Girl Nursery Pinterest Party with Project Nursery


Join me on Wednesday from 6-7pm PST along with Project Nursery, Parents Magazine, Triple Threat Mommy, A Blissful Nest and The White Buffalo Styling Co. while we pin our favorite Baby Girl Nursery Design ideas from Carousel Designs website.  Join us HERE! See you tomorrow night on Pinterest!

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InstaLife

Getting ready for a girls night out with my new NARS Audacious in Fanny.
Watching the sunset at The Ritz Carlton Laguna Beach with friends from our Cabo weekend getaway. 
These three buddies are so scrumptious and I can't stand the cuteness overload!
A new French subscription service that just started called French Box.  Well you knew I had to subscribe!  Will share the contents on the blog soon!
Had fun doing a photoshoot for Gymboree with the kiddos.  They love their new Eric Carle pajamas!
Picked up a sample of the new Dior Star brightening foundation from Sephora & it might be my new Holy Grail foundation!
Friends for 25 years and even though we live far apart, when we get together, it's like it's been a week. Love you Maile!
He finally learned to ride his bike without training wheels this weekend!  Excited for this little guy to be finding his stride!
This Givenchy Le Rouge in Mandarine Bolero helped me realize that I could wear orange/coral shades.  I had never tried an orange or coral color because I had it in my head that I couldn't wear them.  Now I'm kind of obsessed with buying them!
I've been a pretty MIA on the blog, but now the kids are back in school (even Charlotte two days a week), so I'm hoping I'm going to be able to find my groove again on this blog while I take back some time for myself!  I thought I would share some of my Instagrams from over the last couple of weeks with you.

What is your Instagram handle?  I would love to stop by and check out what is going on in your InstaLife!

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Dreaming All Night with Gymboree & Eric Carle

Bedtime can be one of our favorite times of the day.  We get to snuggle up with the kiddos in their pajamas and read stories to them.  It's strange to think about how little Landon used to be when he would be snuggled up to his Daddy while listening to his bedtime stories.  These days, my big second grader can read to his little sisters.  It's so neat to see him share some of his favorite books from when he was little that we used to read to him with his little sisters.  

I was excited when I was asked to partner with Gymboree on a clothing collaboration that they did with Eric Carle.  It's fun to see some of our favorite Eric Carle characters illustrated on the different pieces of the collection.   Their slogan is that the kids can Play All Day and Dream All Night in this limited collection of  Eric Carle playwear and sleepwear.  

The kids loved going to Gymboree to pick out their favorite set of pajamas.  I found myself trying to persuade them to pick out the characters that I was partial to, but I had to let them pick which ones appealed to them the most.  While we were at Gymboree the kids were able to color printouts of The Very Hungry Caterpillar (click here to printout your own Eric Carle coloring & activity sheets).

For even more fun, download their iPhone app so you and your little one can add some Eric Carle fun to your photos and play a caterpillar game!

Inspired by Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See, from 9/2-9/30, Gymboree will be hosting a photo contest, where they are encouraging parents to help their little ones take a picture of what they see.

Entrants can submit a photo via Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr or via our designated direct photo upload site, using the hashtag, #WhatDoYouSee.

Entrants of the #WhatDoYouSee contest will have the chance of winning one of ten Eric Carle gift baskets including: A House for Hermit Crab book, a signed copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar book, figurines, stickers, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sippy Cup, Chunky Colored Pencils, Match and Munch Game, Place Mats Book, and Stage & Play (Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) $144.99). 

The winners will be announced at the end of the contest period, which is 9/30/14.

What is your bedtime routine?  Does your child have a favorite book that you have to read  to them every night?

*This is a sponsored blog post. I received compensation from Gymboree. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Back to School with the OneDay App


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When I attended BlogHer last month, I met some of the team members behind OneDay App and was very impressed with their app.  As a photographer, I'm constantly taking a ton of pictures of my kids, but when it comes to video taping, I completely forget to do it.  That's where OneDay comes in!

OneDay is an IOS app that creates movies of curated stories and questions that you ask your child and then you record your child while they answer the questions.  OneDay provides ideas and content for the stories (back to school, when I grow up, vacation memories, about mom & dad, about me, etc) and the best part of all is that the app does all of the editing for you.  After creating the movie you are able to save it to the camera roll or store it in the app for free.  You are also able to share it on Facebook, Twitter, email or text.

With summer ending and school starting back this week, it's been a great tool for me to capture all three of the kids thoughts on their summer vacation and the new school year ahead.

What I love about OneDay is it captures your child at that moment in time (the way they talk and the way they think) and you can create these videos as often as you want.   It is such a quick process and then you have this little time capsule video memory of them.  The story sets (curated questions) are very kid-friendly questions, allowing you to ask your kids thought provoking questions that not only bring out their creativity, but capture the personality at that very stage of their childhood.

One of the best features that is coming soon to OneDay is the ability to enter your own questions or stories.  It will be great to be able to customize the questions to your child or to a specific moment that you want to capture.

Right now, OneDay, is free to download from iTunes, but it won't be free for long.  So make sure you get a chance to download it onto your iPhone before they start charging for the app.

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by OneDay, but all of thoughts, opinions, videos and ideas are my own

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