Category: Holidays

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

Valentine’s Day {2017}

This year Valentine’s Day fell on a school day.

I had plans to volunteer at Sarah’s school, but I mixed up the dates and couldn’t get someone to watch Jacob.

After both Sarah and I shed some tears (poor kiddo really wants me to volunteer more often) I was determined to make the rest of the day fun.

After drop off, Jacob and I walked to the park.We started to get hungry so we drove to Starbucks for a little son and mama breakfast date.After breakfast we ran some errands. We stopped at the doughnut shop for some heart shaped doughnuts.Hubby picked Sarah from school and showed up with some treats.After nap we joined some mommy friends for an early movie. We saw the Batman Lego Movie.5 moms and 8 kiddos made for a fun and busy movie experience. We picked up some food for dinner and headed home.

It was was a lovely day!

Hope you had a nice Valentine’s Day!


To see previous Valentine’s Day posts click below.

2016 // 2015 // 2014 // 2013

Tu Bishvat {2017}

Last weekend we celebrated Tu Bishvat, the Jewish New Year of the Trees. Tu Bishvat is a traditional holiday where we plant trees and eat food from the seven species; wheat, barley, olives, pomegranate, figs, dates and grapes.      This holiday celebrates the “rebirth” of the trees. Tu Bishvat marks the beginning of spring. However with of all this So Cal rain we have been having it does not feel like spring is here.

To celebrate Tu Bishvat we do a few things to remind us of the holiday.

We had our friends, Ava and Jules over for an afternoon craft. We made trees out of pretzel sticks and leaves out of sliced green grapes.

We also had a little Tu Bishvat seder at home.

After dinner we did a craft. With Valentine’s Day a few days away, we each wrote something about each person in our family and posted it on our love tree. 

The next day we attend a Tu Bishvat festival.

We made pita bread, stomped grapes and planted flowers.

It was a simple yet lovely holiday.

To see previous Tu Bishvat posts, click below.

 Tu Bishvat 2015

Tu Bishvat 2014

Tu Bishvat 2013


New Year’s Eve {2016}

Before kids hubby and I would celebrate with fancy dinners and attend countdown parties. These days we take our kids to potluck parties. Life has changed, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! Soon the kids will get older and will want to do things with their friends. For now I will just enjoy our family nights out.

This year we went to our friends house for a family NYE party.I brought this DELICIOUS Salsa Verde Chicken dish and some Costco Mac & Cheese.

We started the night with a quick lighting of the menorah for the 8th night of Chanukah.The kiddos played with toys while the grownups played Fibbage. Such a fun game!!Jacob didn’t last long. He got super cranky around 8:30 pm so hubby took him back home for bed.   Sarah and I stayed until 12:30 am. We are such party animals (and Snapchat fans)!! Thank you Nicole and family for the fun night!

Happy New Year friends! Here is to a healthy, happy and successful 2017!!

To see past New Year’s Eve post click below.

2015 // 2014 // 2013 // 2012

Chanukah {2016}

Chanukah is not a big holiday in our family (or in the Jewish religion). However hubby and I try to make it special with a few family traditions. Chanukah is 8 nights so to celebrate we light the menorah and opening a gift each night. This year it started in Christmas Eve and ended on New Years Eve.

Day #1

This year we started Chanukah with family over for brunch. I didn’t take any pics, but luckily my mother-in-law took a few.

I made Pumpkin French Toast Casserole, Oatmeal and Berry Casserole and Egg and Veggie Casserole.

We exchanged gifts and hung out for a bit before nap time.

Later that night, my friend Stacee and her son Brayden came over for dinner.

After dinner hubby took the kids and our guests on a holiday light scavenger hunt where they bumped into Olaf.Day #2

The next morning we started a new tradition by reading a Chanukah book at breakfast.We hung out in our Pj’s and I drank lot’s of coffee from my new favorite mug.We celebrated Chanukah that night in Chinatown.

Day #3

Sarah got to join us for Babycino where we celebrated with a little party. Later that day my college friend, Sivan and her fiance, were in the town so they came by to visit.Lighting the menorah every night was something the kids really looked forward to. They even asked if they could light it earlier several times through out the day.

Can you see Jacob’s hands on his eyes? Jacob got confused and thought we were lighting Shabbat candles. So cute!His turn to light his foam menorah.The gifts that night were their favorite! Sarah got a dog and a carrier while Jacob got a trash truck.Day #4

 For dinner I made our favorite Chanukah food, latkes. I set up a bar with different toppings and sauces and then everyone creates their own stack. We love it! Our current favorite is caprese style! Yum! Day #5

We attended our synagogue’s community celebration. They had arts and crafts for the kids, food, a juggler and lit the huge menorah.

Day #6

The kiddos wanted a picture with their menorahs.

Day #7

Day #8

We celebrated the 8th night at our friends house during a little NYE party.Happy holidays from my family to yours!

To see previous posts click below.

Chanukah 2015

Chanukah 2014

Chanukah 2013

Chanukah 2012

Christmas Day For A Jew {2016}

Christmas day for a Jew is as fun for a jew as it is for a non-Jew.

First, we have the day off so we spend the day with family and friends. Second, we see a movie. Third we eat (a lot).

After breakfast we decided we wanted to bake. Instead of a movie this year we hung out outside with the neighbors for most of the day.

Later in the afternoon we met up with mother-in-law in Chinatown for some traditional Chinese food. It seemed like most of LA thought it was a good idea as there was over an hour wait. We walked around a bit until it got to cold. I found this cute little tea shop and ordered a hot jasmine milk tea. Yummm!

  Silly kids were ready to go out and do some more exploring!We walked around until our number was called. Dinner was delicious as usual.I love our little traditions! 

Hope everyone had a nice holiday!

Check out previous Christmas Day for a Jew posts below.





Show & Tell Tuesday – Holiday Traditions

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

The theme this week is holiday traditions.

  One of my favorite holiday traditions is attending the Let It Snow event.

We’ve been going to this event from the very beginning.


2014: I was pregnant and miserable.


It’s on the pricey side, but it’s a magical evening!

We started the night off with a some pictures with the characters.

Next up was our favorite part, the family train ride!Walking around was lot’s of fun too. Jacob loved the snow fall every 15 minutes.  It was a cold night (low 40’s) so we were happy to do some cookie decorating indoors for a bit. We roasted marshmallows, made smores and drank hot cocoa.Later in the evening we walked downstairs to the faux ice skating rink. Sarah tried ice skating, but it was way to slippery for her.  We all put on some booties and danced along to the music. So fun!

We also like to drive around town looking for lights, ride the holiday Trolley, host a Chanukah brunch for friends and family and go ice skating outdoors.

To see past Show and Tell posts click below.

Holiday Decor

Want, need, read, and wear.


3 things

Home Tour

My Bag

My Tribe

Mix Tape

Best Gift




Happy Tuesday!

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