3. These sconces come in a single form and a double version. We have both. The double one is great by the door for more light and the singles give gentle light up the stairway. Dimmers help to set the mood as well!
12. Magnetiles – We have something similar and lots of creative play comes from these.
13. Tonka Tinys – Our three year old boy is obsessed. These come in individual surprise boxes (you can find them at Target near the Thomas the Train toys) or here is a set where you can see the two and get one surprise.
14. Bruder Garbage Can Set– Great for the bathtub, small enough for travel and have had SO many hours of play.
15. Dyson Vacuum – our little 1.5 year old is obsessed with this. It makes a sound when you turn it on and another button makes it really suction (although nothing like the real thing lol).
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One of my favorite easy and relatively inexpensive ways to decorate is with books. Many of these books are under $20 and can make a big impact on your mood when you see the colors, images and titles.
Do me a favor and please scroll up to the photo with Mark on our kitchen counter. Ok, now put your hand over the basket of books. Do you see what a big difference that book makes in giving the space character and a pop? Cool!
***Think in THREES (or just odd numbers) when decorating
How to Style with Books
1. In a basket
I have this wire basket in our kitchen and fill it with the cookbooks I’m currently into. I swap out the front one depending on the mood and color scheme I’m feeling.
Stack odd numbers of book or line up a bunch on a shelf display.
3. Layered with Objects
Add a pretty candle and a decorative object (keeping odd numbers of things in each group) to make a little design vignette. I found these beads at the Long Beach Flea Market from a guy selling tons of sea glass and African textiles. I love to stack potted plants on a book pile too. Get crazy, ok? Ha!
I also love to give pretty books as gifts!
Have fun and let me know about any other beautiful books you love!
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I wanted to create a practical, stylish wardrobe of clothes that I love and actually wear.
**This is for great for anyone who likes classic pieces that last many seasons and above all are comfortable!
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When I cleaned out my closet recently, I found again that I had a bunch of what I call “ideal wardrobe” items that I bought but never wore. These are what I envision myself wearing in my life but don’t really make sense for the life I really lead.
Why I never have anything to wear: Well, I wear jeans and tees but I often don’t want to admit this so I only have 2 tees and like one pair of jeans. lol
I look at things linearly so I applied this to something I find completely mystifying: Fashion. Here is the method I created (that sounds like I’m the only one who’s ever done anything like this…you know what I mean).
“I am happiest when I feel prepared.” -me
Phase I: Identify
I made a list of what I need for my life as a 37 year old stay at home mother of 2 kids (1 and 3 years old) by starting with a list of what I normally do:
My Very Fast and Sexy Life
Morning Walk or Jog alone/Jogging stroller walk with kids
Errands (Grocery shopping/Target)
Date night/Date lunch (like maybe once a month)
Girls Lunch (like once every 2 months)/Family Holidays
Weekends with family (want to look a little cuter than during the week HA)
Categories of clothing:
Leisure wear/Exercise clothes for workouts (leggings, old tees, sports bras, running shoes)
Day wear for the park and errands (tees, jeans, sweaters,casual dresses, jackets, cardigans)
Something cool for a date/girls lunch (blouse, nice jeans, dressier shoes, cardigan)
Wedding/Family photos (dresses)
Phase II Separate
I went through my closet/drawers and put everything on a hanger (besides work out clothes/underwear). I looked at each item and had a moment of honesty with myself, asking if I would wear it for one of my activities listed above.
I have a pile for:
Sell (if tags are still on, if its expensive and in great condition). I eBay or do a consignment store drop off.
If you are interested in more detailed methods of purging or decluttering, this book has a specific clothing section:
Then organize all your items by type: pants, tees, tops, outerwear etc.
Phase III Build
Now that I had a great looking base of clothing, I started studying the items I had been eyeing on my favorite fashion bloggers and store sites to see if they fit into one of my categories. Then I decided how many of each item I would like
Jeans: already own a distressed black pair, distressed blue pair, want a dressy dark pair, a mid priced girlfriend pair and a plain black or gray pair.
Tees: 5 long sleeved for fall/winter; 5 short sleeved for layering here
Tops: already own 2 nice short sleeved blouse type shirts, want a sharp looking striped blouse and a couple ruffle sweaters for dates/lunches/family functions.
Outerwear: I always get carried away here but let myself go a little wild ok?
Shoes: already own Birkenstocks, Free People open toed shoes, booties, running shoes and leisure black Nikes. want white leisure sneakers for park/errands also maybe some slides/mules?
Dresses: already own 2 casual dresses great for layering with cardigans. Looking for a family photo dress/wedding guest dress.
Bralettes: I’m loving the trend of thin and light intimates. Sooo over my super bulky nursing bras. Ha! These are great for peekaboo details with deep V necks or slide-off-the-shoulder tops.
leisure: already own a bunch of work out leggings and tops. looking for a pair of black joggers.
**These items pictured below are a combination of things I own from past seasons, the current season and items I have my eye on.
In general, my most shopped stores are: Nordstrom, Target, Marhsalls, Madewell and a new store you will see linked below that I have been really happily surprised about.
These button up jeans are my “dressy jeans.” They hold me in like a girdle and feel so amazing. I had them hemmed with a classic hem even though they came with a chewed hem. I want to wear them with one of the striped blouses to a girls lunch or date.
The ruffle sweaters are so soft and make me look sharp while feeling like I’m wearing a sweatshirt.
I have a bunch of these cotton long sleeved tops in different colors (striped, navy, gray, white). I added a peplum one in white (in linen blend) to break it up.
I am on the hunt for perfect mule for me and these are the ones that I like out there. The white sneaker is going to be a park staple with my girlfriend jeans.
I always have way too much outerwear but I love it because since i’m usually in a tee and jeans, I love how jackets/vests/cardigans can pull together a look. I also love how I could wear them at any size (pre/post and transitional baby body).
The soft brown cardigan is back this season and its so cozy and easy.
I love these leggings. I also own a bunch of leggings from Marshalls because I need like 5 pairs to last me through the week. Most of my workout tops are day wear tees that are a bit worn. I just slide them into the workout drawer. I even use things like cotton peplum tanks.
This hairclip is the BEST hairlip you will every have. Super sturdy and a very strong hold. I purchase handbags like once every 10 years and wear them every day (Louis Vuitton bag pictured in photo at top of page). I linked a couple certified used ones here. These last forever and go with everything.
You did it!
Please let me know how you cleaned out your closet and what other pieces you are shopping for! What are your staples that have lasted many seasons? Thank you!
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This post is sponsored. All opinions are my own. We received the Stokke Steps high chair system at the start of the year and have used it from bouncer to table. It is a multi component chair that evolves with your growing child’s needs. It has been so practical as well as beautiful!
So there is the main chair component with legs that works like a mini, elevated seat for a toddler. To that, you can attach either the bouncer for when they are newborns OR when they can sit up on their own, you remove the bouncer and attach the Baby Set (seat with the leg holes and harness) and tray.
Bouncer (used alone or attaches to chair as depicted in image above)
Toddler chair (main base that you attach either the bouncer to or the Baby Set and tray)
Baby Set (seat with leg holes and harness)
Padding for Baby Set
Stokke products are BEAUTIFUL! It is very easy to clean because the tray comes off and there really aren’t any cracks/spaces where food can get stuck. It lays flat too which is nice in case you want to remove it and set in down on a surface.
This high chair system has been created so thoughtfully. It’s just smart and easy. My baby is comfortable and I can manage to keep it clean which makes me happy!
There are now so many options to give it a look that suits your family’s personality and decor.
Select color of legs (I chose whitewash there are many great finishes)
Select color of seat and foot rest (black or white)
Select color of bouncer padding (I chose greige)
Select color of Baby Set (the seat with leg holes and harness) black/white/pink
Select color of tray black/white
The bouncer seat works both on its own on the floor and as an attachment to the chair as pictured. I used it to keep Mark near me while i did dishes sometimes and he loved being up high. I was super excited to get a few minutes to catch up on housework.
It was also suuuuper cool to have him in the there next to us at the table while we all ate. He loved that too. The angle and height are awesome.
Plenty of room to easily pull our big baby in an out. The harness is very secure. You can also adjust the size of the baby seating area. It’s just really easy to wipe down and keep clean. The materials are so hardy and resist staining so well.
It is obviously comfortable as you can see, little Mark sometimes naps in it. Ha! The padding was awesome when he was younger and I was feeding him. Now mealtimes are a tornado with Mark feeding himself, so i have removed the pads to save myself some work.
This is a premium high chair and you definitely get a premium product for this price. I use this high chair three times a day and will use it for years. I’m the kind of person who has had the same handbag for 8 years. It looks great still and it should for the price! Ha!
The entire system is a dream. If you are wanting to put some dough elsewhere, the toddler seat, Baby Set and tray are the way to go.
It is a piece of furniture in our eating area. It blends right in. I spend a lot of time with it and I enjoy it so much!
Like many high chairs, the legs spread outwards for stability and that means a few tow jams now and again. Ha!
Premium design for looks and function. Excellent quality. Safe. Easy to clean and keep clean. Versatile. I love this chair and highly recommend it.