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Summer Robertson

I am a mother of 4 beautiful children living countryside in a tiny home with my sweet family. We founded fawn&forest in 2007 with an intention of creating a shop that reflects our love for living simply with children.

My Favorite Cups for Small Children

by Summer Robertson


My favorite cups for small children — essentials for a clutter free cupboard!

I prefer open cups and not a single sippy cup unless we're out & about. Given the chance, small children (as young as 9 months) are quite capable of drinking out of a cup without spilling, given a bit of practice & starting with a small amount of water. There's a lot of Montessori thought behind this that I appreciate but even more, not being afraid as a mother to allow my children the space to learn something for themselves — it opens up a lot of respect & trust between mother & child.

Small glasses & even shot glasses work well for small children (which ensued much laughter with my first son 11 years ago!) but I've found having a "cup of one's own" reiterates that respect.

Heirloom Pewter Cup
Currently my daughter Lucy, age 2 uses the small pewter cup — it's a bit pricy but if you add up the cost on all the plastic sippys one would use over the course of time, it ends up being a good chunk of change and a lot of ugly clutter. The Pewter Duck Cup is Lucy's only everyday cup & worth the heirloom price point.

Ceramic Animal Cup
For tea & such the ceramic cup is indispensable. It can break of course but has been another opportunity for learning & respect.

Klean Kanteen
For outside & away from home, Klean Kanteen is my favorite, it's a workhorse & made of stainless steel with replaceable tops (no yucky straws). We will be adding Klean Kanteen to the shop soon along with french Duralex, a shatter resistant favorite!


These essentials are available in the shop, HERE!

Autumn Morning Tea

by Summer Robertson

We have been enjoying cool & quiet autumn mornings at home this week. Before we sit down to our morning basket time I make tea for myself & each of my children. Tea always seems to set the tone for a cozy, peaceful morning together, even for little ones. Our favorite tea at the moment is organic rooibos vanilla which is naturally caffeine free and perfect with cream & a touch of honey. 

Our morning basket time is a time we set aside to read aloud the books in our reading basket which we keep in a cozy spot next to "mama's reading chair". We read through all kinds of books and topics, but seasonal books with pictures, stories about nature and animal adventure always seem to have a special spot. We take weeks & months reading through novels, poetry and history ... little bit of everything for each of my children, ages 2 through 12. 

Here is a list of a few things in our Autumn Basket this month:

All Creatures Great & Small by James Herriot
Autumn by Gerda Muller
Pumpkin Moonshine by Tasha Tudor
Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock
Tales of Squirrel Nutkin by Beatrix Potter
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Essential Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson

We spend about 2 hours a day reading together, so our basket is quite full & changes often : )

Teatime & Heirloom Ceramic Cups
My children love using our beautiful heirloom ceramic cups, perfect for tea or as a little pot for all the yummy autumn applesauce to be scarfed up right now!  Available in the shop,



essential homemade stain remover

by Summer Robertson


I think one of the most challenging aspects of having a thoughtfully simple (limited) wardrobe for our family is caring for stains — right? After investing into (or making) such essentials the most dreadful thing to happen is a messy stain to ruin it all.

After much failure, I've landed on a homemade solution that has worked well for us — hydrogen peroxide mixed with a big squeeze of natural dish soap stored in a amber bottle (as hydrogen peroxide loses its properties when exposed.) A quick spray on any stains & muck marks right as it goes into the laundry basket quickly addresses any issues while still being gentle enough on fabric such as merino wool. I am still stumped by set in banana stains and chocolate on wool but this simple, inexpensive solution has worked well to keep most every other stain from setting in.

It's sort of old fashion to put value in taking care of my family's wardrobe, but it's a skill I have enjoyed learning. #fewerbetterthings

For variations on this simple homemade stain remover, be sure to read all the comments on my instagram post

My favorite merino wool tees by Chasing Windmills, pointelle tank by Goat-Milk & Wayda Scarf (more in stock soon!)

Labor Day Sale

by Summer Robertson


I hope you've had a wonderful Summer! 

As our rhythms change with the seasons I start to pull together my thoughts on what is needed for the season ahead.

New long sleeve shirts and a cozy set of pajamas is on the list for each of my children. If you've had a few things on your list, be sure to shop our Labor Day Sale...

Use code LABORDAY for 10% off through Tuesday, September 5th .


Please note that rewards discounts cannot be combined with a sale discount code. 
(*Excluded brands: Oeuf, Naturepedic, Monte, Stokke, Nursery Works & Babyletto.)




by Summer Robertson

Switchel is fun to say & fun to drink and has been one of our unexpected hits this summer that I am excited to share with you!

It's an old-timey drink to stay hydrated in the summer heat that's super nourishing, inexpensive & simple to make 
— and my children love it!

Shake together —
2 cups. water
2 tablespoons organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar
tablespoon raw honey* 
A heaping 1/4 tps. cinnamon

This makes roughly 1 serving that i make in the glass milk bottles shown above. However, take the simple ratio of water / acv / honey and adjust as needed. 

* Heating Raw honey kills all the nutritional elements. The honey will eventually dissolve in the switchel. However, to speed this up, simply add a bit of room temp water to the honey and stir with a fork to make it more fluid before adding it to the switchel.

Switchel is best ice cold but my children love it room temp as well. It is somewhat tart, slightly sweet and not at all overpowering. Unfiltered apple cider vinegar is incredibly nourishing to our bodies — balances PH levels in the body, is great for digestion and aids in detoxifying the body.

You can add smashed berries, ginger, turmeric etc., but really the honey/cinnamon combo is so refreshing & simple. 

Click HERE to see a few of my favorite cups & such for children.


the family bed

by Summer Robertson

Concerning sleep I fall into the category of "do what fits your family rhythm". This far into motherhood I know what works for one family may not work for another and that's the beauty of it. When I was pregnant with my first child 12 years ago we set up the nursery, the crib, the bassinet. But once baby was in my arms so much of what I thought changed, it didn't feel right. My newborn was relentlessly unsettled and fussy and he just needed to be close to me. Co-sleeping just felt right, it worked, we all got sleep. We realized that we really enjoyed the closeness with our baby, it was comforting for us all.

So we ended up with the Family Bed, sharing sleep with all of our 4 children at various times over the years. Our two year old daughter is the only one that still sleeps with us -- I sense she still needs the closeness and well, living in a tiny house during this season of our life doesn't allow for separate sleeping quarters. We're all cozy and content.

A list of my favorite Family Bed sleep essentials:
Holy Lamb Wool Mattress Topper
Holy Lamb Wool Pillows
Snuggle Me Organic Co-Sleeping baby lounger 
Naturepedic Organic Mattress
Holy Lamb Family Bed Bumper

And those beautiful organic sheets?

My friend Lauren has a company called Blaynk that crafts bedsheets from cotton, wind & water -- AMAZING! Watch her truly inspirational video HERE & back her Kickstarter! Blaynk is off to an incredible start with nearly a 75% backing in the first day! 

Blaynk will be available in the shop soon, can't wait!! 

summer capsule wardrobe for children

by Summer Robertson

A couple years ago I started weeding through my children's clothes in order to simplify, streamline and bottomline, have less laundry to contend with. Here is a peek at my daughter's basic summer wardrobe, a capsule of simplicity. Add in a couple dresses & rompers and these handful of items are truly all that she has worn this summer. 

Intentionally purchasing fewer items has allowed me to be more thoughtful in my selection, focusing on quality of materials & versatility -- linen for children is so practical and lightweight merino wool is surprisingly cooling on hot days!  #fewerbetterthings

I'm still working out a blog post with details of my approach but until then, take a look at a few of my favorites this Summer ...
 goat-milkChasing WindmillsBillie BloomsBriar Handmade and Tortoise & the Hare.


A summertime sale

by Summer Robertson

"All in all, it was a never to be forgotten summer —
one of those summers which come seldom into any life,
but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which,
in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing,
come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world."
—L.M. Montgomery, Anne's House of Dreams

If you've had your eye on something, be sure to shop our Summertime Sale...
Use code SUMMER for 10% off through Monday, July 31st. 

Please note that rewards discounts cannot be combined with a sale discount code. 

(*Excluded brands: Oeuf, Naturepedic, Monte, Stokke.)

opening soon! fawn&forest brick & mortar shop

by Summer Robertson

This year fawn&forest is turning 10! To celebrate we're opening a brick & mortar shop in our little county town of Yamhill, located about an hour outside of Portland, Oregon.  We're in a unique area, Oregon's wine country and in one of Yamhill's original brick buildings from the 1800's. 

Yamhill was the little country town Beverly Cleary grew up in (her childhood house is just down the street from the shop!) and this area is rich in  so much amazing pioneer history. My desire for fawn&forest is to evoke that feeling of a mercantile from yesteryear that speaks more about quality & essentials of family life than flashy brand names —filled with curiosity and the simplicity of a thoughtful life. 

The storefront is currently but a small wonderful stack of essentials. There is so much to be done & purchased yet I am enjoying the process, slow and intentional #fawnandforest

I'll be posting our progress on instragram, so be sure to follow along — @fawnandforest

swaddles that remind me of summertime

by Summer Robertson

I have gathered a few new favorite swaddles that remind me of the slow days of Summertime.  Gentle prints and lightweight cotton, muslin swaddles are a summertime essential,even if baby has grown beyond those sweet swaddling days.  

This Summer we've been enjoying swaddles as a lightweight wrap after playing in the pool, draped over the stroller to block the setting sun and as soft layer to snuggle in on these breezy summer evenings...

Shop Swaddles.

Summer Robertson

I am a mother of 4 beautiful children living countryside in a tiny home with my sweet family. We founded fawn&forest in 2007 with an intention of creating a shop that reflects our love for living simply with children.

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