birch lane


So happy to kick off this week with a new line of kid’s home decor – Birch Lane Kids! We’ve partnered up today to share some of our favorite pieces from their 600+ item collection that’s got your kids covered from ages 3-8!Birch Lane They have really hit the nail on the head with these updated traditional pieces. Perfect for so many design aesthetics, high quality and super affordable! We took ours on our first backyard S’more Roast, if you’d like to see!Birch Lane Of course Birch Lane’s American Tee Pee was a huge hit. We love the detailing, how easy it is to set up and take down and the boys love having any reason to hide-out! They have a huge selection of options, too!Birch Lane Birch Lane’s Forest Pals 5 Piece Bedding Set is actually for girls but so cute for our theme. It comes with the sweetest white and green polka dot sheets which we put on the boys’ beds straightaway. This set is such a great deal but also super super soft and well made. We’ve spent the same amount and been so disappointed with the quality and softness. No complaints with these!Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 9.49.29 PMOne of our favorite items from their launch are these awesome canvas bins with leather handles! They’re so sturdy (they took a real beating when we sent the boys on a hunt for firewood!) and best of all you can get them monogrammed! Such a great option for getting each kid their own bin, or toy room organization. Everything has a place and looks so classy with these babies. They offer free shipping on everything over $49 which is so wonderful and hard to find when shipping big items like furniture and bigger decor!Birch LaneAnd more from our S’more roast prep! Birch Lane

Birch Lane

Birch Lane

Birch Lane

Birch Lane

This post is sponsored by Birch Lane Kids!

mother’s day brunch

As promised here is the whole Mother’s Day Brunch we threw for some friends! You can catch more details on the Acai Bowl Bar here as well.Mother's Day BrunchWe always talk about how our friends are some of the best parents we know, they are the people we look up to so much and want to emulate, and we need each other so much since we’re all in the same season and stage of life. Since Mother’s Day is usually all about your immediate family or celebrating your own mother or sisters, we wanted to do something as friends beforehand to pamper them a little bit!Acai Bowl BarIt was nothing crazy. One bunch of flowers and some washi tape for the wall set the tone for our simple day. White ceramics and bright fruit was all we needed, really!Mother's Day BrunchTo go along with the breakfast we also did an herbal tea bar. Mother's Day BrunchWe used this Bella Housewares kettle which has water boiling in about 3 seconds. Seriously, its nice too that you don’t need to be by a stove. You just plug it in wherever you want to brew your tea and it’s good to go! Great for a party!Find them all here.Mother's Day BrunchOur favorite teas + sweeteners. Emily is the tea fanatic around here and here are her favorites:Mother's Day BrunchPumpkin Spice Rooibos // Rooibos Chai // Mint Melange (peppermint, lemongrass and spearmint!) // Gingerbread Tea // Passion Tea (awesome iced!) Sweetened with La Perruche’s Rough Cut Pure Cane Cubes!Mother's Day BrunchAs friends we talked about motherhood, our favorite and least favorite parts, when we feel the most fulfilled and shared why we look up to each of them. It was so nice to have nothing to do but chat and enjoy being together! Nicole is always so good about getting beautiful photos of everyone, such a nice gift to have that no one wants to ask for, an element to add if you recreate this brunch with your own loved ones! Even if it’s just an iPhone shot!

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acai bowl bar

Tomorrow we’ll be sharing a peek at a fun Mother’s Day Brunch we did with friends. Our breakfast was all about everybody’s favorite (or maybe your rolling your eyes if you’re not a fan) the Acai Bowl! We created a “make your own” station and it was a hit! Take a look and we’ll include recipe, too!Acai Bowl BarAll you need are a huge variety of bowls and spoons to hold all the ingredients, a little chopping time and your favorite Acai recipe! We love using these frozen acai puree packs, a frozen banana, a cup of pressed apple juice and a scoop of your favorite protein powder. We like the acai thicker so add extra frozen banana if you’re in our boat, or thin it out with more apple juice.Acai Bowl Bar

Acai Bowl Bar We filled bowls with strawberries, kiwis, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, bananas, coconut shavings (these are amazing and so soft!) Chia seeds, Buff Bake almond butter, Honey to drizzle, and granola!Acai Bowl BarIt is such a filling breakfast even with other items to eat, we were all full off these alone!Acai Bowl BarWhat are your favorite Acai bowl combos? We are always looking for more! Check back tomorrow for the rest of our brunch!

teacher appreciation week DIY

We can’t really get over the fact that we’re already in the last week of April! With May kicks off a crazy month of end of school actives and Summer weather urging it all ahead. Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week and we teamed up with Yoobi to share a super easy idea for your kiddos to do!Teacher Appreciation IdeasDid you guys know, on average, teachers can spend up to $485 out of pocket each year? That adds up to over $1.6 billion in teacher spending annually, just to supply core items for their students to have the tools they need to learn and be creative. (So sad!) That is one reason we don’t like teacher appreciation at the end of the school year when they could benefit from our help long before then, but we can always pad them for next year! Teacher Appreciation IdeasSo not only does giving the gift of Yoobi benefit your actual classroom but with each item purchased Yoobi gives another supply to a school in need so it’s of double benefit! So here’s how you can turn the gift of Yoobi into a sweet little present for your kids’ teachers! First, have them color a full page drawing: Teacher Appreciation Ideas We are so in love with their Twister Crayons because they make zero mess and last forever. They are great for a quiet time bag for church or a road trip. Just twist them back inside and you don’t need to worry about getting residue inside your purse, they don’t break, and they never dry out!Teacher Appreciation Ideas Once they’ve drawn their picture, cut the paper into a fan shape. This will allow you to make the cone for your flowers!Teacher Appreciation Ideas Tape up the inside of the cone to hold it in place and wrap it up with all the awesome school supplies you purchased, a gift card, treat or whatever your teacher would love!Teacher Appreciation IdeasFind all their awesomely designed school and art supplies on their site! Our kids whole- heartedly recommend these layer markers. They’ve kept them busy coloring for days and they can’t get over how the white marker changes the colors. We’re loving all the sweet secret messages, too!Yoobi Marker

See some favorite ideas we’ve found around the web on our Pinterest board!

Mother’s Day Giveaway : Starling Jewelry

Mother’s Day is coming up and what better way to celebrate than to spoil our loyal readers!!! We want to bless your lives with some of the things that makes us smile, make our home brighter and our life easier! So even if you’re not a mom but want to enter for someone who is or for your future self – go for it! We want everyone to participate and feel the love.


Next we have a stunning necklace from our friends at Starling Jewelry. We can’t talk enough good things about them. They’re pieces are STUNNING, I mean have you seen their baby bracelets? Too much! Love them.

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Mother’s Day Giveaway : Sonnet James

Mother’s Day is coming up and what better way to celebrate than to spoil our loyal readers!!! We want to bless your lives with some of the things that makes us smile, make our home brighter and our life easier! So even if you’re not a mom but want to enter for someone who is or for your future self – go for it! We want everyone to participate and feel the love.


We are obviously mega Sonnet James fans and have been from their Kickstarter days! There truly is no better dress that can be flexible as you run around town with your kiddos.

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Screen Shot 2016-04-17 at 11.26.30 AMOr even if you want to dress up. We love the way they feel, look and fit so much that we’re giving away THREE today to one lucky winner!!

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Cant wait? Spoil yourself and snag one here. Lucky for you their Spring collection JUSTl launched!

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Mother’s Day Giveaway : Loom Goods

Mother’s Day is coming up and what better way to celebrate than to spoil our loyal readers!!! We want to bless your lives with some of the things that makes us smile, make our home brighter and our life easier! So even if you’re not a mom but want to enter for someone who is or for your future self – go for it! We want everyone to participate and feel the love. —————— Screen Shot 2016-04-17 at 11.11.57 AM We can’t get enough of Loom Goods. If you’re like us then you buy.all.the.pillows and these ones are the kind you will add to your collection and NEVER get tired of! Pillows are such a fun way to change up a room and we love these unique and one of a kind mud cloth designs. I mean people loved the print so much that Susan made them in to moccs! Flawless. Screen Shot 2016-04-17 at 11.11.52 AM We love you guys and Loom Goods loves SF so we’re giving $200 credit to TWO readers! Yep two of ya! So get entering below!


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Mother’s Day Giveaway Week : Rugs USA!

Mother’s Day is coming up and what better way to celebrate than to spoil our loyal readers!!! We want to bless your lives with some of the things that makes us smile, make our home brighter and our life easier! So even if you’re not a mom but want to enter for someone who is or for your future self – go for it! We want everyone to participate and feel the love.


First up an ode to our long favorite, Rugs USA, We’ve loved this online rug mecca for a LONG time. Rugs are such an easy (and at Rugs USA, affordable) way to shift and change up a room. And with kids you KNOW how things get so it’s nice to switch out a rug when the inevitable juice stain happens 🙁 IMG_5995

Jenna’s been talking about this rug a ton since she got it – gorgeous right? And so soft! Before she switched out this one she had a previous one by Rugs USA she loved as well but look how much it changes the room!

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On to the good stuff cause we’re giving one away!! Don’t want to wait? That’s fine….Rugs USA is doing SEVENTY PERCENT off their rugs right now…what!

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Fit Fryday

Keeping with our Active Week theme we wanted to tailor today’s FRYday toward questions we get most often about our personal health and wellness. A peek into the day to day and what works for us and doesn’t! Ready?

 Must-have sneakers?sneakers(Pictured Top to Bottom)

Emily: If I am running (ha barely walking lately) I love this Adidas Fly Knit. Otherwise I’m a Nike monogamist. I love all the Air Max Thea’s and if I’m just going for a sporty look but the shoes are coming off for Yoga or Barre I will forever love the Nike Blazer Mids. Just got these and love them!

Jenna: 1- Nike Flyknit Roshe // Andrew bought these for me recently and I am obsessed. Obviously they’re freaking amazing but more than good looking they are SO light and awesome to work out in. // 2- Nike Free 5.0 // I love this shoe. I have it in the white/black and they’re so comfortable. // 3 – New Balance // I love a show that transitions from active to fashion and I feel like NB does that so beautifully.

Nicole: I am a Nike Free 5.0 collector. They’re so lightweight and easy. Love all three of these! Black // Red // and Print.

Best Work-Out Apparel? athletic
Jenna: My favorite workout gear is of course from lululemon. Obsessed with the High Times.
Nicole: Shorts for Running, Sweats for staying warm, the perfect jacket to feel polished in afterward.
Emily: Oh man I miss my high waisted leggings. That held everything in nice and tight? The best. For now, I am doing my best with the under the belly maternity collection at Target. I love over sized tank tops that hang nice and loose for up top.
Must-Have Work Out Accessories?
workout accesories
 Jenna: I feel like I’m always preaching about the Hydro Flask…cause I am. It’s the water bottle I can’t live without. I love having smaller dumb bells at home, exercise ball, matt and my most important fitness gear of choice lately, jump rope!
 Emily: Do I look tough in my white skeleton boxing gloves? Haha. Also can’t live without a nice yoga mat. I can’t bring myself to use the gym’s. Also My Fitness Pal was an app that totally changed my way of going about fitness. Eating is such a huge factor in my success and although I don’t really limit myself (I’d rather die than diet) knowledge is power! I find it easier to make smarter choices when I have it keeping track. I can make a smarter entree choice at a restaurant or see that I need to up my protein. Lastly, good music. Music that pumps me up and keeps me energized is everything. I could never run in silence. Anything from Sia to Rage Against the Machine.
Nicole: Perfect little headbands that go with everything and a foam roller to stretch out sore muscles and break up cellulite.
 What types of exercise have you tried in the past and what has stuck around as a favorite?
Emily: I swear I’ve tried it all. Pretty much any type of class offered at the gym. I fell in love and studied yoga when I was in college. Swimming, running, biking, kick boxing and lately being pregnant I am loving Karve (Ballet barre + Pilates). I get the best work-outs in a class setting with good music though!
Nicole: I LOVE when I get the opportunity to do Yoga, unfortunately I never get around to doing it on my own. I love to run, and most of all, spend time sweating in the sauna.
Jenna: OMG me too. Seriously I love working out and being active! I’ve done diligently in my life Spin, Kickboxing, Crossfit, Pilates, Yoga, Running etc.. .Right now I’m doing the Sweat App (Kayla Itsines) and having a lot of success. For me right now it’s not a phase in my life where I have the time to drive to the gym and stay there an hour and a half. This work out is 30 min and I’m done – that’s all I can do for now and so I do it!
What is one food indulgence you have no self control with?
Emily: Mexican food, I am a bottomless pit in that arena. And baked goods. I keep baking myself batches of those no-bake cookies and I actually consumed 8 in one day. HELP!
Nicole: Doritos and more Doritos. I love chips. It’s horrible.
Jenna: Chips and Guacamole kill me. Like I could eat it for every meal.
What is one popular indulgence that doesn’t entice you at all?
Jenna:  I can’t get behind cupcakes. They just don’t thrill me!
Emily: I don’t know if anyone else considers it an indulgence but I don’t drink soda, energy drinks or anything with caffeine in it. It makes my heart race and my eyes buggy and I feel jittery. I’m super sensitive to it and so I just avoid it at all costs. Instead of caffeine I just crash in the afternoon and have to nap. Usually just 20 minutes is all I can get, but it’s funny how I used to be embarrassed to admit it. Like running yourself ragged is a badge of honor or something. Naps for President!
Nicole: Ice Cream!
What would a typical day of meals look like for you?
Jenna: BREAKFAST is Avocado and Eggs on toast SNACKS: Muesli, fruit and yoghurt LUNCH Quinoa, Cucumber and Tomato salad SNACK 2: Lunch meat, hard boiled egg, veggies and almonds DINNER: Salmon, Brown rice, Veggies and fruit!

Nicole:  A typical day of meals typically includes green smoothie in the morning, and usually a piece of Dave’s Famous Bread toasted with Tilamook butter.

Lunch, I try and eat at home as much as I can, but find myself eating out a lot. At home I make a lot of quinoa salads! Dinner is the hardest because at the end of the day I’m lazy. So we eat whatever is laying around. We try to have chicken and veggies (my kids hate fish and it kills me.)
Emily: This ALL depends on how stocked my fridge is but if I have the goods I like then BREAKFAST is typically a banana and peanut butter or if I have more time Costco has whole grain waffles that are so good with that Kodiak berry syrup. My kids love egg in a frame, so I’ll make myself one too if they are requesting it. For LUNCH I love a good sandwich or wrap. I toast it up add turkey, cucumber, pickles, tomatoes, avocado, cheddar and a drizzle of honey mustard. DINNER we got out to eat a few times a week, or I make Mexican food (tacos and fajitas never get old) or we have “graze” nights where everyone eats what sounds good out the fridge. Once the kids go to bed I always treat myself to something sweet. I want nothing to do with it unless they’re actually asleep so I’ll wait until 10 pm if I have to to fully enjoy it. A baked good or ice cream, or Vanilla yogurt with whatever fruit we have around and the zest of a lime. Heaven!
What is one thing you’re proud of and one thing you want to master about your health?
Jenna: I am proud of my ability to stick with a program. I am sometimes in a phase where I eat all.the.things and that’s okay too!! We can only do so much and sometimes it’s not a phase in our life where we are kicking ass and taking names. But when I do decide to go for it – I go for it and that makes me feel proud!
Nicole I am proud of my Vitamin intake. I’m super consistant. I want to master my water consumption. Some days I am REALLY great. And other days I drink none at all, and way too much Diet Coke.
Emily: This pregnancy all bets are off. Things I am usually proud of are nowhere to be found. Drinking water is hard for me, all I want to eat are carbs and working out is getting trickier and trickier. I loved reading this Nutrition Log on Cupcakes and Cashmere – so many things rang true for me. Like when her nutritionist kept saying “Where are the veggies?” and to stop saving sweets for only a reward or consolation and just owning it. “I wanted a donut, so I ate one.”  I am up 17 pounds so far this pregnancy which is still in the normal range but just barely, so I am trying to find the balance of giving myself some slack and wanting to show self-control because I know I will be glad I did after the baby is born!
Phew! If you made it this far, bravo! We hope this answers some of those FAQs and if we forgot anything comment below! Happy FRYday!

3 ways to jump start good eating!

and not hate yourself.

Ya, we all know how this goes. You read a blog post about a girl who “chases her kids and eats yoghurt” and that’s how she weighs 105 lbs and you sink lower in your seat while gnawing furiously on a celery stick. We are built different and it’s a beautiful thing, but always take fitness/nutrition advice with a grain of salt (LOTS of salt if you’re eating clean 😉 ) and listen to your body and mind and figure out what works best for YOU!

That being said, here are 3 really SIMPLE things you can do to get starting living a healthier life!

1- Apple Cider Vinegar.


You’re groaning I know. But listen. THIS STUFF IS ELIXIR. Stop ignoring it and start taking a shot of it. 1-2 T a day and you’ll notice a difference in your skin, your immune system, your appetite, everything! Need more reasons? Here are 25. I buy Bragg’s. The other day I also found ACV in pills too if you can’ hack the taste! I recommend combining it with Cod Liver Oil (lemon flavored) to help it go down as well 😉 Add a drop of grapefruit essential oil and you’ve got my morning shot!

2- H20


The benefits are limitless when it comes to intaking TONS of water. You should be drinking 1/3of your weigh in ounces a day and the best way I know how to do it is with my hydro flask. This thing is seriously magic. It keeps my water ICE cold, like it could sit in my 200 degree car and still the ice would not be melted it’s incredible. I also really recommend getting the straw lid because it’s a known fact that water is better out of a straw.

3- Stop the Sugar


This is simple but definitely the most challenging of the bunch. Need motivation as to why Sugar is so detrimental to the body? Check out this article. The gist is there are NO nutrient in Sugar and it literally does nothing but hurt your body. I’m all about the balanced life so if you’re eating the best doughnut on a trip to NYC, eat it! You won’t get that opportunity back But on a daily basis do your best to avoid artificial sugar and I promise you’ll have more energy, clearer skin and feel better!

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