Earth Day Everyday

garden party with the babes:

RAISE GOOD HUMANS

I’ve been working with Kelsey at Trader Joe’s for a little over two years now. In that time, I’ve seen her grow from a quirky 20 year old to a rad mom of little dude, Braddocks and a full-time psychology student at UC San Marcos.

We started chatting more frequently last summer over a shared obsession with Lady of the Lake and oracle cards (that’ll be a post for a different day). She shared with me that these interests, along with her Eco-Feminism class for school, opened her eyes to home gardening, and in turn, a healthier lifestyle for herself and baby B.

I got to visit the two at their home last week to see what they’d been up to, and I was pleasantly surprised. Kelsey has carefully mapped out her yard according to the amount of sun each area gets in a day. Rows of delicately placed fruits, vegetables and herbs line half the vicinity, while tomatoes stand guard next to the fence. She’s placed potted succulent gardens throughout the opposite end of the yard, along with a beautiful apple tree her grandmother planted some years ago. Braddock wanders around with a small shovel in his hand, happy as can be. It’s beautiful. And its only just begun.

Kelsey told me her main reason for starting the garden was to teach Braddocks about sustainability and hard work. Yes, she knows he’s only a toddler, but she believes what is instilled in him now will continue throughout his life. Connecting with one’s environment and being fully aware of what you put into your body is so important. Kelsey also told me that she hopes having good eating habits now will help him with choices in the future. Their diet is mainly vegetarian, using organic produce (or produce from their garden) as often as possible.

Gardening in the backyard has been a spiritual experience for Kelsey as well. “It’s inspiring to see something grow from a tiny seed to something you can eat. It’s been so therapeutic for me.” She pointed out the strawberry plant and said that each morning her and B go outside to see if any berries have arrived. Braddocks gets to pick out and munch on any newbies for the day. “It’s become almost a ritual for us. Before we eat breakfast, we go outside to water the garden and he immediately b-lines to the strawberry plant. He loves it.”

What’s next for the garden? A chicken coop, naturally.

She lowers her voice at the end of my evening with the two and tells me of a few tricks up her sleeve to keep the garden in check. “Organic moisture control compost and coffee grounds from work,” she says. “Oh, and if you’re too impatient to wait for seeds to sprout, you can always buy the potted herbs from Trader Joes instead.”

Kelsey inspired me in a lot of ways that evening. Her passion for giving life to something, and her passion for wanting to share that with her son is remarkable. It gives me hope for future generations. I don’t have children of my own yet, but I am confident that when I do, I will be gardening with my little ones because of her.

Happy Earth Day to you and your loved ones. If you can’t plant something today, at least take in the fresh air and fill your body with healthy choices. And remember to always RAISE GOOD HUMANS.

Amy

Teacher Appreciation Summer Edition

Summer lovin’

3 reasons to be a teacher June, July and August.

Teachers work hard all year long. Along with teaching, they also help in raising our tiny humans.

Summer is a chance for teachers to kick up their feet, soak in some sunshine, and have adventures with their own good humans in progress. We at WeeStructed decided to put together this easy-peasy appreciation gift perfect to say THANK YOU for a year of educating our tiny humans (and to please, have a relaxing summer because you deserve it)!

SUMMER ESSENTIALS:

Lounge

We are loving this bright and cheery, A+ turkish towel from our friends at Hayneedle.com

 

Sun protection

Lines are for paper, not our faces. Keep your favorite teacher properly protected with our favorite sunscreen by Sun Bum. We love the 50 SPF original and its yummy topical scent.

 

SHADES

Add some extra protection with a fun pair of shades (like these amazing hearts) from our friends at Subsidyshades.com #Iheartteachers, do you?

USE CODE: WEE for 15% off their site

 

TOTE

Teachers carry books, supplies, and hopefully their sanity all school year long. Grab one of our ‘Teaching Tiny Humans Is Exhausting®’ brand big red totes for all those summer goodies, and more!

 

GIFT CARD

Everyone loves a gift card, especially when it can go towards a purchase or their choice. We, of course, love Target for pretty much EVERYTHING!

 

READ

Reading is a must for teachers, especially over the summer. So how about a new book for the class next fall? A magazine to lounge around the pool with?  Or a notebook to jot down summer bucket list ideas?  We love this fun book ‘Pete the Cat’s Groovy Guide to Life.’ Hint: We can all learn a few lessons from Pete!

 

 

Here’s our finished gift:

 

We hope you love this summer appreciation gift idea as much as we do. Remember the very truthful quote…

‘Summer vacation is the time when parents realize that teachers are grossly underpaid”

– anonymous

XO,

Sarah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waffles for Dinner

a Birthday tradition

Birthdays are special. They celebrate the day you came into this big world. Each one is a celebrated milestone simply because, well, you’re still alive; and that’s worth celebrating, am I right people?!

I can’t remember crazy birthday celebrations or Pinterest worthy parties from my childhood. I’m pretty sure the wildest party I had was at a Chuck E. Cheese’s, but one thing I remember is waffles for dinner.  My siblings and I were raised with the help of our Great Aunt and Uncle. They were our surrogate grandparents and the backbone to our family.  They were incredibly kind and hardworking folks from the Midwest who came to California in the 50’s for opportunities the golden state had to offer.  Although they only had one biological child (due to complications from childbirth and a full hysterectomy at age 20), my Great Aunt once told me God provided her with more children then she could have possibly ever birthed. To me, this was a pretty awesome perspective to have. They instilled in me so many of the core values and traditions I still hold true to. I will forever be thankful for the time I had with them both. It was priceless; and it helped to mold me into the person (and parent) I am now.

As I got older, my Great Aunt would ask me what I wanted for my birthday. I didn’t want her to spend money or have to go out shopping, so I would ask her to make me waffles for dinner.  I absolutely loved her waffles, and breakfast for dinner is by far, my favorite quirky family tradition. It’s the best. Seriously, kids think it’s down right magical to have breakfast for dinner. It messes with their little heads in the best way possible.

Her meals were always served on time and always consistent. If you stopped by their house at 5PM, you were guarenteed a plate. It was an assembly line of family and friends every night at my Great Aunt’s. The house was always full because all were welcome. Dinner traditions included men and children getting served first. This is one I still follow today (when I actually cook). Side note: I don’t cook all that often (I’m a terrible cook people).  On special waffle dinner/birthday night, I got served first, and I even got dibs on the second waffle out of her maker. She always wanted it to be hot and fresh, just for me. I remember sitting at their table, watching her make my waffles in what was probably the oldest waffle maker from Sears known to man.  I can still picture her manning the maker and warming the Mrs. Butterworth syrup. She always paired it with a freshly poured glass of cold milk for me. Gosh I miss her so (and Pop, you know I miss you. And your jokes about the fact I could eat like 4 large waffles).

Simple traditions are the things I believe we hold onto. They are the things that stick with us in the end. It’s not the elaborate parties or loads of presents we remember (a good party is a great memory maker). For me, it’s the time people take with us that makes us feel special and feel loved. My Great Aunt’s birthday supper for me every year is one of my most cherished memories.

Today I carry on the tradition by enjoying a helping of waffles at our local diner to celebrate. Cheers to many more birthdays in the future. A special thank you to Tiss & Baba for all the love you showed me growing up. And for making my birthdays so special with a simple waffle and love!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XO,

Sarah

Minty Island Paradise!

Cool, calm and collected: Island Paradise is everything!

We are seriously crushing hard over the Spring/Summer 2017 shade Island Paradise. Are you?!

Island Paradise is a refreshing aqua that calls to mind a change of scenery. A cool blue green shade that speaks to our dream of the great escape. Island Paradise is emblematic of tropical settings and our desire to unwind. Now I need a cocktail.

Here are a few of our spring/summer must haves in this dreamy shade:

  • For the home, we are in love with Eames Molded Plastic Chairs. These stylish, easy-to-clean chairs add a modern (and kid approved) pop of color to the dinner table or desk area.
  • As a girl from Southern California, you’re kind of obligated to have at least 3 pairs of Vans in    your closet. Hence, their appearance on my list. These mint-hued Authentic Vans are super rad and will add a splash of color to any outfit. They’re definitely on my wishlist for my birthday.

  • If you haven’t already added a pair of large leather earrings to your wardrobe, you are missing out. These statement pieces are everything and they won’t weigh down your lobes. Party! We found these adorable teardrops on Etsy.com 

  • Give me ALL the items at Bando.com. I swear, I love everything they make.  My friend Rosemary turned me onto them two years ago and I can’t get enough. Look at this adorable bag that reads ” I AM VERY BUSY.” Side note: I, of course, would keep bandaids and legos in this, I’m sure, as my kids take over all my bags. #truth
  • Check out this nail polish by Essie in Mint Candy Apple. I’m pretty sure this hue will be on my toes for the next several months.
  • For those of us “Barely Gettin’ Through Tomorrow!”  grab our newest design, inspired by the great Dolly herself. This fun graphic tee will be sure to brighten up your wardrobe, and your day!

Our new hat is sure to help you get through the day too!

USE CODE : MINT for 15% off our new hat expires 4/10/17

Hope you enjoyed my minty ’round- up.’ Now get out there and incorporate this yummy shade into your Spring/Summer wardrobe!

Also, check out our obsession with Rose Quartz for spring here in our previous blog post for even more color inspiration for the season!

 

XO,

Sarah

Rose Quartz: A Prolific (and Pretty) Spring Obsession

More then just a pretty shade

This beautiful dreamy color is so much more than just the latest Spring must have!

Rose Quartz is a gorgeous pink variety of Quartz. It is the stone of universal love. Rose Quartz restores trust and harmony in relationships, while also encouraging unconditional love. It purifies and opens the heart at all levels to promote love, self-love, friendship, deep inner healing and feelings of peace. This makes it one of the best stones for motherhood (obviously).

Bet you didn’t know it was all that and a bag of chips, did ya? No wonder we’re so smitten with this beautiful shade (and all it’s powers).

Here Are a few of our Favorite Rosey perfection pieces:

  1. Womens Adidas Superstar Athletic Shoe in white/rose gold Technically not rose quartz (more so rose gold), but still worthy of this line up. One of my personal favorites at the moment. I just purchased these babies last month and can’t get enough of them; especially with dresses.

2. We are so in love with this new soft gray and rose quartz “Mama Bear” raglan from our friends at Loved by Hannah and Eli.  It, in my opinion, is the perfect springtime motherhood piece. USE CODE: WEESHIP for free shipping on their site!

3. For those with teeny tiny humans, this dreamy multi-use cover from the amazing Covered Goods is just the ticket for springtime travels. It’s got you covered (pun intended) from nursing to the carseat and shopping carts. LOVE!

4. For the tiny fashion forward babes, this ‘Petit Boho’ bag handmade in California by Raine & Skye is the perfect accessory for any spring/summer outfit. My only complaint is that it doesn’t come in my size 🙂

5. We of course can’t live without our new rose quartz Raise Good Humans Dad Cap for the days when dry shampoo has failed us. Side note: this and a pair of pigtails are my new go-to. Haha. USE CODE: ROSE for 15% off our new caps offer expires on 03/31/17

6. For the home, we are crushing over these gorgueous bookends by Alice Lane Home. Add them your living room or bedroom for a nice calming affect.

7. These Prima Crop Skinny Jeans in Rose Quartz are adorable and add a soft touch to the daily mom on the go outfit. Pair them with your favorite graphic tee and a blazer for a put together look.

8. Complete any look with a BURST of lip color, especially this yummy Rose Quartz by COVERGIRL. 

Ready to add a little pop of this must have shade for spring and summer?! It won’t disappoint (I promise)!

XO

Sarah

 

 

 

Rainbows and New Souls

baby shower blessings

This weekend I will attend one of my oldest and dearest friend’s baby shower. The day will be extra special for several reasons, the main being what I’m about to write to you about .

My beautiful friend is expecting her rainbow baby.  For those of you who don’t know, a rainbow baby is a child born after a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or infant loss. The term has encouraged parents to share their stories of loss – and the babies that follow. My beautiful friend has suffered multiple losses over the years on her journey to get a  beautiful rainbow. Low and behold, someone above must have known she needed some extra sunshine. She is being blessed with TWO rainbows!!! Yes, TWINS!!!!

I wanted to share a few of my favorite items for celebrating Moms-to-be and their beautiful rainbow babies.

Rainbow mama bear

This beautiful charity t-shirt by my good friend Sarah from Loved By Hannah and Eli is perfect for remembering the journey to your rainbow baby. Proceeds of the tee are going to be donated to charities who offer grief counseling, healing assistance, emotional & financial NICU support, and educational information for all family members who have dealt with this type of loss, and their miracle baby after.

Rainbow Moses basket

This sweet traditional Moses Basket is perfect for those early days with your beautiful new soul.

Rainbow photo blanket

This gorgeous blanket by Little and Luxe Shop is perfect for capturing the weekly or monthly milestones of your rainbow baby.

New Soul Gown

I’m a tad partial to this newborn gown. It was inspired by my last baby and a song I used to sing during my pregnancy. The artwork is done by the lovely Tiny Mountain Studios (an exclusive for WeeStructed.com) “Behind a cloud there’s a rainbow waiting for your beautiful New Soul.”

New Mama care

Caring for a new baby (and in this case, two) requires lots of body TLC. One of my favorite natural product lines is by Tubby Todd. They recently launched this amazing  ‘HEY MAMA, YOU’VE GOT THIS!’ line of products perfect for baby showers, and gifting the mama-to-be with some self-love goodies.

Rainbow clutch

I was scrolling IG this morning (while sipping on my first cup of coffee for the day) and saw this perfect handmade clutch on @littlebitfunkysews feed. I instantly fell in love with it.  Side note: they are also home of the HoHos (the most adorable handmade lovey animals around).  This clutch is perfect for keeping almost everything accessible in your diaper bag; especially odds and ends like nursing ointment and Q-tips.

 Memory keeper

Time is a thief, as any seasoned mama will tell you. These ARE the best years and you’ll want to remember all the firsts for each sweet baby. This amazing baby book by Promptly Journals helps you do just that. From pregnancy to 18+, this book has you covered.  I had the pleasure of sharing a round table at an event with this maker and her heart and soul goes into this beautiful product. It’s truly a great investment and a perfect keeper of all your memories.

 Remember-

“The greater your storm, the brighter your rainbow”

Sending so much love, healing and happy vibes to all you mamas waiting on your rainbows to reveal themselves from the storm.

Xo,

SaraH

Perfectly Imperfect

10 things about me

My dear friend Sarah from Loved By Hannah and Eli gave me this shirt on our girls trip to Palm Springs last month, where we met up to attend the Alt Summit. This shirt pretty much sums me up, “perfectly imperfect“, and I’m perfectly fine with that.

I thought it might be fun to do a “10 Things You Don’t Know About Me” post.  I know most of you follow us on Instagram (@weestructed) and might have a good sense of who I am, but here’s a little glimpse behind the brand.

1.  I’m terrified to fly. Like legit freaking TERRIFIED to fly.  I do it but not often and honestly not without a cocktail or two or three or more…don’t judge.

2.  I collect butterfly things.  I have LOVED butterflies since I was a little girl. My entire teenage room and even my first adult apartment was covered in butterflies.  They now hold an even bigger special meaning to me. Back in 2001, my dear cousin passed away before her 18th birthday (I was 20). She told me she was going to come back as a butterfly and if I ever felt sad or lonely or missed her to look around for a butterfly.  Lets just say I do believe she kept her promise. During some of my darker times I’ve seen some very special butterflies watching over me. Thanks Nik for always looking after me.

3.   I HATE celery with a burning passion, enough said. I can’t even type about celery, it makes me nauseous.

4.  I collect vinyl with my husband. It’s a hobby we picked up when I was expecting Fletcher.  We have a nice little collection built up from the last four years. I swear my husband always finds exactly what he’s looking for in the dollar bin and me… well lets just say my taste tends to be on the expensive side.  My scores have been known to range from $30 to $100 (don’t judge it was a Tori Amos sealed original people). Our favorite local spot is Spindles Music Shack in Temecula.

5.  I can’t cook to save my life….no joke if I didn’t have a crockpot my family would never eat.  I’m the queen of easy crock pot  meals. I have a slew of easy recipes I’ve perfected: salsa taco chicken, beans and pot roast, and everything in between.

6.  My first real job was at Johnny Rockets where I was a hostess with the mostess. No really, I literally had to dance and sing twice an hour, which is pretty hilarious because I can’t sing and mama don’t dance. But they paid me a whopping $6.75 an hour to do both and seat people.  Needless to say it was the best first job a girl could have. I loved working there and am so sad the Belmont location closed; I was a part of the crew who opened it.

7.  I have mad crushes on both Adam Sandler and John Cusack…. yes my husband is well aware. I’ve been up front about my love for them both since we started dating; he’s cool with it.

8.  I  was a hairdresser pre-kids.  I trained in Orange County under the amazing Janna Tipton and Vincent Vu of Triko Salon.  I loved doing hair, especially color. There was always something so magical about making a woman feel amazing about herself.  I left the salon in 2007 to become a mommy, and while I  did maintain part part-time clients until about 2012, having  three kids was enough to make me retire those shears and dryer for good. (No I don’t cut my kids hair it’s just not pleasant for either of us).

9.  Fun fact:  both of my boys are named after 80’s film and TV characters.  Remington is named after “Remington Steel” (husband’s pick but I loved it). Fletcher is named after Chevy Chase’s movie “FLETCH”. I have a thing for the 80’s.  My dear Lillian is named after the beautiful Lily flower of course.

10.  I’m still obsessed with “My So-Called Life”  I still hope and pray one day for its return; I need more Angela Chase and Jordan Catalano in my life. That show was life-changing.

So there’s 10 new (hopefully fun) facts about me and my perfectly imperfect self. I hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about me and my quirky nature.  I try to keep it light and real, because life is far too short to be fake. Don’t you think?

 

XO,

Sarah

 

 

 

Team Mom

Basketball

Okay, so I’m no stranger to sports. Our oldest son Remy, 7, has played several seasons of baseball, soccer and flag football. Since the age of 4 we’ve been doing the team sports thing, but this year was our first season coaching (ExhaustDad) and better, yet my first time as TEAM MOM.

Team mom duties were harder than I expected, and honestly, I wasn’t the best at it. @exhaustdad truly took on the majority of all things TEAM and I’m forever thankful to have him as my partner, especially when it comes to being overwhelmed.  I did learn a few good tricks, like using a Shutterfly.com where you can set-up an entire group page for the team, add all the parent emails (and contact information by player) and input the season schedule. Along with all of this, you can also share photos and even add a snack duty calendar. HELLO life saver….and it’s FREE.

Running WeeStructed during the basketball season was hard. we had our annual Black Friday sale which kept me hustling during a few of the boys very first practices. Then I did the Santa’s Secret Workshop event on their actual first game. Whoops. Needless to say, I wasn’t super active as a team mom for the first couple of weeks.  Thankfully we had a team filled with amazing, understanding and supportive fellow working parents so they took extra pictures and helped this mama keep it all going. GO TEAM!!!

For our team season end party I tried to keep it simple, parent friendly and easy. Our local pizzeria gives each team two free pizzas and welcomes you to have a season end party so we choose to host it this Sunday night. Hello no cooking or dishes for the night. Just go home with happy, fed kids and then straight to bath time and bed time routines. #parentwin

For player gifts, I had these awesome customized water bottles made for each boy from a sweet vendor on Etsy.com My Monogram Heaven. She will make them in any color combo to match your team colors, so check out her page!

Each one was filled with themed color candy from Partycity.com. They have everything you could dream of to throw a team party, including these mini basketballs.

Using team buttons for bag tags was the perfect touch, especially when it came time to hand them out tonight and present their game trophies.

A tip I received from a fellow seasoned team mom was to keep dessert simple. Cupcakes are the easiest thing to pass out quickly (no cutting involved). Off to Sams Club I went for a sports themed platter. The price is amazing too…$14.98 to be exact, so its super budget friendly!

I had leftover black plates from last weeks Batman birthday party so that was a WIN too!

Team mom doesn’t get a jersey, but wearing the husband’s vintage Jack Ramsey camp t-shirt was pretty perfect for the occasion, if I do say so!

All and all, I enjoyed my first attempt at Team Mom duties. It was amazing to see my husband take these little babes and turn them into killer basketball players. To see our son light up having that extra dad one-on-one time was worth it all.  After chatting with our parents, I realized keeping it simple really was the best way to go about it. No crazy pressures, just good communication and a simple party really was the winning ticket to this season!

XO,

Sarah

 

 

Girl Gang

Happy International Women’s Day to all you rad mamas and lil’ ladies!

International Women’s Day, originally called International Working Women’s Day, is celebrated on March 8 every year. It commemorates the movement for Women’s Rights.

Today I sent my wee babes Lily off into the world filled with pure girl gang power and confidence. My goal is to be a strong role model for her, and in turn, raise her to be strong and confident in this world. I want her know her rights, her worth and the fact that she can achieve anything she wants to work hard for in this life.

Her amazing tee is from local California-based husband and wife duo Tiny Whales. Their entire line is manufactured and made right here in Los, Angeles CA (which is a pretty rare find these days).  MADE IN AMERICA: so cool. Did I mention they are also raising two strong girls as well? P&H, you are lucky girls for sure. #radparents

Her necklace is from the amazing father daughter duo Gunner & Lux. All designs are from Little Lux and flawlessly executed by Dad. It’s a pretty amazing company. #girlboss is in second grade, no less. How amazing is that?!

Girl Gang : those fearless ladies who exude self-confidence and help build their fellow sistas up, not tear them down!

XO,

Sarah

My Birthday Boy

My dearest Fletcher tonight I tucked in my sweet little three-year old and tomorrow when you wake up you will be FOUR.  I still can’t believe how fast these past four years have flown by with you.   I knew they would go fast just like they did with your sister and brother but with you its been like warp speed.

My pregnancy with you was anything but easy.  I suffered daily with morning sickness that lasted well past the normal range…. 36 straight weeks to be exact I threw up daily.  I tried everything under the sun and yet only minimal relief from acupuncture would help on occasion.  I had awful pains that could never be explained but were later labeled as irritable uterus, a bout of flu that landed me in the hospital with pre term labor contractions and then three false labor visits…… for a non rookie mom that was fun times NOT.

On the day you were born I was done I had been sick and miserable for so long I couldn’t even officially tell I was in labor I refused to go to the hospital but Daddy finally said that’s it I think we should go.  From the time we got to the hospital to the time you were born it was under an hour in a blink you were here.  Much like carrying you things didn’t go as planned there were issues with your delivery and lots of not so fun medical stuff had to occur but I’m not going into that tonight it’s for another post and another time my love.

After recovering from the complications of your birth I had to take stock of my life and what was truly important.  I believe everything does indeed happen for a reason I believe I had to experience the trials of carrying you to truly appreciate life and you.  The strength I gained from this experience helped me to let go of things I couldn’t control, I learned to say NO, I let go of a bad relationship with a close family member, I held you more and did dishes less, and I was finally brave enough to follow a dream that ended up becoming  WeeStructed.

You have been such a breath of fresh air to our family these past four years.  You have the sweetest nature the most infectious laugh and deep voice that is kinda just amazing, you are funny, kind , loving and you have made both Mommy and Daddy better parents.  You love life are happy everyday have simple wants and needs never complain and have been one of the easiest babies ever!

I would relive all the struggles of bringing you into the world over again a million times for even an ounce of your daily sunshine my son.

Cheers to you and being FOUR it’s one of my favorite ages and stages of childhood and I’m excited for all this year brings for you my little sunshine.

XO,

Mommy