come. Still heading to the zoo and then will have to say goodbye to Ashley. It will be sad to see her go, but so glad we had this weeekend!