2016 album + better together layouts.

Posted on: Thursday, May 26, 2016

2016 Album + Layouts | Ann-Marie Espinoza

Awhile back I made a few pages for Amy’s blog using her newest line, Better Together. I totally forgot about them until this week, so it was a happy surprise to go through the photos and have something to blog about here [other than BABIES, BABIES, BABIES ;)].

This top layout was my favorite one to work on. Since I can’t seem to scrapbook without my Tim Holtz ink blender + squeezed lemonade distress ink these days, I couldn’t help but add a little yellow to the already-cool pink watercolor paper. I wanted to include a few different photos, so I resized them to 2.5 x 2.5″ and printed them at home (how I print most of my images).

2016 Album + Layouts | Ann-Marie Espinoza

It’s so funny to look at this layout now because Briar’s vocabulary has easily tripled since this was made. But I think that’s the whole point of scrapbooking: to record memories as they come so you can look back on them at a later date and relive those feelings. My favorite part of the page (aside from the adorable photo, of course) is that floral paper! Holy moly, I need that in wallpaper, please.

2016 Album + Layouts | Ann-Marie Espinoza

In addition to layouts, I also made a few spreads to add to my 2016 album. For the first spread, I pulled together some of my favorite patterned papers, Thickers, embellishments, photobooth images, and a cool Ira Glass quote postcard to fill up two different page protectors.

2016 Album + Layouts | Ann-Marie Espinoza

For the second spread, I used some of my all-time favorite Briar photos (the middle right photo on the right page kills me). I kept the embellishments to a minimum so that the images could be the focal point, but I still had to bring in a few fun pops of yellow + pink to offset all that blue :)

Supplies: BasicGrey Capture Page Protectors // 12 x 12″ Better Together Paper Pad // White Thickers // Better Together Puffy Stickers // Kelly Purkey Wooden Alpha Stamps // Black Ink Pad // Tim Holtz Blending Tool // Yellow Distress Ink // Heidi Swapp Polka Dot Stencil // 2″ Circle Punch // Tape Runner // Black Pen

weekend trip to san luis obispo.

Posted on: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

There’s nothing quite like a physical change of scenery to boost my mood and give me a fresh perspective. This past weekend, John and I spent a night up in San Luis Obispo and we had the best time. We’re both big fans of the central coast and SLO is the perfect mix of relaxing and stimulating.

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

On the way up the coast, we stopped off in Santa Barbara for a quick coffee break at The French Press. I love having a running list of coffee shops to visit everywhere I travel! (What’s your favorite coffee shop? I want to add it to my list!)

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

Scout Coffee is a must if you’re anywhere near San Luis Obispo. It’s nestled in the perfect spot downtown and has the cutest decor and some of the best lattes I’ve tasted! I kind of want to move in.

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

Apple cider at the Apple Farm…it tasted just as good as it smelled! It was a pretty chilly weekend up in SLO so a warm drink hit the spot.

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

John and I have been on a major pot pie kick lately so it was a no-brainer that I would order one at the Apple Farm. Oh man, it was good. 

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

Coffee, coffee, coffee.

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

So happy to travel through life with this guy. We were reminiscing about different memories throughout our relationship and we came to the (startling!) realization that this year will mark twelve years together. TWELVE! I have no idea where the time has gone but it’s been an amazing adventure.

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

Spring in SLO is gorgeous. Everything is in bloom and it’s not too hot yet and it makes me want to move up there ASAP! We saw a young family of four going for a bike ride around town (mom was towing the baby and the dad was sharing a cool tandem bike with the little girl) and I couldn’t take my eyes off of them. I suddenly had serious aspirations to BE them one day soon! Now I just have to convince John to move with me to a cute small town where we can live out my bike riding dreams…

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

We stumbled upon Avila Valley Barn while driving around and it was such a good find! I stocked up on fresh peaches, John picked up a chipotle ketchup, and we ordered an olallieberry-flavored lemonade to share (so good!). I always feel like spontaneous detours make for the best memories.

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

slo-Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

Feeling large and in charge these days. This striped maternity dress from Target is getting lots of mileage! And of course, I can’t seem to take off my denim jacket either. Basically, I wear some version of this outfit every single day.

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

Weekend Getaway to San Luis Obispo | Ann-Marie Loves

One night away from Briar is the perfect amount of time to reconnect with my husband and make us miss that little bub! Thank goodness for willing babysitters (aka Nana + Papa) who take such good care of Briar so we can enjoy our trip worry-free :)

twenty weeks!

Posted on: Thursday, May 12, 2016

summer

This pregnancy is flying by. FLYING. For the most part, I feel really good. If there’s anything minor to complain about, it’s the return of heartburn, occasional round ligament pain (the other day I sneezed and felt like I pulled every muscle in my hip flexor region!), and a skin allergy to my wedding ring. But more than anything, I’m so grateful to be twenty weeks in and only a few days away from finding out whether Briar will have a brother or a sister! Eeee!

Halfway There! | Ann-Marie Loves

Halfway There! | Ann-Marie Loves

I feel like twenty weeks is when all the good stuff starts to happen, especially stronger baby kicks! It’s almost always a guarantee that I will feel the baby move if I have my laptop pressed against my stomach while I work…it was the same story when I was pregnant with Briar! I look forward to the day that the movement becomes strong enough for John to feel, too. It’s a such a crazy, surreal experience.

Halfway There! | Ann-Marie Loves

As far as cravings go, I can’t get enough of pita chips + hummus, orange juice, and fruit!  There’s nothing in particular that sounds unappealing, which is a nice departure from last time when I would gag at the thought of butternut squash soup (so random). I haven’t been exercising as much as I would like to be, however, yesterday I made it to my first Zumba class in nearly two months and I didn’t die, so there’s that ;)

Halfway There! | Ann-Marie Loves

Caring for a toddler while pregnant definitely has it’s challenges. There are many days when I would love to sleep a little longer or lie on the couch instead of chase an almost-two year old around, but she’s also a great reminder of how much I LOVE being a mom. It’s the hardest job in the world but I truly love it.

Halfway There! | Ann-Marie Loves

We’re currently in the beginning stages of the terrible twos (or as I saw it nicely worded on Instagram: “the tender twos”), so amidst meltdowns, each day is sprinkled with moments where Briar amazes me / cracks me up / makes my heart melt and then the exhaustion and minor fears about adding another one to the mix are abated.

Halfway There! | Ann-Marie Loves

Twenty weeks is technically the halfway mark, but knowing my history with super-late babies, I still have lots of time…ha! And honestly, that is more than fine with me; I want to stretch out every glorious minute of this experience. I’m one of those weird ladies that really loves being pregnant and I definitely missed it after I gave birth to Briar. I’m also aware that this is the easy part. Once the baby arrives, the real work begins!

My outfit: dress (similar) // denim jacket // hat | Briar’s outfit: white eyelet dress // denim jacket // bow

as of late | may edition.

Posted on: Tuesday, May 10, 2016

As of Late | May Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

Dying over the peonies that I picked up from Trader Joe’s. They bring me so much happiness and only costed $6.99!

Experiencing frequent periods of high energy where I can easily fill a part of my day with activity after activity after activity and then ultimately crashing hard. Hard to the point where I need to be by myself in a quiet place for a good chunk of time so I can recharge. Maybe one day I’ll remember that I’m pregnant and cut myself a break, but then again, maybe not! ;)

Wearing my new denim jacket and straw fedora every single day and not feeling an ounce of guilt about it! It’s especially fun when Briar wears her matching denim jacket at the same time! #mothergirl

Getting so excited about the arrival of my Get To Work Book. I’m stalking the mailbox everyday!

Coming up on the six month mark until I officially leave my twenties behind! I’m pretty excited to start a new decade.

Trying to decide on a double stroller and can’t seem to make up my mind. After using the amazing Nuna Tavo with Briar for the past year, I now see the value in mid to higher end strollers (like an Uppababy or a double BOB). Any recommendations?

Feeling like such a hardcore MOM these days as I shuttle Briar between swim lessons, Gymboree classes, and playdates.

Counting down the minutes until we find out whether Briar will have a sister or a brother. Remember when I said I was much more patient this time around? Ha! I totally lied. I am DYING to know.

Reminding myself how much more I enjoy myself when I listen to music while I work. I usually try to tackle my to-do list with a podcast or silence as the soundtrack, but music really makes everything feel easier and lighter. Sade is my go-to for any type of project or occasion.

Speaking of music, I’m listening to the different playlists I put together for our wedding as I type out this post and am loving the trip down memory lane :)

Making small tweaks to my blog here and there. I love an updated look!

 

my best friend’s wedding.

Posted on: Tuesday, May 3, 2016

My Best Friend's Wedding | Ann-Marie Loves

This past weekend was filled with wedding festivities as my best friend Val married her longtime love! It was such an amazing couple of days spent with my dearest friends. I have a group of ten girlfriends and somehow everyone managed to make it out for Val’s special day, which meant people traveling from as far as Denver, Atlanta, and Australia…! Due to some last minute edits, my friend Liz and I volunteered ourselves to read during the ceremony and I can speak for both of us when I say we were so honored. We read Val and Joe’s love story and despite our nerves, we were so thrilled to be a part of such a big moment! Here are some of my favorite photos that I managed to sneak in during the busy celebrations:

My Best Friend's Wedding | Ann-Marie Loves

My Best Friend's Wedding | Ann-Marie Loves

My Best Friend's Wedding | Ann-Marie Loves

My Best Friend's Wedding | Ann-Marie Loves

My Best Friend's Wedding | Ann-Marie Loves

My Best Friend's Wedding | Ann-Marie Loves

My Best Friend's Wedding | Ann-Marie Loves

My Best Friend's Wedding | Ann-Marie Loves

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs.!

neutral baby faves.

Posted on: Thursday, April 28, 2016

When I was pregnant with Briar, we broke down and opted pay extra to find out at 17 weeks whether we were having a boy or a girl. I remember the suspense was so killer that I could barely contain myself another second longer! This time around, I’m much more patient. Since we won’t find out the sex of our next baby for a few more weeks, I’ve been scouting out lots of cute neutral clothes that I would be equally as happy to dress a boy or a girl in. Here are some of my faves:

Neutral Baby Faves | Ann-Marie Loves

01. Sleeveless Rompers | Our baby is due to arrive at the beginning of October when summer is still in full-swing here in Southern California. This sleeveless romper set would make the perfect transition from hot days to cool nights.

02. Leather Moccasins | Moccasins are a classic and the elastic band makes it easy to keep on tiny baby feet. This soft brown shade could easily work for boys and girls.

03. Long Sleeve Onesies | One can never have enough onesies! Since Briar was a spit-up baby, we could easily burn through 4-5 shirts in a single day. This three pack is a great value considering the usage that onesies get.

04. Overalls | Oh, baby overalls. I’m pretty sure there’s nothing cuter than a tiny person wearing overalls. I’m especially fond of this faded denim color.

05. Bear Hoodie | As far as I’m considered, aqua is the perfect color for both boys and girls. We have a few sweaters from Baby Gap that are still in excellent condition, so I know this adorable bear hoodie would be a great addition to our collection.

06. Alphabet Pajamas | There are so many great items in Oh Joy’s baby line at Target, but I keep coming back to this adorable alphabet pattern.

07. Striped Sleep Sack | Once infants outgrow the swaddle, putting them in sleep sacks while they rest is a great way to keep them warm without the hazard of a baby blanket in their bed. I am obsessed with this simple stripe design.

08. Chambray Sun Hat | My number one tip for new moms is to leave the house as much as possible! The fresh air and the change of scenery can do wonders. For me, this means loading the baby in the stroller and going for long walks with a good podcast. This sun hat is ideal for shading sensitive baby skin and keeping their little faces safe from the elements.

09. Hooded One Pieces | I have had a very strong feeling from the moment that I found out I was pregnant that I will be having a boy. So of course, this meant that my eyes were immediately on a high alert for cute baby boy clothes (which, as it turns out, are not easy to find!). Spotting stylish boy clothes is a definitely a hit-or-miss situation, so I decided that I would be more than happy if I could build his whole wardrobe around black and white stripes and the color grey. When I spotted these hooded one-pieces at Old Navy, I knew they had to come home with me. (However, if it’s a girl, I will be just as thrilled to see her dressed in these neutrals, too!)

happy place | lavender + honey in pasadena.

Posted on: Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Lavender & Honey | Pasadena, California | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza

Whenever I’m in the vicinity of Pasadena (which, between doctor appointments and looking for a new place, means quite often!), it’s pretty much a guarantee that I will make a stop at Lavender + Honey. There are so many great places to get an excellent cup of coffee in Pasadena but this one takes the cake. It opened in August 2014 — the same month Briar was born! — but I didn’t actually stop in until a few months later. With this next baby, I won’t be making the same mistake. I’ll definitely be stopping in on the regular to take advantage of their delicious caffeinated beverages!

Lavender & Honey | Pasadena, California | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza

My standard order is an iced honeybee latte and L+H toast (goat cheese, lavender, and honey on bread). You guys, I’m not joking when I say that I dream about this meal. Briar had her first taste of the toast the other day (in between sneaking sips of my coffee) and she was just as hooked. I guess that means I have to share with her now?

Lavender & Honey | Pasadena, California | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza

The decor and the lighting are a photographer’s dream come true.

Lavender & Honey | Pasadena, California | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
Lavender & Honey | Pasadena, California | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza

When I’m in the mood for something more savory, I’ll order the Pasadena toast (avocado, lemon juice, and red jalapeño on bread). So good.

Lavender & Honey | Pasadena, California | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
Lavender & Honey | Pasadena, California | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
Lavender & Honey | Pasadena, California | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza

I happened to catch the cafe at the end of the day when there weren’t too many people…definitely a rarity! Whenever there’s a seat available, I love to take advantage of the upbeat, inspiring energy of L+H and get a little work done. You know how there are some coffee shops that make you feel somewhat inferior? Like you’re not cool enough to buy an overpriced cup of coffee? This is not that place. In fact, Lavender + Honey is the exact opposite! Everyone I’ve come in contact with — from the patrons to the baristas — is so friendly and inclusive.

Lavender & Honey | Pasadena, California | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
Lavender & Honey | Pasadena, California | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza

And THIS is why I’m obsessed with Pasadena: preserved old buildings given new life by modern establishments. Plus, L+H is a bit of anomaly in LA in that it has it’s own free public parking lot with plenty of spaces!
Lavender & Honey | Pasadena, California | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza

If you’re ever in the neighborhood, I highly recommend stopping in!

Lavender & Honey | 1383 E. Washington Blvd, Pasadena, California 91104

take more photos!

Posted on: Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Take Lots of Photos! | Ann-Marie Loves

This girl loves her Minnie Mouse stuffed animal that she handpicked from Disneyland and makes sure to grab her before jumping out of bed. She waits for me open my eyes in the morning and then says “hi mama!” and gives me a big kiss.  She wears any outfit that I put on her but refuses to have ponytails / clips / headbands in her hair. She often turns to me and says “ug” which means “hug” which means I’m in heaven. She calls for her pacifier like it’s a lost puppy dog: “paaathi?paaathi? paaathi?”She is constantly running into things, tripping over toys, and head-butting everything in sight, but for the most part, she doesn’t seem to notice. When asked how old she is, she exclaims, “two!” (she’s one). When I get the camera out, she heads straight for the lens and says, “cheeeeeese!”

I took these photos a few weekends back as the three of us were playing outside. I almost always have my phone at the ready to take a picture or video of whatever cute thing she is doing, but busting out the big camera is a less frequent event. I’ve decided that this needs to change. I love having a fresh batch of RAW files to edit and then go through a million times over with John. Briar is changing at warp speed and I want to make sure to pause time every now and then so I can look back and remember how much she loved blowing bubbles and being thrown in the air by her daddy and wearing her oversized hat. She is pure sunshine at twenty months old and I never want to forget it.

Take Lots of Photos! | Ann-Marie Loves

Take Lots of Photos! | Ann-Marie Loves

Take Lots of Photos! | Ann-Marie Loves

Take Lots of Photos! | Ann-Marie Loves

Take Lots of Photos! | Ann-Marie Loves

Take Lots of Photos! | Ann-Marie Loves

Take Lots of Photos! | Ann-Marie Loves

Take Lots of Photos! | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar’s Outfit: Sweater // Floral Romper // Rain boots

my mom’s a gem + diamond earrings giveaway!

Posted on: Friday, April 15, 2016

UPDATED: The winner of the diamond earrings is Jamie (#2)! Congrats!

Ann-Marie Loves x JTV | Diamond Earrings Giveaway!

My mom and I are definitely different people, but there are a few key things that make us two birds of a feather:

  • We love a good mall. We will travel far and wide for a good mall.
  • Our favorite place to eat is at Cava in Montecito. It’s a long way to go, but it’s worth the trek for seafood enchiladas!
  • We’re both night owls who love nothing more than sleeping in.
  • We can’t decide if “You’ve Got Mail” or “It’s Complicated” is our favorite movie. So we watch both. A lot.
  • We are forever running at least fifteen minutes late. It’s the worst habit in the world yet neither of us can seem to break it.

Ann-Marie Loves x JTV | Diamond Earrings Giveaway!

And finally, we both have come to appreciate the value of understated jewelry. Okay, let me clarify: my mom has always appreciated the value of understated jewelry. Me? Not so much. I had to go through many an oversized J. Lo hoop earrings / blinged-out costume jewelry phase throughout my high school + college days to get to where I am now. But hey! Here we are, together.

Ann-Marie Loves x JTV | Diamond Earrings Giveaway!

The bottom line is that my mom is my best friend and the first person I thought of when it came to gifting a pair of these beautiful white diamond stud earrings from JTV’s collection of insanely gorg diamond jewelry. After all, she’s the one who taught me everything I know: how to be a friend, how to be a mother, how to be a wife, and how to see the bright side of any situation. She’s a gem.

Ann-Marie Loves x JTV | Diamond Earrings Giveaway!

Now it’s your turn to win a pair of these earrings! To enter, follow JTV on Instagram and then leave a comment below letting me know what your ideal morning looks like. I’ll announce the winner at the top of this post on Friday April 22nd! Good luck!

This post was sponsored by JTV, but as always, all opinions, ideas, and photos are my own.

2016 album.

Posted on: Thursday, April 14, 2016

2016 Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

Yesterday as I was at Target, I passed by these wooden letters for the umpteenth time and finally threw them in my cart. I’ve been debating whether or not I should get them forever but never actually committing, because really, how many alphas and letter stickers does a girl need? But yesterday I gave in. And I’m so glad I did! I mean, how awesome do they look?

2016 Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

I’ve taken a lot of photos recently so putting this spread together was super fun. It’s always nice to have too many options than not enough when it comes to photos and topics.

2016 Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

As usual, I added some text to my photos in Photoshop before printing. I love the combination of typed words + physical letters, plus it makes planning out my pages that much easier.

2016 Scrapbook | Ann-Marie Loves

Remember this printable that I designed a million years ago? I decided to print it out again and give it new life! My everyday thoughts are certainly different than they were two years ago when I was at home all day by myself and not chasing a toddler around – ha! For the left hand side of the page, I cut a strip of BasicGrey Highline paper and added a little visual texture to it with a Heidi Swapp polka dot stencil, a blending tool, and yellow distress ink. Those three items are easily my most used supplies at the moment…I use them on everything.

Supplies: Solid Page Protector // Divided Page Protector // Wooden Letters // Gradient paper // Distress Ink in Yellow // Ink Blending tool // Polka Dot Stencil // Yoobi glue stick

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