Friendship Goals & Moscow Mules

moscow mule with Absolut Elyx

 

Last month, when one of my besties came to town, I scored an entire weekend of girlfriend time. It was the three of us, reunited. We got a chance to catch up, dine out, shop, wine taste—the works. At first, I was nervous to share that I couldn’t get a babysitter for one of the nights. Though, I knew  it wouldn’t be a huge deal, since my other bestie lives three minutes away and could totally take everyone out. But, I also didn’t want to miss out. When my friends heard that I couldn’t go out, they came over instead. And now looking back at this whirlwind of a weekend, the best part for me was that night. The Saturday evening we spent sipping on delicious cocktails and chatting by the fire, once I put the baby to bed. We didn’t even cook dinner, we just got some burgers! That night made me think about what true friendship between women really is. So I thought I’d share one of my favorite winter cocktails and talk friendship goals and Moscow mules with Absolut Elyx vodka.

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DIY Embellished Jeans

Each season I clear out my closet and part with things that I no longer wear or that no longer fit. These jeans were originally in the toss pile. Although they still fit, I didn’t reach for them in months. They were on the top of a little pile I made, and I walked by them for a few days. Then, I thought about using them to experiment with a trend I’ve been DYING to try—Embellished everything! Sweaters, jeans, shoes, jackets. You name it. You can find them embroidered, or bedazzled. As a trend, it’s a fun one, but would I wear embroidered anything next year? Probably not. So, while I didn’t want to spend the money, I still kind of wanted to get with this trend. It’s also a great way to update a piece in your wardrobe that you might not feel is trendy anymore. A jean jacket can get a new look with a few embroidered roses on it, so could a sweater. For me, it was these jeans and a little bejeweling. Like all of my DIYs, this one is a breeze, with only a few supplies and not too much time. Read on for how to DIY embellished jeans.

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Tips for Hosting Overnight Guests

Tips for Hosting Overnight Guests

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When we moved to our home a  few short miles from the beach, we were happy to discover how many of our friends and family loved to visit. My family especially. Always thrilled to  escape the harsh East coast winter during the holiday season for the sunshine of Southern California. Our friends also like spending the weekend at our home. Biking, eating and relaxing by the beach. And with a guest room, we are always happy to have visitors. Over the years, I adopted a great routine for having everyone stay over. So, I put together a few of my tips for hosting overnight Guests. Read on if you’re planning to have friends and family stay over for the holidays.

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Best of DIY Gift Ideas for the Holidays

DIY Gift Ideas

I love the idea of crafting with friends, or for friends during the holidays. So I thought I would round up some of my favorite tutorials over the last few years as a sort of best of DIY gift Ideas for the holidays. And you know the best part of any DIY I tackle is that they’re usually easy, so this means it’s totally doable for you to run to the store, get whatever you need or even order from Amazon and make some great and fun things for your friends and family this holiday season. Continue Reading…

The Perfect Thanksgiving Cocktail: A Spicy Pear Martini

I know it’s the holiday season because I am a ball of anxiety and I’ve canceled plans with two friends this week, because I just can’t seem to focus on anything but all the holiday prep that I haven’t been doing. What I have been doing though, is thinking about all the cocktailing and the eating I am going to do. We basically roll with the same menu every year, and it’s the only time that I get to have all of this carb loaded goodness. I’ve also spent a lot of time thinking about what I wanted to drink. We’ll be at my house. I’m not driving anywhere and there will be enough relatives for someone to keep an eye on the baby—so this mama can relax. Which is why I  decided to infuse my own vodka with spices and pears, and make up the perfect Thanksgiving cocktail: a  spicy pear martini! We are a week out, which is the right amount of time for you to infuse your vodka with this recipe  over the weekend, and join me in getting tipsy this Thanksgiving!  Continue Reading…

10 Things I Should Have Registered for When Expecting a Baby

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Now that my baby is almost 2 (!), I can finally look back and think about the items I truly needed in those early days. As a first time mom, there were tons of stuff I thought weren’t necessary, only to have to make several trips back to Target to get all the things I didn’t register for.  Now, I’m sharing the top 10 things I should have registered for when expecting a baby, so other mom’s won’t make my rookie mistake!  Continue Reading…

Four Delicious Dinners You Can Make This Week

Four Delicious Dinners You Can Make This Week

Quite a few of  you have asked about our nightly dinners, one skillet meals, what the heck I buy at Trader Joe’s and how I manage get dinner on the table at least 4 nights a week, on most weeks. The truth is that I cheat. Especially over the last year, I started coming up with ways to make this gruesome task easier on myself, and others! And now it still feels gruesome, but also manageable. Read on for tricks, shortcuts and tips to serving up four delicious dinners you can make this week—from everyone’s favorite store, Trader Joe’s! Continue Reading…

Fall Wedding Guest Style Inspo and Five Things I wish I put on my registry

What to wear to a fall wedding

Last weekend we attended a wedding of a long time family friend. All weddings are incredibly romantic and special in their own way, but something about this one has stayed with me.  It’s rare when you can truly see love and tenderness between a couple. A comfort, ease and the simplicity of two people insync and for the lack of better words, meant to be. It was a beautiful ceremony and a gorgeous day for a fall wedding, and we were so honored to be able to attend. Looking through this bride’s registry also inspired this post, because I ended up making a big purchase for myself. And dare I say that it was life-changing? Read on for some fall wedding guest style inspo and five things I wish I put on my registry.

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How to Make an Emergency Kit For Your Home

what to pack in your emergency kit and feel prepared for the worst

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Over the last few months, horrific natural disasters have hit almost all parts of the globe. My heart aches for the hurricane, flood and earthquake victims,  and when I could donate or send even the smallest contribution I tried to do so. I can’t imagine how devastating it is to lose a loved one. To watch all of your possessions ransacked. To stay at shelters and not know whether there will be enough water. To think ahead for how to rebuild your life after such devastation.

As a mom, thinking about other moms who may not have access to food, water and diapers for their little ones broke my heart. Selfishly, it also got me thinking about the importance of being prepared. I’m not sure how ready one can be, but I felt like I had to do something. So short of being a doomsday prepper I thought I would put together a disaster/emergency kit for our home. As a Californian transplant, and  a parent it felt like an important step.

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