Piña Coco Popsicles

If you want the best treat of Summer than you’re in the right place!  I know, that’s a bold statement but SERIOUSLY!!!  These are divine- creamy, sweet, fruity, perfectly refreshing and get this- I dare say they’re healthy!!  What?!!!   With just four ingredients – coconut cream, pineapple, shredded coconut and a tiny bit of honey they have nothing in them that won’t do your body good.  What they’ll do for your spirit can’t be measured but if you are at all like me, they’ll bring you so much Summer joy you kind of won’t know what to do with yourself.  It’s a good problem to have.  Have at them my friends!  xx- Sarah

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An Open Letter to Mamas Going Back to Work

Lou was setting up lighting for a project he’s doing the other day and asked me to come stand in for some test shots.  I threw on a little lip gloss (cause I’m vain like that) and Teo and I headed out to his sweltering studio for a couple of snaps.  Here we are!  Sweaty, tired, and at least one of us is probably hungry starving and desperate for coffee.  {More after the jump}

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Renovation Update: 8 Weeks In and Demo is FINALLY Happening!

That blog post title pretty much sums up our progress on our Ojai fixer– ay yay yay!  But let me back track a little- to when we were looking for a house here in San Diego.  We stumbled on this house by Shelter Residential and were blown away by how bright and beautiful it was, and our minds basically exploded (emoji) because it was a flip.  I don’t know how flipped houses are where you live but here in San Diego they inspire fits of rage (mine mostly)!  It’s like the flippers all went to the same store and bought all of the same EVERYTHING (none of which happens to be my taste but that’s not exactly the point) and then they slap it together with shoddy craftsmanship and jack up the price a few hundred thousand dollars.  Um, NOT OK.  It should be illegal actually but I don’t make the laws around here unfortunately.  The photos in this post are from another house they just completed here in San Diego.  It sold very quickly because DUH but reach out to them if you’re looking or want to work together on a reno project, I promise you will want to make them your best friends and also sign up for any house they’re re-doing or hire them to design your dream home ground-up build.  With the amount of experience they have pretty much anything you dream up they can do.

You can bet we hightailed it over to see the house I mentioned at the beginning of this post in person and it was so well done, we were major into it.  Unfortunately it wasn’t in a neighborhood that would work for us.  So we reached out to Lauren and Ryan (the beautiful brains behind Shelter) and set up a time to meet with them.  By the end of the meeting we’d decided they were the perfect people to help us sell our house and buy/remodel our next house.  Little did any of us know this would lead us all to Ojai!  I am sure they’ve had moments of WHAT HAVE WE GOTTEN OURSELVES INTO but they haven’t let on, they’ve rolled with our craziness all the way up the coast to North of The Wall (aka Ojai, our town soulmate).

We probably never would have bought a house that needed as much as ours does (literally EVERYTHING) if we didn’t have Lauren and Ryan in our pockets.  They’ve held our hands through the whole process, they’re a go-between for us and the contractor, as well as any subcontractors.  They take all of my design ideas and help me figure out how to make them happen, recommend products when I find the most expensive thing and we can’t afford it, and kind of act as home renovation therapists too – talking me off the ledge when I’m freaking out because the reno costs have doubled what we were expecting when we bought it.  And the best part?!  They’ve become friends.  There’s nothing I love more than when a creative/work partnership becomes something greater!

There’s so much more after the jump.  Like really, A LOT more of this house and my rambling.   Have at it!  xx- Sarah .  {Photos by the lovely Amber Thrane}

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Mahi Mahi Tacos with Mango Salsa

Hi friends!  If you’re living through Summer the way I am (air conditioning blasting, feet in the sand every chance you get and as many cool foods as possible), this recipe is for you!  Light, easy to prep, delicious with a tangy sweetness- it’s all that I want in a Summer dinner these days!  Bonus points if you fire up the grill and eat outside where everything tastes better.    Double bonus points if you have ice cream for dessert.  TRIPLE BONUS POINTS if you follow it up with a night swim- doesn’t matter where: pool, ocean, creek, I’m not picky.  What can you use these point for you wonder?  I DON’T KNOW.  But you’ll have them.  You figure out the rest.  Happy Summer’ing everyone!  xx- Sarah

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Polished Concrete VS. Maple Floors, Make up My Mind for Me Please

I spotted this house tour on Sight Unseen and was immediately taken with it’s clean modern design, and functional simplicity.  The neutral palette makes my heart sing.  And I couldn’t love the dining room chairs more- natural leather is one of my most favorite materials and it pairs so well with the concrete floors!  Which brings me to what this post is reallly about.  Concrete floors.   I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect maple floors for our new home and in my research found out that engineered hardwood floors are made with all kinds of nasty chemicals that off-gas and are a health hazard.  WHAT?!  Not all of them are so toxic, but the green products that I’ve found are twice as expensive as a comparable non-green option I had my eyes on.  I had my heart set on hardwood but now that I’m looking at this house I’m revisiting the idea of concrete.  We had concrete floors in our Palm Springs house and it was so nice- cool during the hot summer months and easy to keep clean.  Plus they’re pretty much indestructible- which is a big deal when there’s a toddler hurricane residing in your home.  It’s a completely different look than the light maple I was planning on but it’s verrrry tempting!  What do you think?  Should we splurge for the green engineered hardwood or save our budget for the million other things we could spend on in the house and go with beautiful polished concrete?  Anyone with kids have concrete floors and love or hate them?  I do have a fear about Teo bonking his head on the concrete.  Ughhhh.  Would love to hear your thoughts!  xx- Sarah  {photos by Pippa Drummond}

Date Nights Are Happening!

You guys!  Lou’s mom is visiting us on a one-way ticket from Florida and it has been a GAME CHANGER!  We’ve been to the movies (the first in over 2 years), dinners out, and there are plans in the works for even more alone time!  It’s the best thing ever!  I definitely undervalue date nights.  Normally, we’ve not been the best at making alone time together a priority.  I’m nervous about baby sitters we don’t know, and while we’ve had friends offer (and have taken them up on it a couple times), it’s not the kind of thing we can do regularly.  But date nights are SO GOOD!  On top of remembering who we were as a couple before Teo joined us I get to wear normal pretty clothes that are light colored and not practical for toddler chasing!  That time together is so much fun, it feels a bit like time traveling to our life pre-baby.  I don’t want to live in that pre-baby time land but I do reallly enjoy a visit there!

Having Teo’s abuelita here is just the best thing ever.  He loves her so much, she loves him so much, and we love having help soooo much!  Everyone is winning!  I understand now why people move across the country to be closer to family.  We can’t do it, for a multitude of reasons, but it’s damn tempting.  For now we’ll just soak up every minute that we have Nani here!  Seeing Teo bond to her makes my heart just burst.  Family is just the best.  Have any of you made a major move to be closer to family while you raise your kiddos? xx- Sarah {shirt, skirt, shoes (on sale!!!)}

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