Category: Mamahood

Amazon Gift Guide

We are big Amazon fans in our house. From diapers delivered to my door to streaming movies on my TV, Amazon has it all. Here’s some of our current favorites.

Favorite Movies

We love getting together with the kiddos and watching a movie together. Thanks to some really great writing, animated movies now have both something for kids and adults to enjoy! Here is our current favorites.

Favorite Toys

We love our Amazon Alexa so much that Sarah is getting her own one for her room. We use it as a timer for when Sarah does her daily 20 minutes reading for school. We like to check the weather in the mornings and we also like to play the guessing game. Now there’s a kid version and I think Sarah is going to be thrilled!

We also like to play lot’s of games.

And a few more favorites…

Bath toys / cutie car / Shopkins / LOL / Cars 3 / UPS Truck

Sharon’s Favorites

At first I thought it was silly buying clothes off of Amazon, but with their easy return policy and great prices, I decided to check it out! I’m obsessed!!! Here are some of my favorites.

Maroon dress / rust sweater / green dress / grey shirt / green shirt / stripe

Kitchen Favorites

I love a good kitchen gadget! They make life easier and sometimes the color makes things more fun.

Disclaimer: Some of these links are affiliate links. Thank you so much for supporting my blog.

Oil Spray / Chop Stir / Knives / Tongs / Whisks

What’s Up Wednesday {November 2018}

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

What we’re eating this week…

My kids are big fans of pancakes, but sometimes due to time and busy mornings that’s just not possible. I’m a big fan of the brand Kodiak Cakes so when I was saw they had microwaveable pancakes cups, I was sold. Yum! This stuff is so good!

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day! A cup of hot coffee and some kind of egg dish is my perfect pair. A few years ago hubby made this breakfast for me and I’ve been hooked ever since. Some people call it egg in a basket, egg in a hole, or even one eyed jack. Whatever it’s called it’s my current fav!

What I’m reminiscing about…

Spending the weekend with love for our 10 year anniversary!

What I’m loving…

Target’s new feature Drive Up! Do you have it in your town? I love it! You order your items on your app. Then they send you a message 2 hours later (mine was only 1.5 hours later) that’s is ready to be picked up and tada, you drive up, click on I’m here on your app and THEY WALK OUT TO YOUR CAR AND HAND YOU YOUR BAG!!!! No more over spending, or taking a cranky toddler or a daughter that always wants to “look” at the Bullseye section! It’s been amazing! I highly recommend it.

What we’ve been up to…

The Woolsey fires hit really hard in our town! Jacob’s school is still not operable, A few of Sarah’s classmates and teachers lost their home. After 2.5 weeks Sarah returned to school where she received sweet messages from her teacher and principal.

What I’m dreading…

Nada!

What I’m working on…

Cleaning out my home! Yes, I always say this, but if I don’t toss/donate/sell things every few weeks my home gets cluttered and that drives me crazy!

What I’m excited about…

Seeing snow! We are planning our annual snow day trip to Lake Arrowhead. Here we are last year at Mt Frazier.

What I’m watching/reading…

I had a little cold last week so I took some time during the weekend to recharge. I grabbed Reese Witherspoon’s new book, some hot tea and box of tissues.

What I’m listening to…

My friend Sarah has the funniest Podcast called, LA Chicks. I’ve been listening to it while cooking dinner. So fun!

What I’m wearing…

Lot’s of GREEN! I wore the color green 3 different ways while on my anniversary trip.

What I’m doing this weekend…

Celebrating Chanukah! It starts on Sunday and I can’t wait!! I love seeing the holiday joy through my kids eyes. We also have a birthday party, my aunt Aline’s birthday, a synagogue event, taking the kids to the zoo and a friends Chanukah party to attend. Phew! It’s going to be a busy one.

What I’m looking forward to next month…

My birthday! I turn 37!! I’m so thankful to have my health, my family and loved ones in my life.

What else is new…

Someone recently asked me my what my hobbies were. I looked at them and totally blanked. Ummm other then nap time and bed time, I don’t have time to my self. Then I saw this and new I had to share it.

Question of the month is: What is your favorite Elf on the Shelf trick? 

Well since we don’t celebrate Christmas or have an Elf on the Shelf I thought I’d share my favorite candle instead. I usually get my candles from Bath and Body Works, but after the super strong fall candles we got I decided to look for something that wasn’t so strong. I found this cinnamon and nutmeg candle at Homegoods the other day and just love it!

Happy Wednesday!

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!

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