Tuesday Tip: Pretend it is Friday

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Today's tip is pretend it is Friday. 

When we are having a bad day or a long week,  I will send my husband a message saying tonight let's pretend it is FRIDAY! I follow up with stop for wine and a treat.   

In order to make it feel like a Friday night, I make a special meal or order our favorite sushi.  Sometimes we let Luna watch a Disney movie which is a treat for her as well. Don't's pretend Friday. After her bedtime, we enjoy a drink, dessert and a movie. 

I promise your midweek slump will dissipate if you have a pretend Friday every now and again. 

Friday Favorites

Friday, October 2, 2015

What are you up to this weekend? We are going back to dance class which means I am officially a dance mom. Have you seen toddler ballerinas? The cuteness factor is off the charts. The rest of the weekend I want to chill out with my little family, make a veggie snack tray and watch movies.  Sounds good right!? Hope you have a great weekend, and here are this week's favorites. 

Favorite Quote: Put on your positive pants via Lettered Lessons
Favorite Halloween Costume: 9 Different ways to be a Cat via Byrdie
Favorite Podcast: Limetown is eerily good.
Favorite Made Me Smile: Mother-daughter moment 
Favorite Ballerina: Misty Copeland the world & I love you! 
Favorite Manicure: Black & White minimalist manicure
If you are like me, inspired to dance like a ballerina around the house, here's Sia breaking it down. 


Library Haul + Thrifting

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

We recently took our monthly trip to the library so I wanted to share what Luna and I are reading these days. Also, here's another library tip, when all the popular books are unavailable in regular print, always check the large print section.   

I am currently reading All The Light We Cannot See along with everyone else who is raving about this book. As you may be able tell by the cover, it is in large print--score

At Home in The Whole Food Kitchen is a beautiful vegetarian cookbook, and I cannot wait to give some recipes a try like this roasted fig and raspberry tart with toasted almond crust

I watched the Being Mortal documentary, and when the book came out I knew I wanted to read it. I also found this one in the large print new releases section of the library.
I am a big fan of Judy Blume, and  therefore, In the Unlikely Event has been on my hold requests for months. I really hope Judy doesn't disappoint me! Lastly, Astonish Me which was recently in my Friday Favorites because I have been dying to read this one.  I can't help it I love ballerinas!

For Luna's library books, I place a ton of books on hold because I know some will be a hit or a miss. Since I checked out a gazillion books for her, I am only highlighting the books she instantly took a liking to. 
Don't let the Pigeon Stay Up Late (she likes all the Pigeon books because they're funny), Count with Maisy Polar Bear's UnderwearBear and Duck and Flora and the Flamingo.

Another great place to find books are thrift stores. I currently purchased some seasonal books for 49 cents each!
My best finds at the thrift store were the Nancy Drew books, an Eileen Fisher skirt for $2 bucks (Nordstrom has them for over $100) and the marble canister. Marble is everywhere right now so I was super excited to find a high quality marble piece for $7 bucks. 
My search for books lead me to some great finds, and I am so excited to keep searching for Nancy Drew books for Luna's collection. 

Mindful Monday: Search For Your Dreams

Monday, September 28, 2015

I have mentioned I like to follow Marie Forleo because she's the bomb!  Recently, she posted about this Elle Luna piece and video created by SoulPancake & The Unmistakable Creative Podcast. I am a fan of Elle Luna, not only because Luna is in her name, but her book is beautiful and inspiring.

This video is a must-see and a great reminder to search for our dreams. 

I had never thought of actually searching for my dreams in real life. I guess I have never thought of it that way. I dream of what I want, of my family's future, and so much more, but most days I am in survival mode and my dreams seem out of reach. 

The idea of searching for our dreams is fantastic.  If you are dreaming of a new career, then go out and talk to the person who has your dream job or physically go check out the company you would like to work for.  If you are dreaming of a new home, then start looking for it. Go online or go for a drive in search of your dream home.  Because why not right?!

The video game analogy at the end with you vs. you, totally rings true for me because I am usually the one who stands in the way of my own dreams because of the should vs must mind games we play with ourselves. 
What do you think of this? Does it ring true for you too? 

Friday Favorites

Friday, September 25, 2015

What are you up to this weekend? We are hoping to take Luna to a toddler dance class for the first time, and head to the Farm-to-Fork Festival in Sacramento. This week we didn't do much because its been hot again. Yuck! I cannot wait till the cool weather is here to stay. Today's pink-themed favorites are inspired by my little soon-to-be ballerina. Hope you have a good one!

Favorite Quote: Toss your hair in a bun, drink some coffee, put on some gangsta rap and handle it. -pizzazzerie
Favorite DIY: Pom Pom Placemats - Rue Mag 
Favorite Home Decor: Mi Casa es su Casa print - My Dear Fellow Co. esty shop

Favorite Made Me Laugh: Anti Social Social Club cap is not only hilariously true, I think I actually need it! 
Favorite Dessert: Raw Fig Cheesecake - Oh Lady Cakes 
Favorite Book: Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead is on my to be read shelf, and I cannot wait to dig into it. 

Today's quote says "put on some gangsta rap and handle it" so let's do it because today is going to be a good day. 

Tuesday Tip: Set a Timer

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Today's tip is to set a timer. 

I am sure you have heard of the tip of setting a timer while cleaning the house. Which is a great tip! I like to set my timer in the evenings when we clean. I'll set it for thirty minutes to an hour and whatever gets done, gets done. 

Aside from setting my timer for cooking and cleaning, I also like to use it for other tasks. 

When I'm doing blog research or writing, I set the timer on my phone. This limits me to a specific time period which pushes me to be more efficient. If I am not inspired by the time my timer goes off, then I know it is time for me to step away and do something else. 

I also set my timer as a countdown to Luna's nap when I know she's going to fight me on nap time. I will set the timer and let her how much time she has left before nap time. Surprisingly, most of the time, once she hears my timer go off she heads to her room on her own and sits for reading time. 

I find that setting short periods on my timer works better than when I allot myself more time.  The shorter time period forces me to be more focused on completing my task in time. 

Whatever your time-consuming tasks are or those daily mundane duties are, try using a timer to make you more productive. 

Friday Favorites

Friday, September 18, 2015

What are you up to this weekend? Tomorrow I am heading to The Village Gathers event in Sacramento.  It is my first time attending an event like this, and I am a little nervous, but excited at the same time. I am looking forward to making new connections.  I am also hoping to shop for some new Nikes and our Sunday tradition of exploring our local parks. Hope you have a good one, and here are my Friday Favorites and one of my favorite workout songs...

Favorite Quote: My head says gym, but my heart says Tacos - via
Favorite Fall Outfit: All black with Nikes - via Ground 11. I am thinking of sticking mostly to all black this fall and winter.  It would make my life so much easier--maybe I'll stop wasting time in front of my closet! 
Favorite Instagram Account: Jon Boy tattoos are so beautiful, and if you like small tattoos as much as I do, then go check him out! 
Favorite Toddler Find: Little Fairy Door is adorable and I can imagine Luna's little face gleaming to this magic little door. 
Favorite DIY:  DIY Perfume via The Merrythought. This is the perfect way to customize your own scent. 

Favorite Cargo/Family Bike: Trio Bike is a sweet ride. One day Luna and I will have our day on a bike, and I cannot wait. 
This song takes me back, and have you guys checked out Ciara lately...she is stunning!