Headed to the Museum // NYC

Ready for a NYC stroll. Headed to the Museum. The American Museum of Natural History to be exact.20130710-154526.jpg Stopped for lunch at a lovely French restaurant {Nice Matin} on the way and enjoyed a delish bowl of Ratatouille. Yum. 20130710-154714.jpg We continued our trek to the museum and were completely awestruck. Lovely massive {marble} Corinthian columns. Greeted by breathtaking murals of the worlds peoples. Memorable messages from President Theodore Roosevelt engraved in the walls of the main entry. 20130710-231303.jpg Our absolute favorite exhibit was the Allosaurus — of course. So cool! 20130710-223856.jpg This outrageous place is impressive exhibition hall after mammoth history-sprinkled exhibition hall. Phenomenal! 20130710-225425.jpg
We ended our experience there by picking up some fun AMNH museum gifts for our girls.
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Cheers to History!
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Snorkeling | Beach Trip

We’re there mere minutes when we spot a pair of dolphins swimming close to shore.

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I lasted about 20 minutes attempting to snorkel (one of my hubby’s newfound ✌loves✌) and decided that the water wasn’t clear enough for me.

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We visited the tide pools & caves.

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Beach time.

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Happy Summer!
Cheers!
xoox, Jen

Mumford & Sons to Celebrate 10 Years {Happily} Married to My Main Squeeze

To celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary I took my hubby to the Mumford & Sons concert. We had a fantastic little getaway and totally recommend seeing these phenomenal musicians. Local food trucks {Bacon MANia was my fave.}, libations, colorful decorations and the pre-show, especially the giddiness of the silly, talented, Wonderful Glorious EELS, made for an enjoyable afternoon. The show began at dusk and consisted of a fun laser and light show; it was super romantic! They sang a considerable mix of current hits and “older” songs to create a lovely ambiance and memorable show.

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Cheers!
xoox, Jen

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Our 1st Family Camping Trip

Doheny State Beach, California
• F A M I L Y & F R I E N D S • B E A C H • C A M P I N G • T R I P •

All packed up & ready to roll.
{Addison 4 & Delaney 3 sat here -waiting- for 45 minutes.}
Our girls were so excited; they couldn’t contain their eagerness to get to Doheny Beach for our family & friends “Camping Adventure!”
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Day 1:
Sand, jumping waves with Mema & “Grossed-ing” marshmallows with Papa…

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Day 2:
Waiting {at Dawn mind you} for our Daddy & his buddies to catch some fish with our best friend, Tether Ball anyone {yep – tether ball} & a few of the kids. Ready? Pose. Set, G O!

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{“Our Group” Photo credit: @slee1225.}

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Day 3:
Moms. Fuzzy beach view. Building a sand castle. Ready to R I D E !

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Our 1st family bike ride.

Our last day:

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All in all, an unforgettable camping adventure. {The first of many annual trips to Doheny State Beach!}

Cheers to A D V E N T U R E!
xoox Jen
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Who’da Thought Interior Design Could Come From…

It’s Spring Break. So, my hubby & I decide to take the girls on a field-trip, to BassPro Shops. Now, lets get this clear before you start to ponder my happenstance, I’m a California girl through & through but the hubs has ties to Minnesota. {Side note: He even went “hunting” last season. Wilderness 1 : Brian 0.} Anyway…

We walked in & I was awestruck! The decor, minus the taxidermy and camouflage, was to die for. No pun intended. The mix of masculine stone & smooth wood finishes was just perfect. Who’d a thought interior design could come from a place such as this?

While walking through I started to picture a home filled with some of the treasures here. Then wondered what you’d call a design style combined with BassPro, a splash of Dwell Studio {having just laid eyes on this ‘Chic & Polished’ jewel box last week} and a sprinkle of Tuscany?

Any suggestions on the name of my design style?

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Hey, a girl can dream… Right? Someday.

All in all, we had a successful experience. We only spent $60!

Happy shopping!
❤Jen
@CarseatDancers

Luxury found in a 7-Passenger + Crossover Vehicle! 2012 Chevy Traverse | Car Review

Luxury Found! | 7-Passenger+ Crossover Vehicle| 2012 Chevy Traverse

This Car Review is by a Mom with toddlers. Enjoy!

Every so often my hubby comes up with the absolute best ideas. “Maybe we should consider getting a family car.”  He didn’t have to say that twice! I pounced on the idea figuring that he would swiftly realize what he had just suggested – GETTING RID OF HIS BELOVED TRUCK. Wow! Having always been anti-minivan, I knew that my mommy intuition needed to be hyped up for our “family car” buying experience. Comfort for my carseat dancers, my hubby, other passengers and style for myself became huge factors in determining what we were looking for.

I’m all about keeping my options open and was not dead-set on one particular make though I quickly became fixed on finding a 7-passenger Crossover. Scouring the Internet led me to this narrowed down list of options: Traverse by Chevy, Flex & Explorer by Ford, Santa Fe by Hyundai, Highlander by Toyota and Sorento by Kia. To my husband’s dismay, we visited EVERY last dealership mentioned (even stumbled upon a Dodge dealer to check out the Durango) and ended up back where we started this car perusing “fieldtrip.”

That being said, I would like to introduce you to our new family car:

The Chevy Traverse

Chevy prides the Traverse as being one which “Turns heads as EFFORTLESSLY as it turns corners;” a statement, which couldn’t have been truer. My husband has always been a Chevy truck owner so my expectations prior to test driving the Traverse didn’t ever ponder the idea of luxury until sitting in the pilot seat.

Yep, I said luxury and this crossover has it all – a sleekly designed exterior (we chose the brilliant ‘White Diamond Tri-coat’), roomy lush leather interior and a highway fuel economy that offers 24 MPG. This vehicle could, not that I’m suggesting anything, comfortably accommodate two adults and 5-6 carseats! {Just an FYI: This was pointed out to me by my sister who heard it from a Mom Trends event in NYC.} Our model has four bucket seats and a full-size third row bench across the back allowing for 7 passengers but you may choose one with two bucket seats and two rows of benches ultimately seating 8 adults comfortably. Either way, your family’s needs are met beautifully with the stylish and roomy Traverse.

Did I mention that the experience while sitting in the pilot seat was incredible? Both the driver and front passenger have heated and cooled seats, outside driver’s and inside rearview auto-dimming mirrors, back up camera and a power liftgate. The “clicker” on the key makes opening and closing the liftgate easy as pie as it is a hands-free process with the Traverse. Speaking of hands-free, this vehicle comes fully equipped with Bluetooth® which is always a plus in states whose law requires hands-free cell phone use while driving. We have Sirius XM Satellite Radio and are now OnStar safety ready. There’s even an available SkyScape power front sunroof and fixed rear skylight… Um, that’s two sunroofs! Love them!

With an MSRP starting at $29,510 I’d like to suggest that you too crossover to the luxurious Chevy Traverse.  Mommy, Daddy and our Carseat Dancers are thrilled and Daddy only misses his Silverado a little.

Happy Travels!

xo, Jen

@CarseatDancers

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{Of the photos used one was from Chevy.com & one from TheDreamCar.net.}

Father’s Day Gift Guide via @CarseatDancers

Father's Day Gift Guide via @CarseatDancers
featuring perfect gifts for the Daddy in your life.

Slim jeans
$25 – kohls.com

Crocs shoes
$50 – infinityshoes.com

Black sunglasses
$160 – otteny.com

Men’s Black and Grey Montreal
$235 – lacoste.com

Men’s Thin-Stripe Zip Hoodies
$19 – oldnavy.gap.com

Decorative Dad Sign Dad Message
$15 – paper-source.com

Shakespeare 7′ Ugly Stik BW Spinning Combo
$70 – sportsauthority.com

Beer Making Kits ~ This is on our list FOR SURE!
$40 – williams-sonoma.com
This is only a mock-up “ticket” … Create your own @: