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Mom + Me Halloween Costumes with Pottery Barn Kids


Photography: Chrissy PowersHair/Makeup: 1011 Makeup

The boys and I were asked by our friends Cassidy and Riley to share some Mom + Me Halloween costume ideas in collaboration with Pottery Barn Kids because really is there anything cuter than a coordinating family costume concept for Halloween?

I mean, as parents we obviously can’t participate in the trick-or-treating, so why not be one of the fun parents and dress up with your little one. After four years of coordinating costumes (super heroes, pumpkins, Curious George characters, Mickey Mouse and friends), I would consider us to be almost pros at family-coordinating Halloween costumes by now, but I think this year might just take the cake since it’s not only a kid concept, but something adults can totally get as well.

Mother of Dragons and Dragon Entourage…



So in all honesty, when Cassidy told me what she wanted me to be, my first thought was “oh cute”  a mom and baby dragons. My mind did not immediately go to the Emmy-winning television show Game of Thrones (gasp! I know…let’s blame it on the sleepless nights or mommy brain or something like that). And then, I realized that I was Khaleesi with my own little entourage of dragons and I decided it was the coolest “mommy” costume for the moment because it’s relevant for the adults, but a concept kids love as well for an entirely different reason.








If you can’t tell from the images, Holden LOVES his dragon costume. Since this photoshoot Holden has basically lived in it, wearing it the grocery store, the playground, museums…everywhere….despite the heat wave we have been experiencing in Southern California. He even won a costume contest with it!  And it’s not even Halloween yet.

 Mother of Dragons Costume: A Little Bundle t-shirt (you can also find a bunch of options here) // Bel & Beau skirt 

Toddler Dragon Costume // Baby Dragon Costume


3 Easy DIY Valentines to make with your sweet little valentine!


With this little baby of mine’s due date being on Valentine’s Day, my thoughts have been completely revolved around prepping for baby and birth and I honestly haven’t given much thought to the holiday. I woke up this morning (still pregnant) and felt bad that I hadn’t done any Valentine’s activities with Holden. So I hopped on Pinterest and found myself completely overwhelmed and under supplied for the majority of Valentine’s activities out there. Thankfully, Mom’s Best Network came to my rescue and shared these three easy DIY Valentine’s that you can make with your little one.  So if you’re like me and looking for some last minute activities, check out these easy V-day activities below.   you-rock-my-world-valentine-2

You Rock My World!

Rock Candy
Clear Bag

Directions: Place rock candy into clear bags, tie the bags safely shut, add the printable tag (download at the bottom of post) to the treat bag! Easy-Peasy!


You’re The Milk To My Cookies!

Milk Bottles
Clear Bag

Directions: Pick up some milk bottles, you local target has them 2 for $3 or you can recycle an cleaned simply orange-orange juice container! Add cookies, homemade or store bought, depending on your time, bag them, add the tag! That’s all, quick and easy!


You Donut Know? You’re my Valentine!

Cake Donuts (store bought)
Clear Bag
Cup + Straw

Directions: Pick up some cake donuts from your local bakery, un-frosted. Make your favorite flavored frosting, add frosting to donuts, shake sprinkles. Bag the donuts, seal with twin + poor some milk in a cup, add some frosting + sprinkles to the rim. Voila, fun after school treat for the kiddos, complete!

“You’re the milk to my cookies!” DOWNLOAD the Milk tags HERE

“You Rock My World!” DOWNLOAD the You ROCK tags HERE

“You Donut know? You’re my Valentine!” DOWNLOAD the TAGS HERE from Paper and Pleats.



Black Plates from Ikea // Gold Metallic Sharpie // West Elm Shanna Murray Plates

Around the holidays, it seems that I become even more addicted to Pinterest than usual (if that could be possible) and it’s hard not to get wrapped up in the DIY frenzy with all of the fun projects that people are pinning for the holidays. Although my DIY list is always filled with projects that are a little above my DIY skill level, I thought that this year I would start with a simple DIY project before attempting any of the more difficult projects. So if you’re looking for a fun and easy way to personalize your holiday table, this project is for you.

I came across these Shanna Murray Plates at West Elm, but was bummed to find that they were already sold out. I had remembered seeing some DIY sharpie projects involving plates a few months ago on Pinterest and although my handwriting probably won’t end up looking as cute as the Shanna Murray ones, I thought it would be a fun way to add personality to a holiday dinner.  It’s something that your little ones can get involved with (I know Holden would love to make his own plate) and you could even host a party with a make-your-own-plate crafting station.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  After decorating your plate, put it in the oven for 30 minutes.  Turn off the oven after a half hour and let the plates cool completely before removing them.  



Get the Look :: 

Inspiration Images

Pheasant Wing Feathers // Guinea Fowl Feathers // mismatched candelabras // Chocolate Cosmos Plant // Purple Viola Flowers // Fern Leaves // White Vase // Gold Wishbone // Reindeer Moss // White and Gold China // Gold Flatware // Gold Hurricane Candle Holder // Lace Table Runner //Gold Table Runner

I fell in love with this Jose Villa rustic glam wedding and felt like it would make a stunning and chic Thanksgiving tablescape.  We spend Thanksgiving with our large extended families so I won’t have the opportunity to create a Thanksgiving table setting, but if I did, this is exactly what it would look like.


Lounging on the 4th










everywhere outside of the city was over 100 degrees, but the city itself was a perfect 75 degrees with a cool ocean breeze that whipped under the golden gate bridge and across the coastline.  we had a picnic dinner at chrissy field, threw rocks into the ocean, and anxiously awaited holden’s first fireworks experience.  chrissy field was the perfect spot to watch the fireworks with a first-timer, they were far enough away that the it wasn’t too loud, but closer enough so that we still had a perfect view.  holden loved the fireworks, but  i think the sparklers were his favorite part of the afternoon.