July 22, 2014

That Time We Ran Out of TP

Being a Stay-at-home-mom means I have certain never ending jobs around the house. There are tasks that never end, like laundry (I've always got a load in the wash, one in the dryer, at least one that needs folding and tons to put away), dishes, cooking meals and restocking the toilet paper. I feel like the stocking of the toilet paper is possibly the most frustrating. Maybe because I'm usually the one replacing an empty roll or the one running into the garage to grab more rolls to refill the bathrooms? I wish they could stock themselves! Ha!


Now, I know we all have a story of a time that we were caught without toilet paper in a time of need. There is nothing worse than having company, or to be at someone's house for a big party and to realize you're stuck in the bathroom without toilet paper. What exactly are you supposed to do in that situation?

Owen is really into the potty right now, even though we aren't officially potty training, he still asks to use the potty when he sees older kids using it or needing to go, which brings us to my / our #SheetOutOfLuck story:

A few weeks ago we were at a friend's party at their home with lots of people. It was nearing the end of the party when Owen asked to use the bathroom. He's still in diapers, so it wasn't a necessary trip, but whenever he asks to go on the potty I obliged because I want to encourage good potty using behavior. Well, I brough him into the bathroom and sat him on the toilet and low and behold he actually went! I was so proud of him and even kind of surprised! But I was even more suprised / shocked to find the bathroom was out of TP! The horror! Stuck in the bathroom at a crowded party with a toddler who you are so proud of for going on the potty, but stuck without any TP to clean him up with. Cue major PANIC!

The party was still going strong, music playing loudly and kids playing even louder, that no one would really hear me if I shouted for help. Luckily, I knew I could depend on Keith to help. I pulled my phone out of my back pocket (luckily I was taking pictures with my camera, because otherwise I would have left it in the diaper bag) and sent him a text message to please ask the hostess for a roll of toilet paper . It took Keith a little while to notice the text, and then a little while longer for him to get to us with the toilet paper. Owen happily played games on my phone while we waited for the TP. Moral of the story is, stock your bathroom up with toilet paper before you have a big party or maybe just buy bigger rolls so you don't have to restock as often!!

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You can check out more of these cute videos HERE that show more funny, sad, moments when people realize they're #SheetOutOfLuck! Now it's YOUR turn! I would love to hear some of your #SheetHappens moments! Follow the hashtags #SheetOutOfLuck and #SheetHappens on Facebook and Twitter and join in on the conversation!

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I was compensated for sharing our #SheetOutOfLuck story with you today, but the mortification and panic described were truly my own, as is our love for Angel Soft®!

July 18, 2014

Oh Hey, Friday!

Good Morning and Happy Friday! I feel like it has been forever since I've blogged about what we're up to around here, so today I'm just rambling on about this and that just like I would to a friend at the park and I hope you don't mind all my yammering!


Owen and I spent Thursday morning at the TOMS Warehouse Sale! I hadn't really planned on going, but we were up and out at the park when I remembered it was starting that morning, so we headed over. The line was long outside and there was a 20 minute wait to get in, but luckily for me Owen was really patient. The warehouse was filled with shoes! Everything was sorted into Women's, Children's and Men's sections and then from there by size. Each size had about two groupings of 7 boxes filled with shoes. From there you had to dig through to find the material / color / style you were looking for. The Classic style was only $22 each! And the children's were $17! It took me forever to make a decision about what to get, but in the end I left with the TOMS Classic in Ash and TOMS Classic in Dark Green, and a pair of TOMS Tiny Classics in Ash for Owen. We might be going back again this morning in hopes of finding a pair of ballet flats since they didn't have any out yesterday.

 

I never got around to recapping our little 4th of July last week, and I'm okay with that, but I just want to make sure I record the cute thing Owen said when we were watching fireworks.

I had been talking up the fireworks, America and singing him God Bless America (don't worry, I'm not going to make you listen to that) for weeks, so on the 4th he was really excited the time had finally come to see the fireworks! What's really funny is that he kept requesting that I sing "God Bless America" to him all the time, every where we went: in Target, driving in the car, while I rocked him to sleep. Anyway we're sitting out on the field at the elementary school in our neighborhood with a bunch of our family and Owen is just loving the firework show. He was "oooing" and "ahhhing" along with everyone and we were so glad he wasn't scared of the dark or the loud booms.

Well, the finale starts and he's totally blown away and says "That's God Bless America, right there!!!" Like in that moment he was just really feeling the patriotism and the song and it was coming to life right in front of him. Keith and I just looked at each other in surprise and died from the cuteness.


My new Life Planner came this week! I went with the scales design in seafoam, and I spent a good chunk of Owen's nap Tuesday filling in all the important dates. I really lucked out that it came so quickly -- I was just weeks away from running out of space! This year I also added a picture to the back, which I really like. There's nothing like a nice new, fresh planner to make me feel extra organized!


I finally finished reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green a couple weeks ago. It was a great book, and I loved the story. It was well written, an easy read and I came to really like and care for the characters by the end of the book. And now I can't wait to see the movie! After finishing the book I was really in the mood for another good read, so I dove right into Orphan Train by Christina Baker Klin. I finished this book in three days! It was that good, in my opinion. I liked that it bounced back and forth between two different stories and time periods, although I really enjoyed reading Viviana's story a lot more.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opened to the public today! I have been eying this Moon & Lola Personalized Script Monogram Pendant Necklace the whole time the card holder pre-sale was going on. I was so excited to see this morning that the it's under $60! It was promptly added to my shopping cart and purchased. Can't wait for it to arrive!

Linking this post up with Karli & Amy for "Oh Hey, Friday"!

July 17, 2014

One year and Beyond - Favorite Summer Toddler Activities

Today is the second week in the One Year and Beyond Series! Thank you so much to everyone who linked up last week and for all of your sweet comments on my post. I loved reading all of the great advice and ideas everyone had to share on keeping your marriage alive with a toddler, and I can't wait to hear all of the great ideas you have this week!


Today's topic of discussion is Favorite Summer Toddler Activities. Summer is my favorite time of year because it usually means we can spend a ton of time OUTSIDE and thus, our list of fun activities is endless. Unlike Winter, Summer weather lends itself to more simple pleasures (hello, donut + park dates, or sticky after nap popsicles!) and spontaneity. Fun activities in the Summer don't have to be brilliant and Pinterest-worthy, or require a lot of preparation. Even basic chores can be fun in the Summer! Here are a few of our favorite things to do in the Summer that you can go do right now!!


Try a New Park - There are so many parks in our area, we love trying a new one every once in a while! I like to ask Facebook friends for suggestions for their favorite park, search yelp or just get in the car and see where we end up. We often drive by random parks while we're out running errands, so I keep a list in the notes section of my phone so I don't forget to visit the park someday.

Go Exploring! - We love parks, but we also really really love exploring! We like to set out to a location (the local community college football field, a huge grassy park with no actual play structure, etc.) and just see what we can see. This isn't brilliant, I know, but Owen loves doing it and it's an "Activity" that can last us hours. For local people here are our favorite open spots for exploring: Hallmark Park, Laurelwood Park trails and creek, San Mateo Central Park Koi Pond and Rose Garden and Water Dog Lake Park.



Water Play - We play with the hose, we go to the splash pad, play with the sprinklers, fill up the kiddie pool, the water table or we go swimming with friends-- the fun and possibilities with water are endless! We haven't broken out the water balloons yet, but I think that would be a ton of fun too! 

Trucks in the Dirt - Almost everyday after he wakes up from his nap Owen asks to go outside and play with his trucks in the dirt. We sit in the sun, with the trucks and pretend to be "workers". I'm pretty sure I will be bringing a big storage container of dirt into the garage for this activity in the winter. He especially likes the CAT Mini Machines, and so do we, because all of the other ones we've had have broken.



Yard Work Together - Cleaning the barbeque, blowing the pine needles in the yard, watering plants, pulling weeds, sweeping... these are a few of Owen's favorite chores to help with in the yard. It's lots of fun for him, he gets to explore his skills and we clean up the yard while we're at it! We do this a few times a week, so Owen has a variety of favorite yard tools to use, his favorites are: leaf blower, sweeping set and watering can.



Wash the Car - Sometimes ours, but usually HIS! Keith and Owen love to wash the cars together, and Owen actually does a great job scrubbing the tires with a big soapy sponge. When Keith isn't home and Owen gets the urge to wash the car I take him out in the backyard with his Cozy Coupe and we wash his little car together. It is so sweet watching him take the same pride in cleaning the tires of his own little car as he does our big one.

Thanks so much for stopping by to see how we like to keep busy during the warm days of Summer! Please check out my Summer Fun! Pinterest board for more ideas for ways to make this summer memorable! Next week we'll be talking about Helping Your Toddler to Communicate!

July 10:  Keeping your marriage alive with a toddler
July 17:  Favorite summer toddler activities
July 24:  Helping Your Toddler to Communicate (Words, emotions, etc.)
July 31:  Dealing with Separation Anxiety
Aug 7:    Car Trip Necessities
Aug 14:  Deciding when the time is right for baby #2 (and/or how to handle these questions)
Aug 21:  Tricks for eating out with your toddler
Aug 28:  Feeling confident as a mom (How to feel this way, Your struggle with, etc.)
 
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July 15, 2014

Thirsty Tuesday? | Classic Mint Moscow Mule

As you may know, for the next seven weeks I'll be posting on Thursday for the One Year and Beyond series! I loved reading all of the stories from the people who linked up last week and I'm looking forward to getting some great ideas this week when we talk about our favorite summer toddler activities!

Thursday also happens to be the day I sometimes share a Thirsty Thursday recipe post, so in the mean time I'll be referring to them as Thirsty Tuesday. Doesn't sound as catchy, but the cocktails will still be just as delicious!! Like the one I have for you today.

It's not too often that I give a new drink a try. When we're out to dinner, and I actually order something other than beer or wine, I usually stick to my tried-and-true favorites, like a Lemon Drop or Margarita. A few months ago though, I was out with some friends and my friend Jackie suggested her favorite cocktail, the Moscow Mule, so I gave it a try thinking that Jackie usually has pretty great taste.

I was in love!

So for a while I've been dying to make one at home, but haven't, because you have to have the right cups! I've seen the drink served in so many different kinds of glasses, but I really think the special copper mugs help keep it extra cool and fun! So over the weekend I bought our Moscow Mule Mugs at World Market and then I got down to some cocktail mixing business!


Ingredients   serves one, but can easily be multiplied
3oz vodka, chilled (preferrably)
6 oz ginger beer
1 lime, juiced
a few mint leaves
a splash of agave
lime and mint, for garnish

Directions
1. Put vodka, lime juice, agave and two mint leaves in the cup with a few cubes of ice, muddle together a bit to help the mint leaves release their flavor.
2. Pour in the ginger beer, fill glass the rest of the way with ice, top with lime slice and a few mint leaves.


This cocktail has quickly become my go to favorite to make or order when we're out somewhere. I love that it's not to sweet, and also very refreshing, with just a hint of spice from the ginger beer!


You can check out the rest of the Thirsty Thursday recipes I've shared HERE!

July 14, 2014

Quick Trip: Monterrey & Carmel

Last weekend after all the fourth of July fun, we were feeling a little spontaneous, so we decided to take off to Monterrey on Sunday morning to visit the Monterrey Bay Aquarium and then spend the night in Carmel! Here's a quick little recap, for memory's sake.



First stop, the candy store that's conveniently located inside the parking garage. Happy as a kid in a salty water taffy candy shop! Luckily he was easily convinced when I told him that this candy wasn't for us -- whatever that's supposed to mean, I do not know, but it worked!


The volunteers at the aquarium are so nice (I suspect this is because the intern spots at the aquarium are a hot job to get for all the college kids in town, so they get top pick!), and one of the spotted him fumbling with my camera to get a shot of Owen in front of the sign and offered to take out picture! I hate asking for the favor, so I really appreciated it being offered.


We had a nice time letting Owen lead us around the aquarium without trying to force him to any exhibits in particular. My favorite are the jelly fish! They're so graceful and beautiful, and the light in there is really interesting. Owen wanted to (of couse!) touch them!


There is a puffin (that's what's in the picture to the left) in one of Owen's books, and he likes to be silly and always tells us the bird is called an Owen. He's got a silly sense of humor! He loved getting to touch the starfish, and was pretty good at remembering to use "two finger touch". He did NOT want to leave the area when it was time to move on.


Possibly the neatest part of our visit was getting to see the new Tentacles exhibit. The promise of a real live octopus was actually how we got Owen in the car that morning. All of the octopuses, squid and cuttlefishes were neat, but the Giant Pacific Octopus really stole the show! This one seemed huge to me, but is actually just average in size (6ft across if you extended it's arms). The largest one on record weighted 600lbs and was 30ft tentacle to tentacle.


We had a nice lunch at The Fish Hopper after finishing up at the aquarium -- it's just beyond Bubba Gump's. The view of the bay is beautiful from the restaurant, which provided us all with some lunch time entertainment. We had clam chowders, Owen had a hot dog, Keith liked the IPA they had and I had the harvest mule (like a moscow mule) and it was fantastic. Overall a good spot for lunch!

After lunch we played on the beach in the little cove outside the restaurant. There was live music being played and the weather was gorgeous!


After we were done in Monterrey we drove the short drive to Carmel and checked into our hotel. There are so many nice places to stay in Carmel, and we actually had a few to chose from even though out reservations were last minute. We decided to stay at The Normandy Inn, right on Ocean Avenue, since it was the shortest walk to the beach. Overall we liked the hotel, and it served it's purpose for us, even though it wasn't the most up to date room.

We had a really hard time deciding where to go to dinner that night. I was really set on wanting Italian and we both just wanted to kind somewhere that was appropriate for toddlers. The last time Keith and I spent the night in Carmel was when I was pregnant with Owen and we remember thinking that it wasn't exactly a vacation spot for children since there aren't a lot of restaurants that are meant for them. Anyway, we ended up at La Bicyclette, which wasn't really a place for kids, but they said they'd take us, and it was getting late so we took what we could get! It was a nice place and would be great for a quiet little dinner. Next time we'll do more restaurant research before going.



It was a lovely little getaway, and just enough time down there to make us happy to head home in the afternoon! In the morning we got coffee and a quick breakfast, and walked down to the beach. It was the perfect morning!
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