Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Made in Los Angeles

Y'all. I had T H E  B E S T time visiting my bestie in L.A last month.
She's even got this crazy amazing job that she let me be a part of on my first day in the city...
After my on-stage performance at Entertainment Tonight, we got our hair did at DryBar and went to dinner at the hottest restaurant in town, Catch L.A.  ...followed by me trying on every dress in her closet because her clothes are better than mine....like this $3000+ dress that SHE WON AN EMMY IN!! (Sorry EJ, I gotta brag on you for a minute!) :)
We spent the rest of my visit exploring the city, catching up on life, getting pedis, eating amazing food, having drinks on rooftops, getting eyebrow lessons at Benefit, shopping at the Grove, and taking lots of pictures in front of wall art (which is one of my favorite things to do!)
 This wall art was CROCHETED!! Isn't it the coolest thing you've ever seen???
(If you watched Amazing Race this season...you know who made this!)
I know this post is short, but it was a really short trip to L.A.  
Next stop was San Diego....blog post coming soon. :)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Leah's 2nd Kiddie Pool Party

I couldn't be happier that Leah is a "summer baby"!  I have a January birthday, so I never had any fun-outdoor birthday parties growing up, and I always envied my friends with June birthdays.  So now, I am living out my summer birthday party dreams with Leah!
Last weekend, we threw her a beach ball themed "KIDDIE POOL PARTY"! It was so much fun!

We had three kiddie pools, (some were filled with balls, some had rubber duckies, etc.) a water table, two slides, a beach ball sprinkler, 30 beach balls thrown in the yard to play with and endless bubbles for the kids to play in.
We had so many delicious foods that I felt were good options for adults and kids:
- Mini sandwiches (ordered from Jungle Jims - I highly recommend ordering these party trays if you're in Cincinnati - they are on Hawaiian rolls and are soooo tasty!)
-Peanut Butter and Jelly Roll Ups
-Chips and Veggie Stix
-Cheese & Cracker Platter
-Huge Bowl of Watermelon
- Organic Pouches from Once Upon a Farm

For dessert, my bestie Alison made the most adorable confections:
- Kid friendly Jello Shots (gummy bears in lifesavers and blue jello...also note the graham crackers on the plate for the "sand")
- Teddy graham pool party cupcakes (Aren't these amazing!!??!)
The kids LOVED them!!
For drinks, we had:
- Pool Water! (it was a mixture of blue Hawaiian punch and Country Time lemonade)
-Variety of beers, water and coke products
- And a variety of Apple&Eve® juice boxes for the kids
I usually buy the regular size juice boxes, but Apple&Eve® has several sizes of product and they sent me their mini 125ml juice boxes for the party and they were PERFECT! I mean, how many times does your kid open a juice box and only take two sips. This is less waste! And you can limit how much juice they have if you are more cautious of their sugar intake.
And they were delicious! (I drank three! haha) They're made with 100% real juice with no added sugar and have no artificial flavors or colors. All the kiddos really did love the taste and loved seeing their BFF's (Elmo, Big Bird and Grover) all over the boxes!
We even received some Apple & Eve® Fruitables juice boxes which is made with real fruit and vegetable juice to help get in those veggies because we all know it’s hard to do.
After hours of partying we sang my sweet girl Happy Birthday and (the wind) blew out her candles.  How cute is her little personal birthday cake!
We had such an amazing time at her kiddie pool birthday party, and all the kiddos seemed to have the best time too....and all left with a smile and a beach ball party favor! :)
It couldn't have been a more perfect day.....and it definitely put all my January birthday parties to shame! :)
(Click here to see her watermelon themed first birthday party!)

*Apple&Eve® graciously sent me the juice boxes for a review, but all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

All About May

The month of May flew by, but we did so many fun things!
Here's our month in a nutshell:

+ Celebrated Memorial Day with grilling hamburgers and beautifying the yard with CV
+ Took these cute Memorial Day photos of Leah
+ My friend, Jess, was in town from Chicago, so we met up for "chicks and waffles". I really did order the chicken and waffles! :)
+ Went to a Derby Party
+ Had my 1 year work anniversary
(My summer intern started at work and he's making my work-life a lot less stressful.)
+ Saw Beauty and the Beast at the movies with my friend Alison
+ Took Leah to a music class and she loved it!
+ Leah got pink eye. :(
+ We celebrated Mothers Day by going downtown for lunch and fun!
+ Got my hair cut and colored!
+ Ate ice cream at the park
+ Played at the Cincinnati Children's Museum
+ Read a lot of books
+ AND Leah had her very first PONY TAIL!!
It was such a great month....but now I'm really looking forward to June. We have Leah's birthday party this weekend and I can't wait to share all the fun things I've planned!

Hope everyone has a great month!!! :)

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Life Lately

My life has been super busy lately.  Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm+ is spent running from meeting to meeting  and working hard at crossing items off my endless to do list. I'm managing several large projects at work so my brain is in constant overdrive in these hours.  Then, I leave work to pick up Leah from daycare, drive home and after I change out of my work clothes (into sweatpants, duh!), I start making Leah dinner. She eats, we play, I bathe her, we play....I rock and sing her to sleep.
AND THEN....I finally get some "relaxation time"....it's enough time to eat dinner with my husband, watch an hour of tv and go to sleep.  Ya'll....Monday-Friday is hard!
(and yes I know, I only have ONE kid! ha.)
Sooooo, on the weekends I always try to do something fun with Leah, and lately we've been having so much fun finding new things to do.

We've been loooooving the zoo and have been 4-5 times this year.  We went on Easter weekend with some friends, and went again this past weekend. (for $3 you can feed the giraffes!!)
Leah also enjoyed her first Easter Egg hunt at a local church.  It was so much fun, especially because we ran into some cousins while we were there! She actually got two eggs with prize numbers in it! She won a cup and a gift card for a McDonalds happy meal!
We attended story time at a bookstore. It was a cute little event, and I was surprised that Leah continued to wear her crown. We also went to Starbucks one morning, and the manager gave her a complimentary cake pop (for being the cutest customer, I'm assuming!)  She didn't like it very much - which I was happy about since he gave her a cake pop for BREAKFAST! (where's my eyeroll emoji)

 One day in April, our friend hosted a "crab fest" and it was amazing. We had endless crab legs and other delicious foods and the company of all of our sweet friends. It was such a fun day and Leah spent the day playing with all her friends.
One weekend, we met friends at the Cincinnati Butterfly Exhibit.  This event was one of CV & I's first dates, so being able to take Leah to this event was super special to me.

Afterwards, CV and I stopped by Eden Park, which has amazing views of the Ohio River. Then, we went to El Toro, a Mexican restaurant, where Leah devoured an entire beef taco! :)
On Easter, we made brunch reservations at Parkers, which has a killer brunch spread. The only downfall is it's like $40 a person and CV and I probably only ate like $4 worth of food that day. Luckily, Leah got her money worth by tasting bacon for the first time. SHE LOVES BACON!
And those have been our fun and eventful weekends in Cincinnati lately!!
What are some fun activities you do with your toddler!??