Since living in California, I’ve missed having seasons. I miss the crisp air of fall, and the coziness of winter snow. But at the same time I hate being cold and I don’t think I could handle it ever again.Read More
We stumbled upon these lemon groves Easter weekend while searching for something to do. Jesse was driving, I wasn’t paying attention, and he said “oh you’re gonna love this!” He pulled into a parking lot with a playground, and above the playground was this gorgeous grove of lemon trees. He was right.Read More
This neighborhood might be my favorite. The tree lined streets, cute little houses, and all the picket fences. Some day we’ll have a little house with a white picket fence, but until then I’ll have to take pictures in front of someone else’s.Read More
Hi, can I just live here? Please?
This was our first time at the flower fields in Carlsbad, and it was everything I dreamed it would be. And the pictures Jesse got were everything I dreamed they would be, too 🙈
I think it’s so funny how not even 5 years ago people would still visit places just for the experience, and now people go places just for the picture (guilty 🙋🏼♀️). This adventure was purely for the pictures. A lot of times I feel weird, and even guilty, about going places with that being my motive. Although it’s not 100% my motive, it does play a big part. Jesse was a little grumpy on this day because we were paying just to take a photo, which is understandable (later he relaxed and had fun), but his mom made a good point. As he was complaining she told him (in Spanish) (and I think this is what she said, my Spanish isn’t the best haha) (and I’m paraphrasing) “this is part of her job.” So yeah, it is part of my job. Sure my “job” as an influencer/blogger didn’t even exist 5 years ago, but it does today, and with every business comes an investment of time and money. Also, even though part of my motive is for the pictures, it’s a great excuse to spend time as a family when we would normally just be at home. And it’s an excuse to get ready, instead of throwing on a T-shirt and jeans and calling it good. I enjoy dressing up, I enjoy twinning with my daughter, and I enjoy going pretty places and taking pretty pictures. Styling outfits is part of my creative expression, as is photography and editing photos, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that and I think it’s so amazing that it’s even possible for this to be a “job”!
Oh! I have to talk about our outfits.
I thrifted my dress at Buffalo Exchange for $15 a couple months ago. The brand is Honey Belle, one I’d never heard of. I fell in love with the fabric and the print and, duh, had to have it. I used to be a big dress girl, but haven’t been for a while, and now I’m starting to love dresses again. Especially wrap dresses.
THEN I was scrolling through Instagram and saw Figge posted a photo of their babydoll dress (which I had seen before and dropped over but didn’t make the connection) and I was like “wait a second..”
So I ran to my closet and help the photo up to my dress, and sure enough, it was the exact same fabric. Figge buys deadstock (or leftover) fabric from other LA brands, and that’s how she came across this fabric. I love that because the fashion industry throws away sooo much fabric that’s filling our landfills and polluting our water, so by buying deadstock you’re helping save energy used to make new fabric, and recycling fabric that would have ended up in a landfill.
Shop Ever’s dress here.
I’m so grateful to my mom for many things, one of them being that she saved my baby clothes.
This little dress is one of the many gorgeous totally 90s pieces that my mom saved, and it looks soooo cute on Ever. She also cut up a couple of my old dresses and used pieces of them in a quilt she made for Ever. So so sweet.Read More
The Santa Ana zoo is a little pathetic, but it’s always a good outing for Ever. She gets to ride the train and see some farm animals and monkeys. And it’s fairly cheap, too, not like San Diego zoo or the LA zoo. So I guess you get what you pay for 🤷🏼♀️Read More
The trendiest place right now on instagram has to be the Malibu Pier. Which I didn't quite realize, but that's okay. I, too, was smitten by the pink hues and organic restaurants!Read More
Confession: I’m always in search of matching outfits for Ever and I. I mean, what’s the point of being a girl mom if all or outfits won’t be matching or coordinating? So when I came across Indah Designs, I was immediately obsessed. The simple, effortless, Australian style, and, of course, the overalls that came in kid size AND mommy size!Read More
I always have so much fun coming up with outfits. Imagining how I'll style certain things and then watching git come to life, either the way I imagined or not at all.
It's taken me a long time to find my own personal style, and I think I'm still kind of trying to find it. A lot of times I'll just copy other people's style, but I'm most happy when I just wear the things I like, whether or not it's trending, and even though my style cannot be categorized.
These shoes from Sandgren Clogs are one of those that you can pair with pretty much anything. They're not too dressy, and not too casual, but can be either. Perfect if you need to dress something up, or if you need to dress something down. I'm wearing the Morocco in black. I love the cross strap, different from your typical clog.Read More
AS YOU ARE.
That's Avocado's motto, and I couldn't love it more. It's one of the reasons I first fell in love with this brand. You don't have to be anything else, just come as you are, because you're perfect as you are.
These leggings feel like butter, and I wanna wear them all day long. I also thought this bra wouldn't really work because of the one shoulder, but it actually does, and it holds everything in, and it's SO comfortable.Read More
I've been planning this post for a while, and I finally feel like her room is "finished" enough to finally post it. It's been a work in progress, but so fun. I've never gotten to decorate a kids' room before, so this was new but also so exciting to me.Read More
2 years of a beautiful bond that only I could share with my daughter. 2 years of nourishing her with my body. 2 years of comforting her in a way no one else could.
Looking back, I wouldn't change a single thing about our nursing journey. I'm tempted to regret habituating falling asleep while nursing, and cosleeping, and nursing on demand, because it made it that much harder to wean, but I honestly wouldn't do it any differently if I could.Read More
Since moving into our little house 6 months ago, this wall in the living room has been in limbo. We've changed it up so much and just couldn't decide what to do with it. So when I stumbled upon Desenio, I knew exactly what we should do. I've always loved photo ledges, and this ended up turning out just like I hoped. We originally planned to do two shelves, but decided that it would be too much for the wall and stuck with one shelf displaying our favorite artwork. We got a few other pieces from Desenio that we'll be hanging around the house, including Ever's room, but I haven't gotten them framed yet, and these were the winners for this wall.Read More
I'm not one to make resolutions, but this year I saw some changes that needed to be made, so what better time to start than at the beginning of a new year. A new book, with 12 chapters, waiting to be written.Read More
Ever's second birthday party! I can't believe my baby is two, but I'm not going to get into all the emotions I'm feeling.
I wanted this party to be simple, because I went all out and planned for months and months for her first birthday party, and I did not want to put myself through that stress again. But, I've realized that with such a large family, simple just isn't a possibility. It was, however, more simple than last year, and the fact that we planned it in one single day probably had something too do with that. Special thanks to Jesse's cousin Johanna for letting us use her house for the party, and Jesse's mom for buying and preparing the food and tables and chairs, and to Target for having such cute and last-minute party stuff.Read More
Ever's room has been a work-in-progress since we moved into this house. She didn't have a real space to herself before (which was fine) so there wasn't much I could do in the decorating department. So I was so excited when we found this place because she finally has a space of her own where we can keep all her toys (instead of scattered around everywhere) and a space that I can decorate! She had a few things that I was able to move over to her new space, like the teepee and some storage baskets, but everything else has been new or re-invented. I never intended for the room to take the pink road, but that's kind of where it ended up going. When I found out I was pregnant with a baby girl I swore to dress her in neutrals only and decorate with all the non pink girly things. But I've learned to love the color and I think there's a very tasteful way to use it without being over the top. Her room ended up being mostly neutral with accents of pink, turquoise, and yellow, which I think fits her perfectly. Bright and happy, with a little hint of girliness. So when thinking of what kind of artwork to put in, I had to take that into consideration; color, style, etc. Did I want artwork that was monochrome and more minimalist to balance out the boho-inspired rug and teepee, or did I want artwork that would be the same style, flowery and colorful?Read More
I'm not a festive person, but being a mom has made me want to change that. I've found such joy in creating new traditions. Now that Ever is a little older, she can participate in all the festive things. So, one thing I'm going to love doing yearly, is making gingerbread houses. Maybe someday I'll be domestic enough to make the gingerbread myself from scratch.. but for now, Trader Joe's gingerbread kit is the perfect solution. Ever didn't quite understand that the house wasn't for eating until she watched me start building it. Then she had fun decorating, and at the end decided it was time to eat some haha.Read More
I normally don't do gift guides because I can never think of gift ideas. So i decided to narrow it down slightly to specifically non-toxic gifts for toddler/kids. These are all items that we either own or plan to own someday.Read More
Jesse and I used to come to this park to go jogging when we were dating. We'd talk about our hopes and dreams and what our life would look like in the future. And here we are, at the same park in that future we talked about, living above and beyond what we could have ever hoped or dreamed. It's funny how life comes full circle, and how it's both everything and nothing we expected to be.Read More
I'm sure I'm not the only one who can't do anything before I have my coffee. It's the prerequisite to starting any and every day. If I don't begin my day with a good cup of coffee, everything thereafter feels wrong. For me, it's not just about the caffeine that I need to get the day going (although that is one reason), but it's also about the nostalgia of it all. I need that comfort in the morning, afternoon, evening, whenever! If I wake up before my daughter, I need that me-time, alone with my cup of coffee to prepare my heart and mind for the day ahead. During nap-time, I need that extra confidence to tackle whatever is on my to-do list. Coffee is an every occasion drink.Read More