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Babies First Foods


Hey guys! Today I wanted to talk about introducing foods to babies. My twins are now 4 months old and I just started thinking about my plan for feeding them. It’s crazy to think that time is almost here! As of now I am still breastfeeding and giving them formula before bed and sometimes one other time during the day. I also am pumping about 2-3 times a day to up my supply and get some milk for them to have on hand if they won’t nurse. For this post I have partnered up with Stonyfield Organic to show you some more options when it comes to healthy baby food. Their YoBaby line, which is the #1 pediatrician recommended yogurt for ages 6 months-2 years, recently added a new strain of probiotics, BB-12. Probiotics are super beneficial for your gut. And your gut health is the foundation for overall good health.

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It’s recommended that you wait to feed solids to your baby until they are 4-6 months old. You also want them to be able to sit upright and hold their head up. Our girls have good head control but still can’t sit up so I’m going to wait until they can. I am starting to notice they get easily distracted when nursing these days. If I start to talk to someone, they will turn their head toward me and start to smile and coo. It’s pretty cute, but can sometimes be frustrating when I want them to eat!


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It is a bit overwhelming figuring out what to feed your babies once they are done breastfeeding yet to young for cow’s milk. But dairy is packed with nutrients like calcium and vitamin D which are both super nutritious for growing babies. The nice thing is, even if your babies are still breastfeeding, they can have yogurt at 6 months. These yogurts are a great option and made with organic whole milk.

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So what other foods am I going to introduce to our girls first? Egg yolks are at the top of my list. They are packed with beneficial fatty acids and provide cholesterol needed for the optimal development of the nervous system. I’d love to know your thoughts on baby cereal. I’ve heard to pour some breast milk into it to help your baby get used to it. I’m just wondering if it has many nutritional benefits. I’d also like to introduce avocado around six months. They are packed with essential fats, vitamins and minerals. To prepare, I’m going to mush it up and add breast milk to thin it out. The other two things I’d like to introduce early on are bananas and sweet potatoes (both packed with vitamin A, C and folate).

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There are so many things to consider when being a mom to two littles, but I just try to trust my instincts and do my best! I hope you all enjoy the rest of your day and thanks so much for stopping by my blog!


Thanks to Stonyfield Organic for sponsoring this post.


Bathroom Reveal


Hey guys! I am so excited to share our completed guest bathroom with you. It was a long process because we completely re-did the entire thing since it was in bad shape to begin with. Even though it took a while I would definitely do it again! I am so happy with how everything turned out. It’s exactly as I envisioned it.  I have both before and after pictures for you so you can see the difference. In the very start we changed part of the actual structure of the bathroom to create more space. Originally there was a shelf on the opposite side of the wall (where our dining room is) so we closed that off, which allowed us to open up the ceiling higher in the bathroom. I have to give credit to Andrew for that idea! We used all Kohler products to give the design a very cohesive feel. Honestly, everything works so well, I’m super impressed with the quality, functionality, and aesthetic. I think I love the shower head the most. Well, maybe the sink!! I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!
IMG_4986Something I really wanted when designing this space was a hotel feel but with a few rustic elements. I think the honeycomb marble tiled floor really helped to create that vibe. Also, having the subway tile come up the wall is something I always loved about hotels I’ve stayed at in New York. It gives a clean and classic look.IMG_4568IMG_4966IMG_4569IMG_4978I wanted to keep all the big pieces white so that the printed wallpaper would pop. I also chose a very dark grey grout to add some contrast to the all white tile. For the hardware I went with chrome to bring a touch of elegance to the space. I also love that it complements our kitchen! When decorating our home, I like all the rooms to have their own look but keep with a similar style throughout. That way the whole home has a very cohesive feel to it and I can switch out decor accents between all the rooms. IMG_4977IMG_4980

^^Our Verdera Medicine Cabinet is one of my favorite features of the room. We had the piece installed in the wall so it doesn’t even stick out too far, yet we still have a ton of storage inside. It is clean and simple and I love how the wallpaper reflects in it.^^
IMG_4982IMG_4981^^Right now I have it full of beauty products and baby things. I love having options for guests when they come to visit.^^
IMG_4984^^The sink is called Ceramic Impressions and it has been so easy to clean. I also have been loving the vanity. It is real wood and has soft close doors which really fit a lot inside.^^IMG_4563IMG_4556IMG_4561^^Floating shelves were on our must-have list. I knew that there would be a lot of white so I wanted a wooden element to break it up and bring a little warmth to the space. We had a friend of ours make these for us. I just showed him similar styles that I had seen on Pinterest.^^
IMG_4555IMG_4551IMG_4550^^The shower is such a transformation. Before it looked much smaller. Extending the subway tile all the way to the ceiling really helps to make the bathroom look larger. I also had a little nook installed for extra storage of shampoo and conditioners.^^IMG_4987

All appliances are from Kohler.

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shower curtain: wayfair

curtain rod: amazon

rug: homegoods

wallpaper: schumacher

pendant light: joss & main

towels: homegoods

shelves: our carpenter made them for us

basket: target

decor accents: homegoods and marshalls


BEFORE SHOTS:

Here are some pictures of what the bathroom looked like when we moved in and then a few during the reno process. I’ll lay out what the steps looked like.

-Rip everything out including flooring, fixtures, tub, toilet and vanity.

-Cut out overhang to raise the ceiling height. (We had to close it off first on the opposite side of  the wall.)

-Re-route pipe, new drywall and texture. We also raised the shower head about a foot.

-Waterproof shower/tub.

-Tile walls.

-Install vanity, toilet, shower fixtures.

-Cut out wall to fit mirror, patch up drywall and re-texture.

-Install mirror and rest of fixtures.

-Apply wallpaper and mount floating shelves.

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Watch full video below! Thank you to Kohler for providing the bathroom materials!



Spring Clean With Me!


Happy Spring! Today I wanted to share my cleaning routine with you. I also went through a few spaces and did some organizing. I love spring for many reasons, one being it really inspires me to keep the house clean. I also love to go through all my things and decide what I really want to keep. I want to do some more de-cluttering soon. I swear I declutter all the time, it is so satisfying! To watch my video scroll down to the bottom!1st

^^I always start with our bedroom. Making the bed and putting clothes away is first on the list. I have to have a clean bedroom before moving on to the rest of the house.^^

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^^The kitchen is the main place I like to clean up. If my kitchen is a mess, I’m a mess! I always make sure to put the dishes away and wipe down the counters every day.^^FullSizeRender 47^^The next place I have to keep clean are the floors. I just got this new mop from O-Cedar, called the EasyWringTM Spin Mop & Bucket System. It makes cleaning my floors super easy since there is a pedal that allows you to control how much water is left in the mop head. I like to wring a lot of the water out so that I can cut down on the dry time! (Watch my video to see it in action.) It’s also great because the microfiber mophead is reusable and washable. And the handle can be extended to 51″ so you don’t have to worry about ever getting a sore back after cleaning.^^mop

^^If you are in the market for a great mop that is super affordable (39.99) definitely check it out!^^

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^^The other area that collects a lot of stuff over time is our breakfast nook. We spend a lot of time here so the table is an easy place to put all our stuff. I always make sure to fluff the pillows and wipe down the table top. It’ll most likely be covered in pacifiers, burp cloths and coffee cups in about 5 minutes.^^

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^^The dining table and entry way are two other spots I focus on. I have to de-clutter these spaces daily and wipe them down to get rid of dust and dirt. The dining table is a major ‘dump’ spot, so I’m trying hard to not put all my stuff here whenever I come home.^^

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^^The last space I wanted to tackle was our closet in the office. Whenever I don’t know where to put something, it ends up here! I made sure to get rid of anything I don’t really need and organize things based on category.^^


Watch the video here!


This post was made in partnership with O-Cedar.

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Twin Girl Nursery Tour


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I’m so excited to share with you our nursery for our twin girls! They were born December 16th at 1:08 and 1:09 and life has definitely changed around here! I had so much fun decorating this room for them. It was nice to be able to go slightly more feminine and girly than the rest of our house. I added touches of rose gold and floral patterns to give it a vintage vibe, and added in some wood elements to keep it balanced. The other thing I wanted to do was decorate it so that they can grow into the space. I didn’t want to have too much of a ‘theme’ because I knew both the girls and myself would get tired of it quick. Instead, I opted for a look that was more classic and simple. A lot of the furniture will work as the girls grow up so we don’t have to keep buying new things all the time. I hope you all enjoy the room as much as I do! And thank you all so much for the kind words on my social media accounts wishing my family well. It means so much to me!


Paint: Behr My Sweetheart & Swiss Coffee

Butterfly Print: Minted
Flower Girl Print: Minted
Dresser: Z Gallerie (on sale!)
Changing Pad Cover: Oilo (capri, blush)
Rocker: Joss & Main
Play Gym: Finn and Emma
Blanket: Boll & Branch (cable knit) (pink origami)
Curtains: Minted (lilac, luxury linen)
Side Table: Joss & Main
Lamp: Target
Horoscope Sign: Etsy
Dream Catcher: Etsy
Cribs: Pottery Barn (emerson, cloud)
Bible Verse Print: Petals to Paper
Sheets: Oilo (capri, blush)
Pillows: Oilo (capri, blush)
Animals: Cuddle + Kind, Carters, Buy Buy Baby
Rug: Rugs USA
Chandelier: Overstock
White Dresser: Joss & Main
Rose Gold Baskets: Joss & Main
Hangers: Amazon
Hamper: Joss & Main




Bathroom Reno Inspiration


Hey guys! Today I wanted to share with you some ideas I have for our guest bath. We are going to completely gut it and re-do everything except the floors. I’ve ordered all the ‘parts’ like tub, faucet, toilet, mirror etc. We are just waiting for them to come in until we start on the demo. Once the tub is in I think we will start. The only thing not finalized is the wallpaper, light fixtures and accessories. We are planning on having the whole room subway tiled. In the shower it will go from the top of the tub up to the ceiling. Then the tile will extend all around the room going half way up the wall. I’ll then have wallpaper on the upper part of the walls. I’m leaning towards some of the designs from Anthropologie but it’s so hard! I want something with a little interest since everything else is basically white. Let me know if you have some wallpaper recommendations the comments. I’m so ready to get it all started. I’m really hoping we can have it done by the time the girls are born!bathroom design

vanity: kohler

light fixture: joss & main

faucet: kohler

shower head: kohler

rug: target

towel: target

wallpaper: anthropologie



Baby Shower


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Finally I am here to share my baby shower photos with you all! It was such a beautiful (and hot) day with so much love! Our shower was held in Fallbrook, CA at Myrtle Creek Nursery. There was a tented area where we set everything up. But I’d recommend coming by this nursery for lunch sometime because it is such an adorable spot. You order lunch and it’s put in a picnic basket for you to take anywhere on the nursery to enjoy. We had around 45 people attend the shower from friends to family. The main thing I wanted was a romantic and rustic vibe, and it truly was just that. My mom found the pink table runners on amazon, and her and a friend made the plant party favors. The tags were from Etsy. Our plates, flatware and glassware were from Casa de Perrin and completely made the tables! My dad cut a ton of eucalyptus from their backyard and we used that on top of the runners along with homemade flower arrangements in mason jars.


My dress is from Asos maternity and I absolutely loved it. I ordered a size up (because I’m gaining a whole lot of weight with these twins). But I think I’ll be able to where it post babies too. And my shoes are from Sole Society, which I where with pretty much everything. Where heals was a big deal for me. They came off right when the shower was over, don’t get me wrong! My feet were aching bad! Lately my whole body has been super achy and I am ready for the babies to come out already!


I’ll have a video on some of the things I got at the shower, because I know a lot of you want to see! But for now here is a short video of the shower. I hope you all enjoy!



Finished Kitchen Renovation


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Our kitchen is finally done! It is so amazing not having contractors come to our home every week to work on cabinets,  paint, backsplash…the list goes on and on! So today I lots of pictures and I’ll give you details on everything as well. Let me first say that redoing our kitchen was a lot more work that I had anticipated on! However, I think in the end it was all worth it. I had a vision of what I wanted the end result to look like and it’s just as I imagined. Below are two pictures of what it looked like before the paint and backsplash.

And here is everything after.

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Our cabinets are painted with Behr Swiss Coffee (semi-gloss), which is the color of our trim all throughout the house. When they first painted it I thought it looked so bright. But once the backsplash was installed (which is a bright white), the cabinets actually look much more creamy. The counters also look more grey no with everything completed. The counters are quartz and the color is New Carrara from Arizona Tile. We chose to use two slabs because I wasn’t a fan of pre-fab color options. Also, I don’t know if you remember, but we used to have a giant pantry to the left of the stove. We decided we’d rather have more counter space, so we extended the countertops to the wall. Now I use that space so much and I don’t even miss the pantry. Instead we have our spices, baking supplies, vitamins and other things in the two doors to the left of the over. We have all our canned goods and snacks in the drawer below the microwave.

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round cutting board: homegoods // small cutting board: world market

butter dish: homegoods // spoon rest: anthropologieWhite Kitchen Renovation and Design

fruit bowl: pottery barn

We had glossy standard subway tile installed (non-bevel) with a light grey grout color. Originally we weren’t going to go all the way around the window, but I am so happy that’s what we ended up doing. I think it adds much more of an impact and completes the whole room.White Kitchen Renovation and Design White Kitchen Renovation and Design

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Our hardware is from Home Depot and it’s by Martha Stewart (pulls & knobs in brushed nickel) Andrew ended up installing all of them and he did such an amazing job (I was super impressed)!

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cutting board: crate and barrel

Like I mentioned in my part 1 of the reno, our sink (32 in.) and faucet are both from Kohler. Everyday I love them more and more. The faucet is not only beautiful, but it is so functional. It has an extendable spout and three different settings (normal, spray and one that cleans the bottom of the sink out). I’m really happy I went with an apron front sink. I love how wide it is so I can fit all my pans in it completely and I swear I enjoy cleaning our dishes more now!White Kitchen Renovation and Design White Kitchen Renovation and Design White Kitchen Renovation and Design White Kitchen Renovation and Design White Kitchen Renovation and Design

It ended up taking around two months to complete everything. Instead of having it all done at once, we wanted to space everything out (cabinets first, countertops next etc.) so we didn’t have to pay for everything all at once. It worked out great because we had a lot of time to decide on the exact thing we wanted done. Overall, I am so pleased with how everything turned out and I am also so thankful we did it all before our twins are born!


Twin Gender Reveal Party


Twin Gender Reveal Party

So many of you know, if you follow me on instagram or youtube, that Andrew and I are expecting twins this December. I wanted to share with you all the details from our Gender Reveal Party that we had about a month ago. We had such a great time celebrating with our friends and family. If you are expecting a baby I would definitely recommend having a party like this because it gets everyone excited.

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I bought these large chalkboards from Hobby Lobby and painted the frame white. Then I used chalk board markers to write everything. It was fun to see what everyone predicted our twins to be. *We know that the twins are identical which is why they can only be boy/boy or girl/girl.Twin Gender Reveal Party

For our drink set-up we had a mimosa bar, water, pink lemonade (with blueberries to make it pink and blue) along with iced tea. For the mimosa bar we used mango, pomegranate and orange juice.Twin Gender Reveal Party

These pitchers were my friends but I am pretty sure she got them from Costco.
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I really wanted to have a chalk board with some wives tales that predicted what the gender would be. I just googled some popular ones and then circled which ever applied to me. (Not sure if these apply to twins!)
Twin Gender Reveal PartyFor food we had fruit, veggies, artichoke dip, a cheese platter, meatballs and turkey wraps.Twin Gender Reveal Party

I had this cake made for me at a local bakery and I love how it turned out. The cake topper is from etsy along with the cupcake toppers.Twin Gender Reveal PartyTwin Gender Reveal PartyAfter we all mingled and ate, it was time for the reveal!! (A friend of mine put the boxes together for us. I gave her the results after a doctor’s appointment, and she was the only one who knew!)

Twin Gender Reveal Party

TWO GIRLS!

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I was so shocked. I really thought we’d have boys. But clearly what do I know?

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Here is a video of the day, and you can see us opening the boxes!



Kitchen Reno: Part 1


Alrighty, so here are a few pictures of our kitchen half way through reno. This is all new cabinets, sink, faucet, microwave and oven. I’m currently in love with our sink. It’s by Kohler and I love how deep it is. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s beautiful! I would highly recommend this sink and faucet. I put together a video so you can see the process of taking out the old cabinets and putting it the new ones. Up next is paint, hardware and backsplash! I can’t wait to show it to you once it’s all finished!

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sink: kohler

faucet: kohler

oven: kitchenaid

microwave: LG

rug: homegoods

towels: anthropologie

 



Host on Airbnb!


Hey guys! Long time no talk. This pregnancy has put me under the radar for quite some time it seems. The nausea has decided to stick around for longer than I had anticipated which puts things on hold a little longer! I wanted to share with you all a great offer Airbnb is having for San Diego residents this summer. I was excited to partner with Airbnb because I have been using their services for a few years now staying in places from Santa Barbara to Boston. It’s also been on my mind lately because Andrew and I want to do a Babymoon soon and are going to go through Airbnb again. Both Andrew and I are huge fans of it because you really get to experience your vacation in a more authentic way. I love feeling like a local and learning all the best places to go from my hosts.


If you are already an avid using of Airbnb, or even if you aren’t, I wanted to open you up to the idea of hosting one of your rooms or even a few rooms in your home. It’s a way to earn extra income and also meet people from all around the world. If you live within 25 miles of San Diego, they are offering a $200 cash bonus using this link http://airbnb.com/WithKendra and then you’ll need to create your first listing through that link as well.

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So if you are looking to earn a little extra money to go on a trip yourself I think this is such a unique way to do it. Plus you can do it around your schedule.

Things to know:

-Airbnb hosts in San Diego can make up to $4,000 per month in the summer!*

-San Diego is a highly coveted vacation spot with a growing demand for hosts.

-If you have open rooms, you might as well make some money off of them!

-People use Airbnb to live like locals and get a different experience.

*Average monthly earnings from top 10% of active San Diego listings June to August 2015. Source Airbnb.

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I hope you are all enjoying your summer so far! It seems to be flying by. This has been quite the warm summer too! Andrew and I have been taking full advantage of our pool…and the AC!


If you have any questions on hosting with Airbnb head over here to find out more!