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    My Favorite Family Friendly Places in Los Angeles

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    Los Angeles has so many family friendly places that I love. Since the weather is beautiful here most of the time, we do a lot of outdoor family activities. From the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, to the beaches, to the farmer’s markets, this city is rich with family friendly fun. I finally shared my top five favorite spots over on Momtastic. Go here to read the full post.

    And check out the rest of my posts on Momtastic from this week:

    To get you in the mood for this weekend’s Oscars, here is some of the best pregnant red carpet style.

    Maternity wardrobe basics for spring – these are on my own bump style list!

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    DIY Washi Tape Gallery Wall

    DIY Washi Tape Gallery Wall on Oh Lovely Day

    I shared part of Charlie’s big boy room, and a super easy and kid-friendly room DIY over on Momtastic: a washi tape gallery wall. It is so easy with no heavy frames to buy or hang, and no worries of frames falling or glass breaking. Plus it is the perfect solution to our “no heavy items hung above the bed” since we live in earthquake territory. Head on over to see the full DIY, and leave some love if you like it will ya? I’ll be sharing another DIY I did for Charlie’s room next week too.

    art sources: Abraham Lincoln quote print / stag print / Macklemore lyric print / Be Brave print /map / whale print / trees print / Dr. Seuss quote

    PS- Follow along with all of our slow new home styling, DIY, and design progress here on the blog and on instagram.

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    M Is For Monster Toddler & Preschool Activities

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    Have you guys heard about M Is For Monster yet? It’s this fun subscription service for your littles that sends a monthly box of activities, tailored for their age and that time of year. It sort of combines everything your kid loves at that age: getting mail, fun surprises, and hands on activities. And for you parents, it keeps them busy and helps them learn and work on things like fine motor skills at the same time. Plus, it’s fun!

    M is for Monster is weekly educational activities that are delivered right to your door every month. No need to plan activities and go shopping for the materials, everything you need for one month’s worth of activities will be shipped right to your front door. I know so many of my momma friends (and dads and caregivers too) out there will appreciate that.

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    What’s in a monster box? Each month will be different. You will get four weekly themes with 2 to 3 projects for each theme. You will also get the glue, crayons, markers, paint and all the other supplies needed for that month. Each box will be mail out on the 22nd of the month so you will be ready to start your learning fun on the 1st of the following month.

    Charlie got his November box in the mail and was so excited to see what was inside. I loved the feathers (go figure) and the opportunity to do some Thanksgiving crafting with him.

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    M Is For Monster is a great holiday gift idea for your own little, or one in your life. It’s also a great thing for the new year – a resolution of sorts to get you doing more fun activities with your kiddo. Charlie wanted to grab everything out of his box at once. I made him wait patiently so I could take a few photos. But we had a great time and still have more crafting to do for Thanksgiving next week. I’m really excited to see what the December box has in store.

    So go check out M Is For Monster and see who it fits on your shopping list. Your little will love it! Plus, use code OHLOVELYDAY to get 15% off your first order.


    M Is For Monster is a sponsor of Oh Lovely Day.

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    Newborn Baby Essentials

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    With lots of my friends having babies soon, I’ve been helping them with their registries and giving them a list of my baby essentials. Today I’m sharing my must have items for the newborn stage, 0-3 months. I hope it helps some of you mommas-to-be out there (or save it for later if babies aren’t in the near future for you.)

    1. Feeding essentials: If you’re breastfeeding you’ll need a pump to help you get your milk to come in, to pump so you can get some time away, to help increase your supply if you have issues like I did, and to go back to work if you decide to do that. The Medela Pump In Style is the best, and this hands-free bra is an absolutely must have (actually, you need two!) Trust me on this one.  Also handy: a breastfeeding pillow like this one (we couldn’t go anywhere without ours), a way to keep track of feedings (I used an app on my iphone), some bibs, nursing tanks, and these, so you can get a night out every once in a while. Oh, and if you’re using bottles, I tried just about every kind and these bottles were the best for newborns and tummy troubles. And since you have to sterilze everything the first 6 months, these sterilzing bags are a huge lifesaver and time saver!  Read More »


    Best Personal Gifts for Baby

    Since pregnant is the new black these days and most of my friends are on baby #2, I’ve been getting to pick out super cute + personal baby gifts, instead of the standard registry gift. I love buying off-registry, don’t get me wrong, but when baby #2 comes along and you already have the basics, it allows for some creative and fun gift giving. Here are my favorite gifts for second babies, or the momma who already has the basics.

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    1. Give the new baby his or her own lovie. This one was Charlie’s favorite.

    2. Baby’s first ornament is always a great gift, and these from Paloma’s Nest are one of my favorites (Charlie has it too!)

    3. Baby moccasins – what’s cuter? Enough said. As soon as I have a positive pee stick on baby #2, I’m placing an order.

    4. Nothing screams “I’m not a hand-me-down” better than something personalized. I love this baby name swaddle blanket.

    5. I loved doing monthly photos with Charlie, and definitely want to do it with the next baby as well. Here are two options, in onesie or sticker form. (I want those onesies for the second time around!)

    What are your favorite gifts for baby #2?

    PS – 10 Things no one tells you before you have a baby, and you can find all of our baby-related posts here.


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