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    The Most Fall Weekend in Florida

    We spent our weekend doing all things fall. It never actually feels like fall in South Florida, so the only way to pretend that there are actually four seasons down here is to partake in fall activities.

    To get us in the mood, we started on Friday by hitting up Trader Joes for every pumpkin thing we could find. We baked pumpkin bread, ate pumpkin waffles, and picked up way too many mini pumpkins for Juliet to play with around the house.

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    By Saturday we were knee-deep in fall and ready to take on the pumpkin patch. We went to Bedner’s, about thirty minutes from us, and by 10am it was already swarming with people. My husband made a beeline for the donut truck while I plotted out how we could squeeze in as many activities as possible in the quickest amount of time. Well, those activities included the corn maze, so quick was no longer an option. After getting lost for at least a half hour, we managed to find our way out of the maze and into the pumpkin patch. The girls each got a pumpkin and we were back in the car hurrying home for nap time.

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    On Sunday it was time to decorate our pumpkins. And for the girl who loves pink… we had to have pink pumpkins. We made “cupcake pumpkins” with the two that the girls found at Bedner’s, then used the easiest decorating trick ever, like ever, for the mini pumpkins we had picked up on Friday.

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    For the “cupcakes” I just used acrylic pink paint to cover each pumpkin, then used a small brush and various colors for the sprinkles. And yes, that is paint on Juliet’s bottom lip… apparently she thought they were actual cupcakes.

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    As for the easiest pumpkin DIY ever… I am sending you over to the blog where I got the idea (because I am just not genius enough to come up with this on my own). For all moms wanting a super quick, mess-free Halloween this year, this DIY is the way to go. (Thanks KtMayMcCord for the awesome idea!)

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    Happy Fall Y’all!

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    A Tuesday Treat at Popbar

    Juliet’s favorite thing in life right now is a “PopPop”, so when we were invited to check out Popbar’s newest location at The Mall at Wellington Green, I just knew I couldn’t turn it down. I made the unfortunate mistake of telling Jules that morning that we would be getting a PopPop, so that is all I heard on our drive there, over, and over, and over again. But, we managed to arrive as soon as they opened, and from the look on Juliet’s face, the wait was worth it. IMG_9445IMG_9432IMG_9431Juliet went crazy for the sprinkles, chocolate, and assorted colors of gelato and yogurt, while I got to enjoy the fact that they use only the freshest, all-natural ingredients when making each pop. FullSizeRenderIMG_9434IMG_9437IMG_9441IMG_9438IMG_9439IMG_9435

    Sure, a yogurtpop is probably not going to top any lists of lunch options for toddlers, but for us, on this special Tuesday, it was the perfect treat.

    Thank you, Popbar, for making Juliet’s PopPop dreams come true.

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    I’d Rather Be Eating

    Last week I took the girls to Young at Art, a children’s museum that I had heard so much about. I had actually made plans several times to go over the last few months, but for one reason or another it just never worked out. So, after months of anticipation, I again got the girls ready and out the door by 10am, and we were off to see what all the talk was about.

    As we pulled into the parking lot, we were followed by four, yes four, school buses filled with children. I may have actually screamed “Noooo!” out loud in my car, followed by my toddler then repeating “Nooo, nooo, Mommy nooo” over and over. I should have realized right then that we were doomed, because it only got worse.

    The museum does have a large room for kids to run around in and play, and it does have a various amount of activities designed to keep your child busy for hours, but it is not stroller friendly. So, as Juliet tried to run around amongst the 800 other children, I struggled to keep up with Anniston in the huge double stroller. When we finally decided we needed a break, we went into another room for a sing-a-long music session. Some break. We lasted in there for about five minutes. I already have to listen to my toddler banging her drumsticks around the house all day, why would I want to listen to 50 kids banging all at the same time.

    So, to sum up our day in the words I think Juliet would use…

    I’d rather be eating.

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    Doing the Things

    When I first started this blog, I had hoped that it would get me out more with the girls, get me to do more things. Well, I am officially exhausted from doing all the “things”. We have not spent one day at home this week. I have managed to wear out my toddler – which I didn’t even know was possible, and Anniston has been giving me dirty looks because she hasn’t had a good nap in three days. But here we go, the first thing we did this week, we went to the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science.

    This week I have managed to leave my house by 10am every morning, this is huge because Juliet doesn’t even wake up until 9:30. We got to the museum by 10:30 and it seemed as though the crowd was about twenty minutes behind us the entire day. The first floor was basically created for toddlers, so, once we got there, I took Juliet out of her stroller and she never got back in.

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    Five reasons we loved this Museum:

    5. The giant gated play area where toddlers can run around freely and moms can (kind of) sit back and relax.IMG_6058

    4. Pretzels. The only lunch choices are Subway or Auntie Anne’s, but who doesn’t love Auntie Anne’s?

    3. It is directly across the street from the Intercoastal, an added bonus when you have a child that is obsessed with water.IMG_6061

    2. A robot in a trash can. The singing recycling robot put the biggest smile on Juliet’s face and had her doing the Hokey Pokey for about ten minutes, all while learning to recycle. Who am I kidding, Juliet didn’t learn anything about recycling, but she did learn to dance like no one was watching.IMG_6059

    1. Sea Otters. Just, Sea Otters. I could have watched them for hours, and I could have watched Juliet watch them for even longer.IMG_6060

    Now we are off to do more things…

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    Pompano Beach

    One of my hopes in starting this blog is that it would get me and the girls out of the house more. I had gotten too comfortable staying at home, taking our daily walks, and hoping for visitors each day. It all started in my last month of my pregnancy, thinking I could go into labor at any moment – because I would definitely be early with my second child (nope, 40 weeks, 4 days). Then, after having Anniston, we stayed home because I was still recovering. After that, we wanted to wait until she had her shots before we could brave the aisles of Target. Finally, it just became comfortable. It is so much easier to play at home than worry about how you will get two babies changed, dressed, fed, strapped in their car seats, and off to some place where you are sure that one will begin crying while the other is running all over and causing a scene.

    Those thoughts ended when this blog began.

    Before Anniston, I was so great at taking Juliet somewhere almost every day. My mom used to joke about how I couldn’t sit still in my own house for more than a few hours. She once even told me I needed to pretend that it was a snow day and we were trapped inside – ridiculous, obviously, because we live in South Florida – but that is how much I hated being stuck at home. So, we are no longer stuck at home. By creating the Around Town series in my blog, I am forcing myself to find new, exciting places and activities for the girls on a weekly basis – and I may squeeze in a few places that are great sans kids as well.

    Side note: I fully blame Juliet if most of these places involve a splash pad – she has a built in tracking system for all activities involving water.

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    So, as I try to get back to the old me, I took full advantage of my husband being home on Memorial Day. He stayed home and watched the baby, while my sister and I took Jules out for a day of fun at Pompano Beach.

    Living exactly two minutes from the beach means we can easily just pick up and go any time we want – huge plus. However, it also means you forget that everyone in the state of Florida heads to the beach on holiday weekends – help, we’ve been invaded. After spending thirty minutes looking for parking and another ten minutes finding a small section of sand not yet covered by towels and coolers, we threw our stuff down and took Juliet into the ocean.

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    Every time we got out to rest on our blanket and attempt to build sandcastles, Juliet would just point back at the water and scream “Nana! Nana!” (My mom, Juliet’s Nana, took her in the ocean last time we went, so now she has decided to call the ocean Nana – why not)

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    We ended our day at the splash pad, conveniently located on the way out of the beach. I highly recommend Pompano Beach for this reason alone! I have heard millions of tricks for getting sand off of toddlers at the beach, but none of those tricks beat a splash pad! Juliet ran, splashed, and made new friends all while she was getting clean!

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     I’m not sure anyone had a better Memorial Day than Juliet, but hope you all had a great holiday weekend!

    Juliet’s bathing suit // Beach blanket // Beach toys //

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    Braving the Jungle

    Okay, not an actual jungle, but I did manage to get my two little ones to one of my favorite local places, Lion Country Safari. And by local, I mean far, far from anywhere you live in South Florida, and for us, far was exactly 64 minutes. I was dreading every single one of those minutes in the car, but once we arrived it was so worth it.

    We met my mom, sister, and neice at the entrance and started our adventure with the 30 minute drive through the “safari”.

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    Although probably the best part of the trip for adults, if your kids are anything like ours, they don’t want to sit in a car any longer than they have to. They want to run around. And they don’t want to just look at the animals, they want to touch them. So, as soon as our CD-guided tour ended, we got the girls out of the car and went into the park to have some real fun.

    We kicked things off with a highly embarrassing train ride (if you make it to the end of this post you may even get to see a picture of that nonsense), then took the girls straight to the petting zoo. Juliet loves animals and had the best time waving to each of the goats. She was not a huge fan of feeding them, perhaps because she would rather someone be feeding her, but she still managed to win over one giraffe even without lettuce in her hand.

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    After we had all had our fill of animals for the day, we let Juliet run wild and cool off in the splash pad. Yes, the safari has a splash pad, and boy am I glad that they do. Juliet entertained herself for almost an hour while my mom chased after her, and Anniston and I got to relax and cool off in the shade.

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    Juliet could have stayed there all day, but after 4 hours of safari fun, I still had to make the 64 minute drive home and get both kids fed and get Juliet ready for her afternoon swim lesson and put the baby down for a nap and… well, I survived. We survived. And it turned out to be one of the best days we have had since Anniston was born.

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    And, now for that embarrassing train ride I promised if you made it to the end…

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    You win some, you lose some, and even if I had to squeeze myself into this itty bitty baby train, we won this one.

    Juliet’s Bubble // Juliet’s Bonnet