Day Date: Art Alive 2018 at the San Diego Museum of Art

Hubby and I were lucky enough to spend some quality time together with a day date on Saturday while the nanny was left in charge of the kiddos. We attended Art Alive 2018 at the San Diego Museum of Art located in Balboa Park.

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Art Alive is an annual weekend long event that showcases over 100 floral interpretations of masterworks from the museum’s collection. This year was the event’s 37th year.

Here are a few of my favorite:

1st place

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3rd place

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This weekend also marked the opening of Nancy Lorenz: Moon Gold, which I absolutely loved loved loved!

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What a beautiful, amazing event!  I am so glad we got a sitter so that we could enjoy each other’s company and see these lush works of art! I definitely recommend attending Art Alive when you have the opportunity!

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Things to Do in San Diego with Baby – Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

After our first few months here in San Diego, I am quickly becoming aware of what a wonderful, family-friendly city it is! There is just so much to do that I have to really pace myself in order to avoid burn out.

I am so lucky to be able to be a stay-at-home mom at the moment, but at the same time, I feel like this time is flying by and I want my twins to experience as much as possible before I have to go back to the reality of work-life.

For now, I am going to enjoy all that San Diego has to offer for our little family.

Recently, I took the boys to visit the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum.

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Located on Marine Corps. Air Station Miramar, the Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to United States Marine Corps. aviation. “Leatherneck” has long been a nickname for Marines, hence the name of the museum. It holds the largest and most complete collection of vintage Marine aircraft, with 27 aircraft on display.

One of the most famous pieces in the collection is “Lady Ace.” She played a key role in the evacuation of Saigon in 1975, during which she landed on the rooftop of the US Embassy in Saigon to evacuate the US Ambassador just prior to the fall of Saigon.

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Another amazing thing about the museum is that it is staffed almost entirely by veteran volunteers. On the day we visited, they were extremely friendly and helped me get the stroller outside. I also saw them giving tours to other visitors. We had a limited amount of time, otherwise, I would have loved to hear their stories.

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Although the boys did not seem super interested in looking at the planes, I liked being able to give them exposure to these important parts of our history and getting them to see new things.

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Besides the outdoor exhibit of aircraft, the museum also features indoor exhibitions that highlight Marine artifacts, including uniforms, patches and awards.

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The museum is entirely stroller friendly, although it might have been a smoother ride for the boys with a full-size stroller, rather than the umbrella stroller.

I look forward to bringing the boys back to the museum once they are older. The Flying Leatherneck Museum also holds annual “Open Cockpit Days” and visitors can sit in the cockpits of certain aircraft and in the cargo area of a helicopter. That sounds super fun for everyone and is definitely something I have not done either!

The Flying Leatherneck Museum is located on MCAS Miramar. Enter through Museum Gate on Miramar Road, between Camino Ruiz and Cabot Drive. The gate is marked by flags.

Vegan Burritos, you say?

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With two little babies (are they toddlers now?) running around, it is so difficult to prepare quick meals for myself. That is why I was super excited to try Alpha Foods 100% plant-based burritos.

Although I am definitely an omnivore, I actually do enjoy plant-based meals regularly. Coupled with the fact that these are quick, easy to prepare, grab and go meals, I was curious to see if the taste was also a good match for my busy mom life.

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Alpha Burritos come in four different varieties: Philly Sandwich, Chick’n Fajita, Pizza and Mexicali. I was able to pick up all of the flavors except for Mexicali from a local Walmart. Unfortunately, when I went they were out of Mexicali, despite the fact that I looked on the store locator to make sure that all four varieties were available. They were not! Sad face.

The burritos can be prepared by microwaving or baking them in the oven. I tried both ways. I found microwaving made the tortilla soggy, so I actually popped the burrito in the toaster oven to give it a slightly crunchy exterior.

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My favorite variety was Pizza, followed by Chick’n Fajita, then Philly Sandwich. They were very flavorful with excellent spices, and I did not miss the meat or dairy. The “meat” is soy-based, so they are not appropriate for those with soy allergies.

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While taste and convenience are the most important features for me, some additional pluses about the Alpha Burritos include:

  • Free of animal products
  • No cholesterol
  • GMO free
  • No artificial preservatives, hormones or corn syrup
  • 11 grams of protein
  • between 300 and 320 calories per serving

For San Diego residents, Alpha Burritos are currently available at Ralphs and Walmart stores. To find Alpha Burritos in your area, visit alphaplantbased.com/store-locator

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A Non-Pinner’s Experience at the California Pinners Conference 2018

So I don’t have a Pinterest account. I’m not much of a DIY-er, crafter or “Pinner,” but I came across free general admission tickets to the California Pinners Conference and thought it might be fun to check it out. It also didn’t hurt that it was taking place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, which is 15 minutes from my house.

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I arrived just as the conference was opening, and of course, had to take a picture at the flower wall. So cute!

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The general admission tickets gives you access to the exhibit floor, shopping and make-and-takes. The conference also features over 100 Pinterest-based classes, and other ticket types include access to classes. My non-Pinning self decided to stick with the general admission ticket.

Make-and-Takes

With my ticket type, I was very interested in seeing what make-and-takes would be available to try out. Lucky for me, the Tandy Leather booth is located right as you enter the main exhibit hall, and they were set up for leather-stamped luggage tag make-and-takes!

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It was super easy to do, but definitely not a hobby I am going to take up!

As I browsed around the exhibit hall, I did not see many other make-and-takes that were complimentary. There were several booths that were offering make-and-takes with a purchase or for a fee. This was disappointing since there turned out to be only three total that I saw and I made several laps around the floor.

One that I did find was at the ImpressArt booth. I was able to make a simple metal-stamped initial pendant. They also provided a jump ring and chain to turn it into a necklace. Super cute! I had an initial necklace many years ago that my sister gave me when I was her maid-of-honor, but it was taken during a burglary, so I love finally having a new one.

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Leather-stamped luggage tag from Tandy Leather and metal-stamped initial necklace from ImpressArt

The final make-and-take that I did was at the Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family booth. The make-and-take was a felt flower tote bag and was more involved than the other make-and-takes. This did not take 2 minutes to complete, like the other two crafts I mentioned. It was the most fun as well because Ken Wingard was at the booth teaching the craft and chatting with everyone. He is super friendly, down-to-earth and encouraging to those of us who don’t know what we are doing!

Yay, Ken!
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Shopping and Exhibits

As I look through my photos, I realize that I did not take many from the exhibit halls. I wish I had because you would see what a random assortment of exhibits and shops they had. I was pretty disappointed. The main categories of items for sale included multi-level marketing companies (the usual suspects like Lularoe, doTerra, Scentsy, Lipsense and Usborne Books), cosmetics and skincare lines that I have never heard of, and lots and lots of artwork in the modern rustic/Fixer Upper style that seems to have taken over). Bleh.

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Needless to say, I did not make many purchases. I did buy an eyebrow kit from FabBrows. Lol! Yes, that is what I bought at the Pinners Conference!

Some of the booths were super cute though. Like Mint Studio’s cactus-themed booth that seemed to have been made for Coachella weekend, which it just so happened to be! Again, I wished I had taken more photos to show you the exhibits.

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Lastly, as I was leaving, there were Passion Planners for the taking on the entry table! I love it and wished I had gotten one at the beginning of the year.

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Overall, the Pinners Conference solidified my stance on not becoming a crafter! I cannot believe how much stuff you need to have a crafting hobby. My max interest would be to  attend a workshop at a local studio if they were making something that I would actually want. Right now, I’m just not into the brush lettering, macrame and faux rustic wood signs aesthetic that is everywhere. That said, I probably will not be attending the next Pinners Conference.

 

A Week in the Life of a SAHM with Twins

Rather than doing the usual “Day in the Life of” post, I thought I would share with you a typical week in my life, as a stay-at-home mom of twin boys. Every single week is different, so a typical week is just like this in that every day and every week changes. Hope you enjoy a glimpse of our week!

Monday

Get the kids up, dressed, fed and settled in for playtime. I eat breakfast and get dressed. I have an appointment with my primary doctor this morning and will have to take the kids with me since we don’t have childcare this day.

Get out the door and make it on time for my appointment! Win!

I decided to play things by ear today, since you never know how long an appointment will last or how long you’ll have to wait. The appointment was surprisingly fast and we had some time before the boys’ second nap. Luckily, I packed their lunch so I decide to head over to the library for storytime. I get us parked and load up the kids, and they have their lunch outside of the library. Lucky for us, we live in a place where we can eat outside all year round!

This was our first time attending this storytime, and the twins loved it! I also loved it because it combined stories with singing and baby sign language.

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We head home and the boys have their snack. Then it is time for their nap! I finally get to eat my lunch and take care of a few things while they are sleeping. After their nap, they get a snack and play until their nanny comes.

While the nanny is here, I take the doggie for a walk and prepare dinner. She oversees their playtime, dinner, gets them ready for bed and down for the night. After dinner, I have a few hours to prepare for tomorrow and the rest of the week, as well as work on tweets and planning posts.

Tuesday

In the morning, we headed to the park for a playgroup and started Easter footprint crafts with the twins. The playgroup organizer took them home to finish for us to pick up later in the week.

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We headed home for naptime and lunch. Both of our nannies came over today, so I was able to head to the gym, make a Target run and do grocery shopping for the week.

Wednesday

We had a bit of a whirlwind morning. First, we met up with daddy to tour a preschool. San Diego preschools are pretty competitive as far as enrollment goes, so we are trying to nail down a preschool in the next couple of months. This is the third preschool I have looked at so far.

After the tour, we said bye to daddy and went to pick up our completed Easter crafts. They turned out so cute!

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Our evening nanny is on vacation for the next two weeks, so hubby came home early to help get the little guys into bed. I still managed to cook dinner and do a few things around the house before the day was done.

Thursday

I was planning to attend a coffee meet up this morning, but the twins were napping so well that I did not want to wake them. Instead, we stayed home for the day. The weather has been slightly icky for the last few days and I had to bring out the rain cover for the stroller so that we could go on a walk with Gus.

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The other nanny came over for the afternoon and the twins met with their new physical therapist for the first time. While the nanny was here, I packed for our trip to Los Angeles to visit my parents! Traveling with twins is like moving! So much stuff!

I did not feel like cooking so we ordered burgers from Monster Crafts Food Truck.

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After the kiddos went to bed, I spent some time loving on Gus because he wasn’t going to be joining us on our excursion.

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Friday

The nanny came over for a few hours. She took care of the littlest one, while I took big brother to the doctor. When I got home, I rushed around to pack up the car and get everything ready to leave for LA.

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Despite my best efforts, I managed to forget to bring the Pack N Play! Ugh! So little brother did not have a place to sleep, but we managed to make it work.

It took half an hour longer to get to my parents’ house, but we made it. Darn you, Friday afternoon traffic! Then it was time to unpack! We stayed in that evening and enjoyed some of my mom’s homecooking.

Saturday

My parents volunteered to watch the twins most of the day, so I had some time for myself. In the morning, I headed to Shine Studio in Redondo Beach for a POUND Fitness class.

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The class was so fun! It is a high energy cardio class, but you do all of the moves using drumstick-like instruments called RIPSTIX. So fun, and stress-releasing because you get to literally pound on the floor!

After class, I went home to shower and then headed out again. I drove to La Brea to meet two friends for brunch and Odys + Penelope.

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We ordered a selection of items to share, and everything was delicious!

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We got the prawns and cauliflower grits, doughnut holes, ricotta corn pancakes, chicken adobo fried rice and sweet potato galette. My favs were the fried rice and pancakes! YUM!

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We were having such fun talking that before we knew it, it had been two hours. I had to bounce because I had to drive all the way to Santa Monica. I’m not kidding. I spent about 2.5 hours driving that day.

I had my first experience with cryotherapy at CryoZone in Santa Monica, which I booked through classpass. I also booked the POUND class this morning through classpass.

I wound up being 10 minutes late to my appointment, but they still let me keep it. Whoops and thank goodness!

I have been having a lot of soreness and pain in my back, so I thought I would give cryotherapy a try. I first heard about cryotherapy from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. LOL!

The whole experience was interesting. Basically, I got undressed and put on two layers of mittens, socks and warm boots and climbed into the machine. Once I was inside, I rang a doorbell and the therapist came back in the room and started my treatment. The whole thing lasts for 3 minutes and she talked to me the whole time, which helped it go by faster. It was actually hard to focus on what she was saying because I was busy focusing on how I felt – COLD and uncomfortable!

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Cryotherapy claims to reduce inflammation, boost metabolism and ease pain. I don’t know about the first two, but my back did feel better afterwards, but that only lasted until I had to care for my boys again!

After my treatment, it was back on the rode. It took me an hour to get home! Ugh!

I spent the rest of the day hanging out with my boys and nephew. My mom was watching him while my brother and sister-in-law attending a wedding.

Sunday

We headed to Del Amo Fashion Center for lunch at Din Tai Fung before the crowds arrived. I love DTF but never feels 100% satisfied after eating there.

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After lunch, we did some shopping and stalked the Easter bunny before heading home for the boys’ naptime.

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Well, that’s a quick glimpse at a week in our lives! Every day is different and hectic and fun, and I would not have it any other way. I’ll post a “Day in the Life” breakdown at some point in the future.

 

 

 

Easter 2018

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! My what a difference a year makes. Last Easter, the twins were soooo tiny. In fact, they had not even reached their actual due date yet, even though they were almost 2 months old!

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My little guys are so big now compared to a year ago! Despite the fact that our family is not religious, I love celebrating Easter! I think it is the combination of fluffy animals, springtime and chocolate that makes me happy! My parents did not make a big deal out of Easter when we were growing up. There were no Easter egg hunts, Easter baskets, Easter dinners, photos with the Easter bunny or new Easter outfits. We pretty much got a few pieces of candy and went to church and that was it.

I feel like I am one of those parents that wants to give my kids experiences that I missed out on. Easter is no exception. This year, we headed to our neighborhood recreation center for the twins’ first Easter egg hunt. We were joined by my parents, brother, sister-in-law and nephew.

The field was set up for bigger kids and the little ones got the playground and a grassy knoll for their own egg hunt!

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There were plenty of eggs for everyone! My little guys got about five eggs each, which is just the right amount for these little dudes .
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After the egg hunt, we headed home to spend some more time with the family and ordered brunch at yummy Mendocino Farms. Mmmmm…What a great Easter weekend!