Visiting the Farm with the Littles and Planting Seasonal Veggies

The first item I’m checking off of our Fall to do list is visiting the farm with the littles!  A few weeks back the boys and I drove down to San Diego to visit our friends.  We visited City Farmers Nursery, recommended to us by Julia Wheeler.  It was the perfect play date where the kiddos learned about and planted seasonal veggies.  The nursery is such a hidden gem and they provided the perfect setting for our get together as well as the guidance for the seasonal plantings. 

For anyone interested in throwing their own fall planting party, the nursery gave us a list of seasonal veggies to plant.  Some of which include carrots, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, radishes and peas.  Your local nursery should be able to provide some other tips for other veggies that will work in your particular climate.

Now keep scrolling for all of the cuteness with photos by Jennie Corti

This shoot is also featured today on 100 Layer Cakelet

We started out or day with these adorable littles all styled to perfection by Bianca of Bink & Boo and Sunny & Cheer.  She has the perfect eye for vintage and I love the pieces she found for this shoot.  

Now can we talk about the talent that is Brittany, owner of Studio BDR?!  She created this gorgeous invite, the adorable place cards and did all of the calligraphy.  I love her refreshing style and the look of her lettering.

The setting couldn’t be more perfect at City Farmers, that tree is so incredibly beautiful!  It’s an eclectic space with cute little spots around every corner.  We found this little table to hang out at, and set it up for the little ones.  With tabletop from Hostess Haven and gorgeous flowers by Rooted & Wild it couldn’t get much prettier…

Nothing like some pies and donut holes for a little brunch…  Sugar high can commence in 3, 2, 1….

Thank you Butter & Crumbs for so much yum and for keeping our littles on their toes ;)

Now time to plant!!  The kids loved getting their hands dirty and planting their seeds. We bought the seeds at the nursery and had them let us know which veggies would grow best in our climate.  Each little one got their own personalized planting box, how fun is that?!

After we were done planting, it was time for some play!  The nursery has a little play area complete with a see saw, swings and a play house.  It was the perfect way to wind down after all that hard work planting of course!

Kicking off fall in the best way with our kids, can’t wait to keep this list going!!!



Thank you to everyone below!!!


Event Styling & Design: Jacquelyn Kazas from Beijos Events

Creative Direction: Julia Wheeler

Outfits: Bink & BooSunny & Cheer VintageGunn & Swain Mexican Dresses

Photos: Jennie Corti 

Florals: Rooted & Wild

Invite & Calligraphy: Studio BDR

Table top rentals: Hostess Haven

Desserts: Butter & Crumbs

Venue: City Farmers Nursery


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At Home with Jessica Hetherington of She and Wolf

One of my favorite Instagram accounts to follow has to be Jessica Hetherington’s, She and Wolf.  Jessica is a mom of two who inspires me to live my life fully and with grace.  She had her second around the same time I had Cruz and I’ve loved seeing how her and her family adjusted so seamlessly to it.  Jessica and her husband Thomas lived in a beautiful home in Montana and recently moved this past summer.  Since then they’ve been living quite the nomadic life and loving it.  Before they left though they shot these photos and are sharing them with us today!  Keep reading to hear more from this beautiful Mama and her adorable family…

Tell us a little bit about you and your family…

We are a little family of four living in nature and close to the mountains in Montana. We’ve lived in San Diego and in NYC so we thought this spot would be a beautiful change. 

Following you and your brood on Instagram this past year you have lead a nomadic life, talk to us about that and why you love it!

I love being outside and it’s so good for our babies too. It instantly resets your mind, body and soul. I love that Goldie and River can see deer right out our window, catch fish in the River and roam in wide open spaces. We definitely love being on the go to experience other types of life too, beach life in San Diego and city life in NYc. The culture and diversity is a great learning experience for Goldie and I figure we have one more year to travel around until she starts kindergarten. So, we’re trying to live it up!

We know you recently moved out of your beautiful Montana home, why was that space so special to you?

The space was so amazing for us because we had just moved away from our teeny tiny apartment in NYC, we loved it there but we were really craving space and nature. We took a trip to Montana for Christmas and found this giant home for almost half the price of our NYC apartment. We were like….done! So many wonderful memories were made in that home. Goldie had her second birthday there, she finished potty training, learned how to fish in our backyard and we had sweet baby River there.  Those first few days there, those memories are priceless. 

River’s nook in your home was so adorable, talk to us about the design of it…

There was kind of this weird closet type space in our bedroom and I thought…a crib would fit perfect and it’s right by our bed. I wanted it to be earthy and bright so I found objects from outside, textured whites and mirrors. I loved it so much. Gosh I miss that little nook!

How has the past year been adding another baby to the family?  How did Goldie adjust?

Adding a second truly rocked my world at first. It was such a huge adjustment for Goldie and I. Goldie was definitely a little jealous and trying to find her place with the new dynamic. She acted out and I had a really hard time dealing with that because I was like…”Goldie don’t do that!” but I knew she was just having a hard time and couldn’t express her feelings in words. But now, now that he smiles, plays and looks at her like she’s the coolest sister on the planet the world seems just right and full of love again. It took a good 6 months though, totally worth the wait :) 

What is your favorite part about being a mom and what is the most challenging?

My favorite is watching River and Goldie love on one another. I feel like, we created these two beaming souls and there’s so much love!!! I want ten of them when I watch them be so sweet with one another, like right now until they fight or make each other cry then I’m like, two, two is good for now haha

The most challenging. Balance. Feeling like I need to give enough to the babies equally, Thomas and me. Let’s not forget me! I used to be the best at self care, now I think….when did I have time to even shave my legs last? It’s all part of the gig though. I think that’s why I love getting outside with my family

So much because we are together, running around, laughing on a natural high together. All the small stuff disappears. 

What is next for you and your family?!

Gosh, we really are not planners but I think we just found a really cool space to rent for the rest of the year. I’ll find out this week and I can’t wait to share. The space has always been a dream of mine!

Can’t wait to see it!!  Thanks so much for sharing with us Jess!



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By on September 26, 2017 in FAMILY, HOME, LIFESTYLE, NURSERY


Boho Eclectic Nursery and Big Boy Room for the Blashaw Family

My husband and my dear friends JD & Jaimee Blashaw welcomed their second son this past June.  They named him Nate James, which happens to be my husband’s name so he was of course over the moon!  Their older son Jude is just a few weeks younger than Court and JD is Court’s god father.  We’ve been friends long before babies and needless to say, this family is very special to me.

Jaimee was working on Nate’s nursery with her friend Raven Pugh, owner of Coral & Hide, leading up to his arrival.  I got a sneak peek of all the cuteness and fell in love!!  When the time came for newborn photos I recommended the talented Nea Nabayan to Jaimee, but had her promise I could use them for the blog!  When I saw it all I knew I had to share it with our readers so you could see Raven’s talent and be inspired just like me!

Keep scrolling for a little bit from both Jaimee and Raven, and of course all of the gorgeous photos by Nea Nabayan…

 From Mama Jaimee Blashaw…

Tell us about you and your adorable family… 

I don’t even know where to start in talking about my family because I could drone on and on and easily bore everybody reading this so I’ll keep it short(ish)and sweet. 

My husband and I married six years ago, we live in Mission Viejo and have two boys — Jude and Nate. 
We’re a family of goofballs and if anyone ever spent an entire day in our house watching our antics they’d likely find us crazy. We enjoy Saturday morning cartoon cuddles and donut runs, evening scooter walks and trips to Disneyland. 
Jude is 3 and is the sweetest, most strong-willed boy ever. He loves to sing and dance, play dinosaurs and is obsessed with horses. 
Nate is 12 weeks old and such a little nugget. I want to just squeeze him all of the time. He’s a pretty great baby and looks just like his daddy. He rolls already and is so strong. His smile is just the BEST.

How has it been welcoming another little man into your brood?

I was really apprehensive about baby No. 2 when I was pregnant. I was nervous I couldn’t love anyone as much as I love Jude. I was certain I’d have a favorite child right off the bat, and I felt guilty for that. Everyone told me your heart grows to make room to equally love both. In the back of mind mind, I thought that was impossible. 
Turns out, my mommy friends were right. It’s amazing! 

 I love, love, love being a mom of boys and I have yet to find anything that tops little boy bear hugs.

What is so special to you about capturing this time in your life?

It’s cliche because it’s true — it goes so fast. I roll my eyes at myself when I say it.  They’re only little for so long so I really try to soak it all in — except during those times my boys are being total nightmares.  I wish those moments away faster and hope to forget them. Ha!

What was your inspiration for baby Nate’s nursery?

I had no inspiration. None. That was my problem.  I found the print of the alpaca from Lila and Lola on Etsy and decided I loved it, and that’s where I stopped.  

Why did you decide to hire a designer to help with his room?

This pregnancy was different for me. I didn’t feel as excited the second time around and I didn’t get that nesting instinct I remember so vividly having with Jude. I knew I needed to get the nursery done and also get Jude his new big boy room, but I didn’t know where to start. 
I had started a wonderful new job and felt as if I had no energy left to focus on getting ready for the baby. Everything I had was going to spending quality time with Jude and making sure I was performing well at work. 
I felt frustrated, and the task of getting both of the rooms together seemed so daunting. And, even though I’d like to think I have good taste, I do not have an eye for design.
So, we hired Raven – owner of Coral and Hide
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in this process it’s that designers have a true gift. It’s an artistic talent to be able to envision a space and make it come to life. After seeing the process, I have so much respect for the profession. And it also made me never want to pick anything out by myself again!
I showed her the alpaca picture I liked for the nursery. For Jude’s room, there was a Kevin Russ horse portrait I bought (and it was completely the wrong size, by the way, but she made it work!) 
That was all Raven had to go off of. 
And, on top of that, she had to work with some pieces we wanted to keep because we didn’t quite have the budget to redo everything. Now that I think back, that is probably a challenge for a designer because they can’t execute the full scope of their talent when they have to work with some furniture that might be outdated or not the style they would prefer for the space. But it speaks to Raven’s talent that she can take the existing pieces and create something that looks like this. 
When Raven showed me the design boards for the rooms, I cried. And if you know me, you know I am NOT a crier. It felt like the greatest stress relief. Everything was so beautiful and perfect and exactly the feel I wanted. 

What are your favorite aspects of his nursery?

I love how light and bright the nursery is. That wallpaper – what?! It’s to die for. Obsessed. The bright colors in the rug against the neutral palette of everything else is just amazing. 
Jude’s room feels so rich to me, and I love that. It has a subtle western feel to it that I think is unique for a toddler’s room.  The rug is definitely a feature to boast about. It’s a vintage rug from Turkey, and there is only one rug like it in the world. There’s something very cool about that. 
I feel happy when I walk into both rooms every day and I think that should be the goal of room design, right?

It can be hard on big brother when a new sibling comes along, how did you make his new big boy room special?

I tried to get him really excited about the idea of graduating to a big boy bed and that seemed to work. He also is pretty obsessed with horses so I picked a horse portrait that I knew he would love and showed it to him before moving him into the room. I showed him where it would go on the wall and told him we’d hang it when his room was ready for him.  

When the rooms were finished, he was confused at first because we had him physically move rooms. (His dad and I really didn’t want to disassemble a bed and a crib to switch them around. High-five for lazy parenting. Ha!) I was a little worried it would be too much change for him, but he actually handled it really well. By night two, he was loving his big boy room! 

From Designer and Owner of Coral & Hide, Raven Pugh…

Tell us a little bit about you and your company…
 I’m also the mama of two little boys and have a pretty amazing husband to go along with them. My youngest son just started preschool and I’ve found that to be a complete game changer in this thing called parenting. Hello solo grocery runs, walking the aisles of Target with a hot coffee, and a quiet backseat! 
I had the amazing opportunity of working for Kathryn Miller Interiors and Design for several years. Working with her was hard work but also a lot of play! She made design exciting and fun. She was an amazing mentor and taught me so much about the nitty gritty of owning a business. 
After taking some time off to be with my youngest before starting school, I was contacted by friends who wanted help with little things around their homes. I’d get a text with a picture of a couch asking if I liked it or asking if I could help accessorize a room. Of course I wanted to help my friends and I began realizing I still had an itch for design! With the encouragement of those friends and my family I decided it was time to start my own design company. The referrals started coming in and I was off. The timing was perfect and I’ve had so much fun getting my business started! 
We love baby Nate’s nursery!  How did you and Jaimee work together on it?
Jaimee bought the adorable alpaca print and I immediately knew it was going to be fun working with her. There were a few pieces she wanted to use from her first son’s nursery and besides those I had free rein! Which is the best for letting a designer do their thing. I knew she wanted a bright/neutral room with some pops of color so that’s the direction I took on the room.

Where do you begin when designing a room?

 It changes with every client. After meeting with my clients I take everything they talked about wanting or liking and start sourcing those pieces. Sometimes a client wants to add cool art, a vintage rug, or tons of PILLOWS! That’s where I start, then the room comes together while making those special pieces the star of the show. 

Can you give us any of the sources of some of the amazing pieces you chose?

 Molly Wood Garden and Designs. If you ever get a chance to visit one of her shops in Costa Mesa or Laguna Beach you will fall in love! She sources amazing accessories, plants, and art to name a few that are all one of a kind. She is also one of the nicest people. The  pieces I find at her shop always make a room come together and are usually some of my favorite aspects.

What do you find to be the greatest difficulty and triumph with being a designer?

 Every job is very personal to a client. Sometimes the client may want to change my favorite part of the design but remembering the way it feels coming home to a place you love is important when making these changes. In the end, when a client tells you how much they loving walking in their doors that is all that matters. 

We love how both boy’s rooms flow together but are unique to each little man, how did you approach Jude’s room to be different and cater to an toddler?

The transition from a nursery into a big boy room can be stressful on everyone involved. Making it fun for Jude was the main goal. His love for animals really helped in selecting items for his room. We used a few things Jaimee already had that worked in nicely with the design. The vintage rug is colorful and at the same time so grown up. Everything I selected for his room will transition with him as he continues to grow. I just love how it turned out! 

What was the best part about designing these rooms?

 The tears. I do it for the tears. Haha! When Jaimee told me she cried I knew I captured her vision and I had all the feels with her. I also loved getting pictures of sweet baby Nate in his room when he came home from the hospital. Nothing was better than those moments. 

Thank you for sharing ladies!!!  Those two boys are beyond lucky!!  Can’t wait to see what you do next Raven!




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Baby Elle’s Sunny 1st Birthday Bash on the Beach

Well, another day, another beach party!  When you live in Southern California and it’s this gorgeous, it’s sort of what you do.  I had a great Summer with my friend Alatheia, we did three parties together!  One for her dinner club, then her daughter Scarlett and today I’m sharing her daughter Elle’s party!  Elle turned 1 exactly a week before my Cruz so Alatheia and I were in it together this past year for sure!

She came to me with the thought of having Elle’s party on the beach.  Their family lives steps away from the sand and with an August birthday, how can you not?!  Her idea was to have it reminiscent of the Italian Riviera, with striped towels and bright umbrellas.  The main inspiration was a fun and colorful Jonathan Adler invitation from Paperless Post.  We took it from there as what you will see below, and it’s good!

Photos by Alison Bernier
Also featured on 100LayerCakelet, Art of Being Female and Lauren Conrad’s Friday Favorites today!!

There’s that invite I was talking about!  How fun are all of those shapes and colors?!  The perfect invitation that just screams Summer!

We’ve gotta let all of our friends know where the party is at, so of course we had a welcome sign.  Poppy Jack Shop did all of the gorgeous calligraphy and signage, while Bliss Florals made magic with all of the blooms.  We used a lot of neutral colored flowers with pops of pink, along with pretty greenery and lemons!  Because, when I think of Italy and Summer they definitely come to mind!

Alatheia’s top priorities on her list for this party were cute umbrellas, striped beach club towels and to cater to the babies.  Since the party was for Elle she really wanted to focus on the little ones and not the toddlers.  So instead of setting a table we made things a bit more casual, I mean it was on the beach after all!  

There was an amazing lounge complete with retro yellow umbrellas from Adore Folklore for everyone to relax in.  Yellow striped towels for each family with an acrylic shape cut out to match the invite were the favors.  And we even had a ball pit for the babies to hang out in and play!  Check all of those items off of your list Alatheia!!

 Colette’s Catering never disappoints, this charcuterie bard was so yummy!!!

Another very important aspect to any party… The desserts!!!  Now, with a kid’s party, these are big time!  It’s almost the ultimate time to make your impressoin on your guests.  Bakeries like Great Dane Baking Co. (who Alatheia is always loyal to) are so creative now, they can do anything!  Well, they made that magic for Elle’s party also!  We went with a simple rustic cake adorned with florals from Bliss Florals, cupcakes with our adorable shapes as toppers, lemon cookies and cake pops!

How gorgeous is this party and all the guests on the beach?!  I have to say, beach parties are a TON of work, but when you see all this sunkissed beauty, it’s worth it!!

Happy Birthday Baby Elle!!!!

How cute is this video by Tahnei Roy?!  Videography may have to go on our must have list for a party….




Design/Styling – Jacquelyn Kazas of Beijos Events
Photographer – Alison Bernier 
Mama to Baby – Alatheia Hart of Art of Being Female
Calligraphy, Acrylic Cut Outs and Signage – Poppy Jack Shop
Florals – Bliss Fine Florals 
Rentals – Adore Folklore 
Desserts – Great Dane Bakery
Videographer – Tahnei Roy
Photo Booth – Foto Vibe 
Invite – Paperless Post 

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By on September 8, 2017 in BIRTHDAYS, KIDS, LIFESTYLE, SUMMER


Sunset Paddle Board Session with the Littles to end the Summer

The end of Summer is here, but if you live in sunny Southern California, you know it’s just beginning.  We spend so much time at the beach all Summer that I thought, why not make one of these days pretty special?  My friend Alatheia who owns Art of Being Female is good friends with Mike & Lauren Roberts, the owners of VESL Paddle Boards, and decided we all needed to get together for just that.  We met up for a sunset paddle board session and had the best time soaking up as much of these Summer days as we could!

This shoot is also featured on Inspired By This today!

Photos by Alison Bernier

What is so great about paddle boarding is that you can do it as a family.  We got a few of our favorite little fam bams together for this outing, with a great group of kiddos.  Mostly groms and a few little ladies to round it out.  I sat back with the moms while the dads took turns taking the little ones out for rides.  Well, I shouldn’t say I sat back, I did do a really pretty table for the kiddos to hang at!  You know me, never sitting still ;)

The details on this table were my favorite!  Gorgeous greenery from Rooted & Wild Co, water color place cards and fun drink stirrers from Poppy Jack Shop and the best napkins ever from Hostess Haven.  The rest was either part of my own home collection or purchased on Amazon!  Pillows and blankets from Gunn & Swain, Kawaiian Lion and Boho Pillow were laid out as well to keep those cute little bums cozy.

I loved seeing my son Court brave going out into the water, at first he was hesitant but then we couldn’t get him off of the board!  This Summer he started swim lessons, he still is mostly using his floaties though.  He felt safe with his arms held tight around my husband’s legs, and after seeing the big boys do it on their own, he was inspired!  Each of the boys wore the cutest Seaesta Surf shorts that day and frolicked in the water.  

Meanwhile, the parents kept their eyes shaded from the Summer sun with SALT sunnies, one of our favorite local brands.  And that cute little romper I’m wearing is from Beach Riot, another local favorite.

As usual we had an awesome playlist and used our Stelle Audio speaker… This thing has definitely been our number one Summer essential!

It was the perfect Summer day where it felt like it lasted forever and the sun was sparkling on the water.  The kiddos worked up an appetite so they dug into the acai bowls from Colette’s Catering, while the parents snacked on some sashimi.  Each were as delicious as they were pretty, Colette’s never disappoints!

All of the families had so much fun and I think we can all say for sure that we definitely need a VESL paddle board in our inventory!  Cheers to the Summer and the fact that ours tends to last through Fall ;)




Concept/Design/Styling – Jacquelyn Kazas of Beijos Events
Concept – Alatheia Hart of Art of Being Female
Photographer – Alison Bernier
Paddle Boards – VESL 
Calligraphy – Poppy Jack Shop
Florals – Rooted & Wild Co
Catering – Colette’s Catering
Napkins – Hostess Haven
Boy’s Shorts – Seaesta Surf
Blankets – Gunn & Swain
Pillows & Peace Sign Flag – Kawaiian Lion
Mud Cloth Pillows – Boho Pillow
Sunglasses – SALT
Jacquelyn’s Clothing – Beach Riot


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