If you have followed me on Instagram for a while then you know our family loves Disneyland. Johnny and I used to go together all the time before becoming parents, now that Oliver is two years old we decided to take the plunge and got Disneyland annual passes, the Disney magic doesn’t ever get old, in fact I think it just gets more magical when you get to bring your own kiddo. We are sure that in 2017 Disneyland will be our go-to place for family adventures. In December we took a family day and spent it at California Adventure we knew that Oliver would love it since he is a huge fan of CarsLand. I cant describe the magic that was in his eyes when he saw Mater and Lighting Mcqueen, he loved watching the cars come down from the Radiator Springs, he could have spent the whole day there.  It was just what we needed after spending most of December displaced from our home after it flooded.

Oliver’s Outfit Details: Outfit is from Rockets of Awesome and shoes are from Freshly Picked. If you have not heard about Rockets of Awesome I am about to introduce you to the best mom hack ever! When Rockets of Awesome approached me I was a little hesitant, I didn’t really understand the need for a kids clothes box but it is actually quite perfect and the best way to start a capsule wardrobe for your kids and therefore spending less money on clothes. Seriously, head on over to their site and check it out, I am super particular about Oliver’s clothes and they did a great job at picking items that we loved and knew we would use all the time.

 

 

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When we first bought our house five years ago, we filled this 7×9 space with book shelves, then a console table, then nothing because we just didn’t understand the space since there’s a dining nook in the kitchen which is an arms length away from this space. I can see it, you’re confused as well. I am sure that the builder were drunk when they designed our house.  I always had a vision for this space but I just wasn’t sure. For years this space felt unfinished and not where we wanted it to be, so we were both incredibly excited when we found Lucent Light Shop because we knew that their Sputnik Chandelier in brass would be the focal point of this space. Its crazy to us how one piece can revamp our entire tiny dining space. Once we installed the fixture we knew that we wanted to go with a clean, simple, and functional space that would allow our gorgeous chandelier space to shine. We switch out the dark table for this Ikea tulip table because it was exactly what we needed at a price we could afford. This table brightened up the space so much. We knew that we wanted this space to remain bright, airy and comfortable. With such a tiny space to fill, we didn’t want it to be overcrowded, we had already made that mistake, but rather just the perfect balance of function and decor for a young family. After all, we wanted to make sure this space would easily flow with the rest of our home — from the living room, the playroom, and the open shelve kitchen — we wanted the style to feel open and bright. Eventually, we would like to replace the metal chairs for wood ones but for now these work just fine.

To pull the whole space together, we added a five foot shelve that we got cut at Home Depot for less than ten dollars. Initially, we thought we would stain it but once we set it on the wall we liked the bare look of it so it remains. We styled it with pieces that made us happy and that brought us good memories like that awesome photo of Johnny and our beautiful son that we got professionally framed. The beautiful desert painting is by  a local California artist Dani (@brushlove_dani) — this piece is the perfect addition of color and whimsy, we are kind of obsessed with it. We thought the mediums and tones matched our updated space perfectly, and really helped to make the space beautiful, functional, and toddler safe.

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My husband spend the weekend at camp so Oliver and I met him at our local coffee shop before heading to church, this kid thinks this place is a second home of sorts. Here are a few shots of Oliver’s Sunday outfit and of course the “ducky,” if you follow me on instagram then you’ve heard me talk about the “ducky.”

 

I got a ton of questions on this outfit so I’ll go ahead and tag some similar pieces : Bomber Jacket (See it on insta, similar) Denim Shirt (similar) + Mustard Pants (same style, color is seasonal) + Shoes

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coconut oil : is one of the best ways to remove bacteria and promote healthy teeth and gums! Oil pulling has finally gained some popularity in the United States. Used primarily in Ayurvedic medicine, oil pulling is a fantastic oral detoxification procedure that is simply done by swishing a tablespoon of oil (typically coconut oil, olive or sesame oil) in your mouth for 10-20 minutes. It will take some time to build up to 10-20 minutes but it will happen with consistency.

thieves essential oils  : This oil blend from Young Living will be an absolute game changer in your oral care line-up. Thieves, has antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-infectious essential oils: Clove, lemon, cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and rosemary. This is a great addition to oil pulling and makes an amazing mouthwash.

Tongue Scraping : the Ayurvedic self-care ritual known as tongue scraping, is an an oral hygiene practice that removes bacteria, food debris, fungi, toxins, and dead cells from the surface of the tongue,” this article does an amazing job at explaining the benefits of using a tongue scraper.

natural toothpaste : we have used a handful of natural toothpaste and if we are being honest some are just awful and dont work. We discovered Truth Paste and both my husband and I love it. Truly Healthy, No Glycerin, No Fluoride, No Sulfates, No Toxic Chemicals. In case you didnt know it, thats my love language.  TruthPaste is an oil based toothpaste. It combines the benefits of oil pulling and therapeutic essential oils into one product for the lazy like myself. You’re in luck because if you head on over to my Instagram you will get an opportunity to win a container of Truth Paste so that you can try the goodness for yourself!

If you follow me on instagram, then you may have noticed that we have this thing for coffee shops and getaways with our little guy! Over the summer we did a lot of traveling and got an opportunity to spend a week in Dallas, TX and a weekend in Austin, TX.  With a little one around, it can be so easy to be homebodies or kinda stick within a few-mile radius of the house so that Oliver can nap, eat good food, and avoid a meltdowns whenever possible. But that can be taxing on both Johnny and I, creatively. So when we were given the opportunity to head to Dallas and Austin, we didn’t even hesitate! The last time we were in town, Oliver was 10 months old and slept most of the time, did not have an opinion, and was happy to do whatever mom and dad wanted to do, oh how things have changed in just one year! Oliver, is now an energetic, opinionated, toddler. As exhausting as it can be to travel with a toddler we wouldn’t change a thing, we love being able to share what we love with him. Johnny and I overly caffeinated ourselves in any city that we are visiting so our kiddo has probably visited more coffee shops than most adults! If you are heading to Dallas or Austin and want kid friendly suggestion feel free to contact me on Instagram.

 

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