SIS'S MAY FAVORITES

May is a busy month, isn't it?! Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day and Memorial Day. And one of these years, I swear, I will actually celebrate May Day. So there's a lot of celebrating to accomplish this month. With all of that in mind, here are my May favorites!

I'd like to place my Mother's Day flowers order now please. Via Tulipina. Photo by Corbin Gurkin.

#FamilyPortraitGoals via the effortlessly classy Courtney Adamo. Photo by Amelia Fullarton

Love this beauty of a "naked cake" made out of stacked waffles for brunch via 100 Layer Cake. Photo by Carly Michelle Photography. Design by Cristen & Co

This Louise Misha dress is just everything. And on such a beautiful little girl. Via Justine Ilarda and Babiekins

Cute storage ideas via Target's Pillowfort

Can this be my Cinco de Mayo party decor EVERY SINGLE YEAR? Via Green Wedding Shoes. Design by Beijos Events. Photo by Megan Welker

Take me away. St. Barths via Gray Malin

SIS'S APRIL FAVORITES

I'm loving this spring more than I've ever loved spring! The flowers are so abundant and gorgeous -- they're taking my breath away everywhere I go. I'm getting better about going to the Farmers' Market and connecting with my food more. It's all bringing to view those things that would help give a little "spring refresh." So here are some of the things that are currently on my mind for April -- not including that butter dish that I really need to get.

Every time I buy flowers, I think, "I need the perfect vase." And I think it may just be this brass hexagon vase from Leif.

I want to be by the water as much as possible so love this elevated picnic at the lake via Mel Denisse.

Brighten up your kitchen with this neon coral checked tea towel from Leif.

Doesn't every little girl need a playsuit? Mabo's grey star version is perfect for spring to summer.

Bring some art and color to the party with the Meri Meri marble plate.

Zuzii classic copper sandal for cutest little feet.

If there's one thing I know in life, it's that you can't go wrong with palm. Palm leaf print pillow via Leif.

This balloon installation from Geronimo? All day every day!

Tropical party decor seems to always be on my mind, but this tropical breakfast bar via What to Cook has me already dreaming about summer.

FAVORITE BOOKS FOR YOUNG KIDS

I've been on a quest for the greatest children's books and have finally started to find some that we (as a family) truly love. Inspired by Courtney Adamo and her Babyccino Kids book guides, I've put together some favorites. I'm just going to warn you now that I'm not a classics person, so there's nothing vintage on this list. But if you're looking for a modern book for a young child, hopefully you'll enjoy one of these.

Julia, Child takes kids on a culinary adventure with it's playfully delicious tale about the importance of never completely growing up and mastering the art of having a good time.

A friend gave Gaston to Brixton, and I fell in love with the words and pictures so much that I had to add it to Mila's bookshelf. The illustrations in this book are beyond adorable, with the cutest story to match.

Mila loves all of the Olivia books but Olivia and the Fairy Princesses is the one we go to time and time again.

A friend got us hooked on the the Leslie Kimmelman series with Everybody Bonjours! And Everybody says Shalom is also great, especially for a Hanukkah gift (we like it for post-latke reading). 

Jojo's First Word Book and Inside and Outside with Jojo may be my favorite books ever. Xavier Deneuxโ€™s gorgeous visual style makes me feel as though I'm parenting in a French wonderland of beautifully simple design.

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that Pascale Estellon's The Giant Play and Learn Book has made me a better parent. This activity book allows kids to learn as they play with it's imaginative creativity. The colorful, oversized book is packed with doodling, drawing and fun. I also love Taro Gomi's Doodles and Squiggles