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enjoying the warm weather at the beach. We are exploring different toddler friendly beaches in the area

eating a ton of peaches. I buy a full tray and we eat them throughout the week. I also made my favorite fruit crisp recipe with cut up fresh peaches and added shredded coconut with the oats topping

tending to our tomato plants. The wooden sticks we have are doing an ok job keeping the tomato plants off the ground, but for next year, I want to get the metal stands for them. I’ve been reading on “how to grow tomato plants” online and there’s a lot to learn

loving the kisses I get from my little man after dinner. We try to get him to bed by 8pm, so I make sure I’m present and able to play with him before bedtime…and saving all the chores. laundry and household cleaning after he goes to bed

reading The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes….and I abandoned it after Chapter 6, I just couldn’t get into the story. Maybe I will re-visit the book in the future, but for now, on to the next book.

drinking La Croix sparkling water nightly with dinner. It’s my fun drink and my little man shares the drink with me because he’s starting to like it too

celebrating Calvin’s 2nd birthday. We headed over to his house for his birthday party and the kids enjoyed several outside water play station. H loves playing at their house and he gets sad every time we have to go home

feeling under the weather this week. After a lot of Zicam, Emergen-C and dayquil, I’m felt much better after 2 days. I’m also using this essential oil and diffuser overnight

planning to paint H’s bathroom revere pewter shade, finally found a perfect gray shade that I love. I want to tackle his bathroom and paint it myself. This is the first paint job we are doing on our house. If I like it, I’m going to hire out the rest of the paint job on the house.

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venturing out to a new-to-us beach in Newport area and so happy that it was very toddler friendly. There were no waves and it had a very cool lighthouse and nautical themed playground a few steps away from the beach

showering my friend Amy and baby London Elise with love at her baby shower. Her shower was so cute and the décor so personal and I would describe the theme as rustic chic

going to the zoo after hours and enjoying the outdoor concert. We explored the zoo and had unlimited ride on the train and carousel during half of the concert and for the latter half, we ate what we packed for our picnic

brunching with my girlfriends at The Federal Bar in Long Beach. A few of my high school girlfriends have moved away and they are planning to come back home soon. In the meantime, we are enjoying going out to brunch whenever they are in town

cleaning my closet and sending them off to Thred Up. I have already sent 2 large bags, but still waiting for it to be processed.

going to the regional park after daycare pick-up and hanging out with the ducks

watching Suits on Wednesday and live tweeting at the same time. So fun!

buying a case of ripe peaches and searching for recipes to make. I already know I’m going to make fruit crisps and ice pops with half of it

planning our San Diego weekend trip late this summer. We have gone every summer in the last 2 years and it’s a fun, quick family road trip. We want to visit the Safari Park this summer.

reading Where’d You Go Bernadette and loving it, it’s a funny book.

concert at the zoo

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I don’t remember the last time I used my big DSLR camera. I didn’t even bring it on our last family vacation. I want to use it more often though and I thought of the excuses I had that was preventing me from grabbing it….and the biggest gripe I had was that it was too […]

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{recipe} cream cheese veggie dip

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  With summer in full swing, we often have friends and family over at our house to swim every weekend. I’m always looking for quick snacks and dips I can serve to a hungry crowd and something that will be appetizing after being in the hot sun in the afternoon. The original recipe that I […]

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    enjoying our summer activities and being outdoors whenever we can park-hopping and checking out other cool parks in our area. We have a great Pirate Themed park near our  house but I’m just now discovering all these local public parks that are too cool to miss trying on ice hockey gear while at […]

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book report / first comes love & reserved

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  (Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the advance copy of these books for my honest review) First Comes Love: A Novel by Emily Giffin   I read this book while vacation in Mexico and I thought it was a good beach read. This book is about family, tragedy and how that can […]

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what I wore / summer color scheme

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I re-organized my closet and put back only items that I’m currently loving. I noticed that the colors that made it back in the closet had similar color scheme. I am loving neutral colors with lots of blue, grey and stripes. A lot of the tops and bottoms all matches with each other. So even […]

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movies at the park

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I made my annual summer bucket list last week, and we crossed off one of the item I’ve always wanted to do as a family, which was to watch movies at the park. Our little man is now old enough and (has the attention span) to watch a full length movie. We figured this summer […]

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homemade ice pops: yogurt strawberry & chunky monkey

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  I’ve made two batches of homemade ice pops in the last month and I’ve found many more flavors I would like to try throughout the summer. So far, the ones I’ve made are pretty healthy….healthy enough that I’m fine with my toddler eating it for breakfast. I want to make bigger batches of the […]

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  vacationing at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for our family vacation. We were there all week last week. enjoying the beach view, all-inclusive food and drinks and relaxing in general catching up on my sleep. I slept a glorious 8-9 hours every night eating “catch of the day” every day for lunch. I never get sick […]

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