Our little adventure to Ikea and Castle Island

I don’t know about you guys but I LOVE ikea. Yes, there are some things I am not a fan of. I do not like their living room sets. But i love their closet systems and bedroom sets as well as the home section full of cute things to buy.

So what brings us to Ikea today of all days? Well, as I browsed pinterest I came across an idea for ikea hacks on how to create a lego table. my kids LOVE legos..they don’t just build and take apart and rebuild. My kids actually build and make a little village…its too bad that village takes up my entire dining table.

So the day we went there was unfortunately a weekend but it was so jammed packed with people. I had three very crazy kids who only wanted to try out every piece of furniture in the store.  As we searched for the perfect table we settled on table that was adjustable for the kids as they grow as well as two colored swivel chairs which mind you were $44.00 each! Either way the kids are excited. As of right now we have it set up and they just use the Legos on the table. We are hoping as we work on redesigning our living room/ playroom we are hoping to further the table into a cute little lego village. Below is the link to what we purchased if anyone is interested. 

Ikea Childrens Table

Ikea Children’s swivel Chair

So after long lines and our adventure my husband decided we should head to Castle Island in South Boston and have the kids watch the planes come in. As tired as I was at that moment watching the kids have that much fun was good enough for me.

Make sure to check out a few of the pictures of our adventure and little short videos. I forewarn you I am not great at videos! I myself am very self-conscious to even be on film! Bare with me as we grow and learn!

XoXo Mommy

Our short video preview for our day trip!

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Family Pictures and our Rushed Yankee Candle trip!

Saturday was a very slow day. I’m not entirely sure if it was just the weather or being up all night with 2 boys who decided not to sleep through the night. Our goal initially for the day was to close the pool so that we could then work on my car for brakes and such. That did not happen. We were slow-moving up until about 11 am and then hubs put some winterizing chemicals in the pool and we randomly decided to head  out to Yankee Candle in Deerfield!

We generally take this trip twice a year in the fall season, but we really just wanted a nice day trip. We dressed our kids in their fall clothes to take our pictures, which was probably not the best idea seeing as it was rather warm that day.  Alas off we went, kids in tow , snacks and drinks and movies for the ride. We arrived at our little photo area that we go to each and every year and took some pictures.  Apparently everyone else had the same idea!

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After some exploration time and pictures we were off to Yankee Candle. We lost track of time and arrived there around 5pm. Once in the store and bathroom breaks done we went to walk around for a bit. Every time we go here we could spend hours. There is so much to see.  around 545 pm over the loud-speaker we were told that the store was closing at 6! 6!!!! Are you kidding me? It’s a saturday and you’re not open until 9?  We drove 1.5 hours to come here.  I had to get in line with my coupons and candles ( early christmas shopping) while my husband rushed the kids through the store to see the lighted villages and toy shop.  The kiddos were sad to have left so soon but we promised we would come back again.

 

It was a wonderful day out and even though rushed there was never a dull moment!

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Have a great weekend!

XOXO Mommy Alicia

Hard Work Mom Life….

The past week has been such a struggle.. Each kid has been taking their turn with a bad head cold, I feel as though I have not gotten a thing done.

So as most close family and friends know I am a stay home mom of the three nuggets. I consider this to be the best job in the world and I am so blessed to be able to do that, however the other day someone I ran into made a comment to me. For the very first time in 7 years of being a mother I was told ” I don’t know how you do it.”

I can honestly tell you that in all these years I was in complete shock over this comment. Why you ask?

Let’s trace back 7 years when my daughter was born! The anticipation of it all being a first time mom. So many questions were asked… will  you use cloth diapers, breast or bottle feed…are you staying home or working.. how far out do you plan to have more kids… make sure you do not feed them x, y , z….but be sure to use this lotion.  I could not have been more overwhelmed.

Back to the why…. if you just pause for a moment… really just look around. Every mom is different and yet somehow we are all tangled into this web of a MOM WAR…. the judgement and criticism we as women all give each other. In my mind being a mom  in general is tough enough let alone listening to the judgement from other moms. Why can’t we just accept each other’s parenting styles and be happy? To know that there is someone out there who always has it worse than us and we are the lucky ones to have beautiful, healthy children is something we should really consider.

So as i sat back and thought about this comment for a second I responded back ” I don’t know how you do it!”   I can tell you I chose to stay home, and I chose to have more than one child. I chose to breast and bottle feed etc etc. So many people ask me or tell me for that matter
“Wow your brave….Oh my three kids .. you have an army…too many kids…. how can you afford them…oh you stay home so you must get to rest whenever you like.”

I wouldn’t change what I have for the world, but let me state this …I may stay home but I’m lucky if i get the chance to sit for 5 minutes uninterrupted whereas someone who works full-time does not have a toddler or other children rushing into the bathroom every chance they notice your gone, or hang on you every second. I certainly do not rest when I want to. I clean every inch of my house, do workbooks, and projects at home with my kids, keep them involved in many things around the house all the meanwhile preparing every meal. I do not get adult socialization until my husband arrives home to which he is attacked by a herd of children. I then prepare dinner and we send the kids off to bed… I too hit the sheets! I sometimes too envy those moms who have that wonderful career and chance to be around adults…but i LOVE what I do. Its tiring and its hard but so is a full-time career. If you’re a full time working mom…I bow down to you because as tired as I may be, I’m sure you feel the same when you get home form a long day. We as moms need to stick together and not bash each other for how we live. We are one and we each do whats best for our own family. We as women as strong for our family  and we are all equal yet all different.

Stop the Mom War please.  If you and I meet someday and you feel the need to breastfeed… go ahead do it up. If you only give your kids healthy snack and I whip our fishy crackers… let me enjoy that moment. I support you and hope you support me. This is hard work and we were made to do this job!

 

xoxo Mommy Alicia

Nutcracker update ….

So the results are in! We actually received an email as did everyone else who went through audition process last Wednesday but we have had a bad cold going around the household so I have been lagging on my YouTube videos and blogging. Drumroll please……

And Alexis has been cast to dance the role of the black sheep in the second act of the Nutcracker Ballet!  She was overjoyed and can’t wait to start her rehearsals! She will also be in all 5 shows during Thanksgiving break! Its going to be a tiring week but its such a wonderful experience for her! Time to catch up on some more rest! I will be blogging more often once I feel better!

 

XOXO Mommy Alicia

The Nutcrakcer Ballet

Today was a day my daughter has been talking about for over a year now! She was able to audition for the Nutcracker Ballet in our local county. Once your child turns 7,  boys and girls are allowed to audition for a spot in their holiday show that performs on Thanksgiving weekend!

This morning we prepared her hair, and she was so filled with excitement. I told her to just try her best and have fun! I’m so incredibly proud no matter the outcome. It’s currently 9 pm and I’m honestly exhausted. She started out with a 2 hour audition and waited to see if she had a call back. She did!!! 20 minutes later she started her call back audition and we will find out the results on Wednesday.  I can honestly say that this is a great experience for anyone in the dance community. Whether she makes a spot or not I could not be happier that she had the courage to go out on that stage so young and attempt to follow through with their dancing and exercises.

And now we wait for the email to go out with results! 3 more days until we find out!

Until then!

xoxo Mommy Alicia

Chicken and Bok Choy

So this meal is so super and can be made gluten-free!

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of chicken breasts (cut in half the long way)
  • a package of baby bok choy
  • 1 package of scallions
  • ginger
  • gluten-free tamari sauce
  • sea salt
  • grape seed oil

So my husband is a pro at this meal! This is one of his favorite choices for a healthy meal!

He slices the chicken breasts using only about two into about an inch thick, and puts them aside. We use one of those 8 quart multi cookers to steam the food.

Fill the water in the bottom pan about an inch and half or so give or take the size of your cooker. Place the chicken inside and layer the bok choy on top of it. . Pre heat the burner for two minutes. Steam cook on high for 15 minutes.

In the meantime its time to make the sauce!

Combine in a small bowl a pinch of sea salt, 2 Tablespoons of the tamari sauce, 1 Tablespoon of ginger, 1/2 cup of the grape seed oil and 1/4 cup of trimmed scallions.  Mix together.

Plate the bok choy on the dish with chicken layered on top, pour sauce over and ENJOY!!!

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This original recipe was taken from Tim Ferris’ 4 hour chef. We tweaked it a bit to our own liking.  4 Hour Chef

Oh the back to school chaos and Labor Day!

So my initial goal was to keep up with this daily blog! Cleary I have already fallen behind. I hope you all enjoyed your labor day weekend and hope it was more exciting than our weekend adventure! What did we do…hmm If I can remember correctly my mom brain might kick in. Oh yeah!! So we did not do anything special except work around the house and went to Home depot…but going to home depot certainly has its own adventures!  My kids and I also decorated our wrap around porch and washed the side of the house.

I don’t know about you but our weekend flew by! So as I said we ventured off to Home depot. Labor day sales meant I could buy my new country screen door (which mind you has still not been installed) That’s okay though because I’ll give my husband a little more time!

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My kids generally hate when we have to run errands but once we entered Home depot they were quite amused by the Halloween decorations!!!  YES , I said it ! Ugh! I love everything about September through December but man I was not ready for it yet. Be sure to check out their you tube  video  on our channel at Home  Depot. It is still a work in progress!

Once we finished with our Home Depot trip my husband suggested we head to Ocean State for a few things and of course my kids found some art on clearance they wanted to hang on their wall. Alas we caved…mostly because we don’t often buy them things unless its their birthday or Christmas time.

So after some errands my husband suggested on taking a ride to one of our favorite places to get Italian pastries and sweets. Gerado’s Italian Bakery is by far the best of both worlds. They have freshly made italian pastries, pies and cakes of all kinds. The best part for myself however are the gluten-free treats. Their chocolate cupcakes are to die for. They have a creamy filling and the icing on top taste just as delicious.  I was always a bit concerned though as they are now currently in a shared case so I usually ask for some cupcakes if they have any in the back just to be on the safe side.  I love their gluten-free party cakes they can make and I am looking forward to that for my daughter’s first communion coming up next year!

We were hoping to close up our pool this weekend now that our son will have his cat on until the end of September but we were pressed for time. So as the holiday weekend came to an end we spent the late afternoon and night trying to get them settled in for a 4 day school week. Sounds crazy seeing as they were in school the week prior but they were resting the idea that summer was officially over!  Bedtime routine was just crazy.

Well I hope you all had a great holiday weekend!

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XOXO Mommy Alicia

 

First day back to school!!!!!

It’s that time of year again…and to be honest as much as I have enjoyed this summer the past month has dragged on. Mostly because my darling son has suffered a broken arm and could not swim or be the wild child that he is because of it so unfortunately everyone has gotten on each other’s nerves.  This mom is super excited for the start of the new year. My daughter is starting 2nd grade which I can’t get over. This is a big year for her as she will be receiving First Communion. Our son is entering Kindergarten full day which will be a huge adjustment from his part-time pre school.  And my littlest one will be starting gymnastics this week! (mommy and me style)

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XoXo Mommy Alicia