being a blogger, it seems only natural that I document and share our camper van adventures. plus, i have this sort of romanticized idea of writing in a paper journal and that eventually zoey will want to draw pictures in it or write a few excerpts of her own, that years and years down the road the kids will find these journals and photos (i’m planning to buy disposable cameras for every trip) stuffed away in some box in the garage and that they’ll have a moment picking through our memories. i want that for them, it’s important to me. until then, i’ll blog about it for the sake of blogging. enjoy!
TRIP ONE / SANTA PAULA, CA
September 26, 2015
there’s a very distinct moment or shift, if you will, on a road trip… for me it’s about 20 miles out. my shoulders and ears become separate body parts, every day stressors seem to be (temporarily) forgotten, even my resting bitch face gives way to a smile. there’s just something about being on the road, man… especially in a 1987 vw camper van. it makes me feel alive. and as we zoomed along through the back roads of camarillo and into santa paula farm land, i literally wanted to quit my job and become a farmer. i imagined all of us living in a little bungalow nestled between rows and rows of lemon trees – like straight outta some kind of reese witherspoon rom com. and then mark popped my daydream bubble and was like, farming is hard work. you’d never make it in this heat. and i was like, well duh. I’d hire people.
so we continued on, stopping at limoneira in recognition of ventura county farm day 2015 – an event that allows the public to visit and tour the local farms. we didn’t take a tour, but we chatted with an avocado farmer and he gave us free avocado cutters. is that even a word? i also learned that my favorite avocado is from a local farm, so i felt good about that! we didn’t stay too long as the kids were anxious to get to our campsite, eat some lunch and hit the swimming pool.
so we did all that and then we freshened up and headed back to limoneira for the farm day BBQ. again, it was like something out of a movie – nestled in an avocado orchard (grove?), lawn games, twinkling lights, live music, delicious food and of course – alcohol. zoey met a friend and they danced until she asked to go home. ha! it was so cute.
by the time we got back to the campsite, zoey had fallen asleep and taylor was tired, as well. it was a long day, I guess. we didn’t even get to make s’mores! lame. so the kids went to bed and mark and I sat around the fire for a bit until we too decided to turn in for the night. we woke up the next am and pretty much headed for home (with a pit stop in Malibu so zoey could play in the ocean for a few and then to a business related luncheon for mark.)
overall, I’d say it was a pretty great trip! and while we didn’t eat s’mores, cook bacon on a cast iron skillet or percolate coffee over an open flame (ha! do you hear me?), it was a pretty great trip! I can’t wait for our next adventure.
next week will be October and that is insane.
but I’m not trying to think about that because we’ve planned a weekend full of camping and stuff and I’m over the moon about it.
adios, friends. have a good one.
what you’ll need:
cut the tattoo to your desired length or shape, place the tattoo on the candle (sticky side down, just like if you were applying a temp tattoo to your skin), soak back of tattoo with a sponge dipped in water, peel away and VOILA – you now have a sassy candle instead of a basic bitch candle.
think of all the fun you could have! Halloween tattoos on black or orange candles, Santa tatts on a green one! these are great gift ideas, too! slap a positive saying on a candle and give it to your bestie! I mean… I dunno, I feel like the options are endless. I did a google image search on temporary tattoos and there are just a million options.
and here’s the final look (2nd photo.) I didn’t do all the candles because I only wanted a bit of gold. plus I shared a “before” of how the mantel looked up until I decided it needed a change.
the truth is that I don’t love the mantel itself. the previous owner did some sort of 80s design technique with paint and who knows what else, not to mention it literally looks like they stuck a slab of concrete above the fireplace. ugh. i’ve never seen anything like it.
the good news is that I absolutely love how simple, yet bold the new styling turned out. with the longhorn skull and the fern, the white with pops of color – it’s definitely the focal point when you walk in the room.
what do you guys think?
thanks for reading!
can we talk about this dress? I know forever 21 often gets a bad rap, but this was just too good to pass up – maxi, navy, stripes, adjustable halter (hello, side boob), BACKLESS… I had to have it. and guess what? it’s comfortable, affordable and it’s made well. maybe a tad too long, but that’s an easy fix.
plus, it’s sexy… but not in a blatant, hoochie kinda way. bonus points for that.
this weekend in photos
–i tried to make fall happen by wearing a jacket and fall colors. didn’t work. it’s been in the 90s.
-you know your bff is getting old when… HER CAKE BURSTS INTO FLAMES. geezus.
-i’m in the October issue of Redbook! I’ve now had a solid 30 minutes of fame.
-in n out is always a good idea… until you realize that you ate an entire carton of animal fries by yourself.
raise your hand if you cannot even believe that September is nearly over.
so since i haven’t been posting much, i thought maybe I’d share some stuff…
Korean beauty products. from cleansers to serums, my skin has never looked or felt better. not only am i ridiculously diligent about following the 10-12 step cleansing/treatment routine, but i peruse sites like Soko Glam! and Peach and Lily on a daily basis. i’ll be talking about my experiences soon!
I’m trying to get through The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling), but it’s slow and tedious. I’m hoping it’ll pick up soon. This month’s book club selection is The Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda – i haven’t even started it yet. have any of you read either of these books?
X-Files. i know, stop laughing. I’m only on season one and i know it’s a bit cheesy, but i love me some David Duchovny. and creepy shit.
camping! if you follow me on Instagram, you know that my husband purchased a VW Westfalia campervan about a month ago, but we’re taking it camping for the first time this weekend! i cannot wait. I’ve been brainstorming ways to document our trips – whether i start a new blog or just use this one – either way, I’m excited for zoey to have an online journal of sorts. one that she can look back on and maybe eventually contribute to! (taylor as well, but he’s going off to college in a few years, so i imagine it won’t have as much of an impact on him as it will zoey.) so, yeah! super excited to get on the road, eat beans out of cans and snooze under the stars.
an upcoming mini trip to Palm Springs!! i’ll be shopping and drinking and laughing and drinking and eating and drinking with two lady pals that i rarely get to see. SO PUMPED.
classic rock. it seems to be my jam lately.
distressing the most amazing pair of 90s light wash mom/boyfriend levi’s. oh yeah… they’re gonna be gooooood.
fall. i know… enough with the fall already, right??
i have a few posts lined up for this week, so i’ll be back. shocker, but it’s true.
the earth has music for those who listen – George Santayana
wanted to share a few photos from our day at the beach. it was beautiful and relaxing and just what we needed.
*all photos shot with my iphone via VSCOcam, using preset F2
that is all.
i used to be that girl who bought at least 2 new suits every summer. admittedly, since i birthed my second child, i haven’t necessarily been chomping at the bit to get in a suit and flaunt my bod. and while i take a pilates or barre class up to 3 times a week or run 2 to 3 miles when i can, i’m just not bikini ready. ever. like, for the last few summers. therefore, bathing suit shopping hasn’t been at the top of my list.
… until i decided that we’d have zoey’s bday party at the beach. and then i set my sights on the beautiful one-piece you see above. i wanted it so bad, but it was about 50 bucks and i just didn’t have the extra funds at the time. booooo. i kid you not, a few days later i got an email from zaful, asking me if i wanted to review an item of clothing from their site. AND WOULDN’T YOU KNOW IT THIS BATHING SUIT WAS ON THE SITE AND THEY WANTED TO GIVE IT TO ME FOR FREE. seriously, i’m starting to think that putting positive shit out into the universe is legit. maybe i should stop being so cranky. anyway, that’s a topic for another blog post. today we’re talking about THIS SUIT.
so i get it in the mail and immediately run upstairs to try it on… aaaaaaaand… you can literally see through the suit and straight to my lady bits. like, wow. talk about leaving nothing to the imagination. hey everyone – say hello to my vagina! definitely not appropriate for a kid’s bday party. i was sad! because the rest of the suit is so dope and it fits me so well. i ended up wearing it to the party, but i wore loungy pants to cover my bits. it wasn’t until i got home and had to take photos for this post, that a light bulb went off and i shoved a thin bra pad (i know that sounds weird, but it worked like a charm) into the crotch of the suit. BOOM. there ya go. problem solved.
i adore this suit. it’s flattering and modern and holds everything in where it should. i may not think that i’m bikini ready, but wearing this little number makes me feel sexy. so that’s something! also, i had a great experience with zaful – thank you! – and now i don’t have to buy a new suit until 2020.
i do want to say this… while the folks over at zaful were wonderful – my item arrived in great condition and exactly as pictured – i’ve read some not so great reviews. zaful has a lot of trendy items at incredible prices, but know who you’re buying from and what their return policies entail.
disclaimer: while this suit was courtesy of zaful, all opinions are my own.
her favorite things include – the beach, doing the opposite of what I suggest, drawing, gluing random objects to paper (me: no i will NOT cut the buttons off my shirt so that you can make a collage for daddy! although, that may be a win-win for daddy), marshmallows, her brother, cheeseburgers from mcdonalds, her pillow pet “monkey” which is actually a hippo but we never had the heart to correct her, and wearing red lipstick. (we’re still working on getting it on her actual lips.)
she doesn’t take shit from anyone, but she’s really very sweet and nurturing underneath that sass. I hope I grow up to be just like her.
this last Saturday, we invited our closest buddies to the beach. the kids splashed in the water and played in the sun for hours! for lunch, we ate subway sandwiches and chips. kids love chips. next year, I’m just having a chip party. my gf megan made the most adorable vanilla cupcakes topped with blue frosting and sour octopuses and gummy sharks. favors included buckets with a shovel, a mini water launcher, bubbles and mini bags of goldfish crackers. mostly everything was purchased from the dollar store. i maybe spent $30 on favors for 11 kiddos. #winning
tonight we will eat subway sandwiches (she loves subway, but i suspect she really just loves getting a bag of Cheetos. see! chips, man!) and cake. but it’s her day, so what do i care?
happy birthday, wren. we love you.
sometimes the stars align and good things happen. things that seem insignificant in the grand scheme of it all, but nevertheless, they take a weight off your shoulders and put a smile on your face. with zoey’s bday coming up and funds on the
nonexistent low side, I knew I’d have to get creative and plan a party that was easy on the bank account – free location (beach), little to no decorations (balloons) and thrifty food/drink options (lemonade + cupcakes.) I had the party favors figured out (hello, dollar store!), but the invitations were still on my list. do I make my own? send out an evite? a mass text? and then that aligning business happened and I’m not even kidding, a day or two later I was contacted by minted with an offer to write a review in exchange for a generous credit to their site. to be honest, I’d never heard of minted, but after perusing the site, I got excited! not only are the products unique and beautiful, but this is a company that has built a marketplace/community for independent artists. it’s a place where creatives can gain exposure and build their businesses… and I’m all about supporting that. plus, this answered the invitation situation! minted invitations FTW! I’ve narrowed it down to sweet shop and fancy flamingo, but I think the flamingo is winning. what do you think?
(check out more customizable birthday invitations here!)
in addition to a vast array of invitations, minted offers home décor items, fabrics, photo & art gifts and even business cards! they also sell limited edition art prints. I’ve shared a few of my favorites below.
mom’s rule no 4 (customizable!) / rainforest / super imagination girl (customizable!) / California map (foil stamped)
how cute is the super imagination girl print? it reminds me so much of zoey. I can even have it customized with red hair! I die.
anyway, I hope you’ll consider minted the next time you’re planning a party or looking for a unique gift idea… I have a feeling you won’t be disappointed.
ps. they even have a blog for all things crafty and diy! enjoy!
and happy Friday!