featured on inspired by this blog

guys. i am featured today on inspired by this blog and i can’t believe it. i am obsessed with them. i was giddy to come up with summer trends for me and kids and how we roll to the park. check it out!! eeek!

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the P Giveaway!!! Win a photo mini session, pillows and the printed palette

This giveaway is brought to you by the letter P. Photographs, pillows and polka dots and The Printed Palette. woot woot!.  I have pulled together three crazy creative brands to give away their items that light up our lives.

The P Giveaway

1. M. Hanson Photography: one mini session with Michelle Hanson. Michelle is kind of a genius. You can hear all my ranting and raving about her here at our family photos 2012 and here our family photos of 2013. She lives in Utah but comes to California frequently and books up fast! She will be in CA June 17-22 so get your holiday cards done while you’re tan.  A mini session with Michelle is a $100 value and includes: 30 minutes of her time and talent taking your photos PLUS 10 edited high res photos on cd. Love that is no fuss. quick, easy and you have your pics all on a cd so you can order prints whenever you want.  Her images are not only impeccably crisp and beautiful but her instagram account is so great. she gives  photo tips to up your photo game. check out this post she wrote for me on how to take the best birthday pics to help you capture the day perfectly.

daddy skateboarding with son


2. Stay and Co: The two creative geniuses behind the recently combined company Stay and Co, previously known as Miss J Handmade and Goods By Grinn, keep  your home and your little ones looking amazing. Look here for Ruby’s darling gold metallic heart pillow.  I cannot wait to see what they come up with next. Stay and Co is giving away $40 to their shop so wether its for your baby or your home you are golden with this shop.

stay and co. logo baby metallic gold metallic pillows


3. The Printed Palette: I adore Alissa, the owner of The Printed Palette. She has been a big supporter of mine and well you know my kids can’t get enough of her tees, look here and here. NOW Ruby’s all time most favorite shirt ever the “born to be wild” tee is made in a sign to hang on the wall. The Printed Palette is giving away $50 to her shop. This includes items for your home, baby, kids or YOUR bad self.


born-to-be-wild-ringer-tee mermaids have more fun topborn to be wild sign


Sooo… how do you enter you say? glad you asked. To enter you must follow all four of us on instagram and hashtagging the giveaway post #bigpgiveaway. Please note your entry will not qualify if you tag or repost to a “giveaway” account. The account you use must be a personal or business account. Any entries that are used for giveaway purposes will be removed from the drawing. Sorry if this gets your panties all in a bunch. Please remember these are small businesses and they grow by spreading the word, not by posting to an account nobody sees. cool? cool. we good.
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fridays… i can’t stop waving my hair

i have been ready for a change with my hair regime lately.  i am taking myself back 2001 and i can’t stop waving my hair with a three barrel waving iron. so easy and a little funky. i am into it. we call it mermaid hair in my house.

i can't stop using my three barrel waverand can we take a moment to laugh at my dead serious model face? thank you.

how to get mermaid waves with a waver | the blue closet

i got my waver from a dear friend. you can find it here.


how to tie a sarong that you haven’t tried before

my sister is crazy beautiful. i mean she was called “katie crawford” through the 90′s because, well she had the whole “oh this mole perfectly placed next to my lip” thing going on. today i am stealing her style. she wears sarongs all the time and as a woman who lives, literally, on the beach she knows a thing or two about beachwear. i never tried the sarong until we went to fiji  (and click here) and now i am completely hooked.

i love how easily the sarong can take you from laying by the pool to effortlessly covered up to grab lunch in a restaurant. i like sarongs the most for vacations at resorts. light and easy to pack, sooo versatile and can double as a towel in pinch without packing all the bulk.

How to tie a saronghere we have the halter dress, harem shorts and the side tie maxi dress. which is your fave?

how to tie the halter dress:

how to tie sarong into a dress


how to tie the harem shorts (my fave):

how to tie your sarong into harem shorts


how to tie a side tie maxi dress:

How to side tie a sarong


i found so many of these amazing looks online and a million more. the sarong is here to stay, even if it doesn’t make me look like a 90′s super model.


ruby tuesdays… romper

we have gone a little bonkers for rompers lately.

rompers and turban headbands for kids rompers for little kids rompers for little girls

ruby’s romper

they are especially a great idea for traveling this summer! one piece and your done. get one. or two or three.

check out my picks for babies, girls and tweens.

vintage romperdenim romper / party animal romper / razor back romper for tweens/  polka dot denim overalls / parrot romper / construction romperred jumpsuit / stripe romper for tweensfish romper suit/  green romper / stripe hood romper /yellow baby romper with rainbow /  knit romper / striped jumpsuit / magic unicorn romper / black embroidered romper / tween island girl romper