Friday, December 20, 2013

Santa Wine Train

Merry Christmas!  These photos are from a few weeks back when we went on the Santa Train with some good friends.  I have to say, these are the little activities that make me love living in Napa.  I didn't love it at first, but the more wonderful Mommy's I meet and the more we do fun activities like this...the more I love it.  After all, you can't exactly hop on a Santa Train in most towns (particularly in Denver where my heart is). 

Our little guy loved all of the characters on the train and was patient throughout most of the ride...a rarity these days.  I think he thought they were just giant stuffed animals.  He was so enamored...touching all of them and inspecting them.  So cute!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Sophie the Giraffe 1st Birthday Party

The baby's first birthday was last month, and I'm finally getting around to putting up a few pictures.  In case you didn't see my original post, here are my thoughts and inspiration behind the party.  The letter balloons turned out to be a big fail, unfortunately.  The wind was stronger than expected, and we had a few casualties in the car and while hanging them up.  Needless to say, they didn't spell out exactly what they were supposed to.  Oh, well!  You win some, you lose some.

I pulled out my trusty bar cart for all of the desserts.  I love this little cart.  I think I paid maybe $50 bucks for it at the Alameda Flea Market a few years ago and it sure has been put to good use!  The husband even put it out on the front porch for Halloween this year and offered wine to all the parents that stopped by.  Needless to say, he was pretty popular that night.

We gave out Sophie the Giraffe books to all the babies as party favors.  The adults and big kids got custom Sophie the Giraffe cookies from Sweet Kiera, which were a huge hit.  Normally when I buy this type of thing, I don't expect them to taste well.  It seems like all the sweet treats that are gorgeously decorated end up being a little underwhelming when it comes to the flavor or freshness (think wedding cake).  But I swear, these were delicious.  Moist and yummy and they were shipped to me all the way from the East coast.  Crazy!  I highly recommend.

For dessert, I ordered cupcakes from Sift Cupcakes right here in Napa.  I love them and have blogged about them a few times before.  Check out the cupcakes they did for my baby shower.  Adorable.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Custom Radio Flyer Wagon

The baby's first birthday is around the corner, so naturally I've had his gift picked out for months.  When I saw this post about Gracie's G-Wagon, I about died.  Can a wagon get any cuter???  I followed all of her instructions, which were great, but I would add a few more tips.

1. I ordered the decals from Lettering on the Cheap, as she suggested, but I found the website to be a little confusing.  Maybe it's just my mom-brain these days, but I would pay careful attention to what you're ordering.  I think I messed up the dimensions because the decal is a little smaller than I would've liked.  Plus, I wish that I had ordered two decals to put on each side of the wagon.  For now, our wagon only has the decal on one side.  Oh, well.
2. Radio Flyer now offers custom wagons, so I ordered the custom wagon with the big wheels but I chose NOT to have it customized.  Does that make sense?  This was great because the wood sides came totally unfinished, so I was able to eliminate the sanding step. 
3. I also used the Plutonium Spray Paint she recommended (if you live in Napa they carry it at Napa Valley Art Supplies).  The color selection is very limited.  I also found the paint to have a matte finish that looked like it was going to chip easily.  Nonetheless, I opted to put a coat of Minwax Polycrylic Spray over the paint to protect the finish.  This worked great and we haven't had any chips so far.

I ordered the Cath Kidston cowboy print in Oilcloth, which is great for wiping away dirt and had someone sew the cushion and pillow.  The pillow is nice because it gives the baby a little spot to rest his head.  So far he loves it!  This wagon gets lots of looks (and smiles) so it's fun to cruise around the neighborhood.  We stuff a bunch of toys in the wagon so he's entertained along the way.


Monday, September 23, 2013

Traditional Home Napa Valley Showhouse 2013

I was excited to learn that Traditional Home is coming to Napa for yet another showhouse this fall.  Tickets are on sale now and you can get them by clicking right here.  We attended the opening night gala last year, and I was like 47 weeks pregnant and could barely walk.  Anyway, you can see my recap from last year's show right here.  There's also a lot of great images in the latest issue of Traditional Home. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Sophie the Giraffe Birthday Party Inspiration

The baby's first birthday is right around the corner, so I've got his first birthday party on the brain.  His favorite toy throughout his first year has by and large been Sophie the Giraffe, so it seemed like the perfect theme, if you will.  When I first saw these cookies on pinterest, I knew my theme was solidified.  The rest is coming into place. 
1. Letter Balloons- first saw these used by Kelly of A Little Savvy Event.  She's a friend of a friend over in Sonoma and she throws fabulous parties- both for kids and grown-ups!  I'm using these to spell out his name.
2. Sophie the Giraffe Cookies as found on pinterest.
3. Sophie the Giraffe Invitations as found on etsy.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Mark's the Spot Food Truck Party

We hosted our sales and marketing team last week for a casual dinner at the winery.  Last year we had dinner catered by BarBersQ, so we decided to change things up a bit this year.  The group really loves to be outside and play games since they usually go out to a bunch of fancy, super rich meals while they're here.  We like the casual thing too, so we had Mark's the Spot pull up their food truck and prepare some yummy fried chicken, mac n cheese, and a few other comfort foods.  The food was awesome and we had a great time catching up with the crew from all over the country!

We recently invested in these new biergarten picnic tables.  They're great because they fold-up flat for easy storage, and I love that they're authentic tables from the biergartens in Germany.

It happened to be our anniversary that night, so the team gave us two signed bottles of Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose.  This happens to be my favorite champagne on the planet, so I was thrilled to get not one, but TWO bottles!  Thanks, guys!  You really know the way to my heart.

See ya again next year!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Life These Days....

Sorry I've been MIA for so long.  I guess that's what happens when you have a babe.  I still love reading all my favorite blogs, following all your gorgeous photos on Instagram, etc., etc.  But sitting down to write my own post feels like pulling teeth these days.  I'm doing my best to be in the moment and to spend all my time playing with my little love bug.  I don't want this blog to be about him for privacy reasons, but I'll break my rule just this once to share the family photos we took last week.  My friend, Renee, is a fabulous photographer (Renee Rachelle Photography) in the Sacramento area, so if you ever need some family photos definitely check her out.  I know she's willing to travel the to SF Bay Area as well.


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

My New Tree Skirt

Holy smokes, is it really January 2nd???  I swear time flies when you have a baby.  Or maybe it stops completely.  Whatever the case, I feel like all I've done for the past few weeks is take care of my sweet little one.  Time to take a few minutes for myself to update the good ol' blog!  Please forgive my tardiness, but these next few posts are Christmas related.
Mommy Salami was here for three weeks to help take care of the baby and while we waited for his arrival (8 days late....grrrrrr), we took advantage of our free time to finish up some projects around my house.  I love when my mom comes.  I always put her to work and thankfully she smiles all the way through it.  I hope she enjoys it as much as I do!  One of the projects that we wrapped up was my new Christmas tree skirt.  I've had a vision for this skirt since last Spring.  In fact, we started it when she was visiting last March.  Leave it to me to dream of Christmas decor in March.  If you know me, this makes perfect sense! 

Here's a photo of the Salami trying on our new skirt.  It doubles as a clown costume in case you were wondering.
I was at Joann's one day and came upon both of these fabrics and knew that they needed to be my new tree skirt.  I had visions of plaid and polka dot ruffles.  Ruffles are my best friend.  To make the skirt, we used a basic tree skirt pattern for the base and an inexpensive white fabric since you don't see the base fabric anyway.  Then we cut long strips of fabric (7" wide to be exact) to use as the ruffles.  We had a little bit of a debacle while assembling the ruffles, so we ended up buying a ruffling foot for my sewing machine.  This was the best $12 investment I've ever made.
Nonetheless, here's the final product.  I'm kind of obsessed with it and had a hard time covering it up with presents.  Pretty cute if I do say so myself!


Thursday, November 22, 2012


Happy Thanksgiving, my blog friends.  I'm feeling especially thankful this Thanksgiving because our little love bug finally arrived a few days ago.  If I think too hard about how much I love him, I'll start to cry.  This little lovey is the most precious baby I've ever met, and I'm so beyond thankful that I get to be his mom.  So, for now, I'm signing off to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and our new little bundle of joy.  I hope all my lovely readers have a wonderful Thanksgiving as well.  xoxo

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Nursery Chronicles: The Big Reveal!

If you've been following along, you know that I've been working on the nursery for my first little boy for a few months now.  If you're interested, you can see my previous posts here: Inspiration Board, Changing Table DIY, Sneak Peek, Overhead Lighting Inspiration, and the custom Mobile I ordered.  As I've mentioned before, I really wanted this room to grow with my little man, so it's baby friendly but will also be appropriate for his toddler years and beyond. 
I ended up going with the Hicks pendant that I had wanted for years as the overhead light.  It doesn't give out as much light as we had hoped for, so I added a floor lamp next to the rocker last minute.  It will help provide ample light for our bedtime stories!  The floor rug was designed by Barclay Butera and is a nice ivory color with blue stripes.  The curtains are linen with khaki pom-poms on them.  They were bought at Anthropologie and add a little bit of playfulness to the room.
The crib is made of iron and has a worn-in ivory finish.  I love the vintage feeling of it, and I think it would work equally great in a little girls room someday.  I also decided to forgo a crib bumper.  To be honest, all of the controversy around crib bumpers confused the heck out of me and at the end of the day they can be pretty pricey, so it was an easy decision to eliminate it from the design.  The crib sheets are chambray from Pottery Barn Kids and the bed skirt is a linen ruffle design from Matteo.
The rocking chair is nice and comfy and holds an adorable pillow my mommy gave us.  I think it was the first purchase for the nursery, and it makes me smile every time I see it.  It has the words from "You Are My Sunshine" on it, which has always been one of my favorite songs from childhood.  Throughout the room, there are a few cowboy references including the wall hook on the right which is from my favorite cowgirl store in Denver, Cry Baby Ranch.  The Bernese Mtn Dog rocker was a steal from One Kings Lane, and couldn't be more perfect!  The wood box is a really old wine box that my husband had from Gundlach-Bundschu that has transportation icons all around it.  We added metal wheels to the bottom to use as a mobile toy box.  A super cute idea I stole from a dear friend!
A few minor details from the room.....the baby's first pair of cowboy boots from his Aunt Whitty.  I will keep these boots for the rest of his life they're just so special!  The moose heads are from Uncommon Goods and are made from old vintage sweaters.  I'm kind of obsessed with them!  And last but not least, the Bernese Mountain Dog mobile that hangs over his crib.  You can read more about it here, but it was ordered from etsy and looks exactly like our precious Chloe!  Hopefully this baby loves his dog as much as his parents do!