baby / entertaining
pretty everything / roundup
omg his party snuck up on me on this year, i definitely did not spend as much time or energy on planning as i did last year when i basically started a month into his life. i have to say, when you’re nursing a baby and laying under him asleep for hours a day you find more time to spend on pinterest! i also considered not even doing a birthday party this year, but since we really don’t entertain much, i think it’s a fun reason to get everyone together and be creative.
as you probably know if you follow along on instagram stories, arlo’s favorite movie has been mamma mia 2 for 32 weeks now (i know this because i have footage of the first time he saw it and sat for an entire movie for the first time ever). lately he has actually preferred the first movie instead, but we have clocked hundreds of hours watching the movies and i pretty much know every line of dialogue by now. it seems only natural that it would be the theme of his party (he also likes elmo but we can do that next year if he still does lol)
actually had a reader write and ask if i had a recommendation for an attractive fan, and since there’s a legit heatwave happening in LA right now– i figured it was a great time to do a roundup! sadly in general, there aren’t a ton of modern fan options, but i sifted through the minefield of cheap plastic fans and found some pretty good ones!
the fancier fans definitely come with fancier price tags, but it’s for sure one of those things that you wouldn’t be replacing annually like you might with the cheap fans, so i think it’s worth the extra expense if you can swing it.
also! some of these are smaller desktop fans which i almost excluded, but i think they can be super helpful if you stick them on your nightstands during bed etc, so just make sure if you’re purchasing one you’re looking at the size :)
baby / diy / interiors
this post is in partnership with walmart
i realized i haven’t actually EVER shared a finished tour of the studio. we spent months and a BUNCH of money fixing it up, but i never ended up getting it actually furnished or clean enough to really use properly (didn’t help that i never invested in AC or a wifi router!) now that arlo is older and we spend more time outside, i have finally decided to fix it up and start using this amazing space we are so lucky to have!
i have a lot to do, some furniture to remove, a lot of cobweb cleaning, and a ton of stuff to purge and organize, but of course the fun part will be making it pretty — so for now i just started with a couple of pieces from drew barrymore’s new flower home collection at walmart. Read More
pretty everything / roundup
this post is in partnership with ace hardware
so excited to finally share arlo’s outdoor playhouse with you guys! i wasn’t actually 100% set on having a playhouse, but i wanted to have something for him in the backyard now that we’ve removed the cactus and made it more toddler-friendly. whenever we are at the kids museum, he seems to enjoy the little houses most so i thought he would probably love a playhouse and gid rationalized that we can he do playground stuff at the playground.
i looked for any pre-fab houses that were attractive as they came, but all the best looking ones i could find were built custom and i just knew that wasn’t a realistic option for us. maybe if gid were a carpenter, but he’s not so i’d rather just spend less than $500 to buy one. i didn’t love the look of any as is, so i found one with the best “bones” and knew paint would transform it into an actual attractive element of the yard. i worked with ace hardware’s paint studio and i’m so happy with how it turned out.
interiors / our house
in my lifelong battle to try to never buy ugly things, i’m going to try to do these roundups as more of a regular series (…have i said this before?) since we’re renovating the bathroom, i’ve been on the hunt for an attractive modern toilet brush, so of course i wanted to round up my favorites for you!
these range from around $10-$85 so there’s one for every budget (i decided to exclude one that was really handsome but $175 because i’m all about pretty things but honestly who would spend that.)
since i made the bucket list for last fall/winter, obviously i had to do another one! while i didn’t finish every item on our list, we filled the whole list and only left a handful of things undone. it was actually really nice to have because on weekends when we didn’t have plans, we could just look at our list and choose something on there to do– i honestly think it pushed to do way more activities than we have in the past. so now i’m a big fan. Read More
yay! i e-designed a space! in case you missed the before yesterday, i virtually designed my friend vanessa’s bedroom via email, text and facetime. and i am so happy with how much better it looks. i’m now helping her with her new studio space too!
now let’s remember the before… Read More