All The Cool Kids Are Gonna Be There.


Now that kids are out of school…and it is officially SUMMA TIIIIIMMMMEEE…we (the mamas and the papas) are needing to get out of the house.  But finding a sitter seems almost as impossible as finding somewhere that is both kid-friendly and not obnoxiously annoying.  For us – it a no brainer.  Our friends over at UTC have this summer-time thing down!  From jungle gyms to the happiest of hours, I’ll take you through a quick guide to all the UTC has to offer.

Kid Specific Activities:

Immi and I were able to hit up this fun Earth Day event earlier this year.  First we learned about how plants grow – dirt, water, sun…then we got to decorate our own pots AND planted up some sunflowers!

There is something going on pretty every couple of weeks.

June 18th: Theme construction, location change to Nordstrom wing lookout barricade

July 6th: Hullabaloo concert at 10:30am/11am Storytime

July 23rd: Storytime

August 10th: Hullabaloo concert at 10:30am/11am Storytime

August 31st: Storytime

September 6th: Storytime

For a full list of kids events, times and locations, click here.

Also be sure to check out ALL events (concerts, Happy Hours, Wine Tours, Sales) HERE.


Eating out with kids is almost ALWAYS an adventure…energy, tantrums, spilled foods, blunt nosey kids.  Thankfully there are a TON of kid friendly places to get your NOSH-on…and maybe partake in an adult beverage or two…you know, to calm the nerves and all.

My personal favorite place to kick it after a long week is at Eureka‘s Happy Hour.  Not only are the fries B.O.M.B,  and the is a LOOOOONG list of brews and wine, they also offer a free kiddy-app that they bring to your table right away….it’s like they JUST KNOW! (i may or may not take down my own order of sweet potato fries….shhhhh).Even the Mister will love taking the babes out here.



For dessert…well, this is the difficult part!  SO. MANY. OPTIONS.

Gelato and coffee at Bottega Italiana


Ice Cream, fudge, DONUTS!!! at SLOANS


and of course, there is a must stop at Lette for a delicious macaron (who am i kidding, who EVER buys just one?!?!?!?!?!)



Now WHAT?!? You’re belly is full, the kids have a little sugar in their systems…obviously it’s not time to go sit in a car…UTC has a great list of shops to “peek” in…but even better, the kid playground and safari train! It’s a great place to let kids run around…and to just hang out.  I don know how many times we go for a “quick” round at the playground…and end up staying out past bed-time getting caught up chatting it up with another couple.sIMG_0217


Interested in seeing what else there will be in the future…be sure check out what’s in store for 2017!


*This post is in partnership with Westfield UTC. All words are my own. and let’s be honest…i’d be hanging out at UTC anyway!!




The Intern… co-sleeping.


Have you seen the movie the intern?  it’s really great – funny, sweet, entertaining… i can’t say enough good about it.  however, the particular bond i now have with this movie, isn’t because of how good the actual movie…but this scene.  This scene is shortly after Anne Hathaways character puts her daughter to bed, and then she crawls into bed.  This…right here.  THIS scene, is where my little tiny co-sleeping daughter asks “mama, where is their baby”.  it hadn’t really dawned on me before that she doesn’t realize that a lot of kids sleep in there own room.  sleeping with us is all she knows…well, kind of.

yes, there are numerous studies that explain the benefits of co-sleeping (and there are also numerous that debate said benefits)…but regardless, that is not how or why we have ended up here.

immi started out in her own little co-sleeper that was attached to the side of the bed.  and she was there for several months.  at this point i can’t remember when she grew out of it…but shortly after that, we moved her to her crib…in which i’d wake up once or twice a night to nurse, and then bright and early in the AM….this was fine, until I ruptured my achilles AND my husband was traveling for weeks at a time.  before he left, we moved the crib into our room, so all i had to do was stand up (on one leg) pick her up, and lay with her in bed to nurse… well, do you know how easy it is to nurse a baby to sleep and then just catch some Zzzz’s while your at it. yep… it was amazing!  i was getting decent sleep!  it became habit…she’d get put to bed in her crib, and then when she’d wake up between 4 or 5am…i’d bring her into bed with me and get just an hour or two more sleep.  well, fast forward to numerous viruses, fevers, nightmares, etc…and endless nursing…she ended up in bed with us more so than not… we went through phases of being in the crib, phases on being in the bed, round and round…then came the solidifier.  hubs going overseas for 3 months.  to help me sleep, and to help immi feel more secure, i just brought her into bed with me.  it really just came down to both of us getting more sleep.  there are other benefits that come with her sleeping with us.  let’s be real…i’m a working a mom… a lot of nights, i don’t get home until 7-7:30…that means a quick dinner and bed time.  co-sleeping allows us to squeeze in any extra morsel of time we can to be together.  we’re together when she falls asleep…and i’m right there to see her sweet groggy smile first thing in the morning –  and now here we are. co-sleeping.  so, i guess the moral of the story is that no matter your parenting philosophy, we all do what we gotta do.




The Nightly Struggle


this post has been on my mind for so long now.  it basically goes through my head every night as i watch this babe’s eyes flutter for the last time for the day.

bedtime…i wanna talk about THE REAL struggle that happens on a nightly basis.  i’m not talking about the constant pleas to watch ONE MORE paw patrol…or the tooth brush battles…or the “NO. I’M NOT WEARING THOOOOOOSE PAJAMAS”.  i’m talking about how the entire time i am literally FIGHTING her to go to bed, i too just want one more hour with her, one more hour to listen to her laugh, to watch her play princess, to snuggle with her… i’m never ready to say goodnight, rather good-bye (i know…slightly over-dramatic), to the tiny person i got to know today…but i’ve seen what happens –  in the morning, she’s going to be a little bigger, know a little more, be a little more independent (and let’s face it….she’s is PLENTY independent)….and as much as that makes my mama ego SWELL – on a selfish, and vulnerable level, my heart just shatters.   thank goodness she sleeps with us – but we can get into that later.




donuts about you.


i wasn’t planning on this being my first post back to the blog…but since i’ve been slacking on my resolution to blog more…this somehow made it to the front.

today while papa was at work, immi and i made a sweet little pre-valentine’s day surprise for the dude of the house.  being in the floral biz for the past 11 years, basically means needing to celebrate holidays either early or late.  but really, is there ever a time NOT good for glitter heart sprinkled donut.