Summer Bucket List {2018}

Every summer Sarah and I come up with a list of fun things to do throughout the summer. This way when we have some open days in between camp and vacation days we can look at our list and do something fun. This year Jacob had a few ideas too. 

With lots of computer practice throughout the school year, Sarah decided she wanted to make her list on the computer this year.

Moxi Museum

Chumash Museum

Long Beach Aquarium

Sea Center in Santa Barbara

Kidspace Pasadena

Discovery Cube

Trolley ride to library

Make ice pops

Lemonade Stand

Splash Pad

Malibu Lagoons

Casitas Water Park

Ventura Aquatic Center

Natural History Museum

California Science Center

Ride the tram and picnic at the Getty Gardens

Summer family vacation

Concerts in the Park

Go to $1 movies

This is a much longer list then usual, but I really wanted to have all our ideas in one place. And if you are local, maybe this list can help you too.

Have anything fun and easy to add to our list? Please share below.

Happy summer!

See past lists below.

Summer Bucket List 2017

Summer Bucket List 2016

Summer Bucket List 2015

What’s Up Wednesday {May 2018}

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

What we’re eating this week…

Sunday through Wednesday – We were in Vegas so mama didn’t have to cook.

Thursday – Roasted chicken and veggies

Friday – Shabbat Club (once a month young families meet at our synagogue for dinner)

Saturday – Dinner at friends house

Sunday – Brinner/leftovers

What I’m reminiscing about…

Cutting Jacob’s hair for the first time at his birthday and haircut ceremony. I can’t believe we finally cut his hair!!

What I’m loving…

Jacob has been phasing out of naps. Even though this stay at home mama loves nap time, I’m kind loving not having to worry about being home for his nap time. My babies are growing up!

What we’ve been up to…

May was lot’s of fun! My mom came for visit in the beginning of the month, we celebrated Jacob’s 3rd birthday, I celebrated Mother’s day with a fun fulled day of activities, we attended 3 birthday parties, I went on a Motherhood Walk with my friend Eynav, we celebrated and baked cheesecake for Shavout, a Jewish holiday, sang karaoke for Cheryl’s, Sarah completed 1st grade, Jacob and I attended our last mommy and me, we said bye to my mother-in-law as she moved on to new adventures and ended the month with a family trip to Vegas. Phew! It was a busy month!

What I’m dreading…

Potty training!!! I know i’ve been talking about doing it a few times, but time never felt right. However with preschool starting in September he needs to be fully potty trained before he starts school so this mama has some work to do. Any tips? I dread this part of being a mama. What I’m working on…

Catching up on my blog life. I have a huge to do list and a several drafts. This summer I’m hoping to really focus on my blog.

What I’m excited about…

Summer concerts with the family. Aside from hanging by the pool most of the summer our family loves hanging out at the park, playing, bringing a picnic and hanging out while listening to music. What I’m watching/reading…

Sarah and I are back at it with watching our favorite baking competitions. This time we are watching Best Baker in America. So good!and I’m still watching my usual, Southern Charm and Real Housewives of NYC. CAN’T.GET.ENOUGH!

What I’m listening to…

Light by San Holo

What I’m wearing…

While we were in Vegas my sis and her fiance hung out with the kids one night so hubby and I can go one a date. I wore the comfiest moto leggings from here. What I’m doing this weekend…

We have plans to check out the Home Depot kids wood work program, pool time, dinner at a friend’s house, a couple of errands and a MNO.

What I’m looking forward to next month…

June is looking to be super busy! Sarah starts camp, we have 3 birthday parties to attend, hubby and I are attending a Gala, Father’s Day, Concerts in the Park, Palm Springs for Oshrat’s bachlorette, and then closing up the month with my sisters staying in Cali and staying with us for the week. Busy busy!

What else is new…

My friend Jen and I recently went to NYSNC’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star presentation. We had low expectations and just went for the adventure! So glad we did!! Not only did we have a great spot, we got to see JT!!

Question of the month is: What’s your favorite summer salad?

My favorite potluck salad: Chinese Chicken SaladThis amazing citrus salad.And this easy two item cous cous salad.Thanks for visiting! Happy Wednesday!

 

Blender Cheesecake

We just celebrated the Jewish holiday, Shavout. As tradition goes it’s customary to eat dairy foods on Shavout. We eat dairy foods to symbolize the “land flowing with milk and honey”.

We eat borekas (recipe can be found here) and cheesecake. My friend once made this cheesecake that tasted amazing! It wasn’t too dense, or too sweet, it was just right.

Ingredients

9 inch graham cracker crust

1 oz cottage cheese

3 eggs

½ cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp flour

Optional: chocolate chips, jelly

Directions

Blend all ingredients.

Pour into piecrust.

Bake @ 350 for 45 minutes or until set. Thanks to my little sous chefs for the help!

Blender Cheesecake
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Ingredients
  1. 9 inch graham cracker crust
  2. 16 oz cottage cheese
  3. 3 eggs
  4. ½ cup sugar
  5. 1 tsp vanilla
  6. 1 tbsp lemon juice
  7. 2 tbsp flour
  8. Optional: chocolate chips, jelly
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients.
  2. Pour into piecrust.
  3. Bake @ 350 for 45 minutes or until set.
Notes
  1. Optional: Boil apricot jelly and pour over sliced fruit to set.
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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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Disclosure: This post was written as part of my participation in the Moms Meet program. While Lantana Hummus provided me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, the thoughts and statements in this post are my own.

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

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