Sunday, August 17, 2014

Decorating: I Spy An Elephant Trend

The other day we were out shopping, picking up a few finishing touches for the nursery, and I noticed a definite trend in the decorative accessories for kids. Elephants are everywhere! I'm not sure I would have even noticed, but Olivia is pretty much obsessed with animals right now and elephants are her favorite. It's safe to say that no matter where we are, if there is any kind of elephant to be found, she will spot it.

1. Girls Graphic Tank Top - Target  2. Mod Jungle Elephant Art Mural - Decamp Studios  3. Elephant Bookshelf - Dwell Studio  4. Elephant Critter Chair - Pottery Barn Kids  5. Shaped Elephant Storage - Pottery Barn Kids  6. Gold Elephant - AllModern  7. Pink Elephant Fabric -

We managed to leave the mall that day without any elephants and without any meltdowns but I'm not sure if I will always be so lucky. For that reason I hope this is a quick passing trend or a short lived obsession. Also because otherwise I might just have to spring for that cute gold elephant from!

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Congratulations Big Sister! A Hospital Party For Olivia

Before Jacob was born I heard some crazy stories about jealous older brothers and sisters so I was a little worried about how Olivia was going to handle having a new baby in the family. We did our best to prepare her ahead of time by talking and reading books but I was still a slightly anxious about the first time she would meet her baby brother. I wanted it to be a fun experience and I wanted to recognize the important role of becoming a big sister.  And since two-year-olds are all about getting attention, I decided it wouldn't be a bad idea if the focus of their first sibling get-together was on her instead of her little brother.

It might sound like going a little overboard, but I decided to throw a "Big Sister" party at the hospital on the day Olivia came to meet Jake for the first time. It really wasn't that big a deal, but Olivia thought it was special and three weeks later she is still talking about the fun she had visiting Mama, Daddy and Jakey in the hospital. 

I kept it simple. A few weeks ago, while roaming the aisles of Michael's, I picked up some cute napkins and plates at 60% off. I made sure to stuff them in my bag when I was pre-packing for the hospital. Right before I went into labor I got the itch to do something crafty and threw together this paper napkin garland. Of course the garland made it into my hospital bag also. Because we all know that throwing up a little garland turns any gathering into a party! At the last minute I called on the grandparents to do what they do best. Bring a lot of treats!

A few people suggested that I have Olivia pick out a gift to give her baby brother on their first meeting but I ended up doing it the other way around. I'm pretty sure that at one day old, Jake wasn't gonna care about whether or not his sister got him a gift. Olivia on the other hand is a little addict for opening up presents. Giving her a brightly wrapped package with a big bow is a sure fire way to become her new best friend. So I thought it would be a nice gesture if Jacob came into this world bearing a gift for his big sister instead. Of course, Olivia loved the idea and thought her little bro was pretty cool from there on out.

Jake is three weeks old and so far we haven't had any jealousy issues with Olivia. I know I will have my fair share of fighting to deal with in the future, but I am thankful that Olivia has been such a champ about accepting this extremely needy little person into our lives. Now we just have to work on the the big S word. Sharing. And Lord help me. She needs a lot of practice in that department! 

Thanks for Reading!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Baby Update: Welcome Jacob Mario Mendez!

He's finally here! Welcome Jacob Mario Mendez. Born on July 23rd at 3:25 in the morning. He was 8 pounds and 19 inches long at birth. 

They say second babies come faster and they aren't lying! Jake was born within an hour of arriving at the hospital. There was barely enough time to get into a delivery room and no time at all for an epidural. There is only one thing I can say about all natural child birth. Ouch.

Luckily, adjusting to life with a new baby has been a lot easier the second time around. Of course I'll probably be eating my words tomorrow, when Matt goes back to work and it's just me and the littles all day long. I don't want to jinx myself, but so far Jake has been a totally mellow baby. He's a good eater, a good sleeper, and he doesn't cry too much. I brought him in for his first doctor's appointment today. He is back at his birth weight plus one ounce, and he has grown a little over 2 inches! 

I'm so glad that Jakey is finally here and I can kiss his tiny face. I can't say that I'll miss being pregnant, but it has been fun sharing my progress with you! In case you missed it, here is a look back at the past nine months.

The Past 9 Months...

Week 7  /  Week 12  /  Week 16  /  Week 20  /  Week 25  /  Week 31  /  Week 39

Thanks for sticking with me through all these silly updates. I will post more photos of baby boy Jacob very soon! 

And here is a Pinterest image for all of you idea savers!

Friday, August 1, 2014

DIY Paper Napkin Garland

I wrote this post in the morning on the day I went into labor. Needless to say, I haven't had a chance to post it until now....

At 39 weeks I haven't been in the mood for a lot of extra mess or clean-up, so I've been avoiding any major DIY projects. But this past weekend I got stung by the crafting bug and ended up making this really simple paper napkin garland. 

I promise this is the easiest (and probably cheapest) garland you will ever make! All you need are some cute paper napkins, scissors, a hole punch and some string. I used two different napkin patterns and alternated them.

Simply fold the napkins in half to make triangles and punch holes in the corners.

Then string them together.

And voila! You have a custom garland that matches the rest of your party decor.

I have a big plan for this little garland and hopefully it won't be too much longer before I can share it with you! For now let's just say I'll probably be the only mom in labor and delivery who is bringing party decorations. 

If you like this project and want to save it for later feel free to pin the image above. Thanks for reading!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Our Wedding At The Heritage Museum Of Orange County

This week Matt and I are celebrating our 6 year wedding anniversary! Since I've been lazy lately, and don't have any recipes or craft projects to post, I thought I'd take a little trip down memory lane and share some photos from our 2008 wedding at the Heritage Museum of Orange County

I had a lot of fun planning our "big day" and I swear that after it was over I went through wedding planning withdrawals! As an interior designer, I took it on the same way I would take on a design project and it felt very natural to me. I did pretty much everything from organizing the vendors and writing the day's timeline, to supervising the set-up on the morning of the wedding. And of course there were a few DIY projects thrown in there. To say the least, I was an extremely hands-on bride. I know not all brides would want the same experience, but I am a bit of a control freak and to be honest, I loved every minute of it! 

Luckily, my younger sister is getting married next summer and I will be Matron of Honor, so I will have a few chances to get my party planning fix! I am so excited for her and I have already started gathering ideas for a bridal shower and bachelorette party.  I have a feeling that this is the first of several wedding related posts to come in the next year. Enjoy the photos! At the bottom I included a vendor list in case anyone is interested. 

Resource/Vendor List

Transportation (1935 Rolls Royce): Classic Limos
Catering: Jay's Catering
Wedding Cake: Rossmoor Pastries
Major Rentals: Signature Party Rentals
Centerpiece Rentals: Baker Party Rentals
Florist: French Buckets
String Quartet: Angelica Strings
Event Planner/Designer/Coordinator: Me :)
Note: The wicker furniture used in the cocktail area was acquired from a various places and stored in my garage up until the wedding. Most of it was from yard sales or picked up for free and needed a lot of TLC. I had all the pieces painted and custom cushions and pillows made for each one. After the wedding I was actually able to sell most of it and make some money back.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Baby Update 39 Weeks: Waiting For Our Watermelon

Well, I'm 39 weeks and the waiting game has officially begun. I am definitely ready for this baby boy to arrive soon. You can tell by the photos that I've pretty much blown up in the past two months and needless to say, this mini-watermelon is getting very heavy!

My hospital bag is packed and pre-registration is complete. I've been staying busy putting the finishing touches in the nursery and trying to keep up with Olivia, who is as active as ever. We spent this past week on the beach with my parents, which was super relaxing and a good way to distract me from the anticipation of having a new baby arrive.

Thanks for sticking with me through all these updates! Hopefully, next time, it will be with our baby boy in my arms. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Pregnant Lady's Summer Essentials + $500 Giveaway!

At 35 weeks pregnant, summer hasn't exactly been the most welcomed season this year. Olivia was born in May, so I got off fairly easy the first time around. This time is a little different and at times I feel like a hot and uncomfortable mess all day long. Here are a few life savors that are keeping me cool, calm, and comfortable in these stifling temperatures. 

1) Personal mini fan with water mister from Target  2) Ultra-long wearing toxin free nail polish by Zoya  3) Glade Hawaiian Breeze candle - makes you feel like you're on vacation even when you're not  4) To help you sleep - Lavender Chamomile lotion and body mist aromatherapy from Bath & Body Works  5) Quick & easy popsicles with the Zoku Popsicle Maker - because when it's hot, you need frozen treats and fast! 6) Simply Balanced naturally flavored fruit snacks - yum!  7) La Croix 100% natural sparkling water  8) Watermelon Smuggler T-shirt  - just cause it's cute  9) Light weight knit shorts with elastic waist band - these are really comfortable!

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