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.

Screen Shot 2017-07-23 at 5.46.46 PM.png

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

Shop This Party:

(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. 

French-Shower-13.jpg

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

Screen Shot 2017-05-27 at 7.35.58 PM.png

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!

Southern California

March
19

We booked a family vacation to California way back in January. We had been snowed in our neighborhood for a couple weeks and decided it was time to crack open the laptop and plan a much needed sunny getaway. While I personally wanted to get up and go that minute (chains on car and all) we planned it for March to make sure that the weather would be ideal. Going from a 50 degree rainy morning to a 90 degree sunny afternoon after a mere 2 hours in the air was pretty incredible for the kids. I think they forgot what sunshine was like! We all wore Winter Jackets to the airport with Summer clothes on underneath then promptly crumpled them into our luggage upon arrival. Kind of hilarious really! Here are a few highlights and some family friendly destination recommendations.

We stayed at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs and I could not recommend it more. It was Paradise really. If you are there with kids I would suggest swimming a ton, eating a ton, checking out the Cabazon Dinosaurs, doing a little shopping on the downtown strip, driving through the amazing mid-century neighborhoods (Elvis' Honeymoon House is there), and taking a hike through Joshua Tree National Park.

20-1434554581.jpg
Man it was nice to be warm again.

Man it was nice to be warm again.

Ryan and the kids walking along the shallow steps of the pool.

Ryan and the kids walking along the shallow steps of the pool.

Th Ace Hotel has amazing food at reasonable prices.

Th Ace Hotel has amazing food at reasonable prices.

I love these pink flowers. There was a really aggressive hummingbird that actually ended up chasing us away though. It must of had eggs nearby. I had never been chased by a hummingbird. It was literally after us!

We drove by Elvis' Honeymoon House. You can take a scheduled tour if you want to.

We drove by Elvis' Honeymoon House. You can take a scheduled tour if you want to.

The architecture in Palm Springs is so amazing.

The architecture in Palm Springs is so amazing.

We also spent 3 nights in Santa Monica. It was nice to be next to the beach and pier with the kids. We could easily walk to the Promenade and do some shopping, grab some dinner or just play at the beach.

When you travel with kids there is a limit to the number of things you can do per day without everyone getting too tired. We planned about 3 activities a day which was perfect. They force you to relax and have a little more downtime which is probably a good thing to have on vacation anyway. 

One of the major highlights of the trip was having tea service at the Huntington Library Tea room and then letting the kids run around the gardens. The Gardens there are huge and breathtaking. We met up with some East Coast cousins who just moved to the LA area. It was a great day.

First time meeting but these cousins were instant friends.

First time meeting but these cousins were instant friends.

We never leave LA without paying a visit to Canters Deli. It's just a classic place that makes you feel like you are walking into the 1950's. It's a great place for late night people watching (celebs tend to visit too).

The last leg of the trip included a day at Venice Beach. 

Here was my running list of family friendly things I wanted to do on this vacation. We only made it through a portion of this list though. Hopefully you can get through more! It's also important to note that this was the first trip to LA that we did not spot a celebrity! In the past we have seen a random mix. The mom from Everybody Loves Raymond shopping at the Grove, Nicholas Cage at LAX, The lead singer of Counting Crows on Sunset, and David Arquette at a Jenny Lewis concert.. haha. It's never who you'd really expect. What are your favorite things to do in LA? Have you ever seen a random celebrity?

The Grove

Getty Center

Griffith Observatory

Santa Monica Pier

Sunset Blvd

Olvera Streeet

Los Angeles Zoo

Runyun Canyon

Robertson BLVD

Melrose Ave

Venice Beach

Silver Lake

Huntington Gardens: Afternoon Tea/Kid friendly 

Canters

Lawry's

Grand Central Market

Pacific Hwy Roadside Seafood

Mulholland Drive

Stroll Malibu Pier and Eat Here

Pasadena Flea Market 

Classroom Gifting: Shopping Guide

Feb
01

Are you ready for Valentine's Day? If not, then make sure to take advantage of a few great sales that will have your kids covered at this year's classroom party. Right now, Tinyprints.com is offering up to 30% off select Valentine's Day cards with code: 30FEBVDAY. If you are looking for a few extra gifting ideas to add to your cards then visit the OrientalTradingCompany.com. They are offering up to 60% off their Valentine's Day must-haves! I've put together a list of all my favorites below. Enjoy, and have a great Valentine's Day.

I love these adorable fans!

I love these adorable fans!

These desktop plaques make the sweetest gifts

These desktop plaques make the sweetest gifts

We spent an hour stuffing little goodie bags for School and Pre School. Phew. The kids loved every second though!

We spent an hour stuffing little goodie bags for School and Pre School. Phew. The kids loved every second though!

Shop Classroom Gifts:

Shop Paper and Stationery Favorites: