celebrating 29!

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we’re currently in los angeles right now visiting friends and enjoying a little bit of that west coast summer. i also turned 29 years old yesterday (what the what) so we had an extra fun day in LA eating way too many treats and bursting out into the “happy birthday” song multiple times throughout the day.

i’ll share more later, but wanted to pop in and post some photos from our day yesterday! my family sure knows how to spoil me and make me feel so special. being with them, and having them in my life, it’s what makes me the happiest. grateful for every day with them and for all the love and kisses and drawings and happy birthday singing and extra hugs from my little crew. love them so…


birthday donuts from california donuts! delicious!


these dear friends of ours have been the best hosts. they know how to do LA and while we miss them in new york, we couldn’t be more proud of all they are up to.


the best birthday gifts in all the world are homemade cards and drawings. that’s a viking ship, by the way. ;)

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flowers from my love! (they matched the flowers on my birthday cake! which kind of was such a thoughtful detail, it made my night!)


an afternoon at the observatory! and falling down and putting bandaids on “pretend” boo-boo’s to make them feel better. ;)

and not pictured is the meltdown that a sweet someone had as we left the observatory. the words “i’m not liking my family!” might have been shouted. just thought it was worth mentioning for my own memory sake and also lest you think we don’t experience moments such as those on occasion around here. it happens.


thank you to everyone for the kind birthday wishes and messages yesterday! it made my day all the more wonderful.  i have a lot of thoughts on getting older and sometimes i’m not sure i’m up for all this growing up and growing old stuff, but 28 was a good year and i can’t wait to see what this next year has in store! hopefully a faster metabolism?!  lol. a girl can dream.

ps. my dress is from cos. and shoes are from anthropologie.

  1. Jessica

    Happy Birthday!!! I love LA I wish I could travel as often as you! I love all the pictures especially the one where you are holding the box of donuts and little Conrad is looking at the box with the biggest “Mmm donuts” face! Too cute!!! Definitely my fav pic!! :)


  2. Melissa

    First off, Happy birthday Naomi!! Hope you had a wonderful day :)

    Also, my husband and I just booked plane tickets for a Cali trip later this summer. We’ll be stopping by LA and venturing up the PCH… hoping you can post some details of what you guys did/would recommend in the area. I have already been told the Observatory is a must in LA and looks like you enjoyed it as well.

    Thanks and have a great trip!!


  3. Tanis

    Love this. Especially the part about the meltdown. I also have three little ones and my sweet someone, my boy in the middle, also experiences the occasional meltdown- made me feel like I am not the only one. Happy Birthday. xo

  4. Happy Birthday Naomi!

    It looks like you had such a wonderful day with your family and loved ones. Summertime birthdays are the best, aren’t they? xox

  5. Emmy

    Happy birthday Naomi!

    Thanks for being such an inspiration

    It has been lovely watching you grow, build a family and take New York by storm!!!

    Kind regards to you and your family!

  6. Jenn

    The Griffith Observatory is one of my favorite places to visit in LA you get a marvelous view of the Hollywood sign and then there is always the smoggy view of LA too!

  7. Nanette

    Happy belated birthday! We are going to L.A. in July and I can’t wait to see what you guys do! We have a toddler and a little 6 month old. Can’t wait to see all the photos. xo.

  8. Sabine

    wish you all the best for your birthday as well! have a good year!

  9. Rae

    Hope you had a very happy birthday! I live in Orange County and I’ve been dying to make the trip up to LA to visit the observatory :)


  10. Kaitlin

    Happy Birthday Naomi! You kindness makes your beauty shine brighter and your love for your family is a joy to see. Thank you for sharing your life the way you do. We are the lucky ones to get to follow along on your adventures. I wish you a wonderful and happy year filled with as much sunshine as you bring to this world!

  11. Arli

    What a beautiful cake!

  12. Kelsey


    Looks like you had a wonderful day and are having a fantastic trip!
    I’m hoping to visit LA later this year as a friend has just moved over there from here in the UK.



  13. Paige

    Happy Birthday Taza! I’m glad you got to spend a fun day with friends in family in LA! You deserve it!


  14. Feliz Cumpleaños Taza!!!!Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!!!

    I love your dress, one of my favorite brands!!!

    xoxo from Mexico!

  15. Emily S

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! And it seems like you’re celebrating just right!

    Aren’t the views from the Observatory the greatest? Did you guys take in one of the shows in the planetarium? Also, hope you didn’t have to hike an entire mile with the kids to find parking! haha

  16. Lisa

    WE SHARE BIRTHDAY! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to us! :)

  17. Joyce

    Love the pictures! May I ask what lipstick you’re wearing? What a great shade it is (:

  18. Melissa

    Happy birthday! I turned 30 this year and open to see what the next decade has to hold. :) Also, possibly an overshare, i had the weirdest dream i met you and we were friends and i said “what the what” to you about SOMETHING (because dreams never tell me anything! lol) and then you said it in this post. creeeeppyyy. so if that didn’t totally turn you off, and creep you out… im not a stalker. promise. :)

  19. Melissa

    also, where is that jacket from? so cute!

  20. Carolin

    I’m not liking my family :D:D:D:D

    & your dress is so beautiful.

    happy belated birthday taza & thanks for sharing your beautiful family life with us :)

  21. Sophie

    A belated happy birthday Naomi, 29 and you’ve already accomplished so much! I look at you and your cute family and think to myself how amazing it must be (despite the not so sweet words of a little someone yesterday!)

    I am in NY for the week so was hoping to randomly run into you; which would have made my week in the city even more perfect! Enjoy yourselves in LA and hopefully, until next time!

    Happy birthday again!
    Sophie, from London

  22. Julianna

    If you’re still here in LA, you should check out the Getty Center, the LACMA, and I love taking my little to the Natural History Museum at Expo Park/USC.

    Please tell where this little train is though!?

    and a very Happy Birthday to you!

  23. Happy belated birthday Naomi! It seems like it was a great one, thank you for sharing and can’t wait for all of the new adventures to come your way with 29! <3

  24. Christine

    Happy Birthday Taza!


  25. Elena

    Happy Birthday! Wish you all good! I have also birthday yesterday, but I am 30!

    Best regards from Kyiv, Ukraine.

  26. Elena

    Happy birthday! Wish you all good! I am also had birthday yesterday, but I am 30!

    Best regards from Kyiv, Ukraine!

  27. happy, happy birthday naomi! i hope this is your best year yet, you deserve it! enjoy your wonderful trip with your sweet fam!!

  28. Great shots, adorable family! Looks like a wonderful time and Happy Birthday, welcome to the 29 club!

  29. A very happy birthday!!!!!!!

  30. Nadya

    Happy Birthday dear Naomi!!!

    Thank you for being such an inspiring person! You are great example of kind, beautiful and smart girl! Wish you all the best!!!

    Sending love and light for you and your wonderful family!!!

  31. Happy birthday!! Looks like you had a great celebration in Cali with your cute family (:

  32. Dagny

    happy birthday. you share this day with my country but this is Icelands national day. Love reading your blog

  33. Tammy

    Happy Birthday Taza!! :D :D :D

    Ahhh what a glorious day. It looks like you are having a blast.

    Cheers to many more happy days!

  34. Lauren

    In a couple of days I’ll be saying goodbye to 29 and hello to 30! Quite alarming…

    Glad you had a great day, and good luck with acquiring a faster metabolism! Mine is slowing down as we speak…


  35. bri

    happy birthday! sorry the weather here isn’t picture perfect. hello #junegloom at it’s best!

  36. Happy Birthday Dear Taza :) Make your all dreams come true :D


  37. Happy 29th Birthday to you! 29 was the best year of my life! I hope you have the best year ever! <3

  38. Christian


  39. ok first, pretty sure you have the cutest haircut ever! secondly, i just moved to LA and now i must try california donuts! thanks for the heads up. third, i’m turning 29 this year as well. :) i hope you’re 29th year is the best yet!

  40. magali

    I’m a bit late (but I was on vacation ^^) I wish you a happy 29th Birthday! thank you for your blog, it makes me happy!

    xxx from Switzerland


  41. Amanda

    Happy Birthday, pretty mama!

  42. Kristin

    I hope you had the most wonderful birthday, and all your dreams and wishes come true for the year ahead. I loved the pictures, just beautiful!! I had a question, I am fairly new to your blog, and was looking through old photos and noticed you had a sweet dog, did he die? Sorry, I was just wondering because he was a sweetie!!! Anyway, your wonderful weekend, and thanks for the photos!!xoxo

  43. Bin Mathews

    The gentleman in the LA pic, 5th photo, looks just like Finn Wittrock from American Horror Story, Freak Show. Just wondered if this was a very cool Juilliard connection. :)

  44. Ashlee

    Happy belated birthday!! Im from Philly and spend last week in La and San Diego for my birthday as well!! The best way to celebrate!


  45. Alyssa

    So cute!

  46. Claire

    Happy birthday Naomi! Wish you the best!

  47. Silvia Oliveira Reis

    I wish you a happy, happy birthday!