Did you know from April 6th-May 19th it’s Culture LA!?! I bet you want to know what Culture LA is right? It’s a time to celebrate all of the wonderful things LA has to offer. Woohoo! In addition to fabulous beaches, beautiful hikes, killer restaurants and perfect weather, LA has a plethora of cultural activities. We’ve got museums, The Geffen Playhouse, the Zoo, La Brea Tarpits, Getty Center… I can go on. You probably know by now I’m a huge fan of my city and I’m happy to share that during this special time there are tons of great offers available to encourage you to get out there and see more of this magical place. Click HERE to see a list of great deals. As part of Culture LA my family and I were lucky enough to get invited to Mr. C Hotel in Beverly Hills for a lux family staycation AND we got to experience a private guided tour of the LA Zoo. Oh Snap.
Check us out at Mr C Hotel and then at the Zoo!
When I first moved to LA (over 13 years ago) the thought of going downtown repulsed me. Fast forward to now and I’m dying for excuses to make the trek. Sexy restaurants are popping up everywhere and I have a long list of places I’m desperate to try. I’m happy to report that I can cross Zinc Cafe & Market off my list. I went twice actually, once for dinner and once for brunch. Holy shizballs. It’s a vegetarian paradise.
I’m really into lists right now, so I’m going to make a list of all the things I love about Zinc.
1) The outdoor patio. It’s so airy and chic with a fire pit and twinkling lights. I could spend hours there.
2) This place is 100% Vegetarian and the food is delish.
3) The menu is unique and offers things like Mushroom Nut Loaf, Stuffed Peppers and an Asparagus Sandwhich. (YUM to everything)
4) There is a variety of fresh cocktails and a great beer and wine selection.
5) The service is friendly and welcoming. No snobs up in here!
Babes and power tools!?!? YES. Yours truly used a nail gun, sand blaster AND did some edge banding for the very first time with the help of my friend Kelly Edwards. She is the DIY House Call hostess extraordinaire and the brains behind the awesome makeover my home received a few weeks ago. Some of you may remember from my house tour there was an unusable space I had in my family room/kitchen area. I was desperate to turn it into a place that was both functional, chic and baby friendly. BAM. Ask and you shall receive. Thanks to The Design Network, Home Depot and Kelly all my home decor dreams came true. I’m writing this post from my new space and I freaking love it. Watch the full episode by clicking here.
I’m thrilled to share my family photos with you guys! Since we shot our maternity photos at the beach I figured we should keep the theme going and do most of our family photos there as well. (The first few are in my bedroom)I’m also wearing the same dress… partially because I thought it would be cool- like a before and after, but mostly it was because I had nothing to wear! I used the same photographer as well- my beautiful friend Alana. You can check her out on YouTube by clicking here. I ALSO had a special treat of getting my hair done by Audrey from Rabar Beauty. Rabar is a new salon that offers blowouts, cut/color, makeup application, brow tinting and event hosting. If you and your crew want to do a beauty brunch with champagne and hors devours- check ‘em out.
Last Friday was the first time I spent the night away from my baby. Big moment for me! He was in excellent hands with my mom and my goal was to kick back, try to relax with the hubs and drink tons of great wine. We were also celebrating our five year wedding anniversary (a week early) and wanted to do something extra special. We stayed at The Carneros Inn- my new favorite place. The pictures should speak for themselves, but just in case they don’t, here goes… The property is stunning. Each room is it’s own cottage with a private patio, indoor/outdoor shower (amazing), wood burning fire place, lux bed and every amenity you can think of. The service was phenomenal. Upon check in we were greeted with a hefty pour of fabulous pinot- why doesn’t every hotel do this!?! The pool overlooked a vineyard, (genius) and the spa… oh the spa. Mind blowing massage. 60 minutes of pure relaxing heaven. I will definitely be going back for more.
We checked out Etude and Artesa tasting rooms (pictured above). Great experiences at both and they’re right next to Carneros Inn. Bam. Perfect mini vacay.
Yes, you read the title correctly! My partner in crime, Susan and I got to experience the Hannibal Lecter Facial, aka Dermaculture i-derm Facial. Skincare expert Marianne Kehoe is the pro behind this unique beauty treatment. As scary as it sounds and as creepy as it looks, it was super relaxing. Marianne was a blast to work with and she has a great skincare philosophy that really promotes nourishing your skin as opposed to stripping it with lasers, peels, etc. My skin definitely felt tight, clean and hydrated afterward. Watch Susan and I in this informative and fun video. Would YOU try it!?!
Happy Thursday! I just uploaded a video to my YouTube channel rounding up my February Favorites. It’s the mom and baby edition and my little squishy shmush is sharing his favorites things as well. I was lucky enough to get sent some really great products last month and I wanted to let you guys in on which ones me and Baby Idris are loving. The list of products is below. Enjoy!
Chewable Charm – Bracelets & Necklaces
GroopDealz - Lucy & Lyla dress/jewelry, Woven Pear socks, Scarf
The Honest Company
I AM | Enlightened Creations
Kid & Kind – “AHHH” Shirts
UlivJava – Martha Stewart Organic Coffee
Whistle and Flute
I’m constantly looking for ways to make healthy versions of my favorite foods. Allow me to introduce you to zucchini pasta. I promise it’s delish, especially when served with the right toppings. Today I decided to go with vegan walnut pesto, organic cherry tomatoes and a fresh farm egg. Keep scrolling for the vegan/raw version.
You’ll need 2 medium sized zucchini’s sliced into “pasta” using something like this.
1 Fresh Farm egg per person
1 cup organic cherry tomatoes
For the Vegan Walnut Pesto you’ll need
1/2 cup walnuts
2 cups basil
2-3 cloves raw garlic
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Juice of one small lemon
Salt & pepper to taste
Blend all the pesto ingredients in a food processor
Lightly sauté the zucchini with olive oil spray (or leave it raw)
Slice several cherry tomatoes and top everything with a fried egg and salt & pepper
Kayli, Angel and I share our must have products of the month on the latest episode of Mommy and Me. Mine were both books; Puff the Magic Dragon AND Go The F to Sleep. Both excellent- especially the second. It was clearly made for adults like me who’s children don’t have any desire to sleep. I am happy to report that Idris is enamored by books which melts my heart because I am an avid reader myself. Ok, that’a lie, I used to be- now if I get a spare second- oh wait- that was funny. #momjoke Get it- we don’t have any spare seconds! I’ll stop now and just let you watch the video below.