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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Happy 33rd Birthday, Tuan!!

On this day 33 years ago my soulmate was born. Pretty major right? Happy birthday to my husband, partner in crime and best friend. I love you always. 

xoxo,
M


Follow me on Instagram @parkerproject if you want to see all the birthday shenanigans I have planned for Tuan!




Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Tide Park Beach

A couple of weeks ago, while my hubby was downtown enjoying Comic Con, my friend Giao and I took Parker to Tide Park Beach in Solana Beach to beat the heat. I found Tide Park Beach listed on Red Tricycle's list of family-friendly beaches in San Diego. This beach is a true gem. There was ample free parking in the cute neighborhood by the beach entrance, most of the patrons were surfers and locals walking their dogs and there are tide pools at the north end of the beach to explore. It's a great spot to visit...at low tide. We were lucky that we happened to time our visit right because two hours after being at the beach, the tide started coming in and we had to migrate to the stretch of the beach that is right by the stairs! 

san diego beach, beach, san diego family

[Be prepared for a glute workout! The stairs are steep.]



san diego beach, beach, san diego family

san diego beach, beach, san diego family

san diego beach, beach, san diego family

[Parker is so lucky to have an auntie who is as loving and patient as Giao! I have the best friends.]

san diego beach, beach, san diego family

[Exploring tide pools. There isn't much sea life but it was still fun to touch small anemones and collect rocks.]

san diego beach, beach, san diego family

san diego beach, beach, san diego family

san diego beach, beach, san diego family

[Styling King Neptune.]

san diego beach, beach, san diego family








Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Bento Mania

Let's talk preschool lunch. The idea of having to pack lunch for Parker everyday is elevating my heart rate. What should I pack? Will he eat it? What if he doesn't eat and he gets hungry? These questions and more have been on my mind a lot lately so I sent myself down a rabbit hole to research on toddler lunches. After reading a lot of reviews and blog posts, the bento items below are the ones I want to purchase to make Parker's lunches the most appealing they can be. Yes, I know it's unnecessary to decorate food. Yes, I know I am making packing lunch more complicated than it needs to be. Yes, even Parker has told me I am nuts. But when have you ever known me to not be a bit nutty?

Bento Mania



Stainless steel thermo / Amazon.com: CuteZCute Animal Palz Mini Bento Sandwich Stamping Cutter... / Kitchen gadgets tool / Amazon.com: LunchBots Bento Trio LARGE All Stainless 3 Section Food... / YUMBOX Leakproof Bento Lunch Box Container (Tutti Frutti Blue) for... / Amazon.com: Bentgo Kids - Leakproof Children's Lunch Box (Purple):... / Amazon.com | Silicone Snack Bag Multi Use Snack Box Containers Ice Pop... / PlanetBox Rover Lunchbox- Black Carry Bag with Sports Balls Magnets / Thermos Funtainer 10 Ounce Food Jar, Blue / Safari Silicone Baran Divider - Fun Lunch Bento Accessories for Be... / Japanese Bento Food Pick 11 Vehicle Car Shape for Food Pick & Deco... / Japanese Bento Sandwich Stamping Cutter Bear Rabbit Flower for Dec... / CuteZCute Bento 3D Food Pick, 8-Piece, Panda / Bento Lunch Box Cloth Bag Vehicles for Bento Lunch Bag / Microwavable Bento Baran Food Divider Sheet Set Eyes 18 pcs for Be...

After you hit up your local Japanese market (Daiso, Marukai, Mitsuwa) to stock up on supplies, follow these mamas on Instagram for additional inspiration.

https://www.instagram.com/calbearv/
https://www.instagram.com/wendolonia/
https://www.instagram.com/eatsamazing/
https://www.instagram.com/packmompacks/
https://www.instagram.com/kidslunchboxrevolution/
https://www.instagram.com/confessionsofalunchbox/

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Cyanotype (Sun Paper Art) Toddler Art

One of my favorite things to do with Parker is walk around our neighborhood to collect things. He collects leaves, flowers and bugs. I collect Pokemon. It's great! So I bought some sun paper and we used the leaves, grass and flowers that Parker collected to create cyanotype prints. Follow along as I walk you through our creative process. 

Materials Needed
Plexiglass the size of your SunArt Paper (the paper I linked above comes with plexiglass)
Cardboard
Tray
Water

Instructions
Step 1: Collect some treasures from nature and arrange them as desired on top of your sun paper. I used pins to secure everything in place because I didn't have plexiglass. Next time we do this project, I will definitely use plexiglass to secure everything in place. Learn from my rookie mistake! This step should be done in a room with little light. 


Step 2: Take your paper outside and let it sit in the sun for 2-5 minutes. 


Step 3: Remove everything on the paper. It will look something like this. Kinda spooky.


Step 4: Completely soak paper in water bath for 1 minute. When you remove it from the water, it will look something like this. Cool right?


Step 5: Lay the paper flat to dry. Once it's dry, frame it and decorate your home. I decided to add it to my bedside shelf. It looks very sophisticated for kid art!


I hope you enjoyed this art project as much as we did. I still have a few packs of sun paper and want to repeat this project with feathers!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Preschool Backpacks for Boys

I CAN'T BELIEVE PARKER IS STARTING PRESCHOOL SOON. Yes, I meant to write that in all caps. My baby is turning into a bona fide little boy. We're a little over a month now from the beginning of preschool so I've started doing research on things I think Parks will need. Today's post is dedicated to all the cool/functional/well-designed toddler backpacks I've been able to find online. What do you think of this round up? Which one would you pick?

Stay tuned for posts on lunch bags/lunch systems and first day of school outfits and photo ideas.


Preschool Backpacks

Friday, July 8, 2016

Raise Good Humans

I know this blog is supposed to be about happy kids and fun times but it's hard to blog cutesy things when so much violence and hate is raging around me. The recent shootings in Baton Rouge and Falcon Heights really have me down. I'm down because both murders were unnecessary, because the value of black lives (and the lives of other minorities) mean so little, because our government refuses to work together to pass stronger gun control laws. I'm down because I am raising my child in a world where preschoolers have to practice gun drills and the thought is so horrifying that I've joked with my friends about starting a commune to shelter our kids from all of this hate. 


Last night as I was putting Parker down for bed I told him, "Remember to always love people. Love them despite of skin color. Love them even if they are different from you." The world is a scary place and it's easy to feel helpless when so many acts of violence are happening around us. The one thing I can do is try to love others and to teach Parker to do the same. Maybe if we can raise enough good humans we can change the world for our kids. 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Father's Day 2016

Fatherhood - an endless series of of trips to Target. 


Tuan,

You are such an amazing hands-on dad. I know it can be difficult dealing with our threenager at times but you do an incredible job of it. I love you and couldn't ask for a better partner in crime. HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!! ❤️

Mary
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