Category: Mamahood

What’s Up Wednesday {May 2019}

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

What we’re eating this week…

I made 2 delicious recipes this week!

Baked Ziti by The Cookie Rookie – This ooey, gooey, creamy dish was a family crowd pleaser.

Taco Pasta by Damn Delicious – It was flavorful, fulfilling and was all made in one pot! Glorious!

What I’m reminiscing about…

Sarah just completed her 2nd grade of school which has me reminiscing the first time she went to school. Look how little she was!!!

Here she is first day of 2nd grade vs last day of 2nd grade.

What I’m loving…

Summer concerts have started! One of my favorite things to do in the summer. This past weekend we met up with friends for a Memorial Day concert at the park.

What we’ve been up to…

It’s garden time! we are a bit late this year, but we got our plants a few days ago and are ready for some yummy summer crop.

What I’m dreading…

My nephews growing up without me seeing them everyday. Living far from family is hard stuff!

What I’m working on…

Sarah says she wants to bake on a kids baking show (our favorite) so to prepare her she made chocolate chip cookies from ALL BY HERSELF FROM SCRATCH. So proud of her!

What I’m excited about…

I got to go on my 1st class trip with Sarah. Having a baby brother with no family around I was never able to join Sarah. Thankfully this year he goes to preschool so mama got to hangout at the Zoo. We even got to feed the giraffe!!

What I’m watching/reading…

Does anybody watch Good Girls? The ending was not predictable at all! Ps I love Rio & Beth together!

What I’m listening to…

I was recently asked to guest co-host on Official LA Chicks podcast. You can listen to my episode here.

What I’m wearing…

It’s been crazy weather over here. One day it’s winter and raining and the next day it’s summer and we are in the pool. Crazy stuff over here!

What I’m doing this weekend…

Lot’s of fun stuff planned: school Shabbat dinner, drive in movie with the kiddos, a baking class and a beach day.

What I’m looking forward to next month…

Our summer trip to Vegas. I know, I know it’s weird to think about taking kids to Vegas but if you’ve been reading for a while you know we find non-Vegas things for the family to do while we are in Vegas.

What else is new…

We recently went to an Israel festival and I got to ride a camel! Eek so exciting! Which reminds me I need to blog about that.

Happy Wednesday!

Aladdin (2019)

When I was 10 years old a movie about a middle eastern princess came out. I was in awe! She had dark hair, a dark complexion and big almond shaped eyes. Finally a princess that looked like me! Growing up as an Israeli-American young girl I didn’t look like the other princess with their blond hair and blue eyes. Sure Belle had dark features, but she was still white. So when Aladdin came out and introduced us to Princess Jasmine I felt at home.

(Google images)

Fast forward to Spring 2019 when my daughters drama club picked Aladdin as their play for the season, I was super excited. Sure my daughter doesn’t fit the Aladdin mold with her blond hair and green eyes, but she made a great street beggar. I was so proud of her! And I loved getting that feeling I got when I saw Aladdin for the first time.

Shortly after her play, Aladdin the live-action movie started coming out with their promos.

It looked a bit different, but both hubby and the kiddos were super excited for the movie to come to theaters. 24 hours after it was released we grabbed the kiddos and went out to the movies for family night out.

It was a beautiful movie! The music, Will Smith’s version of Genie, the colors, and even Jasmine’s new song, it was all really lovely!

However being that Aladdin was the only Disney film that looked like my people, I was disappointed with all the Indian influences. I have nothing against the Indian culture, but what happened to all the Middle Eastern clothing, the accents, and dancing? I just felt like the movie shifted a bit.

My favorite part of Aladdin 2019 vs 1992 was Jasmine’s role. Spoiler Alert: Instead of Jasmine looking for a husband she is now advising her father on what they should do and how the people of Agrabah should be treated. Additionally she becomes the first female Sultan AND then gets married to Aladdin. My kind of woman!

Thank you Aladdin for making this girl feel like a princess and thank you Alan Menken for giving Jasmine a voice. See Jasmine’s new song Speechless below.

Anybody else see the movie? What did you think?

Jacob is 4!

Our baby boy is 4 years old!

He is sweet, kind, playful, but shy, loving and all around the a great kid!

He is quiet and rather just sit on my lap and people watch. He his happiest when his family is around. He likes to play on the ground with his toys, but after about 30 minutes he comes looking for you. He doesn’t want to bother or disappoint you (gets very embarrassed and shutdowns even if he thinks you might not be happy with him) he just wants to love on you and give you the best hugs and kisses possible. He is such a sweet love!

Jacob started preschool this year. He goes 3 times a week until 1 pm.

He also goes to gymnastics once a week. He’s small for his age, but he’s also strong.

For his birthday this year he asked for a “fire bunny birthday party”. So for his annual pictures, he got his wish!

But between being burnt out on birthday parties and the kids birthday so close together (they are 11 days apart) we opted for a birthday trip instead.

Don’t worry we still celebrated his birthday and got to blow out his candle several times, 5 times to be exact.

For school, J and I baked fire bunny cupcakes for his classmates.

Our sweet friends had us over for dinner one night and when she heard it was a few days away from Jacob’s birthday, she bought him a cake. Thank you Neda! That was so sweet and thoughtful!

At home, we celebrated with our traditional birthday breakfast, doughnuts.

On his birth day we went out to dinner where he picked to go to Chilli’s.

We concluded the celebration at Legoland with his final wish!

I like to “interview” the kiddos for their birthday. Here is what Jacob said.

Favorite color: Green

Favorite show: Paw Patrol and Super Wings

Favorite sweat treat: chocolate ice cream

Favorite vegetable: carrots

Favorite things to eat: mac & cheese and chocolate waffles

Favorite activity to do outside: scooter and play with Dawson

Favorite activity to do inside: Play with Lego and Cars figurines

Happy 4th birthday to our little man!

See past celebrations below.

0-3 months // 3-6 months // 6-9 months // 9-12 months // 18 months

Jacob is 2!

Jacob is 3!

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.

Every night after the kiddos go to bed, I clean my kitchen counters and sink, but when it comes to the end of the day I can care less about my floors. Hubby suggested that maybe it was time for one one of those vacuum robots. We looked into the Roomba, but after reading a few reviews it looked like the Deebot was just as good for a THIRD of the price! We have had it for only a few weeks now, but I’m a huge fan!!

Sarah’s school has a few pick up spots so depending on the weather I change where I park. Since we have no interest in (ever…ha ha) getting her a phone we got her Kids Smart Watch Phone. We can call her, text her and track her location. It’s been really helpful!

I’m a big fan of wearing slippers! I have warmer slippers for the fall/winter and a an open toe for the spring/summer. These Women’s Memory Foam Open Toe Slide Slippers are super cute! The neutral grey and the super cute bow. Plus they are really comfortable!

My sweet hubby makes a hot breakfast for the kiddos almost every morning (mama doesn’t have time for that). He likes cooking eggs with butter so I got him this Good Grips Butter Dish. It works well! It has a non grip bottom and measurements right on the dish.

My parents got this UPS pullback truck for Jacob’s birthday and he is obsessed! It’s no surprise he’s a fan of the big brown truck since it normally drops off our Amazon packages.

Sarah has to ready every night for 20 minutes as part of her homework. She loves rainbows and fairies so it wasn’t a big surprise when she started reading Rainbow Magic: Fun Day Fairies books. So for her birthday I found a book called Sarah the Sunday Fairy. She was super excited!!

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.

See previous list below:

Amazon Favorites

Sarah is 8!

This past week, Sarah turned 8.

Sarah is silly, smart, observant and inquisitive. Sarah loves playing outside and going on adventures. She’s very curious about the world, but only wants to be in small groups of friends. She still loves riding her bike, with smudgy glasses and muddy hands and shoes. However some days it feels like we have a teenager living in our house. Eek!

Sarah really enjoys going on one-on-one time with me. She likes to escape with me on a Target trip or get a sweet treat at Starbucks. My kind of girl!

Sarah loves making things with recycled material. She brings lot’s of beautiful “art” pieces home from school.

If she’s not playing outside with her bestie, Jules, you can find her in her room playing with her creations. She likes slime, water beads and drawing dolls in her journals.

Instead of a party this year we took the kiddos on a birthday trip to Legoland. She was most excited about the LEGO Friends section.

As our tradition goes we asked Sarah for a few of her favorite things. Here is what she said.

Favorite color: pink, purple and black

Favorite Movie: Descendants

Favorite Show: Any baking shows

Favorite sweat treat: brownies, cookies and ice cream

Favorite food: sushi

Favorite vegetable: roasted cabbage

Favorite fruit: Apples and plums

Favorite activity to do outside: Ride my bike with my neighbor Jules

Favorite activity to do inside: Play Roblox on the computer and LEGOS.

Happy 8th birthday to my girl! Have courage and be kind.

To see previous birthdays click below.

Sarah turns 1!

Sarah turns 2!

Sarah turns 3!

Sarah turns 4!

Sarah turns 5!

Sarah turns 6!

Sarah turns 7!

What’s Up Wednesday {March 2019}

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

What we’re eating this week…

My lazy go to meal when I’m not feeling creative in the kitchen is roasted chicken and potatoes. I always have both on hand and frequently reach for this “recipe” when I’m just trying to feed my family. Luckily we all like this dish so it’s a family go-to.

I saw a cold pasta dish at Trader Joe’s the other day and decided to make a warm version. I boiled pasta according to the box and added TJ’s green veggie mix into the wok. Voila! Ps no one other then me ate it. Womp womp.

We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a green board and a make your own fruit kabobs.

What I’m reminiscing about…

We recently had a St. Patricks’s Day potluck party in the neighborhood! We had a great turnout and lot’s of yummy food. We even made a little photo wall. So very thankful for my neighborhood.

What I’m loving…

My sister gave birth to a healthy and beautiful baby boy! The last time I saw Osh she was still pregnant. I can’t wait to meet my new nephew!!

What we’ve been up to…

We recently celebrated the Jewish holiday called, Purim. It’s a mixture of Halloween (we wear costumes) and Easter (we give out baskets to family and friends. Every year I like to do a theme. This year we chose ocean. Hubby and I were lifeguards, Sarah was a mermaid and Jacob was a shark.

Our mishloach manot aka baskets were also ocean themed. We had sea weed, gummy fish, blue Gatorade, shark candy, sea shells, lei and of coarse the Purim dessert, hamentashen cookies.

What I’m dreading…

The 110 temps this summer. I’m not a fan of the heat.

What I’m working on…

Our summer break plans. We are going to do a few summer camps, mini vacations and work on the house. It’s going to be a busy summer!

What I’m excited about…

We bought our townhouse recently. I can’t wait to change EVERYTHING and make it our own.

What I’m watching/reading…

What I’m listening to…

What I’m wearing…

I recently got this rain jacket in olive. It’s come in handy during all this So Cal rain. It’s lightweight, waterproof, has a hood and the color is my favorite. I love it!

What I’m doing this weekend…

Going to Legoland! Instead of birthday parties this year we opted for a vacation instead. So in between Sarah’s birthday and Jacob’s we are taking the kids for their first trip to Legoland.

What I’m looking forward to next month…

Spring Break in Florida! Can’t wait to see my nephews and my family.

What else is new…

This month we celebrated Sarah’s 8th birthday and next month is Jacob’s birthday! Can’t wait!

Question of the month is: What’s your favorite Easter Passover side dish?

It’s no much a side dish, but we had lot’s of fun using this kit last year.

Happy Wednesday

10 on 10 {February 2019}

Documenting 10 pictures on the 10th day of the month. Here is a peek into our day!


I’m so thankful to my sweet hubby for hanging out with the kids on weekend mornings so that I could sleep in. I finally peeled my self out of bed and made breakfast. Breakfast was a bagel, cream cheese and hard boiled egg with coffee.


I unloaded the dishwasher and loaded it back again and went over to the couch and snuggled up to watch kids baking championship. We love this show!


I wrapped a few birthday gifts for the weekend. I love a fun pattern!


I started my least favorite household thing, laundry. Ugh!


I got dressed for the day and did my hair. My wet brush is a must to tame this beast. Plus my kids love theirs too


I popped over to Sarah’s room. She was playing with her water beads set.


Birthday party for Miss Aubrey. Her decor was the cutest!


Back home and in Pj’s. Hubby made dinner and we watched The Titan Games on the couch. After the kids went to bed, I passed out. I wasn’t feeling too well.

See past 10 on 10 posts below.


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