Friday Favorites

Friday, February 17, 2017

What are you up to this weekend? I am feeling a lot better after an emergency trip to the dentist.  No fun at all!  I'm so glad that is over with and I am on the mend.  It is going to be another rainy weekend here, so indoor activities it is.  We are hoping to get last minute tickets to Disney on Ice, which is going to blow Luna's mind. Hope you have a nice weekend, and here are this week's favorites...

Favorite Quote: Life is too short, smile while you still have teeth. Seriously! This made me laugh so hard! Take it from a person who just had a tooth extracted and cried like a baby to lose a tooth, but I never stopped smiling! 

Favorite Show: Z: The Beginning of Everything. As I mentioned, I have been down and out, so I've had time to binge watch this show and its good.  
Favorite Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens.  I have been eyeing clogs for awhile now. I am still on the fence whether I am a clog girl or not, but they sure do look comfy. One of my mommy friends rocks these like nobody's business, and they look so chic on her.  
Favorite Recipe to Try: Seared Scallops with Cauliflower Pureé. Scallops are sensitive little suckers, but when cooked properly they are delicious! 
Favorite Accessory: J.Crew Dipped Enamel Earrings. I am normally a studs kinda girl, but now that Luna is older, I wouldn't mind a new pair of hoops.  These are really pretty. 
Favorite Book: The Trespasser by Tana French.  By now you guys know I am a huge Tana French fan, and her latest book does not disappoint. I am not to far in and I am already entrenched.  
Favorite Song of the Week: Faith from the movie Sing - Ariana Grande & Stevie Wonder. I'll admit I like it too...

Friday Favorites

Friday, February 10, 2017

What are you up to this weekend? It's our first weekend of having no plans in awhile, so I am looking forward to relaxing, and a taking a walk along the river since we are supposed to get a break from the rain.  I think I'll sneak off to get my loves a little something for Valentine's day because if you don't know, I love Love! Here's are some posts to prove it. Hope you have a wonderful weekend and here are this week's favorites...

Favorite Quote: Love is the closest thing to Magic, and dancing with my family... 
Favorite Bucket list: Amtrak Cascades travel through the Pacific Northwest with some glorious views. 
Favorite Outfit: Red Floral Dress + Jean Jacket -via Collage Vintage. This is a cute casual Valentine's Day outfit. Here's a similar dress
Favorite Book: The Confidence Code is on my must-read list.  Has anyone read this?!

Favorite Decor: Amsterdam Loft -via Airows. The greenery in this home is everything.  I have started my corner of greenery in our dining room and I want it to look like this. 
Favorite Dessert: Raw Mixed Berry and Vanilla Bean Cheesecake-via Downtshiftology. Doesn't this look delicious! I am not big on baking, but a girl can dream. 
Favorite Song of the Week: Love On Top -Beyoncé

Lendy Lately

Thursday, February 9, 2017

February has been rainy and it started off with a bang.  Luna's birthday celebration went great, my parents have headed back home to Southern California and I have officially become a work-at-home mom.  I landed a job with a fantastic law firm in San Francisco, and I am excited for this new venture. I have also been trying to balance all the politics without letting it kill my mojo.  It's been tough---right?! Now more than ever, I think we should focus on our blessings. Here's a little of what I've been up to lately...

I have been watching The Bachelor (don't judge--it's a great escape!). This chick is hilarious

This lightweight tunic has been part of my work-at-home wardrobe.  It's so soft and versatile and its only $20 bucks.  I have already washed it and it actually kept its shape.

I have been cooking a lot of acorn squash. Here's a recipe similar to what I used.  This week I am making it enchilada style. Yum! 

I am playing catch-up with all my podcasts, and this episode of Super Mamás regarding money was very informative.  

We bought Luna this ukelele for her birthday and she hasn't stopped playing it ever since. Some days its a soft song and other days its full on rock star. 

I am already in full planning mode for our family vacation this year, and I use the Qapital app to help set money aside.  

This tweet made me laugh.  

Luna's 4th Birthday Party

Monday, February 6, 2017

This weekend we had Luna's 4th Birthday party at Fliptastic, and she had a blast. I was busy enjoying the fun and only captured a few photos, but that means it was a good party! Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate our little girl. 

Friday Favorites

Friday, February 3, 2017

What are you up to this weekend? As I mentioned here, today is Luna's birthday. Our weekend already started and we are treating to all her favorite things.  Tomorrow we are having a party for her at this cool place, so I am certain she is going to have a blast.  Sunday we also have a party to attend so our whole weekend is basically going to be one big birthday celebration.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and here are this week's favorites...

Favorite Dress: Magnolia Blooms Floral Dress . I still have Spring dresses on the brain, and this one is really pretty. 
Favorite Home Decor: Threshold Artificial Planter.  I have been wanting some greenery in our dining room, but real plants just did not seem like the best fit for us.  So I bought my first artificial plant, and I am loving it. 

Favorite Book: Inside Sacramento. The title speaks for itself its a book about Sacramento, and even though I have lived in this area for seven years now, I still feel like a tourist.  
Favorite Hair Product: Schwarzkopf Omega Repair Leave-In. This product was sent to by by Schwarzkopf, but they did not pay me to say this--this product is the bomb! 

Favorite Fun: Ridley's Game Room Chinese Checkers. After listening to the girls at the Super Mamas podcast rave about their new Chinese checkers addiction, I am planning to order this one. 
Favorite Song of the Week: All of Me...because recently it played on the radio and Luna said mom I really like this song :) and today is her day! I love you baby!

Letter to Luna - 4th Birthday

 Happy 4th Birthday my Luna! "As soon as I saw you, I knew a grand adventure was about to begin" -Winnie the Pooh. 

I know I say this every year, but I cannot believe you are four-years-old.  Lately, I have been telling you that you are mommy's baby, and apparently you no longer think you so. I am sorry to break it to you, but I may not stop calling you my baby until you are in the double digits, and even then, it may be up for interpretation. Please know, daddy and I love you to the moon and back.  Thank you for always bringing a sense of wonder into our lives.  You are an extraordinary daughter! 
Here's a little bit about yourself:
  • You will not go anywhere without your beloved stuffed puppy that we named Butterfly.
  • You love our family hikes
  • You became a Preschooler in September 2016.
  • Your favorite book is The Book With No Pictures.
  • You talk A LOT to daddy & I, and to people you feel comfortable with. 
  • You love to sing and dance.
  • Your favorite color is purple.
  • Your favorite cartoons are My Little Pony and Creative Galaxy.
  • You absolutely love Arts & Crafts! 
  • You love when we discuss our highs & lows at dinnertime. 
  • Your favorite foods are flour tortillas, In-n-out, salad at our favorite sushi spot, Starbucks bacon gouda sandwich, pancakes and pink lemonade. 
  • Your first trip to Disneyland was on November 29, 2016.
  • Your favorite place to visit is San Francisco, and you love to stay in hotels. 

This was just a snippet of who you are my little darling.  I hope four is magical, and may you continue to learn and never lose the sparkle in your eye.     
You are my sun, my moon and all of my stars



Motherhood: The Birds + The Bees

Monday, January 30, 2017

I recently attended a class regarding tips on how to explain the birds and the bees to children.  To be honest, when the class options were given to us this class did not cross my mind.  I figured hey my kid is too little.  Well, I was wrong. There are many reasons why it is important to teach children early about their bodies and about sex. Some of the reasons are to help them know how to protect their bodies, to know what is appropriate and the importance of them learning about sex from us first. I left feeling like a warrior mom ready for battle. 

A few months back, I read Amazing You!: Getting Smart About Private Parts to Luna, and I caught myself skimming over it because I felt awkward.  She was fine about it and was mostly intrigued by knowing the names of the body parts. I was the one who felt inadequate which brings me to the next lesson. We need to face our experience with sex in order to avoid bringing our junk to the table. Now that I am armed with this new knowledge, the Amazing You book is coming back out, and I am going to order this book and this one.  

The hope is to avoid our daughter hearing about sex from someone else before we have spoken to her.  It is easy to think nah this won't happen to my baby, but in this day in age it can happen easier than you think.  Children are being exposed to sex a lot sooner with the misuse of technology, word of mouth, music and so much more. I don't know about you, but I want to be the one to educate my daughter about the beauty of life and our bodies. 

Here's how to talk to your littles about sex: 

1: Think back to your experience with sex. If necessary, don't be afraid to talk to a therapist or pastor for guidance. 
2: Arm yourself with information by reading books, ask questions and come up with a plan. 
3: Talk to your kids early on because it is best that they hear it from you. 
4: Teach them the anatomical terms for body parts. 
5: Help them feel normal about their body and about sex. There is no shame. 
6: Be ready and open to revisit the subject a few more times...

What are your thoughts on this? How soon did you talk to your children about their bodies and sex? 

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