Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Weekend in Arizona

We went down to Arizona last weekend for our nephew's 3rd birthday party and it was seriously so fun! I love that we live closer to my family in Arizona so I don't miss these fun weekends. We drove five hours and met everyone at Texas Roadhouse where Aden ate his weight in rolls. Adie and Aden were obsessed with jumping on the beds at our hotel. They renovated the hotel and we were the first ones to stay in our new room so they had a cake and balloon to welcome us! How fun! 

We ate breakfast at the hotel, the mini waffles were my favorite and Aden couldn't stop eating the pineapple. :) Parties are seriously one of my favorite things, ever! I went with my sister to grab balloons and make a quick costco run, grabbed polar pops/thirstbusters and got ready for the party! The theme was firetrucks/fireman anything fire! Ha! It was literally the cutest little birthday party! I cannot wait until Aden turns two (I mean I can but really!?!?) so fun! My sister made all of the decorations and I just helped put stuff out. Half hour into the party the fire truck showed up and I almost cried watching how excited Tucker (everyone) was. Living through your kids is seriously one of the best things about being parents. 

Everything about the firetruck was AWESOME! They had the kids tour the truck, try on the helmets & jackets and they all just stood there like now what?! They had a fun game of putting out the fire, they hooked up the hose to the hydrant and literally let the kids get drenched! Aden was napping during the whole thing and looking back I wish we woke him up so he could play in the water! They had a fun game where you were either on the black team or the red team and you had to fill buckets up with water and run to fill up the big bucket. So funny watching them all scatter and run and water splashing ... kids are the freaking best! They gave the kids a ride on the truck so I went with Adie and I literally was sweating everywhere! Like my neck was sweaty! #sogross We ate hot dogs and hamburgers, Aden loved sitting with Aunt Dee Dee and eating all her watermelon! Such a fun party, lots of candy and one game of Catan ... I totally won! :) #longestroad 

Happy 3rd Birthday Tucker! We sure love you! XO

Monday, August 22, 2016

Back to School with Nestlé

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Since Adie started school last week we have been a little chaotic, getting into a routine that works for all of us since we are all new at it. We all have mixed emotions and the last thing I want to worry about is an after school snack and lets be honest, dinner. That's why I love DIGIORNO® RISING CRUST® Pizza from DIGIORNO® Pizzas, because on a busy day you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time listening to stories from school. We love pizza and pepperoni is popular at our house. I love that pizza can be a meal you feel good about feeding your growing kids, adding a salad, fruit or even veggies makes pizza night something even I (moms) can love! A recipe for success.

Aden is the best little shopper, once we drop Adie off at school we can get a few things done, heading to Safeway/Vons is one of them. Grabbing a few of our favorites for school nights makes shopping easy, HOT POCKETS® snack bites are one of my favorites. Little fingers, little bites :) plus makes Adie's lunch not so boring! Being a stay at home Mom one thing I love is making dinner time special (most days) ... dinner time is my chance to #unplug and connect with my favorite people. Nestle products are fun, simple, and helpful meal solutions for dinner in our house. We laugh at Aden smearing pizza everywhere, Adie tells us all about school, even soccer and Eric and I get to enjoy our little babes being little for another night.

One of Adie's favorite thing to do is set the table for dinner, she goes all out for every dinner she helps with. Then her job is to get everyone drinks :) her favorite is chocolate milk she calls dark milk! We made the mistake of letting Aden sit at the table now he refuses to sit in his highchair, so it's been messy, a little bit of a wrestling match, usually a change of clothes and mostly we just go with it.

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We love our treats! A fun way to get our little people involved is chopping up a few of our favorite NESTLÉ® Fun Size Candy. NESTLÉ® BUTTERFINGER® and BABY RUTH®. Sprinkle a little or a lot in Adie's case to a scoop of vanilla or make it two scoops in a waffle cone. California is hot, treats are our way of keeping cool and we always have a stocked freezer! :) One of my favorite smoothies to make is a strawberry + banana flavored with a scoop of Dryer's classic vanilla is our most favorite! Aden is our number one smoothie drinker and Adie can eat two scoops of chocolate chip faster than anyone I know!! We love blending them up on a hot summer day, by the pool or in the morning when we are in our usual hustle before getting out the door. Ok for your strawberry smoothie you'll need:

1 cup chopped strawberries
1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1 ripe banana
a couple scoops of Dryer's Classic Vanilla ice cream (game changer!!!)
splash of milk (1 cup milk without ice cream)

1. Blend until smooth
2. Pour into your favorite glasses and garnish with a strawberry/banana and a cute straw
3. Make more because you will love it that much. Promise! :)

Stock up on your Nestle products at any Safeway/Vons near you which makes shopping for Back to School and dinner easy on the whole family ... grab your coupons here and have fun!

Monday, August 15, 2016

First Day of Preschool

Today was the best day! Adie started pre-k, there were no tears, and she loved it. I was so proud of her, watching her race into class after we signed her in, finishing her fruit loop necklace. And just like that our little babes started school. I am looking forward to her stories, making friends and knowing she can do anything and ANYTHING is possible! We got there early since teacher orientation was complete chaos, and to our surprise (well mine) it was real good. We waited in line, chased Aden, and listened to Adie ask if she could go in now a few hundred times. Her teacher went over a few expectations for the year while the kids worked on their fruit loops which of course got Aden's attention, I think he just loves being next to Adie. So stinking cute. We practiced the drop-off routine and that was that, Adie ran into class after putting her backpack up and never looked back, no hug. no kiss. no goodbyes. nothing! She literally was so excited to ditch us, so we walked out with a little ache in our hearts but mostly full of love! I would have died if she was a crier, clinger or a complete nightmare so I'll take getting ditched.

Time seems to fly now when she's gone, unlike my 3 o'clock my eyes are bleeding I am so tired and my kids are loco chicken nuggets (that's what Adie always says) time. I put Aden down for his nap and actually got stuff done without someone yelling at me from upstairs that she's done going poop! Every time! Her school is not even 10 minutes away which I love and it has a park and it's where she will be taking dance (ballet and tap) class. I over packed her lunch because half of it came home, but you never know if fruit snacks makes new best friends :) Her little lunch box matches her backpack and she was so excited when I showed her everything this morning. I love her excitement over the little things. I wrote a little "I'm proud of you" note and stuck it in her backpack and even know she can't read she knew it was there. She literally is so fun and I loved seeing her today, she was brave, fun and makes my mama heart want to explode!

She hasn't really told us how things went, so we keep asking her questions and you get a little more out of her. I did get that the teacher did something wrong, she didn't pull the little tabs out on her apple juice :) ha ha I always do so they don't squeeze the crap out of the box and then juice is everywhere! She practiced her ABC's, made new friends but she doesn't know their names. They played, ate lunch and we're assuming it was the best day! So hoping she'll tell us more next time she goes! 

Now that she is in school, I want to totally add a little desk area in her room! RIGHT!!! I grabbed a few things from one of our favorite kids store and I insist on all of it. I could see her coloring, practicing cutting up her coloring books, and hopefully developing a love for learning! I want her to grow to love everything about school and learning! So first things first ... the desk! I love the two-toned style so it can literally go with any color. I like things to look clean and crisp so I limit what goes on any counter/desk whatever! But a few good classic books with that cute balloon dogie book end! I love a mixture of art to show her personality! She is all about outdoors and could literally spend every second at the beach (so my girl) and then completely believes in anything magical! I love the little bunny eared desk lamp that clips on. The gold chair is I think my favorite, I almost went pink then thought it was too much until I saw the gold ... meant to be. Matching the desk lamp, the little bunny pillow is new and to die for! Adie gets a kick out of things like that so it would be perfect for her new desk! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the rug! The colors, the flowers ... Adie always tells us how much she loves flowers and she would just be thrilled and a soft round rug to add texture is the perfect touch! I love these book caddys and am sure you've seen them before if you follow along! We are all about poufs over here, I think if they are throughout your home the little people will love them and jump a little less on your sofa! :) win!

She ate her fruit loop necklace and just wore the string :) ha ha

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Back To School

We took Adie to her meet the teacher/orientation night tonight after Chipotle (I could eat that every day) and I had to hold back the ugly cry! She is so excited and keeps asking me when I get to drop her off and tells me I have to drop her off because she can't drive yet. :) I am excited for her to learn, grow and make friends. She is going a couple times a week, starting soccer and dance ... so we will be busy but I am looking forward to every second. She will need her lunch packed and I cannot wait to put all of her favorites in and I already bought a little notepad I can write her "I love you's" because I need this more than she does. But one thing I can definitley look forward to is her first day and making every second count.

I love how much Adie loves pink ... sometimes (like tonight) she wears too much pink! But is there such thing?! I want her to be able to have fun, learn and make new friends! So these camo leggings are perfect for running around being comfy on day one. Not that I could pass up a stinking darling dress either!!! I just love Adie's backpack we picked up in Pasadena (you can see more here) and I will put her little heart patch on this weekend! She needs a few school supplies like beginner pencils, fiskers scissors and crayons! So excited for her! I will probably just camp out at the car with Aden while sissy is at school, I am going to miss her like crazy! Over time I know my heart will be less empty and more full of her stories and I am looking forward to some quality time with my Aden!

We are headed to the beach tomorrow before our little girl starts school! -XO!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016


Yesterday after Aden's (much needed) nap I spent the afternoon with my two little babes in Pasadena. I love that town and could spend all weekend there ... and shop! My favorite stores are there, West Elm, Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn and J.Crew (crewcuts)! Adie is starting pre-k next week and I have mixed emotions that we wont get into now but she's so stinking excited! I had Adie pick out her backpack even if it's freaking giant but I seriously LOVE IT! :) It's the funnest backpack and it's 100% her personality, best part the eyes glow in the dark! We had to pick up a little pom-pom monster to add to it! She insisted tickling Aden with it and kept saying "Mama, he likes tickles!" I am most likely going to have to snag the cute little pencil case and maybe the lunch box, but we meet her teacher tomorrow night. Might have to do some last minute weekend school shopping! I made sure I grabbed the cutest little heart patch to add to her bag, I told her that every time she looks at it she'll be reminded how much I love her guts!

After waiting like 20 minutes and listening to her cry and tell me she wants to stay in the car, we pushed Aden to Crate and Barrel to pick up a vase for our kitchen table and I am obsessed with it! Pushing Aden AND Adie in a single stroller is a complete workout in 95+ degree weather and I play referee because Aden kicks Adie then he pulls her hair but I am determined to SHOP! So I dropped off the C&B box and headed down the street to J.Crew! I love this store, their style is one of my favorites for Adie! :) Nothing gets you customer service like walking in with a stroller and a four year old! I have never been asked so many times if I was doing okay, if there was anything they could help me with and the backpack was waiting for me at the front counter (I called earlier to have them hold one). Maybe because I was taking pictures or maybe because Moms totally shove stuff in their strollers (at least when I worked at VS, they would)! #truestory But we made it out of the store with the best backpack ever and one happy, excited girl!

Walked, ran and sweated our way to West Elm, another favorite store! This one gal is there every time I work and she is so fun! Picked up another couple vases for our kitchen table and wanted everything in the store. Adie was shopping for sofas, and trying to convince me to buy one! You do not need to convince me baby girl! Little by little our place is looking like people live in it! We went to Cheesecake Factory and going solo with two little hungry people I was a bit worried but they were angels and I loved spending every second with them. Aden grabbed for everything, played with his little car and couldn't get enough bread. Adie orders herself, makes sure the Sprite keeps coming and loves sitting next to me! After my favorite chicken caesar salad, two sprite refills for Adie and a little boy who was ready to go, we walked and talked till we got to our car. Drove back to West Elm curbside to pick up our bags and drive in California traffic, which it doesn't really bother me because we have no where important to be! We played i-spy, the radio too loud, and peek-a-boo with Aden for a little over an hour. Grabbed frozen lemonades and Aden was completely pissed until we stopped the car and got out. Just love them! We spent an hour running in the grass and made it home just before the sun said goodbye. I love this stage of life ... so much!

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