June 2013

Last week, King planned (all by himself I might add) for us to have a picnic in the park. It happened to be on a night that Chris had to work, so it was just a party for 3. King picked and packed the blanket, and we grabbed wraps from Freshii (that’s a spinach, kale and quinoa wrap, wrapped in collard greens – highly suggest you try it) and then went to play at the park until our stomachs yelled at us. Really nothing fancy. I wish I could say it was such a blissful and dreamy dinner hour, but lets be honest this is real life that and I forgot how around 5-7 pm the kids get a little coo-coo crazy (I know, how could I forget). There was surely some crazy (mostly me going a little crazy) but also a lot of smiles and just a great time. It was so lovely to just go with the flow and follow a plan that King had created (I’m not always the best at just going with the flow), I will definitely be following his creative lead more – and am a little excited/scared for what he will think of next time.

I’m going to start keeping track of our summer to do’s, after they are done (so summer to done’s?). The little outings or happenings, that at the end of the day felt perfect and amazing (even if a little stressful) no matter how small. When we do stuff, we usually try to keep spending to the lowest possible minimum – I’m hoping at the end of the summer I have a list of the perfect simple summer to-do’s that are tried and tested (and cheap). A list I can follow or build on for next year, and maybe one you can follow along with too.  First up on the summer to do list: go have a picnic in the park!

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· June 28, 2013 · in Daily,SUMMER TO DO



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wrong way on the slide, kids playing at the park, kids climbing up the slide

EVERYDAY MOMENTS : 25/52 – going the wrong way, on a one way slide.

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· June 27, 2013 · in Daily,The Everyday



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easy breezy jersey dress (I would literally wear this EVERYDAY of the summer, I’m lusty over it). sunglasses (prescription sunglasses in my case, to hide my “it’s too hot, so I don’t wear makeup” eyes) . bucket bag (It looks just big enough to hold by DSLR and a wallet hence, perfect) . sandals (comfortable and perfect for parks, splash pads, walking miles and chasing kids)

I am still living my “need only basis” shopping rules (not very blogger of me, I know). It’s going pretty good, until I find something I dream about and check in on weekly/daily “just to see if it went on sale yet” (even though you know there is no chance any of it is going on sale). Like these items, especially that dress, it’s like the dress of my summer dreams. So since I don’t NEED any of these items (I just really really like all 4 of these items the most) I thought it best to get them out of my head with a post. So as far as everyday summer uniforms go, this would be my ideal one.

PS. I took the MOM off the Mom Uniform (title); because my uniforms are just that, uniforms and not really mom specific.

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· June 26, 2013 · in Daily,Uniform



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SUNGLASSES:The Gap similar – HYPERCOLOR TEE:c/o American Apparel – SHORTS:H&M – SNEAKERS:The Gap

Hyper colored tee for my super hyper boy, match made – together, for what King wishes will be forever. Do you remember those hypercolored tees from the 90′s? Or maybe they weren’t even called hyper colored, maybe I’m just making that part up? I’m not sure how I feel about them on adults, I remember the armpits being the only thing that changed colors (insert me awkwardly pulling my collar, here). But on kids, as pretty much everything goes – they are way cool. Except for yesterday (since the weather wasn’t so cool) King wore this (what is supposed to be) blue hyper colored tee – but instead the entire tee stayed white, he was like our own little hyper human thermometer.

PS. both my kids are obsessed with showing off their yoga poses, warms my nerdy yoga heart.

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· June 25, 2013 · in Daily,Little Style



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I think it’s pretty safe to say summer is officially here, at least that’s what all this sweat on top of sweat/extreme heat and humidity, are telling us. Yesterday we headed to Toronto Island, the beach was the destination but we stopped at the farm, amusement park, splash pad and park along the way (you pretty much have to do it all). The best part about the day was watching in awe as these two kiddos had endless amount of fun. Even though they have been to the island tons of times the pure joy and laughter that beamed from them, was as if yesterday was the best day of their lives. We then dragged our tired, sun kissed butts home (and fought a little through the crowds, it was a crazy busy one) and basically zonked out at an epic speed (at least the two smallest family members did). How was your weekend?

The kids swim suits are from Sunuva, and that Goonies looking pirate ship was part of the Tall Ships Festival that was happening over the weekend.

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· June 24, 2013 · in Daily,Real Life



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the everyday moments, kids saying goodbye, sibling hugs, little moments

EVERYDAY MOMENTS : 24/52 – “you forgot to give me one last hug” goodbyes every morning.

It is one of my favorite things, it also happens in one of the darkest areas of our home – so the pictures don’t do the dreamy moment justice.

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· June 21, 2013 · in Daily,The Everyday



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mini street style, kids street style

ADELYN, 3 Years Old, California, from Cauliflower Kids

When I grow up I want to be: A girl.
My favorite song is: (commence off key singing) Lulla byeeeeee, LUULLABYYYY. dat one.
How do you count to ten: (blank stare for about 30 seconds) I forgot! (in the middle of answering question 5) ooooneee, twooooo, freee!
My favorite foods are? PANCAKES! with chocolate, and Tacos.
What do your mom and (Auntie) do for work? Mommy pays for parking. Auntie does sewing for all the kids.
Why was 6 afraid of 7? He’s a MONSTER! (after I told the the real answer) why’d he do dat? dat’s not nice.
This post is officially the VERY last mini street style, it has been so much fun and a pleasure to share all your little cuties. But as things change (and have changed) that it’s a series that just doesn’t fit or flow naturally for me and this blog anymore. So instead of plugging away with it, I think it’s always best to end a well loved series on such a high note. Adios mini street style, you have been so much fun to post!

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· June 20, 2013 · in Daily,Mini Street Style



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parts of your heart, watching kids grow, heart growing pains There are those moments in parenting when you are reminded (like a swift jab to the heart) that having kids is like having parts of your very own heart, pumping and thriving outside of your body. You can literally feel those outside heart parts beating in your own heart (I don’t think analogies get more confusing). Usually those reminders come with heart pains, from watching our little humans grow and experience things we’d much rather shelter them from.

I have been experiencing some severe heart pains, watching as my my kids grow and learn to deal with other kids who may not be treating them very well (more specifically, being mean and hurtful). All I want to do is jump in and shelter them (forever), but I know in my (real) beating heart that they need to experience these things and learn how to deal with people who may be unkind to them and stand up for themselves. Because sadly, I won’t always be there to shelter or intervene. So what do you do, other then cry on the inside as you feel all the emotions that wave over them (plus your own wave of emotions) and then run to hug them (when it’s all over and the other kid is gone) to tell them how amazing they handled the situation and how proud you are of them. Of course if a situation ever gets violent or to a place where my child is obviously struggling to handle, I am like Flash Gordon breaking things up before anyone has a chance to blink.

I realized the other day (it was a super sad day for all of us) that when it comes to my 4 year old, we are mostly past the situations where I take the lead in the moment and explain how we act (respond or talk) towards others even if they are unkind. I need to watch and let him handle situations on his own (and be ready to jump if he needs me) and afterwards remind and strengthen him on how we treat others they way we want to be treated even if they are unkind and how we can only control how we react and respond, not how others treat us. And holy hell, it’s a new kind of hard – a heart hurting, I want to carry my kid all the way home and rock him to sleep at night and never ever let him go, hard.

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· June 19, 2013 · in Daily,Real Life



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