Day 5 Self Care September Challenge

What a day of pure happiness! I finally have all 3 of my kids out of daycare and in grade school! Can someone point me in the right direction? I feel like I can grab two things out the dollar bin at Target!! We are finally at one pick up and one drop off!! It’s like we are in our own Drumline! Thank you Jesus!

I can’t even contend with the pure happiness that I’m feeling. I was able to work and do a work out and it felt more calming. I didn’t have to worry about anything! That might be a stretch but it felt like it right after that drop off. My youngest didn’t cry and neither did I do it was a win all around! I definitely cried with my first!!

The rest of the day I was able to help my sis sister as well as make sure all of her future services were set up! It definitely was an amazing day! To end the day I poured a glass of sangria and as the kids went down I reflected on the early days when I would be rushing from work to pick up the kids in 2 different locations stressed not trying to get that late fee. Any parent who has a child in daycare knows about that dollar fee per minute per kid. I wasn’t late often but I had my few shares and a limited village to step in to assist! I thought about the times when they were extremely little and everyone was telling me to get the kids on the schedule except each kid was on their own individual schedules and often times that would be the struggle! I thought about the times when a car would break down or traffic was a mess and the immediate tears would come. I remember when I couldn’t be in two different places and sometimes had to choose which kid we would have to go to an event!

It doesn’t mean that I don’t miss my kids being small because that’s a lie. I would be lying if I didn’t appreciate the stay at home days when my life revolved around them. I didn’t have an ounce of an outlet and thus this blog was birthed! I am appreciative now when I can attend events or getting invites that I didn’t know even existed like I do now. Those days keep me humble! However insert the Tootsie Roll I love that each kid can do so much for themselves allowing me to change my role as mom and still find the balance in life! Times have changed but my love for my kids won’t! I pray they have an amazing day today and and everyday!! This momma is tired and maybe I should take a sleep in day soon!! Until then let me find out when their next off day is so I can get it together by then!

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Week 10 Storr Summer Adventures

Week 10 only means we are immediately close to the end of the Summer! With that in mind it was a great week! This week didn’t cost anything. Lunch was gifted, cookies gifted, Legoland already accounted for so another no money spent week was great! I’m super proud of this Summer and all of the adventures we were able to have! But we have one more week before school!

Monday

My kids went to their school to help set the classrooms up. This is their 3rd year helping. I find that this assists them in not having anxiety for their first day back. They are able to meet their teachers and have a sense of calm before they return. My youngest starts kindergarten so it was definitely helpful to make sure that she is equally ready. We have been reading all kinds of books to get them ready!

Tuesday

We went to get me ready for the Diner en Blanc event. We spent the morning grabbing all kinds of stuff. We also went to the pet store at my oldest request. They wanted to convince me to get them another pet! That was a no go but we all had lots of fun with the animals! We even enjoyed cookies!

Wednesday

Took the kids back to their school to help set up. They were then treated to lunch and I took them to Legoland! They had a ball. it was great for them to be able to run around!

Thursday

It was all about Diner En Blanc! From facials to hair and makeup it was all about having an amazing day! My kids were troopers about it! They spent the day with their cousin as we enjoyed the day!

Friday

They wanted to have a video game challenge and I needed some rest! The Diner En Blanc wasn’t over until 2am and I still got up at 6am! By 10, it was a wrap! It caught up with me! We had some weekend plans and it was time to prep!

Saturday

We went to Nockamixon State Park! It was so much fun being around family! Shout out to Gesella and Erica who did their thing planning the End of Summer party! The kids ate well and swam! It was everything!

We have one more week before school and it will be complete last minute prep! I’m talking about sneaker and supplies shopping! Hair cuts and hair salon appointments will be on the list! I can’t wait to do the parent shuffle!! Until then….make this last week count!

Week 9 Storr Summer Adventures

So this is the week where we pushed into the back to school shopping mode. We are starting the process of making sure they are fully ready to go back and have what they need.

Monday

We spent a half day going through uniforms. Our youngest is going to kindergarten so the uniforms we have saved from our oldest is being passed down. However we discovered that she’s equally tall as they were but not as big so we have to add a few pieces to her uniform needs. This is still great news because the initial investment we made is paying off. So off to the uniform store we went!

Tuesday

We decided to go to the park first thing in the morning to avoid the heat that has been going up! We had a great time. They played while I worked out! It was a lot of fun. As always I packed water, sunscreen and snacks! We then since I needed to get work done made the afternoon a reading session and ice cream!

Wednesday

We needed to go to my niece’s program at her daycare. It was a concert, the kids played and they had food and snacks. The one snack that I was able to indulge was the Whimsicle! Amazing doesn’t even describe it! It was sooooo good!

These are all fruit popsicles that are amazing. They also had a yogurt one too but for obvious reasons I didn’t have one!

Whatever you do click on the link and find out how you can get you some. These are amazing to have at a company party, personal party, or just because! They are that good!

So they were definitely tired out. It was an interesting day that day too! My husband’s car got busted out too-sheer madness! It was a very uneasy day. It was also the same day the gunman shot 6 police officers!

Thursday

We decided to lay low and I did grocery shopping and we focused our attention on getting my husband’s car fixed!

Thankfully it was done by the mid day point but still! The kids had a full day play date to distract them as the adults handled the adult items of life!

Friday

I took the kids to the park to work out while they played! It was super hot today! So much to our surprise the Koana Ice truck showed up! I ain’t even gonna lie! As much as the kids have asked for ice-cream from various trucks this one being a snow cone truck was clutch! I didn’t even let the kids ask me twice! I had one too! That $12 was well spent!

Since we have been doing smaller trips during the week we have amped our weekend time even higher!

I blogged about our time at the Oregon Dairy on Saturday!

While the girls were having a great time the boys had a father-son day at the Franklin Institute at the Marvel Universe Exhibit!

Sunday was great too! I took my twin with me to see the Cirque Du Soleil Show!

Next week which is really the recap of this week the kids have some different adventures going on!

Total for this week was $12!! All activities outside of the weekend Franklin Institute was sponsored or free!!!!

Oregon Dairy Fun

It’s a great day to pick sunflowers! I love them they instantly brighten up any bad mood. You can’t possibly be around a sunflower and be mad. I was I invited to pick some sunflowers at Oregon Dairy and boy I’m so glad that I went! Instant day of fun!

I took my twin, two daughters and my niece! I wanted them to enjoy their time doing the corn maze and sunflower field! They instantly loved it. Between the Jump Pad and all of the other fun it was more than enough fun for all ages!

First up was the corn maze. I let my 5 year old daughter and 3 year old niece lead the way! It probably in hindsight wasn’t the best thing but I loved watching them work together to lead us out! They purposefully got us lost! I enjoyed watching them run all over the place screaming and squealing!! Pure joy!

They decided to also find anything they could get into! I loved it! It was time for the sunflower party or sunflower maze. It was pure joy!

We were given sheers and with unlimited time we were given amble time to pick our own sunflower! You get a complimentary sunflower with your ticket! We decided once done to get a bucket to put them inside instead of the water bag they offer! I loved it! All of the staff was amazing! Everyone has a heart for the people! They helped me tremendously! My girls and I loved the fact that we could run around and be free!

So what are the details you need to know?!

Sunflower picking Days

Picking days are Saturday and Sunday from now until Labor Day

Adults are $15 dollars and kids 3-12 years are $10! There are two time slots from 10-1 and then 1:30-5pm!

For the month of October will be the corn maze, pumpkin patch and flash light maze!

So it will be an amazing time to get out and take your entire family for family time!

I definitely look forward to going back especially for the Fall! Unlimited amounts of fun and food! There was food and snacks at the Barn!

If you want a sit down meal you can enjoy the restaurant up the way! They have amazing fresh food! Food made to order and with fresh ingredients! Oh and for my mommy and daddy friends; the kids meals are super good! They give them a full bag of goodies to keep them occupied! The kids’ includes a main dish, a side dish, drink, and a complimentary ice-cream scoop! The prices are good and budget friendly!!

Do yourself a favor and grab a group and have a blast!! Your day will be made!

Family Style Love at Mamma Maria’s

I went to the East Passyunk Car Show and Street Fest! I posted quite a few pics on my Instagram a few weeks ago! It was so much fun. It was super hot (which I love), great food, amazing vendors, and of course the cars!

Who doesn’t love amazing cars?!

All kinds of exotic cars. Of course I loved them all but also I was drawn to the red cars. Red is my favorite car. I currently drive a red car. I was walking along and was introduced to Mamma Maria! She gave me this warm welcoming hug. It was the kind of hug that warms the soul. It was as if we had known each other all of our lives! On a Sunday it was just the best feeling and expression of love. We chatted about what I do and her cooking!

Mamma Maria already had her set up going and towards the end of the event she was just about sold out. Before leaving Mamma Maria packed me and my oldest daughter some gnocchi, sausages, and broccoli. You couldn’t get the smile off of my face. One of my absolute favorite foods is Italian. My husband even popped the question to me at an Italian restaurant because I love it that much-outside of gummi bears of course! So I’m headed home with this warm pasta on my lap trying not to eat it in the car. As soon as I’m able I open it and goodness gracious-it’s that good. I didn’t even let it get cold so it was ready to eat and I found myself eating and eating!

I took my food outside because as a mom you already know kids don’t care what you are eating they want parts! I was able to eat the pasta outside without little hands in it. It felt like I was having a moment and Mamma provided it for me. Here I was after spending hours in the sun, in my happy spot at home having my favorite dish and content.

I don’t know if there are others who love Italian food as much as I do. The type that work out so they can keep eating fresh pasta, but if that is you-Run to Mamma Maria’s located at 1637 East Passyunk Avenue in Philadelphia PA! You will be in a little slice of Heaven with authentic Italian pasta made with love! Mamma will make sure you eat well and when you leave you will smile. You won’t worry about if the pasta hits your thighs. The only thing you will know is you ate some amazing food and you were treated with love!

Mamma Maria’s is open Monday-Friday from 10:30am-10:30pm and on Saturday from 4:30pm-11:30pm and on Sundays from 3:00-10:00pm!

Giving you The Best That I Got…Year 7!

It’s year 7 and I must say as much as I would love to downplay it, I’m not! I wish I could take a behind the scenes of the early years. I do all I can to not let that old couple pop up. Between not communicating and just yelling and being a team player on paper but not in thought or deed…whew I’m grateful for days like today.

I immediately listened to one of my artist, Anita Baker. When I was younger anytime she and most other R&B artist was played I knew it meant it was time to clean. When I was a kid I told myself I knew who I would married by whether or not I wanted to sing that song to him….thus music became an association I made in a lot of situations. I still do! Anyway the growth as a woman and a person that I’ve made makes me so incredibly happy. I know the trials I’ve made over the years. I can now sing those sounds in confidence since back then my momma reminded me I ain’t know what I was talking about. Now I’m working towards more knowledge AND practice daily!

Now that I am putting into the work I can honestly say I’m giving my husband the best that I got daily. It may not be perfect but the energy to be better daily is what makes the huge difference. I wasn’t doing that as often before. It was a rush to point to him as the reason or if he wasn’t the reason in my mind he needed to fix it. How in the world he was supposed to fix me is beyond me but these type of unstable requests and wars was going on.

Year 7 means a sense of completion. Although we have waves to go through a small sense of accomplishment exists. I am giving the best that I got to myself daily. It’s not selfish to practice self care so we all can live in peace. He benefits from making sure I check my energy and attitude as he does the same. It helps two VERY different people to be able to coexist. We are friends! We have our own language. We have our own code words. We laugh at things that we alone might only find funny! We want the best for one another. As long as we keep that going we can continue this partnership.

20 years of friendship, 7 years of marriage and 3 beautiful children and a lifetime to go!!

So as we celebrate year 7 enjoy my favorite artist-love you Mr. Storr!!

He Said…

I love that you try to find the joy in everything and bring a positive attitude to all that are around you.

2019 2nd Street Festival Preview

Nothing is better in the Summer than an amazing street festival. It brings everyone together for music, food, drinks, and entertainment! If all of that and more sounds like more your lines of fun, don’t miss the 2nd Street Fest THIS Sunday August 4th in Northern Liberties!

I attended the preview and let me be the first to say that the food and drinks are a hit! Oh and if our crowd of reviewers had this much fun on a Monday I can only imagine the amount of fun you will have on Sunday Funday! The Street Fest is rain or shine but it looks like we will have more shine than rain come Sunday so lather up in some sun block, grab your shades, and some comfy shoes and have a ball!

El Camino Real

We tried several dishes that will be available this Sunday! If you love tater tots than you will be smiling from ear to ear! I felt like a big kid! Also make sure you visit El Camino Real they have inside and outside seating and the staff are super engaging! Try them at the Street Fest than come back for a sit down meal!

Nacho Libre

This tater tot is full of flavor! It has queso sauce, lettuce, jalapeno, and crema! Even with the queso it doesn’t take away from the crunch of a great tater tots! These easy to carry will have you come back for more!

Walker Texas Ranger

These tots come with a big punch of flavor! Served with jalapeno, onion, queso, and pulled pork! I mean it’s like a street fest faborire!

Pina-Rita

Drinks are super important! Finding ones that are super refreshing as well as amazing won’t be hard! The Pina-Rita has tequila, triple Sec, lemon, like, and pineapple puree! It’s an amazing blend and the taste is exactly what you will need to make any heat bearable! During the 2nd Street Fest you will be able to have your drinks served inside of fresh pineapple!

Peach Bourbon Zombie

This is a great mix of rum, passion fruit puree, grenadine, and lemon-lime! It has the perfect amount of sweetness and it’s refreshingly cool!

Urban Village

I was first introduced to them by way of the Piazza Pod Park! I’ve had their amazing beer so I know on Sunday if there is a beer drinker amongst you they will not be disappointed! Urban Village will be offering these following options:

Don’t be fooled the sweet corn definitely adds amazing flavor! The garlic is definitely an added bonus. Served in a convenient container-you will be able to enjoy with one hand and have a beer in the other!

The peach jalapeno sauce is what turns an ordinary corned beef sandwich into next level! If you’re like me and wonder if the bread gets soggy the answer is no! The sandwich withstood the test but didn’t slack on the juicyness!

I’ve never had a chubbie! However I will be back for more! Anything deep fried is always a great idea for a festival and Urban Village came with the goods! This is a must! From first bite to last is like a bite in Heaven!

Who doesn’t love an amazing French fry?! I definitely do and these easy to grab and eat fries paired with the manchego cheese are like an upgraded fry experience! No lie save room!

What says Summer like watermelon? Watermelon is one of the fruits that is found in plenty during the Summer. Watermelon has the ability to quench the tbirsr but paired with your favorite alcohol it pops even more!

Words that come to mind when this drink-light, refreshing and just enough watermelon not to be overwhelming! This is your go to for someone who may not be the big beer drinker but wants to have that hint of beer!

Add that spicy ring of goodness and this drink will be ideal for some who likes a hint of spice and sweet! Served cold will keep you coming back!

You are reading it right! It’s the 2nd Street Fest beer! It has an amazing citrus taste that keeps you cool and indulges your taste buds to euphoria!

Jerry’s Bar

From the door I loved the way this bar was set up! Jerry’s Bar is also known to have an amazing brunch on Saturday and Sundays! Here is what you can expect at the 2nd Street Fest!

This hamburger patty has that homemade taste and flare accompanied with farm fresh cheddar pickle, and caramelized onions; it’s a must try! This is like a walking barbeque! The bread is also what makes it taste that much better!

This is a bourbon watermelon smash! I loved it! I actually had two they were that good! It had more of the watermelon flavor and mixed to perfection! I could taste a little of the watermelon texture and I enjoyed that part!

Cantina Dos Segundos

They had me at tacos! Tacos might be my favorite second food to eat! They make me happy! Holding onto them and eating them makes me dance! If you love pulled pork you will fall over in flavor of the pulled pork tacos! Bursting in flavor and taste these tacos will make you wonder why you hadn’t visited Cantina earlier!

Keeping with the watermelon theme (not all vendors will be watermelon flavored) these margaritas were a smash!! How could you not like tacos and margaritas on a Sunday?! I could eat tacos daily!

The highlight was the sweet corn! I’ve from Lancaster and living here in Philadelphia not many can provide a fresh corn that is great all except Cantina Dos Segundas! I started out with one and tip toed back for another piece! My picture doesn’t even do it justice!

Heritage

I want to go back and hear more music and enjoy an amazing evening! Until then I’ll catch them at the 2nd Street Fest! We tried the Makers Mark Mule. Makers Mark is already a favorite in my home and the mule wasn’t a disappointment! You can check my Instagram for the amazing sounds!! I loved how engaging the staff was! From the door to the bar to the band everyone was extremely amazing and that sets the bar high!. Thank you Heritage Philly!

North Bowl

I loved walking into their gates! I also loved the outdoor bar as well! Anything outdoors with drinks is what we all look forward to when Summer comes! North Bowl didn’t disappoint! We were all having an amazing time and then bam-tacos appeared! You already know how I feel about tacos and thus my happy dance appeared! I really should get it on camera!

They were phenomenal! Fish tacos with flavor is all anyone can ask! Also the margaritas were a hit! Our bartender was amazing as well! If you ever get a chance to go to North Bowl do so! If you want to bowl great but if not sit outside at outside bar and enjoy your night. You can even play Cornhole! Fenced in greatness with amazing tacos and margaritas you are in for a treat come Sunday!

If that isn’t enough look at these tater tots:

Our last stop of the evening goes to:

Standard Tap

There’s nothing standard here! It’s spacious with seating upstairs as well! They also are known for farm fresh food. I love that and will frequent back to try dinner!

For Sunday try their Smoked Tofu Cuban! It’s made with Tofu, Swiss, dill pickles, cilantro, and mustard on ciabatta bread! If you haven’t guessed it I have an issue with wet bread! I don’t like it. So I always check the bread and do my personal wet bread test it double passed! It’s crunch from the first bite alone was amazing! The Swiss although I don’t eat cheese was just enough of a hint to add flavor but not take over the sandwich! This Smoked Tofu Cuban gets my thumbs up!

Now let’s get to the drinks:

They have a wide selection that will make your Sunday Funday even better! You can take your pick at the 2nd Street Fest! I enjoyed the watermelon punch! If you love a light fresh taste this is your go to! The cucumber, watermelon, lemonade and gin is the perfect Summer drink!

So you will have options! There’s expected to be over 200 vendors, crafts, entertainment including stilt walkers, live bands and DJs at the 11th annual 2nd Street Fest! Oh the Fest is free and you pay as you eat and drink! It’s going to be super big and amazing fun! Grab your family and friends and expect greatness! All of the vendors are working overtime to bring you the goods and the preview revealed you have nothing to worry! Bring the smiles and they got the covered on the rest!