Weekend Adventures

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San Francisco has always been one of my favorite cities. It’s home to the best thrift stores, museums, and sceneries. When we moved to Petaluma (which is about 40 minutes away from SF) in November, I couldn’t help but feel a little bit bummed that I was moving away from my mom. We are only a 2 hour drive away from each other, but I was so used to spending every day with her. However, I was consoled by the fact that we would be close to so many gorgeous places like Point Reyes, San Francisco, Napa, Sausalito, and so many other places I have yet to see. So we planned that once we were settled into our new place, we would go out and explore new places every weekend.

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I always look forward to going on adventures with my boys. There are so many memories to be made and places to introduce them to. However, getting out of the house can sometimes be a challenge. Did you pack an extra outfit just in case of a blow out? Did you pack enough diapers and wipes? Did you pack enough snacks? By the time you have packed everything you need to get out of the house, your diaper bag weighs about a ton! It takes us about three hours to be completely ready too. It’s so worth it though!

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There’s one thing I don’t have to worry about, and that is my child’s safety. Thanks to the Cybex Sirona M carseat, I know they are safe when we are on the road. The Sirona M has an amazing safety technology called SensorSafe 2.0, which monitors the well-being of my little one through the smart chest clip that is synced with the installed vehicle receiver and my smartphone. The SensorSafe technology prevents your child from slipping out of the safety harness unnoticed and alerts you when unsafe conditions arise. It will notify you if your child unbuckles their seat while you are driving, when the temperature gets to high or low, and if your child is seated for a prolonged period of time. It will also notify you that the child is still buckled in the carseat if it senses that you have left the vehicle.  The Sirona M also has a 12-position height adjustable headrest and an Adjustable Linear Side Impact Protection System. This carseat is the real deal!

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Gavin was a comfy and happy passenger on our recent trip to the Marin Headlands in Sausalito, CA. I can easily say that this is my favorite view of the Golden Gate Bridge. The weather was perfect, and I even caught a glimpse of a deer while driving around! Next time we visit, we plan on bringing food and having a picnic.

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What are some of the prettiest places you’ve visited in Northern California? We hope to fill our weekends with more exciting adventures!

Thank you to Cybex for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

Sharing Is Caring

Gavin has graduated from the “newborn/sleep all day” phase and is now moving on to the “crawling/getting into everything” phase. He is growing so fast and learning so much! He is now interested in pulling himself up on ALL of the things, interacting with us, and playing with toys. He recently said his first word (it was mama!) and loves to clap. He especially loves to play with his big brother, and that entails sharing.

Bryce has been the owner of all the toys in this home for about 3 years, and hasn’t had to share his toys very much until recently. And well, it has been a bit of a challenge for him. Changes are always challenging. I’m an adult, and they are even hard for me!

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So I’ve been teaching him that sharing is fun, and he has been seeing this sharing business in a new light. He usually claims all of the toys as his, but when we opened up this package from IncrediBundles they were immediately having a blast together. We got the Toddler Play & Learn Bundle, which includes a set of classic wooden ABC/123 blocks for stacking, a colorful wooden shape sorter toy, and a wood tone slit drum. They were making music and building block towers (well, Gavin’s job was actually to knock them over) most of the day.

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I love to tell Bryce how smart he is. He really is such a smart cookie. So I’ve been telling him to teach Gavin everything he knows. He sure loves to share his knowledge! He has been using the toys from this Toddler Play & Learn Bundle to teach Gavin about the different shapes, colors, letters, and numbers. He’s even getting him ready for their future garage band! Bryce plays the drum and Gavin just bangs his little hand on whatever is in front of him. Bryce seems to be doing an excellent job at teaching his little bro the ropes!

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I love seeing my boys play together, and I love how much this Toddler Play & Learn Bundle from IncrediBundles has helped them bond. Everything in this bundle is educational, fun, and colorful. These toys came in a cute, reusable container, which has also been so much for them to play with. I know my kids aren’t the only ones who are fascinated with boxes! This box is perfect for storing toys and books too.

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We still have our “mine!” moments, but we’ve been making so much progress. So how did you you teach your little ones to share? And what things do your kiddos like to do together? I’d love to hear your experiences and tips!

Thank you to IncrediBundles for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

When the Baby’s Asleep, the Mom will Drink her Coffee

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I’m sure you’ve all heard of the saying “when the cat’s away, the mice will play.” Well for moms it’s “when the baby’s asleep, the mom will drink her coffee… or clean, or shower, or watch Netflix, or do whatever keeps that mom sane!” And all in peace!

Oh but even when the baby is sleeping, we are always thinking about them and wanting to keep a close eye on them. One thing I’ve found to be so important is to have a video monitor. I’ve owned several video monitors in my day, but none of them have been as amazing as the Summer Infant Baby Pixel™ video monitor. This monitor has so many cool features that make it a keeper!

One of my favorite features is the SleepZone™ Virtual Boundary. This feature senses your baby’s movement and alerts you when the safe boundary is breached. This boundary is displayed as a red box around your baby on the monitor (you can check it out on the photo below). It will alert you if your baby moves or tries to escape, or even if a sibling or pet is trying to get into the crib. This feature really gives me peace of mind, and I love that it gives me the freedom to look away from the monitor.

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Another one of my favorite features is the 360Tilt™ Camera Steering. This feature allows you to move the camera by tilting the monitor up, down or side to side. So convenient, right?! I can’t tell you how many times I have had to go into ninja mode to go fix the camera while the baby is sleeping. Sometimes my ninja skills would fail me, and I would wake up the baby. Cue the face palm. Now I don’t have to worry about that thanks to the Baby Pixel™!

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And just when you thought the Baby Pixel™ couldn’t get any better, IT DOES! I haven’t mentioned it yet, but the Baby Pixel™ is a touchscreen video monitor. It is the first touchscreen monitor I’ve ever owned, and it makes it so much easier to navigate. It also has a feature called the Moonlite™ Night Vision Boost, which can be activated to see the baby more clearly. With my ex-monitors, there have been times when I have had to turn on a light (which would wake up the baby) because the night vision was poor quality.  With this feature, the room can be completely dark and I can still see my baby in color if I wanted to.

There are just SO many things I love about the Summer Infant Baby Pixel™ video monitor! It has so many features that I haven’t had in other video monitors in the past, and they make a world of a difference.

Thank you to Summer Infant for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

 

A Big Boy Bath With Summer Infant

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Bath time has always been Gavin’s favorite time of day, and I think I’m switching my favorite from nap time to bath time thanks to the My Bath Seat™ from Summer Infant. He gets to play and sit up in his comfy seat while I have an easier time bathing him with both hands free. Everyone wins!

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He graduated from the sink bath and is now moving on to bigger baby things. It’s so bittersweet but also so exciting to see him growing and doing new things like rocking on all fours and sitting up. If your baby is at the same stage, the My Bath Seat™ is perfect for the transition to an adult tub. The 360 degree support allows him to be comfortable while playing. Gavin loves splashing around with both of his hands. I guess I’m not the only one who is hands free!

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Bath time is not only fun for him, but it’s pretty therapeutic for me too. I love playing with Gavin while I’m bathing him. I’m glad the My Bath Seat™ frees up both of my hands for this reason! Our days are always so busy, but bath time is such great time to slow down and connect with him.

Thank you to Summer Infant for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

Disclosure: As a parent, you should NEVER leave baby unattended and ALWAYS keep baby within your reach.

Our Mission To Find a Christmas Tree

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Our outing to find a Christmas tree sure felt like a mission with two little ones in tow (we’re still getting used to the two kid life), but we found the one! This is our first real Christmas tree! We were so excited to go real this year, and it has definitely been living up to the hype. Smells so good and feels like part of the family already. What will we do when Christmas is over?!

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As you can see, Bryce was much more interested in running around than choosing a tree. I spent most of the time running after him (he’s always making sure I get my exercise haha), but I’m so excited to make this a new tradition for our little family. I’ll treasure these moments forever, and I know he will too.

We recently moved to Petaluma from Modesto for my husband’s job (they are about three hours away from each other), and we are finally settling in to our new place. We loved visiting this Christmas tree farm! It was one of the cutest ones I had ever seen. We are loving our new town so far. We are close to lots of beautiful places like San Francisco and Point Reyes, and I can’t wait to take my boys out for some fun adventures. It’s nice to get to know the area more. It feels a little bit more like home every passing day.

Here’s a glimpse of our living room, and there’s our Christmas tree in all of its glory. We still have quite a few changes to make to this space: we’re waiting for a new sofa and planning on purchasing a new rug. I will be sure to show you guys the finished product, but here’s what we have so far. Do you guys have any suggestions on where I can find the perfect rug? I look forward to hearing them!

XO,

Marlyn

Sweet Sound

Outfit details: Dress- Sweet Symphony Dress c/o Paint the Town // Belt- Another Line // Shoes- Preview

Music has been a love of mine ever since I can remember. I especially love when a song comes on and it takes you back to a moment. I have lots of great memories that involve music. When I was about 9 years old, my sister and I would record ourselves singing on cassettes. My favorite recording was when we sang Every Morning by Sugar Ray. There were lots of laughs and goofy memories made during those recordings. I also love coming home to my guitar after a long day at work. Such a great way to wind down and just relax.
So when I saw this dress, I felt like it was made for me! I’m a sucker for cute prints, and Paint the Town totally nailed it with this simple yet playful print. This dress is so comfortable so it will be perfect for work. I spend most of my life at work, which is why comfort is such a priority for me. I also love that it can be fancied up with a pair of heels for a night out with my sweetheart. Oh and last but definitely not least, it has pockets! A dress with pockets beats a regular ol’ dress any day! I know all of you ladies can agree with me.
Well I am off to wait for the hubby to get off of work so we can go on a dinner date. We’ll probably come home and do some puzzles since that is what we’ve been into these days. Then tomorrow I plan on doing a whole lotta nothing and maybe some thrifting. This has been such a long week so sleeping in and doing nothing is much appreciated. Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

So Far in 2014

Hello lovelies! Long time no see! It’s been a whole 7 months since I have posted on here, and I have so much to update you guys on. I decided to do a recap of what I’ve been up to lately (last two months) since that’s when all of the fun stuff began.

One of my new years resolutions was to go on more adventures with Jon, and as soon as January started I already had a list ready to go. California is full of beautiful places. So I’m hoping that this year, I’ll be able to get to know my home state a lot better. We also plan on visiting Oregon and Washington since I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about these places.

Our first adventure was in January, and the destination was Monterrey, CA. I had been here a few times before as a kid, and I loved it! Jon was a first-timer, and I was so excited to introduce him to this beaut. We, of course, did all of the touristy stuff. We went to Cannery Row, and there we visited our friends at the aquarium. Remember, fish are friends not food. Later that day, we took the 17 mile drive. The homes we saw on the 17 mile drive were amazing, and with a perfect view too. We are pretty much convinced that we need to move to Monterrey. When we win the lotto, of course. We then stopped at Spanish Bay, and saw the sun go down while we walked on beach. The next day we visited Carmel. We saw the cutest dogs on the beach, and really regretted not taking Rigby with us. He would have loved it!

Next stop, San Francisco, CA! We’ve been to SF so many times, but never to sight-see. Jon went to college there for about a year and a half, and never really got to get any enjoyment out of such a neat place. We had a few troubles getting to the fun part of this trip thanks to tolls, buses, and crazy pedestrians and drivers. Eventually, we learned that a cab was the way to go. We finally got to the Golden Gate bridge after a good hour of being lost. A big thank you to all the little old ladies on the bus that really helped us find our way! It was all worth it though! The Golden Gate Bridge is such a beautiful sight to see! We wanted to go on the Alcatraz tour, but they were booked. Not a surprise. After we walked across the bridge and enjoyed the gorgeous view, we walked around Pier 39. I got a glimpse of the bush man startling some folks. We didn’t get to do as much as we wanted to on this trip, but hope to go back and get the rest of the stuff off of our bucket list soon.

The next day we decided to venture out to Point Reyes, CA. It was around an hour away from San Francisco. So we thought, why the heck not?! Plus, I had been wanting to go there for the longest time! This place is pure amazing. I don’t recommend going there on an empty stomach (like yours truly did) since there is a lot of physical activity involved. This place is not only one of the most gorgeous places I’d ever to, but also one of the most interesting places. There is a lot of history to this place, and it has been well preserved. I really wanted to see the lighthouse, and it was the first lighthouse I had ever seen in person. As you can see by my photo, the wind was absolutely insane! You also have to go down about 300 steps (equivalent to 30 stories) to get the lighthouse. The going down was not the problem for me, it was the going up that had me gaspin’ for air! I’m outta shape, and I’m doing something about that in 2014 too. Anyway, this place is gorgeous and if you’re in California you MUST visit! Plus, you’ll see Elk, Elephant Seals, and the prettiest trees there!

I really hope to not be such a stranger anymore! I miss this little corner on the web! Also, if you lovelies know of any places that I should add to my “must visit” places, please share! I would love to hear your experiences!