gift guides: land of nod!

No secret here how much we love Land of Nod year ’round, but especially for the Holidays! We look forward to their Holiday catalog each year and seeing the wonderful, whimsical collections. We wanted to share a few of our own collections of things that caught our eye this year!

Our boys love to pretend to “camp-out” any chance they get with sheet forts and binoculars. Any of these gifts would ramp up their playtime or add a touch of that old time camp feeling to their play guide for the camp enthusiast

Sleeping bag in the perfect plaid and retro camp pattern // Pennant Flag decor // Plush canoe perfect for reading books or navigating the rapids // Themed Christmas stockings (20% off!) // Curious little raccoon pillow // Retro Camp Blanket // Felt USA road trip map with awesome landmark appliqués // Campfire plush toys // Geometric play tent that fits all their friends!

Next up, 2/3rds of us live in cold climates during the Holidays and as excited as our kids get over a new bike, unfortunately they can’t ride it for a bit until the snow melts! So, here’s our favorite gifts to help them (and you!) pass the time indoors, no batteries or wi-fi required!inside

We love this cart, besides imaginative play it also encourages fun clean-up after the kids just wheel the cart around as they pick up their toys! // Nod has the best collection of plush and realistic kitchen goods, hands down. // This door jam bag toss game is amazing! Helps fine tune their hand-eye coordination and keeps them from throwing things at their sibling. // We’ve had this magnetic faces game for years and it is still a hit! Great for road-trips, church and quiet time. // Croquet is the cutest and this mini set is great for carpet or grass! // If you need a gift that keeps on giving, this is it! We love that it has everything you’d need for a creative craft project and the possibilities are endless. // Has there ever been a cooler electric guitar? A great starter too! // For new readers this Spinny Speller is a great little stocking stuffer. // A perfect little collection of instruments for your family band.

Shop Land of Nod here!


Nicole threw the most lovely Friendsgiving and true to form, Small Fry bullied her into sharing! It’s just part of the gig – if you have a good idea, your friends will make you publish it to the Internet. 😉  What we loved so much about this event was that although it took prep and work, smart choices simplified it in lots of ways. Ready to check it out? Photo Nov 07, 7 12 48 PMWe have the best local caterer, Mountain Vista Catering who delivers amazing menus each day for 5 or more people. Our friends have used them for several events (even down to just a simple play date) and every meal has been fantastic! Even better it’s super inexpensive so instead of having everyone put a dish together, Nicole had them pick which meal they wanted for themselves and it showed up just before the event!The two options for this dinner were a turkey ciabatta sandwich with cranberry mayo and greens, and then also a salad with butternut squash, turkey and maple pecans. Each order came with the most amazing pumpkin soup. Nicole had bottled drinks and desserts for everyone and we were all so satisifed. If cooking adds more stress to your parties instead of less, Mt. Vista Catering is the way to go!Photo Nov 07, 7 10 16 PMWhile the adults chatted the kids bobbed for apples, did a hands free donut eating contest, red rover, and ram through the rows of orchards. Photo Nov 07, 7 13 31 PMFriends are the best, we are all so lucky and we never need a reason to get together, but celebrating friendship is the perfect one. Photo Nov 07, 7 30 01 PM

Happy Friendsgiving, everyone!

v-tech innotab max

Over the past few years we’ve shared lots and lots of iOS apps and games, and each time we do our Android friends are like, “Hey! What about us?” We’re so happy to share this product with you today! VTech InnoTab® Max is an Android-based tablet for kids, and the built-in features are pretty much endless. And with their Learning Lodge app store you can easily add to your library of educational games as your kids grow!

Ready to check it out with us?V Tech InnotabThe first feature we love is that all the games are vetted and approved by trained adolescent educators. There are no mindless games and empty entertainment to be had. If they are playing with the InnoTab, it is because it was researched and proven to benefit their learning. InnoTab MaxWe love that it has Wi-Fi capabilities and a built-in camera! They can send text messages to you, or their siblings and the connection is highly guarded and child-safe! If they’re off to Grandma’s for the night, or Dad’s for the weekend they can still stay in touch on their terms.InnoTab Max The camera has been a favorite feature – they’re constantly taking silly pictures of themselves. Watching Nicole photograph them photographing each other… wonder where they learned that? 😉InnoTab MaxAnd last but not least the InnoTab is hardy and durable. Sticky hands, slippery fingers, and rowdy boys stand no chance against its design. Our boys give them 12 thumbs up! We have boys ranging from 3-6 and each has no trouble navigating.

So there you have it Android users, this is hands down the place to start for educational tools and games for your kids! Check out the InnoTab and accessories here!

This post is sponsored by our friends at VTech. All opinions are our own!

california weekend

While Emily was in Europe, Jenna and Nicole had the opportunity to spend the weekend in Santa Barbara with Mark & Graham on a glam camping trip and then an awesome class with Fleurish. It was such a lovely weekend, of course we had to share! Photo Oct 26, 5 18 31 PM[Buffalo Check Shirt // Sam Edelman Petty in black and python // Black High Waisted Denim // Wool Knit Cape ]

Don’t let anyone fool you that California doesn’t have seasons, it was the perfect Fall setting up in these mountains!glamp2[Distressed Denim // Sam Edelman Petty // Mark & Graham Long Wool Cardigan // Lolly’s hat]

With canvas tents tucked right into nature. Mark & Graham killed it!:Photo Oct 26, 9 27 37 AM Bike rides around the woods is something we won’t soon forget:Photo Oct 29, 11 54 17 AMBlack High Waisted // Sam Edelman Petty in black and python //Buffalo Check Red Shirt // Distressed Denimglamp3 [Wool Knit Cape // Black High Waisted Denim // Buffalo Check bag]

Brisk mountain air, always so good for the soul!Photo Oct 26, 1 11 11 PM[Buffalo Check Blue Shirt]

The most delicious food, how can we ever go back to dutch oven dinners after this charcuterie board?glamp Lolly might be beach girl, but she fell in the love with the mountains, too!Screen Shot 2015-11-08 at 8.51.00 PM[Kickee Pants footies  // Hat]

After our mountain weekend we were invited by Fleurish, the first DIY floral shop. WE LOVE this concept. Go into the store and you get to design your own arrangement! It’s such a luxury and so soothing, we loved every second and will definitely be back!106-Fleurish-Jessica Elizabeth Photographers-RWT_3342 [Denim Jacket // Sunnies // Turtleneck]

Our favorite kind of bar:02-Fleurish-Jessica Elizabeth Photographers-JET_0977 Buckets of blooms to pull from as we made our too-cute pumpkin vases.29-Fleurish-Jessica Elizabeth Photographers-JET_1064In action:89-Fleurish-Jessica Elizabeth Photographers-JET_1240 86-Fleurish-Jessica Elizabeth Photographers-JET_1235And our finished products and friend Tara!103-Fleurish-Jessica Elizabeth Photographers-RWT_3329 Check our Fleurish here!



Happy weekend everyone! We’ve got an action packed weekend and we’ll be sure to share! In the meantime, here’s what we’re thinking about this past week:


I start every winter off with a new coat. This year, this was my choice. Most time I’ll wait for something to hit the sale rack, but I couldn’t live a day without this.

This is the latest addition to my coffee table book collection. It’s enormous and heart eyes all over. Los Angeles: Portrait of a City 

Having a Friendsgiving tomorrow with some close family and friends. So excited to eat with people I love. I live for this! Also! Opening a new photo studio that is ALLLL but done. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I can share photos!

I bought a few of these chairs for my photo studio, I’m in love!! And the price is killer.



Wearing: I bought this skirt for our family pictures and this image DOES NOT do it justice. it is so gorgeous and the perfect gold and floor length and shimmery and sigh. you NEED it for the holidays.

Reading: Brene’s latest, Rising Strong. This book is all the thinggggggs. It is so so so good… you MUST buy it and take time for yourself and read it. she talks about everything from FOMO to Shame. I love love love her and resonate with her so much.
Decorating: Currently doing some work to my back patio and trying to make a small space useable. It’s a must in Southern California! I found this table and took the plunge on it, trust me i’ve been doing a ton of research and this is a killer price!
Worrying: Ugh i’ve been just a mess this week. From things going on in my church to the crisis in Syria to social media, I’ve just had so much on my mind. I’m planning to unplug best i can this weekend and enjoy what makes most sense to me: my family. I encourage you to do the same! xo


Wearing/Decorating: It snowed yesterday, so wrap me up in this beauty. Or leave it strewn across my couch or bed, either way it’s luxe and I love it and I blame Reign.*

Reading: I finished the Girl on the Train. I hate every single character, but the story was gripping and a page turner, that is for sure.

Listening: The handmade market I run, Bijou, is upcoming and making a Christmas playlist in November always feels weird. Got any recommendations to add? I always love upbeat indie options like this.

Watching: On those Transatlantic flights last week I got seriously caught up on my movies. We rarely watch or go to them so there were plenty I hadn’t seen. I probably watched 8. Loved Still Alice, Theory of Everything and started that darn TV show Reign*. Hooked!

Feeling: I thought Daylight Savings effects were only felt by kids. But man, I have been falling asleep in a chair at 10 pm and waking chipper as a bird at 4:30 am. Getting so much work done while the world sleeps, but HELP!