a glimmer into the life of a mum who loves fashion, decor and prosecco

It's been a while

Don't have much of an excuse other than life is busy and I need 1-2 hours extra in each day!  Things are good, busy but good.  The girls are doing fantastic and loving school, work is challenging and changing and I love that, and our schedules are running smoothly now.  For this Friday Halloween, I thought I would just share some photos from the last week or so . . . . stay tuned for some new posts next week

It's no secret I love Sally Hansen's' Insta-Dri nail polishes because I usually only have a 5 minute window to pain my nails and this stuff dries in like 1minut! has been my go-to nail polish since my girls were born lol . . . I bought a new red yesterday and I love it!  It's called "Cinna-snap" and it is the perfect combo of red, merlot, burgundy goodness!  You should give it a try

Friday Eye Candy

Happy Friday Everyone ....... As the holidays are fast approaching I always find myself looking for little bits sparkle to brighten up the house and H&M Home is not disappointing me this year . . . take a look at some things I have my eye on.

Have a FAB weekend

Some good advice

I read these 5 points made by Mark Zuckerberg and wanted to share . . . boy do I have to take more risks! New commitment for myself


1. “Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough.”

2. “My goal was never to just create a company. A lot of people misinterpret that, as if I don’t care about revenue or profit or any of those things. But what not being ‘just’ a company means to me is building something that actually makes a really big change in the world.”

3. “This is a perverse thing, personally, but I would rather be in the cycle where people are underestimating us. It gives us latitude to go out and make big bets that excite and amaze people.”

4. “I know it sounds corny, but I’d love to improve people’s lives, especially socially… Making the world more open is not an overnight thing. It’s a 10- to 15-year thing.”

5. “The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that is changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”

Our Job . . .

I'm not sure about all of you but I'm getting a little freaked out about the Ebola and Enterovirus D68 outbreaks here in the US.   Once I became a mama I knew it was my job, the job that pulsed through my blood, to protect my babies from everything and do my best to be educated and aware of the dangers around them.  It is our job to read up on things and to make sure we share our knowledge to other parents and families.  So in doing my "mama-bear job" I want to shed some light on the details and to pass along what I have read (sorry to be a downer on a Friday)

As a mother of "littles" the Entero D68 is more terrifying than Ebola because it is more prevalent her e in the US (594 cases in 43 states)  The symptoms scare me too because they are pretty much the symptoms of every little cold/flu my girls get at this time of year. ( they include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough and body and muscle aches. Wheezing and difficulty breathing may be indicative of more severe infections). "This strain of enterovirus spreads much like the common cold, which means that frequently washing your hands can lower your odds of getting sick. If you have to cough, observe proper hygiene and cough into a tissue (which you then dispose) or your upper sleeve -- not your hands." (article here).  "Entero-D68 likely spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches a surface that is then touched by others."

"You can help prevent yourself from getting and spreading EV-D68 and other respiratory illnesses by following these steps: (from here)
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick."
So you bet I will be busting out the Lysol wipes all over our house, calling our schools to make sure they are wiping down surfaces, handles and that the kiddos are washing their hands and that sick kids are staying home from school.  I will be letting my girls know not to share snacks, juices, chapsticks, to cough into their elbows, and to wash their hands a million times a day and use their little Bath & Body sanitizers and cute holders (here)


Going on N O W

CL gems

I think I'm going to start posting some of the great Craigslist finds that I come across weekly . . . sometimes there are tons of things and other weeks not so much!

But lets start with these absolute brass beauties!

These are gorgeous! $350 or OBO for 4 of them!!!! I wish I had somewhere for them

This set of Milo Baughman chairs . . . These would be amazeballs recovered in some fab leather or fabric!

Another set of Milo lounge chairs!!! Great green color too!

Great set of vintage sconces!!! These would be fab over my credenza

Hanging around the house

Got around to hanging a few little things . . .

I finally hung my Made By Girl "Cocoa & Hearts" little zebra in the hallway into our bedroom . . . love it against the blue walls.

I also got around to hanging Emerson's elephant from Society6 above her dresser (dresser from Ikea) and I love it! The colors are awesome in the daylight and its huge! But check out the little trinkets that kids accumulate! This is Emerson's dresser cleared off! There is about 4 piggie banks, 6 glass ocean animals, tons of shells and other little ornament thingys!


We are doing our annual family & kids Halloween party again this year; I am so excited to get planning and decorating.   We have a rule of it being an absolutely "cute and fun" Halloween party . . . we have to limit scary costumes, masks or skeletons, bones, blood, teeth or ghouls (my girls are terrified of that stuff).  Our party ends up consisting of cute decor, yummy treats and fun games.  I popped into Target the other day and found some fab Halloween entertaining pieces . . .

 Tombstone Chalkboard
 great candy dishes

 serving dishes and spoons
 candy bowls
 punch bowl

We will be putting out our inflatables in the yard hopefully in the next few days . . . 

We also bought these cute little pumpkin decorating sets from CVS this year; you just push the arms, leg and head into a real pumpkin . . . They are super cute and made out of rubber so can be re-used each year!

And due to a promise to little Ms. Emerson last year I am pretty sure this is happening . . . I'm secretly excited to see Mr. Hotpants as Mr. Incredible!!!

a little breath of fresh air

Two weekends ago we took a little 3-day vacation away with our girlies and some friends and their kiddos.  My girlfriend recommended this place for a Fall weekend of apple picking (here), lavender fields and a great slow-down breather.  I am SO glad she introduced us to the Highland Springs Resort . . . we will definitely be going back.  The rooms are very plain/lodge-like; nothing fancy but I enjoyed that.  They have an amazing restaurant on site with fresh fruit and vegetables from the surrounding farms.   It is only about an hour from Orange County so it is perfect for a quick getaway.  It was nice to be up in the mountains away from everything . . . so quiet and peaceful.

The property has such a great history too . . .

"In 1927, Fred and William Hirsch bought the old Smith place, renamed it Highland Springs Resort, and developed it into a health resort.  Fred Hirsch himself was made healthy through following the philosophy of Professor Arnold Ehret, who was an early proponent of juice fasting and colon cleansing. The restaurant on the resort was vegetarian and Hirsch grew a lot of the produce served at the restaurant on the property.  He also grew his own grapes and operated a small vineyard. The resort became known as 'The Last Resort" as many sick people who were not able to get well with traditional methods, were able to get healthy through Hirsh's health practices while staying at the resort.  Dr. Albert Einstein was a regular guest at Highland Springs Resort in the 1930s. He was known to be close friends with the Hirsch family and during his visits to Caltech he would always visit the resort in his personal time. Other notable historical figures that were fans of the resort included Bob Hope, Elizabeth Tayler, Ernest Hemingway and Roy Rogers."

 Hanging out in the lavender fields

 taking a break under the olive trees

the weather got down to the 50's which meant we could wear a sweater and boots!
 they had fun animals on the property that we took long walks each day to visit - pigs, sheep, llamas, cows
our little clan
 amazing sunset one night 

 the 1100yr old oak tree that is on the property . . . amazing in person!

my sweet girl going into the olive tree grove

Dearest sofa

Soooo I wasn't actively looking for a sofa for our other big family room but I knew we had to get one eventually.  It is a big room with vaulted ceilings so I knew it would have to have some substantial pieces of furniture in it . . . well, yesterday I stumbled across this 9ft Craigslist beauty and I cant stop thinking about it . . . I am heading over to see it tomorrow morning.

It is a custom 9ft long down-filled sofa in excellent condition; it has never been used, came from a pet-free and smoke-free estate and is covered in an off-white velvet.  As you can see in the photos there is some sort of Asian-inspired motif on the cushions on the back but I would just turn them around and use the other "plain" side.  I just love the lines!

I am hoping that when I go to see it in person that it is super comfortable and looks "whiter" in person than in these photos.  Also I need to make sure the cushion covers are removable for washing/dry cleaning.

I would keep the off-white velvet for a year or so and get some awesome throw pillows and throw blankets for it but then eventually I want to cover it in a luxurious navy, teal, mint, or emerald green velvet . . . here are some of my inspiration photos!

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