This Is 35

Alright friends. It’s official. I’ve been 35 for a whole entire day and my world has completely changed!

Ok, not really. Haha. But I am a year older and perhaps a bit wiser (???), and more than anything I’m grateful to God for another year!

This birthday is hitting me as a bit of a milestone, so I thought I’d share 10 life lessons I’ve learned along the way. 

I know there’s still so much wisdom I’m lacking and so much knowledge to gain, but for me, this is 35.

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Snack Healthy, Snack Happy!

My youngest turned two a couple weeks ago, and while she is just beginning to talk there’s one word I’m pretty sure she’s known since day 1:

Snack.

When I tell you this girl is a snacker, I mean it!!  Carbs and blueberries are all she ever wants. She’ll skip meals and go stand by the pantry door asking for snacks on repeat. Being that this is child number two and I’m oh so experienced (sarcasm noted), I don’t freak out as much about her aversion to complete meals. I do, however, feel bad giving my children the same things over and over and over again. I also want to see her (and my oldest) enjoying foods she likes that are also healthy. When that happens I feel so much better about life, haha, and that’s where Gerber® Lil’ BeaniesTM come in!

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I Don’t Want to Have a Black Mommy

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I don’t want to have a black mommy.

As I was handing my daughter her salami and crackers for lunch, she casually uttered these words.  The tone was the same as if she were asking me for water or a special treat or fruit snacks, but this statement sent a ripple through my spine and my heart immediately fell into my stomach.

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Small Shop Spotlight: Kid Licks

When my 4 year old asks to wear her princess dress, I know she will embody her royal role with every fiber of her being. So when I told her she could give herself a manicure and pedicure with her new polish from Kid Licks, she was thrilled! This food-based nail polish is made of organic vegetables, fruits and plants, making it edible and free from harmful chemicals! I’m so excited to feature Kid Licks for my Small Shop Spotlight, and learn more about the maker and the product both my girls enjoy so much.

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I Heart the Oakland Zoo!

Whenever I have the opportunity to return to my beloved California, I always go with a list of ‘musts’ in my head. This list starts with all the people I hope to see, followed closely by the food I have to eat  (can somebody say In-n-Out and authentic Mexican food?!), and of course there are the places I want to go. 

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