Shop Spot: Little Sidekick

Here in Austin, TX, we are known for our musicians, but do you know about musicians who also sew? That’s how the Etsy shop, Little Sidekick, happened. Shop owner, Christina Marrs, started making animals from spare fabric while on maternity leave with her third son. Since she officially stopped touring with her very popular band, the Asylum Street Spankers in 2011, she has reinvented herself as a full-time maker and designer.

The giraffe was the first item that caught my eye, and then I started digging through her shop. The animals are unique for their clean designs with a plush backing. My little guy loves to cuddle with anything soft, so this is a great crib find. All items are handmade, so why not have a wood memory game?

littlesidekick 9up memory car game

memory back

Gosling, Mendes and a one-year old


You have plenty of reasons to go and see the new Ryan Gosling movie, but who knew one of those reasons would be that it’s a family flick. Not a take-your-small-children type of flick, but a story about a young family and how the past haunts their future. I was shocked how hard the story hit me. The movie focuses around Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper’s one-year old sons and their fate in relation to their parents lives.

Next week I will be the parent of a one-year old, and we’ve been talking about traditions, college funds and what kind of man we want to raise. The movie touches on all of these topics, but mostly it takes a look at the parents lives and how much is in and beyond our control. Check out  A Place Beyond the Pines and let me know what you think as a parent.

Will you hate Liotta’s character too? Do you think they made Eva’s character too rough? And do you love Gosling and Cooper even more after this movie?