Omni Resort

With summer trips in the horizon I’m getting a lot of questions about where to go for a family vacation. So today I wanted to highlight our stay at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Palm Springs.

Day 1

Omni is only 2 hours away from home, but the kiddos needed a bathroom break. We stopped at Cabazon Dinosour Park for a little stretch.

No trip to Palm Springs is complete without a date shake, so we headed into Hadley Fruit Orchards to check it out. We picked up some snacks, used the bathroom and fell in love with the yummiest “smoome” (smoothies) in town. So good!

We got back into the car to see it had reached 120 degrees! Wow!! So ready for the pool.

We made it to the resort, checked in and ran to the pool. Our friends arrived the day before so we joined them in their cabana for the afternoon.

Omni resort has 3 swimming pools, 2 slides, a lazy river and a beach entrance (complete with sand) kiddie area. So much fun!

(Photos from Oyster.com)

Jacob and I got out of the heat for a bit and enjoyed some cold drinks.

We all got washed up and met up for dinner at the R Bar.

We wrapped up the night and headed to bed. 103 at 8:30 pm!!! Nuts!

Day 2

Ready for our day! Each day we got a new splashtopia bracelet.

Our rooms were big, nice and all have balconies with a view of the pool. Our room was so close to the entrance of the pool that we just used our balcony to enter and exit our room.

We started our morning with breakfast at Blu Ember. It’s an all you can eat breakfast restaurant with a special buffet area just for kids.

Ready for the pool!

They have the best pool side menu! The kiddos got Dippin Dots and Icees while the mamas got cocktails.

Such a fun day!

For dinner we decided to venture out to town. We ended up at Old Spaghetti Factory.

I got the black cherry float, so good!!

We got back to our hotel and walked around for a bit. We stopped at the smores pit.

While heading to the outdoor movie the kids were trying to catch itty bitty frogs.

The movie that night was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We stayed for a bit, but decided to head back to our rooms shortly after. We were exhausted!

Day 3

We decided to switch it up and have breakfast on our balcony.

Our view was great! We were right up against the golf course and restaurants.

We got food from the market, Palms Cafe and made a little picnic outside.

We packed up and made our way back home.

Thanks for the fun memories, Omni!

As soon as we got home it cooled down 30 degrees. So crazy!

What’s Up Wednesday {May 2019}

 I’m linking up with Shay and Sheaffer for some random monthly fun.

What we’re eating this week…

I made 2 delicious recipes this week!

Baked Ziti by The Cookie Rookie – This ooey, gooey, creamy dish was a family crowd pleaser.

Taco Pasta by Damn Delicious – It was flavorful, fulfilling and was all made in one pot! Glorious!

What I’m reminiscing about…

Sarah just completed her 2nd grade of school which has me reminiscing the first time she went to school. Look how little she was!!!

Here she is first day of 2nd grade vs last day of 2nd grade.

What I’m loving…

Summer concerts have started! One of my favorite things to do in the summer. This past weekend we met up with friends for a Memorial Day concert at the park.

What we’ve been up to…

It’s garden time! we are a bit late this year, but we got our plants a few days ago and are ready for some yummy summer crop.

What I’m dreading…

My nephews growing up without me seeing them everyday. Living far from family is hard stuff!

What I’m working on…

Sarah says she wants to bake on a kids baking show (our favorite) so to prepare her she made chocolate chip cookies from ALL BY HERSELF FROM SCRATCH. So proud of her!

What I’m excited about…

I got to go on my 1st class trip with Sarah. Having a baby brother with no family around I was never able to join Sarah. Thankfully this year he goes to preschool so mama got to hangout at the Zoo. We even got to feed the giraffe!!

What I’m watching/reading…

Does anybody watch Good Girls? The ending was not predictable at all! Ps I love Rio & Beth together!

What I’m listening to…

I was recently asked to guest co-host on Official LA Chicks podcast. You can listen to my episode here.

What I’m wearing…

It’s been crazy weather over here. One day it’s winter and raining and the next day it’s summer and we are in the pool. Crazy stuff over here!

What I’m doing this weekend…

Lot’s of fun stuff planned: school Shabbat dinner, drive in movie with the kiddos, a baking class and a beach day.

What I’m looking forward to next month…

Our summer trip to Vegas. I know, I know it’s weird to think about taking kids to Vegas but if you’ve been reading for a while you know we find non-Vegas things for the family to do while we are in Vegas.

What else is new…

We recently went to an Israel festival and I got to ride a camel! Eek so exciting! Which reminds me I need to blog about that.

Happy Wednesday!

Aladdin (2019)

When I was 10 years old a movie about a middle eastern princess came out. I was in awe! She had dark hair, a dark complexion and big almond shaped eyes. Finally a princess that looked like me! Growing up as an Israeli-American young girl I didn’t look like the other princess with their blond hair and blue eyes. Sure Belle had dark features, but she was still white. So when Aladdin came out and introduced us to Princess Jasmine I felt at home.

(Google images)

Fast forward to Spring 2019 when my daughters drama club picked Aladdin as their play for the season, I was super excited. Sure my daughter doesn’t fit the Aladdin mold with her blond hair and green eyes, but she made a great street beggar. I was so proud of her! And I loved getting that feeling I got when I saw Aladdin for the first time.

Shortly after her play, Aladdin the live-action movie started coming out with their promos.

It looked a bit different, but both hubby and the kiddos were super excited for the movie to come to theaters. 24 hours after it was released we grabbed the kiddos and went out to the movies for family night out.

It was a beautiful movie! The music, Will Smith’s version of Genie, the colors, and even Jasmine’s new song, it was all really lovely!

However being that Aladdin was the only Disney film that looked like my people, I was disappointed with all the Indian influences. I have nothing against the Indian culture, but what happened to all the Middle Eastern clothing, the accents, and dancing? I just felt like the movie shifted a bit.

My favorite part of Aladdin 2019 vs 1992 was Jasmine’s role. Spoiler Alert: Instead of Jasmine looking for a husband she is now advising her father on what they should do and how the people of Agrabah should be treated. Additionally she becomes the first female Sultan AND then gets married to Aladdin. My kind of woman!

Thank you Aladdin for making this girl feel like a princess and thank you Alan Menken for giving Jasmine a voice. See Jasmine’s new song Speechless below.

Anybody else see the movie? What did you think?

Jacob is 4!

Our baby boy is 4 years old!

He is sweet, kind, playful, but shy, loving and all around the a great kid!

He is quiet and rather just sit on my lap and people watch. He his happiest when his family is around. He likes to play on the ground with his toys, but after about 30 minutes he comes looking for you. He doesn’t want to bother or disappoint you (gets very embarrassed and shutdowns even if he thinks you might not be happy with him) he just wants to love on you and give you the best hugs and kisses possible. He is such a sweet love!

Jacob started preschool this year. He goes 3 times a week until 1 pm.

He also goes to gymnastics once a week. He’s small for his age, but he’s also strong.

For his birthday this year he asked for a “fire bunny birthday party”. So for his annual pictures, he got his wish!

But between being burnt out on birthday parties and the kids birthday so close together (they are 11 days apart) we opted for a birthday trip instead.

Don’t worry we still celebrated his birthday and got to blow out his candle several times, 5 times to be exact.

For school, J and I baked fire bunny cupcakes for his classmates.

Our sweet friends had us over for dinner one night and when she heard it was a few days away from Jacob’s birthday, she bought him a cake. Thank you Neda! That was so sweet and thoughtful!

At home, we celebrated with our traditional birthday breakfast, doughnuts.

On his birth day we went out to dinner where he picked to go to Chilli’s.

We concluded the celebration at Legoland with his final wish!

I like to “interview” the kiddos for their birthday. Here is what Jacob said.

Favorite color: Green

Favorite show: Paw Patrol and Super Wings

Favorite sweat treat: chocolate ice cream

Favorite vegetable: carrots

Favorite things to eat: mac & cheese and chocolate waffles

Favorite activity to do outside: scooter and play with Dawson

Favorite activity to do inside: Play with Lego and Cars figurines

Happy 4th birthday to our little man!

See past celebrations below.

0-3 months // 3-6 months // 6-9 months // 9-12 months // 18 months

Jacob is 2!

Jacob is 3!

Amazon Favorites

We are big Amazon fans in this house. From diapers delivered to my door to streaming movies on my TV, Amazon has it all. Here’s some of our current favorites.

Every night after the kiddos go to bed, I clean my kitchen counters and sink, but when it comes to the end of the day I can care less about my floors. Hubby suggested that maybe it was time for one one of those vacuum robots. We looked into the Roomba, but after reading a few reviews it looked like the Deebot was just as good for a THIRD of the price! We have had it for only a few weeks now, but I’m a huge fan!!

Sarah’s school has a few pick up spots so depending on the weather I change where I park. Since we have no interest in (ever…ha ha) getting her a phone we got her Kids Smart Watch Phone. We can call her, text her and track her location. It’s been really helpful!

I’m a big fan of wearing slippers! I have warmer slippers for the fall/winter and a an open toe for the spring/summer. These Women’s Memory Foam Open Toe Slide Slippers are super cute! The neutral grey and the super cute bow. Plus they are really comfortable!

My sweet hubby makes a hot breakfast for the kiddos almost every morning (mama doesn’t have time for that). He likes cooking eggs with butter so I got him this Good Grips Butter Dish. It works well! It has a non grip bottom and measurements right on the dish.

My parents got this UPS pullback truck for Jacob’s birthday and he is obsessed! It’s no surprise he’s a fan of the big brown truck since it normally drops off our Amazon packages.

Sarah has to ready every night for 20 minutes as part of her homework. She loves rainbows and fairies so it wasn’t a big surprise when she started reading Rainbow Magic: Fun Day Fairies books. So for her birthday I found a book called Sarah the Sunday Fairy. She was super excited!!

As you can see we order lot’s of random things from Amazon. Thanks to our Prime membership, shipping is free and best part, it comes to my door within 2 days! Glorious!

What are some of your Amazon Favorites? Share below.

See previous list below:

Amazon Favorites

Sarah is 8!

This past week, Sarah turned 8.

Sarah is silly, smart, observant and inquisitive. Sarah loves playing outside and going on adventures. She’s very curious about the world, but only wants to be in small groups of friends. She still loves riding her bike, with smudgy glasses and muddy hands and shoes. However some days it feels like we have a teenager living in our house. Eek!

Sarah really enjoys going on one-on-one time with me. She likes to escape with me on a Target trip or get a sweet treat at Starbucks. My kind of girl!

Sarah loves making things with recycled material. She brings lot’s of beautiful “art” pieces home from school.

If she’s not playing outside with her bestie, Jules, you can find her in her room playing with her creations. She likes slime, water beads and drawing dolls in her journals.

Instead of a party this year we took the kiddos on a birthday trip to Legoland. She was most excited about the LEGO Friends section.

As our tradition goes we asked Sarah for a few of her favorite things. Here is what she said.

Favorite color: pink, purple and black

Favorite Movie: Descendants

Favorite Show: Any baking shows

Favorite sweat treat: brownies, cookies and ice cream

Favorite food: sushi

Favorite vegetable: roasted cabbage

Favorite fruit: Apples and plums

Favorite activity to do outside: Ride my bike with my neighbor Jules

Favorite activity to do inside: Play Roblox on the computer and LEGOS.

Happy 8th birthday to my girl! Have courage and be kind.

To see previous birthdays click below.

Sarah turns 1!

Sarah turns 2!

Sarah turns 3!

Sarah turns 4!

Sarah turns 5!

Sarah turns 6!

Sarah turns 7!

Wild Planet Tuna

After cooking for 5 days straight during the week, I basically throw in the towel when it comes to the weekend. However my kids still need to eat, so my favorite quick and easy, but lunches on the weekend is a tuna with crackers and veggies tray.

Thanks to Moms Meet, I was recently introduced to Wild Planet Albacore Wild Tuna.

Wild Planet tuna is packed without added water, broth or fillers, and
cooked right in the can. Simply mix the natural juices right back into
the tuna where they will be absorbed quickly and provide added flavor.

Did you know Wild Planet tuna is 100% pole and line caught, one fish at a time — considered a BEST CHOICE for Sustainability by the Monterey Bay
Aquarium Seafood Watch® program. Wild Planet is proud to support
pole and line fleets and will not purchase tuna caught using long lines,
nets or through the use of Fish Aggregating Devices — all of which
result in the wasted by-catch of other species.

They’re #1! Greenpeace recently ranked 20 well-known canned tuna
brands based on how sustainable, ethical, and fair their tuna products
are for our oceans and for the workers who help get the product to the
store shelves. As a mission-based company, Wild Planet is very proud
to have earned recognition as the #1 brand.

My family was so impressed with Wild Planet Albacore Wild Tuna that I went to their website and found a recipe for Tuna Cakes.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Gently flake cans of tuna. I like to use this tool to break it down.

2. Mix in ingredients together until thoroughly combined.

3. Heat a bit of oil in a frying pan over medium heat.

4. Shape tuna mixture into balls and flatten into round cakes. Dip into the other bowl of beaten egg, then coat with a light layer of breadcrumbs.

5. Cook tuna cakes until each side is crispy and golden brown (3-5 minutes on each side).

6. Top with a squeeze of lemon and enjoy!

Where to Purchase?

Wild Planet Albacore Wild Tuna is available to purchase at Whole Foods
Market, Kroger, Safeway, Natural Grocers, Vitamin Cottage, Stop & Shop,
Jewel-Osco, Wegman’s, EarthFare, Peapod, Walmart, Target, Costco
Wholesale, and many other grocery retailers, as well as independent
natural food stores and co-ops. Wild Planet Albacore Wild Tuna is also
available via wildplanetfoods.com, Amazon, ThriveMarket.com and many
other online retailers.

Connect with Wild Planet on Facebook, and Instagram.

Disclosure: This post was written as part of my participation in the Moms Meet program.While Wild Planet provided me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, the thoughts and statements in this post are my own.

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