Spotlight on Motherhood: Muriel

In honor of Mother’s Day this coming weekend, I am excited to share my very first Spotlight on Motherhood, featuring my fabulous maternal grandmother: Muriel.  What makes today’s post even more special is that it is guest edited by my own mother, Cherilyn!  I asked her to reflect on her mom, and any lessons she had learned from her (directly through her teaching or indirectly through just observing her actions) that she carried through life and found to be valuable.  I loved reading what she wrote so much, especially the “Words from Muriel” – they are are all so wise and so very HER.

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Malibu Farm & The Pier

MY DRESS:  Zara (not maternity but it works!)  //  MY SUNGLASSES: Crap Eyewear While we were in Newport Beach last month we popped up to LA for the day to visit some friends.  Our first stop was the Malibu Pier, which I hadn’t been to in forever.  Located along the Pacific Coast Highway right between Carbon Beach and Surfrider Beach,…

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The Flower Fields

When we were recently in California for Easter/spring break we got to visit these gorgeous flower fields in Carlsbad.  It was basically a rainbow of row after row of ranunculus (say that 5 times fast) and I was in absolute heaven.

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My Pregnancy Skincare Favorites

With each of my pregnancies, I have tried to always “detox” my skincare routine, and each time around have found new products that I have loved and kept using after the pregnancy is over.  I am so excited by how many natural-focused product lines there are today, even compared to 5-6 years ago when I was pregnant with Declan.

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Balboa Island

Knowing it was going to be one of the warmest days of our week in CA, we decided to head to Balboa Island for some fun time at the “beach” with the kids.   It’s not exactly an ocean beach as it is just a small island in Newport Harbor, but Declan & Arabella love this spot so much because the sand is really soft, the water calm, and we always find a bunch of clam shells to take home and paint with watercolors (one of my favorite things to do when I was a kid).

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Hearts & Rain & Rainbows & Love

This past weekend we had a brunch playdate with one of Declan’s friends who lives in DUMBO, and we parked right next to the coolest mural that’s painted along the side of the BQE (also pictured here).  As we left the playdate to head back to our car it started raining like crazy!

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Winter Walks

This winter has been one of the coldest in recent memory, and for the month of January it was mostly too cold to spend much time outdoors with the kids.  We were all getting a bit stir crazy a couple weekends ago and needed to get out of the house so we decided to head to Frenchtown for lunch.

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