March 22, 2012

While I was in Tucson I came across the cutest boutique, Bon.  It was full of beautiful decor, paper, books, jewelry and all kinds of little fancies.  I walked away with a few little treats and a ton of inspiration.  Bon will definitely be a regular stop for me whenever I’m in town.

 [images 1,3,4 Bon / 2,3 La La]

February 27, 2012

Before you can get to this

You must endure this


Traveling with kids differs for everyone.  But however you put it or plan it out it is not an easy task.  I’ve come to the conclusion, 9 years and 4 kids later, that it basically comes down to luck and money.  Not what you wanted to hear right?  Luck if you have a well tempered little one (s).  Luck if you happen to get the right ticket agent who will hook you up.  Luck if the flight is not full and you can stretch out over a couple of seats.  Luck if you have no delays or hiccups.  Money, you ask?  Well, money, can buy you lots of things, like extra seats, traveling nannies or flying private, which of course would be the ultimate easiest way to travel with kids.  Yes, I know very far fetched but I’m just speaking the truth.  You drive your car right up to the plane.  Load anything and everything you want on the plane.  You can stretch and roam about and eat catered food.  Your kids can even talk to the pilots and see what goes on in the cockpit.  Then the nice pilots land the plane.  Open the door and viola your car awaits you and you’re off.  And this pretty much would explain how Brand and Angelina can travel the world with 6 kids often and easily (that and add in a couple of nannies + an entire staff).  Ok, now back to reality.

I’m a planner, and thus I plan, very strategically, on how to make travel as easy as possible.  Of course, it doesn’t always go according to plan.  Sometimes it goes way worse than expected + surprisingly sometimes it goes better.  None the less, here are a few tips I’ve learned along the way:

01/ Technology.  Load those iPads / iPods up and let them roll.  Be sure to bring earphones that work with small little ears (ones that you wear like a headband and cover the entire ear have worked best for us).

02 / Snacks . Bring lots of snacks + then some.  Whatever it takes, yes, even candy (suckers last a long time).

03 /Change of Clothes.  I forgot  a change of clothes once (duh) and of course LB had an explosion.  Thank God it was summer time + a short flight.  He ended up wearing a slightly stained white onsie.

04 / Pain Reliever.  I don’t know if people still give there kids a little “something” when flying, but  I always bring a little Tylenol for sensitive ears (do you?).  Gum is also a great idea for take off and landings.

05 / Coloring / Craft . Ok, you know you want to bring something like this.  Go ahead and do it.  I recommend Crayola Color Wonder coloring books + markers (no mess).  However, prepared to pull the iPad back out after 3.4 minutes.

06/ Bottles. If you are still nursing or bottle feeding, bring enough milk (or plan to nurse) for take off and landing and extra for in between.  The swallowing helps babies ears when you are climbing in altitude.

07 / Buy an Extra Seat.  Here is where money and luck comes in.  If  money is not an issue, by all means, buy an extra seat for your baby.  You might not have the best luck and may end up squished between two people with baby screaming on your lap.

Although traveling with children can be hard and, yes, very tiresome.  In the end, it is worth it.  Hours of pain for days of fun.  And lets not forget, memories that last a lifetime.  Yes, even those travel nightmares end up being some of the funniest memories and most told stories.

What about you dear reader, do you have any tried and true traveling tips?  Or any hilarious traveling with children stories?  Do tell!

ps- We did have a lovely vacation.  Mostly just hanging out at the pool, soaking in the sunshine, eating great food, a little shopping + some horse back riding.  A few more pictures here.

 

February 23, 2012

Hi dear readers.  How is the week finding you?  I’m out in the desert and having a dandy of a time.  In fact, I pretty much don’t want to go home.  It’s warm, its’ beautiful, it’s peaceful and way inspiring.  All of the cactus, succulents and Southwest print are continual eye candy.  I thought you might like a peek into what’s going on here.

I’m reading / Kinfolk + The Happiness Project

I’m wearing / shirt . Anthro / Jeans . Hudson / Shoes . J-Crew / Sunnies . Marc Jacobs 

I’m listening to / Florence + the Machine

I’m eating / Mexican @ Blanco

Now, don’t be fooled there are kids everywhere, lots of splashing, baby cries and night wakings but thats all good too.  I’ll have more photo’s and a really fun little shop I want to share with you.  XO . T

 

January 23, 2012

Ok, so you knew it was coming, a recap of ALT.

I’m a huge fan of personal growth.  I have been since I was a teenager and especially since my days of working for him.  I think adding value to yourself should really be a high priority.  I went to ALT last year [recap here] so I had an idea of what to expect and I had an expectation to not only learn but to connect.

So last Wednesday, I hopped on a plane [and only if it was as easy as it sounds.  I had 4 little la la's to leave and big fear to conquer in just getting myself there, me and airplanes are not great friends] and headed for Salt Lake City.

I had a pretty great time in pretty much every possible way.  I totally loved my roomie.  She is one of the sweetest people evah and highly talented.  Have you seen her magazine?  The panels were amazing.  The keynote speakers were amazing [I think he was everyone's favorite].  The opportunity to meet so many talented and successful women was beyond amazing and ever inspiring. And truly, connecting with others and having conversations about life, blogging, ideas and design just might have been the times when I learned the most.  There is so much to learn when we just listen.  Yes?

At this time my thoughts are scattered here and there and everywhere in between.  So many things to think about, review, take in, implement and watch.  It is probably going to take me a good week or two to just sort though all of the goodness.  Last year I said I was optimistically overwhelmed and yet again I find myself this year feeling the exact same way.  The good news is that I’m optimistically overwhelmed about new things this year, which only means that I have grown since last year and that makes me feel a different kind of overwhelmed.

And you know what could have be overwhelming? A place filled with hundreds and hundreds of stylish, bold, smart and successful women.  I mean just the outfits alone are something to behold.  But you know what, more than overwhelming it was major inspiring.  Inspiring to see the individuality among women that share very similar interests and ideas.  Some are outgoing, some are quiet.  Some are writers, some are decorators.  And if I let myself, I could have been a little overwhelmed and focus on what I am not but I tried to be my most outgoing self [yes, there is still room for improvement here] and be me amongst the crowd.  Isn’t it great that we all have our own unique voice?  And if we all embrace that and put in our work than that is the very thing that will make room for all of us.  And there is room for all of us…..and wouldn’t you know that on a whole that is what is celebrated and embraced at ALT!  Everybody helping one another out and lending a hand in helping each other succeed.

Maybe I’ll share some more specific thoughts in the coming weeks as I sort through it all?

If you want to see more pictures [and I'm talking pretty pictures, not my crap iPhone ones, you can check out the ALT Flickr stream].  Also, do you know what was over the top this year?  Like to the extreme? Business cards!  So much so that, on Wednesday, I’m going to do a post on some of my favorites.

And if you are looking for some further inspiration and ideas on success… this article is a new go to for me.

Oh, and last thing, check out this great article about ALT  in the Huffington Post by my new friend Estelle!

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January 18, 2012

Lovelies, I’m headed off to ALT today.  I’m excited and way nervous all at once.  It’s always hard to leave those little la la’s, even if it is just for a few days.  I’ll be tweeting + sharing pictures on Instagram so feel free to follow along.

Aren’t these shoes cute?  My Fave new purchase for sure!

Happy Weekend! XO