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.













Monday, December 26, 2016

Our Holiday Cards with minted

We teamed up with minted for our 2016 Holiday cards and we couldn't be happier with how they turned out!! 
We wanted to send out "Merry Christmas" cards but ended up getting a late start (hello December 15th, haha) and decided to make them "Happy Holiday" cards so it could be for Christmas and New Years! 
Does anyone else struggle with what to wear in holiday photos?! This year I didn't at all. As soon as I walked into Gap and spotted this gray polka dot jacket for Ruby I knew it was the one for our cards! I was searching for outfits for my husband and I but not loving anything I found so I decided to forgo the family shot plan and focus on Ruby - after all.. the babe is usually what friends and family want to see anyway, right?? 
HAPPY holiday stamps - perfect addition to the pink theme
the pressed greens luxe letterpress was perfect for our pop of pink photo!!  
I love color. I also love traditional Christmas colors but this year we decide to go a little out of the box. The combination of pink and gray together makes my heart sing. Heart eyes for days!! I was very excited when my husband and I decided to shoot some photos of Ruby in front of the infamous pink wall here in LA. Once we edited our photos and started to narrow down card options from our previous hunt on minted.com

Where did you get your Christmas cards from this year? If you've never ordered from minted I highly suggest you do soon. So many amazing options and incredible quality.  










Thursday, December 1, 2016

How To Prep for Holiday Cards - 3 easy steps!




Curating your perfect Holiday card can be challenging so I've put together my 3 steps to assist you in achieving the card of your dreams! 



How to Prep for Holiday Cards in 3 easy steps - rubymakesthree.com


1. Pick your card first!
Some might think that's a little OCD but it's not. When you go online and look at the vast options of cards you'll quickly be drawn to what you love and what you'd ideally like to send out to your family and friends. My tip is to narrow it down to 3-4 cards you love. This will make your photographer's job a breeze too, since you know what you want!

2. What to wear!?!
Dress in neutrals and have fun mixing patterns. If I had one tip in what to wear it would be - don't match! It's important not to lose anyones personal style when capturing family photos. You can easily mix and match neutral colors, textures and patterns without clashing.

3. Find a neutral backdrop! (or in my case a bright pink wall. lol)
But seriously, the more options you have with a neutral background the more fun you can have with the card design and minted has plenty of options to chose from! I love all of the foils, embossed designs and bright pops of color! Easily something for everyones style.

It's as easy as that! Pick your card design first so you know what  style of photos and backdrops you need and want to make your card pop! You'll most likely enjoy the shoot more now that you have most of the details ironed our prior. Have fun and enjoy capturing these memories!

Now it's time to head over to minted.com and pick your favorite card designs!!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Halloween 2016

Halloween has come and gone and everyone is focused on the Holiday's ahead (Hello Thanksgiving + Christmas) but I had to take one last look at our Halloween photos with our little kitty and share them with you.

This was Ruby's first time trick-or-treating. It was so fun to watch her go up to a house and quickly figure out all she had to do as approach someone and they put candy in her little bag. lol! We decided to take her out in Pasadena. We drove over to a beautiful part of Pasadena in search of a cute quiet street where we could walk around safely and we hit the jackpot. Serious. There's a (fancy) neighborhood where they close the streets down and all the houses get so into the decoration and passing out candy - it was so fun how festive everyone was!

I didn't dress up this year but last year I was a banana and Ruby was a strawberry, it was too funny. This year we had a little kitty on our hands and she was puurfect. Who knows what she'll want to be next year. I'm going to try really hard to let her pick what she wants to dress up as every year. Can't wait to see what she'll want to be next year. Enjoy the photos of our little lady.





Hope you had a fantastic Halloween. xo!