Category Archives: Motherhood

Natural Burn Balm

This Summer has been a scorcher in Los Angeles, and it’s technically only the “second day” of Summer. You bet you’ll be finding us by the beach well into August, September for that matter. And even though I’m continuously applying endless amounts of sunscreen, this one is currently my favorite, there are times when the sun wins and the end of the day I’m left with red shoulders. Luckily, the inter webs have a solution for everything and this time it happens to be an natural remedy! I whipped up some DIY natural burn balm, and man – it does the trick. (Side note: It also leaves me smelling like a tropical vacation.) So if you’re like me and happen to fall victim to sunburnt shoulders (or any body part for that matter) give this simple DIY a try! You might be surprised to learn that you most likely have these ingredients in your pantry already! I’ve also included a simple and chic printable label in the off chance you want to share these as gifts.
To Create This Burn Balm, you’ll need the following:
¼ Cup of Organic Raw Honey
¼ Cup of Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil
½ teaspoon of Organic Aloe Vera Gel
10 drops of 100% Pure Lavender Essential Oil
10 drops of 100% Pure Peppermint Essential Oil
Tin Containers or Glass Jars
Printable Burn Balm Labels, optional

Method //

Using the double boiler method, melt the honey and coconut oil over the lowest heat setting possible. Continue mixing until there are no more clumps and everything has completely liquified. This happens very quickly.

Remove the mixture from the heat and add in the essential oils and aloe gel. Pour directly into tins or glass jars. Place in the fridge until they are fully hardened. I love to keep mine in the fridge because the added comfort of a cool balm is that much better for sunburnt skin.

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Summer Bucket List 2016.

Happy Summer Solstice to you all. How are you guys celebrating the longest day of the year? We’re currently outside playing in a makeshift pool, throwing back popsicles and soaking up some Vitamin D. With the first official day of Summer finally upon on I figured what better day than today to create my Summer Bucket List. I’m hoping I can cross each and every single task off my list this year.

1. Go Camping Like real outdoors, in a tent, under the stars type of camping.
2. Go on a breakfast date with my husband.
3. Make more crafts.
4. BBQ like twice a week.
5. Have a tech-free day.
6. Do good, whether that’s volunteering or hosting an independent beach clean up.
7. Get the backyard landscaped, our backyard is just dirt right now and is in no way summer ready. I’d love to have a spot to entertain and let Hera play!
8. Spend the whole day at the beach.
9. Be spontaneous.
10. Take a girls’ trip.
11. Say yes to something I’d normally say no to.
12. Listen to more music, the concerts in the park near us are amazing!
13. Blog more, for real.
14. Travel somewhere new.
15. Stay positive, worry less.

… and most importantly, be more selfish. I always put Hera first – as it should be – but I’d love to take some time to myself whether that be buying that dress I’ve been eyeing or treating myself to a pedicure more than once a year.

What’s on your bucket list this Summer?

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A Potty Step, DIY.

Potty training is hard. There’s not getting around it. And when you try and push it upon a stubborn two year old who isn’t quite ready things just don’t work out. I am happy to say that we are officially potty trained and my one word of advice; wait. Wait until your child is ready. The first go around things were bad, real bad, like screaming and tears bad. We tried everything; a potty chart, rewards, stickers, candy – you name it. She just wasn’t ready. We waited a few months and gave it another shot. This time around we didn’t use any fancy potty charts or make a big deal out of it with songs and dancing around like clowns – and you know what, it worked. It was actually, dare I say, a breeze.

Once we got the potty training down we switched her from her little potty to the “big girl” potty but the challenging aspect was running to lift her up onto the toilet every single time. I searched every corner of the interweb to find a cool stool that she could use to get up on the potty herself but everything seemed to be an eyesore. If I’m going to have a huge stool in front of my toilet at least can it blend in? Well with no such luck, I decided to take matters into my own hands and DIY myself one.

I ventured out to IKEA and picked myself up one of their MOLGER step stools and began to reconfigure what I had mapped out in my mind. What came of it was exactly what I had envisioned. A perfectly sized, stylish, birch potty stool that both helps my daughter reach the potty and looks great in her bathroom! The DIY was pretty simple, if you’re like me and want something both pleasing to the eye and functional – I recommend giving this DIY a try!

To create this Potty Step you’ll need the following:
The MOLGER step stool from IKEA
A Saw, of some sort
Screwdriver, both a Phillips and a Flathead
Hammer or Mallet
Wood Screws
Birch Wood Plugs, these are optional

To begin you’re going to be working with the side pieces. They already come somewhat assembled from IKEA which is a shame because these right here are all the work. Start by removing the highlighted bar. There are two sets of dowel rods connecting this to the adjacent bars. I found the easiest way to remove it without damaging the wood is to take a flathead screwdriver and begin hammering it into the joint at the top. Once you split the joint you can kind of wedge the screwdriver back and forth to carefully separate it. Real technical stuff, I know.

Doing this should also loosen the joint at the bottom of the bar allowing you to once again wedge the screwdriver between the two carefully separating it.
Once you have successfully remove the bar you should be left with something like this. Using either pliers (of which I personally had no luck) or a saw, carefully remove or saw off the dowel rods sticking out.The next step, is to level off this bar.Using a handsaw (if you’ve got the strength) or a band saw (in this case, my dad’s – thank you Pops!) remove the excess bar, leveling off with the crossbar. Don’t worry about the look of it cosmetically, it will be covered by the step when we are finished. Do the exact same thing to the other piece. You should know have two of these bad boys.At this point, you’re practically done! Now to assemble the step stool, take the larger of the two steps that come with the original stool. Face the two “legs” (is what we’ll call them) so that the sides with the most holes are facing towards each other – in other words, inward. Place the step on top of the legs so that they cover both the sawed off dowel rods and the sawed off bar – it should cover this perfectly. Flip the stool upside down and with each leg aligned one at a time, screw down using two or three wood screws.

Once you’ve screwed one leg to the step, repeat this with the second leg. You should now have what resembles an adorable little wooden step.It’s optional to fill those holes where the original IKEA screws were supposed to go with some wood plugs that can easily be picked up at your hardware store, but again this is completely optional.

After that, you are done. Slide this puppy up under your toilet and let your toddler have all the freedom to use the potty all. by. themselves.

I was even able to use the second step that comes with the original IKEA stool for a little bathroom decor!

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June 24, 2016 - 3:55 am

Maria - Wow! Great find! I was expecting you to say you found it at West Elm or Dwell or something.

June 22, 2016 - 2:13 pm

KimberHills - I found it at Home Goods about a year ago! :)

June 21, 2016 - 10:39 pm

Maria - Hi Kimber,
I’m in love with this project! It’s the perfect, sophisticated potty step! I can’t wait to try it. Can I ask where you got your shower curtain from?

summer sour acv drink.

Okay truth, I have a sweet tooth. Not like a “oh yeah, I love cookies too!” kind of sweet tooth, more like an “I just consumed 2 king size tootsie rolls while I waited for my car to be washed” kind of sweet tooth. I have been reading a lot lately about controlling the mind’s cravings whether it be junk food, laziness, or moods and I have to say I’m learning a lot. Anyways, during my research I found these awesome sweet drinks that are actually low in sugar and high in health benefits and I have to say that when I’m craving something sweet, I calm the “Pig” (have you read Never Binge Again by Glenn Livingston? by tricking my mind into thinking it’s getting what it wants. Tricking yourself? It’s some crazy Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde stuff right here. Anyways, I’m sure you’ve heard the crazy good health benefits that Apple Cider Vinegar offers right? To start it aids in weight loss, tricking your body into feeling full. (There goes that trickery again!) Aside from that it also prevents Diabetes, lowers cholesterol, aids in digestion, increases energy and overall detoxes the body. Why wouldn’t you drink this stuff? Well it’s pretty hard to get down. I personally don’t mind the taste of vinegars such as Kombucha but when mixing this stuff with a little flavor, I could drink it all day. Plopping a few drops of flavored stevia makes this stuff amazing, I would compare it to almost that of Jolly Rancher! Give this stuff a try, even if it doesn’t quiet the “Pig” then to give your body that extra love it deserves.

Summer Sour ACV Drink
Makes 1 serving.
1½ Cups of Alkaline Water
1 Tablespoon of Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar, I use Bragg’s!
28 Drops of Watermelon Flavored Stevia Drops, I use Sweet Leaf’s!
1 Cup of Ice

Method //
Add Alkaline water, apple cider vinegar and stevia drops – mix to combine. Pour over ice and enjoy.

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You have to love Social Media and how it can spread things like wildfire. The Good. The Bad. The Ugly. And of course, the pin thin models propped ever so perfectly on pool lounge chairs with sun-kissed glowing skin. I know half the world is buzzing about the whole “Fake Social Media” craze that has erupted over the last couple of days and as much as I am guilty for stopping too long at a stop sign to snap that beautiful sunset photo for Instagram, I am pro-Social Media because of all the good it does and awareness it brings. Plus, what am I really guilty of? Wanting to share something as beautiful as a sunset with my friends and family? I honestly, don’t see any wrong or “fake” in that – but on to a lighter topic. When I found The Small Seed’s “Give With Thanks” challenge I was a little disheartened that we need things such as “challenges” to promote doing good – but at the same time happy that there are things like this to remind us because amongst Social Media we can quickly get swept away with superficial things and often lose sight of the good that Social Media can bring.

I love the idea of giving back and spreading cheer throughout the year and this season is perfect for that. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to volunteer at a Soup Kitchen on Thanksgiving but have found that the list was full! So I’ve found other ways to donate my time and believe it or not, these small acts add up. Even though Hera is a little young to completely comprehend the impact that “doing good” has, I’d like to think that I’m instilling kindness into her subconscious. Plus, I can’t tell you how excited she gets when she adds a leaf to her tree. So this month, or any month really, I invite you to join in on this challenge and let’s spread a little love and kindness around the world and show what good Social Media is capable of. Lord knows we need it.

For more information on Give With Thanks, visit The Small Seed.

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A Sweet Baby Shower.

I just wanted to share a couple of the details from my cousin’s baby shower from this past weekend. It was so nice to have her visiting from the East Coast and to be able to shower her with love (and gifts!) Alexis, from AE&Co did an amazing job of transforming my house into a beautiful woodland scene perfect for welcoming a sweet baby boy. Everything was definitely in the details at this little party, from the vintage depression glass to mother of pearl flatware. We cannot wait to head back East early next year to meet this little guy. He has no idea how loved he already is. We’re patiently awaiting your arrival, little one.A huge thank you to everyone who helped make this event possible, especially you Alexis. Check her out here.

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