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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Miami's Jungle Island

These pictures were taken a few months ago and for some reason I never took the time to post them. I probably needed to think about these kinds of places a little more first. Since then, the story about the kid falling into the gorilla area hit the Internet and so many things were written about it. I didn't know what to think about it myself and I'm not gonna try to now. I just want to look back at the good time we had, but I think I'm coming to the point of never taking Mason to the zoo anymore!

We had a membership at the Los Angeles Zoo that just expired and they keep sending me mail to re-join. The last few times we went I kept feeling so sad about these beautiful animals that were kept in such small space, and for some of them, totally on their own with no one to play with.

It's hard to come to that point because kids love it. They don't know better. But I want Mason to know better than that. I want him to know that these animals aren't supposed to be there and that they aren't happy there. I've never been someone extreme and against things and I don't want my son to be upset at me one day because his friends go to there and he doesn't, but I hope he'll understand why we choose not to go.

This time we were at Jungle Island in Miami. We went there with our friends who have twins, six months older than Mason. It was the perfect day and a nice thing to do for them. The place was beautiful, not packed at all which made it very enjoyable. Everyone had a lot of fun.

It was by accident but they were all wearing the same shoes in different colors!

I have no idea how I'll be able to show all these kinds of animals to Mason again, which kind of breaks my heart. But I'm sure I'll find a way. I would love to hear from any family that decided not to go to these places anymore and how they do it with their kids.

I grew up surrounded by all kinds of animals and I actually had a goat and a donkey that were inseparable. We had a huge lot of land for them to run around and they were so happy. Then I see how they keep all these goats tucked in a small area and they give everyone either food or a pink drink in a baby bottle to feed them. Everyone had one and the goats were totally fed up and not interested. I felt so bad for them. Goats are really so much fun and I know it because I grew up with one.

Mason kept trying to share his snack (which wasn't allowed) and kiss them. It was so cute! I can't wait to go back to France and take him to the countryside to see some. Maybe I could find some closer to us but I want him to see where I grew up and how it is there.

I think the most disturbing for me was the kangaroos. It was my first time actually seeing them in person. Don't get me wrong I kind of loved it! It's not an animal that lives in the US so being able to see some here was amazing. But they were all lying on the ground not moving at all. Mason kept touching them, kissing them, laying on them, and even grabbed one paw to make it follow him. It was the cutest, but I kept questioning if it was normal for them to be resting like that. Are they used to it or do they drug them? I questioned the guard and she told me it was normal. She said they sleep most of the day and are very active at night. Well I don't know much about kangaroos so maybe she was right. But I will forever question if they were drugged to be human attraction.

One day maybe we'll go to Australia and see some in the wild. I would absolutely love it! Until then I'll keep the memory of Mason kissing the Kangaroo, but I for sure won't go again.

I could apply the same perspective on eating meat, which we do, and many other things related to animals. It's so hard having to take drastic choices like that. Right and wrong are different to everyone and I'm just trying to do what works best with my belief. I'm not judging anyone and hope no one would judge us. I just want to do what's right for all these beautiful creatures...

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Beach buddies

Even though we live in LA where it's supposed to be hot and beautiful all year long, the last few weeks haven't been that great. Ok, I know I'm not supposed to complain since we have way more sun than many other places but I can't help it because I'm French! Isn't that what French people are known for?! ;)

 The sun is definitely back and the temperature has risen! So beach day it is. I keep trying to bring Mason in the water but he really doesn't like it. One day I'm sure I'll have to fight with him to come out of it, so I'm staying patient.

He preferred way more to play in the sand!

He's not really into building castles and stuff yet so I tried to bring a car mold to see if that would attract him more but I'm sorry to say that I totally failed doing it. He didn't care at all! He kind of looked at me like, "mom seriously?! Uh uh, not happening..."
Well at least I tried...

To access El Matador beach in Malibu you have to go through some rocky road and a lot of stairs. Of course that attracted Mason way more and he kept waiving bye to us as he went up the stairs.

I let him for a little bit, but it was pretty dangerous so I always had to stay behind - which he absolutely hates - and grab him so he wouldn't go too high!

Not happy to not always get his way...

After a little while he gave up on trying to climb the stairs, knowing I was gonna get him no matter what. We have to bring his monster trucks everywhere so he can play with them.

He watches videos of monster trucks jumping and crushing stuff - I hate it but he loves it - and he reproduces it with everything he can find and it's absolutely hysterical to him...

This time it was on shoes! He loves to do it on food at home which is wonderful and so easy to clean :)

He started doing it on seaweed but realized fast enough that it was kind of gross...

We hugged a little and watched the waves that were coming closer and closer...

And we played silly! Because at the end of it, my favorite thing with this little guy is to have fun and see happiness on his face!

Mason always wants to do everything on his own. We barely use our stroller anymore because he always wants to walk. And no matter where we go he doesn't have any sense of danger and we always have to fight with him to stay in our arms. We let him go up on his own for a little bit but when it became too dangerous we had to carry him!
It was a beautiful place, but it's hard to get there with Mason growing up and getting too independent! I like beaches like that because they are way less crowded but I'm not sure we will be able to go there a lot anymore...

Friday, June 24, 2016

Summery blue & blush floral outfit

It's starting to get warm again in LA and I'm loving it! I can finally wear some light and summery clothes.

I'm usually wearing neutral colors, but sometimes a little bit of color doesn't hurt. I'm more a pastel, or very subtle clothes, kind of person but sometimes I like to wear some brighter colors! Especially during the summer because I feel like it's really beautiful and who doesn't want to feel and look good?!...

Everyone who knows me knows that I love flowers... a lot!!! Real ones, and even printed on clothes or jewelry - I'll take them in any form I can find!

I usually try to wear only two colors at a time. I usually never use more than three because I feel like it's too much. Today's shades are light pink and blue!

Before having a baby I used to wear high heels all day everyday and now I wear them mostly for special occasions. First because it's hard to chase a toddler on heels and second because I'm so not used to it anymore. It usually hurts me way faster than it used to. But I promise myself to try to wear some more often because it's really pretty and it always makes me feel more beautiful (and tall ah!) which I really don't mind...

I got those beautiful round diamond studs in my last Rocksbox and I love them. They are super pretty and easy to wear with a lot of things. They always get it right and send me pieces I could use everyday! Don't forget to use the code "myloveandbeyondxoxo" for your first month FREE!!!


Monday, June 20, 2016

Father's day fun

We've been in Los Angeles since over a year and a half now but we never took the time to actually go on a bike ride. When we moved here I thought Mason was too young and after we never really thought about it much. I almost bought a bike a few months ago but didn't because I thought I wouldn't make enough use out of it. I might change my mind now...

Because we had so much fun! Mason was surprisingly very good. He sat on his seat super easily and even let us strap his feet. Ok he asked midway to free them but still for a first time for a wild kid he did very good!

The most difficult part was to make him keep his helmet on. He never ever accepts hats or anything on his head so it was a challenge but as long as he had food in both of his hands he couldn't remove it...

And he was so cute wearing it!  With the little ears I was dying with his cuteness. I actually like it because it was pretty light for him and it was protecting him from the sun who was very strong! We went on an early ride so it was still bearable - thanks to the little ocean breeze - otherwise we would have totally melted!

It felt a little bit like if we were tourists but it was kind of fun! We almost felt like we were on vacation...

The bike we rented wasn't in very good shape so I actually didn't ride it very long with Mason. I didn't feel safe enough. Even though you never forget how to ride a bike, which is totally true because the last time I rode a bike was in Paris probably 6 or 7 years ago and it felt like it was yesterday but I was kind of freaked out to ride one with my baby behind me. Kind of like the first time I drove with him! OMG I was so scared!!!

Well the nice part for not having him behind me was that I was able to watch him having fun with his dad! After all it was Father's day so it was meant to be that way...

After our bike ride along Santa Monica's promenade we went for a stroll and some shopping on Santa Monica 3rd street promenade. We go there very often! I like it a lot and Mason can walk there freely without worrying too much.

He was so good and well behaved his dad couldn't resist and gave him a little lollipop!  He loved it for five minutes and after that I had to carry it the rest of the time because...
POPCORN!!! This kid is seriously so much like me. I've always been way more into salty food and he's exactly the same!

He even shared it with me!

I try to eat as healthy  as I can but when it's hot like it was I couldn't resist but get a frappuccino. I always feel kind of guilty after but it's soooo good!

He's observing and doing everything like us lately but even better he's listening so well! So when I asked him to cross his legs like me he did and it totally amazed me... Look at how cool he looks :)

He's rocking his new shoes! I LOVE them. It's been a struggle since he's born to find good looking, comfortable and wide enough shoes for him. The other day I came across those and loved them right away. They are 3D printed and made with breathable mesh. They are the lightest ever, can go in water and they are very stretchy and flexible! They were just made for us...