a toddler room sneak peek with framebridge x penguin books

i know i’ve shared the kids’ room a couple of times before, but the fun part about their room is that it’s constantly growing and changing right alongside them. the last time you saw this space, edie still had a crib and a changing table. but can you believe that she’s about to be two years old? and that adam has a big boy bed now? it happens so fast ugh!

so as you can imagine, we’ve made a lot of changes over the past many months, and i’m gearing up to do a big reveal of how their shared space has changed. but today, i wanted to give you a little sneak peek courtesy of our friends at framebridge. they recently launched the penguin print house collection featuring a selection of limited edition prints from some of their most beloved books. we picked this beautiful last stop on market street print, illustrated by matt de la peña. it’s one of only 200 prints made, and comes with a certificate of authenticity. but of course, if this print isn’t your cup of tea, they have a ton more to choose from, so you should really check it out. and stay tuned because i’ll be sharing photos of the rest of the room so soon. and i’ll be talking about the ways that i was inspired by the montessori method, too!



recently

i recently had the pleasure of working with honest on a social media campaign. i only needed to get a couple of photos, but i guess i was feeling a little sentimental shooting with my baby who is about to be two, because we ended up doing three different shoots over the course of two days! sure, we were shooting diapers, but the photos mean so much more to me than just that!

when adam was little, i felt this intense need to document every single moment in photos. i had the luxury of being able to pull out my professional camera whenever the mood struck, so i have a ridiculous archive of pictures. but when edie was born, let’s just say that things got a little more chaotic. each moment was still just as special, but i realized that i didn’t need to document every single milestone for me to enjoy it– or even remember it. and honestly, it just isn’t as easy to pull out a camera as it used to be. i still find myself pulling out my iphone to grab quick snapshots to share in group texts with family members, but i don’t do all of those elaborate shoots i did with adam. so i think i had a lot of fun with this project because it gave me a chance to get some photos with edie all on her own.

this blog post isn’t sponsored, but the photos were shot in partnership with honest for sponsored content on some of my social media channels. if you’re interested, here is a link to the new limited-edition spring prints.








campaign cameo

two little home updates today, both having to do with our pals at campaign! they make the lovely sofa that we currently have in our living room, which i can’t recommend enough! seriously, if you haven’t checked out the brand, then you really should! originally designed so that it could be shipped flat and constructed at home, making it an easy option when you inevitably move from apartment to apartment as a city dweller, the steel frame also happens to be virtually indestructible while also allowing you to switch out the covers for easy washing– or completely changing the look of your sofa without having to buy a new one. i may no longer live in a big city, but as a mom to a toddler and a fast-growing little boy, these features have become more appealing to me than ever before.

so of course, i was beyond excited when they asked if we’d be interested in making a little cameo in a video for the brand. they showed up just before we decorated from christmas a few months back, and the talented vanessa mona set up her lens to get some footage. and it’s a perfect example of how we’ve been swapping out colors depending on the mood. you can see the sunset yellow color in the video, which we complimented with a kilim rug. and above is the current post-holiday set up. i decided to go super neutral and opted for some super comfy throw pillows from their new collection. from the left: vegan leather arcata, vegan leather novato, vegan leather ojai, and vegan leather madera.

around town with metromile

calivintage x metromile

i’ve never been much of a driver. in fact, i didn’t even get my first driver’s license until i was 25. this was despite the fact that i grew up in suburbia, but definitely because i moved to san francisco at 18, where bikes and buses were the easy way to get around. i lived in oakland for years before i finally decided i should learn to drive, and even then, i was still mostly riding my bike to work and around town, with only occasional weekend trips.

a lot of time has passed since those days, but even now that i live in the ‘burbs, i think i’ve carried that same city mentality with me. we chose our first home because it was one of the most walkable neighborhoods in town, only a few blocks from grocery stores, restaurants, our favorite coffee shop, the bank. our family did finally graduate from a tiny two door yaris to a family wagon last year, which was an awesome upgrade, but my driving habits are admittedly similar to that of a granny! i work from home, so i really only drive the kids to school and back, or on short trips to the grocery store. if you think about it, the car mostly sits in the driveway.

but you certainly wouldn’t know if it you looked at our car insurance bill! the way traditional car insurance works, you pay the exact same rate no matter how much you actually drive. if you don’t drive a lot, you’re basically subsidizing high-mileage drivers with your insurance bill. we knew we were paying too much, but we couldn’t find an insurance company with fair rates. until we found metromile’s pay-per-mile insurance, designed for people driving less than 10,000 miles per year like us.  i partnered with the brand to see just how well it works. and the proof is in the pudding: we’re now paying a low base-rate plus pennies per mile. before making the switch, we were paying about $105 per month. and as you can see from the shot of the incredibly nifty app, we’re now paying under $70 on our first bill. each month will be different based on how much we drive, putting us in control of our bill, and resulting in a much fairer price for insurance.

i can now pull up the app whenever i want to see exactly how many miles i’ve driven, and how much i can expect to pay at that point in the billing cycle. and if you’re worried about paying too much for a weekend road trip, you won’t. metromile doesn’t charge above 250 miles per day, so if you drive more than that, you’re actually saving money. and you get the same type of coverage as most big insurance companies, from collision to comprehensive. the obd-II device only measures how many miles you drive, not your driving habits. and it comes in handy in the event of theft– gps tracking! plus a host of other app features like a street sweeping reminder, and an engine health decoder.

it feels so good to finally be paying a fair price for insurance after being gouged by other insurance companies for so many years. especially now that we have kids! i can think of a lot of better ways to spend that money than on a car sitting in the driveway, can’t you?

calivintage x metromile
calivintage x metromile
calivintage x metromile
calivintage x metromile

this post was created in partnership with metromile. we pay our own insurance bill and all opinions are my own, as always. thank you for supporting the sponsors that make this blog possible!

and if you’re curious: our car is a toyota prius v. i’m wearing the l’envers gaby cardigan in mustard with redone ultra high rise jeans, and kate young for tura lita sunglasses in amber, carrying a clare v pot de miel handbag and a mesh baby baggu in rust. adam is wearing a soor ploom rosie coverall in moss with a fairends black waxed canvas cap. edie is wearing a misha & puff popcorn sweater in confetti cake with vintage jeans and a noble carriage exclusive petite soul organic bandit bonnet in blush. in the trunk of the car, you can see a leader bag co. julien leather set in ivory & tan, ollie ella luggy basket in natural, brookes boswell suncrest hat in natural panama straw, and hamabi amets patchwork quilt.

maisonette

the holidays are well behind us, we finally wrapped up adam’s birthday month, but doesn’t it seem like there’s always another occasion to buy gifts for kids, or clothes for kids, or pretty much anything for kids ( whether they’re your kids or not)? whenever i’m looking for gifts, i tend to avoid the big box chains when i can, and i’ve been making a really big effort to shop small. but in my town, we only have two small children’s boutiques that don’t always cover all the bases when i’m looking for kid stuff. online, there are so many shops that i get completely overwhelmed. so if you’re like me and you’ve been looking for a sort of one-stop shop, then you should definitely check out maisonette. i can’t remember how i first stumbled upon the site, but i love it! it’s basically like garmentory for kids: a marketplace offering children’s goods from independent boutiques and designers. they carry many of my favorite brands, and i suspect that they will be introducing even more favorites as the site expands.

and the most exciting part is that when you sign up to shop, you automatically receive a $25 credit in your account that you can use towards your first purchase of $50 or more! how awesome is that? so i’m sharing some of my personal favorites to give you an example of what they have available on the site. definitely worth a look if you’ve got some kid shopping on your to do list!

get a $25 credit when you sign up for maisonette with this link!

kids: play osmo

with adam turning 4-years-old in a little over a week, i’ve been thinking a lot about what toys and games we can get him to keep on track with his development. and one thing that i’ve pretty much avoided until now, is technology. we did have a period of time where we were letting him watch netflix on the ipad, but i decided to pull back and re-evaluate whether he really needed to be using a device so young. but the reality is that he’s obviously not getting any younger over here, and technology is a fact of life. and if i take the time to actually think about it, i think the important thing is to strike a balance. i want my kids to be familiar with tech and to have a positive relationship with it. there are so many amazing things we can do and learn as long as we know how to use it the right way.

and that’s when i got a message from osmo. i had never heard of them before because i am living under a rock over here, but i was so delighted when i started checking out all of their educational games. they sent us the creative set and an iphone and ipad base so that adam could try it out. as soon as the package arrived and he saw the monster game with all of the dry erase markers, he got the biggest smile on his face. we set it up, and he was over the moon. the monster game is seriously the cutest thing ever. “mo” appears on the screen and guides your child on an interactive adventure where they draw pictures of objects and watch them come to life on the screen. seriously, technology has come such a long way. it was super easy to set up and we haven’t had any problems with frustrating glitches. just pure childhood joy.




giveaway: win a campaign sofa!

it’s that most wonderful time of year, and i’ve teamed up with campaign furniture for a very special holiday treat! i’m taking over their instagram feed to share some photos of some of our holiday traditions, which you should definitely check out. but more importantly…

we’re giving away a campaign sofa to one lucky winner! head on over to my instagram for details on how to enter.

we’ve had our campaign sofa for several months now, and i love it. the first thing that stood out to me was that it’s built with a steel frame, meaning it’s virtually indestructible. and true to it’s name, it’s perfect for travel. i remember how annoying it was to move large pieces of furniture when i seemed to be hopping from apartment to apartment every couple of years, but this sofa can be easily disassembled so you can fit it in the back of your car. and with that, you can actually remove all of the upholstery to throw into the hand wash cycle whenever you need to clean it– or completely replace it if you want a different color. in fact, we started out with almond white and decided to switch things up with this harvest yellow color just for a change. it truly is a great piece of furniture and i look forward to enjoying it for years to come.



gift guide: for a very curious 20-month-old

just like my previous gift guide for the brainy not-quite-4-year-old, today i’m sharing a very specific gift guide. it’s my christmas list for edith. she’ll be close to 20 months on christmas day. but if you could ask her, she’d tell you she’s as big as her brother and that she can do anything he can. edie is on a mission to get into everything: inside the cabinets, on top of the dining room table, up the christmas tree, into adam’s toys and clothes… there isn’t really anything she isn’t into. she’s a super curious kid, and she’s still really young, so she’d probably like just about anything we gave her. but she is forming some pretty strong interests, too! she is obsessed with babies and dolls and tiny figurines. she loves to hold them and kiss them and brush their hair. she enjoys playing in the dirt more than any kid i’ve ever seen. and would you be surprised if i told you that my own daughter is obsessed with dressing up? oh yeah. so below are some of the things that i’ve added to her list this year.

alphabet blocks – since edie is singing her alphabet (and just about every nursery rhyme she hears), i figured it’s the perfect time to get familiar with the letters. plus all of the blocks by uncle goose are adorable!

bambi hoodie hat – did i mention that my daughter loves to play dress up? she has a little collection of hats and shoes, and she’s made a little game of trying them all on. she’ll demand that i change her clothes at least once a day. i see a future with a very large collection of dress-up clothes and i think she’ll really get a kick out of this bambi hat!

the holdie house – i know she’s still a bit young for doll houses, but on a recent trip to the local toy shop, we could hardly pull her away from the display of calico critters. so while we aren’t quite ready to go all out with teeny tiny pieces, we picked up a few of the figurines and this adorable little house to go with them!

big sister mouse in a box – adam has one of these little matchbook mice and ed has all but claimed it for herself. it’s on the same tip as her early obsession with calico critters. the little boxes with their tiny pillows and blankets are hours of entertainment for this little one.

farmer’s market playtime kit – edie spends a good amount of time playing with adam’s play kitchen, so i think this little activity set would be a fun addition to our collection. and i think the little matching game with be a great primer for her because she’s about to start a toddler program in january!

animo 4-piece sand play set – digging in the dirt is a serious pleasure for my daughter. her current set of garden tools was yet another hand-me-down from adam that has seen better days. i think she’ll really enjoy these pretty colors and shapes. but really, it’s all about the dirt!

 

gift guide: for a brainy almost 4-year-old

i’m gonna cut to the chase: this is my christmas list for adam. i know that gift guides are usually a bit more broad and general, but i know my own kids better than any others, so i thought i’d get really specific and just show you what we are literally buying for adam. he’ll be 4-years-old in january, so he’s already got a pretty good collection of classic toys like legos, magnatiles, thomas the tank engine, and about a million hot wheels. we’ve got art supplies up to our armpits. he’s still really into those things, so when i ask him what he wants, he basically just asks for more of the same. so i had to get a little more creative in thinking about what might spark his imagination.

and what i know about adam, is that he loves school. he’s in a primary program at an associate montessori internationale school. and while my primary concern at this age isn’t academics, i know that the curriculum there has really captured his interest. every day after school, he tells me about his lessons on the solar system and geography. he loves drawing maps of the world and identifying the planets. they start broad, and then focus in on tiny details like the lifecycle of a butterfly or the cross-section of a pumpkin. he gets to dig into the earth and plant flowers, fruits, and veggies to watch them grow. it’s such a beautiful, fascinating world. so i decided to compliment what he’s learning with some fun toys. no pressure to be academic at home, just free play with a focus on the subjects that i know he really loves.

1. areaware blockitecture parkland and areaware blockitecture deco – when i asked adam what he wanted for christmas this year, the only thing he asked for that he didn’t already have was “a city.” it took me a while to figure out what he meant, but after doing some sleuthing, we settled on this set of blocks. he already has one set of buildings by the same brand, and he plays with magnatiles and legos almost every day. these fun geographical features like pastures, rivers, trees, and bushes will help to round out his collection quite well.

2. all kinds of cars – since day one, adam has been obsessed with vehicles. i know it’s a phase that will eventually pass, but he’s still on that kick. this illustrated guide is a dream come true for a child that loves reference books like adam. oftentimes, when he sees something remarkable, he asks if we can “look it up” in a book so he can read about it or draw comparisons. i’m not kidding. but what’s fun about this book is that it has a sense of humor. i just know that adam will be cracking up at the carrot car and the igloo car.

3. atlas of adventures – i don’t know anyone who loves maps quite as much as adam does. he loves when we pull out regular city maps, but i know that what he really wants is an atlas of his own. he likes being able to point out the different continents and countries, so this illustrated guide is going to be hours of enjoyment for this kid.

4. tegu magnetic building blocks – with the cars again, i know. adam already has more hot wheels than i can count, so i think these tegu magnetic blocks will be great fuel for his imaginaion. he can dream up some new cars of his own!

5. seedling galaxy rocket adventure cape set – what’s really great about this set is that it will make for hours of imaginative play, but it starts out as an activity so that you can customize it however you’d like. double duty!

6. professor astro cat – i know this book is recommended for kid’s a little bit older, but i think it’s fun to start exploring things a bit out of reach with the help of mom and dad. some of the picture books can get monotonous, reading them over and over again. a reference book like this is fun because we can be a bit more open ended about the subject matter and spark conversations instead of just reciting words from a book. we have the first book from this series and adam loves it, so this will be fun to add to our rotation.

book tour: make yourself at home bts

calivintage in make yourself at home by moorea seal

i know i already told you that our little house would be making an appearance in moorea seal’s latest book, make yourself at home. but up until now, i’ve really only shown you a few tiny little glimpses of what you would find within its pages. so today i thought i’d lay it all out and share not only some of the images that were published, but many of these images didn’t make the cut! but the photography by marissa maharaj was so beautiful, i couldn’t keep it to myself! and it’s so fun for me to have a document of that particular moment in time. when edie was still a baby and couldn’t even walk. when she still had a crib and we hadn’t made the full transition into a montessori toddler room like we have now. it’s amazing how time flies and how quickly things change when you have two little ones growing up right before your eyes. and the space around us seems to change just as rapidly.

which is really at the heart of make yourself at home. sure, it’s got tons of beautiful and inspirational images, but it’s much more than just a coffee table book. it contains a series of vignettes, really getting up close and personal with the entire process and meaning behind making your house a home. but  of course, you can read more about it here. and get your copy of make yourself at home wherever books are sold!

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the floor bed was a diy project with bedding from camomile london, the crib and matching dresser are by babyletto, but they’re hand-me-downs from when adam was a baby, so i don’t believe they’re still in production. the rocking chair you see in the back is the nurseryworks sleepytime rocker.

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we purchased the shelf from ikea, but it turned out to be a seasonal offering, so it’s no longer available! so bummed because i wanted to buy another one for edie’s toys now that she’s a bit older! the print is from fine little daythe baskets were mostly purchased at joann’s or found at thrift stores.

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the robot monkey is by monroe workshop. we got the balancing blocks from bitte, and the little tools are mostly melissa and doug.

calivintage in make yourself at home by moorea seal
the little clothing rack was another simple diy project that we made without plans. just a few pieces of wood from the hardware store! the print on the left is from marrimekko, but is no longer available and the print on the right is from fine little day.

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we love those little city blocks by areaware. and adam listens to revolver by the beatles on repeat with our little crosley portable record player.

calivintage in make yourself at home by moorea seal
a small thing to note, but we got the solid brass switchplates from rejuvenation. our house was built in the 1920s, so we decided to bring back some of the charm with those little details. 

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a better look at the diy house frame and the beautiful bedding from camomile london

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adam has had that little lucy owl since he was a baby!

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the kids and their hats. adam’s is the black waxed camp cap by fairends and edie is wearing the ladybug pixie bonnet from petite soul.

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the plant is just a giant bird of paradise that we found at the local nursery. it makes for a nice indoor plant if it’s in a spot with lots of light. and the little baby play gym was yet another diy project.

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so many wooden toys: holztiger safari animals, uncle goose blocks, bajo truck, plan toys sheep lacing game, hazel village jeremy owl, bajo toys wooden duck, baby basics soft book, manhattan toys skwish.

calivintage in make yourself at home by moorea seal

calivintage in make yourself at home by moorea seal
in my bedroom: the it’s ok banner is by secret holiday co. and i found that little side table at a thrift store for 5 bucks! the mirror is ikea.

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my vanity is swedish mid century modern found on craigslist!

calivintage in make yourself at home by moorea seal
i loved this setup. the moses basket is by tadpoles with a naturepedic mattress pad and the wooden stand is from dada baby boutique. and how beautiful is that monstera deliciousa brass mobile by natalie joy jewels? oh, and that little baby blanket peeking out is from camomile london.

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