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Friday, January 19, 2018

Highs & Lows...

3 Highs:

1. A really tough but great yoga sculpt class at CorePower.

2. The best nights sleep following said work-out.

3. A solo shopping trip at the new Century City mall.

3 Lows:

1. A couple of homemade dinners that didn't go exactly as planned.

2. A stomach flu outbreak at school (18 kids are out in one class!). Touch wood, the boys haven't gotten it yet but I sent extra Clorox wipes for the classroom with Hayes this morning and basically told him to hold his breath all day!

3. Receiving a progress report for Hayes' foundational reading skills.

Best Thing I Ate This Week...

Dumplings from ROC Kitchen for a team lunch on Tuesday.

Weekend Plans...

It's going to be cold here in LA this weekend (low 60s - brrr!), so we're donning our sweaters
(well, besides Moana - er, I mean Henley, who only wears tank tops with tropical prints)
and staying cozy inside.
We might take the crew to Shake Shack for dinner tonight.
Tomorrow, we have the usual sports circuit (karate and basketball).
Tomorrow evening, hubs and I are going on a movie date night, followed by dinner.
And Sunday, we're birthday partying it up with a double header for friends' little siblings (one of which happens to be Moana themed, so Henley will fit right in!).
Grant leaves for NYC on Monday for the week so I'll just be taking advantage of having two grown ups around for the next couple of days as much as I can!

Hope you have a good one!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

My Loves...

Greyson and I doing charcoal face masks last weekend. He told me I looked like Batman... better that than Hitler, I say!
Beauty Counter. I'm obsessed. Particularly with the No. 1 Brightening Facial Oil, which has the freshest scent and feels like such a nice little luxury to add to my morning routine. Wash my face, thin layer of oil, Countermatch (full disclosure, I like this, but don't think it's different enough from a general drugstore daily lotion to warrant the sticker price), sunscreen and eye cream, then finish off my base with the Dew Skin. It sounds like I'm a total beauty junkie but I've noticed a marked difference in my skin since I started using the products, which are all free of harmful ingredients so you can feel good about putting them on your skin. Cleansing Balm is also amazing (I use it as a mask that I sleep with when my skin is feeling parched) and the Baby Protective Balm is a top knotch diaper cream and had helped with Hayzey's eczema.  
(FYI I'm not selling the stuff, just really like it a lot!).
YogaClub. While I haven't joined yet, I've been lusting over the curated outfits for months. My sister-in-law is a yoga teacher and a huge fan, so that in and of itself is testimony to how great the service is. Basically, you take an interactive quiz that explains your personal style and what you're looking for. Then, a stylist selects an outfit for you every month that gets sent straight to your door. Every box = a yoga class and meditation education for a child in need. How cool is that? I'm trying to make good on my resolution to work out more and have promised myself that if after one month I'm still going strong, I'll treat myself with a Guru subscription.
And speaking of working out, I'm on the last day of my free week with CorePower Yoga which I LOVE. Besides pre-natal, which I did with all of the kids, I've never done much yoga as part of my general work out strategy. But I've taken a few classes this past week and am really enjoying it. CorePower is done in a heated studio (95-98 degrees so not exactly hot yoga but you can definitely feel the higher temp!) and the flows are practiced to more upbeat music, which makes it a sweaty, but fun experience. I'm finding I'm more clear-headed and actually look forward to the workouts (I even went to a 7:15a class on Monday (!!)). I'll be taking my last class for my free week there this afternoon, but luckily it's part of ClassPass, which gives me even more incentive to join!
These jeans. I treated myself to a pair yesterday as a belated Christmas present and have decided I could basically wear Madewell denim for the rest of my life and be a happy lady. The fit is just perfect, so comfortable and stylish and I'm even loving the tulip-hem, which makes them nice and casual for days I'm home with the kids.
Find this one here...
I'm feeling like we need some more greenery in our house and am loving the look of these adorable fiddle leaf fig trees. Haven't decided whether I can take responsibility for a real live one or if faux is the way to go, but I'm thinking on of these little guys in a cute little planter would be a nice addition to the abode.
Find these here...

Friday, January 12, 2018

Highs & Lows...

3 Highs:

1. Oprah's speech at the Golden Globes. If you haven't seen it, do yourself a solid and watch it here.
Madame President Oprah... please??!!

2. A long overdue telephone catch up with my little sis.

3. A couple days of unusual rain in LA, which I actually really love. We spent Monday afternoon sipping hot chocolate and jumping in puddles before coming in for some chicken tortilla soup that had been simmering all day on the crockpot. It's as close to winter as we get out here!

3 Lows:

1. The mudslides in Montecito... As of last night, 17 people were dead and 43 still missing. These same people and homes had to deal with the devastating fires last month. So heartbreaking.

2. Negotiating EVERYTHING with a very opinionated toddler. While I love her sense of independence, I've had to take a little bit of extra from the well of patience this week.
3. A lice outbreak in Greyson's class. He doesn't seem to have it but we are on high alert and using a heavy hand with the preventative lice spray and shampoo this week!

Best Thing I Ate This Week...

I've been trying not to eat sweets during the week and Grant's been in Vegas so my dining hasn't been the most exciting, but I did make a delicious bagel avocado toast + fried egg open face number the other night that was pretty damn delicious. So that, or the few handfuls of McDonalds french fries I stole from the kids' happy meals the other night...

Weekend Plans...
Laying low tonight - take out and hoping to find an Oscar movie to watch on itunes (there's actually a ton I want to see this year!).
Greyson starts karate tomorrow, which I'm dying to see and Hayes has a basketball game (little guy scored his first shot last weekend - go Hayes!).
Tomorrow night, we're going on a double date with our neighbors. Dinner here and drinks here.
And on Sunday, we're having an old friend and her family over for brunch so I can meet her new baby. Planning on making a delicious cheese strata I've never attempted before.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Bigger Picture...

It often takes something happening to make you stop for a minute 
and realize just how good you have it.

Your health, for instance. Anyone seen that meme about stuffy noses?
So effing true, right?

Last year, we had a minor scare with Greyson when we had to get some blood work done because the glands on his throat were so huge, they were visible to the naked eye on his neck. Luckily it just turned out to be a virus, but I remember the days when we were waiting for the results and how panicked I felt, making sure to hug him a bit extra and feeling bad about every time I'd complained about his behavior.

We get caught up in the everyday nuisances and forget to see the big picture. What matters to us in the moment doesn't usually matter in the grand scheme of things and sometimes, it's good to reflect and remember that.

Some of you may have seen this letter that's been going around the web, written by a 27 year old girl who recently succumbed to bone cancer. If you haven't yet, read it.

It's filled with solid advice from someone who was looking at death straight in the face and it made me pause to think about how good we really have it. Stop complaining, appreciate when your body works the way it's supposed to (and when it doesn't, accept that it's annoying but not life threatening and move on), get out there and share experiences with the people you love and really experience those moments - stop worrying about capturing everything on your phone for others to see (something I'm very guilty of!). 
Every point she made resonated with me and it seemed like a relevant share when we're still in that January mode of being your best self, so I wanted to share it all with you in case you're in need of a bigger picture check 😉

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Holiday Dump...Part 2

December went by in a flash and although I really try to remind myself every year to savor each and every moment, when I look back on it, everything is a big blur.
The kids excitedly opened their advent calendars each morning, including Henley, who got to partake in the chocolate goodness for the first time.
Our trusty elf, Lobster arrived the morning after we decorated our very tall and lean Christmas tree (anyone else notice the selection this year was lackluster and much more expensive than in years passed? Perhaps this is to blame...), armed with a matching jammies (and thank god for that, since Hayes reminded me multiple times in the days leading up to his arrival that he would be bringing them some because he does every year!).
We decorated a gingerbread house, snuggled on the couch while watching a plethora of Christmas movies (Home Alone 2 was the big winner this year) and attended school performances...
I took the boys on separate dates over Christmas break; Hayes to go ice skating and drink hot chocolate in Santa Monica and Greyson to a matinee of Ferdinand...
The Tooth Fairy had a busy month, coming three times!
We visited old St. Nick in Santa Monica and he visited us in Scottsdale, where we spent our final Christmas at my parents current abode, which is for sale as they build another more *modest* pile of bricks closer to town...
Somebody get this ham an agent...
Hayes insists he knows that this is the "real" Santa because his spectacles are round, not square...
We visited the dinosaurs in Cabazon, the fishies in Scottsdale and made bubble bath beards in Nana and Papa's soaking tub...
We spent a couple of sun-soaked days in Palm Springs with the Dake clan at the cutest little house, swimming during the day and making smores in the backyard firepit at night...
And we rang in the new year at home with some friends, letting Hayes stay up until well past the east coast ball drop. A very low-key but totally perfect NYE 😉
Hope you all had a good one!