Our California Outdoor Oasis

This post is sponsored by Wayfair.

We’ve lived in our home here a number of years, and only now finally getting around to getting our backyard to be more inviting, rather than a concrete jungle. We want to live in a California outdoor oasis since we already spend most of time outside. That means more seating, more lush greenery. 

Although a little overwhelming since neither of us are landscape designers, this space was full of potential. We know that post-pandemic times we want to invite our friends over to enjoy this space with us. But where to start? 

We don’t have the space for large patio furniture, nor much greenery in the backyard. Wayfair has helped transform our average space into an inviting California outdoor oasis that we’ve been chipping away at it for the past 2 months.

My husband worked hard at creating a garden for us, and also potting some trees to add to the space. I’m loving our bougainvillea, and we even have a rose bush planted in there.

Being outside is a given, especially living in California and now with two boys we’re out a lot more, and also enjoying our meals outside at least once a day. Naturally, we wanted some comfy seating next to our mini garden and twinkle string lights (they’re the 24′ Outdoor Solar Powered 12 – Bulb Globe String Light). We ended up getting some patio furniture and went with the and Delorenzo 4 Piece Sofa Seating Group with Cushions. White probably isn’t the best choice with two young boys, but I love the way it looks so I went for it.

I also got a my first cast iron grill and by the fancy-pants brand Le Crueset. Talk about luxury, ha!

What do you think of our backyard? A nice transformation from what it used to look like, hey?

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We’re revamping our backyard space!

My husband has been working extra hard these last few weeks to make our backyard feel more welcoming and complete. Wayfair is helping us accomplish those backyard oasis dreams and while our pieces haven’t come in yet, I’m giving you a peek as to what’s to come in these next few weeks – I’ll photograph it all when everything is in its place. 

This is the patio set that I ordered from Wayfair. I know what you’re thinking – white is obviously a brave choice for me to select with two small children. But here we are. It’s the one that I loved the most. ha.

We have some flowers growing in our garden, some pampas grass swayin’ around in the California sunshine, and string lights hung so we can enjoy it in the evening when the boys are gone to bed.

Can’t wait to reveal it all to you in June!
 
 
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Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2021

I’m pretty sure I can get an “amen!” When I say that all Mom’s want this Mother’s Day after surviving over 15 months in a pandemic (and now two mother’s days worth) is some ALONE TIME. Am I right? 

But, alas…some people, including myself would also like to treat themselves whether it be some yummy treats and chocolate, or replenishing their favourite shampoo (mine being Aveda). 
 
To be honest this last year I’ve been treating myself (and my boys) a little too much lately. Perhaps making up for the lack of seeing anyone in the last year. Seeing our regular delivery drivers is the only social interactions we’ve had. 🤣 Opening up a new Amazon Prime order that we got….the little joys it brings. 
 
Let’s get to it. Here are a few things that you can spoil any mom with this May 9th. Remember that date this year! 
 
I love this Minted weekender bag. It’s been in my shopping cart for ages. 
 
Anything by Le Creuset, am I right? I just bought my first piece this week, can’t wait for it to arrive. 
 
I’ve had the body lotion and now I want the perfume version – I want to smell like Bobbi Brown Beach during the summers. 
 
I’ve been wanting a vase for my pampas grass. This one from Target is perfect. 
 
Aveda is always my go-to, and I haven’t strayed from their hair products in over 15 years. If ya wanna know what I smell like, it’s this. Fave products include Shampure shampoo + conditioner, Anti-humectant, Thickening Tonic, Shampure body oil
 
Color My Cookie – bebs and I had a blast painting (and eating) these shortbread cookies together a few days ago. They come pre-iced with edible watercolors and sprinkles. Also comes with a link to an online cookie decorating tutorial taught by a real pastry chef!
 
The Idle Free Box is a subscription box full of activities for those mundane days. DIY painting and embroidery kits to puzzles and workout plans.
 
 
Got a crafty Mom? Gift her some photopolymer stamps and dies to use (and paint over top) with Stamp Chimp.
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