I thought I’d start July off with a bang, and list a few of my favorite things!
Museum of Ice-Cream– I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for Ice-Cream! Being a big ice-cream gal that worked as an ice-cream scooper for many summers, I fell in love with this museum. I was able to snag tickets, and it was well worth it. Not only were Emory and I able to jump into a pool of sprinkles, but we were able to eat LOTS of ice-cream along the way. It’s also a fun place to get those Insta and Boomerang pictures for your social media feed!
If you’re in the Santa Monica area and haven’t tapped it back yet with Jillian, you’re in for a treat. Jillian’s Monday night 7:30 Hip-Hop Class is hands down the best class in town. Her playlist has the hottest beats and she kicks your ass while bringing in a sense of humor. Plus, since it’s at 7:30 PM, it literally feels like a night out with a much younger crowd, which keeps me feeling young. Book yo’ bike early because the class sells out!
Fit4Mom Santa Monica– Not only have I met some my closest mama friends though Fit4Mom Santa Monica, but it’s also a super challenging workout with a beautiful ocean backdrop. Fit4Mom Santa Monica really does help you to get that body back after having a baby, and since you can bring your little one, you can actually get a workout in without having to squeeze one in during nap time. If you live in Santa Monica, and haven’t checked it out, you won’t regret it! Oh, and the first class is free!
As a busy mama, I’m obsessed with these organic bath bombs designed by my good friend and local Santa Monica mama Nicole Crockett. These bath fuzzies make my skin super soft and have an aroma that is instantly relaxing when you’re in need of a little at-home pampering. I’m hooked! Take a look at her website for other fun goodies!
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall- This has easily become one of my favorite children’s books that I’ve ever read( and I’ve read a lot). This delightful story beautifully tackles a situation that young children can easily identify with when facing a challenging fear and gaining courage. With a diverse set of culturally relevant characters, this story will surely warm your heart and quickly become a staple in your child’s library. If you’re a teacher, this book is the perfect mentor text for a personal narrative unit.
If you’re looking for a good summer read, this is your book! I read Commonwealth for my book club and loved it. Anna Pachett has written a story with well- developed characters that spans five decades of a blended family set into motion by a scandalous affair. I read it on my Hawaii trip and couldn’t put it down!
As Emory has grown into a toddler, her desire to help in the kitchen has increased, so we needed a stool to put her to work. This stool was recommended by my Babygroup mamas and I’m so glad we purchased it. Emory loves this stool, and she especially loves pushing it next to the sink and washing dishes. Even better, it holds up to 250 pounds and so I find myself using it, too. It’s perfect for a smaller space and we’ve been using it everyday since it arrived.
What are a few of your favorite things this summer?
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