May 30, 2018

DIY Flower Crowns

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A few weeks ago right before Mother's Day, I was trying to think about what to do to celebrate with my mom. Inspired by the Love of Mothers Shoot I thought it would be special to recreate similar photos, but this time for my parents and sisters, particularly with my kids. Most of our pictures are iPhone snaps and we're looking pretty bum-y. The last time we took family photos was in 2008, so I thought Mother's Day would be a good time to have us all dress up and (finally) take some decent pictures taken. And because I loved the touch of the flower crowns from the Malibu shoot, I decided to DIY some floral crowns for me, Hannah, my mom and two sisters. This was my first time attempting the project, so it was a bit ambitious of me to try and make five crowns the day before, but with the help of my sweet hubby, we got it done. If you want to give it a go, here's my step-by-step (and maybe start out with making just one lol).

Supplies Needed

  1. Flowers (duh). So because this was my first time making not only one, but five, flower crowns, I had no idea how much I would need when it came to flowers. So I went to Trader Joe's and bought: (a) 4 dozen white roses; (b) 3 of the purple 8-stem flowers; (c) 2 of the eight-stem mini roses; and (d) 5 of the mixed greens. This ended up being MUCH more than I needed, even for 5 crowns. But I didn't mind because I figured I'd just make bouquets from whatever was left over.
  2. Floral Wire
  3. Floral Tape
  4. Scissors for floral tape and flowers
A quick note about the floral wire. If I were to do this again, I'd skip the floral wire and use this natural wrapped wire instead. It will save you a couple of the steps below.


If you have the thicker wrapped wire, you can skip this step. If not, then take 3 of the floral wires and wrap some floral tape around them. This is to make your base thick. Otherwise, a single floral wire is too flimsy to hold the weight of the flowers. Because my wire was too short when I bent it into a circle, I had to repeat the wrapping of the 3 wires to connect two thick stems to make one really long one. Once you have that, you can measure your head to wrap the base into a circle.

Once you have your base, start with your greenery, taping it around the base with the floral tape.

Now the fun part: add your flowers! I left about 2-inches of the stem so that I could tape it to the base. Work your way around making sure all the flowers and greens are going in the same direction. 

In addition to the roses, I used the purple flowers as fillers to add throughout the crown. There's not an exact science here, just see what you think looks good. That's all there is to it! If you end up DIYing your own crowns, I'd love to see. And if you have any pointers, please share!

Here's what they looked like on us; not too bad, eh?


May 9, 2018

For The Love of Mothers Malibu Shoot

So you know those giveaways you often see on Instagram? Well, last month I was actually lucky enough to win one! And a pretty darn awesome one! This was a Mother's Day giveaway hosted by Angelica Marie PhotographyThe Crown CollectiveGift and Giving and Dots Cupcakes. These sweet ladies spoiled me and a couple other mamas to a shoot filled with flower crowns, cupcakes and sweet gift baskets. It was such a fun day and I'll forever cherish these beautiful memories with my babies. A huge thank you to AngelicaCarolyn and Ina for hosting such a memorable day! <3 


May 4, 2018

Summer Bucket List

The weather here in LA is (finally) starting to warm up so I've got summer on my mind. I thought it would be fun to compile a bucket list of things I want to do with the kids this summer. Last summer, Hannah was a newborn so it was hard to get out and about. But now that she's going to be 1 (where did the time go?!), I want to plan out some fun summer activities for the kids. And I'm always open to trying out new things, so if you have any summer must-dos on your list, send them my way!

Visit Marina Park 

Ride the Ferris wheel in Newport

Visit Lido Marina Village (this is more for me... I've been wanting to check out the Serena & Lily store!)

Have a water balloon fight (I'm already stocked up, courtesy of Target's $1 spot!)

Take A to the splash pad at Annenberg Community Beach House

Have a family picnic at Lunada Bay

Ride the Echo Park boats

Take the kids to the beach

Start swimming lessons for A

March 28, 2018

Easter Baskets for Baby and Toddler

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Good morning, mamas! With Easter right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to share what I'm putting in the kids' Easter baskets this year in case you're scrambling for some last minute ideas. A lot of the items can be found on Amazon Prime or at Target, perfect for those last minute gifts.

Baby Basket

Even though Hannah is only 9 months old, I still wanted to make her a basket since it's her first Easter. Here's a list of the gifts I put in her basket:

Toddler Basket

Here are the gifts I put in Adam's basket:

Hopefully that gives you some last-minute ideas if you're still putting together Easter baskets for your kids. And I'd love to know some of the gifts you give to your children! 
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