A $150 Giveaway With Minted!

posted on: Wednesday, November 26, 2014

This Christmas when it comes to actually getting all dressed up to take our family photos, Peter and I both weren't that into it. I am starting to think the more he shoots things, and the more we do blog photos together, we yearn for more relaxed photos in any other situation. 

One night, after my mom asked me about our picture plans, I decided we should just get it over with. I wanted to capture a very normal moment in time. That moment was 7pm, and a very tired mama, baby, and toddler. Peter had just gotten in from a set job, and despite that cheesy smile, he was feeling it too. Normal stuff. We took so many photos on the tripod, and they all make me giggle a little because they are so very... us. They're dorky, silly, kind of off, and absolutely perfect in my eyes. 

If I remember correctly, they are the only real photos of us as a family of four. I think it's the best way to reintroduce ourselves to our loved ones, and wish them well all at the same time. We took so many that I couldn't decide which silly ones to put up. So I just chose one. 

In celebration of such a fantastic season, I've teamed up with Minted once again. Minted also created Oak's birth announcements (he was so tiny!), and my family still talks about them. I am thrilled we are collaborating once again. Now you can get your holiday cards created with Minted as well! 

Minted is offering one lucky reader a $150 credit to use on their personalized cards! Awesome right?

"Our purpose in life is to uncover exceptional design from all over the world and bring this to savvy consumers who won't accept anything else."

To enter the giveaway, head on over to Minted and check out their exceptional holiday cards for 2014, and then come back here and let me know which style you'd like for yourself in the comments. (I personally love the foil pressed cards.) I will pick a winner Friday, December 5th. Good luck! 

STYLE| Put A Cape On It

posted on: Monday, November 24, 2014

So this cape and I go way back. I'm talking about way way back. Back when I was pregnant waddling around the city with River. It also saw the days of wearing her through many winter storms, and as an extra layer in spring too. It's recently been introduced to baby Oak, and they're getting along pretty well these days if I do say so myself.

Are you feeling capes this season, or any season for that matter?

Cape- Gestuz (old)| Sweater- Thrifted (similar here -20$ off!)| Skirt- Vintage (similar here and here)| Tights- H&M (similar here)| Oxfords- Thrifted (Similar here) 

A Kid Friendly Thanksgiving

posted on: Friday, November 21, 2014

So, it's almost Thanksgiving. The virtual invites have been sent, the menu has been created, changed, and recreated to fit the dietary needs of all your dearest, and maybe you've already purchased your hearty turkey. Good for you. But there's one major detail that you have yet to iron out, kids. If you're on the worrying side of how to accommodate the children of your adult guests, have no fear, LaTonya is here! That was fun to type.

As a mom and frequent dinner party host, I feel as though I have enough circles on my trunk to lead you in the right direction here. These are just a few things that I think will make your turkey, or veggie day feast a little easier.

Lets' start with the basics, and pardon me for my bluntness on this subject. But I do feel as though the expectations for kids on this holiday are set a bit too high. They're expected to dress up and stay clean, eat when they're finally given the opportunity to do so, and a host of other things that kids just don't do.

First things first, skip the fancy schmansy clothes. Really. If you're hosting, encourage your guests to 
dress casually and comfortably. A rule for them is a rule for their kids. If you don't feel comfortable making a decision on the attire of others, fix it yourself. Purchase a few large white tees and have them easily accessible for the kids to throw on themselves. T-shirts cost pennies in comparison to the more expensive threads they will probably arrive in. Have you seen toddlers in large t-shirts before? The cutest thing ever!

The addition of shirts brings me to my next tip, crafting time. If you're planning to have your guests arrive a little bit early while dinner is still being prepared, I think I've concocted a master plan.  Craft hour! Seriously, I don't think I've ever been to a Thanksgiving where they held a craft hour dedicated to the kids. Craft hour can take place while the host is still running around crossing her t's and dotting her i's, and while the other guests watch a football game, or whatever else people do on Thanksgiving. Grab the t-shirts, a few markers, and maybe even some glitter if you're daring, and let them have at it. This is the perfect distraction from toddler fights and the "Is it time to eat yettttt?" nags. The t-shirts can then be worn when they're eating, and even be brought back home to remember the occasion.

Feed them before they arrive. I'm not sure who thought that having kids wait for food was a great idea. It isn't. Feed your kids before they arrive. Like an actual meal, people. That way, when they decide to leave the dinner table, you aren't freaking out because they only had breakfast, and you fear that they will get embarrassingly hangry. The horror.

Speaking of feeding, lets treat Thanksgiving like a Sunday brunch shall we? See, if you're like me, you only ever pick the restaurant where paper as a tablecloth is an option. Right? Right.  Same rule applies for Thanksgiving. Skip that linen and throw some paper on that sucker. It makes for an easy clean, it becomes an eat fest for the adults and an art fest for the kids who refuse to chow down, and there's no "you spilled red wine on my grandmother's linen tablecloth" cringing involved. Everyone's happy.

Lastly, but more importantly, let them be little! If they leave the table or end up in the corner playing with blocks the entire time, so be it. What's joy for them is usually joy for us.

And if you're looking;
- You can find some craft paper in lieu of a real tablecloth here
- White t-shirt
- And some sound advice from a friend if you're lacking chairs this holiday

On The Go With Ergo| Coffee and The Subway

posted on: Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Our Saturdays, when Peter isn't shooting, are some of the easiest days. We usually end up staying in bed well past 9 am, and we take quite a long time to get ourselves ready to adventure as a foursome. Some of our adventures only include hot chocolate and coffees, some include lunch and museums, and some include meeting friends and family for quick day dates. It's always super low maintenance and supremly wonderful.