April is a busy month for birthdays in my family. I try to make my party decor but sometimes you just have to outsource. I flipped out over this black and white pennant banner at Target. I mean, it sort of the coolest ever. I will be reusing this one for sure! [Read more...]
I don’t even remember where I found Reed’s Ginger Candy Chews but I am obsessed! These are phenomenal. They are a touch sweet, a bit spicy and have a real ginger flavor. I spoke of my love for Reed’s Ginger Beer here so of course I had to try these. Now I just need to track them down since I have only two left. Two!
I got a chance to read my newest Nylon the other day and every time I read an article on Jessica Alba, I like her a little more. I loved learning more about her role in her company (Honest). This article talks about how hands on she is in all aspects including choosing colors for make up. I loved that she voiced her opinion on the lip colors not being right, which is due in part to the natural materials used to create them. She’s not willing to put out a product that no one really wants to wear. She’s the perfect mix of every woman (except she’s, like, extra gorgeous) and advocate for the health of our families. And that is pretty cool.
A few weeks ago my mom brought over all of my grandmother’s old costume jewelry. I finally took a few hours to sort through it all and it was amazing. My grandmother was always put together with the perfect accessories. And she loved to travel so there are several handmade items from many of the places she visited. While I might not wear all of it (but trust, there are some AMAZEBALLS pieces), they will remain treasured memories of a lady I miss very much.
My husband recently brought home some awesome Earth Tu Face products to try out. You guys, this stuff is crazy natural and awesome. It was started by two herbalists who make 100% natural skin care only using plant based products. All of their packaging is recyclable, reusable and compostable. And the smells! While there are no added scents, the ingredients used create these amazing scents! I’ve always been afraid to use an oil based cleanser since I have oily skin. But I decided to give it a shot. It has been great. I’ve certainly not broken out like I thought I would and I feel like my forehead isn’t quite as shiny as it was before I started using the Earth Tu Face face wash. The Rosemary Salt lotion feels wonderful. And I love the smell of rosemary so that is a win for sure. I haven’t tried all of these products out yet but I plan to! And I think you should too.
You may have seen my instagram post but this Skin Stick is my fave! It is an all-purpose salve for wherever you need it. I’ve mainly been using it on my lips so far but with the geranium and vetiver, I really should be rubbing this thing all over my face. Geranium prevents and fades scarring (hello – dumb skin cancer scars, consider yourself warned!) and the vetiver promotes cellular healing. Duh. We could all use that. And I don’t want to offend any hippies but when I wear this on my lips, it smells like a hippie is dancing on my face. It’s musky and warm while being calming and hydrating. I definitely have hippie tendencies and this totally appeals to them. I keep this in the drawer next to my bed and put it on just before I go to sleep. It is the perfect way to end the day.
And I have to say that it doesn’t suck when your husband works for a sunglass company. These are so fun to be able to mix and match with my outfits. And since it is mostly sunny in California, year round, I need sunglasses. All of these are by IVI Vision.
And have you guys seen these?! I saw these Whoppers Easter Robin Eggs Decorate Your Own Eggs
at the grocery store and had to get them. My boys love this kind of stuff. They came with three edible markers and a bunch of plain white eggs. This was a great little snack and craft for us one afternoon. I picked them up at my local Albertson’s but haven’t seen them anywhere else. I hope you can find them. These were very well received by the kiddos.
Early last week I was very luck to be able to spend a few days up at Universal Studios volunteering for Operation Shower. If you are not familiar with this fantastic organization, they travel the country and throw baby showers for military moms-to-be. They shower them with love and gifts and give them the most amazing memories. This was the largest shower they have thrown to date thanks to the generous support of Babies R Us and Heidi Klum. We spent one whole day on set up – crafting and decorating under the direction of Jenn from Hostess with the Mostess (sweetest, most talented party gal ever). And day two found us welcoming the moms and their guests and helping with whatever they needed.
I am so grateful that I could be apart of this amazing experience. Amy and the rest of the gals that work tirelessly to put on these events always do a remarkable job. These ladies are only able to do what they do because of donations. You may remember I mentioned Amazon Smile around the holidays. By selecting Operation Shower as your charity of choice, a percentage of your eligible purchases gets donated back to them. And it is super easy to set up. Just search and select “Operation Shower” (NOT Operation Shower of Appreciation – no idea what that is).
This shower was designed by Jenn with a fabulous dessert area created by the adorable Marie of Sweets Indeed. It was so much fun to get to spend some time with the other fantastic volunteers but I especially love watching the moms-to-be get spoiled.
You can see more about my last Operation Shower experience here.
I’m not sure who did the video but will update as soon as I find out.
Photography: Nicole Benitez and Maria Healey
There are no amazing posts today. You can see why here. So in the absence of exceptional content I thought the least I could do was share a photo with you of the cutest kids ever. You’re welcome.
This wine. So yummy. I had gotten a bottle of this white and a red from Saarloos and Sons in a silent auction gift basket from my son’s preschool. I didn’t know too much about the company so the bottles have just been hanging around. Well, the other night I decided it was time for the white to get chilled. I’m a Sauvignon Blanc kind of gal. And I’m not totally sure how these two wines stack up against each other. But I can tell you this. I opened the bottle, and on first sip, I hated it. It was one of those days so I decided I’d drink the glass but I left the bottle on the counter with the intention of dumping it out that night. But something about the second sip got me. And I began to really enjoy the glass. I went and put the bottle in the fridge and drank the rest of the bottle over the next few nights. Turns out I REALLY like this wine. Maybe the first sip just wasn’t what I was expecting but I’m glad I continued to drink it. And now I want to go to their tasting room and drink more. Lots more. And go read their story. Super cool.
These hearts are one of my favorite candies. And I only eat them at Valentine’s Day. They really are just Gobstoppers. And they used to even come in the normal Gobstopper colors but within the last few years, they have changed them to be only pink, red and white. I realize that they are Gobstoppers and I can eat them all year long, but there is something about waiting for them to arrive in stores that makes me love them even more. My sister and I always by them for each other. And once that bag (or two) is gone, that is it until next year. Have you ever tried these?
If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen me post about this the other night. I am super proud of my friend, Erika, for following a passion of hers. She, just recently, decided to do extra work and start acting. She was over the other night and I got to see her in an episode of Cougar Town and it was amazing. I’m so excited to see where she takes it and know that she is doing what she loves. I am lucky to know this gal and look forward to seeing her in more things!!
So I’ve been married for 10 years now. My husband hardly ever cooks. So color me surprised when he decided to make us pancakes one morning. We liked them so much he has taken to making them for us on the weekends. So fun! Food really does taste better when you don’t have to cook it.
I’m totally in love with my new phone case. I got an iPhone 5 for Christmas so I had to get a new case. This gator skin case by Blair Ritchey found in Meg Biram’s shop is so great. I love everything about it. It looks like it is sold out but they do have it in olive which would also be super cool.