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!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Magical Wellfleet

Michael and I first visited Cahoon Hollow on the Outer Cape on our honeymoon. He grew up in the Upper Cape and I loved taking him somewhere he had never been. We were going to go on his birthday but decided to go our first night on the Cape.

We had dinner at The Beachcomber which is a raucous seafood shack that plays bad eighties music but has amazing lobster rolls and unparalleled views of the ocean. It is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore and was grandfathered into this protected, historical area so it really is one-of-a kind (there are no other beach restaurants in this area.)

Bringing the girls to a place that we had visited almost ten years ago exactly was one of those lifetime moments. Thinking about how we have changed together, individually, and marveling at the creation of our two wonderful daughters gives me goosebumps.

We visited twice on our trip. The first night was extra special as it was the eve of Michael's 40th birthday and we had just met up with some old friends who had traveled there from Seattle to celebrate with us.

After dinner, we walked down to watch the beautiful sunset. The light changing from bright milky pastels to bolder colors with every ticking moment. There was a little fire that someone had built but the beach was deserted other than two surfers and a lone seal making it's way down the coastline. The children ran down the dune to the beach with abandon, watching the seal and gathering tinder to keep our little fire burning. It is wonderful, as we go along in this life, to collect these magical places. To close our eyes and imagine every last detail and feeling of it. I have a few and this is one I cherish.

During our trip, I came across a trove of old photos at an antique store. Many moments came and went after that but I found myself lying in bed one night in the hotel thinking of those photos. The family stories behind them and how they were left in a wooden box under the care of someone they never knew and would maybe make there way into the narrative of a whole new family. I couldn't help but think of our family photos ending up in a box years down the road. At some point our stories will have been told here on earth even though we never believe that could possibly be true. Placed in this context, it was easy to remind myself that I might never again find myself on this lovely beach. And if I did, the girls would be older, I would be older and we will have certainly changed. There are many ways to lengthen your moments and savor them when you realize that they are singular and won't happen again.

Thanks to our friend Shannon Roddy for these two photos of our family. They capture the spirit of our family in a way that I can see so clearly.