Halloween BOO Printable

Today we have our annual school Halloween Carnival. An evening of games, rides, and the usual Halloween activities. This is our fourth year volunteering in a game booth, our favorite spot. Tom, our oldest, loves being able to help hand out the prizes and talk with his friends. It will also most likely be our last year being able to wear the twins, so I am really looking forward to seeing all the families in costume and celebrating our awesome school and PTA program.

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Fall Style Capsule

After a few weeks of record breaking temperatures in Laguna, it is finally starting to cool off. Which means, hopefully, I will be able to pull out some of my winter styles. My summer uniform consisted of jean shorts and tank tops or sleeveless swing dresses. And let me tell you, they need a break.

Through fall it usually stays pretty warm around here. So it’s not always realistic to wear a top under a sweater and a leather jacket or wool coat over a sweater. But hey, a girl can dream right?

Until recently, you wouldn’t be able to find a piece of black clothing in my closet (besides workout gear). I, for some reason, thought I was “too fair” to get away with it, it “washed me out”. Not anymore. Recently, I have tried to change my outlook on dressing myself and my personal style. Keeping with trends, but finding a style that fits me and I am always comfortable in. With everything I have going on, I don’t want to spend tons of time looking at my closet deciding what I want to wear. I want to be able to throw on something and feel good in it. After reading about a woman who transformed her style through a capsule wardrobe, I was intrigued and slowly started the process of constructing my own.

A capsule wardrobe is defined as

“a mini wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces that you totally LOVE to wear.” Caroline of Unfancy

Creating a closet full of clothes you love and can wear all the time, genius. I realized, while a few colorful pieces are fun to incorporate, when I would go to get dressed, I chose the simple styles and neutral colors nine times out of ten. I now know, I need a base. A set of standard items that I can build upon. I am still navigating this process and my closet is still too full. But I look forward to continuing to find my own style and my own identity, and sharing it with you.

Here are a few looks that I hope to draw inspiration from

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I’m so glad it’s October

The anticipation of October’s beginning holds a great deal of nostalgia for me. It’s all excitement and anticipation. Fall sweeps in with a light breeze, there is just a hint of chill in the air and dusk brings some of the most majestic sunsets of the year. Each night the sky is lit on fire while the last warmth of summer fades into the seasons. And the oceans blue is a touch deeper and even more soulful. Truly October has magic in it.

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Raspberry & Greek Yogurt Drops

Feeding our twins has been a full-time job since the day they were born. From nursing to bite size food to just the pure quantity necessary, I often feel as soon as I have their meal prepared and walk away, it’s gone and they are ready for more or throwing it on the floor.

As a result, I am always on the hunt for healthy and simple snacks that won’t end up on the ground. This being especially important when we are on the go. I am helping to coach Tom’s soccer team so anything that will keep the twins occupied during that time is crucial. Goldfish, fruit juice gummies, string cheese, tangerines are my standard snacks. But needing to change it up to keep the kids interested I found this recipe via Babble. Yogurt and raspberries, genius.

Mixing it up a bit, knowing what my kids will eat, I added a little bit of honey and lightly combined the berries with the yogurt rather than mashing them up.

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two & a half cups organic greek yogurt

two cups raspberries, rinsed

2 tablespoons honey (ours is  purple sage from a local farm in Julian, CA)

Parchment Paper



Combine honey and yogurt in a bowl

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drop a few berries into the bowl and softly mix with yogurt and honey.

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Working in batches coat the raspberries and drop them on to a cookie sheet or plate covered with parchment paper. Pop them in the freezer for a few hours. Once they are frozen you can transfer them to a freezer safe container. I put them in out snapware so I can grab a container and go.


grandmas pan, look at that metal beauty. I think it might be older than me.

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The yogurt melts in your mouth and the berries give a great last bite. Great with blueberries, strawberries, watermelon and blackberries.

Do you have any fun snack recipes? Send them my way. I am always on the hunt.

BAY to LA: Victoria Smith’s New Echo Park Pad

I have followed Victora Smtih’s SFGirlByBay site for about 5 years now. She is a constant source of inspiration, entertainment, and sharing awesome designs from illustrations to home styling. Known for her fresh, bohemian taste, I have been highly anticipating the pictures of her new LA home. She shared sneak peeks via instagram and has finally featured the whole home, photographed by Laure Joilet. Here are a few of my favorite details and for the full spread you can go here.

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This past Christmas my family surprised me with my long coveted Hazy Beach Art Print by Lisa Golightly. I was blown away unwrapping the large mysterious gift that morning, as you can imagine. The feeling of receiving something unexpected is both unique and exciting, but also emotional. I was taken aback and ended up getting teary. The thoughtfulness and surprise caught me off guard. I am so grateful that they took note of something I really wanted and presented me with something that I could cherish forever.

We immediately mounted the print in our dining room and since then I have been dreaming of creating a collection surrounded by our own images.




When I began studying interior design my first project was to work with a friend or family member to recreate a room design for them. Immediately I knew I wanted to work with my mom. For years we have talked about what we could do with my parent’s amazing 1930’s South Laguna cottage. I jumped at the opportunity to grab my mom and chat about her vision, gather inspiration, and start piecing things together.

The house they own, the homey beach cottage I was lucky enough to grow up in, is a small three-bedroom, one-bath cottage built in 1937 featuring hardwood floors, white walls, and lots of windows. It’s also full of family heirloom pieces that are treasured by all of us. I wanted to mix their antique farmhouse pieces with a fresh coastal California style.

I sat down and started working with some images my mom collected for inspiration.


CB2 FALL 2015

CB2, Crate and Barrel’s newer and modern counterpart, recently released their Fall 2015 collection. Furniture and home decor inspired by the deeper colors of Fall. While my taste isn’t necessarily modern, I enjoy mixing styles and combining pieces that bring a space together in a unique way. Over the years, I have only purchased a few things from CB2, usually smaller items, so I was stoked browsing through their catalogue and tagging some wish list items.

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Before We Go

This was the last week before the start of school and I swear it flew by while at the same time lasting forever. But most weeks do when heading into three-day weekend. Not to mention highly anticipating having my husband around for an extra day to help with the kids. I am hoping we will get around to starting the design for a new deck and the kids backyard fort. Throw in a day at the beach with friends and a last summer BBQ before our Thomas starts THIRD grade.

Third grade. I can’t believe I’m a mom of a third grader. We got teacher assignments yesterday and two of Thomas’ best friends are in his class so I’d say we are off to a good start.

In the meantime, here are a few things that caught my eye this week

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Our new Frigidaire stove came supplied with a fifth burner and cast iron griddle. Which means making pancakes in the morning are a breeze. We usually have a more casual breakfast on Saturday as we get ready to spend the day at the beach, soccer, or out and about. On Sundays we take more time and usually have a more complete breakfast. In an effort to eat more healthy and organic, I’ve been using raw and organic products. Toting that coconut oil and raw sugar can be replaced with normal oil and sugar at a 1:1 ratio I thought I would try my normal pancake recipe with different ingredients. I have to say, I liked it more than my original. Continue reading