I am so excited to share today’s DIY with you – only because the girls have been as excited about it as I have. And well, let’s just say dipped kitchen jars – no matter their amazingness ;) - don’t quite work as well on them. But a reward chart with magnetic gold stars? AND their own names on it? AND it glows in the dark?! Booooyaaah – we’ve got a winner!

Since baby #3 is due to arrive in May, hubby and I have been trying to get the girls to do as much on their own as possible and help out. But all we got was a “kicking-and-rolling-on-the-floor-trying-to-put-her-shoes-on” Olivia and a “but-muuuuum-my-legs-are-to-tired-to-carry-this-spoon” Madeline. We were making real progress here friends, obviously. Until I made these board for them. Now, they want to do everything and anything on their own to get a star! It’s like, I can retire as a mama and just wait for my kids by the pool with a (virgin) margarita in my hand while they clean up the house. Almost.

How it works: the rule is pretty easy, they get a star when they are nice/helpful, and once they earn enough stars to spell out their entire name they get a prize – sometimes of their own choosing, something hubby and I come up with something. The starts are magnetic and super easy for them to move back and forth. Right now we’re giving away stars left and right because we just started with it and want them to think it’s super fun. The girls get a start for getting dressed/undressed on their own, putting their shoes on on their own in the morning (was a BIG battle with Olivia before!), helping to set and clean the table, cleaning up their toys, when they are super nice to each other or other kids, etc. Once all of these things start becoming habits to them (and they get older), we’ll tell them about other ways that they can earn stars.

Oh, and yes, like I said, these board also GLOW IN THE DARK! Because we all know that something that glows in the dark is 100 times cooler to kids. And to my hubby  too ;) Totally optional but a nice final touch. I only added glow paint to the names, although you could go all out and paint the magnetic stars with invisible glow paint also to make it extra cool.

 

Click here to learn how to make this magnetic constellation reward board

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In case you didn’t know, today is St Patrick’s day – a.k.a rainbow power day in my books, so here’s a little color inspiration for you if I may! Last year for St Patrick’s day my very good Irish friend invited us over her apartment to celebrate, and it was all stew and green jello and potato stamping and potato racing for the kids Haaaa to be Irish – add a potato to any activity and you’ve got yourself the Irish version…just kidding ;) I don’t think we’ll be doing much for St Patrick’s day this year. Duh, I can’t even have a Guinness so where would the fun be, really! Are you guys celebrating at all?

Happy Monday, friends!

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Yay and it’s Friday! And to put you all in a happy weekend mood I thought I’d share some pics of our last weekend at the beach. The perks of living in California are pretty endless!

It wasn’t a pretty white-sand-and-palm-trees kind of beach we went to, but it was perfect in its own way – wild like we like it in Northern California. We made princess castles and collected seashells. We skipped in the waves. We closed our eyes and let the sunshine fill our happy little souls. And since the beach was just around the corner from the Golden Gate Bridge, we also made a tourist stop to snap a couple pics of that heck of a view. Because, why not. We’re so  very blessed.

Have the loveliest of weekends, friends!

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While many of you are still under a pretty little blanket of snow, it’s been warm here in California – so warm that the lavender in our garden is already in full bloom. Don’t hate me, friends, but I’ve actually been wearing my sandals all week ;) Anyway, I thought, why not make up a little drink that will make you feel warm and cosy inside, but with a little taste of summer to it? Yum yum lavender white hot chocolate!

It’s such a delicious & comforting drink, really easy to make. And you know what, it would also make such a cute little gift for friends if you packaged some white chocolate chips and lavender buds together in a milk bottle with the recipe attached to it. In any case, enjoy – and if you try it let me know what you think!

Lavender white hot chocolate

Makes one large mug of hot chocolate, or two smaller servings. 

  •  2 cups of whole milk
  • 1/3 tsp lavender buds (adjust according to preference, lavender is quite fragrant)
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips 
Heat milk and lavender buds over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the milk starts to simmer. Remove from heat and leave the lavender for 5 minutes in the warm milk. Strain lavender and but the milk back on medium heat. Add the white chocolate and stir until chocolate is completely melted. Whisk milk mixture for 10-20 seconds until frothy.

I didn’t have any cream to make whipped cream, but my taste buds tells me it couldn’t hurt to have a bit of whipped cream with this bad boy ;) If you do, just make sure not to make the whipped cream to sweet as the white chocolate already makes this hot chocolate plenty sweet!

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I have an obsession with pretty, colorful storage for the home. So of course, when I got these glass jars I just couldn’t possibly leave them alone – I HAD to add a bit of color to them! Is it bad, doctor? Here is a super easy DIY for these dipped jars, using spray paint & foam letters as stencils to mark their content. I really love the way they look on my kitchen shelf (I’d been looking for ways to add more coral and green to my home!) – and even better is the fact that as soon as whatever’s in the jar disappears below the line, I know it’s time to buy some more at the grocery store ;)

I left some of the jars dipped, but also had fun adding a little bit of a pattern to some of them with my sharpie pens. Come on, you know me – one of them HAD to have polka dots one way or another ;)

Keep reading to see how I made them…

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Did you guys have a good weekend? We had the most lovely weekend – no nesting for me after all, instead we went on a little beach adventure some friends. I posted a few pics on my instagram feed and will have more for you on Friday!

Gosh I am so excited for Spring! When I was a student at the University of Arizona, we had this yearly student fair in the Spring called Spring Fling. I never really enjoyed the event itself, but loved the name of it and thought it would be pretty appropriate for today’s color inspiration. I have such a crush on that coral/peach & green combination right now- even though I have a hard time finding space for coral in our home and in my wardrobe. Maybe coral and I aren’t just meant to be ;) Do you guys have a color crush right now?

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Can’t believe I am just shy of 30 weeks! The big 3.0. – craziness! We’re so looking forward to meeting her, and I know that anxiety to meet her is only going to build up from here on out. She’s getting so strong, and now not only can I feel her move, but I can also feel the tiny parts of her body if I rub my fingers on my belly while she kicks. So fun! A couple of days ago I was explaining to the girls how, once their baby sister is born, there won’t be anymore babies in my belly – and Olivia says outraged: “but MAMA! We want a baby brother too!!!!“. Haha right – coming right up, m’am. So much for thinking I am in charge of my own body, my kids are already making decisions for this family ;)

I am still nesting like a mad woman – probably what I’ll be doing most of the weekend, unless we decide to go on a random family adventure  somewhere in the Bay. Do you guys have any fun plans? If you get a minute, you need to check out these links – happy Friday, friends!

♥♥ A wonderful TED talk by a runway model, so full of honesty ♥♥

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I’ve been complaining too much my own liking lately. You see, I am usually a “cup full” kind of person. I am a big picture person I usually manage to put things back into perspective. But these past couple of weeks, I’ve et the little things bother me. Blame it on third trimester tiredness maybe…whatever the reason, that has to go because I am not one that will give up her a cup full that easily.

Yes, my ribs are starting to hurt as baby girl keeps on growing. But I am SO Lucky to have that baby girl inside of me. It’s such a gift. Yes, the house gets messy and out of control. But I am SO lucky to have a loving husband that cares for me, and these two wonderful little girls that are full of live and creativity. Yes, I wish I had more time to work on the blogs and the 1000 projects that are bubbling in my head. But I am so lucky to be doing something that I LOVE and that gives me the flexibility to see my kids grow and spend time with them.

What I need to do is take a breather, and remember how, things ARE good. The stars are shining so bright. And I can’t let a cloud or two make me forget that. Anything that you do when you start loosing perspective on things? 

PS: Don’t mind me while I play around with paper – I’ve been wanting to do more paper cutting since that one I made last year for hubby.

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L: Apartment in San Sebastian, Spain by Mikel Irastorza, via Chic Deco | R: Mini Pop tarts via Martha Stewart.

So last week when I was in a cheeky mood and told winter off, maybe I should have thought of it twice…because since I posted that we’ve had nothing but non-stop rain. Maybe I should right an ode to snow to reverse the curse? Whatever, California has been in a draught anyway, so why yes, my Californian fellows, you have me to thank for all of this lovely water that’s making our nature lush and green ;)

You can always count on me to bring you a daily dose of colors to fight the gray skies. Like this gorgeous mid-century modern Spanish apartment in San Sebastian! If  only I could paint over all of the wood trims on our current home just like they did here. So fresh, a gorgeous mix of mid-century and modern touches and colors – bold yellow and teal. And my oh my, all these amazing pendants and the gold chandelier above the dining table – I die!

And with that, how about snacking on these mini pop tarts? Looking at them makes me smile, and I’m pretty sure they would make my belly happy too :) Happy Thursday, friends!

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