Something Every Backyard Should Have…

Water Table // Swimsuit // Water Shoes

Hi Everyone!

It is feeling a lot like summer these days! This weekend it was really hot and Lila basically lived in our backyard playing with her water table. This water table is amazing because it comes with so many toys and the second level rains water onto the lower level, which is sure to get a squeal out of your toddler. Living in California, this is a MUST HAVE with baby. I don’t know how I waited this long to get one. I am such a huge fan of this thing and it’s basically like a built in babysitter because this lady is outside for hours splashing away.

 

We had my family over this weekend it is such a hit with all the cousins. It’s so cute because the first thing they want to do when they get here is change into a swimsuit and run to the backyard. Thankfully we have a cemented backyard so it’s very easy to let the table drain onto the cement and clean up is a breeze.

I hope everyone had a good weekend that involved water!

*Thank you to Step2 for gifting me this item as part of the Step2 toy tester program.

^ Cousin Vera borrowed her swimsuit that is a size too big 🙂

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Matcha Matcha

My Dress // My Shoes // My Tote // Lila’s Dress // Lila’s Shoes // Lila’s Backpack

Hi Everyone!

After a long week at home recovering surgery it felt so good to get dressed in something other than pajamas and hit the town. The second Jake got home from work we went to our local mall so that Lila could run around freely and I could get some fresh air. I wore my new dress from Olive Ave and it instantly became my new favorite. I seriously want my closet to have 20 of these dresses in different colors and patterns. It is comfortable and perfect for adventures.

Thank you to everyone for your sweet comments, messages, and emails with well wishes. Every single one of them lifted my spirit! I can’t wait to feel 100% again. My family has been a huge help this week, whether it was entertaining Lila or keeping me company. I have the best parents and siblings and it’s times like these that make me love them 100x’s more.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

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My Mother’s Day Wish List from Kay Jewelers

 

Hi everyone!

Mother’s Day will be here in a few short days. I love Mother’s Day because I have so many wonderful childhood memories of me and my siblings coming together to make the day special for our mom. We would start the day by going to church together in the morning, then taking her out to lunch, and then giving her the special gifts we had picked out for her. I loved making my mom feel special and also loved the quality family time we had together.

Since becoming a mother, I have appreciated my own mother in ways I never did before. All the great times, and all the not so great times. I know my mom was just doing her best and I appreciate her more than ever. So this Mother’s Day I wanted to spoil her with a piece of jewelry that she totally deserves from  Kay Jewelers. My mother is strong, brave, and loves fiercely. I wanted the piece of jewelry I picked out for her to match those qualities of hers.

I remember when I was a little girl I would go through my mom’s jewelry box and make her tell me the story of how she got each piece. Most of her jewelry was from my dad when he returned home from traveling. I loved being in her room and looking at all of her beautiful jewelry, and looking back this is such a sweet memory of mine. Simple moments of her telling me the story that went along with every necklace, bracelet, or earring she owned. Jewelry is so timeless, and I hope that one day I get to share one of these sweet moments with my daughter.

I think no matter what mom is to you, Kay Jewelers has an option to make this a Mother’s Day she will never forget with a huge selection and something for every budget. Here are just a few options from Kay that would make any moms day:

 

1) Diamond Earrings  /  2) Diamond Earrings  /  3) Diamond Bracelet  /  4) Diamond Bracelet  /  5) Diamond Necklace  /  6) Diamond Necklace

Happy Shopping!

*Thank you to Kay Jewelers for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

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Four Unforgettable Mother’s Day Gifts

 

Hi everyone!

Since Mother’s Day is just around the corner I’m sharing with you some of my favorite, unique gift ideas. I even have some exclusive coupon codes for you so scroll to the bottom of the page if you just can’t wait.

Shopping for Mother’s Day gifts has always a been a fun tradition for me and my siblings to do together, but since becoming a mom it has been even more fun because I know I’ll be getting something the morning of too. By the way, mark your calendars, because May 14th is Mother’s Day! That’s right it’s less than two weeks away so without further ado let’s get shopping!!

 

 

Vichy: This is new product I recently discovered and it because an instant must have item for me. MINÉRAL 89 is a new generation of moisturizer, that combines 15 Mineral Rich Water with Hyaluronic Acid to fortify skin and make it more resistant to visible aging caused by environmental factors. Can I hear a heck yes?! This is like magic in a bottle and everything I’ve been looking for. My skin instants feels a boost of hydration and I’m left with more vibrant, healthy looking skin. Who is else is chasing the ‘glow’? I switched out my regular moisturizer for MINÉRAL 89 and I apply 2 drops spending with outward movements from the middle of my face, without applying too much pressure. This is my new favorite face moisturizer.

Exclusive offer! get 20% off and free shipping – Code: BABBLE – valid through 6/30/2017 – over at Vichy

 

 

 Sabon – Butter Hand Cream: You really can’t go wrong giving your mom a hand cream. Sabon’s signature Butter Hand Cream is perfect for any mom because it is super nourishing and will also soothe, protect, and heal busy hands. The consistency is think and creamy and soaks into your skin for a silky soft touch. If that isn’t enough reason to be excited about this one then let me paint a picture of the fresh, sweet scent of almond and the gentle notes of vanilla. Ahhhh. Reminds me of a warm and cozy memory with mom. Sabon is enriched with shea butter for healing and intense hydration. In case you didn’t know shea butter is amazing! It is known to reduce inflammation and heal many skin conditions. If I am looking through ingredients for a hand cream, she butter is the first thing I look for. The size o the bottle is perfect for a nightstand table or as a travel size item or on the go.

 

 

 

23andMe: This one was a no brainer to tell you about since both of my parents just broke down their DNA with this ancestry kit. We don’t know most of my mom’s family and it was super useful information to learn about my family background. Some cool things you get to learn are: your ancestral origins, see where your ancestors lived 500+ years ago, and see how each of your biological parents contributed to your ancestry composition. Cool, right? And a totally unique and awesome gift! It’s really easy to do too all you have to do is provide a saliva sample from home and mail it in (prepaid postage included.) Easy peasy lemon squeezey.

Exclusive offer! Get $20 off through 5/14 – No special code needed – over at 23andMe

 

 

A JaffeThis last gift idea has a very special place in my heart. This custom map necklace marks with a diamond the exact location of a very special memory, the place of Lila’s birth. On the back of the necklace I have her name engraved and one day when she is older I plan on passing it down to her. I have so many wonderful memories in this city and I love having this piece around my neck. All of A Jaffe’s sterling silver custom maps include a small diamond that mark the exact location of a special memory, and a custom message is also engraved on the reverse side. You can choose any location in the world, and mark an exact spot with a diamond. This is the perfect Mother’s Day jewelry gift because it is something personalized, unique, and unforgettable.

Exclusive offer!  Buy one. Gift one. Buy a Sterling Silver Round Pendant with a Diamond and get a second one free. Code: MD53MAP – Add both pendants to the shopping cart and then apply the promo code and receive the discount. Chain and back engravings are not included. Multiple offers do not apply. This exclusive offer is valid until 5/24/2017.

 
* Thank you to BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Singe Edition Media for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

 

** Coupon Code Round Up:
  • 23andMe – $20 off through 5/14 – No special code needed
  • Vichy –  20% off and free shipping – Code: BABBLE – valid through 6/30/2017
  • A Jaffe – Buy One, Get One. Sterling Silver Round Pendant with Diamond – Code: MD53MAP – valid through 5/24/2017

 

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The Shop Up: Blogger Breakfast

 

Hi Everyone!

On Monday morning Lila and I attended a super fun breakfast for LA Bloggers at the Springs in Downtown LA. After the breakfast we got to spend a whole hour getting meet and mingle with our favorite brands. It was such a fun morning and Lila loved all the pink donuts, glitter tattoos, and fun crafts. I’ve rounded up my top favorite shops and I can’t wait to share them with you!

 

  • Tula: I never owned a Tula until two days ago, and I have to say- I’m hooked! It is so comfortable to wear my 30 pound toddler in and the prints/patterns are beyond cute. It was so fun getting to meet some of the girls and have them show me all the amazing products they offer besides carriers. Their swaddle blankets are beyond soft. Love em so much!
  • Minnow: Lila has one of their swimsuits and it was so fun to meet the mama behind the brand. Her suits are the absolute cutest! A must have for summer.
  • Alice + Ames: I’m sure this is obvious, but the couple behind Alice + Ames are total goals! If I was still single and I met them, they would make me want to get married and start a family before I went to bed that day. Seriously the most beautiful family inside and out. So no surprise that their dresses are perfection. I got Lila a leotard dress and she has worn it nonstop since. I think I may have to stock up because it’s all she’ll wear.
  • Zozu Baby: If Lila is wearing bows, there is a 99% chance they are Zozu Baby bows. Why? Because they are the BEST bows. I have gotten a lot, like a lot a lot, of bows for my little girl, but nothing compares to these. We can’t get enough of them. It was so fun to meet Sandy in person and get to squeal over her new patterns coming soon.
  • Sakura Bloom: I have a few ring slings that I love so I knew I was going to love Sakura Bloom. I got a darling gray linen sling in my gift bag and went to their booth to have them fit me. They helped me put Lila in the sling and tightened it to me and I swear I could have done an entire workout with my 30 pounds slung to me. It was amazing! Those girls are pro and I need to call one to come fit me every day. Haha.
  • Seedling: We love our friends at Seedling and all their fun activities for toddles. Their craft area did not disappoint and Lila made about 5 pom pom necklaces. They have the cutest new toddler activity kits too! Perfect gift for any birthday party coming up!
  • Rose & Rex: I saved the best for last! My friend Allie runs the worlds most fun and lovely toy shop. She curates the shop with the best, most innovative brands and to top it all off she is so fun and lovely in person just like her brand. We love you Allie! If you’re looking for some super cool toys to distract your toddler long enough so you can go to the bathroom alone click here.

Thanks for reading!

*Photos via Babycinno Kids

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Toddler Fashion Favorites with Wilshire + Cooper

Dress // Shoes // Tote

Hi Everyone!

Today I am sharing with you my new favorite online store to shop for Lila. I love shopping online for her because if I find something I think like, I can very quickly see how others are styling it on Instagram and that helps a lot when everything toddler sized is so stinking cute and I can’t decide. I ordered her a few pieces from one of my favorite brands and in these photos she is wearing the dress. I ordered it size 18-24 months even though she is in 2T and as you can tell from the photos it fits her great even though it’s one size small. The dress is naturally suppose to be a bit flowy, so I love that instead it is fitted. It’s easily my favorite piece in her closet right now.

I got her dress from Wilshire + Cooper.  They are a new online destination for designer kids appeal and accessories, offering unique and designer brands from all over the world. The range is from handmade to runway fashion, so there is something for everyone. With one browse you’ll recognize some of your favorite brands and find brands that you can’t believe you didn’t know existed. I love that all my favorites are now in one place at Wilshire + Cooper.

Check on my Instagram for how I style the rest of the pieces I got her. Have a great week!

*This post is in partnership with Wilshire + Cooper

**Wilshire + Cooper     website | facebook | instagram

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Mother’s Day with Bouqs

Above And Beyond Bouquet

Hi Everyone!

Today and just in time for Mother’s Day I am sharing with you my favorite flower shop! The Bouqs Co. is a Venice CA-based flower company that ships beautiful ‘Bouqs’ from their farms directly to customers. Living in Los Angeles I love shopping at small, local shops around me. All their farms practice sustainable, eco-friendly farming, and they cut only what they sell – so they don’t waste 1 out of every 3 stems like others. Who can’t get on board with that?! So awesome.

Every year for Mother’s Day my mom gets a bouquet for me and this year I’ll be getting her one for BOUQS. I also like to get one for my sisters, closest mommy friends, and even my neighbor. Because who doesn’t like getting flowers? I love giving them almost as much as I love getting them so today I am sharing with a very special 20% off code so that you can check a special woman in your life off your list. You can use code: XOCELESTEWRIGHT for 20% off your order. You’re welcome 😉

 

One of my favorite parts of motherhood is watching Lila blossom. Lately she has become so outgoing and so sweet to other children and it really makes me proud to be her momma. I love looking over and seeing that she is sharing with other children or that she is helping a smaller kiddo do an activity. She also loves babies when they are in their carseats and will be so sweet to them. I really love watching her personality develop and seeing her sweet spirit grow. I am so happy to be her momma!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you lovely mommas out there. Xoxo

*Thank you to BOUQS for sponsoring this post.

**You can use code: XOCELESTEWRIGHT for 20% off your order

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JuJuBeach

 

Hi everyone!

Yesterday afternoon we attended Ju-Ju-Be’s annual Ju-Ju-Beach event at a beautiful private estate in Laguna Beach, CA. We were greeted by a massive ballon archway that led into the beach house. The balloons were so bright and added an instant element of FUN.

Lila and I had our own beach chairs under an umbrella with a perfect view of the beach ahead. There were sand toys everywhere and Step2 water tables which was so, so fun! The beach was closed off to the public, which gave me a huge sense of security to let Lila run free. She loved dipping her toes in the water and collecting water in her bucket to bring back to the water tables.

The food was beyond perfect for beach day. Who can resist a grilled cheese bar? I added avacado, argue, tomato, spinach, and seasoning to mine. It was the best grilled cheese! There was also chips with dips and all the guacamole you could eat.

It was a nearly perfect day with our friends. Thanks to Ju-Ju-Be for hosting us today!

Till next time..

*Photos by Jeffrey Repreza

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Easter at The Langham Pasadena

Egg Hunt

Last year Lila had her first real experience with attending egg hunts and immediately we knew that she had some special feelings for Easter. Since that day we’ve kept a basket of easter eggs in her room and she has played with them consistently all year long, so much so that she has opening them down to such a science that we can’t get them closed again fast enough for her. The most special egg hunt for her was undoubtedly the one that took place at the Langham, and it seemed like every time she played with her eggs throughout the year we talked about going there again, so we knew as it came around the corner we had to make it a tradition for our family.

 

This year Lila appreciated the egg hunt even more, and displayed her skills like a pro when she got out on the lawn. The only thing that held her back was the size of her basket which was quickly overflowing. She really made the most of it and enjoyed every minute. I have no doubt that the egg hunt at the Langham is the best not only in Pasadena, but anywhere that I have ever been. Everything about it is perfect from the location to the eggs and their prizes, and even the adorable outfits on all of the little ones, this egg hunt is truly on another level.

 

Petting Zoo + Train Ride

In the immediate vicinity of the egg hunt there were so many fun things going on that were all geared for the little ones. The petting zoo they coordinate is seriously ADORABLE! They not only have bunnies and chickens, but sheep, baby goats, ducks, piglets, and a baby cow! Lila couldn’t get enough of the baby bunnies and spent way too long just petting them and talking to them like she does with her stuffed animals at home. Right next to the petting zoo they had the best Easter Bunny who was being so cute with all of the kids that were there, so when the line wasn’t too long we ran over so that Lila could get a photo with him. Usually she is a little bit skeptical of costumed characters at first and doesn’t like to get too close, but she ran right up to him and gave him a huge hug for the better part of a minute and wouldn’t let him go. Did I mention yet that this kid loves Easter and can’t get enough of the Langham?

To top off all of the activities on the lawn they have badminton, croquet, and a full on train ride! Last year we had a blast riding the train as a family and Lila remembered it well because she was asking for the train ride before it was even in sight. Long story made very short we rode that train somewhere between 8 and 10 times throughout the morning and you know what, it never got old! Lila was so excited and loved riding in a different color car each time, she couldn’t get enough of the conductor and appreciated it every time he made a “toot toot”.

 

Brunch

If there was one part of our stay that I have to admit I was most excited for, it was the brunch. What can I say, I’m a sucker for a waffle bar. As excited as I was and as high as my expectations were, the brunch was even better. Every single thing I tasted was delectable from the sushi and seafood bar, to the omelette station and the expansive table of breakfast foods. Sometimes I struggle with buffet style dining because I feel like they do an okay job at a lot of dishes, but don’t really have a focus. That was absolutely not the case here, it was as if they had one chef devoted to each particular dish and nothing felt like it was just a filler.

Beyond all of the amazing options in the main dining room they had the most adorable selection of pastries and an entire section of foods for kids. The kids corner was not only perfect for Lila’s taste buds, but they even had it set up low to the ground so that she was able to feel involved with the selection. Their whole set up was genius because Lila ate more in one sitting than I have ever seen her eat, and she’s an amazing little eater!

Of course the literal icing on the cake was the gigantic display of incredible desserts. I thought I was too full from the several plates I had already eaten to even think about sweets, but after one look I found myself getting one of everything to try, and making a couple of quick trips back to the chocolate fountain for another skewer of strawberries. I know I shouldn’t have, but hey, Easter only comes once a year and, well, I deserve it!

 

 

All in all we could not have imagined a better way to spend easter as a family than what we actually experienced at the Langham. The hotel is like a palace from my dreams, Lila literally referred to it as her “beautiful castle: throughout our entire stay and said “were homeeee” every time we walked into our room. The staff were amazing, the food was fantastic, the scenery was breathtaking, the mattress was heavenly, the people were friendly, and Easter was magical because of it. The Langham can count on seeing us again next year, and the next, and every one after that.

*A very special thank you to the Langham Pasadena for hosting us this weekend.

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Easter Celebration with Tubby Todd x Seedling

Hi everyone!

Today we went to a special Easter event hosted by Tubby Todd x Seedling. Both brands are female run and make amazing products! I was big fan of both brands before today, but now that I know the amazing team behind the scenes I love them so much more. On the agenda for today was cookie decorating with FoodStirs, hand on playtime with Seedling Little’s Creative Play Kits, and an Egg Hunt with baskets from Plum and Sparrow. We had a great morning seeing some of our favorite faces and getting aquatinted with new ones as well. I love seeing Lila run around with other kids her age and engaging in the activities.

Thanks for reading! Who’s excited for Easter?! 🙂

*Photos by Emma Feil Photography

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