Tara’s bee baby shower {parties}

I have a tendency to go a bit craft crazy when it comes to party planning… I can’t help spending hours and hours online searching blogs and pinterest to find ideas for the cutest themes and crafts. Tara’s baby shower was no exception and since it was celebrating the arrival of my newest niece or nephew (gender unknown!) I wanted everything to be extra special. I was stumped how to decorate for a gender neutral party until a friend of mine suggested a bee theme for the shower ” what will it bee “… cute right?! Sue and I cohosted the shower at her beach house which is full of beautiful natural sunlight and I love how bright and cheery everything turned out.


We had a couple of games – the traditional baby shower bingo and a guessing game for what the gender will be (clearly no winner yet since baby is still baking away in mom’s belly!) and I loved the idea of leaving words of wisdom for the new momma to be!



Sue found these adorable bee chocolates and while I didn’t have time to bake nearly as many treats as I would have liked I did manage to at least come up with some cupcakes.


There were of course lots of adorable tiny outfits to be opened


although I didn’t have much time to photograph the gift opening portion of the day since Ben came by and brought Edie to play with everyone for the second half of the shower. Her friend Harper was in attendance as well.


And one last shot of me with Tara (looking fabulous!) and my cohost Sue. Congratulations Tara!! I am so ridiculously excited for the arrival of my new niece or nephew… I cannot wait!


Tara’s bee baby shower {parties}

7. Wear an out of the ordinary nail polish color {30 by 30 list}

I’m not sure why I put this one on the list… I have been getting my toenails painted once a month or so since Edie was born as a treat to myself, during the newborn phase it was an easy way to make myself feel a little more put together when I hadn’t showered in days or had a spit-up stained shirt on. And I always always pick some sort of shade of pink or purple, even with a rainbow of color options at my disposal. I guess I put this on the list because I finally decided “why not?” Part of me feels like a 12 year old with this color on, part of me kind of likes it. I’m not convinced that I’ll do it again but now at least I’ve tried it.

Paul and Amelia noticed instantly “Mommy your toes are yellow” “Why are your toes yellow?” “Your toes are usually pink”… these observations/questions lasted an entire day and started up again this morning. I think I rocked their world just a bit by stepping outside my norm.

One more item on my list complete! Only 27 to go.

7. Wear an out of the ordinary nail polish color {30 by 30 list}

9. Go for a hike {30 by 30 list}

We live less than 10 minutes from two different hiking areas, and less than 30 minutes from about a dozen others. I know we moved into our house just two days after Edith was born and she’s only seven months old, but I still feel silly that it’s taken us this long to go on a hike. The weather has been SO nice lately that we really have no excuse not to so yesterday afternoon we packed up and headed out for our first family of 5 hike. The term “hike” is used a bit loosely here – we were all just wearing jeans tennis shoes and we brought along the strollers, but we were still walking up a hiking path so I’m counting it. We definitely made the wrong choice in bringing the strollers for several reasons – first off the trail was steep and very switchbacked (we hiked from about 800 feet above sea level to all the way up to 1200) which was not conducive to strollering at all (not even with our beefy air-filled tires) and second of all we hardly even used them. Paul and Amelia walked 95% of the time on their own and I know if we hadn’t had the stroller they would have been fine to walk the entire way. Edith obviously couldn’t walk herself but we could have easily worn her in an ergo. We actually discussed in the parking lot which would be better and settled on the stroller since it would be easier for me to take photos if I didn’t have a baby carrier on. Next time we’ll know and we will definitely forgo the wheels!

I can’t even tell you how NICE it was up there on the hill… I am a sucker for the California golden hour glowy light, especially on a warm breezy day when the wild mustard flowers starting to bloom. My mom says you can tell I don’t have allergies because if I did I would hate them, but those mustard flowers are one my absolute favorite things about living in southern California. I know it’s spring when they come out and I just can’t get enough of their cheery yellow blossoms. I wish we could hike together every day.

LOVE the views from way up on the hills, next time I want to hike the other side of the hill so we can get the ocean view!

Both kids fell several times but are so resilient. I love that they just pick themselves up and keep on going, even though they were covered literally head to toe in dirt. Amelia at one point did a face plant and ended up with a completely dirt covered nose but wasn’t fazed by it at all. We kept cheering them on, telling them what a great job they were doing and how much fun hiking was… Amelia said at one point “I love hiking, we should go hiking again soon!” Yes… yes we should!

dirt covered and loving life…

One more list item… CHECK!

9. Go for a hike {30 by 30 list}

3. Plant an avocado tree {30 by 30 list}

Over the weekend I posted my 30 by 30 list of things I’d like to try to do before my 30th birthday. On Sunday Ben and I tackled #3 on the list – we planted an avocado tree in the back yard.


I am SO ridiculously excited to grow our very own delicious avocados at home and even more excited by the prospect of virtually unlimited numbers of them. The tag that was on the tree when we bought it had, in addition to planting and watering directions, a description of the fruit which said that the tree would be prolific. Ben said not to count my avocados before they’re hatched… but come on… prolific?! Doesn’t that just make your mouth water dreaming of all of the delicious guacamole and avocado topped lentil burgers that could be in your future? It does for me.

Our little tree is just that… a little tree right now. A sapling really.


It will take a long time for it to get to full on tree status, and even longer for it to start producing fruit. I think that an optimistic estimate is that the first avocados could appear three years from now.. which means that Edith will be the age that Paul and Amelia are now before we will see any fruit. In those terms it seems like a million years away. And it actually could be up to five years. I’m confident that it will be worth the wait


Grow, tree. Grow!

I will be updating my original 30 by 30 list and crossing out each item as I go along. First item … check!

3. Plant an avocado tree {30 by 30 list}

A belated 30 by 30 list

I will turn 30 years old this summer. It’s a weird idea because if 30 is a stage of life I feel like I’ve been there forever – having three kids, a dog, two cars and a home of our own makes me feel decidedly 30ish. But if 30 is a feeling of being mature and accomplished I think I am still firmly rooted in my 20s (or teens). I still feel like a kid playing “grown up” most days. I saw the 30 by 30 idea on a few of my favorite blogs and have been meaning to post my list for ages but keep forgetting. Today I finally decided it was time to start. If I can’t get to all of these by my birthday I won’t beat myself up about it… but I’d like to at least try. They aren’t my grand life ambitions but more things I always want to do but don’t make time for. I’d like to get to as many of these as possible in the next 5 months or so. So without further ado, my 30 by 30 list. A lot of these are actually things that I have done at one time or another but haven’t done lately.

1 try surfing – I’m going to need to enlist the help of one of my surfing friends for this one
2 learn a song on my guitar – I actually used to know a couple but haven’t played since highschool. My guitar will certainly need a good dusting and tuning as well
3 plant an avocado tree – now that we have a yard I want to take advantage of it. I would love to grow tasty food at home. Done!
4 run on the beach – I used to do this often but haven’t in over a year and I miss it
5 do yoga outdoors – I practice yoga 4 times a week but always in dimly lit sweaty rooms. I’d like to try it al fresco
6 host an outdoor dinner party – so many ideas for this one… lots of twinkle lights will be involved
7 wear an out of the ordinary nail polish color – just because Done!
8 take a swimming lesson – I can swim but poorly. I’d like to be faster so that I might someday be able to race in a triathlon
9 go for a hike on the trails near the house – there are lots of great hiking spots 5 minutes from our house and we’ve never tried them. Done!
10 go for a bike ride – another thing I used to do often but haven’t lately.
11 find and drink a picon bierre – my favorite drink when we lived in Paris. I’ve never found them in the US
12 go see live music being played – we haven’t been to a concert in probably close to 5 years. I’d like to see one Done!
13 shop at our local farmers market – another right near our house but we never make it there list item
14 see a movie – I can’t even remember the last one we saw. Done!
15 join a book club – adult conversation and an excuse to sit down and read a book every once in a while? Yes please!
16 have a girls night out – maybe some wine and a dinner where I don’t have to refill anyone’s milk glass. Sounds lovely
17 go visit San Francisco – it’s been way too long and I’m so excited to see Chris and Tara’s new apartment
18 send someone an unexpected gift – just because
19 finish and donate a blanket to project Linus – Paul and Amelia got blankets from them in the NICU. I have been working on a blanket for 2 years now. Done!
20 sew myself an item of clothing – I haven’t made myself anything in over a year
21 run in a race – hopefully a 5k. Done!
22 reupholster a chair – we currently have two chairs that we’ve been meaning to reupholster. I even have the fabric but just haven’t done it
23 write a short story – I’ve been meaning to write more but haven’t (other than blogging) in ages. I’d like to start
24 be photographed with my sister – we don’t have any photos together since Allison’s wedding.
25 sew matching outfits for the kids – maybe for Easter? I’m dreaming of sun dresses Done!
26 volunteer somewhere – I would love to take the kids to volunteer with me but they’re probably a bit too young. I really want to find a regular volunteer activity to make part of my weekly routine
27 do couch to 5k – since I’m so out of practice I’ll probably need to do this to work up to numbers 4 and 21
28 take the kids to fly kites in the park – they LOVE watching kites but we’ve never tried it ourselves. Done!
29 take the kids on a train ride – since trains are one of Paul’s favorite things we really should take one sometime soon
30 build a deck outside our house – our backyard needs a lot of work. Ben and I have been talking about doing this ourselves and I’m excited to try it

To finish all of these by my birthday I’ll need to do 6 every month. Wish me luck.

A belated 30 by 30 list