Category Archives: LIFESTYLE

Stress Free Travel Prep

March 2, 2015

HAPPINESS / LIFESTYLE / Travel / Uncategorized

IMG_3841-1-2Do you stress about travel preparations…packing, planning and leaving your home? I LOVE to travel but I TOTALLY go nutzo in preparing! Here are a few things I’ve learned to let go of and simplify to properly ease into a vacation.


I may or may not have been known to stay up all night before even just a weekend trip, packing, cooking and cleaning my whole home to spotless perfection. EW! I’ve changed. HA!


Order in the night before so that kitchen cleanup is out of the equation. I am big on cooking a full-on meal nearly every night. I really feel like it’s my job to make homemade meals for my fam. I also get overwhelmed if I have to do this the night before a trip. 


I have a travel toiletry bag pretty much ready to go at all times. 

OK, confession, I kind of have a zippered carryon bag ready to go too. Refill your Airborne tubes etc as soon as you get home from the trip so it’s rearing and ready for the next one!


I always make a shopping trip to get a few fun new things for the vacation arsenal. Here are a few of my faves for this trip:

Bite in Madeira high pigment pencil. A girlfriend whipped one of these fancy, smooth twist pencil hues out on a shopping date a while back and I stumbled upon it at Sephora. LUSCIOUS!!! I LOVE the texture this stuff and the twist/pencil design is really cool. 

My sister once said she had a MAC lipstick that was basically the exact color of her lips and loved it. THIS is what this color looks like on me. If I were a celebrity doing one of those “makeup free” ads, technically I could wear this and not be wearing makeup.

Maison Du Soir Ibiza Floral “dress.” This is going to be a beach coverup, day cruising casual dress and possible a nightgown as well. SO easy to wash in the sink and so comfortable. Heck, “SO HOT RIGHT NOW, Hansel!” I based my mani and pedi on it yesterday. 

Bowtie for Grant (Target). Similar HERE.

Today we are cruising in the Caribbean for a week and then we have a week in Florida. My husband has turned me into a cruiser! I had heard about it for years from my friend, Linda who does an annual ladies cruise with her girlfriends. I had avoided them because after my Navy days, sailing around for a week was work! Well, now I get it! 

Please share your trip prep rituals!!!




December 8, 2014

LIFESTYLE / Travel / Uncategorized

P1010087-6P1010068-5P1010092-7P1010097-8P1010007-1-2 P1010025-2-4-2 P1010034-2-2 P1010061-3-2After a week in the jungles of The Big Island near Hilo, we came to stay a week on Kauai. This island was too fun to photograph!! I was in love with the treehouse we stayed in. The finishes were so beautiful. The bottom photo is from our bedroom patio. We were there only for a little over a week but I felt like it was our home. AH! Going on vacation really gave us time to connect and be the most present with each other that we have been since having Grant. Vacations always give us a lot of clarity on the next steps in life too. I’m so recharged with fun new goals and a more positive attitude!!! Gah! Happy Monday!!

Sisters and frappuccinos

September 22, 2014

LIFESTYLE / Uncategorized



IMG_6665-2We moved this week and it was a doozy! Normally, as a person who has moved a zillion times, it takes me 3 days to make a house look like we’ve lived there for 10 years. Right now our place looks a bit like a crack den. HA! Well, I LOVE this crack den and it is our home now. 

My sister came down from Seattle to hang with us for things like the cable guy taking 5 hours to wire our home. [We were expecting him to ask to stay for dinner.] She really reminds me to relax more and stop worrying about things like how drinking a caramel frappuccino might ruin my life.

I think the most fun was dragging our feet and laughing through IKEA. Oh maybe it was eating incredible sushi together (toro and something called a tater tot). OR coming into the room seeing her holding Grant, looking unsure but so perfectly soothing him with spit up going down her arm. I just wish she lived closer. When we are together I try to do everything with her in just a few days. 

We took a slow walk and snapped some pics. The clouds were AH-MAZING after the million degree heat wave this past week. I love being close to green stuff. 

Thank you very much for the awesome support and friendship!!! 


August 14, 2014

LIFESTYLE / Style / Uncategorized

Decor Updates
I’m posting on Mondays + some more nowadays. Today, after months on a wait list, I’m co-hosting Ashley of the Grits Blog’s “Little Friday” linkup. Ashley just lost her beloved dog and I’m sending her lots of love. 

Well…this is what happens when you are breastfeeding in the dark at 2 a.m., you troll Pinterest and fantasize you’re in one of those gorgeously decorated rooms. These pieces are completely overdone and so of course, I love them and must have them.

I see something 4 times = I covet.

You may recognize the rug from my profile photo background. P.S. I’m standing in that photo and only later realized it looked like I was lying down. It’s the West Elm Souk Rug. Well, funny thing…this was taken at a WEST ELM! HA! Please don’t turn me in, they would probably want to sue me or something for using their store in L.A. as my photo location. Look, honestly we just took the photo for the great lighting and it ended up being a good pic! Yes?

Campaign dressers remind me of something my grandparents may have. I want one in white! You can find some Ikea Hacks for making one of your own. A double would be really cool for a changing table. People do cool refurbishes of Craigslist finds. That’s something I may have done before a baby but unless I can breastfeed a wooden dresser into white laquer, I’m going to have to buy one this way. 

These Turkish Kilim pillows are SOOOO pretty and there are a bazillion color combos and patterns to choose from. I “favorited” some on Etsy and the shop owner of Ottoman Dream contacted me saying he’d give me free shipping if I ordered a few of them. Note to self: favorite anything I may want to order!

I’m pretty sure you can find a good sheep skin throw at Ikea too.

The pouf. OK, so it’s official, Morraccan is IN. From rugs to these pretty ottomans/extra seats. I love when they pair these with a glider in a baby room. They come in tons of colors. You can find deals on ETSY.

The chairs? Chris would DIE. This will never happen in our home. 

P.S. I just loaded this new design. There are some bugs I’m working out. If you find some, please let me know! Thanks!! XO


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I’m A Ninja

July 21, 2014

LIFESTYLE / Uncategorized

Mall Mall-2

Mall-4Chris had a rock bottom closet moment yesterday=it has been 2 years since we went clothes shopping and everything was faded and shrunken. 

We literally updated his wardrobe by purchasing the EXACT same clothes in today’s versions. Black polos are a bit longer now and blue shorts are a tad shorter. We are the same people. 

What did I buy? Nothing. Why? I’m a ninja.

I live in a black moby wrap on top of a Target black tank and Old Navy black maxi skirt that is super pilly. Chris said I need an attachment for a sword. 

I’ll buy some clothes in about 17 pounds. Yay.

Heaven Surprises

July 14, 2014

LIFESTYLE / Uncategorized

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P7130037 P7130028 P7060001What’s scary? Getting to heaven and finding out that aluminum antiperspirant is totally harmless to the body. That’s one of my greatest fears. All those years where I struggled though natural, virtually ineffective deodorants. The countless awkward hugs I had to give people where I kept my elbows pinned to my sides-the kind that make the other person self conscious of their breath. I look like a robot.

I have been using natural deodorants (not antiperspirant) for years since I started grad school for acupuncture where I was surrounded by healthy, smart hippies. In the past few years I’ve gone from dappling quitter to full-blown achiever. 

I don’t smell like patchouli or anything (no offense patchouli wearers). What’s patchouli? It’s what you smell when a blonde guy with bead adorned dreads and no t-shirt skateboards by you in Venice Beach, LA. It’s followed by a wisp of pot smoke. He’s wearing patchouli. Hey, I’m friends these people but I have my own repertoire of alluring scents that I’m attracted to. 

This is my current combo: deodorant, powder. It does the trick for about 4-6 hours in mild temperatures.

Here are some images of the week. I wore real deodorant TWICE, Jen took me to Rite Aid and we had more awesome visitors. I forget to take photos of everyone though (Kate).

Going to Rite Aid felt like NORDSTROM after 6 weeks of shopping for diaper powder online. I got makeup remover pads (for the 1 day a week I wear makeup), floss (2 for $10-WHAT!?), birthday cards, gift certificates (for gifts), the blue polish (Instagram), and 2 scoops of bad/good ice cream.

After coming home from little stints at sea when I was in the Navy I would often get takeout sushi to eat alone on the floor of the apartment where I lived alone. There’s no sitting on the floor nor much alone time on a ship. It was my piece of heaven, including antiperspirant.

Have you ever been away from some creature comforts for a bit? What was the first thing you wanted?