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April 5, 2017

Weekend: The Easter Bunny Edition

I hope you had a great weekend! As usually, ours went by way too quickly! Saturday morning we ventured down to Milpitas to the Great Mall to see the Easter Bunny.

Owen has always loved to seeing the Easter Bunny, but we weren't too sure about how Luke would act this year. He's pretty shy with strangers and is very attached to me lately. He wasn't even into taking a photo with daddy behind the camera. I was sure he would freak out and we'd end up with one of those screaming baby photos people love so much.

This is Owen's attempt at "helping" Luke practice his smile. Poor Luke. I don't know exactly why, but something about this photo reminds me of Heath Ledger as the Joker.

The photographers were really helpful and instructed us to stand back and let Owen get settled with TEB (The Easter Bunny) while they put their camera set up for us, and then right before they started to snap a photo we popped Luke onto his lap. What a great idea, because it really worked!

I think the photos turned out pretty cute! Owen obviously knows just how to sit and smile for a photo. After all, I have given him tons of practice over the years! Luke though, was not convinced. He didn't shed a tear or let out a whimper, but he was just not thrilled or willing to smile. I think he was probably confused! That is a classic Luke face!

The Easter Bunny will be at the Great Mall now through Saturday, April 15th. You can get the exact dates and hours of operation here. And next weekend (Saturday, April 8th from 1pm-3pm) they're having a really fun Dora and Diego Hop into Spring event to kick off the arrival of spring. There will be fun activities, arts and crafts, face painting, and photo opportunities with the characters and of course the Easter Bunny!

Afterward Luke was full of sweet smiles, of course!

We shopped at some of our favorite outlets afterward; J. Crew, Banana Republic and GAP Kids. We all got a few basics (stocked up on t-shirts and shorts for the boys) and I got a pair of Slim Boyfriend jeans at J. Crew for myself. I have a hard time finding jeans and these were at must-buy from the moment I put them on. Luke of course, wouldn't let me put him down even in the dressing room, so trying them on was a little challenging.

We stopped for lunch, and then on the way home, since the boys were both asleep in the car, I got to look around Living Spaces by myself while Keith stayed in the car with them. The store is huge! It took the place of a Kohl's that was there and it takes up the entire space -- all three levels.

A few things I'm considering after my short 20 minute stroll through the store... 

The Everette dresser for the master bedroom. I love the color of this dresser. I also kind of like the rug under it too.

This Marisa rug is so soft and really plush! I'm not quite sure we want something this dark, although it would definitely hide any stains and wear, but I love how comfortable it is.

I was really looking forward to seeing the Sinclair pieces in person having only seen them online. I'm pretty positive we'll be buying the Sinclair media chest in gray, but I'm not sure I love the dresser since the drawers don't seem to be on runners and didn't pull out with ease.

Anyway, I can't wait to go back again on a less busy day and look around a bit more.

The rest of the afternoon we hung out in the yard and watched the boys play with water and with the vegetable garden. I just love these long, warm days! 

How was your weekend?

March 31, 2017

No Damsels in Destress

I grew up in a family that was totally girl-centric. With no brothers, uncles or cousins to speak of, everything in our family centered around the interests of my sister and I, like ballet, American Girl dolls, boy bands and shopping.

In school the things the boys liked to do always seemed sort of foreign to me, weird and strange even, probably because I just didn't understand them. They played rough, teased each other relentlessly and they were usually loud. Fast forward 30 years and I find my self on the other side of the fence, immersed daily in all those things that boys do. My days are filled with bugs, trucks, Nerf gun battles and Star Wars characters. There isn't a flash of pink among our toys or in our laundry baskets. But what's different now is that I understand these boys a whole lot more!

I want this understanding for my sons too. I want them to know that girls aren't all about dollies, tea parties and pink -- they might actually even be interested in a lot of the same things if they try and find that common interest. They don't have a sister, but they are lucky to have lots of aunts and cousins, two wonderful grandmas, and ME. Above all else I am probably their best example of what a girl can be, although I know they think of me as mommy, and not necessarily a girl. I get the great pleasure and privilege of being their first example of what a girl really is, beyond the princesses they see in most shows. I get to show them that I can be both a lover of pink and also very strong, physically and emotionally.

Children's shows on television sure have changed in the way they depict girls. The female characters on the shows I watched as a young girl were often damsels in distress, cheerleaders and girly girls. The characters in the shows and movies I've listed below

Here are some of Owen's favorite shows and with strong female main characters!

Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh

Doc McStuffins


Star Wars: The Clone Wars

The Justice League
  The Lego Movie

Dragons: Race to the Edge

What are your kids favorite shows and movies to watch on Netflix? 

Disclosure: As a part of the the Netflix #StreamTeam I receive perks as part of my membership, but all opinions are my own.

Five : S-Stown, Charcoal Masks and Brotherly Love

Hello and HAPPY Friday, my friends! Another week is behind us and the fun of the weekend awaits, so let's get on with it. Here's my five...

jeans (similar) | sandals | tee (similar) | necklace | bracelette

| O N E | I bought these double-strap sandals at Old Navy last week because 1. they are cute 2. they're so comfortable, and 3. they ridiculously inexpensive at around $12. They're a nice alternative to my typical summer go-to of Rainbow flip-flops.

| T W O | Are you into podcasts? Our whole family is, well except for Luke, really. Keith, Owen and I all have our own favorites. The creators of Serial aired S-Town this week and so far I'm hooked. It's about a small town (possible) murder in Alabama. I love the story and the mystery, but the accents are so fun to hear too.

| T H R E E | Living Spaces opens in Milbrae today and I am so excited! I have been eyeing a few of pieces of furniture for months and I can't wait to finally see some of it in person this weekend. They couldn't have opened up at a more convenient time for us too with our move coming up. I've got my eye on THIS and THIS!

| F O U R | The charcoal face mask I ordered on Amazon finally arrived this week! I was excited (and a little afraid) to give it a try, but it was totally painless, and quite effective. I did a medium size layer on my nose and chin to test it out first. I had heard that these can really stick and be kind of painful to remove, but that wasn't my experience at all. Mine peeled off nicely and did a better job that the biore strips I've used before. Of course it didn't completely clear my pores, but it did a good enough job and smoothed my skin. I'll definitely give it another try, but next time I might go a little thicker. 

| F I V E | Yesterday I was washing dishes in the kitchen while the boys were playing quietly in the living room. Well, if you're a mom you know that quiet is nice, but also suspicious, so I peeked in to see what they were up to.... and Owen was holding Luke very similarly to what you see in the picture above and was spinning in (slow) circles. Both kids were smiling and there was some laughing so I watched them for a minute! I love watching their little relationship grow!

How was your week? What's on your agenda for the weekend? Owen is off next week for Spring Break, so I'll be brain storming some ideas to fill our extra time up with some fun activities and adventures.

You can see where I'm linking up HERE!