June 17, 2020

Baby Registry and First Year Essentials

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I often get asked by my first-time mama friends for my "must-have" registry items, so I started to keep a running list on my phone notepad. Since my due date is just around the corner, I thought I'd write out a comprehensive blog post both to refresh my own memory (you really do forget so much) and to serve as an easy reference in the future. So here we go!

1. The Nose Frida. The whole process looks nasty but I promise it's not and it's a lifesaver! 

2. A Boppy Pillow will make feedings so much easier.

3. Swaddles: every baby will be different in terms of their swaddle preference, so a lot of this will be trial and error. But Hannah liked the Swaddle UP because she liked to have her arms up.

4. I used the HALO Bassinest with both my kids and plan on using it again with this baby.

5. Bottles are another baby-particular item that you'll have to experiment with. I had good luck with the Dr. Brown's, but all the parts are annoying to wash.



8. If you plan on breastfeeding, call your insurance for your free pump! With my kids I used the Medela Pump in Style. It's convenient because it's easy to find whatever extra parts you may need, like valves, shields and accessories. This time around I'm going to try out the Spectra S2.

9. A stroller: this will be another personal choice and I suggest you visit buybuyBaby to "test drive" different strollers. We used the UPPAbaby Cruz with both kids and I really do love it. It's lightweight yet durable and has ample storage space. When I need a double stroller, I use the City Select (that I got as a hand-me-down) and it's definitely not my favorite. It's heavy with 2 kids sitting in it and really hard to turn.

10. A car seat: another personal preference. We used the the Chicco KeyFit 30.

11. A diaper bag: I highly recommend one that can be used as a backpack, because trust me, you're gonna want to be hands-free. I used the Honest Company one for the longest time, but it ended up wearing out. This time I'm trying out the Happ Brand bag.

12. A multi-use cover: for the car seat, nursing and shopping carts (once you're baby is actually able to sit in them).

13. A play mat/gym



16. Desitin for diaper rashes

17. A grooming kit

18. Onesies: newborns will spend most of their day in a onesie and swaddle. For pajamas, do yourself a favor and stick to the ones with zippers instead of buttons. Trying to line-up all the buttons in the middle of the night with a wiggling baby is like an Olympic sport. Make your life (a little bit) easier and just zip that baby up!

19. A baby carrier and/or wrap

20. Crib Sheet Protectors to make clean-up easier when there's a leaky diaper


22. Nipple Cream and nursing pads for leakage. I remember having visitors over after Adam was born and when I looked down at my shirt, I saw a ring of breastmilk around my boob LOL. Trust me, get the pads.

23. Nursing bras and tops

24. Pacifiers: will also be baby specific, but this one is popular with most babies. 

25. A postpartum girdle: I used the Bellefit because they have one specifically for c-sections.

That's it! Not that much, right? LOL I know this can be so overwhelming, especially if it's your first baby, but just know that it DOES go by fast and you honestly just learn as you go. For such little people, babies need a lot of crap and constant attention, but it gets easier, I promise! And if you have any questions at all, or your own registry must-haves, please leave them in the comments below. You got this, mama!


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April 9, 2020

Home Resources


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I recently received some questions about our home resources, so I thought I'd put together a comprehensive post for reference. If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to ask and I'll continue to add to the list.

Hardwood Floors

We purchased our floors from Discount Hardwood Floors & Molding. The floors are "Copa Coast" from the Elegant Collection by Bel Air Wood Flooring, and can be found here.

Paint Color

We used "Bit of Sugar" by Behr throughout the house.

Countertops

For our the countertops in our bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room, we went with a quartz from MSI called Calacatta Laza.

Front Entrance

Chandelier: found here

Wall lanterns: found here

Front door: Purchased from AAW Doors (which is the corporate owner of Urban Doors and can be found here.

Tile: purchased in Anaheim, can also be found here and similar here

Foyer

Chandelier: found here

Round mirror: here

Kitchen

Faucet: Artifacts Kitchen Sink Faucet in Polished Nickel by KOHLER. Can be found here.

Lights over the sink: found here

Pendants over island: found here

Instant hot & cold water dispenser: found here

Pot Filler: Delta Faucet Traditional Wall-Mount Pot Filler Faucet found here

Powder Room

Floor tile: Viviano Mosaici Carrara Thassos Hera Waterjet Marble Mosaic from Floor & Decor. Can be found here.

Sink faucet: Delta Cassidy Single Handle in Champagne Bronze found here

Light over sink: Savoy House Octave 3-light bath bar in warm brass found here

Gold waved wall mirror: found here and here

Toilet paper holder: Launis Toilet Paper Holder in Antique Brass from Anthropologie found here

Cabinet knobs: Mother of Pearl found here

Towel ring: Launis Towel Ring in Antique Brass found here

Dining Room

Chandelier: Amelia Wood Bead Chandelier

Buffet: St. James Sideboard in Light Oak

Mirror over buffet: Gleaming Primrose in 5'

Rug: found here

Curtains: Emery Linen in Ivory

Bar cart: found here

Wingback chairs: Belgian Wingback Slipcovered Armchair in White (similar here)

Dining chairs: Vintage French Round Collection (similar here and here)

Dining table: Archer Wash Oak Extending Dining Table (similar here and here)

Living Room

Rug: Safavieh Glamour Collection

Sofas: Similar here and here

TV: Samsung Frame TV

Stools: Valencia Upholstered Vanity Stool

Foyer Table: Everett Foyer Table

Gallery Wall Frames: found here

Hannah's Room and Bathroom

Floral wallpaper: purchased from Etsy here

Curtains: purchased here in ivory

Wood beaded chandelier: purchased here

Gold bookcase: Maison Bookshelf

Rug: Jaipur Rugs Fables Floral Medallion Rug in Gardenia

Bathroom vanity light: Hedley 3-Light Vanity Light

Bathroom mirror: Naturalist Ball Decorative Mirror

Bathroom knobs: from Anthropologie

Bathroom floor tile: Carrara White Basket Weave Marble

Bathroom faucet: Delta Cassidy Two-Handle

Shower head: Delta Faucet 2-1 Dual Hand Held Shower Head

Adam's Room

Chandelier: Geometric Chandelier in Black

Nightstand: Better Homes & Gardens Crossmill Nightstand

Arrow plaque: Pillowfort

Rug: nuLOOM Moroccan Blythe

Comforter set: Yarn Dye Stripe by Hearth & Hand

Curtains: Half Price Drapes in Oyster

Bed: Knox Queen Metal Panel Bed (similar here)

Guest Bathroom

Floor tile: Thassos Herringbone Polished Marble

Shower tile: Dolomite Polished Marble

Tub and shower trim: Delta Cassidy in Polished Nickel

Bathroom Light: Maxim 2-Light Bath Vanity in Polished Nickel

Sink faucet: Delta Cassidy Single-Handle in Polished Nickel

Toilet paper holder: Delta Cassidy in Polished Nickel

Towel bar: Delta in Polished Nickel

Mirrors: found here

Laundry Room

Floor tile: purchased in Anaheim, can also be found here and similar here

Sink faucet: found here

Master Bathroom

Floor tile: Dolomite Terra Marine Marble

Shower tile: Dolomite Premium Marble Tile

Freestanding tub: found here

Tub faucet: Vintage Classic by Water Creation

Sink faucets: Delta Cassidy in Polished Nickel

Robe hooks: Delta Cassidy

Towel bar: Delta Cassidy in Polished Nickel

Towel holder: Delta Cassidy

Shower head: Delta Cassidy

Bathroom sconces: found here

Bathroom mirrors: Kensington Pivot Mirror

Etagere: found here

Chandelier over tub: Large Antique Whitewash Wood Beaded Chandelier

Bedroom chandelier: Leila Chandelier

Large Gold Mirror: Gleaming Primrose Mirror in 7'

Table lamps: found here

Rug: Orian Debonair

Nightstands: St. James in Light Oak

Dresser: St. James in Light Oak

TV: Samsung Frame


***You can view more photos of our building process in this blog post***




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March 27, 2020

Amazon Essentials for Toddlers: Quarantine Edition

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quarantine toddler activities

Now that we're going on two weeks of this COVID quarantine, I thought I'd put together a post on some home activities I found on Amazon for my kids to do. I know how hard it is to keep young kids entertained and engaged all day, especially when you can't leave the house, so hopefully some of these activities will buy you mamas some quiet time (and sanity).

Bathtime Basketball Hoop:  bath time is now considered an activity we do to breakup the day, so I got this hoop to give them something to do while in the bath.

Flower Garden: I saw this toy on Katie Lamb's story and thought it would be something creative to keep the kids busy.

Brain Flakes: another activity recommended by Katie. My kids love to build things, so this should keep them busy for a while.

Cutting and Pasting Book: Adam LOVES to cut things out and he's already gone through this whole book. 

Finger Paint Pad: Because what kid doesn't like to paint?

Spill-Proof Paint Cups: Just because they like to paint doesn't mean it has to be messy!

Kindergarten Workbook: Adam can spend a solid hour (at least) working in his workbooks, so I ordered this one since he's already gone through one.

PocketPros: Because he can go through his workbooks pretty fast, I got him these pocket pros so he can re-use the sheets later on.

Sight Word Readers: He's been really loving these sight word books that are geared towards teaching them how to read. The set also comes with a mini workbook.

Sight Words Flashcards: A nice set to go along with the readers.

Balance Pods: I got these to create a mini obstacle course for them in the house.

Suction Squigs: Hannah loves working with these. They can be used in the bath or on glass. It's a good upper body exercise for them.

Arts and Crafts Set: If you're not in the mood to make your own arts and crafts set for each kid, this is an awesome option.



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March 10, 2020

Bedroom Refresh

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With Spring just around the corner, I've been thinking about ways to freshen and lighten-up my home. After we renovated our house, I focused all my decorating efforts on the living space of our home, followed by my kids' rooms. With those rooms almost completed, I'm now turning my focus to our master bedroom. I think I saved this room for last because I really want to get it right. As exhausted parents, our bedroom really is like our mini sanctuary, a space where we can recharge and relax, free of clutter (and our kids' toys).

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I have a love for neutrals when it comes to home decor. I love to keep my big-ticket items in a neutral palette for two main reasons: First, I find neutrals to be truly calming; they create a bright and serene aesthetic, which is so important when your bedroom is your retreat. Next, having a neutral palette allows you to freely accessorize depending on your mood or the seasons. I love to add in warmer grey tones during Fall and Winter, and then switching out those accessories (like pillows and blankets) for brighter tones during Spring and Summer. You'd be surprised at how those little changes make a big impact and can change the overall feel of the room.

So as we head into a new season, I thought it would be fun to create a mood board with some of the big-ticket bedroom items I'm currently loving. To start, I love this rug to ground the room. The gray tones provide warmth for the room but the beige also brightens things up. Next, I love the wood tones on this bed. And it has a major plus: storage! You can never have too much of that.

I then like to keep my duvet covers in white. One, it reminds me of being in a relaxing hotel room, and two, like I mentioned before, you can freely accessorize with throw pillows. What I especially like about this duvet cover, though, is that it has a lot of texture, which provides for some visual interest to what may be an otherwise plain, white cover. I also love a pretty bench at the foot of the bed, a place where you can toss your bag or place a tray with some flowers and a candle. And then depending on your wall space, this beautiful art set would add warmth and interest either above your bed or on a wall next to your bed.

For nightstands, these are perfect because they also double as storage. Plus, the raffia adds texture to the room, which is important when you're working with a neutral palette. These rustic lamps would then pair beautifully on top of the nightstands, adding warmth and height. And while we're on the topic of lighting, I have to say how important it is because it's the "jewelry" of the room. Investing a little in a statement chandelier really goes a long way. I love how this beaded chandelier makes a big statement, but is still neutral enough to not clash with other items in the room.

Finally, a bedroom isn't really complete without a full-length mirror. Not only does it open up your space and make your room look bigger, but you also need something to check-out your outfits before heading out the door. This framed beauty in antique grey is a statement piece by itself, and I love how it ties in with the chandelier and lamps.

I hope this mood board provides you with some inspiration for your own room as we head into Spring. Joss & Main has always been one of my go-to sites for affordable and well-made pieces. And if you need more inspiration, be sure to check-out their Style Guide for all things transitional style.


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June 20, 2019

A Lemon Themed Second Birthday Party

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Today I'm sharing some photos and details from Hannah's 2nd birthday party! I went super soft and feminine for her first birthday party, so this year I wanted to do something different. When I was at Party City a few months ago picking things up for Adam's fiesta party, I saw these lemon plates and thought that it would be a super cute theme for Hannah's party. I honestly wasn't planning on throwing her a party this year. Instead, I wanted our Maui trip to be her birthday celebration. But then my husband basically went and guilted me into throwing her a party, so here we are LOL. As exhausting as it was to get this party together right after we came back from our trip, I have to admit it was so worth it. I didn't think she'd really get it this year (which is why I wanted to pass on a big celebration), but she totally did; it was so stinkin' cute! She was SO happy when everyone sang happy birthday to her and even knew how to blow out the candles on cue. So I'll give this win to my hubby.



Invitation: DIY using this clipart

Favors: DIY with Lemonheads and these mason jars

Plates and napkinsParty City (also Amazon)

Lemon ballons: DIY using this tutorial and these balloons

Lemon strawsAmazon

Drink dispensers and standsPottery Barn

Cake topper: Etsy

Lemon romperAmazon

Lemon dressLulu's



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