A Five Nights At Freddy's Birthday

March
02

Clark turned eight in January so we threw him a Five Nights at Freddy's pizza party. Living in SoCal this year meant that his typical indoor Winter party was an 80-degree outdoor celebration. It was nice for all of us to have new friends over to celebrate. Here are all the party set-up details!

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Party Supplies:
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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!

COFFEE TABLE/DESIGN BOOKS:
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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. 
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.

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.