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FATHER’S DAY AT THE AMERICANA AT BRAND

By on June 18, 2018

Over the weekend we celebrated Hubs with an amazing day at the Americana. When I asked Lila what she wanted to do for Father’s Day, she said, “Let’s go to the Americana!” (Which is her answer to most questions these days…) We saw a matinee of the Incredibles 2, which was so fun. The perfect movie to take Dad to see. Then we made a picnic on the lawn with macaroons and lattes from Laduree. It was was such a lovely and relaxing day. Just like Hubs wanted.

photos by howlandrose

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TAKE MOM TO BRUNCH THIS MOTHER’S DAY

By on April 29, 2018

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and I am soaking up every mama celebrated second. Jake and I have a tradition that for every holiday before we start running around to our families houses’ that we do something together first. Yesterday we did a little Mother’s Day brunch test run at Bacari GDL and it was so wonderful that I can already declare this a successful holiday.

It was our first time dining at Bacari GDL, and I was very excited to try their menu. I would describe their plates as small portioned, which is great for trying a lot of flavors. I let my husband choose the plates and he did quite an amazing job. Below is a snapshot of the menu items we ordered.

from left to right: baked cauliflower, brussel sprouts, potato hash, macchiato, dutch pancake, french toast, kids mac n cheese, kids chicken tenders, kids fries

We spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying the Americana at Brand. Sipping ice coffee in their grass area AKA my happy place. Since Lila was such a good girl all day we let her pick a prize from the bookstore and she picked a package of hatchimals. We opened them in the grass area and she met some friends to share them with and play. Soaking in the sun is what Saturdays are all about.

Since becoming a Mother I noticed we don’t have many Mother’s Day traditions. I think that going out to Brunch as a family of three really sets the tone for the day. Other than Brunch we visit my mom and my husbands mom and spend some time with them letting them know how much we love them. My go to gift for Mother’s Day is a hand selected box of chocolates from See’s Candies. I have gotten her this same box of chocolate from as early as I can remember. My husband is sweet and knows how much I love it so he will always hand select a box for as well.

I am really looking forward to this Mother’s Day! I can’t wait to see what my husband has planned for the morning. And as long as it’s brunch, I’ll be a happy mama.

*Thank you to the Americana at Brand for kindly hosting us at Bacari GDL. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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PLACES IN PASADENA: FLOAT

By on March 7, 2018

It’s probably no surprise to you to hear that I have a serioussweet tooth. And one of my all time favorite desserts is a root beer float. When Hubs and I started dating we used to go anywhere and everywhere for a good root beer float. When I was in college I discovered Float just a few blocks from campus here in Pasadena. Since my first visit I was hooked! I have since become a regular at this spot and I still love it just as much as day one.

They actually have an amazing menu of creative floats mixing specialty glass bottle sodas with delicious handmade ice cream. From the combinations to the the toppings, I am always amazed at the creativity. Today we tried the Neapolitan and it was seriously the best thing ever! It had strawberry chip ice cream, manhattan vanilla soda, mini chocolate donuts, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and sprinkles. And that’s not all. Want to know the best part? Lila got a mini one!  That’s right. Every Monday from 3-6 they offer a Mommy & Me Float. Buy one float, get a mini float for your mini me- free!

Guess you’ll be seeing us here every Monday!

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It’s #NationalBundtDay + Things I’m Thankful For

By on November 14, 2017

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and sometimes it is way to easy to get sucked into the holiday. This year I am doing best to not forget to look my left and look to my right, at the two most important people in my life. Lila is growing so fast that sometimes I want to stop myself from blinking. In my opinion she is at the perfect age. She is so fun to be around and so good at making an ordinary day feel special. I love that about her. She makes a simple trip to the grocery store a special adventure. Sometimes we are pirates looking for the perfect oranges and sometimes she’ll have a brilliant idea where we have to rush to the coffee shop to hide from the bergens.

I will take any excuse to have a relaxing afternoon with my girl. I hope everyone gets to enjoy a slice of cake outside in the sunshine today!

 *This post has been kindly sponsored by Nothing Bundt Cakes. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
**Photos by Rebecca Orlandini Photography

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