• Events/Parties,  Food + Drinks

    C’s First Birthday: Chic Hawaiian Theme Dohl

    oh Lord, do i love to plan a party.  and when i do, i go big.  i mean BIG.  do i have a few craft meltdowns along the way?  hell yes.  do i love everything about the party afterwards?  you betcha. i originally posted this on my old blog (before the hacking) but since that post is longgg gone, here are some gorgeous pictures from that day.  in light of the fact that c just turned 3~ i’m walking down memory lane and reposting her last two birthdays this week. for c’s dohl, i took a few things that i LOVE and blended it into this perfect party below.  1)…

  • Family,  Fertility,  Kids

    Remembering Loss: Coping with Miscarriage

    if you haven’t read the first article this journey, please click here first before reading below. i’m about 6 months out from my first miscarriage and 2 months removed from my second.  not a day goes by where i don’t think about these babies and wonder what they would look like, be like, feel like in my arms. i have found a lot of solace in speaking to other mamas who have lost babies and listening to podcasts, reading instagram messages, etc.  because i find it SO SO therapeutic, i thought i would share with other mamas who may be going through what i am. Social Media Accounts There are…

  • Fun

    How I Mari-Kondo’d My Life

    have you read “the life-changing magic of tyding up” yet??  if not… you’re seriously missing out.  it has COMPLETELY changed my life and continues to change my life.  the author, marie kondo, is a bit extreme in the way she cleans, believes in cleaning, and treats objects.  that being said…her quirky perspective really helps you to view your objects and home through a completely different lens. before book: i’m pretty ocd clean (but can leave the house cluttered/messy).  i keep things for “someday” and have a hard time throwing things away that i can’t get back again (photos, memories, gifts ppl gave but i never use, etc).  before c, i…

  • Kids

    Physical Learning for Toddlers & Kids

    i don’t know about you, buttt i love looking up learning and physical milestones that babies/toddlers/kids should be reaching.  it helps me know if c is on track and what the next step is so that mike and i can support/nurture it.  that sounds cray i know~ mike always gives me side eye when i bring it up.  lol  i feel like it’s my job as a parent to make sure she is growing and thriving right?  she doesn’t have to be doing what 5 years olds do, but i want her to be able to achieve average 2/3 year old milestones.  reading these charts/articles also helps me know what…

  • Beauty

    Biolage Fail

    i haven’t colored my hair in like 5 years.  all my girlfriends were getting new cuts and colors for spring and i was itching for a change.  i bought a groupon and went to a salon on beverly hills.  my friend had gone before so it was a trusted recommendation.  i showed the colorist a bunch of pictures of what i wanted (see below).  i asked for white/ashe blonde.  the lighter the better. from my first trip, the color came out different.  i don’t know if you can see it, but the left side is darker than the right.  the color wasn’t coming out while i was in the salon…

  • Holidays

    Easter Basket Ideas

    This year I bought WAYYYY too many things to put in C’s Easter Basket.  The first year I made her a basket she was under 1 year, so I only put stuffed animals, small toys, and little things she could play with.  The second Easter basket I made her, I added eggs with little treats (goldfish crackers & annie’s gummies), as well as toys like Play Doh.  The Play Doh was a HUGE hit.  Now that C is almost 3, I’ve added some sweet treats and a ton more toys that she can enjoy and play with. xo Here are some Easter basket ideas for your little ones this year!…

  • Holidays,  Kids

    Easter Crafts & Baking for Kids

    I LOVE a good holiday.  Big or small, I love theme parties, gift bags, and table settings.  (although i hate decorating my home so i just like to look at pictures of table settings…) This year, Charlotte will be almost 3 when Easter rolls around and I am SOOO excited to share the real reason for Easter (Jesus’ resurrection) and also give her ten thousand Easter baskets and eggs.  LOL  a bit much?  Maybe just 4 baskets and 100 eggs then.  hieeeeee.  I’ll do another post on Easter Egg Basket Ideas (b/c I obsess over it).  ;P Last year we did a sad Easter egg hunt in our apartment complex’s courtyard. …

  • Kids

    9 Empowering Books for Girls

    In honor of International Women’s Day, here are 9 books that were written for Girls.  To empower them, support them, and send the clear message that different is good.  I hope to always champion for Charlotte, empower her with words/acts of encouragement, inspire her to be great, and give her every opportunity we can afford.  I would be proud of her no matter her journey, occupation, body image, etc.  I just want her to be confident, happy, and strong in her faith.  xoxo  I am so grateful that Charlotte and the little girls of this world will be growing up in a culture where women are taking a stand, respecting…

  • Hello Friends

    y name is Esther and I’m 33 years old.  I currently live in Los Angeles with my family and have been blogging for about 9 years now.  I love sharing posts about my family, traveling, beauty finds and all the fun in between.  So…basically anything I love I share! I hope your pit stop to this blog provides a little brightness, encouragement and entertainment in your day. <3 xo Esther