I have a serious addiction to wall art. There’s just too much good stuff out there and I don’t have enough wall space for it all. Especially when it comes to kid room art – my downfall. Here are some sweet little finds I’m loving.
Feminist Mug | because feminist coffee tastes better.
The Happiest Kids in the World: How Dutch Parents Help Their Kids | One of my favorite things about visiting The Netherlands was seeing people, especially families with kids, live their day-to-day life. I read Bringing Up Bebe and loved it; curious about this book.
Portable Mini Greenhouse | Yeah, I have an addiction to plants. How cool is this portable mini greenhouse though?? It’s portable! That’s a win for me living that renter’s life.
Stone Ring | how gorgeous are these? I would take one in each color, thanks.
Retro Fan | the warm days are a-coming. AC’s aren’t really standard here in San Diego, so we tend to use fans. I love this bronze retro-style fan.
Copper Tumblers | Because anything in copper looks good.
George Nelson Platform Style Bench | I’ve been wanting a George Nelson style bench for awhile now. I love the clean lines and natural wood + black combo. This one is not a bad price at all.
Plant Lady Shirt | Yup. Need this tee-shirt in my life. I also need to be Joanna Gaines’ BFF. I love you, Joanna!
Groceries & Shit Tote | I could add this neat bag to my re-usable bag collection, no problem.
Officialy countdown to Vida’s first birthday has begun! It’s amazing how time flies. On her 11 month birthday we got her ears pierced! The earrings make her eyes sparkle even more.
AGE | 10 & 11 months
STATS | She seems heavier, I would say weighs almost 20 lbs now. She’s still “petite.” She can fit into some 6 month clothes still and is starting to fill in 12 mo size clothes.
WORDS | She finally says “mama” but I’m not sure if she know’s that means me haha.
FAVORITE FOOD | Anything we have, she wants. Crakers, muffins, yogurt, beans are among her favorite. She likes to eat the avocado and turkey out of my sandwiches. She can eat cherrios and puffs for hours. She’s still on formula but I’m going to start to transition her into almost milk as soon as I finish her last batch of formula.
FAVORITE THINGS | Declan, hands down. They have a sort of language and they just crack each other up. She loves playing with her comb and remotes; basically anything that isn’t a toy. She loves sitting in her high chair and snacking while she watches us.
LEAST FAVORITE THINGS | Lately, she likes to fall asleep with me and Declan in the bed, then I transfer her to her crib. But if I put her in her crib before she’s snoozing, forget it.
SIGNATURE MOVES | She’s very expressive with her hands. Waving, pointing, “presenting” – she’s nailed waiving hello and goodbye. The other day she over heard someone say goodbye and she just started waving at them.
It’s bittersweet to see her reach the end of the monthly birthdays; but I couldn’t be happier to see her reach her first birthday. She’s such a spark of joy in our lives. Happy late 10 months and happy 11 months, Vida Magnolia.
Easter was so great this year; especially sweet because it was Vida’s first Easter and because Declan really “got it” this year. He anticipated Easter for like a month. He even had an egg hunt and Easter activities at school.
We spent the day with family. We did an egg hunt at Declan’s aunts house and one at our house just for good measure. There was an Easter pinata and a fun tournament of boiled egg crashing (Vida almost won the whole thing!). Vida had no idea what was going on, but she was into it. She loved the fake grass in her basket the most.
I placed both Declan and Vida’s baskets on the couch and called Declan from upstairs to see what the Easter bunny brought them (which he calls the “Easter funny”). And lucky kids got two Easter baskets this year (thanks Nana!).
Overall, it was a beautiful Easter. Holidays are just so much better with kids.
I can’t believe my baby girl is going to be ONE already. I’m on official planning mode since her party will be in one month exactly. Just like Declan’s first birthday, there isn’t really a “theme,” or at least a character theme. I’m just going with some pinks, black, gold, white, stripes and dots – a girly mish-mash. I’ll be decorating with her monthly photos and some flowers. I still need to get Vida’s outfit – I really want a a gold tutu and I already got her well-deserved crown. Here’s some inspiration for her party:
And along with inspiration, a little wish list of course.
“A photo of my children, once a week, every week in 2017.”
Declan: fresh little shark out of water.
Vida: celebrated her first St. Patrick’s day in style. (44 weeks)
Declan: Declan got to play in my Grandpa’s yard this weekend and had a blast. He couldn’t believe that I used to play there at his age.
Vida: cutest anti-crawler, just like big brother was. (45 weeks)
One of the easiest, and one of my favorite, ways to give my home a little freshening up is to buy some plants. A quick little trip to the local nursery or to Home Depot always does the soul some good. Ikea also has plants at a great price; somehow I always walk out with a plant from there. I love how they strategically place them right by the candles; who can resist?
This space right here? GOALS
“A photo of my children, once a week, every week in 2017.”
Declan: This week he called me “Mama Goose.”
Vida: officially out in this world for as long as she was inside. (41 weeks)
Happy 9 months, Vida Magnolia! I’m officially in First Birthday mental planning mode. Unbelievable.
AGE | 9 months
STATS | 15 lbs – she gained her weight back after being in the hospital. She’s a healthy 27 inches tall.
WORDS | A lot of babbling and “Dec-Dec.”
FAVORITE FOOD | Seems like everything. This girl just likes to try new things. Declan shares crumbs of his muffins with her; it’s the cutest. She’s way better at holding food now and bringing her hand to her mouth. Still waking up at night to drink milk.
FAVORITE THINGS | Being carried around. I mean this little lady will not let me pass her without picking her up when I walk into the house from work. She loves watching other kids play at the park and the museum. She loves cuddling with her big brother. The first person she looks for in the mornings is her favorite guy, Declan.
LEAST FAVORITE THINGS | If we take something from her that she shouldn’t be playing with; she’ll rock her head at you.
SIGNATURE MOVES | Stretchiiiiiing to reach for things while we’re carrying her. She stretched so far the other day she knocked down a cup of coffee at my father-in-law’s house. She means business.
This month her personality has really developed. She’s equal parts sweet and tough. We nicknamed her Warrior Princess. Happy 9 months to our Warrior Princess Vida Magnolia!
This Valentine’s Day was special for two reasons – it was Vida’s first Valentine’s Day and it was Declan’s first Valentine’s Day at school where he got to exchange Valentine’s with his classmates.
We woke up early that day and I took Declan to the doughnut shop up the street. Everyone seemed to have the same idea because by the time we got there all of the Valentine themed donuts were gone. But that didn’t stop Declan from eating a sprinkle doughnut. I then dropped him off at school with his bag of Valentine cards (Ninja Turtle, of course, and Mickey Mouse pretzels). Vida and I went to go visit Dad/Hubby at work and took him some doughnuts.
The rest of the day Vida and I spent together running errands and visiting Nana at work. In the afternoon we went out for an early Valentine family dinner at The Crack Shack in Little Italy. I kept hearing about this place and the hype was real. They make some darn good chicken. Even Mr. Picky Eater Declan had some; and Vida. Then again, she’ll eat anything right now because it’s all so new haha.
It was a lovely, mellow family Valentine’s Day this year. Flowers and box of chocolates included.
And how sweet is this Valentine card Declan made us?? *tears