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I chose to create my custom buffet because I wanted a piece that would fit along the window. It needed to be pretty long and so far I hadn’t been able to find something with those characteristics. I was also able to customize the interior based on my needs.
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At first I hadn’t purchased doors for the bookshelf. I decided to get doors because it didn’t looked finished and polished like I had envisioned. Also it would save me the trouble of dusting the books constantly.
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Here I store all my wrapping tools. It’s usually a bit more organized than this. Oops!

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It was really nice to have the option to have the media hardware stored. This way little fingers won’t get to them. I opted out of door handles to make it hard on the kids to open the doors and make their usual mess. This has been a life saver!

Happy Friday everyone!

Visiting San Diego California with Children

by Rose Elder

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I want to start by mentioning some our great beaches. It is an amazing way of keeping kids busy for most of the day.

Beaches

Pacific Beach
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Coronado Island. Here you can arrive by boat via Downtown San Diego’s waterfront. There are several places that rent bicycles and you can cycle around the island. It is pretty safe because there isn’t much traffic around the residential streets. Then you can enjoy a treat at Hotel Del and get your feet wet at one of the most amazing beaches you will ever see.
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Downtown La Jolla has a beautiful area called La Jolla Village. The ocean view is incredible. There are several playgrounds and parks where your kids can run around. There is also good entertainment to watch the seals for free at The Children’s Pool. La Jolla Shores is a great beach as well, it’s very wide so there is plenty of space for the kids to build sand castles.
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Enjoy amazing gelato at Bobboi Natural Gelato 
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Windansea. You can watch some of the best surfers in the city ride waves at this beach.
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Stop at Caroline’s Seaside Cafe at La Jolla Shores for a nice lunch with an incredible view.
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Balboa Park

From museums to restaurants and playgrounds. Balboa is one of the largest parks in the country. It is worth spending a full day here. There are several museums catered for kids as well as playgrounds and great restaurants like The Prado and Panama 66.
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Have lunch at Panama 66. Very welcoming to families, good food and great beer. Alexander had 2 PB&J’s!
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Liberty Station

This is a whole development next to the San Diego Bay waterway. You can also spend if not a full day here, a good part of it. NTC playground is one of the coolest playgrounds we have in the city. Have lunch at Stone Brewery or Liberty Public Market. Visit Moniker General to do a little bit of shopping while enjoying good coffee. If you really want to keep the kids busy take them to Kidventures and Corvette Diner.
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The San Diego Central Library

There is a kids section at the library that is worth visiting if you are around. There are obviously many books as well as interactive digital tools. There are also reading times for kids, just look them up here.

You might event want to stop at Petco Park to watch The Padres play baseball if they are in season. They have a kids section with a huge sandbox and tickets are pretty cheap, around $10-$15.

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The Coaster to Solana Beach

A fun experience for the kids can be taking The Coaster train that departs from Santa Fe Station in Little Italy, to north county. Stop at Solana Beach and walk around Cedros Street. They have amazing little boutiques and galleries. Solo is for sure my favorite.

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North Park

North Park is this hip neighborhood where a lot of young families live. They have several restaurants with kid areas you can check out. You can go to the free arts and crafts Saturday afternoons at ChuckAlek where you can enjoy a beer while your kids have a great time. Before or after you can stop at Encontro or Waypoint Public to have a nice meal. And please stop by Pigment, this amazing boutique I make any excuse to go to.
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South Park

You can visit South Park after going to North Park or vice versa. They are pretty close to each other, maybe a 5 minute drive. Here you can walk the streets, stop at Station for a burger. Station is a pretty cool place with a kids area, so its always busy. Visit The Gold Leaf and Junc Boutiques. Then have an ice cream at The Daily Scoop on Juniper or a chocolate dessert at Eclipse bar and bistro.

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The Childrens Museum 

Located in Downtown San Diego. It is pretty amazing, super modern and ample. Many hands-on activities for the kids. I believe it’s $8 per person to get in.

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The San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo if you have the time it is incredible. It is huge, so it will take you all day to see it. The only problem with the zoo, if you care, is that in the summers it is packed. It is honestly hard to walk around. I try to go with girlfriends early mornings in the fall.

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The Waterfront Park

The Waterfront Park is located in Downtown San Diego west of Little Italy. It is one of the most amazing parks you will ever visit and it is free! They have a huge area where the kids can splash and a playground with fun and creative structures. If you have the energy take a 20 minute walk to The Headquarters and have lunch at Puesto. Great Mexican food! Don’t forget to walk around Seaport Village after your meal.

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Cabrillo National Monument

The views are out of this world. I can go on and on on the history here, but what you need to see is the views of downtown San Diego and the bay, the light house and visit the cemetery on your way out.

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I really hope this answers some of your questions on what to do when you visit this amazing city with your families.

What are some of your favorite spots in San Diego?

 

My IKEA Obsession

by Rose Elder

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First and foremost ISTAD , their equivalent to Ziploc bags. They don’t break when you open them like the traditional Ziplocs. They are a bit thicker too, so they are better about never getting those edge holes. I have gone to Ikea just for these! As you can see I already have the replacements behind the opened boxes in my kitchen drawer (below).
Their napkins FANTASTISK are also the perfect thickness and size. I have gone to Ikea just to get more of those as well.
In their children’s section they have a whole isle for arts and crafts. My boys love to paint, as most kids do. Ikea is a great place to get distinct kinds of paint and paper they can have fun with. I usually buy the MALA paint (they usually wear an apron). We also use their watercolors and their MALA paper that comes in all sizes and colors. I especially love their larger white sheets, those are the first ones to go.
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Using their range of frames is a fun and inexpensive way to create a family picture wall. I’m not sure they still carry the style of frames I have, but there are others that are very similar. My dresser is made with their NORDLI Series, the drawer size and the height of the dresser are totally customizable. They fit my space perfectly.
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I bought this magazine holder and I use it as my mailbox sorter. I used my p-touch to label each compartment.
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I installed their MULIG clothes bar above my washer and dryer to air dry shirts. This way you can avoid that annoying line made by drying them on a regular clothes rack.
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Am I scaring you a little? I told you, I am obsessed.
Below is a picture of how I used their BESTA system on my living room walls and on my buffet next to my dining table. I will write a post in the near future about the whole wall, (this is just one side) and how I have used BESTA. I wanted something completely customizable that would fit and maximize the space I had with as much storage as possible. You can never have too much storage. The fact that I didn’t add handles is also a lifesaver because my kiddos don’t even think about getting into the furniture.
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Ikea’s kitchen drawer liners, glass shelves and food dry jar organizers make my time in the kitchen even more enjoyable. And yes, the cups and plates that my kids use are Ikea as well.

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What are your Ikea obsessions if you have any?
There is a section for comments below each post, I would love to hear from you!

5 Must-Have Trends for Summer 2017

by Rose Elder

I met with Janna Cota, founder and owner of TRESCOOL, and fashion specialist. She is giving us the insight into the main trends we will be seeing this summer 2017. Some trends from last year will stay but get ready to add this summer favorites to your collection!

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Wear them in dresses, tops and jumpsuits. There are no limits for flowers.

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Modernize this classic print with a fun dress or a sexy top.

 

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Wear it up or wear it down. Lace is here to make a statement any time of day.

 

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Vertical stripes are the trend. They elongate and slim your figure.

 

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Deconstructed tops are getting more and more daring.

Thank you, Janna!

What trends are you rocking this summer?

Freshen-up Your Pantry

by Rose Elder

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My husband recently wrote an article for melmagazine.com. The article is about how to buy exactly a week worth of groceries. He interviewed a nutritionist and a professional organizer to give the reader information on how to achieve this.

I asked Adam if he could ask the experts for advice on how to avoid wasting food. I recently had found myself buying chia seeds because I wasn’t able to find any in my pantry drawer. I realized, after a full pantry cleanup, that I not only had one bag of chia seeds hiding in there, I had 4! I also found myself frequently throwing away spoiled leftovers from my fridge from who knows when.

Both the professional organizer and the nutritionist kept mentioning to Adam that the key to eating what you already have and subsequently saving money is: “You have to see it.”

It sounds so simple, but is easier said than done. I was determined to organize my pantry and refrigerator in a way that would not only look organized, but that was 100% functional. Last year we remodeled our kitchen with Ikea cabinetry and at that time we only bought a few drawer organizers because we were already maxed out. Ikea has the most amazing accessories to help your kitchen organization go to the next level, so I figured I’d start there.

Sure enough in Ikea’s yearly catalog they had a whole section on how to avoid wasting food. The TILLSLUTA line is their line of dry food jars that they recommend to use with their pantry system. Fortunately for people that don’t have an Ikea kitchen, this system can work with any kitchen.

Then I went to Ikea to purchase the amount of TILLSUTA dry food jars I suspected I needed based on the size of my drawer. I believe I spent around $80 in 14 containers of different sizes, so they are kind of spendy. On the other hand, buying four $6 bags of chia seeds adds up quickly.

I also bought clear tupperwares so I could finally see what leftovers I had in my fridge. I cleaned my fridge completely and got rid of my old tupperwares that were not clear. I opted for Ikea’s PRUTA. 17 tupperwares for $4.99 sounded like a deal to me. Since the tupperwares I was using were not clear, I kept forgetting what was in them, or that they were even there! I have been using this clear tupperwares for about a month now. Since then no leftovers have spoiled on me! The experts were right, if you see it you eat it.

Here are some pictures of my pantry before and after the new system.

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For my kids food pouches I got one of their containers that attaches to the side of the drawer. This ones unfortunately only work for Ikea drawers.pantry5

In one of the boxes I added smaller plastic bags because had smaller quantities and I didn’t want to have that many dry jars for such little amounts. But I am able to see what is in that box.pantry4

With the TILLSUTA dry jars I was able to also use my pantry drawers to the max. I not only used the width and length of the drawer, but also its height.

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I love my P-touch, I use it for most drawer organization. You can go even further by labeling each box, but I decided against it. I sometimes buy something different and I didn’t want to complicate things by adding labels.

This is also an easy way to know if you are running out of anything and needs to be replenished.

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How did you choose to organize your pantry?

 

6 hair product “must-haves”

by Rose Elder

I am not someone who splurges in many things. I actually don’t like to spend too much money really. I always think a purchase through. Do I really need it? Will I still need this a month from now? Is it worth the money?

But one thing I won’t hesitate too much spending money on is my hair. I have gone to my amazing hair stylist Enjolie Levy at Revive Salon and Spa for 7 years now. You know how hard it is to find the right hair stylist, so you know what I mean. I trust her completely with my hair color and cut. She will never try to up-sell me on anything, but when I ask for a hair product recommendation, she is always on point.

Here are her favorite must-haves:

 

Deva No-Poo Decadence and Deva One Condition. I have used this as my shampoo and conditioner for about three years now. My hair is curly, so it tends to dry easier than straight hair. Deva is the only hair cleanser that works for me. It is made with chufa milk and quinoa protein. Definitely a must-have!

If you are on the go or simply you don’t like to wash your hair every day she recommends using L’Oreal fresh dust dry shampoo.

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Unite 7 seconds Glossing Spray is also a must-have if you use heat on your hair daily. This product protects your hair before using a curling iron or a flat iron. It also helps with frizz and smooths your hair.

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Enjolie recommends L’Oreal Lumi Controle to keep your hair looking shiny and healthy.  It works great for bangs as well.

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Finally Unite U Oil. She recommended this product to me and I have used it the last couple of years. You can use it before you blow dry your hair and after. It is not an oily and sticky product, on the contrary, it is silky and light. Keeps my curls shiny and bouncy.

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What are your hair product must-haves?