Meet the Sullivans: 2018

March 23, 2018

Friday Five: Perler Beads, Ikea and St. Patrick's Day

Happy Friday!

| O N E | We celebrated St. Patrick's Day last weekend with a big family dinner, and lots of good Irish food. I brought my usual Irish Soda Bread like I do each year. I made 4 loaves this year since our group was pretty big this year. What's pictured isn't even all of it, there were 1 1/2 loaves not pictured.

Owen worked on his leprechaun trap during the week leading up to St. Patrick's Day and we set it up in the kitchen the night before. Unfortunately, he did not catch a leprechaun again this year, but he wasn't too bummed because the sneaky guy left behind some chocolate gold coins instead. 

The leprechaun also left behind proof of his mischief in form of a green toy battle scene and green toilet water.

| T W O | My sister-in-law watches Luke for me on Wednesday mornings so I can help in Owen's classroom. I'm usually done helping early, so I'm left with a little time to run some errands. This week I went to Ikea with a list of items to aide in some spring organizing plans I have.

I picked up...

- an Algot drawer thing for Owen and Luke's closet
- some shelf risers for the kitchen
- bins for the pantry (they were on SALE for $4.50 and $2.79!)
- napkins because I always buy them when I go. I love their fun designs and low price!
- trains for Luke's Easter basket
- a set of mesh bags for luggage organization
- a plant and prints for a PTA Teacher Appreciation Day project
- Perler beads for Owen

I pretty much always buy napkins and straws when I go to Ikea, and it's always fun to see what new things they have.

| T H R E E |  The MVP purchase of my shopping trip was undoubtedly the Perler beads! Owen sat for over an hour and a half creating his designs. I have to admit, I'm pretty into them myself! Pinterest has some really cute design ideas.

| F O U R | My first Grove collaborative order arrived this week! Can you believe my whole order was $22.41? There is an offering going on (you can find it on Megan's blog, Honey We're Home) that will give you some free Mrs. Meyer's items with a purchase of $20 or more, so I jumped on it. I love the peony smell!

Get $10 off your first order by using my referral code!

| F I V E | My favorite snack this week, rice cakes with PB2, half a banana and a dash of cinnamon. Filling, a little sweet, the perfect snack with a cup of coffee in the afternoon!

Have any fun weekend plans? I just checked the weather and it looks like there is no longer rain being anticipated for the weekend, so we will probably be busy with t-ball practice and games as planned! Have a good one!

You can see where I'm linking up HERE!

March 19, 2018

Lately - T-ball, Trains and a Recipe

Where has time gone? I pulled these photos off my camera over a week ago to share here and now I feel like they're way old. A little this and that from what we've been up to lately.

Greek Burger Recipe. In an effort to eat a little healthier these days I've been trying to eat a high-protein, low-carb diet, not really a "diet" since I'm hoping to make it a norm. I'm not eating like this all the time, I still drink my International Delight coffee creamer every morning, and I still drink a glass of wine most nights, but otherwise I'm trying to keep my intake of empty calories low.

The dinner you see above, Greek Turkey Burgers, is one of my favorites right now. The burger has all sorts of good stuff in it with so much flavor! I top it with about 2 tbsps of homemade taziki or Good Foods Cucumber Feta dip.
Ballpark visit. We took the boys up to San Francisco on the train last weekend to visit the ballpark, eat lunch and ride the Coca-cola slide.  Owen started t-ball a few weeks ago, so we thought this would be a fun field trip for him. It's always neat seeing the ball park empty! We can't wait for baseball season!

Luke loved riding the train on the way up! Every time we stopped he would say "New choo-choo??", which means "more choo choo", but on the way back he was not as keen on it. On the way back he would get up at each stop and say "Allllll done!" He was pretty cute.

T-ball season is here! Owen's t-ball team had their first game last weekend! I thought Owen looked so handsome in his uniform and he really loved getting to play baseball with all the kids on his team. Keith is helping with the games and stays on the out field or dugout with the kids most of the game, which Owen loves. 

The snack parent for our first game really knocked it out of the park (get my joke?) with the snack! Each snack had a cute personalized tag, sunflower seeds, chocolate baseballs, a baseball toy, goldfish crackers and a cutie! I'm not sure I'll be able to top that when it's our turn! 

Soccer Camp. Speaking of sports, I'm signing Owen up for another week of Challenger Soccer camp this summer, since he loved it so much last year! Not only did he have a lot of fun, but it also got him moving in the summer and prepared for soccer season in the fall.

Here is a little more info about the camp: British Soccer Camps are the most popular soccer camp in the US. With an innovative curriculum that develops skills, speed and confidence in players ages 3-18, The British Soccer Camp provide boys and girls with the rare opportunity to receive high-level soccer coaching from a team of international expert's right in the heart of their own community. In addition to teaching new skills and improving game performance, each British Soccer Camp provides lessons in character development, cultural education and is the most fun your child can have learning the sport they love!

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March 14, 2018

RECIPE: White Bean Turkey Chilli

This White Bean Turkey Chili recipe is one of those recipes I make all the time and feel like I'm always telling people about, because we love it, but I don't have the recipe written down anywhere.

It's pretty basic and the photos aren't gorgeous (sorry, nothing Pinterest-worthy), but this chili is GOOD and you should probably add it to your arsenal of family-friendly recipes. This is also one of those recipes I can make without measuring or checking a recipe, which I love, because who has time to do that! And it makes a ton, so there are always leftovers or enough to freeze.


1 pound ground turkey
1 (16 ounce) can diced no salt added tomatoes
3 (16 ounce) cans Cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 (4 ounce) can fire roasted green chiles
1 medium onion, diced
5 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons taco seasoning
1 qt chicken stock
1 cup 2% colby jack cheese, grated
Salt and pepper to taste 

1. Heat the olive oil in a heavy bottom pot. Sauté the onions until translucent, then add the garlic for about a minute. Make sure the garlic doesn't burn. I like to add a little salt at this point. Kosher salt is my favorite.

2. Add the ground turkey and stir until it is cooked through and brown and crumbly.

3. Add the taco seasoning and stir. Sometimes a do a few shakes of cumin as well. Add the cannellini beans, diced tomatoes and stir to combine.

5. Pour in some of the chicken stock, but just enough to make the whole thing full, but not so much that it covers the chili -- you don't want it to become a soup. Now let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes or longer if you need to or want to. Make sure to keep an eye in case you need to add more chicken stock.

6. Add a handful (about a cup or so) of cheese and stir, then serve!

If you give this a try please let us know how it turned out for you and if you liked it! Enjoy!

March 2, 2018

Friday Five - Easter Decor, Another Soup Recipe and More

Hello, friends and HAPPY weekend! I am just so thrilled another weekend is here. The weather has been so gross all week -- really cold, pretty wet and all together pretty dreary, which has kept us at home a lot this week, so we're looking forward to getting out.

| O N E | I've been itching to organize all the things this week. I don't really have the time or energy to tackle huge projects like our walk-in storage closets, but small victories like color coordinating the board books in the playroom make me feel happy, even if they only end up lasting a day or two before Luke throws them on the floor.

Also, do you follow @lifeineneral or @neatmethod on Instagram? They are serious organization goals.

| T W O | I like to buy a giant bag of broccoli at Costco with grand plans of using it all before it goes bad (2-3 days in the fridge after opening, says the directions on the bag), and this week I was actually successful. We had it with salmon one night, can't remember the 2nd night and then on the 3rd night I made broccoli soup on the fly. We all (except Owen, he doesn't do soup) liked is, especially Luke, who LOVED it! Here's the recipe I kind of made up:


Half a bag of broccoli florets, washed
2 cups carrots, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
1 onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, diced
1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1- 1 1/2 quarts chicken stock
1 handful shredded cheddar cheese
olive oil
salt & pepper, to taste

Heat oil in a large heavy bottom pot. Sauté onion until transparent, add carrots, celery and cook until softened, add garlic and cook until fragrant being careful to not let it burn.

Add broccoli and chicken broth, cover and let it steam the broccoli for about 20-30 minutes over medium heat. Once the broccoli is steamed and soft, transfer the soup in batches (broth and all the other veggies) to a blender. Add the beans to one of the batches and blend until the soup is smooth or chunky enough to your liking.

An immersion blender is super handy here, but mine broke and I haven't replaced it yet.

Add back to the pot and mix in a handful or so of cheese to make it a little thicker and creamier. Enjoy!

| T H R E E | The struggle with stuffed animals in our house is REAL. Owen loves them, Luke loves them, and when they play with them, they're all over the place. They've lived on the top bunk for a while now while I've been trying to figure out a better storage system for them. I've tried purging them, but Owen will inevitably remember which ones are missing...

Anyway, earlier this week I was watching one of those "how I clean my house in 30-minutes" videos on YouTube (I'm obsessed with these cleaning videos) and the family had a STUFF 'N SIT and I had to have one immediately. I mean, how genius!

It arrived Wednesday and it has solved all of my stuffy problems. The kids no longer need close supervision to get their stuffed animals down like they did and they're easy to clean-up, and out of sight! Oh, and it doubles as a pretty cute little bean bag chair in their room. I'm SOLD!

| F O U R | It sure doesn't feel like spring outside with this storm we're having, but I'm getting in the spirit of spring inside with our Easter decorations. I bought that cute rabbit for $3 at Target (you probably saw it there too, or own it yourself) and the tulip bulbs came in the vase and are around $8 from Trader Joe's. I thought they were pretty and that the boys would like seeing the below the surface-ness of the bulbs. I've kept them alive for a week, so things are looking good.

| F I V E | Weekend plans, etc. Tonight is family movie night, and Owen is asking to watch The Lorax, so it's going to be a good one. Sometimes it's hard to balance movies that both boys will watch. Luke only watches about 30% of any movie at best, and Owen often wants to watch movies outside what's appropriate for his own age range.  We also have a weekend full of t-ball activities with Opening Day and team pictures. And Keith and I have a date night set. I'm hoping we'll see Game Night, but I know Keith wants to see Black Panther. Have you seen either?

That's all for now. I hope you have a good one!

You can see where I'm linking up HERE!

February 23, 2018

Avid 4 Adventure Summer Camps!

It's been a cold, windy week here and we're all dreaming of the warm summer days we'll have in a few months. Owen is in a kind of year-round school, so his summer is pretty short. In previous years we've signed him up for a few camps, and this year I'll do the same, but we'll limit it to just two so he still has plenty of time to just "be" this summer. I made lists of the camps we've tried and tried to rank them based on price v. fun / benefit, and the Avid 4 Adventure camp Owen did a few years ago is at the top of our list!

My little Owen at Learn to Bike camp two years ago!
All the moms in a local Facebook groups have been talking about their favorite camps for various ages, and I always find myself chiming in to mention what an awesome time Owen had at Learn to Bike camp, and the fact that he actually learned to ride a bike there! We're excited to be sending him to Avid again this year for the Exloprer Camp at the Burlingame location. There are also new locations this year in Los Gatos, Campbell, Cupertino, Pleasant Hill.

There are a lot of camps available for a range of ages -- Avid is not just for the school aged kids. They have Discovery Camp for children going into Pre-K and Kindergarten and Learn to Bike and Tykes on Bikes for Pre-K and Kindergarten kids too.

If you're interested in signing up just make sure you do it before next Wednesday 2/28, because that is when the Early Bird Savings of $25 for Day Camps and $70 for Overnight Camps ends! Use code EARLYBIRD to get this discount. Learn more and sign up at or call 800-977-9873!

February 20, 2018

10 on 10 - February 2018

10 pictures on the 10th day of the month! 

{Document a snapshot of your life & find beauty among the ordinary things in your day!}
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A couple weeks ago I tried to document our day by snapping ten photos to show what we were up to. 
This is Saturday, February 10th 2018

Our Saturday morning started off bright and early, as it usually does because our boys don't sleep in, but on this day we were out the door early for Owen's first mud race! 

Owen ran the Burlingame Muddy Mile with Keith! This is them before the race when they were still pretty clean!

And them after their race! There was a mile run before all of the obstacles -- army crawl, rope swing, rock climb, etc. Owen said it was so much fun that he wanted to do the whole thing over again right then. I see more fun races in his future!

Luke fell asleep as soon as he and I arrived at the finish line to wait for Keith and Owen. I wished that he had been awake to see Owen do the obstacles, but it was definitely easier for me that he was asleep.

Owen helped clean his fish tank when we got home. We're supposed to do this every other weekend, but we didn't have time two weekends in a row (sorry, fish), so it was in real need of a cleaning that day. I think the fish and tank are the best birthday gift we've ever given Owen because not only do they provide him some entertainment, but they have also given him some more responsibilities at home.

While Keith and Owen cleaned the fish tank I put together lunch for Owen and Luke. Nothing fancy, but something semi-ballanced that I know they will enjoy. Anyone else feel like a short order cook most of the time? I want them to both like what they're eating, but most of the time the only thing that's the same on both their plates is grapes!

Keith went for a haircut in the afternoon, so the boys and I hung out at home and played. It seems like we're always rushing off to somewhere on the weekends, so it's really nice to stay in and just let them play with their (many, many, many) toys. In anticipation of Monday being the 100th day of school Owen and I counted out 100 Legos by grouping 10 groups of 10 and then we built a fort out of them.

After Keith came home I snuck off for a pedicure. It was lovely! I went with the orange-ish color, which is OPI My Chihuahua Bites. There was an open house in our neighborhood with the same plan as ours, so I stopped by that on the way home too. I always hope to get some ideas, but it was pretty plain.

We decided to take the boys out for dinner, so we tried ROAM burger in downtown San Mateo. Owen loved the blood orange soda, and we all thought the fry trio (original, zucchini and sweet fries) was aaaamazing! I had the French & Fries burger, which was great, but probably too heavy for me to get again.

Afterward we took the boys to Talbots Toyland for some toys. If I could chose I would buy all of their toys there. The prices aren't as low as Amazon, but the experience of shopping in a classic (dare I say old school) toy store is priceless. We always find something new to buy there. Owen got a venus fly trap kit and Luke got a Playmobil garbage truck, because he's obsessed with garbage trucks. Luke also loved the little playhouses!

And that was our day!

February 16, 2018

Disney On Ice Giveaway!

Good morning, friends! Today I'm just here to share a discount code for Disney On Ice tickets and GIVEAWAY 4 tickets to the shows happening here at Oracle and SAP over the next two weeks!
Some details about the show:

Follow your heart straight to adventure at Disney On Ice! Just keep swimming with Dory and new pal Hank from Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory as they set out to find her parents. Cheer with the Emotions from Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out. Venture to wintery Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite Anna and Elsa and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. See the Disney Princesses achieve their dreams through bravery, kindness and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with The Toy Story gang. Make unforgettable memories with Mickey and your Disney friends when Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart skates into your hometown!

The giveaway is for one of these dates. I will contact the winner after they have been chosen and they will get to pick the date they would like. Tickets will be available for you at will call the day of the show.


Wednesday, February 21st 2018 at SAP Center in San Jose


Wednesday, February 28th 2018 at Oracle Arena in Oakland


SAP Center at San Jose
February 21-25, 2018
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Oracle Arena
February 28-March 4, 2018
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You can save 25% on tickets to any performance with code MOM

Savings not valid on VIP or Rinkside seats. No double discounts. Service charges, handling and facility fees may apply.


Leave a comment below telling me your kid's favorite Disney character! I'll have Owen pick a number at random and that comment will get the tickets! Good luck!  

In the meantime, get your kids excited and ready for the show with this cute Coloring Sheet! I'll pick the winner on Sunday morning! 

February 12, 2018

Follow Your Art with Gymboree & Giveaway!

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

We've been having an unusually warm and beautiful February here California! We've had almost two weeks worth of bright sunny days, prompting us to break out the shorts and spring clothes, and enjoy some extra time outdoors!

My boys love all the messiest outside activities like playing in mud, wet sand and of course sidewalk chalk! I love letting them go wild and express their creative side, and hate telling them to "not get dirty", so I truly appreciate being able to dress them in clothes that meet the cuteness level I like, while still being durable enough to withstand their creations.

Sidewalk Chalk has been incredibly popular with both of them lately! Owen likes to draw some of his favorite characters and Luke mainly draws lines. They usually end up covered from head to toe in CHALK!

When I feel sneaking in a little lesson here are some of our favorite activities:

Find and Erase Matching Shapes
Gross Motor Games
Number Line Fun!
Chalk ABC Game

I really dislike having to tell my children to not get messy when they're playing, I want them to have fun and express themselves and not worry about ruining their outfits! -- that's why I love Gymboree!

They've been making kids clothes since 1986, and know that parents want clothes that make their kids feel great, inside and out. That’s why play-ready quality and comfort are so important!

There is so much new to see at Gymboree right now! They're ready for spring with hundreds of bright, new styles and fresh ideas—it’s a season full of possibilities!

Here are the links to what the boys are wearing -- most of which are 30% off right now!

Owen's outfit details:
Luke's outfit details:

Gymboree styles are ready to be mixed so kids can start to discover who they want to be. Because when kids feel great in their clothes, anything is possible.

I'd love to hear what cute spring outfit you'd dress your kids in! Head on over to Gymboree and then share what you'd pick in the comments below! 

I'll pick one comment at random to win a $50 Gymboree gift card!

February 9, 2018

Friday 5 - Shoe Steal, Soup Recipe and Decorating Help!

Helloooo, Friday! The last two weeks have been rough with sickness for Luke and I, which means little sleep and a whole lot of tissues being used. I'm so thankful it's the weekend again and that we're all 90% better. The weather has been gorgeous this week, so I'm looking forward to enjoying with my family.

O N E - FIRST, can you believe I paid a little under $6 for these shoes from Target? They were already on clearance and then with the 20% of from the Cartwheel app the total came to under $6, and I was totally amazed! I really like the shoes, but for that price I LOVE them.

T W O - The soil is currently being replenished in the community garden and these two boys are super excited to plant some stuff! I asked the master gardener (thank goodness for her because I'm clueless when it comes to gardening!) what we should plant when they re-open in March and she suggested we start with beans, peas and herbs. I'm really hopeful this will get my children to eat either of those things!

T H R E E - I'm realllly taking my time putting things up on our walls.  I don't want to rush into making any decisions, because I know once somethings up there I probably won't take it down. What should I put here above the buffet table? I think I want to put a mirror there, but if you have some suggestions or other cool, more creative ideas I would LOVE to hear them. 

F O U R - Owen made this cute card for his teacher's birthday this week! We searched Pinterest for ideas and dug through our craft stuff to find the supplies, and then he did most of the work with the gluing and placing and cutting and folding. We don't do a lot of crafting, but it's always fun (and super messy) when we do!

F I V E - I made this Lentil Soup with Spicy Italian Sausage a couple weeks ago when it was raining and it hit the spot. It was so good, and the lentils really thickened the whole thing up. It calls for a lot of broth, and needs every last drop of it.

You can see where I'm linking up HERE!