Tuesday, December 5, 2017

My favorite items to order on Milk and Eggs!!


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What is Milk and Eggs you say? Well, it's just about the best website for anyone - espeically busy parents!!

I'm sure some of you are currently rolling your eyes thinking, - she can't go to the grocery store?

Of course, I can and I love to. Scratch that, I loved to grocery shop before adding a million tasks to my daily life including spending time with my busy bee toddler and running a business from home with tons of emails, conference calls oh and that laundry, does it ever stop?!! I hope that I've nicely made my point, lol. Life is busy and if I can check one thing off my list while getting extremely fresh produce, some of Ruby's favorite snacks, mamas cold brew (oh yes, that is a huge selling point) and the most delicious pasta in all of Los Angeles delivered to my door - why wouldn't I.

Que the happy dance, now let's get to my favorites.. Here we go!


Our weekly order looks a little something like this.

Avocados or "coco's" as Ruby calls them.
Strawberries
Bananas
Cheese sticks
Bread Lounge Multi Grain Braid - hellooo Avo toast
Almond Butter - Our go-to for pre-school lunches
Stumptown Cold Brew - mama fuel!
Almond Milk
Avocado Oil - for all cooking and to make our favorite Banana Bread

In addition, we also order lots of other seasonal veggies, chicken, sometimes shrimp and some other locally made LA goods. 

If you're in the areas of delivery you should  NEED to give it a shot and order. Becuase I love you - here is a code that you can use for $15 off $35 or more. Just add "rubymakesthree" when checking out! Happy Shopping.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Bambo Nature - The last diaper you'll ever need to try!



Hey hey!! It's been so long but I'm back. Back to tell you all about the best diapers ever. So soft, eco-friendly and they are not full of chemicals. It's a total blessing. Did I mention that they don't leak either?! Or smell like fake baby perfume. I LOVE them so much and I can't wait to gift them to my friend who is having a baby next month.

Another plus about this incredible brand - you can also order wipes and skin care. I'm the classic first-time mama that has tried every "eco" and "green" skincare line. I was thrilled to use try everything but the balm and bath oil have been my personal favorite. aka - I have been using them too.

Soooo if you're on the hunt for a go-to diaper brand, do yourself a favor and order Bambo Nature Disposable Diapers right now. I promise you will love them, they are so soft and move so well with baby moving and dancing! Such a win win in our household - more dance parties and sleeping in without the worry if the diaper will hold everything in. #woohoo

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Ruby's Room Refresh with Lorena Canals!


Hey, babes!! I'm so excited to share the little snippets of Ruby's room that we're working on. I really wanted to add a pop up of color with a new rug. It was so important to me that it was soft and cozy (so she could sit and play) and it's a HUGE bonus that I can throw this in the machine and wash it. I ended up ordering the large size of the Mix Flamingo Pink rug - cutest name too!

This is our third Lorena Canals rug. Clearly, we're big fans around here... and that is probably because we wash them weekly. When you have kids, being able to wash the rugs they play on is seriously key!  

Another change to her room is the addition of this chair. I wanted to make sure we had a comfortable chair to read books and unwind at the end of the day. Just a simple addition but it added another element of cozy by tossing this blanket from Lorena Canals, I just love the blush colored pompoms! I'm loving the texture it adds and when we need a blanket it's right there. A win win! 

The only thing left to really do in this room is to update her from a crib to a bed (my baby is growing up)! How many mamas went from a crib straight to a big girl bed and skipped the toddler bed?? That is what I'm leaning on. Stay tuned... 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Afternoon Tea at the Langham


Everyone should experience the tradition of afternoon tea at least once in their lifetime. I've been to the beautiful Langham a few times but never for tea.Visiting this time for tea was not only my first time every enjoying high tea but it was incredible to take a timeout with my sweet friend, Shannon. The two of us left our toddlers behind and spend a couple of much needed hours to connect and enjoy the spread of tea, fantastic variety of bites and of course - bubbles!!  

If you have a chance to visit the iconic getaway while you're in LA or even if you're a local go take the time to visit the stunning hotel and walk the beautiful grounds. Really soak it up! If you're going to be in the area anytime soon, that's okay becuase, the afternoon tea with Wedgewood is available at all Langham hotels, so you can go enjoy it in many locations! I'm 




Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Toddler Travel Essentials



In true mom fashion, it took me months to get you my toddler travel essentials. That's right, I'm a total slacker but give me a break... I work full time and I enjoy spending my time with Ruby! I know it's an excuse but that's why I'm just now giving you my Hawaii and Toddler Travel Essentials and recap from our Kawaii family vacation.

Let's get straight to it. I'm going to list my top 10 favorite travel products and why I love them!!

1. Itzy Ritzy Handled Wet Bags: If you don't have any of these Travel Wet Bags you are doing something wrong. Ha! I'm kidding but really, these bags have made all areas of our life more organized and easier to clean, store. I'm always prepared. If you don't have any I highly suggest getting a few ASAP!

2. Tegu Magnetic Blocks: the best invention ever and so perfect for travel. We used them on the plane, in the car, at meals and by the pool.. one of the best toy options you can travel with!

3. Skip Hop Unicorn Backpack: Ruby absolutely loved having her own bag full of her stuff. It was perfect for her toys, snacks and a lightweight blanket to snuggle on the plan. Plus it frees up a bit of space in mama's bag in case she wants to bring a book or magazine. Plus, a miniature person wearing a unicorn bag?! What's not to love about that!! So darn cute.

4. California Baby Sunscreen: Pretty much the best sunscreen you're going to find. Since we live in California I've used my fair share on sunscreen and this is my favorite. Plus is smells incredible and doesn't irritate Ruby's skin or eyes. It's a mama essential for me.

5. Blabla Kids Coverlet: This Cactus coverlet is SO perfect for travel and making sure your little one is comfortable even when traveling. Taking a piece of him with you is so important, especially when it comes to something related to sleep. Not to mention this brand is one our favorites, we are collecting the beautiful knit dolls and pillows. I highly suggest Blabla for any future gift needs and all bedding for your babe, so so soft and cozy!

6. Pipcorn: delicious mini popcorn that is SO perfect for tiny snacking hands. I tried to convince Ruby to share but she's such a popcorn lover she ate most of it. Note to parents traveling to Hawaii - take as many snacks and non-perishable food items you can. It's amazing how fast you go trough everything and it's extremely expensive to buy food there. I was happy that I stocked up on her favorites.

7. Re-play Snack Stacks: These stacking cups are so perfect for travel. I packed them with fresh fruit and other foods for our flight then washed them when we arrived at our timeshare and continued to use them throughout the trip. So much easier and more practical than plastic bags. I through them all in our wet bag (shown above) with an ice pack and we had an on-the-go cooler, it was perfect for Ruby's snack attacks.

8. DockAtot Grand in Minty Trellis: To sum it up in a short review - you NEED this! I can't believe we ever lived without it. I'm bummed I didn't get the deluxe for when Ruby was just a tiny babe but I'm so thankful we've had the grand. So you want to know what I use it for?!
Well, traveling of course! It was a dream to be able to pop this out of the bag lay in down on the floor next to our bed and she was as safe as can be and so cozy. We took it on two trips back to back and she became to use to sleeping in it, it's not in her crib that we transitioned to a toddler bed. So it's getting its fair share of use. It's so easy to wash the cover and move around the house so she can get cozy anyplace, anytime. Basically, if you travel or have a toddler that is transitioning out of a crib - you need this!

9. DockAtot Travel Bag: This "On-the-Go" Transport Bag may seem like you could take it or leave it but that is not the case. It's a mandatory item if you will be traveling and if you're lucky (like I was multiple times) the airline might let this pass as a baby item and not charge you the luggage fee.

10. UPPABaby G-LUXE: Our newest set of wheels! I was ecstatic to give this a spin and take it on our trip to Kawaii. If you didn't know we're a UPPABaby fam bam over here. I mean, I was pushing around our Vista before Ruby was even born like a crazy lady. I just love the brand, quality and the values that UB stands for! Any company that is family owned, has a mission to make the smartest goods, design for the modern family and not comprise function is a stand-up company to me.

And after being continuously impressed with our VISTA we decided that it was time to give the G-LUXE a try. You guys, it's such a high-quality umbrella stroller! Coming from a try consumer (who already bought a "travel" stroller and was totally unimpressed. Let's just say that Ub will always be my go-to brand for my family, gifting and my number one suggestion to anyone who asks, what stroller I buy?

Those are my essentials and go to's that I loved having with me. I'm sure as time ticks our essentials will change but it makes me happy to know that I found what works for us and that I could possibly help another mama out there who is most likely over packing and stressing out about upcoming travel.

Don't worry mama, you got this! And if all else fails, pull out Moana on the iPad and get out the snacks. All rules go out the window when you're on a plane kids! 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The working mama hustle ... know when to have fun!



Being a mama is hard work. Being a working mama is really hard work. No matter how you slice it, balaning life is tough sometimes. There are chores to be done, groceries to buy, dinner to cook and the list goes on and on. All of that and we haven't even put on the working mama hat. 

Sometimes I wonder if I'm trying to drive myself crazy. Why do I do this to myself? (Feel free to insert eye roll now) You are probably thinking what is she talking about? Why does she work? Well, because there are bills to pay!! duh. - Yes. that is completely true but making money is not only reason that I work. I really, really want to continue my growth and hustle as a woman. Be a boss lady, you know!?! I didn't want my hustle to die off just because I became a mama. Anyone have the same drive? 

No matter if you work or don't work, as long as you're 100% fulfilled that's all that matters. I have many days where I wonder how I keep it all going in the direction that I want it to go. Life is challenging when you're email box filling up and you can't keep enough strawberries in the house for your toddler who is obsessed with berries.

I'm often asked how I juggle it all so I'm going to share a few tips on what works for me. as a full-time work from home mama. This is nothing groundbreaking here, it's just what works for me. If anything maybe you can forget about your mountain of laundry that needs to be folded while you're reading this blog post. ha!!! 

1. Make a list, cross it off as you go: 
Like I said, not groundbreaking but it feels so good when you get to cross things off your list and you'd be surprised at how the tasks that don't get crossed off seem to stare at you until they do. 

2.  Work Smarter not harder: 
You must enforce your own work life balance: If you work from home like I do, it's so important to have times you unplug and spend time with you family or you start to feel like a slave to your electronics. It's a blessing and a curse to always be reachable but if you sit down and focus on your work during the day, I don't feel guilty when I'm playing with Ruby in her kitchen and my phone is on silent. I always check periodically but I do love when I don't feel the guilt and can unplug. So aka, focus and get your work done as efficiently as possible!

3. Don't sweat the small stuff: 
This is so hard for me since I'm a control freak but I try not to freak out about the things I won't remember in a few weeks, the floor can be mopped tomorrow. The fort you want to build build and the emails can't aways wait. Do what you have to do to stay afloat and happy that day. 

4. Find someone you trust to care for your child: 
I'm so very lucky that Ruby has a sweet nanny and that they have a special bond, it really is a beautiful thing. It makes my life that much easier, whenever I want to go work at a coffee shop or now, wework I don't stress at all or feel bad about leaving! It makes life so much easier and peaceful so that I can focus on work! 

5. Work hard, don't lose your hustle and have fun:
I say this because being away from the child you love isn't easy so love what you are doing + make sure you're happy doing that job, in turn you will be a more fulfiled, happy and inspirational mama. I like to think that if you are choosing to work after having a child and paying the high cost for childcare that it's most likely because you love what you do! That's the goal right!?! To be enjoy your work and time away from your family. If you don't love what you do, I'm sorry and you should find a new job asap..  I'm serious, life is too short. So call me and I'll help you find your passion... push forward and make your own magic! 

I'm a busy mama, I wear many hats and at times feel like I'm never doing enough or that my mom hat is not on 50% of the time. It's hard to feel the balance but it's so imporant to remind yourself that you are doing wonderful! Always remember not to let anyone ever make you feel that you are not enough. What you are doing is valid, you are a magical unicorn and deserve to be applauded. 

Like I said, nothing groundbreaking but just the quick and easy steps I attempt to follow regularly.
Oh, don't forget to have fun too. Try to do new fun things with your babe whenever you can. Take pictures and smile, capture all the memories and remember that you are working to show your little one that you can do it all, and that it's okay to strive for success and set goals. Go and get it mama, you're doing great things! 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Living Room Refresh







Hi everyone! It's been awhile since we checked in but, we're back! Now that we're a few months into 2017, I can share some New Years intentions that I've actually kept up on for the last 3 months. Such as, attempting to be a minimalist - aka decluttering, meal planning and finally getting our living space together. One of my news years resolutions was to turn our living area into a room that we all LOVED and that was extremely family friendly. 

I've been wanting to finish our gallery wall since we moved in almost one year ago. The wall was lacking some serious Ruby vibes and we needed to get her framed stat. I chose a fun photo from our Trip to the Ace Hotel last September where we celebrated my 30th birthday.

I have used framebridge in the past and loved the quality so it was a no-brainer to go to them again for this large piece that I wanted framed to complete our gallery wall. The process of picking a frame was so streamlined and enjoyable, I really couldn't recommend them more.
Living in Pasadena, one of my favorite things to do is visit the Rose Bown Flea Market. On my last trip to the Flea, I picked up this black and white mud cloth to add a modern pop of print to our couch and liven up the space! On to the rug... We're already huge fans of the fact that you can wash Lorena Canal rugs in the washing machine and I knew that it was the only way to go for a living room. Such modern and timeless designs, and so incredibly comfortable.. did I mention you can wash them? This is our second Lorena Canal Rug because our first rug has been washed weekly for over a year and it still looks amazing.

In an effort to make our living room more entertaining for Rubes, we got her an Aqua Kitchen for Christmas with the intention of having it live in the living room. I chose an Aqua kitchen because, it's one of my favorite colors ever and I'm trying to push it on to Ruby, haha.

Plus, I do love a fun pop of color a living area that us full of gray and white. To continue with the Aqua theme I got her a Dockatot lounger that easily fits into our living area and can be moved from room to room. Ruby loves to get all cozy and relax in it and it's been such incredibly helpful to have in her new toddler bed while she acclimates to not having a rail.

I love how our living room turned out. It's amazing how a few thoughtful updates can really transform a room and make you fall in love with your furniture all over again.