Wednesday, October 22, 2014

malibu hike


photo from hikeology

i found this sweet blogger, hikeology, that will blog different hikes in and around LA. i've discovered so many i want to do, and some were even close to us. so we set out saturday afternoon to malibu to do this sweet hike that overlooked the ocean. 




after we headed down to the beach just across the street from the hike. it was the perfect way to spend a saturday afternoon. can't wait to check off more hikes from hikeology




Tuesday, October 21, 2014

monthly books - october




when i had oliver i quickly remembered i had no books to read him. and with all the expenses a new baby brings along i didn't really have the money to go out and spend hundreds of dollars to fill a bookcase. so i found a fun solution! we got a library card at our local library and we go almost weekly to gather up some new book. i keep a note of which ones we love so i can purchase those ones. it's kind of like testing out the book before you make the purchase. some books are so appealing from the outside, but then once i got home and read the book, it talks about things i don't want my baby to hear or understand until he is older. for example... the grouchy ladybug looks so cute from the cover, but the whole book is the ladybug going to different animals and insects asking if they want to fight. ummm what? no thanks.

i have started to found some of the cutest books and wanted to share them with you. so each month i will have a set of books that we love, and i will say why we love them. if you want, see if your local library has them too so you can see why exactly they made the list before you purchase them.

it's fun to have new books each week to read, but some are just so clever and beautiful i want to own them. so here's round one of books i think are cute and creative!

1. animals and their families by barbara nascimbeni
this book is on sale for $1.99, yes you heard me right, at barnes and noble right now! what an amazing deal. hurry and hop on that fast because it is normally $17.95.
why i love this book...
the illustrations are amazing. each page has a silhouette of an animal one side, and a beautiful illustration of the animals with their families stating the name of each, the sound they make, and the food they eat. i almost want to rip a few pages out just to frame them and hang them in oliver's room i am that obsessed. 

2. what do you see? by martine perrin
this is a clever little book and i love the simplicity of it. it has cut out pages with cute colors and patterns. definitely a favorite for the baby and me.

3. orange pear apple bear by emily gravett
this is just a simple and silly book about an orange, pear, apple, and a bear that get all mixed up. once again, the illustrations... so cute. i am a big fan of watercolor, so i was sold on this book just by the cover. you won't be disappointed.

4. andy warhol's colors by susan goldman rubin
i'm a big fan of andy warhol and his artwork, so i thought it was fun they made a book of his work for kids. it's cute and it rhymes and i love it!

5. in my den by  sara gillingham

oliver loves this book because you can make the bear move like a puppet almost. so he is so intrigued. the author makes a more like this one, and i think it would be fun to own the whole collection. check out in my ocean, in my tree, in my nest, and in my pond. she has many more but those are a few of my faves of hers.

6. little cloud by eric carle

this is actually a book i bought before oliver was born for his shelves. i didn't know anything about it, but i thought it looked cute and it sort of fit the theme of his room. but i'm glad i made the purchase. it's about a little cloud that turns into different shapes and animals. it's adorable!


so there we have it!
stay tuned for next month. happy reading!

Friday, October 17, 2014

pumpkin patch

i went with a few friends to show oliver what pumpkins are all about. boy was this kid hooked. he got so sad each time i had to take him away from the pumpkins. we went to the cutest place called underwood farms that is right up the road from us, and it was amazing. so many fun things for kids to do, it was huge! 


oliver's next favorite thing was riding around in the wagon. he just held on and enjoyed the ride.. cutest thing!






i think we are going to go back with dad soon so i actually have hands to carry a pumpkin to the car!

Monday, July 28, 2014

six months



dear oliver,
i can't believe that yesterday was your half birthday. how is time flying. i know you are still so little, but to me you seem so big. each day just keeps getting better and more fun with you in it. i still butterflies every time you smile at me. it's so fun being your mom, and i have loved watching you learn and grow even more these last 3 months. you started rolling over, laughing lots (even in your sleep, and i about die of cuteness each time), eating solids (which you looove), you always are tappig your hand or kickicking your feet, and are so happy. each time you look at me makes me want to burst out in happy tears. you can't even talk, but i can tell how much you love me from those little eyes and smiles each time you see me. i longed for this moment to become a mother since I was little, and i'm still shocked the time is here. you make my life feel complete, and there is no place i'd rather be and nothing i would rather be doing than being your mama. thanks for being the best little dude there ever was! i'm not sure what we did to deserve you!
love, 
mommy

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

a peek at oliver's room

here is a little peek at oliver's room so far.
it's definitely not finished. i'm in need of a rug, some pillows, a bookshelf, another light source.
BUT i am pretty in love with how it's turning out.
custom wood silhouette - vonjet silhouettes
obsessed!! ^
paint color - comet dust by valspar at lowes
shelves - ikea
whale print - etsy
dolphin - tj maxx
other prints & sailboats - made by me
beach book - amazon
little crab book - amazon
little cloud book - amazon
dresser & curtains - ikea
lamp - target
rope curtain tutorial - HERE

world map - thrifted
crib - ikea
cloud pillow & driftwood mobil - made by me
crochet blanket - made by my mother in law
wood silhouette - vonjet silhouettes


Monday, July 7, 2014

fourth of july

oliver's first fourth of july. and it couldn't have been more perfect.
we spent the weekend down in orange county with my brother and his family. it was such a fun weekend, and i never wanted it to end!







Tuesday, April 29, 2014

three months



oliver,
you are three months old now. and your personality is coming out more and more each day. we've heard your laugh a few times now, but still waiting for that big ole belly laugh! and to catch it on film, that's the real challenge. you quite down every time you see the camera near, you little stinker. you are such a smiley, happy boy and i just can't get enough of you! i love that you think i'm funny, because i'm really not all that funny. but for now i will let you think that! we had lots of sad days being sick a few times these past few months, but even on the hard days i still feel like the luckiest mama in the world. how do i get to be your mom? i'm so grateful every day that i get this opportunity to be your mom. you are changing so much already and i miss that tiny little baby you once were. that didn't last too long. i love watching you grow and learn a little more each day though! love you to the moon and back my bud!

love mommmy!