Romper Room


No longer just for the baby and preschooler set, rompers are making a comeback.  This season's selection is full of cheerful prints, spunky polka dots and nautical-inspired style. One does not need a "magic mirror" to tell you that these are all about fun and play!

1. Tea Collection Desert Beauties Romper
2. Pumpkin Patch "Spotty" Romper - Ms. T's favorite!
3. Baby Gap Dot Romper 
4. Hartstrings Sailor Romper - on sale now for $28.50
5. Kate Mack "Seaside Petals" Romper - little and big girls
6. Old Navy Chambray Romper - little and big girls
7. H & M Floral Jumpsuit - only $14.95!
8. Gap Kids Daisy Romper 
9. Old Navy Baby Bubble
10. Wild Things "Woodland" Romper - cute Etsy shop here!

"I'm Just A Girl,

1. HM "Gwen Burst" Tee, 2. HM Skinny Pants in Coral Blosson, 3. Target White Glitter Belt.

Take a good look at me..."  Oh yeah, can't get this No Doubt song out of my head since seeing the totally hip and cool new 2013 spring line from Harajuku Mini (HM from here on out).  If you have been following this blog, you probably realize that we're big fans of HM. I also will admit to having a teensy-weensy girl crush on Gwen too. I'm pretty sure she was born cool!  

Anyways, the styles that hit stores last week are F-U-N.  I love the mix of girly with a bit of grungy street attitude.  And the boys' assortment is bold and radical.  From the line-up below you can see it was difficult to choose which outfit was the cutest. But I thought the one above really personified Ms. T's sense of style.  Who does that Supergirl remind you of?! She will be rocking out in the school corridors, no doubt!
1. HM Girls' Letterman Jacket (I think I may need to go back for this one!), 2. HM "Black Cat" Dress, 3. HM Toddler Ruffled Swimsuit4. HM Toddler 2-Piece Legging & Tunic Set, 5. HM Infant Boys Romper, 6. HM Girls "Azalea" Dress, 7. HM Toddler Boys Tee.

Hooked on U!

Ms. T's Valentine's Day Outfit: Dress: Crewcut Anchor Dress (last season's, but similar ones here and here). Sweater: Ribbon Sweater from Nordstroms (old, similar one here). Belt: Xhilaration from Target, Set of 3 Glitter Belts in Azores Rose (awesome deal!). Boots: Nordstrom "Cassidy" Cowboy Boots in Metallic Pink. Tights: Gap Kids Chevron Tights in Ivory Frost (on sale now!). Headband: Anchor Headband from The Purple Goose. Jewelry: Candy Heart Necklace made by Hopscotch Sketchpad.

Since having kids, Valentine's Day has become more special.  I really enjoy baking fun treats for my kids and buying or making them sweet little trinkets for the holiday.  This year I decided to try these yummy Candy Heart Necklaces.  I found this idea on this fun site called "Cute Food for Kids" (the how-to here).  Aren't they too cute?  Even my 10 year old wore his to school!  I wonder if they will make it till lunch time....

As for Ms. T's V-day outfit, I thought it would be fun to come up with something a bit offbeat. I love this dress I got her on clearance at the end of the summer from Crewcuts. But she's only worn it probably two times. I thought Valentine's Day was the perfect opportunity to bring it out of the closet again (nautically-inspired trends are huge right now).  So we paired it with a ribbon cardigan, replaced the rope belt with a sparkly pink skinny and topped it all off with a red ribbon anchor headband.  It was Ms. T's snazzy idea to wear her pink cowboy boots.  I think she looks pretty fabulous!

Hope everyone has a lovely Valentine's Day!

XOXO, Hopscotch Sketchpad

Pink: It's Not Just for Girls!


The blog was pretty quiet last week and the pictures above offer a good clue as to why. Ms. T's brother, Mr. C, had a little basketball injury and fractured a growth plate in his ankle. But what is even more interesting is the choice of color that was chosen for his cast.  Yep, that's right, a ballsy neon pink!  

I'll admit I was a bit nervous about his choice; were the kids (boys) at school going to tease him?  But from all the signatures and doodles on his cast, it's evident that he was confident in his choice and proudly showed it off (check out Mr. Buster photobombing my close-up cast shot; always has to be the center of attention!).

Which brings me to my point, is pink really only for girls?  Most definitely not!  I actually think boys (& men) look very handsome in pink.  Below I have rounded up some of my favorite pink duds for the dudes.  Whether bold or subtle, your guys will be in the pink!


1. Crewcuts Boys' The Best Tee, 2. Billabong Iconic Boardshorts @ Zappos, 3. Nike Kids Jr Nike5 Bomba (just a swoosh of pink!)4. Vineyard Vines Antigua Gingham Shirt (Mr. C's pick), 5. Crewcuts Urbanears Headphones in Grape, 6. Crewcuts Chino Shorts in Dusty Berry, 7. Old Navy Pink Plaid Shirt, 8. Gap Kids Slouch Skinny Jeans in Dark Wash (they also carry PINK! skinny jeans for boys, you can find them here!). 9. Vans in Neon Pop/Frost Grey.

Paint the classroom red...


Or pink!  If you're still in need of a sweet gift for your little Valentine but you don't want something sugary sweet, these nail polish sets are a great find.  Piggy Paint, created by a Mom, is a kid-friendly, non-toxic and hypoallergenic nail polish line in a playful palette of colors.  

I have been wanting to try this line with Ms. T and finally picked up this cute set yesterday at The Purple Goose.  The set includes two polishes in LOL (a shimmery hot pink) and Pinkie Promise (bubble gum pink), plus a bottle of their Piggy Paint Remover for $26.  They carry other color sets and sell individual bottles for $9.  FYI, I spied a hip green color for St. Pattie's Day too!

I'm curious to see how durable and long-lasting this nail polish will be.  So check back here shortly for our Mom-tested, Ms. T-approved review!  Looking forward to fancying up some digits on Valentine's Day!




Playing Around


1. Girls Pug Graphic Tee for $10 (to add to Ms. T's collection!), 2. Girls Pop-Color Skinny Jean in Purple Floral for $15, 3. Baby Girl Rosette Tee for $84. Baby Girl Denim Jeggings (because Jeggings only look cute on babies!) for $8, 5. Baby "Little Shamrocker" Onesie (love it!) for $10, 6. Boys Extreme Sports Tee for $8, 7. Boys Convertible Cargos in Black Skulls for $22.50.

The nasty weather about has us dreaming of spring!  And with spring comes the need for some fun and bright play clothes.  Stock up now at Old Navy's Kidtacular Kids and Baby Sale (now through 2/20)! Everything is up to 40% off.  At those prices you won't mind so much if they are romping around in the mud. Check out what we think are the coolest duds for your clan.  

We Heart Hearts





Hearts are big in our home.  And not just for Valentine's Day. 

I have heard rumors that certain somebodies don't believe in the idea of Valentine's Day. Seriously? My thought is any holiday that gives us an excuse to eat candy for a day (or two) is one to celebrate and enjoy.  Plus, it's a moment to express your love and affection for the special people in your life, big and small.  Especially the smalls.  

So I've rounded up a few ideas.  Hearts to eat, hearts to wear and hearts to make.  Even one heart that you could make, wear and eat!

To Eat: Conversation Sweetheart CandiesHeart-Shaped Junior Mints, and Valentine Dots Candy all from Paper Source.

To Wear: Crewcuts Girl's Paillette Heart Tee, Gap Kids Intarsia Hat & Mitten Set, Crewcuts Boy's Heartbreaker Tee.

To Make: Marshmallow Candy Necklace from Cute Food for Kids, Crazy Crayons from Martha Stewart (kid-tested by Ms. T here!), Felt Candy Hearts from Purl Bee.