Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Closet Envy: I'm All That and Dim Sum Tee

You know me. I love a good tee. I spotted this tee on Food52 during the holidays and put it on Parker's Christmas list. Since no one bought it, I decided to get it for him myself because the foodie humor is too much for me to resist. He wore it to the Valentine's Day dinner party we attended over the weekend and looked super festive.

Check out Bad Pickle Tees Etsy shop to see the full collection of kids, mens and womens foodie tees. I'm am positive I need this "Duck, Duck, Confit" tank top.

[Tee from Bad Pickle Tees // $15]

Here are a few more pictures from the party and a short clip of Parker being shy while blowing out his birthday candles. I couldn't let his birthday pass without a cake! Follow me on Instagram @sdmama33.

[My Valentine. He looks pretty good after working on the house all day.]

[This picture cracks me up. All the boys want to give Eden some Valentine's love and she is totally ignoring them.]

[Here's the cake I ordered from Edelweiss European Bakery. It turned out cute but the cake itself was too sweet. $50 for a 8 inch round. I would not order from there again.]

[Morgan, Parker and Madden hanging out and watching Youtube videos in their pajamas. The kids kept trying to use the TV as a touch screen. Oh kids these days!]

[I hope they grow up to be lifelong friends.]

[Thanks for the adorable personalized Planes blanket, Auntie Linda! He slept with it on his first night in his big boy bed.]

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Parker Turns 2

Parker is two! Things have been a little chaotic with the move so we didn't throw a party this year. I know, I know...I experienced some major guilt over not throwing him a kick ass superhero party. Instead, we took him to California Adventure for a fun day of meeting some of his favorite Disney characters. We watched shows and parades, ate ice cream, opened Kinder eggs (thanks Auntie Casey!) and went on rides. Little man had so much fun he didn't want to go to sleep when we finally got home. Unfortunately for him, Mommy and Daddy had to go to work the next day. Hope you guys enjoy my iPhone pics of our fun day.

Cheers to you, Parker! You are such an amazing kid and you surprise us everyday with your growing vocabulary. We love you to pieces. Happy Birthday!!

[Parker woke up at 5:45 AM and was very excited to receive his first gift. Avengers Assemble! The bed head is adorable.]

[I managed to hang a banner in the kitchen the night before. He was so happy to take a photo with his favorite superhero friends.]

[Showing grandpa "Thor hammer". You see that box to the right? That's Tuan's gift to Parker. Superhero pajamas from Pottery Barn Kids. Now he will match his pillow case.]

[Family selfie. Parker was busy playing his his birthday pin.]

[On Daddy's shoulders walking through Carsland.]

[I love his birthday shirt. Purchased from SandiLake Clothing on Etsy.]

[Flik, Kaden, Princess Eden and the Birthday Boy.]

[Instead of cake, we got an ice cream sundae from Ghiradelli and put some candles on it. It took a lot of baby wipes to clean up the aftermath.]

[Messing around with his auntie while we waited for the Pixar parade.]

[Starting to look a little rough as the day winds down.]

[He got to meet Princess Let it Go! That's what he calls Elsa and Anna.]

[Relaxing in his stroller as we leave the park. Must be nice to not have to make the trek back to the tram and through the parking structure. I'm going to suggest that we find a double stroller that Tuan can push us around in.]

[I can't believe he stayed awake for the whole ride home and didn't want to go to bed. Here's my last snap of the day. Parker in his pajamas hanging out in bed with his new toys.]

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Let's Catch Up

-We are moving! We're not moving very far but we will be moving at the end of this month. 
-Since we are moving and I will be going out of town for a sales conference, we are keeping Parker's birthday very simple this year. 
-Valentine's Day is coming up! Here is a great round up of candy-free Valentine's Day card ideas. I "wheelie" like the car one. 
-Chinese New Year is coming up

Once the move is done, I will try to get back into posting regularly. 

[Disneyland Jan 2015]

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Cotton On Kids Circus

I'm beyond thrilled that Cotton On Kids has finally arrived in San Diego. No more driving to Irvine to shop their clothes! I'm not sure when the Fashion Valley store had first started carrying the kids lines but I discovered it just after Christmas and prompted spent $$ on some awesome after Christmas deals. My favorite item is their cuffed pants. They are comfortable, stylish and come in cool colors. 

Cotton On is having a special event to promote their store and circus collection this Saturday, Jan 17. If we did not already have plans to go to Disneyland, I would totally attend. 

Face painting 11 AM - 12:30 PM
Magician 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Here's a fun outfit with the cuffed pants and star tee.

Cotton On Kids Circus

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Welcoming 2015

Happy New Year! I apologize that's it's been so quiet here on the blog but I'm glad to be back to ring in a new year. The past few weeks have been filled with family, friends, food, laughter and mornings of "sleeping in". It was glorious. Now we are back and I can't wait to share more photos, projects and adventures with you. 

Here are my resolutions so you guys can hold me accountable. 

Mary's New Years Resolutions
-Read at least 25 books 
-Walk Frank at least once a day
-Run 200 miles 

In other news, Parker's birthday is just around the corner and I am completely unprepared. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas: Marshmallow Snowman Tutorial

The order of our advent calendar has officially been wrecked. We've gone rogue and are doing activities on whatever day we feel like! Yesterday we were supposed to go to Winter Wonderland at Petco Park but the event has been getting such bad reviews that we stayed home and made these marshmallow snowmen instead. What started as such a simple project ended up being very messy and our supplies were quickly drained...mostly because the kids could not control themselves around M&Ms. They were having so much fun that I could not even be mad at them. Thanks to Luynh & Eden for playing with food with us!

Marshmallow Snowman Tutorial

Materials Needed
-Large marshmallows
-Mini oreos
-Food markers
-White frosting
-Popsicle sticks

1. Insert popsicle stick into three marshmallows
2. Use white frosting as "glue" to add M&M buttons and an Orea cookie hat 
3. Draw on a face using food markers
4. Insert two pretzels as arms

Your snowman would be the perfect accompaniment to a hot cup of cocoa or can be eaten right off the stick. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas: 2014 Family Holiday Photos

I'm never going to get tired of looking at the photos from our mini session in Topanga State Park by Hello Pinecone Photography. We were able to reserve the 5 pm time slot which made for beautiful lighting. The gnarled branches of the old oak trees provided the perfect interesting background. My boys were so handsome in the outfits I picked out.  

Thank you for capturing these sweet photos for us, Erin. They are perfect.

On Mary
Dress: H&M
Necklace: J Crew

On Tuan
Sweater: J Crew
Pants: Custom
Tie: Penguin
Shirt: Gap

On Parker
Coat: Zara Kids
Pants: Zara Kids
Shoes: Target
Tie: J Crew
Shirt: Gap

[This is the photo we picked for our holiday cards]

[I love this guy]

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