Santa Monica Pier

We're still recovering from our travels to Los Angeles with two small children, but we had a blast and can't wait to go back (maybe without the kids or when they are a little older). Traveling on a plane with little ladies who are not fond of sitting still is rough, y'all!

Traveling to a different timezone is rough too. Jet lag + long car drives (hello! LA traffic) meant my girls took many naps in the car. Completely acceptable when it gives momma a chance to relax in the parking lot while the little ones sleep.

This trip was all about the wedding (my sister-in-law got married to a great man that my oldest daughter just adores), but we still had plenty of time to explore the city and eat lots of great food. Seriously, LA has some super delicious restaurants. You might have to search for the good ones (I think there are more restaurants than there are people), but Esther from Adventures with Esther & Jacob has a fantastic list to start you out.

Esther's list definitely came in handy and one of the restaurants we dined in was unexpectedly featured in Food Network Magazine this month. We're so on trend. Lol.

Before stuffing our bellies with that trendy restaurant, we drove to the beach… which I could have lived without. This was our second time to the Santa Monica pier. The first time was a couple years ago, in the fall. The summer season brought lots of tourist, as expected, but also lots of trash on the beach. I was not a fan.

Neither was little bit. Ellington, on the other hand, had a blast. We only coaxed her to leave the beach by offering up a trip to the amusement park on the pier. She had a blast riding rides as well. As we stood in line for the ferris wheel, I had a brief second where I thought we just might be crazy for taking our 1 year old and 3 year old on a rusty old ferris wheel. Once we all jumped in an saw the amazing views, I knew it was worth it. Winsley didn't really appreciate the awesomeness (we later discovered that she had been sick the entire weekend… oops), but Ellington requested 5 more rides on the ferris wheel. She is definitely my little adventure seeker.

You were good to us, LA. We will surely be back to enjoy all that Los Angeles has to offer and continue eating our way through California. Any suggestions for food or fun around LA are welcomed and encouraged!

A First Aid Kit: Travel Edition

In a few days, my little family will be headed across the country to celebrate the wedding of my sister-in-law. We are all super excited, but I am also dreading the packing process.

Can somebody else just come over and make sure we have packed every single thing we may need? I just know I will forget something essential, like the girls' flower girl dresses.

With a 1 year old and a 3 year old, my packing list is about a mile long. Oh yeah, and we are flying… normally this would be a welcomed change, but I'm so not looking forward to being inside a small space with 2 crazy girls that don't always act like little angels in public. Plus, how am I suppose to pack everything we need into 2 pieces of luggage?! No, really. How?

I figured I would start with something easy and work my way up to packing our main luggage. Without a home base, we will need a stash of first aid items to help mend little boo-boos and soothe tiny tears.

Many of these items are not needed for everyone's travel first aid kit, but they are essential for our travels. Purell and wet wipes are a must for anybody traveling with small children, as are tissues. My oldest has eczema that randomly flares up, so we always travel with some sort of hydrocortisone cream and a thick lotion. Another essential that every parent should carry while traveling is a thermometer and children's tylenol. I have too many extra thermometers from buying one while traveling because somebody gets a fever. I also always throw in adult tylenol because momma always gets a headache while traveling.

Last, but certainly not least, band-aids and neosporin. BONUS: Band-aids can double as stickers to occupy restless toddlers on long plane rides.

Now that that's done… I guess it's time to stop procrastinating and start packing all of our clothes. So many clothes.

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A bucket List for Your 30s

We are officially old. John and I are now both 30 years old. A house, 2 kids, and a career path… we are grown ups. Doesn't really feel like it, but there is no denying that we are all grown up now. Instead of settling into a life of monotony, I've come up with a list of 30 things I'd like to do over the next 10 year.
TRAVEL
  1. Travel to Italy. 
  2. Visit Asia. I'd love to go to Japan or China, but it is more realistic that I will fulfill this goal by visiting South Korea again. Still counts in my book and this time I'll get to experience SK with my daughters.
  3. Attend the Taping of a Show. Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show would be nice. I'd also settle for SNL - maybe when Justin Timberlake was on. Please and thank you very much.
  4. Visit Africa. Any country within the continent will do.
  5. Go on a Safari in Africa. Number 4 & 5 can be knocked out in one trip if I'm lucky.
  6. Visit the Grand Canyon. More specifically, I would really like to cross over the skywalk! Now, that would be one incredible view of the Grand Canyon.
  7. Visit the Sequoia National Forest. And stand at the base of the amazing redwood trees.
  8. Fly in a Hot Air Balloon. Silly, but it's something that I've always wanted to do. It would be an awfully romantic date, but I'll have to find a friend to fly with me because there is no way John will do this.
  9. Go Surfing. I don't really want to 'learn' to surf, just want to try it out. Double points if it's somewhere fun like Hawaii.
  10. Visit the Galapagos Islands. I don't think this one needs any explanation.
LEARN
  1. Learn another Language. In my case, Korean. I have been putting it off for way too long. It's time to really learn the Korean language, so I can actually have a conversation with my in-laws.
  2. Take a Photography Class. 
  3. Learn to Solve a Rubik's Cube. I'm a big puzzle lover and I've actually solved a Rubik's cube before, but I had the help of the internet so it doesn't really count.
  4. Learn about Wine. I'm a little embarrassed to say out loud that I normally pick my wines by how cute the label looks. I know, I know - don't judge a book by it's cover. I'd really like to learn how to pick out a nice glass of wine without resorting to looks.
  5. Learn How to Garden. Successfully. I do not have a green thumb, sadly. I can't even grow a chia pet. Someday, I'd love to actually grow something.
  6. Take a Cooking Class. Future date night?
  7. Learn to Sew. And actually sew something worthy of gifting. I have a sewing machine, but I am horrible at sewing (can't sew a straight line).
  8. Drive a Motorcycle. I have always had a fascination with Harley Davidsons. I don't want to own one, just take it for a spin.
  9. Learn to do my own Makeup. I'm 30. I should know how to do makeup by now, right?
  10. Learn to Reupholster. Lame, but very useful. Plus, I have a ton of really comfy furniture that just needs a little updating in the fabric department. Doing the reupholstering myself would save much dinero!
OTHER THINGS
  1. Run. I've done two half-marathons, but I think it would be absolutely amazing if I could check marathon off my list in my thirties.
  2. Eat something out of my comfort zone. I'm a picky eater married to a man who will eat anything. He would love it if I adventured out a little, so we could share more foods at restaurants… I'm not thrilled about this one, but it's all about pushing boundaries and living without regrets.
  3. Build a Habitat for Humanity Home. Always wanted to, always had an excuse to delay signing up. In the next ten years, I'd really like to do this.
  4. Find my Style. As one of three girls and a stylish mom, I've mostly relied on hand-me-downs to bulk up my wardrobe. FREE= awesome sauce, am I right? Except, I am wearing a mix of everyone else's style and have yet to discover what looks best on me.
  5. Be Completely out of Debt. I'm talking no house payment, no car payment, no student loans… I'm realistic so I know this is a tall order, but I'm also an optimist.
  6. Leave a Significant Tip. We've all heard those stories of someone leaving a $100 tip on a $20 bill. Well, I'd like to be that someone. Maybe more than once if we have the money to spare.
  7. Find a Job I Love. Isn't this everyone's career goal?
  8. Pay for the car behind me. You know those chains of pay-it-forward backwards? You are in the drive through at Starbucks and pay for the car behind you - that car pays for the car behind it - and so on and so on until the chain is broken. Yeah, I'd like to start one of those.
  9. Throw a Surprise Party. And make sure the guest of honor is completely surprised!
  10. Go Vegan. Just for a month, maybe.

What about you? Do you have anything you would especially like to do in your thirties?