Babynahrung im Glas / baby food in a glassMaking your own baby food is much simpler than you may think and there are a number of benefits to it. There are very few tools needed and it is less expensive than buying store bought baby food. There are no artificial flavors, fillers or preservatives and it allows you to be in complete control of what is going into your baby’s food. We found some great tips and recipes from Honest Fare and Camille Styles, check them out, you won’t regret it!

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Exercise During Pregnancy

Pregnant womanIs it safe to exercise while pregnant? There are so many resources available for learning about exercising during one’s pregnancy, but here are a few of our favorites.

1.      Total Mommy Fitness

Tatum Rebelle, creator of the new app Total Mommy Fitness, says she started TMF “after years of seeing women quit exercising when they became pregnant because of an unnecessary fear they might harm their baby.” The app includes everything from exercise videos and healthy recipes to inspiration and motivational articles like Putting Yourself First and Planning for Success.

2.      Fit4Moms

Another great resource for staying active while pregnant is Fit4Moms. They have locations all over the country and provide prenatal and post natal exercises classes. According to their site there are numerous benefits to exercising during pregnancy. It can decrease or prevent excessive weight gain, nausea, varicose veins, back pain and swelling as well as increase or improve energy levels, self-esteem and recovery time.

3.      The Baby Center 

This site provides tons of helpful articles about the benefits of exercising while pregnant, what precautions to take and what the best exercises are for you.

What’s your favorite way to stay active?

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Mad for Plaid

Mad for Plaid


We’re mad for Plaid at Newport Cottages Fashion Island!  1.  Newport Cottages Panel Crib in White with Deep Blue panels  2.  Carousel Designs Coastal Crib Bedding  3.  Newport Cottages Devon Bookcase in White with Marigold inside back  4.  Crystorama Solaris Chandelier  5.  Preppy Dot Personalized Canvas Wall Art by Sherri Blum  6.  Camper Exit and Lodging Canvas Wall Art by Aaron Christensen  7.  Newport Cottages Sam 3 Drawer Dresser in White with Deep Blue knobs.  All available at Newport Cottages Fashion Island in Newport Beach, California.

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Back to School with Newport Cottages



Are your kids ready to go back to school?  Get them homework-ready with a desk from Newport Cottages!

NPC-8220Our Student Desk and Hutch is a classic–plenty of room for a notebook computer or tablet, plus pens, pencils and paper.  Add a corkboard for space to display photos, awards and more.

If your aesthetic is a little more mid-century, our Devon Double Pedestal Desk is a ideal choice for your kid–or your own home office.





If you just need a little surface space for geometry, English and art, our Devon Desk works in a tight space. The added canopy aids organizations and adds a little height for displaying trophies or toys.



For more great desk options, visit our website or our retail store in Newport Beach at Fashion Island.  Click here to find an authorized retailer near you.


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Color Story

It is sometimes difficult to know where to start when decorating your nursery or child’s room.  You may have an idea of what basic furniture pieces you need–a crib or bed, a dresser, bookcase but after that, you’re stumped.  Where to begin?  Start with color.


If you are decorating a first nursery, consider neutral colors that could easily transition into the next baby’s nursery, girl or boy.  White and Vanilla Bean would probably be the first colors to come to mind, but our Chocolate or Coffee stain works in any room, as well as French Grey, Taupe and Black.  If you love color, don’t be afraid to go bold with Marigold, Orange Juice or Bahama Blue which can work for boy or girl.  For great neutral nursery ideas, visit our Pinterest board Neutral Nesting.



For big kid rooms, get your big kid involved.  What’s his or her favorite color?  Get them involved and excited about the process, especially if your little one is moving into a big kid bed for the first time.  If the favorite color makes you a little nervous, don’t feel like you have to put it everywhere.  Visit your local children’s boutique, they can help turn a purple room into a purple room you can live with, like this beautiful room designed by Sweet Lullaby in Wyckoff, New Jersey:


Once you begin with a color scheme and stick to it, you’ll find that the room easily comes together.  Start with furniture and then add the fun stuff–bedding, art, lighting and rugs.  These decor pieces can bring color into the room and can easily be changed out later, as tastes change and as a child grows.

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