Life & Family

Valentine’s Day Cards

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On Monday, I received an email from my son’s preschool.  They are having a Valentine exchange on Friday and we’re supposed to send cards for each of the kids in his class if we want to participate.  (Of course we do!)  It is our first year of school, so although most parents might have seen this coming, I didn’t.  Luckily, I’ve been on Pinterest a lot lately and had seen a few cute things pop up on there that caught my eye.  I honestly love little projects like this because it reminds me to be creative with my sons.  Its all too easy to get caught up in the mundane parts of life and when we can throw in a little art and creativity and a fun project together, it reminds me to stop and savor these sweet moments together – and to be a more fun mama! (more…)

Valentine’s Day Art Project

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Over the weekend, the boys and I decided to take on a little Valentine’s Day project for their grandmothers.  I thought that it would be fun to give them a little piece of original artwork this year.  My little bug is all about the art these days, thanks to his wonderful preschool and was really excited to paint something.  I hit the craft store earlier this week and bought a few canvases and some inexpensive acrylic paint and brushes.  For the project, I put a sticker down on the canvas, to keep that portion white and then let the boys go to town with their paint brushes all over the canvas.  After letting them dry, I carefully peeled off the sticker and, voila – heart art!

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Behind the Scenes at Great Day Houston

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If you don’t know my friend Natalie Weakly, you should.  She’s an image and brand consultant and she loves making people look good.  Natalie is often a featured guest on Great Day Houston, giving Houstonians tips on all kinds of fashion solutions.  (You may remember her recent segment on scarf styling I featured on the blog.)  Natalie is also pregnant (and due just 10 days before me – how fun is that?!) so it makes sense that they asked her to do a segment on maternity fashion.  And when she needed “models”  I was thrilled to do it.  It wasn’t my first debut on a television news segment, but it was just as fun as the first time! (more…)

My Favorite Things of 2013: Kenya Edition!

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The following is a guest blog post written by a friend of mine (and fellow English major) from college, Manya Andrews Dotson.  Manya now lives in Africa with her husband and daughters, who are pictured above.  She has an interesting life and an even more interesting perspective.  And today, she is sharing with us her very favorite things of 2013 – the Kenya edition!  I’ve already tried several of the things in her post (the Clinique primer, the Dior mascara and serum and the Urban Decay eye shadow palette) and I have to say, I’m hooked.  Can’t wait to try the rest of these… (more…)

Grgich Winery

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On our recent trip back to San Francisco, we made a little time for a day in the wine country.  (No surprise for those of you who know us well!)  We hit two vineyards that were new to us and the first one was Grgich Hills Estate Winery.

Mike Grgich (pronounced Gur-gitch) made history back in 1976 when his chardonnay was chosen in the now-famous “Paris Tasting.”  Then, he was with Chateau Montelena (another fun winery to visit) and they literally put Napa on the map, causing people to start taking California wines seriously.  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you should definitely read Judgement of Paris or watch the movie Bottle Shock, which I found highly entertaining. (more…)

Hot Chocolate at the Houstonian

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Tonight, the fam packed up and headed to The Houstonian hotel for some hot chocolate by their giant fireplace.  They have huge gingerbread houses surrounding the top of it with a train that drives around them, so we knew that would be a huge hit with the boys.  (We weren’t mistaken on that one.)   It was so much fun to sit by a roaring fire, sipping on hot chocolate, while the boys ran around and marveled at the train.  The Houstonian’s decorations are absolutely stunning and put us all in the holiday spirit, for sure. (more…)

Sam’s Anchor Cafe

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After a super fun day hiking in Muir Woods, hubs and I drove over to Tiburon to hit Sam’s Anchor Cafe, where we enjoyed a few cold beers and some seafood fare while soaking up the sun (the redwood canopy in Muir Woods keeps it shady, cool and often foggy) and noshing on some seafood.  While I can’t say that the food was anything outstanding, it tasted great to us after a full day of hiking.  Honestly, you go to Sam’s more for the views – and they are totally worth it!  Our afternoon felt like a mini-vacation and this stop made us feel like we’d taken a detour to Key West (well, without the Jimmy Buffet and partying craziness – just the relaxed oceanside atmosphere part.)  If you’re in the area and are looking for a little relax time with a cold beer and gorgeous views, this place is absolutely worth a visit! (more…)

Muir Woods

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California is famous for its redwood trees.  Until you’ve experienced them in person, however, you cannot fully appreciate how incredible they really are.  This Summer, as part of our Summer of Fun adventure, hubs and I had a date day and went hiking in Muir Woods.  Muir Woods is located near Mt. Tam in Marin County, just on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge from the city.  The national park offers absolutely stunning views and is a gorgeous hike.  The Main Trail in the park is pretty easy and is generally pretty packed with tourists and cameras.  It is a really amazing place where you can soak up nature’s peacefulness and beauty. (more…)

Houston Zoo Lights

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On Friday night, we packed up the fam in warm clothes and a little rain gear and met some dear friends at the Houston Zoo for their holiday Zoo Lights event.  Each evening through January 4th (except December 24th and 25th) from 6pm to 10pm, the Zoo opens up to show off the 1 million holiday lights they’ve put up all over the grounds.  You can grab a cup of hot chocolate and wander through the old oak trees in the zoo, listening to holiday music and checking out the beautiful light displays.  There’s even a cool map to guide you through, with descriptions and photos on the Houston Zoo app, which I downloaded on iTunes for free before we went.  Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door and kids under two are free.  There are food and snacks throughout the zoo as well. (more…)