Category Archives: Helpful Hints

Kelly’s can’t miss, go there immediately, travel spots

Jul. 27th, 2017

I’ve been super lucky in my life to travel quite a bit. I could never pick my favorite country/destination/city, BUT what I can do is recount some of my favorite eats, epic experiences, and legit, off-the-beaten-path excursions. 

Greece
If I could go back in time to one moment it would be for the world’s best falafel. Yes, my wedding and the birth of my child certainly gave me the feels. But this falafel is HEAVEN. When I was in Athens these little (read: huge) sandwiches were heaven wrapped up in a doughy crispy pita.

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Falafella’s, Athens, Greece

Iceland
I am not a risk-seeker. By nature I am a rule follower, analytical thinker (yes yes, overly analytical to the point of craziness). Danger to me is a side ponytail situation. Seriously, side ponies are living wild, ladies. But when I got on the snow mobile on the top of a glacier I became Ms. Danger. I was full throttle, leave the group behind, carve my own path, hi-ho silver. I admit, I flipped the snowmobile on top of myself (just bruised knees and ego), but laughed the minute I got up. It was the most free I’ve ever felt. Highly recommend letting your risk flag fly high on this thing.

Yep. I’m on the moon.

Snowmobiling in Iceland

Czech Republic
I’m going to have to figure out how to make these on the blog because they are Prague’s answer to the crack epidemic. Who needs drugs when you can eat trkjlijfelwjfe (ok, it’s actually Trdlo, but this spelling reflects my pronunciation).

Ghana
Not only is this the country where I got engaged it’s also where I ate the BEST daily lunch. Pictured behind the man with the sheep. Where he put a ring on it. 

France
Ice cream is by far my favorite thing on the planet. In fact, while writing this I just ate two ice cream bars. I’m breastfeeding, I need the calories. Don’t judge me. In Paris we thought we stopped in on a little ice cream shop, but it was oh so much more. In 35 seconds she suuuuurved me up this beauty. Layers upon layers of flavors. 

I am unintentionally holding these like they are my ta-tas…

So, what are you waiting for? Go jump on that snowmobile with your dessert crack-substitute in hand, with the best Greek, African lunch in your belly, and finish your day with a little ta-ta flower ice cream.

You are welcome, America. 

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What’s in My Hospital Bag

Jul. 20th, 2017

Yes, I planned for the baby. I took birth classes, baby CPR, blah blah blah. But more importantly I spent a good deal of time planning a critical element pre-baby….the hospital bag. I’m not sure why, but I spent many hours in the dark interweb depths of pinterest looking at example hospital bags. There’s something sort of magical thinking about what you will be wearing whilst baby leaves your cozy uterus and enters the real world. I wanted to wear adorable PJs, so he could see what a stylish Mom he has…but I was warned that anything you wear those first few days will be ruined. Now, I didn’t want many more details than that, lest I decide I should not give birth after all and just keep him inside me forever. So I figured dark PJs with a print would be able to fight the good fight. And they were fine. So have faith, ladies! You can be comfy and sort of cute (though your level of caring about cuteness is about a negative 72% due to sheer exhaustion and overwhelming love). Nevertheless, I am so glad I thoroughly planned the hospital bag because when my husband asked where the deodorant, flip flops, underwear, dried mango, etc…were, I had a plan for it all!

Here’s what I brought organized by person (and it was so exciting planning for THREE people!).

1/ PJs  2/ Light weight bathrobe  3/ Heavy bathrobe  4/ Heavy duty slippers with tread (don’t wear dainty things around the hospital and I actually wore these basically everyday for the first eight weeks of his life)

5/ Maternity pants (just cause the baby’s out now, don’t think you are immediately past maternity clothes. Stretch pants are going to be your friend for awhile) 6/ Oversized sweater 7/ Nursing bra

8/ Sweats (kind of upscale sweats? Guys are so lucky they can look adorable in sweats). 9/ Hoodie 10/ Long-sleeve t-shirt (maj sale right now) 11/ Slippers

12/ His going home outfit.I love that his outfit has little pockets for his tiny baby keys and mini wallet. 13/ Back-up outfits (just in case).14/ Hats! (We live in Boston and he was born in January, so you better believe he was bundled up). 15/ Mittens. Yes, these things are tiny and the cutest accessory of all time. 16/ Socks

17/ I use these for all my travels and LOVE THEM.

And a couple things in these bags: Snacks (Trader Joe’s dried mango, TJ’s dried pineapple, Nut mix, Trail mix with chocolate); Electronics (Iphone chargers, Laptops, Digital camera)

Right when we got home. In his baggy, adorable, newborn outfit 🙂

Le bebe gets showered

May. 26th, 2017

My mom threw me the most amazing baby shower; it’s crowning jewel was a “Momosa bar”. She hosted at her house in Northern California, but I have such amazing people in my life that LA friends and family flew up for the day! I (and my baby) are pretty lucky.

For those throwing a baby shower the things I most appreciated (people excluded since they are obviously #1) included:

The cheekiest “bar” I’ve ever seen.

Bite-sized everything. From fruit kabobs to mini sandwiches wrapped in green onions, no one left hungry. 

Games, games, and more games. My idea of a party is people coming together as a group and having a bit of a giggle fest. Mission accomplished with my Mom’s version of Price is Right and the Name Game. 

A party isn’t complete without a theme. My mom used soft blues, whites, with pops of yellow. As well as Mom and baby elephants! I lurv everything with animals, so that theme won my heart.

And if that wasn’t enough, my grad school girlfriends in LA threw me a surprise baby shower when we did a ladies trip to Lake Arrowhead!

Baby celebrating is fun, guys. 

A gift for my labor team

May. 11th, 2017

Yes, I am an overplanner. Yes, I do love to DIY. And yes, I did do this before I went to the hospital. In fact, I made these before I packed my hospital bag. Because they are adorable and why not?

I think it’s a sweet gesture to thank those who help you through your labor and your post-partum stay. And now that I’ve been through it and constantly rave about my hospital experience, the staff deserves this and more! Seriously. The nurses, midwives and doctors were angels sent by the universe to help me push a human through a tiny orifice. Too much? I know.

Cutting to the point. I made these with old leftover cardboard boxes. I cut them down to be a height where snacks could sit upright, covered them in wrapping paper, and made signs so we could put them in the breakroom and the staff could forage as they pleased. We received so many thank yous and helped satiate some rumbling 4am stomachs in the OB ward. So I encourage you preggo ladies, if you do have some time to throw something like this together, it really does feel worth it. These people become such a huge part of your life for three days. It feels pretty good to make them smile. Plus, don’t you want someone to like you who is going to be all up in your business? Just saying.  

Honeymoon packing

Aug. 17th, 2016

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I am a notoriously awful packer. If I’m going on a ski vacation I will pack shorts, tank tops, flip flops, bikinis…because one never knows what will arise while on vacay. And while it means I’m prepared for anything (my Vegas dress tucked into a pocket while backpacking down the Grand Canyon) it also means that my suitcases weigh a thousand pounds, the zippers on my bags are bursting at the seams, and I can never find socks when I need them (but my ballgown is always accessible).

Before going on my honeymoon I was determined to turn this ship around. I was going to enter my marriage and Europe a new woman. An organized, packing machine. And I actually think I did it! I laid out a bunch of potential clothing/accessories/shoes on my bed and started creating outfits. I edited out anything that couldn’t be used in three different scenarios. Once I had my items picked out I photographed all the outfits so that when I woke up in the morning in Greece I could scroll through the photos and pick my look for the day. I’m not kidding, this up front effort saved me loads of time and pounds of baggage!

This is the contents of my suitcase and I stretched this to be way more outfits than pictured!

Included in the photos are: 2 rompers, 5 shirts, 2 sweaters, 1 pair of shorts, 1 pair of jeans, 1 skirt, 1 dress, 1 jacket, 4 pairs of shoes and two necklaces. This made up the 11 pictured outfits, but in reality more like 15 combinations.

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Outfits
1 Asos Romper, Anthropologie hat (similar here), Steve Madden sandals (similar here)
2 Asos Romper, Loft shirt, Steve Madden sandals (similar here)
3 H&M Romper, Thrifted denim jacker, Toms (sold out, but these are cool)
4 H&M Romper, very old top, Steve Madden sandals (similar here)
5 Jcrew shirt, Steve Madden sandals (similar here)
6 Loft shirt (similar here), Jcrew jeans, Rainbow flip flops
7 Loft sweater(similar here), Jcrew jeans, Forever 21 necklace, Steve Madden sandals (similar here)
8 Nordstrom shirt, Jcrew jeans, very old wedges
9 Nordstrom dress, Jcrew sweater, Toms (sold out, but these are cool)
10 Loft sweater (similar here), Anthropologie skirt (similar here), Steve Madden sandals, necklace gifted from cameraman purchased in Thailand
11Nordstrom dress, Thrifted denim jacket, Anthropologie necklace, Steve Madden sandals (similar here)