Camping Essentials for the Non-Camper

Camping. The very word makes me want to run straight to the wine aisle. Camping with kids? How many Black Boxes do you think I can fit in that tent trailer?

I kid, typically I have a pretty ok time roughing it for a couple days, but the logistics of taking it on with small children can get very overwhelming, very quickly. We've been spending a lot of time in the wilderness this summer, so I thought I'd share some of my favorite gear and tricks that keep this mama a happy camper.

summer camping essentials

Camping Attire Essentials

baseball cap // By day 3 my hair is a textural combination of dry shampoo, nature, and residual sunscreen. Just pull it back babe.

comfy shorts // I'm usually more of a dress gal myself, but the physical endeavors that camping requires (climbing in and out of a tent while hurdling sleeping bags and duffels could be an Olympic sport) means a little more coverage is needed in order to avoid the unintentional flash to your husband's uncle. Sorry, Bernie.

a bra that won't drive you crazy // On a related note, keep those girls in and happy with this cute option. Don't worry about the crazy tan lines it could cause - you will look like a disaster at this point anyway. 

What To Consume While Camping

wine in a can // Slightly more discreet than pulling straight from the box tab. #butblackboxforever

water in a very large bottle // Surely you'll need to hydrate because hiding from the heat is not an option. This bad boy packs a whole liter to keep over heating and hallucinations about hotel rooms at bay.

Camping Gear

something to keep you warm // You've been sweating it out all day, but inevitably by the time the sun sets, you're shivering like a leaf in October. I'm telling you, camping is not great for your health. Cover two bases with this towel that feels more like a blanket.

a floatie // Basic? Maybe. But give me a cute flotation device plus a cold beverage and I can endure even the most treacherous of camping circumstances. If you've ever had to change a swim diaper blowout in the middle of the woods, then you know what I'm talking about. Pass the wine can.

4 New Ways to Rosé All Day

Guys - the sunshine is here, and let me tell you: I am feeling fine. As much as I enjoy a good sweater snuggle sesh, it feels good to switch things up to the lighter and brighter, which, of course, includes my evening glass of vino. 

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That’s right ladies, rosé season is finally upon us and our growing obsession with that pretty pour is not in vain. What’s not to love about a varietal that’s affordable, versatile and, most importantly, delicious? Not that you need one more reason to love your go-to pink drink, but if you’re looking for a few new ways to get your swirl on this summer, check out my new favorites: 

In a Cocktail

Rosé is perfect on it’s own, but it’s pretty pink hues, balanced acidity and subtle fruitiness make it the perfect base for a cocktail. My suggestion is to keep it simple cause if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. This recipe is super tasty and your fridge is already likely stocked with La Croix. 

Sparkling 

Pop, fizz, clink… gulp? I’m pretty sure it goes something like that. A fun way to mix up your rosé habit is to get fizzy with it (Na na na na – nana na). Whether it’s straight up or combined in a cute concoction, it’s the perfect way to toast to warmer weather. This sparkling rosé with a rose petal garnish is giving me full heart eyes. Be still my beating boozy heart.  

Frozen 

If you didn’t catch on to the frosé trend last summer, fear not! There’s still time to get your slush on. You could try to make your own, but I hear that drinking the ingredients can really hinder the process. Thankfully, my friends (I like to think of them as friends) over at Pops have gone ahead and made them for us. Maybe they’re my best friends? 

40oz (For Real) 

In my experience, wine that looks like it belongs behind the counter at a gas station does not have ‘grapes’ as the first ingredient. So, understandably, it took me a while to get onboard when I saw that familiar forty ounce bottle. But, hey, I like a drink that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Not to mention the air of mystery you can create when drinking it curbside or on a park bench. Who’s the woman? Where’s she going? What’s in her (paper) bag?  

 

Cheers!

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is one of my favorite holidays for a few reasons – I’m obviously excited for the breakfast in bed, staying in my robe all day and catching a guilt-free mimosa buzz. But just as lovely is getting to send some love to the amazing moms in my life – shout out to my own wonderful madre! 

Gifting for Mother’s Day is always tricky because every mom – mom figures included - deserves the world, but it’s totally possible to make the moms in your life feel loved without going over the top. Here’s a peek at the shopping list I’m sticking with to surprise and delight the ladies I hold near and dear to my heart. 

P.S. Can someone make sure my husband reads this? Or my oldest, who is 5, I’m pretty sure she secretly does the shopping. 

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Necklace // Two of my favorite tips for gift giving are make it personal and make it sparkle. These dainty astrology necklaces are a no-brainer. 

Pillow // Remember growing up and thinking your mom was a little nuts for buying so many throw pillows. Fast forward a few years and now we’re swooning over this pink puppy. Turns out mom does always know best. 

Bralette // Know a mom who deserves to look good, but can’t bear to be uncomfortable (everyone raises their hand)? We’ve got you covered, literally. This little lady is lacy, supportive and all kinds of a pretty. 

Hair Product // If mom wants to fancy-up her bathroom shelves and magically make every day a good hair day stock her up on Kristen Ess’s new line of hair products. Don’t feel bad about getting yourself some while you’re at it. 

Body Scrub // Feeling French and fancy is just one of the reasons I love French Girl Organic skincare. Their Rose Sea Polish is perfect for anyone who needs a little love and luxury in their life. Oui Oui! 

Trench // Spring showers bring… tricky wardrobe decisions and lots of layers. Keep mom dry and chic in this blush tone trench. 

Slip // Nothing says “Mom, I get you,” like the ultimate transitional piece. She can slip on a block heel for drinks with the girls or layer with a cozy sweater for binging on Netflix. 

Wine // Call me biased to choose rosé from the great Northwest, but when it comes down to it, pretty wines just taste better. Moms think so too. 

Tote // Just in case mom doesn’t get what she wants this year, this tote can serve as a subtle reminder of what’s left on her list. Ok, fine, maybe what’s on my list… original design by yours truly. 

Monday Mug Round Up

Mondays call for a hot cup of the good stuff. But since it's frowned upon to drink a hot toddy before noon, coffee will have to do in the a.m. 😉 I usually grab an Emma mug (potentially the only item from our wedding registry that I still use) for my morning cup of jo, but mugs are one of those things that end up getting "added to cart" on a regular basis. You can't have too many!

Here are a few options that might end up in my cupboard in the near future:

 

buy them: rustic // monday vibes // glam // retro // whimsical

Spring Spruce Up: Master Bathroom

Keeping the bathrooms clean in our house is not a skill I was blessed with. We all have our strengths, right? ;) The kids tub usually takes priority because they actually sit their cute buns in there on a fairly regular basis.

I did spruce up my own space for a little photoshoot a few weeks back, and I must say that having a tidy little spot to get ready has made me all kinds of happy. I even added a little gold basket to keep my many lotions and potions (acne/wrinkle cream) organized, and it's been kind of life changing.

pretty master bathroom

I love making little changes that make a big impact, so I thought I'd share a couple ideas for giving your bathroom a pretty little pick me up.

pretty pink master bathroom

Shower Curtain // You know that pretty peachy pink is calling my name.

Soap Pump // Nothing says "I take excellent care of my space" like a gilded vessel.

Toothbrush Holder // Marble countertops would be ideal, but I'll settle for this in the meantime.

Bath Towel // Let the kids dry off with the towels from your wedding registry, you deserve an upgrade.

Slip // Throwing on a cute slip fresh out of the shower makes me feel a little more Housewives of Orange County, and a little less like there are toddler fingers clawing at the bathroom door.

Bath Mat // Poison was wrong: not every rose has it's thorn. Treat your tootsies to something super plush & pretty.

Wire Basket // Even the most basic of wrinkle creams will look beauty counter worthy perched in this rose gold number.