Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Beach in January

Only in California can you spend a perfect day at the beach in the middle of January!
We had nothing to do this past Saturday and I did not want to let a weekend go by when I knew we would be having some wonderful warm weather.  I mentioned to hubby a trip to Balboa Island would be a fun Saturday and he agreed.  So Saturday after we ate lunch we all headed down to Newport to stop and shop a bit at the mall and then to Balboa.  The weather was amazing, 81 degrees and nothing but sunshine.  Once we got onto the island we made a stop at our favorite candy store to fill up a bag with some taffy to snack on while we ventured around the island.  The girls ran around in the sand while we enjoyed our walk and the beautiful view.  When we came back to our starting point we didn't want to leave but it was getting close to dinner time and we wanted to make our reservation at Joe's Crab Shack where we sat and watched the sunset.  Both of the girls ordered the captains special and enjoyed fish sticks along with popcorn shrimp.  I was so happy they didn't order the usual pizza or grilled cheese!  We ended our evening with the best dessert ever, their Campfire Smores.  So good, a must if you ever eat there!   

It was definitely a great way to spend a Saturday!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Week in Review

The past week flew by since Monday was a holiday but we had a fair share of down time at home so it was perfect.  I love the month of January because after months and months of running constant errands there is finally time to drop the girls off at school and just come home and relax.  There are very little errands to run and more time to enjoy just being home!

Brooklyn is loving Lego Friends lately and just like her sister she is pretty darn good at building on her own.  Her ears are doing great!  I haven't had a single problem with her letting me clean or turn them.

I mentioned on my Friday Favorites post how much I love my Happy Everything platter.  It makes me so happy when I see it in my kitchen each day.  Right now it is all set for Valentines day with the heart attachment.  Pretty much all of my decorating for the holiday so far is shown below.  I'll pull out the rest of the Valentines day goods next week.

My Kayla working on homework after school.

Like I said we've had some down time at home which means morning cuddles and reading together in bed after Kayla is dropped off at school.

 Tuesday after drop off  I stopped at Starbucks to grab a chai latte and then came back home to watch some Real Housewives in a quiet house.

Both of the girls love writing stories and drawing pictures to go along with it, here is Brooklyn's newest creation.

Kayla on Friday morning, she was out and supposedly ready to go to school and right after I locked up and the alarm was set she remembered she had forgotten something! 

Brooklyn and I did some antiquing, she loves finding the store kitty's whenever we hit up the local antique shops.  Besides the kitty's she is so fun to antique with, she is my little decorator in the making.  She thoroughly gets excited and likes to look at everything just like her mama.

Friday after school is my favorite.  The girls asked for a snack so I gave them some popcorn and we popped in a movie.

I even caught them cuddling #myheartmelts

My father in law came over to hang out with us and took us out for some mexican food then back home to play some games.  He even won playing Trouble, Kayla was a little disappointed she didn't win she wanted to show him how good she was.

Now onto a weekend full of relaxing as well!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!
I'm linking up a few of my favorites over here.

First up my favorite lotion that I've been using for the past few months.  I bought it at Rite Aid but it is much cheaper online at Amazon or Drugstore.com.  It smells so good and is free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, petrolatum.  The bottle is pretty big so it lasts a long time too!

Next up is regular sugar!
I read on somebody's blog that they used plain ole sugar to gently exfoliate their skin every morning before putting on make up and it made their skin look so much better so I decided to give it a try and I swear it makes a difference.  My skin looks so much better and I can definitely tell a difference if I skip a day of using it.  If you try it let me know what you think!!

I recently won a giveaway for a gift card to Coton Colors and after trying to make the hard decision on what to choose I ended up with this Happy Everything platter.  I waited patiently for it to arrive and I love it!!!  I ordered the exact heart attachment that you see here along with a St. Patrick's day shamrock to use for the month of March.  I will definitely be adding to the attachments in the future.  I love that I can change it out for each holiday or season.  It looks so cute sitting on my kitchen counter!


My last favorite is from the site ePantry.
I started ordering from them a few months ago and love the convenience of the program.  They basically mail you household items that you would normally purchase in the store for cheap.  You can cancel at anytime and their customer service is awesome.   If you want to give them a try use this link and you will automatically get a $10.00 credit to your account and be sure to order one of their candles, they smell and burn perfectly!!


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

"I Feel Like a Big Girl Now"

"I feel like a big girl now, I have my ears pierced and I get to do Legos"  Brooklyn exclaimed shortly after getting her ears pierced.  She had been talking about getting her ears pierced for the past month or so and I intended on doing it over the winter break but things got busy and I was worried she would chicken out once we got there so I just let it go.  Well she kept reminding me that she wanted to get them done and since we were nearby the mall on Monday and Kayla would be with us I decided we would stop by and see what happened.  Kayla does not yet have her ears pierced because she is too afraid it will hurt so I sort of wanted her there to see what happens so she could decide if she wanted hers done or not.  We got to Claires and I showed Brooklyn her earring choices and she was still a bit unsure so I said we would stop into another store and she could have some time to decide she ended up rushing me out of my store so she could get back to Claires to get her ears pierced.  She picked out the cutest Hello Kitty earrings and they got her all set up.  I warned her that it would hurt and could possibly hurt a day or two after but she was still ready.

She's a bit excited waiting for it to happen!

Prepping her ears for the procedure,

Before with her sweet little baby ears

Once they pierced her ears she was trying soooooo hard to not cry and she did fine until mommy asked her if she was okay

then her eyes watered up while still trying to be brave.  She did really good and was over it as soon as I told her how beautiful her ears looked.   Soon she was jumping off the chair to go take a look in the mirror.

Her ears haven't bothered her at all and she is constantly reminding me to make sure we clean and twist them.  She was so excited to go to school on Tuesday to show all her friends!   Kayla didn't want to get hers done afterwards but after we got home that night and Brooklyn and I started to talk about earrings at dinner Kayla said she should have gotten hers pierced too.  Looks like we might be going back sometime soon!