Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I ♥ NYC

I heart NYC
I heart NYC
I heart NYC
I heart NYC
I heart NYC
I heart NYC
I heart NYC
I heart NYC
I heart NYC
I heart NYC
I heart NYC
I heart NYC
I heart NYC
I heart NYC
I heart NYC
I heart NYC
I heart NYC
I heart NYC
I heart NYC
I heart NYC
I heart NYC
I heart NYC
I heart NYC
I heart NYC
I heart NYC
I heart NYC
I heart NYC
I heart NYC


Last week I took a long awaited trip to NYC for four days with some friends! It was my first time in the city and we took full advantage of every second we had. We stayed at an airbnb in the east village and walked 10-11 miles a day and ate every possible chance. We took a few cabs and rode the subway twice but other than that we walked everywhere, which was fun (and tiring!).

Some of my favorite things we did:
Food/drink- Milk bar, blue bottle coffee, sweetgreen, thompson square bagels, sundaes and cones, grimaldis pizza (best pizza in my life!!!), Cafeteria, laduree, shake shack, peoples pops and mad square eats.
Sights- top of the rock, chelsea market, the high line, walking/shopping around soho, flatiron district, the library, central park, walk across the brooklyn bridge, and of course times square (overwhelming but fun to see for a minute).

Such a fun trip and I know I'll go back again and again (and stay in chelsea!).

Like I expected, it was super hard to be away from Beck for 4 days but we survived and I pretty much haven't left his side since I've been back. Leaving your kid for the first time is rough guys, don't let anyone tell you otherwise! It's a good thing I stayed so busy on the trip :)


Oh!! And of course, I wasn't going to go to nyc and not go to Taylor Swift's building. I don't know if she was in NY when we were there but it was fun. Not as extravagant as you'd think huh? She's so humble guys ;)
I heart NYC

Friday, May 8, 2015

motherhood.

"Nothing prepared me for the privilege of being yours"

motherhood.
motherhood.
motherhood.
motherhood.
motherhood.
This is the age of: his giraffe obsession, running (never walking), yo gabba gabba watching, the stink eye, always showing off his belly button, running to the window every time the trash truck comes, and saying words that only we understand like luh-luh (love you) and tak-tuk (trash truck) and other words that everyone understands like byeee and Up and hot.

And even though some days are long and hard, everyday is the best day.


(Some extra photos that didn't get posted from this day. They were too good to leave out forever though.)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Make your own baby wipes! What?!

Make your own baby wipes (+ make-up removing wipes and cleaning wipes too)
Make your own wipes: Baby wipes, make-up removing wipes, and cleaning wipes

Ok, before you start judging and thinking I've gone major hippy on you... hear me out. I've seen dozens of diy baby wipes on the net (mostly pinterest) but when I looked at what they were made out of—paper towels—I always dismissed them, thinking how could a soggy paper towel possibly remain sturdy enough to clean Beck's tush, surely they would just crumble to pieces right??

Wrong. A couple friends had made some recently and I was blown away. When I ran out of store-bought wipes I ran to the store for a roll of paper towels to put it to the test myself. I had everything else already at home to make them and honestly, it was just super fun to do. And they are awesome! They work so well it kind of makes me mad I didn't try this a year ago. They clean super well and are moisturizing too, thanks to the coconut oil! They are also safe to use on hands and faces too, of course, since its made entirely from natural (like truly natural) ingredients.

And at less than $2 for a roll of paper towels (which makes two tubs), they are way more affordable than any "natural" wipes you can buy which is a major win.


Here's how you make them! I adapted the recipe slightly from here

1 roll of paper towels—I used viva and they are perfect!
1 3/4 cups distilled water, or boiled and cooled but still warm
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
1 Tablespoon witch hazel
1 Tablespoon castile soap (Dr. Bronners)
2 capsules of vitamin E
Lavender and Tea tree essential oil, 3 drops each
A container to store the wipes in!

Cut the roll of paper towels in half and place one half cut side down in the container.
In a bowl, mix together the water, coconut oil, witch hazel, castile soap, and vitamin e and stir until everything is blended together. Add essential oils then give another quick stir.
Pour the mixture of the paper towels in the container and let it sit for 5-10 minutes until its absorbed then put the lid on a flip the container over to make sure the wipes are well soaked.
Pull the cardboard center out of the wipes, which will pull the innermost wipe up to start your roll off.

Make your own wipes: Baby wipes, make-up removing wipes, and cleaning wipes
Make your own wipes: Baby wipes, make-up removing wipes, and cleaning wipes


Monday, April 27, 2015

Spring Stylin' Pt. II

For my second spring style post I picked up some amazing accessories and bags that are practical and perfect for spring and beyond. Zappos has so many incredible brands and items to choose from and I went a little crazy (in the best way) picking out some faves.

Backpacks are a moms best friend and I previously had a really large one that was annoying to lug around. I found this one from Roxy and it's petite and the perfect size, big enough to carry diapers, snacks and my wallet but not so big you lose everything inside. I also got this gorgeous Prana tote and an amazing woven cosmetic bag for my upcoming trip to NYC in 2 weeks! For the tote, I needed something that was big enough for my plane carry-on but cute enough to carry around the city all during my stay. Bingo!

Spring style pt. II
Spring style pt. II
Spring style pt. II
Spring style pt. II

I've been on the hunt forevvverr for the perfect black hat... I'm super picky and had yet to find the one that matched all the criteria. Zappos has sooo many to choose from and the perfect one was in there! I ended up with the brixton wesley and Josh liked it so he got one too! I also got (and am now obsessed with) these round john lennon sunnies too but I forgot to bring them along when we were taking photos (wahhh).

Spring style pt. II
Spring style pt. II

And last but not least, I wanted to pick out something "springy" to wear that was a little outside my comfort zone (aka all black clothes) so I got this woven free people poncho and it is amazing!! Super comfy and versatile. It'll also be good for a beach cover-up this summer.
Poncho

Thanks zappos for always having the best selection of clothes and accessories for my choosy self to choose from and of course, the best customer service on the planet. Any time I've ever had to make a return its the most simple, straight-forward process.. no questions asked and the new things are on my doorstep before I've even sent back the thing I'm returning. Customer service that good is a rare thing these days.



And hello, I'm the most indecisive person in the world so I'm back to red and cut a bunch of hair off. Both of which I'll probably regret tomorrow. :)
Spring style pt. II
This post was created in partnership with Zappos. As always, all opinions and words are entirely my own and I'm super grateful to have the opportunity to work with a company I love. 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Allergies and spider repellent, oh my!

Just popping in to share a couple essential oil stories! I started an account for all of my essential oil talk and other health things awhile back that you can follow if thats your thing or you're wanting to just learn more about them. Its instagram.com/vanillaandlace.essentials :)

Peppermint essential oil spider spray


Anyway: Here's an all-natural Spider repellent that has worked amazing for us! 



I've been meaning to share this tip... Because it's crazy. I have a very very large fear of spiders...any size, anywhere. And lately we were seeing/killing 1-2 A DAY (!!) in our house, little nasty white sac spiders. Then I read spiders hate peppermint and won't go anywhere near it. Neat! So I made a spray bottle with 5 drops of peppermint and 8oz water and sprayed it in every room around the windows and where the walls meet the ceiling. I do this once a week now. And lo and behold: over a month later and we haven't seen a single spider. So when I say buying this oil kit was worth every cent... I mean it! And more! And since what you're spraying you could also be inhaling, I would suggest using super high quality essential oil, not the health food store kind. I use Young living exclusively and they are the bomb.


Essential oils for allergies



Also, allergy season is hitting hard this year! And these three little beauties work WONDERS for allergy symptoms. I have a little roller bottle made up for easy application (10 drops of each plus 30 drops of almond oil), apply to temples, wrists and back of neck. Or for more severe allergies, you can put a drop of each on a teaspoon of honey and take it internally (or put in a capsule). Josh's allergies have been out of control this year and a drop of each of these in a capsule knocked them out quick. Peace out Claritin.


You can read more of posts about essentials here and here! Or if you're wanting more info on what you can use them for, how we use them, how much they costs, ect... you can leave your email and I'll shoot you a lengthy email including all that jazz.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Make it: Cashew Milk!

Homemade Cashew Milk

So, making cashew milk is my latest obsession. Now, I've never been one to drink a glass of milk... I just can't do it (even soy or almond milk) so when I made this and couldn't stop gulping it down I knew I hit the jackpot of milks (weird phrase..). It's over the top creamy but not thick in a gross way, it tastes like heaven and is amazing added into oatmeal or on top of cereal.
Mine and Beck's favorite breakfast lately is bran flakes with this on top. We're a simple folk I suppose but it's like dessert or something!

It's super easy to make and is loaded with protein and healthy fats. Have you ever tried cashew milk? If you haven't, try this!

Homemade cashew milk

Cashew Milk

1.5 cups raw, unsalted cashews, soaked and rinsed (soak the cashews in water for 2-4 hours before)
3 cups filtered water
1-2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon and nutmeg
1. Combine all of the ingredients in the order listed into a high-speed blender 
2. Starting on the lowest setting and working all the way to the highest setting blend the ingredients for 2 minutes. 
*If you're not using a vitamix or something similar, you'll want to add a minute to the blending time and strain through a fine mesh strainer and cheesecloth. 

I usually stick in in the fridge right away and drink within a couple a days. You can also heat it up and drink it warm. 

Homemade Cashew Milk

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