Thursday, March 17, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Fun with Little Passports!!

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St. Patrick's Day Bento Box
Celebrate the luckiest day of the year by making a fun St. Patrick’s Day lunch for your child! Little Passports has partnered with Wendy Copley, who has written Everyday Bento: 50 Cute and Yummy Lunches to Go. Wendy has designed this delicious St. Patrick's Day Bento Box packed with all the familiar symbols we see on March 17 — green foods, gold coins and a rainbow of healthy fruit! 

For the complete bento box ingredients and tutorial, visit Little Passports' St. Patrick's Day Bento Box blog post. 

St. Patrick's Day Snake Craft
Little Passports has also partnered with Andrea Mulder-Slater, artist, blogger and co-founder of, to bring us this adorable St. Patrick's Day snake craft. According to legend, Saint Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland in the 5th century by chasing them off the cliffs, straight into the sea. We think that sounds like the perfect introduction to a fun afternoon of crafting!

To find Andrea's complete St. Patrick's Day snake crafting instructions, visit Little Passports' St. Patrick's Day snake craft blog post. 

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

Friday, February 5, 2016

We're Going to the Bahamas!!!

So the day has arrived, we are at the airport waiting for our time to board our flight to the Bahamas!!  So exciting!!  I finished packing late last night, and oh boy, what a struggle!  I didn't want to overpack but how do I know what I want to wear each day for the next 5 days - not an easy task for me!  I'll have more on that after my vacation so I can tell you if I wore everything and did a good job packing or over packed, as usual.

We left the house a bit before 6am because, just our luck, it started snowing in the early morning.  Oh and we couldn't check in online so I was freaking out that there was a problem with our passports....ugh.  So, I woke up my kids to say goodbye, I cried & baby girl was also crying but doing a very good job at trying to keep it in...LOL!  I wasn't as successful.  I think I cried all the way to the airport, and still feel a bit emotional now.  This is my first trip without yea, I am missing them!  As much as I know that we need this getaway without the kids, I really do wish they were here.  Well....guess this is a perfect excuse to plan the next Bahamas getaway - with the kids.

We got in, were able to check in at the help desk with no issues - breezed through security and got our breakfast!!  Now to wait!  We'll be boarding in a little while and 3 hours later we'll be on a sunny island, Can't wait!!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Time to Travel!!

Well, 2016 started like any other year.  We experienced our first blizzard of the year, but I can't complain since we've had a very mild winter so far.  Last weekend we were snowed in and tomorrow we may have temps close to 60 - its crazy!!!

I'm loving it!!  I don't like the cold at all, so I am really enjoying the warmer temps.  Now, if it were really cold, that would be okay too because pretty soon we will be taking a break from all this snow, cold and winter.  We are taking our first trip of 2016 to the Bahamas!!!  I am beyond ecstatic!!!

I'm still in the process of packing and will finish Thursday night since I'm still waiting for a few packages to arrive.  I have set aside more bathing suits than I need, but that's ok!  I also think I have more clothes than I need, but on Thursday I will be unpacking everything again to go over everything.  I'm thinking to set up all outfits so I can weed out things I may not use.

This trip is adults only - so my hubby is really happy that he will have ALL of my attention =D LOL
Hubby & I are looking forward to just relaxing and having no responsibilities.  A few days of nothing but relaxing!!!  We will be staying at the Atlantis and already have some dinners planned and a catamaran ride booked, which I'm really looking forward to.  I'm thinking about booking a couples massage and a dolphin swim, but I haven't made up my mind yet.  Either way, I know that we'll have a blast - it will be so much fun!

This is the first time I'm traveling without my kids and my son seems fine, but baby girl has been extra clingy lately.  She said she was ok with us going but I can tell she's a bit sad.  I know she'll have fun with her aunt & cousins, and I've already told her that next year she will get to see the Bahamas.  I will definitely need to look for something nice to bring back for her :)

Isn't this a great way to start the year?  New Year, lots of changes & new beginnings!!!!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Snowed In!!!!

Our first snow of 2016 and its a blizzard!!  I'm so thankful its a Saturday, so no worries about missing work.  I'm really enjoying being able to stay home and do nothing!! Nothing at all!!!

So, I thought today is a good time to catch up on Grey's Anatomy and some blogging!!

I never wrote about our Christmas season and I should have.  It wasn't anything spectacular, just my little family of 4 here at home but it was great.  This was a special Christmas because it will most likely be our last Christmas in this house.  So, yea it will be meaningful we just haven't realized it yet.

So first we had some fun looking for Ken the elf each morning - here are a few pics of where we found him

crazy elf ;)

I was also able to finally find tickets to the Polar Express this year.  It was a long ride from home, but it was worth it for baby girl.  It was nothing spectacular, but these volunteers really go out to make this ride fun for everone!

Another Christmas tradition that we continued this year was baby girl's playdate with her BFF to make gingerbread houses

Oh and there was also the Nutcracker performance.  Baby Girl's dance academy has this show every Christmas and as usual it was spectacular!

My daughter was amazing....she's growing into a wonderful performer!!

Our traditional NYC trip was a bit different and rushed this year.  Since we went to Disney in November, I didn't have the extra money to get tickets to the Nutcracker or the Christmas Spectacular, but we did go see the tree with friends and it was beautiful.

Another awesome event this month was the new Star Wars movie....yes we are StarWars geeks and love it. LOL
So, another family outing to the movies with the family.  This is a movie we all wanted to see, and usually those don't come out to often.

Christmas Eve finally arrived and it was a nice quiet night.  I made our traditional Cuban Noche Buena meal: Pernil, rice with black beans and yuca.  It was delicious!

Now it was time to exchange our gifts and then set out cookies for Santa.  Then off  to bed, or so I thought!

Santa arrived around midnight and his comotion caused baby girl to wake up.  I was sooooo tired, but we all got up so the kids can look at everything they got.

I went back to sleep after all this.  Later that morning, I helped baby girl play with her new science kit and she had a blast!

Our Christmas was great and New Year's Eve was the same.  Just our little family of 4, spending a great Holiday together. 

This year is going to bring a lot of new things and lots of change, but we are ready for change.