Category: Mamahood

First Day of School {2018}

This year (and for the FIRST time ever), both kids go to school. Sarah is in 2nd grade and Jacob is in his first year of preschool. Sarah goes everyday while Jacob only goes 3 times a week for 4 hours a day. With our new schedule I’ve been concentrating on all things home (like catching up on laundry, food shopping while the kids are in school, home projects, etc). I’ve also decided that with ALL this time I should volunteer in Sarah’s class. Then volunteering turned into being the 2nd grade room mom. I also decided with all the this time, I’d join the PTA. And because I have SO MUCH extra time this year I am now the fundraiser chair for Bingo Night. Ummm ya, I’m crazy. In the mean time I’ve taken a break from blogging. But now that we are 2 months into the school year I can focus on my little blog again.

Before school starts we have a few traditions we do every year.

  1. After we get their school supplies list we get them a backpack.

Sarah is into all things rainbow and flippy so while out one day I saw this backpack and just had to grab it for her. Luckily she liked it! Sarah gets a new lunch box every other year, but this year the backpack came with an attached lunchbox.

Jacob is still using his mommy and me set (he got from aunt Pam) since they requested small backpacks and he really didn’t need a new one. Additionally Jacob has a snack bag he decorated during open house last week.

2. The eve before their first day of school I make a bid deal about going to school. We talk about how to have courage and be kind. I remind Sarah that we go to school to learn and time for friends is at lunch or for after school. After our little pep talk we eat dinner together. I ask each kid what they want to eat prior so they feel extra special. I also decorate the dining room a little bit. Sarah loves breakfast (a girl after my own heart) so she got brinner.

Jacob wanted mac & cheese (figures). He also wanted to help me set “his” table.

3. We took our traditional first day of school photos with the sign I printed from here.

Sarah, age 7
Jacob, age 3

Hoping both kiddos do well in school and be kind to others.

See past First Day of School posts here:

First Day of School 2017

First Day of School 2016

First Day of School 2015

First Day of School 2014

First Day of School 2013

First Day of School 2012


What’s Up Wednesday {August 2018}

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

What we’re eating this week…

This week is Sukkot, the Jewish holiday where we eat outside. So this year we made a little sukkah for the kiddos.

What I’m reminiscing about…

Watching my best friend get married to her awesome guy! Can’t wait to see the professional pics.

What I’m loving…

It’s been cooling down! The other day it was 58 degrees when I took the kids to school.

What we’ve been up to…

Last weekend was super busy! We went to the Hollywood Bowl for the Sound Of Music sing a long, Jacob had his first t ball game, and we celebrated sukkot by dressing up like superheroes.

What I’m dreading…

Flu season! Eek between Sarah’s bad ears and no family help, it gets hard.

What I’m working on…

With both kids in school now, I have all this free time. I joined the Bingo committee at Sarah’s school and then the next thing I know I’m the committee chair. I’m also the class room mom and I volunteer in the kids classes. Next year I’ll learn to scale down.

What I’m excited about…

My sister, Oshrat is coming this weekend! Yes it’s only been 3 weeks since I last saw her, but she missed me so much that she’s coming for some fall fun this weekend! See her last fall visit here.

What I’m watching/reading…

Hi, my name is Sharon and I am a Reality TV junkie. Here’s what I’m currently watching.

As for books I’m currently reading Reese Witherspoon’s Whiskey in a Teacup. I’m loving it so far!

What I’m listening to…

A few friends and I are going to see Dierks Bentley’s concert next month so I’ve been listening to his music recently. My favorite song is Black.

What I’m wearing…

My home tee. I miss my family in Florida.

What I’m doing this weekend…

We have plans to go to the banana festival, taking Osh to goat yoga, dinner with Oshrat’s friends, Jacob’s baseball game, a birthday party and some sight seeing. 

What I’m looking forward to next month…

Celebrating 10 years with guy!

What else is new…

I’m loving these microwaveable pancakes by Kodiak Cakes. I like the cinnamon and maple flavor.

Question of the month is: what is your favorite way to eat or drink pumpkin?

Seriously though! I love and eat as much pumpkin as possible in October and November!

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday Talk: Routines

Today is Tuesday Talk where once a month, I link up with Ashley and Erika who host this fun little blog link up.  Every month, we chit chat about anything and everything. Today’s topic is School Routines, but after talking to my friend Whitney I realized that I should share my routine for the whole day.

7:15 am Sarah’s OK to Wake! clock turns on. She gets dressed and does her hair (she’s currently into brushing her hair and spraying a detangler and putting on some accessory in the mornings).

7:30 am My alarm goes off, hubby wakes up Jacob and we all head downstairs.

Hubby get breakfast started while I complete their lunches (I make most of it the night before). I unload dishwasher and then meet kids in car.

8:00 am Out of the house (still in my pj’s) and off to school.

8:20 am Back home and ready for a cup of coffee.

8:30 am Jacob and I watch a show. I check email and social media.

9:30 am We go upstairs, get dressed and get ready for the day. 

10:00 am I make breakfast or meet a friend for breakfast.

10:30 am Adventure with Jacob (library, play date, play place, etc)

12:30 pm Lunch

1ish Back home for nap

1:30 I plan dinner, clean up toys, do a load of wash, email/blog, and/or watch show.

2:45 pm Pick up Sarah

3:00 pm Homework, snack, go through backpack.

4:00 pm Outside play with neighbors

5:00 pm Start dinner prep. Kids watch show or play independently.

6:00 pm Dinner with the family

6:45 pm If we have time and the weather is nice we take a walk around the neighborhood. In the fall we feed the neighborhood bunnies our leftover veggies.

7:00 pm Bath and books

7:30 pm Books, prayer, Jacob goes to bed

8:00 pm Sarah reads (part of homework), prayers and Sarah goes to bed

8:30 pm and on Clean up kitchen, make lunch, hubby time, blog, etc.

A few notes: If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will realize we are not morning people. So we rather sleep an extra 30 minutes then hang out in the am.

I don’t have a bunch of alarms that go off all day. This routine is simply a timeline for when we do things. Kids get sick, we have a school event, sports, family is in town or a kid doesn’t nap. Life happens and we just roll with it, but this way we know what to expect.

What does your routine look like? What do you do differently? I’d love to know. Please comment below.

Friday Favorites

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

ONE

Now that I will have more time with both kids in school I decided I should join the PTA in Sarah’ school. Since Jacob is still home with me I took him to my first meeting. He did so well! I was once again reminded why I love being home with him. He’s just the sweetest. He colored, ate snacks, and just hung out with me.

TWO

And because I have all this time now I decided to volunteer in Sarah’s class once a week and even agreed to be her Room Parent. #WHYCANTIJUSTCHILL

THREE

Jacob and I went on a brunch date with his friend Dawson this week. We sat at a super cute cafe that overlooks a small airplane runway. The boys were in heaven!!

FOUR

I heard this quote the other day and automatically saved it. This quote totally reads to me.

FIVE

This week we also signed up for Girl Scouts. Because again we aren’t busy over here. #ITHINKIVELOSTMYMIND

Happy Friday, friends!

Summer Recap {2018}

With Sarah back to school, I have been having major summer withdrawals. The lazy mornings, the fun adventures and the kids sun kissed cheeks. I miss it! In no particular order, here is our top TEN.

TRIPS

Back when I only had Sarah my moms group put together a Camp Mommy for the summer. Thursdays became Trip Thursdays. In spirit of that summer we spent most of our Thursdays going on adventures and checking things off on our summer bucket list.

Casitas Water Adventure

Ventura Aquatic Center

California Science Center

Watermelon Festival

American Girl Cafe

La Brea Tar Pits

BASEBALL

Every summer we pick a date where the whole family goes to see our favorite baseball team, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

HOLIDAYS

Every summer we celebrate 4 holidays/occasions. Shavout, 4th of July, 7/11 day and hubby’s birthday.

TRAVEL

We like to take at least one vacation every summer and this year we drove to Las Vegas.

And I took a couple of solo trips to Palm Springs for my sister’s bachlorette and to Florida for my sister’s bridal shower.

WATER

What’s summer without the beach, pool and splash pad. We had lot’s of fun days playing in the water.

CAMP

Sarah attended 5 camps this summer! Growing up I went to one summer camp all summer long and went to that camp for most of my childhood. In So Cal it’s common to attend multiple camps on different days. So that’s what Miss Sarah did. Three were scheduled with friends and two were with friends she had met at school.

She also did 2 camp sleepovers! My girl is so brave!

And the cherry on top was when BOTH kids went to camp at the same time for TWO days! It was glorious and a great glimpse into how things will be in the fall when Jacob goes to preschool.

MOVIES

When it got too hot to play outside, we opted for some air condition locations and took the kids to the movies. We saw Incredibles 2, Hotel Transylvania 3 and a couple $1 old kids movies with friends.


SUMMER CONCERTS

One of our favorite summer activities are the summer concerts! The easy breezy picnic dinners, the music and the gathering of friends is truly one of my favorite things living in So Cal.

KIDS

Not only have we been having a busy summer, but our kids have been having some major milestones! Before our summer got hectic, we carved out 3 days and began potty training Jacob. I’m glad we waited until he was  3 years old because it’s been so EASY. Little man was ready and fully understood the concept.

Sarah lost her 8th tooth! She got a nice visit from the tooth fairy.

DATE NIGHTS

This was the summer of date nights. Now that we have a babysitter we love and trust we have been making a big effort to go out on dates. Its been really lovely! We even recently discussed going away for the weekend.

Bye, bye summer! We will miss you!

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.

With school starting next week I got Sarah a set of Snack Box Food Containers with 4 compartments. Hoping the days she doesn’t want a sandwich this will be a good substitution for a heavier snack meal.

Anybody into Packing Cubes? I got a set for our trip To Florida later this month. A few of my friends suggested this and I’m hoping it helps keep my kids things organized.

My family loves a game we can all play together and this Let’s Go Fishing game is so much fun!

Sarah can be outside all day if she could. She loves going from riding her bike to playing with chalk to jumping rope. This Soft Bead Jumping Rope is her favorite.

I was looking for a casual dress for the summer, but couldn’t find what I was looking for in the stores. I came across this Cold Shoulder Swing Dress and couldn’t be happier! It’s become my summer staple! Perfect day and even night dress for a summer event.

Here I am wearing the dress at the 4th of July Parade.

While planning my sisters Bachella I got these Tribe Tattoos to put in the girls bags. They were a fun and added nice touch to her theme.

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.

Lice

Sarah recently came home with the dreaded letter. They have LICE IN CAMP!!!

Throw up, sucking snot from that strange looking tube, and a poopy mess is all doable for me, but nothing grosses me more then little bugs in my kids hair.

Yup, you read it right, we too were plagued with lice in the past. Sarah was in kindergarten and only a few months into a new school when I got the call, “Sarah has lice”. It was horrible, disgusting and really difficult. After I bombed her scalp and combed through Sarah’s thick and curly hair for what feels like forever, we sent her to school lice free. Turns out I left eggs in her hair and in one nights sleep those little suckers hatched into lice. I once again got the call, “she has lice.”  UGHHHH! What was I suppose to do? Buy more of that poison, go through her hair AGAIN all while she’s screaming from the burning sensation while I try to keep myself from throwing up. No thanks! I did a quick search and came up with the perfect solution.

I called My Hair Helpers and within two hours Amy showed up at my door.  

She gave me some advice, taught me some tricks and best of all she got rid of Sarah’s lice!!! I am forever grateful for her.

Here’s what we did.

Step 1: Fill a spray bottle with 1/3 conditioner and 2/3 water. Spray throughout hair.

Step 2: Comb throughout hair. Get rid of as much lice as you can.

Step 3: Use Amy’s natural lice removal mousse.

Step 4: Rinse hair.

Step 5: Braid hair and use my mint spray daily to avoid any more lice. 

Thank you Amy for all your help! I really couldn’t have done it without you. 

Looking for Hair Helpers in your area? Check it out here.Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. Just a mama sharing something that works.

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