Fab Moms: Heather Gibbs Flett of Rookie Moms

I’m so incredibly excited to introduce you to my next Fab Mom – Heather Gibbs Flett of Rookie Moms. If you’re not familiar with Rookie Moms, please allow me to digress for a moment about how this site has changed my life as a new mom.

If it wasn’t for Heather and her business partner, Whitney, Blake and I would probably still be hiding in our house, too scared to go out and face the real world! Ok, I know, dramatic – but seriously, finding the Rookie Moms 52 weeks of challenges was the best thing I could have stumbled across as a new mom. It gave me small little goals to accomplish with my little one and the gentle push I needed to get out of the house. Without Rookie Moms, I wouldn’t have joined a Mom’s Group, which has led to so many wonderful memories and friendships, and I wouldn’t have planned a mom’s night out, which led to me now writing for the local site, San Diego Mom’s Night Out. Plus, there have been so many other fun moments as Blake and I completed, and continue to complete, exciting adventures together.

If you are a new mom and looking for fun activities to do with (and without) your new bambino – GO CHECK OUT ROOKIEMOMS.COM immediately. It’s a life changer. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Additionally, they run 510 Families for all of the Bay Area mamas.

Now that I’ve gotten that off of my chest, here is Heather’s Fab Moms spotlight:

Heather Flett

  1. Who calls you mom and what’s his/her/their age?
    I have three sons: Holden (9), Milo (7), and Sawyer (2 ½)
  2. What do you do? (SAHM, business owner, blogger, full-time/part-time employee, etc.)
    I’m a WAHM as a full-time blogger these days
  3. What does a typical day look like for you? (And the word typical should be taken with a grain of salt – I know they’re hardly ever typical)
    On a school-day, I wake up at 6:00 to shower and get dressed before waking the boys up at 6:30. We all eat breakfast and do our morning jobs before the “shoe time music” goes off at 7:35 to tell us to get out the door. My husband usually walks the older two to elementary school and I drive the littleone off to preschool. I’m home by 8:30 to begin work of writing, social media amplification, and dodging my emails. Around 4:20, I sign off everything to begin my rounds of picking up children. We’re usually back home around 5:45 to watch a show (them, based on a schedule of who gets to pick on which day) and make dinner (me!). Bedtime for the kids is around 7:30, at which time my husband and I collapse in front of the television.
  4. Any advice on how to “juggle it all”?
    Lots of deep breaths.
  5. When was the first time you really felt like a mother?
    Of all the memories that flash through my mind when you ask that question, various medical emergencies all fight for attention. Being responsible for taking care of my oldest son during little and big medical events made me feel very parental like, “OMG, I’m really in charge here.”
  6. What’s the hardest thing about being a mom?
    It can feel very thankless at times.
  7. What’s the most rewarding thing about being a mom?
    The snuggles and giggles… and I love looking at them when they are peacefully asleep.
  8. I wrote a post about “mental snapshots” that I’ll always remember, even without a photo. I know it’s hard to choose one, but what is your favorite moment, or “mental snapshot”, with your little one(s) so far?
    I love the morning pile-on when the little ones wake up not-too-early and climb into our bed. The moment right before the kicking and poking gets to be too much is just precious.
  9. What has been your best baby product purchase so far and why? What age is it appropriate for?
    I think the Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair is fantastic. It works for ages 6 months to 16 years because it is fully adjustable as a chair. I sit in ours sometimes, too.
  10. What’s something new you have learned about yourself after becoming a mother?
    I see all of my anxiety and self-doubt reflected back in my children’s personalities and behavior. It makes me want to be a better person… or at least accept myself for the person I am. Not easy!
  11. What do you do to unwind/relax when you have some rare time to yourself?
    I run, watch movies, eat dark chocolate, have meals out with friends.
  12. What is your favorite outing, to date, with your little one?
    I love to visit the children’s museum with a curious toddler. In Berkeley, we have Habitot and Studio Grow. In Sausalito, The Bay Area Discovery Museum is paradise.
  13. I have a running list of Whine & Dine Restaurants that are family friendly in San Diego. What’s your favorite restaurant that you frequent with your baby/kids/family and in what city? Why do you dine out there?
    Picante in Berkeley is terrific. The food is excellent for all ages AND they offer curbside pickup so it is also a busy mom’s saving grace.
  14. Pretend your best friend is pregnant and about to have a baby. What’s the most important piece of advice you would share about “motherhood” (and assuming she is willing to hear it :))?
    I love how you say “assuming she is willing to hear it” because I no longer make that assumption! I would suggest that she say, “yes, thank you” to all offers of help!

If you know a #FabMom who would be perfect to spotlight in this series (or if you are a Fab Mom yourself) please email: mommyprojectsd@gmail.com 

Bodycare at Whole Foods Markets in San Diego + 25% Off

I recently attended a media event at Whole Foods Market, highlighting their amazing bodycare products. I was truly blown away at the thought they put into choosing the purest, best products to offer their shoppers and the way they are helping streamline better ingredients when it comes to bodycare. You really can’t go wrong when buying any bodycare at Whole Foods Markets because of their strict guidelines and quality standards. whole foods market bodycare

Whole Body Quality Standards:

I was very impressed with the standards that Whole Foods Market holds true for all of the bodycare products you see on their shelves. Whole Foods Market Quality Standards include the following:

  • We  carefully  evaluate  each  and  every  product  we  sell.
  • We  are  passionate  about  aromatic,  luxurious,  effective  personal  care   products  and  the  pleasure  of  sharing  them  with  others.
  • We  encourage  our  vendor  partners  to  use  plant-­‐based  and  naturally-­‐derived   ingredients,  pure  essential  oil  fragrances,  gentle  preservatives  and  non-­‐ petroleum  ingredients.
  • We  are  committed  to  high-­‐quality  body  care  products  that  have  a  proven   track  record.
  • We  only  sell  personal  care  products  that  have  not  been  tested  on  animals.
  • We  provide  personal  care  products  that  support  health  and  well-­‐being.
  • No  Animal  Testing

They also have baseline standards that don’t allow aluminum compounds commonly found in deodorant and some of the “nasties” that are found in conventional skin and hair products like Ammonia,  Ammonium  xylene  sulfonate,  BHT  and  BHA   (preservatives),  and more! Read more here on their premium body care standards -very impressive!

By the way, this is the list of ingredients that Whole Foods Market DOES NOT allow on their shelves, and it’s a long one: whole food market

Picky, picky – and I LOVE it! It feels good to know that when shopping at Whole Foods, they’ve already done the research on which products offer the healthiest ingredients and they’re extremely particular about what they put up on their shelves. In other words, you really can’t go wrong when looking for premium bodycare products while shopping at Whole Foods.

Whole Foods Market One-Day 25% Off on all Bodycare Products

Head on down to your local San Diego Whole Foods Market on Friday, June 27, 2014 and receive 25% Off ALL BODYCARE PRODUCTS! (Coupon below required). I’ll be there stocking up myself! Whole Foods Market

Product Spotlights

While you’re there, check out these recommendations I have based on some of the fantastic products I was able to test out at the media event, or take home with me and begin using regularly. Here are some of my favorites, just in time for summer:

  1. Evanhealy Skincare: I had the pleasure of meeting Evan Healy in person and learn the history behind her skin care line. Evan started Evanhealy skincare based on the concept that “less is more” and the less you interfere with the skin’s own ability to achieve balance, the better the results you’ll receive. She has taken her love of plants and past experience as an esthetician and created a simple, plant-based skin care line that draws amazing results. I chose the Blue Sensitive Face Care Kit (up to 14 days of treatment including a cleanser, serum, moisturizer and clay mask) and am only on day 3 but am truly loving it so far! evanheay
  2. Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps: This was my first stint with the acclaimed Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, which is shocking because they’ve been around for 150 years! And I love that their philosophy is simple: Quality soap making consists in great part of choosing the right proportions of the right oils. Coconut oil is very high lathering, but can be drying. Olive oil gives a really soft and luxuriant lather, but in small amounts. By using both coconut and olive oils in the right ratio, Dr. Bronner’s unsurpassed soaps offer the best of both worlds: high lather with superb softness on the skin. dr. bronners
  3. Aura Cacia Chakra Balancing: Aura Cacia Pure Essential Oils is the aromatherapy leader providing 100% authentic, pure and organic products. I LOVE the chakra balancing aromatherapy roll-on. You just apply it to your pulse points and behind the ear and inhale to nurture your crown chakra. Very calming and smells divine! aura cacia
  4. Mineral Fusion Lip Tint: This is a vegan, gluten and cruelty-free makeup line with amazing mineral makeup, nail polish and this lovely lip tint. I love the color I chose, sparkle, a soft pink. It smooths lips and provides lasting color throughout the day. Consider me hooked and Blake is stunned by the results! 😉 minera fusion
  5. Burt’s Bees Dark Spot Corrector: I have a couple of dark spots after pregnancy, that’s why I am super excited to try this new product. Burt’s Bees uses daisy extracts that have been shown to be a natural skin brightening agent, helping reduce the appearance of dark spots and pigmentation. When this extract is combined with a multi-fruit complex, the mixture can be used to diminish dark spots and provide a brightened, more even looking tone. Sign me up!
  6. Makana Artisinal Pure Soy Candle: These smell incredible and I love the card that came with the candle: “Life is a Makana (gift). Treasure it.” These Makana Aritisnal Candles are hand-poured in small batches with 100% soy wax, phthalate-free fragrance and essential oils with natural cotton wicking. They’re also made with no paraffin, lead, colorants, or chemical additives and are vegan and cruelty-free. Love!

Visit your closest Whole Foods Market in San Diego and take advantage of this awesome one-day sale on products that you can truly trust. Find a Whole Foods Market near you:

  • Whole Foods Market La Jolla
    8825 Villa La Jolla Dr
    La JollaCA 92037-9994
    Phone: 858.642.6700
    Facebook: La Jolla
  • Whole Foods Market Del Mar
    2600 Via De La Valle, Suite 100
    Del MarCA 92014
    Phone: 858.436.9800
    Facebook: Del Mar
  • Whole Foods Market Encinitas
    687 S. Coast Highway 101
    EncinitasCA 92024
    Phone: 760.274.1580
    Facebook: Encinitas 
  • Whole Foods Market Hillcrest
    711 University Ave
    San DiegoCA 92103
    Phone: 619.294.2800
    Facebook: Hillscrest

Disclaimer:  This  is  a  sponsored  post  for  Whole  Foods  Market  La  Jolla.  All opinions are my own.

Monday Mashup

The bad news is, it’s Monday. But the good news is that it’s the first Monday of the summer (cue Kenny Chesney’s Summertime) and I have an all new Monday Mashup for you!

I first want to congratuate Tiffany Gramajo who won 2 tickets to SD Mom’s Night Out Relax in Style event on July 10 from my sweepstake that ended last night! Congratulations Tiffany and I can’t wait to see you there! (You may still purchase tickets with a $5 discount when you enter code: MPSD5 at this link: http://bit.ly/sdmno-relax-in-style

Now here’s this week’s Monday Mashup!

  1. Make Your Own Family Cookbook: How cute is this idea from the Clover Lane blog? Make your own family cookbook with family recipes and photos and then give it to your children when they move out of the house or get married one day. I love this because Mike and I are always asking our parents to send us certain recipes from our childhood.
  2. $30 to Zenni Optical: If you’re in the market for new eyeglasses, I’m giving away a $30 gift card for any eyeglass frame purchase on Zenni Optical’s website. The gift card will go to the first person who contacts me at: mommyprojectsd@gmail.com (Terms and Conditions: Must “like” Mommy Project, San Diego on Facebook and follow MommyProjectSD on Instagram). 
  3. Playtex Baby Giveaway: I saw on Rookie Moms that Playtex Baby is offering custom hand-illustrated pictures and stories for your little one. Enter for a chance to win a hand-illustrated tale or a $5,000 scholarship from Playtex Baby here.
    Playtex Baby
  4. Summer Cocktails: Check out this amazing summer cocktails list from Kelli Flores the blog – everything looks so refreshing and pretty. She had me at the Champagne Grapefruit Mojito – mind blown! Can’t wait to make this at our next backyard BBQ.
  5. San Diego Fireworks Shows: Making plans for the 4th of July in San Diego? With so many different firework shows happening in San Diego, it’s hard to keep them all straight! Check out So Cal Savvy Mom’s extensive list of firework shows happening all over the county – so helpful! I can’t wait to celebrate my favorite holiday!
    San Diego fireworks

Have a great week!

Fab Moms: Joelle Khannakhjavani of Mother Earth Brew Co.

Today I’m so excited to introduce you to my next Fabulous Mom in the series, FabMoms! Meet Joelle Khannakhjavani, one of the owners of Mother Earth Brew Co. here in San Diego, California! Mother Earth Brew Co. is an awesome brewery with a tap house located in Vista. Their tasting room is family friendly and offers some of the best San Diego beers on tap. Joelle also happens to be one of my good friends who I met in college and an all-around great person and rad new mama! You can follow Mother Earth Brew Co. on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, too!

Mother Earth Brew Co.

  1. Who calls you mom and what’s his/her/their age?
    My little Valentine, Zane, born 2/14/14.
  2. What do you do? (SAHM, business owner, blogger, full-time/part-time employee, etc.)
    I work part-time for our family business, a MicroBrewery in Vista, Ca called Mother Earth Brew Co.  I do a little bit of everything; right now I mostly manage our Homebrew Store but soon I will be working closer with our sales team.
  3. What does a typical day look like for you? (And the word typical should be taken with a grain of salt – I know they’re hardly ever typical)
    On a day off, I like to meet up with a mommy group or other friends around the area, hit the park, the pool or go for a walk.  If my husband is home we do an outing to the store or maybe even the driving range.  On a work day, fortunately I am blessed with lots of family that lives close by so Zane is watched by my Mom twice a week and either his GiGi (my mother in law) or my aunt the other day.
  4. Any advice on how to “juggle it all”?
    Take help when it’s offered! Whether it’s a friend bringing dinner, your brother offering to babysit or your mom coming over to vacuum, take it.  Also, a little bit of normalcy goes a long way.  Have a glass of wine or a pint once the little one goes to bed, or go out on a date with the hubby as much as you can.  A glimpse back at the “pre-baby” you can re-set you after a long week, and that can do wonders.
  5. When was the first time you really felt like a mother?
    When I overheard my husband asking Zane “Are you ready for Mommy to give you breakfast?” after Zane was a few days old.  Hearing someone else refer to me as “Mommy” made it hit home.
  6. What’s the hardest thing about being a mom?
    Finding time for me, my husband and me, AND my son, my husband and me.  It’s all a balancing/juggling/scheduling act that is endless but exciting and necessary too.
  7. What’s the most rewarding thing about being a mom?
    The first time I heard Zane laugh, it felt like I was actually doing a good job.  It meant he was happy, and I was the one keeping him that way.
  8. What’s the funniest/most shocking thing that has happened to you since you’ve become a mom?
    My husband was changing Zane’s diaper early in the morning.  The way the room was situated, Zane was pointed directly at the head of our bed.  We happen to have a Temperpedic Ergo and I was raising the head of the bed to nurse him.  Right when the bed was at the right height, Zane EXPLODED and poo shot out exactly in the spot my head would have been had I not raised the bed.  We about died laughing, and quickly cleaned up the mess.
  9. I wrote a post about “mental snapshots” that I’ll always remember, even without a photo. I know it’s hard to choose one, but what is your favorite moment, or “mental snapshot”, with your little one(s) so far?
    Again, that first laugh.  I’m not a super emotional person but I about broke into tears the first time I heard that raspy belly laugh.  I was sitting on my brother’s couch, and I was holding Zane so he was sitting up facing me.  I would lean toward him and say “HIIIIiiiiiIII” and he just broke out into his first ever giggle.  It was so amazing.  My husband wasn’t there but luckily my mom, brother and sister-in-law got to hear it too!
  10. What has been your best baby product purchase so far and why? What age is it appropriate for?
    Oh my there are soooo many life savers, but I have to go with the Baby Einstein Neptune Play Gym.  Not only is it a great distraction so I can get some dishes and laundry done, but you are actually able to watch a lot of their developmental stages.  From newborn and just trying to focus on the objects, to seeing themselves in the mirror, to grabbing the toys, now pulling and chewing on the hanging objects.  It’s also great for Tummy Time and has a portable music player that lights up that you can move to the car or crib.
  11. What’s something new you have learned about yourself after becoming a mother?
    I’m a lot more patient now.  I used to always feel like I was in a rush so things could be done, but now I’ve learned to relax a little more, not fully, but more than before 😉 Mostly because there are just some days you can’t do it all, and that is OK.
  12. What do you do to unwind/relax when you have some rare time to yourself?
    Mani/pedi or drinks with my Hubby or the girls. Resets the soul.
  13. What is your favorite outing, to date, with your little one?
    Well, there have been many since I was never one to stay at home, but one of my favorites had to be the beach.  We were staying with my mom in San Clemente and went to the Pier for a few hours.  We took sandwiches and laid out on a big quilt under an umbrella.  Then I dunked his feet in the water and took the stroller to the end of the Pier.  It was a beautiful day and he was all smiles the whole time.
  14. I have a running list of Whine & Dine Restaurants that are family friendly in San Diego. What’s your favorite restaurant that you frequent with your baby/kids/family and in what city? Why do you dine out there?
    Well this might come off a bit biased but of course our top place is Mother Earth Brew Co.  We are family (and pet) friendly and have lots of space for strollers or carriers.  I’m one of the lucky ones and Zane LOVES background noise so he usually passes out when we get there.  We don’t serve food but usually order a pizza or Mexican food from the neighboring restaurants, and relax for an hour or two while the little one either sleeps, or gets passed around by friends.  It’s great for big groups or just the three of you.
  15. Pretend your best friend is pregnant and about to have a baby. What’s the most important piece of advice you would share about “motherhood” (and assuming she is willing to hear it :))?
    I would have to say it goes back to #4.  Take help when it’s offered, in any form, and find any normalcy that helps you get through those tough days.  EVERYONE has a bad day, or 16, but it always gets better.  That, and anything that vibrates will help with naps 😉 (that’s not supposed to sound dirty haha).

If you know a #FabMom who would be perfect to spotlight in this series (or if you are a Fab Mom yourself) please email: mommyprojectsd@gmail.com 

Giveaway: San Diego Mom’s Night Out Relax in Style Event Tickets

I’m so excited to give away 2 Tickets to the San Diego Mom’s Night Out Relax in Style event!

San Diego Mom's Night Out Relax in Style

Event Details:

Date: Thursday, July 10, 2014

Time: 7-9pm

WhereBoConcept Modern Furniture Store in San Diego 
1550 Front St. San Diego, CA 92101

Parking: Street parking (free), multiple lots available.

Attire: Casual Chic

Cost: $25 Early bird registration through Wednesday June 27
$30 online through midnight on Thursday, July 10
$35 at the door

Click here to register and purchase your ticket. (Enter Code: MPSD5 for $5 off your ticket price!)

Ticket includes:

  • Entrance to Relax in Style event at BoConcept San Diego
  • Personal shopping with M Boutique, fine clothing and accessories
  • Complimentary sparkling wine provided by Bon Affair
  • Fantastic appetizers by Isola Pizza Bar and Monello
  • Dessert Bites from Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • Hand and chair massages and polilsh changes with Sè Spa
  • Exclusive preview of BoConcept San Diego’s summer furniture line
  • BoConcept swag bag filled with goodies
  • Opportunity to win amazing prizes, including this ottoman for your nap time

Enter to Win:

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Checklist for Baby’s First Beach Day

Heading to the beach with Baby? Things have changed from the days of putting on your swim suit and flip-flops, grabbing a towel and a magazine and heading for the coast. Now, you have a tiny little human who requires much more thought into the  beach packing process. But don’t worry, I’ve done some extensive research on which items you’ll need to make your day full of fun under the sun the best one yet with your little bambino in tow! Here is the ultimate Checklist for Baby’s first beach day:



Baby's first beach day

  1. Sun Tent: preferably a large UV protected sun tent like the Pacific Play Tents Baby Suite I Deluxe Lil Nursery Tent With Pad to keep harmful rays away from your baby.
  2. Sun Hat: Choose a sun hat that has wide flaps, a chin strap and UV protection, like this Baby Girl’s Splashy Bucket Hat from Coolibar with UVF 50.
  3. Beach Blanket: A waterproof beach blanket like the JJ Cole Large Outdoor Blanket is perfect for a wet and sandy day at the beach.
  4. Sun Screen: If your baby is 6 months or older, check out this list from Lucie’s List of recommended sunblocks – gentle enough for baby, but strong enough to keep harmful UV rays off the skin.
  5. Sunscreen Bands: How cool are these Sunscreen Bands? You apply sunscreen to you skin and the band, and then it will change color when it’s time to reapply or to remind you that you’ve had too much sun for the day.
  6. Rash Guard/Bathing Suits: I think it goes without saying that your little one will need a cute little swim suit for the beach. I’d also recommend packing a couple juuuuust in case. I love the swim zip line because it’s a bathing sut and rash guard in one – and it’s adorable – like this baby girl’s sassy surfer look.
  7. Portable Crib: Think something light weight with mesh sides and easy setup, like phil&teds Traveller Crib (only 7 pounds) that fits nicely under a large tent and gives your little one the perfect place to take a break from the sand and get some shut eye or play time.
  8. Lightweight Blankets: Chances are you little bambino will tucker out while you’re still at the beach. Pack some light weight blankets like the Aiden and Anais Snuggle Bug organic dream blanket to keep them covered while napping.
  9. Portable High Chair: For longer stints at the beach, a portable high chair like this Ciao! Baby High Chair can come in handy to keep sand at bay while feeding your bambino.
  10. Snacks: If your babe has begun eating solid purees, I highly recommend packing these convenient and organic puree pouches from Plum. Easy to pack, easy to store (room temperature until opened) and BPA free packaging.
  11. Mini Blow-Up Pool: If your baby is too young to splash around in the actual ocean, consider bringing an easy-to-inflate mini blow up pool to keep your baby entertained and to double as a place to rinse sand off of baby. Choose something with a sun shade and UV protection like this Sunsmart Baby Hideaway.
  12. Diaper Backpack: Don’t make the same mistake I did and haul your every day, designer diaper bag to the beach – no matter how hard you try, you will get sand inside. And, as recommended from a mom in my playgroup, a Diaper Backpack allows you two free hands perfect for beach set-up – like this Eddie Bauer Broadmoor Diaper Bag.
  13. Wet/Dry Bag: Don’t forget to keep wet clothes/bathing suits away from clean/dry clothes in your beach bag, with a wet bag handy. And how cute is this Fairfax Navy Striped Wet/Dry bag from Pottery Barn Kids?



  14. Disposable Swim Diapers: I just recently found out that there was even such a thing! Try these Huggies Little Swimmers and soggy, wet diapers will be a thing of the past as your baby plays in the water!
  15. Baby Sunglasses: Not only will these make for adorable pictures, but they’ll also help protect baby’s eyes against UV rays. Check out my list of baby sunglasses I’m loving for summer 2014.
  16. Hooded Beach Towels: How cute is this personalized Cape Cod Whale Nursery Wrap from Pottery Barn Kids?
  17. Beach Toys: Something appropriate for water time fun, like this Lanco Natural Rubber Bath Time Ocean Set that is 100% natural rubber, PVC, BPA, and Phthalates Free (appropriate for 0+ months).
  18. Baby Powder: During my research for this list I came across several suggestions that recommended bringing baby powder that supposedly helps get rid of unwanted sand by rubbing a little onto the skin. The powder absorbs moisture, acting as a magic eraser for all stubborn sand. Try Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Dusting Powder. The 100% natural, talc-free powder is non-irritating and hypoallergenic.
  19. Sanitizing Wipes: I use these on the reg, but I’m sure they’re especially useful at the beach! I like these from CleanWell – alcohol-free, cruelty-free, and safe for sensitive skin.
  20. Comfy Outfit for Ride Home: It will be a good idea to change your little one out of the wet, sandy beach clothes and into a soft snuggly outfit for the drive home – something like this Button Footy in Pink Twinkle by Feather Baby – so soft!

What else woud you add to this list? I’d love to hear in the comments below.

We’ll see you on the beach! Surf’s up!



 

 

Monday Mashup

I hope everyone had a wonderful Father’s Day celebrating all the great Dads in your life! Here is the week’s Monday Mashup with the top 5 things I’m loving this week:

  1. The Longest Day, supporting Alzheimer’s AssociationJune 21st is the  first day of summer and the longest day of the year. This year, I am participating in the Longest Day to help raise awareness about Alzheimer’s – a disease that hits a little too close to home for me. My grandmother is currently battling this heart wrenching disease and my great-grandmother passed away from Alzheimer’s. On the Longest Day my family and I are putting together a day of activities in Mission Beach, from sunrise to sunset, in honor of my Grandmother. If you are able to help donate or if you’d like to participate in your own Longest Day activities please learn more here. Go Team Gram! #EndAlz
    The Longest Day
  2. TakeLessons: Are you contemplating putting your children in music or dance class? How about tutoring or foreign language for your older kids? TakeLessons is the nation’s leading online marketplace for finding and comparing qualified instructors in a range of subjects, including music, dance, acting, foreign languages, math and college exams. TakeLessons saves us busy parents time by creating a qualified database of instructors for your child’s unique needs. I can’t wait to try this service when Blake is a little older. (Piano lessons here we come!)
  3. San Diego Mom’s Night Out at BoConcept: The site I write for, San Diego Mom’s Night Out, is hosting a fun event on Juy 10th at BoConcept in Little Italy, San Diego. Come relax in style while enjoying bites from Isola Pizza Bar and Monello, wine from Bon Affair (as seen on Shark Tank), chair massages and polish changes from Se Spa, styling tips and shopping from M Boutique, a BoConcept swag bag and more! Tickets are $25 now through June 18th and will go up to $30 until the day of the event, or $35 at the door. Purchase tickets here. I hope to see you there!
    San Diego Mom's Night Out
  4. The Mountain Video: I found this video on the San Francisco Globe last week. A man took a trip to El Teide, one of Spain’s highest mountains, to film the Milky Way galaxy. This final video he put together is beautiful and inspiring and I love the music they chose. I actually have it playing right now as I write this, on repeat – very calming!
  5. 5 Minutes in a Mom’s Head: Did you see this circulating around Facebook? I’ve had several conversations about having “Mommy Brain” after becoming a mother and my  philosophy is that we tend to get a little fuzzy because we have SO MUCH going on up there that we don’t even realize – mostly worry about our little ones and over analyzing everything that has to do with our children. This is a very accurate read for anyone who is a Mom.

Have a great week!

Cheers: Spicy White Wine Sangria

Sangria is one of my favorite drinks to celebrate longer days, warmer nights and the carefree joys of summertime. You just can’t go wrong with wine and fresh fruit! Taking note of the current “spicy drink” trend (spicy margaritas, moscow mules, etc.) I decided to turn it up a notch and add jalapeños to my next batch of white wine sangria (I know, I know I’m CRAY like that). The finished product was actually quite nice and refreshing with just the right amount of spice to take this old drink recipe and mix things up a bit, literally. Here is the recipe for a Spicy White Wine Sangria:

spicy white wine sangria

Ingredients:

  • 2 Bottles of your favorite white wine (I used a Sauvignon Blanc)
  • Big handful of Strawberries, halved
  • (1) Lime, cut into wedges
  • (1) Orange, cut into wedges
  • Big handful of Blueberries
  • (1) Jalapeño, sliced and seeded (you can use more or less jalapeño depending on your spice tolerance)
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • If you have remaining room in your jug, add Club Soda until it’s fizzy

Mix all ingredients together and let sit in refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
Serve over ice in mason jars with fun straws if you really want to impress your guests at summer BBQ’s!

Spicy White Wine Sangria

Cheers!

 

Top 5 Baby Sunglasses, Summer 2014

Living in sunny San Diego, sunglasses are easily my favorite accessory. I’ve been so excited shopping for baby sunglasses for little Miss Blake (she’s starting quite the collection with three pairs already!) And with the first day of summer quickly approaching (June 21st) and National Sunglasses Day not too far behind, (June 27th), I thought I’d share my Top 5 Picks for the most stylish baby sunglasses of summer, 2014:
baby sunglasses

  1. Soft Frame Cat’s Eye Baby Sunglasses from Carters: Soft rubber sides and the cutest animal print frames make these sunglasses the perfect fit for little fashionistas with some sass! (UVA and UVB sun protected.)
  2. Babiators: UVA and UVB protection that come in lots of different colors. I love how they say “Babiators” on the side – such a cute name!
  3. Retro Sunglasses from Gap: I mean, I seriously might die if I saw a little girl wearing these gold chrome retro sunglasses! So hip and so fun! (UV protection.)
  4. Betsy Johnson Cat Eye Sunglasses:These are for the princess of the house – with 100% UV protection and all the glam in the bright pink floral design, I pretty much need these for Blake.
  5. Jetsetter Aviator Sunglasses: Purple colored wire frames and mirrored lenses in an old school aviator design makes for a cool summer look for  your mini!

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2014

I know we talk a lot about “mommy life” on this blog, but this coming weekend I’m so excited to celebrate my other half, and Blake’s loving Dad, for Mike’s first Father’s Day! If you’re still looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift, I’ve compiled a Father’s Day Gift Guide 2014 to make your life a little easier:

  1. Basis Health Tracker: For the health conscious Dad, this carbon steel edition provides sensors that capture heart rate, motion, activity trends, sleep patterns, perspiration and skin temperature! It also analyzes habits and suggests ways to optimize your overall health – very impressive!
    Basis Health Tracker
  2. Mug or Plate with Baby Hand-prints or Footprints: Find a local place where you can go in and paint your own pottery. Here in San Diego, I highly recommend A Colorful Universe in San Elijo. This place is super fun for kids and the final product will be a keepsake that Dad will always cherish.
    Father's Day gift
  3. TaylorMade SLDR: For the Dad who loves to golf, this is the #1 driver on the PGA Tour and the hottest driver in the market right now. TaylorMade even guarantees that golfers’ will love their new distance or they’ll take it back. FOUR!
    TaylorMade SLDR
  4. Dad Key Chains: This is a great idea, especially if this is your husband’s first Father’s Day because they read, “Daddy, est. 2013” (or whatever year your little one was born). I actually had these made for my husband last Christmas after Blake was born. Just a cute little reminder, that they’re the best Daddy around!
    Dad key chain
  5. Craft Beer Club:  If your husband loves trying new craft beers, the Craft Beer Club Membership would serve as the perfect Father’s Day gift. Sign up and expect twelve 12 oz. craft beers (4 different styles, 3 beers each) delivered to your doorstep monthly, every other month or quarterly. How convenient! (Receive $5 off your first order when you “like” them on Facebook!)
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