American Girl- A Dream Come True

When Sammiah was six years old my sister, mom, aunt and myself went on a little adventure to The Grove, in Los Angeles California, to the American Girl store. The first time I had ever seen one of these massive play-houses for kids I was on a trip to Chicago. It was huge with tons of stuff inside for a lifetime of enjoyment. Sammiah got a look-a-like doll, which are the dolls that you get that look like you. Or as close as you can match.

MaKayla was only three at the time so she did not get a doll on this trip. She did however get a bitty baby, I think they are called. As they got older, MaKayla would talk about was how she wanted an american girl doll and wanted to visit the store for a special day of her own. She’s been talking this talk now for two years! 

This January, MaKayla turned the big 9 and much to her surprise, my sister and I cooked up a plan to take her out on an adventure to the American Girl Store to get her first real American Girl doll.

We set out first thing in the morning. Waking up at 5:30 am to be out of the house about 6:30 am. My dad picked us up and we headed to the Metro-link train station in the town we live in. I am so happy they opened up a station here in the city we live in, it is just so convenient.

6:50 am. Waiting on our train to arrive at 7:05! It’s cold!!

We found some seats, took a few selfies and got comfy for the ride. No too comfy because we had to switch trains in the next city over.

We met up with my sister at the L.A. Union Station in Los Angeles and off we went to The Grove. If you have never been to The Grove, it is a huge outdoor plaza like mall that has tons of stores, places to eat and even a farmers market.

We spent about an hour letting MaKayla walk around and look at all the dolls. She was having a hard time deciding which one she wanted to make her favorite girl. I don’t blame her. 

This store may I just say is absolutely ridiculous. They have every single accessory you can think of for their dolls. Every article of clothing, shoe and even a doll hair salon so you can get your favorite girl a new do! 

It totally brought back memories of when I was a kid and would get the American Girl catalog. I would circle all the things I wanted… not that I got them, because I didn’t. I always joke with the girls that they are super lucky because I wanted an american girl doll and never got one. Especially because they have a doll named Addy!

Auntie Miko and the girls! Ready to head inside.

She tried everything! So fun!

MaKayla chose Julie Albright! She also got a matching set of pajamas for her and her new favorite girl Julie, some glasses and a hair brush. 

And just like that $225 later… she had been initiated into the American Girl gang!

We tried to make a reservation for lunch in the cafe at the american girl store but at first inquiry they said they had nothing available. We wondered if we should of called ahead but it was the middle of the week. Guess we forgot the fact that it was still Christmas break. Leave it to the Lawyer in the family to have gab so sweet that they took our phone number and said they would call us if anything opened. I don’t know exactly what she said to them but I know it started with…

 “We are celebrating my nieces birthday and they are here from out of town…”

No more than about 45 minutes later we were getting a text letting us know that our table was ready and off to the dining room we went.

Sammiah checked out a loaner american girl (boy) doll to eat at the table with us. Yes y’all. They have the cutest little seats for the dolls to have a spot at the table too.

Lunch was fantastic. We chatted over the conversation cards they keep on each of the tables. We each went around answering all the questions we pulled. We also had the cutest little cupcakes for dessert.

After we got the text we headed up to check in to be seated.
The table was set so beautiful. This really is such a lovely and classy place for a kid to enjoy!
Conversation starters. These were cute and kept us busy chatting as we went around the table to answer each question.
Sammiah and her loaner doll! He’s kinda cute. Lol
The first plate to arrive at our table these delicious little cinnamon bites.
Next up… our drinks and appetizers. Everything here looks and tastes so good.
Birthday Girls Meal
Sammiah’s meal!
My Meal! Wonderful I might add. I enjoyed this with a peach Bellini.

After lunch we walked the plaza slowly as we headed back to the car. We made a pit stop in Barnes and Noble so that Sammiah could look for a book. She chose 13 Reasons Why after about 30 minutes of searching. We made our way back to the Valet to retrieve our ride and headed back to the train station.

We arrived a bit early so we purchased our tickets to come home, stopped inside of a little shop to grab some snacks and cough drops for me considering the whole ride to L.A. I was coughing and sneezing.

That concluded a wonderful day. MaKayla was so stoked. It was loads of fun and now she has a doll that she loves. She already hopped right on Etsy to find more clothes for her doll. 

The entire day was fit for a princess and I am so glad she had a good time. Special thanks to my sister who never disappoints. She is always so good to my kids. 

Thanks for stopping by!!

xx addie





A Perfect Mother’s Day

This year I wasn’t sure about Mother’s day. Probably in large part to the fact that I’ve currently been dealing with my own personal issues with my mother. We have never really had the closest relationship and this year she really said some things that hurt me. I am not sure if she is aware of this fact as we haven’t really spoken much since the said incident occurred.

Due to the fact that I have been keeping my distance, I had a hard time deciding what to get for her as well as contemplating if I was even going to go over to her house for any portion of the day. Somewhere around Thursday or Friday leading up to Mother’s day the guilt started to set in. I had to put my big girl panties on and realize, that no matter what I might be feeling, it is mother’s day and I was not going to “leave my mom hanging’.”

I started my day out with Preston coming into my room to sneak me a gummy bear. At the time I had no idea what he was doing, or where he even got the gummy from for that matter. I ate it anyway though, yikes, and then he left the room. Next I was greeted with a cup of delicious coffee. MaKayla brought it to me but I am pretty positive my husband made it 😉 I hung out in bed for a while and then headed into the living room. There I found a beautiful gift basket filled with goodies for me. I really didn’t need anything for Mother’s Day. While I love the idea of being showered with gifts of appreciation, I sort of feel like I do about Valentine’s Day when it comes to this holiday.

Very superficial.


I called my nephew to see if they already had plans at my mom’s house. He said no, so we came up with a game plan. I decided I’d stop by the store and pick up some things to make her lunch. I figured, we could eat, chat and I could clean up and head home in time to be ready for my own Mother’s day plans. I had a reservation at Chateau Le Green, (by the way, that’s our home).

For lunch we ate Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches and homemade steak fries. I also made her a side salad. She was the only one who ate one of those.

Green Peppers and Onions
I used Flap Meat by the butchers suggestion. It cooked up really nice.


She definitely enjoyed her meal and was happy to see us.  Over all it was not quite as uncomfortable as I thought it would be. I had never made Philly cheesesteaks before so I am pretty proud of myself too.


Mom’s side salad.
Philly cheese steak



We got back home around 3 o’clock. I spent the rest of the day relaxing and stalking my favorite people on social media. I tried to get all my kids outside so we could take a picture. A totally unique experience when you have four children. We managed to get a photo.

Testing out the photo spot.
After several tries this is what we got.


My wonderful husband and kids went all out for dinner. My husband continues to amaze me with his skills in the kitchen. I seriously wish he would just be the one to cook every meal, every day. Everything he makes is literally the shit! Score for a man that can cook. Sammiah made me a cute menu and they set my place at the table. MaKayla of course helped dad out in the kitchen.

The Menu
MaKayla set the table
Hubs working’ it out in the kitchen.


They started with the appetizer which was avocado egg rolls with a cilantro lime dipping sauce. I love these avocado egg rolls from BJ’s restaurant. Hubs definitely put it down. Looks like I won’t be needing to go out to get these anymore. They were so good.

Sammiah served me.
Avocado Egg Rolls
Home made Avocado egg rolls with cilantro lime dipping sauce. 

Next, A beautiful southwest salad was placed in front of me. It was a pre made salad. The kind that have all the toppings + dressing. It was actually really good and I will be eating this again for lunch one day.

Southwest Salad

At this point, not only Am I totally impressed but I am anxiously awaiting the main course. My husband doesn’t eat shrimp so he made himself a steak instead. This was absolutely fantastic. I am not sure where he found the recipe but this will be going in the book of must make meals because I need to have this pasta again. It was a tiny bit spicy but as Bruno mars says “That’s what  I like.”

Shrimp scampi Pasta in a lemon butter sauce.
Amazing Mother’s Day dinner.
I ate just about every drop. So good, so full.
Hubs steak dinner.

They didn’t stop there. We can’t forget about the desert. The girls made chocolate chunk brownies with vanilla bean ice cream and fudge.

This whole meal was heaven.



I spent the rest of my evening relaxing. No dishes, no cleaning up, no chasing little people. Simply just relaxing.

This was the perfect mother’s day. It was chill and peaceful which was exactly the intention I set for my day when I first woke up. I felt very much appreciated by the ones I work hard to care for each and everyday. Thank you so much my beautiful babies and my handsome husband. Momma definitely was pampered and fed well!

Relaxing with my feet up.
My cards.


I hope all of you mommies had a wonderful day as well.

Until next time my friends…


xx addie