The world famous San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo became the result of an abandoned exotic animal exhibition back in 1915, and about a year later, Dr. Harry M. Wegeforth founded the Zoological Society of San Diego. The SD Zoo gained it’s popularity for the “cagefree” exhibits. It now sits on a hundred acres in the notable Balboa Park and houses over thirty-five-hundred different animals of a vast amount of different species and subspecies. People from all over the world visit the widely known world famous San Diego Zoo every single day.

Baking with a Toddler

I have been baking on and off for about eight years now. I love baking cupcakes and cake pops. Those are my specialties. Although I am no where near where I'd like to be as a baker, I am content with the learning that comes with it, though. That's what makes it that much more fun to do. I'll be honest. I use boxed cake mixes. But let me tell you... every single party that I have baked for has been blown away. (I'm usually super worried they aren't good enough and then super pumped when they are gone within minutes of being out). I like to add my own creativity to them.

Travelling with oxygen

The idea of going home on oxygen is overwhelming so travelling with it can seem a bit scary. Before I go deeper into my experiences, I want to remind you to always ask your physician or pulmonologist first to determine the best way to travel. We notified our doctors months in advance of our travels. For us, our pediatrician was okay with flying, but our pulmonologist was not. So we chose to drive instead. Our first trip was about a nine to ten hour drive from San Diego, Ca to Sacramento, Ca.

An Early Birth Story.

I think most girls dream of being a mom at some point in their life. I always pictured myself having at least three kids (just like my mom had). I wanted to start having kids at twenty-five years old and have my kids about two years apart in age. It seemed reasonable. A couple of months after turning twenty-five, I found out I was pregnant. The crazy part is that the day before I found out, we had discussed possibly waiting a bit longer to have kids. So you can imagine the mix of emotions that came flooding in. I didn't really even know what to think. I was happy and excited, but at the same time scared and nervous. Were we ready? Was this the right time? Would Albert be happy about it? It took a few days for it to really sink in. I. Was. Pregant.

Juggling school + home life.

Are you a mom and thinking about going back to school, but don’t know how to include it into the life you’ve created? Fret no more because I am a mom who is currently in school and I am here to tell you how I fit it into my life. I currently attend school part-time while being a full-time stay at home mom. I’ll be honest, this is about my sixth time going back to school in the last decade. I struggled a lot with what I wanted to do. I guess you can call me a “dreamer.” I juggled around the idea of becoming a doctor, getting a business degree, becoming certified in medical administration, billing and coding and now nursing. Wow, that was a mouth full.

Gym awkwardness + the need to lose post-baby fat—3yrs later!

I am going to be real honest in this post and I am going to talk about weight, which is usually hard for me to do. So, please, no judgment. I have struggled with weight for a while now. Every time I seemed to get a grasp at managing it, something happens and throws me in for a loop. I guess that’s just a part of life that I am still trying to figure out how to handle. I hit my first low and all-time weight gain after my dad passed away in 2013. The scale then read 201lbs. Keep in mind: I am only 4’11” in height. It took me a while, but I was able to get back down to the 160’s and by the end of 2016 after going into very premature labor, I was back to a whopping 200lbs. My problem? I am an emotional and super stress eater. I also tend to go without eating and end up binging later. Lets just say my eating habits are bad!

A Visit to the New Children’s Museum.

The original Children’s museum opened up in La Jolla, Ca in 1983 and was later relocated to a warehouse in Downtown, San Diego. It was designed by the award-winning architect, Rob Wellington Quigley, and reopened as the New Children’s Museum in 2008. Upon entering, you walk across a bridge with a bright and welcoming mural that runs across it. You get a glimpse of all the creativity, imagination and innovation as you step foot into the opening space of the lobby. Heck, there was even a small glass window on the bridge floor to get a view of what’s below. They offer paid admission and membership plans to accommodate any family size. They also have a pop up shop area for local vendors or cause-driven businesses. You can view the available merchandise as you await for admission. Speaking of which, they change it as a way to continuously try to improve the admission process. I thought that was neat.

How to plan a kid party in 6 months!

Every sixth month mark I start to look forward to the birthday planning process for Adam. Yes, you read that correctly. I start planning six months in advance. Why? Well 1. I like to plan ahead to minimize the stress that comes with planning and 2. Because I just can’t wait. Please tell me I am not the one. I mean you’re here reading this, so maybe I’m not alone in this.

There is a lot that goes into the planning process and I an going to break it down for you. This is my six month six tasks to a birthday party to remember. Let’s go!