Category: Mamahood

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.

Summer Bucket List {2018}

Every summer Sarah and I come up with a list of fun things to do throughout the summer. This way when we have some open days in between camp and vacation days we can look at our list and do something fun. This year Jacob had a few ideas too. 

With lots of computer practice throughout the school year, Sarah decided she wanted to make her list on the computer this year.

Moxi Museum

Chumash Museum

Long Beach Aquarium

Sea Center in Santa Barbara

Kidspace Pasadena

Discovery Cube

Trolley ride to library

Make ice pops

Lemonade Stand

Splash Pad

Malibu Lagoons

Casitas Water Park

Ventura Aquatic Center

Natural History Museum

California Science Center

Ride the tram and picnic at the Getty Gardens

Summer family vacation

Concerts in the Park

Go to $1 movies

This is a much longer list then usual, but I really wanted to have all our ideas in one place. And if you are local, maybe this list can help you too.

Have anything fun and easy to add to our list? Please share below.

Happy summer!

See past lists below.

Summer Bucket List 2017

Summer Bucket List 2016

Summer Bucket List 2015

What’s Up Wednesday {May 2018}

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

What we’re eating this week…

Sunday through Wednesday – We were in Vegas so mama didn’t have to cook.

Thursday – Roasted chicken and veggies

Friday – Shabbat Club (once a month young families meet at our synagogue for dinner)

Saturday – Dinner at friends house

Sunday – Brinner/leftovers

What I’m reminiscing about…

Cutting Jacob’s hair for the first time at his birthday and haircut ceremony. I can’t believe we finally cut his hair!!

What I’m loving…

Jacob has been phasing out of naps. Even though this stay at home mama loves nap time, I’m kind loving not having to worry about being home for his nap time. My babies are growing up!

What we’ve been up to…

May was lot’s of fun! My mom came for visit in the beginning of the month, we celebrated Jacob’s 3rd birthday, I celebrated Mother’s day with a fun fulled day of activities, we attended 3 birthday parties, I went on a Motherhood Walk with my friend Eynav, we celebrated and baked cheesecake for Shavout, a Jewish holiday, sang karaoke for Cheryl’s, Sarah completed 1st grade, Jacob and I attended our last mommy and me, we said bye to my mother-in-law as she moved on to new adventures and ended the month with a family trip to Vegas. Phew! It was a busy month!

What I’m dreading…

Potty training!!! I know i’ve been talking about doing it a few times, but time never felt right. However with preschool starting in September he needs to be fully potty trained before he starts school so this mama has some work to do. Any tips? I dread this part of being a mama. What I’m working on…

Catching up on my blog life. I have a huge to do list and a several drafts. This summer I’m hoping to really focus on my blog.

What I’m excited about…

Summer concerts with the family. Aside from hanging by the pool most of the summer our family loves hanging out at the park, playing, bringing a picnic and hanging out while listening to music. What I’m watching/reading…

Sarah and I are back at it with watching our favorite baking competitions. This time we are watching Best Baker in America. So good!and I’m still watching my usual, Southern Charm and Real Housewives of NYC. CAN’T.GET.ENOUGH!

What I’m listening to…

Light by San Holo

What I’m wearing…

While we were in Vegas my sis and her fiance hung out with the kids one night so hubby and I can go one a date. I wore the comfiest moto leggings from here. What I’m doing this weekend…

We have plans to check out the Home Depot kids wood work program, pool time, dinner at a friend’s house, a couple of errands and a MNO.

What I’m looking forward to next month…

June is looking to be super busy! Sarah starts camp, we have 3 birthday parties to attend, hubby and I are attending a Gala, Father’s Day, Concerts in the Park, Palm Springs for Oshrat’s bachlorette, and then closing up the month with my sisters staying in Cali and staying with us for the week. Busy busy!

What else is new…

My friend Jen and I recently went to NYSNC’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star presentation. We had low expectations and just went for the adventure! So glad we did!! Not only did we have a great spot, we got to see JT!!

Question of the month is: What’s your favorite summer salad?

My favorite potluck salad: Chinese Chicken SaladThis amazing citrus salad.And this easy two item cous cous salad.Thanks for visiting! Happy Wednesday!

 

Jacob’s 1st Haircut

As the Jewish tradition goes we don’t cut a boy’s hair until 3 years old. The reasoning behind it is the Torah compares a man to a tree, whose fruit can’t be cut until it turns three. So after everyone got to snip his curls at his Lighting McQueen birthday party we took him the next day to get a proper haircut where daddy gets his haircuts.    He was so good! He sat down nicely and only moved around when the buzzer “tickled” him. Bye bye curls!They gave us this cute certificate and baggie where we saved his curl and will put a picture of him with his new haircut.

Next up was daddy’s turn!

My handsome boys!

I’m one lucky mama to have such handsome boys in my life!

What’s Up Wednesday {April 2018}

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

What we’re eating this week…

Monday – Schnitzel with sauteed peppers and mushrooms and corn on the cob. Tuesday – Burgers and roasted sweet potato fries.

Wednesday – Alpha burritos and salad. Thursday – Pizza

Friday – Shabbat Dinner

Saturday – Out

Sunday – Birthday party/out

What I’m reminiscing about…

Celebrating Sarah’s 7th birthday at Chuck E Cheese! She’s been talking about going into that ticket machine for years and because it was her party she was able to go in. What I’m loving…

The other night I went out with some friends. We ended the night with pizookie and all I keep thinking about is how I want to go back. Yum!!What we’ve been up to…

We recently had a neighborhood garage sale. Sarah made more money on lemonade then I did trying to sell our things. I’m just not at selling things for cheap. I just rather donate it all. ;)What I’m dreading…

Nothing, but how true is this!

What I’m working on…

Jacob’s 3rd birthday party and haircut ceremony! We’ve ordered cake, catering, decorations and a jumpy. Hope it all turns out well!What I’m excited about…

I took these sweet pictures the other day as I really want to capture this time. Hanging out with my little guy is just so much fun. He is just so sweet and a big ball of love. What I’m watching/reading…

Southern Charm….LOVE THIS SHOW! I’d love to be a southern belle but I couldn’t deal with the humidity.

Housewives of Beverly Hills…just finished and so far the reunion show has been amazing. Housewives of NYC…these girls are DRAMA! Dorinda cracks me up and I often think the rest are just crazy. What I’m listening to…

My friend bought us tickets to see Dierks Bentley in the fall so I’ve been listening to his music from time to time. My current fav is Black. What I’m wearing…

I got this fun bracelet set from Target the other day. It has a few of my favorite colors and went really well with my komono.

What I’m doing this weekend…

My MIL is taking the kids to her house for the first their first sleepover at grandmas! Hubby and I are so excited we don’t even have any plans. We are just so excited to have a little staycation. What I’m looking forward to next month…

Sarah’s last day of school, meeting up with Osh and Matt in Vegas, cinco de mayo and Mother’s day!

What else is new…

Party planning is no joke! My house is covered in amazon packages, bags from stores and random party items all piled up ready for next weeks party! Ahhh! I can’t believe we are going to cut his hair! Question of the month is: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MOTHER’S DAY GIFT TO GIVE?
My mama loves flowers so I normally send flowers to her office. If I lived in town I’d probably take her out for brunch and just spend the day with her.

Me and my mama at my sister G’s wedding.Happy Wednesday!

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