Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Gift for little (boys)


For the first time in my life -- Bah I get to be SANTA! You guys, I can't tell you how long I've looked forward to this moment. Ok yes Theo may be a tad bit young to realize,  but regardless -- it has me brainstorming for all things little...

Apple Suitcase - Penny Scallan
Green Puffer - Elias and Grace
Grey trousers - KappaAHL
Moccasins - Freshly Picked
Striped tee and leggings - Mabo
Pretzel - Bla Bla Kids
Taxi - Crew Cuts

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Entertaining for the Holidays



Now turning into one of my favorite Holiday traditions, last weekend I was able to attend one of Jenny Lee Evan's holiday cooking classes. The menu of the night not only tasted incredible, but had a gorgeous presentation as well. One of my favorite things about Jenny's classes, is that she often uses ingredients from Trader Joe's and Costco. To me, this makes the cooking experience less intimidating.  

Along with exceptional food, there was great company. The icing on the cake! In attendance was a large group of talented and motivated entrepreneurs and bloggers. Felt so good to be surrounded by so many inspirational women that were making things happen.  

In preparation for the Holidays, I wanted to share with you Jenny's divine (and easy!) holiday appetizer, 'The Lentil Dip.' This recipe is posted below, I made it for my mom this week and she couldn't believe how much flavor it punched for being so quick to throw together. Also, aren't lentils a power food? win-win!
Lentil Dip

One 17.6 package Trader Joes steamed lentils
½ c. feta cheese, crumbled
Bruschetta (recipe below)

Bruschetta:
5 small roma tomatoes, chopped
¼ Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. sugar
Pepper to taste
Put all ingredients in food processor
Pulse lightly until it is lightly chunky.

To assemble:

Put steamed lentils in a medium bowl and separate. Add the bruschetta and feta cheese. Mix together lightly. Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container. Keeps for 2 weeks. Serve cold with crackers. 


Enjoy! xo

Monday, November 17, 2014

Welcome New Sponsor: Penny Scallan Design





Aren't these little personalized backpacks too much cute to handle? I love this carry-all to pack Theo's toys, books and even bottles when heading over to Grammie's house. Once he is old enough, I'm thinking he will get such a kick out of wearing on his own. Everything is so much more adorable miniature, right? to check out more personalized and functional children's gifts, (countdown to the holidays!) head to Penny Scallan Design.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Portland, Oregon











My first visit to the pacific northwest. I have yet to see Seattle, but if it's any version of Portland, I'm already a fan. The moody, damp weather was just what I needed after an overly hot summer for Southern California.  Call it global warming or post-baby hormones, either way this summer was HOT (especially since we were AC-less). That being said, Portland was my welcome to fall.

If I could describe Portland in three words it would be green, urban and foodie.

The restaurant scene was vibrant and eclectic, so many incredible spots, we couldn't even scratch the surface.  Joel and I decided the eats alone are reason enough to come back.  As for green, the drive to the coast (and in our Subaru Outback, of course) was out of this world. Trees and Trees for days. So gorgeous!  We also managed to visit Multnomah falls, which although crowded, was pretty spectacular. The perfect mini hike with a baby to get up close to the falls.

I feel like if your city has an Ace Hotel, it's got to be urban ;) When it comes to shopping, there was a lot of cool menswear options. Joel was loving the shops in the Pearl district, such as Polar and Steven Alan.  All and all, it was the perfect weekend getaway to get a little taste of something different. I love exploring a city I have never been to before. And even better with my two favorite people.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Ponchos in Portland


This weekend I'm headed up to Portland, Oregon with my little family, and all I can think about is warm cozy clothing. I've had enough of this Southern California heat, October in the high 90's? No, thank you! 

I've never been much of a poncho-wearing kind of gal, but I love this chic take on the overhead shall. I love that the above gave it a more modern take with polished flats and a structured bag to give it less of a frumpy look. In terms of comfort, you cant beat it. You are basically wearing a blanket, and not to mention it would be great for me when nursing. Here are some stylish ponchos that that I came across, here, here and here

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Father Son Beach Bonding











One of our favorite beaches in Laguna Beach is Victoria Beach. It's a beautiful little cove, nestled right smack dab in south Laguna right before you hit the Montage Resort. On a warm September night, my boys and I had the spot to ourselves and soaked up time in the sand. 

 One of my favorite items for Theo when headed to the beach (or bath time), is this ultra soft, grab and go towel. The towel is personalized by Stuck on You. So, I don't have to worry about his towel getting swapped or snagged at the beach with other kids, and I just love that it's personalized for my little guy. I also use during his bath time. I'm now realizing I want to stock our house with monogrammed towels, or would even love to get some with our last name on them - adds that luxury touch! 


*Just a little reminder - free shipping on Stuck on You's website, when entering 'SMITH' at check out!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Great Awakening



I am loving this stage. Theo at 3.5 months. I know that the 3 month mark is often described as the 'awakening" or that turning point out of the 'fourth trimester', it's really incredible how each day there is something new.  I feel like I have been the same since I was about 22, ha! Imagine this much growth in weeks, days!

 So curious of the world, this boy is checking everything out. Theo is starting to grab, giggle and play and its amazing how the smallest, simplest things he does bring us so much happiness. I feel like all those things people tell you about having babies really are true (the hardest and the most rewarding thing we will ever do). This week was his first roll over, and I practically started screaming for joy,  it caught me so off guard! I of course speed dialed Joel, telling him the huge accomplishment ;) Oh man, we have turned into those parent.
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