Thursday, March 19, 2015

ELLIOTT TURNS ONE

A little late but better than never.  Elliott turned 1 on January 21st.  Here's some photos I wanted to post just so I had it documented somewhere!  I'm so in love with this sweet, observant, playful, active and curious little boy. The mother/son bond is truly a special one.  And just to note.. the popcorn in the cones was a hit with the kiddos! 

















Monday, October 27, 2014

STRANDS AND STRIPES


Two things I will always be obsessed with:  
1)  Stripes, in any and all form/color/shape/size
2)  Dainty necklaces.  Gold is my favorite.

Both these necklaces worn are from my new favorite and affordable company, STRANDS.  They have a wonderful selection that fits many tastes.  I love that all their dainty necklaces layer well together.  Now the best part, really, about finding this company is I have met the absolutely most lovely person and now friend.  Shout out to Ellery! (Not to mention her partner in Strands is also adorable!)  :)  So happy to have met this girl and her sweet fam!

On to this shirt.. umm Old Navy has got it goin on with this button up.. am I right?!  (similar and on sale! HERE)  I bought two sizes up because I like to wear this style oversized and tucked in the front.  It's a classic piece that will always be in my closet.  I own a few more that are similar. Not shown, but i paired the shirt with a slim distressed boyfriend jean and my birkenstocks.  It's a no fail outfit for me.  Take notes of outfits like this that you always feel great in.  Then those days you are staring at your closet wondering what the heck to put on, you can pick one of your no fail outfits and feel good!

Photos taken by my 3 1/2 year old.  Excluding her portrait at the bottom ;)




the little photographer of my outfit :-)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

SUMMER TO FALL INSPIRATION

California summers seem to be endless, especially when amazing boots and adorable chunky sweaters start popping up in stores in August.  It's still 98 degrees outside, guys.  "I'm still sweating here in my light tank top and cut offs." But when we get the slightest cool down, you know I will be all about these fall transitional pieces!  Here's some inspiration on how to style your summer to fall look.  Chunky sweaters/military jackets with shorts, blazer/denim over dresses, booties (with anything really!), leather skinnies with summer sandals, and newer to the scene.. the culotte is coming back around! Pair it with heels!  What are your favorite summer to fall transitional pieces?
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

COCONUT BANANA RASPBERRY POPS


Ok, don't hate me BUT the thing I dislike about a lot of food blogs is that there tends to be a ton of pictures and what seems to be essays before you actually get to the recipe.  Don't get me wrong, the pictures look awesome and the food looks delicious.  But I don't need to see the same bowl of chili from twelve different angles.  I just want to see the recipe close to the top and if I am interested I will probably go back and read the rest of the post.  Most of the time there are great stories along with the recipe, I'm not doubting that.  But it can be frustrating when I have to scroll for five minutes just to find the recipe.  With that said, here's the recipe for Coconut Banana Raspberry Pops :)

3 ripe bananas
1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
2 tablespoons raw honey
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Raspberries

Yep, that's it!  Blend the bananas, coconut milk, honey and lemon juice together.  If it comes out really thick you may need more coconut milk.  I am actually not quite sure of that measurement.  Sorry! Then throw a few raspberries in your popsicle molds and pour the blended mixture over.  Then freeze.  Voila!  The raspberries could be substituted for any other fruit, really.  We (Peyton and I) ended up doing a few pops with blueberries, too!  She could hardly wait for them to freeze up!  These came out nice and creamy, too.  Not too icy (enter thumbs up emoji .. haha).  Let me know if you all try different variations of this recipe.. would love to hear how they came out!





Monday, August 11, 2014

LET'S GO TO THE BEACH


We always seem to decide to go to the beach on a whim.  Last Thursday Nathan came home from work in the middle of the day, frustrated, and said 'he was taking the rest of the day off'.  Peyton out of nowhere says 'Daddy, let's go to the beach!'.  So.. why not?  We packed up a few things and headed out to the door.  Naturally, we headed to our favorite beach.  Laguna Beach.  (Not to mention it's the closest to our house anyways).  Driving out there I realized it would be Elliott's first time at the beach!  Made this spontaneous trip that much better :)  We arrived, settled in the sand, and enjoyed that afternoon.  Elliott's toes (or bottom half.. woops) got in the water.  And Peyton would have swam out with the dolphins if she could.. I swear she was a mermaid in previous life!  She absolutely loves the water.  Nathan got quite the workout chasing her in and out of the water.  It's days like this that remind me just how beautiful family time can be and the little moments are what it is all about.  Peyton's laughs and excitment, Elliott's wide eyes watching the waves and action around him.  Those moments.  Happiness.






Thursday, June 12, 2014

5 MONTHS


Where in the world is my newborn baby going?  Or growing, I should say!  This big boy is 20 and a half pounds!  It's unbelievable how the time goes by and it leaves me with mixed emotions.  Happy to see my little boy grow and develop and change.  But sad because I know he won't be this little for long.  I am trying to cherish these moments as much as possible and be present in this ever changing time.  Here's the scoop on Mr. E!

Loves:  
Smiling  
Chewing on his fist
Bath time
Pool
Swing

New Skills:
Rolling from tummy to back and vice versa
Sitting for very short periods by himself
Able to sit and play in jumperoo or play chair
Using his voice (we think he sounds like a dinosaur! hehe)

Nicknames:
Mr. Man (from me)
Chunkers (from me)
Sir "plug in verb here".. ex. Sir-sleeps-a-lot, Sir-eats-a-lot, Sir-poops-a-lot. (from nathan)

Other notes:
Elliott is a happy baby and pretty easy going for the most part.
Although, I am still up in the night a few times with him feeding.  I think it's about time to move him to his room.. eeee!  We can do it.. we can do it! (pep talking myself) :)

Happy 5 months my sweet, happy boy!