10 on 10 April 2014

10 pictures on the 10th day of the month. Finding life and beauty in the ordinary things of our day to day!

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Check out last month’s post here.

Here is a sneak peek of our day!

My morning started a little early (actually way to early)! 7 am to be exact. We bought this Toddler Clock after we came back from our trip to Israel so that Sarah could adjust to the time. Instead of waiting for her clock to glow at 7:30 am she calls for me to let me know it has not yet turned on. Oh man, how I miss my great sleeper!!

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With Passover a few days away we are working on getting rid of our Chametz plus I was super grumpy so Sarah and I ate cereal for breakfast.

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Thursdays are my drop off day. While waiting for my friend, Liza I admired the quiet car.

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I really prefer to go without Sarah to run my errands. Therefore my friend Liza and I usually run our errands on Thursday while the girls are in school. Today we went to Kohls, Target and Toys-R-Us.

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Before heading back to pick up Sarah I grabbed a drink.

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After school a few of us hang out by the picnic tables while our kids eat lunch. No matter what I pack for her she ends up eating other kids foods. Luckily the other kids eat her food so I guess it works out.

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After school we headed to the super market to pick up a few things for dinner. Of coarse my little snacker “needed” to sample the strawberries we purchased.

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I don’t normally nap when Sarah naps, but I’ve been going to sleep so late lately that I’ve been napping in the afternoons.

After our naps we headed outside to play. I munched on the beautiful strawberries we picked up earlier in the day while Sarah had a Popsicle.

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Shortly after our 5 year old neighbor came out to join us. They kids played so well together and had so much fun until Sarah got excited and started running after him. As soon as she landed on the cement she started to scream. As I headed over I knew it was because she was bleeding. Sure enough she tripped and scraped her knee on the same exact spot she had scraped her knee earlier in the week. This marked the first time she bled. It took me a while to calm her down.

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Luckily daddy got home on the earlier side and was able to comfort our baby.

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With Sarah calm and dinner cooked, I headed to my first Pilates class.

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Thanks to my friend Jen who suggested I buy the Groupon and join her for a class. It was fun! Hard, but fun. Looking at my self in the mirror for that long kind of freaked me out though! I have 2 more classes left before I can decided if I want to continue. Have you ever done Pilates?

Hope you had a nice 10th!

Doc McStuffins Birthday Party

By now you’ve seen Sarah’s Doc McStuffins Birthday Party on Facebook so now here is a behind-the-scenes look at how it all came together!

The Venue & Setting Up

The previous years we’ve rented out a club house for her birthday party, but after what happened last year I decided Sarah needed less attention and more space. That’s also why we decided to make it a party just for her friends. We have a lot of loving family members, but with such a large mommy group we needed to split the celebrations.

This year the party was held at our favorite park. It’s gated and the bathroom was close by. Two requirements for a bunch of active 3 year olds.

Decorations

I really tried to do a more relaxing birthday theme this year. However I still couldn’t help do some fun Pinterest things.

As you walked into the park you were greeted with a the “Doc is in” sign.

Doc McStuffins Party: The Doc is in!

I once again bought a giant scene setter from Party City to take pictures of our friends. However, this time I only took a few pictures of our friends in front of the scene setter. Last year I managed to get all 24 guests in front of the scene setter!!

My friend Erin C once again made some really fun items that made the party come together.

Doc McStuffins Party: Time For Your Check Up SIgnDoc McStuffins Party: Toy Clinic

Food

This year my focus was a dessert table. I found a bunch of cute Doc McStuffins themed things on Pinterest that didn’t take to much time to put together.

Doc McStuffins Party: Dessert TableDoc McStuffins Party: Dessert Table

Lambie Tails: small marshmallows

Doc McStuffins Party: Lambie Tails

Toy Stuffing: cotton candy

Doc McStuffins Party: Toy Stuffing

Cotton Balls: big marshmallows

Doc McStuffins Party: Cotton Ball Marsmallows

A Kiss for your Boo Boos: Hershey kisses

Doc McStuffins Party: A Kiss for your Boo Boos

An Apple a Day, Keeps the Doc Away: apple slices

Doc McStuffins Party: An Apple a Day Keeps the Doc Away

Band Aids: wafers with pink heart icing

Doc McStuffins Party: Band AidsDoc McStuffins Party: Band Aids

Say Ah Pretzel Rods: pretzel rods

Doc McStuffins Party: Say Ah Pretzel Rods

Chilly Juice: pink lemonade

Doc McStuffins Party: Chilly Juice

Lunch included pizza and three different type of salads.

Doc McStuffins: Food

Dessert

Cupcakes: vanilla and chocolate bases with colored (thanks to all the Easter/spring colors) frosting. To complete these cupcakes I added Doc and her friends to toothpicks and inserted them in random cupcakes.

Doc McStuffins Party: Cupcakes

Doc McStuffins Party

Favors/Activity

Other then having the park to play with I made a check up station for the kids to give their toy a check up. Each guest was given their very own Big Book of Boo Boos to complete their toys check up.

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Doc McStuffins: Check up station

Sarah’s Outfit

I left early that morning to prep the park for the day, so hubby was in charge. Let’s just say Sarah was having one of her moody mornings and hubby was not interested in fighting the battle. Therefore Sarah came to the party dressed in a t-shirt and skirt (her back up outfit encase she got to hot/dirty in her birthday outfit)

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Thank you to all of our friends for attending. We are so very blessed!

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I also wanted to thank my wonderful friend, Liza for all the help and support. Love you mama!

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It was great day! The park turned out to be a good choice. Most importantly Sarah had a lovely day! Happy 3rd birthday baby girl!

Doc McStuffins Party: Scene Setter

Until next year, the Doc is out.

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2014 Ultimate Blog Party + Giveaway!

It’s time for the 2014 Ultimate Blog Party!
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Hi, my name is Sharon, thanks for stopping by! If this is your first time, welcome!

sarah and meA little bit about me:

I met my husband on a trip, 10 years ago. We have been married since November 2008.

We have a 3 year old daughter named Sarah who loves anything to do with Minions.

IMG_6666I am a stay-at-home-mom and I love it!

IMG_4121Last August, I decided to become an Independent Consultant for Tupperware.
(See the bottom for a fun Giveaway!!)

I am from Israel, but moved to the United Stated at age 4. Before moving to California I lived in Florida for 20 years.

I’ve been in California for almost 9 years and I love it! I miss my family back east, but with my great support system I’ve finally made California my home.

I love coffee, mani/pedi, wine, reality TV and bows.

I am bit obsessed with Pinterest and planning parties!

(Click the Mamahood tab to see parties that I have coordinated)

My happy place is Target. Between the Starbucks and the various departments, I can be there for hours!

I’m not a morning person. No matter what time I wake up. I require 9-10 hours of sleep just so I do not feel groggy. Anything less gives me headaches and has me yawing all day. When I was pregnant I slept 15 hours a day.

My family and friends mean the world to me.

I love to cook and I post some of my favorite recipes here on my blog.
{Click the Recipes tab to see all the recipes I have posted}

Mostly, I love being a mom and I love blogging!

If you want to read even more random stuff about me, click the About Me tab!

In honor of 5 minute for Mom’s 2014 Ultimate Blog Party, I am giving away a Tupperware item of your choice in the Kids catalog!!!

To enter comment below letting me know your favorite item in the Kids catalog. Happy shopping!

Giveaways ends at midnight on 4/16/14
*Only open to US Residents only.*

Questions about any of the products? I’d be happy to answer them!
Interested in joining my team? We are looking for Consultants all across the country!

Send me an email:
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Thanks for stopping by! Nice to meet you :)

Just BARE Chicken

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  • Just BARE chicken is all-natural and free of added hormones/steroids, additives, preservatives, and antibiotics.
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  • The retail price for Just BARE chicken products ranges from $3.29 to $12.99 per package.

Since I cook dinner 5-6 times a week I like to keep it clean and healthy. Just BARE chicken helps me do just that.

One of our favorite recipes is Lemon Chicken (adapted from Piarecipes.com). It’s not only a delicious recipe, but it’s also simple. It has chicken +5 ingredients. My kind of recipe!

Lemon Chicken Recipe

Mama Chit Chat: Lemon Chicken Recipe4 skinless, boneless chicken breast fillets
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, or as needed
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup low sodium chicken broth
1/2 lemon, thinly sliced
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons parsley

Instructions
Place chicken breasts in a bag of flour. Shake off excess flour.
Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet; pan-fry the chicken pieces until golden brown on both sides, about 3-4 minutes per side. Work in batches and do not crowd skillet, adding oil as needed.
IMG_6688Place the chicken pieces onto a plate and set aside. When finished with all the chicken, drain most of the oil from the skillet, leaving a thin coating on the surface of the pan.
Cook and stir the minced garlic in the skillet until fragrant, about 20 seconds.
Pour in the chicken broth. Scrape and dissolve any brown bits from the bottom of the skillet.
Layer the lemon slices and bring the mixture to a boil. Let cook, stirring occasionally for 5 to 8 minutes.
IMG_6689Add the lemon juice; simmer until the sauce is reduced and slightly thickened, about 5 minutes more.
IMG_6692Place chicken breasts back into pan; simmer, Add the parsley; remove from heat and set aside.IMG_6691And voila!Mama Chit Chat: Lemon Chicken Recipe I served my Lemon Chicken with a side of roasted potatoes. Yum!

Disclosure: As a Moms Meet member I received these products for review. However all opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

Insta March {2014}

2014 has been flying by and March was no exception.

Here is a look back at some of the things we have been up to this month!

March started with our crazy but awesome trip to Israel! Luckily we received Sarah’s passport only a few weeks before we flew out.

IMG_4971The rest of the week was spent prepping for Purim. Our theme this year was Despicable Me.

IMG_6839An unbelievable quick week later we celebrated Sarah’s 3rd birthday! Sarah got a ton of gifts! No joke she got so many gifts she was over the whole opening the gifts/find the card and give to mommy routine that she called it quits after the 20th gift!! One of her favorite gifts is this hair salon set from her friend Skylar.  Daddy got his hair styled before heading to work one morning.

photoTo celebrate her 3rd birthday and my birthing-day, daddy took us out for a sushi (Sarah’s request) dinner. I had this amazing spicy salmon roll! Yum!

photo 1I haven’t been taking care of myself like I should be so I decided to take an hour “off” and get a much needed mani. I choose this bright neon pink that had me feeling cheery all day.

photo 2The last Sunday of the month was super busy. We had a walk in the morning and then a Bar Mitzvah in the evening. Sarah and I got all dressed up for the big occasion. We had a great time dancing and hanging out with friends.

photo 3So there you have it, a sneak peek of our March via my iPhone!

Hello April!

Purim {2014}

We recently celebrated the fun Jewish holiday, Purim.

Every year my family and I come up with a theme. As soon as we have a theme in mind, I search for ingredients to make our mishloact manot (Purim baskets).

Our theme this year was, Despicable Me.

IMG_6839Sarah is obsessed with everything minion, so she was really excited to dress the part.

Here is what you need:

Yellow lunch size bags from Amazon.

Large googly eyes from Michael’s.

Silver sharpie from Target

Blue twine from Target.

Card stock and stationary scissors were borrowed from my friend, Erin.

Black sharpie and hole punch from home.

IMG_6703How to:

1. Glue eyes onto bag.

2. Draw random smiles and hair.

IMG_67063. Complete the goggles by using the black and silver Sharpie.

4. Fill bags with banana/yellow themed items (banana flavored Laffy Taffy, banana, and pineapple juice).

IMG_67135. Fold top over, hole punch two areas, include your message and tie the twine.

IMG_6791 picstitch Happy Purim!

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Annie’s Homegrown

My daughter absolutely loves mac & cheese! However I don’t love all the junk that’s inside a box of mac & cheese.

So when I found out Annie’s came out with a Family Size Frozen Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese I was thrilled!

photo 2The goodness of organic butternut squash and real cheddar cheese combined with organic pasta to create a delicious new frozen entrée. Annie’s family size Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese! It’s full of the good stuff- great tasting cheddar cheese, whole grains, a ½ serving of vegetables per cup and a good source of fiber.

 After a long day I went into the frozen food aisle in Target and grabbed a box of Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese.

photo 1I followed the easy directions and in 10 minutes I had a healthy dinner ready for my entire family.

photo 3We paired our Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese with a green salad.

photo 2(1)My family loved it! Both my hubby and toddler could not tell difference. It’s still creamy and delicious. It was filling too!

Thank you Annie’s for making good food my family can eat and that doesn’t have a list of scary ingredients.

Want to check out Annie’s frozen entree, click here for a $2 coupon! Bon appetit!

Disclosure: As a Influenster member I received these products for review. However all opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.