Monthly To Do List: September

September arrived – we are in full on summer mode here in San Francisco. Although it was a little too hot with our 100+ degree weather this weekend, I’m excited for the sun-filled days ahead. There is nothing quite like it. When everyone else starts getting ready for fall, we are taking out all of our summer clothes instead of packing them away.

However, things are happening around our house this September. Jackson starts preschool this week and I’m easing back into work after my maternity leave. This summer was extra special spending time with both Amelia and Jackson. I’ll forever remember this time we got to spend together. It will be an adjustment getting back into a routine, which requires many to-do lists. I’m sharing a few of mine for this month.



  • Get back into a work routine.
  • Start making decisions on Jackson’s big boy room.
  • Begin planning working out routine – something I haven’t done much of (except walking) post baby.
  • Plan photographing our studio.
  • ​Take a little time each evening to read – whether that’s a book or magazine.

I can’t wait to tackle this to-do list – it’s always nice to start off the month this way.

What do you have on your list this month?

Motherhood: Spreading the Word About Project Orca

This summer, one of the passions my toddler has had (bordering on obsession!) is whales. It began when I was crossing the Golden Gate Bridge and spotted a whale jumping out of the water. My son in the back seat missed it but wouldn’t stop talking about wanting to see a whale. Once we were back in San Francisco, we pulled over at a lookout in the Presidio and proceeded to see a show of whales jumping and swimming on the surface. This led to us watching many whale videos and reading books about whales.

I am thrilled to announce a project near and dear to my heart – Project Orca. Munchkin, which has been a staple brand in our home since we had Jackson, has decided to kick-start a donation of $1,000,000 to develop the first sea side orca sanctuary in the United States via Project Orca. After 10 years of making a toy orca whale, Munchkin has decided to put their principles above profits and will be removing this top selling item from their Sea Squirt lineup, since the bathtub isn’t big enough for an orca.

I plan to use this kickstart as a teaching moment for my son. I hope to be able to convey to him the importance of keeping animals free in the world. For Orcas and other whales, the oceans and seas of the world are their rightful homes. Thank you Munchkin for your generous and inspirational donation to help make this a reality!

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Travel: Summertime in Deer Valley

A few weeks ago we took our very first trip as a family of four. As you can imagine, my nerves were racing thinking about two littles on a plane. We headed to Deer Valley, Utah for a dear friends birthday celebration. Since neither Eric or I had been before we didn’t know what to expect.

As you travel from Salt Lake City to Deer Valley – only about 35 miles away – you travel with mountains surrounding you. The landscape gets more and more beautiful the closer you get to Deer Valley. We stayed at the St. Regis, which is perfectly perched on a mountain. Views took our breath away. I had been told that it was gorgeous, but wow!

A few MUSTS in Deer Valley

  • Take the chairlift. It will take you up the Silver Lake Express to see breath-taking views of the mountain range. Once you are up at the top you can take hikes. (Open from June – September)
  • Lunch at Five5eed. Our concierge recommended it (link here) and we were blown away by our brunch. It’s not to be missed!
  • Mountain biking. This is something we didn’t do with littles but others in our group took to the mountain via bikes.
  • Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater. One of the birthday celebration nights was at the amphitheater, which is completely surrounded by the mountains. They have a concert each Friday night in the summer. As you enjoy your picnic you watch the sunset with live music. So fun!
  • High West Distillery. If you are into whiskey, this is the spot to go.

All in all, we loved our time here and thinking about our next visit. We swam, lounged by the pool, hiked, napped, and enjoyed each others company. Plus, being there with friends was extra special.

Do you have any favorites places you love to go with your family?

Interiors: The Transition From Nursery to Toddler Room

As the end of August grows near, it means one thing – Jackson starts preschool. I keep asking myself how I have a preschooler? Over the past few months I’ve been thinking long and hard about transitioning Jackson’s room from a nursery to a toddler room. The way we have his toys “organized” doesn’t really work, and we never use the beautiful daybed.

I’m constantly asked by moms if Jackson has climbed out of his crib – the answer is NO. Both Eric and I have been shocked that he’s never tried, especially with how active he is. He loves going to bed, being in bed and just hanging out in the morning when he wakes up. Which begs the question, do we wait longer to transition him to a twin bed? We decided that in the late fall we are going to take the plunge.

Today, I’m sharing behind the scenes videos (on my insta-stories) of what Jackson’s room looks like at the moment (here is what it looked like as a baby, before the toy bomb when off). The different ideas I have running through my head for his bedroom are endless – there are so many clever ideas out there for little kids. But I keep thinking about a few main things when designing his room:

Pick a color palette. While there is so much out there for a kids room with wallpapers, bedding, etc – I always love to keep bedrooms simple, serene and neutral. It’s a place to retreat at night and that definitely rings true to Jackson.

Mix patterns and texture. I’m all about mixing and matching patterns and textures – whether that’s with pillows, bedding or even art. I’m envisioning gingham, some vintage textiles, and stripes. Having different textures makes each piece special together and on it’s own.

Have fun. While I want to keep the room simple, the most important thing is for it to reflect him. Adding items into the room that represent Jackson is what will make him love his room. I’m working on a fun basketball hoop.

I have TONS of ideas and themes in my head – now the hard part will be picking a direction to go. I’ll be updating you in the next month or so about the progress of the space. I can’t wait to see it all come together!

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