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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!

 

as of late | march edition.

Posted on: Thursday, March 17, 2016

As of Late | March Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

Celebrating my good friend’s upcoming wedding with so many of my favorite people. I love, love, love my group of girlfriends.

Loving the intermittent return of cool weather and sometimes rain! (P.S. I hate small talk but I love talking about the weather?)

Digging Briar’s current stage of life. Every stage is great, but this one is really great. The other morning she was laying in bed with us and when John got up to get something, Briar said “Are you, Dada?” (Translation: where are you, Dada?) I can’t get enough of her.

Deciding that Old Navy is where all the cute toddler clothes are! I just picked up these baby gladiators for Briar and wish they came in my size too!

Needing a new book to read. I’ve been on an autobiography kick recently with Drew Barrymore, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling and I loved them all. What should I pick up next?

Waiting not-so-patiently each week for the latest episode of Bitch Sesh to drop. I know I’ve already talked about my love for that podcast before but I’M OBSESSED.

Tackling my inbox head-on. Why is it so hard to stay on top of e-mail?

Speaking of tackling things, I feel so much more productive when I sit at my desk and work on my big computer instead of laying on the bed and using my laptop (although the latter is way more comfy). I just burned through my to-do list simply by using the desktop comp!

Listening to DNCE on repeat while I burn through my aforementioned to-do list. They’re such a fun band!

Craving another trip to Disneyland. We had the BEST time ever with Briar a few weeks ago. Even though she’s been several times already, each trip gets more and more exciting as she starts to take notice of all the magic around her! Plus, I’m craving this smoothie.

Going on after-dinner walks with my little family.

Feeling inspired to scrapbook after seeing my friend (and former co-worker at American Crafts) Sarah’s album for her daughter’s upcoming birthday!

Sitting on the edge of my seat as I watch The People vs. OJ Simpson each week. I’m going to be very sad when it ends.

Trying to figure out a way to afford this insanely gorgeous rug. It’s so beautiful, I want to design a whole house around it!

as of late | february edition.

Posted on: Tuesday, February 16, 2016

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Trying this clay mask once a week on my face and loving the way it feels!

Wondering how in the world Briar is already 18 months old??

Going to bed earlier these days and reading books instead of scrolling through my phone to go to sleep. I’m finding that I fall into a deeper sleep much faster and stay that way for much longer than I have in years!

Speaking of reading, I’ve been on a major autobiography kick. I wrapped up Mindy Kaling’s latest book on Friday night and am almost done with Drew Barrymore’s book as of last night. They are both fun and fascinating reads that I highly recommend! What should I read next?

Googling “WHERE IS EL NIÑO” because seriously, 90 degree weather in February is my own personal hell.

Wanting to add so many Baby Gap pieces to Briar’s ever-growing toddler wardrobe: this tutu dress, these polka dot denim shorts, and of course, this watermelon swimsuit!

Ordering green tea lemonades these days (thank you, Starbucks drive-thru) and really loving them. What’s your favorite cold beverage that you order from coffee shops?

Feeling pretty jazzed about the number one spot on this list (what??)!

Wondering about which milk is best / safest for you and your family? Read my friend (and registered dietitian) Heather’s posts on the topic (part one and part two). So informative!

Wanting to make rope coil baskets for my little family to use for Easter, but I may just break down and buy these super cute baskets instead. To DIY or not to DIY…

Digging all of the one dollar journaling card printables from Push Print Studio! Such an awesome concept.

Marveling at the fact that it’s 9:30 am and Briar is still sleeping! This is my dream come true.

Hoping to find a little time to play with paper today! I’ve got the itch again.

Working on the occasional design project and really enjoying myself. It’s fun to step away for awhile and revisit graphic design with new eyes.

as of late | january edition.

Posted on: Wednesday, January 13, 2016

As of Late | January Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

Feeling so grateful for a new year to start fresh and make things happen! My word for 2016 is ACTION.

Loving loving loving the One Second Everyday app! I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a long time, so to find an app that pieces it all together for me? Perfect! Here’s the first eleven days worth of memories.

Laughing so hard at the Bitch Sesh podcast, hosted by my favorite, Casey Wilson. If you are an unabashed Real Housewives fan, you need to listen to this podcast stat. You will die!

Watching Superstore with John and really enjoying it!

Taking lots of bright sunlight pics with my 50mm lens, thanks to my new (and super affordable!) neutral density filters. Before these, I couldn’t use my 50 without all of the images overexposing.

Eating more than my fair share of edamame nuggets from Trader Joe’s. I mean, I feel like if you have to have a nugget, it might as well be of the edamame variety instead of mystery meat, right? You can find them in the frozen section ;)

Trying to get over a bad cold that has rendered me voiceless, which means going through the Starbucks drive-thru before naptime is a no-go! Gah!

Using my new Minc Foil Applicator to add gold foil to EVERYTHING IN SIGHT! My first project was a calendar, but I’ve quickly moved on to making journaling cards for my (loose) Project Life-style scrapbook that I’m putting together this year.

Wearing my new colorful coat from Anthro that I scored on super clearance with an additional 25% off. I mean, these kinds of deals do not happen nearly enough! (P.S. you can still take advantage of the super sale with the code TAGTIME)

Going through stick after stick of Burt’s Bee’s lip crayons! They’re moisturizing and they add just the right amount of color.

Wanting to book another trip to the PNW rightthissecond after seeing our honeymoon in the Spring issue of The Knot. Or maybe we should just move there?

Reconnecting with my favorite fellow crafters at CHA this past weekend…so much fun!

Reading Mindy Kaling’s newest book and really enjoying it! Next up: Drew Barrymore’s book!

Finding it nearly impossible to resist Baby Gap sales. I just picked up a cream colored pompom beanie, holiday jammies, multi-colored mittens, and my most favorite, gold heart leggings! Briar’s wardrobe is a million times more stylish than mine, that’s for sure.

Listening to this song on repeat.

as of late | november edition.

Posted on: Monday, November 30, 2015

As of Late | November Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

Eating leftovers for every meal. No complaints.

Rocking these black Nike shoes with my leggings. I always feel like I either sacrifice comfort for style or vice versa when it comes to footwear + leggings, but these do both! I’m excited to wear them out while Christmas shopping or visiting Disneyland!

Wanting to make an advent calendar for my little family but thinking that this colorful version from Target might be better than anything I could DIY.

Wearing this lovely pale pink lipstick daily. Not only is it the perfect shade for everyday wear but the packaging is top notch!

Feeling so thankful for my friends.

Enjoying my new short hair! I may not be able to wear my signature top knot anymore but it feels AMAZING to have a new style.

Digging this song still (SO OVERPLAYED, I KNOW), especially the Sam Smith cover! It reminds me of Drake’s other song from two years ago when John and I heard it everywhere we went on our honeymoon. Happy memories :)

Editing photos from the cutest grandparents + grandkids shoot! Can’t wait to share more!

Thinking that this faux-fur collared dress would be the perfect Christmas outfit for Briar!

Offering 25% off everything in my shop now through Wednesday. Use code CYBERMONDAY.

Loving Snapchat. Really, really loving it.

Listening to Gretchen Rubin’s podcast episode about rebels (my tendency in her Four Tendencies framework) and nodding my head repeatedly! Have you guys taken the quiz? Which tendency are you?

Hoping that these books might show up under my tree: Wildflower, Rising Strong, and Yes Please.

Announcing the Kohl’s gift card winner in the post below!

Looking forward to taking Briar to Kidspace again in the near future! We had a great time exploring the museum on Saturday.

Agreeing with every bit of this quote from Hannah Brencher: “You don’t read the last page and then decide if it is worth the meat in the middle. You draw breaths in and out. You crawl away from the sheets too early in the morning. You send emails. You fall in love. You put gas in your car. You learn names. You do plenty of things you don’t want to do. You dance. You sometimes overstay your welcome and drink too much wine. You eat tacos. Too much queso. You wonder if you can subsist on chips and salsa alone for the rest of your life. You call home. You slam doors. You let people in.”

as of late | october edition.

Posted on: Friday, October 30, 2015

As of Late | October Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

Discovering that Gabby Bernstein has a podcast and downloading every single episode as fast as possible! Oh em gee, I’m obsessed. Other podcasts I’m enjoying: The Party Podcast and Matrimoney.

Working on Briar’s Halloween costume with John (there’s nothing quite like the last minute!).

Loving Snapchat! I was such a grandma about it for longest time (“how does this contraption work?”), but once I figured it out, I was hooked! You can follow me at @annmarieloves!

Speaking of Halloween, I seriously LOL’d over this Buzzfeed article. I hope that my kids have quirky taste in costumes!

Feeling extra competitive when it comes to workweek challenges with friends on Fitbit! I love the extra boost of motivation that comes from wanting to have the highest step count for the week.

Sneaking in episodes of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt in between endless replays of The Aristocats (a certain fourteen month old is obsessed) and liking it!

Starting to do a little Christmas shopping for my favorite tiny person. I’m mainly focusing on clothes (these jammies and these kitty ballet slippers!), big toys that will help her burn off some of that boundless energy (this activity gym or this play kitchen), and I’m hoping that my dad just might build her a toddler bed! ;)

Feeling like I could have written this post, right down to the title. It’s been a weird and rocky year for me but I’m working on it.

Realizing that this may be a little TMI, but you guys…I just bought new bras for myself (FINALLY) and they are life-changing. My body is not what it was pre-baby and it’s time that I start embracing that!

Taking Briar to Gymboree several times a week and really enjoying it! I love watching her run and climb and interact with other babies her own age. Plus she’s learning how to put toys away, so there’s that.

Checking off two years of marriage this past Monday.

Wanting to make homemade crayons in the shape of letters using these silicone trays I especially love the blended look of this DIY!

Going to therapy for the first time in my life and really digging it. I secretly have a desire to become a therapist in my next life.

Working out as often as possible, whether it be in the form of a Zumba class or a long walk. Exercise is everything.

Feeling grateful that cooler weather is kind of, sort of (?) happening here in Southern California. I am so ready to eat some soup and wear some socks.

 

as of late | september edition.

Posted on: Tuesday, September 29, 2015

As of Late | September Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

Reveling in all the joy + beauty that took place this past weekend at Janelle + Kyle’s wedding! (I mean, seriously, LOOK AT THIS BRIDE). I was so honored to be a part of it and can’t wait to see the photos + video roll in!

Wearing my new sunglasses and feeling an extra pep in my step. I love new sunglasses.

Laughing at Briar’s two new tricks: kissing on command (she really loves smooching babies!) and bumping her sippy cup against my glass when I say “cheers!” Ahhh, it’s the best.

Using more than my fair share of this amazing (and cheap!) dry shampoo on the daily. Oily hair, be gone!

Deciding that this is the season that I will learn a few new recipes! This chicken enchilada soup and these blueberry muffins are really calling my name.

Getting excited to order new books from Elizabeth Gilbert and Brene Brown, just as soon as I finish up my current favorite read.

Living for the Call Your Girlfriend podcast. I know I mentioned it last month, but I still can’t get enough! It’s smart and funny and it reminds me of the relationship I have with my own girlfriends.

Trying to find a decent pair of shoes for my tiny-footed toddler. She wears a size 2 and I’m realizing it’s almost impossible to track down that size anywhere! Moms, any suggestions?

Enjoying the heck out of this interview. Also enjoying the heck out of her podcast!

Stocking up on cold weather clothes for Briar (even though it’s still a million degree out) and am so excited to see her wear this kitty cat shirt (she picked it out!) and this heather gray one piece.

Wanting to order a new Fitbit band, but can’t decide between this floral number or a solid color

Listening to Christmas music while I type this post, despite the fact that it’s 91 degrees outside, the A/C is running, and it may or may not be socially acceptable to admit such things. (P.S. What’s your favorite Christmas song? Mine is “The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole.)

Speaking of Christmas, I can’t wait to start designing some fun holiday-related paper goods. Stay tuned ;)

labor day weekend + things i’m loving.

Posted on: Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Things I'm Loving | Ann-Marie Loves

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone in the U.S. enjoyed a wonderful Labor Day weekend. I know that Briar and I certainly love it when we get John to ourselves for three whole days! (Especially since he gets up with our little one on weekend mornings so I can sleep in – boom!) We spent our three days sweating it out (HOLY HEATWAVE), barbecuing with family + friends, celebrating our niece’s first birthday, working on my new website, and of course, lazing around. Now it’s back to the grind!

In the spirit of easing back into the work week, here are a few things I am loving these days:

+ You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero. I first heard about this book from Alison on Raise Your Hand Say Yes and I had a feeling I would like it. As it turns out, I LOVE IT. I’m reading it with a highlighter in hand so I can mark up all my favorite quotes (basically the whole entire book). I can’t recommend this book enough!

+ 805 Beer. I used a to be a wine girl, but ever since I got sick last month, the taste of it just doesn’t jive with my taste buds anymore (SADNESS)(And no, I’m not pregnant). So now I’m revisiting beer and really, really enjoying it. 805 is my new fave.

+ Working Out. Okay, this is nothing new or revolutionary, but getting to the gym or going on walks everyday makes everything in my life easier. It really does. Plus, now that I have a Fitbit, there’s extra incentive to stay in motion!

+ Lavender + Honey. This adorable coffee shop is my favorite place to get work done or stop in for a quick honeybee latte + chocolate croissant to share with my little partner in crime. I can’t wait until we move back to Pasadena one day and I can be there all the time!

+ Briar + Luna. Now that these two cousins are both one and walking, they’re so much fun to watch! They love playing together and giving each other hugs and kisses. We are now at the stage where it’s actually easier to watch both of them at the same time vs. one at a time because they keep each other entertained! I couldn’t love these two anymore!

+ Target Lounge Shorts. I’m not much for shorts, but sometimes I need to let my legs breathe when it’s a million degrees outside. So when I found these super comfy shorts at Target, I knew they had to come home with me. I wear them around the house, I wear them out in public, I wear them to bed. They’re the perfect solution for staying comfortable during these dog days of summer.

+ Trader Joe’s Melodious Blend. I recently threw these in my cart on a whim and I am SO glad I did! I can’t get enough of it! The mix of lentils, garbanzo beans, and tomatoes is seriously my lunchtime jam. You can find them in the freezer section at your local TJ’s!

+ New podcasts. I’m pretty sure I could start a blog just on podcasts alone! I’m constantly stumbling upon new shows and happily adding them to my rotation. Lately I’ve been loving Edit Your Life, Call Your Girlfriend, Totally Married, and The Simple Show.

What are you loving these days?

mom style | summer picks for toddlers.

Posted on: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Mom Style | Summer Picks for Toddlers Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

It’s hard to believe that Jamie and I are no longer moms of infants, but instead, two super curious, super adorable toddlers! (I could swear we were just pregnant??) Things are definitely a little (okay, A LOT) different than they were last summer when we had our babies, so we thought it would be fun to share our recent favorite baby products. Here’s what’s getting us through these long, hot days:

Mom Style | Summer Picks for Toddlers Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

Ann-Marie’s Picks:

+ Swimsuit // I gotta say, shopping for baby swimsuits is one heck of a lot more fun than shopping for mommy suits! I’ve found some really cute ones at Baby Gap and Janie + Jack.

+ Toes, Ears, & Nose // We’ve been reading to Briar since she was only a few days old, but books are just now becoming her activity of choice. She is especially fond of this cute book, complete with flaps and fun illustrations.

+ Sun hat // Getting Briar to wear a hat is always an exercise in trying to distract her before she notices something is on her head, but this sun hat is in constant rotation.

+ Ban.do Watermelon Bag // So technically this bag is designed to be a cooler, but from the moment I saw it, I knew it would make for the perfect diaper bag! Not only is it ridiculously cute but the waterproof liner is ideal for keeping spills and odors at bay.

+ Beco Gemini Baby Carrier // I’ve talked about my love of baby carriers before, but I have to say, I love that this particular model allows me to safely wear Briar facing out! I’m a stickler about protecting her hips and Briar is a stickler about making sure she doesn’t miss a moment of the action, so this Beco Gemini is a win-win!

+ Triangle Blanket // This adorable hot pink / tan / black waterproof blanket from 7 A.M. Enfant is perfect for throwing in Briar’s diaper bag and spreading out on the grass.

+ Dapple High Chair + Toy Cleaner // Having a hungry, hungry toddler means lots of snacks eaten in her high chair. Since I don’t want to pull off and scrub down the tray every time Briar eats, I spray a little bit of this natural, baby-safe cleaner on it and call it good.

+ Gold Saltwaters // Now that Briar’s main mode of transportation is walking, it’s paramount that we have little shoes on her little feet when we go out in public. These baby Saltwaters are easily the cutest things I’ve ever seen…!

+ Bumgenius Cloth Diapers // We’re a little late to the cloth diapering club, but I am happy to finally be a part-time member! Even though we still use disposable diapers the majority of the time, having a few cloth diapers on hand helps ease the environmental and financial guilt of traditional diapering, plus it ensures that we never run out! I also love how these well-designed diapers can pass as bloomers during these unbearably hot summer months.

Mom Style | Summer Picks for Toddlers Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

Jamie’s Picks:

Mini Lunch Bag // I’ve used this bag since my pumping days! My breast milk stayed chilled on the long commute home from the clinic. Now, each morning I pull it out of the freezer and fill it with Luna’s meals for Grandpa Day Care.

+ Hot Pink Bathing Suit // This hot pink suit with yellow pom fringe caught my eye right away. Luna loves birds! Her face lights up when she points to the little birds on her suit.

+ Sunglasses // Luna loves a good pair of shades. Target has adorable inexpensive sunglasses so I don’t feel bad when a pair gets broken.

+ Maracas // Luna lives for music! She’ll find the beat and rhythm in anything. She dances and sings daily. She definitely dances like no one is watching, although she prefers to be watched. Her grandmother sings with her all the time. They are currently going through an old western song phase. Luna’s father will slow dance with her in the middle of a busy restaurant. I’ll turn the music up and rolled the windows down during our car rides. I love seeing her lips move and head bop in the backseat mirror. I hope her love for music and dance contuinue to grow.

+ Sandals // I don’t like to spend too much on Luna’s shoes so when I found these darling sandals on the clearance rack at T.J. Maxx, I scooped them right up! If she’s anything like her mother, she will live in sandals.

+ Baby Fedora // From day one, Luna has loved wearing hats. Luckily, this means we don’t have to apply so much sunscreen to her face. This makes Luna very happy.

+ Sippy Cup // Spill proof! Yes, please! I never leave home without a sippy cup full of water. It always finds its way to the bottom of my diaper bag, upside down of course.

+ Mexican Blanket // This particular blanket was a lucky thrift find and now it comes with us everywhere. It’s always in my trunk waiting to be pulled out at every park stop. (Similar blankets here!)

+ Babyganics Baby Sunscreen // I’m very particular with the products I put on Luna. Minimal organic ingredients. The less ingredients, and ones I can pronounce, the better.

Mom Style | Summer Picks for Toddlers Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

But if we’re realllllly being honest, here’s our secret to staying cool while keeping our cool as the moms of two toddlers. Cheers!

P.S. Our first Mom Style post!

as of late | august edition.

Posted on: Wednesday, August 26, 2015

As of Late | Ann-Marie Loves | Card by Goldpress Paper

Wanting to frame this adorable hand-lettered card from Goldpress Paper!

Feeling incredibly grateful for my health after a bout with food poisoning last week. Also, it makes me think I may not be THAT ready for first trimester nausea again ;)

Reading The Year of Magical Thinking after renewing my library card on Monday. So far, I really like it!

Listening to The Momo Show nonstop. Also! I have a title for my future podcast series. I’ve told a few people about it already and I’m excited to get the wheels in motion.

Walking now more than ever thanks to the encouragement of my new Fitbit! Late night laps around the house to reach 10k steps is a daily occurrence.

Eagerly awaiting the end of summer (not until late October for Southern California), but still trying to enjoy “summery” moments: feeling the A/C on my face as I shower, having so many hours of daylight to shoot photos, taking Briar swimming…I guess summer’s not that bad. Actually, yes it is.

Rewatching Parenthood and feeling all the emotions on a deeper level now that I’ve been at this parenting gig for a whole year.

Planning upcoming photo shoots and feeling total excitement, which is how creative projects should always feel!

Loving everything ban.do at the moment! I seriously love my new Florabunda planner (I FEEL SO ORGANIZED!) and the watermelon cooler bag that I turned into Briar’s new diaper bag. Give me all the kitsch.

Reveling in happy memories from the bridal shower that we threw for my dear friend Janelle last Saturday. I’m beyond excited for her big day.

Thinking ahead to the holidays! We have a few good Halloween costume ideas up our sleeves. Let’s see if we can execute them before October 31st at 4pm…

Loving Elise’s Get to Work Book videos. I love to get inside the minds of super organized + efficient people.

Treating myself to iced coffees from the Starbucks drive-thru every few days. Yes, I could totally save money by making my own iced coffee at home, but there’s nothing quite like somebody handing me my drink through the window of my air-conditioned car. Also, it keeps Briar contained for five minutes and that is NO SMALL FEAT.

Hearing good things about this book and adding it to my wish list.

Living by this quote from Danielle LaPorte: “Focus on the energy of the solution.” BOOM.

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