Wednesday, January 6, 2016

New Year, New Blog

Happy New Year, ladies! 2015 was a great year, full of so many great memories and so many new beginnings. One of those was a new venture that I started with one of my greatest friends since middle school. We have put together a collection of the most on-trend teething necklaces on the market and I know you moms will love what we have designed!

After little Boston tried going to town on some not so baby friendly necklaces, we decided that the teething and nursing jewelry industry needed a little umph and some updating. So alas our baby, à la mum was born. 

But our new business isn't just about jewelry! We have also setup a blog where were will discuss all things helpful for mom. It will feature everything from mom friendly hair tutorials, easy recipes to share with your babes, style ideas that are practical and functional, and much more! So head on over and follow me at my new blog location, www.alamum.com/blog.

And to give you all a little taste of our teething necklaces, here are a few designs that have been a huge hit so far!

XOXO,
Summer Ann

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Our Seaside Vacation

Ever since we went to one of my best friend's weddings in Seaside, Florida, Dustin and I have been dying to go back. If you have seen the movie, The Truman Show, you've seen Seaside. It is the absolute most perfect and charming town I have ever been to in my life. 
Seaside is a small town, situated on a gorgeous white sand beach, that looks like it's straight out of a magazine. The town is full of cute cottages that sleep anywhere from 2 people all the way up to 15+. We stayed about a mile away from the actual Seaside Beach, in a neighborhood named Watercolor that was full of brand new construction that you could rent. When I saw our house online I knew we had to stay there even if we couldn't find 10 more people to travel with us to fill up the 3,500 square feet of pure gorgeousness. It ended up just being my parents, me, D and Boston which actually was perfect and made for a really laid back stay.
When traveling with a little one, I find renting a house to be so much more convenient than staying in a hotel. We were able to stock the huge fridge with all of the foods B loves. He had his very own room. And we were able to swim in the pool, relax in the hot tub, and spend quality time with the family and not worry about waking him. So perfect.
We used 360 Blue Properties to rent our house (447 East Royal Fern Way), and we couldn't have been happier with them. We had an issue with our hot tub and pool heater not working properly but they were so sweet and professional each time we called them. They were able to get the pool heated just in time for the nice weather to roll in and we enjoyed it so much. 
360 Blue also has a "Concierge Service" you can use to make special arrangements throughout your stay. They can do everything from in home massages to private beach bonfires complete with s'mores. But my favorite part, they have a "Baby Concierge Service" you can use to rent toys, high chairs, gates for the stairs, & pack n plays (our house already came with one we could use). There isn't anything nicer than not having to lug around extra stuff through the airport. We ended up using them to rent a Pull Behind Baby Trailer for our bikes (the house came with 4 bikes) and Boston loved riding to the beach and into town for meals.
Most of our days were spent lounging around in our pjs, hanging out under umbrellas at beach, eating delicious food from food trucks in the town square, date nights trying new wines at the local wine bar, and watching sunsets from their most well known bar/resturant, Bud and Alley's.
The last few days of the trip I started to get really sad that the trip would be over and I would have to leave this perfect town. But most of all I knew I would miss this gorgeous dream home and all of the fun we had in it. We can't wait until our next trip to Seaside and maybe one day we will have a home of our own there. What a dream.
// Teething Necklace: a' la mum //
XOXO,
Summer Ann

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Life Lately

Hi ladies!! I am back. I have taken a nice mini break so that I can focus on an upcoming product launch that I cannot wait to share with y'all! You are going to LOVE it. But to get you all up to speed on what has been going on around here these last few weeks, I figured I would put together a little Instagram Round-up! So here ya' go! 

I have been busy, busy traveling for work. So busy that I got an email from our HR team saying that I may owe taxes in California. Wait, what?? Time to slow down on the Cali travel I guess.
(Taking a little break from work to relax. If you haven't been to the Del Coronado Hotel in San Diego, you have to check it out. It is one of the most gorgeous hotels I have seen and full of so much fun history. They also make a pretty mean cocktail too. ;P)

I have been hanging out with my sis before she goes back to college. Boston and I are going to miss her so much but we did make great use of the time she was here.
I have also spent some free time hanging out with girl friends which is always a great excuse for getting a little dolled up. But in true mama style, I had to have an iced coffee on the way because I am so not accustomed to being up past 10pm.
//Romper: Forever 21//
And to add to the "To Do" list and craziness, we have finalized our house plans! We are so excited and can't wait to break ground. All of those details and updates to come soon.

I hope all of you are having a great summer and checking all of those items off your "Summer Bucket Lists". 

Happy Pre-Friday!!
Summer Ann

Monday, June 29, 2015

Weekend Wrap-Up

Last week, I decided to take a much needed break from blogging. We had a death in the family right before my birthday that was pretty unexpected. We also closed on our dream lot last Monday. I left for a work trip Tuesday. And I've been doing a lot of work on an upcoming project that I cannot wait to share with you all. But I am back with a Weekend Wrap-Up. I feel like I haven't done one of these in forever!!

This weekend was all about family time and fun. We didn't have any parties to throw or attend. No real errands to run. Just plenty of time to spend brunching, splashing at the pool, and lounging around watching movies.
 Boston liked the water, despite what it looks like in the picture above, but he would have honestly rather just sat in the pool chair eating Puffs all afternoon.
We ate brunch in the downtown of a small town near us. Oh my goodness. The Crab Stuffed Avocados had to have been one of the best things I have ever eaten in my life! Delicious. After we filled ourselves with those and truffle pizza (I was in heaven) we walked off our food at the local farmer's market. It was perfect.
 Sunday we got some supplies for the boat and brunched some more. Brunch is by far my favorite meal if you can't tell. I think it's probably because it's the only meal where you can have an adult beverage and a coffee at the same time and it's perfectly acceptable. ;P
 And then spent the rest of the day relaxing at home.
It was the perfect kind of weekend.

My Shorts: Target
Earrings: Kendra Scott
Sunglasses: Target
Shirt: Forever 21 (Similar)

XOXO,
Summer Ann

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Baby On The Go

We are always so darn busy during the week and most weekends and I find that the littlest things help me feel like I have things more "together" when everything around me is so chaotic. One of those things that keeps me sane is "Food Prep Sunday's". This is so key for us. We do a lot of shopping, cooking meats, chopping fruits and veggies, and then throwing them in to-go containers. 

This week we tried out some new Wash or Toss bowls from Nuby that are perfectly portioned to Boston sized meals. It makes it so much nicer to have something just his size so we don't waste food or fill up the fridge with half full containers. And the colors are so fun; I like to mix and match them. ;D

Now on to the Nuby Wash or Toss cups. I was a little nervous about these creating a huge mess since they aren't leak proof. But as you can tell in the picture below they do pretty well when toppled on their side. These are a huge hit with Boston too because he prefers to drink out of straws and gets kinda frustrated on some of the toddler straw cups because the liquid doesn't come out as fast as he would like. He is growing way too fast for mama.

I have a picnic on my Summer Bucket List that we haven't had time for yet... Go figure. But when we do, both of these will be tossed in with the basket of goodies.
Nuby Wash Or Toss Cups: Meijer
Nuby Wash or Toss Bowls: Meijer

XOXO,
Summer Ann

**I received these products in exchange for an honest review.**

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

What We Wore Wednesday: Little Arrow Co.

This week we are featuring a shop I have followed from almost the very beginning, Little Arrow Co. I have seen this pretty mama's shop grow so quick over the past few months and it's no surprise because she has got to have some of the most adorable graphic tee's for your cutie. 

When I saw the "Will Pose For Puffs" tee I knew B had to have it. He is puff OBSESSED. And truthfully that is one of the only ways I can get him to sit still for pictures right now. He is all over the place. :) 

Also catching my eye, is her "Posing for the Mamarazzi" shirt which is also fitting because for whatever reason I feel like I need to document everything these days. They just grow way too fast so I am always snapping pics so that I don't somehow forget all of the adorable things he is doing. On that note, a friend of mine gave me some great advice the other day, to take more video because audio is often forgotten as the years go by and those soft and sweet little voices will be such a great memory one day.

Happy Hump Day!!
Little Arrow Co WIll Pose For Puffs Graphic Tee
Little Arrow Co WIll Pose For Puffs Graphic Tee
Little Arrow Co WIll Pose For Puffs Graphic Tee
B's Shirt: ℅ Little Arrow Co.
B's Shorts: Old Navy
B's Shoes: Converse

My Shirt ($9.99): H&M
My Shorts: Target
Necklace (was a gift): Similar

XOXO,
Summer Ann