four. i’m not sure about four. four is that year where munchkins turn to (little) men. somewhere in the year of four, you go to bed one night a baby, and wake up the next morning a boy. and, the thing is, you never really know which night that might be. you, though, liam have always been somewhat of a munchkin and a man. my old soul. words of wisdom, kindness and understanding, only known by those who have lived life, seem to float out with ease in a mini pitch. while, i know your voice will change with age, i pray your tone never will.
+you’re favorite food is spaghetti and pepperoni pizza, besides chocolate, of course.
+you ask if everything has coconut in it (which you are very against).
+all you seem to talk about these days are four wheelers.
+you say the most hilarious things like”you just got owned like a dog dog on a bun with mustard.”
and you tell me, “i’ll marry you everyday, cause your my wife.” #liambravesays
+you make sure we never miss “best part + and worst part of the day” at dinnertime. and, everyday your answer is : ”the best part of my day was going to gommy’s house” and if you haven’t been to her house, than the worst part of your day, obviously, is “i didn’t get to go to gommy’s house + ride 4 wheelers.”
+you’ve started growling like a cheetah, which actually sounds more like a snake hiss. i’m not sure? but, it is your favorite response when asked a question.
+you ask me if you can pray for me, if i’m having a hard day.
+you’re favorite show at the moment is peter rabbit (i love this)
+you’re very insistent on picking out your own clothes, more particular than most girls, and you always want to wear jeans and your tiger shirt. or, anything that you think makes you look like a worker (as you say).
+you learned to jump off the diving board + swim without water wings this summer.
+you are slightly obsessed with duck dynasty + have some how picked up some sort of twang accent. i’m puzzled.
+you love going to chicago. i think you will be my little traveler.
+you think your the boss (you kind of are) and you have no problem speaking for our entire family (like when the fireman came to our house – burnt food – and you answered the door and proceeded to introduce the entire family to the fire-chief).
+this year you asked santa for shoes + a stuffed animal reindeer.
+you’re favorite book is iggy peck architect.
bravey, although you are sandwiched in the middle, i hope you know how much you stand out. you are one of a kind. a kind that oozes kindness and curiosity, which makes for the best personality. you’re little arms uplift my tired ones and your little prayers help me to have big faith. i hope you will grow to know that you can always count on my arms and prayers too. lets always offer this to each other.
happy birthday, liam brave, age 4.
more birthday posts here.
christmas is for kids, yes? for a couple of years i’ve felt in the middle of it. i refuse to totally grow up, which basically means i’m dedicated to using my imagination. yet, i feel like i have grown up a lot these past couple of years, mostly in ways i thought i’d never have to. in my journey to stay forever young, i sometimes look to christmas as a free pass back to childhood. anyone else?
well, yesterday, with two toddlers (and a gommy) in tow i went the mall (not sure when i will realize this is not a bright idea). we hadn’t planned to see santa but we did. after a long line and being told no photos with your iPhone, i got lost in the moment. and, that is exactly what it was . . . a moment. a fleeting piece of time that is gone just as fast as it came. but, i was in it. i didn’t capture santa and the boys on instagram, but i did capture rocco’s big blue eyes growing even bigger. and, i recorded, in my mind, exactly, the way he said, “santa.” i scribbled on my heart liam’s christmas list, spoken in munchkin, which consisted of shoes and and a stuffed animal reindeer. just as quickly, i jotted down how rocco immediately followed liam’s lead and requested shoes too (i think the whole shoes thing is hilarious). it wasn’t all magic. there was hitting, there was crying and there was full out melt downs (almost including me). but, it was all mine. the thing is, somewhere between the crying (over not buying my 4 year old jeans at abercrombie – yes, seriously), and the magical moments with santa, i think i may have dropped my ticket to the north pole. i’m just along for the ride now. and i’ll happily accompany my littles.
if you are looking for a few, non- toys r us, ideas for your littles this christmas here are my favorites :
1. mizy.me do/ such a sweet little handmade doll.
2. schleich safari truck / my kids adore schleich animals. we saw this schleich safari truck at the zoo this past summer and it immediately went on our christmas list.
3. shrinky dinks charms + trinkets craft kit / did anyone else love shrinky dinks as much as i did (ahem, do)? fun for all ages and the designs on this set are super rad to boot.
4. inflatable tiger head / i might be ordering 3 of these.
5. cottage dollhouse / i’m seriously in love with this dollhouse (see how cool it is here) + the family that lives in it.
6. whale puzzle / puzzles are always fun, especially when they form a pretty blue whale.
7. iggy peck architect / we always do a book for each child. this is my fave book to recommend.
8. scottish terrier tic-tac-toe / you’ll never want to use x’s and o’s again.
9. unicorn slippers / i don’t know what to say except someone buy these!
i’m also a big fan of this joke a day set, camper tent, magic set, toy cash register, + a monchhichi, of course.
more of my fave toys for littles here.
kitchenette is for that lovely in your life that loves pottering about in the kitchen (or at the table). i wouldn’t limit it to the cook, although anything on this list would be great for a cook, baker, or host. however, if you drink coffee, salt your food, or are serious about snacks, then, this is a list for you and and yours.
1. nimbus cloud serving board / i’m a little obsessed with boards at the moment. this one is the super cutest and i adore the raindrops. they make the perfect snack plates for little ones.
2. linen tea towels / these tea towels are darling. such a fun reminder to cook everyday.
3. gold coffee spoons / i love the idea of making something so common, such as coffee, so extraordinary.
4. our common mug / i love anything that has a good story. this mug was created by two friends who found themselves separated by miles but seemingly joined by coffee + a common mug. when you order you get one for you and one to send to your bestie. these are the ties or mugs that bind.
5 . kinfolk table / i love cookbooks. my favorite kind are the ones that include great writing and beautiful photography.
6. mildred potholders / because every kitchen needs a bit of frill.
7. global paring knife / this little knife is the bees knees. it’s perfect for slicing up a few snacks.
8. concrete salt and pepper shakers / have you noticed the concrete trend? i think these little salt and pepper shakers are pretty groovy. it’s the simplicity that makes these so sophisticated, in my opinion.
9. butter warmer / this wee pan is just the thing to rescue you from melting butter in the microwave.
more kitchenette holiday gift ideas here. and, a la la littles gift guide tomorrow.
p. s. for more ideas, you can shop all my holiday ideas on luvocracy.
this post is in collaboration with uncommon goods. all opinions are my own.
most brilliant plant hanger idea ever.
darling holiday diy that captures what i’d like my holiday to be. calm + bright.
this dress for holiday parties. i have it in black + think this little jacket works great with it.
could it be said any better? i think not. always a ray bradbury fan.
just because i couldn’t resist the cuteness. did you see this spoof on what does the fox say?
how pretty and simply lovely is this cake? and, chocolate chip anything pretty much works for me.
what are you loving this week?
how are you holding up friends? was thanksgiving crazy? restful? busy? thankful? i’m kinda feeling the word to describe my thanksgiving is blurr. i tried to be present but with 15 extra people visiting for the week, i feel like everything was in fast forward. i wish i could have sat down and had individual time with each person.
whilst i was hoping to have cyber monday biz to share with you, i must admit i don’t (so will you share some good deals with me?). i instead have a sick puppy today. and by puppy i mean kid. specifically the one pictured above. so we are cuddled up in bed watching movies and snuggling. and, anyhow, i thought you’d like to see some mess. because, maybe it will make you feel better as you are cleaning up yours today. be back tomorrow with la la loving (+ gift guides later this week).
more mess, including lego carnage, (and what is hidden in the cabinet) after the jump :
p.s. if you want to see my house, clean, check out my home tour on design mom!
hi friends! just stopping in to say happy thanksgiving. i hope you have a great one. a fantastic one, really.
also, i’m over on design mom today being featured in the living with kids column. i absolutely love this column on design mom. i think it is so fun to see how other families live, don’t you? i’ve never really done a whole home tour and shared liked this … so if you’d like to see how we live and bit more about my home pop on over and let me know what you think!
xo . trina
i am all about little corners or happy spots, as i like to call them. and, my happy spot now happens to be in our family room thanks to my custom made day bed by adams and august.
it’s so great, i thought it deserved its own post. i wanted a piece that could be versatile and ultimately cozy. the piece nestled up to the bookshelves instantly turned our corner into a reading nook. but don’t think us to brainy. we also push the piece around (since its on casters) and cozy up on it for movie night. and, since it is actually a day bed it works great for an extra bed when guests are here (like this week)!
while i was busy dreaming up ways to stack and and pile blankets to make the piece soft, squidy and princes and the peay, jason of adams and august was busy working on all of the gorgeous details like the pretty circles on the edge of the piece.
i couldn’t be happier with my daybed. it’s fits our style and life style perfectly.
you can see more of adams & august work here + if anyone is intrested you can purchase the same model here.
tell me, do you have a happy spot in your home? i’d love to hear about it.
p.s. you can see the daybed in action on our video.
all images by white shutter photography
hi friends. it’s me. duh, of course it is. it’s monday morning and i have 11 guest arriving in a few short hours. but, that’s not what i’m writing about (its whats on my mind – so it came out). for the past couple of months i have been a very busy bee coordinating 9 holiday trunk shows across the country for The Land of Nod.
before i go any further i want to make mention that Nod is offering la la lovely readers 15% november 25-27th (code : LOVELY). This is good news because there are so many cute things to buy (for your kids, for yourself, for your tree!)
ok, you all know how much i love nod (remember when they came to my house). i mean, let me count the ways…. they have gorgeous, quality products (for the whole family), their creative direction is superb (hello catalog that is more like a magazine, which i can’t ever seem to throw away) and oh, the people – i heart them all.
the concept the holiday parties was a trunk show, showcasing Nod’s super rad holiday decor + toys, hosted by bloggers in 9 different cities. each blogger host was able to use Nod product to design their space uniquely…..
i headed out to LA to help with the trunk show there, which was hosted by kelly lanza of studio diy (do you know kelly? if you don’t, you should) at the honest company (love them too).
kelly has some serious mad diy skillz (sorry there is no other way to put it). i found myself either gushing or feeling pangs of jealousy because, truthfully, i am not even this crafty in my mind (and, i try to be very crafty – in my mind). i mean look at this dollhouse . . . each host was given a cottage dollhouse to design and display. do you see the little mac computer? kelly transformed her house into a loft space. it’s LA. of course.
there was crafting, and chatting, and shopping ,and the tiniest tacos that you ever did see. we had such a fun time. and this was only one event (hey look, its me in the blue dress in the left hand corner). you can see more photos from Nod’s party at Honest here.
i hope you’ll take advantage of the discount and get in on this holiday goodness :
Nod is offering la la lovely readers 15% november 25-27th. use the code LOVELY
here are some of the items kelly used in LA. i love it all …
All the Colors of the Rainbow Ornaments / Candy Cane Ornament / Festive Felt Garland / Candy Cane Garland / Peppermint Twist Felt Garland / This Garland is Shaping Up / Confetti Stocking / Rainbow Stocking / Kardboard Kingdom / Cottage Dollhouse /Toot Sweet Hanging Pinwheels / Gingerbread Girl / Gingerbread Boy / Candy Cane / Prefab Housing
AND, pop on over to the other hosts sites to take a look at all of the events (equal amounts of creativity and total awesomeness) and how the product was styled differently :
Lay Baby Lay / Simply Grove / Look Linger Love / No Monsters in My Bed + A Feteful Life /Ampersand Design Studio / Finding My Feet / 6th Street Design School + Small Fry Blog / Simplified Bee + Michaela Noelle Design + The Makery
more photos on instagram under #nodevents
Photos by Mary Costa Photography