My family and I are usually on the hunt searching for the best museum, zoo or local Los Angeles kid friendly activity. But as it goes our most favorite past time is visiting our local park, laying out our large blanket and exploring the beauty right in our own backyard. With so much happening on our end with the lost of a dear family member, traveling for work events and preparing for my two oldest to start “big kid school” anything outside of our current daily routine has been placed on the back-burner. Basically more of a hustle bustle type of life lately. With that said, today we decided to get out and get exploring. There’s nothing like laying out on the grass, feeling the wind of your face and hearing the laughter coming from the playground as your children play. One of the many perks of our local park is their nature center. Birds, a possum, deer and snakes it’s definitely a fun extra to visiting the park.
Here are a few pictures from our fun and local day out and about. Looking at these pictures I CANNOT believe how BIG my babies are!!
Ohh and fun fact… here is a list of my park my haves:- Mexican Blanket – Melissa and Doug Beach Toys – Ergobaby Diaperbag Backpack – Evenflo Stroller – Ergobaby Adapt Carrier – Kleen Kanteen Sports Cups
Thank you to Evenflo for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.
“We noticed that as breastfeeding promotion increased, the face of it was still very white and every year we’re still having more research come out showing that there’s a disparity in support for breastfeeding for black women,” Sangodele-Ayoka said. The CDC suggested in 2013 that black moms may need more targeted and direct support so that they can not only initiate but also continue breastfeeding.”
Aren’t those statistics mind blowing? As an African American woman myself I never realized how privileged I was to have so much breastfeeding knowledge and support during my nursing years with the kids. I am proud to say that I successfully nursed 3 babies all close to the age of 2. I did it because I simply knew the importance and had tons of women around me encouraging and supporting my decision.
It’s been awhile since I’ve taken the time to share my current obsessions. I’ve mentioned before how hard it’s been to transition my makeup to non-toxic options. I’ve literally been on the hunt for 5 years. In the past I’ve found a few great options but non of which I’ve been fully committed to. Earlier this year I told myself I would start fresh and truly commit to “greening” out my beauty products. Seriously one of the hardest transitions in my non-toxic journey. Well… actually giving up candy has been one of the hardest. Anyhow let’s discuss my new obsessions.
Being the CEO of a baby store keeps me knee deep in the baby industry. Not to mention as an influencer I get request to review and share “my love of” for certain brands, particularly new and upcoming brands. So to say I’ve tried ALL of the diaper brands currently on the market would be an understatement! I’ve never felt committed to one brand until recently. It’s even harder when you’re in search of the best diaper that’s also eco-friendly and safe! Parasol is the FIRST disposable diaper also known as disposable baby underwear on the market that I finally feel nailed it all! Let’s start with the unbelievably soft texture. So soft that after using these diapers I began to wonder how my child didn’t have chaffing from the other diapers on the market.
Being that I’m a mama of three under the age of 5 I have had my fair share of anxiety when it comes to choosing the right car seat. There’s so much that goes into choosing the correct seat for your child. From car seat laws to size and safety there’s so much that goes into the research and purchase and at times can be extremely overwhelming.
Recently I came across The Baby Cubby’s Car Seat Guide and had to share it with you all because it totally makes choosing the right car seat anxiety free! JJ was born 5 years ago and since then the laws have changed here in California. Did you know as of August 2016 the new law states that children should be rear-facing until the age of 2? With JJ it was the age of 1 and 20 pounds!!!! Recently I had to switch Jameson back around after reading the guide and boy oh boy did he hate the change back to reverse but it definitely gave my mama heart so much comfort in knowing that heaven forbid there ever is an accident he will be in the safest position.
What’s your cleaning routine? For awhile now I’ve been trying to master a schedule but it never seems to work out. Some days I swear I’m Mr. Clean himself and some days I swear I should be on an episode of hoarders. With three under the age of 5 it seems there’s no in between. There’s one or the other. We have a clean house like, “please take your shoes off at the door” or “please wear your shoes to avoid a lego injury”. You know those little legos or army men that accidentally get left behind and end up stabbing you right in the pit of your foot? I swear that pain is similar to childbirth. Literally a small part of me thinks I need that old people “I’ve fallen and can’t get up” necklace every time.
Anyhow, I’m curious to know how my fellow mamas do it? Do you do the once a week big sweep or are you a minimalist so there’s no big messes or do you like live with it and surrender to the chaos? Share some tips I’d love to hear!!
Being a mama of three kids I’m always on the hunt for great apps. Learning apps, fun apps, interactive apps, really any apps that will keep my children busy which also serve as a learning tool. There are tons of apps out there. Many of which will guarantee your child to become a genius in a few months. I’m all about simplicity. I don’t want pop-ups every second and I don’t want to upgrade. I’m just looking for a quick, fun, and easy to access learning game or video that makes my child smile while I eat my dinner at King’s Fish House. Are are my favorites:
Recently, I’ve been feeling sort of stuck. Stuck financially, emotionally and physically. I know I mentioned before the changes that were happening but failed to mention what those particular changes were. Well one of those changes is my husband’s business recently took a really hard hit. So hard that we are both currently looking for work outside of the business we own, Mothers Organic. This is particularly hard for me because although I own and operate Mothers Organic before that I am a stay at home mother. Mothers Organic has a really small team. About 5 employees which 2 of them are my husband and I. So this change of looking for work has been a little hard. Luckily, I have made some amazing connections in the baby/mama world and have had a few interviews and promising career moves mapped out for me. In the meantime in between interviews, applications and the overall navigation through this thing called life’s changes, we’ve been trying to get out a little more to change the scenery of things.
“Eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. It is of great importance to the morale.”
Recently I had the pleasure of eating at Kitchen Mouse L.A. with a couple of friends during a work function. A M A Z I N G in every capital, bold and italic expression possible!!! For those that aren’t yet familiar Kitchen Mouse started almost 4 years ago as a small catering business in owner Erica Daking’s home kitchen, cooking for friends and private dinners. Soon, word got out of Erica’s modern spin of gluten free, vegan food that not only invited the health conscious to enjoy, but everyone else too. Her plant-based, farmer’s market food booms with California flavor and drew such a crowd that it grew out of her house and into something much bigger. Kitchen Mouse Cafe opened up its doors in May of 2014 in Highland Park.
So let’s start with decor. Natural, boho, chic and organic is the terms I would use to describe the overall feel of this cafe. It’s actually quite big unlike most L.A. cafes. We had no problem finding seating! So next lets discuss the menu. There are tons of great options which all are fresh and healthy. Just enough options so that you don’t feel overly anxious trying to decide between pages and pages of options. I went with the breakfast sandwich. Seriously, unbelievably delicious. Full of flavors both spicy, fresh, warm, cold and hearty. Also, let me mention this was no small sandwich, there portions are huge! Overall, I give Kitchen Mouse a HUGE 10!!! The customer service was amazing, the food was BEYOND my expectations and the feel of the cafe was comfortable and cozy. Definitely will be back for more.
Baking sweet treats is one of my favorite things to do with the kids during the holiday season. From cookies to cakes to these easy to make treats, it definitely helps to keep the holiday season sweet. These treats are a fun way to get your children in the kitchen without the real need of baking. Hope you enjoy!!!