ruby tuesdays… peek at her new boho inspired girl’s room

this girl is at home in her new space. it makes me so happy to see her as she wanders around, moving things, organizing, reorganizing, drawing on her chalkboard door and catching up on her crystal and gems knowledge. i get all sappy and nostalgic thinking of my own little room growing up. although they were never fancy i LOVED being left alone to create and imagine. i am so excited for her to be making those memories now.

the room is STILL not totally done. The bathroom mirror is on back order, the company sent me curtain rods with no way brackets  to install them…twice, we ran out of bathroom tile and it just came back in stock, the vintage nightstands are not painted, her dreamcatchers are not all hung, the desk is yet to be ordered and on and on. blah blah blah. I tell you though, it is certainly motivating to finish the job when I see how much she loves the space.

here is a sneak peek of what IS done…

bathroom for little girls with teal painted vanity

little girl's palazzo pants Little Girls Room and bathroom palazzo pants for little girls

little girls room

palazzo pants  and shirt both from this Southern California store

stools / bed/ rug (navy is no longer available online but the teal and yellow are gorgeous) / heart pillow/ horse pillow (you can’t really see it here but i had lots of questions about it on my instagram so here is the link)/ sconces

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acai bowls to go in the freezer

we have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Coming from a girl who’s dad made her breakfast at 6am every school day of her life, i feel like i am slighting my kids to say this BUT.. i don’ like making breakfast. i am not an up and at em girl, so i like breakfast to be quick, healthy and to the point but i feel bad handing my kids a bar after all the TLC Papa Barry put into MY breakfasts.  not only do acai bowls or smoothies take  just minutes to make but i also love having them in the freezer so the kids will eat them for snacks and on the go to practices on Thursdays… Oh Thursdays! Help me on a Thursday!!

Acai Bowls To Go

acai bowl recipe with exact brands and ingredeints for Trader Joes

so I don’t have featured here fresh fruits or the liquid i use because that is the easy stuff. this is a picture of all the things you might not be sure about but that work for us.

I blend frozen blueberries and pineapple because they are my kid’s favorite with the smoothie starter pack and coconut water. I like them real thick for the bowls but you can make them down to a smoothie consistency.

Next, I label my disposable containers, pour in the acai blended mixture in about half way and freeze or serve immediately.

they need to thaw for a couple of minutes before digging in but not too long, they melt quickly once thawed. i try to get them out 15 minutes before the kids will want to eat them, like while they are getting ready or before i pick them up from school.

Before leaving we can top them with the seeds, flax, coconut, granola and fresh fruit but you don’t have to.

Ingredients:

acai bowl/smoothie starter i get mine at Whole Foods but word has it that Costco carries the packets too.

granola- we were hooked on this from nature box for a while

hemp seed- i am obsessed this one is from whole foods, the kids do not love it but i do. it is super nutty, almost like a sunflower seed taste

flax seed- keep refrigerated this flax oil is another option

shredded coconut

protein powder (not featured) originally i didn’t use protein powder until my sister in law, who knows a whole lot about a lot, recommended some brands to me that she uses for her sons. aria is the one we like best because the picky little taste buds that we have in our home can’t taste it.

coconut water OR if i am feeling like they can have some more sugar and a really tart kick i use fresh lemonade… i know, not the healthiest but sooo good.

I am sure there are a million vitamins and veggies and all sorts that you could add to the acai bowls. I would love to know what you do? leave me a message on my facebook page so we can chat about it!

Get ready for SCHOOL PICTURE DAY!!

school picture day. the dreaded and the beloved. this is what i will say today. if you can get your boys to wear a collar shirt then congratulations you are a lucky one. I am a lucky one. Myes is on a major collar shirt kick right now and i am sopping up every moment. Our favorite picks for boys this year are henleys and baseball tees in California because they have an interesting texture and frame the face without layers. layers always look good in photos (see how layer crazy i went here, getting ready for family photos? check out my 9 tips for avoiding the family picture meltdown here). layers do not look good in photos IF you live in Southern California and it is still 95 degrees outside. if i sent my boys to school with any type of layer one of two things would happen.

1. they would take the layer off and when i received the school pictures they would be in a sleazy white undershirt that is supposed to be white but is some 50 shades of gray… (gross on both levels, i know, but i had to).

2. they would be red and sweaty from keeping the layers on, per my threatening, and that is not a good look.

Now you know from this post that i am not all about classics for pictures. we take so many pics of our kids nowadays that the one classic/timeless photo no longer exsists. think about it like you are documenting an era and a moment in time, not trying to make this picture last for 20 years. let them wear the latest trend. you will laugh yourself to tears in years to come. its amazing.

6 fresh ways to improve the school picture

 

so here are my 6 tips for improving the school picture.

1. layer lightly if weather permits (cardigans, vests for short hair note how ruby’s long hair kind of blends with the fur? get a contrasting color fur, flannels etc.)

2. wear texture (think knits, heathered gray, fur, denim)

3. embellishments around the neck for girls frame the face and keep it fun.

4. send them with chapstick to put on right before the picture.

5. flannels, collar shirts, henleys and baseball tees add just enough interest for boys

6. play with hairstyles in the weeks leading up to school pictures. do clips or headbands look good? braids? side part or middle? do they need a little trim? this photo shoot showed us that the boys need a little cleaning up.wear crewcuts embellished tunic for family pictures what to wear for school pictures embroidered tops improving the school pictures portrait

soft waves and side part hairstyle for kids for picture day

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on myes: chambray shirt / baseball tee similar here and we love this baseball tee too

on ello: collar stripe shirt, we also love this one

on ruby: stripe swing shirt / embroidered tank / embellished tunic (no longer available but I LOVE this one) / sandals old from zara / fur vest / black dress

fur stool $54

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parenting stuff…workin hard for her money with chore punch cards

ruby spotted these leather boots during back to school shopping and got all “i have to have those boots or i will die” on me. they are spency and i wasn’t wowed by them, so i told her if she saved for half, which i knew would never happen or maybe it would and by the grace of God  the boots would be on sale by the time she saved enough. i was hopeful that the boots would be forgotten and we could move on. she hasn’t.

we have tried charts through the years, and they work for a while but then their novelty fades and they are forgotten. which is fine. we are always trying and i think that is what is important but i recently found these fun little punch cards from thirty handmade days. Mique is a digital genius and i love her blog because she has great ideas but then makes all the digital goods for you so you just print and go and get all the credit.  i knew my kids would get behind a punch chart because it is freaking easy!! yay! we printed the simple punch charts with no labels or assignments listed on them. this way i can tell them to punch a hole for good behavior, a completed chore, doing homework with a good attitude or serving someone else, whatever i feel like working on that day.

we have been changing what they can earn money for each week. this week it is for a clean room before bed and before school.  if they fight or do something unkind they lose fifty cents of that allowance. this is aside from the their regular daily chores. it has given miss ruby a great chance to sort, count, record and be responsible for her money.

allowance for kids working for her money helping kids save money

 

 

shirt/ shorts from the gap

The perfect punch card to teach kids responisibilitygo here to print these amazing cards by the amazing thirty handmade days

beauty closet… back to school beauty picks for women

lacey and i are back for another installment of the beauty closet. recently lacey had the honor of working with sephora, and you know how we love sephora. we are all busy women and one of my biggest pet peeves is when people talk about how busy they are so, with that aside lets move forward with our busy lives. lacey is literally going back to school for her second year in her masters degree program. i just love a back to school freshening up so we put our heads together and each came up with our go -to can’t live without back to school beauty faves for this fall.

lacey’s picks:

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light:

This little gem is my favorite go to. At 33 my appetite for glitter/shimmer has been dormant for well over a decade and frankly, I don’t have the time to deal with budding crow’s feet illuminated with reflective particles of iridescence. What I do need and want however is a healthy glow. This finishing powder makes every picture, humid day, and micro wrinkle that much more bearable. From the lighting inside the classroom to the bright summer sun at midday, this little dream, especially when applied in downward strokes, transforms my surface imperfections into a soft blanket of smooth. My skin needs to breathe but also appear lit up from within, check and check.

Smashbox – Bronze Lights – Sunkissed Matte

Is there a more important staple besides mascara and concealer, than a bronzer? I think not. This one is as matte as I can find, an even more amped up staple. I plan on continuing to use this power player way into my Indian Summer to contour, accent, define, and even as an allover eye shadow (or in the crease) with a brown gel eyeliner for summer nights, keeping it natch in the heat. I use this every day with a series of revolving palettes to keep me looking Vitamin D sufficient.

Dior Addict 389, Kiss Me

Some days I just need color! Period. The end. When I do, this is my crush. It seems lighter in the packaging than it is. It is, most def pink, but the best one I can find. Its application is wet, but doesn’t stay that way. You feel like you are getting a bit bamboozled by the texture, but you are so happy with the color that you don’t mind. And when you come back a few minutes later to reevaluate you accept that this lipstick/gloss hybrid has an agenda of her own, she is tricky, but oh so good. Try it with a pony to open up the eyes or let it be the focal point while you accommodate day 2(or 3) (or 4, I don’t judge) of your blow out.

Cassaundra’s Picks:

BEST NUDE NAIL POLISH FOR FALL 2014

back to school fall beauty basics

1. Skindinavia Bridal Make Up Finish:

I like to finish my make up off right and THIS is my favorite make up finishing spray. It keeps everything right where i put it, all day. period. easy as that.

2. Color Proof Super Plump Volumizing Conditioner:

i was a little hesitant when my local beauty shop suggested this conditioner but then i tried it. I love the scent,  kind of a cocoa meets something else yummy and it is rich and weightless at the same time. it took a lot of finagling and an allergic reaction to pull me away from my favorite hair care brand bumble and bumble but i really like this conditioner so i am sticking to it.

3. Marc Jacobs: Funny Girl Nail Polish

i have a hard time finding nude polishes that i love. this one by marc jacobs is super shiny, long lasting, not too gray, not too beige…its juuust right. the price tag is a little hard to swallow but i have been wearing this baby for weeks now and i am LOVING it!

4. Benefit They’re Real Push Up Eyeliner:

i have worn a thick line of eyeliner ever since i was fifteen. it is my drooled stained security blanket of make up. i feel undone without it. trying new eyeliners is my jam. i have some criteria for a good eyeliner. 1. must go on smooth and not tug the eye. eye tugging creates wrinkles and the pencil will skip and make unwanted marks. 2. it must be long lasting. 3. it cannot budge.  Gel liners are great for this but with the typical pot and brush technique it wrecks havoc on my brushes and they dry out before i use all the product. this is the first clickable gel liner with a perfectly shaped brush applicator to create the perfect cat eye that stays all day. thank you benefit.

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