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Back from Hiatus with a Peacock Nursery

I’m back!
I’ve been on hiatus from this blog for quite some time… And here’s the reason why.. We are adding a new cub to the family!
We have been busy preparing and getting ready for her arrival, which should be very soon!
I thought I’d share her Peacock themed nursery as my first post back.

Here’s a photo of her room from the balcony. Her room used to be my office… All my stuff is pushed to a corner, so we will be sharing the space for a bit.

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Her crib: crib from Land of Nod (it was important to us that the crib was real wood, chemical free, and made in the US), organic sheets from Pottery Barn, ruffle crib skirt from Pottery Barn, knit blanket was a gift from a a family friend, and Shi Shu bamboo blanket on top, from my best childhood friend. Giant frog is the “Bestever” mat, a gift from a college friend.

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Next to her crib is her dresser/bookcase/changing table.. I had these modular bookcases from Ikea that weren’t being fully utilized, so I flipped them on their side, got some extra baskets and inserts, and it made a great multipurpose shelf for all her things! Expedit shelf and drawers from Ikea, Peacock bins are 3 sprouts – bins were gifts from my cousin and one of my closest friends, white bins from Ikea. Naturepedic changing pad, with cover from Land of Nod. Owl lamp from Target. Diaper cake made with Honest Co diapers, and lots of love from a lifelong friend.

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Her dressing area is on one wall since this room does not have a closet, which works out fine since most of her clothes are folded anyway… Dog tail hooks from Ikea. Top two hanging dresses were each a gift from a family friend and my best friend! Navy Blue dress is from Little Bean Sprout

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Reading/feeding nook: storage bench is a repurpose from my office before as well from Ikea. Chair is from the Little Castle line at Target (also made in the US) a steal compared to the Little Castle chairs sold at baby boutiques. Pouf is from World Market. Pillow is my own creation for the baby.

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Last thing to do decor-wise is to hang the peacock mobile that I made for her, but have not assembled.. Here’s a photo of the peacocks that need to be hung up!

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I love the way her room turned out — I hope she likes it too when she arrives!

As you can see from this post, we are so blessed to have so many thoughtful and amazing friends in our lives.. Thank you all again for your love and support. I can’t wait for the new cub to meet everyone!

Hope the next post doesn’t take me another 9 months…😉

Succulents and Summer Heat!

It has been so so hot the last few weeks in Southern California. It has made me and the Bears feel more sluggish lately.

However, it seems like the succulents in our yard are thriving!
I love the way they look, and the fact that they are so drought tolerant and low maintenance.

Here’s how succulents spruce up our yard and saves on our water bill!

Clustered in pots

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I wish I knew what these are called. I love that I have bright colored flowers 10 months out of the year.

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Coral Succulent next to our door

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Baby succulents on my kitchen window sill

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DVF for the home

I recently added these Diane Von Furstenberg coasters to my living room.
I love being able to bring in some designer goodness to the home for a reasonable price! I love the design – color, yet natural and some what beachy – perfect for our Venice home.
The coasters tied in with my existing color scheme and were too cute not to add to the room.
Details: DVF Decal Coasters in “Sunset” – set of 4

Packaging:

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On my coffee table:

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Shot of the living room:

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Afternoon Delight in Venice

My family was visiting Southern California the last few days, and it’s been a blast!

My mother LOVES Afternoon Tea. I’ve been walking by Jin Patisserie on Abbot Kinney for the last few years and haven’t stopped in. I keep hearing about their desserts, so It seemed like the perfect opportunity to give the place a try.

Mom and I had afternoon tea reservations with a few friends, and Jin did not disappoint! The desserts were delicate, perfectly sweet, and beautifully decorated. They had a wide array of teas which not only tasted smooth and subtle, but smelled complex and fragrant at the same time. The ambiance was perfect as well – outdoor seating in a quaint garden setting.

Passion fruit cake (my favorite of the day), a chocolate cake with dark choc and sesame crisp on top, and macarons (pink is rose, orange is salted caramel).

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The “Afternoon Tea” set – an assortment of sweet and savory items.

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I got a few items to go for a couple girl friends that couldn’t join us. The packaging was beautiful but I forgot to take a photo!
I also got a couple chocolates for my mother in law who is a chocolate connoisseur. They almost are too pretty to eat!

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Looking forward to going back Jin to share more afternoons with girl friends!

New Accessories

It’s been a year since B and I finished our home remodel and my home office was completed.

I recently saw these knobs on the Anthropologie sale section for $2.95 that would be perfect for my home office. At that price, it was definitely worth a try.  I absolutely love how they look!

When I first moved into my office, I had purchased some fun knobs from Home Goods to spruce up my Ikea bookshelf and drawer system, they were cute, but they weren’t perfect.

Here’s what my office looks like – with the old knobs if you look closely:

Old knobs on the drawer faces:

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Faces with the new knobs.  I think it picks up the blue from my wall perfectly!

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New Knob on the drawer face:

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I didn’t take  a photo of the “after” with the SLR Camera, because that would mean cleaning up the office a bit before this post and then it would just never get done!🙂

Here’s the view from my desk:

And here are my loveable coworkers, who come in and out of this office as they please!

Here’s a list of the items in the office:

Bookshelves and Drawer systems: Ikea, Expedit series
White Filing cabinets: Home Collectors (like the looks, but they’re not the best quality)
Grey Chairs: CB2
Blue Accent Wall: Benjamin Moore Santa Monica Blue (Love the color, and the name!)

New Ikea Product

This was too cute not to post…

G brought over our airmattress in an ikea bag the other day, and today I discovered a new product inside…

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Don’t you just love her?!

I cannot believe it has almost been four years since we adopted her from Karma Rescue.

She truly adds so much happiness to our lives. She is so full of personality, and never ceases to make me laugh.  I whole heartedly believe in Caesar Milan’s quote “you don’t get the dog you want, you get the dog you need.”  Our little family definitely Needs her in it!

In fact, she has inspired her previous foster mom to start her own pet care business: Huntley’s Hounds
You can read all about her story on that website. (I have to admit, I cry every time!)

Love our sweet girl!!
Yes, we have another cub and I’ll post about him next (but he does not crawl into Ikea bags…)

If anyone has questions about Karma Rescue or the dog adoption process, leave me a comment or send me an email!

Italy – Last Stop, Rome

Rome was the last stop of our two week trip.
In a place with such a long and incredible history, we enjoyed strolling through the city and stumbling into ancient landmarks.  It was a perfect way to end an amazing trip.

And now the photos…

Dome of the Pantheon, from the inside.  Incredible to think that the largest world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome was created so many thousands of years ago.

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Outside of the Pantheon in the evening (with much fewer crowds than in the day)

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Colosseum: the age and size is mind-blowing, especially when you’re standing inside of it.

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The Arch inside the Roman Forum, as seen from inside the Colosseum.

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Spanish Steps in the evening. Perfect place sit, have a drink, take in the view, and people watch.

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The door knob on the Love Moschino store in Rome. Love it.

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Best Pasta of the trip – Angelina near the Trevi Fountain. I loved everything about this place!

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Even the breadbasket was cute.

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Tiramisu at Angelina is amazing as well!

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We visited Vatican city on our last day. It happened to be the Saturday before Pentecost, so we saw the Pope speaking in the square!  We felt very special that we just happened to “run into” a Pope sighting.  He was broadcast via speakers and large screens, he was under the canopy in the 2nd photo below.

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Our last evening was spent wandering Trastevere, just on the other side of the Tiber River.

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Santa Maria in Trastevere, beautifully lit.

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Our trip to Italy was beyond amazing, though I really started missing the two pups toward the end of our two weeks.

In the next couple weeks, B and I are dieting and exercising lots to shed the bit of extra “pizza dough” we seem to have acquired on the trip..

.. But we already can’t wait to go back!