Super Bowl 2019 Vlog

 

Omg!! I haven’t posted in so long. I’m so sorry! I’ve taken a break and very focused on getting into the nursing program here. I will update you with everything very soon!

 

Anyway this post is about our Super Bowl party LA Rams VS New England Patriots. Yes, I know we lost! I was devastated, but I’ve moved on from the defeat of my team. I think Rams getting into Super Bowl is a great achievement over-all. I love supporting my city no matter what.

 

I feel like people in LA still haven’t realized that we have a football team now. Some people here didn’t care much about the game. I guess it will take a while to build the fans base for the Rams.

 

We had a good time watching the game with family and friends. I hope next year LA Rams will win!

 

xoxo, Arianne ūüôā

 

 

 

 

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Surviving Disneyland with Kids

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My sweet birthday girl – Clodagh Davis ūüôā She is now 4 years old.

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How adorable are¬†Clodagh’s black boots?

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Paul unexpectedly enjoyed Disneyland more than any of us. How crazy is that?

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Disneyland lines suck big time! Make sure to download the Disney App for wait times info.

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|DETAILS | CLODAGH’S MINNIE MOUSE OUTFIT | CLODAGH’S BLACK LEATHER |BOOTS¬†|PANDA BEAR T SHIRT | GREY PANTS | FLORAL BACKPACK | SILVER SANDALS | PAUL’S BLACK BACKPACK | SCARLETT’S BELLE DRESS |

 

¬† ¬† ¬†We finally made it to Disneyland! Disneyland traumatized me few years ago. Scarlett was 18 months old when I took her there and it was awful. I had to chase her everywhere, she can’t wait in line and threw tantrums every 2 minutes. What’s worse was she doesn’t even remember going there at all. So, I promised myself that I will not go to Disneyland unless my kids are old enough to have the patience to wait in lines, done with tantrums, and old enough to remember the experience.

¬† ¬† ¬†Today is Clodagh’s 4th birthday and she’s been wanting to go to Disneyland for a long time. This time we come prepared! Her outfit is so adorable — she has been wearing them for days! How about her black boots? She truly¬†looks like a “badass” Minnie Mouse today.

I certainly learned some lessons from the past on how to survive Disneyland with kids. Here are my tips and tricks to make your trip to the happiest place on Earth truly joyful and easy.

wait till your kids turn 3 years old and up

I know having a kid is so exciting and wonderful. All you want is to make your kid happy. One thing that comes to mind as a new parent is, “I have got to take my kid to Disneyland.” Trust me, I’ve been there.

The age of your kid will matter how much you will enjoy the theme park or not. Yes, this place is mainly for children to play, but it is also for parents and kids to enjoy their time together. Scarlett was 2 years old when I first took her to Disney. It was the peak of her tantrum days. She did not like waiting in lines and sure enough, she can‚Äôt stay put in one place. The result was crazy¬†tantrums, which was not an enjoyable experience for me. Although Scarlett was not an easy kid, there were some kids her age patient enough to wait in lines. If you have that type of kid, then age wouldn’t be a problem for you.

Now that Scarlett is 6 years old and Clodagh is 4 years old our experience in Disneyland was a lot different. They were so easy-going to wait in lines and didn’t throw tantrums at all. It was wonderful!

book a hotel

Our original plan was to drive from home (Los Angeles) to Disneyland early in the morning. I’m glad we didn’t because it’s much more¬†relaxing to wake up and get ready to go to Disneyland and not to worry about commute time, traffic and packing everybody in the car. Less commute means more time in Disneyland. We booked two nights at the Marriott Hotel nearby Disneyland. We woke up in the morning, had a wonderful breakfast then took a shuttle to Disneyland. How easy breezy was that?

download the Disney app

The Disney app is amazing; it tracks your location, shows all the rides close to you, and tells you the exact wait times. It’s so convenient to know how long the wait time for example is, “Winnie the Pooh” ride compare to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride. By which you can plan your day accordingly. Let’s face it, you only have how many hours in a day. You don’t want to waste them in lines, right?

My daughters were so excited to see Ariel of Little Mermaid, but she said she has to move to a different location before we were able to take a picture with her. This happened with Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse and even Donald Duck. You can imagine the frustration of my children when they can’t even come close to their favorite characters. You can avoid this dilemma by using the Disney app. It lets you know the exact time and place where the characters of Disney will be. You can be first in line, if you want.

stroller is a must

The amount of walking and standing you will do throughout the day is worst, if you have a kid who complains about being tired and wanting to be carried every two seconds. Stroller big enough to fit 2 kids is advisable. I use Britax B-agile with lots of storage room for toys and food. Also make sure to bring a stroller easy enough to fold for easy access to shuttles or buses on your way in and out of Disneyland.

pack snacks, water bottles and lunch bags

Yes, snacks, water bottles and lunch bags would be useful once you find out the prices of food in Disney are absolutely ridiculous. A bundle of lollipop cost $8 and a tiny bag of chips cost $5? I mean, really? The ticket is already sky-rocket high, the place is insanely crowded, and the food is also 10 times more expensive? So, buy everything before stepping in the world of Disney to avoid over spending.

bring a camera with a strap

There are more obvious advises I can give you, but this one is about a camera with a strap is a must! Capturing a precious moment using your phone or camera is already challenging enough. It takes few seconds to grab your camera from your purse or pocket. By the time your camera is ready to take the shot, the moment is already gone. Be sure your camera has a strap to hang on your neck. So you can shoot as easy as turning on your camera and snapping the photo.

 

Overall our Disneyland experience was unexpectedly easy and enjoyable this time around due to well planning. The nice Spring weather, wearing backpacks and going there on a weekday also helped a lot. It was unfortunate that everything happened so fast. My sweet Clodagh had a blast though on her birthday. She said it was her best birthday ever!

 

      xoxo, Arianne

 

Egg Hunt

¬†It’s that time of year again, when little kids hunt for Easter eggs. The Davis family decided to celebrate Easter at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. This place has always been one of my favorite gardens to visit. When there’s a special occasion, Moms¬† have to plan for everything. What clothes are the kids going to wear? Where is the best place to celebrate the occasion? Most mothers are really good at¬†planning ahead. Unfortunately, I am not one of them.

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¬† It was tough for my husband and I to get¬†up this morning. I was not able to get a good night’s sleep because my baby was awake¬†numerous times throughout the¬†night. Paul was out networking as well¬†and¬†he wasn’t in¬†good spirits either.¬†When you have three kids, it takes time to get everybody ready and out the door. There is chaos everywhere, outfits are not ready and mommy has no time to¬†shower. If only I planned ahead and packed everything the night before, then we wouldn’t have been¬†so late for the hunt.

Jackie and Clo

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Finally we arrived at the event! It was¬†a hot summer day in the Arboretum Garden. I must¬†say, I’ve been to¬†nicer¬†Easter Egg Hunts with¬†music, dancing and plenty¬†of treats. There is nothing more disappointing to a kid than empty Easter eggs. But, over all¬† they still had a great time.

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What is it with nature that is so relaxing? Is it the feeling of being away from reality, people, noise, cars and pollution? Or simply, it’s just nice to be “away from chaos.” Arboretum garden or any garden is my way of finding peace, at least for a split second…

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Scarlett Carmina Davis was¬†born in the “year of the Dragon” and her name means red in French. Her¬†emotional Red Dragon spirit¬†is deep inside her core being — ready¬†to blast everyone around¬†her with fire and brimstone. I’ve always wondered how kids decide when to be¬†difficult and when to be nice? Today Scarlett clearly wanted to be¬†argumentative. Kids have this crazy need¬†to demand¬†everything¬†immediately. If they¬†don’t get their way, they will make your day miserable! Scarlett definitely creates¬†drama¬†but she is also alot of fun to be around.¬†paul and peacock1.jpgmommy.jpgI learned some valuable lessons today; First – always be prepared or else disaster will strike. Second – if everyone is not having a good time, move on to the next place. A new location can sometimes lighten everyone’s mood. Lastly – keep calm! Kids follow their parent’s. If they see you handling things in a stressed out and bad manner, they will reciprocate.

It’s time now to leave paradise and¬†I¬†am¬†looking forward to volunteering here soon to learn more about gardening at this marvelous place in the sun.

Forces of Nature

       Spring-time in LA is truly amazing. Flowers are blooming, the beaches are so inviting, and spring dresses are everywhere. Paul decided to have an adventure day, and wanted to go to the beautiful Santa Monica beach. Despite the warning by our neighbor Sean, who mentioned that it will be windy and cold at the beach today, we still went for it.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† The door of our car opened and immediately felt the gushing wind from outside. “Wow! Sean is not kidding around, when he meant it’s going to be windy.”

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¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Destination Annenberg Beach House is a little gem in Santa Monica, we all love. It’s the perfect place for families to go to because of its amenities. They have a swimming pool, playground, super clean restrooms, tables and chairs, restaurant around etc. Parking can be difficult, so the early the better. Luckily, Paul has the parking karma!

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Back on the Beach Cafe is a cute restaurant right next to Annenberg Beach House. Their fries and chicken tenders are good, but nothing special. The kids like them. Their food is a little bit on the pricey side for hotdogs and fries, but it’s because of its location. For the price of this cafe’s food, bringing your own food would be a smarter choice.

image 1¬†¬†¬†¬† As we approached water, Clodagh kept pulling her pants down wanting to potty every 2 seconds. The stage of tantrums is still going for my 3-year-old daughter. Sometimes it makes me wonder, does she really needs to go potty or it’s her way to get attention from mommy and daddy?

image4.jpgimage3¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† While Clodagh is not having an enjoyable time, Jax ‘the baby’ is loving it. He feels finally out of his cage. For the very first time, Jax gets to experience being at the beach – sand, water, warm sunlight on his face and kids everywhere to play with.¬† The same thing for Scarlett – the big beach girl!

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   When you stare at the ocean, do you ever get sunk in its beauty and power? Knowing underneath the dream is a deep risky water-world , and its capability of washing away a whole city. How can something so beautiful so dangerous?

¬†¬†¬† The ultimate goal is to make our kids happy, even though we have to endure the exhausting tantrums and constant demands. My husband and I, have accomplished our duty today of seeing smiles, and tiring them out. In the end of the day, everybody will have a sense of contentment before they go to sleep, while mommy and daddy enjoy each other’s company — drinking wine and watching much needed television.

Should I have kids or not?

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Questions About Being a New Mother

¬†¬†¬† Is my life over? Will I be a good mother? Will my body go back to the way it was before pregnancy? How do I know that I’m ready to be a mother? These are some questions women are concerned about when they get pregnant. However, It was mostly excitement for me.

What’s it like to be pregnant and to give birth to your first baby?

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† When I met my husband, I knew he was the one. He was and still is funny, crazy, talented and such an easy-going person. Our relationship moved quickly. Before you know it, I got pregnant ‚Äď our very first baby together. Waiting for my baby to be born was torture. I kept counting days and felt extremely impatient to meet my very first child. Then the day has arrived when I got to hold my newborn child. Tears-of-joy poured out from my eyes. I have never felt so happy in my entire existence! I felt in-love; the kind of love I’ve never felt before. It was surreal, as if I was like dreaming. The smell of a newborn baby is amazingly sweet. I remember thinking of her like a puppy ‚Äď a new pet, my new buddy and my one true precious, who I will always have in my life.

 

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Arianne and Scarlett – 10 months old

Reasons Why Couples Wait to Have Children

      The society we live in right now is leading us into having kids later in life. A lot of couples wait the utmost last-minute before having children. Why have children now, if we can spend our lives partying for another decade? Why settle and have a family, if I can barely take care of myself? Los Angeles is an expensive city to reside in, and so, being responsible for another human being’s life will be without a doubt, costly. Although, waiting to be financially established was the suitable thing to do at the time, my mindset was not in the same boat as other couples.

I watched my parents started from scratch into bringing us into private schools, to purchasing a home, and being able to afford college tuition. This made me learn that no one will ever be ready financially to have children. Most people are not financially stable in their 20’s or even 30’s. It takes time to build a career or a business. I told my husband Paul, ‚Äúlet‚Äôs grow together with our kids.‚ÄĚ Children are wonderful addition to your family not a burden in your life.

It’s Better to Start Early Than Later

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Another reason it‚Äôs better to have kids earlier than later is because it‚Äôs quicker to lose the baby weight in your twenties rather than 30‚Äôs or 40‚Äôs. As you get older, your Metabolism moves slower. Metabolism is what converts the fuel in the food we eat into the energy needed to power everything we do, from moving to thinking to growing. Moreover, when you get older your muscle mass decreases, which slows down the rate at which you burn calories. For instance, my first baby was born when I was 26 years old. There was not a problem into getting back to pre-pregnancy weight. In a matter of 3 months, I was back to size zero. I did not go to the gym or changed my diet. However, giving birth to my third baby in my early 30‚Äôs gave me an extremely hard time to lose the excess weight. My body never went back to the way it was. Although, I can‚Äôt wear my skinny-jeans anymore, I learned how to embrace my new body. Preferred looking more ‚Äúwomanly‚ÄĚ rather than ‚Äúmodel-skinny.‚ÄĚ

       Your decision to have children, will change your life forever. There will be good and worst times. You will discover some physical, emotional and changes in your mentality. It will be a roller coaster ride starting from the day you bring your baby at home all the way through the day your child goes off to college. Lastly, being a new parent is about learning how to handle each challenge that comes your way with utmost poise and patience. And to enjoy every second of your life with your fast growing family.

References:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/weight-loss/expert-answers/slow-metabolism/faq-20058480