Our Palm Springs and Arizona Trip!

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Last week we went to Palm Springs for few days. We stayed in a Kid and Coe  house that we totally fell in love with. We are dreaming about buying a place in Palm Springs now for the kids to play at all the time. It turns out I have a lot more in common with the owner than our shared love of pink rugs and beautiful lamps; her name is also Bethann! Weird, right? Seriously, look at her place and tell me you aren’t drooling. The house is #decorgoals

We also went to Arizona to spend some time with friends and family. We experienced a killer egg drop at Open Arms Church in Scottsdale. Watch the video — it was the coolest Easter egg hunt I’ve ever seen. It was a little difficult coming back to LA after getting to hang out with so many of our old friends in AZ. I wish they would all move here! 🙂 It is nice to be back in 70 degree weather though.

What are you all doing for Easter? I hope it’s a great one! xx


Let’s Eat!

As I write this, Gunnar is chowing down on chow mein and sautéed vegetables using a fork like a little man. Harlowe ate the same thing last night and is getting pretty good at mastering chopsticks. I’m not trying to brag about how good they eat. They eat processed foods, sugary foods, even… gluten. Gasp! I just can’t believe how far both of them have come from the days where the only thing on the menu was milk. It seems like that was yesterday.

They’re getting so independent it kills me. This EZPZ mat has been a huge help for me in that it helps make me more creative about what I put in front of Gunnar. I originally bought it so that he’d have a plate that he couldn’t throw on the ground, but I found that a.) if there is a will there is a way and b.) I get obsessed with offering him 1-2 new flavors with each meal. To my surprise, he loves grilled broccoli. My experience with Harlowe has taught me that he probably tries/likes everything because he’s not mature enough to have an opinion yet, but let’s hope this appreciation for greens sticks. 🙂

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I just discovered Baby Cubby which is where I scored the EZPZ mat and his Rags to Raches romper (these rompers always sell out on the Rags site before I grab the ones I want). I really like Baby Cubby because they are there not just to sell “stuff” but to be a resource for us throughout this journey of raising tiny little people.  
Speaking of resources, I am going to make a video on a few of the meals that I prepare at home. The kids and I eat the same things for almost every meal and I have gotten a few questions lately about what I eat. I am really excited to share some of my quick and healthy, picky-eater-approved recipes with you and if you have any favorites you want to share with me please do!

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I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Rags to Raches romper and EZPZ mat c/o Baby Cubby P.S. on these rompers, I’d size up two sizes. The site says size up one size for a baggy look, but they run small IMO. Gunnar is a big 18-month-old (100th percentile for height and weight) but he wearing a size 3/4T in Rags rompers.

Venice Canals

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Happy Spring! Ive really been enjoying the extra daylight we get with Spring and am taking full advantage by implementing family walks. Our neighborhood is a lovely place for a stroll, but we always want to check out something new so we went over to the Venice Canals yesterday since Gunnar had never seen them and it had been over a year since Harlowe has been! I can’t believe it’s been that long since we’ve taken these. Our family has increased by 25% since then and I think Harlowe’s height has too.

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They loved running up and down the water on the long, un-crowded sidewalks. Finally, no people to dodge! The houses are so charming along the canals, I don’t think I could ever get sick of it. Kaare and I decided that we will move there when we win the lottery. 😉

Harlowe and Gunnar’s cute shirts are from Tenth and Pine. I’ve really made an effort to get them both more gender neutral clothes so that Gunnar has the chance to wear Harlowe’s when he’s big enough. Also, I just like the look of neutral and minimalist kid’s clothes. They stock a lot of the brands I love like Kid + Kind and now they have their own line which is what the kids are wearing here. I just love this super-soft ‘hug life’ tee for Gunnar because he gives the best hugs ever! I hope he never stops wanting to hug mama. Harlowe’s ‘I love you more’ tee comes in adult sizes too which is pretty much my dream come true because I love matching her while she will let me.

My outfit details in case you’re interested: My top / my pink NMDs are from GOAT. Love the white ones too / my shorts

#GRWM: Get Ready With Me…AND the kids!

I came across this mermaid tail last year while we were in Maui. Like most things Harlowe wears, it didn’t come in my size so I bought it for her. It’s still really for me, if we’re being honest. She likes to wear it in the bathtub and she splashes around like Ariel singing, “ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, aaaaah.’

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^my sensitive skinned babegetting kids ready for school
Both the kids love bath time, but they don’t have an appreciation for any other type of grooming. To Harlowe, doing your hair should always be optional and if it were, she’d always opt out. I don’t blame her… I myself am an avid collector of dry shampoo. I think kids should be kids so on the weekends, we don’t spend more than 5 seconds on hair, but on school days that mane has to be high and tight to help prevent the spread of little, blood sucking bugs.
In the interest of time, we do a simple pony tail most days (with a bow when she’s feeling fancy) and I love using SoCozy products to prep and prime each time we primp. The Hush collection which includes Hush Sensitive Serum, Hush Sensitive Foam, Hush Sensitive 2in1, and Hush Sensitive Detangler is our current go-to so we can use the same products on both Harlowe and Gunnar who has sensitive skin. Their styling foam smells so good that even I use it when I wear my hair au natural (vs straightening the crap out of it). The foam helps combat my frizz and keeps Harlowe’s baby hair flyaways at bay all day.socozy hush products
Since I mentioned preventing lice earlier, my other trick is using this spray all over the head. I spray it on each day after we do hair and we haven’t had an episode since we started using that a year ago. Really spray the back of the head by the neck and behind the ears. That’s where they like to hang out the most. All of their products can be purchased at Target if you’re interested and I’ve linked them below too!

Thank you for reading and have a great day! Thank you to BrandBacker and my friends at SoCozy for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

5 things to get down on in honor of International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day! With everything that is going on politically lately, I am moved by all of the positive messages sent by and for women across the globe today. I was listening to the radio this morning on my way home from dropping of Gunnar and one of the hosts was talking about how women should get more pay, not just equal because people should be paid based on performance and he (yes, he!) believes that in most cases, women out-perform their male counterparts. For the first time in months, I found myself saying, I’m with him. 

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Here’s 5 things to get down on in honor of International Women’s Day:

  1. These inspiring acts going on around the world today almost brought tears to my eyes. Putin’s statement may shock you.
  2. This will remind you that we have a long way to go.
  3. If you need an excuse to shop, this retailer is donating 20% of all sales today to the National Women’s Law Center. I’ve got my eye on anything opal.
  4. Wear RED in solidarity. Or, if you’re like me and all of you personal possessions are boxed up in a garage, wear commanding boots and a soft, feminine sweater with red underwear. Why red? I asked too. Here’s an explanation from @WomensMarch “Today, as we wear red, the color of revolutionary love and sacrifice, we hope that our commitment to each other is reinforced.”
  5. Make your voice heard. Maybe you don’t call in ‘sick’; there is work to be done after all. Think of what you can personally do to ensure we’re closing the gender gap on pay (or whatever else you want to take a stand for!) Here’s a few ideas:
    1. Ask your manager if you’re still on track for that promo and start talking about your expected salary.
    2. Negotiate for a larger bonus or merit increase now.
    3. Donate some gently used clothes to a women’s shelter nearby. Office attire would be particularly helpful in this case.

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Whatever you are doing (or not doing) to observe International Women’s day, I hope you’re moved and inspired. Let me know what you’re up to in the comments! Outfit details below if you’re interested.

Thank you Banana Republic for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.

Sweater c/o/ Shorts / Boots / Sunnies

The Great Outdoor Voices

You guys, I’ve done it. I’ve become one of those moms that wears yoga pants like, for three days straight.  I don’t even have any intention of practicing yoga many of those days. While I certainly never frowned upon living in yoga pants, it just wasn’t for me. That is until I started working from home and discovered athleisure is pretty much a gift from the fashion gods and is best worn Sunday through Sunday. Old Bethann was so wrong.

outdoor voices running gear

I discovered Outdoor Voices recently and picked up this bra which I thought would be great for hot yoga and these pants which are for anything and everything. 🙂 So far, I am living in the sweats. I even wear them to bed which I’m ashamed to admit saves me time in the morning because I don’t have to change before I drop the kids off at school.
I also discovered this site and between the two of them am having no issue transitioning my wardrobe from ‘business-cajjjjj’ apparel to much comfier and decidedly cooler, athleisure duds.

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^Cute husband alert. Don’t tell him he’s on here. I was getting the camera settings right and snapped this. 🙂

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*This post is not sponsored at all, I’m just obsessed. I wish it were sponsored because I can’t own too many sweats so if you know someone at Outdoor Voices, LMK. 🙂

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Such Great Heights

Despite my love of all things red and heart shaped, we don’t typically do anything extra-special in observance of St. Valentine’s Day. One of my very best friends is moving across the country next month and it breaks my heart even though it’s a really good move for her and her soon-to-be-husband, Jake so I’m soaking up all the time with them I can before the big move. Galentines/ Palentines overlooking the city seemed the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s this year.

We went to OUE Sky Space LA which has these amazing 360 degree views of the city from 1,000 feet high. You look down at all these super-tall buildings and pray an earthquake doesn’t happen the whole time. I kid, I kid I think the building is wildly safe, if not, it was worth my anxiety because it was such a great view and because the slide was so fun. The slide supposedly 45 feet long, but it felt like it was 5 feet long because it goes by so quickly. I did it in my dress and just tucked it all up like a diaper because I can basically tuck anything like a diaper these days. I thought about wearing jeans, but I had this in my closet and I really don’t think I will ever have a reason to wear it other than Galentine’s/Palentine’s night at the Sky Space. Here’s some nerdy pics from the slide for your viewing pleasure. 🙂

^Look at those two cuties. We sure are going to miss them.

^Lulu’s red dress  after being worn like a diaper so I could experience the slide.

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^This picture came out a little blurry, but I still love it. The man doesn’t like having his pictures taken and PDA makes him blush so this is a rare gem.

Hope you all had a great Valentine’s, Palentine’s or Galentine’s Day! xx, BA

Changing Pace

Two weeks ago I made a big career change and am still adjusting to the change in pace. I’m transitioning from the corporate world; read: having back-to-back meetings, quickly eating at my desk and teaching YouTube workshops to aspiring creators to the freelance world. I used to know exactly what to do when I got in to the office — I could run on autopilot and now, I’m figuring out a new job. With no boss. And no training manual. It’s something I’ve always dreamed of and so far, I feel incredibly fortunate to have increased flexibility. Mostly, I’ve relished the extra time I’ve had to spend more time with the kids, but also am so excited to have freedom to pivot my career and shape it in to something more creative!

Starting a new venture has been time consuming and at the same time, it’s a slower pace of life so far. I’m sure I’ll be running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off (hate that visual) again soon, but right now there’s just a lot of planning, strategizing and analyzing. I haven’t allowed myself much down time except for yesterday when I did yoga at 9am (and it was amazing).I found myself sitting around thinking ‘I have no idea where to start… I’ll just check out some online sales and put some stuff in my cart that I don’t need before closing the tab!’? Inspiration was nowhere to be found and that’s definitely when I need yoga the most. There’s nothing yoga, the sea or a good old sunset can’t fix, right?

tea collection dress

I’m a lot more inspired today, but Gunnar is sick with pink-eye so I may not get much done 🙂 We are off to the doctor to get some drops. Yuck. Luckily, the sunset we caught this weekend can be relived.

Still thinking about this weekend when we some of our best friends came to visit. I had to have a ladies pic, but then of course…

What about men? 😉

Where do you find inspiration? What do you do when you need to focus?

5 Things You Need For Your Next Half Marathon

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A few months ago a dear friend managed to convince our whole friend group to travel across the country together to run a half-marathon. I’ve run a few before (6-ish… *’ish‘ because I stopped at mile 4 once, but I’ll spare you the details until later) but it’s been a few years, one new baby and a move to a new city since my last race. I’m a month in to half marathon training and I’m proud to admit that I’ve already trained harder than ever before in terms of miles run. Our bodies (even after bearing two children) are strong, resilient and fierce as hell! Of course, uncontrollable factors can and probably will make training difficult (sleep-deprivation, stress, obligatory seasonal colds) but there are things you can control to make your next half, or first half, one for the books. Here’s a few things you need to set yourself up for success…

husband and wife runners

1. Good shoes. I’m not going to recommend a specific shoe despite being hooked on Nike Frees because they may not be good for you. Do your ankles pronate? You might want supportive shoes. Do your hips hurt after logging several miles? You might want different supportive shoes. See where I am going here? Head to a running store with treadmills and fit specialists to look at your gait and recommend a shoe that is best for you.

onzie yoga apparel

2. A great over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder. You’re going to want a wickedly supportive run bra even if (like me) you are not well-endowed. I love Sweaty Betty’s Ultra Run Bra for it’s padded shoulder straps. By mile 5 or 6 you’ll be figuratively patting yourself on the back for getting yourself a bra with padded shoulder straps. The bra also boasts compression panels which helps keep the muscles in your chest from reverberating (jiggling) because who wants to their tatas wiggling about?

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3. A Nutrition Plan. Remember earlier when I said I stopped at mile 4 once? Well, I had eaten a turkey-bacon and egg sandwich pre-race and it was ugly. I felt heavy and tired. It was way too much sodium for my body. I probably would have kept going had my knee not also hurt, but we’ll come back to that later. Good nutrition — whatever that means to you is key. For me, that’s a small protein bar or a green smoothie and some energy chews. Kaare crushes aforementioned turkey-bacon and egg sandwiches and feels great. You’ll want to eat something before you run or do any type of exercise since your muscles can store only about six to seven hours’ worth of glycogen for energy, so each morning you wake up depleted.

fit parents ab workouts

4. A strength training regimen. A study published in ’08 assigned well-trained runners to either a control group or an intervention group — both groups performed a series of half-squats three times a week for eight weeks. Both groups continued their regular running regimen. While V02 max and body weight did not change, the strength training group’s time to exhaustion at maximal aerobic speed improved by 21.3 percent. Pretty impressive, no? Aim for a strength training session once a week to become a stronger, more efficient runner and decrease your chance of injury. Adding strength has helped me ensure I never stop before the finish line again.

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5. Stretching, foam rolling and yoga. Okay, that’s three things, but they all fall in to the same category: recovery and repair. Yoga will help strengthen your posture and loosen those tight runner’s hips. Stretching and yoga will lengthen muscles and help them recover faster by loosening lactic acid. Foam rolling loosens tissue in ways that stretching alone can’t and although it can be painful while you’re on it, it provides pain relief and increased flexibility that you’ll be thankful for in the long run (pun intended). This one is my favorite and much to Kaare’s dismay, I keep it somewhere visible in my living room so I remember to use it.

onzie peek a boo bra

Thank you for reading and good luck with your training! xx, BA

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Top and leggings from Onzie / Photos by Lydia Hudgens

10 Ways to Show Yourself Some Love

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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and love is on all of our brains. Whether your a happily-married mother or a lady who’s looking, unwavering self-love isn’t always easy. I grasp it one day, but the next day, I catch myself thinking unloving and/or unhelpful thoughts. Those two things often go together. Since February is the month of ‘love’, I’m sharing a few ways to help you practice self-love this month and always.

two songs tee shirt

Self Love tee / jeans

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  1. Indulge in a massage or facial. My favorite place for facials in LA is Alchemie Spa on Main Street. They use all organic products and I always leave feeling like I don’t need a stitch of makeup.
  2. Take a walk in nature.
  3. Take a ‘mental health day’ from work. If you stay at home with kids ask a good friend or family member to watch them for the day or even a few hours and return the favor!
  4. Volunteer.
  5. Go to yoga.
  6. Lather up with luxurious shampoo and conditioner. I’ve talked about my go-to plenty of times and Winter is the perfect time to add it to your shower routine because in helps combat seasonal dryness. Show your locks some love with Shu Uemura Ultimate Remedy 2 x a week and if you’re working with medium length hair, this will last you ~6 months.
  7. Take some professional selfies. I do this more than I probably should, especially when I was fashion blogging. See above. You may not love it now, but decades from now you will love seeing pictures of your beautiful mug as it was. You are more beautiful than you believe.
  8. Read.
  9. Organize a book swap.“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” -Charles William Eliot. Get your hands on some friend’s books with book swap… do it over brunch or mimosas to make it even better.
  10. Treat yourself to some new pajamas. I have my fave pair in a new color on the brain but, boy do these babies look identical at less than $20.