May 4, 2015

Ten Treats For Mom via La La Lovely

If you are like me, then everything is last minute.  Presents, planning and picking up.  I wish It wasn’t true, but it seems to be the pace during this phase and place of life, with four children.  All, that to say if you are still looking for a few ideas for a lovely lady in your life (like me) than you’ve come to the right place.

I’m sharing Ten Treats for Mom.  Your mom, your best friend who is a mom, your sister who helps mother your children, maybe even something for you.  Go on, and get yourself a little something.  Here are some of my favorite things that won’t break the bank:

1 / Raku Feather Tank : Great to dress up or down (think black leggings or torn up jeans – Double duty does it).

2 / Mega Greens Galaxy Pack Mask : Think hot bath, locked door, good book.  I’ve used this mask and it is amazing.

3 / Sunnies Pouch : A Place for everything and everything in it’s place.

4 / Touche Éclat  : A mom must have.  New and not so new moms need this for tired eyes.  This is ALWAYS in my makeup bag.

5 / Chocolate Croissant : Chocolate always chocolate.  These are the best, this side of the Atlantic, and you can have them at your very own home.

6 / The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up : This is on my list and I’m hoping it is life changing.

7 / Brass Plant Mister :  This little mister is most cute.

8 / Ear Crawler (earrings) : These are just the coolest.  I like to dress simple and go edgy with my jewelry.

9 / Epic Black Foral Canvas :  Everybody loves flowers, and these will last beautifully.  I adore this canvas by Lindsay Letters.

10 / Iron Plant Stands : These plant stands are gorgeous inside the house or out.  One of these with some pretty greens = a great gift that keeps on giving.

What are you getting your Mom for Mother’s Day this year?

PS- I’m hosting an EPIC $1000 givewaway for Moms on Instagram.  You can check it out + enter to win here.

April 28, 2015

la la loving rustic fancy kitchen

rustic with a touch of fancy, as seen on Ostlingh & Schedin. (check their insta -sigh!).

la la loving art

this gorgeous art piece titled “Dance Hall” by Ward Schumaker.


la la loving white blazers

a long casual flowy blazer to switch out for my sweaters.  This one from Zara is cool.


la la loving mother theresa quote

this Mother Theresa quote.  I love this depiction, drawn, of life.  Much to be written.

la la loving chocolate coconut bars

chocolate coconut bars – because chocolate + coconut.  Recipe on Art & The Kitchen.

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what are you loving for littles this week?

April 22, 2015

Book Review : Design Mom

You know I love a good book.  Whether fiction, personal growth, or design related, I only share my favorite – “you must read and add to your collection” – books.  And, Gabrielle Blair’s (a.k.a Design Mom) new book, Design Mom: How to Live With Kids: A Room-by-Room Guide, is one of those.  It’s one you’ll want to have on your coffee table, and reference often because it’s both informative and beautiful.

I’ve been long awaiting this book, because I love everything Gabby does and, also, because my home is featured in it.  I’ve had my home featured online and in a catalog, but to be in print, in a book, is pretty exciting!

This past weekend we had to make a quick trip to Georgia.  There was nothing quick about the drive, but what it did provide was hours to pour over my copy of the Design Mom book.  I don’t usually spend hours pouring over design related books.  Rather, I ooh and ahh over pictures and tag stickies on spaces I’d like to emulate.  But, I am not exaggerating when I say I spent hours.  I read every page.  It was that informative.  Yes, I oohed and ahhed over the photos — they are stunning, but I also oohed and ahhed over the wise ways Gabby has made her home functional for her six children, and how she teaches her children to function in it, everyone doing their part.

I knew I wanted this book.  But, I didn’t know how much I needed it.

For awhile, now, I’ve been wrestling with simplifying.  I make starts at streamlining, scour for solutions to save time and frustration (for both parents and children) only to keep taking steps back or stopping at my starts.  I’ve known some things I need to do, instinctively, but just didn’t have the stamina (I suppose) to push myself into implementing change.  This book, has really become a catalyst for me.

For instance . . . .

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La La Lovely Birthday Giveaway

I’m super excited to host a giveaway today.  Not just any giveaway, but a birthday giveaway.  It’s my blogging birthday this week, and you all get the gifts!  I’m putting together 3 identical packages for 3 lucky readers.  The gifts will include items from some of my favorite friends and brands that I’ve been so lucky to meet and partner with along the way:

+ Design Mom’s new book
– I loved being a part of Gabby’s Living With Kid’s series.  Also, my home is featured in her book.  GASP!

+ Charm Pendant Light from The Land of Nod
-It was such a dream to collaborate with the Land of Nod and have my home featured
in their catalog.  They are the coolest.

+ The Alem Scarf by FashionABLE
-I love fashionABLE.  Yes, their scarves, but even more their heart and the
opportunities they provide for women in Africa.  My heart has been decorated by
this brand.

+ Free Fall to Fly book by Rebekah Lyons
-Rebekah is one of my very best friends and her book a favorite.  Her words written
and in conversation have been such a light in my life.

I’m also including a few little surprises, not listed, in each gift box.  Entering is easy (even if you don’t do social media).

Click through to enter.


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April 14, 2015

la la loving wallpapered doorways


wallpapered doorways, AND a phone on the wall (this whole house is gorge).

la la loving braids + barrettes

braids and barrettes.  I remember my mom wearing barrettes like this.

la la loving trinkets under bell jars

capturing collections and special this and thats and any random thing under bell jars.  I’ve been wondering what to do with our sofie the giraffe and now I know.  Should I admit that I also have a stuffed squirrel (like pictured above) tucked away somewhere?  It was given to my brother when he was a kid.  Maybe I’ll tuck in under a bell jar.  That might scare the kids friends away.

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