Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Mother's Day Roundup! {Mommy's Wish List 2016}

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Mother's Day is almost upon us!  I got such good feedback on last year's Mother's Day Roundup so I thought I would give it another shot this year.

Since becoming a mom, I am discovering daily just how much my mom did/does for our family.  So many thankless jobs, large and small, come along with the territory when you're a mom.  My mom sets the standard as high as it gets, and I am so proud to be her daughter!  Every day I try my hardest to achieve her level of grace, humility and love.

Happy Mother's Day to all the amazing mommas out there!!  XO

Anthropologie Capri Candle
Anthropologie Capri Blue Candle  You know that amazing Anthro smell right when you walk in the door?  Yep, that's this.  The perfect light scent for the whole house.

Simply but pretty earrings  I'm loving these beauties!  These could easily be dressed up or down.  

Vanity Tray
Marble vanity tray  Does mom have a collection of random face creams, earrings and candles littering the bathroom counter? (Raises hand)  I've been hunting for the perfect vanity tray to corral my stuff and I think I've found The One.  This is the perfect size and it's gorgeous!

Glam sunnies!
Sunglasses  How stinkin' cute are these?!  I am in looooooooooove with the white!!  They also come in aqua or lavender!  Sign me up for all three :D 

Luxe hand cream

Lavender hand cream  This stuff is a staple in our house!  Locally, we find it at Pierre La Fond in Montecito, but it can be found online at the link above.  It is so luxurious and leaves hands feeling like velvet.  The lavender oil gives just the right hint of relaxing scent without being overpowering.

Magnetic Knife bar
Knife Bar/Good knives  This may not seem exciting to some, but to my fellow foodie mommas, this will make your heart go pitter patter.  One of the most important tools in the kitchen is a good knife, and equally important, proper knife storage.  Choosing a knife as a gift is probably best done with the recipient, as it's best for them to get to hold the knife and find the one that best fits/feels good.

Pretty cell phone case  How beautiful is this case!?  Gotta get my hands on this, for sure.  Another fun idea: personalized cell phone case with photos of mom's loves!

Luxe body oil  What mom could resist?  This is definitely high up on my wish list.  Can be found at Urban Outfitters and has been featured on!

These are just a few ideas to get the inspo flowing.  More fun ideas: pack a picnic, umbrella and some outdoor games and drive mom to a surprise location and spend the day together; book a massage/facial/mani/pedi and have dinner ready when she gets back; make her favorite breakfast and surprise her with flowers and handmade cards; take a day trip to a local u-pick farm... have fun planning!



Monday, April 11, 2016

Vacay, s'il vous plait!

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{Photo overload warning!} Hello lovelies!! We recently took our first family vacay (yes, first!) and got to head up to the beeeeeeeautiful Pacific North West for a few days! YAY!  Hubby and I hadn't been on vacay since the year we got married so needless to say we were waaaaaay overdue for some r+r ;)

I was super nervous for Ayden's first flight.  Nobody wants to be that family with that kid on the plane.  Thankfully he was 100% perfect.  He was so excited to get on the plane that he took off running down the jetway and grabbed a stewardess' hand and waltzed onto the plane like he owned the joint, announcing "I go in da skyyyyyy!!"  When we touched down in Bellingham he said "Das fun!"  That kid cracks me up.  The flight home wasn't quite as exciting for him, but he did great about 95% of the time, so we'll take it.

If you follow me on Insta or SnapChat you probably saw some of the fun and beauty I posted while we were in WA.  There is nothing like the gorgeous green PNW!!  Yes, it rained, but we also got some bright sunshine and warm Spring weather, too.

My parents live across the street from a golf course, so Hubby got to get some club time in with the guys on Monday! (they got rained on for a good 20 mins.  Die-hard golfers are a different kind of crazy ;) )  We visited a friend's new/still-under-construction home and Ayden got to drive a tractor which totally made his life.  We also got to ride in a firetruck and tour the fire house in Birch Bay, so as you can imagine, Ayden was super stoked.  He's a truck fanatic, that one.  A boy's boy through and through!

My parents got some solid quality time in with the munchkin, which was totally priceless.  I'm so glad they got to spend time with him and get in some good snuggles.  Ayden is obsessed with them and is still asking for GrammaPop!  The first thing he said every morning when he woke up during our trip was "I go see Gramma!!"  We'd open the bedroom door and he would bolt into the living room to go find my mom - and we would go back to sleep.  WINNING ;)

We had a fabulous trip and time went way too fast, of course.  Here's a little photo overload/vacay inspiration for you.  Put Washington on your must-see list!  XO

Gorgeous trees in my parents' front yard

Whatcom Falls, Bellingham, WA. GO.HERE.  It's amazing!!

The view from mom & dad's kitchen table!