The hot sunny days + long summer nights are finally here and we couldn’t be more content! This time of year is truly when we feel like our kiddos come alive with all the summer fun activities. It’s a time of year for us to slow down a bit + enjoy time together as a family. So bring on the water and bring on the swimsuits! Today we are sharing our favorite swim looks for this season inspired by one of our favorite destinations, Palm Springs!
As we are getting older we are starting to see the signs of aging. Yep! Not to excited about that but lucky there are so many products out there that can help with keeping our skin feeling fresh + looking youthful. On the flip side of that we are also aware that since there are so many products out there claiming to be the best, it can be a bit daunting to even know where to start and what products are actually worth buying! Well today we are sharing some of our absolute favorite beauty products to help moisturize + get your skin looking it’s best for summer! For several months we tried each and every one of these products and truly stand by them! See what we love about each product below!
ONE LOVE ORGANICS
One Love Organics products has a devout fan base and we are apart of that group! We have used these organic beauty products for years and are obsessed with the award-winning Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil + Makeup Remover that effortlessly lifts away impurities and makeup while restoring skin’s natural moisture barrier and pH balance. No harsh drying soaps here! Finish your routine morning + night with Vitamin C Brightening Facial Serum to help visibly brighten skin dulled by stress and environmental elements. Followed by their new Skin Dew Coconut Water Cream helps to combat dehydration and promote balanced, moisture-rich, and healthy-looking skin. Have we mentioned yet how amazing all their products smell?!
GOOP by JUICE BEAUTY
We are going to shoot it to you straight! When we first heard about Gweneth Paltrow’s new beauty line, Goop by Juice Beauty, we thought the price point was a little unobtainable for the every-day women and didn’t quite understand the hype. Were the products an instant hit because they were created by a mega star or were they really that good? We felt like this article wouldn’t be complete without trying it out for ourselves and sharing our honest opinion. We will start by saying the Luminous Melting Cleanser is probably our favorite product from everything we tried and it’s worth every. single. penny! Yes it truly is that good! We’ve realized over the years the soap based cleansers leave our skin feeling tight + dry and the solution is this cleanser that sinks luxuriously into your skin to remove dirt and makeup, leaving it incredibly moisturized, soft, and glowing. This sumptuous blend of almond, olive and coconut oils, shea and cocoa seed butters, as well as jojoba and sunflower gently purifies and deeply hydrates the skin as it cleanses. Beautifully textured, it evens skin tone and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. There is a night and day difference in our skin since we started using this product. We love that a little bit goes a long way + lasts forever! Start putting your extra change away each month because you need this!
Ok. We will face the facts. We are getting older and so is our skin. Because of that we’ve got a new found love for facial serums and Oille is the expert. Did you know that 70% of what you put on your skin absorbers into your body? Yep. That includes all the nasty hidden chemicals beauty companies don’t want you to know about. It’s important for us to be more educated about what products we use on our skin + stay away from hidden chemicals that can cause harmful side effects. The Black Currant + Edelweiss Organic Facial Renewing Serum repairs skin damage, improves aged skin, soothes discomforts and restores vitality. Our fave is the Raspberry + Rooibos Organic Facial Anti-Aging Serum. A highly sought after featherweight, concentrated serum that confidently combats deep wrinkles and age spots with sun protecting nutrient-rich raspberry seed oil and antioxidant tightening rooibos tea extract.
Inspired by the sea and founded with the intention of creating a natural skincare line free of toxic, synthetic ingredients. OSEA delivers proven results without causing harm to our health or the health of our environment. OSEA products are created with innovative formulations of certified organic, bioavailable seaweed, infused with pure steam-distilled and cold pressed essential oils create powerful natural anti-aging solutions and reduce the appearance of blemishes–eliminating the need for synthetic ingredients entirely. OSEA is free of synthetic chemicals such as parabens, petrochemicals, and sulfates. The Atmosphere Protection Cream is a lightweight moisturizer that hydrates and helps provide barrier protection against surface damage caused by environmental stressors such as extreme dry climates, wind and air pollution. And if you are looking for a great mask then look no further! The White Algae Mask is an age-defying, antioxidant mask that instantly improves the appearance of dull, uneven complexions and delivers long lasting hydration. Perfect for a more luminous look!
Coconut everything! Say Aloha to Kopari Beauty where every product starts with 100% organic coconut oil and is made with the purest intentions. So you always know your beauty is safe with us. And best of all, performs (and smells) like a dream. The Coconut Sheer Oil bombshell does it right and keeps it light. Jam-packed with goodness, it’s a face moisturizing, makeup-removing, split-end-softening powerhouse that can multi task like nobody’s business! Give your face a refresh with Coconut Rose Toner. With this toner, skin’s natural pH balance is restored as it tightens up those pores and keeps redness at bay. Don’t forget the holy grail of coconut oil. The Coconut Melt is the ultimate all-over skin moisturizer, under eye rescuing, hair deep-conditioning, belly-balming, baby skin soothing, beauty in a bottle for your whole bod.
Glowing, dewy skin is Glossier’s thing. Their skincare products are designed to instantly optimize skin’s tone, texture, and hydration levels so that it’s already at its best before you even think about makeup. We love the Priming Moisturizer that instantly brings out the best in your skin, so you have a fresh glowing canvas. Immediately on application, this plumps skin up with moisture to create cushiony bounce and an even texture, which helps minimize the appearance of pores, minus any heavy blurring ingredients. If you are in need of a makeup refresher or midday pick-me-up, try the Soothing Face Mist. It’s made with roses and aloe to hydrate, soothe, and leave you feeling fresh and awake! One thing we literally can’t get enough of is their Balm Dotcom skin salve! A hydrating, long-lasting, do-everything skin salve that’s packed with antioxidants and natural emollients to nourish and repair dry, irritated skin. Use a small amount on any part of the body that needs extra moisture, especially lips, cuticles, and rough patches. Try it in coconut for luxe lip smacking!
It’s Fashion Friday and we’ve sure got a good one for you today! One of our all time favorite online shops, Le Petit Organic, a NY based online retailer that emphasizes on handmade goods, just launched a brand new summer collection called “Le Petit Elle”. Their pieces are a nod to the past, while fitting for the present. We are completely smitten with every piece! This sweet and colorful heirloom line is made in New York, paying closest attention to detail to ensure longevity and comfort. The line runs from 6-12m to 6y and retails between $44-$78. Check out our favorite looks below!
We sure love a cute + fun first birthday party and our friend Amber, owner of Amber Reverie Design, Flowers + Styling, designed one darling party for her little girl, Norah! So many great ideas + inspiration below!
“Our little Norah was born just as spring was unfolding, so I’ve always called her my Little Spring Chicken. I wanted to create a farm fresh celebration that felt warm and inviting for our family and friends. Inside a hundred-year-old schoolhouse, natural centerpieces of dried winter grasses transitioning to foraged new spring blooms were arranged in a carved wood bread bowl. Farm fresh eggs, blossoms and delicate mushrooms created an inviting tablescape for guests to converse around, as vintage rug poufs on blankets provided additional areas for friends to gather, picnic-style. We provided a casual spread of various cheeses, fruit, herbed popcorn, artisan lemonade, vanilla rose shortbread cookies and a beautiful smoked sea salt, dark chocolate cake. After all the kids at the party went on an egg hunt and played games outside, Norah tried her first little banana cake, which she pulled right into her mouth and attacked face-first. As guests left the party, they were sent with little spring chicken favors for the kids, and sweet pea seedlings in egg shells for the adults.”
With heading into the Memorial weekend and everyone planning fun trips + adventures with their families we thought it was only fitting to share one of our all time favorite vacations we have taken! We promise after reading this feature that “glamping” will be come a must on your list of things to do this summer!
A mashup of “glamorous” and “camping,” glamping is a world-wide phenomenon that combines the thrills of camping with the creature comforts of home. While the term glamping may only be a few years old, the concept has a venerable history. Centuries ago, Turkish Ottomans would set up extravagant tents—appointed with silk fabrics, expensive rugs, and furnishings—as mobile palaces for their sultan. In Africa of the early 1900s, wealthy Americans and Europeans arranged for their safari tents to be outfitted with such luxuries as Persian rugs, linen bedding and a chef to prepare meals.
Camping has been a long time tradition for many families during the spring and summer months and one that we have always loved creating memories with our little peanuts. When we spent time last summer at one of our favorite destination spots, Bear Lake, we instantly became obsessed with this fresh new take on camping when we stayed at the luxurious Conestoga Ranch. Ideal for families and small children, you can forget about the hassle of setting up your own tent and sleeping on the hard ground! This resort aims to make “camping” easy, cozy, and comfy by taking care of all the hard work! You still get to enjoy your favorite parts about camping, being in the great outdoors with your family, getting a little dirty + waking up to incredible views. The best part by far is getting a good nights rest in a comfy bed. If you have small children and even a baby, there really is no better way to keep them comfortable + camp stress free!
Bunk up in one of eight traditional-style canvas glamping tents, complete with en suite bathrooms (i.e. flushable toilets) and hot showers + electricity to charge those iphones… a must if you ask us! Or enjoy one of 16 custom-crafted conestogas, also known as covered wagons with an Old West ambiance. All accommodations feature soft beds and fresh linens.
We spent the day sitting outside our tent in adirondack lounge chairs while the kiddos played inside on the beds and on the wooden floors with their toys. The ranch also has an on-site playground, big grassy areas + a game tent for hours of entertainment. With the turquoise waters of Bear Lake located just a few short miles away from the resort it, makes for the perfect place to stay. Enjoy the fun water activities at the lake during the day and then head back to your luxury tent at night to indulge in the Campfire Grill Restaurant + smores for dessert right outside your tent!
Probably the most unique thing that Conestoga Ranch offers that other camp sites don’t is an on-site restaurant. The timber-framed, open-air restaurant maximizes views of Bear Lake and the surrounding mountains while guests enjoy impeccably prepared, gourmet cuisine comprised of fresh and local ingredients. The Campfire Grill Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner to its visitors making it easy + convenient. We are still dreaming about their truffled french fries, hickory smoked salmon + crispy brussels sprouts! They also offer many great classic dishes for kids to enjoy.
Located just a few blocks from the town, Garden City, you also have access to lots of local restaurants + gift shops. If you’ve ever visited Bear Lake before, then you know that the area is known for it’s fresh, creamy raspberry shakes. A traditional must to try when you are in town. So we hopped on the complimentary bikes provided by the ranch (check out this fun tandem bicycle that the kids all took turns on) and took a little bike ride into town to enjoy some delicious raspberry shakes at La Beau’s Drive-in!
Introducing Valya Kids, founded by Tatiana Kulakov, creates playful and classic styles for kids, inspired by the bygone mid-century days. Their new capsule collection bridges the gap between what parents love and what kids will enjoy wearing! Each piece is made in a women-owned manufacturer here in the U.S. using mostly organic fabrics, so parents can feel even better about shopping from Valya Kids! Tatiana on the inspiration behind the line:
“By studying mid-century clothing I’ve also learned the importance of versatility. You notice a lot of pinafores, coveralls, rompers and overalls. The reason being is you can style this one item in a variety of different ways and over the course of several seasons. A pinafore can be worn with bare legs and a tee in the summer, a long-sleeve shirt and socks in the fall, tights and a sweater in the winter and so on and so forth. I love that!”
We love it too! Check out some of our favorite looks for the capsule collection!
Why is it, that when spring rolls in, we get the urge to throw out everything we own? It’s as if all at once, everything in our home is old, boring, and out of style. Step away from those trash bags, friends. Allow us to introduce you to the power of the pillow…
That’s right. Pillows. Just a few fresh pillows here and there can give your space a whole new look and talk you off the ledge of redoing your entire home!
Now, the only question remains – where to start? We’ve got you covered. We collaborated with our favorite artisan shop, The Citizenry, to share some no-fail pillow styling tips. Also! Get a little glimpse at our new living room space we talked about in the previous post!
1 // The first tip of pillow styling? Never be afraid of a little color. The key to styling with color is to go with a single palette, then pick a good variety of textures and patterns within that palette. Be sure to mix in with some neutrals to keep the look feeling light.
2 // It’s all about the layering! Use different sizes and shapes of pillows to create a layered look. This gives each pillow some room to show itself off. Think of it like a family photo (without the blood, sweat, and tears…) – tall in the back, short in the front.
3 // Believe it or not, patterns do know how to play nice with each other. It’s easy to think there’s only room for one show-stopping pillow, but the truth is, pairing patterns creates a look with more depth and interest. Just be sure to vary the scale of the patterns – go for both small and large scale patterns that complement, instead of compete, with one another.
Let’s face it… when you’ve lived in your home for ten+ years there comes a point when you need to re-model your space + update things! This is exactly where we are at right now and we’ve slowly been remodeling each room in our house. We just finished up our kitchen and are currently working on our living room + dinning nook area. The biggest thing we needed to do to update things was re-paint our walls and get rid of our ten-year-old carpet! There’s not much that needs to be said about how gross carpet gets! So our main project has been ripping out our carpet and replacing it with a nice hardwood floor! This is something we’ve wanted to do for many years now and it was pretty much the best day ever when it finally happened!
When choosing the perfect hardwood floor for your space it can be challenging to know even where to begin. We stressed about this process for a while and the best option for us. Since this was a big investment we wanted to make sure we did our research and pick the best product that we knew we would love for several years to come. When we found Hallmark Floors we instantly knew this was the company we wanted to work with! Some of the things that initially drew us into Hallmark Floors was their quality products, variety of wood specie options and color options. We decided to pick an option from their Alta Vista Hardwood Collection which is a return to vintage European Design and is crafted out of French White Oak, a premier hardwood. We loved this collection because of its stability and wider widths + lengths.
We knew we wanted to go with a lighter wood option to make our space feel more modern + contemporary and after debating a little bit (there are just too many amazing color options to choose from) we decided to go with the Alta Vista Balboa. We loved this lighter color that also has a bit of a cooler tone to it which we thought would go nicely with the color pallet we were using for the space. We also loved that this wood is lightly sculpted & wire brushed 100% by hand, giving it a bit of a natural + worn look to it. Honestly, it’s the best light neutral wood floor color and we couldn’t be more thrilled with how it’s turning out! Check out the inspiration for our living room below to get an idea of the colors, textures and patterns we will be using! We will also be sharing a few sneak peeks tomorrow in the space and talking about pillow styling!
Whenever we think of the brand June and January the words that come to mind are fun + colorful + playful! June & January believes that kids are fun, and their clothes should be, too! We of course couldn’t agree more and are so excited to about their recent swim collection launch that includes a classic one piece swimsuit for girls and a modern Euro swim trunk for boys! Both styles are available in onyx, mint and grapefruit. These cute suits are perfect for effortlessly going from pool to play all summer long! Make sure to snag your little peanuts one of these swimsuits at such great prices!
We don’t know about you but we are feeling a little bit stir crazy this month and just anxiously awaiting school being out for the summer + being able to enjoy our local pools + water parks opening very soon! One thing we do know is that we are currently obsessed with every piece of CarlyMegan’s Spring + Summer collection! This line is uniquely stylish but also simple and comfortable the way our little peanuts like it! Featured below is one of our faves for this season… black + cream knit jumpsuit that is super cozy and also unisex! We also have to mention one of our newest product obsessions: Monroe Workshop Toys has seriously the cutest collection of wooden toys + animals that you’ve ever seen! Every piece promotes imaginative play through simple yet innovative toys and we can’t wait to collect them all!