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Layla’s Second Birthday on the Beach

Please don’t hold it against me when you’re older, Layla! Ok, so you didn’t get a big blow out birthday like your sister did when she turned two… but you did get to celebrate your second birthday on the beach – and that’s your favorite place ever. And with cake. And with Uncle Chris documenting it for all of us.

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Thanksgiving Table Decor, Holiday Cocktail

San Diego isn’t known for its changing seasons but we were still surprised to wake up to 85 degree weather on Thanksgiving Day. A quick poll of our guests and we unanimously decided to eat our feast outside. Luckily our thanksgiving table decor translated well to our backyard picnic table.

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Birthday Trip to Valle de Guadalupe – Mexico’s Wine Country

You know how it is when you keep hearing about a certain place over and over and finally decide you can’t ignore it anymore, right? Well that was Valle de Guadalupe for me. For the past two years, I have been hearing about this GORGEOUS wine country just south of the border and it was time to see it for myself. My birthday was coming up so what better excuse?

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ONEderful Layla – A whimsical floral first birthday party

Since we’re heading out of town for Layla’s actual birthday and the weekend immediately following, we decided to do an early celebration in San Diego and invite some close friends. Because the party fell almost two weeks before Layla’s actual birthday, I’ve had more time to wrap my head around the fact that she’s ACTUALLY turning one. I can’t tell you how hard it is for me to believe!

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2 year Blogiversary !!!

Two years ago I hit publish on a post I called “Motherhood and Confidence” and decided it was time to share my work-in-progress blog with the world. It was actually more like a few family members and instagram friends but nevertheless, just as scary. Although I haven’t posted as much as I’d like lately, this little blog is still super important to me: a place where I can share information, relate with other moms, meet new people… and a creative space that’s all mine. 🙂 Read more

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Making over the to-do list

I started this year in sort of a funk. We had just come off a chaotic (albeit fun) 2 ½ weeks home with our families, Layla was nap-regressing and colds and coughs were on heavy rotation in our house. I was far from as organized and centered as I dreamt I would be starting the New Year. Apparently this is a Mercury retrograde thing so I may not be the only one who was (is) feeling like I’m still playing catch up, and feeling unsettled and scattered. Or maybe it’s just a Mom thing.

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Rambling Thoughts on Sleep Regression

I know better. I’ve been through it before. I know well enough that it might feel like the end of the world but really it’ll be such a small tiny blip of time in the grand scheme of things. I even knew it was coming so I wasn’t surprised, and yet here I am, starting to feel overwhelmed by it again.

The dreaded 3 to 4 month sleep regression. 

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All About Them Sprays: My Favorite Nontoxic Spray Products

I’m loving any product that comes in a spray bottle lately. Well, as long as the ingredients are clean and effective of course. All about convenience here. With a newborn attached to me at all times, fast and easy is what I need. Here is a quick rundown of my favorite nontoxic beauty spray products, all of which I use daily!

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