Ballet

When Sarah was 2, I signed her up for a Toddler Ballet and Tap class through the rec center. She went with her friend Charlie and absolutely LOVED it, but I didn’t. Read more about our experience here.

We decided to do it for a semester and then switch to gymnastics (mostly because I wanted her to experience both). Gymnastics was WAY out of her comfort t zone. After trying for several semesters we decided it was time to try something else.

After a friend told me about a new ballet studio opening up around the corner from our home I knew we had to sign up. Plus Sarah was ready to go back to ballet. She was SO excited about doing ballet she could hardly stand it. 

We purchased new ballet shoes (for my ever growing toddler) and tights. Luckily the leotard she wore last year still fit!

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Look how darling my little ballerina looks!!

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We have 9 little cute girls in our class. The girls range from 2-4. I’m not sure how long we will stay in this class as most of the girls have just turned 2.

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I’m glad we came back to ballet. Sarah had so much fun!

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Kupp Review

Now that Sarah is three and half years old she is all about “big girl” things.

First it was the big girl bed, then big girl underwear and now she wants to use a big girl cup. 

Thanks to Kupp’s innovative product I can give her a “big girl” cup while not worrying about her breaking it.

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Thank you for making a product we both love!

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Just the facts

The Kupp’ is a six-ounce glass outfitted with a colorful silicone sleeve. It’s designed for kids ages 3-10.

The firm grip and silicon sleeve helps to protect the glass from damage while providing a safe, toxic free vessel to drink from.

The Kupp’ comes in four vibrant colors that represent the environment: blue for water, green for earth, orange for the sun, and red for warmth.

The Kupp’ is the perfect serving size for children, and allows them to become more conscious of waste and consumption.

The Kupp’ is made in the USA using imported glass, and all materials are sourced from environmentally-friendly manufacturers that adhere to EU and US regulations.

All glass is recyclable, certified lead and cadmium free, and is made from a pure soda-lime formula. It is also dishwasher safe!

The grip-friendly silicon sleeve is BPA/BPS free and made with medical and food grade silicon to prevent damage. The sleeve does not have to be removed when washing, which makes cleaning your Kupp’ very simple.

The adorable Kupp’ is designed to resemble a smile so kids are naturally attracted to it!

The retail price of the Kupp’ is $16.99 each.

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

Farewell to Summer

Goodbye longer days and farewell summer nights!

Today is the first day of fall!!

So I thought I’d share some of my fall favorites.

1. Pumpkins

I love pumpkins! The color, the flavor and everything about it. I make many recipes that include pumpkin in the fall. So yummy! Going to see the pumpkins at the Harvest Festival is also fun! It’s a great place for a photo op too.

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2. Scarves

Being a Floridian most of my life I’ve come to enjoy and really look forward to wearing scarves. It can easily dress up or down any outfit. From thick scarves to thin scarves I have a wide variety. I love the way it keep my neck feeling cozy without having to wear a bulky jacket. Here are some of my current favorites.

Knit Fringe Infinity Scarf in Gray

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Feather Print Infinity Scarf in Blue

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Heart-Print Scarves in Brown

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3. Boots

Again being a Floridian most of my life wearing boots was very very infrequent. I look forward to the fall when I can wear my boots. My favorite kind of boots are ankle boots. I don’t get too warm like I do in my Ugg boots and it covers my little toseies from the cold. Win win in my book. If it’s really chilly I wear my Ugg boots, but normally a ankle boot does the trick. Also a ankle boot is great when transitioning from day to night. Not that I have that problem anymore ;) Here are some of my current favorites. 

Strappy Ankle Boots in Brown

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Elvin Bootie in Grey

Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 3.23.27 PM4. Holidays

Between the 4 Jewish holidays in the next 30 days and all the festive holidays in next couple months, its a really great time to be with family. Between cooking delicious food and attending/inviting guests to your home for the holidays I love this time of the year.

The first holiday this season is Rosh Hashanah. To celebrate this Jewish New Year we eat sweet food. What a better way to start the new Year then with some Honey Apple Cake (recipe below).

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Farewell summer.

Welcome fall :)

Honey Apple Cake
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Ingredients
  1. 3 1/4 cups flour
  2. 2 tsp. baking powder
  3. 1 tsp. baking soda
  4. 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  5. 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  6. 2 medium apples, peeled and cut in chunks
  7. 3 eggs plus 2 egg whites (or 4 eggs)
  8. 1 cup sugar
  9. 1/2 cup canola oil
  10. 1 cup honey
  11. 3/4 cup cold tea/apple juice
  12. 1/4 cup brandy/oJ
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. In the food processor pulse flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and ginger for 10 seconds, until blended. Transfer to large mixing bowl. Process apples until finely minced, 8 to 10 seconds. Measure 1 cup firmly packed and set aside.
  3. Process eggs and egg whites, sugar, oil and honey for 2 to 3 minutes, until light. Do not insert pusher in feed tube. Add dry ingredients to batter alternately with tea and brandy. Process with quick on/off pulses, just until blended. Do not over-process. Add apples and process with quick on/off pulses, just until mixed.
  4. Pour batter into sprayed 12-cup fluted Bundt pan.
  5. Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes, until wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out dry.
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Mommy and Me Day

Before Sarah started school I took Sarah on a special Mommy and Me Day!

We started the morning at our favorite spot, Starbucks.

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I had my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season and Sarah had her drink of choice, chocolate milk.

My silly girl asked if she could take some silly pictures.

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We drank our “coffee” and munched on a pumpkin loaf while Sarah colored her Minnie Mouse book.

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Next on our Mommy and Me Day was the local library. Between last year’s school schedule and Camp Mommy, we haven’t been going to library as often. 

We hung out for a while and checked out some books.

Before heading home we stopped by our neighborhood park. September has been brutally hot so we didn’t stay too long.

We came back home and made our favorite lunch, grilled cheese.

We had a really nice morning together! Even though it was simple, it was fun. We just did what WE felt like doing. No errands, no agenda, just going with the flow!

I knew as soon as school would start we would have all these commitments so it was important to me to have a day dedicated to just us.

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and I’m glad we did!

School Update

It’s been 2 weeks since Sarah started Preschool.

It’s been a busy short two weeks! We’ve already had her Share Day (Show and Tell), our turn to bring Group Snack and a homework assignment.

On her Share Day she was asked to bring something special to share with the class. When I told Sarah she could bring an item from home to school she ran to her beloved Minion hat. 

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If you didn’t know, Sarah is obsessed with Minions. There is something about those little yellow guys that make her so happy. After putting her hat in her backpack, I told her she could grab a couple of her Minion figurines to share with the class too. She was so happy she basically ran to school that morning!

The following week was our turn to bring a snack for the class or as her teachers call it Group Snack. Group Snack is when the parent brings snack for the entire class. I normally would bake or make some kind of Pinterest recipe, but I had a two days notice so that wasn’t going to happen. I bought blueberries, string cheese and graham crackers. 

Along with her Group Snack she was asked to do a homework assignment. To help the kids learn their shapes and numbers we were asked to to make three columns, draw a shape that represents each food, and place a serving size for each item.

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Dropping her off in the mornings has become difficult.

The first week went really well. Between the novelty of it all and the new adventures, she couldn’t wait to get to school.

The second week however was different. The mornings started with her gripping my hand and tears streaming down her cheeks. She was upset and confused. She wanted to know why I was not staying like I did last year. She kept asking if I could stay with her. She didn’t want to let go of my hand and she even started to climb my leg so that I could pick her up. The teacher kindly came over and asked me if I wanted her help. Not used to this clingy behavior I didn’t know what to do. I comforted her a for a few more minutes and assured I’d be back soon. A few minutes later I decided to physically hand Sarah over to the teacher. Sarah burst into tears as I started to walk away. I hid in the classroom for a few minutes so that if they needed me I would be close by. A few minutes later the assistant teacher brought another kid to the bathroom so I walked up to her and asked her what she thought I should do. She said that Sarah always calms down after a few minutes and that it was safe for me to leave.

 I drove home that morning feeling awful, but hopeful. I know how much fun she has at school (she has lot’s to say when I pick her up) and know this transition is good for her, but it was hard to have to walk away when she was crying.

Picking her up on the other hand has been so much fun! She still runs up to me (like she did on the first day) with such excitement.

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Her smile is from ear to ear and she has so many stories to share.

Even though it’s hard for us to be without one another, it’s healthy and good for us. I’m learning what I can do in 4 hours and Sarah is learning a ton. She’s already able to spell her name! 

Hoping this new transition remains smooth and without anymore tears!

Has your toddler/child had a hard time letting go in the mornings? Please share your story and any tips below.

Miracle Blur Instant Eye Smoother

I love getting together with my mama friends for a low key Mom’s Night In.

A few days ago we got together at a friend’s home so that I could introduce the new Miracle Blur Instant Eye Smoother.

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What is Miracle Blur Instant Eye Smoother?

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What does it do?
  Miracle Blur Instant Eye Smoother is the our first anti-aging eye treatment with Opti-BlurTM Technology and light-diffusing pigments that instantly reduce signs of aging and fatigue around the eyes and create a younger, radiant finish. Instantly erase the look of crow’s feet, lines and bags.

When should I use it?

Dot on a small amount to eye area with fingertips and gently blend in. Apply daily on bare skin or as the last step in your skincare regimen.

To test out the Miracle Blur Instant Eye Smoother I took before and after pictures of all of the mamas.

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We each took a picture with our new Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lipcolour. Mamas, can you guess whose lips are whose?

Mama Chit Chat: House PartyEach mama went home with her very own goody bag filled with samples of Miracle Blur Instant Eye Smoother, 12 month subscription to REDBOOK magazine, an Advanced Haircare Packette, a Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lipcolour and a Miracle Blur coupon.

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I can always count on my mommy group for a good time! Thanks for being my models :)

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Disclosure: This post was written as part of my participation in the House Party program. While L’Oreal and REDBOOK provided me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, the thoughts and statements in this post are my own.

10 on 10 September 2014

10 pictures on the 10th day of the month.

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Check out last month’s post here.

Here is a sneak peek of our day!

My morning started very sluggish (more then normal!). Hubby worked late the night before. Unfortunately, I have a hard time falling asleep without him. So every few minutes I flapped my arm around as I felt for his body. I finally felt his arm (around 2 am) and fell into deep sleep.

After getting Sarah at 7:45 am and setting her up with a cup of milk, I began prepping her lunch. I cut the veggies and fruit the night before, but made the PB&J sandwich in the morning. I used a cookie cutter in the shape of Elmo’s face in the hopes she’d eat the sandwich. Sarah doesn’t like bread. She prefers a hot lunch to traditional lunches, making it hard to pack her a lunch.

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We got dressed and headed to school. School starts at 9am, but I don’t leave until 8:55 am as school is less then a mile away.

Ever since she could walk I have always held her hand when crossing the street. We still hold hands when crossing a street, but now she continues to hold my hand as we walk to and from places.

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I love holding her little hand.

I dropped her off and headed back home. After a quick shower I got dressed and headed to my first mommy group event without Sarah. It was weird bot having Sarah at the meetup, but it was a breakfast event so there wasn’t any kid involvement. It was cute when her friend, Ayden asked where she was. These kids are not used to seeing the moms without their friends. And frankly I’m not used it either. However it was nice eating a meal and talking to the mamas without having to watch Sarah’s every move.

After breakfast I headed to JoAnn’s to find some baskets for a project I’m working on. Luckily I found two choices that should work.

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I headed back to school around 12:45 pm and picked up my little lady.

After Sarah gave me her recap of the day we headed home. She normally doesn’t finish her lunch so I give her the leftovers as we wind down and watch a show together.

Around 2pm I put her down for a nap.

While checking email I came across an incredible deal. The ballet studio I had planned to sign Sarah up posted this awesome deal. So happy I waited to sign her up! This deal is incredible! If you live in my area you should join us on Tuesdays for the 3 to 4 year old class.

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I checked on Sarah and saw that she was still in a deep sleep. I decided to turn my computer off and nap as well. I was exhausted from the night before.

Hubby came home early and woke Sarah up at 4:30 pm (the latest we let her nap).

We had her our afternoon snack of pretzels thins and humus. We eat this snack about 3x a week. Love it!

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Sarah watched a show while I prepped dinner. I Meal Plan each week, but I didn’t like the salmon section at the supermarket so I ended up switching Thursday meal with today’s. PS I love Meal Planning and I hate going to the grocery store multiple times a week.

I made Pizza Cups and a Cesar salad for dinner. They were easy to make, but we didn’t love them. They were just eh.

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After dinner we went on a walk. As soon as we started walking, Sarah noticed our shadows.

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Not feeling fulfilled from dinner we walked to Fresh and Easy to pick up some ice cream.

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So  many delicious choices!

We decided to sit on the bench near the supermarket and answer my parents Facetime call.

My phone died as we walked back home. After we dropped off our groceries and left my phone to charge we went outside to play with the neighborhood kids.

 It’s getting darker earlier now, but with out a phone I had no clue what time it was. We started heading back as hubby came out to look for us.

After some fun in the bath, Sarah got a real good scrub.

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Hubby got her dressed and finished the rest of the nighttime routine (teeth, book, prayers and bed).

Hubby and I both checked our emails for a few minutes before we sat and watched our show, The League.

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Hope you had a great 10th!