Meet the Sullivans: 2017

June 23, 2017

Friday Five - Bugs, Camping and LipSense!

How has everyone been enjoying the first official week of summer? It's been seriously hot here for most of the week, so we've been trying to get out in the morning and stay in in the afternoons. We've had a fun week with quite a few summer bucket list items checked off.


1. Our Owen is such a bug lover! This week he found and caught a cricket in the backyard! He has pretty much zero fear of creepy crawly things, which is the opposite of me. I don't want to touch them or even look at them too much, but I've become more comfortable with them since having Owen.

2. We went berry picking at Webb Ranch this week and the boys had so much fun! It was pretty hot so we didn't stay long, but both boys spent the entire time eating berries. Luke wasn't too sure about what we were doing, since this was his first time, but once he realized he could eat the berries he was really into it. We came home with lots of berries, and Owen has grand plans for olallieberry sherbet this weekend!

3. I jumped on the LipSense bandwagon and ordered Aussie Rose and the Glossy gloss and it arrived last week! It really does stay on forever, although it did fade a bit after dinner. I love the color I picked. It's a subtle pink that could probably work on most people. I think I'll likely buy another shade in the fall, if not sooner!

Here's what Aussie Rose + Glossy gloss looked like on after I'd been wearing it for a couple hours.


4. Keith and Owen took off on a father-son camping trip yesterday. Owen has wanted to go "real camping" in a tent for a few summers now, so he was so excited to be going. He packed his little backpack with all the supplies he deemed necessary, i.e. miniature bottles of water, bug spray, stuffed animals, a lantern and some snacks. I can't wait to hear all about their adventure when they get home tomorrow! 

5. Lukey and I had a great time today just the two of us. We went to Gymboree, for a walk and Target. The house was so quiet, which was nice, but by the end of the day we were both really missing our two bigger guys. 

Now we're off to the gym and Ikea. I hope you have a great weekend!


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June 19, 2017

Father's Day Weekend + Menu Monday

Hey there! Did you guys have a nice Father's Day weekend? We had a great time celebrating our favorite guy last weekend. We shopped, ate, swam and tried our best to stay cool in the 100 degree weather.

I've been using most of any free moments I get to pack or prepare us for moving in a couple weeks, so I haven't spent much time blogging, so first before I get down to rehashing the weekend I want to share a little about Owen's Pre-K graduation!

Owen graduated from Pre-K on two weeks ago and I think my face might still be sore from all the smiling. Seriously, his PreK teachers are amazing and they put on the sweetest graduation. I mean, they really don't have to do too much to make all the parents smile from ear to ear.

I just loved watching Owen sing the songs they had been practicing and of course we loved hearing his little end of the year questionnaire. We were a little worried about what his answers might be... would be rat us out about letting him watch the iPad and play Minecraft? But he gave super sweet and honest answers. We're so proud of him!

We absolutely loved Owen's school and we're really going to miss it next year, but we're so excited for him to start Kindergarten.

And I have to mention how proud we are of the Warriors for winning the Finals this year! We're big Warrior fans here in the Sullivan house so Finals season was extra exciting! Go DUBS!


On Saturday we went across the bay to have lunch at Fenton's and to check out the Pottery Barn Warehouse sale to look for a few things. We didn't end up buying anything at the sale, although we did see quite a few of the Benchwright pieces, so if you've been eyeing those it is worth a trip to check them out. They did not have the buffet table I was hoping for- such a bummer. 

Lunch was, of course fantastic! My favorite thing to order at a diner has always been a BLT and this one does not disappoint -- look at all of that bacon. I could only finish half, it was huge. 

The whole point of visiting Fenton's is to have their ice cream, which they make in small batches right there on-site! Keith, Luke and I shared a banana split and Owen had a scoop of chocolate ice cream.


Sunday morning I let Keith sleep in a bit, and by sleep in I mean I didn't nudge him to wake-up at 6am with Luke like I usually do on the weekend. When Keith came downstairs we made him coffee, the boys tackled him, he opened some little gifts (a Warriors Tervis, a Warriors Finals t-shirt and a hand-made coin catcher from Owen). I made chocolate chip pancakes with maybe a little too much chocolate chips in them, but the boys still loved them and Owen deemed them the best thing he's ever tasted in his life, of course, because he lives for chocolate!


The temperature rose to 100 degrees on Father's Day, so in the afternoon we went swimming and BBQ'd with family - it was a really nice day! This was Luke's first time really swimming in a pool. He didn't hate it, but he wouldn't show that he liked it much either. He clung to me the entire time and pretty much made that face, the one I call a "Luke face", which is a cross between a glare and a smirk. Owen had a blast swimming and playing games with his Aunt and Uncle and cousin. It's always


Owen has been really into picking out his own clothes lately. I usually pick out his clothes in the morning and then if he needs to change he likes to pick clothes himself. I was pretty surprised Sunday morning when he picked out his entire outfit on his own, from the hat all the way to his shoes! He said he picked it all out because it looked "really super summery". I love that boy! Meanwhile, I brought Luke to the gym in his pajamas.


Last week I made the Egg Roll in a Bowl I've heard so many people talk about, and we all liked it, so it's on the menu again this week. 

And here's what's on our dinner menu for this week:

MONDAY - Pesto Turkey Meatballs / Spaghetti Squash / Salad

TUESDAY - Egg Roll in a Bowl / Roast Broccoli

WEDNESDAY - Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with Escabeche

THURSDAY - Pork Burrito Bowls

FRIDAY - Out or Take-out!

What's on our menu for this week? I'm always looking for new, healthy, quick recipes to try! I hope you had a nice weekend!

June 2, 2017

Friday Five

Hey there and happy Friday! The weather is heating up and there's a fun weekend ahead, so without further ado, here's my five.


| O N E |  This handsome boy finished his last day of Pre-K yesterday! It was surreal picking him up from school yesterday knowing that it would be the last time I would be doing that at our amazing preschool that we've loved for the last 3 years. He's grown so much there and I feel so fortunate for all the great experiences and friends he's made.

The beautiful, yet looong days of summer are ahead of us. I love summer, don't get me wrong, and I LOVE my kids, but sometimes the days seem so long. In an attempt to not bore us all to pieces (or spend too much time staring at screens) this weekend Owen and I are going to make a little summer bucket list. I'm going to keep it on hand for a little inspiration when I plan out our weeks in hopes to fill up some of the weeks when we don't have camp or aren't packing / moving!

 
| T W O | We've made a few big purchases in the last week including our refrigerator (went with the 3-door, thank you for your input on my Instastories!), washer + dryer, upholstered headboard and king size Tuft & Needle mattress. I can't say which of these I'm most excited about, but it might be the refrigerator!


| T H R E E | The winner of our Gymboree giveaway is Gina Blades! Gina, I will be emailing you your gift card today!


| F O U R | Earlier this week this picture popped up in my phone. This is what our house looked like one year ago, and we're still not in it. Can you believe that? It's been delayed and delayed and delayed because of weather or whatever, but we finally have a closing and moving date!

I've started packing some of the things we don't use as much, ordered bubble wrap for our breakables and booked the movers. We have less than 5 weeks until our move and a few busy weekends, so I want to get started early! Anyone have moving tips to share?


| F I V E | Check out the yummy cocktail recipe I shared today and the cool service that allows you to order all the ingredients from your phone right to your doorstep!



You can see where I'm linking up HERE!

RECIPE: Tropical Breeze Cocktail

Hey there! I have a great cocktail recipe to share with you today! It's refreshing, tropical and easy to make -- it's perfect for summer!


You can make one or two at a time and you can easily multiply it to make it in bulk for a punch (see that recipe below)! You know what makes this summer cocktail even easier than it already is? Drizly!

Drizly began in 2012 when two friends, co-founders Nick Rellas and Justin Robinson, were curious why they couldn't get beer delivered when nearly everything else had become so readily available through technology.

By building a platform that combines competitive prices and the widest selection online, Drizly brings the liquor store right to your smartphone. By partnering with local retailers, the beverages come to you when and where you want them.



They currently serve customers of legal drinking age in 40 markets across U.S. and Canada.

They work with local stores so you can shop their shelves using your smartphone or computer to order beer, wine and liquor at the touch of a button! A big thank you to Drizly for providing the ingredients for this cocktail recipe!

tropical breeze cocktail recipe perfect for summer!
INGREDIENTS

1-2 ounces vodka
6 ounces pineapple juice
Splash of cranberry juice
Pineapple and a maraschino cherry for garnish, optional

Combine all ingredients over ice and serve!

Easily turn it into a punch for a larger group or party:

36 ounces pineapple juice 12 ounces vodka (more or less depending on how strong you want it)
1/2 cup cranberry juice
Up to 1L Sparkling water or diet lemon-lime soda as a filler
recipe source

What is your favorite summer cocktail to mix up?

May 30, 2017

Weekending: Red, White & Brews

Did you all have a nice long weekend? We sure did, and the highlight was quite possibly our Saturday spent at California's Great America's Red, White and Brews celebration!

Red, White & Brews is a hometown celebration of Americana food and fun, takes place May 27-29 and June 3-4. Red, White & Brews will bring the Hometown Square area of the park to life with locally sourced food experiences, more than 25 regional craft brews, Northern California wines, Bay Area bands, outdoor games and kids’ entertainment. Plus, fireworks will light the sky at 9:15 pm on May 27-28 and June 3-4!

If you saw my Instastories from Saturday you saw how much fun we all had checking out the food, games, drinks and rides! 

Owen was super excited to get to Great America Saturday morning and once we got there the first thing he wanted to do was find some rides! He's already a little thrill seeking roller coaster lover!

This is him retelling his experience on Psycho Mouse roller coaster to me after he and Keith went on it together. I got to ride it with him again later that day and it was crazy! There are so many sharp turns and quick drops.

Keith and I were looking forward to getting to try some of the craft brews they were pouring. We started off with a Ballast Point Dorado.

Craft beer and wine tasting cards are $25 per person for six, six-ounce samples and feature renowned and niche microbreweries from throughout Northern California, including Gordon Biersch, Sierra Nevada, Anchor, Stone, Mendocino, Hanger 24, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers and many others. Wine pouring options include William Hill, Flora Springs, J. Lohr, White Oak, Concannon and more.

They also have the San Jose Brew Bike running throughout the day so you can take a little ride around the park while you enjoy your drinks. We didn't get to try it this time. but it looks like so much fun!

They transformed Hometown Square into what felt like a real hometown festival complete with music and even balloon artists, live music and dueling pianos too!

Owen asked for a snake and it was the coolest balloon animal he's even had! And it's still going strong. 
 
 
We loved getting to try all the different foods like smoked chicken drumsticks (Ownen's favorite!), and spicy roasted corn on the cob!

 I think the tombstone slider, topped with mini fried onion rings, was both Keith and my favorite!

In between beer tasting, food tasting and balloon animals Owen got to try a few rides and some games! We went on Psycho Mouse twice, did the Mass Effect ride two times and rode the old fashioned cars!

We rounded out the day with some toys and a couple desserts. We tried the interesting combo of apple pie, bacon and cheddar and strawberry shortcake.

We had so much fun and both kids were ready for a nap by the end of the day, and so were we. If you have a chance this fun event is definitely worth checking out!

Did you have a fun Memorial Day weekend?

May 24, 2017

Red, White and CUTE with Gymboree + GIVEAWAY!

This post is sponsored by Gymboree, but as always, all opinions are my own. #OneBigHappy

Memorial Day is right around the corner! In our family Memorial Day means the unofficial start to summer, a three day weekend, but most importantly, a day to honor all of the men and women who have fought for our freedom. 


We'll be checking a few fun activities off our summer bucket list this weekend including the Red, White and Brews Festival and possibly some strawberry picking! So, when Gymboree asked if the boys would like to model some of their adorable Americana looks we said YES, because I can never pass up an opportunity to dress my boys up and take their picture!

Don't forget to enter to win a $50 Gymboree gift card at the bottom of this post! 

 

I love to have Owen and Luke's clothing coordinate, and because of their sizes range from 18 months to 6T it can be difficult to find cute things that work for both of their sizes. Luckily, I know I can always depend on Gymboree for colorful, seasonal, head-to-toe clothing and accessory collections—quality clothes that let kids be kids!

 
Not only do they have the cutest outfits, they also have adorable coordinating accessories! Owen absolutely loves his "God Bless America" flag sunglasses, as he calls them. They will be perfect for him to wear not only this weekend for Memorial Day, but also for the 4th of July!


My favorite part of their looks are the patriotic Flag Sneakers! Slip-ons are my favorite kind of shoes of course, and I just wish they came in my size!


We also LOVE the cute Flag Hoodies. The boys have already worn them a few times and get so many compliments on them. The zipper is even red, white and blue!


Owen's outfit details:
Baseball Flag Tee
Flag Sneakers
Flag Hoodie
Flag Sunglasses
Cargo Shorts

Luke's outfit details:
Flag Polo Shirt
Stars Shorts
Flag Sneakers
Flag Hoodie


What are your plans for the weekend? Do you take advantage of the long weekend and head out of town or stay local? Don't forget to check out Gymboree and comment below with your favorite #OneBigHappy summertime moments or the outfits you'd choose to help your family celebrate summer's arrival!


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May 19, 2017

Friday Five

Happy Friday, friends! I hope you've had a great week! Ours flew by, as usual. Here's a bit of this and that from the week...

| O N E | On Mondays I try to take the boys to Paddock Park in the afternoon for Momday Mondays. If you're local it's a fun little way to fill some time with your kids before dinner on a Monday. Each week there is different entertainment from musicians to face painting to puppet shows etc. Luke was really into dancing to the music of Mr. Q this week and Owen had fun running around with all the other big kids.


| T W O | I picked up a new beer this week for Keith and I to try, 21st Amendment Blood Orange IPA. IPAs are my favorite and when I saw this one was blood orange infused I had to try it, and bonus points because it's brewed in San Francisco. It's my new favorite!


| T H R E E | It's been a fun week for Owen! On Wednesday night he and I went to his Kindergarten Orientation. I could tell he was a little nervous about the whole thing, but not too nervous because he willingly and excitedly went off with all the other kids and the K teachers to check out the classrooms while the parents listened to the principal. I'm really excited for him and praying we love our elementary school as much as we've loved our amazing preschool!

| F O U R | Yesterday we went on Owen's class' final field trip of the school year! Luke stayed home with my sister-in-law so Owen and I got to go on the trip just the two of us (plus 21 other kids and their parents + the teachers!). We took the train down to Huddart Park where the kids explored and played in the park, had snack and then we got back on the train. It was a simple little trip, but all the kids were so thrilled to ride the train and go on an adventure. I think he's really going to miss his little class next year!


| F I V E | Did you watch Anne of Green Gables as a little girl? I loved the show and my sister and I were obsessed. I'm so excited because Netflix is bringing it back with a new adapted version! I'll be sharing a little review of it next week along with a fun GIVEAWAY so be sure to stop back for that!

Have a lovely weekend!

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