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From our wedding invitations and save the dates, to thank you notes and holiday and New Year’s cards, it’s pretty safe to say that Minted is my go to site for all things stationary. 2014 has been an incredible year filled with so many rich moments and memories. It’s important to me to find cards that reflect these sentiments and joy — but that doesn’t require a completely focused brain to create or order. (i.e. doesn’t require me to realize that when I order a $3.99 Frozen Elsa wand with stickers for my niece, that I should not select shipping for $27.99 to get it to me the next day. Ooops. ...Read More
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Right now, as you read this, Nana and her boyfriend Burt are on a cruise around South America. In just 46, excuse me 48 months, (because Burt did correct my husband on this number on Thanksgiving lest anyone get it wrong) these two 85 year old love birds have been to China, New York, the Caribbean and up and down the coast at least a dozen times, just because. Spend 5 minutes with them and you’ll see that their love of all things life only gets greater each day. It’s inspiring, awesome, and frankly, makes me downright excited to know that life just gets better and better. I could go on and ...Read More
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Exactly two years ago this week, I came home from a 3 day trip to Haiti on a mission with Ladies’ Home Journal, Crocs Cares, and Feed the Children to deliver shoes to school children. It was the best time of my life and the worst time of my life. To travel so far and literally outside my comfort zone to a world I would have never imagined traveling to, and to be in a position to take some part (albeit, small) in helping children in need: The Best. The worst: To be so far away from home and to know that when I do get home, teaching my child what gratitude really is, in a world ...Read More
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Right now, when it comes to Fall fashion I’m all about simplicity. This summer I went a little nuts getting my wardrobe ready for our whirlwind, European honeymoon. (Let’s be honest, I purchased just a tad more than 3 dresses for 3 cities). While I have a closet full of lovely summer gear, which thanks to LA weather can actually still be worn, it really is time to shift into Fall. Thankfully, my birthday falls in September so I was able “gift” myself some new duds, including the Clare Vivier fold over clutch. OBSESSED. But now, it’s time to slooooow things down. Time to simplify. Even though I had to slow my roll, there ...Read More
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Growing up in Southern California, every year my family had a tradition of going to Knott’s Berry Farm during the holidays. When the temperature dropped, and Thanksgiving/ Christmas Break mode kicked in, we headed to Knott’s for a day of fun and of course, funnel cake and fried chicken. As a mom, it’s now such a joy to recreate this tradition and introduce my son to the holiday season at Knott’s Merry Farm. Knott’s is such a great destination for our family that we’ve decided to become Season Passholders. Right now, New passholders can purchase a 2015 Season Pass today and use it for one 2014 visit! Plus, visit additional days ...Read More
Wedding Table Setting Stenciled Plates- Photo by Leah Lee Photography
Planning a wedding? Here are some easy wedding DIY ideas and projects! Check it out… Wedding Table Setting Barn Wood Vintage – Perfectly Disheveled Photo By Leah Lee Photography I am having serious wedding DIY withdrawals. Exactly 7 months ago today, Peter and I got married at the beautiful Apple Creek Ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley and if I’m being honest, the thing I miss the most about that day:  Planning for that day. It truly consumed me. Because of the barn setting and the open fields, it was so important to me that the decor reflected the venue and the overall whimsical and backyard-family like vibe we were going for. I coined ...Read More
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Last week, I attended a fantastic launch party in Hermosa Beach alongside Maria Menounos, E! Entertainment TV host, for the first taste of an innovative new beverage – PACt™ cranberry extract water from Ocean Spray.  We all know by now the importance of drinking water and staying hydrated. But let’s face it, sometimes we want a little more flavor… As someone who’s given up her daily diet soda, I can tell you, what to reach for instead of water has been a challenge. There’s only so much lemon, ginger, and cucumber you can add to water, ya know? PACt™ harnesses the health benefits of the cranberry with the hydration benefits of purified ...Read More
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Like most kids, when my son gets home from school he is starving. Though I send him a well-rounded and plentiful lunch, it usually gets half eaten because, recess. Duh. Often times, we have a slew of (sweaty) boys over for a playdate. Sometimes, it’s just me or my babysitter at the helm, other times, it’s kids and their moms for one big round of “don’t throw that down the stairs, boys play nice, please no jumping on the bed” extravaganza. The biggest hurdle for me and these playdates: Coming up with healthy but satisfying snack solutions that won’t require too much clean up or too much fuss. (He got more ...Read More
If you ask Jonah what he wants as a gift for his birthday or a holiday he’ll quickly tell you: “Something science-y.” I’m pretty sure his love of all things science started when we were flipping through the television and he saw footage of a volcano erupting… This led to begging to see more volcanoes erupt, which led to an interest in rocks, which led to an interest in the earth (and geology), which led to an interest in other planets and space. These days, we’re on to genetics. Yes, my 7-year old is now obsessed with DNA. For a recent birthday, (or nothing… because he has a family of adoring ...Read More
At a certain point, I thought Jonah’s love of bathroom talk (read: all things poop and fart) would sort of dwindle… With age, a bigger interest in sports, video games and Lego sets that have wiped out my savings, I just figured the potty talk would die. Oh, silly, woman. How wrong you were. Nope, poop talk is still a hit. And it’s even better when you’re 7 years-old and the other (grown) male in the house is right there with you in this topic. Many a night has a bedtime routine been derailed as a fart escapes one of them… Turning my house into a Beevis and Butthead sketch. (Butthead. Ha, if Jonah ...Read More