Falling for . . . Fall Fashion

September 18, 2014

Old Navy is killing it in the little girls shoe department . . . I am definitely ordering some of these now because I waited too long last year and had the hardest time finding my girls cute boots when I needed them!!!

Love me a Friday!

September 12, 2014

Happy Friday Everyone!!! Boy do I NEED this Friday; I am pooped! Been a busy week at work with some new training and I feel like I am fighting off a cold!  But this weekend all we have planned is a soccer game for little Ms. E and that's it.

I plan on watching some movies with the girlies and Mr. Hotpants, starting a book!!!!! (I haven't read anything in 2yrs), and possibly start my Fall purge where I go through all the girls toys and clothes and donate, store or move to little sis's room . . . makes me feel so good to enter the Holiday season this way!  Oh and we are going to the Bank to open little Ms. E's first savings account! The tooth Fairy came you know so now we have some dollars to save!!!  Excited to start her financial awareness and knowledge at this age!

Anyhoo this week a few things have caught my fancy . . . 

This jewelry designers stuff is wonderfully feminine and edgy (here). . . I love everything on her site but this little ring made me smile . . . 

Great ring stack . . . love them all together!

I haven't smelled these yet but they look and sound amazing (here) . . . love that it is made from recycled wine bottles; my kind of candle! I might have to order one to see how it is!

This boot (here) is calling my name!!!! I love a peep-toe anything! 

These Steven Madden shoes (here) are also pulling at my heart strings! Such a great price!!!

We have started planning our Annual Halloween Party and these are the "Save the Dates" I emailed out (I love Paperless Post!)  . . . We do a very fun, cute, kid-friendly party.  Absolutely NO scary costumes or masks, no inappropriate costumes . . . just good clean kid fun . . . I'll be sharing details leading up to it!

Have a Great Weekend


September 8, 2014

I found that now that i have kids, and that I'm getting older and that i can now vote in the US (I was born and bred in Scotland) I want to know what is going on in the works and in my hood.  But I hate watching the news because it seems to be filled with scary images and horrific stories and I don't have the time to read any sort of lengthy newspaper (paper or online) these days so . . . 

meet theSkimm . . . "theSkimm is the daily e-mail newsletter that gives you everything you need to start your day. We do the reading for you - across subject lines and party lines - and break it down with fresh editorial content." 

I LOVE it.  It is short, sweet and to the point and makes me feel connected to the "real" world.  Read how and why it was started here!  Such great girl power!  You just subscribe with your email address and then you get a daily email with the perfect amount of reading that I can do while stopped at traffic lights or while drinking my morning coffee.  Gives you all the politically-unbiased facts on the big happenings around the world and in the US.

Subscribe today . . . I promise you won't be sorry!

Life on Fast Forward

September 5, 2014

Phew . . . I am guessing everyone else feels the same at this time of year?  This past month has felt like it went by in one week, right?  Life just seemed to get REAL this September as both girlies are in school now; one Kindergartner and one in the "big-girl" class at pre-school (3yr old class ha ha ha).  So many "meet-the-teacher" sessions, earthquake kits, backpacks & lunchboxes, and back-to-school nights going on . . . as a rookie-mum to "school-school" (preschool is chill compared to real school) I feel like a fish-out-of-water a little. 

Not to mention that "my" students started their New Student Orientation the exact same day as my little Ms. Em's first day of Kinder!  For those of you who may not know, I am a full-time working mama at a well-known LA Medical Center, on the Research side, running a Biomedical Graduate Program.  And the trifecta was that as all these were starting, Mr. Hotpants was going through finals with his school(s) . . . so there you have it in a nutshell; why my fingers have had no time to touch the keyboard nor has my brain had any cohesive thoughts for a few weeks!

 Their bond is getting sweeter everyday!

Alright, moving on from the madness . . . Some thoughts on this Friday . . . How great is this bag for Fall (get here)?  It comes in 4 great colors (I love the grey & navy) and is a great size for mama's like me,  that will be trekking to soccer games with tons of stuff in tow.

I found this fabulous mama on Instagram (here) and I am such a fan of her style I just had to share! Her name is Shalice Noel (blog here) and she is a stylist and a mama of FOUR!!!! I don't know how she manages to look this FAB all the time and wrangle four little people and a dog!! Check out her style . . . 


These shoes are Fantabulous . . . ( get them here on sale!!!!)

I leave you with the wise words of a legend that always makes me feel good, goofy and young! Happy Friday peeps!


Under foot

August 25, 2014

It is no surprise to many of you who know me that I love rugs . . . but the ones  I would love to fill my house with (Moroccan, kilims, Turkish) cost around $800 - $4000 so until my littles are all growned up I will have use alternative affordable options because there are just too many spills, marker mishaps, accidents, and dirty feet for me to worry about a rug getting ruined. 

My favorite go-to place for affordable and great rugs is Urban Outfitters . . . and I just had to share because they have stepped up their rug-game majorly recently.  Look at some of these babies!!!!  These all range from $49 - $249 depending on the size.

 Love this for a little girls room or a nursery but would also look fab in a living room for an accent color with lots of white, natural wood and greens!

 this is a new one and it makes my heart beat fast!!! Pink, orange, navy and teal!!! 

 love the tassels on this runner (comes in a great blue too)

 classic, timeless and neutral

 I love the pattern and colors in this one!  Could pull so many accent colors from this for a room (great living room rug with a grey sectional and accent throw pillows that tie in with the rug colors!!!!)

 I love this rug . . . I think my girls would love it too! Perfect for a kids rooms, office, playrooms, or even under a dining room table!

 Tassels! Again!  This makes my heart flutter.  I think I want this for my laundry room! Or kitchen! or bathroom!

 Love love love the colors in this rug!   What a great color palette to build a nursery or kids room around! 

Hello . . . is it me your looking for?

August 22, 2014

Yes! I've been gone . . . for a while . . .  life got a little crazy and messy (again) . . but I wanted to check in today to say a quick hello and let you know I'll be back next week. 

I feel like I am just coming up for air after finally choosing a kindergarten for little Ms. E, getting her ready for it and Ms. H ready for preschool, juggling Mr. Hotpants 2 different school schedules, and an insanely crazy schedule for me at work but . . .

guess what 

Sooooooooo . . . I thought I would share how awesome our little weekend away to La Quinta Resort & Spa was with the girlies!!! Palm Springs is great because it only took 1hr 15mins to get there from our house so no biggie with the girls and this place was like its own little city!  It has something like 47 pools on the resort and you can use any so we had a private pool to ourselves each day (and night!)  

We stayed in a Spa Villa Suite and it was a 900sq ft condo! With gorgeous arched doorways, terra-cotta tiled floors, a full kitchen with an island and dining room and 3 outside patios and a private pool at the back door!  They have some great restaurants and little shops and the spa looked delish (next time I'll be going there)

 The main pool that we hung out at while our room was getting ready! Great drinks!

You can rent these awesome cabanas that serve you unlimited pitchers of lemonade, ice tea and water all day along with a complimentary fruit bowl that the girls loved! Oh and it has water-misters to help cool you down!  I would definitely look into renting one if you have kiddos . . great way to keep them out of that relentless desert sun!

 Heading out for some dinner with my favorite peeps!

Stunning plaza level with outdoor restaurants and live music and twinkle lights everywhere! beautiful and relaxing . . . the girls jumped around and danced all night

Beautiful buildings and grounds all over this place! Definitely going back soon!

We were mostly doing this all weekend!

Crushing on Copper

August 13, 2014

I got an email over the weekend from Urban Outfitters and it has given me copper fever!  Look at all these yummy goodies!


They are also having a crazy great sale on BDG jeans (here) . . .  I have heard nothing but great things about this brand and they are affordable!. . .  some styles are on sale for $39! Might have to grab a few pairs for my fall wardrobe!