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Tiny Ball Chain Rings



So I saw these lovely yellow gold ball chain petite rings on FAB by Gabriela Artigas but of course they had sold out…so when I found them in her online store at $100 a pop (knowing of course I’d want 4, one for each finger) I knew I had to hold off and think about it.

But I couldn’t stop OBSESSING over them. I’d saved the photo + looked at it all the time!! And searched and searched, holding out hoping for a cheaper option but alas never found anything comparable.

So I figured (what I usually do)…I can make that ;)
So online purchased some small gold ball chain and connectors. This being the big difference (aside from the fact hers are yellow gold or rose gold, and mine are gold plated) hers are smoothly finished off and mine have a small connector which hides on the palm side of your finger. But at less than $1/each….I don’t care about the ghetto connector or even if the color wears and I need to make new ones in a month ;) ha!


Love love love them :)


1/2 a day in the life of yours truly


So we have this mama blog – trumamas, but have inevitably grown too busy to keep up on it [sort of like this blog] and are waiting for it to have the right look, feel, etc…I dabble in coming up with headers but just haven’t dedicated any time to it. Anyway, back in Jan I decided I wanted to do “a day in the life” post, since sometimes I look at my strange new stay-at-home life and wonder what the crap consumes the full day or how do I keep my kid entertained…so I took some notes on my iCal and some photos, and figured may as well post it here instead :)

It’s only a half day because my part-time nanny was able to come over last minute that afternoon and I had a ton of prep work I had to do, so I jumped on her offer… Well here goes:

7am – I wake up, our lil man usually wakes between 6:30-7:15am, but Johnny always takes the first shift. He goes and gets him, changes him, gets him morning milk and then brings him up to our bed…so at 7- [again, this day in the life was back from Jan 2nd – so we were still nursing at that point] I bf him and lounge in bed, while trying to catch up on the kindle on my phone. We cuddle and play monster in the sheets + pillows (thus why my kid has such a good “monster” impersonation now…)

8am – we head downstairs for some bfast, [I decided to do this post post-bfast so I wasn’t able to catch any bed cuddles or him actually eating] RWD had a waffle w/ almond butter, some home-made sausage, a handful of cheerios and some craisins. I sneak in a chai and quick bfast for myself while he feeds himself…

8:20 – after bfast, he lounges and plays with toys while I do the am vacuum session (crazy the amount of hair you have with two berners-so we’re on a twice a day vacuum schedule). He’s in the “I LOVE THE VAC” stage so he usually just giggles and chases me around.

8:40 – we climb the stairs, he’s adamant about being able to do it himself at this point, to head up and start some laundry.

8:45 – he also happens to LOVE laundry. And he’s actually quite a good helper, so he hands me everything out of the washer so I don’t have to bend over ;)

it’s weird because I guess back in Jan he wasn’t walking yet either – so :) lil man crawls everywhere after me

8:50 – we head into his room to brush our teeth and get undressed and ready to shower – luckily he actually enjoys brushing his own teeth and is pretty good at it.

9 – the key to a successful shower is having everything prepped, so prior to actually getting in, we set out towels + his clothes so it’ll be an easy transition afterwards…

which includes setting out my own stuff as well – gotta be prepared + efficient w/ a lil person in your life

9:15 – we shower and he does well at just playing on the floor so I can actually get my own shower in…this is the aftermath (not too bad right?)

9:30 – I like giving him a bit of ‘naked time’ so he can air out, this usually is my time to get dressed, brush my teeth, comb my hair – which he uses to explore our room and closet.

9:35 – I realize he’s being way too quiet which means something must be up, so I peak around the corner and yup you guessed it…he’s pissed and taken a shit on the floor. The funny thing about this- I literally do this every morning with him, and of course on the day I decide to document we have our first “accident/s”. Figures right? ..yeh, remember how I prepped his towel + clothes prior thus making the transition easier? Guess the naked time in-between wasn’t so bright – so he hops back in the shower for a quick rinse off…

[sorry, totally gross I know]

9:45 – This time, we go straight to the bed and put on his diaper – I, lucky me, get to clean up his poop and pee on the floor, then head down to his room for lotion + hair combing. He has other plans – which include throwing all this shoes (which don’t even fit his feet) in his hamper

10 – we play a mean game of chase (playing hard hopefully equals tired babe which equals good nap), start a load of his diapers and eventually settle down to read good night moon – his current favorite.

10:10 – after reading it about 3 times, he finally snuggles in and is ready for his nap

10:12 – i lay him down and success!

10:17 – i head downstairs to do a brisk clean up, and sit down to search out good recipes, catch up on my blogs – i check the monitor because i heard noises and yup he’s pulling the blanket over his head playing peek-a-boo with himself…

10:30 – now he’s full on blabbing to himself and standing up – ugh, srsly being at home with your kid all day and not having them nap is pretty much the worst thing ever. 1. you don’t get your own downtime to do whatever and 2. you get to deal with an overly tired kid the rest of the day… so we wait it out and usually make him have at least ‘quiet’ time in his crib the duration of what his nap would usually be or wait until he’s freaking out crying so hard it’s obvious that he’s not going to ever be able to calm himself back down

11 – still not down. =/ but thankfully not crying…

11:45 – just as I’m about to give up (being able to have a distraction like blog surfing makes the time go by WAY too fast) I check the monitor one last time and finally he’s fallen asleep…from the sitting position to a fold over sleeping position.

12:35 – he wakes up :) feeling rested and in a good mood, plus mama got plenty of her own time and was able to eat a peaceful lunch. Not to mention get his lunch all ready to go (fish sticks, broc bites + a small agave/almond butter sandwich)

12:40 – after a diaper change, we pick out a couple stories

1 – after lunch we have a dance party and wait for the savior shelby (our nanny) to come over…in which she magically gets him to play all afternoon, take another great nap + stays sane while doing so ;)

-this is where I headed upstairs to pack up our whole 2nd floor in prep for our floors being torn out and re-done…it’s kind of insane to think how much has changed in the past 2 months, i’ll have to attempt another day in the life next week to see the differences.

*my hipsta camera does this annoying thing where when it shakes (aka goes from my pocket to my hand, or any movement whatsoever) it changes the settings…so sorry the photos are all weird


christmas wish list


So…I tend to be good at buying myself gifts ;) and here’s what hits the top of my list this year. …am I missing anything good?!

8 quart Le Crueuset Fennel Enameled Steel Stockpot, Sur la Table, $55

Baggu Medium Apricot Leather Pouch, Baggu, $40

Ruffled Laundry Bag, Urban Outfitters, $29 on sale

wolf animal hooded cowl hat, etsy – oliviaroyale, $45




so i’m super into manicures lately, which is semi stupid because i’m still at a point where it’s very plausible for me to stick my fingers in rwd’s mouth numerous times a day…BUT i can’t help but 1. use up this last bit of summer for a lil fun like these:

and 2. get anxious for fall and winter parties where i can do it up like these:

…do you have a fav style to do your nails? or do you keep it simple?

a fun way i’ve been mixing it up lately, is just classic solid nails – but my ring finger on each hand (and matching for the toes) a different shade. it’s a much more subtle take to funking it out…


room x room


so finally after living in our casa for a year, i’m ready to start tackling the first step of finally getting there. i am a true believer that you should put a conscious effort into your home. i mean, come on-it’s your home. it should be cozy, warm, reflect your lives, your energy, your intentions…but with that, i also understand that means it’s a forever on-going process. as your family grows, changes, your lives, interest, etc.

BUT this week starts my room x room project.

i’m going to start in our master and work my way through every single room and start putting some of the finishing touches… i actually technically started yesterday when i finally bought some new sheets/duvet cover for our bed. i have an idea for the corner w/ a chair, pillow, rug…our closet + bathroom are pretty finished…just need 1 piece of art for our toilet room…but my biggest challenge is what to put over our bed. part of my wants a family shot…i mean it’s us, it’s our family and that equals our whole hearts. but part of me also thinks that’s a lil corny. what do you think?

what belongs over a bed?

use of a wall decal

clean blank frames

something graphic and romantic

something that promotes sleep?

a collage of something natural and organic?


what do you think? any good ideas for me?


10 yr reunion


ha. so i had my 10 yr high school reunion last night. and actually it wasn’t so bad. there wasn’t a huge turn-out, but it was fun all the same. because of facebook it’s so easy to stalk friends and know what they are up to, so there wasn’t much awkwardness and only a few folks whom i looked at and literally had no recognition whatsoever, many i have know for literally 20+ years — which is super weird to say by the way — since i went from a feeder elementary into a feeder jr. high to my high school…so a lot of it was questions about siblings and parents. :)

i didn’t take any photos…which i semi regret, but again with facebook there really isn’t much of a need. i would say overall – of those who came, a good chunk are exactly how i remembered. the popular girls are still the popular girls, who’s table ‘grew’ by the evening of by-standers still wanting to be included. the boys are still the boys, with their jokes, strong friendship bonds, and entertaining skills. and the sweethearts are still super sweet. overall here’s how my top 5 ┬ápersonal awards break out:

1. sweetest – most definitely gennie meints now mccabe. she married a fellow classmate and just looked so beautiful last night. she’s the sweet kind of soul that makes you smile deep down and i just wanted to run up and hug her.

2. still got it – james walker. he was adorable in school and is still looking good. ;)

3. stepped it up – ryan hill. he was so shy in school and i’m super stoked to see he’s doing so well and has started his own successful small company.

4. wowza – chris alexander or as he now goes by – alexander xtopher. ;) he went from my youngest lil buddy…with dark shaggy hair + big harry potter glasses to gay male model bombshell. i mean dude, looks good.

5. just how i pictured – allison schroeder, now peterson. i’ve known allison for YEARS and she’s exactly how i would picture her now. smart, sweet, successful and w/ a beautiful baby boy, genuine husband + still part of a crazy athletic family



:) it was great to see many that i know i’d have no reason for our paths to cross and wish everyone luck for the next 10 and say ‘here’s to our upcoming 20!’


linen pool towel


i’m what you could consider an impulse shopper. ha. like big time.

i just spotted linen towels on jora’s domestic reflections blog and of course instantly ordered up some for myself. the idea of it seems amazing – and like jora says super multi-function. a towel, a wrap/sarong, nursing cover, blanket, thin cover for the stroller, etc… i can’t wait for them to come!!!

i decided to go with these two

and this one – to be able to see the difference between the cotton and linen versions

and then this set – my size + rwd size ;)

still semi on the hard hunt for a good pool tote too!