Monday, September 22

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Thursday, September 11

{Parenthood} :: Briones Park

"The true object of human life is play." - Gilbert K. Chesterton

We visited Briones Park, or Juana Briones Park, earlier this week in Palo Alto after hearing great things about it. The little peanut certainly enjoyed it.

Park Sign

You can get to Briones Park by driving down Arastradero Road or Maybell Avenue. Parking is easy. If you are driving down Arastradero Road, turn right on Clemo Avenue and ther road is closed off on one side, making parking great and close by. You can also park along Maybell Avenue.

This park was re-dedicated back in 2006, where you can find new and extensive play areas for children as well as ahistorical section detailing the life of Juana Briones. She was a humanitarian, businesswoman and a landowner. She held attributes that transcended the time we lived and continues to be admired for them today. For more information on her life, check out the foundation that is dedicated preserving her heritage.

Play structure for the kids!
On to the park...

Train play structure!

The pros:

  • great play structures for the kids: there are two in the shaded area: one for toddlers and another one for slightly older kids, and another one in the sun. 
  • a train play structure!!!
  • great shade for the toddler and younger kids play area
  • shade, shade for park benches and tables
  • Did I mention shade?
  • sand
  • there's a bridge
  • looks like a great location to take photos as a family

The cons:

  • a bigger play structure for slightly older kids (age 5-12), is in direct sunlight. So, depending on the time of day you go, it'll get very hot. 
  • the sand is a bit slippery. The little peanut fell 2x but it's a good thing, the landing is also soft
  • I don't really have much...

We went to the park around 10:30 in the morning. It wasn't too busy and not to hot as well. I'd recommend this park to anyone who has kids interested in trains, because... trains. Next time, the little peanut and I go back to this park, I'd pack a light lunch for the both of us and call it a day.

A close up of the toddler play structure.

The play structure for slightly older kids in direct sun.
Until, next time!

Monday, September 8

Halloween is almost here!

It's just around the corner!

I can't wait to dress up the little lady for Halloween and she will be adorable. :D Last year, she was a bumble bee and this year... you'll just have to wait and see. I've finished sewing her costume already and just have to do some finishing touches.

What are you planning to dress up as? Or your little one?

Here are some costumes that I found online that look adorable!

Pottery Barn Kids Where the Wild Things Are

Pottery Barn Kids Baby Bunny

Pottery Barn Kids Thing 1 and Thing 2

{Parenthood} :: Mariposa Park

Since becoming a parent, our lives has completely changed for the better. The little lady is now walking and practically running that we have gone to many parks in our area. One of our favorite parks to go to is Mariposa Park in Mountain View. When translated, it means butterfly park and it is beautiful. The whole park is themed with butterfly decor. The whole decor reminds me of Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

It gets some shade, depending on what time of the day you decide to go. This is where the little lady discovered that she loves going down slides! They have two play structures: one for toddlers and for slightly older children. The park has grass on the surrounding areas but has the cushion for where the kids play. 

The two play structures: on the left, for the toddlers and on the right, for older children.

Sitting area near the playground that is shaped like a caterpillar. 

Swing set!

A close-up of the older children's play structure.

Until, next time!!!

Friday, September 5

Pantone Color Release for Spring 2015

With New York Fashion Week upon us, Pantone just released their color report for Spring 2015. The colors are amazing, leaning towards the cooler side of the color spectrum. It is an eclectic mix of pale colors mixed in with brights and neutrals.

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Pantone colors for Spring 2015 are:
  • Pantone 14-4313 Aquamarine
  • Pantone 16-4725 Scuba Blue
  • Pantone 14-5714 Lucite Green
  • Pantone 19-4052 Classic Blue
  • Pantone 14-1213 Toasted Almond
  • Pantone 16-1720 Strawberry Ice
  • Pantone 15-1247 Tangerine
  • Pantone 13-0720 Custard
  • Pantone 18-1438 Marsala
Pantone releases a Fashion Color Report twice a year to offer a glimpse into the colors of the next season. 

Check out Pantone's website for more information on Spring 2015 colors here.

Monday, September 1

Weekend Fun :: Labor Day Weekend

This past weekend was spent hanging out with family. My cousin and her family drove up to spend Labor Day weekend with us. It was a great way to say goodbye to August and to welcome September.

The little one watching one of the rides at the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz.
Saturday was spent at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. It was a nice sunny day, perfect weather to usher in the weekend. The little peanut went on some rides along with her cousin and had a blast. We ended the day with having tri-tip and sausages. Along, with lots and lots of chips and dip. 

Sunday was spent in the city. We had brunch at Squat and Gobble in the Marina District and walked over to Fisherman's Wharf. We decided to be tourists and took the Duck tour. As described by the hubby, it seemed like a parody of an actual tour. If you want good fun, this tour is not bad. The little peanut enjoyed it. The kids on this tour enjoyed it immensely, since they were able to man the duck and drive it around on the water. Did I mention, it is both a land and water tour? It runs for 90 minutes, which gives you a good overview of the city. We had Captain Dan as our tour guide. 

I hope you all have a great Labor Day and I'll see you soon. 

Sunday, August 24

{Family} :: Tips for Traveling with Baby or Toddler

It's been awhile. A long while. But, here I am again (crossing fingers that I won't disappear again for a long time).

For today's post, I'd love to talk about traveling with a baby or toddler and would love to hear your tips. We just got back from a weekend in Ventura visiting family and the little lady has become an avid flier. Granted, this was the little one's 5th time being on a plane and the first time was when I wrote this little post.

During this last flight, we learned how different it is to travel with a baby versus a toddler. The first time the little one flew was at five months and now at 14 months, she has flown many more times than I did when I was her age. 

Here are some tips that I'd like to share that have helped us travel more smoothly:

At the airport

1. When going through security, I always carry my little one in a carrier. I use a Tula, but you can use a similar one like an Ergo or Baby Bjorn. With carrying the baby, your hands are free to handle documents and tickets and sometimes security lets you through faster. On the upside, I don't have to take my shoes off but you do get another round of security check. 

2. Snacks and water bottle within easy access. We always pack snacks for all of us to share and bring an empty water bottle with us. This was a great tip from friends and one we've adopted.

On the plane

1. If traveling domestically in the U.S., babies fly free until they are two. They just sit in your lap. If you are traveling internationally, you have to pay some extra taxes for the baby, but it is much less expensive than buying a full ticket. We paid roughly $250 in taxes for the little one when we traveled to London. You could also purchase a full ticket for your baby and have them in a car seat next to you, if your budget can fit it in. We got lucky, we got three seats for the three of us. 

2. Always try to fly during naps or bedtime. Flying with a sleeping baby is a million times easier than flying with a baby or toddler, who wants to play for the entire flight. This last flight was from Burbank to San Jose, which took one hour, but the little lady did not want to settle down. She contented herself with playing with the window shades and pulling the magazines. That only lasted for the first half of the flight. (Note: Bring more activities and toys to occupy the little one for times when they are awake and alert, especially on long flights.)

3. Feed during take-off and landing, or just around when they start changing the air pressure in the plane (which we've found out on a few flights that it bugged the little lady). Babies don't know how to pop their ears, so it helps to offer a bottle or nurse on the plane. On the recent flight to Burbank, the little one was drinking Jamba Juice and did not need to nurse as much. If anything, just offer something for them to drink, since swallowing some liquids will help ease ear pressure. 

What to pack or not to pack

1. Depending on your destination, a travel crib is necessary. We use the 4moms Breeze playard and it is amazing. It is very easy to pack and unpack. If you are traveling internationally, you can request for a baby cot. We did this on our trip to London. It was convenient not having to worry about checking in a travel crib at the airport and lugging it around London. 

2. Order or buy diapers at your destination. Just pack enough diapers or wipes or whatever else you need during the trip. It makes it easier to not have to pack everything. On the plus side, you get to discover local stores where to buy necessities. We've been doing this since we took our little one to London. 

3. Car seat and stroller. 

We are planning a trip to New York soon and would love to hear tips and suggestions as to where to take the little one. 

Happy travels!

P.S. For more tips, see here.