WE BOUGHT A HOUSE! After 5 apartments in 5 years, Ryan and I finally found the perfect home for our little family. A mint green bungalow in Southern California, full of midcentury modern goodness and tropical vibes. We are so excited to make it our own and can’t wait to bring you along for the ride. I’ll be sharing bits and pieces of all the love we put into this place, from vintage finds to bathroom renos, on the blog and at @bungalito on Instagram.
We had been casually house hunting for about a year before even deciding which neighborhood would be right for us. I was always on Trulia and Redfin favoriting houses that were cute but nothing really jumped out at me. Until late one night at the end of April 2017, when I came across this adorable 3-bedroom bungalow that sounded pretty perfect on paper. I sent it to Ryan and scheduled a private tour. It turned out to be even better in person, but we had plans to go out of town that weekend so we just let it go and enjoyed our getaway. A week later we went to an open house at the same cute bungalow (then went back again the next day, ha!). We kept finding more reasons to love it so we put in an offer that night. Things moved pretty quickly from that point and everything just seemed to fall into place. It almost felt too good to be true, but here we are 7 months in, and so far, so good.
Over the next few weeks I want to share a home tour, room by room, where I’ll go over all the plans I have for each space. Some walls just need a fresh coat of paint, while others need to be knocked out, but we’ll get to all that eventually. Stay tuned! xo
01 Cringe | Miike Snow Remix
02 I Only Lie When I Love You | Royal Blood
03 Easy Lover | Philip Bailey, Phil Collins
04 Oh Devil | Electric Guest, Devin Di Dakta
05 Waterloo Sunset | The Kinks
06 Amsterdam | Peter Bjorn and John
07 Cult Logic | Miike Snow
08 Pale Shelter | Tears for Fears
09 Forever Young | Alphaville
10 Silvia | Miike Snow
The Chill Mama is an interview series featuring bold and beautiful mothers. Each month, I reach out to an amazing woman who loves her babies fiercely but also believes in the power of self care. I’m always interested in hearing her unique story and how she keeps her cool on a daily basis – because in all honesty, I need all the inspiration I can get ;)
Sarah Aprea, 33
Photographer, Norwood, MA
Mama to Maya, 6 years old
What does a typical day look like for you?
Maya started Kindergarten this year so our days start by getting her ready, packing her lunch and walking to school. It’s nice to start the day off with a little walk! When I get home I have my morning coffee and breakfast in peace and quiet, or if it’s a Wednesday morning I catch up on “This Is Us” on Hulu. If it’s a work day for me which is less frequent in the winter, I spend my day editing photo sessions, marketing and organizing. In my down time I now have the flexibility to grocery shop on a week day without a child in tow! I love my Trader Joe’s trips alone, something so small is so much easier to do now. In the afternoon I pick Maya up and we walk home, we have snack and do home work together and spend the afternoon until dinner time working on crafts and playing with legos, Littlest Pet Shops and creating Thomas the Train tracks. My husband is the chef in our home so I tend to prep dinner and he creates the masterpiece! After bedtime for Maya around 7, I tend to wrap up work items, email clients and just get comfortable. I love to wind down with episodes of “The Office” or a great book.
What does a dream day look like for you? Think unlimited time and $$$!
My dream days are at the beach swimming all day in perfect waves (with childcare covered).
How do you chill?
On Saturday mornings I take an adult painting class for 3 hours, it’s amazing. We listen to relaxing music and there is little to no distraction. I’m terrible but I love it!
What inspires you?
Seeing beauty in everything, I’m always thinking of what I could turn into art.
Describe your labor + delivery experience in a nutshell (if that’s even possible).
I had preeclampsia and a 4 day induction at 36 weeks! When labor finally started I didn’t have to push long, it felt so fast I thought she was born on Christmas day but she was born just after midnight! Labor was natural other than necessary magnesium for my blood pressure. I’m glad she ended up with her own day rather than on Christmas.
What would you say to your pre-mama self?
Ask for help! We didn’t have a lot of help when Maya was born and she was so colicky. I wish we hadn’t been so stubborn and had just hired help a few hours a day, even a few hours a week to look forward to.
Besides your lovies, what’s the one thing you couldn’t live without?
If you could hop on the next flight, where would you go? With or without the littles?
Back to San Diego! Kind of kidding, I’m itching to get to Mexico, I’d love to go to Tulum. A new photography retreat center is opening there soon!
What are you listening to these days?
If I’m not listening to mainstream pop radio stations I’m stuck in my old ways. I still listen to Death Cab for Cutie and Counting Crows when I’m chilling at home.
What is the last book you read?
“Townie” by Andre Dubus III
And the last thing you ate?
We just finished juicing kiwi, apples, strawberries, celery and carrots so I snacked on that and had a delicious glass of it. Maya loves to juice and it gets her eating healthy foods.
Early bird or night owl?
Coffee or tea?
Dogs or cats?
If you could leave us with one bit of #momlife advice, what would it be?
Just relax, do your own parenting thing. Be supportive of other moms without the judgement because it really is hard enough!
Thanks so much, Sarah! I loved having the chance to catch up while you and your sweet family were visiting San Diego. Maya is such a little love and just seeing you two together makes me so excited about the years to come with my own daughter (I’m also looking forward to those solo trips to Trader Joe’s!).
I really love how you unwind with a weekend painting class. I signed up for something similar a few years back and would love to go again, especially now as a mama. It’s a great way to get out of your own head and create something, pretty or not ;)
And of course, your words of wisdom could not speak clearer to me, “Just relax, do your own parenting thing.” This statement is so simple yet says so much. It really comes down to the fact that we’re all learning as we go, finding what works for us and our kids, so there’s really no room for criticism or judgement. Just do you, mamas! xo
Just a few snippets from our trip to Seattle last September. We always make the same pit stops at Fisherman’s Wharf, Ivar’s, and the Public Market. It was weirdly warm and sunny this visit and I was kind of hoping for that that moody PNW weather. San Diegans need a change too sometimes ;)
Anyway, I loved this weekend away with my little family – I’ll always remember it because we had just found out that I was pregnant, yet my morning sickness hadn’t taken over my body yet. Just that new baby bliss on my mind, nobody else knew but us, imagining what he/she would be like, etc. <3