Category: Mamahood

Scarf Exchange {2017}

Last week my moms group got together for our annual Scarf Exchange.I just love these girls!!

It’s a really fun casual night in. Everyone comes dressed in PJ’s, brings a wrapped scarf and appetizer/dessert to share.  

Nicole made super yummy gingerbread martinis!

Normally after our exchange we just nibble some more and hang out, but this time I brought out some games. According to Pinterest these games are called Reindeer Games.

Let It Snow

Supplies Needed: Plastic spoons, cups, cotton balls, and bowls
Give each player a plastic spoon and a cup full of cotton balls. On the other side of the room, place an empty bowl for each player. Players must race to get 10 cotton balls from the cup to the bowl on the other side of the room, using just the plastic spoon. The plastic spoon must be held in the player’s mouth. If they drop a cotton ball, they should leave it and go back and get another one. 

Marshmallow Chopsticks

Supplies Needed: Mini marshmallows and chopsticks

How many marshmallows can you pick with chopsticks in one minute.

Snowman Drawing Game

Supplies Needed: Marker and paper plates

The host tells the players to place their paper plate on their head. Once everyone is ready with their plates on their heads, the host will give a series of instructions:

  1. Draw a line for the ground/snow
  2. Draw a large snowball for the base of your snowman.
  3. Create a medium sized snowball on top of the first one.
  4. Cap your snowman with a small snowball for the head.
  5. Draw a carrot nose.
  6. Now add 2 eyes and a mouth with dots of coal.
  7. Draw a scarf to keep your snowman warm
  8. Add 2 stick arms
  9. Finally, finish your snowman by drawing a top hat on your snowman’s head.

Now that the drawings are complete, place all the snowmen on the table to admire.  You can totally tell that you were all attempting to draw a snowman, however they are all a little goofy looking.  

Candy Cane Catch

Supplies Needed: ribbon, chairs, and candy canes
Tie a piece of ribbon or twine from one post or chair to another. Players must stand on top of the chairs and try to be the first to drop a candy cane from the chair onto the ribbon and get it to stay there. Play until who gets the most in a minute.

2016 – At a restaurant. 2015 – Fondue style.See more here.

2014 – Our first exchange!Such a fun tradition!

What’s Up Wednesday {December 2017}

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

What we’re eating this week…

Monday – Sweet potato and chicken stew

Tuesday – Chanukah event/out

Tuesday – Meatballs and roasted broccoli and mushrooms

Wednesday – I’m going out so it’s hubby’s choice.

Thursday – Leftovers/Pasta

Friday – A friend’s house

Saturday & Sunday – Out

What I’m reminiscing about…

My sisters magical wedding! 

What I’m loving…

Watching these cuties play.What we’ve been up to…

December has been super busy! My sister, Osh got engaged! 

We celebrated Chanukah! Attended LA Zoo Lights.Celebrated my 36th birthday with doughnuts in bed!Neighborhood holiday party. Attended my friends gingerbread house decorating party. Rode the Holiday Lights Train Ride.Took Sarah on a mommy and me date to the Nutcracker. Ice Skating with friends. Hosted a cookie decorating play date. What I’m dreading…

Nada.

What I’m working on…

Cleaning out my home. I have had the donation trcuk come 3x this past couple of months and I still can find more to donate! Ugh!

What I’m excited about…

Morse visits to Florida as we plan our sister, Oshrat’s wedding!!!What I’m watching/reading…

The last season of Fixer Upper. Going to miss Chip and Jo.

What I’m listening to…

Let Me Go by Hailee Steinfeld

What I’m wearing…

I’ve been loving all the cute Chanukah gear out this year!

What I’m doing this weekend…

Celebrating Christmas in China Town. See what we did last year hereWhat I’m looking forward to next month…

Going with my friends to Candytopia. Can’t wait! If its anything like our Museum of Ice Cream visit then I know it’s going to be fun.What else is new…

We got an Alexa and are big fans! Anybody else an Alexa fan?Question of the month is: What is the best gift you ever given the guy in your life?

A local mama engraves hammers so I ordered one for hubby this year. It’s become the BEST gift! I am planning to order more for the men in our life. Happy Wednesday!

My Birthday {2017}

I love celebrating birthdays. After all the day you came into this earth should be recognized.

The night before my birthday I met up with my friends for dinner and drinks.We each got a flight of wine and shared a cheese board.   Those baked pears were divine!A few friends had to leave and few other friends came by. For dessert I got the chocolate mouse cake (and a candle). Mmmm, it was delicious!   After dinner we walked over to a bar for some karaoke.

Thank you girls for the fun night out!!

The next day I woke up to doughnuts from kiddos.Hubby took Sarah to school while J and I cuddled in bed. Hubby came back home with the best gift ever, a latte from Starbucks. #thewaytomyheart Jacob didn’t like the doughnut he got, but instead he wanted some of mine. I turned around and the whole top was gone! #Iwasgoingtoeatthat

Shortly after my sweet sister, Germaine sent me some pretty yellow flowers. Thanks love!

J and I got ready and spent the rest of the morning with our favorite seniors. Every other Friday Jacob and I volunteer at the senior home. We deliver Shabbat packages put together by the Sunshine Club. It’s a great program to get your kids to volunteer. And the look on the seniors home is my favorite!  Such joy!We napped, picked up Sarah, and played outside the rest of the afternoon.

For dinner hubby cooked. He made mustard chicken, sauteed green beans and rice. For dessert the kids brought the yummiest Oreo mousse cake. Thank you to my family and friends for making my birthday so special.

To see previous birthdays click below:

2016 / 2015 / 2014 / 2013 / 2012

6 to 9 Month Baby Favorites

With so many family and friends asking me what are my favorite items for baby, I thought it was time to share my favorites.

My 6 to 9 Month Baby Favorites:

High chair cover: At this age I put baby in a highchair. To give baby some extra padding and to cover the highchair I use this. Additionally it fold into a pouch which making carrying easy.  Baby food maker: At first you are going to convince yourself that you don’t need another gadget for baby, but really you need a baby food maker. It’s an all in one gadget that steams, cooks and prepares food with one touch of a button. I would make a few dozen containers of baby food in the beginning on the week, put it in the freezer and then take one out every night. By morning I had a fresh container of baby food ready to go. Food containers: I like these containers because they have the least amount of parts. There tops are connected to their bottoms. As is I have to deal with our Tupperware tops and bottoms in the kitchen. Spoons: These rounded spoons are perfect. They are soft on baby’s gums and long enough for baby to hold onto.

Silicone bibs: I love these heavier type of bibs for feedings. They wash easily and catch baby’s crumbs. Where as the thin ones doesn’t really open and catch the mess. Best part this rolls up for easy storage. Mesh Feeder: I love placing frozen food here in the summer. Need a few minutes in the kitchen? Place baby in the high chair with this mesh feeder and you got some time to take care of things. Snack Containers: These containers are baby friendly with soft flaps yet are spill proof. Tie them to your stroller for easy snack access.Boogie Wipes: I resisted buying this for my first kid because really a tissue does the trick. However after wiping your baby’s nose multiple times a day their nose gets red. These wipes are great for there little sensitive noses. Alternate between Boogie Wipes and tissues for a less irritated nose.Teethers: We kept an assortment of teething items around the house for when baby needs something to chew on. These are some of our favorites. So there you have it, my favorite items for babies 6 to 9 months old.

0 to 3 month favorites

3 to 6 month favorites

Have anything to add? Please comment below.

36

To celebrate my 36th birthday today I thought it would be fun to share 36 things about me.

(In no particular order)

1. After marrying my hubs, being a mama is my greatest accomplishment.
2. My sisters are my best friends.
3. I like meeting new people.
4. I once started a conversation with a girl in the bathroom. We are now good friends.
5. I have a handful of best friends.
6. I am my horoscope and a true Sagittarius.
7. I bite my nails, but wont when they are painted.
8. I have hyperhidrosis in my palms and eczema on my knuckles. My hands are a mess.
9. I’ve had surgery to fix my hyperhidrosis.
10. I like the the taste of water and drink lots through out the day.
11. I don’t need coffee, but drink it everyday because I like the flavor.
12. My hairdresser told me I’m 30% grey. Boo!
13. I talk to my mom everyday.
14. I’ve never been to the movies by myself.
15. I rather spend time with people then by myself.
16. I’m learning to like alone time.
17. I’m a lifestyle blogger.
18. I speak two languages.
19. I don’t like desserts with citrus.
20. I love chocolate.
21. I start to plan my kids birthday parties 6 months in advance. And then do it all last minute.
22. I used to be a wedding coordinator.
23. l love celebrating everything and anything. There is no event too small.
24. I need 10 hours of sleep.
25. I’m not a morning person.
26. I am committed to my faith.
27. I only have apple electronics.
28. I had braces longer then I should have because my orthodontist passed away and it took them a while to find a replacement.
29. Brunch is my favorite meal of the day.
30. I’ve always only drank red wine, but have been dabbling with white wine.
31. I once walked in a fashion show.
32. I loved high school.
33. All 4 of my grandparents are from Egypt.
34. I’m not aloud to go to Egypt.
35. I have dual citizenship.
36. I’m shy when you first meet me.

Dodgers World Series

Even though our beloved LA Dodgers didn’t win the world series last night I thought it would be fun to go back and see our love for the team. 

Ahhhh nothing like that green field and the energy of a game!

Ever since I’ve known hubby we’ve been going to games.

2007 – AT&T Park with Matt and Tyler

2009 – With my sister in law.2010 – Jewish Heritage Night2011 – Sarah’s 1st game!   2013 – With friends, Liza and Charlize.   2015 – Jacob’s 1st game!   After walking inside Jacob fell asleep.  While Sarah was running the bases, little man fell asleep again.  2016 – Daddy took Sarah to a game. 2017 – Unfortunately with the extremely hot summer and our schedule we never got to make it to a game this year. However for Halloween, hubby and I dressed up as #1 fans. We might not have won the World Series, but at least we had fun watching it.

Go blue!

What’s Up Wednesday {October 2017}

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

What we’re eating this week…

Monday – Salmon patties and carrot fries

Tuesday – Leftover Shabbat stew

Wednesday – MNO with the girls so I’m eating out and hubby is ordering food.

Thursday – Burger and roasted veggies.

Friday – Crock pot lemon chicken, cous cous and sweet potato souffle.

Saturday and Sunday – out

What I’m reminiscing about…

Spending time with little Sarah at mommy and me. It feels like just yesterday we were doing all the things Jacob and I are doing at mommy and me.

20132017What I’m loving…

Spending time Sarah. We’ve having some great mommy and me date nights while we hit the bat-mitzvah circuit.

What we’ve been up to…

The kiddos have already got to wear their Halloween costume a couple times this week. Sarah is Kooky cookie from Shopkins and Jacob is trash truck.

What I’m dreading…

Looking for a new babysitter. Our babysitter got a job and is no longer available to watch the kids. It took J a long time to trust our sitter so I’m worried it’s going to take a long time once again.

What I’m working on…

Self care. It’s so so hard for me to take care of my self. Sure I take the time to go out with my girlfriends here and there but scheduling an appointment for myslef or getting things done for myself has become so hard. I have waves where I take care of my self and then months go by and I haven’t done anything for myself. I’m realty going to try and make those appointments, not cancel them when kids stuff come up and take care of me.

What I’m excited about…

Getting all fancy and wearing these shoes for my sister’s wedding. What I’m watching/reading…

Hubby and I look forward to Thursday nights!

What I’m listening to…

Wolves by Selena Gomez and MarshmelloWhat I’m wearing… I’m loving my new prAna pieces! You can too by using my code MMSKF17 for 15% off your total order. Click here for more info.

What I’m doing this weekend…

Boo-ing neighbors, attending a few Halloween events and carving pumpkins.

What I’m looking forward to next month…

My sister’s wedding!!!!!! Ahhhh I can’t wait!What else is new…

I am loving my laser cut pumpkin I ordreed a few weeks ago. I’m thinking of painting it, but not sure if I should just leave as is. Thought? Question of the month is: What’s your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?

I’m not a huge fan of Thanksgiving food. There I said it.

 I find the food boring and bland. But if I had to pick something it would be the stuffing. I love the endless possibilities.Happy Wednesday!

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