6 Tricks for Happy School Day Mornings

Disclaimer: I confess something in this post that I'm certain none of you have ever done.

1. Start your child's day off with a 20 second hug right when they wake up. I read somewhere (heres a link) that hugging for a minimum of 20 seconds triggers a release of the neurotransmitter oxytocin. Oxytocin is a hormone in our brain that makes us feel connected to someone and safe and cared for! All those warm fuzzy feelings you want your child to feel. So when they climb out of their beds all cute and sleepy in their pajamas, bend down and give them a 20 second squeeze!

A Review of My Favorite Serena and Lily Pieces

*My review is not sponsored in any way by Serena & Lily*

If I could only pick ONE place to buy everything in my home from, (and money was endless 😝) without even skipping a beat I would pick Serena and Lily. Their cool, refined California style-- upscale but totally livable- it makes me want to jump inside their catalogue! Like most good things in life it comes with a price, so I always buy something during their family & friends sale. It is going on now and they are running 20% off everything (code HOMELOVE) through October 15th.

I’ve compiled all my favorite picks at the bottom of the post, but first I am reviewing all the items I own and have in my home!

A Fall + Halloween House Tour

My kids have been begging to decorate for Halloween since I accidentally roamed the Target aisle in September and had to decorate our mantel early! I did hold off on pulling the Halloween bin down from the attic until last week, and the kids got SO into it. This post is picture heavy with a tour of all our decor- I hope it gives you inspiration as you decorate for fall in your home! And if nothing else, slap down a pumpkin and a few plastic spiders and call it a day! 😉

Quick and Creative Halloween Costumes For Kids Using What You Have

Every year I want my kids to look creative with non store costumes but I also want the least amount of work on my end. I like to have my cake and eat it too, ya know? For this post I dressed my kids up in 8 different costumes only using items we have in our home, just a few things out of my craft box, and not spending more than 15 minutes putting each one together.

Consider this… the Lazy Mom’s Guide to Halloween:

Grasscloth Wallpaper in the Dining Room

After living in our home for 9 months with an empty dining room, we are ready to tackle Project Dining Room!

The project goes like this: I talk to my husband about the pros and cons of a million different ways I could style the room, show him pictures of various ideas and ask questions without waiting for his answer. He says things like "hmmm" over and over and stares at his phone. Once I make up my mind, I tell him the price of everything, wait a few days for him to absorb the shock, and then he says Ok babe, just do it already.

9 Simple Family Traditions You Can Start Now

This is a total mom thing to say, but I think our family's traditions will be the secret sauce that keeps our family ties strong over time!

Whew. Ok, I said it. I'll just be over here putting on my mom jeans and my old Reeboks now. 

Today I'm talking about real life ideas for little traditions that you can easily put into action with your own crew. Sometimes the kids will whine or it won't go as planned, and that's ok, your tradition is not ruined. It is not about everything-was-perfect-with-magical-matching-outfits-and-instagram-worthy-pictures (although I do love those so much!!). It's about simply repeating something - together with your people - in a positive way, just like you did last year and the year before, and building on those memories.

A Modern + Playful Boys Room

Annnnd I have a new favorite room in my house! Too bad it's not my own room... and too bad the 4 year old owner of the room just smiled and shrugged when he saw the transformation. But, Leo has been pretty vocal about his indifference the whole time.  Boys... what can you do?

How I Save Money On My Family's Groceries

When we built our home, we squeezed our guest bath just a little bit smaller than we originally planned so that we could put more room in the pantry. As a mom, I wanted that pantry to have SPACE. I knew in order to keep my sanity I needed room for food (lets be honest, snacks) on hand at all times. There is nothing worse than 4 hangry kids and you haven't gone to the store in a week so all you have to offer is stale crackers and a can of beans! Not that I would know anything about that! 😉

Boys Bedoom Inspiration

We are putting the finishing touches on our 4 year old Leo's bedroom! My goal is to get some color in his room but at the same time keeping the room light and bright (always), and I did not want the room feeling cluttered. Below is some of what I have been creating + dreaming up!

Stylish Backpacks For Kids!

Ever since my son's last day of school when he raced down the steps and into my car, he has been telling us, "Don't say the S word!".  Now it's late July and I can't WAIT to say the S word. School, school, school, school, SCHOOL! I can see it coming! 

Here are 20 affordable + stylish backpacks for kids to take into the school year.... as you happily wave goodbye and turn up all the hip hop in your minivan.