Baby Outing: A Colorful Universe

Rookie Mom Challenge #10 : Paint Your Baby’s Feet onto Pottery

I had been wanting to try the Rookie Mom’s Activity #6 (Painting your baby’s feet onto Pottery) for a while now, but I wasn’t sure where to complete this fun activity. While I was driving in San Elijo one day, a storefront sign caught my eye: A Colorful Universe. When I got home I looked it up online and lo and behold, this was just the place to complete this challenge!  I was so impressed with the little shop that I even turned this Rookie Mom outing into a group affair and invited my mommy group members and their babes to join in on the fun.

A Colorful Universe

A Colorful Universe was so accommodating from the start. I would assume that any business that hears “Yes, it will be 15 moms and 15 babies (all under 5 months) in our party” is a little hesitant to take on such a group, but A Colorful Universe couldn’t wait to host us. When you first walk in the little shop, you immediately notice the fun, bright atmosphere and shelves and shelves of pottery options available for your choosing (coffee mugs, piggy banks, plates, tiles, dinosaur figurines and much, much more.) I loved this because they were all different price points, so you could choose something based on your budget.

A Colorful Universe

A Colorful Universe

I chose two coffee cups, one that said, “I love Mom” and the other that said “I love Dad”. My tiny assistant helped me paint the base coat (holding a squirming infant while painting pottery is sort of like patting your head and rubbing your stomach at the same time – extremely difficult – but we managed!)

Baby Activity San Diego

Baby Activity San Diego

By the time we were ready to paint her little foot and place it on the back of the mug, Blake was fast asleep – which actually worked to my advantage and made the foot print step quite easy! One of the store managers, Desirae, was so wonderful and helped each mom with the foot print, making sure it did, in fact, look like a foot print, and not some oval blob.

Baby Activity San Diego

All in all it was a very successful Rookie Mom Challenge and I’m also adding it to my running list of fun things to do with babies in San Diego!

More Details about A Colorful Universe in San Elijo:

  • Studio Fees: $6 (this includes paints and paint supplies, glazing and firing)
  • Pottery Pieces Range from $7 – $40
  • Hours: 10AM – 6PM, 7 days a week
  • Walk Ins Welcome
  • Paints are non-toxic and dishwasher safe (brilliant!)
  • Pieces are usually ready 1 week after you paint them in the studio (after they glaze and fire them)
  • They love hosting parties: kids parties, adult parties or big groups (like my mommy group)
  • They offer fun Kids Camps!
  • They offer Ladies Night Out (bring your own wine and food and get ready to paint!) – yes, please!
  • Address: 1523 San Elijo Rd. Ste. 106, San Marcos, CA 92078
  • Contact: 760.761.0476 or info@acolorfuluniverse.com or visit their website

 

Rookie Mom Challenge #9: Baby Rhyme Time at the Library

Baby Activity: Rhyme/Story Time at Your Local Library

When I saw the email invitation from my Mommy Group to attend the next Baby Rhyme Time at the Carlsbad Library,  I thought to myself, Woohoo – another Rookie Moms Challenge to check off the list and a fun baby activity for Blake and me! 

I’ve always thought that libraries offering story time for children/babies was a great idea, but also such a contradiction. When I think of a library, I think of peace and quiet and an old librarian shushing me into silence. Then I think of a story time with a bunch of babies and toddlers and I imagine complete (and loud) chaos. Nonetheless, I was eager to try it out and see for myself how this combo would work out. If anything, it would be an experience to remember!

Baby Rhyme Time

Of course we were running 5 minutes late (pretty much our M.O. these days) even though the Rookie Mom instructional post clearly told us to be on time – we tried, really we did!

When we first walked through the private doors of the Baby Rhyme Time class (aha! they keep the chaos in its own separate room – it all makes sense now) at the Carlsbad Library, the instructor finished the song she was in the middle of singing and then very warmly welcomed us and asked for Blake’s name. A couple of other moms and babies trickled in behind us and she would ask for each baby’s name as they entered. I had my doubts about her remembering every single baby’s name but lo and behold as we were leaving she said, “Great to meet you Blake” – wow, this woman is good.

Baby Rhyme Time

The room had a big play mat in the middle and all of the moms/dads/babies sat around the play mat facing the instructor and singing along to the nursery rhymes – some old familiar ones and some new fun ones. The babies loved it – including Blake who let out a big loud giggle during the “Popcorn” song (a new one for me).

Baby activity

It was such a fun and welcoming environment and the instructor was so sweet and good with all of the babies. After the 30 minute Rhyme Time class, she brought out a bunch of toys and all of the toddlers and babies played on the big mat for another 15 minutes or so. All in all a very fun, interactive class to attend with your baby.

Carlsbad Library

The Carlsbad Library offers the following class times:

  • Baby Rhyme Time (Birth – 18 months) Tuesdays at 10AM & 11AM
  • Toddler Time (18-36 months) Mondays at 10AM & 11AM
  • Movers & Shakers (18 months and up) Fridays at 10AM
  • Preschool Story time (3 – 5 years) Wednesdays & Thursdays at 10:30AM
  • Saturday Stories (all ages) Saturdays at 11AM

All classes are free!

Learn more here.

Rookie Mom Challenge #8: Go Out for Just Dessert

Mother Daughter Outing for Dessert

This is the 31st challenge in the list of 52 weekly Rookie Moms Challenges, but I had to skip ahead because - let’s be honest – I was craving a cupcake.

Blake and I had just finished a great workout at The Dailey Method Barre Studio (their baby classes are such a good workout for mom and so entertaining for Blake) and instead of heading straight home and making myself a healthy smoothie - like the angel on my shoulder told me to – I listened to the little devil instead and pulled straight into Elizabethan Desserts.

Elizabethan Desserts is the cutest little dessert parlor in Encinitas.  When you walk through the doors you feel like you just entered into a beautiful doll house – it’s decorated in bright turquoise and crisp white with pops of yellow flowers on each table. I could have sat in that shop all day – sipping tea and eating cupcakes.

Elizabethan Desserts

I was so excited to show Blake the bright colors and the fun cupcakes displayed in the window, but when I went to take her out of her car seat, I realized the little darlin’ was fast asleep (guess she really did get a good workout in at our barre class). At least I got to take this cute picture of her in the over-sized turquoise chair.

Baby Outing

I ordered the coconut cream cupcake for myself and a mini red velvet cupcake for Blake. Don’t worry, I ate hers for her (the things we must do for our children). They were absolutely incredible

Elizabethan Desserts

All in all a very sweet mother daughter outing. And I can’t wait to make this a cute little tradition for Blake and I – mommy/daughter dessert dates at Elizabethan Desserts – sitting in the big turquoise chairs, sharing cupcakes and enjoying the make-believe ambiance. Perfect.

Rookie Moms Challenge #7: Plan a Mom’s Night Out

After 3.5 months of pretty much never leaving my little one (except to get my hair and nails did – the essentials!) I decided it was time to go out and spend some time with friends!  This past week I completed the Rookie Moms Challenge #10: Plan a Mom’s Night Out…and it was amazing.

The Crew

Lucky for me, two of my girlfriends from high school live close by and they are both new moms, too. When I asked if they were interested in doing a “moms night out”, there was a resounding “YES!” I also decided to recruit one of my new “mommy” friends from my Mommy Play Group (see Rookie Mom Challenge #2: Join a Mom’s Group).

With my “crew” locked down, it was time to search for a venue and the criteria was simple. 1.) Must serve wine 2.) See criteria #1. Solterra Winery & Kitchen was just the spot (check out my review of Solterra during a recent Whine and Dine post too).

Heels, Perfume and a Necklace

There are three things I didn’t even realize that I had completely cut out of my every day life until this night while I was getting ready to go out without the baby: Heels, perfume and bulky statement necklaces. Heels got the boot (no pun intended) for obvious reasons – just not practical while carrying a baby 24/7. Perfume is no more because I’m afraid it will irritate Blake while I’m holding her (and let’s be honest – I’m not exactly out and about trying to impress people with my fabulous scent these days), and statement necklaces are too bulky to wear when a baby is constantly resting on your chest. Needless to say, in my excitement for girls night out, I put on my highest heels, a big necklace and spritzed myself with some perfume – boom! I was back.

Wine & Tapas

The night was amazing! The four of us split a couple of bottles of red wine, ordered a bunch of tapas to share and had a blast catching up about LIFE. Life with the kiddos, life with the hubbies, our past life (you know, the glory days). All in all it was a very successful moms night out. It was so nice to be out, having adult conversations in a normal voice (as opposed to my “baby voice” that has become quite the staple these days).

tapas

moms night out, san diego

 

I came home refreshed and relaxed but also extremely happy to see Blake (I missed her like crazy!)

Bonus Points

I’m giving myself bonus points for this challenge because I’ve also been asked to become a reoccurring contributor on San Diego Moms’ Night Out – writing about all of the fun places for mom’s to relax and unwind here in San Diego. You can follow my new mom adventures at San Diego Moms Night Out and on my Instagram.

Cheers! 

Rookie Mom Challenge #6: Buy Some New Jeans

This past week, I decided to complete the 35th Rookie Moms Challenge (in the list of 52 Weekly Challenges) and  buy myself some new jeans. Perhaps the most daunting of all the Rookie Mom Challenges.

Hot Mess

It all began one day when Blake had just gone down for a “nap”. Nap is in quotations because the child does not nap – she merely closes her eyes for a 10 minute stretch and then is wide awake and ready to play again. Still, 10 minutes is a much-needed break and a moment to myself. I sat down on the couch, in the silence and slowly “came to”. It was 3:30PM, I was still in my pajamas…pajamas covered in baby spit up. What’s worse? I hadn’t even brushed my teeth that morning! The words, hot mess came to mind as I sympathized with my grumpy cat mug.

new mom

In an act to try to “save the day” I went into my closet and pulled out some old pre-pregnancy jeans. Big mistake. I got one leg in when I realized, this just wasn’t going to work, and why go through the pain of trying to squeeze a whole other leg in? I contemplated putting on my maternity jeans but then opted for my ol’ reliable, tried and true yoga pants instead (every new mom’s uniform) and vowed to go shopping the next day.

What Do Moms Wear?

I put a lot of thought into what sort of clothes I needed and in the end, decided I needed a new style altogether. Afterall, wasn’t I a new person after having a child? I was now a mom. What do moms wear? I wanted something comfortable, but not too sloppy looking. Chic and trendy but toned down a bit. Baffled by all of these new thoughts, I headed to the mall.

Luckily I was able to find some great items at two of my favorite stores: Express and Zara. After awkwardly telling one of the store’s sales reps that I was “looking for new clothes within the genre, Suburban Mom meets San Diego hipster” (the 22-year-old sales rep looked at me blankly) I bought a couple pairs of jeans and a few shirts. I tried to make my purchases about 50% mom appropriate and comfortable and 50% San Diego trendy – in the end they’re really just 100% me.

A Different Version of Myself

And while I may not be the same person I was a year ago – two sizes smaller wearing skin-tight clothes, going out to fancy restaurants and trendy bars every weekend and complaining when I didn’t get 8 hours of sleep (ha! what a fool) – I’m definitely still a version of myself. Perhaps a little more mature (a newborn baby depending on you for survival will do that I guess), a lot more confident (ya know, because I gave birth to a human being), and a whole lot more complete with Blake in my life.

Funny how a new pair of jeans can put it all into perspective. :)

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Rookie Moms Challenge #5: Practice Yoga Baby Style

This past week Blake and I completed the 7th Rookie Mom’s Challenge: Practice Yoga Baby Style. This was easily my favorite Rookie Moms Challenge to date. I had taken a few prenatal yoga classes at Soul of Yoga in Encinitas while I was prego and I always wanted to come back with the babe to try out the “Mommy and Me” Yoga class. That’s why I was excited to see this challenge on the Rookie Moms list of 52 Weekly Challenges.

On the way to the class, we did start off a little rocky with Blake’s crying protest – Oh, the NERVE of me putting her in her car seat! It crossed my mind to turn around and try this class again the following week, but I figured she was dressed (in her most fitting baby yoga attire nonetheless), fed and changed so there was no stopping us now! The Yoga gods must have shone down on us because the second we walked into that studio she stopped crying. Namaste!

Nursing and Crying and Blowouts, oh my!

The class was full of babies all around Blake’s age. I had even invited some of my mommy play group members to come along and experience the fun (and they did)! You could see the slight fear on all of us baby-yoga-first-timers’ faces – what if our baby started crying during class? What if she needed to eat or be changed? All of these worries were immediately put to ease when the instructor began the class with, “Anything goes here – feel free to breastfeed, change diapers, and do whatever it is you need to do to make this enjoyable for you and your baby.” (I could almost hear the sigh of relief from some of the moms, me included – this was a safe zone)! And boy did we all take her up on that: Poop blowouts, crying babies and breastfeeding were going on all around us at all times. As soon as one baby was content, another one would need to be fed, or changed or rocked – it was glorious!

“Don’t Act Like You’re Not Impressed”

Of course Blake needed a diaper change about half way through, which wasn’t worrisome to me anymore, because, as we all had heard – this was perfectly acceptable right dab in the middle of class! What WAS worrisome, was when I realized that I was down to my last diaper in my bag – a.k.a. my “backup” diaper because it was one from my baby shower game where everyone writes funny sayings on the diapers. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about – check it out here). I laughed to myself because what are the chances that we’d be caught in a “spotlight” change situation (in the middle of a circle with everyone staring) where I have to whip out the diaper that says (in huge sharpie ink), “Don’t Act Like You’re Not Impressed” (Anchorman…anyone?). I paused for a moment, hoped that the other mothers played the same game at their showers and proceeded with the change.

Baby Yoga

The instructor came around the room and banged her little gong in front of each baby’s face, asking each one if they were ready for yoga. Blake’s eyes have never been wider when she saw and heard the gong – oh yea, she was ready! :) The first part of the class was all about “baby yoga” stretching their little arms and legs, singing yoga songs (to the tune of common nursery rhymes) and then giving them soothing massages. It was probably the cutest thing I have EVER seen – and Blake was loving it.

The second part was all about mom – practicing the typical beginner yoga poses while our babies looked up at us from the mats (Blake thought it was hilarious when I did poses dangling over her – funny mommy).

Soul of Yoga

The last part of the class incorporated the babies and moms – swinging the babies around, practicing different poses while holding the babies, etc. This is about when Blake reached her yoga limit and started wailing – just in time for the…breath in, breath out…Namaste! We made it! :) 
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Rookie Mom Challenge #4: Enjoy Modern Art with your Bambino

Blake and I are now on our 4th week of Rookie Moms challenges and we are loving every second! This past week we decided to complete the challenge: Enjoy Modern Art with your Bambino (Activity #12 on the Rookie Moms list).

February just happens to be Museum Month in beautiful San Diego, so I decided to take full advantage of half-off admission and head to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla. Having lived in San Diego for 12 years, I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I had never visited this museum before this trip. Oh well – a first for me and Blake alike!

The ‘Fit…

Blake insisted on wearing one of her “fancy” outfits to the museum, so I wasn’t going to stand in her way. We tried to pull off her adorabe pink sparkly shoes, but the little lefty wouldn’t stay on her “busy” feet – socks it was!

Baby girl clothes

Is This Real Life?

If there’s one thing that I can always count on with Blake when we’re out and about – it’s that she’ll only sleep when it’s noisy! Mike and I took her to an (unexpectedly) loud Mexican restaurant last week (stay tuned for the write up in my upcoming Whine and Dine series), complete with a mariachi band performance, and the Little Miss stayed asleep the entire time – didn’t even flinch when the trumpet started playing! Now, I bring her, fast asleep, into the quietest most serene museum atmosphere ever and her eyes popped wide open and frowned as if the quiet ambiance was annoying her. Luckily, I had our trusty Mr. Wubbanub handy to keep her entertained while we perused around.

All of the paintings and photography pieces were gorgeous, but my favorite part of the museum was a sitting room with huge windows that faced La Jolla Cove. The photo below almost looks like a painting behind Blake, but it’s not – it’s REAL LIFE! :)

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Catch us if you can…

Now, I’m still not really sure if I was allowed to take any photos inside of the museum. I didn’t see any signs warning me not to, but I think I’m scarred for life from my trip to Italy last year when I was scolded for taking photos inside of the Chanel Museum. The Museum Rep. actually stood over my shoulder and watched, glaring, to make sure I erased each one. How do you say “woopsies” in Italian?!

Just to be safe on this museum trip, I always stayed one step ahead of the security guard (who I believed to be hot on my trail) so I could take some of the shots you’ll see below. Blake was in and out of sleep the entire trip – drifting off when there was any sort of noise and then wide awake when all was silent.

#ParentoftheYear…

After we successfully made it through the exhibits with no baby crying and no mommy getting scolded (yay!), we headed down to La Jolla Cove to take in the beautiful, sunny day. While taking this next shot, I was so concerned about getting the right angle that I didn’t even notice poor Blake’s little face directly in the sun. Just a quick dose of Vitamin D, sweetheart! #parentoftheyear

Mommy Project San Diego

All in all a very successful trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and another Rookie Moms Challenge checked off our list!

If you’re in the San Diego area during the month of February and want to visit any of the wonderful museums in town at half-off regular admission – check out the list of participating museums here and visit Macy’s to obtain tickets. 
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Rookie Mom Challenge #3: Visit Your Spouse at Work

Now on our 3rd week of Rookie Mom Challenges (we’re kinda on a roll), Blake and I decided to skip around on the list a little bit and complete the challenge: Visiting Your Spouse at Work.  It just so happened to be my husband’s 30th birthday last week so what better time to visit him at work and take him out to lunch!

Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho – It’s off to work we go…

Mike’s office is a good 30 minute drive from our house, so this was one of the longest car rides Blake has experienced to date (besides her first ride home from the hospital when Daddy was driving 5 MPH on I-5). Blake normally has a love-hate relationship with her car seat. She HATES it at first (she waves her little fists and thinks, “how dare this contraption lock me into this position!”) and then after about 5 minutes she either becomes so disgruntled or so comfortable (I can’t really tell which yet) that she falls fast asleep. I also realized that her Wubbanub (the best and only pacifier she will take  - and it looks adorable in her mouth) has also helped to make car rides a lot more enjoyable for the both of us – this trip was no exception!

baby girl

Daddy!

When we reached Daddy’s office, we were about to go inside when Blake decided that she hated her car seat again and began to fuss (waving her little fists in protest again). Me, not wanting to bring a screaming baby into a corporate office building filled with important clients, decided to just pick Mike up in the front of his building and head to lunch. The look on Blake’s face when she saw her Dad was so cute! She looked shocked at first (it’s not even 6PM yet - what are you doing here?) then showed a big smile. She’s a Daddy’s girl for sure!

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SDPD at it’s Finest

We had lunch at a place called Croutons in La Jolla. They have the best salads, mostly due to their…wait for it…croutons! (Bet you didn’t see that coming did you?) When we first arrived, there were no seats available. As we stood in line to order our lunches a police officer came up to me, “Excuse me Miss?” I was a little scared at first – did I park illegally? Was Blake not installed correctly in her car seat? Did I look so disheveled that he thought I had been drinking? To my great surprise the nice police officer offered us his table which made me really appreciate our SDPD – a class act for sure!  After we were situated at the table, the buzz of the busy restaurant put Blake right to sleep so Mike and I could enjoy our lunches, including this delicious Buffalo Chicken Salad:

Crouton's Restaurant

Awkward Family Photo Opp

After lunch we dropped Mike off at work, but not before taking an awkward family “selfie” in the reflection of his office building window. I can only imagine the poor chap on the other side of that window wondering, what on EARTH is going on right now? Don’t worry sir (or madame) it’s just a Rookie Mom completing her Rookie Mom challenge in corporate America. Cheese! :)

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Rookie Mom Challenge #2: Join a Mom’s Group

A new week, a new Rookie Mom challenge complete! If you’re a new follower, then take a quick look here why I’m completing 52 weeks of Rookie Mom Challenges thanks to the Rookie Mom’s and their fabulous (and fun) suggestions.

This week Blake and I completed our second challenge – joining a Mom’s Group. Based on the helpful tip from the Rookie Moms I searched for Mom groups on Meetup.com. After typing in my location, one group caught my eye: New Moms with Babies Born in Late 2013/Early 2014. Check and check!

The First Meet Up….almost

I happily signed Blake and I up for their next meet up which consisted of lunch at Tin Leaf Fresh Kitchen (one of my favorite lunch spots which confirmed that I was truly in the right group here).

When last Thursday rolled around, I dressed Blake up in a cute little outfit, packed her diaper bag, brushed my hair (I know…crazy!) strapped her in her car seat and was about to load us into the car when I thought – let me just check to make sure it’s at 12 noon. Much to my terror, the meetup was at 12 noon – but on the following Thursday! Woopsies – I’ll chalk this one up to lack of sleep!

And with Blake in a cute outfit (and not crying) and mommy with makeup on (say what!) we called Daddy and met him for lunch instead – so not all was lost!

Baby Girl Outfit

The Real First Meet Up: The Sky is Falling!

Alrighty, flash forward to this week and the ACTUAL first meet up date with our group. Again, Blake=cute outfit, Mommy=makeup. Just as I was about to put Blake in her car seat to leave, she spit up all over my sweater and hair. For a good 5 seconds I contemplated changing my shirt and rinsing my hair but then quickly decided that if these other women DIDN’T smell like baby spit up, I would question their parenting – and with that, we got into the car and were on our way.

About half way there it started raining and my initial reaction was sheer panic. (Before you roll your eyes, please note: we live in San Diego where rain or any other type of “weather” is extremely rare). Thoughts running through my head: Blake’s never been in the rain, I don’t have an umbrella, she doesn’t have a rain coat, can my stroller go in the rain? After a very-hurried unload process, I had successfully locked Blake’s car seat into the stroller, covered it all with a blanket and began running through the rain to the restaurant. When we got into the restaurant I frantically peeled back the blanket to look at her and then smiled in triumph – dry as a whistle!

The Real First Meet Up: Stroller Chaos

We had all originally planned to sit out on the back patio of Tin Leaf where we could easily fit all of our strollers near a table, but, again – the rain surprised everyone so we were stuck inside, which was quite cramped. After about 30 minutes of trying to find a table that would fit the 4 of us and our (huge) strollers with babies inside – the manager came over and asked us to put our strollers outside because of fire code and something about us blocking the exit of the restaurant. Another 15 minutes and we all managed to unload our car seats, place them in upside down high chairs (this was a first for me) and wheel our strollers outside. Phew, what an ordeal.

The Real First Meet Up: First Time Moms

Everything was smooth and wonderful from that point forward. I so enjoyed the conversation with these other women (all first time moms too) and it was great to hear that they were all going through the same ups, downs, confusion and triumphs as I was. We all went around the table and told our birth stories, compared notes on baby development, the struggles and solutions with breastfeeding,  sleeping strategies and recommended baby gear brands. We even had time to talk non-baby for a few minutes - what colleges we attended, about our careers and where we go to get our hair done (you know - the important stuff). ;) Best part of all – 3 of the 4 babies slept through the lunch (Blake included). I’ll take those odds any day.

I was very happy that I had a lot in common with these women, even past the fact that we were all first time moms. And with a new meet up date in our calendars (next Tuesday at the park), Blake and I headed sprinted back to the car through the rain – me all smiles and B still fast asleep. :)

Mommy Playdate
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Rookie Mom Challenge #1: Pretend You’re in Europe

I’m excited to announce that I am partnering with the site Rookie Moms and will be documenting some of the “52 Weekly Challenges for Rookie Moms”. I must say I’ve been a little hesitant terrified to leave the house and go out into the world on my own with Blake. What if she started screaming in public and everyone started looking, judging (look at the baby, look at the baby)?! When I came across Rookie Mom’s 52 Weekly Challenges for new moms to complete, I thought what better way to get Blake and me out of the house and push me out of my comfort zone just a bit. Plus, I always love a good challenge. :)

So, my lovely partner in crime, Miss Blake, and I will be completing some of these weekly challenges and I will be sure to share the good, the bad and the ugly. I’m happy to report that we’re starting out on the right foot because this first challenge was a great one!

Rookie Mom Challenge #1: Pretend You’re in Europe

Getting out of the house…

This first activity challenged Blake and I to go to a local cafe and leisurely drink coffee and people watch, as if we were in Europe. Sounds simple enough, so we began our excursion. As with any outing, I have to mentally plan out how I’m going to get Blake in her car seat and into the car, pack the diaper bag, fold up the stroller and put it in the trunk of the car, and lure the dog out into the backyard (with a bone of course), all within a 2 minute time frame before Blake starts crying and realizes she is in her car seat. (If only there was a hidden camera watching this debacle every time). Thankfully, today’s execution was smooth and we successfully left the house all in tact. Blake only cried for a few minutes before the movement of the car put her to sleep: success!

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Vanilla Latte, s’il vous plaît…

I chose Cafe Ipe to act as our “European Cafe” since they have tables outside and a great breakfast and lunch menu. I was also extremely happy to learn that they offer almond milk in their lattes – this fact alone will keep me coming back here on a weekly basis! I successfully ordered my latte and a turkey sandwich (in a to-go container and cup just in case Blake stared wailing and we had to abort the mission FAST) and we sat outside on the patio with Blake in her stroller.  Miss Blake slept through the entire thing, leaving me time to people watch and enjoy my almond milk vanilla latte and the best turkey sandwich I’ve had in a long time.

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Ocean Views…

Half way through my sandwich I had a great idea to push my luck a little further and walk up the hill behind the coffee shop to take in some views of the ocean that just happened to be about 2 blocks away.

Luck was on my side today because she slept through the little walk as well and we hung out at the lookout point enjoying the views of the beautiful Pacific. It was one of those moments I’ll always remember – the first day I successfully took Blake to see the ocean, just the two of us.

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Thank you, Rookie Moms for getting us out of the house – if it hadn’t been for you, we might have missed this view today…

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