la / travel
pretty everything / roundup
you guys know i’m passionate about cute places. i’ve shared my LA guide but the new places come and go and it can be hard to keep up with what’s cool now that i’m a mom and all. but i don’t know anyone who is more passionate about cute places than my friend sophie carpenter. she can spend like every waking moment of her weekend on the hunt for new shops and brunch and has so much more energy for it than i even had at 21! so i thought she would be the absolute perfect person to help contribute to the blog and create some city guides of the coolest things to do and spots to eat and shop.
she lives in one of the hippest neighborhoods of LA, the northeast– so we figured this would be a perfect first section of the city to do a tour of. and if you guys like this, she will totally do more!! just let me know in the comments. Read More
for some reason i get asked a lot about good looking jewelry boxes, i guess people have trouble finding them so i took it on as a challenge. jewelry boxes can get really insanely pricey for some reason, so i did my best to find ones that are mostly under $100. i mean i guess if you’re going to use the same jewelry box for the rest of your life, you could warrant a larger price tag but also, it’s just a jewelry box.
anyway, here are some of my favorites!
interiors / tips
this post is in partnership with harry & david
in october we go sort of crazy watching horror movies (ok tbh we watch them every month) BUT in october i step it up even more. i sort of don’t want to even consider watching a movie or show that doesn’t scare me lol. i don’t entertain much, but movie nights are actually the perfect get together when you have kids because you can do them after the kids go down and people won’t be as loud since they’re barely talking.
i always go overboard with food when i’m entertaining, but no matter what — i try to make sure it’s easy, like for every one item i cook from scratch, i try to buy another one and spruce it up a little. but this time i put together literally the easiest spread ever because everything is from harry & david! i’ve tried their fruit boxes around the holidays before, but i actually had no idea the amount of gourmet food they actually offer as well! almost everything arrives frozen so it’s super easy to just store until you’re ready to serve, making it such a giant help for entertaining and around the holidays. Read More
pretty everything / roundup
this post is in partnership with brooklinen
i looove when fall arrives and the air smells different and you get all stoked for pumpkin patches and pies and ciders and cuddling and wool socks, even when you live in a place where the changing season doesn’t actually seem to look different– well we have one tree nearby that totally changes colored leaves, it’s so cool.
in honor of the new season, i wanted to update my bedroom with some new dreamy brooklinen bedding and share some simple ways to cozy up your own space. Read More
we don’t actually have a cute kitchen trash can because ours our hidden in our cabinet, but i have gotten lots of requests for good looking trash cans! it was a little more challenging than i thought to find good ones, a lot of them are actually the same brand lol. while i was searching for modern kitchen trash bins, i found a lot of cute bathroom/office ones, so i did a roundup for both kinds!
this post is in partnership with this works
while i’m for sure not an expert on sleep rituals, this year i have been trying to focus more on simple nighttime habits to create a more zen like bedtime. stuff as simple as putting hand lotion and lighting a candle, all of those little things add up to create a calming environment for me and i’ve been enjoying it a lot! i don’t always have a ton of time to myself to actually unwind, so those quiet few minutes after arlo goes down are a really nice way to relax before actually getting in bed.
i’m always looking to enhance my routine and i’m so happy to have discovered This Works. besides skincare products, they make pillow sprays that help reduce sleep anxiety and improve sleep quality. their deep sleep pillow spray is designed for people who struggle to fall asleep– it releases an immediate burst of fragrance that is proven to calm a racing mind. Read More
baby / tips
i wasn’t planning on doing a post on this recipe since i didn’t come up with it, but i made it and shared it so many times that i got a bunch of requests for the recipe (which seemed self explanatory to me, but it’s always nice to have a permanent residence for things like this!)
i have been getting way into making pizza the past couple months, but like all my cooking, i’ve struggled with creativity and thinking outside the standard toppings (i usually do pepperoni, mushrooms, peppers, onions etc) but when i saw a pizza from this place mykes pizza in arizona on instagram stories, i was INSPIREEEED.
i still haven’t made my own dough which a lot of you tell me is very easy, i’ll try it soon– i usually mix it up between dough from trader joes, the italian deli near our house, or these flatbread doughs that are insanely easy and i love a crispy flatbread crust. you can do this recipe with whatever dough you want, but i used the flatbread one.
the first night i made it i couldn’t believe that i’d hyped it up so much in my head and it lived up to it. it was super delicious and so easy, and seems fancy enough to serve as a fun appetizer for entertaining too. the next time i made it, i decided to go a lot heavier handed with all the ingredients and i can’t recommend that enough! the bites that have all three toppings are the best bites, and you bought all the ingredients so you might as well cover that pizza!! Read More
such a long time coming, i’ve been meaning to do this post for about a year and i get asked about it regularly. SORRY! we actually didn’t throughly go through the whole house at one time on a baby proofing extravaganza, and as time goes by we might still sometimes decide a cabinet needs to be baby-proofed, etc.
we’ve left certain cabinets and drawers unprotected, because arlo enjoys going through them. now they’re certainly not even close to organized like they once were before arlo, but i also don’t mind him playing with certain drawers because if it means he’ll stay in there and be occupied while i do my makeup in the bathroom or cook dinner, fine by me.
this post has become less relevant now that arlo is more of a capable toddler and less of a baby, but thought i would still share for those of you baby-proofing now!
also, every kid is different. if arlo was climbing on every piece of furniture in the house, or sticking everything he found in his mouth– we might be more adamant about specific safety precautions, so this is just what worked for us!