Germaine’s Bachelorette

Before my sister, Germaine, got married we spent 4 fun filled days in Mexico for her bachelorette. Day 1

While I flew out of Cali the rest of the girls took a short flight from Florida so they hung out by the pool and went out for dinner. Day 2

I caught up with the girls, got a good night sleep and then woke up to some goodies! My other sister, Osh (and my bed mate for the weekend) and I got our gear on and were ready to start the day. The girls and our gear! Our adventure for the day was a yacht on the Riviera Maya. I got in a cab with my roommates (sis and two cousins) and it began pouring rain!Luckily when we got there the sky cleared up and the sun came out. Got to love tropical weather! However the ocean was super choppy and very windy. Which made for a super cute photo shoot of my cute sis! Love her!After more wind and rough waves I lost my hat and my stomach.It was horrible! I was over the side of the boat the whole time!!! There were two other girls that got sick too but they were able to stop barfing after the initial round.

We finally stopped at our destination for swimming and lunch. G caught us a fish which the crew cooked for lunch. It was delicious!!  While waiting for lunch to be cooked we hung out in the water. G got to use the ring float I bought for her!After taking a couple of pictures of G and freaking out over the huge sting rays (I know I’m a baby) I somehow slipped and fell down the stairs. Unfortunately I went home with a pretty gnarly bruise.

I was ready to go back to some dry land and our new captain was ready to take us home. We got back to our hotel, The Thompson (which was beautiful and highly recommended) to rest and hang out until dinner time.

The sisters! The beautiful bride to be!For dinner we went to Diablito Cha Cha Cha. The food was yummy! After this picture with my sister I got into an argument with her and needed a breather. I met up with the girls in the club later that night, but didn’t take any pics.

We ended the night with a night swim in our clothes. Day 3

We started our day with Starbucks and a walk around the outdoor market.While we waited for the rest of our squad to get ready we took some cheesy cousin pics. Our adventure for the day was a walk through the Maya ruins and swimming in fresh water caves called the Cenotes.

We hired a tour guide for the day to take us on our adventures. We used Mexico Tropical. Our tour guide was amazing! Our first stop was lunch with the best salsa bar ever!! Next up was the Maya ruins. It was beautiful! Totally worth the trip!Next stop was my favorite!!!! The Cenotes!We swam, snorkeled and took in this natural beauty. So so cool!

We ended our adventure tour at the beach with smoothies and more tacos. We got back to our hotel and decided to check out the sunset by the pool. It was a gorgeous view so we took a couple of pics.

We got back to our rooms and got dressed for dinner. The rest of the girls were tired so it ended up being cousin night. Dessert was AMAZING!!!!After dinner we went up to the girls room for a little surprise for G.Day 4

While the girls went downstairs for breakfast I called room service and had some me time. After breakfast we headed over to another Thompson property for some beach time. We enjoyed some sangria and quiet time before our flights back home.   Thank you g for the fun weekend! Cheers!#nachoaveragebach #fiestasiestatequilarepeat

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

Sipburbia Wine and Beer Festival

Calling all So Cal residents!

Have you ever wanted to try UNLIMITED samples of craft beer and wine while hanging out with friends and listening to live music? Then check out Sipurbia Wine and Beer Festival.  Sip + Suburbia = Sipurbia….an incredible afternoon of unlimited tastings of wine and beer from over two dozen local wineries and breweries. And to accommodate all of the swirling and sipping, you can indulge in delicious food from some of the top food trucks around including The Original Grilled Cheese Truck, Fresh Brothers, Spyros Gyros, My Taco Guy, and Parma Pizzeria Napoletana!Delicious food, awesome live bands/DJs, lawn games, and a variety of vendors will round out the day. There’s something for everyone, so gather your friends and come have fun! All tickets include a souvenir tasting cup, UNLIMITED samples of craft beer and wine, and live entertainment all day. Of course an event like this needs some tunes! Rock out to The Spazmatics and 3 Strange Daze. Time of Your Life DJs will keep it going all day long!

For more information and to get your discounted tickets use code MCC for 20% off at checkout.

A portion of the proceeds benefits the BumbleBee Foundation dedicated to helping families impacted by pediatric cancer.Confirmed wine and beer vendors so far! Cielo, Five Threads, Montage Vineyards Ojai Valley Brewery. Cannons Brewing Co., Twisted Oak Tavern, Figueroa Mountain, Ballast Point, Santa Monica Brew Works, Westlake Brewing & Libation and MANY MORE! (Click here for a complete list!)

So grab a friend or a group and come hang out in the burbs where you can find craft breweries and wineries together, with food trucks and live music from every decade that will get you dancing….all for a great cause!

Tree Top Apple Sauce Pouches

When we got our assigned date to bring snack at Mommy and Me I looked at the calendar and realized it was only a few days before Jacob’s birthday AND Passover. I knew I wanted to celebrate his birthday at school, but with all the Passover restrictions it made things a bit difficult. After walking around with my little man around the grocery store I figured out our plan. I bought a box of Passover muffins, string cheese and Tree Top Apple Sauce Pouches.With Tree Top Apple Sauce Pouches you can snack with confidence thanks to the new transparent packaging and design that allows you to see into the pouch before eating it.Another added bonus was that Tree Top Apple Sauce Pouches contains no high fructose corn syrup and no artificial flavors or colors. Perfect for Passover and year round!Loved being able to celebrate my little man birthday at mommy and me with food I know is good for him and that he loves!Did you know? Tree Top saves almost 600 million pounds of ugly apples each year from being wasted. Where to purchase?

Tree Top Apple Sauce Pouches are available at most major retailers across the country. To find a store near you, click here.

Learn more online:

treetop.com ~ facebook.com/TreeTop ~ twitter.com/treetopinc ~ instagram.com/treetopinc

Disclosure: This post was written as part of my participation in the Moms Meet program. While Tree Top provided me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, the thoughts and statements in this post are my own.

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!

Flavor Your Life

I recently tried a new recipe that I wanted to share.

It is perfect for weeknight meals when you want protein, but don’t want to eat meat or chicken.

Best part, it’s delicious and easy to make!Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp grated lemon zest
  • 2 tsp capers
  • 1 lb cod fillet, cut into four pieces
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, rough chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400º F.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the olive oil, butter, lemon juice, garlic powder, and lemon zest until butter is melted. Stir in the capers. 
  3. Place cod in an ungreased 13″x 9″ baking dish. Sprinkle with cracked black pepper. Spoon the olive oil/caper mixture over fillets and place in the oven.
  4. Place sliced lemons on top of cod.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
  6. To serve, sprinkle with the fresh chopped parsley and divide onto 4 plates.I served it with mashed potatoes and roasted carrots.

I hope you like this as much as we did! 

For this recipe I used Zucchi Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I feel that when I use EVOO, it brings out the best flavors in my food.

About Extra Virgin Olive Oil:

Olive oil comes from the fruit (known as a drupe) of the plant Olea europaea, or European olive. EVOO is made by pressing without heat or chemicals. It represents the freshest and purest olive oil available. EVOO is virtually free of acidity—below 0.8%. This is to assure its quality rather than its taste, because overly processed and rancid oils contain higher levels of oleic acid. Olive oils are also tested for peroxide values. Lower values indicate fresher oil and more rapid processing, and are required for Extra Virgin designation. Each oil is judged by expert tasters, who must agree that it meets the high flavor standards of an Extra Virgin rating. These experts also test for taste defects and the presence of positive attributes of fruitiness, bitterness and spiciness. If the oil doesn’t have the signature fruity taste and harmonious balance it won’t receive an Extra Virgin rating. Olive oil has a high smoke point (400° F), so it can handle anything from a light sauté to a deep (and deeply flavorful) fry. You can bake with olive oil, as well. Between uses, store your oil someplace dark and cool (around 57° F, if possible), not on a counter or near a stove, and never in the refrigerator. Keep the lid screwed on tight, and use your oil within 6 months of opening, and within 18 months of purchasing.

Why Choose European?

The olive tree has been revered in Europe since Antiquity. Over thousands of years farmers have evolved hundreds of varieties of olive trees (cultivars) and optimized them for different environment conditions and terrains to produce the most delicious yields. The result of this centuries old bond between the people and the land is the nest extra virgin olive in the world. The greatest impact on taste is the type of olive tree (cultivar), region (which affects climate and soil) and time of harvest. Europe offers a vast array of flavor profiles, so keep a variety of oils in your pantry for different occasions. Olives harvested early in the season, late August (varies by region), are under-ripe and produce oils that are greener, more bitter and pungent. Olives harvested at the end of the season, late November into December, are over-ripe and tend to taste mild and buttery. Spanish oil is typically golden yellow with a fruity, nutty flavor. Italian olive oil is often dark green and has an herbal aroma and a grassy flavor. Greek olive oil packs a strong flavor and aroma and tends to be green. French oil is typically pale in color and has a mild flavor.

About Zucchi:

Zucchi is a premier Italian Olive Oil Company delivering traceable and sustainable products that you can trust. You can find Zucchi at Big Y, HEB, King Kullen and Shaw’s.

Learn more online:

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Disclosure: This post was written as part of my participation in the Moms Meet program. While Moms Meet provided me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, the thoughts and statements in this post are my own.

Cod Piccata With Lemon and Capers
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  2. 1 Tbsp butter
  3. 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  4. ½ tsp garlic powder
  5. ¼ tsp grated lemon zest
  6. 2 tsp capers
  7. 1 lb cod fillet, cut into four pieces
  8. 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  9. 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, rough chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400º F.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the olive oil, butter, lemon juice, garlic powder, and lemon zest until butter is melted. Stir in the capers.
  3. Place cod in an ungreased 13"x 9" baking dish. Sprinkle with cracked black pepper. Spoon the olive oil/caper mixture over fillets and place in the oven. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
  4. To serve, sprinkle with the fresh chopped parsley and divide onto 4 plates.
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