Good vibes

May 21, 2015

I always come across beautiful posts and good reads that make me feel good so today I thought I would share some that I really enjoyed this week . . . 

  • More people should be like this man; more institutions should offer this compassion for mothers and fathers (here
  • A great read for new mums, old mums, grandparents, and anyone who wants to learn to be a little more compassionate towards a new mother (here)
  • A beautiful insight into the future for a young couple . . . made me cry (here)
  • The coolest Kindergarten ever (here)
  • Taking great photos of your kiddos with your iPhone (here)  

Taking care of ME

May 18, 2015

It's funny because being a mum, I am so on top of getting the girls to eat organic, natural foods, drink their water, put on their sunscreen, turn off the TV and read a book or go outside and play,  to eat tons of fruit and veg and take their vitamins but when it comes to me I usually just do the bare minimum because I am so burned out taking care of everyone else!!!

So lately I have been trying to take more time out for myself . . . I have gotten back into my workout routine, which consists of running 2-3 miles for 3 days/week and doing Piyo 2-3/week. I have also been trying to eat cleaner; more fruits and veg and drink more H20.  And I finally went and got my lab work done that I have been rescheduling since October of last year!!!! Thank goodness everything came out in the normal ranges - relieved to see that my cholesterol is in a good range and that I have high HDL levels  (good cholesterol) 

The other thing that has been an issue with me since Emerson was born is sleep . . . and that just goes with the territory of having young children . . . At least one of my girls still wakes up every night; so essentially 7 nights/week I have interrupted sleep.  I am used to it now but that doesn't mean it does not affect me.  I started taking this all-natural, liquid  "Melatonin" (buy here) so that the sleep I do get is a deeper more restful sleep and it has been working like a charm.  There are no drowsy, foggy-brained after-effects like NyQuil so I can use it every night.

The other thing that I have added to my routine that I believe is helping to boost my mood, give me bonding time with my girls and gets me outdoors is the girls and I Take our pup, Lucy Sue, out for a long walk a few nights a week.  We get to talk and giggle, race each other, skip and dance to my tunes on my iPhone, find cool "nature" things and laugh at how many times Lucy goes pee and poop lol.  I look forward to it and now that it is staying light later we can go for longer walks (I pack a backpack with snacks, water and sweaters and we stop halfway and have a lil picnic on the trail)

This is the trail we take right by our house

How amazing is this bush just growing wild on the trail!!!!

We caught this cute lizard on our last walk . . . girls called her Lizzie.  Don't worry we just looked at her and gave her some lettuce and released her after about 15 minutes.  Nature Fun!

Amazon Friday

May 15, 2015

Happy Happy Friday everyone!  We have our last soccer game of the season tomorrow (yessss!!!) . . . I like having non-scheduled Saturday mornings lol.  We don't have  much going on this weekend so I'm hoping to tackle some house projects that have been a long time in the planning!  And get some cuddle time in with the girls and Mr. Hotpants because its supposed to RAIN here in SoCal!!! 

So in keeping with my Amazon Friday posts lets get to it . . .

I grew up on Mr. Men books and now my girls love them too . . . They have the Little Miss series too now which is too cute . . . you can get the sets for Mr. Men (here) and Little Miss (here) or you can buy the books individually.

Now that we are approaching summer pool-time will be here in no time!  The girls started back at swim lessons in February and are doing fantastic.  I upped them to twice a week because I want them swimming and feeling comfortable in the water.  These floaties are my all time favorite . . . both my girls have worn them since they were about 2yrs +  . . . Emerson does not need hers anymore but we do have Harper wear hers if we are not going in the pool with her.  They have tons of different designs and you can buy them (here).  Remember though put them on tight and NEVER leave your kid unattended in any body of water even if they have a floaty on!

I love how cute and inexpensive ($14) this summer beach bag is (here)

I am dying to try these t-shirts out  - classic with a twist (literally a "twist" ha!) (here)

Alright if you have kids in preschool or school you HAVE to get these products!  We have had lice outbreaks at almost every preschool, mummy-n-me groups and schools that we have gone to and the girls have NEVER gotten them (knock on wood!!!).  I think these products really help to protect my girls and it doesn't hurt that they smell delicious  (here and here)

Have a fantabulous Weekend

Backyard Oasis

May 14, 2015

Now that summer (in SoCal) is on its way we are back outside most days.  We bought this amazing backyard sofa set last year from Craigslist for an insane deal and I never got around to buying outdoor pillows because the Holidays came around and well I just got busy and it got cold so we were not in the backyard that much to notice! 

So fast forward till now!!!! I am so excited because I just ordered these beauties (Etsy) and they are all arriving in a week!!! I think it is going to make our backyard spot so bright and cheery! I can't wait . . . like at all!

Banana leaf pillows (here) and Turkish Kilim pillows (here)
 I bought all the pillow inserts from Amazon here, here, and here

As for the garden, since we are having an awful drought here in California we feel we need to start planting drought-resistant plants that will take almost no water to maintain.  I snapped some photos from around my work the other day for some delightful succulent inspiration . . . the colors are gorgeous! Can't wait to get to a nursery to buy some for our garden.

In other news (aka - shopping!) I ordered this little dress with a birthday Gift Card I had to Nordstroms (thanks Diane) - I got the XS and it fits great; it also comes in Navy and is only $42! (buy here)

it needs ironed!

And my other fab find that I am so excited to get are these amazing fringed sandals! (actually thanks to Natalie (fab author of this blog) for both of these finds - sandals and above dress) . . . They come in 4 colors and you can find for great prices here, here and here

T & T

May 13, 2015

Let's talk sunless tan and white teeth because they go together like PB and J in the summer.  There is nothing I like more than having a golden glow, nice white teeth and a little bit on neon to make me feel fab in summer.  BUT I am a skin-cancer freak so there is no laying out or tanning beds for me  . . . I swear by sunless tan lotions or spray tans.  And I have super sensitive teeth so I can't do any drastic whitening procedures.   So I introduce you to my two favorite products for some T & T!

I cant say enough about this tanning mousse! It goes on so easily, dries in 60 seconds and gives a great warm glow (buy here).  It is inexpensive and you can find it in a grocery store, CVS, or Amazon.  I literally jumped out the shower, put it on, threw my hair up then put on a dress and was out the door . . . and in about 20 minutes I looked down and already had a great tan going on!

As for teeth whiteners this is my favorite pack.  It includes two 1hr "express" treatments that give you a great jump start on your whitening, then you can just follow up with the 30 min treatments and my teeth/gums don't get irritated using these! (buy here)


bonne nuit

May 12, 2015

I think I can say Good Night to my hunt for the perfect bedside tables!!! I have looked up and down for ones I love and while there were a few I thought were awesome none of them really fit with our bedroom colors and feel . . . I love this West Elm one but thought the wood color was too matchy-matchy to our wood floors and too light and not a huge fan of the circular pulls  (here)

So imagine my delight when I saw this Ikea hack!  First of all the price is great but I wasn't looking to get something cheap, I was prepared to pay some serious $$ if I found ones I loved but I just so happen to LOVE the shape and simplicity of these.  I love that the wood is darker and that the pulls are not round . . . 

It is the Ikea Trysil 3 drawer chest (here) for $80 

And this blogger (here) just spray painted the base, edges and handles and buffed with gold Rub-n-Buff for some texture/depth . . . I think I may just have to try this!  And we get 6 extra drawers out of it!!!!

What do you think?

Lets talk about Stools

May 11, 2015

I have been looking for counter-height bar stools for a while now and I am drawn to the look of these ones below but need to find a more affordable version (don't really want to spend $500/600 on two bar stools) . . . any thoughts or suggestions?

These are some that I love . . .

Serena & Lily (here)

Anthropologie (buy here)

Overstock (buy here)

Crate and Barrel (buy here)