Monday, August 25, 2014

Happy Monday

 Hope your weekend was sunny and beautiful! 

Our little nugget had his first swim at 10 weeks old. And its safe to say he loved it. Completely content in that prestine, saline pool. Love making memories with my boys.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Passing on Wanderlust

While I was pregnant, I did my fair share of traveling for work. It was 14 flights to be exact (complete with nausea and swollen ankles).

Although despite some discomforts of pregnancy, I like to think that I was starting my baby boy young ;) Teaching him in the womb, the beauty of travel and exploring new places. To remember some of the cities I visited with my Theo, I picked him up a book as a figurative stamp in his soon to be growing passport. The books are from M. Sasek's children's travel collection. Someday when reading him bedtime stories, I will get to tell him, 'you've been there in my tummy.' And for some reason, that just really warms my heart. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Theo's Nursery

above photos by Rachel Thurston

I wanted to share photo's of our little labor of love nursery for our sweet Theo. We wanted to create a neutral and minimal space, that had some masculine and eclectic touches. 

I have a thing for wooden toys, they are just so pretty! I know all the plastic is inevitable, but for now when he is young we will enjoy the wood ;) Since Theo is born in the Chinese year of the 'wooden horse' the rocking horse was so fitting and the perfect touch from my mother in law. 

I hunted and hunted for the perfect rocking/gliding chair, surprisingly hard to find a modern design that was comfortable. They all seemed to be stiff with low backs. But, I finally found the one! Land of Nod makes the perfect "Milo Glider' combing beautiful form and incredible function, and tops it off with a gorgeous copper base. I also went with Land of Nod, for Theo's mid-century dresser as well. It's called the "Blake Dresser,"I swapped out the nobs for Anthropologie knobs to bring in some gold.  The Moroccan pouf used as the foot stool/ottoman, I found on Etsy. I love the dark leather, gives the space a more masculine feel. I debated what seemed like forever on the rug. I almost splurged at West Elm, yet I found this one at Urban Outfitters for half the cost. For a natural fibers rug, it's shockingly soft which is needed for a nursery. The lighting fixture is also from Urban Outfitters

The lamb is a Target find, the base color ties in the dark navy wall on the opposite side of the room. The pillow sitting on the glider is Caitlin Wilson Design, I love the metallic gold - elevates the room and gives the corner some shine. The Dwell Studio crib is also mid-century, simple and clean. A purchase that will last all my kids, boys or girls. Lastly, are the sailboat prints. We found them at the Long Beach Flea Market, and matted and framed them ourselves. While making them, we came up with our family motto...

'Smiths set sail" ;)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

My Newborn Essentials

 Ok let me clear the air, I am by no means an expert. I've only been 2 months at it. Although, I have had quite a few pregnant and new mom friends ask me my favorite must-have products and gear thus far. So, I thought this would be a great place to share my selects and also to help me remember for my next one.

These are items I use almost daily, if not weekly, and have really saved me as a new mother. If there is one thing I have realized in mom world so far, all gear is so personal, your choices should be based on your lifestyle and your baby! All so uniquely and beautifully different. When selecting my baby's products, it was a very consioucs process for us. We wanted less, not more. We wanted to keep purchases minimal, but purposeful. If that meant spending a little more, I felt like the investment was worth it for durability and ease of use.

Monday, July 21, 2014


Motherhood, here I am! 

Isn't it crazy how you carry this little human inside of you for 10 months, and have no idea who you are carrying. Then all of the sudden in just a moment, they come out and you feel as if you've known this little soul forever. Welcomed to motherhood in a matter of seconds, and forever changed.  It's all so new, and yet oddly feels so familiar. 

One of my favorite excerpt from one of my favorite (refreshingly honest, unconventional and heartwarming) parenting articles, is "Be gentle with yourself, because you are wildly loved and incredibly needed. You are climbing Mt. Everest with basically zero conditioning -- expect to be kind of terrible at it for a while. You are beautiful. We are for you." I can barely get through the article these days without getting emotional because it all hits so close to home these days. Words I like to remind myself as i think about my feelings of a new and deeper sense of worth.


Our perfect sweet boy....

Theo Sundstrom Smith / 9lbs 8ozs / 21.5in

June 2, 2014

* Sundstrom, is a Swedish family name from my grandmother's side. There is nobody I love and admire more, and nobody quite like her. A legacy to be proud of.  I hope Theo's swedish blood runs deep, carrying on the same love for the world and those around him.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

My Sister's Wedding: Style Me Pretty Feature

My sister's waterside wedding was recently feature on the beautiful and inspiring site, Style Me Pretty.  The ladies at SMP described her wedding perfectly, 'colorful and heart warming, with casual elegance' which adjectives also describe Riley perfectly as well.  Relaxed, yet timeless. There is nothing I love more than a wedding, that looks and feels like the couple you are celebrating.

You can see more photos of the wedding here, taken by the talented Ashlee Raubach. Ashlee is one of my favorite Orange County photographers because she is able to captures the intimate details of the day and soft natural light perfectly. 

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