Last week we stayed quite busy with birthdays
, fun field trips, concert in the park, surf contest, date night with hubby and World Cup finals (so sad Netherlands). Here are some photos from our fun week!
Birthday lunch Monday at Cheesecake Factory
I’m smiling but inside I’m thinking, “I am going to have to do A TON of working out tomorrow to get this off my thighs!”.
Birthday dinner (actual day of) at Taco Surf Sunset Beach
Friday night we headed to our local park for the summer concert in the park series. The concert is always fun, but a bit hectic getting all packed up and set up on time for the event. Of course I went and made homemade Roasted Potato Leek soup
and Tarragon Chicken Salad
sandwiches just hours before. So, I made the whole thing harder on myself of course. And wouldn’t you know it..Ellie wanted NOTHING to do with dinner and ended up stealing a friends’ cotton candy instead.
On Saturday Reed lined up a nice date night dinner up in Hollywood at a fabulous Argentinian restaurant. Probably some of the best steak I’ve ever had. If you live in the Los Angeles area you must try Carlitos Gartel .
via LA Times
Since we don’t go out fancy that often I splurged on a new outfit for the occasion. My shoes were MUCH trendier than I usually go for. Actually the fact that they were heels was a break from my usual buy of sandals and flats.
Date Night Outfit:
Dress: Linne’s Boutique Seal Beach
Belt: Linne’s Boutique Seal Beach
Earrings: Banana Republic
Bracelets: J. Crew
Shoes: Mea Shadow
Sunday we watched our Dutch team go down in flames. Since I am now a Dutch girl by married last name I was sort of obligated to root for Orange. But to be honest, I was also secretly rooting for Espana! So it was a win win situation.
Hope you had a fabulous fun filled weekend too! Any day now Southern California MIGHT get Summer weather. It rained on our date night Saturday….go figure.
I’ve been rather MIA lately I know! The little girl and I fought quite a nasty cold for THREE WEEKS in June that really knocked us both out for a while. I haven’t had a cold like that in ages. No fun. Then as soon as I got better we went out of town for a little whitewater river rafting and RV’ing with some dear friends and old neighbors of ours. The last two weeks the almost 3 year old and I have been staying quite busy doing….
Mother’s Beach-Belmont Shore
Disneyland with one of Ellie’s bestest friends Sierra!
lots of this…
Ice Cream…cause mommy likes it a lot too.
this for a while…
and I did this.
Dinner at Taco Surf Sunset Beach with some old friends!
Summer has started off pretty darn good! My ultimate favorite holiday is this weekend…4th of July…and the week before and after are always jammed pack full of fun events and outings. It’s also my birthday (the 6th) as well as my little ones’. Yes, we have the same birthday! We’re having a big bash to celebrate America’s birthday and here is a sneak of what it will look and taste like!
clockwise from top right corner: 1)candles in mason jars 2)sparklers for the kiddos 3)bbq chicken 4)watermelon feta arugala salad-Ina Garten 5)white hydrangeas 6)plaid pendleton blankets to watch fireworks on 7)flag cake-more Ina! 8)nautical napkins, cups and plates from Ikea 9)lemonade in drink dispensers from Pottery Barn 10)Red White and Blue Potato salad-Cooking Light 11)lots of flag swags around the house
After my most recent jaunt to our local Target I came home hiding my purchases a bit more than usual. Come on ladies..you know what I’m talking about. You spent just a tad too much while at Tarjay and so it becomes a bit of a game to not only get your one too many bags in the house without the other half seeing it, but then casually pulling it off when he asks, “Honey is that new?”. NOOOOOO! Of course it isn’t! Yeah right.
Well, I’m guilty. It was just too good! Not only did I pick up this cute summer hat for days by the pool and hanging on the beach…..
I also snagged this cute little sundress for my Ellie. Perfect for hot summer barbeques and soirees. Yes, my kid goes to soirees. hahaha!!
But then I stopped in my tracks at some of their newest home decor. Come to Mama!!! Too cute! If you are looking for some cheap things to spruce up your home Target has got it. I picked up these awesome glass lamps…still not sure where I’m putting them..but that’s not the point.
These were another cute find…love love love those shades!
Adorable for a dash of Americana just in time for the 4th of July! Throw a few on a neutral sofa or an all white bed.
I so wish they had these frames in multiple sizes! The pattern is just too cute and of course the white looks fresh and summery.
Their decorative half hour glass comes in three fun colors: bright blue, green and yellow. This would look be perfect atop a stack of books on a coffee table or added into a bookshelf vignette. And check out who’s jumped on the “Keep Calm and Carry On” bandwagon!
That pillow…the blue lamp…LOVE!
If you’re trying to save money…DO NOT..I repeat..DO NOT go into Target! But if you’re looking for those little somethings for yourself and your home to bring in the warm weather, well you can’t beat it.
Now back to nursing my sniffling, sneezing self. Colds..ugh.
The weekend started off with a bang! Last night I went to a fun event for So Cal bloggers thrown by Mrs. No 17‘s Rachel and Flight of Fancy girl (and my next door neighbor!), Andrea. I met some great new friends and learned about fun blogs that I haven’t stumbled across yet. I’m already looking forward to the next event. Pictures to follow soon!
Then this morning I woke to a VERY bright sun coming into our bedroom and I could tell it was going to be just the type of day I have been longing for! BRIGHT and SUNNY!!! Whoo hoo…bring on Summer! We decided to turn on a little Stereo Mood, break out the french press and hang out a bit this morning which was so nice and the perfect start to what I think is set to be a great day!
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend with those you love!
When warm weather rolls around, I become instantly drawn to bright colors, colorful prints, and lots of stripes. There is something about a good bold, awning stripe that just screams WARM WEATHER to me! Also, adding a good stripe fabric to a room just “crisps” it up and makes it look pulled together.
Oh so pretty with the pops of pink stripe on a neutral sofa. Even the hydrangea has the pink going on. Pretty!
Love how the stripe is repeated on the walls.
The stripe here looks more sophisticated, but still lends a playful and somewhat more modern edge to the traditional chairs.
And this look I just CAN’T get enough of! Black AND stripes! So crisp, fresh and classic! Pottery Barn always knows how to do a great summer look.
Again, Pottery Barn does a classic stripe to a T!
For some great stripes go…
PS…If you happen to know where any of my photos came from please help me out. I forgot to save that information when I saved the photos!