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Friday Favs!

1.  These candles are EVERYTHING, including a mess, but I love them still.  I got Kisa the cat as a gift but now see that they make BUNNIES so I’m about to level up on my Pyropet game!  When you burn these sweet, waxy little effers, it reveals their metal skeletons.  Oh my goth. ūüíÄ

2.  I’m a fan of felt ball garlands, but also root for team string lights.  This Christmas I tried wrapping both around the top of River’s teepee in the spirit of festivity, but it was a little much. Bright Lab Lights offer the best of both worlds.  My favorite thing about these is that you can customize your color scheme from their vast assortment of gorgeous colors, or you can choose from their genius preset color combos if you’re color dumb, as I tend to be with too many choices. 

3.  When I first found these glasses I thought “cute, not for me.”  Then I couldn’t stop thinking about them.  I finally caved and bought some in magenta and they really are SO cool on, I ended up buying the black as well.  Now I’m thinking I may need every color.  I got mine from shop-demure.com but see they now have them shopzerouv.com for CHEAPER.  They look similar if not the same to me!  They’re also great for color therapy and to help enhance your mood. 

4.  At first I wasn’t sure if my little boy was going to like dolls or soft toys but he really does!  He likes to squish and hug them and they really do seem to comfort him.  It’s such a better alternative when putting him to sleep than the fist fills of my hair he typically likes to snuggle with.  These gorgeous dolls from Cuddle + Kind are definitely a win win!  Every doll purchased provides 10 meals to children in need!

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friday favorites!


1.  If I have a motto about dressing babies it’s that comfort is king!  I love babies and kids that look comfortable, cute, and never fussy.  That’s what’s cool to me.  Childhoods Clothing gets it.  So far River only has 2 rompers and a pair of their shorty shorts, but I want everything they have in every size and color.  I love that they come in all types of layers, even short sleeved hoodies.  Which works great in California where even in the summer it always cools down at night juuuust enough for another layer.  

2. Aren’t these pillows just the neatest?  I want a whole mountain range for River’s bed.  I imagine the dreams he would have about being a great adventurer with these surrounding him.  They’re made by Three Bad Seeds and even their tree and animal pillows are just as stylish and cool as hell.  What’s better than awesome looking bedding that works double duty for play time, too?

3.  I couldn’t decide which style of these awesome night lights from Goodnight Light I wanted to feature.  I fell in love with their kitschy baby doll night lights, stayed for the pink pineapple, but am now in a committed relationship with their new cactus lights!  Unique and fun and sophisticated enough to feature in any room of your house, not just a kid’s room.  Think about how chill this would look on literally any flat surface of your house.  (River is lucky his helmet treatment corrected that or he’d be wearing one of these on his head)

4.  I’ve spent WAY too much time indoors this week due to my surgery and I am about ready to kick down the door and flee, meanwhile I can’t even lift up my leg in the tub high enough for the razor to reach it.  But all I can think about is taking River to the beach.  I’m on the hunt for a really good beach umbrella (if you find one let me know), but also on the list was a towel big enough for the both of us.  I’ve had my eye on these round towels from The Beach People for quite awhile just because they’re so cool.  I’ve seen a lot of knock offs since, but the thing I like about these is that they are thick and soft.  A lot of other round “beach blankets” are made of thin cotton, like a flat bed sheet.   That’s uh no good at the beach.  Give me something soft and absorbent and thick enough to be warm if I need to use it as a blanket when the wind kicks up while my moon doggy is still hangin 10.  I can’t wait to park our behinds on this baby as soon as I find the right umbrella and my husband shaves my legs. 

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Honestly, this bottle sucks. 


I’m not that into taking the time to give something a bad review, but as a mom I do find its more helpful to other moms if I’m honest.. er, forthright. 

Let me start off by saying I love the Honest Co.  I use many of their home and baby products.  But this bottle can basically kick rocks all the way back to Jessica Alba’s house. 

First off, this sonofabitch is heavy.  Fill it with milk and you may need someone to spot you if you plan to lift it above your heart.  I’m still trying to get River to hold his own bottles, that’s not happening with this thing.  He’d burn more calories than he was taking in. 

The whole bottle is made of soft silicone, which was actually a selling point to me.  I dunno, it seemed cool.  I grew up in LA, we have a love for silicone like Buffalonians do for blue cheese.  But if this thing gets pinched, squeezed, or smooshed it will dump out it’s contents all over your diaper bag, your baby, your shirt, your dog, your life.  I say DUMP, not leak.  Dump is correct.

The nipple and the big honkin’ blubbery bottle have to line up juuuuuuuust so when you screw them together.  Too loose and dumpity doo dah, too tight and the air vents get blocked meaning your kid will work up a sweat trying to get the milk out as the bottle squeaks and hisses and collapses, and when they try to let go half their face will get sucked back into the bottle.  

The to-go lid is ridiculously hard to get off.  Couple that with a squishy, blubbery body and it’s a disaster waiting to happen.  Imagine super gluing a lid to the end of a full water balloon, and then try pulling it off.  It’s something like that. 

As far as nipples go, this one is actually pretty great.  It’s the only reason this bottle hasn’t already been recycled into one of the Kardashians.  River has a really strong suck, has since birth (lucky me).  Getting him to drink from a bottle took a lot of trial and error because all manmade  nipples would choke him with their letdown.  He’ll be a year this month and he’s still using newborn slow flow nipples.  This bottle actually works for him in that regard. 

Bottom line, there are some crucial design flaws with this bottle. It bums me out because it’s cute and I ‚̧ԳŹ the Honest Co., but maybe they’ll figure it out and give this thing a makeover that for once means LESS silicone. 

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friday favorites!


1. Here is something that’s true; Korean beauty products do not fuck around. Here is something that’s also true; Belif Aqua Bomb is one of my favorite things I’ve ever put on my face. It’s beyond moisturizing without being heavy or greasy. And it doesn’t have any sulphates, phthalates or parabens. Lucky you they apparently have it at Sephora now so you don’t have to go traipsing all over the internet like my dumb ass did. 

2. This baby blanket has all the coolness of a Mexican serape, without the Itchy and Scratchy show. The serape blankets I have feel like they have only a slightly higher thread count than burlap. This is super soft and is Sherpa on one side! I found mine at Granola Babies in Costa Mesa, but the one I hunted down on Little Messengers shop looks almost exactly like it! I just think these are so special. I love the colors and how sophisticated and not babyish they are. 

3. I’ve had this app since the day it came out, but I’ve really only been playing around with it recently. It can truly take your photos to another level. I’ve always been jealous of people with Instagram pages that look all cohesive and lovely. I some day hope to get there, possibly right after I find time to shave my own legs. But for now I’ll just smurf around and have fun with it. It takes a little bit to master and really grasp the full genius of this editing app. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very user friendly. I think at first glance it seems like just another filtering app, but the subtleties are where it’s at. I think the key is to play around with filters at very low percentages, don’t over do it. One of my favorite things is that on the A Color Story Instagram page they post user photos with the “recipe” of how they created the look so you can replicate. 

4. I always thought I hated abstract art. But recently I started looking for something to hang in the space above my kitchen table and wanted to think outside the realm of what I typically pick. I realized one day that literally every piece of art in my house is either a portrait of a person or an animal. Landscapes are a big snooze-fest, so I started looking into abstract art. It turns out I still pretty much hate it. BUT, what I don’t hate, I LOVE. It’s very polarizing, but that’s super neat.  I happened upon this artist named Mari Orr in my quest and her stuff is a tiny bit of magic.  I could get lost in her brush strokes, which she highlights singularly sometimes on her Instagram.

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Our Favorite Rocker!


One of my favorite stories my MIL tells about my husband’s childhood includes him jamming out on his rocking horse to “The Curly Shuffle” on repeat on his little record player. ¬†I knew for River’s first Christmas I wanted to get him a record player and a rocking horse to pay homage to his dad’s days of being a little rocking weirdo. ¬†I did this massive search (as I always do) because I wanted to find something cute, comfortable, and something that would last.

I came across these rockers from Rockabye.com and knew I had found it!  The trouble was choosing which to get because there were so many cute ones.  I just thought the motorcycle was hysterical, and I love the colors.  The gages play sort of 70s Rock sounding educational songs, THE CUTEST!  You can just feel the wind in your hair and the open road around you.

These are some of my other favorites.  The airplane, peacock and butterfly are TDF.

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Friday Favorites!

I’m starting a new feature where on Fridays I’ll be posting a few of the items I’m currently crushing on! ¬†There’s always some new thing for babies or my home or beauty/health and wellness that I’m obsessing over every week. ¬†This week they all come from Etsy shops because I’ve been cruising my Etsy app at night after the child goes to sleep. ¬†(TBH probably a lot of these posts in the future will come from there because this bitch loves her some Etsy)

1. ¬†Neon Plant Hangers! ¬†I ordered this yellow gem from¬†The Vintage Loop¬†because I LOVE pops of neon in a room and I’ve been looking for a cool plant hanger. ¬†They come in lots of colors but the neon yellow, hot pink, and bright blue are the COOOO-LEST.

2. ¬†I ordered these sweet little snake socks ¬†from¬†Hady’s Closet¬†because, I mean, COME ON! ¬†Are these the cutest ever or what? ¬†I’ve been looking for knee socks for River that weren’t too girly. Now that he’s crawling and the weather is warmer, I wanted a way to keep his fat little baby legs protected on our hard wood without him having to wear pants all the time. ¬†Knee socks make diaper changes so much easier than pants, and I just couldn’t pass ¬†up these ssssweet sssssilly sssssnakes!

3. ¬†I found these Fox Socks on¬†May Cutie Boutique¬†while on the hunt for River’s snake socks! ¬†They were oh so cute, but far too girly for Bruiser, so I just had to get them for my niece.

4. ¬†Ok, this Rainbow Highlighter from¬†Bitter Lace Beauty¬†might seem a little out there, and it actually is, but it’s also truly magical! ¬†A girl in one of my Facebook groups posted about this and it was so gorgeous on her I wanted to cry. ¬†It’s subtle enough to not look crazy, just like the light is hitting you perfectly and your unicorn ancestry is shining through. ¬†Also, she said it smells like cotton candy! Sadly, do to high demand they are currently out of stock, but you better believe I have my email on their list to be notified when they get more in.

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Car Seat Covers!!


This is by far one of my favorite baby items. ¬†A car seat cover is one of those things I never knew I needed but now can’t live without. ¬†They’re especially wonderful when you have a brand new baby and every stranger you pass wants to stick their head right up to this fragile little larva and breathe all over them. ¬†Other than acting as a breath-shield guarding from lethal breath rays, they also protect from sun, wind, and weather.

Since I fell in love with my own (I now have a couple) it’s my favorite gift to buy for new moms!

I have both the¬†Covered Goods multi-use nursing cover¬†and the¬†Milk Snob cover. ¬†They’re SUPER similar. ¬†Both are made from buttery soft, ultra stretchy material. And they’re almost the exact same shape. ¬†The Covered Goods cover is slightly wider and several inches longer, though.


Other than covering car seats on the go, both can be used as nursing covers! ¬†This is awesome because you’re covered 360¬į all the way around you. ¬†No need to worry about what is peeking out around your sides and back. ¬†This is great news for us busty girls whose unruly boobs now filled with milk are somewhere towards the middle of the alphabet.

The Covered Goods cover can also be used as a shopping cart cover!  (Milk Snob makes a multi-use cover featuring a toggle that can also be used as a shopping cart cover)


Right now River sits up great on his own, but isn’t totally sturdy in a moving vehicle (shopping cart) so I still use my fluffy Floppy Seat with it. ¬†The Floppy Seat is great except it’s not large enough to reach over the handle of Target shopping carts! ¬†Considering I’m at Target like 4 times a week, that just won’t do.

Now that it’s colder, I also use my covers with my stroller when we go on walks! ¬†It doesn’t keep a ton of warmth in, but I put a blanket on River’s lap and it keeps the blanket from falling as we walk.


These things are genius.

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