Friday Faves & Finds (3.9.18)

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week in review

It’s Friday!!! We are kicking off the weekend by flying to Portland today to visit friends and check out the city. This is my first time visiting the Pacific Northwest, and I’m so excited! Now that we have a very active toddler, we’ve decided to stick to short flights for a while. This way we can still travel and explore new places, but don’t come home from vacation in need of another vacation!


Speaking of travel, what are your go-to tips and tricks for keeping your kiddos entertained and maintaining your own sanity on plane rides?  I just ordered this Reusable Sticker Pad and plan to pack this fun Watercoloring Book that was a hit on our last flight, as well as lots of tasty snacks.

If you have any long flights or red eyes in your future, I highly recommend getting this neck pillow. Yes, I realize it is super dorky looking, but just trust me! I used it on a red-eye to New York last summer, and it helped me get a few short hours of comfortable rest (which is all you can hope for when you have a tiny human sleeping on your body).  

My son is all about “doing art” right now, so we’ve been experimenting with crayons, colored pencils, chalk, and play dough. I thought making homemade play dough would be one of those projects that looks easy online and then turns into a disaster in the kitchen, but this recipe is simple and makes perfect play dough every time. What are your family’s favorite art supplies? I just ordered these paint pens and am excited to try them out with my son next week.

I desperately need a new, light-hearted book to read, so I’m eyeing this one. I’ve read some good things about it, and Hannah from Brief Book Reviews (whom I follow on Instagram) suggested I go for it, but the premise sounds a little cheesy. What do you think?

I don’t know about you, but I had a TON of postpartum hair loss. My hair was very fine to begin with, so when it started falling out in clumps it was not a great look. Finally, over a year and a half later, my hair is coming back to life! I recently started using  Living Proof Full shampoo and conditioner and cannot get over how good it makes my hair look and feel. I am usually all for super crunchy, natural products, but after so much hair loss, none of them were cutting it. I’ve decided that if a product makes me feel more confident and put together, it’s worth making an exception!

Everyone in our little family loves meatballs, so I’m dying to try out this recipe when we get home next week. I love the versatility of meatballs, and it’s so easy to prep them ahead of time for extra-fast and flavorful weeknight meals.

In case you missed it. . . 

Annabelle shared really practical advice to help you make mom friends.

Jeanne told us about her winning tips for packing toddler lunches and shared a quick and easy recipe for fried rice.

Rebecca uncovered a plot hole in the show This Is Us. Did you catch it, too?

We published a guide to Easter egg hunts and events around the city.

We also announced our Moms Only Easter Egg Hunt at the Ambiance boutique on Union Street! It’s happening March 29, and you can RSVP by clicking here.

shared what I love about my son’s current age and how I avoid the less than adorable moments that come with it.

Elisa explained all about the importance of setting up the right payroll records for nannies

And over at Mid-Peninsula Moms Blog. . . 

 resolution that may sound simple but can be really hard to do for stay-at-home moms; five ways to make yourself a priority; an easy, toddler-approved way to “St. Patrickize” your Rice Krispies treats; a Facebook Live video full of helpful advice to get your babies to sleep; and your guide to Easter egg hunts and events around the Peninsula.


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Here’s Sarah Mitchell sharing advice on getting your children to sleep.

Have a great weekend!




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Kate grew up in sunny San Diego and is a beach girl at heart. She moved to the Bay Area to attend Cal (Go Bears!), where she studied Sociology and met her husband Zack. She has a Masters in Education from UC Santa Cruz and taught middle school in Santa Rosa and Austin, Texas before her son Henry was born in 2016. The family of three moved to San Francisco in February 2017 and miss good barbeque, but enjoy exploring the city together. Kate loves spending time outdoors with Henry, usually hiking or hanging out at the playground. When Henry is sleeping, you can find her cooking, curled up on the couch with a new book or working on her headstand in a yoga class.


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