Weekend Recap

Layla and I had a busy week last week, so we took it easy this weekend. On Saturday we took a quick trip to Ikea…I am in the works of setting up a little kitchen corner for Layla and wanted to see what Ikea had (as soon as I get everything, I’ll make sure to post some pics). Layla basically turned Ikea in to her own little playground and whats an Ikea trip without some ice cream? This was Layla’s first time trying ice cream at Ikea. IMG_0267IMG_0263

After we met up with some friends and got some amazing cake from Susie’s Cakes (if you live in SoCal you must go)!. Layla was a huge fan of all their colorful delicious looking cupcakes.

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On Sunday Layla hung out with her cousins while I did some grocery shopping and made her fruit pouches for the week. I promise to get the recipe up later this week. I use the Infantino Squeeze Station to make my own homemade pouches.

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After we went on a picnic with some friends…Layla ran around for three hours, burnt some energy and passed out!

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Getting in the Valentines Day Spirit

With Valentines Day coming up next weekend, we’ve been trying to get in to the Valentines Day spirit this week! Layla and I put up a few decorations around the house. I got this sign for above our fireplace from Target. fireplace

This weekend, we made some yummy Valentines Day cookies using our organic Honest Company sugar cookie mix. It came with Layla’s Christmas diaper bundle, but we had it delivered a little later so we didn’t get a chance to use the mix over the holidays and used it now instead. We ended up eating most of the cookies ourselves and sharing a few with our neighbors.flowerscooki3cook8

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Layla had a play date yesterday, so we made these Valentines Day goodie bags for her to give to her friends. I filled them with a coloring book, crayons, a Hot Wheels car (Layla loves these) and chocolate (which the kids shouldn’t be eating, but the box was so mini and cute)…a small Valentine for her to share with her friends.goodiebaginside

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For her play date, I wanted her to wear something a little Valentiney (not a word I know). I just bought her these overalls from Target and really wanted her to wear them. I have always been obsessed with baby’s in overalls and finally got Layla a pair. I paired her overalls with a top she had from Gap thats red with white hearts. I must say she looked darn sweet!

 

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Overalls: Target / Shoes: Converse / Shirt: Gap / Bow: Gap

Lastly, this morning, we practiced our Valentines Day breakfast we want to make on Saturday. I made scrambled eggs, hash-browns and toast, then used my cookie cutters to make everything heart shaped.  I think this weekend I will add some heart shaped pancakes too! We are obsessed with breakfast in this house!FullSizeRender

What are your Valentines Day plans???

Weekend recap!

I worked 5 straight nights this week! This was the first time I have had to work nights since having Layla. It was actually not as bad as I had anticipated, minus the fact I have slept approximately 4 hours per day. I don’t know how I am still alive but somehow motherhood prepares you for anything. Prior to this week, I was so fearful that I would not get to see Layla enough because of my schedule but actually being gone while she is asleep at night allowed me to spend most of the day with her…the time I should have been sleeping ;-). Daddy had to take the load of waking up at 5:30 AM everyday…yes that is when Layla chooses to start her day every single day, so we were all pretty exhausted this weekend. Fortunately, we had no set plans this weekend, so we just relaxed. Saturday we went to Balboa Island and had some ice cream and walked around by the water. Sunday we were lazy most of the day in our PJ’s and only changed in to some sweats aka yoga attire and went to the grocery store. Otherwise we lounged around the house and played (and I did laundry of course). It was so nice to just relax a little with both of my loves.

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Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel Confirm They Are Having a BABY!

Justin Timberlake posted the sweet picture of Jessica Biel’s pregnant belly with the caption “Thank you EVERYONE for the Bday wishes! This year, I’m getting the GREATEST GIFT EVER. CAN’T WAIT,” confirming the speculations that they are expecting. That’s going to be one good looking kid ;-).

 

Birthday Celebration and a Sentimental Gift

Yesterday was my birthday…yay to getting old!!! We kept the birthday celebrations low key this year. Layla, the hubs and I hung out in our PJ’s and had cake! What more could I ask for?!?! I’m sure this weekend we’ll have some more family celebrations, but sometimes a nice little quiet celebration is the best. IMG_5348

Keyvan and Layla made me the cutest chalkboard sign!IMG_5397

One of my closest friends got me this beautiful book called “Mom’s One Line a Day”, A Five Year Memory Book. It’s a book from a mother to her child where you write one line daily to your child for 5 years. Then when it’s complete your child has a keepsake forever! I love sentimental gifts especially a gift that keeps giving like this one.IMG_5377IMG_5379

Acai Bowls With My Gal

Our family loves acai bowls. Layla especially loves the banana berry bowls. They are fresh and health, yet filling. There is a Nekter Juice Bar near our house that sells acai bowls so we try to go at least once a week, but lots of places sell acai bowls these days. Since Layla was around 10 months, I started giving her some of just the frozen acai and fruits. Now that she is older she eats all the granola and I even get the honey agave syrup on top. Before I was hesitant because you shouldn’t give children under the age of 1 any honey, but now she eats basically everything! This morning my little date and I went and had a bowl together. She couldn’t wait to get her hands on it. IMG_5282IMG_5285 IMG_5283

I found some recipes online and want to try to make our own organic bowls at home. Here is the recipe I came across on “Low Fat Vegan Chef” that I’m thinking of trying. I’ll let you know how it turned out!

Bowl Ingredients:

4 oz/ 1/2 cup apple juice (unsweetened if desired)
2 100g packets of frozen Acai (I used Sambazon Original Smoothie Packs)
1 frozen ripe banana (sub a fresh banana if you do not have a high powered blender such as a VitaMix or Blendtec)

Garnish Ingredients:

1/3-1/2 cup low fat granola of choice
1/2 -1 ripe banana, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
handful of blueberries or other berries
Drizzle of honey or agave *optional

 Directions:

1. Remove packets of acai and frozen bananas from freezer.

2. Wash and slice the strawberries, slice the banana and wash the blueberries and set aside.

3. Add apple juice to your blender. Break up the frozen acai into smaller pieces and cut the plastic open and pour into blender. Add the banana. Blend on low or pulse to break up the frozen fruit. If you have a VitaMix use the tamper to puree into a soft serve. If you have another type of blender you may have to stop and stir and keep pulsing to combine. Stop blending when smooth.

4. Scrape acai mixture into a bowl.

5. Top acai with granola.

6. Top with bananas, strawberries and blueberries.

 

Disney Day!!!

Yesterday, the hubs took the day off to go to Disneyland with us! Our family LOVES Disneyland. In fact, before we even had Layla, Keyvan and I had annual passes for years. Our plan had always been that when we have kids we would always have annual passes and that plan is now in action! But before we were off to Disneyland, we had to start our day with some Minnie Mouse pancakes which my little sous-chef helped me prepare.

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Getting her Minnie Mouse ears ready for the park!

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Being silly on Bugs Life.

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Unfortunately we had to cut our Disney day short because my husband got nervous about the news reports that came out regarding recent measles outbreak linked to Disneyland. I had a total mommy brain moment…we could have stayed given Layla has had her shots and the outbreak was weeks ago, but when the hubs gets nervous mommy brain tags along. See yesterdays post regarding the outbreak. No worries, we’ll be going back to the park soon and getting plenty of use of our passes.

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from our family to yours. Wishing you all health and happiness this holiday season.

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Happy First Birthday!

Layla_043I can’t believe our little girl is already one years old. This last year has truly been the most amazing year of our lives…yes there were many sleepless nights and there still are, but we couldn’t ask for anything more. Our little love bug, you make our family complete. You have brought pure joy and love to all of our lives. Each day I fall more in love with you. I never imagined I could love anyone the way I love you. I love you so much my little mini-me.

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