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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!

Mom Monday {first foods}

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So this whole introducing solid foods thing really put me over the edge at first. I had read so many conflicting things about “start with rice cereal” or “don’t start with rice cereal”, “start with vegetables” or “don’t start with vegetables”, etc. I started with sweet potatoes, and that was a total fail. Greyson spit it right back out, shivered, made horrible faces, it was super discouraging. Then I made my own rice cereal, using a 4 step process that included soaking overnight and cooking it for an hour and half. I mean talk about over the top!! She liked this ok, but it was nothing to get excited over, and I definitely didn’t want to make more of this overly complicated rice cereal! After I got over my OCD and just let go, things started to go much smoother. I am still making everything, but they are so simple that they really don’t take much time at all, and I enjoy the process. My pediatrician said things have changed so much since I had Piper, and now we can really just introduce her to whatever whenever, with the exception of honey. Now I am sure there are many conflicting schools of thought on this as well, but I have decided to let go and enjoy the process of introducing Greyson to new fun foods. So far the below shows what we have tried and for the most part she is loving everything. It’s been fun to mix the different foods and tastes to create more complex tastes for her. We haven’t played with textures much but that comes next. What were your little one’s favorite foods?
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Wish I was…wine country

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I have always wanted to stay at the gorgeous L’Auberge in Napa. I mean take a look and you will see what i mean. I can picture it now, wearing some fabulous jean trousers, a flowy top, looking out over my balcony at this stunning view, sipping some of the most amazing cabernet in the land! Yes and yes!

 

The Sparkle Edit

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Happy mom monday friends! Here are just a few of my favorite sparkle finds for the littles. The perfect way to dress your little one like a princess with style. Enjoy! Click on the images to shop the post.

 

Travel Finds, Laguna

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I have to admit when I travel the highlight of my trip is typically what I eat, the hidden restaurants I find, and immersing myself in the food of the locale. So when I discovered a few hidden gems in my own backyard you have to excuse my elation. I mean finding a killer organic juice bar and a super cool breakfast spot all within one weekend, well it almost felt as if I was on vacation!! Below are a few of these hidden gems in the Laguna area. If you go to Break of Dawn, be sure to order the “bacon” and eggs. The bacon is really pork belly and the eggs are tempura poached eggs! How do they do that!? See photo below to see what I mean. For lunch or a fabulous dinner Driftwood kitchen is my favorite spot. It’s just above the more popular The Deck, so it has the same great killer ocean views, but with less people, and a more sophisticated menu. Be sure to order the oysters and the lobster cabonara. Lastly is Thrive Juice Lab, a real deal organic, GMO free juice bar. They have fabulous smoothies and a fun kids smoothie list. The Stimulator, which is basically a coffee smoothie is fantastic. And the acai bowls are great too!

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