I scream, You scream

We all screamed at the Museum of Ice Cream!

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While this place may not rank high on my list as a museum, it was the most fun I’ve had in awhile!

Here’s the scoop (see what I did there🤣)… you check in at your confirmed time and walk from room to room taking photos/i.e. viewing art? and sampling sweet treats. Tickets are required in advance and the bad news for my LA friends is that it’s sold out. It’s coming to San Francisco in September and they are promising more locations soon so keep an eye out HERE!

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My favorite room naturally, as a self diagnosed sprinkle addict, was the sprinkle pool. B was torn between the banana room and the sprinkle pool. MOIC, if your reading this, I’m sorry my kid touched the bananas 🤷🏼‍♀️ Next time maybe hang them a little higher. I’m also sorry for the screaming that commenced when I forcefully removed him from the banana room and sprinkle pool, I hope you took it as a rave review!

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Now for the fun stuff… I watched Chance pull sprinkles out of B’s mini pocket for a solid 3 minutes when we exited the pool. I thought I had made it out scott free until I got home, picked a wedgie (sorry if that’s tmi for any of you) and sprinkles literally went sprinkling onto the hardwood.  Then into the toilet. And don’t even get me started on B’s diaper. I wonder how many sprinkles leave that place a day? Do they have to refill the pool? And the question no one wants to think about… the ones that do survive… are they ever sanitized?

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xx Kristin

Sunday Funday

Ahhhhh Sundays… the day of lounging, day drinking and sunshine.

NOT!

While other DTLA goers were enjoying avocado fest, I was told we couldn’t come in because our son wasn’t over 21, duh! So we spent our afternoon doing what any blogger duo would do… look for cool wall murals and attempt to keep B standing next to me for longer than 2.5 seconds so my husband could get a shot. It was mostly a fail but I did successfully drink a beer and a coffee and stop for donuts on the way home because, well, Sunday! (and probably the cause of my disjointed post tonight!)

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I sometimes forget that a toddler is an actual person. Anyone else get frustrated when their tot doesn’t want to cooperate or is fussy for a reason that we just can’t put our finger on? I have days where I feel super unmotivated, want to stay in bed and just can’t deal with adulting. Why should toddlers not be allowed the same feelings? Unfortunately as adults we can’t throw wild tantrums and scream MORE, CRACKER or whatever else we are feeling. Shame.

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Now onto the real winner… any other mamas feeling challenged with what to wear while chasing their tot around? My pre-mama self was usually in dresses. In an attempt to not re-enact Lindsay Lohan circa 2006’s vag flashing circus I have defaulted to shorts. I struggled finding the right pair… I feel too old for the cut offs that barely cover cheeks and prefer not to have them so low that I’m exposed when I bend down to pick up B. SO! I landed on these amazing gems from Frame, they’re soft denim and have just enough coverage.

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You can find them HERE!

And as an added bonus, my topper is only $10 and can be found HERE!

Happy Sunday!

xx Kristin

Tooth Tooth Hooray!

B has been under the weather for the last few days so we decided to venture out for some fresh (humid) air today in our favorite SkyFox threads tees!

You can find B’s HERE!

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Let’s talk about my favorite topic for a minute… teething. From very early on I realized that parents blame everything on teething. The first stomach bug we had our pediatrician initially blamed on teething. Wrong! B’s first sleep regression we blamed on teething. Mostly wrong! The runny nose that kicked off this cold I called teething. Ummm WRONG! Why can’t all of his baby pearly whites come in in one shot so one thing about this parenting gig could be simple?

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Here is what I’ve learned in B’s case.. he chews on his fingers, loses some sleep, drools like a fountain for weeks and then nothing. Soon after he will get a small (most of the time) cold and EUREKA! A TOOTH!

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So tonight ladies and gents I am proud to announce that after many months of waiting, tooth number 7 has officially made its appearance!

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13 more to go😬

xx Kristin

 

Skin Saga

For as long as I can remember I’ve been battling with my skin. Is it oily? Is it dry? It sometimes depends on the hour or the day for me. Does anyone even know what combination skin means?

When I got pregnant I toned down my beauty routine in a BIG way, my skin was looking great and I didn’t want to use the same chemical saturated products from before. Someone suggested CeraVe, Cetaphil and Clinique at the time and I haven’t steered away (however I have added in a few new products!)

Here a few of my MUST HAVES for my skincare regime:

Wash- CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser– this cleanser takes away my makeup without leaving my skin feeling high and dry, its gentle and non-comedogenic

Buy the CeraVe cleanser HERE!

Daily Moisturizer- Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion– gives just enough hydration and can also be used as a body moisturizer, fragrance free

Buy the Cetaphil lotion HERE!

Serum- CHANEL Blue Serum– guys I swear I was a hop skip and a jump away from botox and this serum has made my forehead lines almost unnoticeable. It was created from ingredients taken from blue zones around the globe where people historically live longer (read age more slowly!)

Buy the CHANEL serum HERE!

Nighttime- Clinique Moisture Surge overnight mask– this is another gentle warrior from Clinique, you wake up with smooth restored skin

Buy the Clinique mask HERE!

Anytime- CHANEL Hydra Beauty Micro Cream– this amazing facial cream has mirco beads of magic inside. When I’m feeling especially horrific I lather this on at night and wakeup looking like Super Mom! You can also use this as a day moisturizer but I tend to get oily as the day progresses so I let it do it’s magic while I sleep

Buy the CHANEL cream HERE!

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Did your skin change from pregnancy to motherhood? What are some of your miracle products??

xx Kristin

 

 

Just Keep Swimming

This kid loves water! From the bathtub, to the splash pad, the pool to the ocean… no fear, just fun. We started B in swim lessons at 6 months and have never looked back. You’ve seen his excitement over the splash pad at the Annenberg, we basically have to drag him out by his swim diaper (or explosive regular diaper lets be honest, those swim diapers fill up with pee by the time you drive to the beach AMIRIGHT??)

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When I look at pictures of him in the pool now compared to when he started I can’t believe the changes in my sweet boy. Humpty Dumpty into the pool used to be so much more literal. Now he is reaching for us and jumping in full of screeches and laughter. We felt it was important for B to feel comfortable in water at an early age and gain the confidence and basic swim skills to get him going.

 

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Our lessons are through KidSwim, which hosts at a private heated salt water pool in different areas of LA. Sessions are 6 weeks starting in May and running as weather permits, last Fall we ended at the beginning of December when it got too cool (sorry to rub it in non-west coasters!)

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Class begins and ends like most toddler activities… in song! In between we practice bubbles, kicks, grabbing onto the side of the pool, crawling out, jumping back in, going underwater, diving for rings, reaching for toys, floating… all in 30 minutes! The instructors are great about practicing one on one with you and your tot and letting you move at your own pace.

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You can learn more about KidSwim HERE!

What are some water activities you love to do with your kiddos??

xx Kristin

The City of Love!❤️

As some of you know, I travel to Paris several times a year for work. This trip is one of my shortest ever, I arrived today and fly back on Wednesday, but I couldn’t resist visiting a few of many favorite places to shop for B while sales are in full swing! If you’re in Paris in July or December you will have died and gone to baby steal heaven (or cringe when you see things on sale that you paid full price for in May🤷🏼‍♀️)! Here a few of my musts:

Monoprix- this is basically what I’ve come to call the Target of Paris. I visit for Parisian beauty products, Haribo (it’s better in France!) and of course their kids line bout’chou which I’ve been told is created by the same people behind Bonpoint. What I love best is that the tees and hats often have a “B” on them which works perfectly for my little B man! The best location I’ve found is near the Opera House, 21 Avenue de L’Opera!

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Galleries Lafayette- ok their kids department is INSANE! Because of how crazy it looked in sale mode I didn’t want to scare you with photos today so you’ll just have to trust me. One of my favorite brands for B is Cadet Rousselle for tees. I scored several today for under $5! They also have a toy department which is great for French toys or versions of the toy you have at home that speak French instead of English if you’re looking for something new to listen to🤣

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Brentano’s- this little gem is my favorite book store tucked in near the Opera. They have loads of children’s books, some in French and several in English and French that I hope one day will teach B the basics of the language! It’s also great for gift giving ideas for the grown ups in your life. 37 Avenue de L’Opera.

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Pierre Herme- ok, this one is entirely not kid related but I have to talk about it because everyone comes to France for macaroons and immediately rushes to Laduree. First of all, Laduree is now popping up in the US in New York and LA, I am a huge fan of only buying things you can’t get in the states while traveling internationally. Secondly, their macaroons are so so much better! Plus, Chance claims that their chocolate is the BEST chocolate he has ever had (and he’s done the research!) and there is one directly next door to Brentano’s!

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Find more product details on insta @we_go_wear!

Do you travel for work or fun? Where are your favorite places to shop for your tot?

xx Kristin

This Colorful Life!

I’m taking it back a bit BUT this was honestly one of my favorite trips with B to date. The Zimmer Museum offers Art Crawls to the public twice each month, click HERE! to find this months schedule and reserve your spot.

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We chose to organize our own private Art Crawl with a group of babes from our Mommy and Me class (we started at the Pump Station if anyone is looking into Mommy and Me classes). Contact andres@zimmermuseum.org to schedule your Private Art Crawl, depending on how many baby friends you have it can actually be less expensive and who doesn’t want to spend time with your buds?

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B skipped his morning nap that day so I was a bit concerned about how he would react being locked in a room in a diaper with paint but he LOVED it. He was one of the first ones in and the last one out, although he did lay down in the middle of the room for about 30 seconds for a power nap!

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Before you freak out, paint is non toxic and the museum offers tubs and wipes to rinse off your babe before you put them back in the car!

Tip for you: Wear something that you don’t mind getting messy, there is NO way to avoid the paint once your babe gets going!

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The Zimmer Museum also offers a ball pit, water table and so much more for your toddler. On days when it’s too hot or rainy (I know I know, we live in LA but you’ll thank me in February) this is a great place to spend your day!

You can find full Zimmer calendar and admission info HERE!

What is your favorite thing to do with you tot when the temps go up??

xx Kristin