A New October

Oct
19

We are getting a late start to all the Halloween prep we generally do early October. This LA weather must have tricked my senses. It's usually the crisp cool Oregon Fall air that get's us inspired to visit the pumpkin patch. We tried visiting one in the parking lot of a Ralph's in 90 degree weather last week but it just wasn't quite the same! I think putting Christmas lights up in Dec will be the real challenge. 
Anyway, if you are falling behind on the Halloween spirit too then make sure to check out all the last minute discount party supplies, decorations, costumes and candy on sale at Oriental Trading. Right now they are having a Halloween Sale with savings up to 60% off. Have fun! Don't forget to stock up for next year!

We love all the unique costumes and goods. Their novelty candy, fun plush stuffed animals, and knick knacks are perfect for trick or treaters.

Here's a throw back to last year's stash of Halloween goods at home in Portland. 

Here's a throw back to last year's stash of Halloween goods at home in Portland. 

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Our California Sunroom

Aug
22

Well we've lived in our Southern California house for a full 3 months now. One thing I've discovered is that the lifestyle here is pretty laid back and that it's really all about being outside. That said, we spend most of our time at home barefoot somewhere between our sunroom and the backyard. So today, I thought it would be fun to walk you through the one room inside the house that seems to get the most use.

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The space itself is pretty versatile and doubles as an office and play area for the kids. Most of our meals take place just outside on the back patio. As a Portland, Oregon native, this will be the first year of my life without a real Fall and Winter. We usually have to pull in all of our outdoor furniture in September so this year round outdoor lifestyle is all new to me!

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We’ve lived in three different houses over the past three years, and one thing I learned is that art is the fastest way to make a space come alive and feel like home. This "Wandering" Art Print has a neutral palette and a calmness that is perfect for the room. 

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Aside from Artwork, another one of the quickest and most cost effective ways to fill up any empty corner is by bringing in some fresh color with a houseplant. It's amazing what a plant can do to make any space feel welcoming. 

Houseplants not only make us feel healthy and happy but they can also be just as expressive as the art on our walls. Here is a guide to my favorite modern indoor plants. Ours have been soaking up the new sun!

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Thanks for taking a walk with me through our favorite room. I hope to share more of the house with you as it comes together.

Wandering Art Print provided by Minted.com  All opinions are my own. 
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They are a place for the world’s best emerging artists to be seen and discovered.  They enable artists and consumers alike to follow their creative passion.

A Freshly Picked Moccasins Giveaway

July
30

Well, it’s that time of year again! Our End of Summer/Early Fall Giveaway with Freshly Picked Moccasins. This shoe is a family favorite and a brand that the kids have been wearing for years. The style, comfort and durability of these moccs can't be beat. I am so excited to offer you a chance to win a free pair! I am especially in love the new vintage Care Bears selection! Good luck everyone.

Have you tried the newest next step moccasins yet? The stretchy laces and sturdy rubber sole make for an easy-on, easy-off style that stays put on little feet. These have been great for preschool.

Have you tried the newest next step moccasins yet? The stretchy laces and sturdy rubber sole make for an easy-on, easy-off style that stays put on little feet. These have been great for preschool.

Take a look at my review of Freshly Picked from 2014 (obviously a longtime favorite)! It's no joke that kid's grow up fast.

Take a look at my review of Freshly Picked from 2014 (obviously a longtime favorite)! It's no joke that kid's grow up fast.

Make sure to enter your details below for your chance to win. Winner will be contacted via email on August 6th.

Rules:
Prize: Giveaway ends Aug 5th 2017 at 11:59 PM PST. Open to Legal Residents (18 years of age or older) of the US only. Prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes. Winner will be selected by rafflecopter.com and be notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Please note that we are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. I have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. I will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. I will make every effort to assist you in obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify me within 30 days for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you. The product provided for the review was free of charge from the company. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner. *The winner can not have won any other giveaway including a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins within the last 60 days. The winner will receive one pair of Moccasins from Freshly Picked.

A Unicorn Party in SoCal

July
24

I am back after a big break. As I mentioned before, we just moved to the Los Angeles area so Ryan could pursue a creative job at Disney. It's been a big transition but a lot of fun. Having so many new experiences each day makes me feel like a kid again. Portland still feels like home but it's been nice to break free of our old routines and learn more about Southern California. 

We celebrated Allie's 4th Birthday over the weekend and it was the perfect opportunity to reconnect with Ryan's local extended family and have all of our new friends stop by the house. Gatherings like this make the rental feel more like home that's for sure. Here are all the details!

We found this inflatable Unicorn Head when we were exploring Burbank but you can find it on amazon too!

We found this inflatable Unicorn Head when we were exploring Burbank but you can find it on amazon too!

The Cake was a custom order from a local place called Crumpets Bakeshop

The Cake was a custom order from a local place called Crumpets Bakeshop

A face painter and balloon artist always provide extra entertainment and a little structure!

A face painter and balloon artist always provide extra entertainment and a little structure!

The kids loved taking instax photos in front of our backdrop. These mini plastic frames were great little party favors for their photo memories.

The kids loved taking instax photos in front of our backdrop. These mini plastic frames were great little party favors for their photo memories.

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In case you are interested, here are links to Allie's FIRST, SECOND, and THIRD Birthday Parties! As always, thanks for following along!

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(Some products provided by Minted.com and OrientalTrading.com All opinions are my own. Check out some of The Oriental Trading Co's Unicorn goods HERE
Minted is a design marketplace that connects you to unique products from the world’s best emerging artists and helps you bring your style to life across homes, holidays, and occasions.
They are a place for the world’s best emerging artists to be seen and discovered.  They enable artists and consumers alike to follow their creative passion.

Planning A French Baby Shower

May
28

Well, things have sure changed since my last blog post. Ryan accepted a job so we went ahead and relocated our little Oregon grown family to the Los Angeles area. It took courage and a leap of faith to leave behind extended family, our brand new dream home, and a neighborhood full of friends but so far we have been loving California (thankfully). All that said, even with all this new distance I am still planning a baby shower for my sister in law in Portland this October. Fall in Oregon is the best so I think I will be ready to go back for a few days! Anyway, here are all the details.

We decided to go with a French inspired Black and White look with pops of vibrant florals. I typically pick out the invites and stationary first and then build the design of the event around that. This time around I went with some amazing Minted.com items. 

I love the rosette tablecloth and use of a backdrop in the photo above. I ordered THIS fabric and plan to hot glue or stitch it around a basic white tablecloth.

I love the rosette tablecloth and use of a backdrop in the photo above. I ordered THIS fabric and plan to hot glue or stitch it around a basic white tablecloth.

Balloons are fun, pretty and very Parisian. I order all my jumbo balloons HERE! THIS black Tulle will look amazing draped around them.

Balloons are fun, pretty and very Parisian. I order all my jumbo balloons HERE! THIS black Tulle will look amazing draped around them.

The backdrops from DropitModern.com are so unique. I ordered THIS ONE pictured above to go behind the dessert table. It will really set the scene which will allow us to go super simple with the table itself. This purchase requires the use of a photo backdrop stand and I found an inexpensive one HERE.

The backdrops from DropitModern.com are so unique. I ordered THIS ONE pictured above to go behind the dessert table. It will really set the scene which will allow us to go super simple with the table itself. This purchase requires the use of a photo backdrop stand and I found an inexpensive one HERE.

I love the idea of mini champagne bottles for the guests. CostPlus World Market has a great selection. 

I love the idea of mini champagne bottles for the guests. CostPlus World Market has a great selection. 

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We also plan to set up a Mimosa Bar as well.

I am entertaining the idea of making these floral ice buckets. They look fairly simple in this Online Tutorial.

I am entertaining the idea of making these floral ice buckets. They look fairly simple in this Online Tutorial.

Aren't these wrapped baguette sandwiches adorable?

I am going to attempt to replicate this cheese board as well.

The dessert table will include a small to medium sized macaroon tower from La Provence .

A rustic naked cake topped with fruit or flowers will look great.

THESE napkins and THESE runners will be perfect for the small round guest tables we've ordered for seating. The black and white stripes fit the over all look of the event and I love supporting independent artists through Minted.com

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I found THESE beautiful candy dishes that are large enough to store Parisian inspired stacked cookies. This will save us money in the end since bulk candy can get very expensive.

If you've seen the Kardashians then you have probably guessed that I found my cookie stacking inspiration HERE

If you've seen the Kardashians then you have probably guessed that I found my cookie stacking inspiration HERE

This Mint Green Cake Stand will look great with our Rustic Cake.

This Mint Green Cake Stand will look great with our Rustic Cake.

THIS line of stickers, gift tags and invitations inspired the overall design of the shower. I absolutely love Minted.com stationary and all the party supplies they have to offer. I have been a fan for years. 

THIS line of stickers, gift tags and invitations inspired the overall design of the shower. I absolutely love Minted.com stationary and all the party supplies they have to offer. I have been a fan for years. 

We will have a second backdrop at the event set up as a photo booth. This will be a fun way for guests to remember the day. I modified THIS blackboard style drop to fit our upscale French Theme.

We will have a second backdrop at the event set up as a photo booth. This will be a fun way for guests to remember the day. I modified THIS blackboard style drop to fit our upscale French Theme.

 THESE adorable photo booth props will add a little fun to the gathering.

 THESE adorable photo booth props will add a little fun to the gathering.

Well there you have it. All the basics you need for a French Inspired Shower. I can't wait to put it all together for you! Stay tuned for Allie's Unicorn Birthday Party in July. It will take place in our new SoCal backyard. Can't wait to show you all!