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.

16 BRIGHT SPRING BRIDAL SHOWER IDEAS ON BRIT + CO

Brit + Co has 16 Bright Spring Bridal Shower Ideas today and we're so excited to be included! They have Mila's Second Birthday Party for the oversized balloons and mini pinatas. 

Here's what they had to say: Oversized Balloons + Mini Piñatas: Bring on the spring vibes with an outdoor bridal shower. Hang oversized balloons and mini piñatas in the wedding colors for a look guests will be obsessing over. (Photo via One Eleven Photography / 100 Layer Cake-let)

THE GETTY CENTER

Any time I feel like LA has lost its luster, I should just go to The Getty Center. It makes me so incredibly appreciative. I often feel jealous when I think of the incredible parks of Paris, and how I wish I spent every Sunday enjoying family time basking in the verdant surroundings. But when I visit the Getty, I feel better about this city (#thestruggleisreal). 

The first time I brought Mila to visit, she was 1 and just walking (running everywhere). So I vowed not to go back until she was 5. I thought she would need to be a bit older to appreciate what it had to offer (wink). But I must say that at 2 (well, 2 and 3/4), she loved it and we both had a great time. We went about an hour before they closed to explore the grounds.

Make sure you don't miss the sculpture garden, right next to the tram entrance.

The Central Garden just gets me, every time. 

Obsessed with the bougainvillea arbors. And these chairs make me feel like I'm experiencing Parisian park life.

Oh hi, did you forget your stroller (like me)? Don't worry, they've got you covered with complimentary wheels.

It's quite a remarkable place and I'm so thankful to Mr. Getty and his philanthropy for making it available (and free!) for all to enjoy. 

SWIMSUITS FOR GIRLS

It's been so hot here lately (since Southern California hasn't heard of winter for the last couple years), that all I can think about is the beach (or the pool). So in honor of dreaming of upcoming vacay, lets look at some girls' swimsuit favorites. Because there's probably nothing cuter than seeing your toddler (or not so little girl) in a bikini, right? 

Melissa Odabash Baby Noemie.

Louise Misha bikini in rose pink.

Maaji Atomic Blossom One Piece.

Arsene et Les Pipelettes Girls Gikini Bikini.

Milly Minis Marble Rouched Two Piece.

Mini Rodini Heron Swimsuit.

PilyQ Bandeau One-Piece Swimsuit.


Zimmermann Confetti Frill Rashie.

Kids Trinity Frill Bandeau Bikini.

Bobo Choses Glittery Triangle Swimsuit.

THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY ARBORETUM AND BOTANIC GARDEN

I'll admit it, I get jealous of New York and their incredible Central Park (it's only 843 acres of green oasis in the middle of a metropolis). But Los Angeles has its fair share of beautiful parks too. The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is pretty stunning. At 127 acres it gives you plenty to look at, especially in the spring when the flowering trees are in bloom. But the highlight, especially with a toddler, was the peacocks who roam the property at their leisure. Being amongst the majestic creatures was like walking through a wonderland. 

The Aloe Trail on the way to the Africa Garden.

Gorgeous trumpet trees in bloom.

Over two hundred peacocks call The Arboretum home.

The grounds are very exposed to the sun so pack your sunscreen, hat, water, and bring a stroller for little ones.

The Arboretum maintains a calendar of kid events. The day before Easter they'll host egg hunts and hikes.

Food recommendations within 15 minutes: The Market on Holly (farm to table), Houston's (American), Saladang (Thai).