Pinterest-Old School Style


Remember my desk?

I love that workspace dearly, but we had a small issue with the painting.

Not that we don’t love that painting; in fact, it is my very favorite painting in the house by far. It’s just that the painting used to hang above our bed, and even though we tried many other pieces of art, we really missed the painting in that spot.

Then I had the BRILLIANT idea of putting up some inspiration boards above my desk. Since I can’t seem to get into Pinterest like I wish I could (too much visual stimulation for my delicate brain), I thought I would go old school. A trip to Ikea, three corkboards and some fabric later, I had myself some boards.

And our beloved painting went back to its home.

(After watching this week’s episode, I now realize we share the same bed as Rachel Zoe. Bah-nanas.)

And now the real fun begins!

(Instagram lovers – you HAVE to get prints with PostalPix. I have several on my inspiration board, and the quality is amazing. Thanks to Elisabeth for the heads up!)


The World Needs More Winners


I have a huge amount of respect for working moms. HUGE. Goodness gracious, it can be such a challenging gig. And how about the work-from-home situations? Where your attempts at multitasking make you simultaneously suck at your job AND being a parent? Makes you feel really effective, doesn’t it?

(Okay, this was supposed to be about the founder of LA Diaper Drive, although I see it’s taking a *ahem* personal turn. Really quick, though, to my fellow WAHMs, how hard is it to draw the line between work and child-rearing? For me, it’s SO HARD. We have a nanny who works for us twice a week from 8-5, but I STILL find myself wanting to run out of my office (also known as the desk in my bedroom) to parent my children on those days. Not to mention how Wito loves to bust in my room at any moment to tell me a random fact/ask for help finding a toy/want to hang out.)

Deep breaths.

My point is, being a mom is hard. DUH. And the ones that create inspiring businesses and organizations with little ones in tow are amazing, in my eyes. With that being said, meet Caroline Kunitz. She is the founder of the LA Diaper Drive, and her organization is who I will be working with this fall to raise money and provide diapers to those in need.

I’ve got some exciting plans in the works for an online diaper drive and raffle benefiting the LA Diaper Drive in October. (I’m digging realllllly deep into my PR contacts for some fun prizes…more to come on that very soon.)

In the meantime, here are some ways YOU can help those with diaper need. Learn more about how you can become involved in your community at Find out where you can donate diapers locally, attend a diaper drive event or even host your own diaper drive.

Disclosure: I have partnered with the Huggies® brand to help promote Huggies® Every Little Bottom program. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program, which includes writing about my family’s own experiences from my son/daughter’s point of view, and/or their experiences with diapers. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.


Five Jeans for Fall


These are the five pairs of jeans that are lining my closet this season.

1. J. Crew Matchstick in Overdyed Black Denim – Not too skinny, not too straight…the perfect style to last several seasons.

2. J. Crew Matchstick in Classic Rinse Wash – Repeat what I said above. (Remember, I like to buy in “bulk.”)

3. Madewell Widelegger Jeans in Explorer Wash – I wrote about them here. Love the trouser silhouette, and the fabric is insanely soft.

4. J Brand 811 Mid-Rise Skinny in Bright Red – My very favorite jean right now. Paired with simple ballet flats, a boatneck tee, and an arm full of gold bangles. Can’t go wrong!

5. Gap Lightweight Always Skinny Jeans – This is an amazing combination of fit and feel. It’s like the feel of yoga pants, but the structure of denim. You know the kind of jeans that you wear, but can’t wait to take off when you get home? These are NOT those type of jeans. So incredibly comfortable…I could wear them out and about or around the house all day long.

What jeans are you wearing this fall?


Odds and Ends


1. Today is the last day to enter my $150 Old Navy giveaway at What in the Whoorld. Be sure to enter here!

2. I also have a poll up at Babble. Do (or would) you give your children blogging nicknames? Do you think it’s safe or silly?

3. I’m doing a series of posts at Cafe Mom about our favorite family dinners. (Meaning EVERYONE in my family will eat it…more difficult than you would think.) So far, I’ve written about burgers with a delicious black bean and corn salad, a modern take on pork and beans, and shredded barbecue chicken sandwiches with kale chips. (Yes, my children actually enjoy kale chips. I win at life.) Since fall is now officially upon us, I have some great slow cooker recipes slated for the upcoming weeks.

4. Big exhale. I am really looking forward to a relaxing weekend. We are going to take a boat cruise around the harbor tomorrow with some friends, and Sunday’s agenda involves an enormous amount of lounging and football. I have an exciting couple of days planned in LA (!!!!!) next week with a trip to Colorado immediately following, so I am going to revel in this downtime before things get crazy. I hope you all have a spectacular weekend!