Tuesday tunes : Fleeting heart.

Featherstone by Shelby Crandall on Grooveshark

Weekend Wrap Up : A party for baby boy.

This weekend was all about celebrating our baby boy! His arrival is coming up so fast and we just cannot even wait to meet him. Stone and I have been so incredibly overwhelmed by our dear friends and family's support. Truly, we feel so comforted knowing how much people love him already too. Not to even mention all of the gifts and help in preparing for our babe, it is all coming together and we could not say more THANKS to those of you who have sent along treats, advice, and offered your help! Thank you, thank you.

A handful of my closest girlfriends got together on Sunday for a little shower and even though the sun never came out it was perfect!

The decoration was beautiful and SO creative. The hostesses, Lacey and Laura, seriously went all out... hand stamped tags, dip-painted vases, and gorgeous flowers...  I loved it all!

My friend Alexis made the cupcakes with Nutella (yup, Nutella) frosting... I think I ate three!

One hilarious thing that my friend Jenni did for the shower was to make ice cubes with plastic babies inside for our drinks... the first one whose cube had totally melted or as she put it, the first one whose water broke, wins a prize :)

There were lots of mamas and mamas-to-be at the party so I soaked up as much advice and wisdom as I could... although, let's be honest, nothing can prepare me for what is going to be happening in only 7 weeks time!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend. xo.



Happy Friday. Go make some memories :)

shel + stone


SHE + HE : Hookie.

We may or may not have taken the morning off today to escape to the beach... okay, we actually did do that. Sometimes working from home when there is 70 degree sunny weather and beautiful waves is pretty difficult, and sometimes we have to give in. Like today. It was perfect, Stone got to surf for a bit, I soaked up some vitamin D, and baby boy got to hear the sound of waves for an hour or so. We ended our morning of playing hookie with lunch at Raul's and froyo at Berry Happy, a double whammy for sure. Needless to say I detoxed with pure greens for din to make up for it :)

PS. Baby boy is now 32 weeks and the bump is looking quite big! Woah.

Tuesday tunes : Fun.

Some Nights by Shelby Crandall on Grooveshark


Weekend wrap up : Some times call for special socks...

Happy Monday!

Stone and I had a pretty great weekend starting with a rainy Saturday morning... but, who does not love a good rainy morning on a weekend? The weather turned around quickly and we headed to Olivenhain to shoot engagement photos, which are always my fav! After that we hosted our very first gathering at our house. Yup, even though there are still unopened boxes, walls that have not been painted, and shelves that have yet to be decorated, we still did it. I'm surprised too because Stone and I are both kind of crazy about having things perfect in our home when we have guests over, so this was truly a stretch for the both of us. But, I think we got enough wine in everyone to forget about the piles of random crap that needs to be put away :) and we spent the night playing games and laughing, which is always the best. Stone even whipped out his part socks for the christening of our home with good friends.

Now it is Monday and I need to focus on putting away those boxes... Ooofta.


Inspiration board : Making a bar.

Okay, to be honest, Stone and I are not big drinkers. Of course, I love a glass of wine here and there (not in the past seven months, of course!) and Stone will never turn down a cold beer from a friend. But, do we know much about wine or beer, no. Since moving to California we have definitely learned a lot more about wine from our trips to Sonoma, and the restaurants around these parts are big on specialty drinks, so we have tried lots of great things. Either way, after buying our house we quickly learned that it is only polite to have, at the very least beer, and wine to offer neighbors who are passing by, which seems to happen pretty frequently in our hood. We have to step it up a bit! Good thing our house already has a built in wet bar perfect for some funky trays, bar glasses, copper mugs, and such. Now we just need to learn how to actually make some drinks :)

Green Ice Bucket


Tuesday tunes : My Girl.

Stone is listening to the classic rock station today while working and it has played a few goodies from My Girl... one of my fav movies! Oh way back in the days when Macaulay Culkin was every girl's crush, then he had to go and ruin it for us all. Anyway, I hope you enjoy these tunes :) Happy Tuesday.

PS This print is by Slim Aarons and is on my wishlist to have in my house one day...

My Girl by Shelby Crandall on Grooveshark


Food to love : Muffins!

My mom is the ultimate baker... well, really just cook in general... she can do it all! Growing up we would wake up on weekend mornings to the smell of fresh muffins baking in the oven. This was pretty routine too, so she got creative with all of the variations of muffins that she made... my favorite being coffee muffins. The other morning I was having a craving (go figure) and made my very first batch of my mom's coffee muffins. They turned out pretty tasty especially with the crumble on top! Perfect for breakfast, afternoon snack, midnight snack, etc.


1/2 cup melted butter

2 c brown sugar

3/4 c milk

1 tsp vanilla

1 egg

2 tb instant coffee

1 3/4 c flour

1 tb baking powder

1/4 tsp salt


1 tb sugar, and 2 tb finely chopped pecans, mixed

Preheat oven to 375. Cream butter and sugar, then add the milk, vanilla, egg and coffee, and mix well.

In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the wet ingredients and stir until just mixed, being careful not to over beat. Fill greased muffin tins (or you can use paper baking cups) 1/2- 3/4 full. Before baking, sprinkle a little of the sugar-pecan topping on each muffin.

Cook for 15 minutes or so, depends on oven!

yield: 10-12 muffins

Weekend Wrap Up : Friday a thief, Sunday a King.

Well hello there.

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend. Stone and I spent our weekend finishing up the paint job (it took Stone a full week to complete the task... what a great husband!) on our kitchen cabinets, having game night with friends, taking my large baby belly out on a hike, celebrating Jesus' resurrection at our church, and bbq'ing with friends in the incredible summer weather we have been having lately! Pretty perfect.

My brother in law sent over a pretty great video of one of my favorite Easter songs, I meant to post it yesterday, but forgot. Either way here it is, I hope you enjoy it...

Though the Earth Cried out for blood

Satisfied her hunger was
Her billows calmed on raging seas
for the souls on men she craved

Sun and moon from balcony
Turned their head in disbelief
Their precious Love would taste the sting
disfigured and disdained

On Friday a thief
On Sunday a King
Laid down in grief
But awoke with keys
Of Hell on that day
The first born of the slain
The Man Jesus Christ
Laid death in his grave

So three days in darkness slept
The Morning Sun of righteousness
But rose to shame the throes of death
And over turn his rule

Now daughters and the sons of men
Would pay not their dues again
The debt of blood they owed was rent
When the day rolled a new

On Friday a thief
On Sunday a King
Laid down in grief
But awoke holding keys
To Hell on that day
The first born of the slain
The Man Jesus Christ
Laid death in his grave

On Friday a thief
On Sunday a King
Laid down in grief
But awoke with keys
Of Hell on that day
The first born of the slain
The Man Jesus Christ
Laid death in his grave

He has cheated
Hell and seated
Us above the fall
In desperate places
He paid our wages
One time once and for all


Weekend wrap up.

Early Saturday morning I flew to Dallas to celebrate our little guy with friends and family! We had a shower and he got a lot of great things that I just cannot wait to see him play with, or wear, or use! Whoever thought I would get so excited about baby things? Surely not me...

Anyway, the most fun part about the weekend was spending time with the cutest babies in the world (I may be biased...), my little niece and nephew (Ruthie and Liam) and their mom, my sister, Lindsay. We ran errands like crazy on Sunday and you would think with two 3 and a half month olds it would be next to impossible to get anything done, but we both strapped those babies on and took them all over the place. They were champs! Even at dinner with my dad at one of our favorite mexican food places, Mi Cocina, they endured not one, but two shockingly loud 'Happy Birthday' songs to the tables on either side of us complete with about 10 waiters and clapping, a nightmare for any mother with sleeping babies at a restaurant, but again, they made it through without tears!
I only pray our baby boy will be as good...

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