Category: Mamahood

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!

Jacob is 3!

My little man is 3 years old! He’s sweet, gentle, kind, likes playing with anything with wheels and gives the best hugs! Randomly through out the day he will run up to us to tell us he loves us and then gives us a kiss. He is just the sweetest little toddler!

Anytime daddy fixes something around the house, Jacob can be found running to his own set of tools to do “working” with daddy. Watching hubby work on his car is also his favorite.He’s a mamas boy! He rather play on me then play on the floor, snuggle with me then sit alone on the couch and all around a big love.

Bis Sis: He’s a big fan of Sarah! He’s loves playing “samily” (family) with her and doesn’t mind when she dresses him. He tries to do what Sarah is doing. If she’s on her bike, he wants to be on his bike, if she’s on her scooter, he wants to be on his scooter, etc… However when Sarah is playing in her room she’s not his biggest fan. Therefore he likes to go in her room while she’s at school and play with her Shopkins. Weight: 28 lbs Height: 3′ 0.8″

Clothing Size: Just this month he outgrew 18-24 month clothes due to length. 2t fits him well now. He’s tiny, but mighty!

Diaper Size: Size 5, but planning on potty training him this month.

Food: Jacob loves drinking milk! He goes into the fridge several times a day to get his sippy cup of milk. Jacob has always eaten smaller portions. He prefers eating 1-2 meals a day. Doc said it’s ok as long as he’s growing. He loves “brown side chicken” aka shnitzel, broccoli, granola bars and ice pops.

Sleeping: Jacob still naps once a day for 2-3 hours. He wakes up around 7:30 am. He falls asleep most days in the car due to big sister, Sarah‘s schedule. And I just about melt every time I see those long lashes on his cheeks. Luckily Jacob can be transferred into his crib and even the stroller if we are not ready to go home.

Milestones: Jacob has recently learned how to ride a bike. So we got him a Lighting McQueen bike for his birthday!Likes: Lighting McQueen, Thomas the Train, Super Wings and Poli. He loves making his vehicles talk to each other.

Dislikes: He still doesn’t like bugs or animals. He’s not scared, he’s just not drawn to them like big sis is. He also doesn’t like when his hands are dirty and asks for a wipe right away. He was little sad in this picture when the wipe wasn’t doing the trick. School/Classes: Jacob and I go twice a week to mommy and me. He also does gymnastics once a week and swim lessons start later this month. Here are a few of our favorite pictures of Jacob at this age. He’s not a fan of the man bun, but this mama swoons when I can get him to wear one.

Happy 3rd birthday my love! Thank you for your big heart and your warm hugs!

See past celebrations below.

0-3 months // 3-6 months // 6-9 months // 9-12 months // 18 months // 2 years old

Sarah turns 7!

This past week our girl turned 7!She is spunky, silly, messy, inquisitive, loves the outdoors and has the sweetest laugh. She likes to lead her friends and has no problem laughing at her mistakes. She is the first one to try something and the last one to do it because she doesn’t want it to end. She likes finding “friends” in the dirt and bringing them inside to show me. Riding her bike, with smudgy glasses and dirty hands and shoes is living her best life.Sarah and I used to have a deal were she was able to dress herself for school and I would dress her on the weekends. Well the weekends have been more and more about what she wants to wear and less about my choices. We call her outfits Sarah Style. She prefers flowy dresses, layers, jewelry (especially chokers) and big bows or headbands. It’s cute most of the time, but then are days that she looks like a hot mess. Recently she’s been telling me she wants to be a fashion designer one day so she can “dress herself all the time”. She even drew this outfit for me one day. Dream big my love!Sarah loves the idea of make up and can often be found fully covered in it. For example she recently went to a party where she did her own “make up”.She doesn’t love to sit down for homework, but does well in school. She has recently been reading chapter books and hearing her read is just so beautiful. Sarah has a lot of friends in class and is constantly asking to make play dates.

Sarah loves to draw and can often be found doodling.Sarah is our flower child. I’m convinced she was a hippie in her past life. She likes living in her owe pace, with her bug friends outside under the sun. Schedules and commitments are not her thing. She started numerous classes this year and then gave up after only a few weeks. She wants to be a free bird, which makes me worried for her teen years.

Sarah loves her brother, but only in small doses. She loves reading to him and playing with him, but when we tries to touch her figurines she’s over him.6 years old was hard, but I’m hopeful our bond will be even more stronger at age 7 and that she will always want to dress like twins.As our tradition goes we asked Sarah for a few of her favorite things. Here is what she said.

Favorite color: pink and purple

Favorite show: My Little Pony and Care Bears

Favorite sweat treat: Kinder eggs

Favorite food: Mac & cheese and sushi

Favorite vegetable: Avocado

Favorite fruit: Blackberries (girl can finish a container in one sitting!)

Favorite activity to do outside: Ride my bike with my friends and look for bugs

Favorite activity to do inside: Watch a show on the iPad, play with Shopkins and LOL dolls.

Happy 7th birthday my sweet love! 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!

What’s Up Wednesday {March 2018}

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

What we’re eating this week…

Monday – Out for Sarah’s birthday dinner. I love my sushi loving girl!Tuesday – Chicken Parmesan with out the parm. Wednesday – With Passover in a few days we thought we would put our Groupon to good use and eat all the carbs.

Thursday – Out/School event

Friday & Saturday – Passover Seder

What I’m reminiscing about…

The time my kids were born! With both of them born in the Spring and only a week apart I get very nostalgic in March. What I’m loving…

I’m the kind of mom that enjoys it when my kids are on break. The lazy mornings, the break in our schedules and alarms, and all the extra fun we have being together. So far I’ve taken Jacob to the farm with friends hosted a play date and hiked with friends. Sarah starts her Spring Break this Friday.What we’ve been up to…

We just celebrated Sarah’s 7th birthday. We had a little party for her at Chuck E Cheese and then took her to sushi for her birthday dinner.

What I’m dreading…

Potty training Jacob!!! Ugh my worst parenting task. What I’m working on…

Planning Jacob’s 3rd birthday and hair cut ceremony. He wants a Lighting McQueen birthday party.What I’m excited about…

Going to Las Vegas for Memorial Day weekend. Ahh no cooking, no cleaning, lot’s of yummy food, laying by the pool…ahhh bliss!What I’m watching/reading…

What I’m listening to…

Flames by David Guetta and Sia

What I’m wearing…

It’s been warm this week so I’m in short sleeve shirts.

What I’m doing this weekend…

It’s Passover on Friday so we will be attending and hosting dinners. See what we did last year here.

What I’m looking forward to next month…

My mama is coming to town! She’s coming for Jacob’s hair cut ceremony and I can’t wait to hang out with her! The last time she was here was when she came to visit with my dad in 2016!

What else is new…

I’m working on closing all of my rings on my iWatch. It’s much easier on yoga days.Question of the month is: What’s your favorite Easter Passover tradition? Spending time with family and friends.Happy Wednesday!

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