My entire life has been filled to the brim with being busy, productive and successful. It’s been ingrained in me since I was a tiny human. Do good, be good, and success will follow. Work hard. Under promise and over deliver. I am not one of those people who can just sit and wait and hope something falls into my lap. I’ve always been of the mindset that good things don’t come to those who wait, good things come to those who want something so badly that they can’t sit still.Continue Reading
Up until we saw Star Wars : The Force Awakens, my daughter was deathly afraid of Chewbacca. I’m talking INSANELY afraid of a fictional character in a movie she had yet to see. She had only ever seen Chewbacca in pictures, or at Disneyland, so granted her fears were warranted if not a bit skewed. She begged me not to watch Star Wars, and even had a mini panic attack as we walked up to the movie theater as a family a month ago. She told me to cover her eyes if Chewbacca showed up on screen, and I promised I would. Then, as we settled down in our seats, with our popcorn and snacks, her little hand in a death grip with mine, the movie started.Continue Reading
This past Sunday, Abbey and I had a mommy & me date, apple picking in Julian! It’s this adorable little town that time forgot up in the mountains, about an hour from our house. It was a hot day, but I also knew that because of the drought, apple picking season was coming to a close. A less busy and more “on it” mom, would have gone about a month ago (note to self for next year) and I forgot, and we’ve been so filled up with social engagements that this was the only day we had left.Continue Reading
I have a 4 year old. A very rambunctious, elated and energetic 4 year old. And she’s smart. Like really smart. The words and thoughts and ideas that come out of her on a daily basis astounds me. But this post isn’t meant to brag about my 4 year old’s accomplishments (though, *pat pat*). This post is meant to share the wonderful journey I have had for the past 4 years, learning how to be a parent and how to raise a awesome kid.Continue Reading
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As of Tuesday of this week, both of the girls are in school. Summer break is over! It was fun while it lasted, but I am so happy it’s done and school is back in session. Since Abbey started last month, I’ve got almost a month’s worth of practice packing school lunches.
In my Pinterest decorated dreams, I was the mom who would spend hours preparing fun bento style lunches for my kids. Their friends would “Oooh!” and “Ahhhh!” over my creations and I would leave all the other mothers’ lunch making skills in the dust.
In reality, I have no bento skills and my child only eats a handful of things, making my options seriously limited.
I opted instead for creating a healthy and delicious lunch that would fuel her little body throughout the rough day of playing, arts and crafts and nap time. She’s a big “snacker” so I grabbed her favorite snacks at Target (They have an insanely delicious line of better for you snacks called “Simply Balanced“). Instead of intricate bento boxes, she gets her peanut butter and jelly sandwiches cut into fun shapes.
I always leave a note to let her know I am thinking of her too.
It’s the little things.
I have actually come to enjoy packing her lunch in the morning. She’s very outspoken about what she’s in the mood for that day, and she likes to help me pick out what she will be having. I always leave the sandwich shape a surprise for her, and she loves to tell me what it was when I pick her up at 3.
But seriously, these Simply Balanced snacks are insanely delicious, and a lot more affordable than the other snacks I had been buying for her lunch before I found them. I love that they are organic and non GMO, and Abbey loves the taste, which with a picky eater is a HUGE win in our house.
The Simply Balanced line makes my morning easier, makes lunch easier and makes life easier. Plus, I don’t have any guilt letting her grab a granola bar or fruit snack pack for an after school snack either. Don’t tell my kids, but I’ve been known to sneak a fruit rope and stash it in my purse for a yummy snack for me too.
I also snagged Abbey’s adorable little dress and boots at Target too. Can that place do anything wrong?
During the week of Sept 13-19 selected Simply Balanced items will be 30% off using Target’s Cartwheel App. So take advantage and stock up!
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I know you’ve all been dying to hear about our recent trip to Disneyland. Sorry to keep you waiting, but this past week was insane! I swear, it felt like we tried to pack an entire summer into 8 days. We hit up Disneyland, the San Diego Zoo, had my sister and her family over for game night and went to my moms for a family BBQ and swimming. Not to mention dance classes, preschool and work too! I don’t know how I survived, but I think still being on a Disney high helped.Continue Reading
We’re going to Disneyland tomorrow! Ahhh! I can hardly contain my excitement for this. I haven’t been to Disneyland in probably 8 years, and I cannot wait! This will be our first “family trip” too! Abbey’s about to be 4, so we figured it was time to take the plunge. We had talks about doing it last year, but we decided to wait another year to be sure she’d really enjoy it and that we could get our money’s worth out of the deal.
I just got back from walking Abbey to her very first day of Preschool ever. The emotional wreck side of me thought I would burst out into tears, but the rational calm and collected person held it together. You see, my kid, from the day she was born has been “Lil Miss Independent” which makes it much easier for me to be able to “let go” when it comes to the big steps. I don’t get emotional over this type of stuff, is there something wrong with me?Continue Reading
Ahhh Motherhood. It’s something some of us are destined to do. Something ingrained in us, to have children and raise them good and right and just. It’s not for everyone, that’s for sure. As much as I LOVE being a mom, I do sometimes think about the good old single days before the puke and poop and temper tantrums of a “Threenager” entered my life. And as much as I wouldn’t change it for the world, I do miss the simplicity of sleeping in and not worrying about anyone or anything. So for new moms and those thinking about starting a family, here are 10 things you can’t do once you’re a mom. You’ve been warned.Continue Reading
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So about 5 weeks ago, my sister became a mama! I always wondered if she would ever decide to have kids, and now that she’s got my nephew I can see what a great mom she always had to potential to be. It just suits her really well. Now, when you have a baby, someone usually throws you a baby shower, and everyone comes and loads you up with all sorts of gifts for the baby, and clothes for the baby, and toys for the baby, and items for the baby. But no one really thinks about the mama – I mean yes, those are all gifts for her for the baby, but none of them are specifically FOR HER. When you have a baby, you’re tired all the time, you barely have time to sleep let alone shower, or catch up on gossip, and your entire life becomes the focus of that tiny creature in your arms. It’s totally understandable, but come on now, new mama’s need some love too!Continue Reading