Jacob’s 1st Haircut

As the Jewish tradition goes we don’t cut a boy’s hair until 3 years old. The reasoning behind it is the Torah compares a man to a tree, whose fruit can’t be cut until it turns three. So after everyone got to snip his curls at his Lighting McQueen birthday party we took him the next day to get a proper haircut where daddy gets his haircuts.    He was so good! He sat down nicely and only moved around when the buzzer “tickled” him. Bye bye curls!They gave us this cute certificate and baggie where we saved his curl and will put a picture of him with his new haircut.

Next up was daddy’s turn!

My handsome boys!

I’m one lucky mama to have such handsome boys in my life!

My Little Pony Birthday Party

After planning 6 Pinterest style parties for Sarah I decided I was ready for a turn key birthday party this year. So when she told us she wanted to have her birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese’s we said done and done!

We made reservations, bought a few party items and showed up! It was amazing!! The Theme

Sarah is really into anything to do with ponies and unicorns right now. I voted for unicorns but she wanted My Little Pony so MLP it was. My favorite evite site, Punchbowl even had our theme. I made a quick invite and sent it out. Even though Chuck E. Cheese’s comes with their own tableware I decided to buy tablecloth and plates (cups were not aloud) to tie in her My Little Pony theme. I surprised her with a My Little Pony headband she wanted. The Cake

I went by our local grocery store the week before and picked out a My Little Pony themed cake. I decided to pick a cupcake cake so that way it was less thing to do at the party. Best idea ever! Activities

The kids ran in and out of the party room for lunch and then cake. Each got a card to play the games they wanted. Little bro got in on the action too. What really sold her on having a party at Chuck E. Cheese’s is when it’s your party the guest of honor gets to go inside the ticket tank. She was so excited!!! She not only got a ton of tickets, but she also found the golden ticket!!

Outfit

While out shopping one day Sarah spotted this unicorn dress. I thought it was adorable! It wasn’t MLP but fit perfect as her party dress.Favors

I wanted something very simple this year so while at Target one day I saw these My Little Pony sets. It included a pen, notebook, eraser and stickers. Perfect for my little girl who loves to doodle. I kinda, sorta, missed having a Pinterest birthday party, but I also really enjoyed how easy everything was. The most important part was that she had a good time and seeing from these pics it looks like she did!

Happy 7th my love! Have courage and be kind.Click below to see previous parties:

Sesame Street birthday party

Minnie Mouse birthday party

Doc McStuffins birthday party

 Frozen birthday party

Superheroes birthday party

Shopkins birthday party

Lantana Hummus

 For weeks, Sarah has been begging me to set up a play date with her new friends from 1st grade. But with busy schedules and the long winter it was hard setting up a time where we can meet at a neutral place aka the park and get to know the moms. Now that the weather is warmer, we’ve been spending a lot of time at the park after school. One afternoon a few of the mamas and I got together for a little picnic at the park. My favorite food to bring to a picnic is dips and chips.
 
After trying Lantana Hummus at home, I knew it was the perfect dip to bring to the play date. Lantana challenges hummus category conventions by using other legumes and vegetables in its recipes in place of the more traditional chickpea. Their product line includes thoughtful, bold flavor combinations that are bright, healthy, and delicious. Available in 10 flavors including Sweet & Spicy Black Bean, Edamame, Sriracha Carrot, Yellow Lentil and Beet. My favorite is the Hatch Chile and my kiddos favorite is the White Bean. Yum!!

Lantana Hummus is non-GMO, vegan, kosher, and gluten free.

We got to the playdate and right away everyone was munching on my snacks. The moms were intrigued by the yummy flavors while the kids dipped their favorite chip into the hummus.

After the picnic, one of the mamas painted the girls nails. The girls and their fancy nails!To find a store near you, click here and look for the striped lids in the deli.Lantana Hummus can be found at the following retailers: Southern California area: Vons, Sprouts Farmers Market, Albertsons, Ralphs, Target and Smart & Final.

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Alpha Burritos

Every week I have the daunting task to come up with a meal plan for my family. It’s not my favorite, but feeding my family good, protein packed, nutritious meals is my favorite. The other day we had unexpected plans so I ran into to the store to look for an easy meal in the freezer aisle. I came across the burrito aisle and decided to check out Alpha Burritos.Alpha Burritos are available in four delicious, plant-based flavors: Mexicali, Fajita Chick’n, Philly Sandwich, and Pizza.

My store had Mexicali, Pizza and Philly Sandwich.

My little helper came along for the ride and already started grabbing his favorite burrito. We got back home, followed the instructions on the bag, made a salad and voila dinner was done! Alpha Burritos are 100% plant-based with 0% sacrifice on taste.

Alpha Burritos contain clean, quality ingredients packed full of 11 grams of protein, but are free of GMOs, cholesterol, hormones, corn syrup, artificial preservatives, and all animal products.

Alpha Foods all-day burritos provide all-day convenience with a wide variety of time-saving options that have you covered from breakfast to dinner and every high-protein snack break in between.

Alpha Burritos offer heart-healthy meals that are perfect for those who want to reduce meat or dairy consumption without sacrificing on taste.

Eating plant-based foods is good for the environment, your health, and animal welfare.Where to purchase?

Alpha Burritos are available to purchase at select Walmart stores in Arizona, California, Washington, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Oregon. They are also rolling out nationwide throughout the month of March at select Kroger and Publix locations. To find Alpha Burritos in your area, click here for the full list of locations.

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What’s Up Wednesday {April 2018}

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

What we’re eating this week…

Monday – Schnitzel with sauteed peppers and mushrooms and corn on the cob. Tuesday – Burgers and roasted sweet potato fries.

Wednesday – Alpha burritos and salad. Thursday – Pizza

Friday – Shabbat Dinner

Saturday – Out

Sunday – Birthday party/out

What I’m reminiscing about…

Celebrating Sarah’s 7th birthday at Chuck E Cheese! She’s been talking about going into that ticket machine for years and because it was her party she was able to go in. What I’m loving…

The other night I went out with some friends. We ended the night with pizookie and all I keep thinking about is how I want to go back. Yum!!What we’ve been up to…

We recently had a neighborhood garage sale. Sarah made more money on lemonade then I did trying to sell our things. I’m just not at selling things for cheap. I just rather donate it all. ;)What I’m dreading…

Nothing, but how true is this!

What I’m working on…

Jacob’s 3rd birthday party and haircut ceremony! We’ve ordered cake, catering, decorations and a jumpy. Hope it all turns out well!What I’m excited about…

I took these sweet pictures the other day as I really want to capture this time. Hanging out with my little guy is just so much fun. He is just so sweet and a big ball of love. What I’m watching/reading…

Southern Charm….LOVE THIS SHOW! I’d love to be a southern belle but I couldn’t deal with the humidity.

Housewives of Beverly Hills…just finished and so far the reunion show has been amazing. Housewives of NYC…these girls are DRAMA! Dorinda cracks me up and I often think the rest are just crazy. What I’m listening to…

My friend bought us tickets to see Dierks Bentley in the fall so I’ve been listening to his music from time to time. My current fav is Black. What I’m wearing…

I got this fun bracelet set from Target the other day. It has a few of my favorite colors and went really well with my komono.

What I’m doing this weekend…

My MIL is taking the kids to her house for the first their first sleepover at grandmas! Hubby and I are so excited we don’t even have any plans. We are just so excited to have a little staycation. What I’m looking forward to next month…

Sarah’s last day of school, meeting up with Osh and Matt in Vegas, cinco de mayo and Mother’s day!

What else is new…

Party planning is no joke! My house is covered in amazon packages, bags from stores and random party items all piled up ready for next weeks party! Ahhh! I can’t believe we are going to cut his hair! Question of the month is: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MOTHER’S DAY GIFT TO GIVE?
My mama loves flowers so I normally send flowers to her office. If I lived in town I’d probably take her out for brunch and just spend the day with her.

Me and my mama at my sister G’s wedding.Happy Wednesday!

Candytopia

After visiting the Museum of Ice Cream last summer I knew I wanted to check out the new pop up museum, Candytopia. So I grabbed 3 of my girlfriends and made the drive out to Santa Monica.We got there a few minutes before our time slot where an employee informed us they didn’t have any bathrooms in the building. So we decided to hit the bathrooms and the bar before entering. 

Cheers to girls night out! Inside and ready for some candy! Room 1 –  The first room was super cool! The theme was a steampunk-styled library. After a few housekeeping rules a clock came down filled with chocolate. Candy: Kit Kat We signed the big book and made it to the next room. Room 2 – This room was really pretty! It had an artistic feel with Willy Wonka and Mona Lisa made from Jelly Beans! Candy: candy bracelets  Room 3 – Underworld theme. It was all made out of candy so it was neat, but other then taking a picture inside of a shark’s head it was just eh. Candy: Pixie Sticks Room 4 – Optical illusion. Nothing seems like it should be. Lot’s of fun spots! Candy: Trolli fruit snacks The staff at Candytopia was very helpful and frequently asked us if we wanted our pictures taken except for this one guy. He could not get us jumping in the air for the life of him. Oh well, it made for fun pics! Room 5 – Outdoors. This room was the most fun! It had swings that made us laugh uncontrollably and then a hammock that I sat down with Stacee which we fell off of shortly after. It also had a fun wind tunnel and surfboard. Candy: Laffy Taffy Room 6 – Confetti. This was a pretty room! Every few minutes confetti blasted through a tunnel and a rotating stage made for some belly laughs. Candy: Trolli Fruit Twists. Room 7 – Marshmallow pit. This is the only room we had to wait around for as they only allow a certain amount of people in the pit. While waiting for our turn we hung out in the jungle area. Candy: None Jen and I tried to hang off the bar, but I was in no condition to do so.

Then it was time for the marshmallow pit. Much like the sprinkles pool in the Museum of Ice Cream we swam in what looked like marshmallows, but was actually just foam.So much fun!!! Thank you girls for joining me on my adventures. xo

Germaine’s Bachelorette

Before my sister, Germaine, got married we spent 4 fun filled days in Mexico for her bachelorette. Day 1

While I flew out of Cali the rest of the girls took a short flight from Florida so they hung out by the pool and went out for dinner. Day 2

I caught up with the girls, got a good night sleep and then woke up to some goodies! My other sister, Osh (and my bed mate for the weekend) and I got our gear on and were ready to start the day. The girls and our gear! Our adventure for the day was a yacht on the Riviera Maya. I got in a cab with my roommates (sis and two cousins) and it began pouring rain!Luckily when we got there the sky cleared up and the sun came out. Got to love tropical weather! However the ocean was super choppy and very windy. Which made for a super cute photo shoot of my cute sis! Love her!After more wind and rough waves I lost my hat and my stomach.It was horrible! I was over the side of the boat the whole time!!! There were two other girls that got sick too but they were able to stop barfing after the initial round.

We finally stopped at our destination for swimming and lunch. G caught us a fish which the crew cooked for lunch. It was delicious!!  While waiting for lunch to be cooked we hung out in the water. G got to use the ring float I bought for her!After taking a couple of pictures of G and freaking out over the huge sting rays (I know I’m a baby) I somehow slipped and fell down the stairs. Unfortunately I went home with a pretty gnarly bruise.

I was ready to go back to some dry land and our new captain was ready to take us home. We got back to our hotel, The Thompson (which was beautiful and highly recommended) to rest and hang out until dinner time.

The sisters! The beautiful bride to be!For dinner we went to Diablito Cha Cha Cha. The food was yummy! After this picture with my sister I got into an argument with her and needed a breather. I met up with the girls in the club later that night, but didn’t take any pics.

We ended the night with a night swim in our clothes. Day 3

We started our day with Starbucks and a walk around the outdoor market.While we waited for the rest of our squad to get ready we took some cheesy cousin pics. Our adventure for the day was a walk through the Maya ruins and swimming in fresh water caves called the Cenotes.

We hired a tour guide for the day to take us on our adventures. We used Mexico Tropical. Our tour guide was amazing! Our first stop was lunch with the best salsa bar ever!! Next up was the Maya ruins. It was beautiful! Totally worth the trip!Next stop was my favorite!!!! The Cenotes!We swam, snorkeled and took in this natural beauty. So so cool!

We ended our adventure tour at the beach with smoothies and more tacos. We got back to our hotel and decided to check out the sunset by the pool. It was a gorgeous view so we took a couple of pics.

We got back to our rooms and got dressed for dinner. The rest of the girls were tired so it ended up being cousin night. Dessert was AMAZING!!!!After dinner we went up to the girls room for a little surprise for G.Day 4

While the girls went downstairs for breakfast I called room service and had some me time. After breakfast we headed over to another Thompson property for some beach time. We enjoyed some sangria and quiet time before our flights back home.   Thank you g for the fun weekend! Cheers!#nachoaveragebach #fiestasiestatequilarepeat

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