New Mama Care Package

A friend of mine recently asked me for ideas for a care package she was putting together for her friend who just had a baby. I thought this would be a great thing to write down so that I can easily share with friends and family. When I had my son, a friend dropped off some food from a local grocer– I can still taste the fresh house made almond butter and granola to this day. Honestly, I think food might be at the top of the list! At least for me, I was exceptionally hungry and cooking was the last thing I wanted to do. (newborn snuggles, hello!) But, the options are endless when it comes to pampering a new mom.

The First Forty Days Cookbook (plus, bring a dish or two from the book!)
• A basket of local goodies– fruits, nut butter, oatmeal cookies, granola, fresh coffee beans
• A new candle with a light, fresh scent (my current personal favorite)
• Fresh flowers for her bedside
• A big water bottle (especially if nursing, she will be THIRSTY)
• New pajamas or robe (consider nursing friendly)
• Bubble bath, nail polish, magazines… she will need pampering!
• A luxurious body lotion that she perhaps won’t buy herself
• Some postpartum essentials (unless you think she has this covered) like earth mama spray and nipple cream
• A comfortable lounge shirt (I love this one that happens to be very nursing friendly)
• A little something sweet for baby! As much as mom wants to be pampered, she definitely will always love gifts for her newborn!

baby book
baby book

Living Room Progress

We officially have some furniture in the living room! It’s not quite complete yet, but I have gotten a lot of questions about our coffee table, couches and pillows, so I thought I’d answer a few of those questions here.

I have had my eye on the seagrass woven coffee table from Ralph Lauren for years– it’s incredible, but very pricey! I hunted for so long and just couldn’t find anything that compared. I was being stubborn because I knew that style, shape and size would be so perfect in our space. That is… until RH came out with one very similar. I am pleasantly surprised with the quality and LOVE how it looks in our room. A good reminder to always hold out for what you’re envisioning!

Our upholstered furniture is all Lee Industries, which I highly recommend if you’re looking for high quality furniture at a good value. They are extremely comfortable and long-lasting thanks to their hand-tied springs, spring down wrapped cushions, and hardwood frames. Plus they are all made in the USA and are highly customizable.

My designer pillow secret (not really a secret) is ETSY! You can find so many stores on Etsy that sell pillows with designer fabric that are more affordable than most other places. You can shop some of my favorites here. Remember you can always message the seller to see if you can order a specific size that isn’t shown, add piping, or change to double sided. A lot sell them single sided with a plain linen backing– nothing wrong with that, it’s totally personal opinion!

Landscape Inspiration

We are in the very early stages of planning a large landscape project at our new home, so I am actively searching for images that reflect the look I am going for. We’re going to first create a master design plan with an architect, and then will likely do construction in phases. We won’t have everything complete for years (and years). It’ll be a long process… but a very fun one that we are looking forward to!

Our home has a New England farmhouse feel, so I’m playing off of that. My design aesthetic definitely leans classic New England, so this property was a dream for me. The house was built in 1940 and hasn’t been changed much, so I’m hoping to maintain a lot of the old character and charm.

Below are some images I’ve found for inspiration. Hope you enjoy them, too!

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Myrtle Topiaries

You will always find at least a few myrtle topiaries in my house at any given time. They make a wonderful house plant– if you care for them properly, you will enjoy them for years to come! I’ve learned to really love caring for these finicky (I mean beautiful and classic!) little ladies and often get questions on how I keep mine alive and thriving. Here are some top tips:

• They love sunlight! You don’t want them sitting outside in direct sun all day long or they will dry out very quickly, but they definitely need great daylight. In the winter months, consider moving them around your house if they’re in an area that doesn’t get much sunlight. A sunny windowsill or side table near a window are great spots. Keep off a mantle if you’re burning fires or else they will fry.

• Water, water, water! Especially in the warmer months (or in the winter if you have your heater running constantly), they will dry out really quickly. At some points, you may need to water once a day, or every other day. Although, be careful not to water too much! You want the soil to be evenly moist, but not soaked constantly. I’d say average is 1-3 times per week. A quick test is to wrap your hands around the pot– is it really cool to the touch? If so, then it’s probably watered adequately.

• Trim! These cuties like to be maintained and do really well clipped into shapes. I keep mine in balls and trim about once a month. Snip at the branches and do not cut the leaves.

• From about March through September, use a mild liquid fertilizer about once a month.

• Your myrtle will likely come staked and tied– make sure to keep it this way to maintain its shape.

Baby Girl Coming Soon

I am so excited to announce that my family is growing! We are expecting a baby girl this summer and couldn’t feel more grateful. This pregnancy has been much different than my last one with my son. A whole lot more nausea that has lingered well into my second trimester and I still haven’t turned a big corner with my energy levels (perhaps because I’m chasing a toddler all day?!) Either way, it’s all so, so worth it.

I’m excited to share my favorite baby girl clothes and products in the coming months!

New England Charm

I recently took a trip to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard and fell absolutely in love with both. Island-goers usually frequent one *or* the other (not both) and typically take sides. I could never choose! They are both incredible for different reasons, and both insanely charming in their own way. I gathered a ton of ideas for our new home in California and left completely inspired… and eager to go back!

Potting Favorites

Since spring is right around the corner (I’m counting down…), I purchased this teak console table that I’m using as a little potting station in my backyard. It now holds pots that I use around the house for topiaries, herbs and other small plants. It has been so fun to finally have a place to store everything, and it adds a little charm to my patio! Below you can shop some of my favorites for very basic gardening and (cache)potting for your home.

Merry Christmas

Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday! A large cheese and charcuterie platter is one of my favorite appetizers for a crowd. You can chuck it full of cheese, nuts, fruit, meats, olives… the list goes on. I wrote a blog post a while back that outlines what I like to add to mine and how I get variation. Hope it helps you create your own! The board I have shown here is a favorite reclaimed bread board from McGee & Co. – I have the XL size and it’s the perfect board for a crowd!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is my go-to, tried-and-true classic chocolate chip cookie recipe. There are a few key things that make these chocolate chip cookies extra delicious– the addition of sea salt, setting the dough overnight, and giving the cookies a good fall on the stovetop mid-bake. Let me know how yours turn out!

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
dash of cinnamon
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted + 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, room temperature
2 eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla
12 ounces dark chocolate chips
Sea salt (to sprinkle on top)

Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside. 
Beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, and vanilla until combined.
Slowly beat in dry ingredients.
Stir in chocolate chips.
Refrigerate dough overnight
Bake at 375 degrees until light golden brown, about 10 minutes. Midway through baking, give the sheet pan a good drop on the stovetop to flatten them.
Sprinkle sea salt on top, let sit on sheet pan for a minute or two, and then transfer to a cookie rack.

Enjoy!


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