Our Updated Bedroom Dresser Space + a $100 Snapfish Giveaway!

Our Updated Bedroom Dresser Space + a $  100 Snapfish Giveaway from Bubby and Bean

For whatever reason (maybe because we’re the only ones who really see it?), our bedroom has been the most neglected room in the house when it comes to decor. We’ve slowly been adding bits and pieces (a new comforter here, a picture there), but it’s been a several year process. Things finally started to look finished toward the end of last year, with one exception – the dresser area. Although we’d replaced the two mismatched (and very dated) dressers we’d used for years with a simple black double dresser piece last year, the wall above it was empty and the only ‘decor’ on it was a basket full of Essley’s diapers. A couple of weeks ago I decided that it was finally time to update this space.

Travel is a big part of our life, and I thought it would be cool to incorporate photos from our travels into the redesign. I knew that Snapfish had just launched a new version of their site that offers a ton of different ideas for bringing photos into the home, so I started the project by browsing all of their home decor products. I absolutely loved the look of their canvas prints, and had a vision of getting several canvas prints made from black and white travel photos and using them as the focal point for the space. The next task was choosing which images to use. Robbie and I both hold a special place in our hearts for the southwest, so I decided to use photos from three different Arizona trips we’d taken: one of a Saguaro cactus outside of Scottsdale, one of Sedona, and one of the Grand Canyon.

The new Snapfish site was super easy to use, with user friendly tools that allowed me to be as creative as I wanted. (It’s tablet and smartphone friendly too, so you can create your projects on any device.) It’s also really nice because you have all your photos at your fingertips. You can add and save photos to your Snapfish account from almost anywhere, including Instagram, and then have instant access to them when it’s time to create your projects. And there are tons of Snapfish Home Decor items to choose from, including canvas prints, acrylic prints, wood and aluminum panels, throw pillows, blankets, and more. I ended up choosing a 20″ x 24″ canvas print and two 11″ x 14″ canvas prints.

In just a few days, my photo canvases arrived and it was time to get to work. I wanted these prints to be the main focus in terms of decor, so I started by hanging them. The space instantly looked better. From there I added some stacked books and one of the ‘Free Spirit’ prints from my shop (which went well with the wandelust/traveling theme). I wanted to incorporate some natural elements to complement the photos of nature, so next I added a couple of succulent plants, a small cactus, and some of my favorite crystals. After some rearranging, the project was complete. We both love waking up in the mornings and seeing memories from our southwest travels right in front of us! And the fact that we took the photos ourselves makes it even more special.

And now for the best part! One lucky Bubby and Bean reader is going win a $ 100 gift card to Snapfish to get a home decor item (or items!) of your very own. To enter, just use the form below, then comment with what you would do with your Snapfish Home Decor product!

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This giveaway runs through June 6th and is open to Bubby and Bean readers worldwide. The winner will be randomly chosen then announced here shortly after. Good luck!

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This post was created in partnership with Snapfish. All opinions are my own.

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Let’s Talk Bauhaus: Our Favorite Chairs

By Home Contributor Paige Ronchetti

Our Favorite Bauhaus Style Chairs // Bubby and Bean
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The last time I was here I waxed poetic about midcentury modern style, and you might be eyeballing the graphic above thinking, “PAIGE, you’re doing a repeat, I’ve seen some of these chairs on Mad Men.” And I’d say, yep, you did, because a lot of these designs were big in the 60s. (Heck, most of them have never really fallen out of favor for people who dig modern styles.) Interestingly though, all of these were first designed and manufactured between 1919 and 1933 as part of the Bauhaus era.

Before I get all googly-eyed and start drawing these chairs all over my notebook like an 8th grader, let me dust off my design school knowledge and tell you a little about the Bauhaus in general. It was an art school in Germany, started as the country was recovering from World War I. The major design philosophy of the movement was very no-frills: the marriage of form and function was an aesthetic choice, but it also helped stimulate the ol’ economy by keeping the pieces affordable for the middle class. Simple shapes made mass-production easier, as did the use of all of that metal tubing. These chairs hit the sweet spot of being well-made, yet wallet-friendly–which makes me jealous because THESE days getting a real one is… not. Thankfully, there are some good knockoffs afoot, because if I spent $ 5,000 on a chair it would be the only thing in the room.

Anyway, now that we’ve used our brains to investigate a major influence on modern design as we know it, let’s look at some eye candy:

How can I teleport into this dining room and claim it as my own? The chairs are obviously wonderful–a great knockoff version is at Restoration Hardware–but I also want to point out the Advanced Texture Mixing. Marble, and caning, and grasscloth, oh my!

I love me a Barcelona chair, which is what this splendid marshmallow is called. (Knockoff is here.) I don’t know where this apartment is, but I’ve decided it’s Paris and that I would spend my afternoons lounging in a sun puddle, maybe reading a book, maybe eating some chips. Whatever. The fancy chair would make me feel chic no matter what.

So, who wants to buy some new chairs? Do you like all of the metal? Which of these is your favorite? – Paige

As always, Paige nailed it with these chairs. #6 especially needs to come live at my house, stat. In addition to writing for Bubby and Bean as our Home Contributor, Paige works as an Interior Designer (check out her biz, The Room Kit) and blogs over at Little Nostalgia. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram

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Anacor Pharmaceuticals to Present at Upcoming Investor Conferences

Anacor Pharmaceuticals to Present at Upcoming Investor Conferences
Anacor's first approved drug, KERYDIN® (tavaborole) topical solution, 5%, is an oxaborole antifungal approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in July 2014 for the topical treatment of onychomycosis of the toenails. In July 2014, Anacor entered
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You Asked: Are Self-Tanners Safe?
Both he and Rigel say that compared to the well-established risks of sun exposure, topical self-tanning lotions are a safer option. Friedman agrees, and says his only concern is that some people might have an allergic reaction to DHA or other
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Western Stage opens with 'You Can't Take It With You'
What: "You Can't Take It With You," George Kaufman and Moss Hart's prize-winning screwball comedy, explores the eccentric Sycamore family's Depression-era life with humor and topical satire. When: May 29-June 21, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and …
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GIVEAWAY // Win a $50 Gift Card to Bubby & Bean Art!

GIVEAWAY // Win a $  50 Gift Card to Bubby & Bean Art!

After a crazy holiday season, I took a little break from designing new pieces for the Bubby & Bean Art shop in order to give full attention to work for the blog and freelance gigs. Truthfully, I was also feeling a little burned out, and just couldn’t find that spark of motivation to fit it into the small amount of free time I had. Then earlier this month, out of nowhere, I got a sudden burst of inspiration and spent several work days doing nothing but creating new card designs. I had so much fun, and it fueled my desire to devote more time to the shop in the coming months. So in celebration of this new collection of cards (we’ll just call it the ‘summer collection’ since any excuse to celebrate summer is a good one in my eyes), I’m giving away $ 50 to spend on cards, or card sets, or art prints, or whatever you choose!


Use the form below, and/or, because the main methods of entering this giveaway (worth the most points) involve Instagram, you can also enter directly on IG, right here. There are several options for extra entries as well, both on this form and on Instagram (@bubbyandbean).

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This giveaway will run through June 3, 2015 and is open to Bubby and Bean readers worldwide. All entries from the Rafflecopter form above and Instagram will be combined, and a winner will be randomly chosen via Random.org shortly after the end of the giveaway, then posted here and on IG. Thank you for being the best readers and customers in the world. Good luck!

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Tennis/Roland-Garros – Les Français en lice demain

Tennis/Roland-Garros – Les Français en lice demain
Les Français en lice demain lors de la troisième journée du tournoi de Roland-Garros : Simple messieurs : Quentin Halys – Rafael Nadal (ESP/N.6) ; Richard Gasquet (N.20) – Germain Gigounon (BEL) ; Jeremy Chardy – Michael Berrer (GER) ; Jerzy Janowicz …
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Lice Removal Company Makes Annual Donation to the Children's Aid Foundation
INNISFIL, ON, May 6, 2015 /CNW/ – Canada's leading head lice removal company made a donation from proceeds raised from the sale of its popular Premium Nit Kit™ to the Children's Aid Foundation April 30th at their head office location in Toronto.
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Roland-Garros: Les Français en lice demain
Roland-Garros: Les Français en lice demain. © AFP/TIZIANA FABI. Publié par TennisTemple.com Rédaction, le Lundi 25/05/2015, 16:49. Les Français en lice demain lors de la troisième journée du tournoi de Roland-Garros : Simple messieurs : Quentin …
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DR. DONNA ON ADDING CANNED FOOD FOR OPTIMAL PET HEALTH

Halo Pets’ in-house vet, Dr. Donna Spector, recommends that pets eat a combination of dry and canned food every day. Their bodies are made of 75% water.

Some pets rarely drink enough water to support excellent hydration and organ function so she recommends at least 25% of a pet’s daily calories come from canned food.

Watch this video where she explains the importance of adding can food to your pet’s diet.

Click here to learn more about feeding both Halo canned and dry food.

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What I’m Wearing Now: May

What I'm Wearing Now: May // Bubby and Bean

1. Black Straw Islander Tote, TOMS  //  2. Floral Kimono (sadly, the one I’ve been wearing nonstop, which can be seen in this post just sold out; so I’m showcasing this similar floral beauty instead)  //  3. Anthem Tank, Madewell  //  4. Double Fringe Side Zip Boot, Minnetonka  //  5. Mossimo Bailey Footbed Sandals in White, Target  //  6. Denim Cut-offs (DIYed; way into this similar pair from Rag & Bone)  //  7. Border Print Wide Leg Soft Pants, Joe B  //  8. Girlfriend Jeans, H&M  //  9. Black Embroidered Dress (mine is several years old; this similar style dress is gorgeous)   

Finally, warm weather has arrived! As many of you know, I have a thing for summer clothes, and having to pack my cut-offs and gauzy dresses back up in April – after getting to wear them for two weeks in March while I was in Arizona – was practically tear-inducing. May isn’t summer in Chicago by any means, but we’ve had enough days in the high 70s and low 80s recently to move my favorite pieces of clothing back to the front of the closet – pieces that I’ve showcased above for this month’s edition of What I’m Wearing Now. (If you’re a new reader, you can read more about the motivation behind why I started this series by checking out the past editions, right here.)

There has been a lot of light fabric layering happening this month, and although the weather has been more full-length jean appropriate, I have been able to bust out my beloved denim cut-off shorts on several occasions. Quite of few of the pieces I wore in Arizona in March are back on rotation as well, like the wide-legged pants (# 7) and the sort-of-Birkenstockish-but-much-cheaper Target white footbed sandals (#5).  My trusty denim jacket made lots of appearances as well, but I spared you guys putting it into the collage yet again this time around. And yes, once again, there is a kimono. I may be a little kimono obsessed these days (my husband calls me ‘Mrs. Roper’ despite repeated explanations of how they’re not muumuus), but there honestly isn’t any other garment I’ve found that can pull an outfit together while simultaneously being this comfortable. I have several of them, and they each get plenty of wear. I’ve also been carrying around this insanely gorgeous tote bag from TOMS almost everyday. It’s beautiful and practical, and even better, it makes a difference – with every bag purchased, TOMS will help provide a safe birth for a mother and baby in need. Pretty awesome.

What type of clothing and accessory pieces have you been wearing most this month?


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Flea Beetles and Cutworms on Canola

Flea Beetles and Cutworms on Canola
Flea beetles will chew small holes in canola seedlings in the spring, and pods, leaves and stems in the fall. The economic threshold of flea beetle damage is when 25 per cent of the cotyledon is destroyed and flea beetles are present and continue to feed.
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/It's flea and tick season! Make sure your pets' summer doesn't bite! Visit
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Creature Feature DR. DAN MEAKIN Getting to know the flea
To help improve your flea fighting skills, let's look at the flea and its life cycle. Fleas are parasites that feed off their host's blood. When a flea bites its victim's skin it injects a minute amount of flea antigen. Pets vary in their reactions to
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DR. DONNA SPECTOR: COCOA MULCH TOXICITY

dog-cocoa-bean-mulch-545x250As spring and summer approach, many people begin tending to their lawns and gardens. Many will consider using cocoa bean mulch as a natural, chemical-free fertilizer.

This mulch is made from the shells of spent cocoa beans used in chocolate production. It degrades into an organic fertilizer which naturally deters slugs, snails and other pests, while giving gardens a very attractive rich color and appealing chocolate smell.

Unfortunately these same characteristics may make it appealing to dogs, who can be easily poisoned from its toxic effects. Cocoa bean shells and mulch contain the stimulants theobromine and caffeine; methylxanthines which are both toxic to dogs.

Dogs are highly sensitive to methylxanthines and low doses can cause gastrointestinal upset such as vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Higher doses can cause rapid heart rate, muscle tremors, seizures and even death.

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