4 Healthy Snacks Kids Can Make

DIY/How to, Family, Food/Recipes, Lifestyle

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I’m always trying to find creative ideas on how to feed my kids healthy and incorporate foods that they don’t normally eat. So here are 4 healthy snacks ideas that kids can actually make themselves. Have you noticed that when you cook something it tastes better than if someone else cooked it (only if that someone else is not Gordon Ramsey)? The same with kids, when they help to make something they will mostly likely enjoy eating it more.

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Asymmetric Midi Dress

Fashion, Fashion Inspiration

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Lately, I’ve been obsessed with olive color, so anything olive just gets my attention real quick. {I got this olive bomber jacket for fall, and I can’t wait to wear it}.

I liked this dress when I first saw it hanging on the hanger at Nordstrom. I liked it, even more, when I first touched it. And I fell in love with it when I first tried it on. I should add that lately I’ve been obsessed with olive color, so anything olive just gets my attention real quick. {I also got this olive

I love the material of this dress. It’s super soft, and it’s made of lustrous micro-striped jersey, which makes it a little shiny. It looks very sexy, even though it’s not opened or short. Something about this dress and how it sits on the body makes it look so chic. You can definitely dress it up or dress it down.  Continue reading “Asymmetric Midi Dress”

29 Things To Do Before I Turn 30

Everything else, Family, Lifestyle, Thoughts

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I haven’t done the post like this in a really long time, and since today is the beginning of my last year of being 20s I think it’s a good time to make the list again. This day next year I’m going to be 30 and I’m terrified of this number. I don’t even know why I’m freaking out like this.  I guess I always thought that once you turn 30, that’s it, you enter the #AdultLife, like you become a woman who can’t wear short shorts and bikini anymore, who might even cut her hair short, who must use face masks and eye cream all the time, who gets her first wrinkles, and who younger generation calls Mrs. ____ . And I don’t want this. Not because I want to be childish and don’t want to grow up, I just don’t want to get old I guess. People actually consider me mature for my age, but when I turn 30, maturity will be kind of expected. Let me know if you have similar feelings? At least then I won’t feel so lonely and silly.

Nevertheless, I want to spend this year purposefully so good that it won’t be so sad to turn 30. Here is my list of 29 things to do this year: Continue reading “29 Things To Do Before I Turn 30”

Under The Sea Sensory Box

DIY/How to, Family, Lifestyle

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We have recently discovered water beads and our life has changed forever :-). They are so much fun and there is an endless number of activities you can do with them. Today I decided to make an under the sea sensory box for my kids. My kids (almost 3 y.o. and 1 y.o) had a blast!!!

So what are the water beads? Water beads are tiny dehydrated crystal gels that are made from water-absorbing polymer. You put the beads in a bowl, add water, and once the beads start to absorb the water they begin to grow.

I got mine from Amazon, they came in a pack of 3: blue, transparent and blue, and green. I’m sure they will last a long time because you really don’t need a lot to create this sensory box.

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As you can see from the photo, I used maybe a little more than a tablespoon, and it was enough to fill a small box.

It usually takes 8 hours for them to expand to a full size, but we were too impatient to wait. So in about 30 minutes or so we drained the water and started to play. Even though they weren’t big they were still fun to play with. At the beginning, Christian wanted to eat them and I don’t blame him, just look at these water beads, they look like candy, who wouldn’t want to eat them?! 🙂

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July Currently

Dallas, Texas, Family, Lifestyle

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July has been a lot of fun (pool parties, moms night out, going out with friends).  A big portion of the month we all have been under the weather though (Daniel and I had bad allergies, Christian had a stomach bug and ran a fever 104.2, David has just recently got sick and had a fever 103 yesterday). We are also preparing for David’s First Birthday Party, and while it’s a lot of fun, it’s also a bit stressful.

This month I was reminded of how fast time really flies (well, I’m reminded of it every month lol). I realized that I’m not looking forward to my birthdays anymore (which btw is next month!! Wait, what??), because I’m getting older, and I’m not looking forward to being a 50-year-old woman.. And I know it’s far away..but again, is it??  I’m like a little terrified of it lol…

Favorite: These Sunglasses! I love me some cat-eye frames, these particular sunglasses just scream SUMMER!! And they’re so cheap too <3

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Little Swimmers

Dallas, Texas, Family, Lifestyle

I’ve probably said it hundred times and I will say it again 🙂 One of the best decisions we’ve made was to send Christian to swim school (Emler Swim School) early. He was 15 months old, it was January, we didn’t have the pool at that time, but we felt that it was so important to learn how to swim, because it’s the skill that he will always have no matter the profession, no matter where he lives and what he does. I remember him crying for several weeks every swim lesson, and then one day he stopped and he started to really enjoy the process. I look at him now and I’m so happy to see him happy and excited to jump in the water. There is no fear or uncertainty in his eyes, he really loves it and truly enjoys his pool time.

xo JANE xo

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Christian’s Top 5 Board Books + Family Friday Linkup

Family, Lifestyle, Reviews

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Christian (2 years and 9 months old) absolutely loves reading books. In fact, it’s probably his favorite thing to do in the entire world: he reads (looking at the pictures and baby talking 🙂 books when he wakes up (while we are still sleeping), and then he asks us to read him a book before his nap, before his bedtime and all the time in between 🙂

And today I want to share his Top 5 board books that he never gets tired of:

  1. Bubbles Bubbles

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It’s his first favorite book since he was 6 months old (and now it’s David’s favorite). And it doesn’t seem like there is something special about this book, but kids absolutely love it. One of Christian’s first words was “Bubba bubba”, he was always saying it when he wanted me to read him this book (which was every evening). I even tried to read him more interesting books (that I thought would be more interesting for him), but he paid zero attention and just wanted his “Bubba bubba”.

Now, he is more into other books, but if I read it to David he still enjoys it.

2. Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?

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Another favorite of his since very young age, and he still likes it a lot… Great book to teach kids different (or how the book says “wonderful”) noises!

3. Who am I? Baby Animals

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Great book for very both small kids and for older kids. When Christian was around 1 year old, I just showed him pictures of baby animals in the book and talked about them, right now I follow the book directions and it’s very entertaining to see how Christian imitates the animals, like when he tries to walk like a bear or catch a fly with his tongue like a chameleon. Also, we discuss colors of the animals, and we count them. This book seems very simple but it can be very entertaining and useful at the same time.





4. First Animal Facts. Safari.

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This book teaches simple facts about the animals: what they like to do, what they eat, where they live. It’s very colorful and has great illustrations which attract Christian’s eyes. He always reaches for this book.

5. Brown bear, Brown bear what do you see

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This book doesn’t have much story line to it, but I think Christian likes it because it’s really easy to understand and memorize, plus he likes the illustrations. The book is simple, clean and catches kids attention very fast. While reading you can also ask: “What does brown bear see? And what does red bird see?” etc. That way they’re gonna use their memory…

There so many board books that Christian likes, it was hard to choose just 5, but I didn’t want to make this post extra long. Some of his other favorite books are: Good night moon, Dear Zoo, Green eggs & ham (this one he started to enjoy only recently), and series of books from Leap Frog Collection, he loves to play with Scout (Book Pal)

Which board books are your kids favorite?

xo JANE xo

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June Currently + Family Friday Linkup

Family, Lifestyle, Thoughts

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June flew by so fast… It was May yesterday, and it’s already July… June was a hard month, a lot was going on and we were just so busy…it seems like the whole month was just on fast forward except for a couple of moments that were in slow motion…  That’s how I feel about June…

It seems like the whole month was just on fast forward except for a couple of moments that were in slow motion…  That’s how I feel about June and that’s probably the best I can describe it…

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Reminded of what a great actor is Tom Hanks LOL 🙂 and L-I-F-E.. How important it is to live Your Life, to do what you want to do, to spend time with people you want to spend time with, to create moments with your loved ones, and not sweat a small stuff or even a big stuff..because at the end a lot of things that we so worry about won’t matter…the only things that will matter are the memories that we have and the moments we create, and I want them to be good…

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On June 21, my girlfriend’s mom who had cancer (read her story here) passed away… I was at the hospital that night, and it was so heartbreaking. I know that no one is going to live on this Earth forever, and the death is unavoidable, but it’s still very hard to deal with it.But, like my husband said: “She (Fanny) is not in the past she is in our future, and we’ll definitely meet in heaven”.

If any of you want to support her family and help with the funeral expenses, please donate here.

Watched The League of Their Own, Captain Phillips… Both are based on a true story…

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… and we started to watch Son Of God (but we haven’t finished it yet). But so far I feel like they gave a general idea of the bible but there are a lot of {important} details that weren’t shown in the movie…

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And yes, I can’t believe I haven’t watched Me before You just yet… 🙁 Have you watched it? I’m afraid to be disappointed, I loved the book so much…


Enjoying going to be at night… There are days when I enjoy waking up and looking forward to a new day, but this month I was just really enjoying going to bed, and get some kind of a quiet time without rushing anywhere, and even then I didn’t really enjoy my nights, because I had to wake up to put Christian on a potty or David was waking up because I broke him from taking a pacifier and he didn’t like that…

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And we are enjoying swimming in the pool almost every day 🙂 <3

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Listening  to a lot of Christian music (mainly Pandora’s Hillsong United radio station).

xo JANE xo

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