Weekly Catch Up: Trip's to Ikea + Nipple Shields + My Newest Kitchen Gadget


Girl wearing Wild Fable Shirtdress with Toddler daughter in the backyard

She's Back!

My sincerest apologies for being so absent on both here, and Instagram these past few weeks. My plate was totally full - and the spare moment's I had, were used to simply keep my sanity in tact (read: sleep, and someBravo guilt pleasure's thrown in the mix) . . If you haven't been keeping up, we recently moved (as in two-ish weeks ago, recent) . I've moved an abnormal amount of time's in my life - so consider myself a pro, yet nothing could have prepared me for moving with both a toddler and a baby. . .  It's like, being a stay at home Mom and doing all of the usual stuff all the while trying to pack all of your life's belonging's into little boxes. I don't recommend it! 

Anyway's if that wasn't enough - my darling Husband's brewery's grand opening coincided just a week after we moved. . ! I don't remember a time where I saw him less than last week. . He was gone from sunrise, to sunrise. It was a lot! 

Baby Lola Ivy Smiling with her new two bottom teeth

New Teeth, Who Dis?

Also in the mix - Lola teething hard, to the point where I couldn't put her down, like - at all. She has two adorable itty bitty bottom teeth currently, but boy did those cuties cost me a good ounce of sanity. . and some flesh. Yep, my poor nipples! Nursing is very painful on one side because I legit have teething wounds - It's to the point where I had to ask my Mother in Law to run to target to buy me nipple sheilds (btw, do you know how big your nipples are? Apparently mine are a size 1 FYI. . lol)  Spoiler alert, Lola think's the nipple shield is whack and will not nurse on it . . So basically, I have to muscle through the excoriating pain until it heals . . . *Que the world's smallest violin * 

In other breaking news - Stella totally potty trained herself a few weeks shy of three! She was adamant that she would let us know when she was ready, and kept referring to "the new house" , and "Wednesday " (super random, no idea!) . . So when we were at our new house, and it fell on a Wedsnday - I casually asked her if she wanted to go potty, and to my shock - she said YES!!!! We have been diaper free, and without accidents since! Also - this has created lot's of impromptu nakedness lately. . See photo above. I was legit trying to take a "blogger" self timer photo when she so graciously photo bombed me ! Too cute not too post, and too hot for clothes. Stella's always living her best life!

Blogger Girl in Pink Wild Fable Shirt Dress Street Style Fashion California

Target Does It Again

If you missed my last post, I randomly stumbled into my local Target admits the unveiling of their latest brainchild Wild Fable. So I chose some of my favorite's off the rack, and did an Instagram try on (Are we friends yet?) when I got home. If you watched along, you knew I was totally on the fence with this pink shirt dress . . It is just way shorter than anything I normally wear! Thankfully, I had some of these lace trimmed biker short's I scored from F21 years ago - and they totally solved the problem! Oh Ps, the shoe's are also from Target - and a total most. . Everything is linked below, shop away!

Egg salad on gluten free bread with carrots and grapes, cooked with an instant pot

I Joined the Instant Pot Cult

The OTHER Target purchase this week, was the much talked about Instant Pot. I kept putting this purchase off, and decided that I would FINALLY give in - and become one of the millions that use and hopefully love this thing. . So far, I've steamed a shit load of broccoli in it - pressured cooked two huge sweet potatoes in the 1/4 of the time it would have taken in the oven, and made a dozen hard boiled eggs. . I feel like I still have a lot to learn (anyone else refuse to read instruction books? Lol) - but this thing is pretty cool, and I can see myself using it a lot. 

Stella & Lola Adorable Toddler & Baby Sister In Bed

New Nest for my little ducklings

The hardest part about moving - has been trying to mute the annoying voice in my head that want's everything done immediately! I am totally the type of person who lives by the motto "everything has a place" - and can been seen following behind my toddler all day picking up after her never ending messes! So, when I realized it would be a while until my husband would have time to drill and install shelves and stuff - I took matter's into my own hands (sorta), and hired a handyman! Seriously, best money EVER spent. I just pointed as he happily installed ALL THE THINGS!!! 

So now that the house is somewhat in order (see a sneak peak of our new master here), I am obsessing over our dining area - and made the entire family trek to Ikea yesterday in 100F heat to pick up our new table! They'll thank me one day, right?

Anyways' that is what we have been up to this week! Hope you all are still enjoying your summer, and hopefully you are all peacefully situated in your homes, and don't plan on moving anytime soon! Lol 

Try On Haul: Target's Totally New, & Totally 90's Junior Line


Wild Fable Target's New Junior Line Campaign

"Free" AC

Today, I decided the girl's and I would take solace in our local Target from the scorching heat - and our adorable, yet air-conditionless bungalow.

There is never a time when my almost three year-old Stella will decline a trip to Target. It may - or may not be, her most favorite place in the world ! (And mine also . . ) As soon as those automatic sliding doors open, and I'm greeted with an icy blast of AC - I grab those handy cart wipe sanitizer's, get Stella situated in her ruby red throne on wheels - and dart for some icy caffeine. . After placing that awkward, yet totally genius cart cup holder on - we are off to the races. 

At this time, Lola is usually latched on discreetly nursing while in her carrier - all the while Stella and I are fully submerged in hunt mode . . Her for whatever toy she recently saw on youtube (trying to wean her from this!)  - and me, whatever catches my eye (spoiler alert , everything at Target catches my eye!)

But today, we actually had an agenda - and it was to purchase curtains! Yet on our way to get what we actually went to Target for - was a 90's explosion that I could NOT ignore.

At first I saw color blocked cropped polo shirt's . . Than jumpsuits, than floral shirt dresses, than wall's upon wall's of high waisted denim . . Where was I?! I felt like I just walked into a time warp, and immediately wanted to listen to the Spice Girls (on repeat!).

I thought I probably was out of the loop on some sort of big deal collaboration, but a sale's associate informed me that this was not a collab, but an entirely new line. . !

Wild Fable Target's 90's inspired junior line with floral print shirt dresses

Generation, Old

After the initial shock that I am now apart of a generation where my decade is now considered vintage to the new and upcoming generations (wow, is this how my Mom felt about skinny jeans and crop tops?!) . . I scanned the racks, and picked my favorites!

Since I was wearing Lola - I couldn't try anything on. Yet, saved the fun for an Instagram story try on - where I shared my true first look, and first impression (Don't miss the fun, follow me here! )

Wild Fable Target's New Edgy 90's Inspired Junior Line Try On First Impression Haul

Shop My Fave's

If you missed it this time, no worries - just add me to Instagram, and click on the  "Try On" Highlight to catch all the fun. 

If you did catch it, and are here because you must buy some of these pieces for yourself - I linked it all below. Just click on the image, and it will take you directly to purchase that product (yasss!)

PSS - A LOT of you were wondering where I got the lace biker short's from, and you won't believe it - but F21 has the exact pair online RN! RUN don't walk - these are a total must. Snag them here

Wild Fable Target's New Edgy 90's Inspired Junior Line with Floral Printed Shirt Dresses and Studded Denim

Your Fave?

Seriously curious about what you think of this new line! I'm very surprised by how fashion forward it is for such a large chain, but totally get the demographic they are enticing (hello F21, Target's knocking on your yellow door!)  . . What piece would you try? Are you a 90's baby like me? Let's talk in the comments!

UPDATE: I kept one of the dresses I was on the fence about, and wore it this past weekend! See how I styled it here

Staycation: Our 4th of July at the Omni Carlsbad


Girl wearing Ginham Bardot dress walking down Spanish tiled stairs at the Omni La Costa

Keeping it Simple, Sorta

We nearly stayed home, and forwent all the Independence Day festivities - yet it was scorching out, we had an impending move/brewery grand opening - and decided we could use a little getaway before the madness ensued. 

I wanted somewhere that catered to both adult's, and kids - and immediately thought of the Omni La Costa , as they have an entire pool area dedicated to little ones. . Thankfully, with only two day's to spare - they had room availability, so we swooped in and snagged it !

Of course I hit up Target before we went, and purchased this ever so festive yet resort-like gingham off the shoulder dress! The leopard slide's were a no brainer - because I refuse to wearing anything aside from slide's, and they were under $20. I linked my entire look below - just click photo's to purchase. 

 

Poolside Bite's at the Omni La Costa

Poolside Snack's

What I loved about the pool, was that it was shallow enough that Stella could independently play - while our lounge chair's were within a few step's from her. Also - the pool is full service, with staff eager to take your drink/ food oder . . The negative's , it was SO busy. Duh, major holiday! It was so busy that we had to wait to get into the pool area, and basically hunt for seat's for a good 20 minutes. . Also, to be totally honest - the food was definitely a pass. It was super expensive, and we got served stale pita chips, stale corn chips, and just an overall lack luster experience . . I'd recommend to buy snack's at their cafe and bring it, or even better - hit up a grocery store (so many close by) and bring your own in a little cooler with yummy stuff (I will be doing this next time!)

Beautiful tropical landscape and colors at the Omni La Costa
Vintage red mustang parked outside the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
Toddler girl and baby sister laughing in bed

Nap, Than Party

After spending the day by the pool, we took to our room's to nap (well, everyone BUT me - of course!) . . While they slept peacefully, I snuck off to make a reservation at the main on site restaurant . My goal was to get a table facing the firework's - and to time it perfectly with when they happened. Mission accomplished! We landed a stellar table, with great views - and since both girl's napped - they were awake to participate.

Girl wearing gingham bell sleeve dress holding flowers
Poolside toddler and baby essentials flat lay

Poolside Essentials

I just recently discovered water wipes, and I am OBSESSED! Perfect for cleaning sticky hands - or messes. Unlike my other favorite Seventh Generation wipes - these don't leave lint. So you can totally wipe a stain off dark fabric (aka your car seats!) .

Also - Lola is totally teething , so those little wafers are a must. They are kind of pain - because I always will find a little piece stuck to me hours later . . Lol. Yet, it's worth the stickiness - as it seems to be one of the few things that will keep her content these days. . and of course I have hand Sani on my at all times! Seem to be sticking to this honest company one lately. 

Red Gingam Target off the shoulder Bardot dress with summer accessories flat lay
Adorable sleeping baby wearing retro sunglasses and a lemon swimsuit

Next Time, I'm Heading to the Spa

All in all - it was a super quick, but great little getaway! It is literally 5 minutes away from our house - which is even better. The beautiful Spanish style architecture , and the endless tropical foliage definitely make's the Omni prime for some Instagram moments! It's a great place for families to take solace - and next time I hope to relish in their spa amenities (hello Chopra centre!)

Look out Youtube!

I wanted to make a little keepsake for my family, so I used the 8mm app to record some vintage footage. I decided to upload it youtube for you all to check out, and hopefully it will inspire you to make some of these for yourself! Let me know what you think, and I'd love to hear your summer plans! Where are you headed?