Thursday, December 27, 2012

Snaps: Holiday Part I

Our Christmas break thus far has been quite enjoyable.  Aside from a few minor accidents here and there with Big D - first a fall on some ice followed by a cut on the chin, the boys and I have had a lot of winter fun and family bonding.  Every minute of this vacation so far has been rewarding...and indulging.  'Tis the season for complex carbohydrates and highly caloric beverages!  Fortunately, I got to sweat off some calories doing this and this.  
Here are a few snaps from part I of our holiday.

Mom's Christmas tree



DIY gift wrap



Christmas traditions: matching pajamas







Saturday, December 22, 2012

What I'm....


The time has finally come.  No work for a week and a half and I'm packing away for some major family time.  Me and the boyz are celebrating the holidays in a Cali-Zona way - half in California and the other half in Arizona.  In the meantime, I will be away from the computer and breaking from blogosphere for a bit.  I plan on being back post Christmas, but you can stalk me here and here for the time being.

To all my PiC readers, thank you so much for visiting me through out this last year.  Your support has made me push through those nights of "I am really not feeling this tonight" as well as those other nights with major writers' block.  To you, a heart felt Merry Christmas.  May every moment of this holiday season give you more than enough love, joy and health.  Muah and xoxo.


Here's what I'll be doing this holiday.....

Shopping for some deep discount sales on ornaments and decorations for next year

Filling up on local spirits in the Central Coast

Playing in the snow.  Introducing Big D and Little Tyty to higher elevation and white snow

Layering myself in chunky cable sweaters

Driving around and looking at Christmas lights. My utmost favorite thing to do during the holiday.  My neighbor hosts this show, so if you are around, come by and see.  

Sitting by the fire and drinking hot cocoa.

Keeping this in mind during the giving and receiving season.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Shorter Locks

Come 2013, I have decided to go for a drastic change and chop my locks.  I am so bored with my long, heavy, got-no-movement, Kardashian hair, and felt it was time for a flirty and bouncy look.  I came across this photo and am now inspired to just do it. 

Photo source via here

All I Want for Christmas, and next Birthday, Anniversary...


With Christmas just around the corner and scouring through Amazon prime for some last minute gifts, I can't help but indulge in some self shopping.  Between browsing pinterest and shopping through some cut-throat deals, I have started tallying up things on my shopping list for future Christmas, birthdays and anniversaries.  Hubs, this one is for you. Ladies, this one is to inspire you.

1.  Kate Spade bow ring //  2.  any sort of Fair Isle Sweater  //  3.  Mattouk Luxe robe OR a day at the spa // 4.  Sparkly camera strap from Bloom theory   // 5.  Jonathan Adler chevron throw  // 6.  personalized stationery from Kollection  // 7.  Rolex Watch (gasp at the price, but obsessed)  // 8. Polka Dot loafers from Gap  // 9.  Any fashion coffee table books

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Project Decorate: Wallpaper

Wallpaper often gets a bad reputation.  Especially since floral toille and its matching drapes are still hanging in my mother's house dated as far back as 1989.  But I have been itching to accent walls with some cheeky and contemporary wall paper.  I am torn between colorful geometric patterns or animal print conversations or metallic foil accents.  






 Photo source via 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 
** 3 + 6 I have searched all over source and was lost amongst tumblr


Monday, December 17, 2012

Feature on Haute Stuf

I feel honored to be featured in an up and coming trend and fashion blog The Haute Stuf.  Based out of Canada, it's a site that details the lifestyle of various people.  From designers, to singers to stylists, you can read up on their guide to leading a hip lifestyle and catch up on the hautest trends in style, beauty, home decor, and cuisine from around the globe.  

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Snapshots

It was a rainy and gloomy weekend here in LA, but ours was fulfilled with lots of friends and good company.  It's now less than 10 days before the big holiday and I have a lot to accomplish until then.  Are you ready for Christmas?

Snippets that highlighted my week.  
  
New bright serving napkins with gold foil polka dots.

2012 Holiday snail mail

Getting crafty with wrapping present

A present for the bestie (right) and some sequin polka dots for some holiday flair.

Locked in all weekend with a fist full of gold fish



Saturday, December 15, 2012

Heavy Heart

Yesterday started off on a light, happy foot.  It was the start of the weekend, the co-workers and I were professing our love for Hugh Grant rom coms, and we were gearing up for the upcoming company holiday party later in the evening.  Until news broke of an unfathomable tragedy that struck a Newtown elementary school.  I can't bear to write the details of the story, but I am sure you know what I am talking about.  Since then, my mood (as I am sure the heavy hearts of many other sympathetic parents out there) has drastically changed.  My initial reaction? shock.  Followed by mixed emotions of sorrow, fear, mourning, and anger.  I wanted to drive the 20 mile commute back home to just hold my babies.  Hug them tight and hold them long and be grateful for their safety.  Tell them how much I love them and shield them from harms way.  It's gut wrenching to imagine those families who will not have their child for the upcoming Christmas holiday.  This weekend, I take time to reflect and love...for my own family, as well as the heart broken families out in Connecticut.   

Photo source via here

Thursday, December 13, 2012

10 Gift Ideas for the Little Guy

I am finally getting to Christmas shopping, however, I have yet to start my duties as Santa Claus and getting the kids their primo, "whoa" presents. I have started some initial brainstorming and thought I would share them with you in case you are stumped for gift ideas for that active little boy.  How adorable is that orange and white striped tee pee? I wish I had one of these when I was a little.  How's your shopping coming along? If you have any other ideas for the young men in your life please share them!

1.  Smart Balance Bike  2.  Discovey Kids Cardboard Train  3.  Number Flash cards  4.  Superhero Cape  5.  Marc by Marc Jacobs Sweater  6.  Schoenhut Mini Piano  7.  Melissa and Doug shape model and mold  8.  Bruder Toy Crane  9.  Dino Tails book  10.  Land of Nod Tee Pee tent

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Our Glittery Gold Christmas Tree

When it comes to trimming the Christmas tree, I sadly rob everyone of the fun family tradition.  I selfishly prefer to trim it solo, as I am very particular about ornament placing, and besides, none of the men in this house are particularly interested in decorating the tree, since everything is gold, glittery, and PINK! So when the Hubs took the boys out to the park one afternoon, I went after it and decorated the tree in a matter of hours.  

Keep in mind, that photos can never capture the true beauty of a Christmas tree.  I even tried to play around with my camera settings to achieve this photo.  But after 10 minutes of reading my manual and figuring out how to adjust my "IOS setting" I gave up.  So here are golden yellow toned photos of our Christmas tree.  






This gold Bloomingdale's bear ornamanet was one of the first ornaments my mom bought me 10 years ago for my very first Christmas tree, and since then spurred the whole gold theme for our decorations.


Monday, December 10, 2012

MOM TALK



IT’S A GIRL…well that’s what we were originally told was the sex of our first born, until our next ultrasound when the doctor realized that oops, he had guessed wrong!  Big D is a boy. Three and a half years later, two boys have been produced and we are a house full of twig and berries.  And as of last week, with the arrival of my cousin’s second baby boy, we now have a generation of SEVEN grandsons all under the age of four.  I believe we are 4 shy of a soccer team with not a cheerleader in sight.   This is the same family dynamic for many other mothers I know.  All boys.  The girliest girls who are mothers to the boyish of boys and yet they still yearn for that baby girl.  I have to admit, I am one of those moms who wonders, can I be as lucky as Victoria Beckham and finally get my Harper?  No one freak here (this means you Hubs, this is just a topic for blog discussion)

This topic always comes up with many of my mom-of-boys friends "Are you going to try for a third to get that girl?".  Well, I have known many brave enough to play with those odds. Some, who in a failed attempt, end up with the Curly to complete Larry and Moe. My husband’s co-worker, who has two sons, tried to go for that girl, and wound up with twin boys! Eeek!  The other half who are teetering on numero tres have studied up on techniques on increasing their probability for a girl and one has even mentioned going through the costly IVF process and getting her eggs spun. Are we just playing with fire, or should we all just accept the cards we were dealt and be happy that we have our healthy men?

This past weekend, I chatted with a mom of two boys, expecting her third child.  She really wants a girl and has candidly admitted “I am not the mom to BS and say all I want is a healthy baby…screw that, I want that girl”.  She doesn’t know the sex of the baby, and doesn’t plan on finding out for the sake of surprise.  So over the course of the next 9 months, she likes to tell herself she's having a girl…but deep down, she feels it’s another boy.  

So if you were to ask me if I'd have another... my answer is simply I don't know.  Part of me doesn't want to deal with pregnancy and the sleepless newborn stages all over again.  Let alone incur the absurd costs of raising another child in LA.  But on the other hand, I have always dreamed of having that little girl to take to dance class and braid her hair...and perhaps I too can defy the odds and get my very own Harper.


Image source via here

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Snapshots

Due to a hectic schedule, there was very little opportunity to take photos last week.  I did however get to sneak this candid photo of Big D and Lil Tyty playing with toy gears.  This photo pretty much sums up our mornings - crazy printed pajamas, laughter, toys and cars lined up everywhere.  We live such a colorful life!  Have a fantastic week.



Friday, December 7, 2012

Happy Weekend



This is the most joyful time of the year - but can also be the most stressful. Between the parties, Christmas shopping, and miscellaneous commitments, there is very little time to sit, let alone breathe.  So this weekend the Hubs and I are heading to Vegas for some good 'ole adult fun. I am not saying there will be a whole lot of relaxing, but it will be 20 hours of self destruction indulgence - a far distance of where I was a few days ago, cleaning up after the flu virus that was projected onto our walls and ground.  Hope you have a great weekend!


Image source via here

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Guest Blogger: Baby Swag


Hi again.  It’s meee, guest blogger.  My first post was about maternity wear and now I’m back to talk about baby swag.  Yes, the stuff that tugs at our little mommy shopper heartstrings.

Admittedly, my first trip to Babies R Us was a bit of a flop.  I pushed around a few strollers and had to leave after 10 minutes.  There’s just so. much. stuff.  But as much I wanted to sit back and have someone tell me what to do, at the end of the day, baby stuff is personal and I had to buckle down and do the research.  Whomp whomp.

My friend gave me this book which I cross referenced with the nets. I read about function and safety and came up with a rather lengthy list of what I felt we would need.  I mean, there really is no right and wrong… and no end, if you’re not careful.  And then to really get started, I grouped everything into three categories.

First, the non-negotiables.  These are the things you know you want, how you want, therefore must be exactly what you want.  I was inspired by several boards featured on the incredible lay baby lay and picked out nursery furniture and artwork early on: a crib, bassinet, and etsy prints.  



This bassinet = I wanted it = I bought it = Easy.  See how cute it looks in our office?

But there are a lot of other things on the list where I’m not particularly tied to a brand or model or type.  Friends and family have been giving us gently used stuff like slings and joggers and I’ve been happily and steadily crossing things off my list of things to buy.  You’ve got to love this second category: hand-me-downs.  I LOVE this category.

Like this bouncer/ toy car from my cousin:

  
Never knew something like this existed, never even knew I wanted it, but now I’m like can’t live without it.  Bambino will probably use this for a little while and then it will get passed on to another mommy.  Paying it forward, y’all.   Talk about being green without even trying.  Again, love.

And the last category: Gifts.  Gifts with a capital G.  Things you don’t necessarily need or want but people buy for you because they are JUST SO incredibly wonderfully babylicious.  Like this little giraffe rocker complete with little blankies given to us by a friend:


Buying this on your own, not as fun.  But receiving something like this as a gift, amazing.  I rarely melt, but I melted when I pulled this out of the box.

So there it is.  Whether it’s something you have to have, or it’s passed down to you, or it’s something adorable gifted to you, once your belly starts growing, apparently life will suddenly become about collecting a lot of baby stuff.  And when I say a lot of stuff, I mean A LOT OF STUFF.  But I figure if there was ever a good time to be overly prepared, it’s now.

Next topic:  My feelings about impending mommyhood.  11 weeks to go.  Eeks.

Ciao.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

{DIY} Advent Calendars

Year after year, I have been in search for the coolest, most unique advent calendars - beyond the generic punch out chocolates, which are always sold out before December comes.  THIS year, I decided to get creative and make my own countdown calendar...without spending a lot of money.  So with a lot of improvises around the house and a small trip to Party City, I came up with this glammy looking advent calendar.

What I used:
  • pretty paper in various colors
  • rubber stamps
  • glue dots
  • clothes pins
  • string
  • push pins
  • various candy and treats from the $1 bin at Party City




Since I couldn't find a nice way to attach these to the paper, I decided to write the special treat or activity of the day behind the paper, and kept these aside.



I strung the numbers across one of my kitchen walls, which also happens to be my chalkboard.  But alternatively, you can use a cork board, or foam board.



Since my paper colors were looking a little Valentine's Day like, I added a bit of gold garland to border my calendar. 


 
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