A few weeks back we took our first family trip to San Diego and it was so wonderful! As first time parents, Blake and I were of course nervous about the flight with Jude…but he did SO well! After touching down in SD, we dropped our stuff at our Airbnb, threw on our suits and headed straight for the beach!
During the summer months, I pick up a pint of strawberries at the grocery store every week. I’m crazy about those sweet berries and find myself snacking on them every day knowing that they only taste this good for a few months…
By Eugenia Vela
Even though I’ll admit to being glued to my phone most days, I do try to have at least a couple of books with me when I travel. I’ve experienced long flight delays and train rides that seem to go on forever, stretching across cities and countries with no end in sight. What I’ve learned is that an absorbing page-turner is the absolute best kind of book to have in my carry-on. Give me a twisty mystery or a creepy thriller and I am HOOKED, hastily turning the pages until I reach that unexpected, satisfying end. I know I’m not alone in this, or we wouldn’t have uber successful movie adaptations of Gone Girl or Girl on the Train, right? So if that sounds like your thing, get ready… read more
It’s been a while since I’ve done any type of home decor post, but I’m excited to start incorporating more home content on LL! Given that my job is pretty much to find items I love and share them with y’all so you can enjoy them, too, I’m especially excited to share some awesome finds from Urban Outfitters! I feel like more than ever before, UO has upped their home goods game (umm…that stunning cabinet, swoon!) and I find myself constantly going back to check their new arrivals. I want our house to feel unique to us and feel inviting and cozy, and I love that UO has so many pretty pieces that fit our aesthetic.
Things I love about living in 2019…(this is about to get very “first world” here)…oat milk, backup cameras, craft beer, DVR, Google Maps…to name a few. Another high up on the list is Favor – an app that allows food, beer & wine (!!) and grocery deliveries. Clearly, I am all about convenience over here, ha! But in all seriousness, I am SO excited about today’s post because Blake and I use Favor ALL. THE. TIME. Like…I’m talkin’ multiple times a week. Sometimes (okay, a lot of the time) at the end of a crazy busy day, the last thing we want to do is prepare a meal and do dishes. This is when one of us whips out the Favor app and orders a meal that’ll bring instant joy (umm…pizza does that, 100%). We press that orange Order Favor button in the app and an instant sigh of relief washes over. Before we know it, we’re catching up on The Bachelor, walking Jude to sleep and digging into our favorite pizza – without ever leaving the house (…and in our comfy loungewear, ha!). read more
A big thank you to Favor for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.
Ever since I watched You’ve Got Mail around the age of 8, I was sure I wanted to own a children’s bookstore when I grew up. I remember Meg Ryan’s character saying, “When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does.” That line stuck with me for good. I still believe it, which is why I am so passionate about getting books in the hands of children. I am fortunate to work in a bookstore that has a large Kids section, and I meet parents and young readers every day who are looking for books that will introduce them to new concepts and whisk them away to mysterious faraway lands. I believe books can have a huge impact on us from an early age, and it’s important to give kids books that introduce them to those mysterious lands as well as reflect the beautifully diverse world around us. Here are a few of my favorites…
Mom life = never leaving the house without packing for two these days! (…Which may appear like we’re going on a weekend getaway, buuut really we’re just running to the grocery store, ha). Combining the contents of my purse and a diaper bag into one means a backpack is simply the easiest way to go…it doesn’t hurt that they’re always in style, too! Herschel Supply Co. made an exclusive backpack for Urban Outfitters and it’s the perfect combination of effortlessly cool and practical. The color selection is awesome, too…this beige color goes with anything and it’s great because Blake and I can swap back and forth. I’m not a regular mom, I’m a cool mom…! Right? 😉
A magical summer afternoon in Austin: a light breeze is blowing, the sound of a flowing stream brings instant calm and the warm sun kisses my skin. A dip in the water with nothing but trees on the horizon is oh-so-good for the soul – and this tired mama could use a dose of nature to revive and reset. I sit on a rock with the water rushing around me, my eyes lightly closed and for a moment I am completely present. Listening, breathing, listening, breathing. I make a promise to myself that I’ll do this more often…
Okay so I am clearly delayed in getting this post up! BUT lots of this stuff is still fantastic, even with Jude turning five months tomorrow (omg WHERE has the time gone?!). But for those of you with lil babes around this age, I hope you find these things super helpful! As of right now, the only thing on this list we’re currently no longer using is the #1, the Ollie Swaddle (now that Jude can roll over, our swaddling days are done!). Everything else is still high up on Jude’s list of favorites. Let’s get to it!
There’s no shortage of Tex Mex food in Austin. And while I love it (chips and queso are my weakness), sometimes I want something a little more on the healthy side.
That’s where this salad comes in. It’s filled to the brim with fresh vegetables, yet it still satisfies those inevitable Tex Mex cravings. The quinoa makes it surprisingly filling, and the dressing is divine. If you happen to have leftovers of the dressing (which I doubt you will), save it for dipping raw vegetables into. Plus, the salad saves really well, so you could easily meal prep it for lunches throughout the week!