New Lucky Fish T's just IN!

Our favorite summer staple Lucky Fish T's and we are in FULL stock at the moment on all of your favorites!

Which for now seem to be this one... the SNAKE!

All T's are unisex, hand printed in Brooklyn and the most favorite of any kid I know!

Sombody explain it to me but it's impossible to get a good photograph of a neon t-shirt -- this is really one of our favorites but the photo is not doing it justice... super cute LION on top of the world!

We have a nice selection on womens T's that just arrived and will be online very soon.. but if you NEED one immediately.. here they are...

Lucky Fish WOMEN:
(online soon.. this week.. I promise...)
Have a great Lucky FIsh Day!!


travel :: Nantucket - Cliffside Beach Club

I love any kind of travel that involves a ferry boat, somehow it just makes things more magical and also more complicated for some so it keeps the rif-raf away, more remote for you! I have been looking to go to Nantucket for quite a while now but haven't been able to make the trip. One reason is that when you start the planning process you will find out that the ferry ride itself is a bit of a fortune. I was also never able to find a place that looked enticing enough to make the journey. Renting a house is always an option, and everyone I know that goes to Nantucket ends up renting. But when I go away I like to meet new people, so I like to stay at a place - kids usually find new friends and so do we!

So when I came upon The Cliffside Beach Club I figured this would be a delightful place. It doesn't come cheap, but I don't think anything does in Nantucket. Cliffside has 22 accommodations, which include apartments, rooms and beach houses. It's a family-run place (since 1958) and a feel that will put you in the French Riviera. Whether you sit poolside or beach it is all available on the property, so unique. While I love traveling in New England it's often characterized with far to quaint rooms for my asthetic, but here the rooms are simple, clean and full of character (in a good way!).

Even the in-house dining looks sweet and authentically Nantucket-y (as if I know what that means, but in my imagination this is it) ...

I think it looks great! If you do go... email and let me know how was your stay... or maybe I will come with you!

and don't forget to go and see the lighthouses!

This ones for you Mama!

Yep, that's my mama! She's the most gorgeous, generous and talented lady in the entire world! And that's my dad too, he was only with us for a short time but boy did he leave an impression, not easy to live up to this dynamic duo but we are trying. In honor of mothers day and all of the lovely moms out there that we love so much, please use code: 'mama' and get something sweet for yourself or someone you love!

take 15% off entire website
use code: 'mama'
offer ends: 5/10/15
(no stacking of codes, does not apply to past orders)


guest post :: tada shop chat w/lizelle green

I recently had a chat with Lizelle Green about mothers day and all the hub-bub.. I'll take a day saved for mom any old week... but we started to talk about what we REALLY want to do... and then she wrote it down, well let's just say she edited our email conversation, she's good at that--cutting out my poor grammar! I figure you are used to my 'friend-speak' and I am going to share with you my unedited version (just because you'all are my friends and you understand my lingo)

visit our conversation on Tada Shop here


okay so mothers day is my favorite day of the year, besides my birthday (obviously I don't get enough attention day to day and I need these holidays!). It occurs to me that my family doesn't feel the same way about the day, so I am contemplating taking a completely different approach: Mothers day, a day to take care of yourself! - how does that sound? My poor family could never come up with the ideas that I have for the day... so I'm not going to make them, I'm just going to have the greatest day in my own way.

In general, given the time of year and the fact that we live in New England it would need to involve a trip to warmer weather - at this moment I have my eye on just about anywhere in Mexico. But I have some friends who have a hotel group called GrupoHabita, I originally found them on a trip to Monterrey, Mexico. After numerous trips we became friends with the chef, etc... now we love them! I am excited to visit their property in Veracruz called Maison Courtier (link: :::: MAISON COUTURIER ....)

SO, before I go I need to do some shopping... I'm good at that.. so this is what I need.

swimsuit - A' Detacher perfect swimsuit - A D├ętacher Erin Swimsuit - Navy when you have a shop you become friends with other shop owners and so I noticed my friend Michelle at Mille has this doozy of a swimsuit.

shoes - well, I just happen to have the best shoes for summer in my very own store - I love these shoes from Maryam Nassir Zadeh - I will go for the low heel but you can dive into the high as well (this shoe is a comfortable mix between an slipper and a shoe - my favorite combo!)

and the only other thing I need on vacation is a good coverup - just to wear all the time and then I am SET - this usually comes from TWO or Layla both in my store. Since I probably will never have the body I had pre-kids I opt for something I can comfortably spend the day in ... and I am ALL day!

and then products are key for me! I use Jao Goe oil for all my traveling needs, it's perfect for keeping my skin soft, pre-during and after the sun. I think if I only had to bring one product on ANY vacation it would be the Goe oil, the light scent that takes you away, the way it makes my hair soft and curly, my skin is perfect and after a day in the sun it's completely soothing.

as for my lips, I only use olio e osso all the time! I'm addicted to #3 - crimson but in the summer I really like the light color of french melon (#2). I like to keep a clear balm in my bag for those occasions when my kids or me have really chapped hands or face.

I am sorry that everything seems to come from my website but I kind of think if I love to use it -- it should be in my store!

I am always in love with a gift for myself and this year I will be getting a delicate piece of jewelry, I am planning to get another piercing in my ear (only two!) and add one of the Melissa Joy Manning diamond hugs! I'm so excited and I've wanted to do since I got them in the shop.. now's the time!
But I really feel that anything form Melissa Joy Manning would make me happy!

have a great mothers day and remember, it's just a day, but it's YOUR day - do what you want!

love - carina


olio e osso


and what a perfect time to change your color... it's getting warmer, time for a change!

clear, french melon, crimson and berry!

and you are not seeing things.. they changed their name to Olio e Osso - I just haven't taken a new photo... (soon!) but I didn't want to delay getting these yummy lip balms online! they are my FAVORITE! (I use all of them -- depending on my mood and what happens to be in my bag!)

shop them here


bedrooms, house size, and a bathroom for every kid

As many of you know we recently sold our house, moved down the road as we prepare for a larger move... somewhere (!?). We are lucky, we live in an area that goes from small town to booming resort town in the summer, so when we moved out in February we had a good choice of rentals to choose from around here. We happened to find one very close to our daughters school, she can ride her bike to school now. We had weird criteria, we both work from home so we thought it would be nice to keep it that way instead of finding a space for work and a space to live.

We watch a lot of the HG channel (Home and Garden), just to get an idea of other places, homes and it's a wonderful guilty pleasure! It surprises me when people want to have a bedroom and bathroom for each child - why? In my opinion then we would never see each other! The house we found was big enough for us all and a delightful 1970's feel that I could not be more happy about! We work downstairs and live upstairs - we all share a large master bedroom. It's been so much fun, as we lay in bed on a Sunday morning, we were all in our beds chatting about what we were going to do that day. Who want's to go biking? Who wants to go for a run? etc... it is like being on vacation and we are all sharing a hotel room. The kids have a bunk bed (I always wanted one of those as a kid) and they love it. It's one of those things they will always remember "Do you remember when we rented that house by the ocean and we all slept in one room?" - I would recommend it to anyone :)

Life is such a wonderful adventure!


It seems that Spring can never get here early enough, each year I think to myself - geeze, this was a long winter. Then I talk to my friends in Vermont and they still have snow on the ground - w h a t !? Yes, it's all the same cycle, each year we think that the particular year we are in is longer or more profound than the last. Did you know that in Washington DC the cherry blossom peak is determined by ONE tree. It is a tree that is near the Jefferson memorial and an original gift from Japan, each year it blooms just slightly earlier than the others, the cycle of nature. (well I am sure if you look at the science, due to global warming the spring is earlier each year)

Each year I get allergies and a really tired feeling - it's the change of seasons. In years past before I figured out that this happens every year, I used to think I was sick, but now I know it lasts for about a week - I'm tired, but spring makes me want to get out and exercise like crazy. I like to take a week, eat clean, I like to clean out with a rice cream diet for a few days - but also juicing is really nice right now. In a change of seasons it's good to change your habits from the last season and start something new. If you are not already starting your day with a warm lemon + water (I like to add things from time to time depending on what my body is feeling like ginger, apple, cinnamon, etc..).

I get a monthly newsletter from Warren King - my most trusted go-to healer for many years and I always look forward to it and I always learn something from reading it. He reminded me that Spring corresponds to the liver. So you may feel agitated and maybe anger. To give support to your liver you can massage the area between your eye brows above your nose, sometimes people have a crease there - this can mean you are eating too much and it's a good time for a cleanse. You can also massage behind your knee just above your calf this will support your liver. And if you are not already skin brushing it's a good time to start!

Happy Spring!


what's up with the antler tip?

Tess + Tricia antler tip necklace

Have you seen these antler tip necklaces around recently? I like wearing anything that has to do with nature, we have rocks all over our house, driftwood, when I go to the beach I never come back empty handed. So when someone makes something beautiful out of nature, I love it.

Did you know that antler tip gives you courage? - shed antlers are a sign of wisdom, courage, and growth - when the deer sheds them, they have reached a fresh, new chapter in their life. Mine was a gift from my husband, sometimes that's the best way to receive jewelry. When I told him the story about how they give you courage I guess he was sure that I would want one. If you are looking for one just make sure that they are naturally fallen - as they are with Melissa Joy Manning and also our friends at Tess + Tricia. Melissa has her signature look but there are multiple styles from Tess + Tricia and believe me you can trust them to be naturally fallen and ethically made by both of these people.

that's my antler tip
I have them on Nonchalantmom by Melissa Joy Manning, but you can also get them from Tess + Tricia.


Ship Kites by Haptic Lab

Last year we sold out of these delightful kites so quickly, I got more this time! These are the perfect spring kite or if you are going on a destination Spring holiday there is no better activity than this great ship kite sailing on the beach or meadow!

white ship kite

And hey, if you are staying home, well this is a great 3-D art piece to but in a kids room or office. They are super easy to put together and made of bamboo and soft kite textile, it's a fun project to put together as a family. The kite comes with string and everything you need to fly your kite. You can also purchase additional kite string if needed.



And here is how you put it together.

get the ship kite at Nonchalantmom here


Martha McQuade :: scarf-shop

this is the giant-size cotton gauze scarf

I have been following Martha McQuade since I have been on Instagram, her posts are some of my favorites. I found her through my curated group of talented Minneapolis folk that I follow and use for inspiration! I am lucky that I am from Minnesota so it's on my radar, it may not be on everyones radar but if you have spent any time in there you would know it's a special place. And right now it's a hot-bed of talented people who stick close together and help each other cross-pollinate their creativity. If you want to follow Martha on Instagram you can at @mwmmpls and you will be inspired too!

For now, you can shop her scarf-shop... just found it today and I spent, well let's say way too much time, deciding what color to get. She takes simple, beautiful, cotton gauze (in various sizes) and even organic cotton and hand dyes them in 28 glorious shades. What could be more desirable in the doldrums of this in-between seasons than a simple scarf... sometimes it's all you need!

What color did YOU get?



recipe: pesto (Happy St. Patty's day!)

It happens often in our house that everything on the table is GREEN so I thought I would share one of our favorite recipes with you today because it is GREEN! (pesto! haha)

My kids love pesto, I think they like it more than mac and cheese (possibly a toss-up). The fun thing about pesto is that it tastes different all the time and almost everyone I know has a different recipe. This is one of my favorites and I almost always have a jar in my freezer for those nights when you just don't want to cook anything! PRESTO PESTO!

I got this recipe by typing kale and mint pesto into google and out came tons of answers, then I did what I usually do and look at who has the best photos, I came up with The Dreaming Foodie - her photos are AMAZING! and her recipe is equally GREAT! - click to follow her recipe on her blog.

see! aren't her photos amazing!

Kale, Mint and Cashew Pesto
As you use this recipe you will come up with your own proportions depending on how you and your family like it.

one bunch of kale
2 small handfuls of spearmint (I like the taste of spearmint better than peppermint in cooking)
1/2 cup cashews (I think I use a bit more)
1-2 garlic cloves
3/4 cup olive oil
juice from 1/2 a lemon
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
salt + pepper
red pepper flakes (my kids are used to these but you may get the 'spicy' comment from your kids)

Jess (The Dreaming Foodie) blanches the kale first - I just saw this now and have never done it for this recipe but I will certainly try next time! Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend. I use the water from the pasta to help it if it comes out too dry or it's not processing. You can also use some pasta water when you are mixing your pesto into your pasta - it will help it stick to your pasta better.

This pesto is delicious on lot's of things; salmon, I made a lobster pasta with it the other night that was delicious! brown rice as a side dish, anything really...

When I lived in Italy I was macrobiotic and we obviously made lots of pesto (its the kind of thing you make when you have nothing left in your pantry) - we made it without cheese and it was delicious - just used pine nuts and a touch more salt (and lots of red pepper flakes). This was the first time I've made it with Kale though, it's just as good, if not better than with Basil.

Happy St. Patty's Day!


Spring is coming! isn't it?

saying good-bye to our Matunuck Hills home

I don't know about you but I keep seeing photos on Instagram of places that are starting to de-thaw, I have seen daffodils and other spring flowers, warm weather and people eating outside. We are still shoveling out of an almost daily snow. A record snowfall winter in which we moved our home and the store, it was mind-blowing... one day at the beginning of the move we were actually moving DURING the snowstorm, I SO wish I had taken a photo of my husbands car in front of mine, both loaded down with our things, he had shelves on top of his car which made him drive with the window open so that he could hold on with one hand and I am telling you it was a wind-tunnel of sideways blistering snow, it's funny now (I can't stop laughing to myself about that day), but not at the time. Don't ask me why we insisted on moving everything by ourselves, everyone asked if they could help, but we did it alone. We had eight pieces of furniture that movers moved for us but otherwise we hauled about 1,000 loads over to our new place, of which I am sure you will see photos soon.

Our new temporary home, until we figure out where we are going to move, is a 70's time capsule. I've hauled out all of my orange and yellow and we are reveling in it! All of my Moroccan rugs are perfect, as are my candles, way too many pillows and my collection of ceramics. It's a terrific cozy beach house that we are going to enjoy thoroughly. But for now we are collapsing! I have been to all the new shows for the upcoming Fall 2015 collections - so now I need to decided what the store will look like, what will be new and which collections we still can't do without. Spring is arriving, a bit slowly if you ask me but we have so many new things on the way for you and you are going to love it all!! I am sticking with collections that live with you day to day, things that quietly make you happy, and things you simply can't do without!

I will say that after moving all the store, our home, my husbands painting studio I have a new affection for all things essential and simple, what do I REALLY need is my new motto! I am always a fan of small frivolous things and even large crazy pieces - but what's important is that they are meaningful and worth hauling all over the planet because you love them!

I am sorry for not communicating better during the move but it was mayhem, I assure you - I hardly found time to ship everyone, which we did - without pause, except for that one customer (you know who you are) I can't find that scarf... I think it's gone! Everyone else was shipping quickly and efficiently as usual :)

and if anyone has an idea of a good place for us to move to.. please do drop us a line!


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Valentines day is a moment away!

Today is a snow-day in Rhode Island so guess what, we got into Valentines Day mode and took the chance to make some Valentines Day cards (kids) while I took some V-Day photos for Nonchalantmom. On of my friends emailed and asked me if I had anything for Valentines day and that got my mind working... After I spent a few minutes listing out things I realized I needed to take a photo of them all for her to choose from (I do this a lot, like say you email and need a baby gift, well I put together a photo of things and you choose a nice little package... it's fun for me and EASY for you!).

Valentines Day is a favorite for me because everything is PINK! (and if you don't get enough from me sign onto Ryan Roches instgram feed and you will get mORE pink!) in a jam it's red, but pink's my favorite!

Valentine Gifts for your friends or family:

clockwise from top left: Clare Vivier flat clutch in blush ($98) , new Jao face creme (this stuff is SO good! $60), Olio e Osso lip balm ($28), Rebecca Atwood natural cedar candle ($56), Margaret Solow necklaces :: amethyst or raw amethyst ($148-$118), Elixirs & Co 'Audacity' toilet water ($78), Lucky Fish Bird pillow ($46), My Pottery lavender ($28), Lucky Fish Supermoon t-shirt (women $68 - kids $40)

Valentine GIFT ideas for kids and baby:

clockwise from top left: Lucky Fish pink bird pillow ($46), Makie liberty floral baby pillow ($38 ), Wovenplay feather headband ($48), Jess Brown *sweets* doll ($234), Lucky Fish mi amor pillow (), Wovenplay loop knee-high stockings ($28), Lucky Fish butterfly mask ($28), Makie liberty floral bib ($18)