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Kid’s Room Decor: Vintage

My son's nursery. . . after he was born, it never looked this clean again.

When I was pregnant with my first, the thing that I was most excited about (besides having a new member to the family, of course) was decorating the nursery. I thought and thought about it and then one day, it hit me, “French Vintage.” Where I pulled that term from I wasn’t quite sure, but what I was sure about was the visualization in my head. I knew exactly what I wanted, it was just a matter of finding it. Here’s a sampling of what I discovered, so you can incorporate your own sort of vintage into your room. –Alex

We didn’t find out what we were having, so the room had to work for either gender. I installed a chair rail around the room, middle of the wall (more specifically, where the top of the chair would hit), and then painted the top half a [Read more…]

Heirlooms and Hardware Offers Indoor Inspiration

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My husband and I recently bought a mid-century modern house which has thrown us into the throes of a remodel and on the hunt for unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. So when we were invited to Heirlooms and Hardware’s new store opening, we couldn’t resist taking a peek. And we weren’t disappointed! The shop is an interior decorator’s dream, with [Read more…]

Video: Last Minute Gift Ideas

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Here come the holidays! If you still have some items left on your list to purchase, check out Breezy Mama’s 20 ideas below from the fashionista to the techie and more. Plus! Watch the video of me discussing the products on Fox 5 San Diego this morning! [Read more…]

Sponsored: Kids Rooms: Where Do You Find Inspiration?

My nursery seven years ago. . .

. . . and what it looks like today.

I’ve been itching to redo my kids’ room. When I was pregnant with my son, I went all out on the nursery—it was SO much fun to think of a new theme, seek out the perfect accessories and pick the paint colors.  That was seven years ago, and a lot has changed since then. My son is not into “French vintage” (hmmm, no surprise there) and he now has a 3 year old sister who shares the room with him. I’ve taken down the French posters, and have put up a Star Wars one, but my poor daughter has nothing to call her own but an adorable pink mermaid pillow that my friend Alysha made her. She sleeps on blue sheets with a pale blue comforter covered in trucks. Yes, it’s cute, but [Read more…]

5 Easy Ways to Spruce Up Your Home, Nursery & Child’s Bedroom

Check out these ideas from Jenn Ainsworth, of livenUPdesign for adding a pop of color and pattern to your home, baby nursery and child’s bedroom without breaking the bank!

From Jenn:

Sure, you could get a new piece of furniture, go to the trouble of painting a wall or buy a pricey geometric rug to enliven your space and give it a new look. OR you could freshen things up in smaller, less extravagant (but equally as BOLD) ways for the same effect!

Try one (or more) of these ideas to add some fun to your home… [Read more…]

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

This morning I got to appear on FOX 5 News San Diego giving my mother’s day picks. Click on the link at the end of this article to watch! Meanwhile, check out my picks here…

Every mother deserves to be pampered on what I refer to as THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY OF THE YEAR: A.K.A. Mother’s Day. If you haven’t gotten your gift(s) yet, you better hurry! And here are my picks to spoil all the moms in your life:

For the beauty product lover:

1. Birch Box:
Jill (love you Jill!) got me a subscription to Birch Box and it is now officially my-go to gift for friends! I love when the box of [Read more…]

My Bathing Suit Intervention

Don't panic -- this option is for rebels.

One of Breezy Mama’s favorite stylist’s Sami’s got TWENTY bathing suit options for mom figures. HINT: No tank-inis allowed. But first… when my friends gathered for my Bathing Suit Intervention.

The year was 2004 and I had just given birth to my first child. With the 50 pounds I gained fortunately melting off at a rapid pace, I did what any savvy woman would do when she needed a bathing suit while still overweight, but planning to lose it: buy a cheap suit from Target.

Flashforward to 2006, I still had about 10 pounds to lose after the birth of my second child and a girl’s weekend on the calendar. Again, being financially savvy (read: cheap), I just dusted off the original bathing suit I bought two years prior and packed it for our mom’s weekend away. It was then that my first Bathing Suit Intervention took place.

As we sat in the hot tub relaxing, no kids and enjoying ourselves, Alex could no longer hold it in: “That suit looks awful on you! It doesn’t even fit you and it’s coming apart at the seams!”

Danica quickly followed, “I am SO GLAD you said something, Alex! You just can’t wear that suit ever again, Chelsea!”

My only hope was Maya, who politely turned away when I looked in her direction. This was officially SERIOUS.

Once back in our hotel room, I was asked once and for all: WILL YOU BURN THAT THING?!

When I returned home, I informed the hubby of what had happened and his response was, “Thank goodness they told you. Will you burn it now?”

A couple weeks later after the FINAL intervention: Alex, Kelly, Danica, Maya and me.

FIVE years later, it was the summer of 2011 and my high school reunion was coming up and the girls and I reserved a hotel room as this would serve as our annual trip together. The night I was packing my husband came home from work and found me on my bedroom floor laughing hysterically.

“What’s so funny?” he asked with fear in his voice.

“Look what I’m going to pack for my girl’s trip weekend!”


With 15 pounds to lose after the birth of my twins, quite frankly I could either A. purchase a new suit (no way), B. wear a maternity suit (thought about it) or C. annoy my friends like you can’t imagine. Having the sense of humor that I do, I went with option C.

Things started out in our ocean front hotel room that we splurged on and Alex was still quoting the ridiculous price the rest of us had agreed on since she had been outvoted when originally pushing for a cheaper option. As I was bragging that I brought the best snacks and Danica came close to beating me with hers, I pulled out my Trump card: chocolate covered potato chips. This triumph instantly sent me into a choreographed victory dance which left Danica asking, “Is she okay?”

When I explained that it was my upcoming flash mob moves, everything (surprisingly) made sense to her again and I was soon teaching everyone the dance.

Then it came time to go down to the beach. I was giddy with joy! I couldn’t wait to torture my besties!!! Once on the sand, I took off my tank top and shorts when Danica gasped, “CHELSEA!?!?! HOW COULD YOU!?!?!?! Do you understand how many bathing suit interventions I have had BECAUSE OF THAT SUIT!”

Alex, who was standing angrily with one hand on her hip, shook her head in disbelief. “That is so not funny CHELSEA!”

Once again, Maya politely looked away. Then Maya mentioned that Sami had recently had a Bathing Suit Intervention with her… Maya was looking SMOKING HOT! She said she had an extra swimsuit in the car, and, me feeling fat and preferring to make a joke versus even bothering to try to pretend to look cute, declined.

Alex and Danica INSISTED I change. Truth be told, once I switched into Maya’s hip suit, I have never looked back. It’s amazing that there actually could be something that hides what needed to be hidden and still come off as though I wasn’t stuck in 2004.

It was that moment of self confidence IN A BATHING SUIT while 15 pounds over-weight that I knew we all could use Sami’s picks for 2012. And even if you already are hip, here are a few you can arm yourself with the next time you need to conduct an intervention.

From Sami:

Hooray for 2012 Swimwear!  Guaranteed you will find a style you like, from textured detail to prints, cutouts, fringe, bandeau, halter, asymmetrical neckline and my favorite RETRO — it’s all here… and it’s all about color, color, color!!!  So get out there and get yourself a suit that is flattering on your body, but also reflects your style. And remember, never is a tank-ini suitable!

Here’s some recommended websites and styles to get you started…


J.CREW – who doesn’t love J.CREW, well if you haven’t once tried their swimwear, now is the time. They have a ton of adorable one pieces, fun prints, flattering styles, and bold colors. Polka dots, stripes, paisleys, fun colors, you name it they have it.

Here are some of my favs – I love suits with ruching, it is very flattering:

For smaller chested women:

For larger busted women or women who need support:

And for those of us who love to play in the surf, this is adorable!!!


This website is full of fabulous suits, featuring flattering suits that are very hip!

(From Left to Right – Karla Collertto, Vince Camuto, and Badgley Mischka)


Are you Retro ready? I’m loving this style, and it’s a look that is flattering on all body types!

Here’s some cute retro suits I like from various sites… (Jantzen)



PLUS… (juicy couture)

5. H&M

H&M is a great place to shop for a swimsuit, namely due to the price. A one or two piece suit will run you less than $30.00. I have always had great experiences with my H&M swimwear, always flattering cuts, well made and up to date trends … at these prices you could sport a new suit at every swimsuit outing!!!

Here are a few cute styles, but with H&M you just have to go see what your local store has available…

And just for fun and for those of you who can rock this style (not many of us), but if you happen to be a Brazilian swimsuit model, this suit gets my vote for swimsuit of the year 2012!!!

L*Space Swimwear

… and if not, here is a modified version that maybe some of us could pull off????

L*Space available at

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Samantha Purdy is founder of Sami’s Stylz, a full service styling company that offers personal shopping as well as closet consultation. Samantha’s philosophy in fashion is you don’t have to spend a fortune on labels to wear the latest trends. With her expert eye, Samantha can spot trends before they’re trendy offering the ultimate fashion experience for clients. For the busy mom, Samantha is the perfect solution to do your outfit shopping for you whether it’s for a special event or a seasonal update, keeping your wardrobe stylish year round. For more information, email:

5 Great Catches: Gift Ideas for the Kiddos

Are you in need of a gift for an upcoming birthday? Or perhaps doing some Valentine’s Day shopping? Or are you looking for something new for your own children?  The kids of Breezy Mama have been busy testing up some toys and the verdict? Any of these gifts will make sure to make the child in your life happy as a clam.

How Do You Feed A Hungry Giant?

This oversize pop-up book written by Caitlin Friedman tells of a little boy named Oscar who finds a giant in his backyard. With clever lines from the Oscar’s dog, Cowgirl, to cool [Read more…]

Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone on Etsy

Breezy Mama’s Etsy guru, Maria Mckeen, is back. This time, she spent countless hours on Etsy looking for that perfect gift for everyone on your list–including the pets! Best of all, Maria has secured a special Breezy Mama discount from each of the following vendors. What are you wating for? Read on to see the fabulous items she found. . .

From Maria:

I can’t believe the holidays are upon us . . . as a shopper, one of my favorite “seasons” of the year.  There are so many deals out there and with alternative ways to shop, you barely have to get out of your pajamas!  However, my favorite part of the holiday shopping hustle and bustle is sipping hot cocoa while chatting and watching family and friends scour different shops to find the best finds and original gifts for their loved ones.  Hmmm . . . with “best finds” and “original” in mind, I really wanted to discover special things that highlighted Etsy’s values in authorship and provenance in original, organic, and handmade goods.  Enjoy my gift guide and Happy Holidays!

Hers: I love bracelets and cuffs.  I always have and would rather wear one (or three!) than a watch any time (pun intended)!  So it was hard to ignore how stunningly [Read more…]

10 Fabulous Hostess Gifts

Our Queen of the Caboodle Kelly makes sure you don’t leave the hostess with the mostess empty handed this year. And, believe ME… after reading Kelly’s ideas for hostess gifts, you’ll be jumping at the chance to have everyone over!

From Kelly:
The holidays are in full swing and it is time to start thinking of gift ideas! If you are anything like me, there are always a few people that I forget to buy gifts for until the last minute-one of which is hostess gifts for Thanksgiving and holiday parties. A bottle of wine always works in a pinch, but it is fun to give your hostess something unexpected for her hospitality! Below are 10 great gift ideas $30 or under for the hostess with the mostest:

1. Fingerless gloves-Sundance
Festive and warm, and something she’d [Read more…]