It might seem a bit repetitive and tiresome to visit the same place year after year, even twice last year, since Avery was one. But, to me, it’s quite the opposite. Going back to Newport is exciting and strings each trip’s memories together, easily accessible to remember the magic from before.
Eating a Balboa Bar covered in sprinkles or riding bikes to the end of the boardwalk where the sidewalk literally ends and walking to the pier every morning after dad makes pancakes are a must. Of course these kids have their not-so-great moments and I would remind them of the theme I set for our trip about ten miles after leaving our driveway–Be Grateful & Kind (you little stinker). But sometimes the monsters in them just want to be heard. ; ) They were pretty wonderful overall. I just feel that inner struggle of frustration when they are being tricky VS trying to enjoy every moment before they grow up. I hope I am doing it right. I hope my future self looks back and says, “You did it! You enjoyed every bit you could while they were young.” Because I really want to. I am trying to. And that’s exactly why we go there. To run away from things that distract from those sweet faces.
One night we went to Balboa Island for the typical Ferris Wheel ride and frozen banana treat. Oh, and don’t forget cotton candy. While we were strolling around trying to keep the kids together, which is similar to herding cats, a family asked us to take their picture. Then they offered to take ours. At first we said no thanks but we rarely get a photo of all of us together. So the next thing I know we are scurrying together, lining up against the wall where we were standing and just like that, in one quick snap, this square holds my whole heart.
I know I mentioned that I love the Bow/Prize Ribbon Die set already but I have to say it again… I love it! This is a look at the prize ribbon die in action as a garland and on a card. It comes with a cute HOORAY flag to layer with.
A prize ribbon garland would be so fun at a birthday, graduation or other celebratory occasion.
Layer some fringe behind it and add some honeycombs on the ends and you’ll be set.
You know how sometimes you don’t know how to finish the ends of a garland? Use coordinating paper and the bow from the die set to add a darling touch to each end.
Piles of prize ribbons and a bathtub full of beach balls. Sometimes my days highlighted with such random cuteness.
Prize ribbon die is included in the bow die set so you get two in one!! It’s my favorite new product. There’s also a HOORAY banner that layers on the prize ribbons.
Loving all the new colors that Tim Holtz has come out with so I had to add them to my rainbow forest of bottle brush trees.
Today I am thrilled to share a fun little project I’ve been working on with & Apparel. Together we curated a darling line of summer staples to add to your wardrobe. In the warmer months I live in skirts and shorts so you will find some playful patterns and everyday pieces as well as the comfiest shorts I will be living in everyday. There’s also comfy tees, some other flirty skirts and darling accessories. I know that I’m no fashion blogger but I like getting dressed in the morning and I love shopping even more.
We used some inspiration from the latest Dear Lizzy collection as a jumpstart for the styles. So you’ll find a cute flamingo bag/clutch and also a pineapple bag. There’s a pair of cute+chic rose gold sandals that you need for summer.
Love this bottom skirt because that guava pink is such a great color right now. See the entire collection here! Thanks so much for joining me on all sorts of creative and life adventures on this blog. Sending cyber hugs, Lizzy
Last week I partnered with a couple favorite brands for a giveaway on Instagram. (It’s still going right now if you want to enter!) The first is a $100 gift card from & Apparel which is a darling online shop and everything is under 50 bucks. Cutest skirts and shoes that you can mix it up with a playful graphic tee. The other giveaway is for a pair of shoes from Yosi Samra. I am wearing some leather flats that are so comfortable and modern-chic. Love the quality!
Lola came with me to take some pics. If you remember years ago when I had Quincey ride in a bike basket when I released my first line of products… Crazy how long ago that was. Years later and it’s Lo’s turn. I was pedaling at .00001 mph but she still loved it.
She said she had to wear my fake reading glasses because it was too bright outside without them and she couldn’t see.
PHOTOS: BECKY KIMBALL PHOTOGRAPHY
Yesterday was ‘one of those days’ or I guess the whole week was. I didn’t feel like myself. I didn’t have motivation for much at all. Just blah… such blah-ness has lingered around more than normal recently. Not sure if it’s a combination of staying up too late and exercising more. Collin keeps blatantly pointing out, “You’re a mom of four crazy, active kids.” Good point.
Well, somehow I had this bizarre inspiration that a cheap trip to Dollar Store for yellow, floating faces could lift my sprits. We tied them to random cars and places throughout our town. Hopefully it got someone to smile who needed some extra cheer.
There are definitely signs of spring happening outside. Yesterday on a walk with Lola and Quincey we each picked a couple handfuls of tiny flowers. Quincey wanted to make something with them but we watered the flowers and washed their toesies instead.
This shelf is from Target and most of the stuff inside I found from there too. The glass bottle and jar from Ikea. Still need to add something to the frame.
Surprisingly it’s been a couple months and this plant is still alive.
We actually bought plantation shutters for this window but I love the light that comes through and didn’t want to lose my window sill. This window is above everything around so no one can see in anyway plus we ordered white… do you think that would work with the black? Still trying to decide.
If you are looking into a claw foot tub after some online research I found Vintage Tub & Bath.
They have an incredible selection of tubs and faucets for the best price! Free shipping too.
Also if your husband is a handy man and wants to install it on his own Vintage Tub & Bath have some helpful Youtube videos for the process. We had a plumber come in and put together the faucet because we had to do some changes to our pipes anyway.
Remodeling our bathroom was quite the process and I regretted it the entire time until it was done. Now it’s one of my favorite places in our home. Still needs some decorating and finishing touches but we are enjoying the bright, freshness of it.
One of the best things I did for our bath-time ritual was to designate a different color, monogrammed towel for each child. That way I know who left their towel on the ground and can hound the right kid. ; ) I noticed I am washing towels less and they are actually better at hanging them on their hook behind the bathroom door too. Found these at Pottery Barn Kids.
Launching the new Fine and Dandy collection is getting super close. A couple of the must-have products to add to your list (and tell your fave stores to snag for you) include the Bow Dieset. I used all papers from the collection in the above pic. The patterns include confetti, flamingos, floral and polka dots.
Another must-have is this 52 list journal! Each week you will answer a thought provoking question and then you can spend the week thinking about it or jot down whatever comes to mind. There’s a page with each question that will have room to add a photo, doodle or keep it simple. I have some fun things in store for this little book. So stay tuned. We finished the design last summer and I’m excited that it’s about time to get one to all of you!
Life at home is at its usual fast-pace where I struggle to keep up! Last weekend it was dance competition for Quincey and her team took 1st place with both of her routines. One they were dressed up like the darling sailors and the other pirates. Cutest ever! She practiced so hard and some days would go straight from school to dance. Proud momma moment.
Pretending these animal gloves are puppets is why he keeps them on. We’ve had such a mild winter I was wondering if I should put all the snow gear back in storage. But now it’s been snowing all day so I think I jinxed it.
Last week I gave away an Instax on my Instagram feed along with some Dear Lizzy products. (If you want to connect on Insta my username is @dearlizzy.) This little cutie posed for some pics. Did I mention at the top of her wish list for Christmas was Chuck Taylors? Actually she said black shoes with laces and stars on the side. haha Wha?! No Barbies or Calico Critters? Next stop: college.