What’s Up Wednesday {February 2018}

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

What we’re eating this week…

Monday: Brinner (breakfast for dinner)Tuesday: Schnitzel and riceWednesday: Sloppy joes on baked potato

Thursday: Out – Purim Carnival

Friday- Sunday: Out of town

What I’m reminiscing about…

Lake Arrowhead with my family. Due to barely any snow this year we decided not to go this year. I miss our annual winter vacation. What I’m loving…

I love yoga, but I don’t love the gym. For months now I keep saying how I’m going to look for a class, then I found one and it was canceled due to low enrollment. Ugh! Then I got an email from the teacher that her co-worker has a few openings. So on Thursday evenings for next couple of weeks if you need me, I’ll be here. What we’ve been up to…

There is so so much going on! I’m always working on something. My to do list is always never ending. We just finished celebrating Purim and now it’s time for Passover. What I’m dreading…

Summer in Florida. Even though I love love going to Florida I don’t love the weather. We have two trips planned this year for my sisters wedding and its going to be gross. What I’m working on…

Oshrat’s bachlorette! We’re going to Palm Springs to celebrate! Can’t wait!!What I’m excited about…

We recently went to a really fun family outing. We attended a Harlem Globetrotters game. The kids were entertained and us adults loved the tricks too!What I’m watching/reading…

My kids have been watching Care Bears recently and I just love it. Talk about old school! It reminds me of those Share Bears I got when I was a kid. What I’m listening to…

Capital Letters by Hailee Steinfeld

What I’m wearing…

February has been crazy! One minute I’m wearing shorts and the next minute I’m wearing boots. What I’m doing this weekend…

Celebrating my friend, Melissa’s 40th birthday in Portland! I’ve never been and have always wanted to go. What I’m looking forward to next month…

My baby girl is turning 7! Where has the time gone!!?What else is new…

We recently went to a Sustainability Festival and the kids got to go inside a trash truck!! My kids love and wait for the trash truck to come every week. They were so excited!Question of the month is: What is your favorite Spring Break vacation?

Spring Break usually falls on Passover so we don’t travel during the holiday. Last year we hosted a dinner for our sweet friends.Happy Wednesday!

Germaine’s Bridal Shower

As Maid of Honor I had the privilege of planning my sister, Germaine’s bridal shower in my hometown, Florida. Along with my mom and other sister, Oshrat we planned a lovely afternoon.(And no we didn’t plan to both wear floral dresses with red flowers.)

But then mother nature took over and hurricane Irma came through 10 days earlier. Airline tickets were booked, invites were sent and food plans were made. I tried calling the airline, but they didn’t care so we pulled through and did our best.

South Florida was a mess! From trees and debris blocking the streets to stores being closed or completely empty. It was quite the adventure.Big thanks to my dad for driving us around town! I know how much you missed all of our shenanigans.Turns out the elevators to the building where we were hosting the bridal shower didn’t work. There wasn’t an oven like we thought there would be in the room and then half way through the bridal shower the air conditioning stopped working in the room.

But then you see pictures like this and remember how fun you had showering your baby sis.

The beautiful bride.The sisters.

My family.

The girl cousins (on my dads side). My mom, bride and MIL.Our theme was gold, peach, and marble. We had different accents through out the room. Our table setting was modeled after my sister pinned this onto her board.

Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of just our tables, but at least I got a picture of the bride in front of it all.Germaine’s fiance loves candy so we had a candy buffet for him and the guests.As each guest was leaving they got to fill up a bag of candy. Happy bridal shower, G! Love you!

Friday Favorites

Today I am linking up with Erika, Narci and Andrea to share our Friday Favorites.

ONE

Fun Fact: When I’m pregnant and the year after the kids are born, I don’t wear perfume. With J turning 3 in a few months I decided it was time to buy a new bottle of perfume. I’ve been looking for a new perfume for a while now, but always keep going back to my FAVORITE perfume, Viva La Juicy. It’s so not me! The gold, the pink, but I LOVE love this scent. It’s sweet but not floral. The scent is gentle and not overpowering. I was getting ready to order a bottle when I saw this set. It came in the mail this week. Can’t wait to start smelling good again. TWO

I met up with my friend, Liza for drinks one night. Getting out for a couple hours with a friend is my FAVORITE.

THREE

Now with my iWtach influencing me to move around more I decided to sign up for a yoga class. It was nice doing something just for me.

FOUR

Working with Foodstirs has been so much fun! They recently came out with Minute Mug Cake Mix! It was scrumptious!!! A FAVORITE way to end the day! FIVE

Jacob and I met up with friends, Aubrey and Blake for story time and a picnic at the park. It was such a beautiful day! Meeting up with friends is my FAVORITE. The kids play and the mamas get to catch up. Happy Friday, friends!

Valentine’s Day {2018}

I love any reason to celebrate, but I especially love a day where everyone shows their love for one another. This year we made sure to celebrate  Valentine’s Day in many ways.

It started with a Valentine’s Pj Pancake party in Jacob’s class.We gave out I Wheelie Like You Valentine gifts to his classmates. See printable here.Later in the week Sarah worked on her My Little Pony cards. Since Vday fell on a weekday hubby and I opted to go to the dinner the weekend before.

On Valentine’s Day we celebrated with doughnuts and presents. The kids each got a water bottle and a book. For lunch I packed them each heart shaped food. Sarah lost her lunch before she even saw it and Jacob didn’t want to eat it. :(After breakfast J and I headed to the senior home to pass out cards.We concluded the LOVEly holiday with baking heart shaped brownies from our Foodstirs box.

See more about our box here.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

To see past posts click below.

Valentine’s Day {2015}

Valentine’s Day {2014}

Valentine’s Day {2013}

MadeGood Granola Bars

After my Whole30 cycle I’m on a mission to only eat food that makes me feel good. However there are times when you just want to snack. Luckily  after some research I found MadeGood Granola Bars. They’re made from whole grains, are low in sugar, and have a taste that my family loves! MadeGood Granola Bars and Minis come in 5 delicious flavors: Chocolate Chip, Mixed Berry, Chocolate Banana, Apple Cinnamon, and Strawberry. My favorite flavor is the mixed berry.MadeGood Granola Bars and Minis are organic, school safe, and contain the nutrients found in one serving of vegetables. These delicious bars contain veggies from six different sources: spinach, broccoli, carrot, tomato, beet, and shiitake mushrooms. 

All products are made in a dedicated nut free facility and are free from the 8 common allergens (peanut, tree nuts, wheat & gluten, soy, dairy, egg, sesame, fish & shellfish).

MadeGood Granola Bars are vegan, kosher, contain ONLY 6 grams of sugar, and are 90 calories each.

A 6-bar box retails for $4.99.

To test the bars out I brought it to mommy and me class a couple weeks ago. We tried Chocolate Chip and Mixed Berry. Both moms and kids loved them! Where to purchase

MadeGood Granola Bars are available to purchase at Kroger, Whole Foods Market and Amazon. To find a store near you, click here.

Learn More Online

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

Color Garden

On the weekends, my family and I look forward to relaxing, hanging out in our pj’s and eating a big breakfast together. Sometimes it’s waffles, pancakes, or maybe even a breakfast casserole.

To change it up a bit hubby through in some food dye in his pancake batter and surprised the kids with colorful pancakes. The kids squealed with excitement and asked to do it again!

But after breakfast I had an icky feeling that we ingested a whole bunch of unnecessary food dye.

As I was searching for different alternatives, I came across Color Garden.

We separated the batter into 4 bowls. My sous chef, Sarah, added the individual color packets into the bowls.  My two year old wanted to help too!I love when I can make cooking a family event.All the colors are mixed in and ready to cook. So fun! The kids loved all the bright colors and mama was happy we weren’t eating chemicals. Win win!  We sat down for breakfast, drizzled some maple syrup and enjoyed our morning together.    Even though this was an activity for the kids, this mama enjoyed her pancakes (and coffee) too!Each individual packet delivers enough color for one medium-sized cake or approximately 16oz of frosting.

Color Garden’s pure natural food color includes NO artificial ingredients.

It’s made with 100% plant based food colors!

Blue = Red cabbage

Orange and Red = Beet Juice, Turmeric, Annatto

Yellow = Turmeric

Where to Purchase

Color Garden products are sold at natural food stores and Sprouts. To find Color Garden in your area, visit their store locator here.

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

Friday Favorites

Today I am linking up with Erika, Narci and Andrea to share our Friday Favorites.

ONE

Last weekend was super busy. We attended a birthday party, a MNO, hung out with the neighbors and attended a Superbowl party. Hanging out with my neighbors is my FAVORITE. TWO

Our friends, Jen and Remy joined us this week for story time. Going to these type of events make being a stay home mama my FAVORITE. THREE

Hubby took Sarah to get a new pair of glasses last week, but unfortunately I missed the Facetime call. We went to go pick them up this week. While these might not be my favorite, the girl wearing them is my FAVORITE.FOUR

Going to Mommy and Me with my little man is my FAVORITE. We celebrated Valentine’s Day a bit early with a PJ pancake party. See more here.

FIVE

Thanks to my friend, Liz, I’ve been going to my new FAVORITE, Joi Cafe. If you are local you should check it out! There coffee is made with coconut creme and is out of this world. This time I also got the Mediterranean salad. Yum!!! SIX

I got the kids an indoor trampoline. Its definitely been their FAVORITE this week. Happy Friday, friends.

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