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There are no Pajama’s like the Carter’s footsie pajama’s! I just do not know what we would do without them. Thank goodness Costco has yet to let me down. They always have about 4-5 styles in and for $6.97 they cannot be beat! With 0-T5 sizes Costco will have Ava sleeping warm and cozy for years!  They are even great for some cat snuggling…

Goodnight, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite!

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Yet another belated post…

This past summer we enjoyed a week long stay from my dad better known as, Pa!!! Ava LOVES Pa!!! It was so nice to get to spend some quality time and an excuse to get out and about for a week. We hit lots of hot spots: Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo, Whidbey Island and West Seattle. Except for Whidbey they were all first time experiences for Ava and I…what fun!  I was a bit disappointed with the aquarium but so thrilled with the zoo that we walked away with a family pass!  Whidbey Island is always a good time from the ferry ride to my favorite french inspired lunch hot spot, Prima Bistro.  Ava even got to enjoy her first ice cream cone!  West Seattle was fabulous; views and food!  We hit an amazing bakery, Bakery Nouveau, and if you are in the area is is definitely worth a stop by…YUMMY!!!  Larry and I even took a good friend up on a babysitting proposition and headed out with Pa for dinner on the town.  Now I do love food but the restaurant we hit was beyond incredible!  Hidden in a strip mall two doors down from a Subway was Sitka and Spruce one of my top five restaurants of all time!  They will soon be moving to a new location up on Capital Hill for better location but trust me when I say that the food needs no changing!  Thanks Pa for an amazing visit we, and especially Ava, look forward to your next visit!

Seattle Aquarium: Fostering a love of fish!

Woodland Park Zoo: She barely slowed down for some animals but had a blast! These were her favorites.

YUMMY, messy fun!

View from West Seattle

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Two Glasses of Wine…

OK so this purchase may not have happened without the two glasses of wine but I still think they are pretty fabulous.

Tickle Monster Mitts!!! Yes, that is right!!! Your fingers poke through so you are able to still achieve the full tickle effect but with a major cuteness factor.  I just could not get the picture of Larry chasing Ava around the house in these out of my mind!  There was also a corresponding picture book but alas, it did not quite meet my children’s literature standards.


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Snack time… all the time! Ava is going through a very picky eating stage. I am lucky to get a full meal into her tummy once a day. To add to my anxiety she is falling off the weight chart. According to her last Doctor visit she has gone from the 50% to the 5% since birth. Although she is busy I have to admit I am slightly worried. When she does eat we load her with cheese, whole milk yogurt, eggs, avocado and other high fat foods at least what we can. AHH so frustrating!  We are also trying to cut back on the snacks in hope that her meals look more appetizing.  Of course snacks are still important and with a toddler on the go a necessity! So here is one more Costco find to add to your diaper bag of tricks! Ava’s new favorites!

veggie fries

Garden Veggie Straws– much healthier than chips but oh so yummy! I cannot keep Larry away from them!  Costco sells a large box with individual bags of various chips and straws.  Hope your little one loves them as much as mine!

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crocsSo I have to admit that when I first saw Baby Crocs at Nordstroms I thought, how ridiculous those would never stay on a babies foot!

I am learning quickly that motherhood is just a series of events in which you are often wrong!  When I saw them on Miss Maile’s feet not only were they cute but she seemed to get everywhere in them just fine!  The best part Mariah explained was just how easy a toddler could take them off and even put them on.  Fabulous!

Cute, durable, easily washable and let’s face it we all wish we had invented those decorative Jibbitz…millions!!!

Now the story goes that Mariah had bought a pair for Maile lost them, bought a new pair, and then found the first.  Generosity being Mariah’s nature Ava is now sporting a pair of blue Baby Crocs and LOVES them!  Thanks Auntie Mariah!!!

So if you were like me a rolled your eyes at this cult phenomenon give them a second glance they are worth it!

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When Larry and I first chose our home here in Everett, WA we did so with no children in our immediate future. Of course it was only a matter of weeks, after the boxes were unpacked, that the little blue lines of the pregnancy test reminded us that some things are just not planned.

Our house, although still needs work, has a gorgeous view of the Cascade mountains, wonderful entertainment space with picture windows of the view, a newly remodeled kitchen and huge master suite complete with walk in closet.  All wonderful assets to a couple without children.  These all came with a price once Ava arrived; Ava’s nursery is a floor below us, we live on a hill so not a great yard for playing, a deck with rails that are just not safe for little people and with three floors more stairs to block off.  We have learned to live with the inconviences and are beginning this summer to discover more perks of our chosen location…

Today, Ava and I escorted Hope and Kristin to the park next door to our house…our at least almost next door! When we decided on this particular house Forest Park was one of the major selling points.  We have a trail at the end of our street that leads into this expansive, trail filled park.  It is beautiful.  Sadly and with no excuse we have not really explored too much.  We have entered the side closest to our house and walked around a bit but that is about it.  Two days ago I did a photo shoot for some friends and we hiked through as a backdrop.  Impressed is understating my aww. Ava and I should be there everyday!

800px-Everett_-_Forest_Park_playgroundWe began our day at the Centennial water park an area filled with at least 15 foutains to run, splash and play through.  After a snack in the shade we headed to the playground complete with both a large structure for older children and a 5 years old and under area for munchkins.  After slides, climbing, stairs and tunnels we relaxed in a couple of toddler swings…Ava’s personal favorite!  Making his job easy there was an ice cream truck conviently parked at the side of the playground where Kristin treated us to our favorite childhood treat! Yum!!!  Next we headed just west of the playground to the Animal Petting Farm….YES, that is right all of this in one location about 5 minutes from our house!!!!!  The animal farm had horses, goats, a calf, sheep, ducks, pigs, bunnies and hens.  Several of the animals were even out roaming for the girls to touch!  Incredible and did I mention this is all completely free of charge!  Two hours and endless fun Ava has now crashed! We will be back soon…

No pics from me this time… I just enjoyed the view and some fun!

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yhst-83878190403399_2058_6449712When I decided to abandon my sweet smelling French Mustela baby wash for the safer less toxic California Baby I was not so sure. A few months later I am pretty much sold. We have been using the Calming shampoo and body wash which smells delicious; scented with lavender and sage. It lathers nicely and is concentrated so you need very little allowing it to lasting quite a while. My only complaint would be that it takes a while to rinse out of Ava’s hair. I guess a small price to pay for a sweet smelling, safer alternative. Click to reference previous article: Researching the Toxic Tub for more information on bath products.

Since Ava has become increasingly interested in bubbles it may just be time to bring out the California Baby bubble bath!

Next up researching sunscreen!  Any suggestions welcome!

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Park Bling

park try 009At last, Spring is here…at least I think so most days! With Ava off running and daily trips to the dog park it was time for some shoes that would hold up. After hitting all the usual stores I decided on these pink sparkly Converse tennis shoes…after all why not have a little bling at the park! Ava LOVES them and after two weeks of climbing, mud and running they still look like new~


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Side Note: Ava’s other shoes are See Kai Run which I wrote a review on a few months back. When I reviewed this brand of shoes it was purely on aesthetics since I had not yet purchased a pair. I still LOVE the design and colors of these shoes the quality however is lacking. The beautiful soft leather, although beautiful, is not ment for a toddler who is much too hard on shoes. They scuff incredibly easy even to the point of being destroyed. I was lucky (they were not) to have friends toddlers ruin theirs first so Ava’s pretty shoes are reserved more low key activity. I have written a letter to the company stating these concerns. If you too have had problems I urge you to write as well. I am hoping that if enough feedback is received they will increase the quality/appropriateness and we can once again praise and enjoy the designs of See Kai Run!

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Sometimes It Only Takes a Bite

This past weekend Larry was off for “guys’ weekend” at the coast. A weekend alone with Ava and Lola can be daunting and exhausting. At the same time I was looking forward to reading a good book and watching a totally girly movie. It all began a bit rough however, with a very tired and fussy Ava refusing to take her afternoon nap! An hour and a half of tears later I had a sleeping baby followed by a bite…

Picture with my new camera!

Picture with my new camera!

One incredibly delectable, mouth watering, taste buds singing bite! Our friend from New York had brought us two packages of La Maison Du Chocolat: French Macarons. Trust me when I say you have just got to try one for yourself. I know that I will be craving these for months and now I am dying to try their chocolate truffles!  Thanks Jason, what a wonderful treat!  We survived the rest of the weekend just fine and I am proud to say that I was even able to limit myself to just one macaron a day…that is willpower!



My sweet tooth has two other local favorites I must share:
Seattle, WA: Fran’s Chocolates
Portland, OR: Moonstruck Chocolates
*In a taste test Fran’s wins over Moonstruck but a close race nevertheless!

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My last post got me to thinking about music and my munchkin! Both Larry and I love music, although he is the musically talented of the two of us. Ava already LOVES music. She instantly starts to move and dance to the beat when the music hits her ears. It is great! One of the best toys I have bought for Ava is a stuffed bear with a pocket for an i-pod. The behind of the bear is speakers and the pocket safely tucks the i-pod away so that Ava can have music where ever she goes. (Sadly Pottery Barn kids no longer makes this bear).


I am always looking for music that both Ava and I will enjoy listening to! Typically kid music is not for me. Even when I was a teacher I avoided it like the plague. I do however have very few exceptions to the no kid music rule and they are included in my playlist below.  Ava and I listen to everything from my girly music like Sarah McLachlan to the jazz of Miles Davis to the classical composing of Debussy and Stravinsky.

Here are just the top 5 of my i-pod playlist. All of the albums can be found in the i-pod store or Amazon.  I have linked every album but the Beatles (which is not avalible on Amazon for downloading) to the amazon MP3 downloads so that you can take a listen.  Please comment with other suggestions of your favorites!

Greta and Ava’s TOP FIVE:

curious-georgeJack Johnson “Sing-a-Longs & Lullabies from Curious George”
Children’s Music
Love the soothing voice and guitar of  Jack Johnson. I even love the kid lyrics of these songs.  A bonus is the track by Ben Harper “My Own Two Hands”, LOVE IT!  All Jack Johnsons albums are wonderful.  


frances-englandFrances England “Family Tree”
Children’s Music
Frances England is like a female Jack Johnson. I love her voice. She wrote her first album “Fascinating Creatures” as a fundraiser for her child’s preschool. Very cool! Great lyrics and sound plus the album artwork is beautiful! The last track “You and Me” will make you cry.  *May also enjoy Elizabeth Mitchell.


beatles-1Beatles “One”
Who does not love the Beatles and their older songs are so upbeat and fun that kids especially love them. It is hard to pick an album. “Rubber Soul” and “Revolver” both have great tracks for kids or you can make it easy and just go for “One” all the greatest hits.


nick-drakeNick Drake “Pink Moon”
Love the sound of Nick Drake. All albums are great and have the same deep soulful, buttery sound. You will love his voice and guitar. The only accompaniment is an occasional piano. Peaceful and melodic music that Ava and I both love on a rainy day.


the-ocean-blueThe Ocean Blue “Cerulean”
This album is breezy and low key although a little poppy to move to as well. It is a happy album that makes you smile. Although not a children’s album has that kind of sound without being annoying at all!  *May also enjoy the Cocteau Twins albums.

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