We are already almost to four weeks into summer around here and the lack of routines and schedules is making us all a little jumpy. I have to admit, I don’t love summer. Sleeping in, seeing friends and going exploring is cool for a while and then my tots start marching off the edge with boundless energy and opressive hot summer days.
This week we had a quick getaway to see some friends at Dillon Beach. I definitely want to share some tips with you since this was our second year vacationing there. If you haven’t heard of Dillon Beach, it’s a sleepy beach on the Marin coast where cool summer days becon those of us overheating in the valley.
This weekend we are unpacking and packing again for our next short trip to Sonoma wine country next week. So ready for some lazy days by the river. We are also going to try to get out for some blueberry picking, farmer’s market shopping and getting some house projects finished. Here is what we are obsessing over around here right now
This week started of with a bang around here. It was our kitchen demo day. The whole kitchen, except for the floors, were taken out in one fell swoop (or 1,000). We have been in our house for a year now and we told ourselves we wouldn’t start any projects until we had been here that long. We are remodeling our kitchen without a contractor and I have taken on the role of general contractor (Mom, wife, blogger and student) for the duration of this project.
Demo took a whole day and the second day our new cabinets started to get installed. We hired professionals for this! Today our countertop fabricators are coming to take measurements and get going on making our new marble countertops. This means no kitchen for another week! I thought not having a kitchen wouldn’t be a big deal. It’s not a huge deal. It is just a real inconvenience especially with two kids and a puppy on the loose.
I’m trying to keep everything going and decorate and get ready for the holidays along with finishing my semester of school (last final tomorrow). Going to the tree farm last weekend was such a fun day and having a gorgeous tree we cut down ourselves sitting in our home definitely is forcing me to remember what is important.
Here is what is getting me inspired this week
If you are considering cutting down a tree and live in Northern CA there are so many farms to chose from. We posted this guide of local farms
This week at Farm Tots was full of exploring and learning about citrus farming in our area. This was the first year we were able to get out of the house and visit some of our local mandarin farms. My tots are obsessed with mandarins and call them orangies because they are a cuter smaller version of oranges. Instead of buying them at our usual store, Costco, I wanted to get outside and find where we could buy them locally.
We are getting ready for a Farm Tots style Thanksgiving and preparing for some upcoming travel. While I am doing laundry and organizing our household here is what I am thinking about and reading and what my weekend inspiration is this week. (more…)
One of the best parts of getting out in the community and getting more involved in the farm to fork movement in California is meeting amazingly talented people on a regular basis. Recently I was introduced to a new popup store in Sac by one of it’s co-founders, Roshaun Davis. This is when I discovered DISPLAY: Kids for myself.
DISPLAY: Kids is the latest popup experience in a 850 sq ft storefront in Oak Park’s Triangle District called DISPLAY: California Every 1-2 months the location rotates retail experiences. Focusing on designers and retail opportunities that are unattainable to most of us in Sac. Until now.
DISPLAY: Kids is like my urban cool kid dreams all wrapped into a bright space with all the trimmings. The thought put behind everything is apparant and refreshing. Walking in the store the relaxed and friendly vibe was completely welcoming and instantly addicting. I brought along a friend and my youngest tot and both were as mesmerized as I was.
The idea of having a retail space with wall to wall merchandise that is curated with such perfection is so amazing I might just move in. In addition to a cool shopping experience to outfit tots, the space has collected the most gorgeous grouping of jewelry, and gifts that parents might actually forget this is a kids store.
If you do forget about your tots for a second. Not to worry. They are probably wrapped up in the adorable art tables with materials I haven’t seen before, stickers, stamps and everything to keep them busy and happy for at least the ten minutes moms need to try on jewelry and shop for themelves. Or their kids. I mean that’s what this is all about right? The kids? Or is it a genius concept to actually offer kids fashion alongside some options for parents since we do spend most of our time and fashion budget as parents on our children. Am I right?
Want to see more? Join DISPLAY: Kids next Wednesday evening as they celebrate Earth Day and the local farm to fork movement with their Let it Grow event. Let it Grow is open to the public and offers kids the chance to plant seeds in a pot to take home and learn about GMOs while parents have the opportunity to browse and shop.
Farm Tots is giving away free tickets for one family to attend Let it Grow and a $25 gift card to the store. Enter to win here. If you don’t win. You can buy tickets here.