Creating A Spring Herb Garden

Living in an apartment in San Francisco means I don’t have a garden. That being said, I do have a front porch where I love to have plants. This year, I decided it would be fun to try my hand at a potted herb garden. I went to my local nursery and found a variety of herbs I enjoy cooking with – mint, thyme, oregano, rosemary and basil.

Farrow & Ball provided the paint for me to try out some of their new key colors for 2017 as part of their #CrateOutdoors campaign. These colors are spot on for spring, with a vibrant and fresh new look.

I painted a wooden apple crate with their signature color – Studio Green. It’s the perfect spot for me to store my gardening supplies – a watering can, spade, moss, and seeds to plant in my pots. I also painted a clay pot in the All White, a color I will be using in several design projects coming up soon. These two colors go perfectly with the outside area of my apartment. I also painted popsicle sticks in their colors Radicchio and Hay and then wrote the names of the herbs on the sticks.


Studio Green

Studio Green is a color that will grow on you. The color is the darkest of greens and changes dramatically in different light. I especially like it outside with light, where you can see the green in it. Studio Green is the color of the original studio for Farrow & Ball.

All White

I am trilled by this color of white. All White is the perfect white void of any tint. It has the softest shade without being to yellow or blue. I am planning to paint kitchen cabinets with this color and I think it will be stunning.

Radicchio

I have noticed pink being used more frequently in design and this shade – Raddichio – is perfection. It is bright without overwhelming and it has a modern happy feel to it.

Hay

Hay is the softest light golden color you could imagine. This is a happy color that would look beautiful on a kitchen wall or even as the color for a home. It reminds me of the golden color the hills turn outside of San Francisco in the spring and summer.

While I may have no garden space, I can take advantage of my porch and have a small manageable garden in pots. And the beautiful colors of Farrow & Ball help to make it fun and contemporary. Happy planting and painting!

This post is a partnership with Farrow & Ball. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.

Real Talk / Real Moms: Morning Routine

When I heard our topic this month was morning routines, I started to ponder how we spend our mornings around here. While it varies, depending upon whether Eric is in town or not, mornings are actually one of our favorite times as a family. I shower in the evenings and as a result, there is less stress in getting out the door in the morning.

For the most part, our alarm clock is Jackson – who wakes up between 5:30 – 6:30. He will crawl into bed with us for a few minutes to snuggle before announcing: “Mama up! Papa up!” We prepare our morning tea and Jackson usually enjoys eating some fruit while playing with his beloved trains. Eric then takes Jackson for a run (one of their favorite times together) while I tidy up the house, prepare snacks for Jackson to take on his daily adventures, and get myself dressed.

While we rise early, it means we don’t feel rushed in the morning. There obviously days that are more stressful – especially when one of us is out of town or I have an early meeting, but most of the time, mornings are our calmest time of the day. And while I’d love to get a workout in or have more “me time” in the morning – I’m cherishing these mornings with Jackson before we become a family of four. I can’t wait to enjoy the walk to preschool that will begin this fall!

I’d love to know, what do your mornings look like?

Be sure to check out the other mama’s posts about their morning routines:

The Effortless ChicFreutcake | HeyMama

 A Daily Something | The Fresh ExchangeDesign Addict Mom

 Oh Lovely DayParker Etc. | The Life Styled

And be sure to check out past posts from this series!

Monthly To Do List: April

With a little over two months before baby girl arrives, I’ve been in full time nesting mode at home. Every closet has been organized, goodwill bags have been taken, and the furniture for her room should be arriving in the next few weeks!

Spring always brings the urge to clear out the clutter. Do you get the spring cleaning urge?

​APRIL ​TO DO LIST


  • Paint babies room.​
  • Install furniture in baby girls room.​
  • Go to pilates – may seem easy but life gets busy and I often end up canceling.
  • Plan photo shoots for a few projects.
  • ​Put together birth plan for hospital.

Each month it’s nice to have these small to-do lists to look at throughout the month. I’m especially excited about this month’s list.

What do you want to get done this month?​

Photo taken for Sacramento Street

Motherhood: Educating Your Littles on Recycling in the Bathroom

Spring is finally here, and it’s time to do some conscious cleaning! I’m partnering with Care To Recycle®, a program of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. that raises awareness about bathroom recycling. I grew up in a household of devoted conservationists. We lived in Mexico City and there was no recycling available. However, that didn’t stop us from starting a program of recycling at the school I went to (Colegio Americano) and also introducing recycling into the American Embassy. To say the least, recycling is part of my DNA. Yet now that I have my own family, I’ve noticed that in the bathroom, we sometimes let things slip and recyclable items end up in the garbage.

Since becoming a mother, I have found that my life has become busier than ever before. Trying to juggle a toddler with being a working mom, often finds me letting things fall by the wayside. For example, I have had times where I put items in the trash that could certainly be recycled. What I had failed to do, is set up a system that is in the bathroom and easy to use. That is where Care To Recycle® has come to the rescue! By setting up a system right in the bathroom, recycling becomes effortless!  

I’ve recently learned that I’m not the only one. With so much going on for moms, it’s easy to understand how even the simplest tasks can fall off a to-do list. Children are playing a big role in a mom’s productivity, with three in four moms reporting that involving their kids in their to-do list helps them get more done. The Care To Recycle® program teaches families the importance of recycling bathroom items and re-purposing them for different uses.

I’ve found it fun to get my kiddo involved in setting this up. He actually loves to organize (I know – apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!) and so with his help, we can get the bathroom recycling set up and working for all of us.

Jackson and I have found all kinds of uses for toilet paper rolls. They’re perfect for making poppers for the holidays and birthday celebrations. And any box that crosses our path, is reconfigured for his trains to ride through!

We’ve even set up a Reward Chart that makes it fun for him to use as he completes certain tasks throughout the day. It all started it when we had to change up his regular bedtime routine by adding teeth brushing. The “reward” is a sticker, which he is obsessed with. He loves putting stickers on his “Shining Star Chart” – you can download your very own here.

To begin with, you need to differentiate between those items that are recyclable and those to place in the garbage.

Here are the items you can recycle:

  • Shampoo and conditioner bottles
  • Body wash bottles
  • Lotion bottles
  • Baby powder bottles
  • Facial cleanser bottles
  • Body oil bottles
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Cartons (for over-the-counter medicine, lotions, soap and adhesive bandages)

And here is a list of what you shouldn’t recycle:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste tubes (they’re made from plastic laminate)
  • Pumps (they have multiple components). Throw these in the trash then recycle the bottle.
  • Floss containers (they also contain multiple components)

Recycling can be fun and will take your children on the path of being stewards of their world. I hope this has inspired you to not only begin recycling in your own bathroom but to get the entire family involved in such an incredible mission Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. has begun. For more information and additional printable charts, go to Care To Recycle®!

This post is a partnership with Johnson & Johnson for Brit + Co. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.

Photos by Andrea Posadas for Sacramento Street