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Friday, July 29

birthday bowl


Last night we bowled.



Audrey in bowling shoes = super cute.
Kip set up a bowling ramp for her and she would jump and throw her hands up in the air after her turn.

Jeremiah would power slide across the floor (slide on his knees while pretending to play the guitar) after his. His friend joined us to celebrate his birthday.

(and mine... Jeremiah and I share the same day)

I had a mojito.

And we all shared a meal of mozzarella sticks, cheese fries and pizza.

When the kids weren't bowling they were dancing.  I think all of us (except Kip) were dancing and singing to Justin Bieber at one point. ( :

There were thoughts of getting cake or ice cream post bowling but after such a huge meal there was just no way we could fit cake in...we were super satisfied and sometimes after having such a great time...
birthday cake is just not needed.

I only got this one picture last night, I totally took my camera with me but just didn't take any, and when I asked myself this morning why I had forgotten to take pictures??

I answered me by saying... we were just having way too much fun. 

Thursday, July 28

eleven

In need of good food, some sun, play and a change of scenery we got out of the house
(the kids had been at each other all morning). 


Moods quickly changed to happy as we ate pizza outside at Plaza Las Fuentes

Jeremiah had been craving a slice of pizza after a week of mostly soft foods from getting braces. 

today he turns eleven, and as difficult it is for me to accept that he is growing into himself, I can't complain...
he has so much love and kindness, and funnies inside him



post lunch faces


and carousel rides before heading home 

on she
top/dress: olvera street LA
leggings: childrens place
sandals: saltwater

on him
 darth vader top: Target
 skinny jeans: Levi's
shoes: vans

joining and loving all the cute kids on small style


Wednesday, July 27

on my to read list...




Just in love with this right now. She was a big influence on naming Audrey, Audrey.  We have started to work on decorating her room (right now it's kind of a catch all since we co-sleep) and would love to have this in her library.

Aren't the illustrations just adorable?

Friday, July 22

Photo Books from Shutterfly (a Giveaway)

one of my favorite Audrey photos ( :
Iv'e been playing on Shutterfly, creating a photo book... and oh my is it fun! I can't make up my mind on what theme I love the best. I think the recipe photo book has to be one of my favorites...  a photo book gift with family recipes, photos of food/family enjoying them and history behind the yummy dishes.
  A treasure for sure.  

Shutterfly is gifting me with a photo book (yay!), I'm thinking of a summer theme filled with pictures of Jeremiah and Audrey, the beach, outdoor parties, family....
and while Iv'e been playing I thought of how many thank you cards I need to send all my favorite people... how do you manage all the thank you card sending?
Wouldn't these be super fun? 
and since I'm on the topic of how late I am on thank you's maybe I should start my Christmas cards 
now. (:

Have you ever given a photo book as a gift or received one?  
I think they are just the perfect gift!

Win it!
Shutterfly wants you to have a photo book too!
Leave me any topic related comment by 12pm August 4th, I will randomly choose 10 of you to win a free photo book! Leave your email (if it's not in your profile) so I can reach you. 
For extra entries you can follow me via google friend or facebook. Leave one comment for each.


*Have a blog? Get a free photo book from Shutterfly? 

* a photo book was given to me for sharing with you along with an offer to do a giveaway on my blog. I loved, and thought you would love to...

*Giveaway now closed winners: shawnac68, color land, peach prenni, Aurelia, terri 142, Mollly, Rae, Susan, Donna, snow

Thursday, July 21

blue dress

 Today, Audrey and I did some toy shopping. We had a gift card we hadn't gotten a chance to spend from her birthday, so as soon as we got to the toy store she rushed over to Calico Critters and picked up a new little family for her and one for her lovely cousin Laine.


This dress, a find, at our new favorite second hand children's boutique, Bluebird, here in LA, we shopped there with two great friends recently and came home with a large bag of awesome finds. 


Counting her piggies


and in love with herself. 

I need to hug myself. 
 You too deserve a hug from you!

dress: flora and Henri (thrifted)
sandals: Salt-Water 

(linked up with small style)

Wednesday, July 20

Winny de Puh


When Kip came home from work last night he surprised us with an invite to see Winnie the Pooh. 
Such a darling movie. I had no idea Zooey Deshanel was on the soundtrack, so as much as I love She and Him, it was a sweet surprise to hear her sing.  I think I must buy the soundtrack. 

Wouldn't a party like this one be the best before going out to the show to watch?

and just in case you are wondering... the title of this post is Winnie the Pooh translated to spanish. ( : 

Thursday, July 14

the purple ones

I have so wanted to join Morgan and all the lovely ladies that take part in Small Style for weeks...

Although we don't splurge much on Audrey's outfits, it's still so much fun to dress her up...and sometimes (a lot of time's) I wish her outfits came in my size. ( :


One of my favorite pieces from her wardrobe is this skirt we got at one of our favorite local boutiques.  It's almost two years old and seems to have gotten smaller in just the perfect way. 




She's a climber
and an acrobat.

Loves the park, the trees, the sun


and loves to pick out her shoes. 

henley top - The Children's Place
skirt - (no tag) bought at Lula Mae
leggings - target
flats - mary jane fabric flats from China Town 

Wednesday, July 13

Audrey Hepburn Piñata

Months ago while having fun at a friends birthday party... my best friend says to me...


"I wonder when the kids will break the piñata?"


"How do you know they have a piñata?" I replied


"Their Latinos... Latinos always have piñatas at birthday parties." 


Sure enough, they had a piñata.


So, of coarse Audrey had a pinãta at her birthday.

I found this....


so appropriate ( :

I ordered it from Whack! Piñateria, each one of their piñatas are so perfect.

Jeremiah and Audrey had fun filling it with candy, small crayon boxes and small toys days before the party.




The goodie bags they decorated caught all the treats and when they got ready to go home were perfect for carrying the parting gift (ice cream shaped bubbles inspired from here).


Is a piñata a must for your parties?

Jeremiah wearing Audrey Hepburn glasses ( :

(thank you for reading friends....xoxoxo)




Sunday, July 10

audrey's 3rd birthday

Somehow...without me realizing how fast..Audrey turned three.

We celebrated with a big party in the backyard.  It happened to fall on one of the hottest weekends here... I was so scared we'd have kids falling over from the heat...




but somehow pitchers and pitchers of water (sprinkled with lime wedges and watermelon chunks), raspberry iced tea with chia seeds, cold beer....

and ice cream kept every one feeling yummy and cool inside.


We had Carmela Ice Cream bring their delicious ice cream over...cucumber sorbet, strawberry buttermilk, brown sugar vanilla bean and lavender honey...(I know what your thinking...and yes it really is that good!).




Audrey's favorite things right now:
ice cream, arts and crafts, bubbles

and this was kind of the theme of her party


We set up an arts and crafts table so the kiddies could decorate their own goodie bags. Glitter pens, stickers, crayons, glue... so much fun (thanks Gaby for supervising the arts and crafts table).



I bought a bubble machine....


and bubbles flew all over the backyard, definitely a favorite with all the kids. 

I have more pictures and words ....
(but have to get ready for work now)

to be continued....


Friday, July 8

Honey Granola Bars


I have a really yummy recipe to share with you... 

It's a perfect snack to bring along on  beach trips or hikes or to keep in your bag for snacking during the summer
(the ingredients are affordable and it's really easy to make).

  Barbara (a most inspiring fellow mom) shared it at a recent event I attended hosted by The National Honey Board. 

She also shared some awesome exercise tips with us.... buy a hula hoop and  jump rope! 
I own both but need to actually use them! She's got an awesome exercise book too! ( :




Grab n Go Honey Strawberry Granola Energy Bars
Serves 6
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup of honey 
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 egg white 
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats 
  • ⅓ cup of canola oil 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • ½ cup coconut flakes 
  • 1 cup sugar-free strawberry preserves 
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Spray a 7 by 10 ¾-inch nonstick baking pan with cooking spray. Lay a piece of parchment paper over the pan big enough to allow excess paper to hang over the sides. Spray parchment paper lightly with cooking spray.
  3. In a medium bowl beat the egg white until frothy.
  4. Stir in oats, honey, oil, vanilla extract and coconut flakes. Mix well.
  5. Set aside ⅓ of the mixture.
  6. With a rubber spatula spread the remaining mixture into the prepared baking pan, pressing lightly to form an even layer. Bake for 10 minutes.  Remove from oven.
  7. Spread the preserves over the crust of granola and sprinkle the remaining oat mixture over the preserves.
  8. Bake for an additional 15 minutes or until the preserve filling is bubbling on the edges.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least one hour.  Cut into squares and enjoy!
*just sharing...no compensation was given ( :

Tuesday, July 5

On 4th of July

(been away from blogging for a bit... and  missed you)


Our fourth of July weekend included a neighborhood parade (kids on decorated bikes, strollers and scooters), good food and summer.  It was perfectly filled with family and friends.
So so proud to be a part of this beautiful country.


Here are some pictures (taken by Audrey's daddy) from our 4th of July celebrating...






Audrey turned 3 this weekend.. so looking forward to sharing with you soon... ( :

Happy 4th, happy Monday, happy Tuesday, happy day!

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