Cabo San Lucas Part Three- Flora Farm & Field Kitchen

Monday, July 24, 2017

Think of the middle of no where and go further down a bumpy dirt road through a desolate rugged desert. A place so unfriendly, the only inhabitants are prickly cactuses and sage brush. Then imagine a tranquil lush oasis. This is Flora Farm & Field Kitchen. Flora Farms is a 150 acre ranch that includes a restaurant, shops, spa, luxury cottages, and more. It has attracted big name celebrities and become a must see to and do in Cabo.

And, then there is us. Our first time to Flora Farm was magical and all that it was touted to be. I couldn’t take enough pictures of this beautiful place.

Our first stop was a quick stroll through some of the shops. Flora Farms has presentation done perfectly. In addition to jewelry, art, lotions, and soaps (all made by local artisans), you can also purchase produce from the farm, eggs, honey, sweet treats, and freshly baked bread.

We took advantage of the beautiful grounds and dusky twilight to take some family pictures.

Dinner was an experience we won’t forget. The food is delicious although pricey, but ambiance is worth every penny. The kids ran around under palm trees, looked for turtles in the pond, and played with the resident dogs. It was one of our best memories. If you are ever in Cabo, we highly recommend making the trip out to Flora Farms.

Cabo San Lucas Part Two- Our Favorite Places

Thursday, July 20, 2017

There are so many great places to eat in Cabo and although it has been 8 years since our previous trip we were happy that all our favorite places (and some news ones) were still there.

Favorite Cabo Restaurants

Romeo & Julieta
Cabo has some amazing Italian food! It often feels like your only two dining options are either Mexican or Italian and really who can complain about that?! Romeo & Julieta has been renovated since our last trip and it’s even more beautiful. We love the Caesar salad which is prepared at your table. Did you know the Caesar salad was created in Mexico? It’s true! In 1924 Caesar Cardini a Tijuana, Mexico restaurant owner had run out of food, but needed something to feed his guests, so he threw together what few things he had left and ended up with what is now the world famous Caesar salad. Another fun memory are the Mexican coffees which the waiters also prepare table side along with some fire showmanship.

Edith’s is legendary in Cabo for it’s beautiful outdoor dining and authentic fresh Mexican food. We celebrated our 19 year anniversary here and we went back our last night because it’s so good.

La Catrina Restaurant
We celebrated Colette’s birthday at La Catrina. It was actually our first time eating at the restaurant, which we stumbled upon walking up from the beach. It also happens to have some of the best reviews on Trip Advisor. The food was really good but what made the night memorable was the hostess who held and rocked Colette so that we could eat our dinner without holding a baby at the same time. Our kids talk about this night as one of their most favorite of the entire trip.

One of my parent’s favorite restaurants and another Italian gem in Cabo. We ate at Alcaravea twice in Cabo!

Other Fun Options

Mango Deck
The Mango Deck can get a little Cabo crazy depending on what time of day you visit, but they also have some of the best ceviche and tacos. Right on the beach it’s a fun place to hang out and get a good meal.

Tanga Tanga
Another interesting place to find cheap tacos and beers. What it lacks in ambiance it makes up for in an inexpensive meal.

Baja Brewing
Baja Brewing has an incredible view and a great happy hour. It’s worth taking the stairs to the top of this building where the restaurant is located just for the view alone.

As you can tell we enjoy eating out on vacation. It’s a treat that we don’t liberally indulge in at home. We see it as a privilege and something to look forward to. One of our most favorite nights is coming up in an entire post devoted just to that experience. Stay tuned for Flora Farms.

Cabo San Lucas Part One

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Let’s get caught up! It’s been far too long since I’ve put something out on the blog. Today, is a good day to start by posting some of our favorite pictures and memories from Cabo San Lucas. Back in June we spent 12 days in paradise. It had been 8 years since we last visited Cabo and it was the first time our entire family has flown together. We traveled with my parents, my sisters and their husbands, as well as my mother in law. Although, we weren’t all there together for the entire time. It was a lovely trip. I would go back in a heart beat if we could.

This is what 7 people’s luggage for 12 days looks like. Traveling with a baby also requires extra packing like car seats, pack n plays, strollers, carriers, etc.

We stayed at the Villa Del Par Mar beach resort. It was tricky getting us the right accommodations (the hotel was over booked) but we ended up with perfect ground floor rooms (3 rooms adjacent and/or on the same floor) that made access to and from the pool perfect. Especially when someone was covering for a napping baby.

Villa Del Par Mar is right on Medano Beach so we also got to enjoy the beautiful views on the Sea of Cortez. One of our favorite memories was watching the manna rays jumping in and out of the water.
Some of our favorite and not so favorite memories from the trip.

Poor Sweet Lawson broke his arm within the first 2 hours of arriving in Mexico. He spent his first night in Mexico in a hospital. I think all 7 of us cried that night. Definitely, memory making let me tell you.

O.K. So after that traumatic incident we rallied and got to enjoy the rest of the trip. By that time we REALLY needed a vacation. There was also so much to celebrate-Colette's first birthday, our 19 year anniversary, and my sister Alicea’s birthday. All 3 of our girls have turned one in Mexico! Brooklyn turned one in Puerto Vallarta, Ella in Cancun, and now Colette in Cabo.
I’ve got several more posts in the que including our favorite restaurants, celebrations, Flora Farms (!), and more.


Sunday, December 04, 2016

Wow! It’s been a long time since I’ve sat down to write. The last six months have been challenging and wonderful and full, very full. I haven’t had time to do a lot of things, like personal time, exercise, or blog. Thank you friends for being patient with me.  Tomorrow, Colette turns 6 months old.  How can she already be half a year old?   There were so many things that I thought would be easy, but honestly they haven’t been.  I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but I had dreamed that maybe life wouldn’t be so drastically different. And, you know, that’s ok.   So… here we are.  An update and some cute pictures from our recent session with sweetmint.   More to come hopefully sooner rather than later. 





Large Family Nesting/Organizing

Monday, May 09, 2016

When you have 6, almost 7, people living under one roof things can get out of control in a hot minute. When everyone leaves out just 2 or 3 things that leaves ME tracking down 21 items that need to be put away. I think my children will one day taunt me with phrases I’ve been known to say on a daily basis. Such as, “WHY AM I THE ONE PICKING THIS MESS UP, IT’S NOT EVEN MY STUFF!”. Do you ever get that feeling when you look around your house, and feel like every single room and closet is just full of STUFF?!  It’s suffocating. The thought of another child’s things, and babies do have a lot of things, leaves me with no small amount of heart palpitations.  Just kidding. Kind of. 

My kids are actually very well trained and they do their fair share of helping out. Still, it’s necessary to have some systems in place that make life easier.  Some organizing rules that help us:

1. Touch it once. If it comes in the house deal with it then. Don’t put it in a pile to be dealt with later.

2. Everything has a home. I hate the feeling of shoving things into places they aren’t permanently going to remain. 

3. Be responsible for your own things. Everyone from 4 to 40 needs to take care of their own stuff. 

So, here are a few ways we actually maintain order.


I’ve been wanting to do a refresh in their bathroom for awhile, so one Saturday prior to bed rest I raided a couple closets and 15 minutes later (plus a couple Target trips afterwards) they got a mini makeover. Some day, we will tear out the linoleum and dated light fixture but for now, things look better. 

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Here is the before in case you were wondering

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The green is gone and I went all white.  Now, I know white everything is kinda trendy right now and might not seem like a practical solution for 5 kids, but here are my thoughts on that.

1. Everyone in the house now has a white towel. There is no distinction between our 3.5 bathrooms. 

2. White towels are easy to bleach. There is a reason hotels use white towels too.

3. When it comes down to laundry day (more on that later) it’s easier putting things away. All the towels can be done at once, there is no white/dark loads.

4. For the most part, as long as I keep up on laundry it helps things look “clean”.

The boys towels are on the towel rack and they girls towels are hanging behind the door in case anyone was counting. 

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Next, the tooth brush drawer. I can’t tell you how gross it is to open a drawer and see toothpaste and dried spit x’s 4 crusted on every surface.

It also gave my germaphobic self some fear to know that their toothbrushes were all intermingling amongst each other. 

So, here you go. Everyone has their own box with fresh from the dentist supplies. Even Colette, who technically doesn’t even have teeth yet, has their own place. Hopefully, this will result in not only a cleaner more organized system but better oral hygiene as well. One can pray.

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Thankfully, laundry has never really been that big of a headache for us, because we’ve put some good systems in place.

1. Everyone has their own basket. From Brian to Colette, we each have our own “bag” and it’s easy to tell when someone needs to do their laundry.

2. Each person is basically assigned a laundry day. Mondays- R&L. Tuesday/Wednesday- Brooklyn or Ella depending on if they need it. Friday- usually Brian or I and/or towels, etc.

3. Everyone, yes EVERYONE is responsible for their own laundry. Both the girls do their own laundry from start to finish. The boys help me with theirs and they do their own sorting/help with putting it away.

4. Sheets are washed at the beginning of every month. Please don’t judge me too harshly on that. If they are dirty they get washed more frequently.

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Some of my kids aren’t tall enough to reach the sink and the water dispenser on the refrigerator makes a mess, so as seen in a previous post we keep water out on the counter. Next to that is this handy six slot caddy that holds everyone’s cup.  Each of us gets one cup (well not exactly true for Brian &I) for the day. The kids all know where their slot is and are responsible for putting their cup back in it’s place. This saves us a lot of extra dishes and random cups laying around that who knows, who it belongs too. Maybe it’s my my germaphobe personality but I don’t like the kids sharing cups.  

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I probably could go on about kids’ rooms, shoes, memory boxes, photos, etc.  Maybe, I’ll save that for another post!

Pregnancy Thus Far | 34 Weeks

Sunday, May 01, 2016

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this post will be worth at least a million!  I went through my iPhoto library and pulled a bunch of pictures that I might add to her baby book, should I actually get started on it. This is an unedited authentic look at these past 8 months. These past 34 weeks have been an interesting emotional journey and I can say with certainty we are ready for our little Colette and looking forward to the addition she’s going to be to our family. 

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A surprise Paris trip in September leads to an even bigger surprise a few weeks later.

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We chose to reveal the news to the kids on a special bench where we’ve launched butterflies and started many many walks from. 

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Brooklyn is in shock (like us!) and Ella cried tears of joy.

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After some early bleeding we were happy to see her on our first early ultrasound.

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The perfect gift and maternity shirt from a friend.

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The 20 weeks ultrasound revealed a healthy (thank you Lord) little girl. 

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Brian has a 21 days around the world trip in February.  

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Not your typical before/after shot. Ha ha.

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A sweet Parisian style lunch with my sisters.

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One of my last 7 mile hikes. Holy contractions on those hills!

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Colette’s is almost ready for her arrival. 

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Easter Sunday

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Feeling so sick and awful after hour one of the three hour glucose test. 

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Blood Sugar monitoring (again) Dang!

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A very unexpected hospital stay after preterm labor and bleeding.

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A sweet bonus was getting an ultrasound and seeing Colette’s chubby cheeks. 

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After 4 days we were released to come home on bed rest.

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Not the “baby” for much longer, I think Lawson missed me! I’ll take every snuggle I can get before my boys all the sudden seem so big and grown up.

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Beautiful, thoughtful, humbling, gracious meals from friends. I had thought I could do this whole pregnancy and recovery on my own this time, after needing so much help with the boys’. 

What’s coming up? I have some additional testing and monitoring in the next few weeks that may determine an earlier due date for baby. Until then, we are hanging here at home!

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