URBAN HOME SALE

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Urban Outfitters is having an awesome home sale right now. Tons of their home products are up to 40% off. If we weren’t in the middle of trying to buy a home, I would be all over some of these items. Here are a few things that have been sitting on my wishlist and are taking some serious restraint not to buy before we move.

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GIFT GUIDE 2017: FOR THE HOST

We are an avid Amazon Wishlist family, and while I love being able to pick out items our family wants and needs, I really love spending time on friends. Gifting with my gals, aka ‘hosts”, is one of my favorite gift giving plans because it reminds me of a relationship I have cultivated. I love the idea of gifting back to these ladies who give me so much each year. These are just a few of the items I’ve had my eye on and stay tuned for another perfect host gift to come! Continue reading

GIFT IDEA: BAR KIT FOR HIM

GIFT IDEA: BAR KIT FOR HIM BY EMILY ALDER

One of my go-to gifts for my husband and father is a nice bottle of Irish Whiskey or Scotch. It’s something that I know they enjoy and something that can bring us all together around the table or in the hot tub.

While I love the idea of a simple go to gift, it’s nice to liven things up a bit so I recently put together a DIY Bar Kits that was a little more personalized. A nice Irish Whiskey (Tullamore Dew is Matts favorite), a flavored soda or syrup, ice mold, muddler, metal straws, and some fresh fruit to garnish it off. Continue reading

SPANISH SNACK PLATE

SPANISH SNACK PLATE

Although we are almost through the last of October, SoCal has been hit with a serious heat wave. Living is a little cottage by the sea has all kinds of benefits but one downside is we are lacking AC. So once I pick up the kids from school, get the twins down for their nap and help Thomas with his homework, dinner time hits and I’m overheating. As a result Matt and I have had a few ‘lazy nights’. We get the kids fed and don’t feel up to cooking a meal so I’ll pull a couple of simple ingredients that we have in the fridge and graze.

I’ve mentioned my love of cheese and charcuterie before

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GIFT HER SOME ‘ME’ TIME

With Thanksgiving a day away it’s time to pamper the special people in your life. I am putting together a few gift ideas to show them how grateful you are for them.

I’ve curated a collection of items that can be gifted to any gal in your life. Speaking for a lot of ladies, a couple minutes to pamper myself goes a long way. These items help make daily rituals just a bit more luxurious. Gift her some ‘me’ time.

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DISCOVERING STOWAWAY

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MAKEUP IS HARD.

Growing up my mother rarely wore make up. Being a P.E. teacher and coach it wasn’t something she would regularly wear. Plus, she has beautiful skin and is naturally beautiful, so that helps. As a result, I never had anyone who really introduced me to makeup. I had a few friends that were allowed to wear it and in junior high I was granted permission to try it. I think I started with black eyeliner and sparkles. Basically my face had rookie mistake all over it. So I ditched it. I would wear some powdered foundation, or MAC studio (screams 90’s right?) or BB cream and occasionally toss in some blush and mascara. But I was an athlete and still never really knew what I was doing. So I really never took the time to educate myself or see what worked for me. Continue reading

DISCOVERIES

It’s been quiet around here, I know. *slightly defeated shoulder shrug*

We got hit with a nasty cold a couple of weeks back. Did you experience it? It was spreading like wildfire and made everyone miserable. We recovered just before Spring Break, phew. Traveling long distances with the twins has been tough, as it often can be with young ones, and our littles definitely didn’t make it easy for us. BUT, I think we are over the hump. We went on our annual spring break road trip up the California coast to the Bay. This years trip was a huge success! We even left the stroller at home, which is huge for us. Matt and I were pinching ourselves at the ease of the entire trip considering how much we did. It was a total whirlwind. I plan to share all the details next week but if you want a sneak peek you can see some of our adventure here and here.

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DISCOVERIES

Oh Friday, I am so glad you are here.

This week has been challenging to say the least. But we made it through. Fridays are always great, not only because it’s the start of the weekend, but Matt has a half day at work. Having him home early is like starting a three day weekend. I’m not gonna lie, I can’t wait to have an extra hand helping me with the twins potty training.

Having Henry and Ella running around without pants all week has me wishing for summer, in the strangest way. It might have a bit to do with the summer style browsing I have been doing all week while waiting for the kids to use their potties.

Serena and Lily released some of their summer line and I am loving their new Palisades Chair. Just hand me a mojito and towel and I’m on vacation.

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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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