THE pepper EXPRESS: February 2016

Monday, February 29, 2016

Two Years Post Baby

My little one will be two years old next month. Here we are planning her second birthday and also planning on another baby. My doctor said it officially takes two years for your uterus and body to get back to normal after having a baby. Now, I'm not challenging my doctor but there are few things that don't go back to normal. Stretch marks those are you battle scars and they are with you for life. Hair loss... didn't think about that one, when I started loosing hair I didn't know what to do. And bladder leakage, this one is full of "oops" moments that not many people talk about. Any time I sneeze or go on a laugh attack; I am thankful I have Poise® Thin Shape Pads on hand. I found the Poise® Thin Shape Pads at Kroger and I like to keep them in my wallet or makeup bag. They are thin enough to keep confident but are there when I need them the most. Especially right now when my allergies are acting up from all of the almond blossoms. My little sister is going to be a new mama soon and I want her to know that bladder leakage is common and there is no shame in it. After you have your baby there are many changes. The best thing to do is keep some Poise® Thin Shape Pads on hand:
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I like that I can keep them hidden in small compartments in my purse. The Poise® Thin Shape Pads can be concealed and prepare you for any "oops" moment. 
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Friday, February 19, 2016

Let's go to the San Francisco Zoo on Valentine's Day!

Grandma Lexie spent the winter up in Washington freezing her butt off. Once she came back she requested to take Solin to the Zoo. The best Zoo around is the San Francisco Zoo of course. Valentine's Day was the day we chose to go and the sun was beaming above us. A perfect day full of 70 degree sunshine. We arrived at 10 am when the park opened and the crowds were scarce. I had only been to the San Francisco Zoo once when I was a child. So this visit felt brand new to me. Once we were inside Solin and Grandma ran to see the zebras and giraffes. I loved the happiness that both of them shared. I spent the day technically being their paparazzi throughout the park. When I finally got a chance to look at these photos I was sad that we only had one photo of me and Solin. But, truly this trip was for Grandma and Solin. And here are the photos:
Three Generations: Grandma, Grandson, and Great Granddaughter:
Look how happy Grandma is in this photo. It makes my heart melt. Solin was full of excitement looking at the zebras.
While we walked from exhibit to exhibit, Solin would climb into the Bugaboo stroller and act like she was the king of the world. ( she obviously doesn't get the Titanic reference, she was actually trying to fly like a bird.)
Both Grandma and Solin were jumping with joy after seeing the giraffes:
Honestly Ostriches scare me. They look prehistoric and look like they can peck my face off. I kept my distance.
Look it how green everything was:
I posted this on my Instagram. But, when I was younger my little sister would make fun of me and call me a giraffe. She would say that I had a long neck and freckles like a giraffe. At that time I hated my freckles. Now I love them and giraffes:
These monkeys were chasing each other and started to get into it. They would throw dirt and toys at each other. Good thing there was glass between us. 
While watching the monkeys Solin became one herself:
Hanging out under the banana leafs:
Solin's shirt is old from Old Navy, her jeans are Levi's and her sandals are Salt Waters. My dress is from Sonnet James.
Oh the flamingoes! How beautiful are they?
The playground was the highlight of Solin's day. She spent most of her time hogging the slide and falling off that dizzy flower thingy:
RJ loves the Rain Forest Exhibit. If you can look at the top of the trees and see the birds... those are his favorite part:
This is also where solin found a new love for snakes... and Grandma was like "I'm out of here!"
Also new favorite book right now: Brown Bear, Brown Bear. What do you see? This specific book has a slide and find that is interactive for Solin. She loves the ending when we get to see the teacher!
My love Salt Water Sandals has increased over the past year. I now own three pair!
The chimps were celebrating Valentine's Day too! One of them was carrying a heart shaped valentine around:
We ended our trip in the gift shop where Grandma wanted to buy everything for Solin. Who can blame her. Solin fell int love with the giraffe and brown bear stuffed animals and she would say " Giraffe pease? Bear Peeeeeaaaaasssse?"

Friday, February 12, 2016

What I've Googled This Week

It's no joke when you are sicker than a dog and you are searching webMD and it tells you that you're dieing! About a week ago I felt like death. I had body aches and a running nose. My fatigue was allowing me to sleep in 12 hour increments. When I googled my symptoms google claimed I had Mono. I knew it was a bug that would pass until my husband and my two daughters came down with it. We let it run it's course. But it was awful to see my little toddler cuddling into my arms from the sickness. Needless to say that I took a small hiatus from posting on here because I had no energy to do anything. We literally slept all day long. But I did have time to catch up on some shows and internet shop while I couch surfed:

  1. Favorite new show: The Blacklist. I don't know if you have Amazon Prime or Netflix. But this show has got me hooked. I was pretty thrilled to catch season three live the other day. We broke down and bought a Digital Antenna. We have always refused to subscribe to any cable source. But since we have Amazon Videos and Netflix we thought Why Not?
  2. While I was sick I lived off of Emergen-C. This would give me the energy to get off the couch and fold laundry or even walk outside and feel the warmth of the sun... even though I was still in my pajamas and slippers it was still quite nice.
  3. New Diy project for my fireplace will include the Rust-Oleum High Heat Enamel Spray. Our fireplace in our living room is outdated with tile and gold trim. My new project was inspired by Chris and Julia's look here!
  4. Just received an email informing me that the new Sonnet James Website is up with some new dresses! Last year I bought the Piper dress and wish I could wear that everyday. This season I have my eye on the Reese and the Remi. All of these dresses look amazing with Salt Water Sandals!
  5. Let's talk about clogs for a minute. Ever since the fall I have wanted a pair of comfy clogs. I'm not talking about the kind of clogs your mom or nurses wear. I'm talking about Swedish Hasbeens. But the price tag of $200 kind of scares me. They have adorable Swedish Clogs at Even these ones on Modcloth are interesting! I might cave and buy those Swedish Hasbeens though :) Suggestions?
  6. Other movies on our play list are: Snow White, Cinderella, Tangled and Princess and the Frog. Maybe I'm a little biased on the disney movies. But it's so cute to see Solin yell "Punzel!" when watching Tangled.
  7. There is a new trend on Instagram that I'm stuck on @Letterfolkco. I would love to have this hanging around the house with wise ass comments on it. I did find some other alternate ones here and here... but Letterfolk is truly the best!
  8. Current books that are in my audible library: The Goldfinch and The Girl on the Train. But I think I might reread The Time Traveler's Wife! Because I can watch that movie over and over again... but the book is always better.
  9. Travel destinations to Canada. Any suggestions? Vancouver, Victoria or even Banff?
  10. The best for last. I will be hosting my sister's baby shower next month and can't wait to surprise her with the 'Ahoy it's a Boy' theme! I have looked around at different party supply stores and haven't had much luck finding simple and classy decorations. I did find some fishnets here which I will use as a table runner. Our favors will be anchor bottle openers that will be presented in cute little muslin bags. I am so thrilled to be hosting this baby shower because I am finally going to be an auntie!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Ready for a Monsoon

We are ready for the rain California! We have our rain boots and umbrellas. We are in the mood to sing in the rain and jump in puddles. There is no secret to staying dry, but if you want to stay warm I recommend layering. The only problem with wearing rain boots is my feet usually get pretty cold. That's why I wear wool socks with them. Hunter Boots have adorable socks you can buy from their site, but I prefer using my camping socks instead. Stay dry out there everyone!
Ready for a Monsoon
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