Happy Easter weekend, everyone! We’ve got egg hunts, and dyeing, and church on the agenda and hope you all have a wonderful Holiday with your families! Here’s what we’ve been thinking about this week.

Emily:FRYdayWearing: Maybe my most random Fryday find, but these underwear filled a MAJOR need at this house. My boys basically refuse to wear underwear, they complain it’s too tight, too loose, too itchy, and they in general just prefer nudity.  I found these seamless briefs and they LOVE them! They’re soft, stretchy, no tags or seams and I feel like such a better parent sending them to school without little plumber’s cracks! If they are electing to put undies on without being asked, you know it’s big. // For me, loving this new scent Bamboo by Gucci, it’s perfect for Summer! Smells incredible.

Using: I think like most people who have tried to switch to an all-natural deodorant, I’ve tried a lot that just don’t work, or even almost seem to work worse than wearing nothing at all. So two very trusted sources (The Beyouty Bureau and my all-natural, wiser sister Charity) both mentioned this brand within a week of each other and I Primed this baby so fast! It’s not cheap, but it works, and take it from me, save your money trying to find an alternative. Unless you like smelling like a bowl of soup with just a hint of lavender.

Reading: We had a long drive to California last week for our trip to Disneyland and Russ and I listened to David & Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell. Mind blown! It’s all about our perception of strength, weakness, advantage and disadvantage. We both loved it, my way of thinking about so many things was altered and shifted and it’s just such an incredible presentation of information. It’s my first encounter with Malcolm Gladwell so maybe all his books are this way, but if so I’m a huge fan. Check it out for yourself!

Listening: I love a good pun and Chet Faker is really doing it for me. Also love a good cover (see this playlist for proof) and “No Diggity” makes me so happy.

Decorating: Target always slays, but three in particular had me palpitating. Target bill is for sure high this month. This outdoor Carag rope set (on sale!), this wood planter stand (Modernica vibes!), and a set of these happy lumbar pillows in my favorite accent color scheme: obnoxious pinks and oranges. 😉 All three are on sale, they’ve got a great little deal going now 15% off $100 for furniture!

Feeling: I thought I was in the clear pregnancy-sicnkess-wise and then I’ve had a few days in a row of nausea and throwing up and it’s seriously putting me into a depression! Happy 26 weeks, sarcastically. On a better note we are starting to get our projects in order to get the nursery ready! So exciting! Nesting is such a helpful undeniable feeling.


Reading: Another set of coffee table beauts, of course. Slim Aarons is the photographer of my dreams. Here and here.

Wearing: Everyone that sees this blouse asks how to find it. Well, its as easy as Zara! // Super excited for summer for so many reasons. One being my second new love next to skiing, Tennis! My family has a court and I figure this is the year to start using it. My boys want to learn so I’m diving head first in with them. Tennis outfit of my dreams: Top // Skirt
Decorating: A new rug seems to update an entire room! This one goes in my room! And this one is perfect for our gathering area.


Wearing: First of all, these sunglasses! They are perfect, so sturdy, for sure the more luxe feeling sunglasses I own. Second, Andrew is a Nike addict and has been spoiling me with some goods lately! I finally have acquired some good white shoes, these! They are SO pretty. I’ve committed to just wearing them for indoor workouts (for now) because I want to keep them pristine. Any thoughts on how to wear white athletic shoes outside and not destroy them? Nikes

I’ve been purging my closet like an insane person and trying to be super conscious of buying really quality pieces that be a part of my wardrobe forever. I’m not ready to launch in to a capsule wardrobe yet but I’m headed that way! I’ve been acquiring really great pieces from Madwell. It’s one of my favorite placed to shop because the clothing is SUCH great quality and classic. This dress is so incredible and I”ve had so many compliments on it:Rammell Family
 This shirt has become a new staple for me and I’m obsessed with it!. Also the Madewell Courier Shirt is absoloutely one of my favorites and I have it now in four colors. It’s SO classic and the fit is perfect. It’s an absolute must have for your Spring/Summer wardrobe.
Petunia Pickle Bottom Event
Guys I’ve basically stopped reading and watching TV all together. I now ONLY listen to Periscope, Podcasts and Music! It’s insane. I”ve been loving filling my mind with really powerful knowledge as I move through my day. People have SO MANY great things to say it’s unbelievable! Also – listening to Justin Bieber on repeat today as I”m still on a high from his concert last night!
Decorating: Omg you guys my Minted print I got it’s sooooo good. It seriously changes the WHOLE feeling of our home and I. am . obsessed!!!! I feel SO calm when I sit down and look at it. It’s enormous. Here is a tip though, I thought I was going to save money by not having Minted frame it but it’s actually WAY cheaper to do it that way then at Michaels. Omg get me in to the custom framing business because it is EXPENSIVE. Also I’ve been obsessively buying salt lamps. I’m officially hitting witch craft status.
Better! I’ve been sick this week and omg a Mom cold is the.very.worst right?? Apple Cider Vinegar SAVED me. I take it daily but upping it to 4 x a day I swear help me break through faster!
So many Acai bowls. I’ve started making them at home and it’s helped me with my food budget and time as well! xo

Fasten Swim

Summer is on it’s way and to you mama’s of babies in diapers we have THE BEST invention for you. Meet your new best friend, Fasten Swim. These UV 50 + protected swim suits are going to make your life EVEN better this Summer. Check out the video below to see what we mean!

Amazing right?! Seriously we are dead over the convenience of these suits. Even if you have older girls, this innovative design makes it SO much easier for everyone!

IMG_5941The magnetic seam is super easy and you can’t even tell that it’s a seam, it just looks like part of the suit! IMG_5945We took Lolly and her cousin Micky for a test spin of the darling suits, by the looks of it they approve! They have these suits all the way up for your big girls and they come with a snap on the sides for that extra security!IMG_5948 (1)We especially love that they offer UV protection and we don’t have to worry as much about their baby sensitive skin. It makes our beach days even more fun and simple.IMG_5950 (1)Want to give one a whirl? You can shop Fasten Swim here!

marbled easter eggs

By Nicole.


We love all things marbled around here so I knew I wanted to give it a shot to make our Easter eggs extra special this year! It is pretty simple really, but packs a big fancy schmancy punch!



Here’s how you’ll do it:

First you swap out your egg dyeing kit for watercolors! Yep! Use a standard kit and get to town playing with different saturations (water + paint ratios) to get the desired look.


Easy right? But so pretty for your hunt, or out on table for your brunch or dinner.




More marbled goods we love from around the web!Marbled Goods around the Web

Party Napkins // Giant sheets for wrapping or framing // Marbled balloons // Plates & Cups (Oh Happy Day’s Party Shop alone will cover you!) // Target Ring Holder // Macbook Case // Earrings

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easter baskets!



We can’t believe it either, but this year we actually got our baskets done in advance! We love being able to put together baskets filled with useful toys and sweet things to welcome Spring. This year we found all our favorites at Land of Nod! We’ve seen so many clever ways to house all your Easter goodies, whether its a rainboot, upside down umbrella, inflatable pools, the list goes on! For us, whatever we actually have around the house is what will be used, so wire baskets, buckets, or vases are the winner this year!


An activity book filled with maps and puzzles and interesting facts from all over the world! // A 3D book to dazzle us all called Opposites // An Illustrated guide to doing all kinds of things: like being brave, or how to see the breeze. // A giant retro bouncy ball // More quiet time activities (just in time for Spring break!) like these tiny Paint Pods // A World Speller to practice reading // Pick-up Sticks! // A Kaleidoscope // And a sweet egg decorating kit to do all together as a family!

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Or if you’re ready to think outside the box, how about one larger gift for all to share? Land of Nod has so many awesome play structures and tents! Silver pictured here!





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gender neutral shower

By Emily.

Thank you all for your congratulations on my gender reveal earlier this week! It’s always more fun to share things with you guys and it meant so much to me to read all your sweet words. Before our appointment, I was getting lots of “You’ve come this far, just don’t find out!” type of comments and it got me thinking how the whole thing goes down for those of you who opt to wait to know until delivery! So we teamed up with Shutterfly to do some digging and get a whole gender neutral experience put together for you all who might be curious, too! All these gender neutral shower invitations pictured throughout are from Shutterfly! There were so many neutral options to choose from, and personalizing them (even with little quotes on the back!) was such a breeze. Being able to choose color, font, even down to the way the invites are cut makes it feel so custom without the headache. I loved seeing how high quality each element was, definitely something we’d be proud to mail out!Gender Neutral Shower Ideas [Delightful Polka Dots Invite (the quote says “Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body” — Elizabeth Stone) with Red envelopes and Classic Yellow Address Labels] First, up I had to know the specifics for how parents decide to not find out. So we interviewed two willing readers and here’s what we learned! 1. What was your initial reason for waiting until delivery to find out? “My husband didn’t want to find out, but I did. We went out to dinner and decided the only fair way to decide was to flip a coin. He won.” – Deanna “I never wanted to know. My older sister had done it with some of her kids and talked about how exciting the delivery room was…the anticipation. I live for a good surprise, so I was sold.” – Erika Gender Neutral Shower Ideas [Baby on the Way Invitations customized with a standard rounded edge and the due date and pregnancy picture on the back! // Peaceful Promise Address Labels2. Was it hard, easy, or different than what you thought it would be? “It was both easier and harder than I expected. It was especially difficult because both of my sisters were also pregnant and due within a month of me. They both found out that they were having boys and were buying matching outfits and things for their boys. It was easier once I got past that 20 week ultrasound and didn’t have a choice any longer.” – Deanna “My pregnancies were all easy, no complications, so I never had a ton of ultrasounds to tempt me. Or they say “But I have to PLAN!” You can do all that and not know the gender. There are so many adorable gender neutral clothes and decor.” – Erika 3. What were some perks to not knowing?Gender Neutral Shower Ideas [Little Loungewear Sunshine Invitations // Polka Dot Thanks Address Labels (the matching thank you cards are also darling!] “I think the biggest perk was that everyone bought stuff off of our registry instead of cute outfits, shoes, hats, etc. We literally received every item we needed and hardly any clothes. Another perk was that I got to go out and buy clothes that matched my style and the personality of my baby instead. And of course, the moment that my husband yelled “It’s a boy” will forever be etched in my mind.” – Deanna “I LOVE to have a big crowd in my delivery room…the more the merrier. I think my 4 sisters were just as excited and anxious as Tyler and I were for each delivery. The screams of “It’s a girl!” or “It’s a boy!” are indescribable! (and then my mom would race out to buy up new boy or girl babies clothes for me to open while at my stay in the hospital.)” – Erika 4. Were there specific events, times of your pregnancy where it was harder than others? Gender Neutral Shower Ideas “The weeks surrounding my sisters finding out that they were both having boys were the most difficult. Also, my little sister is a labor and delivery nurse and was constantly offering to do an ultrasound on me. I considered it every time she offered, but always knew I had to stay true to the deal I had made with my husband.” – Deanna “You just have to have serious self control for twenty minutes during your ultrasound and then you’re home free.” – Erika


So what do you all think? Is it doable for you? Something that entices or excites you? I got teary-eyed reading and picturing both Deanna and Erika’s level 10 excitement when they finally learn “It’s a boy!” at the end. Is there anything more thrilling?! I always like the idea of getting the actual stuff you need from your loved ones and picking out clothing and accessories on your own, it really is such fun and personal experience that I enjoy a lot!

Now that you have a few awesome customizable invite options from Shutterfly, here are some of our favorite gifts that could swing either way, too! genderneutral2 Solly Baby Wrap – this comes in so many beautiful shades but the gray stripe is perfectly neutral and goes with everything! // Gertie the Good Goose, a cousin to the classic Giraffe but we love the pops of orange! Free of any chemicals and super safe for babies // Diapers! Diapers are such a necessity and having them shipped to you is the best gift of all. Via Honest. // Books! We’ve had friends hold book only showers, where the guest of honor just gets great baby books! You can never have too many of those and this book is a touch and feel book which makes it tip top in our book! // Freshly Picked Moccasins, their Crib moccs are perfect for new feet and this gray is neutral and so sweet. // I also loved the idea of everyone going in on one awesome splurge gift like a stroller or car seat. This beautiful bassinet would make any mama so happy! // Finding gender neutral toys is easier and easier these days, this modern rocking chair is something they can grow into for years to come!

Share and celebrate your family update. Shop Shutterfly for personalized cards that are unique, meaningful and that are just the way you want.

Take a better look at the details of these darling invites below! Read more