What’s Up Wednesday {April 2017}

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

  1. What we’re eating this week…

Monday – Chicken and roasted brussel sprouts  Tuesday – I had a long day so I made the kids mac & cheese.

Wednesday – I went out so hubby made the kids breakfast.

Thursday – Pasta and meat sauce.Friday – Fajita’s

Saturday – Out

Sunday – Leftovers/out

2. What I’m reminiscing about…

Taking Sarah and Jacob on their first trip to Disneyland.

See more pics here.

3. What I’m loving…

These burritos are a perfect substitute when I’m running behind, but need to eat.

4. What we’ve been up to…

Sarah is prepping for her ballet recital, Jacob is going through a bad case of the terrible two’s, hubby is working and I am knee deep into cleaning. If we haven’t used/wore/played with it it’s going bye bye. It’s so much better when things are open and out of the house.

5. What I’m dreading…

My sweet sweet sister is thin and so is my other sister, cousins, and her friends. So she got us each this lovely and super cute suit to wear at her bachlorette. It’s nice and all but my butt is not going to fit in that little suit. 6. What I’m working on…

Making photo books for Sarah’s birthday, Jacob’s birthday and our Disneyland trip. We love going back and looking at all the memories.

7. What I’m excited about…

Visiting the Ice Cream Museum! We bought tickets and have started a countdown. Can’t wait to play in a pool full of sprinkles!! 8. What I’m watching/reading…

I love me some Southern Charm!

I don’t like Landon though! I secretly wish I was living in the south.

9. What I’m listening to…

Lot’s of country in the hopes it takes me back to the best girls weekend ever!10. What I’m wearing…

I showed up to Mommy and Me the other day to find my friend and I in almost the same exact outfit. #greatmindscardigan // dress // necklace // sandals

11. What I’m doing this weekend…

I am attending a make and take oil class, Sarah has a classmates birthday party and lot’s of pool time in between.

12.What I’m looking forward to next month…

Sarah finishing her first year in elementary school. Not to long ago she was a Preschool graduate!13.What else is new…

We are gearing up for summer. Sarah will be going to a new summer camp half of the summer and the rest of the time we are hoping to squeeze in some day trips with the family.

14. Question of the month is: What is your favorite spring/summer shoe?

These sandals are fun (love the mini pom poms), easy to wear and come in a few different colors. Happy Wednesday!

Show & Tell Tuesdays – Parties

I’m linking up with Andrea for Show and Tell Tuesday.

The theme this week is…Grown Up Parties.

Which fits perfectly as I recently added a Parties tab to my homepage. I love hosting and I love getting dressed up. So planning parties is lot’s of fun for me. I think I love it so much, because I’m in mom mode and mom clothes most of the time. So hosting or going out and getting all dolled up is fun.

I hosted a “fancy” dinner for my friends. I used my china, stemware and even our linens. I cooked all the food and set the table. Unfortunately I forgot to get a picture of the finished table. :(

See more pics here.

My friend Nicole and I hosted a pajama themed Holiday Party at her place. See more here.

We celebrated Mardi Gras one year with a little outdoor dinner. See more here.

I also host most of the Jewish holidays at our place. The most recent holiday was Passover.Through out the years I’ve learned that pretty paper plates and napkins can be just fun and just as nice as china (well, sometimes…). I still prefer the real thing, but clean up was so much easier.

To see more parties I’ve hosted click here.

Happy Tuesday!

PACT Organic clothing

As a busy mama to two kiddos I’m always running around town. Last week I got to try my PACT Organic Clothing bundle and I couldn’t be more excited to tell you all about it.

I put my leggings, camisole and hoodie to the test. I went from taking my daughter to school on a chilly morning,    to a warmer Mommy and Me with my son,

to ballet with both kiddos,

and finally at home with the family.

After 10 hours of wearing the same outfit my PACT Organic clothes were still comfortable, soft and didn’t stretch out. I call that a win-win!

The hoodie was my favorite piece. The stripes were flattering, the hood was not to constricting and it had a thumb hook. Love it!

Not only does PACT Organic make super soft cotton clothing that is better for people, but it’s also better for our planet. PACT Organic uses organic farming practices that don’t pollute the soil or water while partnering with organizations that protect the well-being of the people who make the clothes.

Did you know?

Organic cotton uses 71% less water and 62% less energy than conventional cotton. Growing organic cotton keeps farmers and their families safe because they are not exposed to toxic chemicals.

My Pact Organic clothing bundle was so soft and comfortable! I want you guys to try it too. Click here or use my unique code: ChitChat25 and save 25% off your total!

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Garden {2017}

After growing our own fruits and vegetables last year we knew we wanted to do it again.

We headed to the nursery for our plants.This year we had a better game plan so we were in and out within a few minutes. We stopped by these awesome looking egg shaped swings. Ahhh! I want one!

We cleaned up the patio, prepped the garden box and planted our new crop.

Can’t wait to see what the crop will be like this year.

Honey Lemon Chicken

 I recently shared a one pot dish with a friend only to realize I have never blogged about it. It’s one my our family favorites. It’s easy, has a protein, veggie and a carb all in one pot. Totally my kind of meal. Hope you enjoy it!Ingredients

Onion, chopped

1 lb chicken breast

4 carrots, thinly sliced

2 tbs honey

2 tbs lemon juice

2 tbs soy sauce

1.5 cup uncooked rice

2 cups water

2 cups broth

Salt and pepper

Recipe

  1. Heat oil in pan and sauté onion for 1 minute. Set aside.
  2. Brown chicken on both sides.
  3. Add rice, carrots, honey, soy sauce and lemon juice.
  4. Add water and broth. Bring to boil
  5. Reduce to low and simmer for 30 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
  6. Enjoy!

Disneyland {2017}

Last year on Sarah’s birthday she asked us to go to Disneyland for her birthday. So this year on her 6th birthday we went to Anaheim for a little 3 day vacation.

Day 1 – Hotel

Our family moves a bit slow in the mornings. So we decided to add an extra day to our trip. This way we could have a an early start on Disneyland day. We checked in, got settled and headed to the pool.The kiddos loved spending the afternoon hanging out by the pool. We cleaned up and drove down the street for dinner at El Torito. We had fun playing with the bull crowns while we waited for dinner. Me and the birthday girl!

We headed back to the hotel and called it a night.

Day 2 – Disneyland

The day started with our family tradition of a doughnut, candle and a birthday song.

We got dressed and started our day. Our first ride of the day was the rocket ships in Fantasyland.

The rest of the day we went through the park stopping at whatever ride the kids wanted to do.    We stopped for lunch and then split up so Jacob could take a nap. I put my feet up and enjoyed the break. Jacob was on hour two of nap so we decided to meet up and explore some more. Snacking while brother is asleep. ;) Just as we were getting in line to ride the carousel, we bumped into our neighbors. How random!!    We hung out with our neighbor some more and did a couple rides. Jacob was not a fan. We took a break from rides and just walked around. We came across the castle and had a little photo shoot with princess Sarah! We did a few more rides and then sat down for dinner and the electric light parade. It was such a fun and magical day!

As we are leaving, Jacob throws up all over him self and the stroller we borrowed from my friend.

Day 3 – CA Adventure

We started our day with a meet and greet with Mickey!Our first show of the day and probably our favorite was the Disney Jr Live show. It was super interactive and lot’s of fun!Then we did the unthinkable. We waited in a line for over an hour to meet Anna, Elsa and the crew. They took a lot of time with each guest and Sarah had a huge smile the whole time, but ugh what a long line. The next area was one our favorite lands, Bugs Land.

While Jacob napped hubby and I took turns riding rides with Sarah. Our other favorite area was the Cars Land. Jacob loves Mater and McKeen (McQueen) as does our whole family. I wish I had the camera on him when he woke up and realized he was in Radiator Springs. The pure excitement was too cute!As we were walking down the street all of a sudden a DJ turned on and dancers started to appear. They called on the kids and sure enough miss Sarah joined the crowd. We walked around some more and stopped to take pictures with some of the cars from the movie. We went back to Bugs Land so that Jacob could go on some of the rides. Sarah was super excited about the first ride, Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train. This was the only ride she could sit next to her brother. The Little Mermaid ride was super cute. Brought back a lot of childhood memories. There were a few rides Jacob was to short to ride. So hubby took advantage of ride share while J and I played and rode some rides.  Our last ride of the night was Radiator Springs Racers which had a THREE HOURS wait!!!

So crazy! Luckily we got to use a ride share pass and only waited 30 minutes each.

It was fast, a bit scary, but surprisingly Sarah loved it. Even though she doesn’t look like it in this picture. It was way past our bed time and we were ready to crash. A quick little over an hour trip and we were back home in our beds. It was fun Disney, but phew I’m exhausted. Until next time.

Passover {2017}

I love hosting dinner in our home. I think about the menu, invite guests, shop for food and set my table.The kids had a table of their own too.The menu consisted of a few favorites and some new dishes.

Orange Marmalade chicken – Sweet Onion Brisket – Matzah Apple Kugel – Carrot and Raisin Kugel – Sweet Potato Souffle Night #1 we had guests Nicole, Stacee and their families.

The kids had lot’s of fun looking for the afikoman. Bella was the big winner!

Night #2 we had Matt and Elizabeth. Unfortunately I forgot to a picture of our guests. :(

Sarah was a big star this night. She read the 4 questions (with very little help)!! So proud of our big girl! Thank you to our lovely guests for the wine and flowers, but most of all thank you for joining us this PassoverPassover 2016 – We were in Florida.

Passover 2015 – I was in the hospital giving birth to Jacob.

Passover 2014

Passover 2013

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