Mexico City with ma familia

St. Regis drone shot

The three of us took a trip to Mexico City at the end of last year. It was our second time there and we loved it. The drone captured the shot of us in bed at the St. Regis. We loved staying there for numerous reasons. It's gorgeous, centrally located, and the service is top notch. JC found a good deal in between Christmas and New Years, and it's hard to say no to a good deal at a beautiful hotel like this one. I would say my favorite part was our butler Antonio, but really it was just spending time exploring the city and hanging out with my favorite big and (not so) little guy. Room service breakfast nearly every morning was pretty amazing too.

Had to share this gem - top photo from May 2015, bottom photo from December 2016

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Since vlogging is one of my new favorite things, here is the video of the trip, on my YouTube channel which now has 40,000 subscribers - WHAT?! THANK YOU THANK YOU!

Jack's 3rd Birthday Party + Cheeky DIY

Firetruck themed birthday party

A couple months ago when I asked Jack what he wanted his birthday cake to be, he enthusiastically exclaimed, "FIRE TRUCK!" Since he seemed pretty set on the idea, I started keeping it in the back of my mind as a loose theme for his birthday party. My cousin makes his cake every year, so she had plenty of time to prepare and figure out the details to make his wish come true. I got the invitations designed and ordered about three weeks out, but it wasn't enough time to have them printed and mailed. Plus, let's be honest, I didn't have enough time to hand address every one of them like I wanted to. We got custom invites made by A Pretty Little Party (she also designed the ones for Jack's first birthday party) and sent them through Paperless Post. We collaborated with our friends at Cheeky and made a simple DIY out of their awesome plates, which you can see how to make near the end of this post. There's also a giveaway and chance to win your own party pack!

Our set up was fairly simple, we borrowed an awesome ride on firetruck and banner from Rachel since she threw two firetruck themed birthday parties for Grayson. We put one of Jack's firetrucks on the napkins because it was super windy that day and we didn't want them to blow away. JC roasted a pig and my mom made awesome potstickers, fried rice, crab rangoon, and egg rolls. I didn't get a photo of the spread of the food, but I did get it on video, which will hopefully be edited in the next month or so. Love that it's truly a family affair when it comes to putting these parties together. We used the same buckets for utensils as last year and you can check out his 2nd birthday video on YouTube.

The celebration was lots of fun. We booked Pump and Splash, which was super fun for the kids and even some adults. Since we are in a drought and on a water restriction, our grass is completely dead. One of the awesome things about Pump and Splash is that it recirculates the water. It was the perfect addition to go along with our theme. We also had The Beat Buds perform, which was super fun and entertaining. I first saw them when I scrapbooked Willow's (Pink's daughter's) 2nd birthday party. Since then we have seen them at tons of events and Jack is in love with both of their CD's. The kids were so engaged, playing the musical instruments and dancing along.

Last but not least, the cake! The cake Cindy made was a HUGE hit. Not only did it look amazing, but it tasted so good. And Jack for the first time blew out his candles on his own!

We used Cheeky plates, utensils and napkins, which are available in the party department, exclusively at Target. Here's the simple DIY you can create with just a few items.

Thanks for checking out some of the fun from Jack's party - wish you all could have been there! We had over 80 people, and I can't wait to get the video edited to share more of the fun. And extra special thanks to Cheeky for collaborating with me. Love working with awesome people at amazing companies making a positive impact. The best part is for every Cheeky pack you purchase, they give a meal through their partnership with Feeding America. Cheeky has now helped generate over 9 million meals since launching in November 2014! We also have some pieces from their modern and whimsical Cheeky Home collection we love using on a daily basis. I also shared some tips and my party playlist over on the Party Series on their blog.

GIVEAWAY:

  • Cheeky Party prize pack of our fall assortment:
    • Cheeky Party beverage napkins
    • Cheeky Party lunch napkins
    • Cheeky Party 7" snack plates
    • Cheeky Party 9" lunch plates
    • Cheeky Party cutlery
    • Cheeky Party table covers
  • Cheeky will also donate a meal for every person who enters on 9/22!

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED - Congrats Thelma! You are the winner! TO ENTER: Leave a comment below with anything party related! Comments closed on September 26 at noon Pacific. Thanks to all who entered!

First real "vlog"?

Shot footage this morning, edited this afternoon and uploaded to youtube this evening. It took a while, but if I'm going to make posting a video every weekday in May (just a few more days to go) it's time to get creative and try some more experimenting. 

After traveling and being out of town for about two weeks, it's so nice to be home. I didn't intend on making this video so long - I really wanted to keep it under 10 minutes, but I included some random details that may or may not be interesting and of course some cute clips of Jack. My cousin (also known as Ah-Yi/Cindy) and my mom (Ahpo) live in our guest house and they along with our Jack Russell Terrier, Bamboo make an appearance in what is my first vlog...

Friday favorites

Boys like pink and push strollers around too

1. Have you ever seen a happier boy with a pink and purple stroller? A few weeks ago, we went to a 2nd birthday party for triplets - two girls, one boy. The nanny told us she bought the girls each a stroller and the boy something else. He was so upset about not having one, he didn't speak to her for an entire day. How funny is that? So at the birthday party where there was a petting zoo, Jack chose to push one of the three strollers around for what seemed like hours. Then a week later, daddy took Jack on a walk to Toys R Us and got him this stroller. He gave him other choices like trucks and shopping carts, but Jack had his mind (and maybe heart!) set on this.

2. So neat reading this interview JC did. He doesn't talk a whole lot about his work stuff, but he sure spends a lot of time doing it, so it was interesting to read all about the cool stuff the company is doing. What a stud.

3. Is it bad to have a crush on a married man with two kids? Well, considering JC introduced me to Casey Neistat's work, I am going to say no. I've been obsessed with his Vlog that he's been doing daily for the month. I don't think I've been this obsessed with watching videos on YouTube since searching "Jack Russell puppies" many years ago. Casey's storytelling skills are remarkable. If you don't fall in love after this video or  this video, entitled "Her Water Broke", we can't be friends.

Just kidding, we can still be friends, I suppose.

4. Speaking of videos, I am a bit embarrassed, but still love using a simple technique for including brochures in minibooks. This video was shot in 2009 while in Atlanta staying at a friend's house. JC was using our Flip camera - remember those?!

5. Loving this new book JC got for me, "The New Bohemians" by Justina Blakeney. It's gorgeous and features so many inspiring homes that she's styled. There are DIY project ideas sprinkled throughout along with gorgeous photographs.

Hope you're weekend is as happy as Jack's will be pushing around the pink stroller!

Happy Holidays!

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It's been a bit quiet around here (except for the momentary screaming from Jack on Santa's lap) - he actually gave him 3 fist bumps to begin with and then once I put him down, the crying began. As soon as the photos were taken and Cindy scooped him up, he stopped crying and even waved bye to Santa. All was well. We're just soaking up the holidays with family. Working on some big things for 2015, which I am really excited to share with you all soon. For now, here are the holiday cards we were torn between. We finally decided on this one:Photos by Jamie | Postable is offering 15% off through the rest of the year with the code: TANGERINE15