Beautiful watercolors

wcelephant2I was looking at Etsy yesterday and came across The Wildlands shop which listed these watercolors, aren’t they beautiful?  They are perfect for a child’s bedroom.  The colors are vibrant but not overwhelming and they all seem so joyous.  And the prices is right!  I thought they might brighten your day!

wcdancer  wchorse wcturtle

Keeping it Krispy

Mad-Men-Nerdist-Bowling-CropI’ve been trying to get some new things going in my life which I will hopefully share at some point in a future post.

But trying to make change can get really hard.  And as much as I want it, sometimes the obstacles feel insurmountable.

I was in a major funk last week and it just wasn’t getting better, even over a few days.  I decided I needed to get out of my head so I started scrolling through my list of podcasts.

One of my favorites is You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes.  I went back through the guests and found two I wanted to listen to.

They helped me get out of my head for a while and gain some perspective by hearing someone else’s story.  It also gave me a little boost of motivation to keep pushing forward so I thought I would share.

The first is with Chris Hardwick who was on MTV with Jenny McCarthy back in the day and then spent many years struggling in his career and in life until he got sober, lost a bunch of weight and started the Nerdist empire.  Just a really down to earth and genuine guy who really loves people and especially other comics.

The second one is with Jon Hamm who was in Hollywood for THREE YEARS before he got an acting job.  And he is really insightful and well-read and I totally enjoyed his perspective.

So if you need something to get you through a funk, too, take a listen.

What do you do to get out of a funk?  Or do you have any podcasts you love that get you through the day?

Falling in love with New Orleans

I was just having a conversation with a coworker about the enchantment that is New Orleans.  She reminded me that before we moved there we watched this video of Ingrid Lucia over and over again.  The song and video say it all.

Who doesn’t want to visit after watching that?

My most popular pin

paintI know I’m not the only one addicted to Pinterest.  I think everyone has a secret obsession with it.  I have my phone set up to alert me when someone pins my pins and weirdly, this is the most popular pin.  Guess there are a lot of baby rooms being painted out there…

What are you obsessed with on Pinterest?

The most versatile skirt

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A few years ago my friend Goh turned me on to the cotton stretch pencil skirt.  What’s great about it is that it is slimming and sexy and looks good on everyone. It usually comes in a variety of colors and patterns so you can add some variety and interest to your wardrobe.

What I love most is that I can dress it up with heels and a blouse or dress it down with chucks and a tee and still feel stylish.  I choose skirts that are primarily cotton which makes them cool and comfy and a great alternative to shorts in the summer.

The stretch factor is key because it means I can still sit on the floor, climb over baby gates and chase after my little buggers without worrying about ripping the skirt, it just bounces right back.

I have this one from Old Navy, classic colors here, trendy colors offered here and why not a polka dot pattern or gingham pattern?

What are your go-to pieces this summer?

Kids and Brushing

My grandma’s boyfriend always said, “Take care of your teeth, they are a direct connection to your physical health.”  He was so wise and I have never forgotten these words.

I want to convey this to my kids and make sure they floss and brush every single day because I know they will thank me for it later (Ack!) but it’s tough to convince a four year old the importance of his oral care.  Which is why I was so excited to come across this adorable book at the pediatric dentist:

bugsIsn’t it cute?!  And the story is good, he was into it while we read it in the waiting room.

How do you convince your little one to brush and floss?

Have a stunning weekend!

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Have you seen these live video feeds that come out of Monterey Bay Aquarium?  What a beautiful way to spend your day.  I really love the Jelly Cam and some very cool things happen on the Open Sea Cam.  Marine life is…stunning.

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The shark and the turtle are both swimming through a huge school of fish which is parting around them!penguinAbsolutely adorable.

Book Nerds

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After I had kids I really struggled to find time to read.  It was super busy and I was tired and when I finally found some time, the book was nowhere to be found.

So just recently I started going back to the library and checking out books but they were inevitably late and I started racking up library fines.  Luckily they are the most forgiving fines.  But still!

That’s when I (re)discovered Overdrive.  I had known about the app but I really started embracing it and now I am a total addict.  I love that the books just expire after 14 days so I don’t have to worry that they won’t get back on time or get lost.  They are always available to me on my phone so I can read whenever I have a spare moment (which means the book actually gets read).  And the apps allow you to adjust brightness and text size so I can read in the dark when I’m putting the kids down or in bed.

Now I have library cards in three municipalities which increases my odds of getting the books I want.  One of them uses the 3M app which apparently it has a smaller library but they are very open to requests.

If you are a book lover and haven’t tried these apps, I highly recommend them.  Although I so miss having a book to hold in my hand, the convenience of reading on my phone is too much to resist.  I guess I need to read more than I need the actual book!

Anyone else addicted?

Best gifts for a two year old girl, the answer might shock you!

islacloseMy daughter is about to turn two and I’ve been trying to figure out what to buy that she will truly love and use and not just another plastic toy that will fill up the toy bin and get played with twice a year.

Here are a few things I came up with in case you might be interested…

Cosco Step Stool

stoolShe is all about being independent so this will allow her to wash her hands all by herself and probably about a million other things like help me prepare food in the kitchen and turn on the lights.  I know she will use this multiple times a day for several years.

PS The reviews are great and someone pointed it out it can double as a seat when you run out of chairs and help you reach things on tall shelves!

Mini Mag Light

flashlightWhat kid doesn’t like a flashlight?  They could play with this all day and night.  This one is pink and benefits  breast cancer.  Can’t go wrong.

Pink Elephant Lunch Bag

lunchbagIsn’t this sweet!? Her lunch bag is too small so a new lunch bag would be a great gift.  Again, something she will use and love every single day.  Kids get very attached to their lunch bags and I can imagine her carrying this around all day.  The design is unique which means other kids in class won’t have the same thing, aka you never take the someone else’s lunch bag home on accident!  Very important with kids in daycare.

Neon Polarized Sunglasses

sunglassesThis may just be my daughter but she loves sunglasses.  Living in the desert I’d love it if she wore them every day.  I will talk to my eye doctor about the best option for a kid but this seems like a good start.  Cute and functional and I believe she’ll wear them all the time.

“Frozen” Thermos Funtainer

thermosWhat is it with Frozen, it has some serious staying power!  She loves Frozen and I want her to love her water bottle because it’s so good for her.  She’ll use this every day.  They have a ton of designs, too.

I got this same thermos for my son (Mickey Mouse design) and it keeps the water nice and cold, is fun for him to pop open, it’s very recognizable and easy to tag with their name so it’s great for daycare.  We also tote it around with us in the car to do errands and we need the water to stay cold, again, it’s the desert.

Prince Lionheart Booster Seat

boosterMy little junebug is very independent, as I said, and no longer uses a high chair but she can still fall out of the big chair.  This seems like it will be a good option to keep her strapped in and still feeling like a big girl.  Absolutely necessary and useful every day!

aden + anais Security Blankets

blanketNot all kids like the satin but she loooves it and it comforts her.  We have a lot of larger blankets but they are hot for the summer.  These little blankets are small and very light and perfect for the (desert) summer and the little elephants are so sweet.

Hmmm, just realizing there’s an elephant theme that’s starting to develop…

Painted Ukelele

ukeleleI’d love for my kids to have an interest in music so I want to surround them with instruments to play with.  This is just her size and so classic.  I’d love to learn myself!

Harmonica

harmonicaIn the same vein, who doesn’t love a harmonica!  This might drive me crazy but I’m willing to give it a shot.

Chatter Telephone

phoneAnd just to have a toy on the list, I had to go with the classic Chatter Telephone.  I think she will love dragging this around and dialing the phone.  I like the idea that my kids would be able to recognize the old rotary phone concept.

I could probably go on forever, especially since I haven’t even mentioned any books which she absolutely loves.  I’ll come back after a few months and let you know what we get from this list and how she liked it!

What ideas do you have that I missed?