Faye Leilani

Faye Lailani/ Let's Go Sunning

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks. My baby girl finally arrived and I couldn’t be more smitten. This past week has been full of snuggle time and a few sleepless nights, though it has gotten better throughout the week.

I’m a little apprehensive to share her full birth story. It was an unusual few days and I am so lucky that I had such a healthy little girl, but I will share a few elements.

I intended to have an all natural birth. I dabbled in Hypnobirthing and did all my research, but after 24 hours of contractions, I caved and got an epidural. Best decision ever. After getting admitted (at around midnight), I was told she’d be a 6.5 pounds and be here before noon. Noon came and went and at 8pm when I was finally ready to start pushing I pushed for an hour before anyone realized she was sunny side up. They tried to push her back up there and turn her around (tmi?) and after another hour and a half of pushing with no result, I was wheeled over to the OR for a C-section. She was finally born at 10:57 on April 26th weighing 9 pounds (I do remember the doctors saying “That’s no 6 pound baby!” as they pulled her out).

It was not the birth I planned or expected, but I have a (very) healthy baby girl to show for it. And if I could do it over again, I would not have been so concerned about having my perfect non-medicated birth and prepared myself for all options. Though, I like to think I had a sampler platter of birthing experiences, so next time I feel like I could handle just about anything.

9 Kid Friendly Artists

When searching for art for above the baby’s crib, I was super disheartened to find a lot of the art for kids out there is hokey. I am sharing a bedroom with her when she gets here and there is no way in hell I am going to wake up every morning to something like this. So, I thought I’d share some of the artists that I found on my search that have quite a few options when it comes to kid friendly art to hang in your nursery.



Small Adventure 

This shop is full of adorable prints that reflect the spirit of the outdoors.  I love both their animal prints and their Backpacking and Canoeing prints. Perfect for the nature inspired nursery.


Rosie Harbottle

I love Rosie Harbottle’s style. It’s sweet, with calming tones, all without being to “baby-ish.” It would be a great addition to any nursery.


Nan Lawson

It’s no secret, I’m a huge Nan Lawson fan. For the geeky mom’s and dad’s out there, one of her prints is a must! She has adorable portraits ranging from Game of Thrones and Doctor Who, to Wes Anderson films.

Quill and Fox

Quill and Fox have a bunch of great stuff in their store. Amazing cards, journals and notepads, just to name a few, but I love their art prints. They are perfectly whimsical and adorable.



Small Talk Studio

I love the collection charts from this shop and you can’t go wrong with a print of a sprinkle donut riding a unicorn under a rainbow. Too amazing. 

Yellow Button Studio

Great copy based prints. My favorite is the one above and You Are My Sunshine.

Greg Abbott

I love all of Greg Abbott’s prints! They are fun and have a real retro feel to them. AND he has so many to choose from!

Teagan White

I love Teagan White! Her colors and whimsical style always get me! Her fabrics are amazing (I used one design for my DIY crib sheets) and her prints even more so. Love all round!



I really like these abstract prints for a nursery. You can mix and match with great results and it can grow with baby or be used in another room later.

Sunday Funday: 5 Things I’m Loving This Week


Lifefactory Bottles

I recently left my handy plastic tumbler at my cousin’s house, so I picked one of these up at Whole Foods. I am obsessed. It feels a lot safer to be drinking out of glass and they are truly sturdy. The second day I had it I dropped it and watched it tumble down a short flight of cement stairs and it was completely fine.


Frozen Blueberries

I love blueberries, but I always wait too long to eat them and there is nothing grosser than those soggy ones on the bottom. So I just started to freeze them when I come home from the market. They have been perfect for snacking, topping off desserts or breakfast and for keeping cool in my super warm apartment (why is it so hot in here?).


Toms Sandals

My swollen feet covet these sandals.


Night Cheese Print

Because I need a constant reminder of Liz Lemon in order to be happy.


Salted Nutella Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

I am so into these cookies! I must make them asap! Peanut butter, Nutella and salt? Yes, please

Shopping with Mallzee


Though I don’t fit into regular clothes yet (and it seems so far away), I have been daydreaming and planning about the day when I can fit back into my skater dresses and mini skirts. Right now I’m loving the Mallzee app. I have, seriously, lost at least an hour swiping clothes (left for dislike, right for like) and building my preferences. You can search vendors, like Urban Outfitters, ASOS, Anthropologie, Forever 21, Uniqlo, etc., and even filter by clothing type, color, and price.

Usually, when I shop online I end up with dozens and dozens of tabs open with different products I might like and then I pare that down to things I would buy. The swiping method (people compare it to Tinder, but I have never used that app), is easy and less stressful for me and much more natural than scanning a bunch of thumbnails.

The app saves your likes and you can share with your friends. What I love most about this feature is that I don’t have to keep a tab open on my desktop while I decide if I really want to buy. It’s all self contained. I have quite the stock pile of clothes that I can’t wait to cram by post-prego body into. Counting down the days!

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What’s On My Book Shelf?

What's On My Book Shelf?/ Let's Go Sunning

As my due date gets closer, I thought I would share some of the books I’ve read during my pregnancy. Though, not all are exclusive to parents, I found these particularly helpful in feeling more prepared and less out of control.

The Happiest Baby On The Block by Dr. Harvey Karp – This book came recommended to my by quite a few people, so I picked it up. I don’t have a baby yet, so I can’t make any claims about it’s effectiveness, but it really helped ease my worries about dealing with colicky and fussy babies. My recommendation is to buy used or borrow a copy from a friend or the library. It’s not something you need to own for eternity for reference. A lot of the criticism the book gets is that the information could fit into a pamphlet, but instead is a 200+ page book. This doesn’t bother me, but if you are short on time you could read this quick break down.

Healthy Child, Healthy World by Christopher Gavigan – I LOVE this book. I constantly reference back to it. Its full of helpful tips for greening your home, but also striking a balance so you don’t go crazy. I’ve read it three times already. Though, it’s aimed at parents, I think there is a lot of value in it for anyone who wants to green their homes.

Happy Baby: The Organic Guide to Baby’s First 24 Months by Dr. Robert Sears – I picked this up at the library last week, just because I saw it on the shelf and I was going a little “check out crazy.” I thought I would give it a quick flip through and return it early, but I ended up devouring it. This was a very simple guide to baby’s nutrition from birth to two years old and includes a great guide for mom as well. Dr. Sears is also great at acknowledging that parents often don’t have the time or money to make their own organic baby foods, so he offers suggestions for different kinds of green parents. I intend on buying this one to keep referring back to.

The Honest Life by Jessica Alba – Not gonna lie, if Jessica Alba jumped off a bridge, I’d follow her. I love her dedication to living green, but not sacrificing style. This book is inspiring, beautifully shot and full of practical tips.

It’s All Good by Gwyneth Paltrow – I know a lot of people hate her, but I am obsessed with this book. I picked it up at the library last week, again, thinking I would flip through it, get a recipe or two and send it back. I was pleasantly surprised to find a lot of yummy recipes, with few ingredients and simple instructions. I’m not a gourmet chef, so the easier to make and the less ingredients, the better. So far, I’ve tried 3 recipes and have a whole bunch planned for next week. Delish.

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