Let Yourself Rest

 

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I have been cooking a lot lately and trying new recipes. I have never known my way around the kitchen so it is all new to me. I have been doing good at the few things I have tried and been encouraged by the process. Today was one of the (first of many I’m sure) days where I messed up making lunch. I wasn’t following a recipe though, I was just sort of winging it, so maybe that was my first mistake. Haha.

So I packed up the stroller, got Lila dressed in a romper, and we went to our usual spot. We had a picnic in the grass area with snacks and Lila’s mermaid toys (she brings them everywhere) in her Itty Bitty Be Diaper Bag . It was so nice to be in a shady spot just relaxing. It is one of my favorite things to just pick a spot and through a blanket down and park it there for a while. Lila played at the playground and we couldn’t leave without spotting my the kid’s shoe section of Nordstrom for her usual pink balloon. The employees know her by name and will run into the back right when they see her. I guess that gives you a clue about how often we do this.

We are back home now and so excited to welcome home Hubs. He is bringing home to dinner tonight to cheer me up about my lunch time fail. He’s a good one you guys. 🙂

I hope everyone is having a great day!

 

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Did Someone Say, Date Night?

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Last night was a very special night because it was *drumroll please* Date Night! Jake and I almost never go out just the two of us. In fact it’s mid July and we have only been out just the 2 of us one other night this year. Needless to say, this date night was long over due.

I have been wanting to see Baby Driver since I saw the preview and finally Jake asked for a date night enough times that he wore me down. We decided to see it at iPic since it’s more than just a theater but rather an experience.

From the moment I walked in I was instantly relaxed. The lighting is rather dim and there is a nice aura about the place. We checked in at the concierge desk and she kindly escorted downstairs to the lounge and theater area. As you can see from the photos above there is an entire lounge area where you can sit, talk, and order food/drinks before or after the movie. I loved this area and it was the perfect place to grab a drink and talk a bit before the movie.

When it was time to be seated for the movie the manager on duty kindly walked us to our seats and gave a tour of the sitting area. Our seats were waiting for us with pillows and a fleece blanket. How awesome  is that? I always wish I had snuck a blanket into the theater before so this was like a dream come true. I was also impressed with the amount of storage available. There was a place for my purse and everything.

We ordered food before the movie started and they brought it out to us in courses during the movie. It seriously couldn’t have been better timed how they brought it out either. First, when the previews were starting an attendant brought each seat their bag of popcorn (the best part!) Then as the movie was starting our drinks were delivered. I got a coke and Jake got an orange cream and they also brought us each a water. It was so nice having a ice cold glass to drink from instead of a paper cup. A few minutes later our appetizer was brought out, warm pretzels with mustard and jalapeño cheese. Yum! Towards the middle of the movie we were brought tater tots and sliders. I was so full off eating my entire popcorn, but these tater tots couldn’t keep me away. I never realized how much I loved tater tots before. The sliders were super yummy too! When the movie was ending is when our dessert was brought out, Smores a la mode! It was so delicious and the perfect thing to end the movie with. Our waitress was also the nicest girl on the planet. I wanted to give her a hug at the end because she was seriously a rock star and made our night unforgettable with her attentiveness to making sure everything was perfect for us.

On our walk back to the car I couldn’t stop smiling. It was by far the best date night we had gone on since having Lila. Also something about walking through the One Colorado alley at night with the twinkling lights gives me the kind of magical feeling you get around Christmas time. We might just have to make date night a more regular thing. Oh and Baby Driver did it not disappoint. If you haven’t seen yet runnnn to theaters. Literally stop what you’re doing and go to the theater. IT’S SO GOOD.

*This post is in collaboration with iPic Theaters Pasadena. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

 

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Last night was a very special night because it was *drumroll please* Date Night! Jake and I almost never go out just the two of us. In fact it’s mid July and we have only been out just the 2 of us one other night this year. Needless to say, this date night was long over due. — I have been wanting to see Baby Driver since I saw the preview and finally Jake asked for a date night enough times that he wore me down. We decided to see it at 🎥@ipictheaters since it’s more than just a theater but rather an experience. — On our walk back to the car I couldn’t stop smiling. It was by far the best date night we had gone on since having Lila. Also something about walking through the One Colorado alley at night with the twinkling lights gives me the kind of magical feeling you get around Christmas time. We might just have to make date night a more regular thing. Oh and Baby Driver did it not disappoint. If you haven’t seen yet runnnn to theaters. Literally stop what you’re doing and go to the theater. IT’S SO GOOD.

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Everyone Wins At Dinner Time

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*This post was generously sponsored by Fazoli’s Italian. Al thoughts and opinions are my own.

We visited the Fazoli’s Chino Hills Location.

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If the word pizza is mentioned in our home, then Lila will hear it and ask to get pizza 100 times or until we get it (whichever comes first). So we decided to try Fazoli’s after hearing they removed all artificial ingredients from the entire menu. There is a Fazoli’s on the way home from Jake’s new work, and I have noticed the sign from a mile away. It is eye catching and fun and somewhere that I could tell Lila would just love. Because well, pizza.

I checked out their Yelp page and they had really great reviews. The inside looked clean and kid friendly, which is a huge factor in trying somewhere new to eat. So we took the leap and went there for a family dinner.

As much as I like pizza, I changed my mind at the counter and ordered the Chicken Alfredo with a side salad. If I eat pizza or pasta for dinner, I almost always crave a salad and Fazoli’s had a huge assortment of delicious options. Jake got the penne with marinara sauce, which is his favorite thing to eat for dinner. They also gave us breadsticks for the table that were so yummy! I had one but I wanted to eat twelve. Yum!

Lila was very pleased with the cheese pizza, and was so excited that that’s what she was eating for dinner. It felt like a lot of food when it first arrived at the table but it got eaten so fast that before we knew it they were bringing out our dessert. We decided on one dessert to share, the brownie gelato sundae. Did your mouth just water too? It was seriously so good that we will be coming back just to have that for dessert again. Haha. Seriously though!

A major mom win is that Fazoli’s menu is completely clean of all artificial sweeteners, flavors, preservatives and colors as part of its 0% Artificial 100% Delicious “Naturally Italian” initiative. I can see us coming back here when we need a night of Italian dining, but without spending more. Or I might just want another Italian Strawberry Ice. 😉

If there’s a Fazoli’s near you, try it! Because I snagged you a coupon for $3 off $10 or more at Fazoli’s: http://bit.ly/2rSV9aP

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*This post was generously sponsored by Fazoli’s Italian. Al thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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If the word pizza is mentioned in our home then Lila will hear it and ask for pizza 100 times, or until we get it, whichever comes first. So we decided to try @FazolisItalian after hearing they removed all artificial ingredients from the entire menu. AD – As much as I like pizza, I changed my mind at the counter and instead ordered the Chicken Alfredo with a Side Salad. If I eat pizza or pasta for dinner I almost always crave a salad and Fazoli’s had a huge assortment of delicious options. – Lila was very pleased with the cheese pizza, and was so excited it was for dinner. Major #momwin that Fazoli’s® food menu is completely clean of all artificial sweeteners, flavors, preservatives and colors as part of its 0% Artificial 100% Delicious "Naturally Italian" initiative. – I can see us coming back here when we need a night of Italian dining that doesn’t cost a fortune. Or I might just want another Italian Strawberry Ice. 😋 #NaturallyItalian #FazolisFresh #OhHelloDining

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Family Beach Day

Today we went to a little beach in Ranchos Palos Verdes. Jake and I had our wedding ceremony at Wayfarer’s Chapel so the town as a whole is dear to our hearts. We were recommended this beach from a friend, saying it was small and perfect to take our toddler to. It was a bit of hike to get down to the beach but the scenery was so gorgeous we didn’t mind. The walk back up on the hill though… not as easy.

We don’t go to the beach all that often, so this truly was an experience for us. We brought Lila’s favorite mermaid toys and made sure we could provide a shady spot in case she wasn’t that into it. Luckily she had a great time, meaning we all had a great time. She really controls the mood for the whole family.

Jake taught Lila to search for seashells and together they found so many cool ones. It was very cute to see Lila trying to pick up every single shell to show Jake. Their relationship is truly blossoming and it is something I have been waiting to witness for a long time. She gets so excited when Jake walks in the door home from work. She knows he is coming home to play.

Jake recently started a new job which I will share more about later. So far it has done wonders for our family life and I am excited to make finally make happy memories on the weekends as a family. Until next week. XO

 

Lila’s Outfit: | Swimsuit: Minnow Swim|| Water Shoes: Natives|| Sunglasses: Babiators|

Extra from photos: | Sunscreen, California Baby|| Mommy and Me Sandals|| Milk and Eggs |

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Hey There Little Mama


Triokid Deluxe Baby Doll Stroller // Lila’s Shoes

Good Morning Friends!

On our coffee run this morning Lila insisted on bringing her new -adorable- baby doll stroller. We normally wouldn’t let her bring something this big on a walk, but she looks so dang cute pushing it that I caved. You can’t tell from the photos (because she sinks to the bottom) but she puts her little baby Anna from Frozen in it. The whole walk she would say “How ya doin’ Anna? You okay?” It was seriously cute.

Jake and I sipped our cold brew and let her push it around for a bit. We parked the car nearby so we thought it was perfect to let her get some energy out before we packed her back in the carseat. She means serious business with that stroller. And I seriously -can’t even- with how much I love seeing her push it.

I’d be lying if I said seeing her with this little stroller hasn’t given me a feeling or two of wanting a newborn around. Then I remember that when she was that little she wouldn’t sit in the stroller for more than a few minutes without crying for me to hold her. -And the feeling fades.- Haha. Maybe if we get her a baby carrier to practice being a big sister because then it would be way more accurate.

Seriously though, if you are pregnant and need a little help teaching your babe the responsibilities of being a big sister this stroller is perfect for that. OR if your little mama loves babies and needs an excuse to look super cute walking around town, this works great for that too. 😉

I hope everyone is having a fantastic Saturday!

 

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Disney Junior #DisneyJuniorFRiYAY Live Event

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Chances are everyone reading this has heard of Disney Junior. We happen to be huge fans of Disney Junior whether it’s watching shows on Disney Channel or a visit to Disneyland. A few days ago Lila and I had an amazing opportunity to attend a Disney Junior Live Event right here in Los Angeles! So keep on scrolling for behind the scenes photos of the event, inspiration for a pinterest perfect Puppy Dog Pals party, and something exciting happening every Friday all summer long of Disney Junior.

The event was held in a gorgeous home in the foothills of Enico, California. Upon arriving to the entrance of the home was decor ranging from balloons, bubbles, and even paw prints leading up the door. It was so festive and Lila was immediately in puppy dog paradise. Once walking through the door the children got to adopt a (balloon) puppy that would accompany them through the event. Lila loves her’s so much and it is still providing a good amount of entertainment in our living room.

The decor of this event was so creative and detailed. Everything was to theme of Disney Junior’s new show, Puppy Dog Pals. A few of my favorite details were the puppy dog cake pops, Fetch sticks (pretzel sticks), and the bone shaped sugar cookies.

In the backyard was a table for face painting, DIY collar (bracelet) station, and a gorgeous table set up for the children to enjoy their snacks. Lila couldn’t get enough of the toys in the backyard and went down the slide probably 50 times.

Once the children got a good amount of energy out we were invited to the family room for a premier of a brand new episode of Puppy Dog Pals on Disney Channel. I made Lila a special popcorn mixed with pretzels, goldfish, & m&m’s and she sat through the whole episode snacking away.

The best part is the fun doesn’t have to end. EVERY Friday all summer long Disney Junior will be releasing new episodes of your favorite shows airing on Friday mornings on Disney Channel. Now is that a good FRiYAY surprise or what? Below is the full schedule, which show are you most excited for? #DisneyJuniorFRiYAY

FRiYAY, 6/30 – Sofia the First @ 9am followed by an all-new Elena of Avalor
FRiYAY, 7/7 – Back to back Lion Guard starting @ 8am followed by an all-new Puppy Dog Pals
FRiYAY, 7/14– Lion Guard starting @ 8am followed by all-new Mickey & The Roadster Racers and Puppy Dog
FRiYAY,  7/21 –Lion Guard @ 8am followed by all-new Sofia The First and Elena of Avalor
FRiYAY, 7/28- Mickey & The Roadster Racers @8:30am followed by an all-new Puppy Dog Pals
FRiYAY,  8/4 – Sofia the First @ 9am
FRiYAY, 8/11 – Lion Guard @ 8am followed by all-new Mickey and the Roadster Racers  and Puppy Dog Pals
FRiYAY, 8/18 – Sofia The First @ 9am followed by an all-new Elena of Avalor

I love that Disney Junior is offering all new episodes every FRiYAY morning on Disney Channel because who doesn’t love a NEW episode of a show. I seriously get so excited for a new story, especially when I have seen the last season of the show 100 times with my toddler. Her favorite show is Sofia the First and you better believe I can quote all three seasons of the show.

I like that Lila watches Sofia the First because Sofia faces obstacles in every episode and always chooses to do the right thing. She is brave, graceful, and a great role model for little girls. I love seeing Lila completely captivated during the episodes and talking about them with her after. She always tells me, “Sofia is so brave” and when she does something brave she’ll tell me, “Mom, I’m brave like Sofia!” It really is heartwarming to have her learn life lessons from a show and apply them to her life.

This summer Disney Junior is putting the yay in FRiYAY for our family by having a weekly playdate to enjoy the new episodes and while enjoying a special treat like Mickey pancakes or maybe Disney shaped fruit snacks. I am excited to get creative every week and have something to look forward to on Friday mornings. I hope everyone will join me in watching! Leave me a comment with what show you are most excited for.

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Five Unique Father’s Day Gifts

 

 

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I feel like it’s that time of the week where the town is scrambling for Father’s Day gifts. Am I right or am I crazy? Regardless I thought I would share with you some of my favorite gifts that I found this year for the different dads in my life. So no matter who you are shopping for whether it’s your husband, your dad, your brother, your neighbor, or whoever- keep reading for a great gift idea.

Edible Arrangements

This is a pretty awesome gift regardless of the occasion! For Father’s Day they went all out and designed a Fruit & Fire Bouquet which is just the coolest thing. The pineapple is cutout to look like flames, the chocolate covered strawberries have orange swizzle, and the chocolate covered banana coals bring the fire to life at the mini grill base. I mean c’mon does that not just scream greatest gift for dad? I love sending Edible Arrangements to family who I can’t easily see the day of. A sweet surprise at the door would get a WOW out of any dad. And it sure gets one out of me every time. This is hands down my mom’s favorite thing to receive for any holiday so sending one to dad for Father’s Day I know my mom will also share the enjoyment since she usually answers the door.

To sweeten the deal Edible Arrangements is offering $10 off $50+ purchase now through 6/18 with code: BLOG6716 

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Arctic Cool

I am always hearing my husband talk about wanting new shirts for the gym, so when I heard about Arctic Cool I knew it would be a perfect gift. What I liked about Arctic Cool is the technology behind it to keep your body cool. The technology functions by using your body’s natural cooling process during high-energy activities. Cool right? Your sweat actually activates the fabric and is initially wicked away from your skin. That’s whee the hydrofreeze comes in and disperses the moisture throughout the clothing fibers, keeping you dry. My first thought was to forget about Father’s Day and snag one for myself!

AliveCor

A very special gift I have picked out to give to my dad for Father’s Day is Kardia Mobile. Kardia Mobile is a device and app-based service that provides instant analysis for detecting atrial fibrillation (the leading cause of stroke.) It is smaller than a credit card and allows users to take a medical-grade EKG reading anywhere in 30 seconds, which can be relayed to a doctor for instant analysis and diagnosis. Amazing right? This technology is FDA-cleared and made by AliveCor. With my dad getting older and the knowledge of his father suffering from multiple heart attacks I wanted to give my dad something that would ultimately give him more control of his well being with an app that tracks the 5 modifiable risk factors for stroke including: heart rhythm, blood pressure, weight, physical activity and resting heart rate. I think this is a gift that can be given to anyone at any age and is an amazing tool to have at your fingertips. 

Sexy Hair

This one goes out to my sexy husband who hogs the bathroom mirror every morning styling his hair. 😉 For him I chose the Hard Up Gel because he actually doesn’t have any gel, unless you can’t the 3+yr old one under the sink from when I was in cosmetology school. Yeah I wasn’t counting that one either. I chose this particular styling gel because it versatile providing a sculpted, spiked, or sleek on wet hair and on dry hair it will give a messy tousled look. Plus any what guy wouldn’t want to be reminded that his wife thinks he’s sexy every morning, right?!

Universal Music Group

I think we can all agree that giving music to dad for Father’s Day is the best gift. I got Jake these 2pac and 50 cent records because he has a ton of childhood memories listening to these records and I thought it would defiantly get an “Awww” out of him. Universal Music Group offers tons of different records and if you take a look you might just find exactly what you are looking for.

No matter what gift you get for dad I think we can all agree that dad’s are pretty great. Have a great week.

* Thank you to BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Singe Edition Media for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.
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Five Toddler Made Father’s Day Gifts

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Father’s Day is officially one week away so here are some gift ideas I put together that you can make with the help of your kiddo. They are all super fun and we will be finishing making these ourselves throughout the week to surprise dad with next Sunday. I love making these gifts with Lila because she knows she is decorating for daddy. So sweet!

 

 

 

Design Your Own Marble Maze – a DIY Virtual Reality Adventure
A classic game reinvented. Step inside your imagination and design your own virtual reality marble maze!

Casetify Kids
Turn their masterpiece into phone cases and tech accessories, and show them off everywhere you go.
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Make a Mini Foosball Table
For those moments they can’t actually be on the field, there’s nothing better than a portable foosball table game. This easy to make DIY kit contains everything needed to build the field, create the players, and play your own foosball game.

Make Your Own Bow Tie
Put a fresh twist on a classic look by designing your own original bow tie. Use the pieces in our DIY kit different patterns of fabrics, premade Velcro strips, and leather string to create one that’ll stand out from the crowd. Make yours to match Dad!

Design Your Own Box Kite
Become a master designer of your own custom box kite. Our DIY kit contains a foldout box kite, tubes of fabric paint, and different colors of glitter glue to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that will soar.

I hope these ideas helped inspire you to make a super thoughtful Father’s Day gift. Let me know in the comments which one was your favorite.

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How to Overcome the Midday Slump

VitaCup coffee and tea pods

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I don’t know about you but once two o’clock strikes I am dire need of a cup of coffee. Between entertaining a toddler, keeping up on work, and attempting to keep the house clean I need a little pick me up to continue the day running smoothly. I have a simple 3 step routine that always perks me up, so if you need a little midday slump inspiration- this one’s for you.

The first thing I like to do when I can feel the slump starting is drink a bottle of water. Anywhere between 8-16 ounces seem to do the trick. It’s always funny to me how something as simple as drinking a glass of water always improves my mood. Next I like to make a cup coffee. I happen to really love drinking coffee and of course can use any extra pep I can get. My absolute favorite afternoon coffee are VitaCup coffee and tea pods.

VitaCup coffee and tea pods are different because their coffee is blended with essential vitamins. This helps to add that extra perk to your cup and leaves your body feeling great. They offer three different flavors: French Roast, French Vanilla and Green Tea. My favorite is the The French Vanilla K-Cup which has a signature vitamin formulation of B1 (Thiamine), B5, B6, B9 (Folic Acid), Antioxidants, B12 & D3. These vitamins help support functions including immune health, alcohol digestion, and metabolism. This particular vitamin blend is also a healthy coffee alternative to energy drinks. For those late evening slumps when I just can’t justify another cup of coffee I like the green tea option, which is also packed with vitamins.
The best part about these pods is that they are eco friendly. Say whaaat?! That’s right fully recyclable coffee pods – and yes, you can put the plastic directly in your recycling bin. The plastic is BPA free. The grinds are great for your garden or compost pile. The mesh filter is biodegradable. There’s never any dairy, gluten, or GMOs. So for the record that’s a win, win, and win. 🙂
My third and final step of the afternoon slump routine is to snack on fruit. I always get so snacky in the afternoon but nothing leaves me feeling more energized or more fueled than cutting up a few different fruits and enjoying them with my little lady. My favorite fruits to snack on are bananas, cantaloupe, and strawberries. Lila will usually eat a whole banana in the time it takes me to drink my coffee and she is still ready to steal bites of mine. Sometimes I thinks she is a monkey because she could totally live off bananas.
I hope you enjoyed these tips to help overcome the midday slump and that they work for you in your home. Till next time!

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