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Real Talk, Real Moms: Travel


This month’s “real talk, real moms” topic is all about travel. As you all know, I’m a girl with serious wanderlust – traveling to Istanbul, Marrakech, and beyond. Each year my mom and I plan a big trip to take together to a part of the world we have yet to discover. In the last month of pregnancy I kept telling myself – you can still travel, it’ll be a little bit harder but worth showing Jackson at a young age that the world is his oyster.

Our lifestyle has been to get out and explore and it all started for Jackson on day 10. We took our first short, but sweet road trip up to Tomales Bay for a friends annual birthday. Everyone thought we were a little ambitious and loco en la cabeza, but it went amazing (for new parent standards).  Jackson cried for the first 20 minutes but after some sweet loves and singing he dozed off and has been a champ in the car ever since. I truly believed that taking this first trip made me comfortable taking him out around the city.


Fast forward to when Jackson was 2.5 months old and our first plane ride was approaching. We planned a trip to New York as a getaway. The twist, I was taking this first plane ride solo. Eric met us there from Arizona where he lives in March. When we booked the tickets I thought = no big deal, he’s in his sleepy state still, he’s quiet, I’ll be fine. As the days grew closer to going I got incredibly nervous. All the voices in my head, the thousands of pieces of advice were running through my head – Is he going to do ok when we take off and land? What if I forget something? How the hell am I going to get the stroller, suitcase and him? All valid questions.

Friends, one thing I learn from that first trip – don’t be afraid to ask for help. As we got to security I started to panic, which meant Jackson could feel my tension rising. He started to get fussy with the noise and I was attempting to close the stroller. Luckily two moms behind me asked if I wanted help and were in awe that I was traveling solo. Those two moms MADE my trip through security a breeze. They helped, distracted me from getting more tense and then Jackson fell asleep. I left thinking – alright now I just have to get through takeoff and landing. Jackson was a champ – he crashed on my lap during takeoff, slept for 3 hours. When he woke up, I changed his diaper (more on that below) and after playing with a new toy for a little bit, he passed back out until I woke him up for landing. He didn’t want his bottle but once I sang to him and popped the bottle in his mouth, his ears popped.

I’ve since taken him to Arizona and Portland. I’ll be honest, they didn’t go off without a few hitches – a little tumble here and there but we made it through. We’ve also taken him on a 9 hour road trip, which we planned around his afternoon nap and bedtime. Smartest decision we ever made because when it got dark he only wanted to sleep.


As Jackson gets older and more mobile I’m nervous about how he will travel – the wiggly stage I hear is the worst. But I have faith that we’ll get through it, it just may not be solo. I’ve pulled together five tips I mention to every mom that asks for advice when traveling.

1.) Baby Carrier. Have your baby in the Ergo through security. Then you are handsfree, hopefully they will fall asleep, and then they only swab your hands. It’s a win, win.

2.) Gate Check. Bring the stroller through security. At first I thought it would be silly to gate check but it’s the perfect place to put the diaper bag and if your baby wants out of the Ergo they can still be strapped in. With that being said, make sure you have a bag to put it in. I bought this cheap bag for $12 because I heard strollers get dirty in cargo – the bag came back with a TON of grease on it.

3.) Extra, Extra. I learned from that first road trip that bringing extra clothes for your baby and yourself are key. With the cabin pressure poops are more explosive. On that trip to New York we had one poop all the way up his back. It’s bound to happen but you never know when. Babies like to surprise us that way. So pack extra clothes, diapers and swaddles that you can use for spit up.

4.) Takeoff and Landing. This was something I was incredibly nervous about. Jackson ended up doing amazing but there was one leg of a trip where he finished his bottle incredibly fast and we still had 10 more minutes of landing. I was the mom struggling to make another bottle, with baby in hand. All I have to say is, make an extra bottle or two because you never know how long it will take.

5.) Don’t Overpack. Where ever you are headed there are stores on the other end. Bring what you need for the first day or so – diapers and essentials but then buy the rest in your destination. This was a great tip a mom mentioned. You don’t want to pack that huge thing of diapers. Also, if you forgot something, don’t fret – you’ll be able to get it on the other end.

What I’ve learned with each trip is that there is room for growth, you’ll have curve balls thrown at you. It is important to remain calm no matter the circumstance because it’s all going to turn out okay, even if it isn’t perfect.

I’d love to hear any tips you have on traveling – especially at this new wiggly stage as we prepare for a few trips that are on the horizon. Also, be sure to check out the rest of the Real Talk, Real Moms posts. I’m headed over now to take in all of their knowledge – I’ve linked to them below.

Apartment 34The Effortless Chic | A Daily Something | Could I Have That | Parker EtcSarah Sherman SamuelOur Style Stories | Ave Styles | The Refined Woman

Photos by Katherine Harris 



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Sacramento Street Smarts: Our Go-To White Paints



As many of us know, selecting a paint color can be one of the most overwhelming and nerve wracking decisions of all time. WHY on EARTH are there so many options? Who knew that a seemingly simple desire for white walls could spiral into the most complicated process of sorting through thousands of color variations?


If you share any of the same sentiments, we hope that this post lifts a bit of the burden with some of our pre-vetted favorite white paints.


Caitlin Flemming Design - Dining Room | Photo by Bess Friday


One of our immediate go-tos is always Benjamin Moore’s Mountain Peak White. It’s a warm and dreamy white that serves as a beautiful and classic wall color. We used it above in Caitlin’s dining room (above) and we love the tranquil but radiant vibe it gives off.


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Another great option is Benjamin Moore’s White Heron (above). It’s an ever-so-slightly off-white that is incredibly versatile and calming–which is perhaps why it works especially well on kitchen cabinets!




Crystal Haze from Dunn Edwards (above) is a beautiful option for an off-white. It has some tannish undertones, making it not quite as stark as a more traditional white. It’s a serene and sophisticated color if you’re looking something on the darker end of the white spectrum.


If those aren’t enough to convince you, here’s a collection of six of our go-to whites:





Stay tuned for future Sacramento Street Smarts for more design tips and tricks!


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Written by Ali Hartwell for Sacramento Street


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On the Menu: Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie


Chicken pot pie is my ultimate comfort food. It is one of those foods I have eaten my entire life and never seem to get sick of or grow out of. When I was younger I used to love chicken pot pie that was topped with big fluffy biscuits – not homemade biscuits but the kind that comes in a tube – you know the Pillsbury Grand biscuits? Amazing. This chicken pot pie is slightly more elevated but just as good, I promise.


Instead of a biscuit topping this recipe calls for a filo dough topping. Filo is a dough that is made up of very thin layers and is usually used for making pastries like baklava. In this recipe the filo is layered together with melted butter and placed on top of the pot pie filling. The result is a crispy and crunchy topping that goes together perfectly with a hearty pot pie filling.


I baked my pot pies in mini cocottes, but a Dutch oven would work just as well. Make sure to let your Dutch oven cool slightly before placing the filo topping. Also, feel free to swap the filo dough topping with puffed pastry or even those good old-fashioned Grands biscuits, either way this pot pie will be delicious.


Enjoy! ~ Amanda


Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie


Chicken Pot Pie


Ingredients| Sacramento Street


7 Tbs. unsalted butter

1/2 cup plus 1 Tbs. all-purpose flour

¼ cup dry white wine

2 Tbs. chicken demi-glace

1 quart chicken stock

1 yellow onion, diced

3 celery stalks, sliced

2 carrots, peeled and diced

½ lb small red potatoes cut into 1⁄2-inch dice

1 ½ lbs cooked chicken, cubed

1 Tbs. chopped fresh thyme

1 bay leaf

1 box filo dough, thawed if frozen

melted butter

1 egg

Salt and pepper to taste


Directions | Sacramento Street


1.) Preheat oven to 375F.


2.) In a Dutch oven or large pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture smells fragrant and turns light brown, about 2 minutes. Whisk in the white wine and demi-glace. Slowly add the chicken stock, whisking until smooth, and bring to a boil. Add the onion, celery, carrots, potatoes, chicken, thyme, bay leaf and a large pinch of salt and pepper and cook until the vegetables are almost tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and discard the bay leaf. Divide filling among 8 cocottes or allow the filling to cool in the Dutch oven.


3.) To assemble the pot pie gently unroll the filo. Cut the filo in half and use remaining filo for another use or re-freeze.


4.) If using cocottes, cut squares large enough to cover the tops of the cocottes. Brush melted butter in between each layer, using about 10 – 15 squares per cocotte. If using Dutch oven, do not cut into squares, instead brush filo dough layers with melted butter and place on Dutch oven fanning out layers to cover the entire top of dutch oven. Trim filo if necessary.


5.) In a small bowl whisk egg and 1 tsp. water. Brush the filo with the egg wash, sprinkle with sea salt and cut a small hole in top of filo to let steam escape.


6.) Bake chicken pot pie until the filo is crisp and browned all over, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool about 10 minutes before serving.


7.) Serves 8.


TIP: This is a great make ahead recipe. You can make the filling up to 2 days before and store in the refrigerator or freeze for up 2 weeks but defrost before using.   When ready to eat top the filling with filo dough, bake and enjoy!


Recipe & Photos by Amanda Frederickson for Sacramento Street



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Style: Bare Arms for Indian Summer

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San Francisco is in a bit of an identity crisis at the moment. It can’t quite seem to decide if we should continue this stunning summertime weather or turn to fall. Don’t get me wrong, I love this sunshine – it means more time outside enjoying the park and long walks. I have to tell you though, we had a little sneak peek at fall last week and it got me giddy for sweater weather.

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In the meantime, I’m embracing the bare arms and open toed shoe weather. Before you know it I’ll be wishing it was summer again. Are you ready for the season to change?

Vest from Madewell (on super sale!) | Sleeveless Sweater by Jenni Kayne | Jeans by Current Elliott | Wallet & Sunglasses by Celine

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I’m Loving . . .

Farmhouse - Domaine Malibu Farmhouse - Domaine

As I search for inspiration for clients homes there are some that stop me dead in my tracks. When I came across this Malibu Farmhouse on Domaine – I wanted to move right in. The neutral color palette, minimal interiors and casual feel of the home had me in love.

Italian Rice & Peas

Do you ever find yourself in a recipe rut? I’ve been on the hunt for some new recipes to try. This Italian Rice & Peas one of them.


Hat Style

We’ve finally been experiencing cooler temperatures here in SF. Not sure if I’m a hat person, but I’m going to give it a whirl after seeing this! What do you think of this trend?


Nature Indoors

I’ve been seeing more and more people cutting fiddle leaf branches and putting them in vases. I currently have one going in my home and loving the look.

Coat Weather

Coat weather is quickly approaching. I’ve been assessing what I currently have in my closet and looking for a new one. Have you seen any gems out there?

What are you loving this week?


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