5 Year Old Gift Guide

I can't believe I just put together a FIVE year old gift guide...where has the time gone and how is it possible that Ethan is about to be a kindergartner in a few short months?

This year, I'm trying to gift him more activities rather than toys as I know his brain is like a little sponge right now. In fact, during his preschool graduation, he said that he wants to do homework when he grows up...too cute! I'm really excited about the Osmo Genius Kit! I've heard other moms rave about it and think Ethan will love it! I'm also intrigued by the drill kit and animal book! 

Also, a backpack is a must since he's starting school this fall and coming on the heels of kiddie kickers and T-ball...practicing soccer would be much more fun with a new net!

Last thing, we've had an influx of bugs around the house...prompting Ethan to observe them and Wyatt to squash them...and this ant farm looks so neat! I think Ethan would love it!

Do you have fun ideas for five year olds? I'd love to hear!

xo natasha

Outer Space 5th Birthday Party

Star Balloon + Solar System Whirls + Space Ship PiƱata
Mission to Mars Birthday Invitation
Space Cookies + Banner + Party Dinnerware

Ethan's FIFTH birthday is coming up {fun fact, today, June 20th, was his due date} and this year, he requested an outer space party...complete with bounce house {like last year!}. I think we'll round out the party with some bomb pops and this splash pad {as opposed to a launch pad} since it's summer and super hot right now!

Check back later this week for birthday gift ideas!

xo natasha


How is June already half way over? We've been super busy lately with kiddie kickers and T-Ball wrapping up, trips to Disneyland and San Francisco, and finalizing the plans on our new build! Oh! And Wyatt transitioned to a big boy bed and has done surprisingly well! #fingerscrossed

Here is more of what we've been up to...

Edgewood {the golf course where got married} just opened a brand new lodge which includes a new hotel, spa and restaurant...it's gorgeous! We can't wait to spend all summer there!

The yummiest sweet potato and bean chili for the night it snowed last weekend!

My outfit for date night, which includes my new favorite gingham blouse, these ultra flattering jeans and some fun flatforms.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

xo natasha

Design Showcase: Family Friendly Living Room

Several years ago, I used to play "interior designer" and design reader's spaces for free! You can see the series here. It was a fun, creative outlet and I really enjoyed getting to know my readers better. But of course, it's a lot of work too...so the series went on a hiatus! 

Well, I'm happy to tell you that Morgan reached out recently and asked if I could put some ideas together for her family room. Here's what she had to say:

I remember a long time ago you did some design help/room inspiration posts and I was wondering if you still did that. My living room may be the most awkward room and despite living her for four years, it has barely changed. I am completely stuck, especially when it comes to art because all the walls are weird and small. I have a two year old and am pregnant with our second and I all of a sudden feel a crazy urge to get it done!! Let me know if you are still up for ideas!

Morgan also let me know that the couch and chair needed to stay but everything else could be updated...here is a peek into her space:

You can see that the dark furniture makes the space pretty dark and there's not too much personality {ie: color and pattern} except for that darling rainbow pom garland in the doorway!

Pillows 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + Rug

I wanted to bring in some color and pattern and this rug is just the ticket! It has some yellow and turquoise in it which is why I chose the yellow console and turquoise lamp...plus all the fun pillows! Plus, we all know how valuable storage is, which is why I love incorporating pretty baskets to store away toys. Most of these items are very affordable which is exactly what you want for kiddos! I also suggested painting the walls white to brighten up the space and considering these bamboo shades for additional texture.

So what do you think? Anything you change or suggest?

Thanks for letting me play along Morgan...I hope you can incorporate some of these updates to make the room feel more personalized and functional for your growing family! :)

xo natasha