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?

 

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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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

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

girl style… black leather moto jacket for little girls

if you buy one piece for your daughter this fall PLEASE let it be this black leather moto jacket from the gap. on sale right now for $47 and worth each and every copper head.

pair it with her favorite boho dresses or striped tees,  boyfriend jeans and sneaks.

black leather moto jacket for girls

gap leather moto jacket