I’m here! But I’m leaving…

I am so sorry that I have been MIA during this past month! It’s been extremely busy. I just wanted to check in with you all. On St. Patrick’s Day, I turned the ripe old age of 31. I celebrated with a lovely lunch in Laguna Beach. Friends and family came to celebrate with me, and how can you complain when you are sitting on the beach in SoCal?


Little J and his girlfriend

I decided that I was going to parent MY WAY. Which apparently involves letting my two-year -old boss me around sometimes. Mayhem has found his voice, and is now using to tell everyone around him what to do… and how to do it. He’s such a joy, and his bedtime routine has been evolving. He now DEMANDS at least two books, and on one night last month- he made me read them to him IN the crib. He was sick, what was I supposed to do – say no?


That’s me, in Mayhem’s crib. Because he said so.

My family contemplated the meaning of life…We’re making a concerted effort to be healthier as a family. This will involve family walks, rather than me just walking our dogs. The boys love it, and I love being outside. 


My little family. I’m so lucky. Don’t mind the dogs rear ends under the bench…

And we spent time enjoying the beautiful southern California weather at the park.


My little men, headed to the park. Off to our next adventure!

And now, we’re off to Maui for about a week. I’ll be back with stories and photos in April. How is this year going so quickly?!?!


Minute® Rice Chicken Fried Rice

Minute® Rice Chicken Fried Rice, a quick and healthy meal for busy mommas. I started by using Brown Minute® Rice. This entire meal takes about 15 minutes, so it’s great when you get home from work- and you need to get dinner on the table fast!

fried rice

The ingredients that you will need are:

  • 2 cups cooked Minute® Rice, cold (it’s important that it’s cold!)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1

    onion, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup cooked, chopped chicken meat


You can vary this as you like, I sometimes include green onions, mushrooms, or edamame if I have them.


  1. In a small bowl, beat egg with water. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium low heat. Add egg and leave flat for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from skillet and cut into shreds.
  2. Heat oil in same skillet; add onion and saute until soft. Then add Minute® Rice, soy sauce, pepper and chicken. Stir fry together for about 5 minutes, then stir in egg. Serve hot.

Both of my kids loved this recipe! I love that it’s quick, easy and tasty. Mayhem (top left picture) helped me with the taste test. And Little J (bottom left picture) enjoyed his dinner! Minute® Rice makes this meal so easy!

PicMonkey Collage

Minute® Rice is so quick and easy to prepare and is great pantry staple. When meal time seems like a hassle, Minute® Rice is a go-to ingredient your whole family will love and allows you to have more quality time doing what your want with your loved ones. Leftover rotisserie chicken or veggies from a meal earlier in the week? Minute® Rice can easily be paired with some of your leftover ingredients to make a quick, easy and wholesome meal your whole family will love in just a matter of minutes.

Visit http://www.minuterice.com/ to create a great main meal or side dish for your next family get-together or potluck. This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Rice.

Mom and Boy – speaking my thoughts! Enjoy.

Mom and Boys


This has started to happen to me more and more.

People “helping” my kids.

We will be at the playground or walking through a store and Lincoln will struggle,

He will trip over his own feet.

Struggle to get up some steps that may be too big for his little legs.

Or slide down a slide that is may be too steep.

And I will watch.

I don’t sit back and watch because I am a mean mother, I watch because I believe my son can figure it out.

My child is strong enough to get up those steps- he just needs to realize it.

My son is perfectly capable of picking himself up after a spill- and he has no problem doing it.

If he slides down a slide and lands on his butt, he can decide if it was worth it- and 9 times out of 10 he…

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WARNING: Food to NOT Feed Your Dog

After my experience with my basset hound, and today’s hospital visit for my mother’s dog- I thought that I needed to clearly lay out what foods you should NOT feed your dog. Having a toddler makes this task harder than it sounds. Believe me. I wanted to share what I have found since I didn’t know many of these were bad for dogs when I started looking. We all know to avoid chocolate (right?!), but here is a list of other items to steer clear from.

1. Onions and garlic: In all forms — powdered, raw, cooked, or dehydrated — can destroy a dog’s red blood cells, which leads to anemia. An occasional small dose is probably OK, but eating a large amount once or eating smaller servings regularly can cause poisoning. Symptoms of anemia include weakness, vomiting, little interest in food, dullness, and breathlessness. 

2. Caffeine: In large enough quantities, caffeine can be fatal for a dog. And, there is no antidote. Symptoms of caffeine poisoning include restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors, fits, and bleeding. In addition to tea and coffee, caffeine can be found in cocoa, chocolate, sodas, and energy drinks such as Red Bull. It’s also in some cold medicines and pain killers.

3. Grapes AND Raisins: Although it isn’t clear why, grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. And just a small amount can make a dog ill. Repeated vomiting is an early sign. Within a day, the dog will become lethargic and depressed. The best prevention is to keep grapes and raisins off counters and other places your dog can reach.

4. Milk products: On a hot day, it may be tempting to share your ice cream cone with your dog. But if your dog could, it would thank you for not doing so. Milk and milk-based products can cause diarrhea and other digestive upset as well as set up food allergies (which often manifest as itchiness).

5. Macadamia Nuts: Dogs should not eat macadamia nuts or foods containing macadamia nuts because they can be fatal. As few as six raw or roasted macadamia nuts can make a dog ill. Symptoms of poisoning include muscle tremors, weakness or paralysis of the hindquarters, vomiting, elevated body temperature, and rapid heart rate. Eating chocolate with the nuts will make symptoms worse, possibly leading to death.

Other items to avoid: 


  • Candy and gum
  • Bones (I know! But they are a choking hazard)
  • Raw eggs
  • Raw meat and fish
  • Alcohol
  • Your medicine
  • Avocados
  • Persimmons, peaches and plums

Good treats for dogs:

  • Carrots
  • Green beans
  • Apples
  • Bananas

Thanks to pets.webmd.com for some great information! 

Day 2: The Crazy Adventures of Staying Home with My Kids

After Tuesday, I decided that I would try a more mellow day. Wednesday, my plans included story time at our local library, getting a new pool key (we had lost ours), and visiting my co-workers. So we got ourselves together and headed for the ‘clubhouse’ where we could get our pool key. I had called ahead to make sure that we could pick up a new one, “Sure, the cost is $20.” Small price to pay for access to our community pool…except she says, “Oh, no, we issue the cards not the keys.” “OK, how do I get a key?” “Call Gabriel.” “Who is he, what’s his phone number, how long is this going to take?” Sigh. Can she not see the two impatient children I’m dragging around with me? First task: FAIL.

Next, we head to the library, which isn’t open until 10. It’s 9:30. So we sit in the van as long as humanly possible, losing about $10 in change down the ‘Stow and Go’ holes.. who knows what else is down there. At 9:45 we head to the door, and go up the stairs, down the stairs, up the stairs, down the stairs… until they unlock the gate. I head to the story time area. “All storytime guests must be registered.” “I think I registered online.” “No, you entered the LOTTERY for registration. They will contact you when you can attend.” SERIOUSLY? Wasn’t story time when we were young something that you just showed up to? Now, I have to get ‘on the list’? Fine. Where are the dinosaur books? Nice, and entire section – complete with a giant dinosaur! Mayhem starts unshelving books at a rapid pace, and as I’m trying to alphabetize while assisting with J’s book selection… Mayhem empties my purse on the floor. THANKS, KID! Second task: FAIL, but at least we got some books!

Then we head to my office, mingle with my co-workers. Mayhem runs down each hallway at least once, and throws himself on the floor (tired). J doesn’t want to leave, and impresses everyone with his dinosaur knowledge. I give up, drive through McDonald’s and watch helplessly as Mayhem pours an entire milkshake on himself in his carseat. Final task: FAIL!

The only photo I took all day was this one, while J was napping. Image

The one thing that was a success was that I cleaned out the toy box, and found the pool key! Well, I know that tomorrow we are meeting friends at the Ladera waterpark.That sounds relaxing- what could go wrong?