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7 August 2018

Can you tell we like plants??

Because we’ve been renting a home, I haven’t been able to go all out with decorating (i.e. wallpaper, paint, wall installations, etc.) and so I’ve been trying to fill up our empty space by adding as much plants as I could possibly keep alive altogether! It does take a while to water them every week but it’s my way of taking a break from work and it ends up being such a relaxing routine.

Many of you have been asking me weekly about what plants we have currently in our home and how we maintain them. I’ve been collecting plants from random places: Home Depot, small nurseries, and grocery stores. These are plants we have in our home now:

IMPORTANT NOTE! Most of these plants are toxic to either pets and/or humans so please be careful when having them in your home. Our two dogs have never been interested in ingesting our plants so we’ve been ok with having them at a floor level in our home. Because we’ve always had plants in our home, Joey’s been so used to them that she was also never interested in eating them. Even so, I’ve always kept a close eye on her around the plants. Having her water them weekly with me has also taught her how to respect the space of the plants and never to touch them unless we’re cleaning the leaves together.

If you can’t find these at your local stores, you can find them online like this store in the United States. What’s great about a lot of these plants is as they grow, you can separate them, repot them and “multiply” the number of plants in your home! When watering my plants (with the exception of the huge ones that I cannot move), I usually give them a quick “bath” in the sink or tub and let the water drain until there’s no more dripping. I do this once a week on Monday mornings. Another thing I like to do is to rotate my plants around the house every few weeks just to see how they do. When I see a plant that starts yellowing, I make sure to trim them right away and try moving them to a different location.

Here is some more detailed information about the maintenance of these specific plants above:

Epipremnum pictum Argyraeus – Satin Pothos

  • Light: Moderate light levels.
  • Water: Water when slightly dry. Drought tolerant. Too much water will kill the plant.
  • Temperature: Happy in room temperatures from 15-24°C / 59-75°F
  • Humidity: Prefers increased levels of humidity but will tolerate normal conditions.
  • Feed: Apply a weak general purpose fertilizer during the summer.
  • Height and Growth Rate: Moderate to slow growing. Trails will grow to 3m. Cut back to maintain desired length.
  • Toxicity: Mildly toxic to humans, harmful to pets. Keep away from children and animals.

Epipremnum aureum – Golden Pothos

  • Light: Medium light conditions.
  • Water: Water when slightly dry. Drought tolerant. Too much water will kill the plant.
  • Temperature: Happy in normal room temperatures from 10-24°C / 50-75°F
  • Humidity: Prefers increased levels of humidity but will tolerate normal conditions.
  • Feed: Apply a weak general purpose fertilizer during the summer.
  • Care Tips: Pinch out the tips to create a bushier plant.
  • Height and Growth Rate: Fast growing. Trails will continue to grow and grow for anything up to 20m. Cut back to maintain desired length.
  • Toxicity: Mildly toxic to humans, harmful to pets. Keep away from children and animals.

Dracaena fragrans Lemon Lime

  • Light: Dracaena Lemon Lime needs plenty of bright, indirect light to retain its vibrant colouring. Avoid direct sunlight.
  • Water: Water when the soil starts to become slightly dry at the top. Try to keep the soil moist at all times, however they are drought tolerant. Do not over water.
  • Temperature: Average household temperatures between 16-24°C / 60-75°F but can cope with as low as 12°C / 53°F for short periods.
  • Feed: Apply a weak dose of a fertiliser once or twice a month during the growing season.
  • Care tips: Wipe leaves with a damp cloth to remove accumulated dust. Cut back by removing the top of the plant if it grows too tall. Don’t use leaf shine on these plants.
  • Air Purifying: This plant filters airborne toxins and is part of our clean air plant collection.
  • Height and Growth Rate: Ultimate height 1.5-2m. Slow growing.
  • Toxicity: The sap is toxic to animals. It is not considered poisonous to humans but should not be ingested.

Dracaena fragrans Burley

  • Light: Dracaena Burley prefers medium to bright light but can tolerate lower light levels.
  • Water: Water when the soil starts to become slightly dry at the top. Try to keep the soil moist at all times, however they are drought tolerant. Do not over water.
  • Temperature: Average household temperatures between 16-24°C / 60-75°F but can cope with as low as 12°C / 53°F for short periods.
  • Feed: Apply a weak dose of a fertiliser once or twice a month during the growing season.
  • Care tips: Wipe leaves with a damp cloth to remove accumulated dust. Cut back by removing the top of the plant if it grows too tall. Don’t use leaf shine on these plants.
  • Air Purifying: This plant filters airborne toxins and is part of our clean air plant collection.
  • Height and Growth Rate: Ultimate height 1-1.5m. Slow growing.
  • Toxicity: The sap is toxic to animals. It is not considered poisonous to humans but should not be ingested.

Nephrolepis exaltata Green Lady – Green Lady Boston Fern

  • Light: Moderate light requirements, anywhere from bright, indirect sunlight to light shade.
  • Water: Keep the soil moist at all times. Water when the surface becomes slightly dry. Do not overwater and use lukewarm, soft water where possible.
  • Temperature: Average household temperatures 16-24°C / 60-75°F, but no lower than 12°C / 53°F. Avoid cold draughts.
  • Humidity: These ferns prefer higher humidity levels, but can thrive in average room conditions. Do not place near radiators etc.
  • Feed: Liquid fertiliser can be applied occasionally during the growing season.
  • Care Tips: Boston Fern may develop deep brown spores on the underside edges of the fronds. These are not pests, so don’t panic.
  • Air Purifying: A top houseplant for purifying and filtering the air.
  • Height and Growth Rate: Ultimate height 1m. Fast growing.

Monstera deliciosa – Swiss Cheese Plant

  • Light: Prefers bright, indirect light but will tolerate moderate shade. Avoid direct sunlight.
  • Water: Water when the soil has started to dry out.
  • Temperature: Monstera deliciosa likes warm conditions from 18-27°C / 64-80°F. Anything lower than this will reduce the plant’s growth rate. It will tolerate 12°C / 53°F. and above but keep away from cold draughts.
  • Humidity: Happy with average to high humidity levels. Cannot cope in dry air situations.
  • Feed: Feed once a month with a balanced fertilizer during the growing period.
  • Care Tips: Wipe the leaves occasionally to remove accumulated dust.
  • Height and Growth Rate: Use a moss pole to support the plant (the roots will cling to this for support) or cut back if it gets too big. Slow to moderate growth, but depends upon the conditions.
  • Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous, keep away from pets and children.

Ficus elastica Melany – Rubber Plant

  • Light: Ficus elastica Melany prefers bright, indirect light but does cope quite well in lower light conditions.
  • Water: Water when the soil starts to become slightly dry at the top. Keep the soil moist at all times, but do not over water as this will cause leaf drop.
  • Temperature: Ideal temperatures are 16-24°C / 60-75°F. Avoid cold draughts.
  • Humidity: No specific requirements, although the occasional misting wouldn’t go amiss.
  • Feed: Apply a weak dose of a fertilizer once or twice a month during the growing season.
  • Care tips: Insufficient light or incorrect watering can trigger leaf drop. Adjust as necessary and your plant should quickly recover. Wipe the leaves occasionally with a damp cloth to prevent dust accumulation. Note: Ficus sap contains sticky latex which can be an irritant, therefore wash your hands if any comes into contact with your skin.
  • Air Purifying: This plant filters airborne toxins and is part of our clean air plant collection.
  • Height and Growth Rate: In their native environment, Ficus elastica can grow to many metres tall. As an indoor house plant, it is up to you: simply trim to maintain your desired height. Typical indoor heights are anything from 30cm to 2m. Moderate to fast growing.
  • Toxicity: Considered poisonous, therefore keep away from children and animals.

Ficus lyrata – Fiddle Leaf Fig

  • Light: Ficus lyrata prefers bright, indirect light but can tolerate some light shade and some direct (but not harsh or midday) morning or afternoon sun.
  • Water: Water when the soil starts to become slightly dry at the top. Keep the soil moist at all times, but do not over water as this will cause brown spots and leaf drop.
  • Temperature: Ideal temperatures are 16-24°C / 60-75°F. Avoid cold draughts.
  • Humidity: No specific requirements, although the occasional misting wouldn’t go amiss.
  • Feed: Apply a weak dose of a fertilizer once or twice a month during the growing season.
  • Care tips: Insufficient light or incorrect watering can trigger brown spots and leaf drop. Adjust as necessary and your plant should quickly recover. Trim to maintain shape, but be aware that sticky latex will ooze from the ends of the cut stems. This can be an irritant, therefore wash your hands if any comes into contact with your skin.
  • Air Purifying: This plant filters airborne toxins and is part of our clean air plant collection.
  • Height and Growth Rate: Ultimate indoor height 3m. Slow growing.
  • Toxicity: Considered poisonous, therefore keep away from children and animals.

Chlorophytum Variegatum – Spider Plant

  • Light: Bright, indirect light. Will tolerate some shade; however, this will slow its growth rate and it may lose its stripes. Avoid direct sunlight.
  • Water: Keep well-watered, with moist soil, throughout the growing season. Less water is needed in the winter.
  • Temperature: Average household temperatures are fine (above 16°C / 60°F). These are fairly tough plants so should survive temperatures above 8°C / 46°F in winter if the soil is kept fairly dry.
  • Feed: Feed with a weak solution every few weeks during the growing season. Do not feed during the winter.
  • Care Tip: Baby Spiders can be pressed down into compost and left to self-root, giving you a second plant to pass on to friends and family.
  • Air Purifying: This plant filters airborne toxins and is part of our clean air plant collection.
  • Height and Growth Rate: Ultimate height 50cm. Fast growing.

Sansevieria trifasciata Laurentii – Snake Plant aka Mother’s Tongue

  • Light: Best in moderate to bright, indirect light but will adapt to low light conditions too.
  • Water: Allow the soil to dry out before watering, then water thoroughly and allow to drain freely. Do not allow the plant to sit in water as this will cause root rot.
  • Temperature: Happy anywhere from 15-23°C / 59-73°Fand as low as 10°C / 50°F for short periods.
  • Feed: Apply a weak dose of cactus or general-purpose feed once a month at most during the growing season. Sansevieria are low maintenance plants and do not require a lot of supplementary feeding.
  • Air Purifying: Sansevieria filter airborne toxins and are part of our clean air plant collection.
  • Height and Growth Rate: Ultimate height 75-100cm. Slow growing.
  • Toxicity: Mildly toxic if eaten. Keep away from children and animals.

Some extra tips:

  • Before committing to a plant, think about its size and how it will grow. Some plants grow very slowly and some the opposite so make sure to research before committing to a plant.
  • You can encourage growth by repotting in spring when the plant is ready. Signs that a plant needs to be repotted include roots appearing through drainage holes or a network of fine roots visible on the surface.
  • If your plant is old or particularly fragile and the soil looks cracked, tired and lackluster, you can top-dress with potting mix. Gently scrape away the top few centimeters of soil – making sure you don’t damage the roots – then replace it with fresh potting mix. 
  • When choosing a plant, choose ones that have lots of new buds, moist soil and perky leaves. 
  • Make sure not to over water them! Plants can drown especially when there are no drainage holes. 

In the photo:

The black shelf that we use for hanging our plants in our living room is from Home Depot. We used the Everbilt Shelf and Rod Bracket and a shelf to match (sold separately at Home Depot). The bar was also purchase separately.

Learning about Respecting Flowers

19 June 2018

I love how curious Joey always is and how she loves to learn by touching and feeling things in her hands. She definitely doesn’t mind getting a little dirty. Lately however, she’s been picking flowers EVERYWHERE. Anytime she sees a nice vase of flowers, she’ll want to pick at it. At restaurants, she’ll see flower arrangements on the table and she’ll go nuts. At her grandma’s house, she pulled out all of the blooms from my mom’s favorite faux flower arrangement. While it’s “cute” and all to pick flowers, I was starting to think she wasn’t understanding that flowers can also be enjoyed just by looking at them haha. The best way I thought I could teach her was to allow her to pick flowers with me from our garden the proper way so we can enjoy them.

When the flowers outside her room starting blooming, we decided to pick them out and put them into little vases. I told her how important it is to allow flowers to rest in “their flower bed” and let them grow without having any of their petals plucked. We did this once and have started making it a weekly tradition where we identify different flowers (including weeds haha) and place them into little vases. I think it’s been helping but she’s been asking for her own clippers now haha.

Laura Iz x Riser

12 June 2018

So excited to announce that we collaborated with Riser to create three Mama + Me T-Shirts! Scroll below to see the designs.

Right now if you use my coupon JOEY, you’ll get 20% off of your entire purchase. Find them here!

 

Joeyland: Joey turns 2!

6 June 2018

I am still in utter shock that Joey is TWO!  I remember the day we found out I was pregnant, the day we brought her home, the day she took her first steps…I remember it all like it was yesterday.  This year I was entirely too busy to host a big party myself so I reached out to my dear friend Easter (who is actually a fine jewelry designer) from Easter Ahn Design to help plan a party for our very own Mousketeer. We had the amazing photographer, Jeffery Cho take priceless photographs of the day.

This party was inspired from Joey’s love of Disneyland.  Growing up I went to Disneyland with my family and absolutely fell in love with the thrill of it all.  I knew when I had kids I wanted them to experience the same joy I felt when visiting the park…and Joey absolutely loves visiting!  As Walt once said “If you can dream it you can do it”; so we did it!  We created our very own Joeyland!

Location: We transformed the new E2Beauty lounge into Joeyland.  It was the perfect venue for our party. They just opened their new salon location in Orange County. If you’re ever looking for hair or makeup for an event, go with them! They did my hair and make up for almost every big event in my life including my wedding.

Photobooth: Our friends at Third Eye Photobooth graciously came out and snapped photos for us for the day!  If you’ve never been to a party with them you are seriously missing out!

Party Favors: If you remember seeing my Instagram stories from Joey’s birthday I am a realistic gift giver.  I wanted to give each child something they would actually use so we got for all the kids custom name shirts from Jean and June.  It was so fun seeing how excited each kid was when they got their own shirts to match Joey. Jean and June have the most softest organic tees so go check them out!

Ice cream: I used to live next to a Scoops ice cream in LA and when I moved I was incredibly sad because they had my favorite flavors.  When I realized they opened up one in Orange County (Scoops OC), right next door to the party venue, I was absolutely thrilled.  It was a no brainer that we had to try them out and I don’t regret it for a minute.  Joey may have ate a bit too much gelato that day but who’s really counting? I asked them to create a special flavor for us, inspired by Disneyland’s Pineapple Dole Whip, and they created the most delicious Pineapple Coconut ice cream! Their Brown Bread flavor is one of their signatures. You need to try it if you’re ever in SoCal!

Florist: As usual I cannot throw a party without my friend Hanna at Echo Floral.  She helped put so many small, feminine touches on the party. She took the colors Easter used for the party and created the most perfect floral arrangements. I can just imagine these being planted at the Disneyland parks. Aren’t they gorgeous?

Food: If you follow me you know I have a real love for Wholefoods!  So naturally, I had to have them make some delicious food and treats for the party.  We opted for beautiful simple cakes and pastries for dessert.  These cakes were seriously some of the most delicious, mouthwatering cakes I have ever had! One of the great things about all Whole Foods catering is that they never use artificial coloring or ingredients! Joey loved poking her fingers in the cake haha!

Cookies: Joeyland could not have been complete without cookies!  Sweetleemade & Sweets by Keeks took my cookie dreams and ran with it!  Have you ever seen a cuter cookie? I haven’t! I don’t know anyone else who makes the best custom made desserts like these two. If you’re looking for cakes, cookies, macarons, or whatever desserts for your event, ask them! Thank you ladies!

We also put together a cookie decorating station for each guest to put their Disney imagination to work!  Let me tell you we had some amazing decorators in the house that day! I think Joey ate most of the sprinkles though.

Graphic Design: When Easter and I first started brainstorming for this party we wanted to give the guests a true Joeyland experience.  We teamed up with Kim Estoesta to create custom signs for each station, menus, props and placemats. When I first walked into the party these signs took my breath away!  It was like I was really in a whole new world (see what I did there?).

Balloon art and cotton candy: What is Joeyland without balloons and cotton candy?  Well, it’s not Joeyland.  Her Balloon Art took Joeyland to the next level with the most amazing balloon art and custom cotton candy! I wish you could all taste her cotton candy because you’d never want anything else!

I wish so badly I could have invited each and every one of you to Joeyland!  It truly was the most magical place on Earth.  But until Allen let’s me open Joeyland up for good I will just have to share my memories of the day with you.

Custom built booths and backdrops: Easter wanted to have booths like how it would look like at Disneyland so she asked Iron Grace Rentals to custom build these amazing pieces for us. I was absolutely shocked. They came in to install, breakdown, and take everything with them at the end of the party as well. Wow.

All printed goods: Everything including the popcorn containers, signs and posters, menu maps and the incredible photo booth backdrop were all printed by Avant Print Media.

  

Party plates, napkins and cups: Geese and Ganders

 

Event planner: Easter Ahn Design

Photos: Jeffery Cho Photography

Venue: e2beauty

Graphic design: Kim Eillo

Backdrops: Iron Grace Rentals

Custom shirts: Jean & June

Food/desserts: Whole Foods Market

Ice cream: Scoops OC

Flowers: Echo Floral

Cookies: Sweetlee Made

Balloons and cotton candy: Her Balloon Art

Photo booth: Third Eye Photo Booth

Printing: Avant Print Media

Party supplies: Geese & Ganders

Rentals: On Call Events

How I Got My Dream Garage

4 June 2018

This post has been sponsored by The Container Store and Life In Jeneral.  All opinions are my own. Photos of Day 2 are by Sunny Kim Photography.

When Allen and I got married 6 years ago we quickly realized we both had a lot of stuff.  Every Spring we told ourselves we were going to go through all of our junk and purge it.  Well 6 years later and 1.5 kids later and it still wasn’t done.

When I found out I was pregnant for the second time I decided this is happening this Spring no matter what! So Allen and I decided this was the perfect time! We opted to give this to each other for Mother’s Day/Father’s Day. If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for the guy that’s hard to shop for here’s the answer.

I sat down and browsed the internet for home organizers because I knew I was in over my head doing this on my own.  I came across Jen Robin of Life In Jeneral and fell in love with her work instantly!  She made this one of the easiest processes I have ever done! Check out her website and her Instagram for instant inspiration.

One of the reasons why I first hesitated to use an organization service was because I wasn’t sure if the investment was worth it, but I’m telling you, IT IS TOTALLY WORTH IT. It’s hard for me and Allen to find time to really tackle our home organization because of work, BECAUSE OF LIFE, so being able to trust a professional team to do it within use days for us was an investment we were willing to make.

We opted to join forces with The Container Store for this project because I knew if we were going to organize our garage we were going to do it right!  Jen is also a Contained Home Specialist and was able to design an amazing elfa Shelving system for us.  The elfa design is perfect for any budget.  There were so many options when it came to designing the space we had.  They also offer a full install or if you are looking for a more budget friendly option you can install the system yourself.  We opted to have one of The Container Stores professional installers come and install our system.

Here’s where the fun began!  When I decided to get this project started.  Jen quickly got to work designing our garage….I literally just sent her a few pictures and measurements. From there she was able to send me a few designs that would work for our house and specific needs/goals.  And she even took care of ordering everything from The Container Store that we needed for the shelving systems! Get ready for some crazy “before” photos of the garage below!

Crazy right?? Believe it or not, Life in Jeneral’s team (headed by Kamille) were able to go through all of this and organize it in just 2 days!

On day 1, the team showed up bright and early!  I was told to go inside and relax.  Excuse me??  I get to sit inside my house while these people do all the work I have put off for years?!  Who would pass that up?? After a couple hours, I went back to the garage and everything I had been dreading to go through was on my driveway and out of my dumping zone. It honestly was such an amazing feeling being able to see the floor of my garage finally!

While it was slightly embarrassing to see all the junk I had accumulated over the years, but it had to be done!

We spent the remainder of that day with Jen’s team purging what we no longer needed.  I quickly realized we were holding onto so much stuff we really didn’t use or need.  I mean who really needs that box of receipts from 2007? All I had to do was point at what I wanted to keep and what I wanted to give away and they did everything else. I didn’t have to lift a finger!

The Container Store showed up a couple hours later to install the Elfa system while we were purging. What’s amazing about this Elfa system is that it’s completely easy to remove and can be adjusted to your custom sized wall. It requires very minimal drilling, that means less holes in the walls!

These are the products that were used in the Elfa rack installation:

Platinum elfa utility Track

Platinum elfa Easy Hang Top Tracks

Platinum elfa Ventilated Wire Shelves

Platinum elfa Mounted Standards

Platinum elfa Easy Hang Standards

Platinum elfa Bracket Covers

Platinum elfa Top Track Cover

Platinum elfa Ventilated Wire Shelf Brackets

We realized we had to upgrade to a new storage system because ours were all hand-me-downs since our college days and many had cracked and had missing lids so our items ended up getting spoiled by weather, moisture and dust overtime. The weathertight (air & water-tight bins) totes are all from The Container Store and you can find them here.

Find the links to all The Container Store products we used at the end of this post!

I have a lot of craft materials from various projects and of course from Naptime With Joey costumes but finding a way to organize everything was always a hurdle for me. Many times I wouldn’t be able to find something like glue sticks for my glue gun, and I KNEW that I have like 2 full bags of those laying around somewhere! For the LIJ team to be able to organize everything so I can find everything left me speechless.

At the end of Day 1, everything had been separated into keep & donation piles and then for the most part almost everything was already organized into their separate bins with temporary labels attached to the bins. What was SO IMPRESSIVE to me was that they took the time to separate my mountain stash of family photos into their respective years. As a photographer, this was EVERYTHING to me. They even fit our old dresser in the tiny little nook and designated that spot as Joey’s costume/prop area. It fit perfectly! Don’t ask me why that bottom part of that dresser is off-colored. (We had a small installation mishap when we put that together ha!)

I was amazed that evening when everyone left.  I remember walking into my garage that night and just stood there thinking how could this get any better?  The shelves were up, our purged items were in their designated containers….LIFE WAS GOOD!  Little did I know it was about to get A WHOLE LOT BETTER!

On day 2 it was like an organizing spree in the Choi garage!  Kamille and the team went full force with a label machine and file folding! I honestly had never seen anything like it.  Her team got right to work making all of my garage dreams come to life.  Like I said I didn’t think it could get better but I was sorely mistaken. All my costumes for The Joey World Project and Naptime With Joey were all stored in freezer bags and labeled.

I came back down to the garage at the end of the day when it was time for the big reveal and this is what we saw!

My photography gear and various household items that we need to access frequently like batteries, tools and extension cords, were stored in the corner.

They even hung up my Playdate Project sign!

There’s something about color coordinated books that thrills me.

They even found the perfect display box for Joey’s first shoes!

The costume dresser had been organized into various costumes in alphabetical order as well as different accessories like shoes and headwear. And WOW, do I have A LOT of wigs!

Our shoes were previously thrown together in several large bins where we’d have to fish out our shoes but the team went ahead and separated each pair of shoes into their own separate containers to protect them from dirt and so that they are now easy to find. The bins they used for that were these smaller shoe boxes and these larger ones. Joey’s snacks were kept in the garage because we always grab a few on our way to the car when we go out so the team put them in bins that were easy for us to pull them out from.

Our strollers were hung up on the wall so that it would save on floor space and the shoes we often wore, we put on a separate rack. You can find a similar rack here from The Container Store.

I know most people don’t think of their garage as a place to spend money designing but I am so glad we did!  I can actually park a car in there now, I can walk in there and find that picture I was looking for, I can easily get to our suitcases.  It seriously is such an amazing feeling!

If you’ve been putting off that dreaded organizing project because you just don’t want to deal with it now is the time! My biggest regret about this project is not starting it sooner.  I was so stressed over the mess we had created in the garage I didnt realize just how out of hand it had gotten.  Jen’s team and The Container Store made this such an easy and smooth process and I now have the most organized garage in all of Southern California!  And the best part?  I can now focus on the interior and preparing for a new nursery without worrying about this big project I need to finish!

Below are all of the wonderful products Life in Jeneral used.  All items were purchased at The Container Store and are available online too!

Label Maker

Smart Store Adhesive Labels

Grey Modular Stackable Crates

Our Men’s Shoe Box

Our Shoe Box

Our Clear Storage Boxes

Small Smart Store Tote

Medium Smart Store Tote

Large Smart Store Tote

Tall Smart Store Inserts

Clear Weathertight Totes

Clear Stackable Plastic Storage Bins

Platinum elfa utility Track

Grey elfa utility Accessory Hooks

Grey elfa utility Tool Holders

elfa utility Wide Ladder Hook

Acrylic Bracelet Box

Large Modular Clear Acrylic Premium Display Case

InterDesign Linus Deep Drawer Organizers

Platinum elfa utility Track

Platinum elfa Easy Hang Top Tracks

Platinum elfa Ventilated Wire Shelves

Platinum elfa Mounted Standards

Platinum elfa Easy Hang Standards

Platinum elfa Bracket Covers

Platinum elfa Top Track Cover

Platinum elfa Ventilated Wire Shelf Brackets

Intermetro 4 Shelf Solution Rack

 

 

Book Signing at SCCM

15 May 2018

Dear friends, Joey and I will be doing a local book signing this spring in the Los Angeles area! It’ll be at the Southern California Children’s Museum in Pasadena on Saturday June 2 from 10:30 am to noon.

Tickets are $25 which includes:

– Entry for one adult and up to one child (age 12 and under): Kids may play all day at the museum!

– One copy of Naptime with Joey

– Light refreshments

– One Raffle ticket

You can purchase tickets here: http://socalkids.org/NaptimeWithJoey

Tickets WILL sell out so grab them while they’re still available! Hope to see you there!

 

12 Toddler Travel Tips

1 May 2018

If you follow me on social media you know we have been traveling a lot this year with Joey.  It might look like sunshine and rainbows but I promise it’s not.  When I first started traveling with Joey it was absolutely terrifying.  I was so unprepared.  I will never forget my first time changing a diaper on an airplane (I’ll spare you the details). Whether you’re a new parent or an experienced parent these tips are sure to help (I hope).

Make a list-This might sound so obvious but I didn’t think about it the first time we traveled.  I usually end up making multiple lists.  I always have 2 lists for each of us (one for our carry on and one for our suitcase).

Extra outfit-ALWAYS pack an extra outfit in your carry on.  Remember that diaper change I mentioned earlier?

Don’t pack so much! – I’ve learned that almost every time we travel we always pack more than we have to. I’ve learned that you don’t necessarily need a different outfit every day for everyone. I was concerned that Joey would need so much but she really didn’t. Because our trips are usually for just a few days, I just pack just a couple outfits for myself and a few for Joey and that’s it. If you don’t mind carrying a larger luggage that’s fine but I’ve learned that packing minimally not only saves time but is easily to manage overall especially traveling alone with a toddler (and a stroller!)

Snacks-Traveling isn’t easy on parents or kids so if you can prevent a hangry toddler then why not?  I usually stash a few healthy snacks in a carry on bag for Joey (and maybe a few unhealthy ones for me). I don’t go overboard with the snacks because I can always find some at the airport.

Skip preboard-So I have always wondered why do parents preboard?  I usually wait until the last minute to hop on the plane.  I let Joey burn as much energy as I can before we get on the plane.

Buy a water bottle at the airport- I used to never buy water at the airport because I always counted on the inflight service giving us water but I realize after traveling a lot with Joey that flights can be delayed unexpectedly, you could board but be taxi’d for over an hour with flight attendants refusing to serve us any water until the plane took off (that happened to us! grrr!) or you could be seated at the very end of the plane where it will take about an hour after the plane takes off until they offer beverages (also happened to us!). Plus it’s good to hydrated when traveling.

Inflight entertainment-This has been the most difficult for us to conquer. While I love the idea of Joey never watching Netflix or playing on my iPad it is unrealistic on a long flight. I do however, try to pack a few activities for her.  Our current favorites are sticker books, coloring books, and puzzles. Nowadays about a month before our trip, I hide one of her favorite toys (not her absolutely favorite toy haha but others that she wouldn’t notice is missing) and then bring it to the trip and surprise her on the plane. She usually plays with the toy the entire flight! If you have an iPad, download some educational games so you can always whip it out if you need!

Bring something for them to drink- When we used to travel while I still breastfed, I always nursed while we took off and landed so that Joey’s ears wouldn’t pop. Now I make sure to give her some milk (which she’ll drink all at once) as we’re taking off. I’m not sure if it makes a big difference but I’m sure it won’t hurt!

Pack a backpack and if you dare a fanny pack- I ditch the purse when I’m traveling. I always opt for a backpack and a fanny pack as carry on items. It makes wrangling a kid and all of our stuff so much easier.  Plus all the pockets make organizing so much easier.

Bring a toddler pillow and small blanket-Flying is never easy with toddlers especially if it interrupts their nap time.  I invested in a small travel pillow and a blanket that goes on every trip with us.  It has saved us on so many flights.

Pack an empty duffel bag- You never know if you’ll need extra space in your luggage to bring back souvenirs or gifts. We always bring an extra duffel bag just in case and we’ve used it every time!

HAVE FUN-Remember they are only little once.  Every time they fly it is going to be a different experience.  People are usually pretty anxious when traveling and then adding a toddler to the mix can be even crazier. Try not to get frustrated easily when your toddler doesn’t behave the way you want them to. Being stuck in a small aisle for hours at a time might not sense for your toddler and will sometimes need to walk about the plane or stand on the seat to get a better look at the entire place. Let them do that so that they’re comfortable and understand what the situation is around them. Make it fun and exciting for them as opposed to looking stressed and worn out (even though you feel like it!). I realize that when Joey senses that I’m happy and excited while traveling, she is too. Kids pick up on everything!

Those are my 12 tips but I’m sure other experienced travelers will have even more. If you have any tips, leave them at the comments below! I’m always looking for new ways to make it easy for me and Joey to travel! xoxo

Joey & Florals

12 April 2018

Our sweet friend Hanna from Echo Floral came to teach Joey and her friend Emma some simple floral arrangements. Hanna launched her own floral design studio in Orange County, CA earlier this year and is incredibly talented. If you’re looking for stunning floral design work for your wedding, social gatherings and any other events, check out her website: echofloral.com

Naptime With Joey in Vancouver!

3 April 2018

We are going to Vancouver, Canada!!  May 5 & 6. Can’t believe how quickly tickets were sold out! We’re so sorry if you couldn’t grab a ticket. Sometimes people cancel last minute and if that’s the case, tickets will be available again on the websites so I would check again a couple days before just to see! Excited to meet everyone who reserved a ticket!

May 5th | Whole Foods Market Cambie: NOW SOLD OUT! https://naptimewithjoeyvancouver.eventbrite.com/?aff=Lauraiz

May 6th | Whole Foods Market North Vancouver: NOW SOLD OUT! https://naptimewithjoeynorthvan.eventbrite.com/?aff=Lauraiz

Easter Egg Window Art Project

22 March 2018

I remember when Pinterest first came out and I would spend hours pinning fun crafts that I swore I would make with my future children.  Well, that day came and I feel so overwhelmed when I decide to start a craft with Joey.  I always worry I am going to go to the craft store and either leave empty handed in shear overwhelm or I am going to end up with an epic Pinterest fail.

When each holiday comes up I get so pumped about making crafts with Joey and this Easter I finally decided we are doing it!  I decided to take the pressure off of me and if it ended up being a fail I could consider it a memory we would just keep between us 🙂

I headed to Joann this time around in search of the PERFECT Easter craft.  I was so surprised by all of the amazing Spring craft ideas and options they had.  I opted to make an Easter egg we could hang up in our windows.  Let me tell you this craft was one I couldn’t mess up so you can certainly make it too.

One of my favorite things about this craft is the possibilities are endless!  You can virtually stick any little item on the contact paper.  Joey helped me pick out some ladybugs which ended up being her favorite.

Stay tuned because this Pinterest WIN might come back again for every holiday.  I am kidding but we will definitely be making this at Christmas this year!

How to make an Easter egg sticky wall

Materials:

  • Contact paper
  • Constrction paper
  • Pom poms
  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Sequins
  • Buttons
  • Stickers
  • Painters tape

Instructions:

  1. Cut out an over from a large piece of construction paper
  2. Stick a piece of clear contact paper over one side of the construction paper
  3. Stick the construction paper onto a flat surface like a table or window using painter tape
  4. Let your creativity go wild and start sticking items on the sticky side of the contact paper