Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Put the candy down! Tips for a fun & Safe Halloween

Hello again! It's me, the girl who likes Halloween. 

This time of year is usually full of cute costumes and scary decorations. At least once a week we find ourselves visiting adult Disneyland Target just so that the kids can repeatedly push every single button on every Halloween decoration that makes a screaming, shrieking and moaning sound. Did I mention the employees of Target love us? Anyway, while Halloween can be cheeky good fun, it can also be dangerous. And no, I'm not talking about the kind of danger that involves gorging on four pounds of KitKats and Skittles (because no one likes Smarties). I'm talking about the kind of stuff that can get your darling Elsa/Batman/mini Donald Trump hurt. So today I welcome guest blogger, The slip and fall accident lawyers at Fisher & Talwar with essential tips on staying safe this Halloween! 

Congrats parents! You’ve successfully kept your child alive long enough to get to enjoy Halloween with them, how exciting. Chances are your kid is stoked! He or she has been looking forward to this night for some time now. This can be a way fun night! However, it’s important to remind yourself and your children about safety. Here are some top safety tips to help your Halloween:

1.     Be sure the kitty can see well out of her mask. Many of the masks that come with costumes can be difficult to see out of. Which makes things like walking and not tripping over everything a lot more difficult.

Next year I want a store bought costume. 
2.     Add some reflective material to the costumes. We know, we know, a real ninja wouldn’t wear reflective gear but it’s for your own good! In late October it gets dark pretty early. Maybe consider adding some glow sticks and flashlights just for an added measure.

3.     Send a trusted adult with your children. Maybe even go yourself? After all, every superhero needs a sidekick, right? Lucky you.

4.      Remind your children that just because they're wearing a costume that comes with a sword or wand doesn't mean they should hit their sibling with it! 

Where is my sister...

5.     Before letting the kiddos dive into their spoils, be sure to check over the candy to make sure there are no choking hazards and that the candy hasn’t been tampered with.

6.     Some sites like the Center of Disease Control also recommends not eating homemade treats. Better safe than sorry.

7.     Limit the amount of candy your children eat.

The effects of a sugar high can last for DAYS. 
8.     Also limit the amount of your children’s candy you eat. If you eat too much they’ll know you did it, you have to be sneakier than that. C’mon rookie. 

Make sure to have fun. These are really special memories you are making with your children! 

Mom, I will always cherish this "special memory" of you having me wear our dog's Halloween costume. 

Most importantly be safe. Warning: sad, sobering fact incoming. According to, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car or truck on Halloween than any other day of the year.

Thanks for reading guys! Have a fun & safe Halloween!

Adios, until the next post!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

"What do you DO all day!?"

Hello again! You're looking extra stylish today. Are those jeggings?

I've been working on my own personal style lately too. In fact, today I was sure to put on my best pink shirt (that only had a teeny tiny coffee stain on it) and jeans that look great from the ankles down. I'd show you a picture but my iphone is out of memory. That always seems to happen on the days I look extra selfie-able.

Let's get right down to it. What do I DO all day?? I've been asked that a lot. I guess you can label me as a stay at home mom. It's not like that's a real job right? It's more like volunteering. Let's face it, most of my day consists of lying on the couch eating chocolate and watching daytime television while I strategically throw crackers and toys at my children to keep them occupied. I don't mean to brag but I've got really good aim. I almost never hit them in the face.

AnywayZ (as we used to say in junior high), I figured I'd show you guys what I've been up to when I'm not throwing food at raising humans.


Every few days I get a hankerin' to paint a bunch of succulents. They are so totally IN right now. Plus they are hard to kill if you forget to water them for six months. My own hardy little succulents are my inspiration. You can buy a bunch at Trader Joes for around four dollars. I usually do that and somehow the total comes to $68.93 because I end up buying a bunch of gourmet frozen food and specialty chocolates. Damn you Joes. DAMN YOU!

What do you think of my succulents?

We're the three best friends that anyone could have.

Pretending to draw. 

I've only watered this once since I've painted it.

You might say I put the "suc" in succulent.

You can purchase any of these suckers here

But wait! There's more! I've been into calligraphy lately. There is something about the lost art of handwriting letters in cursive that speaks to the 87 year old lady inside of me. While I haven't spent much (any) time learning real calligraphy I quite enjoy making nursery artwork with fake calligraphy.

Uh, don't tell me what to do. 

Does this mean you are going to embarrass me when I'm a teenager?

Find these 8 x 10 prints for $12 here

After I ran out of calligraphy ink and succulents I decided to do another abstract watercolor for a baby's nursery. The great thing about abstract paintings is that you give them stupid names that sound legit because it's abstract aaaaaaart. I call this next one, "Baby giggles":

It's called baby giggles because a baby knows it can paint this.

Get your baby giggles here

Well that about sums it up for today. I really must get going. I need to get back to being a stay at home mom. Plus Judge Judy is on and it's the one where that guy sues that lady for stealing his hedge clippers.

Adios! Until the next post.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

I blame my iphone camera.

Hello again! It's me, the girl who needs to update her iphone.

So I'm always about one (or three) versions behind the newest iphone releases. But to be honest that's better than a few years ago when I had a pink RAZR (I just realized it's not spelled Razor) and used predictive text. At least it wasn't a pager. I had one for awhile in eight grade. You know, in case I was on call and urgently needed to preform heart surgery. That or in case I urgently needed to text "bitch" to my 8th grade arch nemesis in pager code. In case you are wondering, the code is 81764.

Anyway. Back to my iphone 5s. It gets the job done. But since I use it as my sole camera all of my pictures look a bit dark and blurry. What? That's not good enough? Well...I'm sorry okay?  No need to be a 81764 about it.

Since it's Thursday, I figured everyone could use a break from using their brains and instead look at blurry, dark pictures of me and my children!

Let's get to it!

Last Saturday my husband went to a Giants game. I stuck around with the kids and took them a tiny little zoo nearby. It basically consists of birds and a few turtles. Of course the biggest attraction was this little fountain that you can roll pennies into. So we spent a few hours doing that.

Me: "Henry, do you want to see the Tiger? Or how about the monkey?"

Henry: "Pennies!"

Me: "Shall we sit and have an ice cream cone?"

Macy: "Pennies!"

Me: "What about the playground? Let's go there!"

Children: (Looking at me with disdain), "Pen-NIES."

After the penny toss I managed to get a few pictures of them enjoying the flamingos.

I wonder what flamingos eat that turns them pink? 

After all that flamingo watching and penny throwing, I decided it was time for a family picture (minus daddy) in front of an exhibit of a bunch of bushes.


That's better. 

The weekend before the zoo, the husband took Henry camping with some friends and their toddlers. Macy and I decided to sleep in our warm, dry, beds and drink coffee (me) and juice (her). Henry and husband had a grand old time doing cold, wet, nature things. 

Henry enjoying his best friend, rock. Spencer enjoying his best friend, water. 

Here are more of Henry's friends also enjoying cold, wet nature things. Violet is wearing a helmet because she is near water and safety first! 

The sequel to Lord of the Flies, Lord of the moss. Beware of the ringleader. 

When we aren't out at zoos or camping (which is 99 percent of the time) we are usually home playing with toys. I've mentioned before that Henry will really only play with one toy and has been obsessed for about 4 months.  He even brought this toy camping and managed to spend quality alone time with it, contemplating life and all that IS.

Mr. Potato Head, if someone claps on a deserted beach and you leave your ears in the sand does the clap make a sound?

Henry loves Mr. Potato Head so much he brings him into his bath, to bed and shares all of his meals with him. Luckily for them, Henry doesn't like the taste of potatoes.

Dear God, my blue cup is blocking the view of Mrs. Potato head! 

Ahhh, that's MUCH better. Phew!

Macy likes to copy everything Henry does but because she has no potato heads (and her brother won't share) she has made the best of it while eating her lunch. 

I just love my car, blue train, and black stick thingy!

Here is one more picture of them playing with Mr. Potato heads. Just in case I haven't made it clear that it's Henry's FAVORITE TOY. 

Macy, you just don't get it. Here, take this nose and try again.

Yeah, Potato heads are okay I guess. Don't be weird bro. 

And finally, Henry finished up his summer preschool program and began his regular pre-school class at Templeton Elementary. Luckily, I was able to get a few pictures of him at his summer school that I'm positive he will want me to show his 9th grade girlfriend someday. 

Cowboy hat? Check! Handkerchief? Check! Vest? Check! Over the leg thingys? Check! Pony that hates it's life? Check!

Oh my sensitive, sweet, cowboy, we love you so much! 

That's it! That's all the blurry pictures I have to share with you. I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into our past few weeks. Stay tuned for my next post in which I show you pictures of my dog doing things like sleeping and looking at me. It's going to blow your minds. 

Adios! Until the next post.