its all in the details . . .

June 27, 2013

I love how changing up small things can make pieces look custom-made and feel more like your own style . . . 

I had been meaning to get new knobs for Ms. Em's Ikea dresser for the last 2years but I just never really saw any I liked until I saw this lovely post

These are the ones that came with the dresser when we bought it, and I thought about spray painting them a ton of times but kept thinking that they get so much use that they would probably chip and look horrible in about a month!


So here are the new ones that I love!  I love the shape of them and they feel so substantial . . . I bought them here (in the antique brass finish)  for a great price (better that Home Depot!!)and I think it just adds that touch of class!


Happy little bumble bee

June 24, 2013

I had a good weekend ..... 






In other news . . . its party time for this little ball of sass! Little Ms. H is turning "2" on July 5th and I sent out these invites using Paperless Post, which I love!!!  We are going old school . . . good ole fashion backyard BBQ, cake, balloons and punch!  Just good food, good times and a chill afternoon to celebrate this little girl becoming a teenager two year old!


Daddy Day

I forgot to post pics from our fun Fathers Day celebration . . . better late than never I say!  We had an amazing time on this huge boat (4 bedrooms!!)  . . . although it was a little tough having three 2yr olds wanting the "water" the whole trip and were a second away at all times from leaping off to go for a swim!!!

 








My Morning Run

June 22, 2013

This week, even though it was one of the worst weeks in history, I was able to fit in 10.5 miles!!!! and I am up to 160 squats on my 30-day squat challenge.  

I love doing my morning runs in LA because the city and the buildings are so pretty and quite frankly, rad!




And after 6 weeks of adding these runs to my work-outs ..... I am starting to see small changes, but the best is the stress-busting relief they give!!!





Happy Friday

June 21, 2013

This week seemed like a year long, just in the whirlwind of emotions and events that took place ..... but it's finally the weekend and it is going to be beautiful here in Sunny Cali.  I plan on working out, doing some gardening, and relaxing with Mr. Hotpants and our babes . . .

 These two are becoming best buds!!!

Cheese!!!


They are loving their swim lessons!  


Have a fantastic weekend and thank you for all your love & support this week!

long but beautiful read

June 20, 2013

"We are sitting at lunch one day when my daughter casually mentions that she and her husband are thinking of "starting a family." "We're taking a survey," she says half-joking. "Do you think I should have a baby?"

"It will change your life," I say, carefully keeping my tone neutral.

"I know," she says, "no more sleeping in on weekends, no more spontaneous vacations."

But that is not what I meant at all. I look at my daughter, trying to decide what to tell her. I want her to know what she will never learn in childbirth classes.

I want to tell her that the physical wounds of child bearing will heal, but becoming a mother will leave her with an emotional wound so raw that she will forever be vulnerable.

I consider warning her that she will never again read a newspaper without asking, "What if that had been MY child?" That every plane crash, every house fire will haunt her.

That when she sees pictures of starving children, she will wonder if anything could be worse than watching your child die.

I look at her carefully manicured nails and stylish suit and think that no matter how sophisticated she is, becoming a mother will reduce her to the primitive level of a bear protecting her cub. That an urgent call of "Mom!" will cause her to drop a soufflé or her best crystal without a moments hesitation.

I feel that I should warn her that no matter how many years she has invested in her career, she will be professionally derailed by motherhood. She might arrange for childcare, but one day she will be going into an important business meeting and she will think of her
baby's sweet smell. She will have to use every ounce of discipline to keep from running home, just to make sure her baby is all right.

I want my daughter to know that every day decisions will no longer be routine. That a five year old boy's desire to go to the men's room rather than the women's at McDonald's will become a major dilemma. That right there, in the midst of clattering trays and screaming
children, issues of independence and gender identity will be weighed against the prospect that a child molester may be lurking in that restroom.

However decisive she may be at the office, she will second-guess herself constantly as a mother.

Looking at my attractive daughter, I want to assure her that eventually she will shed the pounds of pregnancy, but she will never feel the same about herself.

That her life, now so important, will be of less value to her once she has a child. That she would give herself up in a moment to save her offspring, but will also begin to hope for more years, not to accomplish her own dreams, but to watch her child accomplish theirs.

I want her to know that a cesarean scar or shiny stretch marks will become badges of honor.

My daughter's relationship with her husband will change, but not in the way she thinks.

I wish she could understand how much more you can love a man who is careful to powder the baby or who never hesitates to play with his child.

I think she should know that she will fall in love with him again for reasons she would now find very unromantic.

I wish my daughter could sense the bond she will feel with women throughout history who have tried to stop war, prejudice and drunk driving.

I want to describe to my daughter the exhilaration of seeing your child learn to ride a bike.

I want to capture for her the belly laugh of a baby who is touching the soft fur of a dog or cat for the first time.

I want her to taste the joy that is so real it actually hurts.

My daughter's quizzical look makes me realize that tears have formed in my eyes. "You'll never regret it," I finally say. Then I reached across the table, squeezed my daughter's hand and offered a silent prayer for her, and for me, and for all the mere mortal women who stumble their way into this most wonderful of callings.
Please share this with a Mom that you know or all of your girlfriends who may someday be Moms. May you always have in your arms the one who is in your heart."
Author unknown

Hold my hand . . .

June 18, 2013

I just ran 3 miles 

I just cried for the last one 

I need to write this, I need to get it out, I promised I would always be real on this blog . . . here and here

I am not good at this parenting thing.  The past three nights I have hit my lowest parenting moments, that will forever be etched on my memories and that I cannot take back.

There was shouting, there was a pillow thrown, there were tears, lots of tears, there were words said that I cannot stuff back into my mouth although I wish more than anything I could.

The past 3 nights have been bad.  I thought having a newborn/baby who needed fed every 2-4hrs was hard but it is nothing (at least in my experience) compared to a 4yr old who wakes with night terrors, nightmares, a nose she cant (wont?) blow by herself who is hysterical and won't stop screaming and kicking . . . 

When they are little you are told if you are going to lose it or you are super frustrated, put the baby in a safe place (their crib) and leave the room and give your self 10 minutes to calm and collect yourself.  That works; I did it many times with both my girls

But a 4yr old wont stay in one place, a 4yr old will follow you and keep talking, and crying and talking; pounding on your buttons until inevitably the volcano erupts.  

This may seem foreign to those of you with little babies, it would to me.  I couldn't imagine that I could ever be at my wits end with my sweet little baby girl, but here I am and this is happening.  

The past 3 nights I have gotten probably a combined total of 4 hours of solid sleep, and this is the fuel for the fire.  I have said it here before but I will say it again; sleep deprivation is a form of torture and between our 2 girls I probably get 5 nights of full, solid sleep a month, the rest are littered with nightmares, teething, and waking up for god knows what reason 100 times!

The past couple of mornings I have felt like the alcoholic waking up and apologizing for the night before. 



I need help figuring out how to diffuse these situations, how to remove myself before the explosion.  I need your advice, tips, support, books to read??? Anything to help me navigate this parenting thing . . . xoxo

A case of the Mondays

June 17, 2013

Our weekend was jam-packed; it was fun but I am exhausted!  I still got in my work-outs and I am still doing my squat challenge (on day 14; today 135 squats!) but my body is aching and groaning today . . . this little chart put a beat in my step though . . . 



I'm not giving up!!!  I'll be back tomorrow with some weekend updates!

Getting my sh*t in order!

June 14, 2013

I like being organized albeit it is harder to do with children but more important to do once you have kids.  So I thought I would share a few things that I have done in my closet/master bathroom to help me stay sane!  

I am awful with accessories but I love them.....if they are not out, if they are stored all nice and neat in a drawer or box, I completely forget they are there and never use them .... so I need my stuff in my FACE everyday so that I will actually get to enjoy them.

This is at my sink in the master bathroom . . . the box was a gift box from Christmas but I loved the gold damask and kept it because I knew it would come in handy!  Inside the box I keep my daily cleanser, moisturizer, sunscreen, eye cream and my CL case . . . I love that you can't see all those messy little bottles!

In my little blue and white elephant dish I keep all my watches so it makes it easy to grab one and go!  In the little copper dish (it is actually the top from a glass candle I used to have!) I keep all my little non-dangle earrings. . . all within arm's reach!

At the other side of my sink I have this little blue & white dish that holds all my daily rings, bangles and bracelets.  In the blue mason jar I keep my cotton pads for removing make-up, applying toner, or taking off my nail polish! (and a shameless shout-out to my fav body oil)

This is Mr. Hotpants sink side . . . I just put his colognes on a little ceramic tray I picked up at HomeGoods to keep it neat & tidy!

Now on to part of my closet . . .  

The closets were already built-in when we bought the house so it was a nice perk (we don't have a walk-in) . . . In the actual drawers I keep my undies/socks, PJ's, workout clothes, t-shirts and sweats.  In the shelves above I keep my jeans and then above that my purses.  

I decided to hang some of my belts and some of my necklaces out so that I could see them.  I used gold nails to keep it looking chic.  I hung 8 total, the necklaces are all on the top and the bottom two are for the belts I use most frequently . . . As you can see I also hung some of my belts on the metal divider on my jeans shelf too!

In this pic you can see where I hang a handful of my most used scarfs (the selection changes with the seasons - these are my summer fav's) . . . It is on a hook right outside the closet door . . . again easy to grab and go!

I am a very visual person so this has really helped me get the most use out of my things! And it makes it fun in the mornings to just grab a necklace, some earrings, a scarf and head out the door!

Da Bomb!

June 13, 2013

So I told you we bought the Friheten sofa bed from Ikea right? Well we had it built this past weekend and I have to say I am way more impressed with it than I thought I would be! . . . these are the pics from the Ikea website /. . .




There are so many great things about it: the chaise can be placed on the left or right side depending on how you need it to in your room, the dark grey color is beautiful in person; kind of a gray-chambray material, there is a storage compartment under the chaise section that is perfect for holding pillows, sheets, blankets and a pillow-top cover and it is very roomy for two people! 

We went ahead and purchased this 2" memory foam mattress topper for added comfort and it is perfect!

Here it is with some old pillows just to dress it up a little . . . I still have to get new pillows and hang up our artwork 

The girls had a ball; it was so fun! This is it opened with the foam topper on (no sheets on in this pic though)

Here are the pillows I ordered for this room! I can't wait to get them and post pic's!

Pink, orange, lavender ikat pillows - $34 for a pair (this etsy store)
White faux fur pillows - $18 each (Amazon)
Lavender ikat lumbar pillow - $25 each (this etsy store)

Dating you husband . . .

June 12, 2013



I absolutely love this idea . . . I think I will ask Mr. Hotpants to meet me for a cocktail sometime soon! I would love to swoop into the restuarant wearing this and catch his eye at the bar!




Another interesting and fun dating tip . . . . hmmmm I will have to give this a try next time ... I am totally guilty of this . . .  I start talking to the babysitter about the girls and how they were and then I go and peek in on them and kiss them while they sleep ...... total mum mode!!!

If it works . . .

June 11, 2013

don't break it!  When I find something that looks good on me or a color I love that makes me  feel good I gravitate towards it in my clothing and my home choices . . .

Here are a few others who tend to stick to colors that look good on them . . . 

Gwyneth loves her some orange!




Nicole radiates in white . . . 

 




Rhianna's always hot in red





What's your go-to color?  I tend to love coral/orange-y colors!