Cooking seems like such a chore these days. It’s been really hot here in Dallas and after a long day of working and playing hard the last thing I want to do is whip up an elaborate meal in the kitchen. We’ve been having lots of “breakfast for dinner” nights, and “left over salad” nights and of course, “everyone make your own pizza” nights. I usually just grab some pre made pizza dough at the store or keep pastry crust in the freezer. I make several small circles and then let everyone pick some toppings. I usually make mine sans sauce with a fruit and goat cheese. Above mine is the one with blackberries and basil on top. Conor loves sauce + pepperonis + goat cheese. Henry usually gets something pretty traditional with a bunch of veggies thrown on top in hopes that one or two might go in his mouth. What are your go-to lazy summer recipes?
WINNER CHOSEN! Frances Foster, you are the lucky winner of the Breeze playard! Email me your information and 4moms will send you a brand new Breeze! Congratulations and I am so so so excited for your little family to grow!
In celebration of the new site being up I wanted to do a giveaway! I blog a lot about my work, kids, family and trying to do all of that stuff at the same time. So I thought it would be appropriate to team up with 4moms to giveaway a Breeze playard. We love our Breeze and take it with us everywhere! Wayne is in that stage where he always wants to be down crawling around but it’s not always safe or easy to just put him on the ground. It’s nice to have a safe, clean place to put down your baby while you get something else done for a minute. The above picture is when we took the Breeze with us to Austin so Wayne could have his own little bed and not be woken up by us every time we tossed or turned. The best thing about this playard is how easy it is to set it up! You just have to watch the video! As soon as I saw this video my relationship with the regular-old-snap-into-place-contraption was never the same! All you have to do to set up this playard is push down! It’s so easy! I can do it while holding the baby at the same time. I bet Wayne could even do it himself it’s so easy! ;)
To enter the giveaway visit the 4moms site and take a look around. Leave a comment telling me which 4moms product would make your life easier and how. We all have crazy busy lives and it’s the little things that make our lives easier. The winner of this giveaway will receive a 4moms Breeze playard (no trading for something different, sorry!). For an extra entry you can post one of the 4moms product shots on your Instagram feed and tag @4moms_hq and myself (@janereaction) so that we know you entered a second time. The giveaway will go until Friday the 15th. A winner will be announced that day. The winner will be completely random – comment here or post on Instagram to enter. And may the odds be ever in your favor!
A couple of weeks ago Conor and I decided to take the kids down to Austin for a couple of nights to hang out and explore the area. We had a great time – but can I just say traveling with little ones is always way harder than I remember?! Wow! Despite everyone’s huge lack of sleep we still had a lovely time and created some memories for our family. I used to live in the Austin area when I was a little girl so I made Conor take me to my childhood home and drive me by the neighborhood pool where I spent most of my days. It was a great little trip down memory lane.
My favorite day was driving home… we were exhausted, hot and miserably tired. I think Henry was OVERLY tired because he wouldn’t even fall asleep in the car and just kept getting upset about everything. So we found a little water park in Waco (about half way between Austin and Dallas) and just decided to spend the rest of the day there and drive the rest of the way home that evening. Henry went nuts! He loved it. Wayne and I lounged in the lazy river for a few hours, just flouting around and around. We didn’t take a single picture all day because we were too busy having fun, relaxing and cooling off.
If you are planning a trip to Austin here are some of my recommendations -
Eat – Jo’s for breakfast, Amy’s for ice-cream, Home Slice for dinner (it’s pizza – and if you have kids with you they will bring out these giant balls of dough for your kids to play with and throw up in the air), Gourdoughs Donuts is a must, Hey Cupcake for a treat. When I was a little girl a family favorite was La Margarita – it was sooooo good! Check it out if you are going to be in Round Rock at all.
Stay – we stayed at Hotel San Jose. The grounds are really pretty and it is right by tons of food and shopping, so you can walk or rent one of their bicycles to get around the area. The patio also had live music and lots of drinks.
Do – We like to try to find things that we would enjoy with or without our kids, so these recommendations are for all ages. I would highly recommend Barton Springs if it is hot out. Although I got in to a bit of an altercation with the life guard on duty (I’m a bit of a sassy loud mouth when people try to tell me what to do with me kids ;) ) we had a great time swimming and splashing. Barton Springs is also right next to a Zilker park – which is huge and has an amazing play ground for little ones, and lot’s of space for spreading out a blanket and having a pic nic. If you have little ones with you there is a cute little train called the Zilker Zephyr that runs every hour that will take you around the entire park. Henry thought he had died and gone to heaven on that train! Also, go see the bats under the bridge at night – at sunset millions of bats fly out from under the South Congress Bridge – it really is a site to see.
Shop – With kids you don’t really get much shopping in (ever). But I did pop in to Uncommon Objects for a few minutes which is full of tons of cute and interesting things! I would love to go back again without kids to really look around that store and to see some other stores that I didn’t get a chance to go in.
Do any of you have any great Austin recommendations? Tell me about them!
I am so excited to finally launch the new site! Hope you all like it! The goal for my site has always been to focus more on my graphic design work. I think the old set up favored the blog side a little more. But lately I have been taking on a lot of fun and exciting projects and I wanted a great place to showcase what I have been working on. And while this new site might focus more on my work and less on the blog I actually plan on blogging a little more often than I was. So…winning!
Lately we have been talking a lot about our ideal life… our ideal home, our ideal jobs, where we eventually want to settle down forever. Last night we decided the ideal life was living on a really small farm (a few chickens, a goat and some llamas) close to the beach where we work together on creative fun projects for a living, share the responsibilites of taking care of our kids equally and surf every weekend! Sounds pretty fantastic right?! It also sounds pretty far from the lives we lead right now… and to that we say – “SO WHAT!” Let’s make it happen! So here’s to putting our heads down and working hard so that someday we can actually have that life! What’s your ideal life? Where would you live? What would your job be? I would love to know!