Sweaters that feel like old friends…

 My favorite part of fall is rediscovering old favorites from last fall/winter.  It’s almost like going shopping…in your own closet! :)Blog J Crew Olive Fishermans Sweater Blank NYC Destroyed Relaxed Straight Leg Cafe Noire Harness Boots-1 Blog J Crew Olive Fishermans Sweater Blank NYC Destroyed Relaxed Straight Leg Cafe Noire Harness Boots-2 Blog J Crew Olive Fishermans Sweater Blank NYC Destroyed Relaxed Straight Leg Cafe Noire Harness Boots-3 Blog J Crew Olive Fishermans Sweater Blank NYC Destroyed Relaxed Straight Leg Cafe Noire Harness Boots-4 Blog J Crew Olive Fishermans Sweater Blank NYC Destroyed Relaxed Straight Leg Cafe Noire Harness Boots-5 Blog J Crew Olive Fishermans Sweater Blank NYC Destroyed Relaxed Straight Leg Cafe Noire Harness Boots-6 Blog J Crew Olive Fishermans Sweater Blank NYC Destroyed Relaxed Straight Leg Cafe Noire Harness Boots-7 Blog J Crew Olive Fishermans Sweater Blank NYC Destroyed Relaxed Straight Leg Cafe Noire Harness Boots-8 Blog Mini Boden Grey Tee Old Navy Overalls Old Navy Plaid Slip on Sneakers-1 Blog Mini Boden Grey Tee Old Navy Overalls Old Navy Plaid Slip on Sneakers-2 Blog Mini Boden Grey Tee Old Navy Overalls Old Navy Plaid Slip on Sneakers-3 Blog Mini Boden Grey Tee Old Navy Overalls Old Navy Plaid Slip on Sneakers-4Right about now, it totally started raining all of a sudden.  I’m like “Maya!  We have to GO!!” Blog Mini Boden Grey Tee Old Navy Overalls Old Navy Plaid Slip on Sneakers-5Then, as we were driving back home, I saw this!  Yeah, I had to pull over! Blog Seattle Skyline Rainbow into the Space Needle-1 On me…

Sweater- J Crew (eBay, similar here or turtleneck option here)
Belt- Old
Jeans- Blank NYC (ebay, similar here)
Boots- Boots- Cafe Noir (thrifted, but similar here and less expensive version here.)
On Maya…
Top- Mini Boden (thrifted)
Overalls- Old Navy (thrifted, but similar here)
Shoes- (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Literally 2 minutes after I took the images of the two of us, Maya went and jumped into a GINORMOUS puddle.  So….it totally looked like she peed her pants haha.  Thankfully, she started dancing and struck poses that hid her wet pants :)
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Pumpkin Cheddar Muffins

Wonderful golden cheesy muffins with pumpkin, cornmeal and cheddar! Not paleo, but gluten free and perfect with soup or chili for a cold fall night!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 Tbsp whole milk yogurt or coconut milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp minced shallot
  • 11/2 cups gluten free flour (or wheat flour if you’re not making this GF)
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 tsps. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric (optional – it’s not enough to add flavor, but it does add beautiful golden color and turmeric is good for you!)
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • dash salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 Tbsp pumpkin seeds

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400° F. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin or line with paper liners.
  • In a bowl, whisk together pumpkin, yogurt, eggs, butter and shallots. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, thyme, salt and pepper. Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir until just combined. Fold in 1 cup cheese.
  • Evenly divide batter in the prepared muffin tin. Sprinkle each muffin with remaining cheese and pumpkin seeds.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and muffins are golden, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool in the tin 10 minutes before cooling on a wire rack. Best served warm.

Thanks PCC Natural Markets

dit-elle-Esther

Cashmere + Boyfriend Jeans

 When we get into fall and it’s raining and windy (which it absolutely was when I got dressed this particular morning!), there’s nothing cozier than a super soft cashmere sweater and worn in boyfriend jeans.  I’ve had this pair for 4-5 years, and they are so soft with all the washings.  To avoid looking too sloppy with a baggy sweater and baggy pants, I wore some comfy booties.  Just enough of a heel to add some polish to the look, but low enough that I easily ran after Maya when she took off and wore them all day running errands.  Total win.Blog StyleMint Green Parka Red Joie Cashmere Sweater with Elbow Patches Rich and Skinny Studded boyfriend jeans Nine West Brown Suede Booties-1 Blog StyleMint Green Parka Red Joie Cashmere Sweater with Elbow Patches Rich and Skinny Studded boyfriend jeans Nine West Brown Suede Booties-2 Blog StyleMint Green Parka Red Joie Cashmere Sweater with Elbow Patches Rich and Skinny Studded boyfriend jeans Nine West Brown Suede Booties-3Blog Gap Butterfly Boho Dress Sanita Brown Toddler Clogs-1Blog Gap Butterfly Boho Dress Sanita Brown Toddler Clogs-2Blog Gap Butterfly Boho Dress Sanita Brown Toddler Clogs-3Blog StyleMint Green Parka Red Joie Cashmere Sweater with Elbow Patches Rich and Skinny Studded boyfriend jeans Nine West Brown Suede Booties-24Blog StyleMint Green Parka Red Joie Cashmere Sweater with Elbow Patches Rich and Skinny Studded boyfriend jeans Nine West Brown Suede Booties-25Blog StyleMint Green Parka Red Joie Cashmere Sweater with Elbow Patches Rich and Skinny Studded boyfriend jeans Nine West Brown Suede Booties-26Blog StyleMint Green Parka Red Joie Cashmere Sweater with Elbow Patches Rich and Skinny Studded boyfriend jeans Nine West Brown Suede Booties-27On me…

Jacket- StyleMint (old, similar here)
Sweater- Joie (ebay but here it is in gray)
Jeans- Rich & Skinny “Super Studly” (old, but similar here, and less expensive here)
Boots- Nine West  (thrifted, similar here)
On Maya…
Dress- Gap (thrifted, but similar here)
Tights- Gap (thrifted, but similar here)
Shoes- Sanita  (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
I was SWEATING like a pig at the end of this.  I kid you not.  It was raining when I walked Maya to school in the morning, chilly and overcast when we walked home, chilly with blue skies when we left the house, blue sky and RAINING right before we took these pictures, and then super sunny 5 minutes after we started taking them.  This bipolar weather is killing me!!
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Happy Little Ghosts Kid Craft

Looking for a super cheap, super fun Halloween craft that you can involve the kids in? My soon-to-be 4 year old and 18 month old had a blast making our “Happy Little Ghosts” craft. All you need is a box of tissues, cotton balls, thread and a needle (you do the thread and needle part, kids can do the tissues and cotton balls part)! :)

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Supplies (makes 10 ghosts)

  • 10 tissues
  • 10 cotton balls
  • Spool of white sewing thread
  • Needle (for sewing thread)
  • Scissors (for cutting thread)

Directions

  • Thread needle with 2 feet+ of thread, and center the needle in the middle of the thread
  • Tie the ends together in a knot, so that you now have a double thread
  • Lay a tissue on a flat surface (kid activity!)
  • Place a cotton ball in the center of the tissue (kid activity!)
  • Gather edges and pick up tissue, holding it so that the cotton ball is completely covered and cinch up the tissue where the ghost neck will be (kid activity!)
  • Stick needle just below covered ball and make two circles around head and cinch up (parent activity here and rest of craft! :))
  • Stick needle into ‘neck’ and up into cotton ball, so that it comes out on the top of the head
  • Pull upward, cut needle off string, tie strings together with a knot
  • Voila! One done! On to the next one! Ava was running such a little ghost craft factory that I could not keep up. Anders meanwhile was having lots of fun pulling tissues out and tossing cotton balls all over.

Tip:  You get a different effect if you wrinkle the tissues a bit (which is why this is such a great kid craft) and you can do this at the first step or even after the ghosts are hung! :)

dit-elle-Esther

My favorite denim…

I honestly cannot remember how or when I came across DL1961 Denim.  Looking back, I remember wearing them when I was pregnant with Maya because the fabric was perfectly stretchy and SO comfy.  Obviously, that was over 3 years ago, and I now have 10+ pairs (I can’t help myself, they’re that good!!).   What I do know, is that they are hands down my favorite denim.  I’ve talked about the amazing 360 degree stretch a number of times on this blog, and how perfect they are for active moms.  Really, they are good for anyone who wants to look better and feel like you’re still wearing your yoga pants haha.  I actually wore them for my very first blog post-that was weird to look back on!!

All this to say, I literally could not believe my eyes when I got an email asking if I’d be interested in doing a Mother/Daughter collaboration with them!!  Like…mouth hanging open, and I reread the email about 10 times before I convinced myself it wasn’t spam :}.  Everything that they wanted to show, is exactly why I wanted to do this blog.  That there are comfy cute clothes that let you play with your kids and still look good.

They just came out with a line for kids this summer that not only has 4-way stretch that is great for playing/climbing/jumping, but it’s also anti-bacterial, odor-resistant fabric-WHAT??!  And if that wasn’t amazing enough, theirs are about 40% less than other designer denim for kids-only slightly more than chain store toddler denim!

So…in an effort to step up my mom game a little, I did my hair, actually put make up on, put a liiiiittle more thought into what we wore, and went to one of my favorite parks.  All of which (besides the hair and make up :)) are totally within the realm of daily activities for us!

The weather here is still a bit bipolar.  Raining one minute, sunny the next, windy and cold soon thereafter.  Big scarves are the perfect in between accessory.  They keep you warm, but not too warm!1 1 blog Vintage Brown Plaid Scarf Autumn Cashmere Sweater DL1961 Emma Bloom Sam Edelman Petty Suede Booties-14c2I wish you could feel how soft and comfortable this fabric is!  This particular pair “The Emma in Bloom” is softer than any other pair I have.  Feels almost like a stretch silk denim. 1 Blog Vintage Brown Plaid Scarf Autumn Cashmere Sweater DL1961 Emma Bloom Sam Edelman Petty Suede Booties-2The faux front pockets make it so you don’t have that annoying pocket lump.  And really, who puts anything in their front pocket?? 1 Blog Vintage Brown Plaid Scarf Autumn Cashmere Sweater DL1961 Emma Bloom Sam Edelman Petty Suede Booties-3I seriously took more pics of my arse in this post than ever before.  BUTT (haha ;)) they really do flatter the backside!!  And, who couldn’t use that?! 1as Vintage Brown Plaid Scarf Autumn Cashmere Sweater DL1961 Emma Bloom Sam Edelman Petty Suede Booties-15c 1 Blog Vintage Brown Plaid Scarf Autumn Cashmere Sweater DL1961 Emma Bloom Sam Edelman Petty Suede Booties-5I mean…can you sit like this comfortably in many other jeans?  Fyi, Maya’s off to the side eating her apple ;)1a1 Vintage Brown Plaid Scarf Autumn Cashmere Sweater DL1961 Emma Bloom Sam Edelman Petty Suede Booties-17cAnd…playing with her dolls that I couldn’t manage to get out of her hands for half these shots.  Keeping it real over here ;) 1 Blog Circo brown faux leather Jacket Gap Pink Top DL1961 Harper Minogue Osh Kosh Leopard Booties-1This was so fun for me as a photographer.  I usually only set the tripod up in one maybe 2 situations, get a few shots, and then move on to taking pics of Maya or just put the camera away and play.  I tried to get a little more variety this time and shoot shots that I would want to shoot if I were only the photographer vs also the subject.2 Vintage Brown Plaid Scarf Autumn Cashmere Sweater DL1961 Emma Bloom Sam Edelman Petty Suede Booties-1Love, love, LOVE these next three.  It’s so us.  She loves to be cuddled, and I LOVE TO CUDDLE HER! Blog Vintage Brown Plaid Scarf Autumn Cashmere Sweater DL1961 Emma Bloom Sam Edelman Petty Suede Booties-22c1 SP Vintage Brown Plaid Scarf Autumn Cashmere Sweater DL1961 Emma Bloom Sam Edelman Petty Suede Booties-24 2 Vintage Brown Plaid Scarf Autumn Cashmere Sweater DL1961 Emma Bloom Sam Edelman Petty Suede Booties-31 Blog Circo brown faux leather Jacket Gap Pink Top DL1961 Harper Minogue Osh Kosh Leopard Booties-6 2 Vintage Brown Plaid Scarf Autumn Cashmere Sweater DL1961 Emma Bloom Sam Edelman Petty Suede Booties-4Maya’s wearing a “slouchy slim” fit.  The fabric on these is the same ridiculously soft fabric as my jeans!  I admit to putting her in skinny jeans that probably aren’t the most comfy for her (yes, I’m admitting it Mom and Dad!!), but these?  She could climb just about anything! 2 Blog Circo brown faux leather Jacket Gap Pink Top DL1961 Harper Minogue Osh Kosh Leopard Booties-1 2 Blog Circo brown faux leather Jacket Gap Pink Top DL1961 Harper Minogue Osh Kosh Leopard Booties-2 2 Blog Circo brown faux leather Jacket Gap Pink Top DL1961 Harper Minogue Osh Kosh Leopard Booties-31 A Blog Circo brown faux leather Jacket Gap Pink Top DL1961 Harper Minogue Osh Kosh Leopard Booties-32c 3 Vintage Brown Plaid Scarf Autumn Cashmere Sweater DL1961 Emma Bloom Sam Edelman Petty Suede Booties-13 Vintage Brown Plaid Scarf Autumn Cashmere Sweater DL1961 Emma Bloom Sam Edelman Petty Suede Booties-21 Blog Circo brown faux leather Jacket Gap Pink Top DL1961 Harper Minogue Osh Kosh Leopard Booties-17 2 Blog Circo brown faux leather Jacket Gap Pink Top DL1961 Harper Minogue Osh Kosh Leopard Booties-5On me…

Scarf- Vintage (thrifted, LOVING this here)
Sweater- Autumn Cashmere (old, similar here and here)
Boots- Sam Edelman “Petty Suede Boots” (thrifted for $8.40!!!)
On Maya…
Jacket- Circo (thrifted, but similar here)
Top- Gap (thrifted, but similar here)
Jeans- DL1961 “Harper” (C/O)
Shoes- Osh Kosh (purchased from Zulily, similar here)
Keeping it Real…
So, about 10 minutes into shooting an entire field trip of kids came up to where we were and were learning about the park/pine cones/who knows what.   They were literally right where I was standing in the first shot, so….I just flipped the camera around to get the ones of me and Maya.  Yes, I was embarrassed for all of about 2 minutes, and then I figured-what the heck.  I am NOT wasting a non rainy day, on which I actually did my hair and make up haha.  So, the show went on!
Here’s a picture I took with my phone :)
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(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

DIY Toilet Paper Roll Glitter Crown with Tulle

Blog DIY Toilet Paper Glitter Crown with Tulle-1Maya is obsessed with “princesses”.  Every dress is a “princess dress”, and her obsession with Elsa and Anna is (like most toddler girls) a bit out of control :)  I had brief thoughts of making her an Elsa costume, but then reality slapped me in the face.  Esther, on the other hand, IS making Ava one, and I cannot wait to see it!!  I went the easy route with Maya’s costume and found a cute orange and black tutu looking outfit at Goodwill for $4.  It’s supposed to be a witch, but I called it a Pumpkin Princess outfit, and Maya’s in love haha.

But…every princess needs a crown, no?  The DIY lace crown I made before was super easy, but I wanted to try something a little more complex and fun.  I had the idea of using a toilet paper roll for the crown, putting glitter on it, and somehow having tulle shoot out.  Honestly, I wasn’t sure how I was going to do it until I started making it ha!

As luck would have it, Mother had a post that very morning on Toilet Paper Roll Crafts.  I had originally just cut my crown straight across, but their gold crown with the points was so much cuter!  Saved just in the nick of time!

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  • Toilet paper roll
  • Sharp scissors
  • Glitter
  • Marker that is either the same shade or complimentary to your glitter
  • Glue
  • Small Hole Punch
  • Elastic
  • Tulle (a yard should be plenty, although if you want a longer train use more)
  • Large Cookie sheet lined with tin foil for easy clean up
  • Toddler (added bonus :))

Instructions

  • Cut your toilet paper roll in half
  • Cut jagged design in one half
  • Cut the other half into a fourth and then cut up one side so it slides inside itself to be smaller and will fit inside the jagged crown piece.
  • Color the Crown piece with your marker.  That way when the glue dries, you will see that color vs the brown toilet paper roll.Blog DIY Toilet Paper Glitter Crown with Tulle-4
  • Punch holes in opposite sides at the bottom of the crown.
  • Lightly coat the crown with glue (I put a little too much on and it started dripping :{Blog DIY Toilet Paper Glitter Crown with Tulle-5 Blog DIY Toilet Paper Glitter Crown with Tulle-6
  • Have your toddler help with lightly pouring the glitter on.  I used both black tiny ball glitter and gold dust glitter.
  • Set that aside to dry.  If you lightly coat it with glue, it should be fine standing up right.
  • Next, cut your tulle into 6 inch squares.  I had probably 8-10. Stack all the tulle with the corners at varying vs being all lined up.  I think it would look cool if you did longer pieces and they were flowing down the back too!
  • Place your cut 1/4 piece of the roll in the middle of the tulle stack and fold up, securing with a rubber band.  Secure the excess with more rubber bands so it’s easier to feed through the crown.Blog DIY Toilet Paper Glitter Crown with Tulle-7
  • When your crown is dry, feed the tulled inner crown up through the middle and place some glue around the bottom to secure.Blog DIY Toilet Paper Glitter Crown with Tulle-8 Blog DIY Toilet Paper Glitter Crown with Tulle-9
  • Cut the rubber bands and fluff the tulle.Blog DIY Toilet Paper Glitter Crown with Tulle-10
  • Tie the elastic through the punched holes, and your done!Blog DIY Toilet Paper Glitter Crown with Tulle-11Have fun!!

dit-elle-Lauren

Plaid and Coated Flares…fall in Seattle ;)

 So, I’m on a roll with wearing things that I’ve been “saving”.  These coated flares have been folded up in my closet just waiting to be worn, and I finally stopped waiting for the right occasion.  Because playing on a pier overlooking Seattle seemed like the perfect occasion :)Blog Gap Denim Jacket Vintage Plaid Shirt J Brand Coated Flare Sam Edelman Moccasin Wedge Gustto Estiva Bag-1 Blog Gap Denim Jacket Vintage Plaid Shirt J Brand Coated Flare Sam Edelman Moccasin Wedge Gustto Estiva Bag-2 Blog Gap Denim Jacket Vintage Plaid Shirt J Brand Coated Flare Sam Edelman Moccasin Wedge Gustto Estiva Bag-3Blog Gap Denim Jacket Vintage Plaid Shirt J Brand Coated Flare Sam Edelman Moccasin Wedge Gustto Estiva Bag-4 Blog Gap Denim Jacket Vintage Plaid Shirt J Brand Coated Flare Sam Edelman Moccasin Wedge-5 Blog Gap Denim Jacket Vintage Plaid Shirt J Brand Coated Flare Sam Edelman Moccasin Wedge-6 Blog Gap Denim Jacket Vintage Plaid Shirt J Brand Coated Flare Sam Edelman Moccasin Wedge-7 Blog Old Navy Faux fur Vest Old Navy Drop Waist Denim dress Carters Zebra Leggings Corral Toddler Cowboy Boots-1 Blog Old Navy Faux fur Vest Old Navy Drop Waist Denim dress Carters Zebra Leggings Corral Toddler Cowboy Boots-2These bubbles were totally faulty!!  Poor thing.  I even tried and got maybe 2 bubbles at a time :(  That didn’t stop her though haha. Blog Old Navy Faux fur Vest Old Navy Drop Waist Denim dress Carters Zebra Leggings Corral Toddler Cowboy Boots-3She got ONE! Blog Old Navy Faux fur Vest Old Navy Drop Waist Denim dress Carters Zebra Leggings Corral Toddler Cowboy Boots-4Ok, screw bubbles.  This pole is totally fun to spin around… :) Blog Old Navy Faux fur Vest Old Navy Drop Waist Denim dress Carters Zebra Leggings Corral Toddler Cowboy Boots-5 Blog Old Navy Faux fur Vest Old Navy Drop Waist Denim dress Carters Zebra Leggings Corral Toddler Cowboy Boots-6 Blog Old Navy Faux fur Vest Old Navy Drop Waist Denim dress Carters Zebra Leggings Corral Toddler Cowboy Boots-7 Blog Old Navy Faux fur Vest Old Navy Drop Waist Denim dress Carters Zebra Leggings Corral Toddler Cowboy Boots-8Her Gigi would be proud.  We are getting our miles out of these boots she got Maya for her birthday!! Blog Old Navy Faux fur Vest Old Navy Drop Waist Denim dress Carters Zebra Leggings Corral Toddler Cowboy Boots-9 Blog Old Navy Faux fur Vest Old Navy Drop Waist Denim dress Carters Zebra Leggings Corral Toddler Cowboy Boots-10 Blog Old Navy Faux fur Vest Old Navy Drop Waist Denim dress Carters Zebra Leggings Corral Toddler Cowboy Boots-12 Blog Old Navy Faux fur Vest Old Navy Drop Waist Denim dress Carters Zebra Leggings Corral Toddler Cowboy Boots-13 Blog Old Navy Faux fur Vest Old Navy Drop Waist Denim dress Carters Zebra Leggings Corral Toddler Cowboy Boots-14On me…

Jacket- Gap (seriously, probably 15+ years old?? Similar here)
Top- Vintage “Panhandle Slim” haha  (thrifted, but similar  here)
Jeans- J Brand Martini Coated Flare ($20!! from Twice, similar here)
Shoes- Sam Edelman (thrifted, similar lower heel here)
Bag- Gustto (ebay, similar here)
On Maya…
Vest- Old Navy (thrifted, but similar on sale here)
Dress- Old Navy (thrifted, but similar here)
Leggings- Carters (similar here)
Keeping it Real…
I rarely wear heels anymore.  I used to wear them all day long in my previous corporate life, although I sat for most of the day… These Sam Edelman wedges are actually super comfy when you first put them on.  Two hours later, chasing Maya, running on rocky beaches…I practically threw them off the minute we walked through the door!  So…back to flats/boots for me :)
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren