MUST HAVES WITH BABY

OUR FAVORITE SUNSCREEN FOR THE POOL

By on March 22, 2018

One of the best parts about living in California is being able to swim year round. I loved swimming growing up and got to do it often since we had a pool in our backyard. It was one of my favorite things to do and I spent almost all of my free time under water. I remember before every swim my mom would put sunscreen on me and I never understood why I had to use it. I just wanted to swim! Lila loves swimming almost as much as I did and I have learned a thing or two about sun safety since then.

I always make sure to lather her fair skin before we go anywhere but especially the pool. Our favorite for year round application is California Baby’s Sensitive Skin with 30 SPF. It’s a mineral sunscreen that has actually won several awards. It is free of added fragrances, common allergens, and irritants so it’s perfect for allergy-prone, sensitive skin. (Hello, Lila!) The cream applied works as as a barrier on top of the skin instead of being absorbed by the skin like a lot of chemical sunscreens. It’s a diaper bag must have. I like to keep the stick option too so I can just swipe it across Lila’s face in a hurry.

If you want to stock up on sunscreen for summer or try anything else from California Baby you can use code: CELESTE15 for 15% off your entire purchase. No minimum purchase required and code expires 4/16.

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EASTER | FAVORITE TODDLER TOYS

LAST MINUTE EASTER EGG STUFFERS FOR TODDLER GIRLS

By on March 21, 2018
So the Easter baskets are made and I am putting the finishing touches on the Easter eggs for the big Egg Hunt. Since there is always so much candy I thought I would switch it up this year and add a few items for Lila to find that don’t contain chocolate. I found a few eggs at the dollar store that were huge! So I am using those to put some bigger items in. Plus how fun would it be for her to find a giant egg. Right?! Below are some things I putting in the non candy eggs. I hope it inspires you to create some non candy eggs for your egg hunt too.

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SPRING LOOKS FOR MAMA AND LITTLE

By on March 19, 2018
Spring is here! All the flowers, all the showers, and all the pastel colors. Yippee! Lila is pretty sure spring means eating lots of chocolate rabbits because everyday she wakes up begging for one. I am seriously so happy that it’s the time of year where you can put a bunny on anything and it is acceptable. Lila has loved rabbits since she was a baby and we are a bit bunny obsessed. Feels good to add a few new pieces into her closet too. What are you excited to wear this spring?

Lila’s Outfit:Dress / ShoesPurseLamb Knit Doll

My Outfit:DressShoes

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THE PERFECT CHOCOLATES FOR EVERY EASTER BASKET

By on March 15, 2018
In case you didn’t know we are ALL. ABOUT. EASTER. in this family. Easter and well, chocolate. I surprised Lila with an easter basket full of her favorite things: chocolate bunnies, chocolate surprise eggs, and vanilla lollipops. All from See’s Candies of course. Only the best for my little chocolate lover. And the best part?… I can probably convince her to share.
*This post has been sponsored by See’s Candies. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Photos by Rebecca Orlandini Photography

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EASTER | TODDLER FASHION FAVORITES

TODDLER GIRL OUTFITS FOR EASTER DAY

By on March 12, 2018

Easter is around the corner and I can hardly contain my excitement. Easter has always been my favorite holiday. (Well, second to Christmas. Let’s not be crazy.) Growing up my mom always made Easter a very special day and since my nieces were born it has been so much fun adding more and more magic for them each year. One of my favorite traditions for the girls that my sister in law has made every year is glitter confetti eggs. For like 9 years now she would drain eggs very carefully, let them dry, then fill them up with glitter. Then we would all throw them at each other! (Kinda just like super glittery water balloons.) It is so magical to me and I love that Lila is not only old enough to be active in all the festivities we have planned, but is actually really excited. She wakes up every day asking if it is Easter and I really just want to wow the pants of her on Easter day.

One way I plan on making her day as special is possible is Easter Pajamas! I found the cutest Easter PJ’s ever from Chasing Fireflies and instantly became obsessed. Besides being really freaking cute- you can also personalize them! You I had to get these for her and I personalized them with her name on them. You can see the difference here Wild Bunny Pj’s vs. Personalized. Both are seriously adorable, but I thought personalizing them would be the cherry on top to the cutest pjs. I also got her these Fluffy Bunny Slippers because one they are so perfect- how can you not get them?! And two because she actually really does need slippers, so it was partially a practical decision.

Okay, okay! Now let’s talk about her DRESS. While scrolling through and swooning over pajamas I found the most gorgeous dresses I have ever seen. I chose the Cottage Garden Dress because it was stunning, but also reversible. So she can wear it to another event in the future and it’s like a whole new dress. Yay! When the dress came in the mail I have to say I was in awe of all the details of the dress. It is even more stunning in person and I am going to find any excuse for her to wear this dress and often as possible. Oh and I’m already crying thinking about the day it doesn’t fit her anymore.

For her Easter basket I went with this  Bunny Easter Basket mostly because of the size. I always jam pack Lila’s Easter basket so full that you almost can’t tell there’s even a basket. I wanted to make sure I had plenty of room this year and this one is just perfect. It’s also super soft. I’m obsessed. Since I was already on a personalizing kick, I added her name to the basket too. It’s this one: Personalized Bunny Easter Basket.

So that’s what Lila will be wearing Easter day! I am so excited about Easter it’s ridiculous. Next I’ll be sharing what’s inside her Easter Basket with you so be on the look out for that. Everything is linked below as well as deadlines for orders. Hoppy Easter!

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PLACES IN PASADENA: FLOAT

By on March 7, 2018

It’s probably no surprise to you to hear that I have a serioussweet tooth. And one of my all time favorite desserts is a root beer float. When Hubs and I started dating we used to go anywhere and everywhere for a good root beer float. When I was in college I discovered Float just a few blocks from campus here in Pasadena. Since my first visit I was hooked! I have since become a regular at this spot and I still love it just as much as day one.

They actually have an amazing menu of creative floats mixing specialty glass bottle sodas with delicious handmade ice cream. From the combinations to the the toppings, I am always amazed at the creativity. Today we tried the Neapolitan and it was seriously the best thing ever! It had strawberry chip ice cream, manhattan vanilla soda, mini chocolate donuts, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and sprinkles. And that’s not all. Want to know the best part? Lila got a mini one!  That’s right. Every Monday from 3-6 they offer a Mommy & Me Float. Buy one float, get a mini float for your mini me- free!

Guess you’ll be seeing us here every Monday!

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CUTE EASTER BASKET IDEAS FOR TODDLER GIRLS

By on March 3, 2018
Easter is a month away and I am in full blown Easter basket making mode. If they have Easter things at Target then it’s not too soon. Right?! Talking from experience, going in without a plan usually ends up leaving with a lot of ?everything? haha. So this year I am making a list and going in to check off these boxes. I also want to surprise her in the morning with Easter eggs in the living room filled with things like small toys, blind bags, bracelets, bows, little gems… things like that! I know she will love it. Then I’ll have it lead to her basket and that’s pretty much all I have planned right now. I know this month is going to fly by so if you need me I will be at Target staring at all the pastel colored, egg shaped, amazingness. The countdown is on!

 

Baskets

Coloring

Disney Littles Doll

Water Bottle

Wooden Toy

Lip Balm

Fruit Snacks

 

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TODDLER FASHION FAVORITES

SPRING INSPIRED TODDLER GIRL OUTFITS

By on February 26, 2018

One of my favorite seasons is spring simply because all the cute toddler clothes! I love Easter and pastel colors so when I see my two favorite things come together and inspire endless collections of little girl clothing, swoon. Lila loves to wear dresses and I love to see her in dresses so it’s a win win for both of us. One of my favorite places to find the cutest dresses of the season is Tea Collection. You can find their styles on their website or at Nordstrom. I love shopping in store because then you can touch the material of the clothing. I love to touch things before I buy them! To save you a trip to the store all of the Tea Collection dresses Lila is wearing in this post are made with super soft,thick cotton. So you really can’t go wrong. 😉

This season I am focusing on growing Lila’s accessory stash. She loves wearing sunglasses daily but I have trouble finding pairs that I like for her. We just got a few pairs last week so I will report back with how they are working out for us soon. For shoes we are currently head over heels in love with Mini Melissa. Lila really doesn’t even want to wear any other shoe. We have a few pairs right now and I have a feeling our collection will growing rapidly because they are so cute! We just got these for our Disneyland trips and I can’t wait to squeeze her feet into them.

Happy Shopping!

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HOW TO EASILY GET YOUR TODDLER TO GO TO BED

By on February 17, 2018

Our Bedtime Routine is a daily task that we are close to having mastered. I am lucky that my daughter has always loved sleep, but there are a few things we do that encourage her to get yawning at night.

The first step of our bedtime routine is bath time. Having a bath is a great way to signal it’s time to wind down for the evening. I like to introduce calming scents in and around the bath to help get my little one feeling cozy and ready for cuddles. A few weeks ago we said goodbye to baths and switched to showers. She actually really enjoys standing showers and it’s been a lot faster of a process, too.

This is the Shower Filter I shared on Instagram. It helped us SO much getting Lila to have eczema free skin. With her normal skin care routine and this filter she is doing great!

In the shower I’ll wet her bath sponge and put a nickel size of body wash on it. I’ll rub this all over her body focusing on the skin that was exposed that day. Usually arms and legs. Then I will wash off the soap and wrap her in a towel without drying her off.

While she is all wrapped up I take her straight to her bed and lay her down. With her skin still damp I apply her eczema cream onto her applicator and rub it into her problem areas. Her areas that will flare up are her knees, behind the knees, her elbows, her left foot, and her left hand. Then I put on her pajamas and move on to her hair.

I always spray her hair with detangler and then work through it with a wet brush. Once it’s brushed and there are no tangles I’ll work about a dime size of mousse through her hair starting at the ends. It makes a huge difference in the way her hair looks the next day! We can’t get enough of this particular jelly mousse. I love that it keeps her hair in place and still feels soft to the touch. No crunchiness!

Next we brush teeth, I recently found a toothbrush for her that I really like. I’ll link it along with all my bedtime favorites at the bottom of this post.

Now that she is all ready for bed we will play in her room together for about half hour. I’ll put on her sound machine or play some calming music, in effort to keep the mood ready for sleep. When it is time to turn out the lights I will cuddle next to her and then usually she will fall asleep pretty quickly.

And…. That’s our routine! It usually takes an hour start to finish. It’s a lot shorter since we switched to showers from baths. I do notice it helps her to get the last little bit of energy out to play in her room after bath time. That was something that I didn’t know to do until it just happened one night and she fell asleep so much faster. So now it’s just part of the routine. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments. Happy Snoozing!

An Easy Toddler Bedtime Routine

  1. Bath Time

  2. Listen To Soothing Music

  3. Put On Pajamas

  4. Brush Teeth

  5. Read A Book

  6. Spend Time Cuddling

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FUN AND SIMPLE VALENTINE’S TO MAKE WITH YOUR TODDLER

By on February 6, 2018

We spent yesterday getting ready for Valentine’s Day with my favorite little Galentine. I love to make holidays festive for my little lady and she loves to help pick presents for others. Especially when there is chocolate involved. We stopped at our local See’s Candies for some of their fabulous chocolates and yummy lollipops for our friends and family. It’s our go to chocolate shop for every holiday. And in my opinion it’s the best gift to receive. We picked up a few boxes of their lollipops along with some lollipop holder Valentine’s cards. They are so dang cute and the best part is Lila can put them together all by herself. She thought it was so fun and really felt ‘involved.’ She got to pick the flavor for each of her friends (vanilla for everyone!) and also scribbled a little something on each card.

We also got a few bags of their chocolate hearts to tape one to the cards Lila wants to make for a few of her cousins and special friends.  That is if there are any left because I can’t stop eating them. Ha!

Are you ready for Valentine’s Day?
*This post has been sponsored by See’s Candies. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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