A Baby, Whales and Fun!

imageLast December, T.W.O. officially became aunties to a handsome boy – Hayes! He was the best Christmas present under the Christmas Tree! To officially welcome him into the world, we planned a baby shower to honor him surrounded by family and friends. Being a beach family, we loved the idea of a Whale Theme Baby Shower…Ahoy It’s A Boy!! Our color palette was shades of blue – navy, turquoise and light blue. We used polka dots and solids to offset the whale material we purchased on Fabric.com. We made custom flag banners with personalized onesies, table runners and square center pieces. Whale mobiles hung from the umbrellas, along with blue lantern balls. Simple hydrangea flower arrangements were placed on each table along with small bowls of gold fish. Below are images of the day – hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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A Big Thank you to Baker Party Rentals who were fantastic to work with!


1. How Long Is Hayes?

2. Nursery Rhyme Game

3. What’s in the Diaper



The menu for the shower was simple and light for this hot ‘summer’ March day! There was a crudité plate along with a cheese platter for the guests to munch on when they arrived. We had a drink station set up – Rosé (of course!), homemade ice tea, lemon water, pink lemonade and Pellegrino. For the main entrees, homemade ‘Napa’ Chicken Sandwiches, Orzo Pasta Salad and a Mixed Green Strawberry, Avocado Salad. Dessert?? Of course our mom’s famous carrot cake was served along with lemon bars and custom Hayes chocolates. I don’t think anyone went home starving! Seconds please???

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Leaving a party empty handed is not really fun, so we made sure to send our guests home with ‘Cookies Ahoy’! We made chocolate dipped shortbread cookies, put them in a bag along with the custom Hayes chocolates and tied a tag on them. Simple, cute and oh so good!

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 Be sure to tune into our blog in a couple weeks where we will be sharing our ‘Napa’ Chicken recipe!

It was the perfect day to celebrate one special baby boy!

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Thanksgiving Recap

imageThanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays since it’s always filled with family, friends, great food and adventures.  This year we also had amazing weather, so we got to go to the beach and take advantage of the outdoors.  Here are some photos that capture our fun 5 days at home with our family.  (Video trailer included at the bottom)

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Name that Apple

imageWith Thanksgiving this week everyone is scrambling to get their grocery shopping done and the house ready for the guests.  Forget anything….I am sure you did.  What about name cards?  If you did, don’t stress. T.W.O. has the perfect and affordable name cards you can use on your Thanksgiving table.  You can even pick up some of the supplies while at the grocery store.  Check out how we made these fabulous gold apple name cards.


– Apples (T.W.O. used Granny Smith apples)
– Gold spray paint (or any other metallic color depending on color scheme)
– white paper
– scissors
– pen

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A Hamptons Birthday Party


It’s Memorial Day Weekend, A Birthday Celebration, Kickoff to Summer and Barbecue Season – – – so let’s have a Hamptons Theme Birthday Party.   Class, Class Class! Check out how T.W.O. made our mom’s birthday special!  From the barbecue ribs, summer salads, corn on the cob, cheese platters, DIY decorations, rose and bubbly we all had a great time! We even surprised our mom with a “Singing Flash Mob” – Say a Little Prayer like in the scene of My Best Friend’s Wedding.  (That is the reason for 14 paper crabs!) If it wasn’t for the help of our family with the food and decorations, we couldn’t have pulled off such a fun celebration!

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A Masquerade Dinner Party


We recently hosted a Masquerade Dinner Party at our home.  It was filled with good food, fabulous masks and mostly, wonderful company.  Check out some pictures from our night and our homemade invite above.  DIY Dinner Party!

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Southern California Spring Garden Show


It’s the most anticipated garden event on the West Coast, and T.W.O. got a chance to attended this 25th Annual Southern California Spring Garden Show this past weekend.  It features more than 75 specialty garden vendors offering exotic plants and unique accessories.  Check out the photos below of some of our favorite flowers and displays.

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Spring has Sprung!

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A T.W.O. Holiday

April 16th, 2014

In honor of our birthday, we are taking the day off and celebrating!  We are looking forward to another year filled with family, friends, food, travels, shopping, projects, memories and fun!



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Coffee Table


Decorating. Design. Deals! T.W.O. has been having a great time finding some great items for their home decorating project! This past weekend, we stumbled upon some fabulous items for our coffee table. The color scheme throughout our house is neutrals with some blue accent pieces. Most of our beautiful wood furniture (coffee table, media chest, dinner room table) are all on the darker side, so we needed to tie in some neutral accessories. To do so, we made our merry way down to HomeGoods and bought these wonderful tabletop pieces! We left the store with some lovely treasures – without emptying our wallets!

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Thank you HomeGoods!

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Sunday Afternoon with Coast 2 Coast Collection


How would you spend your perfect Sunday?  Taking a walk?  Going to the gym or movies?  Baking in the kitchen?  Well, all those are great things as long as you enjoy doing them.  T.W.O. spent their Sunday afternoon in Santa Barbara, which is one place they used to call home.  It has a special place in our heart – from soccer tournaments, to watching our brothers play summer college baseball, to one of us attending UCSB and most recently a family wedding.

A perfect Sunday in Santa Barbara to us would be brunch at The Boathouse, a stroll on State Street, stopping by Wendy Foster for our hair ties and ending with a visit at Coast 2 Coast Collection.

The Boathouse (formerly known as Brown Pelican) is a great restaurant located on Hendry’s Beach.  It’s a great spot for family, friends or even a romantic date!   Three out of four times when we have dined at The Boathouse, we have seen dolphins.  Let’s hope that we just didn’t jinx ourselves – or you! After lunch  – –  – on to State Street!


SONY DSC SONY DSCCoast 2 Coast Collection was introduced to us 2 years ago and little did we know that it would be a part of our lives.  From candles, home décor, vintage jewelry and most recently a custom made bracelet for a bridesmaids’ gift from our sister-in-law, Coast 2 Coast is a definite stop on our trips to Santa Barbara. This luxury gift and tableware boutique has a wide array of brands – Bernardaud, Chrstofle, Hermes, Lalique and St. Louis.  Immediately when you walk in the store, your jaw drops and you just want to buy everything for your home.  From the linens to the table settings and frames and mirrored trays to the serving utensils – they all are luxurious pieces.

And what goes well with these pieces…of course vintage costume jewelry! Some of the designers are Chanel, Dior, Givenchy and Miriam Haskell.  We didn’t have any trouble finding something we liked – – – that’s for sure!  These pieces are classic and original.  The person sitting next to you at the charity event won’t be wearing the same necklace.  Sounds fabulous, right?

 Men – there is also a sports memorabilia section for you –  –  – so don’t wait in the car!



 Next time you are in Santa Barbara, you have to make a stop at Coast 2 Coast.  Don’t walk away empty handed; you will regret it later! Thanks Holly for having us!!


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