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!

Amazon Favorites

We are big Amazon fans in this house. From diapers delivered to my door to streaming movies on my TV, Amazon has it all. Here’s some of our current favorites.

Every night after the kiddos go to bed, I clean my kitchen counters and sink, but when it comes to the end of the day I can care less about my floors. Hubby suggested that maybe it was time for one one of those vacuum robots. We looked into the Roomba, but after reading a few reviews it looked like the Deebot was just as good for a THIRD of the price! We have had it for only a few weeks now, but I’m a huge fan!!

Sarah’s school has a few pick up spots so depending on the weather I change where I park. Since we have no interest in (ever…ha ha) getting her a phone we got her Kids Smart Watch Phone. We can call her, text her and track her location. It’s been really helpful!

I’m a big fan of wearing slippers! I have warmer slippers for the fall/winter and a an open toe for the spring/summer. These Women’s Memory Foam Open Toe Slide Slippers are super cute! The neutral grey and the super cute bow. Plus they are really comfortable!

My sweet hubby makes a hot breakfast for the kiddos almost every morning (mama doesn’t have time for that). He likes cooking eggs with butter so I got him this Good Grips Butter Dish. It works well! It has a non grip bottom and measurements right on the dish.

My parents got this UPS pullback truck for Jacob’s birthday and he is obsessed! It’s no surprise he’s a fan of the big brown truck since it normally drops off our Amazon packages.

Sarah has to ready every night for 20 minutes as part of her homework. She loves rainbows and fairies so it wasn’t a big surprise when she started reading Rainbow Magic: Fun Day Fairies books. So for her birthday I found a book called Sarah the Sunday Fairy. She was super excited!!

As you can see we order lot’s of random things from Amazon. Thanks to our Prime membership, shipping is free and best part, it comes to my door within 2 days! Glorious!

What are some of your Amazon Favorites? Share below.

See previous list below:

Amazon Favorites

Sarah is 8!

This past week, Sarah turned 8.

Sarah is silly, smart, observant and inquisitive. Sarah loves playing outside and going on adventures. She’s very curious about the world, but only wants to be in small groups of friends. She still loves riding her bike, with smudgy glasses and muddy hands and shoes. However some days it feels like we have a teenager living in our house. Eek!

Sarah really enjoys going on one-on-one time with me. She likes to escape with me on a Target trip or get a sweet treat at Starbucks. My kind of girl!

Sarah loves making things with recycled material. She brings lot’s of beautiful “art” pieces home from school.

If she’s not playing outside with her bestie, Jules, you can find her in her room playing with her creations. She likes slime, water beads and drawing dolls in her journals.

Instead of a party this year we took the kiddos on a birthday trip to Legoland. She was most excited about the LEGO Friends section.

As our tradition goes we asked Sarah for a few of her favorite things. Here is what she said.

Favorite color: pink, purple and black

Favorite Movie: Descendants

Favorite Show: Any baking shows

Favorite sweat treat: brownies, cookies and ice cream

Favorite food: sushi

Favorite vegetable: roasted cabbage

Favorite fruit: Apples and plums

Favorite activity to do outside: Ride my bike with my neighbor Jules

Favorite activity to do inside: Play Roblox on the computer and LEGOS.

Happy 8th birthday to my girl! Have courage and be kind.

To see previous birthdays click below.

Sarah turns 1!

Sarah turns 2!

Sarah turns 3!

Sarah turns 4!

Sarah turns 5!

Sarah turns 6!

Sarah turns 7!

Wild Planet Tuna

After cooking for 5 days straight during the week, I basically throw in the towel when it comes to the weekend. However my kids still need to eat, so my favorite quick and easy, but lunches on the weekend is a tuna with crackers and veggies tray.

Thanks to Moms Meet, I was recently introduced to Wild Planet Albacore Wild Tuna.

Wild Planet tuna is packed without added water, broth or fillers, and
cooked right in the can. Simply mix the natural juices right back into
the tuna where they will be absorbed quickly and provide added flavor.

Did you know Wild Planet tuna is 100% pole and line caught, one fish at a time — considered a BEST CHOICE for Sustainability by the Monterey Bay
Aquarium Seafood Watch® program. Wild Planet is proud to support
pole and line fleets and will not purchase tuna caught using long lines,
nets or through the use of Fish Aggregating Devices — all of which
result in the wasted by-catch of other species.

They’re #1! Greenpeace recently ranked 20 well-known canned tuna
brands based on how sustainable, ethical, and fair their tuna products
are for our oceans and for the workers who help get the product to the
store shelves. As a mission-based company, Wild Planet is very proud
to have earned recognition as the #1 brand.

My family was so impressed with Wild Planet Albacore Wild Tuna that I went to their website and found a recipe for Tuna Cakes.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Gently flake cans of tuna. I like to use this tool to break it down.

2. Mix in ingredients together until thoroughly combined.

3. Heat a bit of oil in a frying pan over medium heat.

4. Shape tuna mixture into balls and flatten into round cakes. Dip into the other bowl of beaten egg, then coat with a light layer of breadcrumbs.

5. Cook tuna cakes until each side is crispy and golden brown (3-5 minutes on each side).

6. Top with a squeeze of lemon and enjoy!

Where to Purchase?

Wild Planet Albacore Wild Tuna is available to purchase at Whole Foods
Market, Kroger, Safeway, Natural Grocers, Vitamin Cottage, Stop & Shop,
Jewel-Osco, Wegman’s, EarthFare, Peapod, Walmart, Target, Costco
Wholesale, and many other grocery retailers, as well as independent
natural food stores and co-ops. Wild Planet Albacore Wild Tuna is also
available via wildplanetfoods.com, Amazon, ThriveMarket.com and many
other online retailers.

Connect with Wild Planet on Facebook, and Instagram.

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

What’s Up Wednesday {March 2018}

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

What we’re eating this week…

My lazy go to meal when I’m not feeling creative in the kitchen is roasted chicken and potatoes. I always have both on hand and frequently reach for this “recipe” when I’m just trying to feed my family. Luckily we all like this dish so it’s a family go-to.

I saw a cold pasta dish at Trader Joe’s the other day and decided to make a warm version. I boiled pasta according to the box and added TJ’s green veggie mix into the wok. Voila! Ps no one other then me ate it. Womp womp.

We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a green board and a make your own fruit kabobs.

What I’m reminiscing about…

We recently had a St. Patricks’s Day potluck party in the neighborhood! We had a great turnout and lot’s of yummy food. We even made a little photo wall. So very thankful for my neighborhood.

What I’m loving…

My sister gave birth to a healthy and beautiful baby boy! The last time I saw Osh she was still pregnant. I can’t wait to meet my new nephew!!

What we’ve been up to…

We recently celebrated the Jewish holiday called, Purim. It’s a mixture of Halloween (we wear costumes) and Easter (we give out baskets to family and friends. Every year I like to do a theme. This year we chose ocean. Hubby and I were lifeguards, Sarah was a mermaid and Jacob was a shark.

Our mishloach manot aka baskets were also ocean themed. We had sea weed, gummy fish, blue Gatorade, shark candy, sea shells, lei and of coarse the Purim dessert, hamentashen cookies.

What I’m dreading…

The 110 temps this summer. I’m not a fan of the heat.

What I’m working on…

Our summer break plans. We are going to do a few summer camps, mini vacations and work on the house. It’s going to be a busy summer!

What I’m excited about…

We bought our townhouse recently. I can’t wait to change EVERYTHING and make it our own.

What I’m watching/reading…

What I’m listening to…

What I’m wearing…

I recently got this rain jacket in olive. It’s come in handy during all this So Cal rain. It’s lightweight, waterproof, has a hood and the color is my favorite. I love it!

What I’m doing this weekend…

Going to Legoland! Instead of birthday parties this year we opted for a vacation instead. So in between Sarah’s birthday and Jacob’s we are taking the kids for their first trip to Legoland.

What I’m looking forward to next month…

Spring Break in Florida! Can’t wait to see my nephews and my family.

What else is new…

This month we celebrated Sarah’s 8th birthday and next month is Jacob’s birthday! Can’t wait!

Question of the month is: What’s your favorite Easter Passover side dish?

It’s no much a side dish, but we had lot’s of fun using this kit last year.

Happy Wednesday

Halo Salt Spa

For a while now I’ve been hearing the buzz about “salt spas”, but never had a chance to check it out. I finally grabbed a few girlfriends and made it out to Halo Salt Spa.

What is a Salt Spa? According to the sweet owner, Ali, it’s the best room for you to sit (or even lay) in. Dry Salt Spa also known as Halotherapy, benefiting adults and children alike, as well as athletes. It is natural, safe and there are no harmful side effects.

We sat in their salt room for 45 minutes taking it all in. Some of us chatted while one mama took a little power nap.

Using a salt vaporizer the room is filled with a fine, breathable salt that doesn’t irritate your skin or cause choking and instead helps to purify your skin and clear up any respiratory issues that may be felt on a day-to-day basis. They even provide tissues around the room as lot’s of visitors end up clearing out their sinus by just breathing the fresh air.

For general respiratory hygiene, visiting Halo Salt spa once or twice a week will enhance the lung capacity, boost immune system, reduce stress and help promote sleep.

The high mineral content of the therapeutic grade salt is an effective natural treatment for asthma, acne, allergies, eczema, sinusitis, psoriasis, COPD bronchitis, and emphysema.

My favorite part was playing with the salt.

They also provide a special toddler time at 10 am and 4pm. This “class” is especially for the kids. The kids can dig in the salt with sand toys (provided), read books or just hang out in the salt room.

For $30 they also have Kundalini Yoga classes inside the salt room.

Even the bathroom has a couple salt scrubs by the sink.

What you need to know?

Monday: Closed

Tuesday – Friday: 10 am – 7 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm

Salt sessions are $25 per visit. Or a 3 pack is $60.

Want a free session? Call Halo Salt Spa at (805) 497-7111 and mention this post for your first free session.

Dr. Suess’ Birthday {2019}

I love celebrating little events and getting crafty with the kids. So when Dr. Seuss’ birthday showed up on my calendar I started planning his birthday party.

To celebrate his birthday we threw a “Green Eggs and Ham” themed breakfast.

Since we keep kosher and don’t eat ham I found these vegan “sausage” patties at Trader Joe’s for the occasion.

We had green eggs, “sausage”, hash browns and cucumber discs.

We also had green smoothies (spinach, banana, peach and yogurt)!

I kept the decor pretty simple. I hung a polka dot banner and party hats I found at the Target Bullseye section. I also included a few books we’ve collected over the years as a centerpiece.

My kiddos loved the green birthday party!!

Sarah read a book to us and I shared my favorite quote below.

Happy birthday Dr. Seuss! Thank you for writing such fun books.

See past celebrations below.

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday {2018}

Dr. Seuss’ birthday {2016}

Dr. Seuss’ birthday {2013}

Oh, The Places You’ll Go Keepsake Book

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