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Celebrate: A Modern Space Party

We’ve been busy with Spring Break and Easter celebrations (photos to come), so I haven’t been around my computer much. But now that Easter has passed I’m setting my sights on the next thing: Monkey’s 3rd birthday. Last year we literally moved into our home on his birthday. To say he didn’t get much of a celebration is an understatement.  He got a chocolate cupcake and a candle… a week later. So, this year, I want to make it up to him but putting together something more thought out. Take a look at how cute he looks here:

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That was my starting off point for the idea of doing a modern space rocket party. I’ve still got a long way to go in terms of planning, but have put together a party mood board to get me started. Check it out these clean and modern ideas.

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1. Solar system cake from here; 2. rocket place card from here; stellar suckers from here; planet cookies from here; space cupcakes from here.

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Inspiration: Modern Beach Scene

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Big Boy is off on Spring Break, so we’re spending a few days in SoCal to visit friends and have some family fun in the sun. To tell you the truth besides our friends, there isn’t much from our 13 years of living in L.A. that we really miss, but there are a few things:

1) Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, because Starbucks and Peet’s just ain’t got nothing on their Ice Blendeds.

2) The predictability of the weather.  I don’t miss the heat, but I do miss being able to leave the house knowing that I have dressed appropriately for the day.  In the Bay Area I have to layer and be prepared to experience three seasons in one day.  Not always practical when getting the kids dressed for school.

The last thing I miss 3) Proximity to the beach.  OK, so when we lived in L.A. we didn’t go to the beach much.  But somehow, not having access easy access to the beach makes me want to go more. These days we can get to a nice beach within 1 1/2 hours, which granted is luckier than most, but in L.A. it took a mere 15 minutes.  Silly, I know.

So, in lieu of proximity to the beach, I’ve decided that I need to bring the beach into the house by way of something hanging on the wall like in the picture above.  I’m not really set on it having to be a photograph or a painting, just something that feels beachy and modern, without feeling cheesy.  There’s a fine line there.  Images of beaches tend towards the cliché, so you have to be very careful here.

I’ve found the following images that I would gladly hang on our walls, but the search is still on.

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by Paul Ferney

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by Valerie Chiang

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by Max Wanger

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Retail Therapy: Brick Storage

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Our boys LOVE Lego.  Remember Big Boy’s Lego Birthday Party?  When I say LOVE, I mean LOOOOOOVE and ever since the birthday party, our house has been inundated with bricks of every shape and size.  While I love Legos too, I’m not a big fan of having bricks everywhere.  Remember my New Years’s Resolution #2 of being more organized?

Enter the Lego Storage Bricks.  These are full sized Lego Bricks, that open up to store a multitude of sins.  They can even stack the way real Legos do, and they come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes.  Check out the full range here. They even have cool Lego lunch boxes and drink holders.

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While I love the creativity and dexterity that Lego encourages, I still find a need to contain this passion.  Big Boy was so excited to store his Legos in these giant bricks and keep his mini figurines in the 1-Round that I don’t think he minds cleaning up as much.

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I think these storage bricks are a perfect solution for celebrating his passion and encouraging his inner Master Builder skills (if you don’t get this reference, go see the Lego Movie, it’s worth it), while also acknowledging a need for order. Cool kid friendly design + storage =  a smart solution.  Major retailers like Target and Container Store have started carrying this fun line, so there are no more excuses for a Lego invasion at your house.

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DIY: Ombre Easter Banner

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We are going to be hosting a little Easter Egg Hunt at the house in a couple of weeks, hence the Easter Inspiration Board I put together.  I’ve been looking around for a cool banner that captures the vibrant colors of my inspiration board.  I couldn’t find anything on etsy that really suited my needs, so I decided to make my own.  Bonus for you, I’ve turned it into a free printable, so that you too can have a cool modern ombré easter banner.

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For this banner, I was really inspired by the punchy colors of the dip-dyed eggs from here, but I felt that the banner would benefit from the softness of an ombré effect.

What you will need:

1) download my printable

2) quality white cardstock or matte photo paper

3) scissors or paper cutter

4) hole puncher

5) ribbon or twine

I like to use matte photo paper because I think the colors are more saturated.  For ribbon, I used left overs I had from a previous project.  Since I already had the paper and ribbon, I think my total cost for the banner was $0!  Love it when things work out that way and look great too.

Enjoy the printable and don’t forget to like my page on Facebook and follow me on Instagram and Pinterest.  I’d love to hear from you.

Download Printable here:

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Note: Since there is some image clipping that occurs with full bleed images when printing with most printers, the printable here is sized to 5″x7″ cards so that clipping should not be an issue.

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Out and About: A Day in Japan

For the second installment of our Year of Dates, I had planned for us to spend a “Day in Japan”… not by flying to Japan, but by experiencing examples of Japanese culture that are available to us in the Bay Area. I think most major cities have neighborhoods that have a distinct cultural/ethnic flair, think Little Italy in NYC, or Chinatown in SF. But besides the restaurants and shops you don’t usually get a feel for being transported to the country of origin.  Not so with the Japanese culture in San Francisco, here you can experience Japanese architecture and gardens.

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First stop was a visit to the Japanese Tea Garden.  We could not have asked for a better day for our date.  The sun was shining and the gardens were in full bloom.  See for yourself the tranquil lusciousness that is the Japanese Tea Garden.  I would definitely recommend a visit, though come early to avoid the throngs of tourists.

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Japanese Tea Garden

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After walking around the gardens we got hungry, so headed to Japantown to continue our date.   We enjoyed a lunch special at one of the many eateries, for me the special consisted of a small chirashi and a bowl of shoyu ramen.  Not bad for under $10 each.

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We then walked around the shops and also bought something sweet at the local Japanese supermarket.  I love Japanese candy. I can admit it here, I have a pretty bad sweet tooth and have the cavities to prove it.  Please don’t tell my boys, they are so much better than I am.

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But the best part of the date was making a last minute decision to have a shiatsu massage at Fuji Shiatsu. Hubby and I had been aching for days because of all the physical labor involved with building the treehouse.  The massage itself was not a zen experience.  It was painful, but painful in a really good way.  They really worked on our aches and pains, and while we were sore for a couple of days after the massage, we were soon joyfully pain free.

So there you have it.  Our second date of the year intended to take us out of our everyday routine and give us new memories to cherish.  Hope this inspires you to try something different too.

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