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.
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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. 
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Thanks for stopping by!!

xx addie

 

 

 

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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.

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

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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.

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Mom’s side salad.
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Philly cheese steak

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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.

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Testing out the photo spot.
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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.

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The Menu
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MaKayla set the table
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😉
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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.

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Sammiah served me.
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Avocado Egg Rolls
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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.

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Southwest Salad
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😉

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.”

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

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Yum!

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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!

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Relaxing with my feet up.
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My cards.

 

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

Until next time my friends…

 

xx addie

 

Refrigerator Organization

Today was Grocery Store day! Yay!

Not!

Most of the time going to the grocery store is the highlight of my week. As a stay-at-home-mom, work at home mom, whatever you want call me, I don’t get out much these days. So you can imagine when I get out to run errands, I get excited. Except for on that one day of the month that I do my big grocery store trip.

 

Usually at the beginning of the month we are in desperate need of groceries. While meal planning, grocery lists and keeping track of the things we love to eat has been a help when it comes to making things stretch, the beginning of the month haul is usually fairly large.

Today I was fortuanate enough to be able to ride alone. This happens far, few and in between so I took full advantage. I walked up and down each aisle slowly gathering the things on my list and maybe several things that were not. My outting lasted all of about an hour and a half. I stopped and grabbed a midnight mint frappuccino from Starbucks and then headed back home.

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I had a bunch of stuff in the fridge that needed to be cleared out. So I took out all of the old food, tupper ware containers with leftovers  and practically empty soda and water bottles.

While I dreaded doing it, every month when I do a large grocery haul I clean out the refrigerator. Today I ended up taking everything out so I could wipe down all the shelves, walls and the other grossness that was in the door shelves.

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This bottom shelf had a lot of yuck on it. Mostly from things that dropped or spilled and no one cleaned it up. 

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After cleaning everything out I felt creative like perhaps it was time to change things up a bit. So I searched Pinterest for some refrigerator organization ideas. I found a few pictures that really resonated with me and that I thought would be practical for my fridge. I changed the placement of the shelves to better accommodate how we store food. I was originally using a “bin system” putting things into plastic bins. This was definitely working for a while but I still thought there was a better way to store things.

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My little “booger nose” Preston. He has a cold and keeping his nose clean is seemingly impossible right now. He was a great helper with putting the groceries away.

Once I put everything inside I was instantly in love. I think having the shelf that holds all our our drinks in the middle makes way more sense than keeping them on top. Now we can clearly see everything that is on the shelf.

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I decided to put the kids cold snacks down low where everyone can reach them. Even Preston. I am not sure yet if this is a good idea or not lol.

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I organized everything else in the best way that made sense. I really do love the way it all turned out and it is much more organized than it was before.

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The next drawer up from the bottom I am using to store all of our bagged produce.
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On the very bottom shelf I have a bin for any meat that will be cooked in the next day or two, bread and bottled water.

 

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The very top shelves house the eggs, salsa, cream cheese and left overs tupperwares. As well as more produce and bagged cheese.

I also cleaned the inside of the freezer however I didn’t move any of the shelves around. I think we are going to stick with this way for a while.

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This is the before of the freezer. 

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After I put everything back inside. 

Thanks for stopping by!

xx addie

 

Pinterest Meal Challenge

Food to a large extent is what holds a society together, 
and eating is closely linked to deep spiritual experiences.
- Peter Farb
AZ Quotes

Saturday mornings breakfast are always a step up from the quick cereal and milk or bagel and cream cheese breakfasts we eat during the week. Mainly because I don’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn to make food for five people. That isn’t easy on a weekday morning when I have to be out of the house by 7:30am to get MaKayla to school on time.

Today I wanted to make a fast easy but filling breakfast. I consulted my handy Pinterest Meal Challenge board to find something I could make.

Aha! I found it.

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Can you guess what I am going to make?

I chose to make these delicious egg and cheese tacos. They were so good and super simple to make. Literally, just scramble up some eggs, heat the desired amount of tortillas. Spoon the eggs in the tortilla and top with your desired toppings. I had cilantro and feta cheese on mine. The kids ate theirs with cheddar cheese. They were so good.

This also can double as an inexpensive way to feed a lot of people. Great idea for entertaining and it will make you look like the hostess with the mostess. 😉

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Delicious egg and cheese breakfast tacos!

 

Until Next Time my Favorite Friend,

XX,

Addie

(The wise woman builds her house,
    but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.)