• Weekly Wrap-up, Instagrams of the Week + Ojai Highlights & Recommendations

    Happy St. Patty’s Day everyone!  St. Patrick’s Day used to mean green beer, parades, crowded bars and Irish music, and these days I’m lucky if we wear green.  But I have wonderful memories of St. Patty’s days gone by.  Hope you are having some Irish fun today!  We’ve been busy around here and I missed the weekly wrap up from last week, so this week I’m sharing our posts from the last two weeks and my favorite instagrams, plus a peek into our Ojai getaway from last weekend.

    instagrams of the week on oh lovely day instagrams of the week: Ojai edition Spring (almost summer) has arrived in LA. We’re celebrating by having even more outdoor fun, eating fresh blood oranges, and getting out to the Farmer’s Market.  I also scored some pretties to add to Gilded Rentals’ inventory and tickets to see JT & Jay-Z this summer (so pumped about this!).  Charlie’s highlights of the week were scoring a goal on an Olympian and feeding a baby goat.

    We were lucky enough to get to visit Ojai last weekend, which is one of my favorite places on Earth.  I swear, if my husband ever makes it big as an actor and we can move outside of the city, I will be on a pretty ranch in Ojai in no time!  Until then, we stay at the breathtaking and relaxing Ojai Valley Inn.  I cannot recommend this place enough.  Although it can be pricey, you can often find great deals offered through the inn (right now they are offering 30% off!) or on places like LivingSocial.  It is definitely worth it.  The grounds are amazing:  lavender everywhere, a gorgeous golf course, bike rentals.  The staff could not be friendlier or more helpful.  The spa is fantastic.  And we always have dinner at the Maravilla.  We also love to go into town, stock up on fresh Ojai pixies and blood oranges at the Sunday Farmer’s Market, and never miss having lunch at Boccali’s in Ojai.  The pizza and strawberry shortcake are ridiculously yum.  Another favorite spot – Bart’s Books, where my husband could spend hours reading books and I always find some great paperbacks dirt cheap.  It’s also the coolest bookstore you’ll ever see.

    If you missed any posts from the past couple weeks, here’s your wrap-up:

    This ranch wedding in Santa Cruz is full of DIY & is a perfect example of how to brand your wedding to make it personal.

    Need help with your engagement photo wardrobe?  I’m giving styling tips for your engagement session.

    Floral centerpiece ideas for spring.

    Love the silhouette details in this modern rooftop wedding shoot in NYC.

    A vintage circus 1st birthday party full of DIY inspiration

    A modern ranch wedding with lots of pretty & personal details and the BEST first look photo ever.

    DIY glitter confetti favor bags for your wedding or party

    Should you do a ‘first look’?  Here’s my 2 cents.

    A relaxed beach wedding with a pretty fall color palette.

    My story of my first year as a mom and my struggle with postpartum depression (because life isn’t always lovely!)

    See you tomorrow with a fabulously girly pink wedding!

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    •  This week was a rough one. I feel like I say that every week but this one really was. Today alone had me at my breaking point. All three of my kids seemed hell bent on driving me crazy. Quincy literally wouldn't let me put him down or leave the room without a major scream-cry fest. He rode around on the fuss bus allllll day. Tropical storm Calvin left destruction in his wake everywhere he went (if you follow me on snap/stories you got a little sampling but that was nowhere near the extent of it). At one point I went into a room away from my kids and sat in a chair and cried. Within three minutes one of them found me (of course) gave me a hug, and we were all better (except Calvin -- I think this is his permanent state ). This photo is my version of thinking happy thoughts. Bougainvillea vibes ✌️️✨  And just like that, summer is back  Take me back to the fall weather of two days ago! Also, take me back to when this kid slept past 5 am and took naps. For a week now, between 4:30-5:30 am this kid climbs up on our bed over top of me and proceeds to squrim, poke, and annoy me till I get up. Quincy's sleeping till 6 or later FINALLY and now Calvin is waking me up!? And he refused to nap today (again) too. Seriously you guys, he's killin' me. He looks real cute in rain gear but if he does it again tonight he's headed to toddler military school. #sotiredineedanewwordfortired #calvins3rdyear #battlefieldmotherhood
       You know what is a great motivator? Not wanting to be outdone by your big bro. Cause look who's pulling himself up, so he can keep up  #quincysmilestones #calvinandquincy #lawdhelpme #charlieandcalsroomredo  There were very few baby things I hadn't yet tried by the time I had Quincy but I hadn't really used a sling before. I got my first sling when I was still pregnant with Q and tried it with Calvin, but once Cal was walking he never wanted to be carried. He's far too busy for all that. So Quincy is the first baby I've used a sling with, and I feel like I really missed out with the other two. I had and loved other carriers with them (and still do) but there is just something about the sling that is magical and it is my carrier of choice right now. It is convenient (you can keep it threaded and just throw it on), it is cozy, it doesn't tightly wrap behind my back which always makes me sweaty, and I can nurse while Quincy is in it which has been a lifesaver. I'm actually nursing him in this photo! I'm sharing photos from our recent visit to the pumpkin patch and how I got to do all the things with my family while wearing Quincy in the sling because I didn't have to stay with him in the stroller or go find a place to nurse him. He chilled, ate, and napped in my sling. And because I love it so much I'm teaming up with @mywildbird to give one reader a sling of their choice! Head to my blog to enter (link in profile) and tell your friends  #OLDfavefinds #babywearing #mywildbird #giveaway #fredrickfamfallfun
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