It’s officially summer, and we kissed the school year goodbye in good company with pirates and mermaids. My dear friend hosted a pirate themed play date where kids bounced and moms noshed as we all recapped the end of the school year. However, this wasn’t the ordinary play date with milk and cookies. Everything from the plates to the decor was styled with PSXO party decorations. Check out more details here - but it is essentially all your party styling needs in one box.
Monday, June 9, 2014
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
The last two weekends have been fun filled with family and friends. So much fun, it has been really tough to transition into this Monday. From BBQ’s to playdates to graduations, it has been serious quality time with my boos. Oh, and have I mentioned that we have begun remodeling our backyard? More details to follow on an upcoming post, but because of this, we have been limited in space for such uncontainable boy energy, so we have resorted to venturing around LA’s local mountains and parks.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Gwyneth Paltrow has added yet another facet to her life resume: actress, mother, lifestyle blogger, and now retailer for her goop brand. It wasn’t long after opening that I dragged my family to the pop up boutique shop in Brentwood. The two story shop, located in the historical Brentwood Country Mart, had an eclectic mix of product. From vintage jewelry, home accessories, to the latest brands in denim and accessories, every detail of product is a reflection of Paltrow’s goop brand. I of course did not walk away empty handed. I gifted myself a Claire Vivier pouch in honor of Mother’s Day.
Monday, May 12, 2014
A very belated and whole-hearted Happy Mother’s Day to all my fellow mommies out there.
I especially want to thank my own dear mom who has taught me many things in life. One key learning is one of selflessness. To always give and sacrifice for those you love most.
In addition, I particularly want to dedicate a heartfelt Mother’s Day wish to Jacqui, from Baby Boy Bakery blog (Instagram: @babyboybakery). A mother, who at this time deserves every ounce of love and support right now as she faced an unfathomable tragedy last week.
To read more details about her story read here at Diary of an Addict or search #redballoonsforryan.
Sunday, May 4, 2014
I certainly have relished in my hiatus. An escape from my everyday reality, and masked under the slow paced life of a beach bum. Our vacation to Hawaii was everything and more. My tan turned 50 shades browner, the boys, who turned fish, endlessly frolicked in the water, we captured every breath taking sunset, and of course spent quality time as a family. I am devastated that it has come to an end and sad to face a work day Monday.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
It’s hard to believe that I am researching elementary schools for Big D. Like through many, many, many mother's eyes, he’s still a baby. I shutter with that image of him leaving for college. But until then, I try and embrace every waking moment, hug him (and lil Tyty of course) tighter, cuddle closer and kiss those lips longer.
Monday, April 14, 2014
It’s Spring Break and many of you are traveling afar or staying near to hang out close to home. For our break, we will be heading off to Hawaii for a family vacation. I am obviously very happy to get away, escape work, the busy LA life and exist in paradise with my family for a week. At the same breath, I am terrified to fly and travel along with little ones. Five hours on a plane with kids can be very daunting! The biggest fear as any parent is to make a scene - to care for a screaming, inconsolable child. So my point of view on traveling with a young kid: all rules go out the window. Give them every snack, candy and allow every game and TV show to keep them happy.
Here are my must haves for traveling on a long plane/train/car ride with busy little toddlers and keeping them entertained. My rule of thumb is to try and introduce a new thing every hour - don’t binge all at once and spread out the fun!
- ONE Tickets - my little guys love tickets ripping, trading, and collecting them. Use as a form of point system for a grand prize for good behavior at the end of the trip!
- TWO Bandaids - use as stickers to stick on to everything and not worry about leaving the goo behind
- THREE Post Its - similar to the above but allow them to color and draw on it
- FOUR Their favorite little toys, and in this instance little matchbox cars or legos.
- FIVE Flashcards - easier to read than books (in my case I get motion sickness) so these are large and easy for them to read
- SIX Calculator - a better and safer alternative than my iPhone!!
- SEVEN Necklace Beads - what toddler doesn’t love to play with colorful necklaces
- EIGHT Lollipops - best to use for departing and landing so the kids don’t have their ears popping from the altitude pressure
- NINE markers to color with coloring books or paper
- TEN iPad equipped with a durable case. This is an obvious go-to loaded with movies and show.
Monday, April 7, 2014
Lately, we have been working on giving our home a little TLC with small scale home improvements. We re-painted the entire outside of our house and added a little pop of color to the front door. We redesigned picture collages on the wall and reinforced them with earthquake putty after the earthquakes rolled through So-Cal. I extended the wall paper that's hung in our foyer to cover what used to be a media center (I DIY'ed this one!). And we most recently added this lucite console table to the foyer. Next on the agenda is gutting the backyard. More to come on this task, but we are slowly but surely making this place more 'us'.