Tuesday, November 1, 2016

A little Quaker wisdom

I recently read this and have to say there are some on here that jump off the page at me. We always have more self-study to do...

Live beneath your means. 

Return everything you borrow.

Stop blaming other people. 

Admit it when you make a mistake.

Give clothes not worn to charity.

Do something nice and try not to get caught.

Listen more; talk less.

Every day take a 30 minute walk.

Strive for excellence, not perfection.

Be on time. 

Don't make excuses.

Don't argue. 

Get organized.

Be kind to people. Be kind to unkind people.

Let someone ahead of you in line.

Take time to be alone.

Cultivate good manners.

Reread your favorite book.

Be humble.

Realize and accept that life isn't fair.

Know when to keep your mouth shut.

Go an entire day without criticizing anyone.

Learn from the past.

Plan for the future.

Live in the present.

Don't sweat the small stuff. It's all small stuff.

Monday, October 17, 2016

The amazing Aura frame

I just finished putting an Aura Frame in the girls' playroom. It's so amazing to just have my latest trip photos on view within 24 hours of arriving home from Stockholm. It took me five minutes to download the Aura app, plug in the frame, and start syncing images. You can also control which ones are viewed and can switch easily between horizontal and vertical orientation. I'm in love!

 I am sadly one of those people who have a backlog of images that I want to frame. This makes it easy to display them without waiting and we are even adding it to our Autumn nature table. How fun to display only photos that you have taken from past Autumns (and then switch it out to Winter, Spring, and Summer!) Learn more here. 

This is a sponsored post. I only post about products that I would gladly purchase myself. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Autumn at General Store

It's very rare that I am in front of the camera in a commercial sense so it was fun when Hannah from General Store asked me to wear some of their A/W pieces for their online shop. I normally would have shied away from the experience but I really love this shop and thought I'd be brave. I didn't wear any makeup or even really brush my hair so I look kind of wild but I guess that's really how I am. Ha! Here is a snapshot and you can, of course, find more of the beautiful items they carry at General Store. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Clean hands with Seventh Generation

It's a sad thing that my three year old washes her hands better than I do. I can take no credit for this, it is 100% because of her preschool. Even so, I'm appreciative of her dedication and have since had her teach Elodie her ways. 

They sing the A-B-Cs as they clean but now we have these new extra moves.

Top and bottom, in between,  fingers clasped,  our hands are clean. 

I've always used Seventh Generation products in our home and the natural hand washes are a clear choice as they are hypoallergenic and triclosan-free. They also use 100% essential oils and botanical extracts (my favorite is the Hibiscus and Cardamom Natural Hand Wash) but I might be partial as their are so many hibiscus trees here in Southern California!

I have been a long time customer of Seventh Generation and am so grateful to partner with a company that truly cares about the environment on so many levels. Learn more about their #ComeClean initiative here.

Sponsored by Seventh Generation, a brand that I proudly support. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

Bridging to Brownies

I can't believe Elodie is already a Brownie! We formed our troop a little over a year ago and squeezed in two years of Daisies into one. Elodie's favorite things were selling cookies and caroling at a retirement home. I have the best co-troop leaders, and after seven years in Los Angeles, really feel like I have such a great community for my children. We meet at the sweetest Girl Scout Camp in the foothills of the Angeles National Forest and I feel like I'm a million miles away from the hustle of Los Angeles.

I always find the Autumn equinox the best time to refocus on my goals. It gets easy to look up and see the days stream by but I have really been trying to look at things from a long-term perspective and remember what I want to cultivate in my life and model for my children. As mothers we have just so many things we want to do in addition to raising our little families and I've finally let go of the idea of competition. It just doesn't motivate me.

What does motivate me? Well, this manifesto for one:

Turn off your TV.
Leave your house.
Know your neighbors.
Look up when you are walking;
Greet people;
Sit on your stoop;
Plant flowers; 
Use your library;
Play together;
Buy from local merchants;
Share what you have;
Help a lost dog;
Take children to the park;
Garden together;
Support neighborhood schools;
Fix it even if you didn't break it;
Have potlucks;
Honor elders;
Pick up litter;
Read stories aloud;
Dance in the street;
Talk to the mail carrier;
Listen to the birds;
Put up a swing;
Help carry something heavy;
Barter for your goods;
Start a tradition;
Ask a question;
Hire young people for odd jobs;
Organize a block party;
Bake extra and share;
Ask for help when you need it;
Open your shades;
Sing together;
Share your skills;
Turn up the music;
Turn down the music ;)
Listen before you react to anger;
Mediate a conflict;
Seek to understand;
Learn from new and uncomfortable angles;
Know that no one is silent although many are not heard,
Work to change this.

How can you not be proud of yourself if these are part of your core philosophy? What else should be on this list?

Autumn Favorites from Darling Clementine

Autumn is here and we are slowly pulling out our tights and boots and layering dresses. Francesca has been wearing a lot of Elodie's hand me downs which makes me so nostalgic but I can't help but want to get her a few special things of her own with her birthday around the corner.

I've put together a few lovely Autumn pieces from Darling Clementine, a long time favorite shop (run by my friend and fellow mama Lindsay.) Tiny Cottons and Rylee and Cru have my vote for most comfortable.

Clockwise from top left: 
Vintage Black Romper by Rylee and Cru, Maileg Teddy Bear, Fringe vest by Rylee and Cru, Roe Deer Dress by Mini Rodini, Socks by Tiny Cottons, Geometry Chat Dress by Tiny Cottons

Dress from Carlymegan and bow from Hadley Girl

In partnership with the amazing Darling Clementine!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

La Coqueta Fall Edit

One of my favorite children's lines, La Coqueta, asked me to share a few of my favorite pieces from their Autumn/Winter collection. I love that you can outfit head to toe and the nostalgic sensibility. I plan on keeping all the girls dresses for them in case they have daughters. They are too special to give away! (And a few photos of the dresses they wore all summer!)

I also wrote a bit about my summer road trip. You can read more here!