Friday, January 30, 2015

School Awards

While picking Brooklyn up from Pre K on Tuesday her teacher informed me that she would be receiving an award on Thursday morning and that she didn't know anything about it.  I was so excited for her because I knew she would be so happy to get an award.  She is so used to us all going to see Kayla get awards so often and would always mention how she can't wait to be a big kid and get an award.  Well lucky for her Thursday was her day.  She received a Certificate of Achievement for being a great leader, friend and student!  Just as we knew she would be she was extremely happy especially when we told her we would be going to Ruby's for dinner Friday to celebrate and use her coupon.   

This morning I received a call from Kayla's school saying she would also be receiving an award in the afternoon for being the 38th top reader in the school out of 835 kids.  She also had no idea she was going to receive an award and she was sooooo confused when she walked out to her assembly and saw Brooklyn and I in the audience.  Not only was she the 38th top reader but there were only 2 other second graders even in the top 100 and she was number one out of them!   I'm so proud of her.

  Ruby's for dinner and chocolate malts for dessert were the perfect way to celebrate these girls hard work!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Beach in January

Only in California can you spend a perfect day at the beach in the middle of January!
We had nothing to do this past Saturday and I did not want to let a weekend go by when I knew we would be having some wonderful warm weather.  I mentioned to hubby a trip to Balboa Island would be a fun Saturday and he agreed.  So Saturday after we ate lunch we all headed down to Newport to stop and shop a bit at the mall and then to Balboa.  The weather was amazing, 81 degrees and nothing but sunshine.  Once we got onto the island we made a stop at our favorite candy store to fill up a bag with some taffy to snack on while we ventured around the island.  The girls ran around in the sand while we enjoyed our walk and the beautiful view.  When we came back to our starting point we didn't want to leave but it was getting close to dinner time and we wanted to make our reservation at Joe's Crab Shack where we sat and watched the sunset.  Both of the girls ordered the captains special and enjoyed fish sticks along with popcorn shrimp.  I was so happy they didn't order the usual pizza or grilled cheese!  We ended our evening with the best dessert ever, their Campfire Smores.  So good, a must if you ever eat there!   

It was definitely a great way to spend a Saturday!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Week in Review

The past week flew by since Monday was a holiday but we had a fair share of down time at home so it was perfect.  I love the month of January because after months and months of running constant errands there is finally time to drop the girls off at school and just come home and relax.  There are very little errands to run and more time to enjoy just being home!

Brooklyn is loving Lego Friends lately and just like her sister she is pretty darn good at building on her own.  Her ears are doing great!  I haven't had a single problem with her letting me clean or turn them.

I mentioned on my Friday Favorites post how much I love my Happy Everything platter.  It makes me so happy when I see it in my kitchen each day.  Right now it is all set for Valentines day with the heart attachment.  Pretty much all of my decorating for the holiday so far is shown below.  I'll pull out the rest of the Valentines day goods next week.

My Kayla working on homework after school.

Like I said we've had some down time at home which means morning cuddles and reading together in bed after Kayla is dropped off at school.

 Tuesday after drop off  I stopped at Starbucks to grab a chai latte and then came back home to watch some Real Housewives in a quiet house.

Both of the girls love writing stories and drawing pictures to go along with it, here is Brooklyn's newest creation.

Kayla on Friday morning, she was out and supposedly ready to go to school and right after I locked up and the alarm was set she remembered she had forgotten something! 

Brooklyn and I did some antiquing, she loves finding the store kitty's whenever we hit up the local antique shops.  Besides the kitty's she is so fun to antique with, she is my little decorator in the making.  She thoroughly gets excited and likes to look at everything just like her mama.

Friday after school is my favorite.  The girls asked for a snack so I gave them some popcorn and we popped in a movie.

I even caught them cuddling #myheartmelts

My father in law came over to hang out with us and took us out for some mexican food then back home to play some games.  He even won playing Trouble, Kayla was a little disappointed she didn't win she wanted to show him how good she was.

Now onto a weekend full of relaxing as well!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!
I'm linking up a few of my favorites over here.

First up my favorite lotion that I've been using for the past few months.  I bought it at Rite Aid but it is much cheaper online at Amazon or  It smells so good and is free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, petrolatum.  The bottle is pretty big so it lasts a long time too!

Next up is regular sugar!
I read on somebody's blog that they used plain ole sugar to gently exfoliate their skin every morning before putting on make up and it made their skin look so much better so I decided to give it a try and I swear it makes a difference.  My skin looks so much better and I can definitely tell a difference if I skip a day of using it.  If you try it let me know what you think!!

I recently won a giveaway for a gift card to Coton Colors and after trying to make the hard decision on what to choose I ended up with this Happy Everything platter.  I waited patiently for it to arrive and I love it!!!  I ordered the exact heart attachment that you see here along with a St. Patrick's day shamrock to use for the month of March.  I will definitely be adding to the attachments in the future.  I love that I can change it out for each holiday or season.  It looks so cute sitting on my kitchen counter!


My last favorite is from the site ePantry.
I started ordering from them a few months ago and love the convenience of the program.  They basically mail you household items that you would normally purchase in the store for cheap.  You can cancel at anytime and their customer service is awesome.   If you want to give them a try use this link and you will automatically get a $10.00 credit to your account and be sure to order one of their candles, they smell and burn perfectly!!