Fillmore Train Field Trip

I recently went on my 4th Fillmore Train Field Trip. Twice with Sarah and twice with Jacob.I love doing the same things with my kids and when I remember take the same picture. We are so very thankful for our mommy and me class.

My train loving boy was super excited about his 2nd turn to ride the train!Classmate Nathan and Jacob holding their trains and conductor hats.All abroad the choo choo! My little conductor is so excited! Ready for our stop, The Fish Hatchery. I totally thought Jacob would be excited to see the conductor, but for some reason Jacob was super nervous around him. We got our fish food and Jacob dropped in a few at a time.  Then he noctied his buddy Aubrey throwing in handfuls and then her whole bag so Jacob decided to do the same. Monkey see, monkey do! Now that the fish are full it’s time to go back on the train!Once we got back to the train station, we played peek a boo on the stationed trains. Such a fun day out with little man!

Friday Favorites

Today I am linking up with Erika, Narci and Andrea to share our Friday Favorites.


Hubby and I went to a wedding this week. Hanging out with him is my FAVORITE.TWO

Sarah was the Star Student last week. She brought home her poster and asked for a picture with it. Between the wind and the rolled up poster we had some laughs getting this picture. Laughing with my kids is my FAVORITE.THREE

I’ve been feeling pretty blah this week so when hubby told me he was running behind at work I asked my friend, Erin to watch my kiddos while I go to my Yoga class. Yoga is my FAVORITE. Thank you Erin I owe you one!FOUR

We played with bubbles this week at Mommy and Me. Seeing the kids running around trying to catch the bubbles was super sweet. These little moments with Jacob are my FAVORITE. FIVE

Brunch is my FAVORITE meal of the day. So after I volunteered in Sarah’s class I took myself out to brunch. I got a power grain bowl with 2 fried eggs, harissa sauce, and sauteed kale. Yum!! Happy Friday, friends!

Harlem Globetrotters

Once a month I try to find something fun to do with the family. So when I saw that the Harlem Globetrotters were in town and on a Sunday I knew we needed to go.

Hubby went when he was younger and I’ve never been, but the idea of watching a team of basketball players play tricks while they run up and down the court seemed fun. And fun it was!We picked our seats on Stub Hub blindly and totally lucked out! We sat right where the Harlem Globetrotters players walk in from. We got to see the players once again as they went to their lockerooms during halftime.The tricks were even cooler during half time! They brought out mats and a trampoline. My kids thought it was so cool. See more tricks here.

Globie, their mascot, even came out and did a few tricks.  See Globie breakdance here.

Sarah was really impressed!Such a fun day spending time with my loves! Looking forward to our next family adventure!

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday {2018}

Every Spring I try to find a way to celebrate the birthday of one of our favorite authors, Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss published over 60 books during his career, which have spawned numerous adaptations, including 11 television specials, four feature films, a Broadway musical, and four television series.

The reason I celebrate his birthday is to instill a love of reading in my kids. So every year on March 2nd we celebrate the silly author on the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association.

We started the celebrations with a visit to Barnes & Noble with friends Greyson and Remy for a Dr. Seuss themed story time.

Thing 1 and Thing 2. Thanks for the fun props Ms. Kathy. In the past we celebrated with breakfast, but with busy mornings and busy weekends we decided to change it up a little bit and host a Dr. Seuss brinner (breakfast for dinner) for his birthday. We kept the menu simple; green eggs, green cheese, hash browns and smoothies.

The cheese was Gouda pesto cheese from Trader Joe’s.The green eggs were spinach, eggs, a splash of milk and salt and pepper.The smoothies were spinach, peach, banana and a splash of milk. For dessert we used Sarah’s cake she made in baking class a few days before and even stuck a candle in it. I love celebrating life with my family and I like it even more when it involves learning and food.   

See past celebrations below.

Dr. Seuss’ birthday {2016}

Dr. Seuss’ birthday {2013}

Oh, The Places You’ll Go Keepsake Book

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

Father Daughter Dance {2018}

Last year when Sarah was in Kindergarten I got a save the date for the Father Daughter Dance, but unfortunately we already had plans to be in Florida and couldn’t make it. She found out after the fact and was really bummed.

This year I had my flight booked to Portland when I got the email. Now that she’s older and can read the bulletins at school she expressed that she really wanted to go. So we hired a sitter and got her outfit ready for the dance. I really wanted to be there, do her hair and to see her off, but hubby was totally capable. He even dealt with a plan B dress and did her hair!

My loves!Hubby sent me the cutest pictures throughout the night. He even sent me this little gem of a video.

They had so much fun!

They took pictures in the photo booth, hung out with friends and took a group picture.

Friday Favorites

Today I am linking up with Erika, Narci and Andrea to share our Friday Favorites.


Starting the week off after an amazing trip to Portland was not easy. Being a stay at home mama to this little guy makes things easier. Shh don’t tell Sarah, he’s my FAVORITE. ;)


I haven’t been feeling well this week, but I decided to go to Yoga anyways. My class was not easy, but seeing my stats on my watch was my FAVORITE.


I grabbed a bar of Moonstruck 68% dark chocolate while I was at Powell’s Books. This has definitely been a FAVORITE this week.  FOUR

Sarah finished school this week at 12:15 pm due to parent teacher conferences. So I decided to take both kiddos out for lunch on Friday. Hanging out with them is my FAVORITE. Soon they will be to old to hang out with their mama.


I’m down for the count. My throat hurts, my body aches and my energy is way down. Hoping my FAVORITE Jewish penicillin helps this mama out!Happy Friday, friends!

Melissa’s Birthday in Portland

This past weekend I went to Portland to celebrate my best friend, Melissa’s birthday.

10 years ago I met Melissa in Nor Cal while working for her as a USY Advisor. She was sweet, funny and we had a lot in common. Through out the years we grew even closer. She hosted my bridal shower and my sheva brachot (after wedding dinner). She always make time to see me and my family when she comes to LA. And she is the best person to call when you want to chat. To celebrate her 40th birthday she invited a few close group of friends to stay at her house.


After landing Thursday evening, Melissa took us to our first stop in Portland, Voodoo Doughnut. This eclectic shop has over 50 different kinds of doughnuts, is covered in pink paint and has super art throughout.  We got the Old Dirty Bastard, Snickers Doughnut, and Portland Cream. Yum!!!We walked around for a bit, got pizza and checked out a few places.


We slept in a bit, ran some errands and then made our way out to lunch. After lunch we went to the Nike Employee Store. Melissa’s sister-in-law works for Nike so we checked out the store and bought some shoes. Our next stop was Melissa’s yogurt shop, Yo Zone. She recently bought the shop so going in everyday while we were in town was lot’s of fun. So proud of her! We concluded the evening with Shabbat dinner with her family and friends. DAY 3

We started the day with pomegranate mimosas and brunch at Cheryl’s in downtown Portland.This restaurant is known for their beignets before the meal. Sweets before a meal, I like the way they think! Cheers to the birthday girl!After brunch we walked around a bit. I loved the fresh air and crystal blue sky!Our next stop was the Pittock Mansion. The views were gorgeous and the trees were beautiful. I loved seeing all the moss everywhere. Since we were so high up we even got to see snow.  Sarah and I were both very excited!The next stop might have been my favorite (shhh, don’t tell Melissa!). While looking for things to do in Portland, The Cullen House popped up!  If you know me personally you know how much I was into the whole Twilight craze. My sister and I even went to the all premiers. See more here.We got out, took some pictures and then the owner came out and told us to leave! Ahhh!  If you’re not familiar with this house here is what it looked like in the movie. After we picked up her friend from the airport we checked out the Rose Gardens. However there were no roses to be found. I still thought it was a beautiful area. We squeezed into her SUV and made our daily visit to Yo Zone.We all took a glorious nap and got ready for dinner. Melissa was so sweet and got us a limo for the evening.For dinner we went to SuBe for sushi. Before our next stop we took the limo around town. We stopped at the Columbia River.

We ended the night with some fun at the Barrel Room. I wasn’t so good about taking pictures. DAY 4

We woke up and had Melissa’s homemade bagels. Yum!!Our outing for the day was Powell’s Books. I could have stayed all day! I picked up a few gifts for the kiddos and was ready for my flight. Instead of eating lunch near the airport we deiced to check out the food carts.With multiple flights and times I got to the airport on the earlier side. While walking around I spotted a spa. I decided since I was still not on mom duty, Id’ end my trip with a little neck and shoulder massage. Ahhh! Thank you Melissa for inviting me and for all for the fun memories! Until next time…

Big shout out to my hubby for holding down the fort! This trip would have not have happened if it weren’t for his love and support. Not only did he take kids out on outings, he dressed and did Sarah’s hair for their first father daughter dance.

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