Stay and Co Relaunch!! They’re BACK!

there are some really great perks that come with blogging and my favorite, by far, is to connect with other creatives.  I met Megan over at Stay and Co through family and immediately knew she and i were speaking the same language. There is something that just makes sense when you meet a fellow creative and Megan and Kailee are some of the hardest working out there. OH and one more thing… they are local girls. All of their items are sourced in LA which makes me so so happy. Being fellow small business owners in the LA area the Hus and i know it aint’ easy to work in LA. you have to respect the hustle of these girls.

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Aside from all of that, their products are RAD and so well made. Soft, gorgeous and they always get their colors juuuust right.  I can’t wait to get my hands on the army green blanket for some friends who are expecting. From razor back dresses to drop crouch shorts I am loving their new line!

here are my top picks…

 

stay and co faves What do you think?

 

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

click on item description to purchase:

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

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the boys beauty lab…hairstyles for boys

my boys, their hair, they take it very seriously… remember this post i wrote two years ago about cutting the curls? Well we cut them and then we grew them out longer and longer and longer until we could do this samurai bun hairstyle.

i am often asked how we do the boys’ hair and to be honest, i don’t. hus does.  i had to call him in because he gets them lookin real nice. in fact he even has ello happily wearing the beloved samurai.

now on a side note, even when we are growing out their hair we get it trimmed regularlyish to keep the shape and weight in check.

how to do little boys hair long

 

1. stare all goggly eyed at your dad because he is everything.

2. wet the hair with you hands.

3. spread a little styling cream in the palm of your hands until it is an even consistency and run through the hair.

4. shake it out.

5. yep.

6. let it dry, the curls will come.

7. finish with a mist of hairspray.

NOW if you want to take it a step further and pull the hair back into a samurai style ponytail here you go…

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1. more excitement.

2. define a little part in the hair.

3. pull hair back with hands, don’t make it perfect, and secure with a hair tie.

4. make the ponytail pointy. it dries better on ello and doesn’t look quite so girly.

5 – 9 crack yourself up acting like a yogi.

some from the iphone…

long hairstyles for little boys

Myes always has an opinion about his hair. two years ago he did the whole jeff from the bachelorette thing. last year, he wanted tony hawk’s hair from the 80′s. in the spring we had to buzz his head so when he ripped off his catcher’s helmet he could actually see the ball and he has been growing it out ever since.

have you had the experience with your son when he tries to do his own hair and he comes out and either A. has used all your expensive hair spray to create some crunchy mass on his head. B. his hair looks great from the front but yet retains his bed head in the back where he forgot to reach. or C. both. us too. it used to take a village to get myes hair done right and to his specifications. many tears were shed and many times we were late in the process of learning how he likes his hair. when he began doing it himself dreams started coming true. hus has worked with him a lot and although it does not always look perfect in this weird growing out stage i thought it would be helpful to show you how he does it, since so many people ask and i cannot believe we are here with a boy old enough to do his own hair.

perfect little guide for back to school to help your little man style his own hair

 

1. get it wet.

2. use this much styling cream.

3. rub styling cream in the palms of your hands to get the cream nice and soft and then spread throughout hair, working it through with the fingers.

4. don’t forget the back.

5. use a brush to make the part. hus only uses his hands, myes likes to use both.

6. shake it out so it is a little imperfect.

7. fluff up the wings in the back. sometimes myes will put on a hat for about 15 minutes if he really wants to get the wings going.

8. smile that awkward eight year old smile because you are so proud  of yourself and because your teeth still haven’t grown all the way in since you lost them four months ago.

9. finish with hairspray

 

best hair products for little boys hairstyles

1.  tangled tantrum separation anxiety (this company reached out to me and i am so glad they did.  the products are really great. the scent is beyond amazing and they are paraban free.)

2. axe clean cut cream: love the price and that it is available at target. it holds up well with my active boys.

3. loreal elnett hairspray 

4. wet brush: the brush heard around the world and for good reason, we have 4 in our house, all in different colors so we know where they belong. plus they are available at target now.

5. paul mitchell tea tree shaping cream (this is hus’ favorite but its pretty expensive so we use the other two on the boys if we can help it)

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ruby tuesdays…at the fair

we decided to go to the fair this week. i get real excited about fairs. farm animals, fried food and the sweetest weird guy that bops my kids on the head with the blow up bat year after year. hus was out of town doing the stuff hus does and i was left to “charge” with all the kiddos. i recruited my neice shay and my sister. i love those two ladies. they are real good.

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there was one happy lady at the fair and her name was ruby.  (it wasn’t me because i got bit by a little someone and was pretty much a grump all day after having a long week without hus, so much for charging right?) she was pretty pumped about the rides, the animals and of course…the gems and minerals house. you know how she loves to collect a natural goodie well she couldn’t get enough of the curated collections of gems, minerals and crystals on display. myes was happy too because fairs = junk food and the kid lives to for junk food.

myes: he is really into shortie shorts, right above his knee. I have been hemming all his shorts to his specifications since the first grade and this year they are just an inch or two higher. we are loving these elastic version by shaun white for target. / socks (even though they are going all london bridges on him they are his fave and he usually has them high and proud. they are so soft and such good quality) / converse / shirt

ruby: overalls (old but we usually get a pair of long overalls like these and cut them to whatever length we like)/ tee (old, see previous post for similar) / flannel (hand me down from myes)/ socks (old but we love these high socks) / stud tutorial here: sneaks / high top red converse here / local hat

ello: like a boss tank/ shorts (camo no longer avail but this is the same cut)/ vans

after that she won a fish and we got out of there.

etsy shop crushes for back to school preschool style

about a year ago i went to this bbq filled with my hus’ friends from high school. this babe and i locked eyes from across the room and she said to me, “i feel like we need to be friends because i love your shoes.” or something like that, right Ali? fast forward to this year. we have become friends. really good friends. i mean she even drops off bundles of sage on my front porch and tells me when the moon is right for cleansing my house.

the more i know her, the more i love her. she is super modest and RARELY talks about her career before she became a mommy and the co-creator of the completely irreverent and uber authentic blog Lil Mamas, but she is kind of a big deal. no i am not kidding. she was a professional singer, actress and danced all over Broadway and I have to say it because it is like my favorite thing, she was Curly Sue in the movie. did you love that movie like i did as a kid?  arias arrows etsy headbands

Now we know those hardworking, creative types can’t be stopped. Since having her two adorable, children, Mason and Aria, Alisan has recently launched her own etsy shop, Aria’s Arrows filled with headbands for baby.

I have loved founding another kindred etsy shopping soul so we thought it would be fun to share the etsy shops we are crushing on right now…

best etsy shop for baby and children clothing

metallic gold moccassins for baby feather headbands for little girls by arias arrows

and ruby is so smitten with baby aria she cries at least once a week about not having a baby sister AND every where we go she is grabbing clothes and toys for the girl and saying “mom, aria needs this.” can you blame little miss ruby?  look at those cheeks.mexican fiesta dress and mumu for little girls with feather headband arias arrows and the blue closet share their etsy favorites aria sage in arias arrows headbands arias arrows favorite etsy shops feather headbands and boho dresses for little girls

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on baby aria:

crop topdenim high waisted shorts / feather halter one piece / gold mocs / headband

on ruby:

c/o denim dress / mexican fiesta dress / headband

 

cutest etsy shops for children

1.  fringe romper /  2. yellow one piece / 3. ink blot harem pants/  4. aztec dress /  5. graphic peplum dress / 6. black and white romper /

7. turquoise ring 8. radical tee / 9. hello onesie10. harem shorts/ 11. strawberry shorts / 12. teepee shorts /

Cassaundra’s Picks:

Brown Sugar Beach- fresh prints, harem shorts, pants and rompers

Indie Nook – smart graphic tees and cutest shortie shorts

Sweet Kiddo Co. – super soft leggings and comfy headbands

Thief and Bandit - fun twists on everyday kid style

Little Four – peasant dresses in the cutest aztec patterns

Feather 4 Arrow – fresh graphic tees

Cauliflower Kids – truly beautiful one of kind pieces

Lou and Lee Bows – vintage fabric and leather bows

Ali’s Picks:

Little Cowboys and Indians

Caged Bird Blog – adorable bracelet with tassels

Bedtime Rebel - mocs at  a great price

Young at Heart - crop tops and turban headbands

and behind the scenes we had this peanut gallery behind us

ruby and captain america