Palm Springs House

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The Parker Palm Springs

The last time we were at The Parker in Palm Springs was when I was 10 weeks pregnant and feeling extremely tired (and apparently looking it too, as evidenced in these photos). This time around, we left LA right after tubby time for Jack around 8:20pm, picked up Del Taco and made it in less than 2 and half hours. Though Jack slept most of the car ride, he woke right up and got a bit confused when we pulled up to the hotel. He wasn’t fussy or anything so after we got to our room and figured he wouldn’t go to sleep right away even though it was 11pm, we took him to the bar. Just kidding. JC and I were exhausted and Jack was full of energy pulling items out of the diaper bag. Thankfully, just before midnight, we all were able to go to sleep. amy tangerine visits the parker hotel, palm springsamy tangerine visits the parker hotel, palm springsamy tangerine visits the parker hotel, palm springsamy tangerine visits the parker hotel, palm springsamy tangerine visits the parker hotel, palm springsamy tangerine visits the parker hotel, palm springsamy tangerine visits the parker hotel, palm springsamy tangerine visits the parker hotel, palm springsamy tangerine visits the parker hotel, palm springsamy tangerine visits the parker hotel, palm springsamy tangerine visits the parker hotel, palm springsWe had breakfast at Norma’s – FYI, they don’t have a kids menu. And though I haven’t ordered anything from the kids menu for him yet, I am guessing most people like the selections because they are simple, well-priced items that their kids will eat. Well, it turns out our guy likes an egg with cheese on it, yogurt, and some fruit – and all of that can add up to a pretty penny. Basically it’s the equivalent of 3 very hungry adults when we go out to eat with him. But it was good and I suppose worth it. We were only at the hotel for one night, as we moved to a rental house shared with 2 other couples for the rest of Labor Day weekend. Til next time, Parker!

palm springs mini book

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Get Organized with Creative Options

The process of getting organized seems to be a constant work in progress for me. Please say I’m not the only one? My work surfaces get covered, and only cleaned enough to work on the next project. And then when things seems to get really busy, the piles grow, and I start scooting things around so I am left with just enough room to work on the current project. But thanks to my partnership with Creative Options, my studio is looking so much better – the piles are dwindling and my supplies are getting put into awesome storage containers that are stylish and functional. Most importantly, I have a place to put numerous items so that I am able to find the things I need to use easily. I can do this both in the studio and for creating on-the-go. Here’s a little video I put together showing various ways I’ve been using the products.

You can see even more ideas in this wrap up post where I asked some ladies to show how their using the products.

Creative Options products are available at Michaels, JoAnn, Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby and online at Amazon.

Want Creative Options to help you get organized for fall? Take a picture of your craft areas or projects that need help and upload your photo to Instagram, tagging @creative_opts & @amytangerine and using the hashtag #creativeoptions for the chance to win the latest products from Creative Options! Be sure to also Like Creative Options on Facebook for more details. Contest runs through 9/19.

Buster

IMG_8176.JPGOur sweet 9 year old Jack Russell, Buster, has been in the hospital for 6 nights after being diagnosed with AIHA. He’s received 3 blood transfusions, and his red blood cell count has gone up and down. Up and down. He’s had complications like throwing clots. We feel so helpless, but know the doctors are doing the best that they can for him. This was taken on Sunday night after his 3rd transfusion:IMG_8283.JPGI posted some updates on Instagram, but wanted to do so here as well. I hesitated to post more about it sooner as the days and nights have been rough, but we remain hopeful especially after reading comments of others who have been through something similar with their fur babies. I cannot thank you enough for your continued thoughts. Our hearts are aching and we just cannot wait to have him home.

UPDATE: HE IS HOME! There’s a long road ahead with 5 different medications and injections he needs 3 times a day, around the clock care, but we are so glad we busted him right out of the hospital. Words cannot express how grateful we are for all your comments, thoughts and prayers!!

So many Creative Options

amy tangerine + creative optionsMy collaboration with Creative Options has been great. Not only am I getting more organized (a video showing proof of this will be revealed next week), I am able to highlight cool things that others are doing with the fashionable, functional storage solutions. In the last post with Creative Options, you got a glimpse of how a 3rd grader, college student and I used these versatile products in different ways. This time, I called upon a trio of crafters to showcase how they put these awesome Creative Options products to use.
Creative OptionsPaige Evans shows a plethora of ways she uses these different items for herself as well as her kids.
Creative OptionsShanna Noel made a Homework kit that would have made me excited to do my homework back in the day.mommy-kit-10Michelle Barbour of Delicate Construction assembles a must-have Mommy kit full of essentials.

Creative Options products are available at Michaels, JoAnn, Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby and online at Amazon.

Want Creative Options to help you get organized for fall? Take a picture of your craft areas or projects that need help and upload your photo to Instagram, tagging @creative_opts & @amytangerine and using the hashtag #creativeoptions for the chance to win the latest products from Creative Options! Be sure to also Like Creative Options on Facebook  for more details. Contest runs 9/12-9/19.

LEXYPEXY

Jack was so kindly gifted one of these adorable wooden teethers from Lexy Pexy at the Boom Boom Room event. We love how they are handcrafted out of sustainable Vermont Maple wood. The wood is non-splintering, naturally anti-bacterial, non-allergenic and non-toxic. And their styles are absolutely adorable. We loved meeting the sweet owners, Lex and Martin.amy tangerine - lexy pexyamy tangerine - lexy pexy amy tangerine - lexy pexy amy tangerine - lexy pexy amy tangerine - lexy pexyHere’s what Lex, had to say: “We fell in love with Jack at first fist bump, which throughout the day became a fist bump explosion, (I will take credit for that). Such a sweetie he clung on while we drew on the floor together and he only tried to eat the chalk once. I could seriously snuggle that baby to pieces!”

And Jack loved the cuddles and hanging out too, thanks for the sweet shades, Lexypexy!

livened up the living room

amy tangerineThe living room is slowly but surely coming together. I love our new additions of vases and succulents! The yellow bunch is actually from the grocery store down the street, as Instagrammed here. We visited the Long Beach Antique Market  a few weeks ago and picked up the vases, just the perfect pop of color. The succulents in the driftwood are from Alchemy Fine Living. How unique do they look?! I love how they bring just the right amount of the outside in.IMG_1232Other house posts can be found here, and here. Side note: If you’re noticing the Kelly Purkey red washi tape on the remote control that Jack has in his hands, it’s to indicate which one is his, as opposed to daddy’s. Several months ago, we discovered that he loved remote controls and wanted to press all the buttons. Several times he has changed the channels so we removed the batteries in a spare one and let him play with it. Which right now means dropping it constantly, except for this moment that Jamie captured perfectly.