August 31, 2012

Meditation?

When I was young, I vaguely remember one of my parents meditating.

I remember trying to really hard to sit still with my hands on my knees. I was not very successful. I itched, I got bored.

When I lived in DC and had a high(er) stress job than I have now, I looked into meditation classes...but I never followed through. I just couldn't find the time to clear my mind. Too much going on!

When I was pregnant I tried to get into hypnobirthing for awhile - which was a little like meditating, but usually it just made me fall asleep.

Now that I am in CA, maybe I should be more Zen and try again. Be intentional. Clear my mind. Maybe I will be less stressed about all the craziness being a mom of a toddler if I meditate. I don't really know how to start though. My usual tactic is to read a book, but I'm not sure that's the best way here...

When I imagine calmness...


Anyone ever try? Success? Results?

August 30, 2012

What are your favorite activities for your patio or balcony? {Giveaway}

I know I've mentioned it before...but I love the outdoors! We are so lucky to live in a place where we can spend quality time outside. California living at it's best is enjoying meals or watching colorful evening sunsets while relaxing on the patio. I feel like there isn't anything I can't do in my outdoor living space!

As summer comes to an end, I am already getting a bit nostalgic for all the fun we've had the last few months. The nearly perfect weather (though a little hot recently), means casual parties with friends, reading my favorite book, watching A learn to ride a bike, hanging out with the grandparents, playing in the pool and even using the ipad to learn astronomy...all just a step outside.


As the weather cools a bit, I'm still looking forward to making more memories in my now awesome yard (thanks to my wonderful husband!). Though the leaves don't change here, there is a pumpkin farm nearby and I can't wait to decorate the patio with jack o'lanterns. Since my little guy is a huge fan of the outdoors, I know many an hour will be spent making memories on the patio of our little home.

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August 29, 2012

My First Flowers

Sappy? Who, me? Maybe...

This is the picture of the first flower that A gave me. I took many, many pictures. He has no idea how touched I was...am...but still. My first flowers!!!



...and thanks to whomever may have given him the idea :)

August 28, 2012

The Dreaded Fitness Update

It's nearly the end of August. In trying to keep myself accountable, I am updating here, but in reality, there is little to update. I have not run a mile since my last update.

I have walked - not enough - but I have walked at least 2x a week.

I hiked twice.

I completed day 1 of the 30 day shred.

But really, that is the sum total of my exercise. I am embarrassed with my lack of exercise, but I need the accountability, so I'm putting it out there! Help me figure out how to make it routine...please! I know plenty of working moms are capable of making it work...so why can't I?

Someone is very disappointed in my lack of running with him :(






August 27, 2012

Five Minute Friday (Monday?): Join

Today's "Five Minute Friday" topic: Join.

I take a deep breath in and let it go. This word has so many connotations for me.

I am a joiner. I am an extrovert. I like people. I thrive off energy of groups and iedas and laughter. I like to be a part of something bigger than myself, the conversations that keep you going, that make your heart move. The ideas that flow freely when you are having a really good conversation. I yearn for those moments where everything seems to fall into place and you've made a connection with others.

I am not in a good "joining" place right now. I am not sure how to fix that. Maybe because I like to join when I am invited. Maybe because it seems so daunting and overwhelming to find something to join - it is not as easy as it used to be to find like-minded souls and friends.

Join. It is an action. It requires me to do something. That is why I must breathe in and out deeply. I know I need to take that first step. I can only be a part of something if I give something up.

Though I am not writing this on a Friday...it is a part of a great community of writing that I hope to keep up with. Five minutes. Just write. No editing! More fun than it sounds :)

Five Minute Friday

Going Green with "LunchBlox"

In my quest to "green" my life, the first step was to look at my daily habits. One glaring (and easily fixable) issue was my lunch habits. I usually pack my lunch, with an occasional lunch out if I am running really behind. The bad part - I'm always using plastic bags - and then throwing them away. I need something reusable, BPA-free, microwaveable and that fits in my insulated lunch bag. Once I get to work I tend to jump right in, and before I know it it's hours later and my lunch is still sitting right next to me...


Rubbermaid LunchBlox - Lunch Containers

Which is where Rubbermaid LunchBlox fits in! Rubbermaid sent me their new Sandwich Lunch Pack. It saves space and stays organized since it snaps together - it even includes a specially designed blue ice pack that keeps lunches chilled (perfect for my-forgetful-self). There are various sized snack containers, so it will also work whenever A starts school :) So for now, a small step...a little more green every day, right?



You can check out the new line of "LunchBlox" containers on Rubbermaid's website - for those of you more inspired than me, they even have a salad kit! You can find the products online, Target, Safeway, Kroger, other grocery stores and select Wal-mart stores.

Note: I received the LunchBlox for review by Rubbermaid, however I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.


August 25, 2012

Summer Fun

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There are few things better than the watching your son smile while playing on the beach on a perfect summer day. 




August 24, 2012

My Laundry Room!

On this week's home tour, we are visiting my laundry "room."

Growing up, laundry always meant going to the garage...which in the summer, meant running really fast so not as to burn your feet, or waiting for the timing of the sprinklers to hit just right so not to get soaked, or trying to get your clothes out of the dryer before you melted (garages in the desert are stifling in the summer!).

When we bought the house here, I was surprised (in a good way!) that the laundry area was not in the garage. I'm not sure if it is a Southern California thing?...but it seems like a lot of homes we looked at also had laundry in the garage.

My laundry "room?" Well, it's a surprise :)

My Hallway

The Laundry "Room"

Yep, behind the folding doors, a little alcove :) It does it's job...but I wouldn't quite call it a room!

Not sure if it's any better in the hall that the garage? Not much space to fold, blocks traffic, and it's loud! But I know I won't burn my feet getting there! Any ideas on how to liven the place up? Make it more useful?

To see some great laundry room, head on over to Kelly's Korner!

August 23, 2012

Costa Rica Flashback

Recently, I've been reminiscing about adventures I've had in my life.

One of my favorites? Sea turtle research in Costa Rica! After I graduated college (a long, long time ago!), I spent three months living in a tent in Parque Nacional Santa Rosa. It was truly an amazing experience. Lots of Salsa Lizano and manual labor. Lots of rain, rice, beans and hand washing laundry. 

I was so lucky to spend three months studying sea turtles. While I didn't end up with a career in wildlife biology, I still love sea turtles (even have one tattooed on me!) and the ocean. I loved my time as field biologist and I think it helped me in my career. 

Enjoying life

Salsa Lizano!

My first awesome sawing adventure
Some of my favorite stand alone moments are from this trip. Walking on the beach where my footprints lit up, waves crashing with phosphorescence all under a meteor shower. Skinny dipping with dolphins.  Watching the utter persistence of sea turtles coming back against all odds to start life anew. Following the newly hatched turtles on the beginning of their life's journey. Sharing it all with amazing people.

Amazing part of my life! I hope A loves sea turtles too :)

August 22, 2012

Food Share - August Donation

This month my local donation is to a Ventura County Food Bank called Food Share.

Food Share distributes over 9 million pounds of food per year and is dedicated to alleviating hunger in Ventura County, CA.


I am incredibly lucky that hunger does not affect my family...but as a mother, I can't even imagine the horrible feeling of not being able to give your child the food they need. I hope even my little donation helps keep hunger away for one person.




August 20, 2012

My favorite mealtime companion

Well, my favorite meal-time companion is my husband, followed (distantly) by my son :)

But what makes eating with A better is his booster seat. He is pretty much right at the table with us. It is easily transportable and easy to clean. A hosed it down just today (yep, they start working young here!).

For awhile we used the highchair, but really the booster seat is one of my all time favorite baby items. At the moment it also helps keep him occupied due to his buckle obsession (how long does this last?. Though recently he's been trying to eat in a chair without the booster...so it may be on the way out :(

A montage of the booster (why I think it's cute to take so many pics of him eating? no idea...).


August 19, 2012

Appreciating the Pace of Life

I sat down to write a post about my updates on trying to live green. And progress has been made, don't despair!

But, instead, I decided to sit outside and enjoy the sunset and my updated backyard! I grabbed the laptop and some lemonade and am currently sitting in the swing in the backyard. This is my view:



I have been dreaming of having lights in my backyard for a couple of years now. My husband made my dreams come true yesterday :)

Our backyard has slowly metamorphosed from a fairly useless patch of dirt, into a much more welcoming and useful space! Today I made pesto from basil in my planter boxes. I had a mojito with mint from my garden and am now writing a blog post to the light of newly hung white globes. I walked on beautiful stepping stones to my backyard swing and am having the best evening.

When we moved in, I envisioned upgrading the backyard right away. I drew diagrams of where the hot tub was going to go, imagining the lights (exactly as they currently are!) hung above my head, perhaps sitting in my hot tub with a glass of wine...and now three years later...we are almost there. And that's ok. It's more than ok.

My life is not how I envisioned it three years ago. I didn't know that I would have this amazing little person in my life that makes home projects take forever :) I didn't know that my extra time would be spent reading the same book over and over again or dancing the afternoon away to Mozart instead of gardening or baking bread. I didn't know that I would be spending Sunday morning in baby-and-me swim classes instead of spending Saturday evening in my hot tub. I didn't know it then, but I am so glad now.

I can't imagine my life any other way. I love slowing down and watching A discover new things. While sometimes it can be frustrating that the pace of life slowed down and that completing home repairs and projects can't happen instantaneously - the frustration is nothing compared to what I have gained. And isn't it that much sweeter when projects finally do happen?

I'll update on my "green" endeavors soon. For now I am going to enjoy my new lights that my wonderful husband hung up this weekend!



Jane Yolen and Dinosaurs!

When I was in middle school, I was fairly obsessed with the "sci-fi/fantasy" genre. I think I flew through everything Orson Scott Card, Anne McCaffrey, and Mercedes Lackey ever wrote (among others). One of my absolute favorite authors during this time, however, was Jane Yolen.

I loved, loved, loved "Sister Light, Sister Dark." It spoke to me in a way that most other fantasy novels did not. I was sad that there were only a few books of these characters. I liked them so much that a few years ago I went in search of these books again (not so easy to find) and re-read them. Still loved them.

Fast forward to a couple of months ago. A received some great books for his first birthday! We are a book loving family after all...and two of them were about dinosaurs - How Do Dinosaurs Love Their Dogs? and How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Birthday? how they treat their dogs and celebrate birthdays. I thought the story has great and A loved them, so overall a win (Thanks Rick and Jo!). They entered the normal rotation.



My mom was visiting a few weeks later and read him a few books - including starting with reading the title and author (what a great idea!). So next time I sat down I did the same. To my utter surprise these dinosaur books were by Jane Yolen! My favorite author from my teenage years. No wonder I liked them so much. I had no idea she also wrote children's books!

There is quite the series of them now...they have great drawings, a fun story and teach kids manners, how to be a good pet owner and to appreciate your parents(!)...all very important lessons. I'd highly recommend them when looking for your next book!

August 17, 2012

CA living...outside!

For this installation of my home tour, we're going outside!

One of the best things about living in Southern California is the ability to pretty much live outside. While I don't have a porch, I do have a great yard, with an inner courtyard and some beautiful flowers. Our backyard is also greatly improved, due mostly to my husband's hard work and great ideas!

We debated back and forth for a long time about whether to really invest in expensive patio furniture (and there are some expensive sets out there!) or to get a "starter" set and see what happens. We decided to go with the cheaper set and I think it's been a great idea. It is very utilitarian, but serves its function. The chairs in particular are really good for guests, fireworks and can easily withstand getting soaked (in case you accidentally leave them out in the sprinklers).


A year later we found the swing on super sale and integrated it into the yard...I love sitting out here on weekend mornings drinking my coffee and hanging out with Mr. A. It's also great for hanging out with the grandparents when they come visit - three generations all fit on the swing at once :)


I'd still love to fit a hammock somewhere in the yard as well as to find a way to add a little more color. I probably need some more little people furniture too :) The one cute, red chair isn't quite enough to keep the little guy's attention!

For more great ideas on patio furniture or porch living - please check out Kelly's Korner!

August 16, 2012

Brew at the LA Zoo

Last weekend we managed not only to have a date night but to go all the way into LA for our date :) This is quite a feat for us suburbanites! I admit, it really wasn't that far, and totally worth it.

So earlier this year we joined the LA Zoo...part of my quest to give money locally this year! So a few weeks ago I got an e-mail for "Brew at the Zoo" - beer tasting and animal watching after hours. Since with our membership we got a discount, I decided why not go for it :)

It was a lot of fun. We got there early, so for most of the time there were not huge lines, many of the animals were out (after an oppressively hot day of hiding) and there were even live bands and a comedy show.

It was fun just hanging out with my husband, not worrying where our toddler was running off to next. Date nights are so very important :)

And, we found two new breweries that we love: Hangar 24 and Noble Ale - both Southern California local!

Overall, I'd call that a success!

Cheers!

August 15, 2012

Dentist? At what age...

I need some advice here. My dentist says to that kids should visit the dentist during their first year. Yeah, well, that didn't happen.

A is now 18 months, and has not been to the dentist. Is it too late? Have I doomed A to bad teeth?

OK, I'm not serious about dooming him. But in all seriousness...when do you take little kids to the dentist? Do you sit with them in the chair? Do they let strange men (or women?) look into their mouths, really? What can they tell you about the 12 little teeth in their mouth?

I'm not against taking him, I'm just a little confused about the details...the dentist says it's to get them used to going...but wouldn't it just be the start of freaking them out? hmmm...advice needed!

Thanks :)

August 14, 2012

Living Green

Ok. So I think of myself as being "green." But perhaps I am not as green as I could be. No, I know I am not as green as I could be. I know there are some easy things that I can do to make my life more green, but like everything else...I end up just using the "I work full time! I have a toddler! I just don't have time!" excuse too often.

Recently I've been reading more green "mom" blogs...a couple of my favorites are Happy Mothering and So Easy Being Green. I both love to read them yet also feel a little guilt afterwards.

I was planning on being a "green mom," you know one of those cloth diapering, cloth wipes, make all organic baby food yourself, babywearing (ok, not really green, but seems to go with the territory), organic clothing, no plastics (well, now we are going too far)...kind of moms. I mean, at work, I just helped design a LEED platinum, net-zero building! But at home...

I now use Costco diapers. I never used cloth wipes (ok, once). I occasionally make his baby food (but he rarely liked it!). He has some organic clothing (mostly gifts)...if I think too much about this, I feel a bit discouraged. I had great intentions...then reality sets in. To be fair, we almost always buy organic food, we are mostly good abut water use and turning off the lights, we make the most sustainable purchase when presented with options

I know that I have to make compromises, but I also know that I can do much better than I have been. So over the next few months I hope to make some changes...

Ideas for our household:
1. Use reusable lunch containers
2. Don't use plastic bags at the grocery store (My husband is much better at this than I am!)
3. Replace kitchen lighting with LED lights
4. Reprogram thermostat
5. Grow more of my own vegetables
6. Retrofit toilets with dual flush

Suggestions and support appreciated :)



August 13, 2012

Toddler Guilt...

Sometimes I think that the moment you become a mother, guilt lands on your shoulders. There is always something that you can be doing better. Always something more that you can be doing.

When A was an infant, a lot of guilt surrounded breast feeding, making baby-food, cloth diapering, weight gain, tummy time, and sleeping!

Now that he is a toddler, the guilt is about what he is learning and doing. Is he in enough classes? Is he socialized enough? Do I talk to him enough, is he learning enough words? Is he being introduced to new people, places and things? Am I exposing him to a wide enough variety of foods? Are we giving him the headstart he needs to excel in life? school? art? sports?

Clearly I over think things a bit :) It's hard being a working mom! I love my job, but I feel guilty leaving him every day. Finding balance between working, teaching A everything I want him to know (!), and actually having some fun...not easy!

What I do know, however, is that he absolutely gets enough love. This is the most important thing, right? He gets enough hugs and kisses and squeezes! I have no guilt over the amount of time he plays outside and how many books we read to him every day. I know that his exposure to bubbles is exceptional and that he gets a wide variety of music to inspire him every day :)

Future Golf Pro? Are Golf lessons next?
For more ways to find balance in our crazy lives with children (or to commiserate about having none!)...head on over to Growing Up Geeky!

August 12, 2012

Back to School Shoe Shopping?

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I have huge feet. Gigantic. And my little guy is showing every sign of following in my footsteps :) So this means that I have to continually buy new shoes for him. He is already a size 7, which is pretty crazy for a guy as little as him. I've tried buying on-line, but in reality, it's much easier to buy in a "real" store. The closest shoe store to me is Famous Footwear...and I didn't know this until recently, but if they don't have your size, they can order it online for you!

Last time we went, they had quite a great array of toddler shoes...including some adorable Crocs, Converse and a huge variety of options. It's easy to get in an out pretty quickly...even with a toddler (and that's saying something!).

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August 11, 2012

Hush Little Baby...

I LOVE this book. Love it. I always thought the song "Hush Little Baby" was a little odd. It is continually about buying your baby new things as things break. What kind of message is that?

This book is about discovering what's all around you - be it a sunset, a lightning bug or a well-loved quilt. Once the crickets stop singing and the sun sets, what else can we find wonder in? Why not mom playing a banjo? :) Not only a fun book, but also a great lesson!


I also love that I get to "sing" this book to A. I have to sing quickly though, because he loves turning pages quickly!

So lucky to have great hand-me-down books for A to enjoy!



August 10, 2012

Decorating Tables

Another installment of the house tour! Today....it's how I decorate my tables. Well, you see, I don't really have that many tables. My dining room table gets dressed up for company - usually entailing my wedding napkins and some fresh flowers. I love fresh flowers!

My favorite decorations? Probably on my first Mother's day :) Cute kid, fresh squeezed orange juice, amazing breakfast from the husband and fresh flowers, of course.


Here are some of the flowers in my yard...I rarely buy flowers since I have such an amazing array right out the front door!


My coffee table has been bare or covered with trains since A joined the walking. If anyone has an ideas for how to dress up a table with a toddler in the house - please fill me in!

Now

The best it's ever looked? Again, the husband was involved (a trend perhaps?) - the day he asked me to marry him. Now, of course, candles aren't happening!


Then

I think I'll wait a bit to invest in anything really amazing. Once the toddler danger is past. But I would love some inspiration. If you want some too, head over to Kelly's Korner to check out some more home tour blogs!











August 9, 2012

First Amusement Park: Knott's Berry Farm

Recently both Mr. K and I went to NYC for a conference. My parents came up to our house to stay with A. I was nervous, as this was the first Time A had been without either my husband or myself for more than one night. But I did not need to worry, he had a blast. Partially, because his grandparents spoiled him rotten (in a good way)...they even took him to his first Amusement park :)

Knott's Berry Farm is apparently quite good for little kids. There were a good number of rides that A could go on...and my parents said he loved them. Of course, his favorite was the little cars. He clapped when he got off and even tried to get into another car right away. I wish I could have seen that.

My parents even said he was patient while waiting in line. Enough crazy people and other things to look at to keep him occupied. He loved the horses, looked adorable and, as always, rocks the hat (like his grandpa?). I can't wait to share in his next amusement park experience!





August 8, 2012

Olympics...Sochi or Rio?

So I've been thinking that we should go to the Olympic games. I vaguely remember the '84 Olympics...I think it's time to make some new memories!

So my brief analysis has led me to believe that is actually a much closer decision than I had thought. I was certain that Rio would come out way ahead, I mean, it's Rio! But Sochi is also a resort city on the beach (though it will be winter). If NHL players are there, well, Hockey is a bigger draw that golf (yep, first time golf will be in the olympics!)...and crazy enough, it looks like it's cheaper to go to Russia than Brazil?

I'll keep dreaming :) Where will you be...





August 7, 2012

The dreaded word

A has finally picked up the dreaded "no!"

I actually think it's adorable.

So far, he isn't using it too much to say "no" to us, but rather it is an expression of frustration. When the stacking cups aren't stacking up in just the order he wants, he furrows his little brow, purses his lips and say "no" to the cups. When he can't quite get the buckle on the changing table to snap in he gives that same little concerned look and says "no" as he hands it to me to fix.

For now, I can fix his frustrations. For now, it isn't being directed directly at me and his adorable facial expressions make me smile. I know, soon (probably as soon as I write this), he will be saying "no" when I ask him to do things. But for now, saying no to inatimate objects is pretty cute.

We are also concurrently working on yes, just for fun :)

He's so cute...but gonna be trouble :)

August 6, 2012

Is a hotdog a hotdog?

Months ago A was having trouble switching over to solids, the pediatrician suggested hotdogs. Bingo. A was in love.

He has had veggie dogs, chicken dogs, turkey dogs...

...and recently he had his first beef dog...and I accidentally had a bite too. I say accidentally, since I don't eat red meat (other than bacon sometimes...), so I have no idea when the last time I ate cow was.

What I realized...the beef hotdog was SO SO much better than any of the other hotdogs I've (I mean A) tried recently. It was a Chicago-dog, served at a wedding lunch, so I'm sure it was high quality, but seriously - so.much.better. Was it the hotdog or just beef in general? Have I been missing out for the last almost-20 years?

Wow, 19 years. That just hit me. I may have had little bits of beef in things that I couldn't avoid, but 99% - no beef since I was 16.

Anyway, I think that was A's first beef as well. He wanted to eat two hotdogs. Beef must agree with him...I'll have to see about adding some more to his diet!


August 4, 2012

NYC Public Library

One of the most beautiful places that I visited while I was in NYC was the NYC public library. It was unexpected, and I am so glad I took the time to tour it. 

I love libraries (thanks dad!). I have three library cards. I could spend hours there, it's like a candy shop, except that you don't have to spend money! I think the library is one of the most important places for a kid. You can lose yourself in so many worlds. Learn so many things. I know some of my best summer moments were biking to the local library and doing my summer reading challenges. I even love the slightly musty smell of public libraries. A will be getting a card as soon as he is old enough.

Even though I love libraries, I had no idea they could be so stunning. I have never been to such a beautiful library as the NYC public library. My college library's reading room was stately, but nowhere near the detailed ceilings, nooks & crannies, lanterns and marble. One would have to be crazy not to fall in love. Generally, when I visit a new place I go to National Park Service sites...this time I made time for something different - totally worth it! I did not see any ghosts though...




August 3, 2012

Window treatments...

Another area of my home that could use a little work, but that fall to the bottom of the priority list, are my windows.

I wouldn't call the windows in my home "treated." They are covered...by utilitarian blinds. The sliding doors have some drapes, and the living room has a black out shade for the TV. A's room needs some black-out shades as well.

The majority of my windows look like this
I have been coveting curtains/drapes/blinds from the following places. I think I have window indecision issues :) So here are my ideas - hopefully creative!

I love Dwellstudio - usually on the pricey side for me, but I love the look. A had dwellstudio crib bedding :)

Dwellstudio Curtains
 I also adore Westelm, just wish there was one a bit closer to me!

Loving the Roman shades - and the strange sculpture
 Of course, Ikea always has cost effective - and often cute, options. Only 45 minutes away :)

For more of my ideas on "dream" window treatments...check out my pinterest board.

Also, there are great ideas from other creative bloggers on the Kelly's Korner home tour!



August 2, 2012

Peace Corps Past

Sometimes my life seems monotonous. Not bad, just a little repetitive. I live in the suburbs. I drive to work every day. I sit at my desk. I work at my computer. I drive home. I hug my son. I kiss my husband. I make dinner or do the dishes. I blog and exercise somewhere in there. I go to bed. I start again.

Sometimes I forget that I have had some amazing adventures. I still have great adventures ahead of me.

I spent two years in Panama as a Peace Corps Volunteer (not sure if I've mentioned this here or not!). They were amazing years. I need to scan some more pictures to show you better these great years. Because they were life changing years - you know "the toughest job you'll ever love." I can't believe that I started my Peace Corps journey over 12 years ago.  

I was stationed in Boca Chica, Chiriqui, Panama. A small fishing village on the Pacific Coast. I lived in the very tiny house you see below. I learned a lot, made great friends, met fascinating people and had fun. I will share more, I promise, but wanted to share a little with you, now, as I thought about it :)






August 1, 2012

History Repeats Itself?

My talented mother put together this photo collage - and both photo shoots :)

Yep, that's me (top) and A (bottom). Apparently fashion hasn't changed that much in 35 years!

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