Friday, October 19, 2018

All of the Lights with Lamps Plus!

It's all in the little details. 

I have been dreaming about how I'd style our first home for years. Lighting and accessories have always been important to me. A way to truly share what you love in your home with guests when they come over. It's amazing how updating a fixture or adding the perfect mirror that you LOVE can change a room instantly My husband thought I was crazy for wanting to change out EVERY light fixture in the house but after renting for over a decade you start to dream about all of the things you'd make your own. Here is a peek at what we chose for our home from Lamps Plus!

Welcoming Entry:

Would you believe me if my entire entryway design and layout started with one big ole beautiful mirror? No joke! I fell in love with this beautiful matte black round number and HAD to add it to the wall. Drumroll, please.... THE Mayfair Matte Black Round Mirror is what you need. Everyone needs one!

Operation switch out every light builder grade boob light fixture: 

This became really exciting when I found exactly what I wanted at an affordable price at Lamps Plus. I decided to switch the boob lights to a clean schoolhouse style light, the Schoolhouse Nickle Opaque Light and we seriously couldn't be happier. We will show you how those turned out in a later blog post once we do the full home review (so stay tuned and check back in) but for now I'm sharing a few of my favorite items we chose.

A touch of glam for Ruby: 

For little miss Ruby, I decided to go glam and added a fancy and went with a brass chandelier, the Kichler Armstrong 6 light. This fixture was the perfect addition to Ruby's room - it's just SO good. She loves it, I love it and my husband loves that we added a dimmer because dang was it was BRIGHT!!

The perfect white lamps:

As scrolled and scrolled online looking the insane amounts of options  (I'm talking hours or research and adding the product to the cart only to stare at my shopping cart for weeks without any decision making)  I also fell in love with lamps, lots of tabletop lamps. I decided on some beautiful basic tall Gourd style lamps with the perfect touch of gold. If you can't tell yet, I'm not afraid of some gold. The Lulu white and brass gourd lamps are the perfect addition to any room, no matter the vibe so we opted for lots of them. They say when you love something set it free. In this case, we loved them so much we added them throughout our home!!

Master bedroom lighting that finally makes me feel like an adult: 

I didn't truly feel like an adult until my master bedroom had matching lamps that were substantial and made me feel like my room was created from what we wanted instead of the misc goods you grabbed on a clearance end cap. Who's with me? ha! I know, I know.. I'm so silly but I had goals for this home and I wanted to run with them and make decisions to finalize accessories and all of our lighting. The Vickery stacked marble table lamp is GOALS. Holy Moly does this lamp make me happy. It's incredibly beautiful and just the touch we needed to pull the room together. Goodbye tiny mismatched lamps on our nightstands and hello timeless marble table lamps. Swoon.

If I have learned one thing during this lighting consumption it's that you should really get what you love and splurge a bit so that you will have these items long term instead of buying something you're less thrilled about only to pick something new in a year. Save up and love what you put in your home whenever possible.

Keeping it Real:

While this was a product trade collaboration with Lamps Plus. The opinions are my own. I share what I love!! 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Ruby's New Big Girl Bed!!

Part of the fun of moving is getting to have a fresh start and in this case getting to redecorate a bit. I was eager to pick out a bed for Ruby that could really grow and evolve with her for years to come and picking the bedding was easy and my favorite part!! We had a full-size bed at our home in California but I wasn't sold on the rose gold style so I folded and went with the coveted Jenny Lind bed from Crate and Kids! The bed has exceeded my expectations - super happy with the investment. Fast forward to the cozy part of the puzzle - bedding! I was searching for something that wouldn't be hard to make the bed every day since we had to place the bed up against the wall in order to make the room more functional. 

Beddy's is so practical. Bedding that fits like a big sheet, so much elastic and so easy to unzip from both sides. I don't know if I'm more excited that I can make the bed in seconds or that Ruby can help me with it. 

I decided on the Dash set with the Spotted blanket. I a couple of fun pillows for a polished look that is still easy for Ruby to make. I have to say, that I'm thrilled with how the bed turned out!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Friday, January 19, 2018

A Family day out about about with our UPPAbaby VISTA!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of UPPAbaby. The opinions and text are all mine.

The 2017 UPPAbaby VISTA and MESA combo review: We had a special delivery last week of our new UPPAbaby VISTA stroller and MESA car seat! As a soon-to-be mama of 2 it was an easy decision to go with Jake colorway, all black will help to hide the dirt and mess that kids make! I must say that all the colors are stunning and a good choice if you are a color lover, go wild! We had the grey VISTA and absolutely loved it but the neat freak in me was obsessing over trying to clean it all the time and who really has time for that?! Not this mama. I have to start by highlight the newness and updates that this 2017model has from the 2015 stroller we had with Ruby. This new model weighs only 26.3 pounds vs. the previous 2015 model - 27.5, that may seem like a slight difference but every pound counts when you're lugging a stroller in and out of a car all the time. They also updated the wheels and the canopy sunshade material is even softer. I love how easily the stroller folds and that it stands on its own. I'm also super impressed with the size of the basket below - I have seriously done a Costco trip before while pushing a sleeping baby and it was magical. I felt like super mom! ha. We also decided to go with the Jake MESA car seat for our second baby girl because we wanted to elevate any additional adapters and we needed a new Infant Car seat (why I decided to sell ours right before we found out we were expecting. What timing! lol) so it was a no-brainer for us when making the decision. It's seriously a full-on travel system - UPPAbaby seriously thinks they think of everything. The cost of the stroller is a bit more expensive than some strollers on the market but I'm a firm believer that you get what you pay for. I'm a very busy mama running a media business from home and when I go running errands I need my gear to work with me not against me. Plus. the total cost includes so much it's not even funny. Here is what you get for the price. - Stoller - Toddler Seat - Bassinet - Bassinet storage bag - Toddler seat bug shield and rain shield - Bumper Bar When you look at all that comes with the price it's an incredible value. In addition to what comes with, we decided to upgrade the new chic leather additions. I decided that the saddle color in handlebar cover and the bumper bar cover. What you will want to be a fully prepared UPPAbaby VISTA mama on the go, here are the additions that I suggest investing in - + Piggyback ridealong - SO fun for toddlers when they don't want to sit in their seat. + Adapters to make it a double + Rumble seat to take your 2nd for a ride along + VISTA lower and upper adapters for different configurations to have 2 kids sitting at once + Snack Tray - for all the snacks on the go + Travel bag - to keep it safe and fresh when traveling. Plus, when you travel with your VISTA in the UPPAbaby bag

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

My favorite items to order on Milk and Eggs!!


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.
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...