Monday, August 31, 2015

Stormy weekend

Happy Monday! We had a bizarre summer wind storm here this weekend that knocked out power in our area for 24 hours! It's the first time in the 7 years we've lived here that it's been out for more than an hour or so, and definitely the first time in August!! It's weird timing since the East Coast was having Tropical Storm warnings (definitely don't get those here), but ours had gusts up to 90 mph in some parts. 

With all the wind and rain it QUICKLY looked like fall (even though it was still pretty warm and in the 70s!)


Nevertheless, we had fun staying cozy indoors! I started to get my fall decor out of storage - it's exciting to see everything again after a year! Lots of orange, burlap, pumpkins and more. Given that September starts tomorrow, I think I may as well get some of it put up this week! 


By the time the sun went down it was DARK, but was a fun excuse to light every candle in the house and the kids loved using flashlights. After we put them to bed we enjoyed a candlelight dinner! (Thank goodness our gas BBQ which worked just fine!). 


Steak and salad by candlelight!


By the time we woke up the next morning the power was just coming back on. Lila had to check EVERY light switch to make sure they all worked (haha), and then we headed outside to see lots of downed trees and branches. 


It's supposed to rain here all week, so between that and back to school starting tomorrow, we're transitioning into fall in a very festive way! 

Xo

Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Favorites

I can't believe summer is almost "technically" over!! (At least by my standards - even though there are a few more weeks, I always consider after Labor Day to be fall!). I'll miss the sunny mornings, long days and heat!! But I do have to say I'm really excited for fall too. It's the gateway to the holidays and just an exciting time of year. 

It's actually supposed to RAIN here all weekend, so I guess that'll be a good way for us to say farewell for summer! Here are some of my favorites from them week! 

+ Fresh Flowers. My pretty local blooms from the farmer's market are going strong! I LOVE having fresh flowers around the house and this pretty bouquet was only $5! 


+ Football Season. We are so excited that "official" football starts soon but have been watching preseason games anyway! To celebrate, we had to get some new official gear, which meant a cheerleader dress and pom poms for Lila this year, and a new jersey for me!


+ My Diet. Excuse the F bomb, but I got a big kick out of this. This is SO me. I eat super healthy all day and then am STARVING at dinnertime. I did this the other day, came home and told Grant we had to order giant pizzas for dinner. 

+ Sweetness. This sweet boy is just too sweet lately. He's been chatting up a storm and now plays pretend with his cars talking to each other! It's the cutest! He loves Cars the movie and will say "Hi, Lightening, Hi Mater!" as they drive around each other.



+ Frozen. Lila is still OBSESSED with Frozen, and these "Frozen" themed popscicles were a MUST for her. Even though they are just normal popscicles in "Frozen" colors, something makes them taste even more amazing!! 



+ .... and then there's this.  M&Ms came out with a Pumpkin Spice Latte flavor and I WILL be trying it!!



Hope you have a great weekend!!

Xo

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers

The lovely Katie at Better off Benedict and Liz at Sundays with Sophie nominated me to participate in the "Sisterhood of the World Bloggers" and I can't get enough of these posts so having fun doing one of my own!



So, here are a few random facts about me!

1. Tell me something most people don't know about you? Hmm, this is hard! I don't really have any fun secrets. I grew up on an island and had to take a ferry anytime you wanted to go anywhere! Also, I'm left handed.

2. Who is one blogger you have to read everyday? The very first blog I started reading SO many years ago was Cupcakes & Cashmere. I also LOVE Smitten Kitchen. But my blog list has expanded over the years and I read so many now.

3. What's the best concert you've ever been to? I've been to a lot of concerts but my ALL-TIME favorite is Paul McCartney!!! What a legend, fantastic musician and fantastic concert. We saw him in 2013 at Safeco Field, which is Seattle's baseball stadium. There were fireworks and it was magical.

4. How many kids do you want? And if you have kids, how many did you want before you had them? I have two and will NOT be having any more!! After having one, I decided that was plenty but Grant really wanted two. Before I had kids, I thought it'd be so fun to have a whole brood especially around the holidays, but now that I have two I think that is plenty!

5. What/Who inspired you to start your blog? I had a very corporate, tech PR job - so very technical and industrial business focused. I needed a creative outlet!!! Plus for me it's an easier way to keep a family scrapbook!

6. Is it hard to keep up with blogging and your regular life? Yes. I work full time and have two kids, but like I said it's my creative outlet so I enjoy doing it. I'm a pretty "lame" blogger though. All my pics are from my trusty iPhone.

7. What's your favorite holiday? Christmas!!! I love the magic of the season, the festivities, the food, decorations, and now that we have kids it's SO fun seeing their faces on Christmas morning!

8. What's your number one tip for blogging? I'm a blogging newbie, but I guess my advice would be to be consistent!

9. If you could live off of one food the rest of your life, what would it be? Oooh, too hard to choose!!! I'm going to go with a broad category of Mexican food.

10. Link to your favorite blog post you've written! It's not my favorite, but in case you never saw it, here was my very first blog post!! I think it's fun to read people's very first blog post because most often you never see someone's blog until it's been going for awhile.

Tagging anyone else who wants to participate! :) 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Things I Never Thought I'd Say ...

When you're young and carefree, there are several statements you'd never expect yourself saying, especially as a parent. We even have a little quote book in our kitchen drawer so we can quickly jot down funny things we or the kids say.

Here are some frequently used phrases around our house ... 


owen discovered toilet paper at 9 months. we're so proud!



+ "Eeek, be careful!!!" 

+ "Don't eat that!!!!" (this is said at least 100 times per day)

+ "Just a minute, Mama is _______ right now." 

+ "Did you just pee in the tubby?" 

+ "Don't lick that!" 

+ "Let's play the quiet game! Whoever can be quiet the longest wins!"

+ "Did you just poop?"

+ "Lila, will you go smell Owen and see if he needs a new diaper?" 

+ "Yes, you need to wear underwear with your dress." 

+ "No whining please." 

+ "You have your own drink!"

+ "No, you can't have candy for breakfast." 

+ "Don't eat the mushrooms growing in the grass!" 

+ "Sure, you can dip your chicken nuggets into yogurt."

+ "Did you just feed Owen a booger?" 

+ "Can you take one more bite?" 

And the list could go on and on ... 

Xo

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

One from the archives: Chocolate Hazelnut Mini Biscotti



This is one of my favorite "treat" recipes from the Little Goodies archives! You can see the original post here. As you all know, I love coffee, and I especially love a delicious treat to go along with it. To me biscotti always seemed daunting to make at home (double baking something?! I can barely bake something once and get it right!), but this recipe is quick, easy and super delicious. As we head into fall, I will be making sure keep these on hand for guests or a nice side to my Sunday morning coffee.



Mini Chocolate Biscotti with Hazelnut Glaze
1 box chocolate cake mix
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Combine cake mix, flour, eggs, butter and vanilla in large bowl until dough forms (I mixed/kneaded a bit with my hands to make sure it all combined properly).
3. Divide dough in half and shape into two long log shapes; place on baking sheet (will sort of look like two long baguettes - approx. 12x2 inch) Note: the original recipe says to "make your hand into a wide "C" shape, then press lightly on the dough log with your hand to get the biscotti shape - mine didn't need this, but could be helpful). 
4. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned
5. Cool on baking sheet for 15 minutes. Then, cut the logs into 1/2 slices
6. Arrange slices on the baking sheet, sides facing up
7. Bake for 10 more minutes and let cool completely 
Note - don't overbake or it gets crumbly! I like my biscotti a little softer than some, so start with less time if you like softer biscotti and increase as needed.

Hazelnut Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
4 TBL hazelnut creamer (I used Darigold's all-natural Hazelnut)

To make, combine powdered sugar with creamer, 1 TBL at a time until the desired consistency is reached. On the cool biscotti, drizzle glaze and let set. I dipped a soup spoon in the glaze and let it drizzle off onto the biscotti, moving the spoon back and forth until each was covered to my liking. 

Then - DEVOUR! 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Daddy daughter camping

This weekend was a special one because Grant had been prepping Lila all week that this weekend they were going to camp in the yard together!! She was thrilled to say the least, telling everyone at school, making sure s'mores ingredients were on our grocery list and telling Owen that it was she who got to stay up late. 

Come Saturday, it was the perfect scenario - it was going to be a warm night and she had taken a long nap (which would cure any late night meltdowns).

We did the kids' nighttime routine as usual, but as I took Owen to his room, Lila and Papa headed to the yard to get the campfire ready and the tent set up.

When I came downstairs, there they were, perched in the tent. It was so cute!'


Then it was time for s'mores!! The whole time Lila was bouncing all over the place, so excited for the alone time with Mama and Papa, and for her exciting adventure.


She did a great job roasting her marshmallows ...


And mmmm ... they were delicious!!! 


After that, they got tucked into their sleeping bags and I kissed them both goodnight. I turned out the porch light and headed indoors for some quiet time with my book.

No sooner had I gotten in bed and opened my Kindle, I heard our slider door open. 

Apparently, they watched a quick Netflix show in the tent before Lila decided camping wasn't for her and wanted to be tucked into her own bed inside.

So, she may have only lasted an hour, but I can't blame her - staying up late and having s'mores are the best parts of camping anyway!

Xo

Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday favorites

Hellloooo, Friday! I'm writing this from my couch with a giant cup of coffee and wearing furry slippers, leggings, a messy bun and over-sized T-shirt. Yes, I'm secretly pretending it's Fall. Ha! Summer is my favorite season for sure, I love me some sunshine, but with it 90+ here all summer I may be slightly ready for cooler temps and an excuse to wear boots again. 

Here's what's been going on around here this week!!

Kissses!!! Owen loves to give kisses now and even makes a funny "muahh!" sound to go along with it! I'll take his kisses any chance I get! He's truly my sweet boy. Makes my heart melt. 


Pool Parties! Pool parties sure have changed for us over the years! Now they mean kiddie pools and freezing water! We had a fun one at my Uncle's and Owen was NOT a fan of the cold water. He quickly recovered, but here he is upon first dunk. Nothing a few floaties couldn't cure!


New Sunnies. I came across some fun new Ray Ban sunnies on Amazon for only $65 bucks and couldn't pass them up. I always wear brown/tortoise colored sun glasses and so black was a nice little change for me. These ones are SUPER light weight which is also nice because I'm one of those people with a big nose that gets the huge dent anytime I wear shades. These also came in a fun light pink color, but I figured black was a safer bet. 


Fries. Enough said right? Well, maybe not. I shared our dinner menu for the past week and while one night included fries, the rest did not. I love seeing what other people eat, so figured I'd share what was on our dinner plates for the week!


Fresh in 15. I also shared my new routine for getting ready in 15 minutes each morning. Granted, that 15 minutes doesn't include the time it takes to shower or get dressed, but to do hair and make-up? I consider it a win! I've also been doing Mix & Match Mama's overnight wet bun which means I wash my hair at night and sleep with it in a wet bun. Then in the morning, I leave it in the bun while I shower (not getting it wet), blast it for 1-2 minutes with the hairdryer to unfrizz and then run a curling iron through. It's saved a TON of time for me in the morning and I feel like it doesn't look half bad! Here's my second attempt at fresh in 15 below. 


Ending the Week Right. Nothing like a quick pedicure to end the week. I go to a cheap nail salon, but they do hot stone massages on your legs and it's so amazing!! I've never found this at any other place, so I'm sticking with it! 


We are watching the Seahawks game tonight with friends and ordering Chinese food delivery!!! Hope you have a great weekend!

Xo

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Twenty Questions

I've seen some other people do these recently so I thought I'd join in on the fun! Here are 20 random facts about me!



1. Favorite food:  
This is too hard to choose ... I would have to say Mexican food (or Tex-Mex). I LOVE rice and beans, fajitas, tostadas, etc. 

2. Flip flops or high heels: 
I normally would say heels, but I'm becoming such a granny lately I can't handle wearing them for long.

3. Favorite places to shop for yourself: 
Anthropologie for spendier items, Nordstrom for everyday, Old Navy for deals.

4. Standard Coffee order: 
My typical coffee at home is strong drop coffee with either hazelnut or vanilla creamer. At Starbucks or a coffee shop, I love a caramel macchiato year round, or seasonally I LOVE a peppermint mocha during the winter. 

5. Road trip must have snack: 
I haven't done a roadtrip in years. I usually sneak a few goldfish from the kids, but they are super into popcorn right now so that too. For me, whenever I fly anywhere I always buy Gardettos at the airport - the little pretzel/breadstick snacks. Mmm. 

6. DIY or hire it out? 
I try to DIY but am not the best crafter so I like to buy other people's stuff on Etsy :) I did make my own wedding invites though! 

7. Top 5 TV shows: 
I like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, any Netflix/HBO/Showtime show really. 

8. Favorite Book: 
I love to read so I can't choose!!! 

9.  Favorite Form of Exercising: 
Getting outdoors for a walk or hike with the family! I hate gyms!!

10. How tall are you?
5'3" ... and a half!

11. Do you try something new at restaurants or stick to your favorites?
I love to try new restaurants but I always order the same "kinds" of things if that makes sense!

12. One make up item you can't live without:
Mascara

13.  What's on your nightstand?
A baby monitor, my phone, a candle, my alarm clock, my Kindle and about 40 magazines. 

14. What's one thing motherhood has taught you?
Patience!

15. Music that reminds you of high school: 
Matchbox 20

16. If you could live anywhere in the world besides your current city where would you live?
Somewhere warm and by the water!!!!! I'd say a beach in California would be my top pick. 

17. Websites you read/browse (besides blogs):
Tons of news websites, including TMZ haha!

18. Morning person  or Night owl?
I used to be a night owl for sure. I've never been good at getting up early, but now that I have kids I am sort of both because it's the only alone time I get! 

19. Favorite Breakfast meal:
Pancakes! Or a breakfast sandwich. And bacon. And coffee!

20.  What do you collect? 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Fresh in 15

Do you read the Small Things Blog? If so, you may have noticed she posted a fun challenge last week - "Fresh in 15." She challenged herself to get her hair/make up done in 15 minutes. Lord knows I can use all the help I can get in the time department and have to get up in advance of the kids waking up or I have to get ready while they destroy our bathroom. How long do you take to get ready? I'd never really timed myself, so had no clue if it was possible or not!

Here's my attempt!!!

OK first - here's my "before" - seconds after I woke up! Say hello to my not-so-fine lines and smudged eye make up. Yes, that means I never removed my mascara from the night before. Eek. Yes, I'm one of those people. Despite my best intentions that happens sometimes. Also, full disclosure that I mostly use cheap drug store make up with a few exceptions. Nevertheless, here we go. 

First stop - shower. My hair was washed the day before and I only wash it every 2-3 days or so, so it still had a bit of curl and hairspray left over from the day before. I put it up in a bun for the shower so it wouldn't get wet.


I don't wear a ton of make-up anyway, but here are the basics I used.

I always use my FAVORITE under eye cream.
Stila Tinted Moisturizer
Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara
Maybelline Fit Me Bronzer
Maybelline Fit Me Blush
Ulta Auto Eyeliner in black

After make-up, I quickly ran a curling iron through my hair and reapplied a small amount of hair spray. Then it was a swipe of tinted lip balm and I was done. 

Time check? 14 minutes! 

Ta da!


What do you think? That didn't include the time to shower or get dressed, but overall it went pretty well!!! 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A week of dinners

I love hearing about what people eat on a daily basis. It's great for recipe ideas and inspiration. Let's be honest - it's hard to want to get creative with recipes when you are so busy. So, here's a look into our dinner schedule last week. Some homemade. Some take out. Some healthy. Some not so healthy!
 
  
Monday. Grant worked late, so the kids played while I made this quick and easy dish. I sliced some leftover grilled chicken, chopped some broccoli and then sauteed with teriyaki sauce. I served mine over Miracle Noodles (if you haven't heard of these, Google immediately - zero calorie noodles), and the kids had theirs with some rice. Easy and delicious!


Tuesday. We served the kids leftovers and I had some work to do after they went to bed, so I ate and typed at the same time. I made my go-to salad, which I make ALL.THE.TIME and never tire of. Chopped romaine, diced cherry tomatoes, diced cucumber, dry salami and an Italian ranch dressing. My favorite and we always have these ingredients in our house. 

Wednesday. On this night, Lila wanted breakfast for dinner!! Mainly because she'd picked out a new "Frozen" cereal at the store (which essentially is Lucky Charms but with a picture of Elsa on the box and instead of rainbow marshmallows, it has white "ice" and blue "snowflake" ones). I made a Southwest-style scramble with cheddar, green onions and cilantro, and topped with salsa, sour cream and avocado slices. A side of bacon never hurt either. And in case you wondered, I resisted having coffee with it :) 



Thursday. Our roof project was in full swing, so this night we got takeout. Burgers and fries for the win!
 


Friday. The official start of football season!!!! Go Seahawks!! The game didn't start until 7 p.m., so the kids had an "appetizer" dinner of random fruits, crackers, cheese, yogurt and veggie sticks, and we kicked off football season with true game-day food. NACHOS!!! I threw some chicken in the crockpot, shredded it when I got home, and layered chips with chicken, cheese, onions, olives and topped with cilantro, guacamole, sour cream and salsa. Delish!!! 



 
Saturday. Was our anniversary dinner out and I posted a lot about our three course meal yesterday, but here was my favorite - shrimp, crawfish, Andouille sausage and creamy grits. Delish!!!


Sunday. We spent having a pool party at my Uncle's house! We grilled hamburgers and hotdogs and were too busy splashing and chasing kids I didn't get a picture :)
 
What's a typical menu look like in your house?! I'd love any quick and easy weeknight ideas that diners of all interests would like!
 
Xo

Monday, August 17, 2015

Anniversary Date

Good morning! We had a great weekend celebrating two very important things - 1. the kick off to football season, and 2. our 7 year anniversary! First, the Seahawks played Friday night so we put the kids to bed a few minutes early and turned on the game. Preseason is sort of a tease because none of the main starters really play, but it was still fun. I made a "small" plate of nachos for just Grant and I (#wehadleftovers). 


Saturday during nap time, the Grandparents came over to babysit and we headed out to enjoy an anniversary date!!! We had dinner plans at a great restaurant on the Elliot Bay marina, overlooking the city, but we got there a bit early to take a little romantic stroll and there were THREE weddings going on at the restaurant! It was a tad crowded and TONS of people lurking everywhere. So we quickly changed our plans. 



Despite cancelling our reservation, we still enjoyed the sights. Spot the Space Needle?


There's a cruise ship leaving for Alaska!


We headed to another restaurant that I've been wanting to try - Toulouse Petit, which features New Orleans style food! It was fun to try a new place and enjoy some different dishes! I had a delicious sparkling grapefruit cocktail.... 


And we both got their three course dinner special and shared everything. First we had French Onion soup ... 


Then we had some amazing crawfish beignets.


We also tried mussel, clam, crawfish and prawn bouillabaisse. Delish!


Fried green tomatoes topped with a fresh crab salad ...


And an amazing final dish of shrimp, crawfish, andouille sausage and creamy grits. 


Needless to say, we didn't go home hungry!!! However, that didn't stop us from getting Gelato on the way home :) 

Hope you had a great weekend too!!

Xo


Friday, August 14, 2015

Weekend Ready

Happy Friday everyone! How was your week? In addition to work and "school," we've had a lot going on this week. We're getting our roof re-done (#holyexpensive!!!!) and I've been cleaning out the kids' outgrown clothes, etc. I'm excited for another weekend, because my week could have been illustrated like this ... except replace that scotch with some wine :)

Here are some of my favorites from the week!

Speaking of coffee, to illustrate just how much  I've been drinking, I've been having a few cups in the morning and then in the afternoon switching to iced coffee. This means almost no water/other non-caffeinated beverages. So bad! I've tried to force myself to drink water but need to really work on that before I wither up from too much caffeine. 


This week I've also had the chance to work from home more. Sometimes I work from Starbucks just to get out of the house. I've found I'm honestly more productive because there aren't the office distractions when you're by yourself. Here I am this week trying the Starbucks mango black tea lemonade. They use mango instead of the 'classic' simple syrup and it was quite refreshing! Have you tried it? 

PS - I'm wearing my new Nordstrom sale light denim top in this pic - love it!! Super comfy but structured so it doesn't get wrinkly. 


This weekend I'm hoping to bake something to use the blackberries we picked on our hike last weekend. I think a good berry cobbler is calling my name. I made this one last year right about this same time, so maybe it's time to make it again!


And speaking of this weekend, it's our seven year wedding anniversary!!! I posted this week about some of my favorite memories from the past seven years ... who knew it'd fly by so quickly!? We even still share pretzels ... ha!!! We have a babysitter but no plans yet, so we'll see where the night takes us! 



Hope you had a great week and have an even better weekend!!!

Xo

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Steals & Deals

Let's just get it out there that I'm not your classic budget shopper. I don't clip coupons unless they are handed to me or arrive in the mail (such as clothing store coupons), and I don't like messy stores you have to rifle through to find a good deal (it sounds good, but once I get there I'm always overwhelmed and leave ... hello, Nordstrom Rack). I'm also, let's be honest, cheap.

So today I'm linking up with Astleigh and Rachel to mainly learn what the rest of you do for steals and deals, but also to share a few ways we've learned to save money, mostly in terms of kid activities.

Shop the Bargain Bins. First - it's no secret I'm obsessed with the $1 bin at Target. I seriously always find SUCH good things in there and for only $1!!! I get that a lot of it is junky, but I now buy all my note and thank you cards there - 8 cards for $1 and in cute patters. They also have really cute "to do" lists for your fridge, post-it notes, wrapping paper, gift bags, etc. For things like that, I really think this is a good deal and they probably make a killing off of people like me, who "stock up" every single time they go to Target.


Isn't this wrapping so cute? The chalkboard gift tags are also from the $1 bin :)


They also have cute seasonal decor! If you want to decorate for the season but not spend a ton, they always have simple wreaths, lights, banners, and other decor for very inexpensive prices. So in conclusion, if you get a hand-written card or gift wrapped in paper from me - it's likely from a Target $1 bin find.

I also get a ton of great deals at Old Navy. Can't beat $1 flip flops!! They have a ton of kids clothes on clearance so I have already bought the kids' bathing suits for spring in a bigger size so we're ready to go!


Get a Library Card. Our kids love to read books and so do I. The library has been awesome for us on so many levels. First, library cards are FREE! They also have magazines and movies!! I also have a Kindle and you can "check out" e-books to read on your Kindle or other reading device for free. We go to the library weekly, check out tons of kids books, and then return them and pick out new ones. It's fun for the kids and allows them to try new books all the time without us having to buy them. We do own a lot of books too, but keep it more to the classics or their main favorites. Also, if you have kids they have a ton of free activities that are so fun. Our kids love the story hour times- they've made lots of little friends this way and the librarians often do more than just read (one library near us incorporates kid yoga - it's awesome!).


Get Outdoors! Being outside is free ... duh. Ha! But it's so true!! We try to get outside as much as possible. We are lucky to live in a great area for the outdoors, so every weekend we're either at a park, the beach, on a hike, etc. For kids it's fun to even go watch the trains go by on the train tracks! Other bonus - all that fresh air equals great naps and early bedtime!


Picnics. We love to have picnics because they can be cheap and fun! There are tons of wineries in our area, so another "cheap" date is to skip the pricey wine tasting and instead buy a bottle to take outside for a little picnic. Pack some cheese, crackers and grapes in a cooler and you're good to go! We do this with friends a lot and it's fun, plus the kids can come too!


Kids vs. Women's Sizes. If you're a gal on the shorter or smaller side, did you realize you can sometimes buy the same items in kids' sizes and save tons of money? I have no shame doing this. For example, Lila and I have matching Saltwater sandals. Mine are a "kids" size 6 - which equals a women's size 8! I know many people who have done this with TOMS or Hunter boots too. If you wear a smaller shoe size, it's definitely worth checking out. Also, my Northface ski outfit from REI is all black - and is a boys XL! It looked exactly the same as the women's black Northface ski clothes, but the pants were more than half the price. Something to keep in mind if you're on the shorter side :) 


Memberships. Have I told ya'll we go to the Zoo a lot?! HAHA! It's seriously a joke between our family and friends because we go ALL.THE.TIME. However! Memberships are a great way to go. We've easily made back our membership money a million times over. The nice thing is - the Zoo is way more than just seeing the animals, it's an amazing park to walk around. Sometimes we look at the animals, sometimes we do the petting zoo, sometimes we just play in the grass, sometimes we go on the carousel and get popcorn. Either way, it's a great way to get outside, go on a nice walk and let the kids run free. The nice thing is, once you've been 1,000,000,000 several times, you know where everything is and don't feel the need to "see" it all.
  

So those are my "deals" - hoping to learn a lot from the rest of you!!!

xo


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