Friday Five Favorites: Cherry Blossoms in Philadelphia, Simplicity Parenting, Kids Jujutsu, Love City Brewing + More!

Hello and Happy Friday!

I’m sitting here today from the land of CHERRY BLOSSOMS! I can’t believe they are already here, I wasn’t expecting them and it seems like they snuck up on me – but I’m not mad about it.

I’m crossing my fingers and my toes that the rain this weekend doesn’t wash them away before people can really enjoy them, they are always truly spectacular.

Ok, let’s get into it, this weeks Friday Five Favorites, check them out and let me know what you think!

1- The first thing I’m digging this week, and it should come with no surprise based on the previous paragraph are the beautiful BLOSSOMS! Spring is here and I want to enjoy it !

For a little fun, here are a few throwback posts from previous cherry blossom seasons in Philadelphia and DC:

2013 – Cherry Blossom 5k

2014 – Brooks + Blossoms

2015 – 18 weeks Pregnant + Cherry Blossoms with Brooks

{took a cherry blossom pause in 2016 dealing with Two Under Two}

2017 – Cherry Blossom Mom + Babes Sneak Peek

For #2 I have to share on the blog this book I’ve been gushing about on social media all week long. I’ve posted it in my Amazon Store – under Book Club – and it’s been such a delight and inspiration to read. I can’t say enough good things about it – for any moms and dads out there looking to calm + slow things a bit, this is fantastic!

#3 – Jujutsu! The boys started what I like to call – Ninja Training Camp – this week, and they couldn’t love anything more! They love to wrestle {and fight} all day long, so when I heard about this amazing neighborhood class – that gives you your first 3 classes FREE – I knew we had to try it!

Jujutsu is fighting WITH NO HITTING OR KICKING!

<insert this mama doing a happy dance here>

So basically if you have very busy, active, energetic little boys, this is probably the best thing for them! They do conditioning and practice moves, their coach keeps everyone in check. It’s a dream. Who else has kiddos doing jujitsu?! I’d love to know what you think!

#4 – With beautiful Spring weather, comes amazing Spring fashion. It only *just* started warming up, but I don’t mind if it doesn’t happen quickly – jeans, a t-shirt and maybe a light layer is my favorite way to dress. Ever.

Around 60* is the perfect temperature. Not too hot, not too cold, juuuuust right!

So I was pretty excited when I had to opportunity to take this new Amazon Find Blazer out for a roll. I love this red color – it will be awesome to style in the Fall as well.

It comes in a few other colors and its just a great closet staple to have for any season! Only $26 – it’s a great find.

And finally #5 – if you are a local Philly friend I have to add to your MUST VISIT list – Love City Brewing! The brews were fantastic and more importantly the space is incredible. It’s massive! Great for get togethers or if you’ve got kiddos that want to run around while you socialize.

#6 – Because sometimes it’s really hard to ONLY pick Five Favorites – As a little BONUS many of you know, I am a huge fan, lover and seller of Stella & Dot. Been doing it a long time and I love it so much. We just launched our new Spring + Summer collection and it’s BEYOND! Here’s a look at some of my favorites – Check out the full collection here and let me know what you think!

So there you have it folks! It’s Friday and we’ve got a busy weekend coming up! I hope you have a great + fun filled few days as well! I’d love to hear anything you are currently loving – please share!

And enjoy the cherry blossoms if you’ve got any in your area!

On Teaching My 5 Year Old to Ride a Bike + How He Learned in One Lesson

Ok, I’m not here to brag, but I’m totally going to brag a little because Brooks LITERALLY got this bike on Friday, he totally picked it up in ONE lesson and now he’s a lean, mean, bike riding machine.

I know there are lots of other parents out there looking to get their kiddos up and riding bikes this season and I totally want to let you in on a little secret weapon on how I think Brooks was able to pick it up so fast.

Step 1: Buy a two wheeled scooter.

Brooks + Graham have used the Micro Mini for years. Brooks originally had the original Micro Mini {which is a fixed height} and Graham got the Deluxe 3 in 1 Version when he was little.

This spring, Brooks was all of a sudden WAY to big for the scooter so we decided to upgrade to a Razor.

And you know what that $30 two wheeled scooter taught him?

Balance.

I think it’s so much easier for a kiddo to learn the whole ‘balance on wheels thing’ when they are very close to the ground.

A little less intimidating than jumping on a bigger bike. Plus, let’s be honest, scooters are so much fun.

I even have one!

And I know some might suggest going the balance bike route – and we had one for Brooks, but it never really worked out with his height – he was too small for it when we first got it and then he outgrew it before he really got to even use it. Plus he always preferred his scooter.

So it was sort of a natural progression that he was excited about his new scooter and the challenge of learning how to do it on two wheels. Then he got excited about his new bike, because he liked the idea of mastering another challenge!

Brooks seriously got on a bike for the first time on Friday and he just took off like he was born to do it. He had the balance down instantly and I am a huge believer it was 100% because of the two wheeled scooter.

Going from a three wheeled scooter to a two wheeled one is a big change. Plus, like a bike, the handlebars on a Razor move and flow with the wheels, so you have to control that too. It makes a big difference in figuring out how to control and balance it, just like it does on a bike.

Once they get the hang of the balance, there’s no need for training wheels – just go for it!

So there you have it – my little two cents about how important two wheeled scooters are for helping in learning to ride a bike! A #proudmommoment for my little 5 year old indeed – because its a big deal when your kiddo learns to ride a bike! I’m so excited for our summer of cycling together. Can you tell?!

Now I’d love to hear from you? How old was your kiddo when they first learned to ride a bike? Did you have any special tricks up your sleeve?! I’d love to hear it!

Five Friday Favorites: My New Amazon Shop, a few Organizational Must Haves + More

So I’ve got some exciting news today on this beautiful Friday!

I’ve FINALLY got my life together and put together an Amazon Shop to share with you! I’ve actually had it for a while, but never really did anything with it. And I feel like I’ve upped my Amazon purchasing lately and some things have been way too good not to share!

Be sure to follow along, as I’ll always be updating my Amazon Store FIRST and I like to pack it with lots of good stuff I love!

And now, without further ado, here’s what I’m digging this week, check it out and let me know what you think!

// Notebook / Colorful Markers / The Home Edit / Lip Color / Wallet

So since COMPLETELY reorganizing my kitchen, I’ve been on a bit of an organizational high. Everything needs organizing, including my calendar and planning system.

I was recently introduced to this “Bullet/Dotted” hardcover notebook and I’m in love. It’s completely transforming how I keep track of everything and how I plan. It’s been a game changer and these amazing markers are perfect to go along with it!

In the same vein, I am really digging this book – The Home Edit – It’s not only beautiful but really motivational, inspirational and a great place to grab some ideas if you are looking to do some organizing in your home.

A perfect little organizing trio.

Next up, this lip color.

I have them in the colors Find Me + Love Me and I’ve been so impressed with color, texture and how long they last! Also – they are vegan, gluten free and I find them to be super hydrating. If you are in the market for a new lippy, definitely check them out!

Ok, sort of random – but how cool is this wallet?! Its made of titanium, holds up to 12 cards and has a built in money clip. I received it as a promotional item but I’ve been so impressed. Really cool gift for that hard to shop for guy {or anyone!} on your list!

And we are over 5 for this week, but I had a few extras to share, so why not! Loving this CleverMade Wine Tote – it holds 3 bottles of wine OR 6 cans of beer, comes with a removable ice pack and a bottle opener. It’s such a fun little thing to have for summer BYOB’s, picnics and more. PLUS it’s almost 50% off right now! Stock up if you need one!

Finally – MP Magic Socks! Why am I mentioning socks? Well, funny you should ask – These socks are made from a unique fabric that uses three metals: silver, copper and zinc. This combination of metals provides greater antibacterial protection than any single metal alone. They are super comfortable, moisture wicking, quick drying and really work!

So there’s what I am loving and using this week! I’d love for you to follow along my Amazon Storefont and let me know what you think of everything else I’ve got there! And if you’ve got any ideas or suggestions of anything I should include – send me a message, I’d love to hear it!

Thanks for following along todays post – I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Road Trip: A Weekend in Alexandria, VA – All Around Del Ray, Brunch at Junction Bakery & Bistro, The Pit at Beverly Park, Margaritas at Taqueria El Poblano and Port City Brewing’s Best Beers

This past weekend we all took a little road trip down to DC to visit my sister-in-law who just had a sweet little babe.

The boys were super excited to meet their new cousin and spend some time in a different city with Aunt Kiki + Uncle Dude.

Meet Baby Maxwell.

I literally wanted to take him home with me. He’s the sweetest.

Aside from all the baby snuggles, we got to explore a new part of town – Alexandria {specifically Del Ray} Virginia!

I’m originally from the Northern Virginia area – I was actually born in the Alexandria Hospital there. So I’m somewhat familiar with the area – but it was a treat to eat, drink and explore this cute little town with my family.

Our first stop: Junction Bakery & Bistro.

Oh my goodness, if you ever find yourself in this neck of the woods, on the outskirts of DC {or to any of my fellow Northern Virginia friends!} you NEED to check this place out. It was a total delight.

Quinoa Sprouted Bowl – Soft Poached Egg / Quinoa / In House Sprouted Beans & Lentil Medley / Radish / Garlic Spread / Hummus / Alfalfa Sprouts / Tomato / Avocado / Citrus EVOO

Also, a nice glass of rose on a Friday never hurt anyone either! It paired beautifully and was light, refreshing and delicious.

Another place we spent a lot of time at during the weekend that is definitely worth noting – The Pit at Beverly Park. Again, for anyone local or local-ish to that area you MUST visit this park. It’s amazing for kids – a great playground, a massive loop for bikes and scooters, a zip line and so many outside toys all lined up. And the best part, its down in a pit – away from the road or any cars.

Loved it!

Here’s Brooks in action coming down into the Pit. The boys had an absolute blast!

During our time in Del Ray we also got to hit up a super yummy Mexican restaurant – Taqueria El Poblano – We basically ordered one of every taco to share and they were all so good. They have a few locations in Arlington + Alexandria and I would definitely recommend a visit!

Not to mention they were voted Best Margarita 4 Years in a row! Boom!

It’s worth noting that after all the fun in The Pit before lunch and eating all the tacos at lunch, Graham totally passed out at the restaurant – and this kid doesn’t nap.

Passed out.

I love it!

Another little gem in the area – Port City Brewing!

I love the “We put the ALE in ALExandria” – Ha!

The beers were delicious and they had corn hole and other little games for the kiddos to enjoy while the adults got to relax.

Also – I’d like to highly recommend this on-the-go Monster Making kit. It was a big hit, kept the kids entertained at multiple stops and I love the little tote it came with. So perfect for the kids to make their own restaurant entertainment bags!

The rest of the weekend was spent with more baby snuggles…

Lots of good food..


Entertaining letter boards..

And even more baby snuggles.

It was a great weekend away – we all had so much fun and it was nice to explore a new town! Thanks so much to Kate + Alex for having us and being able to spend some time with Baby Max was a treat! We can’t wait to come back again and visit soon.

Now I’d LOVE to hear from you – where’s the last place you took a road trip? Please share!

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