• Family Friday: Summer Bucket Lists + Teacher Gifts

    family friday | Oh Lovely Day

    Do you plan a list of summer activities with your family? Since this is the last weekend of spring, now’s the time to sit down with your family and write a summer bucket list. Since baby #2 is due at the end of August, my family has a “Bucket List Before Baby” – basically our summer fun list that we started a little early (since we’re in Los Angeles and it’s summer all year anyways). Here are some of our activities to help you get started planning yours:

    • Visit the Santa Monica Pier
    • Feed the ducks at Franklin Canyon
    • Go to jazz night at LACMA
    • Beach day in Malibu
    • Last Disneyland visit before our passes expire
    • Visit the Endeavor at the California Science Center
    • Take Charlie to see Chris Burden’s Metropolis at LACMA
    • Visit the aquarium
    • Find a place to have shave ice in LA

    These are a few of our LA-specific activities. What are some things on your family summer fun bucket list? Do you make one? And you can follow ours on instagram under hashtag #bucketlistbeforebaby. Hashtag yours with #lovelysummerfun so I can follow along too!

    preschool teacher gift idea | Oh Lovely Day

    And since summer is here, so is the time to give your kiddo’s teachers a gratitude gift. Charlie just finished his first year of preschool and his teachers have been so wonderful all year. They take care of him, hold his hand, kiss his boo boos, teach him to clean up, help him make gifts for mom and dad, clean up bathroom accidents, and have helped him grown and come such a long way this year. And even though there are 5 teachers and I don’t have the money to give them the elaborate gift of gratitude they deserve, I did want to show them my appreciation in a way I could manage. So I made these cute little succulent pots with a thank you message. Truth be told, I was originally going to paint the pots and create my own sign (the one I used can be found here), but since I have third trimester energy levels (read: none) this was the best I could manage. They loved them anyways.

    What are your favorite teacher gratitude gift ideas?

    And in case you missed my Momtastic posts this week, here they are:

    Flattering Maternity Swimsuits

    10 Gifts for Second-Time Moms

    Modern Baby Gear & Gadgets

    Have a great weekend! xx

    leave a comment.

    Leave a Reply

    • The Land of Nod, design for kids and people that used to be kids
    •  This week was a rough one. I feel like I say that every week but this one really was. Today alone had me at my breaking point. All three of my kids seemed hell bent on driving me crazy. Quincy literally wouldn't let me put him down or leave the room without a major scream-cry fest. He rode around on the fuss bus allllll day. Tropical storm Calvin left destruction in his wake everywhere he went (if you follow me on snap/stories you got a little sampling but that was nowhere near the extent of it). At one point I went into a room away from my kids and sat in a chair and cried. Within three minutes one of them found me (of course) gave me a hug, and we were all better (except Calvin -- I think this is his permanent state ). This photo is my version of thinking happy thoughts. Bougainvillea vibes ✌️️✨  And just like that, summer is back  Take me back to the fall weather of two days ago! Also, take me back to when this kid slept past 5 am and took naps. For a week now, between 4:30-5:30 am this kid climbs up on our bed over top of me and proceeds to squrim, poke, and annoy me till I get up. Quincy's sleeping till 6 or later FINALLY and now Calvin is waking me up!? And he refused to nap today (again) too. Seriously you guys, he's killin' me. He looks real cute in rain gear but if he does it again tonight he's headed to toddler military school. #sotiredineedanewwordfortired #calvins3rdyear #battlefieldmotherhood
       You know what is a great motivator? Not wanting to be outdone by your big bro. Cause look who's pulling himself up, so he can keep up  #quincysmilestones #calvinandquincy #lawdhelpme #charlieandcalsroomredo  There were very few baby things I hadn't yet tried by the time I had Quincy but I hadn't really used a sling before. I got my first sling when I was still pregnant with Q and tried it with Calvin, but once Cal was walking he never wanted to be carried. He's far too busy for all that. So Quincy is the first baby I've used a sling with, and I feel like I really missed out with the other two. I had and loved other carriers with them (and still do) but there is just something about the sling that is magical and it is my carrier of choice right now. It is convenient (you can keep it threaded and just throw it on), it is cozy, it doesn't tightly wrap behind my back which always makes me sweaty, and I can nurse while Quincy is in it which has been a lifesaver. I'm actually nursing him in this photo! I'm sharing photos from our recent visit to the pumpkin patch and how I got to do all the things with my family while wearing Quincy in the sling because I didn't have to stay with him in the stroller or go find a place to nurse him. He chilled, ate, and napped in my sling. And because I love it so much I'm teaming up with @mywildbird to give one reader a sling of their choice! Head to my blog to enter (link in profile) and tell your friends  #OLDfavefinds #babywearing #mywildbird #giveaway #fredrickfamfallfun
    • The Honest Company
    • Personalized Mother's Day Photo Cards: She’s always gone the extra mile for you. Now, it’s never been easier to add an extra special touch to Mother’s Day with a personalized photo card.
    • Wedding Paper Divas Wedding Day Needs - Programs, Menus, and more
    • Free Wedding Website from Wedding Paper Divas
    • Earth Mama Angel Baby