Just Keep Swimming

I realize that I’ve been slacking in the blog department 😦

What can I say…I’ve been trying but sometimes…sleep ultimately wins!  Especially when you’ve got a toddler that is going a mile a minute.  Trying to do activities that keep him occupied exhausts me…and when you’re watching two of them {my nephew Daredevil}, you have to make sure one is not biting the other.  Oh…and a grand tip for you all in general, make sure you have two of everything, same color and same size!  The word “mine” is not something you want to hear every two seconds.

Anyway, one of the things we are doing constantly is swimming.  All the kids seem to really love being in the water in general.  It might be time to invest in wetsuits for the upcoming winter beach seshs.

Here are a few of my guy enjoying his swim lessons.

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Have a great weekend! {I really love that he smiles when he’s swimming!}

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Watermelon Shark & Chocolate Cake

Shark Week is still going strong!  What’s a party without a shark shaped watermelon to serve to your guests?  Thanks to my brother-in-law Jon for taking the time to contribute to my guy’s fin-tastic party.  It was jaw-some!

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There are many many tutorials for this online and especially on one of my favorite websites…Pinterest!  So take your party to the next level and make a shark watermelon to serve your fruit out of and also serves as a visually appealing decorative item to the party! However you do it the little ones are going to be sooo amazed!

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And let’s not forget about his fabulous 2nd B-day birthday chocolate cake done by one of my favorite peoples in the world, Eunhye Shim!  You can follow her on IG @SUBBIE120!  Her work is gorgeous, freaking amazeballs, and taste delicious as well! {you know normally you get the great looking cake and then it taste like paper?!…hers is a little slice of heaven!}

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All our favorite things in a cake!  The ocean, sharks, and surfing baby on a polka-dot board! I know you can’t really tell in the photos but I’m sure it is not coincidental that the board is somewhat a replica of my very own custom 7’0 polka dot fun board!  Her details are stunning and it is such a gift to me that she was able to contribute this to his B-day party!  She’s sooo busy!

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It was so hot and humid in the afternoon that by 2:00, Bruce the Shark swam down to the table 😦

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She’s great right?!

Shark Photo Prop

So we got Alien sharks, Sharkageddon, Megalodon, Escaping Jaws 2, annnd Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine!  Are you over it yet…I hope not as we get ready for Sharksanity on Saturday!  This shark week is getting better every day!  Follow me on IG @babababora to get a glimpse of my shark week shirt.

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What’s a party without a photo prop?!  And a shark one at that!  With a little help from Pinterest and my awesome brother who basically made this entire prop for my Viking’s 2nd B-day party…it turned out fairly awesome.  With a few test runs and layers of paint later…he came out fierce!

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Back in the day before no kid, I would’ve thought these photos props were lame but ya’ know what…they’re absolutely not!  Of course being me {the photogmom}, I made everyone take a photo with all the props we had.  If I had more time, I would’ve made red chum bean bags so the kids could throw them through the mouth and it would double as a game!  We also had a beach babe and beach hunk body to take photos with as well!

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DIY Tip:  When making the beach bodies, you only need to use one board!  Paint one side the female body and the other side male!  And poof!…you can thank me for saving you money now.

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Isn’t this photo too funny?!  So it seems every time I take a photo, Mr. Daredevil there (my handsome nephew) mimics me and puts up his invisible camera to take a photo now!  At first we didn’t know why until I figured out he was acting like he was holding something near his face.  Hilarious!

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Look at these two cutie patooties!  She had on a seahorse dress and he had on a shark shirt!  They were both ready to party!

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Don’t be afraid to be silly and scared that no one will like the efforts you made, for your biggest fan is the only voice that counts and at the end of the day will give you the biggest hugs!  Soooo GO… and make your sharknado of a party fabulous with as many photo props as you can make!  I give you my blessing!

Shark-tastic Desserts

Are you tired of my shark referenced puns?!  Well…alls I can say is too bad…YOU will look forward to a whole week of them!  My little man’s shark themed birthday party got off to the right start with these sweet treats.

To top everything off we’ve got some Pinterest-inspired desserts for you and a lil’ bit of a DIY tip as well.  Who doesn’t want to eat these awesome desserts?!  Thanks to Megan & Diane Kile for making them and helping with the dessert set-up!  Couldn’t have asked for better than these fellow crafters!  Feel free to pin away and let’s get this party started!

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Make your shark jello with blue jello {of course!}, get some shark gummies, tear open a few cuties, and top that boat with a sail!  Our sails were from the store but you can easily make your own with cute tape {available everywhere} and a toothpick.  Grab some spoons and eat up!

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Onto some sun action here.  We got those teddy grahams sunbathing on some brownies sprinkled with graham crackers for sand and lying on those sour tape things and an umbrella to protect them from the sun!  Those slippahs are nutter butters with colored icing and a m&m.  Sooo easy peasy!

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Marshmallow fish pops!  So you’ve probably seen many versions of this online and many tutorials and you’re probably wondering, “why didn’t she cover the whole marshmallow in blue chocolate to resemble the ocean?”.  I actually did a test run of these a couple days before the party and covered the entire marshmallow in blue chocolate and I was on a sugar high the rest of the day.  Can you imagine kids eating those all day?  Yup, thought so.  So I covered only half and just went with it.  You will need jumbo marshmallows, crushed graham cracker crust, bag of fishes, blue melting chocolate, and lollipop sticks.  This also works best if you roll the marshmallow into the chocolate rather than dipping it.  I also used vegetable oil to get a runny consistency for the chocolate.  If you’re the type to need an exact tutorial, here is a good blog, See Vanessa Craft.  She has awesome photos too!  I would have them too but most times I’m in too much of a hurry to get them done!

Aren’t these so much fun?  And super easy for you to do with little to no effort for your shark/beach themed party.  And who says you have to have a party to make these?  It’s shark week…make em’ now!

Shark Week is HERE!!

Sunday post…weird right!?!?

My little man and I are super excited and this is our favorite week of the year…Shark Week!  And it happened to follow Odin’s shark/beach themed party!  So here’s a little sneak peek of upcoming stuff on the blog!

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A close-up of Bruce the shark on his birthday cake!  {what amazing detail…too good to eat!}

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Some sharks swimming and we had to have a shark watermelon {thanks Uncle Jon for carving it out!}

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Annd…I never ever {RARELY} post a photo of myself on the blog but for his birthday, I will make an exception.  He only turns two once!  Check out our shark shirts! {photo credit taken by Megan Kile as I bossily told her what I wanted…lol}

We are sooo EXCITED and Discovery Channel is kicking it off tonight!  Whoop whoop!  Check out the rest of the week for more!

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

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This is the start of many more aquatic adventures on my blog.  If you follow my blog and know me well, then you know that the ocean is my playground.  But in order to enjoy it, you must respect it and learn as much about it as you can.  I definitely want to instill that in my Viking and is beyond thrilled that he already loves fish and loves to stick his hands in all the touch tanks at the aquarium.

I went to CMA (Cabrillo Marine Aquarium) when I was in the sixth grade and oh my… it has changed soooo much, barely recognizable for me.  It is sentimental and nostalgic that I was able to take my son here.  CMA is a great place because one, it is freeeee! (donations are welcome of course!) and two, the beach and playground is right across the parking lot!  Parking is $1/hr and bathrooms are ehhh…let’s just say they need to be updated.   It is located in old town San Pedro.

One of the highlights of this adventure was the Exploration area.  It was amazingly clean and such a great set-up for kids of all ages to explore!  It challenges you to use all your senses to explore the ocean and they even provide tools for you to engage yourself as a marine biologist!  How cool is that!

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Let’s just say he kind of likes looking through things!

When hitting Southern California with your kids, this is a must-see.  It’s a secret spot that’s not so crowded but you get the best of both worlds with the aquarium and then the beach after.  What’s not to like?

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To all my sic-fi lovers…what does the background look like??  (Hint: Star Wars…They are used by the Old Republic and the Galactic Empire for ground assault or transport)  Pretty cool right??!!

Aquarium of the Pacific

My love for the ocean runs deep and strong.  It stems from childhood adventures at the beach and long road trips to lakes and streams.  As a child I loved everything and anything that had to do with the ocean.  From dolphins to whales to all movies involving some type of water and sci-fi…I loved it all.  Don’t judge because Waterworld was a great movie!!  Who doesn’t need paper?!  Ohhhkay…no more waterworld references!

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The Long Beach Aquarium is world famous (who’d’ve thunk it?) and downright amazing place for adults and children.  My little man and I went for his very first visit and he loved it!  He stuck his little tiny hands wherever he could…including the mini-shark area.  We stroller-ed it for his first time and then went without for his next visits.  I just got tired of taking him in and out when clearly he wanted out (he’s about 21 months now for those inquiring!).  With close friends and family, we explored it SeaQuest style and enjoyed it very much.

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It is so great to see that the Aquarium is even better than it was when it opened in 1998…that was during my heyday!  When it opened, I was expecting beluga whales to be there like in Head Over Heels…again, don’t judge!  Back then it was cool to have your prom there!

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It is such a kid-friendly place and if you’re in the Long Beach area…please go!  There is so much more to do there than just looking through glass.

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