Saturday, February 27, 2010


My heart is breaking for the family of this missing girl. For more info go to the Help Find Chelsea King website. Anything is possible so keep your eyes open and say prayers for her safe return. If you live in the San Diego area they are doing volunteer searches. You can also find info on the Facebook page set up to help find her. Please repost on your Facebook, blog, twitter, etc.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

donuts falling from the sky

I'm not really sure what the deal is, but in the last two days all I'm seeing is donuts! First, on the cover of Williams-Sonoma's catalog and now on the cover of Family Circle. Please make it stop. They look soooo good!

On top of it, while searching for the pictures of donuts for this post, I found this adorable Chocolate-Glazed Donut Cake recipe at So cute! I could see throwing a kids birthday party that has a breakfast theme and this is the cake. I'm done drooling now.

dress time

I have two weddings to go to in coming months and I'm already thinking about dresses. Luckily, I can probably wear the same dress to both weddings without anyone knowing (except you of course). These dresses were my finds this morning. The top left dress is at Anthropologie. I found the rest at Can you guess which dress cost $675? I won't be purchasing that one but I do LOVE it (it's the top middle dress). There is also one that costs $23.90 (bottom right). Can't wait to lose a few more pounds to go dress shopping!

food food food

I have a problem. I really want to blog about food, but since I can't eat dairy for awhile (again), I feel like I'm missing out on everything. My diet is bland bland bland without milk or butter. On the other hand, it's easier to lose the baby weight this way. All I know is I would be lost without Mexican food right now. So I guess this post is a shout out to Mexican food for keeping me sane.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

my agenda can wait

Three days a week we walk by this little park to pick up Brody from school. Often the kids want to stop and play, but I say no because there are three of them, it's lunch time and I'm not going to lie, I'm eager to put the almost 2-year old down for a nap. Well on this one particular day, I decided to let Piper play for a few minutes before we picked up Brody. She wanted to go on the swing and she was in pure bliss. She was so happy. So I learned a lesson. I need to stop always being in a hurry with my own agenda and put my babies in the swing so they can have 5 minutes of their own bliss.


I am drooling over this outfit at Anthropologie. I can't wait to get this baby weight off. My muffin top is bountiful right now. As soon as I get it all off, I'm treating myself to an outfit at Anthro.

I am also coveting this romper for summer. I want!!!!!


Even though they don't have a zipper, these are still my favorite baby pjs. They are soft, I love the cotton and they get better with each wash! My babies always look so sweet and comfy in them. They are the Favorite Footed One-Piece from Baby Gap.

Monday, February 22, 2010


I'm starting to update my Creative Nest Designs website with new work. Please check it out!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

even though the weather is rainy...

There is a rule I learned very clearly last year. If you want to buy your daughter uber cute summer gladiator sandals, jellies and swimsuits you MUST buy them as soon as they come out. If not you will be subjected to always looking at them on the shelf in only one size that is not your daughter's size. This last week I was at Babies R Us and they got in their summer stuff. I was forced to get Piper two pairs of gladiator sandals and a pair of jelly shoes for the summer because I know they won't be there soon. Even the cashiers told me so. I am also shopping for her bathing suits now so I can have first pick of all the styles. We take summer shoe wear and swimwear very seriously in our house!

Places to check out now for good stuff: Babies R Us, Old Navy, and Baby Gap.

Don't forget to look for board shorts for your boys too!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

so fun!

I was at Paper Source yesterday purchasing round labels for some wedding invites I am designing. I took home their catalog and came across a fun page with all these great chalkboard items! Top left: Chalkboard Coasters, $12.95 for a set of 4. Top right: Chalkboard Wallies, removable panels for cupboards, the fridge or on the wall. $19.95 for a pack of 4, 9"x 12". Bottom left: Chalkboard Frame, $29.95 for a 3 x 5. Bottom right: Chalkboard Placemat, includes one placemat, four pieces of chalk and a felt eraser- $15.95.

I find it funny that I love all of these since I hate writing with chalk on a chalkboard. But, the wallies definitely pulled me in. How fun to stick these up in your kitchen or around the house!

Monday, February 15, 2010

sooo good

We watched a lot of movies over the weekend. The Hurt Locker was amazing. I'm not a fan of war movies but I had heard all the good reviews about this one and how accurate it was. I'm telling you...I had my eyes fixed on the tv the whole time. No special effects, no unreal situations, just pure intense drama. I loved it. Netflix it for sure!

Other movies we watched were Julie & Julia and Temple Grandin. My sister also informed me that I may be the only woman alive who hasn't seen The Notebook, I guess we will be watching that soon.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

A quote from my daily devotional:

"Marriage is a life-long process designed to teach you to see the needs of another person as more important than your own."

I need to practice this!

LOVEly Day

the table set the night before

We had a great Valentine's Day! Brunch at our house. Time with family. I looooovvvveee Valentine's Day. Picture of my table above. It will take me years to perfect it to what my mom had ready for me when I got home from school.

And, next year I am going to make this:

Friday, February 12, 2010

happy heart day

I love Valentine's Day... I don't care about all the haters out there. Valentine's Day doesn't have to be about the card companies or flower companies making a profit. Valentine's Day is about the heart. In our house we make things, we decorate, and we have fun! This Valentine's Day I'm throwing the kids and hubby a Valentine's Day brunch and I can't wait. I think we might have a Valentine's decorating contest too. And I'm going to make sure everyone knows I love them (you included). So Happy Valentine's Day and have a great weekend! If you don't have a Valentine, buy a box of candy and leave it on someone's doorstep who can use a pick-me-up.

p.s. Thanks V for dropping these goodies on my doorstep. You made our day!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

it makes me feel happy just looking at it

This bag is like $1 at Michaels. I swear it's my favorite reusable tote ever. I have all my sewing stuff in it and it sits next to my sewing machine. It makes me feel happy every time I look at it and I want to buy more of them to take everywhere.

make time for you

I always knew I had amazing friends, but I never fully realized until now that I am surrounded by the most amazing people. Recently I stopped and really looked at the people Mark and I have surrounded ourselves with, and let me tell you, we are freaking lucky. Mark and I have separate friends, couple friends, work friend, old friends, etc.

One thing that has become very important to me is seeking out girl time. I am lucky to have a husband who is supportive of this time. I have a friend I meet for happy hour and we talk about real life. I have a group of girls that we meet for coffee and we laugh about everything and talk about kids & husbands. I have a best friend whom I can meet anytime or anywhere (with or without kids) and we just can't stop talking. I have a dear friend with whom I have started a monthly pedicure ritual where we can relax and gab. I have preschool mom friends that I go to dinner with and we talk preschool mom life. And I have a lovely friends that we try and get together to just catch up with what has been going on in our busy lives over dinner, breakfast or coffee.

I'm not trying to brag here at all. I am trying to tell you that if you are not spending alone time with girlfriends, you need to. If you look around and you don't feel like you are surrounded by great people.....start making new friends or call old friends. Plan a girls' night. Just do something. I am now realizing that that you can't live alone, you need to laugh and cry. You need to vent and give advice. You need to have time that does not consist of your family at home or your job.

A dear friend always tells me that to have good friendships, you need to be a good friend. I am lucky to have such great friends who continue to teach me what it means to be a good friend.

I know we get busy and we barely have time to take care of ourselves. But it is important, plan something at least once a month. Now get off your computer, call a girlfriend and make time for you.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

from the heart

I have this thing where we have to do homemade Valentines for school. My body won't pick up a box of premade ones.

Last year we made these cute mini Valentine boxes with mini M&M's.

This year we didn't have the time to make something chic with the new baby and all, so we did them simple. We cut out hearts, used stickers, added some Team Umizoomi pictures and gave Brody glitter pens and markers. Then we glued them to Conversation Hearts.

All 24 are done and ready to deliver to preschool tomorrow (they have Friday off). They aren't my perfect Valentines, but Brody had fun making them and they are straight from the heart.

Monday, February 8, 2010

keeping everything straight

I'm not going to lie, I have been selfish. I purchased this calendar a few months back for 2010 and I love it. I wanted to share it with you, but didn't because the company I bought it from also does invitations like me. Who wants to give someone else your business right? But alas, I love my calendar so much I have to share. I need to have a calendar/planner that I can write in, see and touch. This calendar is far from boring, it is colorful, whimsical and even has stickers! It's not cheap, starting at $48. But I use it every day religiously so I figured it was worth it (I also upgraded the cover). They have more cute designs. Check them out here! Hopefully I will be making my own line of calendars in the near future!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

try it

All of my dedicated readers know that pilates kicked my butt and worked wonders for me after I had Piper. However, it can be an expensive form of exercise. Well my fav pilates teacher opened her own studio here in Ladera Ranch called Studio 5 Pilates & Yoga. Her prices are more reasonable than the last studio I went to and she is amazing at what she does. If you are interested at all you need to try it. I'm telling you, it's amazing!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

cute addition to any outfit

I'm really into tights and leggings for Piper right now. So far I love the ones from GapKids/Old Navy and Target. I'm looking for more places to get cute ones so keep your eye out for me. I swear they make any dress extra adorable!

good fun

Does anyone else watch the comedy "Community" on NBC? I love Joel McHale on "The Soup" and as soon as I heard he was on a series with Chevy Chase I set my dvr to record it. I really wasn't into the first episode I saw, so I stopped watching. A month or so later I gave it another try and fell in love. I added it back to my dvr and we now have a weekly date!