9/1/15

disneyland again

I just had to share these pictures of the boys in front of the castle (the hand holding always gets me). Ardo keeps asking me to go back to Disneyland and honestly I can't wait to go back! I think our next trip will be in October (well Im hoping). The weather should be cooler and I just love seeing that giant Mickey pumpkin. I'm also being very optimistic with the weather cooling down, last year it was hot til December. Oh fall please be good to us. disneyland disneyland disneyland disneyland Group hug! disneyland

8/27/15

disneyland

disneyland Before I started my new job I wanted to take the kids to Disneyland. Jerry has been gone the last two month getting training in Colorado. Soon after he left I was laid off. About a month later I had an interview and soon I was starting a new job. It was the perfect time to go to Disneyland. Marcy and I looked all over the internet for a deal on tickets. We wanted to go, but we also really wanted a discount! Marcy found a military discount Disney was offering. A 3 day hopper pass for the price of a one day hopper pass. We were so excited. Marcy hadn't been to Disneyland in a really long time so to split our time up into 3 days was perfect. We were able to see everything we wanted. We went to Disneyland late two of the three days and my sister and I loved it! We had a plan of what we wanted to get on and where we were going. It was hot (because July) so going a little bit later was nice. Ariels Ride. I love this ride so much. The line is so fast and its so cool in there. Nice little break. james turns one Ardo absolutely loved these guys. We watched the entire show. james turns one I love this picture of them so much. james turns one We also met Woody. james turns one james turns one I am so grateful we were able to spend a good amount of time at California Adventure. I always feel like I never spend enough time getting on everything at California Adventure, this trip I took my time. I notice its easier to get pictures with the characters at California Adventure. The look on the boys faces when they can actually touch Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck is so sweet. Even James, at this point James knows who the characters are and has decided he's a fan. james turns one I have just a few more pictures I want to share and also nursing a 1 year old at Disneyland. More to share in the next few days. :)

8/18/15

the very hungry james

On July 25th I had a party for James' first birthday. James turned one on July 15th and I originally wanted his birthday party on July 18th, but when I went to reserve the park the space I wanted wasn't available, so July 25th it was. The craziest thing ever is, July 18th it rained like crazy. Yes it rained in the summer, in California! I was originally bummed I had to change the party date but I'm so happy I didn't get rained out. James' party has been a long time coming because I started working on it months ago. I chose the theme very early and started buying things and I saw them. I chose The Very Hungry Caterpillar theme for his birthday. I knew early on what I really wanted was a giant caterpillar and fruit to go along with it. I wasn't sure how I was going to pull it off. I decided painting it would be the easiest way. (I'm going to post a little tutorial in the week or so on exactly what I did-so stay tuned) james turns one
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For my dessert and food table I really wanted something different. Last year for Ardos dessert table I used the Photo Booth we made for us announcing we were having another baby. I wanted something with the same feel because caterpillars and wood and parks all go together. I thought about renting a wooden table but man are those expensive to rent. So instead I asked my father in law in the nicest way possible if there would be anyway he could make me a table, and he said YES! He made two beautiful wooden picnic tables for me to use. I absolutely loved not needing a table cloth. The wood really gave the party an extra special touch. james turns one My sister made the garland we used for the table out of felt. We used the cricut to cut out most of the fruit. Yes you guys, you can cut felt on the cricut and it really isn't too hard. However there were some fruits that the cricut didn't have and for those my sister hand cut. james turns one Deciding on desserts was actually easy. I had seen a few ideas I wanted to recreate. I had ice cream cupcakes. james turns one james turns one Krispy Kreme donuts. This is the second time I've had Krispy Kreme donuts for my party and I just love them. We never have left overs and I always go with the mini donuts because people love to just have a taste. james turns one These watermelon rice krispie treats were my FAVORITE! The hot sun melted them just a little bit but they were still yummy. james turns one Using Auntie Apple for my cookies is another tradition I've started. She always does such an amazing job and her cookies are so good. Thanks again Jen! james turns one Butterflys! My butterflies were filled with skittles, I loved the way they came out. james turns one I really don't like "candy bars" I just think a ton of candy is unnecessary. I normally go for a dessert table and add a little of everything. For James' party I had 3 different candies to choose from: gummy worms, runts and butterfly gummies. I was so happy with the way our candy bags came out. I ordered these bags with the idea my guests could take candy or any leftovers and when I saw them making themselves candy bags I was so happy! james turns one James' smash cake. james turns one This was my food table for snacks. I wanted to incorporate the sun from the book, I decided instead of having my snack table plain, I'd decorate it as well. I traced the sun, painted it and then cut it out. I used scissors to cut out the big parts of the sun and then an xacto knife to cut the rest of the rays. Anything I wasn't able to cut I just painted. I loved the way it came out. I know I'm saying that a lot but honestly, with all the hard work my sister and I put into this party, when something came out the way I saw it in my head, I was so excited.
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For Ardo's first birthday I made a birthday banner with his picture for ever month. I wanted some type of picture at James party and when I saw this frame at Michaels (40% off) I couldn't pass it up. I opted to do 3 pictures: newborn, 6 months and then 1 year. Also a little home made piƱata. james turns one
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These popsicles were so refreshing, and aren't they just gorgeous. So happy I went with Sweet Clementine. james turns one As soon as Ardo got the party he was in the jumper and barely came out the whole time!! When he did I asked him for a picture and he happily obliged as long as he could keep his shoes off! He had a great time at James' party. james turns one Ardo is wearing these party hats I made for all the kids to wear. I was intimidated before making these but once we got going they were actually easy. Marcy and I really put our team work out there for these hats. These were the last things we made so by this time we were starting to feel done with the crafts. I'm so glad we pushed through for these hats tho, they came out so cute! james turns one James had no problem digging into his smash cake, the little booger. james turns one The best sister in the entire world…like for real for real. james turns one Lots and lots of long days and nights was well worth it. Our party was the best I could have asked for and I'm so proud it! My sweet James, a whole year old!

8/5/15

around these parts

seventh generation seventh generation I have update around these parts, I got a new job. I'm really happy and excited about starting a new adventure in life. But with new adventure comes changes and my stay at home status will be coming to an end. The boys and I have had quite an adventure these past 6 weeks altogether at home. I am so thankful for preschool and for my mom and mother in law to help with my boys while I go back to work. I am honestly so lucky. For me tho, back to work means its time to stock back up on diapers and wipes and food for lunches. I've made a few changes with my time at home in regards to where I go shopping. We have been 100% grocery shopping at Trader Joe's and I'm loving this change. I think Jerry and I both thought Trader Joe's was a little to expensive to do all our grocery shopping and would just pick up items here and there when we knew our local market didn't carry them. Then one day I made a list and stuck to it and told myself I was going to start price comparing…and guess what? Trader Joe's is not more expensive, instead its just about the same! (Whole foods is a different story-I'm sorry I love whole foods but honestly their prices are ACTUALLY more expensive.) Anyway with James going to my mom and mother in laws that means we need to stock back up on diapers for all 3 places. I will admit I am normally a huggies girl, I'll tell you why, because costco carries them and besides Trader Joe's I would never give up costco. Eventho my family is small there are just some things you need from Costco. But one day I needed diapers and didn't want to go all the way to costco so I just picked up a pack at Trader Joe's. Seventh Generation diapers is the brand they carry and I figured I would give them a try. You guys, I was blown away! These diapers are amazing on so many levels. They felt thin so I wasn't sure about their absorbency, nope wrong! I put the diapers to the ultimate and had James wear them overnight. I don't normally change him in the middle of the night unless he wakes up for a long time and we had no leak throughs, in the morning we just had a heavy diaper. Yes they were thin but James was able to maneuver himself so well I think he appreciated the diaper even more. With all the yucky ingredients gone, I didn't feel bad knowing James would be wearing these on his baby skin for a lot period of time. Compared to the big brand diapers, these diaper hold up really well. And eco-friendly, say whaaaaat!? Seventh Generation is also very sensitive to you. Sometimes James can go through his diapers at night and I was so happy to learn Seventh Generation also comes in an overnight diapers! I wish I could say we'd be making a 100% switch over but Im not the only one buying diapers. When James is at my moms and mama is buying…she buys was she wants. I can say tho for this apartment, we are a Seventh Generation house! james turns one seventh generation I instantly fell in love with these wipes. Again free from all the junk and oh so thick! No need to tear the wipe or fighting with the container. These were our best friends at Disneyland this past week. seventh generation In case you were wondering, these diapers hold up really well with lots of wrestling too. Once James started walking (about a month ago) he'll take down Ardo! seventh generation
Wish me luck friends. My new job starts on Monday and I can't wait!

This post is in partnership review with Seventh Generation. All opinions are of course my own.

7/31/15

nursing {a one year old}

james turns one A whole year of nursing. A. WHOLE. YEAR. You know guys, I can't tell you how proud of myself I am that we made it to a whole year. Because it wasn't easy…it just wasn't. At 2 months I remember thinking what life would be like 6 months from now? Would I have nursing down, or would I still be using that damn nipple shield. (I'm sorry nipple shield because you were good to me and you helped us, but I just didn't want to use you.) But the way I see it is, it doesn't matter how i got here, I got here and my sweet James didn't need any formula and really, that's all I wanted. Now I am nursing a one year old…a one year old with TEETH! 6 teeth to be exact. When James' teeth first broke through I didn't notice a difference but as soon as they grew a little bit more my nipples started to take a beating. James seemed to be relearning how to latch and also trying to figure out what purpose his teeth would serve. Meanwhile, my nipples were getting bit and gnawed and they didn't appreciate it. I had to learn to say HOLY SH*T in the softest voice because I really didn't want to scare him. All the stars were aligned perfectly because as I was going through this transition I was contacted by Milkies asking if I'd like to sample their Nipple Nurture Balm. YES PLEASE!! Milkies sent me their ointment and I immediately started using it. My nipples were instantly relieved. The balm was so soft and added a layer of protection. I was a little concerned James wouldn't like the taste of the balm because now that he's older he has a better sense of what he likes and what he doesn't like, but he had no problem. James didn't seem to notice anything.
I used my balm for 2 weeks straight after every nursing session, and since then I use every morning after my showers. James has seemed to have found his way back and rarely bites anymore but just in case I want to make sure I'm protecting James' breakfast snack midday snack and after dinner snack. :) james turns one As you can see how soft the balm looks, my room can be a little bit hotter so the balm can get even softer (if you can imagine that) and very soothing. james turns one We are big fans of milkies around here. I am so happy with their Nipple Nurture Balm, I'm also happy I've really been able to make it last me. james turns one A little park nursing session with my happy one year old and because of milkies amazing product, a happy mama. james turns one

Milkies sent me their product to review but all opinions are of course my own.

7/30/15

jamesys birthday

Last week was James' birthday…well okay about 2 weeks ago, but I'm trying to sneak in here. :) I mentioned that I just love the taking the kids to indoor playgrounds because the summer and I are not friends! I really really don't enjoy the heat. I had a birthday for James July 25th. His actual birthday is July 15, so on the 15th I really wanted to take him somewhere fun. I had heart about Pretend City awhile ago and decided that James' birthday was a perfect day to check it out. We packed up the car and headed to Irvine. My sisters joined me because they wanted to spend time with James on his birthday too.
I read about Pretend City before we went and I decided ahead of time I was going to let the kids just play. I often micro manage their playtime and I think I do because I want to make sure they are always sharing and always being fair and I just decided this time I was only going to say something if I absolutely needed too. james turns one We wanted to visit every exhibit they had. Post office was one for their favorite spots. I just wished these boys wanted to wear more costumes. james turns one I thought this exhibit smelled, but Ardo loved it. He loves everything with water…except baths sometimes, I always remind him of that. james turns one Then James became a dentist. james turns one james turns one They took the stage and performed. Ardo was eyeing the stage from the moment he saw it but Ardo can be very shy. He kept looking and looking and once the a few kids left and the stage was empty, Ardo made his move. Ardo absolutely positively loves music. He plays the drums and piano every chance he gets. james turns one and then he was needed at dispatch... james turns one then James had Ardo over for dinner and all was well. haha. Honestly tho we had such a great time. I'll definitely be taking the kids the back. james turns one Oh and I just wanted to put this in there because I'm proud of myself. I nursed James at Pretend City without a cover and I was really proud of myself. I figured there were so many moms there and he was hungry for a quick snack, so I sat on the nearest bench and fed him for 10 minutes and then all was well in the world again. It was his birthday after all. :)