Harvest Crush

In honor of my good friend, Whitney‘s, birthday this week I want to share the fun moms day out we had this past fall.

I came across an event called, Harvest Crush and invited the perfect friend to join me.

Whitney and I met up at the winery and HAD the best time!We started the afternoon with a lesson on how to cut grapes. Next up was my favorite part, crushing the grapes!

We all dumped our buckets into the container, took turn climbing inside and started to stomp. It reminded when Lucy stomped grapes in this episode. We both almost slipped a few times, but luckily no one hit the floor. So fun! We did pretty good considering we were laughing most of the time! We rinsed our feet and then headed inside for lunch.Thankful for afternoons with friends!

6 to 9 Month Baby Favorites

With so many family and friends asking me what are my favorite items for baby, I thought it was time to share my favorites.

My 6 to 9 Month Baby Favorites:

High chair cover: At this age I put baby in a highchair. To give baby some extra padding and to cover the highchair I use this. Additionally it fold into a pouch which making carrying easy.  Baby food maker: At first you are going to convince yourself that you don’t need another gadget for baby, but really you need a baby food maker. It’s an all in one gadget that steams, cooks and prepares food with one touch of a button. I would make a few dozen containers of baby food in the beginning on the week, put it in the freezer and then take one out every night. By morning I had a fresh container of baby food ready to go. Food containers: I like these containers because they have the least amount of parts. There tops are connected to their bottoms. As is I have to deal with our Tupperware tops and bottoms in the kitchen. Spoons: These rounded spoons are perfect. They are soft on baby’s gums and long enough for baby to hold onto.

Silicone bibs: I love these heavier type of bibs for feedings. They wash easily and catch baby’s crumbs. Where as the thin ones doesn’t really open and catch the mess. Best part this rolls up for easy storage. Mesh Feeder: I love placing frozen food here in the summer. Need a few minutes in the kitchen? Place baby in the high chair with this mesh feeder and you got some time to take care of things. Snack Containers: These containers are baby friendly with soft flaps yet are spill proof. Tie them to your stroller for easy snack access.Boogie Wipes: I resisted buying this for my first kid because really a tissue does the trick. However after wiping your baby’s nose multiple times a day their nose gets red. These wipes are great for there little sensitive noses. Alternate between Boogie Wipes and tissues for a less irritated nose.Teethers: We kept an assortment of teething items around the house for when baby needs something to chew on. These are some of our favorites. So there you have it, my favorite items for babies 6 to 9 months old.

0 to 3 month favorites

3 to 6 month favorites

Have anything to add? Please comment below.

36

To celebrate my 36th birthday today I thought it would be fun to share 36 things about me.

(In no particular order)

1. After marrying my hubs, being a mama is my greatest accomplishment.
2. My sisters are my best friends.
3. I like meeting new people.
4. I once started a conversation with a girl in the bathroom. We are now good friends.
5. I have a handful of best friends.
6. I am my horoscope and a true Sagittarius.
7. I bite my nails, but wont when they are painted.
8. I have hyperhidrosis in my palms and eczema on my knuckles. My hands are a mess.
9. I’ve had surgery to fix my hyperhidrosis.
10. I like the the taste of water and drink lots through out the day.
11. I don’t need coffee, but drink it everyday because I like the flavor.
12. My hairdresser told me I’m 30% grey. Boo!
13. I talk to my mom everyday.
14. I’ve never been to the movies by myself.
15. I rather spend time with people then by myself.
16. I’m learning to like alone time.
17. I’m a lifestyle blogger.
18. I speak two languages.
19. I don’t like desserts with citrus.
20. I love chocolate.
21. I start to plan my kids birthday parties 6 months in advance. And then do it all last minute.
22. I used to be a wedding coordinator.
23. l love celebrating everything and anything. There is no event too small.
24. I need 10 hours of sleep.
25. I’m not a morning person.
26. I am committed to my faith.
27. I only have apple electronics.
28. I had braces longer then I should have because my orthodontist passed away and it took them a while to find a replacement.
29. Brunch is my favorite meal of the day.
30. I’ve always only drank red wine, but have been dabbling with white wine.
31. I once walked in a fashion show.
32. I loved high school.
33. All 4 of my grandparents are from Egypt.
34. I’m not aloud to go to Egypt.
35. I have dual citizenship.
36. I’m shy when you first meet me.

Kool-Aid Hair

Sarah has been asking to her dye her hair for months. So after a random visit to the super market, she picked out a packet of Kool-Aid and we started the process.

Step 1: Boil water with one packet of Kool-Aid according to package. Let cool.

Step 2: Split hair into two sections and place hair in jars. Step 3: Wait 15 minutes and check hair. If you don’t like your results, put it back for another 5 minutes. Sarah picked Pink Lemonade and after we dried her hair we decided it wasn’t what we wanted. Thankfully I had my mama hat on while we were in the store and picked up a packet of Black Cherry Kool-Aid.

We repeated the same steps above with the Black Cherry packet.It came out super bright, but Sarah loved it!Please note Kool-Aid is a permanent hair color. Therefore we decided to only color her ends. When she is over the hair color we will take her to get a haircut. 

LA Zoo Lights

Last night we went to the a LA Zoo for their annual holiday event called LA Zoo Lights.

I was looking for new adventures during December to do with my family and came across this event.

It was absolutely magical!

Here is a peek into our adventure.

There’s always one kid not looking :(This rose bush was stunning! I wish the picture did it justice. After a little walking we rode the carousel.  Next up was the Twinkle Tunnel.It was beautiful, but our pouty 6 year old made it hard to enjoy as she wanted a turn in the stroller. Then we walked outside and Sarah was immediately giggling in delight. There’s something about snowfall soap bubbles that make kids happy.  It was getting cold, 59 degrees, so a hot cup of cocoa was calling our name. Thank you LA Zoo for having adult choices in your hot cocoa cart! :)

We walked around some more and checked out all the lights. The kids were loving the music in one area so we had a little family dance party.Love adventuring with my little family.Before heading out we visited the reptiles and amphibians Lair.Thanks for the fun memories LA Zoo.

Pumpkin French Toast Casserole

Ingredients

1 loaf bread (I used challah), diced

2 cups milk

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 cup sugar

6 eggs

1 can pumpkin puree (I like Trader Joe’s brand)

1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

2 tbsp vanilla

Topping:

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup cold butter, diced

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup pecans, chopped

2 tsp pumpkin spice

Directions:

1. Dice bread and place in baking dish. 

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, cream, sugar, eggs, pumpkin, vanilla and pie spice. 3. Pour mixture over the bread and press firmly.4. For best results refrigerate over night or place in fridge for 3 hours.5. Combine topping ingredients in a small bowl. 6. Use your finger tips to break down into smaller pieces. Sprinkle mixture over bread. 7. Bake for 45-55 minutes at 350.Yum!

Pumpkin French Tpast Casserole
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Ingredients
  1. 1 loaf bread (I used challah), diced
  2. 2 cups milk
  3. 1/2 cup heavy cream
  4. 1 cup sugar
  5. 6 eggs
  6. 1 can pumpkin puree (I like Trader Joe’s brand)
  7. 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  8. 2 tbsp vanilla
Topping
  1. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  2. 1/2 cup cold butter, diced
  3. 1/2 cup flour
  4. 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  5. 2 tsp pumpkin spice
Instructions
  1. Dice bread and place in baking dish.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, cream, sugar, eggs, pumpkin, vanilla and pie spice.
  3. Pour mixture over the bread and press firmly.
  4. For best results refrigerate over night or place in fridge for 3 hours.
  5. Combine topping ingredients in a small bowl.
  6. Use your finger tips to break down into smaller pieces. Sprinkle mixture over bread.
  7. Bake for 45-55 minutes at 350.
Adapted from Little Spice Jar
Adapted from Little Spice Jar
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Thanksgiving {2017}

After our busy Thanksgiving start in Vegas we were happy to spend the day in our PJ’s watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The kids had fun dancing around and pointing out their favorite floats.

During the parade we snacked on Pumpkin French Toast Casserole.

Yum!  After the Parade we did a project with the kids. We made fruit turkeys.  We also worked on our thankful tree.  We got dressed up at went to our friends house for Thanksgiving dinner. Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures other then the beautiful tablescape.Thank you Miri and family for having us!

  The next day hubby took the kids to see Coco.We rounded out the break with a visit to a new indoor trampoline place with the kiddos. Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. 

To see past posts click below.

Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving 2013

Thanksgiving 2012

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