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MOM STYLE MONDAY: FOOTWEAR FOR ALL (EVERYTHING UNDER $30)

By on April 30, 2018

Happy Monday everyone! I wanted to take a second to introduce a new series called MOM STYLE MONDAY. I know I use this space primarily to share what Lila is wearing because all my finds are usually either yoga pants or from target. But I know most of you mamas reading this are in the same boat as me so I am gonna dedicate one post a week to things I find for Mama. This week I was on the hunt for a pair of sandals to wear sometimes for a short periods of time. I got a little carried away shopping but the variety of pastels is so fun for spring I think. Also I have been low key living in these sandals and they are most favorite purchase in a long long time.

 

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PLACES IN PASADENA

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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FAVORITE TODDLER TOYS

FUN FINDS FOR TODDLERS THIS SPRING

By on April 24, 2018

Lately I have been on the hunt for a few new things to keep Lila occupied. I feel like she is growing up so fast and her imagination is getting bigger everyday. I wanted to find things that could be ready to take outdoors but also be played with inside. My main goal is to keep her excited and always have fun things around that encourage her to use her imagination and get big ideas. I love it when she comes to me and says, “Mom I have an idea!” It makes me want to do everything in my power to get her vision to come true. Now without further ado here are some fun finds for spring time. Everything is linked at the bottom of the post.

The Snazaroo Brush Pen is a two-in-one brush applicator and liquid face paint. I was pleasantly surprised how easy these pens were to use. The applicator was so easy even Lila could do it herself without getting frustrated. Snazaroo Brush Pens are also approved to use on sensitive skin- which is the first thing that caught my eye when finding this product. Most face paints can get really irritating, so finding a mess free, sensitive skin, face paint felt like a major mom win! Lila obviously was obsessed with these pens and instantly requested a butterfly. I have a feeling we will be using these every day.

Lila is on a serious dinosaur kick right now so when I found these beautifully illustrated books, they got my attention. Dinosaurs Living In My Hair encourages children to color outside-the-lines and embrace their creative, imaginative spirit. I love the message these books and they gave me and my girl a great talk about imagination. Lila’s favorite part about the books was that they were written in rhyme. She would giggle through practically the whole story. I am now hooked on finding more children’s poetry books for her little library.

Raise your hand if you already have at least one PEZ dispenser at home! (Everyone, right?) Well as I mentioned earlier Lila is loving dinosaurs right now so when she saw these Jurassic World Collection PEZ dispensers she thought they were the coolest thing ever. I don’t think she has a favorite because they all get equal attention. It’s so cute to see her play with PEZ since I totally used to collect them when I was younger. In the collection they have available T-Rex, Blue the Raptor, and Dilophosaurus. Okay, now who is excited to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom?

Packing healthy toddler snacks to take on the go is HARD. I am always struggling to find new things so when I found these Sprout Crispy Chews I knew they were going to be a hit. I picked up two flavors, because why not- Orchard Fruit & Carrot and Red Fruit Beet & Berry. Really they both sounded so good I wanted to sneak a few bites for myself. Made with a full serving of REAL fruits & veggies so my job of preparing snacks just got really easy. Lila love love loves the Red Fruit Beet & Berry flavor so I think I’ll be stocking up on these plant powered toddler snacks.

Both of Lila’s grandmas wear glasses so she has developed a fascination to putting on their frames. I am not gonna lie I get a little chill every time she puts on their glasses because I know it’s not good for her. So these Zenni Optical Kids Glasses were very necessary. They are flexible kid glasses for toddlers and kids. So to Lila she can tell they are real glasses and have become quite a hit. They are designed to be played in with no hinges, no metal parts, and an adjustable/detachable strap. There is no perscieption in the lenses so she can play in them for short periods of time and is totally fine. I think they might be her favorite box she ever opened!

*This post has been kindly sponsored by Babbleboxx.com. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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MOM LIFE

SPRING CLEANING WITH CLOROX

By on April 20, 2018
This post has been kindly sponsored by Clorox. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

It’s that time of year… Spring Cleaning! I don’t love and I don’t hate it, but every year I do it. There’s something so calming about a clean, decluttered house. It feels like there is more room to breathe! All year I am shoving things into drawers and closets and now it’s time to go through and sort all of the stuff that has piled up. It’s like little mini time capsules spread around the house. Haha, am I right?

When it comes to cleaning products I like to know I’ll be killing all the germs. That’s why I have used Clorox for as long as I can remember. Their products kill 99.9% of germs and I don’t know about you but I can’t live with a number any lower than that. Especially with my little one in the house.

This year I got a little festive and decided to try Clorox’s new Scentiva product line. I chose the Pacific Breeze and Coconut scent for all the products since I wanted one universal scent. And how heavenly does Pacific Breeze and Coconut and sound?! I’m relaxed just thinking about it. Do yourself a favor and next time you are in the cleaning isle, look out for it because there is a scratch a sniff on the bottle and with one sniff you’ll want to take it home.

These are the products I picked up and why:

CLOROX SCENTIVA FOAM CLEANER – I bought this cleaner for our tub/shower. It removes soap scum 15x’s faster for a spotless tub. This product is always under the bathroom sink for quick, powerful cleaning.

CLOROX SCENTIVA MULTI-SURFACE CLEANER – I think this product might be my favorite cleaning product, like ever. I seriously use it everyday in every room of the house. It’s my little powerhouse cleaner cutting tough grease and grime while killing 99.9% of viruses and bacteria. Talk about a special helper!

CLOROX SCENTIVA TOILETWAND SYSTEM – I have had one of these wands in my bathroom since I was a kid. Just clean the bowl, then toss the head away. Killing 99.9% of germs, my mom was all about them! I was so excited when I saw they had these in the Pacific Breeze and Coconut scent too.

CLOROX SCENTIVA TOILET CLEANING GEL – I like to have this gel on hand for a deeper clean. The wands are great but every few times I like to switch it up and get in there to dissolve hard water and lime scale stains.

So now you know my top 4 bathroom picks. Do you have a favorite that you think I am missing? Leave me a comment below to let me know.

This post has been kindly sponsored by Clorox. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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MUST HAVES WITH BABY

ROAD TRIP READY WITH CYBEX SIRONA M

By on April 15, 2018


Road trip ready, beep beep! We are checking off a bucket list item this weekend at Yosemite National Park. This has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember and this weekend is the perfect excuse to drive up and spend some family time together.
My husband loves to hike and explore nature so for him this is the perfect vacation. Since my husband works a 9-5 inside Los Angeles, he loves any excuse to get away and be with nature. We couldn’t imagine leaving Lila behind on any of our adventures so away we go!

At the top of my To Do list before we leave is installing a new car seat. As a mom every little thing worries me and car seat safety is one of those things. I did some research trying to find the right car seat that would put me at ease, and finally found, CYBEX Sirona M. It’s basically every parent’s dream car seat and the newest addition to the CYBEX Gold Car Seat family. Sirona M uses SensorSafe 2.0 which offers advanced child safety protection.

SensorSafe 2.0 integrates important safety technology into the chest clip of the car seat. SensorSafe 2.0 goes a step further to monitor the well being of the child while the vehicle is in motion. Whether you accidentally leave the child alone in the car or the child unbuckles herself, the essential alert will go off through both the vehicle receiver and the caregiver’s cellphone. There is a small vehicle receiver that is installed in the vehicle OBD2 port and that is what connects to the smartphone. If you are driving the car and can’t access the phone, the app is not required to receive the alerts.

This give me peace of mind to leave my worries at home and enjoy the trip ahead. I never know what’s going on back there with her car seat straps. But now I’m worry free since I will know if anything unsafe arrises in the backseat. I don’t know how I went this long without this family trip must have item.

p.s. At the bottom of this post I have rounded up all of my favorite things that I picked up to get us through this roadtrip.

*This post has been kindly sponsored by Cybex Global. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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backpack //  car storage box  // backseat organizer  // window shade  // water bottle  // twistable crayons  // coloring book  // writing board  // hatchimals  // activity tray table //  look and find princess book  // p is for princess book  // cybex sirona m

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ALL THINGS FEMME

GREAT CARE FOR LESS MONEY WITH SINGLE CARE

By on April 4, 2018

REAL TALK. I don’t think I knew a single thing about healthcare before I was pregnant. But let me tell ya I learned really fast. The first thing I learned? It’s expensive! So ever since I have been on the hunt for more affordable options. When I found Single Care I knew it was a game changer. It was free to sign up and can instantly search nearby locations for prescriptions, dental, vision, and even video doctor visits. It’s been a huge relief to have this kind of support available. Less time for stress and more time for fun!

How Single Care Works

PRESCRIPTIONS:SingleCare partners with pharmacies nationwide to get you affordable prices on your prescriptions.

DENTAL:SingleCare handles patient billing for dental offices nationwide. Reducing the work to see a patient means their partners offer great care at the best possible price.

VISION:SingleCare partners with Walmart Vision Centers across the country to handle billing and to make routine eye care more affordable for consumers.

VIDEO DOTOR VISITS: SingleCare has partnered with MeMD to provide quick, affordable doctor visits through a phone or computer. Members spend less time at the waiting room and more time feeling better.

*Thank you to Single Care for kindly sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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