Monday, May 21, 2018

3 Southern California Weekend Getaways

Hi Foxy Friends! Today I am linking up with The Blended Blog and in honor of Victoria Day, we're talking about long weekend celebrations. I decided to talk about 3 Southern California getaways.

First we'll talk about Mr. and my favorite getaway. It's where we always try to go when we get pawn  someone to watch the kids.

We like to stay at bed and breakfasts, that way you get breakfast with your hotel stay and all the ones we've stayed at it's delicious! I wrote a post all about our last trip to Santa Barbara last month. Our favorite of all time in Santa Barbara is Simpson House Inn, but can't stay there every time because $$$$. 

 A good second choice is Upham Hotel (this is where we stayed during part of our Honeymoon). We stayed in one of the bigger rooms with it's own courtyard.

Another reason we love Santa Barbara is State Street. So much shopping to do, and if you are ever there you HAVE to go to the Coach store, it looks like a regular store, but it's actually an outlet and we ALWAYS score really good deals. They have some really good food too. We went to a place called Goa Tacos, holy cow people these are a must eat!

Plus walking on the pier is always fun, and there are some good restaurants at the end too.

The atmosphere is super laid back, you can go to the beach, or go shopping, eat lots of good food, and on Tuesdays they have cheap movies and a Farmers market. Plus if you really want to, you can do some wine tasting in Santa Barbara too. Which is always fun. We went to a local place called Jaffurs, really good wine.

Next up is Palm Springs. A quick drive from LA and so much relaxing to do. I stayed at the Marriott, and quick frankly you never even really have to leave the hotel, they have everything right there. We did a much needed spa day and wow, the service was amazing, they had a spot you could eat lunch, and the whole thing was super relaxing. Plus you could connect your Netflix to their TV and watch whatever you wanted in your room.

Plus they have flamingos on site...pretty darn awesome.

Last but not least, Big Bear, also a short drive from LA, shorter than Palm Springs and so much to do. Skiing in the winter (provided there is snow that year), and hiking in the Spring and Summer. Super family friendly if you want to take your kids with you. They have easy trails to hike or harder trails. We did an easier trail and the kids did great!

They also have some fun places to eat in the downtown area and cute shops to shop at. Plus if you go during the winter, they have a fun tubing place to go to, the kids had a blast doing night tubing.

They also have a small zoo there, that has only rescue animals. The kids loved it and it was fairly cheap to get in too. They are expanding it this summer, so next time we go it should be double the space they have now!

We find that staying at a house is the best and that making your own food while chatting with friends is so much fun and makes the best memories.

So there are 3 of my California long getaway weekend spots. There is also San Diego, but we don't go there too often, because traffic can get really bad, as there is really only one way to get there, and what should be a 1.5 hour drive can turn into 3-4 hours easily! We took these pictures at the La Jolla Pier, which is just north of San Diego.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Friday Favorites #164

Happy Friday Foxy Friends! Man this week was a long one. Today I am helping my mom with her church Mother's Day tea

In case you missed it this week:

Monday: 10 Favorite TV And Movies
Tuesday: Kids Interview Mom
Wednesdsay: Favorite Summer Dresses
Thursday: Day In The Life

I also put together 2 videos this week, one on Mother's Day where I talk about Baby Fox's birth story.

I also posted another one on Tuesday where I let the kids interview me. Usually I am interviewing and asking them questions, but I gave them free reign to ask me anything.

Last night I went to Mom's night out and it was so needed. After Mr. being away for 8 days, this mama needed some time with girlfriends. It was so nice to catch up and eat dinner at a slow pace.

Sorry about that large bruise on my arm, allergy shots, hazard of allergy shots I guess. But know that in the 4 years I've been doing them, this has only happened a few times.

I already recapped Saturday here, but Friday we had one more dinner sans Mr. and it was nice to see friends to end the week without Mr. I can't remember what we were watching...Caroline?

Sunday was church, and Mr. and I got lots of sleep, he was smart and didn't take any naps when he got home, so he got back on our time zone pretty quickly. I just love this new church, some friends go there and convinced us to try it out. Love that the kids run around after church making friends.

Then I remembered to actually get pictures!

I told Mr. what I wanted for Mother's Day was to go to the grocery store by myself...I might have stopped her before hitting up the grocery store.

I also went to Kohl's to return an Amazon package, and to get that 25% off coupon...I got some 4th of July decorations and a bunch of summer clothes for the kids. Then I went to the grocery store to get the food for the week and went home to cook all of my chicken.

Life hack right here. Cook a bunch of chicken at once. Cut into cubes, separate into portions, and freeze. Then the night before take out of freezer, put in lunch and by lunch it's deforsted and ready to go. This was two baking sheets worth and probably 3-4 weeks worth of lunches, worth it! Sunday night we went to my parents house which I totally forgot to take a picture, darn! But we did eat these...

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I wanted to make some Lumpia this weekend. I told Mr. and he was totally on board, but said that cooking in a regular pan wouldn't do, so he bought me a fryer. Wish me luck and pray we don't burn the house down.

I also got this dress in the mail and it is so super cute. But I think it's made for someone much taller, it sweeps the ground a bit, but it's super cute so I'm keeping it. Also what bra does one wear with it? This one maybe? Any suggestions?

I also want these sandals, but haven't pushed the buy button yet. I hear they are super comfortable and they are cute, I think I'll wear them a lot this summer. The only hesitation i have, is my scar from my ankle surgery, doesn't always like ankle straps...hmmm...??? I might have to get them and see for myself...

I also really want these wedges, but I don't wear wedges enough to justify them...but doesn't make me want them any less.

This was just so sweet, a father/son duo who wrote the song that they auditioned with on Britain's Got Talent and then got the Golden Buzzer from Simon.

A new show this Fall, so excited to see this. Looks so good. Hopefully I can talk Mr. into watching it with me.

I just saw this preview. I'm a sucker for previews. Anyone else watch the previews on YouTube? They keep suggesting things to watch, I keep clicking on them.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

A Day In The Life

I am linking back up with Lizzie , Sierra , Danielle , Emily, and Lindsay for Girl Chat. This month we're sharing A Day In The Life. I love documenting these days, because sometimes I just take pictures of the good stuff and not the "mundane" stuff. I know I'm going to love looking back on these when the kids are older and this age is just a distant memory. I decided to document last Saturday. It was a bit of a crazy day and I forgot to document the beginning of it, oops! Already a fail, but I continued on...

I let Baby Fox sleep with me on Friday night, so going into Saturday morning we woke up together. He woke up a little earlier then I wanted, so I sent him downstairs to watch some tv. 

I eventually realized I had to feed the minions breakfast so I could get everyone to their sporting events on time. We just got these frozen waffles, I haven't ever bought frozen waffles and these just looked cute, so I figured let's give them a try for weekends like this. The kids want waffles but I don't have time to make them. They were a hit, Baby Fox ate 8 (they are about 1.5 inch circles). Mini Fox could care less, okay enough about waffles.


Got the both kids ready in their uniform and cleats on (man getting long socks and cleats on...a workout in itself. I dropped Mini Fox off at my parents so they could take her to soccer.

While I drove Baby Fox to Laguna Beach for his game.

That's him pitching

Baby Fox is in Single A Little League, which means they start pitching to each other half way through the season. Baby Fox was itching to pitch and I am so happy he finally got to pitch, the last inning of the season. He did great! I videoed it for Mr. who was on a plane flying home.

Meanwhile back at my parents, Mini Fox was practicing for my parent's church Mother's Day tea...she's so cute.

After Baby Fox's game, I picked up Mini Fox from my parents and we headed over to Baby Fox's team party.

Last game of the season, seems like just yesterday that we started, the season was definitely too short!

After the team party we headed to Costco to get some food and of course Costco got me and we bought  a bunch of stuff that we really didn't need. Like these things...they are floaties for the pool, I hope they work in the pool.

Also saw a lady doing hand dipped strawberries, had to get some of those too, right?

We got home and the kids were wiped, so we watched Finding Dory while we waited for Mr. to get home.

Mr. finally got home, the kids couldn't get to the front door fast enough. So nice to have Mr. back in the country.

Immediately they started asking where their gift was. Mr. had previously told them he got us all gifts.

After gifts I ran to the grocery store to pick up cake mix to make my mom for Mother's Day. I forgot a bag and gosh darn I am not paying 10 cents for a plastic one.

Mr. was pretty hungry so I volunteered to go get him his favorite Mexican burrito.

Do you see how much stuff is in that burrito? That's why he likes it there so much. This is also the place that we always get our catering from. Everyone always loves Mexican.

We chowed down and the rest of the evening was spent together playing and relaxing together.

Mr. was super tired with it being a 15 hour time difference. So we went to bed just after the kids, it was nice getting so much sleep.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

7 Dresses To Wear This Summer

Hi Foxy Friends! Today I'm linking up with The Blended Blog and today is a different topic then what I had planned for. Oops! But I guess it could work, but it's a little more casual than I would normally dress for Graudation. I think dress option 1 and 2 would definitely work thought. With that behind me, I'm going to show you all of the dresses I have bought recently to hopefully get me through the summer! Granted I haven't actually received them, but it's what I think I'm going to wear? You'll probably see them on the blog eventually. Anyway, the first dress is actually from Shein, and while Shein is hit or miss for me, this one was a total hit and at $15, can't beat it!

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Dress / Sandals (similar)

The material is super soft and it has pockets! Win in my book. I see myself wearing this out to dinner with my family, something to keep my legs warm, add a light sweater and I'm good to go.

Some of the other dress that I've bought..I might have bought them in the last few days, Ooops! Also, Old Navy is having an extra 30%-40% off of everything, but it ends today (use code Style), Wednesday, so hop on it and get yourself some good deals. I got those swing dresses for under $13. Deal and a half.

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

Here are some shoe choices that can go with any of the dresses. 

 1 / 2 / 3

And here is some jewelry that would look great with any of the dress choices. Mix and match and you will look super put together!
1 / 2 / 3 

Now link up your graduation looks, or any fashion looks you've put together recently!

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