At first, my ideas were everywhere while planning my daughter Blakely’s first birthday. I knew I wanted to be able to repurpose most of the decorations from her party —Especially since I knew I’d be putting some money into them — so I chose a theme that I could use in her new toddler bedroom. With a lot of planning and help, it turned into a very elegant and yet simple floral first birthday party. Read more
How do you celebrate your little one’s first birthday when it’s just days from Christmas? With a half birthday in summer! This Wonderland-inspired half birthday (or UnBirthday) was a lot of fun and filled with so many amazing moments. Read more
I’m not a fan of having characters on everything in my child’s room — I prefer themes that aren’t outgrown with each new movie that comes out. But I am a big fan of aspirational themes like this month’s kids room design — an outer space kids room for the little astronaut in your life. Keep reading for all the details! Read more
To celebrate our son, Thayer, turning one we did a royal woodland birthday party theme. We have always enjoyed nature as a family and wanted to reflect that in his party. The magic of the forest and the beautiful creatures that roam it was the inspiration for our little prince’s big day with close friends and family. My brother Jesse Le Vasseur did a wonderful job photographing the whole event.
Whenever I think about the 4th of July, fireworks always come to mind. I’ve been going to see them since I was a kid. I’d walk to a local lake with my family and all the other families (some first or second generation from places like India, Germany, China, Philippines, Taiwan and so on) then curl up in a blanket while I ate some snacks and waited for the nighttime fireworks to start. Though that city doesn’t host fireworks anymore, Bay Area families of all cultures still come together to gaze in wonder at the celebration of USA’s independence. I’ve taken my daughter to be a part of this tradition since she was a baby, but she usually fell asleep, so last year was her first July 4th fireworks show and the first time we could start a tradition to carry over this year — the July 4th snack. A fun S’mores spinoff to be exact. Keep reading for my July 4th family tradition, and an easy recipe the kiddos can help with (if they don’t eat all the ingredients first). Read more
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Having kids means encountering a LOT of messes of all types and sizes. On a normal day, my 2-year-old son is both accidentally making messes and purposely pouring cups of juice and water on the floor, or in toys, just to watch what happens. My floor is pretty much always sticky. I try to encourage this exploration and hands-on learning to an extent, so I decided to host a messy playdate with some local mom’s group mamas. Giving toddlers, babies, and big kids an opportunity to make a huge mess within a safe space fosters learning, exploration, and fun without added stress on the parents! So how do you host one? Keep reading!
Now that we’re officially in summer, the you-pick (or U-Pick) farms are open for the season! Some already have peaches, strawberries, and blueberries available, while others offer a variety of cherries and other fruits later in the season. Though every farm has its own rules, there are some universal tips for taking the family out for a day of fruit picking. Before you head out for a basket of berries, keep reading. Read more
I’ve often admired all the fig leaf plants on Instagram and wondered if I could manage one … then remind myself that my toddler would destroy it in just minutes. This, lack of plant knowledge and the fact that my plants usually die has kept me from joining the many indoor plant owners of the world who have anything but succulents. But I recently found a way to bring new indoor plants into my home in a way that I can manage and that’s safe for the kids. The best part? These plants clean the air!
While nesting in preparation for Nora’s Birth, I decided to convert my office into a shared room for Nora and River. Though it’s a fairly small room, the long layout allows each kiddo to have their own side, as well as a shared space to play in. River’s side of the room is all about adventure in the mountain wilderness while Nora’s side of the room is airy bohemian florals. It really came together nicely and is one of my favorite rooms in the house.
Organizing the heaps of baby clothes you inevitably get from friends and family is one of the bigger pre-baby chores. I advise against washing everything you’re given but am a huge fan of hanging up what you have by size so that you can see what’s available and which sizes you’ll need more of. To do this, you’ll need some great clothing dividers!