Whole 30 – Week 1

I love food. Cooking food, trying new food and talking about food. However almost always I have an ache afterwards.

I’ve tried different medications, had a endoscopy, taken allergy tests and more. Ultimately I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Basically a bunch of nonsense.

After a dinner last year I decided I was done being in pain. I Googled a few things and came across Whole 30.

What is Whole 30 you ask? Whole 30 is not a diet. It centers on eliminating certain food groups such as sugar, dairy, grains, and legumes for about a month to improve health. Processed foods and alcohol are out; but, you can eat meat, seafood, eggs, fruits, vegetables, oils and healthy fats, like avocado.

The first time I did Whole 30 I successfully did 30 days, but with a few modifications. It wasn’t easy! I didn’t tell my family I was doing it. I didn’t want to spook them or think I was doing a diet. I wanted to see if removing certain food from my diet would help me feel better. And it did!! I started feeling better after 5 days. I wasn’t bloated, in pain or ill. To think some of my favorite foods was making me ill was just awful.

I was heartbroken. I love food!

I loved Whole 30 and even lost some weight, but then someone had a birthday, we made plans to check out a new restaurant in town, it was a holiday, etc. You get the point. Something was always in my way.

Then my sister’s bachelorette weekend in Mexico was coming up and I remembered how I felt (and looked) so I did it again. This time I only lasted the two weeks up to her bachelorette. Hello vacation food and cocktails!

After a painful episode last December I deiced on the first day of the year I was going to commit to my health and do another round.

This time I talked it over with my family, read books (thanks Whit!), saved recipes, shopped for food, prepped and did my research.

The first week was hard! Like real hard. I so miss my morning (and sometimes afternoon) coffee with milk and brown sugar. But I decided to stick to the plan, so I haven’t been drinking coffee, because coffee with almond milk is just plain nasty.

After completing the hard week I thought it was best to remind my self of all the yummy recipes we tried and liked.

Here are some of my favorite recipes from Week 1.

Southern breakfast bowlhttp://thedoitallmama.com/2016/05/whole-30-southwestern-breakfast-bowl.html

Baked Salmon with cilantro sauce and cilantro lime cauliflower ricehttps://www.themediterraneandish.com/baked-salmon-recipe-garlic-cilantro-sauce/

Sweet Potato Chicken Pad Thaihttps://littlebitsof.com/2017/06/sweet-potato-chicken-pad-thai/

Sloppy Joe Potato Bowlshttps://physicalkitchness.com/whole30-sloppy-joe-bowls/

Good food, that tastes good, that’s good for you. I love Whole 30! 

See you next week for week 2.

Recap of 2017

Every year I write a recap reflecting the past year.

Check out previous years below.

2016 // 2015 // 2014 // 2013 // 2012

It’s been quite the year! We started the year with Sarah’s second set of ear tubes and adenoids removal surgery. Then Sharon and Jacob were walking in a cross walk and got hit by a car.  Hubby rounded out our hospital visits with an emergency spine fusion surgery for a ruptured disc. It was a tough first half of the year, but we are thankful to have family and friends who were there for us.

Sarah is 6 years old and is in 1st grade. Sarah can now read chapter books! It’s so fun listening to her sound out store signs, trucks and road signs. We now have to find other ways to communicate while the kids are around.

Jacob is 2 years old and attends a two-day co-op mommy and me program with me. He also attends a weekly gymnastics class and can do a forward roll at any given moment.

Mama Chit Chat recently celebrated it’s 5th birthday! I’ve gotten to review a lot of fun things with 16 sponsor opportunities this year.

 Here are some of my favorite highlights from 2017.


We started the year off with a visit to Lake Arrowhead for some fun in the snow. Hubby and I took our first little getaway to San Diego for a friend’s wedding. My sweet Sarah had another ear tube surgery and her adenoids removed.My sister and her boyfriend fiance came for a visit.{February}

We celebrated Tubishvat with a love tree.We celebrated Valentine’s Day with a trip to the movies with our friends.We made cards for hospitalized kids. My friend Melissa came to town for a visit.{March}

We celebrated Purim as the Incredibles.Sarah turned 6! We celebrated with a Shopkins themed birthday party.We took the kiddos to Disneyland for the first time!{April}

Jacob turned 2! We celebrated with a Thomas The Train themed birthday party.

We celebrated Passover with friends. We had a busy Spring Break that ended with a visit to the Farm.{May}

We celebrated Cinco de Mayo with the neighbors. We celebrated Mother’s Day in Malibu.

I attended my sister’s bachlorette weekend in Mexico.{June}

The kids and I went to LA for their Museum of Ice Cream exhibit.My Sister, Oshrat came for a visit. The moms and I participated in the Color Run! Sarah attended a new camp and got to take the yellow bus!{July}

We celebrated 4th of July with friends.

We had one day left on our pass so I took the kids to Disneyland with our friends.I took the kids on our annual trip to Florida.{August}

Sarah started 1st grade!We celebrated hubby’s birthday with a little minion party. We attended the last summer concert in the park.


Sarah and I took a trip to Montana! It didn’t go according to plan, but instead we got a lot of bonding time.My sweet niece Miri and her mom came for a visit.I went back to Florida for my sister’s bridal shower.We celebrated Rosh Hashanah at a friends house.{October}

Oshrat came for another visit and we got to do a lot of fun stuff.We celebrated Sukkot at festival with lots of yummy food.We celebrated Halloween with a cookie and fire truck.{November}

My sister finally got married in a farytail wedding. We celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary by staying in the same hotel we stayed in on our wedding night!


I celebrated my 36th birthday with family and friends.We celebrated Chanukah with 8 crazy nights. We ended the year with lot’s of fun activities like pancakes and PJ’s over Winter Break.Thank you to all who have taken the time to read my blog this year! It means so much to me!
Wishing you a healthy, joyful and successful 2018!

Color Inspiration {December 2017}

I’m linking up with my friend, Whitney for our monthly Color Inspiration.

If you blogged too make sure you link up at the bottom of the post!

This month we are talking all things SILVER.


Ahhh my sister is engaged! This might be my favorite SILVER this month! TWO

I got this super cute candle for my birthday this year. I love the SILVER tag and the Hebrew message. THREE

Sarah picked up this SILVERlicious book from the school library this month. We love the Pinkalicious series!


The sky has been grey/SILVER here in So Cal from all the fires :( FIVE

Visiting the senior home is our favorite. These SILVER haired ladies love our visits.

Happy Thursday, friends!

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Christmas Day For A Jew {2017}

Christmas day is as fun for a jew as a non-Jew.

First, we have the day off so we get to spend the day with family and friends. Second, we see a movie. Third, we go out for Chinese food. This year we decided to change it up a bit. Instead of our traditional dinner in Chinatown we went out for lunch.Knowing that Yang Chow has a long wait, we decided it was best to put our name in and then explore. Good thing we did as they quoted us a 45 minute wait. We picked up some snacks at the local market. The kids love pointing out all the things we don’t have our local market. We stopped by our favorite little tea shop for some tea. Exploring. As usual dinner was scrumptious!Per usual J fell asleep on the way home.

Instead of a movie this year we lounged around and played card games.

I’ve been meaning to make this Chanukah themed craft or a while, so after dinner we made grape Jewish stars.

I love our little traditions! 

Hope everyone had a nice holiday!

Check out what we did the previous years below.






Chanukah {2017}

Chanukah is not a big holiday in our family (or in the Jewish religion). However hubby and I try to make it special with a few family traditions. Chanukah is 8 nights so to celebrate we light the chanukiah and open a gift each night.

Night #1

We started Chanukah with a visit to a local play place for Chabad’s family fun night. We came home, lit the candles (everyone lights their own Chanukia) and sat down for dinner. I made soup and a latkes bar. Yum, our favorite way to eat latkes!Dessert was a cookie platter and sufganiyot (basically a jelly doughnut).After dinner we opened gifts. Needless to say the kids were super excited!Night #2

We kept it low key and just hung out at home. Sarah excited about her LOL dolls. After dinner I went to my neighbor’s holiday party.Night #3

It’s hard finding ways to volunteer when your kiddos are young, but thanks to the Sunshine Club we were able to celebrate Chanukah with them. We had a great time! We danced, sang a few songs and hopefully brought some sunshine to the seniors.  There was a juggler at the event and Miss Sarah got called to help. Night #4

This night fell on Shabbat. We lit our candles before heading out for dinner at a friend’s house, but did not take any pics. Night #5

I was sure we would have a lot of ballet in our future after her recital (see it here), until she told me she wanted to take a break for a few months. Well a few months later and she’s still not interested :( So when she mentioned she wanted to see the nutcracker I was a bit surprised. I bought tickets and gifted them to her for Chanukah. We had the sweetest time!Later that night we went on a family outing to see the Holiday Light Train.Night #6

I got the kiddos matching Chanukah PJ’s.During the day we met up with friends for Ice Skating on the lake.At night we went to the plaza for Chabad’s community menorah lighting. We lit the menorah, checked out the arts and crafts table, and saw a juggler. Night #7

Sarah had a few friends over for a cookie decorating play date.We drank hot cocoa, lit the candles and played dreidel. Night #8

We had a little holiday cookie decorating at Jacob’s mommy and me class.    At night we celebrated the last night at another community lighting. Sarah got her face painted, the kids got balloons and glow necklaces, Moshav performed and we watched the menorah lighting. Happy holidays from my family to yours! Thank you for filling my home with all your smiling faces.To see previous posts click below.

Chanukah 2016

Chanukah 2015

Chanukah 2014

Chanukah 2013

Chanukah 2012

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…


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!

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