Turning 23 Among the Trees


Personally, i’m not big on celebrating my own birthday. In fact, I don’t even usually tell people when my birthday is because I don’t like all that attention on myself. So, this year me and my boyfriend Aaron, skipped out of town for the weekend and headed somewhere I’ve been really wanting to go…the Sequoias! Giant, tall trees and exploring a place with no Wifi is way more my style of celebrating anyway! Here is a little peek into what some of our trip looked like…


Last year was probably the hardest year of my life, but I learned a lot about myself and for that I am thankful because those experiences and lessons I went through, made me have a better understanding on who I am and what I truly want out of life. So, with that being said I am fully embracing turning 23 and am so excited for whatever this new trip around the sun may bring and the new lessons it will teach.




Kids ask a lot of questions, all day long… “Where are we going?” “What does this do?” “Why?…Why?…Why?” And most of the time I pretty much have an answer for just about everything. Except last night. Last night was a little different and a question I was definitely not ready for.

We were sitting in the living room and Callan was playing with her baby and she was telling me her baby was sad because she wanted her daddy. Then she looked at me and asked, “Where’s your daddy Mommy?”

I’m not sure if I’ve ever really talked about my dad on any kind of social media or even mentioned him on here, but he’s hasn’t been apart of my life for years, in fact I’m not even sure the last time I’ve talked to him come to think of it. So I haven’t really seen the point to bring him up, I’ve never even told Callan about him and she’s never met him. It wasn’t until she asked where he was that it had even crossed my mind that one day she might be curious about who her grandpa was.

To be totally honest, I’m not really sure who he is. It’s been so long since we’ve had any kind of relationship that I’m not sure what he likes or even what he does. I don’t even know what he looks like now! Nonetheless, I was stumped. I didn’t know what to say so I panicked and said he was sleeping…


After those words came out of my mouth all I could think of was, ‘Oh god that’s the best I could think of??’ Callan is probably going to ask me again when it isn’t night time, then what am I going to say!?’ Shit.

I want to have an open and honest relationship with my daughter because I want her to be open and honest with me. Plus, I feel like if you treat and talk to them like a baby and just coddle them, it isn’t doing them any favors. Obviously, I don’t need to tell her all the little details of what happened between me and my dad but I’m really struggling on how I should navigate this.

& one of the main reasons why I want me and Dominick to have a good friendship is because I don’t want Callan to have the same relationship me and my dad have. My parents didn’t along after their divorce and it didn’t help the transition, eventually it felt as though we needed to choose a side and my mom won hands down. Just for the record, my mom is a freaking saint of a women and is twice the parent my dad ever could have been, but it did suck not having him there for all those big moments in life. For example, he wasn’t there when I graduated high school, to celebrate my birthdays or when I had Callan, and isn’t going to be there to walk me down the aisle at my wedding. I don’t want that for Callan. That’s why it is so important to maintain a healthy co-parent/friend relationship with her dad so they keep that close father/daughter relationship.

I don’t know, I’m honestly at a loss for words about it really, struggling to even put my thought into words writing this but just can’t seem to get it off my mind. Kids really do ask a lot of questions and sometimes it’s the really hard ones you don’t want to answer…

DIY: Little Explorer Binoculars


Right now Callan is at such a fun age and all she wants to do is explore and “look for coo-coo birds.” Yes, I said coo-coo birds. Not really sure where her fascination for finding these birds came from but we search long and hard for them haha! You can’t do it without a good pair of binoculars though, so I whipped up a pair of kid friendly, no worries if they get dropped, binoculars just for Callan! She has to have them wherever we go now, but you know what they say…”Adventure is out there!”

Since it was such a big hit with Cal, i’m sure other kids would like a pair too so I wanted to share this super easy DIY on how to make them.

What you’ll need:

  • 3 toilet paper rolls for each set of binoculars
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Washi Tape to customize your binoculars
  • Yarn

Step One:

Using your hole punch, punch a hole just slightly down from the top of two of your toilet paper rolls.

Step Two:

Cut about a 30-inch length yarn and thread an end through each hole punch and tie a knot. This will be your strap.

Step Three:

This is your time to customize your binoculars with your washi tape however you would like!

Step Four:

Cut an end off of your third toilet paper roll for what will be the connecting piece to hold your binoculars in place together. Cut it into two strips, one for the top and one for the bottom.

Step Five:

Hold the rolls together and hot glue one piece on the top and the bottom of your binoculars.

Ta-Da! There you have it, the cutest pair of binoculars for your little ones to explore with!

Birthday Gift Guide


Once July hits, it seems like i’m celebrating someones birthday every couple weeks! And we all know what birthdays typically include…gifts! This past year I meet this super sweet boss lady, Stacy, at Babychella selling all kinds of handmade products. Recently, I’d discovered that she made the perfect gifts to celebrate someones birthday, weather it’s a baby being welcomed into the world or a co-worker in your office, shes got you covered! I couldn’t help but share her products with all of you, so here’s a mini gift giving guide perfect for his or her birthday.

  • Birthday Block

A handmade, hardwood keepsake block to celebrate baby’s first year on this crazy little thing we call earth! It includes the year, the animal for that year and all the traits said to belong those born in that year which you might see your little one taking after. So cute, right?! You can customize your block and make it even more personal with your child’s name, measurements and choose to make it pink, blue, or green. We have one for Callan, and absolutely love it, it’s the perfect addition next to a few other memorabilia’s in her room.

Get your block here!

  • Birthday Dog Pillow

 I’m not sure about anyone else’s kids, but Callan loves stuffed animals. Seriously guys, I don’t think shes meet a stuffed animals she hasn’t liked. That’s why im so excited to give her a birthday dog pillow to snuggle and celebrate with! Each pillow is sewn from hand with eco-friendly, water-based inks, cotton fabrics and poly fiberfill. It comes in either blue or pink, and you can choose the which pattern you want to customize the back side of your pillow with!

Get your pillow here!

  • Birthday Candle Block-Cupcake

One of Stacy’s new products is her birthday candle block. This is perfect as a cake topper or you could do what I did and give one to a friend along with their present! It’s also a great little way to celebrate someones birthday at work, or someone in the family, especially if your not doing a dessert that way they still have a candle to make their wish on! It is available in lilac, raspberry, sky, and grass.

Get your birthday block here!

  • Air Plant Cube

First of all, air plants…why have I never had one before?! I’ve never been good at keeping plants alive, but air plants seem to be a bit of a game changer, so low maintenance and so cute! These air plant cubes are another new product of Stacy’s that are so versatile for any occasion. You can give them as gifts, decorations for baby showers, keep them on your desk, window sill, or even on your table! You can choose from two color ways (brights or pastels) and sizes (the large 2 1/2″, or the small 2″).

Get your air plant cube here!

So there you at it, the ultimate Stacy Wong handmade birthday gift guide! I hope this makes looking for a gift for that special someone a breeze. Stacy also offers a variety of different handmade wooden products such as gender reveal eggs, super cute mugs, and puzzle blocks for kids and so much more! 

Museum of Ice Cream


To a kid museums sound pretty boring, that is until they made a museum all about ice cream! 

Los Angeles opened a pop up Museum of Ice Cream this year that was only supposed to stay for a couple months, but it did so well they extended their time here and we were lucky enough to get tickets! And I knew Callan wouldn’t mind if I dragged here to a place where she got to eat all kind of treats and swim in a pool of sprinkles;) 

Here’s some of the fun we had during our visit…

Hello…calling all ice cream lovers!

One of the first room we went through was the banana room, it was so much fun! The wall paper smelt like bananas, you could swing and there was a ton of hanging bananas, it was just bananas!!

The next room over was the mint room. They gave us some mint chocolate chip mochi balls when we walked in and had two long planters going down the room. Inside they were growing mint leaves and for the soil they used cocoa mulch, which we learned could be used for soil for pretty much all plants!

Finally, we made it to the very anticipated pool of sprinkles! Although, to be honest I was a little disappointment. They let in a group of people at a time and we happen to be in a really big group and the pool was a lot smaller than we imagined so it was pretty crammed in there, not very much room to play or take a picture. Also, not to mention the people who were trying to have legit photo shoots were getting upset with people getting in their shot. But, it was still a cool experience to play in a pool of sprinkles either way!

& we had to end our trip with a giant ice cream cone to take home!

Thanks for having us Museum of Ice Cream and making all my Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory esk dreams come true!