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Friday Faves {Coconut Bowls & Super Sale}

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Happy fourth of July weekend friends! Today’s post includes the prettiest acai bowls I have ever seen, organic fresh pressed juice cocktails and the prettiest picnic spread. Think cheese and charcuterie, grilled summer fruits, herb roasted cherry tomatoes and local honey. Perfection! Don’t forget to shop the bottom of the post. I have included my picks for Anthropologie’s big sale this weekend, all sale items are on sale!!

 

The Perfect Baked Fries

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Ok confession time… I have tried too many times to count, to make baked french fries in the oven, only to be utterly disappointed. They came out soggy, stuck to the baking sheet, and, let’s be honest, were not very good. Who’s with me? I finally discovered the trick to the most perfect, crisp, fabulous fries every time, without fail. Here are 3 easy steps to making these delicious fries that the whole family will love, trust me!

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Mom Monday {Mommy & Me Yoga}

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We decided to host a mommy and me yoga afternoon with some of Piper’s besties over the weekend. We started with our amazing yoga instructor, that Lisa, my co-host, and I just love. We take her class at our gym, and when we started talking to her after class one day she mentioned that she teaches kids, parties, and even mommy daughter classes. We were so excited about this we began planning right away. On the day of the event, guests arrived in their yoga gear, yoga mat in hand and were met with strawberry mint water, kale chips and crispy chickpeas. After fueling up on power snacks, we made our way to the park next to Lisa’s house, and placed our mats under a tree for shade. We had such a fun time, being silly, connecting, and most importantly breathing. After working up an appetite during our class, we made our way back to the house for a build your own pink rice bowl bar. This was a huge hit with the kids as well as the adults which is always a win. By offering an array of options for guests to build their own bowl, you can avoid having to worry about what everyone likes or doesn’t like. This way everyone could customize their bowl with exactly what they love. The tahini miso honey sauce was an amazing way to finish it off. And who knew the kale chips were going to be so popular! Next time I will definitely make more. All in all, it was such a successful afternoon, and we plan on rotating homes, so we can do this again! It’s super simple to recreate this yoga party, and a great way to carve out time for you and your little one. Ask around at your gym or local yoga spot for an instructor who might offer private classes. Serve up some infused water, and healthy inspired food, and the rest takes care of itself. Give it a try! Namaste.

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Wish I Was {northern lights and small batch vodka}

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With a week full of sick kids, a heat wave and broken AC, I can’t help dreaming of being somewhere else, wearing something that doesn’t have spit up on it, and sipping something very strong…who’s with me?

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Friday Faves {Father’s Day Edition}

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Here is your friendly reminder, it’s father’s day this weekend! This weeks Friday Faves is full of father’s day ideas. A great idea if you aren’t sure what to do with the father’s in your life, take them to a local brewery. Many are family friendly, and if you are lucky enough to live near San Diego, Stone Brewery is my pick. They have fabulous food and lawn games for outdoor fun! Enjoy the weekend friends! Don’t forget you can shop the post for my father’s day picks at the bottom of the post. xoxo

Emily’s Baby Shower

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FINALLY! I am so excited to finally show you the gorgeous images from Emily’s baby shower photographed by the amazing Andrea Patricia. When we started talking about the arrival of Emily’s second baby girl and the idea of a shower, Emily really wanted something simple, intimate and cozy. Bingo! We decided to gather her closest friends and family and have a cozy dinner party. Nili Stevens Inspired Living, my co-host and planner extraordinaire made all the delicious food which was amazing! She made a puree of white bean soup topped with crispy prosciutto that we tray passed with cocktails in three ounce petite soup bowls. There was a cheese and charcuterie plate (of course) on fabulous display pieces by Vagabond House.  The menu also included an Arugula Salad with Meyer Lemon Shrub Vinaigrette, Pork Sugo Parpadelle with Hazelnuts and Fresh Herbs and Organic Zucchini Sauté with Chili and Lemon. We offered guests blankets to snuggle out by the fire pit as the sun set. The blankets were placed on the most gorgeous Vagabond House tray and the blankets doubled as favors. We showered Emily with love, friends, and fabulous food. It was a success I must say!

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Mom Monday {Pink Oatmeal Baby Food}

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I have been experimenting with different ingredients for Greyson’s baby food lately. I love trying new combos and let’s face it, food is just more fun when it’s bright pink don’t you think? I whipped up a batch of this pink oatmeal for Greyson  yesterday and she loved it! All I did was mix organic rolled oats with some breastmilk (you can use any type of milk) and a tablespoon of my secret ingredient, this organic Pitaya smoothie pack. I made smoothie bowls for the rest of us, win win! Pitaya is a natural source Antioxidants, fiber and magnesium! Give it a try!

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Mom Monday {7 months!}

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Mommy tales:  I cannot believe Greyson is already 7 months old! How did we get here so fas?  We introduced solid foods at 6 months. After a rocky start she took to most everything I gave her. Until about a week ago when she decided she didn’t really want to eat solid foods at all. Come to find out her bottom 4 teeth are all coming in at once. The teething pain really kicked in last night. She cried for close to 2 hours while trying to get her to go to sleep. I finally tried massaging her gums with my finger (something I found while frantically googling “how to soothe a teething baby”) I am not sure if she was just exhausted by that time or if it really did the trick but she fell asleep shortly afterward. She woke up again in the middle of the night crying but put herself back to sleep a bit after. Overall though Greyson is such a happy baby. Constantly smiling and bringing joy wherever she goes. So grateful for this little one. Happy Mom Monday friends!

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Friday Faves {Simple Sips & Adult Forts}

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So sorry for my radio silence. I have been battling a pretty bad cold, but finally feeling on the mend. Todays Friday Faves are so fun. From vegan meatballs that look amazing! to super simple cocktails that have just the right amount of sweet and sour. I am imagining a blissful afternoon with my love under one of these fabulous adult forts (twinkle lights and all) sipping palomas, clad in this fabulous dress. Don’t forget to shop my summer favorites below. My ideal summer wardrobe with just a touch of whimsy. Perfect!

Friday Faves {Memorial Day Sales!}

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Happy Friday friends. Hope you all have a fun and safe long weekend ahead of you. A few things for you to start your weekend off right. First up this amazing vegan pasta dish from the fabulous Jessica McBeath. My new favorite IPA from Noble Ale WorksDesign Essentials sent me some fabulous paraben-free coconut infused hair products for Piper and I to try. The smell was absolutely heavenly and the curl refresher spray is perfect to freshen up Piper’s bed head before school. The deep moisture mask is the perfect way to pamper yourself this weekend, all you curly girls out there! Lastly I put together a few of my favorite under $100 finds so you can get your memorial day online shop on. Enjoy!