A Bebe Thanksgiving Fieldtrip

Perhaps if you tried calling our headquarters yesterday after 3 p.m. PST you noticed no one was minding the phones. Our apologies for the inconvenience, but our company closed early to take a little field trip 20 minutes north to our off-site Warehouse in Santa Clara. (Until September of this year, our warehouse occupied the ground floor of our headquarters here in Los Gatos. That is, until they outgrew the space and moved to a new 6000 sq. ft. facility.) There in Santa Clara, everyone finally got to tour the new space and indulge in a pre-Thanksgiving potluck feast.

After sampling our dishes which included roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade lasagna and an array of salads and baked goodies, we all drew numbers 1 through 16 and exchanged holiday gifts White Elephant style. If you’re not familiar with this entertaining yet inexpensive way to exchange gifts with a fair amount of people, we follow this version. Our theme this year was “tacky yet useful” which keeps things simple and stress-free in terms of finding a gift to give in order to participate. Everyone was invited to bring either something from home that’s never been used or to make a “tacky yet useful” purchase of no more than $10. The most popular (i.e. “stolen”) gifts this year? A colorful bird-shaped vegetable peeler, a handle of sake, a collection of children’s storybooks and a slinky-yoyo set.

Thanks for stopping by our blog and Happy Thanksgiving to you all from everyone at Bebe au Lait!

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What REALLY needs to go in a baby bag?

 

Nordstrom Soft Pleated Tote, 50% right now=$173

Nordstrom Soft Pleated Tote, 50% right now=$173

The 10 Things You Need in Your Diaper “Bag”

 

Coach VARICK NYLON DRAFTING TOTE, $298

Coach VARICK NYLON DRAFTING TOTE, $298

Handle any situation! Be ready for the unexpected! But don’t tote around a heavy, over-burdened diaper bag that weighs you down.
Forget the expensive mad dash to a store for items you left at home. Instead, focus on these ten essentials that meet your needs by doing double duty or packed in just the right amount. 
1. Key word: Tote. Gone are the days of the diaper bag. Use one great tote that you like to carry and keep only the essentials inside. Works later on as a carry-all for the plane, laptop bag, purse etc.
2. Multi-purpose Bebe au Lait breastfeeding cover–nursing, pumping, privacy on-the-go. Doubles as a sunshade over a stroller or front-carrier + as a lightweight blanket + as a “staring stranger” shield around town or on a plane + a changing mat. Machine washable, over and over, 
3. Baby wipes. For Baby, you, seats, tables…the list goes on. Be sure they’re in a re-closable and refillable container so you’re never without.
4. Diapers. 3 per baby per 4 hour period of time.
5. Ointment or diaper cream in a small tube.
5. Two small toys, preferably favorites OR ones Baby hasn’t seen in a while.
6. Ibuprofen &/or acetominophen (check with your Doctor for dosage and appropriate uses)
7. 2 small, plastic bags (preferably re-used from the grocery store) for stinky trash or wet clothes.
8. One extra outfit.
9. Natural, unscented lip balm–great for your lips, cuticles, sore nipples, and to quickly force your eyebrows into shape as well as provide a pretty bit of light on top of your cheekbones when you haven’t had time to do makeup!
10. Hand sanitizer. 

Mom-to-Mom tip: After every trip with your tote, be sure to re-stock and re-organize so you’re always ready to go.


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That’s A Wrap!

Margo in Bebe au Lait's Baby Hooded Towel in Parfait

Margo in Bebe au Lait

We had quite an ensemble gathered just a week ago for our third and final photo shoot of 2008. About seven little ones clamoring around with their mommies in tow greatly outnumbered our professional models, especially whilst shooting at our first location in the morning.

Throughout the day we captured many beautiful photos to represent Bebe au Lait and our new products. Our Double Bibs are scheduled to arrive very very soon and we can hardly contain ourselves with excitement! If you’re signed up for our newsletter, keep checking your in-boxes for an announcement when they will be available for you and our retailers! If you’re not signed up yet but you’d like to, you may do so here.

Finally, many appreciative thanks to all who helped pull together this photo shoot![slideshow=24]

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Cooking with Children: Pea Risotto

Sorting Fresh Peas

Shelling Fresh Peas

I have read that having the kids pick out the produce and products increases the likelihood they will eat a balanced and varied meal. Until now, it hadn’t worked for me. But suddenly, it works, and to great effect. I let my son pick the package of Pot Stickers at Costco and magically, he ate a plate-full for dinner whereas before he would not. This past weekend I let them not only pick the peas from the vendor at the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market but also had them help me shell the peas–after the farmer himself showed me how. I encouraged the kidlets to smell what fresh veggies taste like and even try some raw. We made a counting game out of the individual peas in each pod and when I served them up in a creamy risotto with a Niman-ranch bacon-wrapped pork chop–they ate their whole dinner.

Counting the Peas

Counting the Individual Peas

 

As Plated: Fresh Pea Risotto with Bacon-Wrapped Pork Chop

Rachael’s Fresh Pea Risotto Recipe:
Ingredients
Serves 6

  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 TB Olive Oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup fresh peas
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesano Reggiano, plus 1/4 cup more for serving

Directions

  1. Heat broth and 2 1/2 cups water in a small saucepan over low heat; keep warm. 
  2. Saute onion in about 2 TB olive oil; cook until soft, 5 minutes. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Raise heat to medium. Add rice; cook, stirring, until translucent around edges, about 3 minutes. Add wine; cook until absorbed, about 2 minutes.
  3. Cook, adding hot broth, 1 cup at a time (stir until almost all liquid is absorbed before adding more), until rice is tender, 25 to 30 minutes total.
  4. Add peas; cook until peas are bright green, 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in Parmesano Reggiano. Serve, topped with more Parmesan.
    Vendor at the Ferry Building Farmer's Market 11/08

    Vendor at the Ferry Building Farmer's Market

     

     

     

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