August 30, 2011, 2:01 pm
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I’m loving alphabet inspired designs for children’s decor.

one.  Wooden letter set from A Work In Progress

two. Alphabet pillow by Atusyo et Akiko

three. Animal alphabet poster by Little Lion

four. Aakkoset bookcase from Kayiwa

five. Alphabet puzzle from Land of Nod

style show off
August 27, 2011, 12:46 pm
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Check out our latest style show off, little Sierra.  Sierra is wearing a romper from Opus purchased at Monkey & The Bug, Converse sneakers, and some chocolate soy milk. Delish! You will be seeing more of Sierra in our lookbook but until then be sure to check out her mom’s blog, Before I was a Mom, and her dad’s blog, The Hipster Dad.

If you have purchased a piece from the shop and want to show off your lil one’s style on here email us at

Lots of news!
August 25, 2011, 12:30 pm
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We have so many exciting things happening in the shop! This week the boxes have started to arrive with our fall merchandise. We have lots of goodies from Nico.Nico., ESP N.1, and Atusyo et Akiko x Disney. As soon as they are up online I will let you all know. Coming in September we will be launching a new ecommerce site separate from Stel’s (our mens and womens shop) and debuting our lookbook! I’ll be taking another buying trip to NYC with Adriana of Just By Living and I have lots of fun stuff planned for this blog as well.

Also, have you checked out La Petite Mag’s newest issue? We are so lucky to have been apart of it. You can check out some shots of it below but for the full editorial you will have to head HERE.

Skirt by Wovenplay. You can buy it HERE.

LEFT: Wovenplay sweater, buy it HERE. RIGHT: Pop up shop dress, buy it HERE.

new fall merch in the store!!

LEFT: Nico.Nico MIDDLE: Atsuyo et Akiko x Disney RIGHT: ESP No.1

My girls at the lookbook shoot. Riley on the left and Gemma on the right.

More behind the scenes lookbook pics. It was shot by the amazingly talented Sonya Shermer. Peep her site HERE.

Trips back home…
August 23, 2011, 6:06 pm
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Our trips back to my hometown of Delafield, Wisconsin are such a wonderful respite from the hustle and bustle of Boston.  As my parents (the twins’ Lola & Lolo), brother (Uncle Erik) and best friend (Auntie Jenica) still live there, we travel there frequently.  Particularly since my dad suffered from cancer and strokes 2 years ago, our time together is invaluable.  And no matter what time of year we visit, there is always some activity for the girls.

Playing with Lola

Riley and Lola

The most simple entertainment for Riley and Gemma comes in the form of playing in Lola’s and Lolo’s backyard. (See some pics of them playing in their backyard HERE)  My parents’ home sits on over 1 acre of land.  So we can merely open the doors and let them run wild.  And the wildlife abounds in the neighborhood.  It’s not
uncommon for us to spy a family of white tailed deer, wild turkeys, and bunny rabbits.  While we take advantage of the lovely parks in Boston, we rarely have direct access to this much green space.

Brunch with the fam

The Milwaukee Public Zoo, a quick 20 minute drive from the house, has amassed an amazing collection of animals.  From the polar bear arena to the ape and monkey sanctuary, this zoo is one of the best I have visited in the United States.  It also boasts a large playground, a petting zoo filled with goats (the girls’ favorite area), and a slow moving locomotive that tours the grounds.  This is a must-see on a visit to Southeastern Wisconsin.

Another children’s attraction is the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum.  There are several interactive and educational areas
to explore, such as the toddler play area, the town center, and the art and music theater.  The museum can get quite congested, so I would
recommend scheduling your visit accordingly.

For a cultural fix, the Milwaukee Art Museum is a great stop.  The modern wing, which opened recently, is a beautiful
architectural specimen.  Encasing the wing is the Burke Brise Soleil, a sunscreen with movable wings.  And after a trip to the museum, take
a picnic lunch to the shores of Lake Michigan.  The lake shore is very peaceful; one cannot understand the enormity of this Great Lake until
one sees it up close and personal.

Gemma the tractor driver!

Food is also a big part of traveling to Wisconsin.  This is the dairy state, after all, so the treats are endless.  Brennan’s Market
has an abundant selection of local cheeses, along with fresh produce and baked goods.  My favorite frozen custard stand
is Le Duc’s  in Wales.  My perennial favorite is the turtle sundae, but as Riley is allergic to nuts we now indulge in
classic hot fudge sundaes topped with fresh whipped cream.  Finally, when Dave and I schedule date night, we have dinner at Jake’s
.  This steak house has been in business for over 50 years; the quaint, cozy Midwestern feel of the joint nicely accompanies the farm fresh food.  Aside from the steaks, the duck is succulent, and the fried onion strings are to die for!

This is just the tip of the iceberg; I haven’t even touched upon camping in the northern woods, attending the State Fair, going to
Lambeau Field for a Packer’s game, or visiting the farmer’s market in Madison.  There is so much to see and do here and I’m so proud to call Wisconsin home.

Back from vacation!
August 22, 2011, 6:52 pm
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This month has been a bit hectic. I have been traveling, shooting our lookbook, and taking some time for a vacation with my family. I just got back from Wisconsin and I’ll be sharing more from our trips there tomorrow but for now he is a lil peek at my girls playing at the park in WI.

new obsession…
August 18, 2011, 3:33 pm
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Every once in a while I will get sucked into something on the internet that just totally captivates my attention. The site Closet Visit did just that. You can browse through the closets of some of LA’s most chic women, including our dear friend, Sue Tsai who is the creative mastermind behind Nico.Nico. (check her out below) The inspiration you can draw from these photographs is endless. Check out the site HERE or click the names below the pics to enter each closet. Enjoy!

Sue Tsai, the owner of Nico.Nico!!

Deborah Kaplan

Melissa Coker

Bo Carney

Claire Cottrell

Wandie Kabule

Alicia Lawhon

guest post: Jen from Jenloveskev
August 16, 2011, 2:28 pm
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Jen Lula is a bit of celeb around these parts. She’s a well known fashion blogger and since the birth of her daughter has become a fixture in the Mama blogging scene. Currently she calls NY home but it wasn’t long ago she hailed from Massachusetts and us Bostonians are lucky to get a glimpse of her every once in a while. She has done wonderful things in the local community with the Swapaholics and it’s my belief that her blog is so popular because she is honest, sweet, and very real. With Jen what you see is what you get and we here at Monkey & The Bug just adore her for it. Be sure to read more from Jen HERE.

The Lula clan are serious traveling experts! Jen  has traveled extensively with her lil gal, Rowan. I’ll let her tell you all about it…

Hi Everyone! It’s Jen from Jenloveskev. Hope you are all having a great day! I am honored to share some travel tips with you guys today. It seems like we’ve traveled a lot in these past 10 months since Rowan was born. We’ve taken her to Canada, Florida twice, Georgia, Maine, Boston (of course) and we drive around A LOT.
The first time we got on a plane with her I was a nervous wreck. It made for a terrible flight because I was so tense. I learned a lot that trip. Here are some things that helped me:

1. Stay Calm! The baby might cry, but if you stay calm things won’t seem so bad. I really feel like babies feed off our energy, so if you are calm it will help relax them.  Don’t worry about everyone else on the plane. At worst they have to listen to a crying baby. Don’t let that be an added stress.
2. Be flexible! Being away from home, will never be the same as being at home. The faster you can adapt to new things and schedules while you are away, the easier it will be on baby. Trying to force them into new situations never works, go with the flow!
3. Bring a sling! (or other baby carrier). Being hands free in the airport is a must! You will have so much other crap to lug around, it’s nice to know the baby is strapped securely to you; especially when you are traveling alone.
4. Have Fun! Try not to let the stress of traveling and being away take away from just that, being away. Enjoy your vacation. If you forgot something I am sure there is a Target nearby to go replace it. Enjoy your little one and the adventure of sharing something new with them!
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guest post: Drea of Oh Dear Drea
August 15, 2011, 11:57 am
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As you know, I started a guest blogger series about traveling with little ones. I got a bit sidetracked since I have been doing a bit of traveling…perfect excuse,no? I was in NYC for a buying trip, we shot our lookbook, and now I in Wisconsin (again) with my fam.
I am back on track though and here is a post by Drea of Oh Dear Drea. I am a huge fan of Drea’s blog. It’s full of sweet stories, pics of her adorable lil lady, Marlowe, and yummy vegan recipes. Be sure to check her out HERE.

Now without further ado, here is Drea’s advice on traveling with a babe…

Traveling with a baby: I am not an expert. We’ve traveled twice. Once when Marlowe was 3 months old. The second time she was 6 months old. She’s 9 and a half months now and our next vacation will be a slightly bigger one (or at least have a longer flight) to Massachusetts (soon!). This time with a bigger, more active, louder baby, that wants nothing more than to run around. I’m not very worried…. why? Because I think when you’re traveling with a baby, the best thing you can do is: not take things too seriously.

Don’t over think it. I live for over thinking. I have no choice, I am an extreme over thinker— it gets you no where, especially with traveling. Over thinking can actually ruin a trip. Kids are flexible, on the day to day they do whatever you do and go wherever you go, they can do that while traveling too. So what if their nap or sleep patterns get a bit off course or wonky, these things can be fixed quickly when you return home. For now, enjoy every minute!

Don’t over analyze what needs to be packed and what you think you might need in EVERY scenario. The first time we traveled, it was by car. We filled up that car with everything imaginable. A (HUGE) playpen, toys, tons and tons and tons of clothes (shoes, boots sandals, jackets, swimsuits, millions of pjs, dresses, skirts), burp cloths, bibs, a breast pump, a baby swing chair, you name it: it was probably packed in the car. We didn’t use most of it. Marlowe slept in the bed, not the playpen. She wore the same pj every night and rotated about 3 outfits. The second time we flew. We brought less clothes, no play pen, no baby sling, very little toys. We did bring the breast pump and a stroller this time. We ended up purchasing a 40$ playpen, that was again, NEVER used. She again slept in the bed. And the stroller was pointless, we carried her (mostly in a sling) everywhere. Basically what I’m saying is you can get by on a few pieces of (wisely chosen) clothing and a sling (or a good set of arms). I’m not going to lie, I LOVE packing (weird right?), I look forward to packing as little as possible next trip.

And definitely: don’t let it get to you too much if and when your little one throws a fit. Babies and kids cry. It’s natural. I’m not saying, just let your kid cry it out without at least trying to soothe the problem, but don’t get worked up either. If other people can’t handle your kid crying, then thats their problem. Traveling is supposed to be fun. No matter what happens it will definitely by and adventure traveling with a little one, so just: enjoy it!

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Comic Relief
August 13, 2011, 3:45 pm
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August 12, 2011, 1:55 am
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This weekend we are having the biggest sale we have ever had. Both Monkey & The Bug and Stel’s (our mens and womens shop) will be hosting a bag sale. It starts tomorrow (August 12) and ends Sunday August 14th. All merchandise from previous seasons up to Spring 2011 for men, women and children will be included. Sorry guys but this sale is INSTORE ONLY!!

$25 for a small bag, $50 for medium, and $75 for a large shopping bag!

Shove as much in as ya can!!

We have a TON of baby and kids stuff from Imps & Elves, Nico.NIco, Opus, and that’s just to name a few.

See you there ; )