Vacation for Mom

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I can’t really take a vacation right now, but there have been a few things lately that have made me feel like I have been on a brief, but necessary vacation. I am sure other Moms and Dads can relate to these, especially anyone that is with their kids 24/7 like I am.

1. A trip to the grocery store or Target without kids. – I don’t have to rush through each aisle. I can take my time and actually get everything (and then some) that is on my list. Normally I have to hold someone half way through the shopping trip and rush to the check out line when a meltdown is about to ensue.

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2. Gym time in the actual gym – normally I am lifting weights and doing abs with a little one sitting on me, walking on me or trying to get my attention in some way.

3. Showering without an audience – usually I have 1 or 2 interruptions per shower.

4. A full night’s sleep – Harper was sleeping through the night regularly but unfortunately that changed and then Chace got sick and he didn’t sleep well either. I’ve had a lot of sleepless nights lately.

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5. Come home to a clean and quiet house. Okay, so this one has not happened yet, but a girl can dream. One day, one day!


I don’e desire to spend a long period of time away from my kids, so these short bouts of alone time are like heaven! I love you both with all my heart, but even Mom needs a break every now and then.

Stay tuned for a Stitch Fix Update soon!

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Here’s to 2014

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With the new year here, I can’t help but write to you both on how blessed I feel to have you in my life. You can make my day with one smile, laugh or kiss. Furthermore, you can make me want to scream or hide (temporarily) with just one tantrum or cry. I am lucky to be your mom and often in those crazy moments I tend to forget that I’m the lucky one. It’s one sentence at night like “Mom, I love to cuddle,” that reminds me how lucky I am.
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I tend to get mad at the little things while constantly cleaning up spills and getting frustrated dressing you in the morning. I’m actively trying to slow down and stop overreacting so that I don’t miss out on special moments (like cuddling or random hugs) because you both are only 1 and 3 once.
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Recently, I was talking with one of Chace’s sweet teachers who has two grown children and she reminded me of just that. While you are young, I can’t wait for you to get to the next step (like walking for Harper). I keep wanting you to grow up. Then they grow up and you want them to be young again.
 While Chace has been off school for the past two weeks, I planned a lot of fun activities from baking Christmas cookies to play dates and special outings. I want to create memories for a lifetime, even if I’m the only one that will remember.  Can’t wait for another amazing year watching the two of you grow up! Stay tuned! 2013 year in review is coming soon!
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Club MomMe’s Family Fall Fest

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This past Sunday the family and I had the pleasure of attending Club MomMe‘s Family Fall Fest powered by Honda. It was held at the beautiful Bel Air Bay Club and featured great panels and speakers. This was my first event hosted by Club MomMe and I love that their events include the whole family and tailored to Moms, Dads and Parents-to-be.

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The event started at 11:30am and when you arrive you get to have a car seat or stroller cleaned while you are inside. It’s great! You drop it off and CleanBeeBaby cleans out the entire stroller (which is what I left with them). For this particular event, there are different ticket packages and I was lucky enough to have a free cleaning of my choice. I have used their service before and loved it, so a free cleaning was so appreciated and much needed after all the miles that our BOB has been through recently.

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The event featured many speakers including a few celebrities, successful entrepreneurs, music, tons of giveaways, food, drinks and so many sponsors that were displaying their products and handing out fun freebies.  I couldn’t attend them all but I loved the panels I did get to hear. The first panel I chose to attend was “Entrepreneurship for Moms” featuring Tia and Tamera Mowry, Jennie Pulos, Samantha Ettus, Andrea Barrett and Wendy Bellissimo. Rosie Pope was also supposed to speak but she was sick and could not attend. This panel was my favorite. They all spoke from the heart and were totally honest. I love that they are all successful, hard working Moms and one thing that stuck out was that they all are so passionate about what they do. A very inspiring, honest and educational talk.

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They passed out food afterwards which was just what we needed at this point. The kids were hungry and while I had plenty for Harper, I didn’t have snacks for Chace to munch on so it was time to get outdoors and eat while walking around viewing products, sampling items and talking to vendors.

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This event was so much fun to attend. I loved meeting other parents and parents-to-be and especially hearing advice from successful moms that do it all or try to, as they say.

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I went home with 4 goodie bags and tons of fun stuff! Thanks Club MomMe!!!

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I can’t wait to attend the next Club MomMe event.

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Preparing for A Vacation With 2 Kids

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Our last plane ride to Chicago

Our last plane ride to Chicago

We are leaving for a vacation/business trip soon and it will be Harper’s first plane ride, so I headed to the county recorder’s office to pick up her birth certificate. I am not sure why I wait until the last minute for these things, but I do. Not a good habit and I recommend that you do not follow in my footsteps and procrastinate doing the tedious things at the last minute. It’s not fun.

I took Momo with me because I had no idea how long the lines will be or what the waiting room will be like. She loves to go on these little adventures with us.

Luckily, the location was easy to find and the waiting room was large and had enough seats so that we could park the stroller (Harper was sleeping) and all sit together. I filled out the form beforehand (I highly recommend doing this) so that I could keep Chace occupied while we were waiting. It was about a 10 minute wait which is so much less than I had expected. We were in and out of the building very quickly and surprisingly, Harper was asleep the whole time.

Since it was just about time to eat, we headed to Panera for lunch. Yum! I love the soup and so does Chace, so we shared.

After lunch we made another stop to pick up essentials for our flight and vacation. Not a bad day out, and made for a tired Mom. It would have been perfect if you both napped but unfortunately that didn’t happen. Instead, we had a relaxing afternoon before we had guests for dinner.

Now I just have to pack! It will be my first time flying with two kids. Wish me luck!

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Last Day to Vote

****UPDATE: Voting has ended. Thank you all for the support!


Dear New Readers, Followers, Friends, and Family,

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Again, today’s post is a little different. Rather than writing to my kids, I am writing to you! I need your help. I would love to make it into the top 25 for Circle Mom’s Top 25 SoCal Mom Bloggers 2013.

All it takes is one click to vote and I will be so appreciative! This is something I would love for you to take a second out of your day to just click to vote. No signup is necessary! If you like what you see here, please vote so I can keep on moving up the list!

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Thanks for reading, stopping by and commenting. It really means a lot to me.

Lots of thanks from Chace, Harper and I,


Never Doubt

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My Loves

My Loves

I want you both to grow up never doubting my love for you. I may be strict at times, your best friend at other times and always be there with open arms if ever you should need me.

I was lucky to have that kind of mother growing up and to this day she still listens to me endlessly, hugs me when I need it and even when I don’t, knows when I need a break and makes it happen. She shows me unconditional love and I am so glad I have her to learn from. Hopefully I can be as great a mom to both of you as she was to Aunty and me.
I was lucky in the mother department and I hope both of you are too.
I love you both to the moon and back! Never doubt that!

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My Sleeping Beauties

PicMonkey Collage Dear CChildren and sleeping is a hot topic and in my small circle it is a very big topic. Some people sleep train. Some chose to put their kids on a strict schedule while others are less strict. Whether or not a child is sleeping through the night at a certain age or sleeping in the crib versus a parent’s bed and son on. It is never-ending.

I really don’t mind what others do because I always think the parents know what is best for them and their kids. I try to go with that mentality on a lot of the parenting hot topics because honestly, what works for me might not work for others. I mean, between my sister and I we have 5 kids and they are all completely different. In some instances our parenting is similar and in some it is completely different. We help each other out with advice but it doesn’t always work on each child the same.


With Chace I didn’t put him into a crib until 10 months and even then it was so hard for me since I was still breastfeeding. I loved him sleeping with us, but I knew that it was time when Daddy was always waking up thinking he rolled off the bed or that he was not breathing. It just got to a point that I had to change our sleeping habits. It was hard, very very hard. I was so happy when Chace was able to go into the crib, lay down and sleep on his own without shedding a single tear. Each night I would bathe him, read books in the rocking chair and then lay him down in the crib and say our good nights. Then I would leave the room and he would fall asleep on his own. While this didn’t happen overnight, it did work and it worked well for us. Daddy would get up in the morning and go “rescue” Chace from his crib when he woke up. He would come in our room and play until it was time for Daddy to go to work. Once Chace started climbing out of the crib, I knew it was time for a bed. That transition was not too bad except I spent a long time laying down with him in bed before he fell asleep.

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Now that Harper is almost 8 months old, I decided it was time for her to sleep in the crib too. She has always been a great sleeper and doesn’t nurse often at night. She doesn’t wake too often and can sleep well on her own. It was so much less painful this time because I knew that the few days of adjustment would be worth it in the end. Chace managed it, and she would too.

Here we are and at 8 months, Harper is sleeping in the crib and sleeping through the night. While I know many people would frown upon how long it took or why I waited, I don’t really worry about that anymore. It works for me. It works for my children and that is all that matters to me. We are happy with our choices and we are getting enough sleep and waking up very ready to start each day. I couldn’t ask for anything more!

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