Friday faves

[hope you all have a very happy Easter!]

Raise of hands…if you live in the Midwest, how ready are you for sandal weather?! I can’t wait to bust out my new sandals from Target to wear at the lake this year.

I saw Apple’s new HomePod commercial the other day, but what I didn’t know was how fascinating shooting it was.

Maybe you are in the market for a last minute adult Easter gift from the bunny, how about a pastel mint insulated tumbler? #treatyoself


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Southern California // part three

Now that we have the kid-friendly places covered, I thought I would share a few places that the adults snuck away to that I found to be absolutely delightful!

First up is the cutest little coffee shop I’ve ever seen, Parakeet Cafe. They source local and natural ingredients to ensure that the “flock” receives only the best.


Growing up, Marcus’s great uncle Ron co-owned a condo in Leucadia, a sleepy beach town feet from the ocean. He would spend weeks with U.R. and couldn’t wait to visit a few of his favorites. On of which was the Potato Shack Cafe in Encinitas with it’s “manhole size pancakes.”SoCal2018_42SoCal2018_44SoCal2018_45

On a search for strong local caffeine joints, we discovered Better Buzz. This SoCal chain received a gold star from me on most beautiful interior design and outstanding tile work.SoCal2018_49SoCal2018_50SoCal2018_51SoCal2018_54SoCal2018_55SoCal2018_56SoCal2018_57

While exploring in San Diego we came across a ton of these succulent planters hanging outside of various business fronts. I’m obsessed.SoCal2018_58SoCal2018_60SoCal2018_61

One of the cutest and best curated stores we checked out was Pigment. I literally wanted to buy the entire store. They even had the most perfect children’s section. SWOON!SoCal2018_62SoCal2018_63

Feeling a little hungry after all of our shopping (and increased caffeine intake) we stopped into the California Tap Room. Upon seeing their advertisement of “hand rolled soft pretzels” we were sold.SoCal2018_65

A quick pre-beach morning coffee run landed us at Sugar and Scribe. Home of Food Network Champion Chef Maeve, it is the quintessential La Jolla hangout and was pretty packed while we were there. SoCal2018_68

Phew, finally got through the whole trip. As you can imagine, we were all pretty exhausted and needed another vacation after our vacation.


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Southern California // part two

When we weren’t chilling at the pool or running around after the boys, we managed to check out a bunch of kid-friendly local places.


I thought I would share a few of those with you today!

Up first, La Jolla Cove to check out the seals and sea lions. After reading up the famous La Jolla residents, we ventured to the beach to see them first hand. When we got there, you could see mamas and their babies sunbathing on the beach.

Sadly though, by the time we left the beach had been completely overrun with tourists getting too close so the seals departed.

Down the way Everett got to dip his toes into the ocean for the first time!SoCal2018_11

We encountered a dreary/misty day while there and decided to go check out Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Escondido. Much to our dismay, this uber colorful sculpture park is closed during inclement weather. But we did manage a snag a photo near one serpent sculpture outside of the enclosed area.

SoCal2018_06Another rainy day adventure we went on was to the Scripps Aquarium to check out some local flora and fauna. We only took the two older kiddos with us this time and they both had a blast. Especially in the outdoor Boundless Energy play area.


Another beach we visited during our stay was La Jolla Shores Beach. Situated right next to Kellogg Park, the boys loved getting very wet in the water and then playing on the nearby playground.SoCal2018_22SoCal2018_21SoCal2018_20SoCal2018_18SoCal2018_17SoCal2018_16Another day trip we made was to the world renowned San Diego Zoo. I couldn’t believe how close you could get to the animals – definitely worth the trip! Oh, and hills galore. Wear comfortable shoes because this park is HUGE!


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Southern California 2018 // part one

After a fun-filled day at Disneyland, we woke up the following morning and packed up our rental cars to head south to where we would be staying for the rest of our vacay – La Jolla.

We arrived at our VRBO house and checked the place out. Once we had talked about possible room arrangements, we loaded the kiddos back up and went in search of lunch.


We settled on Sammy’s Pizza on Pearl Street. The kids scarfed down pizza and ice cream while the adults sipped rosé and settled in to the laid back Cali culture. SoCal2018_03

We headed back to the house to get settled in and wait for the second crew to get there. They had spent the day at Universal Studios and were coming later that evening.

This was the scene most evenings while on vacation. Cousins winding down after long days at the beach/pool/playing.


In the next post, I’ll share photos and stories from our different excursions during the day. Sharing my favorite shops, beach time, the zoo and more!


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Friday faves

MeetingCam[welcoming my eighth niece, Cameran, to the family this week]

I totally missed the announcement that one of my fave bloggers, Love Taza, was going to be collaborating with Target on a travel collection. I think I need to own this backpack/tote combo!

Is the Easter bunny (YOU) still looking for ideas on what to stuff in the baskets this year? Then check out this adorable bunny vs. egg tic-tac-toe game from This & That Etc.

As a fan of custom fonts and binging television shows, I found this article quite interesting.

While in Cali over spring break I was totally sucked into the surfing culture and decided to channel my inner Blue Crush dreams onto Everett by purchasing him this O’Neill surfer boy trucker hat.


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Little looks: Easter 2018

Easter has definitely snuck up on me so now I’m in a full on panic to figure out what the boys will be wearing this year. I’m thinking gingham and pastels.

If you are in the same boat as me, I’ve got you covered with this round-up of cute kiddo looks for all your Easter activities!

one // two // three // four
five // six // seven // eight

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Disneyland 2018

Fresh off of our trip to California, I thought I’d share a few highlights (and a ton of photos!) with you as I adjust back to the faster pace and time difference. Up first: Disneyland!

We arrived at the Disneyland park a little after 8 a.m. and hit the ground running. Literally. After hauling the goods (kids, strollers, snacks galore) all the way to the trams that take you into the park, I realized that I had forgotten our tickets and had to run back to the car to retrieve them. Nothing like getting the heart rate up early in the morning!


As we entered the gates (download the app – it’s a must!), we ran right into a ton of the characters and made a beeline to Mickey. Disneyland2018_29Disneyland2018_31Disneyland2018_37Disneyland2018_48

Walking through Main Street U.S.A. was quite a treat and Ev asked to pose for a few photos near his favorite things: including a doctor’s office and a fire hydrant with the number 4 on it. You know, because he’s four.Disneyland2018_49Disneyland2018_45Disneyland2018_04

We stopped in front of the castle to snag a family photo and look who decided to join us! Don’t mind Fitzie’s mean mug face.Disneyland2018_41

Once inside, we hit the ground running and since Everett was big enough, he got to ride most of the rides!Disneyland2018_06Disneyland2018_24Disneyland2018_42Disneyland2018_43Disneyland2018_11Disneyland2018_15

Marcus wasn’t sure he’d like Disneyland, but this picture below is when he realized how much fun he was having!Disneyland2018_16

Then Princess Brooklyn graced us with her presence after visiting the Bibbidi Bobbidi BoutiqueDisneyland2018_18Disneyland2018_07

After a long day of Disney, the kids all cashed out and so did the adults!Disneyland2018_05Disneyland2018_21


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