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Monday, August 24, 2015

Bobochoses giveaway

First of all I want to thank every single one of you that participated. I wish I had enough sweaters for you all to win! This morning, we received the bigger size of the sweater and Mason is wearing it here so he can represent the contest :)

I really wanted Mason to pick the winner and it was really hard to make him pick only one paper. I did it the old fashion way - didn't really know how else to do it. So I put all of the accounts that entered in a bowl and asked him to pick just one. Well I guess he doesn't really know his numbers yet ;)

He just poured the bowl upside down and the papers went all over. I picked them up and put them back in the bowl.

I decided to give it a second shot!

He kind of did exactly the same thing, but this time one paper remained in his hand. So I quickly took it away and decided it would be THE ONE. Otherwise, I would have had to spend the rest of the day doing it again and again...

And so the winner is...


Congratulation to you!!! Please send me your info by email at myloveandbeyond@gmail.com so I can send this beauty to you!!!

Thanks again so much to every one else for entering. I'm really happy with the little success this giveaway has had. So I've decided to do another one very soon... Stay tunned :)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Road trip - Rainbow falls

Last stop of our family trip. We went to see the rainbaw falls in Mammoth Lakes.

It was so beautiful but in the mean time it was also very sad because I think it's a part of the Mountain that burn not that long ago. We had dead trees all around us either burned and still up or totally down. It kind of looked like if we where in the elephant graveyard from the Lion King. My friends were laughing at me when I said that but I really felt like that!

Mason was trying to blow a kiss to the camera at that time!

We could even fit in some dead tree!

Even though the water part isn't suppose to be as nice in the summer it was still really beautiful and calm. It's funny how living in the City makes you forget how quiet some place can be...

I always have to take weird poses when Mason is tucked in my back! :p

Mason couldn't look in the right direction. A dog was passing by and it was way more interesting to him!

To go down to get closer to the waterfalls was quite of a hike with Mason in my back but it was worth the view. I had to let him run a little bit around and switch to Daddy to go back up! It was a little bit dangerous to do it with a toddler.

He loved playing with the rocks. He actually was able to lift some big one I was really surprised. He even broke a few...

Sunday, August 16, 2015

DIY sensory table

Mason is outgrowing all of his toys so I was wondering what we could buy for him to keep him busy and stimulate him. Sensory tables are known to be good for todllers but all of the ones that are on the market are pretty ugly to me so I couldn't get myslef to buy one. I decided to try to create one myself after looking up online what to do. This one looks so much better to me and I'm also feeling so good knowing I was able to build it so easily for my baby! It's so rewarding to come up with something for the one you love. 

It was really easy and pretty cheap. Here's the list of what you need if you want to make one yourself!
- One or two Ikea Lack side tables : $7 each
- Trofast Ikea storage boxes : $2-5 each (I bought four with different sizes and depths)
- A Jigsaw. If you don't have one you can rent one for $15 at Home Depot

First you've got to built the side table. It's easier to cut it if it's already built!

Mason saw me doing it and he wanted to help me and do it himself. It was so cute!

Once built, place the storage box on top of it the way you would like them to be. I tried to arrange them as symetrical as possible. I measured every side to make sure they were centered and not too close to each other. If they're too close, the wood would be too thin and not support them once full!

Once they are placed perfectly trace the contour with a marker.

While doing it, hold the storage box well so they don't move. It's an important part if you want your lines to be straight!

Once done it should look like that. Know that you'll have to cut it about half an inches larger for the box to fit perfectly. You can either trace another line around or if you feel like doing it without it, like me, just do it!

Once ready take the Jigsaw and start from the center of you lines. You don't want to start directly on the line because when it goes through at first it's kind of rough and breaks the wood not that nicely!

Once you're through just move slowly to the side and start contouring.

Go around gently and be careful when you cut the round corners. You don't want to cut it square and leave gaps between the box and the table.

Once done the center piece fell on its own, so be careful with the jigsaw. It can be dangerous.

I did two for each table but you can do only one. Mine are with a small and big one for each table. So once you're done with the first one do the same with the second!

When you're done put the storage boxes inside to see if they fit. If it's too tight (it happened to me on one) just recut half an inch on one side only.

Once done you can add whatever you want in your boxes. I put water, sand and toys in mine! Mason is just starting to use it but so far he loved it and understood right away what to do with it! It literally took me 30 minutes to build and was really not pricy to make. We are all very happy with how it turned out and I'm sure we're gonna have a lot of good times with it! If you have any questions and need help feel free to ask and comment below :)

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Road trip - Mammoth Lakes

For the second part of our little vacay we traveled around near where we stayed in Mammoth Lakes. It was a much easier day than at Yosemite, and not as long. Since Mason didn't sleep well, we needed something easy to do but still beautiful to see. The beauty part was definitely there!

The water was very cold and impossible to go in it! But we enjoyed putting our feet in it and playing with the rocks. The water was so clear and beautiful and we were kind of alone there so it would have been perfect for a little splash!

On our way we found a teepee someone made and oh gosh I wish I could have brought it back home with me! It was huge and Mason loved playing in it.

That was the win-win of the day! Mason is FINALLY holding my hands while walking. So far he was refusing it completely and now he even asks for it. I couldn't be happier!

And the trick to get him to do it was to make him fly in the air with a countdown. Now we got him to love it so much, that he's always asking for it by holding our hands.

It's so fun to play that game but I'm really trying to be careful and safe when we do it because I have a bad memory about it. When I was young, my grandparents were doing it with my little sister and they dislocated her shoulder. That memory is carved into my mind and I cannot not think about it every time we do it! Hurting Mason would be devastating to me so I really want to avoid it...

I don't share many pics of all of us three together but I think I should do it more... Loved that one! This was such a beautiful place to take family pictures :)

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Road trip - Yosemite

It took me a while to go through all of our pictures and edit them. It's not easy to do things on my own with a cranky teething toddler! Our trip was beautiful and very different than what we usually see. We were very happy we did it but it wasn't that easy. Mason totally refused to sleep the first night, so after driving almost 6 hours we were able to get at most 3 hours of sleep! That's not what I call vacation :p

Luckily the amazingness of the day made us forget how tired we were...

We had to drive a good 3 hours to get there from Mammoth Lakes, so Mason got to sleep a little. He's usually good in the car but not used to spending that many hours in it. I had to distract him - mostly with food - to make him happy and patient. Now that he walks he's always super active, but unfortunately we can't always let him run on his own.

I carried him most of the time we were there and he was ok with it. I tried to stimulate him as much as I could by showing him everything that was around.

I loved having him on my back and our Beco baby carrier was just too good for that. Even though Mason is pretty heavy it makes carrying him around so easy and pain free for my back!

I could even do silly things with him tucked on my back :)

Before we left that morning he fell on a coffee table and hurt himself under his eye pretty bad. I guess there's a first time for everything and I'll probably have to get used to it with him... I just hate when he hurts himself :(

Mason loves animals and we got to see quite a few. I love how he listens and really looks now when I try to show him something... You can't see in the pic, but that squirrel was pretty high in the tree and not that close and he was still able to find it!

That was probably the highlight of the day. We saw so many deer. I could have hugged it if I wanted to but didn't do it. They are probably used to humans since it's a very famous hiking trail but no one else tried to go that close (not that I saw). I loved it so much! That's the countryside girl in me :) They were so beautiful that I wanted to stay with them...

At some point I had to let Mason run free and discover his surroundings. He loved touching the trees.

He also saw his dad climbing a little and tried to do it too. I think we might have to enroll him in some classes in the future. He seems to be pretty into it!

Mason's such a daddy's boy! Those two drive me crazy sometimes but when I look at how he looks at his dad it totally melts my heart.

I love their silliness too...

But what I love the most is the love they have for each other. Sometimes I'm even jealous. I always thought boys were more into their moms... I guess it isn't true :)