Dad and son

Happy Friday + Happy Father’s Day

We’re on the move again! We decided to just kind of go for it this summer and do lots of trips here and there, since Baby Girl will be here…

Dad and son

We’re on the move again! We decided to just kind of go for it this summer and do lots of trips here and there, since Baby Girl will be here soon and then it’ll be a good few months of staying home and getting into the swing of things. So we’re back in our old LA stomping grounds to see friends and celebrate Father’s Day.

And speaking of Father’s Day, if you’ll pardon me for just a moment I’d love to give a little shout-out to my baby daddy. I’m pretty sure every dad is the best dad in the world, I really can’t imagine a better dad for our family. Watching Ryan be a father to Henry and seeing him be so excited about the little girl on the way is better than I ever could have thought it would be. Somehow that dude always knows how to make things better, find an adventure, fix the problem, make us laugh, and guide our family down the right path. I feel so lucky to be doing this whole parenthood thing with that guy.

So happy Father’s Day to all of the men in your life, dads or not — there are lots of different ways to be a father! xoxo

Mom and toddler

Happy Friday + Chubby Baby Fingers

Just look at that beautiful little hot dog finger. Henry’s chubby little baby hands are just everything to me lately. That, and his tummy. And his big feet. And his…

Mom and toddler

Just look at that beautiful little hot dog finger. Henry’s chubby little baby hands are just everything to me lately. That, and his tummy. And his big feet. And his sharp little teeth. I’m just soaking this kid up, as I keep thinking that pretty soon we’ll have a new little one to split our time with. I know the heart expands and all that, of course. But this time with Baby Girl cooking in my tummy and Hank here being a little kid just feels so special. Every little thing he does is magnified and I’m trying to remember it all!

What’s on your mind these days? Whatcha doing this weekend? Talk to me, ya’ll — it’s FriYAY! xoxo

Monterey Bay

Happy Friday + Staying on the Move

Happy Friday, gang! Don’t you love a short work week? I’m thinking we should start a movement to make every weekend a three-day weekend. Just saying. Last weekend we headed…

Monterey Bay

Happy Friday, gang! Don’t you love a short work week? I’m thinking we should start a movement to make every weekend a three-day weekend. Just saying.

Last weekend we headed to Monterey for a quick getaway, and this weekend we’re spending a few days at my family’s cabin with friends, which I’m super pumped about! I realized that I hadn’t been out of town at all since February, and it was making me totally uncomfortable and itchy to get the heck out of here! I’m a gal who seriously needs to stay on the move, and it had been way too long since we had an adventure. So we’ve got trips lined up for the next few weekends and I’m seriously pumped.

How about you? Are you a homebody or do you like to roam? I love to go places, and then I looooove to come back home. Best of all possible worlds. 🙂 What adventures do you have planned this weekend? xoxo

Pregnant holding peonies

Happy Friday + Life Life Life

I hereby present to you our first photo from the new studio! Yes, it’s just a white wall. But it’s our white wall. With texture and our favorite white paint and…

Pregnant holding peonies

I hereby present to you our first photo from the new studio! Yes, it’s just a white wall. But it’s our white wall. With texture and our favorite white paint and electrical outlets in it and everything. The work isn’t quite done in the studio yet — we still need to install flooring before we can move our equipment in — but we’re so close we can TASTE it. So we snuck in the other day to take some test shots and I’m just so excited to start working in there. The light is gorgeous and it’s so spacious and lovely.

In other news, I’m starting to get that really charming egg-shaped body that I get when I’m pregnant, also evident in that little photo up there.  Baby is kicking me around all day, which is pretty fun, and I’ve moved on from being annoyed about the nausea to being annoyed that I’m starting to get that pregnant lady waddle in my step. But enough whining! The kid looks healthy and we’re all happy (albeit a bit stressed), so we have zero to complain about.

Okay seriously, enough about me. Ugh! I want to hear about you! Tell me one great thing that happened this week so we can celebrate you! And then go have a rad weekend. xoxo

Flash charms

Happy Friday + An Old School Giveaway!

Hey Friday lovers! Seriously, is there anyone in here who doesn’t love Friday? Like maybe you have a wacky work schedule and Friday is really your Monday? Or maybe you’re…

Flash charms

Hey Friday lovers! Seriously, is there anyone in here who doesn’t love Friday? Like maybe you have a wacky work schedule and Friday is really your Monday? Or maybe you’re a student and you just looooove school so Fridays bum you out? (HAHAHAHA I actually just made myself laugh.) Whatever! I love Fridays so let’s high five.

I just wanted to give you guys a heads up that we’re having a newsletter-exclusive giveaway next week! So if you’re not signed up to receive our newsletter, you can enter your email down below and get the goods. We hereby promise not to bombard your inbox with junk — we usually send something every few weeks and it’s always got exclusive content for just our newsletter crew! So what’s the giveaway, you ask? A few hints: It’s just for funsies, it’s pretty old-school (I used to collect these babies as a little kid), and OH there are a bunch of pictures of them right here. I couldn’t resist! Get your name on the newsletter list to see more. And Happy Friday! xoxo

Heck yeah, I want that newsletter!


Flash charms
Flash charms


red-toes

Happy Friday + Rom Coms

Hey! It’s Friday! That’s kind of the best news I’ve heard all week. As usual, we’re full steam ahead over here — construction chaos, walls being demo’d, people coming and…

red-toes

Hey! It’s Friday! That’s kind of the best news I’ve heard all week. As usual, we’re full steam ahead over here — construction chaos, walls being demo’d, people coming and going, baby with a cold, ya know – the usual. But it wouldn’t be any fun if it was boring, right?! Right.

Anyway, I have some deep thoughts today about movies so gather ’round. My sister and I went to see Mother’s Day (on, ya know, Mother’s Day) and it was cute and all but also it was kind of really bad! Yeah, I laughed at some of it but it was so contrived and awkward and kind of halfway-acted by some of my (usually) favorite actors. And it pretty much just made me wish I was watching Love Actually again for the first time. Or You’ve Got Mail. Or When Harry Met Sally. But it made me realize that Hollywood kind of forgot how to make romantic comedies! Seriously! There are some truly amazing movies being made right now but ain’t none of them for chicks. I miss the 90’s, when every rom com was gold.

So what’s your fave? Like, could watch a million times, know every line, wish you were in it favorite romantic comedy? I’m fairly certain mine is You’ve Got Mail. Come on, it’s a masterpiece. That caviar is a garnish!

And on that note, enjoy your weekend, Lovelies! xoxo

Cotton candy sunrise

Happy Friday + Take a Sec

Hey lovelies! Oof, I’m stressin’ these days! I’ve got some projects that I keep trying to get done and they keep failing, I have some deadlines quickly approaching, Henry is…

Cotton candy sunrise

Hey lovelies! Oof, I’m stressin’ these days! I’ve got some projects that I keep trying to get done and they keep failing, I have some deadlines quickly approaching, Henry is a handful (a cute one but you know what I mean), and our house is in a constant state of disarray thanks to the remodel. But! I was driving to the gym the other morning for my usual 6 am spin class and I pulled into the parking lot and the sweetest sunrise was happening. It was still quiet outside because most sane people aren’t out driving around at 6 am, and I just sat for a second and looked at the colors and the composition and truly, it made me feel better. Calmer. Sort of like not every single thing is a huge deal and maybe I should just remember to take a big breath and a step back sometimes! I think I’m on fast forward a bit these days, just trying to tick things off my list, and that ain’t no way to live, I tell ya.

So. What helps you take a sec? Do you have a thing that reminds you to slow down, or to just take a breath? What’s your thing? Hope you have some time to find it this weekend! xoxo

Palm Springs house with pink door and bike

Happy Friday + Tell Me Something Good

We took our bikes to Palm Springs with us and cruised around. A stop in front of #thatpinkdoor was in order. Whoooooo man it’s been an action-packed couple of weeks!…

Palm Springs house with pink door and bike

We took our bikes to Palm Springs with us and cruised around. A stop in front of #thatpinkdoor was in order.

Whoooooo man it’s been an action-packed couple of weeks! Last week we were in Palm Springs with some of our best bloggy pals, and then headed to Ventura for Craftcation, where I led a workshop and spoke on a panel. It was such a great adventure but then there’s always the aftermath when you arrive back home and have twelve piles of laundry and a massively full inbox. We did, however, return home to some fun developments on the renovation, so extra points there.

We also all got taken out by this innocent little runny nose that Henry had about 10 days ago, and for some sadistic reason we ALL still have full-blown colds. It. Is. Rough. Pregnant + nausea that won’t go away + cold + house that’s torn apart = GAHHHHHHH. But! On the flip side, Henry started going to a babysitter a couple of half days a week and he loves her and it means that we have a few extra hours to get things done at work and around the house. So you see what I mean here about an action-packed couple of weeks! Lots of ups and lots of downs, but that’s pretty much the usual, right?!

In blogland, we’re gearing up for summer behind the scenes and I’m so pumped to share some of the projects and plans we have in store! I have a feeling it’s gonna be a good summer, y’all. OKAY enough about me! Tell me something good! I would love to know something that you’re excited about right now. Let’s start this weekend pumped about life! xoxo

hand holding umbrella

This Week + Umbrellas

I’m a sunshine girl for sure, but all this rain California is getting right now is pretty exciting! With the drought being in the front of everyone’s mind all the…

hand holding umbrella

I’m a sunshine girl for sure, but all this rain California is getting right now is pretty exciting! With the drought being in the front of everyone’s mind all the time it’s so wonderful to see green hills in the distance and mountains with a big fat snowcap still on them. Our umbrellas have been getting a workout, which is alright with me. And speaking of umbrellas! That gold polka dotted number in the photo up there is a project I created for a book that I co-authored last year! We kept it under our hats for a while but you can get it now and see a whole bunch of painting projects that we’ve never shared anywhere else. You can see the book and get yourself one right here!

Aside from all that, it’s been a little crazy ’round these parts, as my mom had a little unexpected trip to the hospital last week and we’ve been helping her get back on her feet since then. Without going into too much detail, I’d really appreciate any positive thoughts or prayers you have if you could send ’em her way! When it rains it pours, guys.

Hoping your weekend is full of awesome things ahead! Here’s something kinda fun — I think we might go to the gem show this weekend?! The I-wanna-be-a-geologist-third-grader inside of me is totally pumped to go spend forever wandering around looking at pretty rocks. And what are you doing this weekend? xoxo

baby sitting in grass

Friday List // TV Show Theme Songs

First of all, a gratuitous baby picture. Henry in his natural habitat: dirty shirt, grass-stained knees, happily pulling dandelions out of our lawn and subsequently trying to eat them. It’s…

baby sitting in grass

First of all, a gratuitous baby picture. Henry in his natural habitat: dirty shirt, grass-stained knees, happily pulling dandelions out of our lawn and subsequently trying to eat them. It’s the simple things, guys. (Outfit from Old Navy and moccs from Freshly Picked!) I can’t get enough of those chubby little boy knuckles.

Okay, who watched Fuller House?! I admit to having watched about four episodes — I mean, come on! Full House was the stuff of my youth so I totally have to revisit DJ and Steph and the gang. And was it amazing? Ummm no. But did it fill the heart of my inner 1980’s child? Totally. It’s kind of bizarre, like a complete flashback. The writing is the same, the house is the same, the people are the same. Part of me thought they’d update the style of humor but nope — they went classic Full House and are sticking to their guns.

And while I was singing along to Everywhere You Look during the opening credits, it got me thinking about my favorite tv show theme songs of all time! There are some good ones, aren’t there? And it seems to me the best ones come from the late 80’s and early 90’s. I know you have faves! I tried to list my top five theme songs and came up with this list (although I’m positive I’m forgetting some good ones!):

Thank You For Being a Friend
Where Everybody Knows Your Name
Duck Tales
Movin’ On Up
Gummi Bears

Aaaahhhh! They’re so good! I played the Duck Tales one in the studio and Ryan and I had to stop for an impromptu dance party. And I think the Golden Girls song might be my favorite theme song of all time. Okay your turn — best theme songs ever, any era. Go! xoxo

henrybeach

This Week + Back to Reality

(Henry’s wearing the tank jumper from June and January!) BOOOOOOO I’m back at work! Just kidding I love my job. But even when you love your job, isn’t vacay just…

henrybeach

(Henry’s wearing the tank jumper from June and January!)

BOOOOOOO I’m back at work! Just kidding I love my job. But even when you love your job, isn’t vacay just the best? We’ve been all over California for the last week or so, introducing Henry to Disneyland, hitting our old LA haunts, and gallivanting around San Diego with friends. It was beautiful to say the least, and I’m so sad it’s over!

But also, there’s always something nice about coming home, isn’t there? Sleeping in my own bed last night was a magical thing indeed. So this weekend we’ll be recovering from our trip and catching up on piles of laundry — ya know, the normal stuff. Ick. Somebody needs to make laundry fun.

What are you doing this weekend? xoxo