MOMMY MUST HAVES: PARTY PLANNING

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If you know me, then you already know I am not a party planner. In fact, the last party I planned was Hayden’s first birthday nearly six years ago. But it seems now that I am older and have actually embraced the realm of domesticity, party planning has become much more appealing. After casually researching etiquette, the art of hosting, and planning the perfect party I think I’ve gotten a pretty good idea of how this whole thing works. Lucky for me, Holland’s first birthday is just around the corner which is the perfect occasion to embrace my inner hostess. Read more

A YEAR IN REVIEW: 2016

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With the days of 2016 quickly coming to an end, I’ve found myself lately scrolling through my photos reminiscing of what a whirlwind this year has come to be. With so many highs and lows, I thought a review of the past 12 months would be a great way to reflect and bring in the new year. From the birth of our second daughter to the loss of a friend, and everything in between, I’ll be sharing some personal photos and my thoughts of the past year. So grab a cup of coffee or your favorite glass of wine and enjoy! Read more

A DAY AT THE SOUTHCOAST BOTANICAL GARDENS

Now that the kiddies are officially on Winter break here in LA, I’ve had to plan a few extra special outing just to keep my little ones from going stir crazy. Although the weather has been pretty cold here, to LA standards, the days have been relatively clear and sunny. So I have been trying to incorporate as much of the outdoors as possible.  While going to our favorite park is always fun, sometimes we need a little change of atmosphere. Luckily for us, there is a gem of a botanical garden located not too far from our house that we love to visit. 

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MOMMY MUST HAVE: HAIR CARE ESSENTIALS

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With the holidays quickly approaching I know most moms must be pulling out their hair trying to complete everything on their “to-do list.” From gift shopping to preparing for the invasion of family members, us moms need some extra TLC this time of year. That is why I have compiled a list of my top hair care essentials. My ‘Mommy Must Haves’ not only will make your hair look and feel gorgeous, but they will save you a TON of time during one of the most hectic times of the year. So if you’re looking to streamline your hair care routine and look great with minimal effort then continue reading! Read more

FAMILY PHOTOS AT THE BANNING MUSEUM

 

If you don’t already know I love history. It has been an obsession of mine for as long as I can remember. From antiques to art I am totally fascinated by anything that has historical significance. So when it came to choosing the location for this year’s family photos it really was a no-brainer! Why not capture these precious moments at one of my favorite local museums; I mean, what could really be better?? Read more

THE HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART COLLECTION, AND BOTANICAL GARDENS

The Huntington Library has quickly become one of our all-time favorite museums here in Los Angeles. Not only do we get to view art but also the various botanical gardens allow the little ones a chance to run wild and explore. We have already visited multiple times and have yet to see all that the Huntington has to offer, which is probably the reason why we have come to love it so much. So if you are in the LA area and can’t think of anything to do, here are some reasons why you should check it out! Read more

MY DAY IN…OREGON

 

Since we are currently experiencing a heat wave here in LA, I’ve wanted nothing more than some cooler weather. So I thought I’d do something a little different and share a bit from my trip to Oregon. My pictures by no means do this gorgeous state any justice but just looking at them keeps my mind off the heat. So if you’re in LA hopefully this will give you momentary relief from the hot weather. Enjoy! Read more

POINT FERMIN LIGHTHOUSE

 

For many years the Point Fermin Lighthouse has been at the top of my list as “one of the places I need to visit.” I have always been interested in history, so naturally, I gravitated to this historic structure. Yet having always lived so close, literally down the street, I tended to always put off my visit, until recently. One day, on a whim, I decided to catch a tour not really knowing what I was in store for. Luckily everything worked out well but if you are not the type of person to be so spontaneous, here is what you need to know as a first time visitor.   Read more