On This Day

I really enjoy looking back at “On This Day” in my Facebook app. However it doesn’t show a full day. So I picked a random day in May on the calendar and set a reminder. And then I forgot to blog about it. So let’s pretend it’s May. Welcome to my Thursday!

My alarm woke me up at 7:45 am. I’m not a morning person so I don’t wake up until I have to.

Hubby makes the kiddos breakfast while I make their lunch. I try to pack their lunch the night before so I only have to grab the cold things in the morning.

Hi, my name is Sharon and I drink a lot of water! 50% because it’s good for me and 50% because I love the way it tastes (ya, I know that doesn’t make any sense). I filled up my first tumbler before heading out.

It was a cold morning! 52 degrees!

After I dropped off Sarah, I listened to a podcast. On this morning I listened to LA Chicks.

Back home I unloaded the dishwasher, snuggled with J, made breakfast in a mug and got dressed for the day.

At 10am we left the house for Jacob’s weekly gymnastics class.

After class we did some errands.

Back home for lunch and tumbler #2.

We had a play date that afternoon so I brought out some snacks. How cute are these pineapple goldfish?

Our friends left and I went to pick up Sarah. I refilled tumbler #3.

Back home, Sarah did homework, Jacob played and I worked on a kitchen project.

Before
After

We headed out for the evening to celebrate Lag BaOmer at our synagogue. I had grilled chicken, Israeli salad and cabbage salad. Yum!

The firefighters brought their truck so the kids took turns going inside and taking pictures.

We came home started showers and then I went over to my friends house to guest co-host an episode of LA Chicks! Eek, I was so nervous!

I got to snuggle with her kitty while we chatted about all things LA. See our episode here.

Back home and ready for bed. I filled up tumbler #7? I tried to keep track how many times I filled up, but I failed somewhere after #3.

I picked up a bit, made lunches, and started the dishwasher.

I ended the night with a shower and tv with the hubby.

Happy Thursday!

What’s Up Wednesday {June 2019}

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

What we’re eating this week…

The kids and I made our first batch of protein balls. They were yummy, but a bit to crunchy. Thinking I need to put them in the food processor next time.

My friend, Miri and I went out for breakfast the the other day. I got shakshuka. It’s a baked Mediterranean dish with tomatoes and eggs. It’s being served all over So Cal restaurants lately. I love it! If you haven’t tried it I suggest you order it next time.

Last weekend the girls and I went out to dinner at Lisa Vanderpump’s new restaurant Tom Tom (so fun!). We all enjoyed the buffalo cauliflower so when I was in Trader Joe’s the other day I grabbed a box. While it was flavorful it wasn’t my favorite.

I found this yummy snack tray at Costco. It’s the perfect snack for a midday pick me up.

What I’m reminiscing about…

We recently got back from our summer trip to Vegas. I need to blog about it! Ahh so behind! I miss the lazy mornings, lunch pool side and walking the strip as we ooh and aw the beautiful hotels.

What I’m loving…

I love summer and all the pool time, but my hair gets super stringy and frizzy from all the extra washing (I only wash my hair 1-2x normally). To combat this problem I’ve been using Garnier Fructis Nourishing Treat 1 Minute Hair Mask in coconut. It’s amazing! I use it as a leave in conditioner. It makes my hair soft and it’s smell like summer in bottle.

What we’ve been up to…

The kids are both in camp this week (it changes from week to week). This week Jacob is in spa camp with his buddy Ethan and Sarah is at Fashion Design camp. So far Jacob has brought back a foot scrub, face mask, and a rock sanctuary. Sarah was asked to bring old things that she can work on. So far everything she’s brought home has been her “old” outfits cut up to look like “new” outfits. So proud of her unique ability to be herself.

What I’m dreading…

115 degree days! It gets really hot here in the summer!

What I’m working on…

Since the house remodel we have been clearing out every spot in the house. Here is a few before and afters so far.

What I’m excited about…

Meeting up with my aunt in San Francisco. We are taking the kids for a end of the summer trip to show them where mommy and daddy got engaged!

What I’m watching/reading…

My friend, Sarah wrote a book!! She even put me in one of the chapters. Check it out here.

What I’m listening to…

In high school I was really into Ska music. I even dated guy who was in a ska band. I recently came across this song that’s bringing back a lot of fun memories.

What I’m wearing…

Shorts, tank, hat and sandals on repeat.

What I’m doing this weekend…

This weekend we have a friends BBQ and a family adventure that I’m looking into.

What I’m looking forward to next month…

3rd of July, 4th of July, concerts at the park, friends birthdays and lot’s of pool time!

What else is new…

We are pet-sitting our friends chickens! It’s been so fun visiting them.

Happy Wednesday!

Skyspace Slide

I love finding new, fun, and adventurous activities to do with my friends. I recently came across the Skyspace Slide. And even better, there was a deal on Travelzoo. So I grabbed some friends and drove us to LA for a fun night out.

The Travelzoo deal we picked was called Sip and Slide. It covered the entrance, slide, and a drink. A great deal if you want to do all 3!

Parking was a hassle so we valet our car, but otherwise you can park in the garage. The OUE tower is one of the largest in Downtown LA.

After check in we walked through the entrance which felt like a Disneyland ride. We were then asked to take a green screen picture and were given a card with a code to check back later. Here is our picture!

We got in an elevator and took it to the 54th floor. Also known as their observation deck.

We played around a bit with all of their photo ops. We even made some fun gifs at their selfie station.

Eeek, that’s far!

Next up was another elevator that took us to floor 71. We got there right at sunset, which made the view even more spectacular.

We stood in line for about 10 minutes before we each got a turn to go down the slide. Eeek it’s my turn!

Phew! 6 seconds later I made it down the slide.

While we were in the slide, it captured each of our reactions at the perfect time. These pictures crack me up!

We hung out a bit outside and enjoyed the view.

We also took turns taking pictures with the angel wings.

We went back inside where a DJ was playing 90’s jams, So fun! We grabbed a drink at the bar and sat at one of the tables.

We ended the night with dinner and drinks at Tom Tom!

I love adventuring with my girls!

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!

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