Newborn Vaccinations- A Yes or No?

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Vaccinations have been a heated issue among expecting mothers in recent years.  With all of the different claims being thrown out there and such strong stances how can you be sure you are making the right decision?  Some people believe that vaccinations are the cause for childhood allergies, autism, and even obesity.  On the other hand, a correlation has been shown between lower rates of vaccination in the U.S. and higher rates of childhood preventable diseases.

In social media I’ve noticed many mothers or soon to be mothers, pushing their own views on friends and family, with great controversy.  In my opinion, the best thing to do is to provide both sides of the story and let individuals make informed decisions themselves.  Here are some articles and statistics both for pro-vaccination and anti-vaccination, so you can see the big picture instead of being influenced by others.

Pro-Vaccinations Stance:

Vaccinate Your Baby   /   Voices For Vaccines   /   10 Vaccine Myths

Anti-Vaccinations Stance: 

Six Reasons to Say No to Vaccinations   /   Vaccines Cause Autism   /   Childhood Vaccines Linked to Allergies


What’s Trending Around the Web


Pregnancy Exercise The Deep Core: Why it Matters and How to Strengthen It

The Honest Blog Great articles, quotes and inspiration behind Jessica Alba’s Honest Co.

3 Tips for Setting Up a Nursery on a Budget – U.S. News

2014 Trend: Arrows in the Nursery

Parents Choosing Homemade Baby Food Over Brands – The New York Times

Quiz: Which Country Shares Your Parenting Values? 

An Adorable Camping Nursery Just In Time For Summer

Movie Mothers, The Good and the Bad

Mass Email Mistake by Shutterfly- False Pregnancy Congratulations!

Pregnant Drivers – USA Today


Summer Maternity Fashion Picks

Pastels is one of 10 trends identified from the Spring/ Summer 2014 runways.  Here are some great wardrobe additions from maternity brands I love like Hatch, Loft Maternity and Isabella Oliver.  One special note, Hatch clothing is made for women before, during and after pregnancy so you can keep those beautiful pieces in your closet well after those days of showing off your pregnancy glow.


1. The Bari Satchel, $319 / 2. Sara Double Bow Fedora, $49.50 / 3. Maternity Eyelet Sleeve Tee, 59.50 / 4. Beach Bag Keychain, $48 / 5. Ruched T Shirt Maternity Dress, $159 / 6. V Neck Jumpsuit, $298 / 7. Sophia Studs in Ballerina, $34 / 8. Maren Cross-strap Sandals, $110 / 9. Snakeskin Leather Ballet Flats, $26.99 / 10. The Pull-Over, $178

Dreamy Celebrity Nurseries Part 1


Daphne Oz, the daughter of the famous Dr. Mehmet Oz, is the author of the New York Times Bestseller, Relish: An Adventure in Food, Style, and Everyday Fun and is also one of five co-hosts on ABC’s the Chew.

Oz and her husband welcomed a new daughter earlier this year, named Philomena “Philo” Bijou.  Here are the details of her serene and sophisticated nursery created by celebrity favorite, baby décor boutique, Bellini.  Image

Jonathan Adler Petal Mirror / Bellini Alexander Crib / Antelope Rug / Bunnies / Allem Pillow / Cole Haan Girls’ Mini Cap Toe Sandals 

“I fell in love with the antelope-patterned rug, and we really built the room around that with accents of French blue and coral to make this nursery perfect for a little boy or girl on the way without being too traditional. I wanted to keep it fun and somewhere I’d love to hang out, since this is where I’ll be spending most of my time!” – Daphne Oz


“A little bit glam, a little bit tribal,” shared Oz. “[I wanted] our nursery to be warm and inviting with lots of golds, rich browns and plenty of soft, plush additions.”


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Mother’s Day Brunch & Afternoon Tea [via Chalkboard Magazine + Bon Appetit]




 LA Phamacie Cocktail Recipes:



1/2 oz gin

1/2 oz maraschino cherry liqueur

1/2 oz fresh lime juice

3 oz chilled Champagne


Combine all ingredients (except Champagne) in a mixing or pint glass and stir briskly. Pour this mixture into a Champagne coupe or flute glass. Top with cold Champagne. Garnish with a cherry.



1 1/2 oz vodka

2 oz fresh grapefruit juice

1 oz rosemary simple syrup*

garnish with a rosemary sprig


Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice and shake vigorously. Then strain over new ice into a high-ball glass.

*Rosemary syrup is just water (10 oz) and sugar (8 oz) and 10 – 12 medium sprigs of rosemary. Heat sugar and water until the sugar dissolves, take off heat and add rosemary for steeping. Always let it cool to room temperature before using. Refrigerating over night is preferred.

Creme Fraiche Scones Recipe

Petit Fours Recipe

25 Bon Appetit Brunch Recipes

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Guide


1. Rablabs Kivita Rose Quartz Set of 2, $120 / 2. Tata Harper Natural Beauty Gift Collection, $215 / 3. Apricot Turkish Towel, $38 / 4. Mom’s One Line A Day: A Five-Year Memory Book, $16.95 / 5. Personalized Recipe Gift Set With Embosser, $69.95 / 6. Petit Four Bouquet, $50 / 7. Tory Burch Eau de Parfum Rollerball, $25 / 8. Baby Bag Tote in Saffiano Leather, $398 / 9. FUJIFILM® Instax Mini 8 Camera, $100 / 10. Korres Lip Butter in Jasmine, $12


Baby Brain- Studies Show Heightened Intuition and Sensitivity


Scientists in London have recently found evidence that pregnant women use their right brains more than new mothers do, as they prepare to bond with their babies. “The results suggest that during pregnancy, there are changes in how the brain processes facial emotions that ensure that mothers are neurologically prepared to bond with their babies at birth”, said Dr Victoria Bourne, from the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway.  Findings also suggested that the hormones activated during pregnancy fine tune the intuition that helps a woman understand her baby’s needs from the moment the child is born.  

Researchers examined the brain activity of 39 pregnant women and new mothers as they looked at images of adult and baby faces making either positive or negative expressions. The results showed that pregnant women used the right side of their brain more than new mothers, particularly when processing positive emotions. 

Baby Showers Inspiration

Back during my days of wedding preparation I was constantly glued to Style Me Pretty’s latest weddings, inspiration boards and themes.  After the big wedding came and went, I was still looking for daily inspiration and found Style Me Pretty’s SMP Living Blog.  SMP Living features everything from Etiquette to DIY home projects, interviews with female entrepreneurs, recipes, entertaining and creating events.  

The events on SMP Living are just as unique and flawless at Style Me Pretty; below are a few of my favorite Baby Shower posts sure to spark some ideas for your own! 












White Ruffle Nursery Featured in MAM


I’m excited to share that my Whimsical Alphabet Watercolor was featured today on MAM– an inspiring lifestyle blog featuring weddings and events, based in Southern California.  

Matiana’s amazing style and love for life is evident from her fun take on events and unique, homemade details.  Following her blog is a great way to gain new ideas for planning an event, and if you’re looking for an event planner in sunny So Cal, be sure to check out her gallery

Here are some pictures from a recent MAM wedding below:




xx Christinna


Parenting Books: Bestsellers

Today, any resource available is at the fingertips of your keyboard.  But every once in a while it is nice to disconnect from technology and sit down with a good book and a cup of tea- especially if it’s a rainy day!

Here are a few bestsellers from Barnes and Noble that are sure to give you a great read:

1.  The Baby Book – A practical, contemporary approach to parenting that reflects the way we live today.  It covers the very basics and answers parents’ most concerning questions.  Written by a paediatric husband and wife team, with over 30 published books on parenting.  

2.  The Happiest Baby on the Block – This national bestseller was also written by a paediatrician/child development expert.  Through his research and experience, he has developed four basic principles that are crucial for understanding babies as well as improving their sleep and soothing their senses.

3.  Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care: 9th Edition – For thorough and authoritative references from birth to adolescence, this book has you covered.  Although this is the 65th anniversary edition, it is packed with contemporary issues like new family structures, children and media, increasingly common disorders and cutting-edge immunizations. 

4.  The Baby Owner’s Manual –  If you’re looking for quirky humour, look no farther than this book, which relates “running” a baby to running the latest technology.  Find detailed methods and tips like step by step instructions and schematics on swaddling a baby!  

5.  Brain Rules for Baby – If you like reading statistics and studies on the latest scientific approach to parenting, this is for you.   The author of this book is a developmental molecular biologist focused on helping you nurture a smart, high performing son or daughter!