Archive for March 2015

Event: Sherman Oaks Tuesday Farmer’s Market

The Hollywood Farmer’s Market is great….Once you find parking, maneuver through the crowd, and finally find what you’re looking for.  Two hours later, you’re certainly ready to leave.  With three kids and a hubby who doesn’t tell you when he wants to stop to look at something (who can relate?), this is only an option once or twice a year.

So what’s a good alternative?  Well, I’m glad you asked!  The Tuesday Sherman Oaks Farmer’s Market at Westfield Fashion Square; a California Certified Farmers’ Markets.

I discovered this gem about a year ago.  Yeah, it’s small, and doesn’t include any bouncers, artists or musicians.  But, it has everything one needs from a true farmer’s market: locally grown produce.  Plus, parking is easy, and you can actually get to a vendor without having to take b!tch down!

The vendors do change a bit week to week, but for the most part, you can expect to find the same folks there every Tuesday selling the freshest produce in the Valley.  I always get a bushel of kale, apples and of course Brothers Hummus!  There’s also amazing breads and pastries, as well as vegan/gluten free cookies and brownies available.  And, if you want to treat yourself, there is both a grass fed meat guy and local seafood stand!  I’ve tried both.  And both were delicious!

If you’re in Sherman Oaks on a Tuesday afternoon, I highly recommend you stop by this market.  It can be found in the Westfield Fashion Square parking area; right near 9021Pho (another fave).  The market opens at 3pm and runs until roughly 8pm.  For more information, visit their Facebook page by clicking HERE.

Sherman Oaks Tuesday Farmers' Market

Rollerblades are Cool Again

My kids got a bunch of cash this past Christmas.  I thought for sure they’d want to spend it on video games or Kindle apps.  But, they surprised everyone when they asked if they could purchase rollerblades, pads and helmets!  I know, right?  My kids actually wanted to play outside.  I…was…shocked…

Last week, I decided to take them to the local skate park.  You know, so they could learn all those cool tricks I used to watch all the hot guys do when I was in high school and rollerblades were cool.

We arrived around 4pm.  The park wasn’t too crowded, but there was a nice amount of high school aged kids already there (no surprise there).  There was one kid Brody’s age, but Layla was pretty much on her own.  She was out in the park for 5 minutes when she went down a small incline and landed on her right elbow.  She was out for the duration of the day.

Brody, on the other hand, took a hard spill within the first five minutes, shook it off, and went about skating.  He watched the older kids as they grinned the rails and jumped in the air while holding the bottom of their skates.  I could tell Brody was mesmerized.

He asked me to come out and take some photos of him attempting to act like the older kids.  I maneuvered my way through smelly teenagers and up on top of a ramp where I could get a good shot.  Brody readied himself at the top and down he went!  Flawless.  As he approached the next ramp, he lost his footing and fell right on his tailbone and back.

Screaming in pain, he said he was done.  The older kids cheered him on as they had all become quite impressed by his skills.  But, he’d gotten up the first time he fell; this was just too much.  He was ready to go home.

The moral of the story?  Rollerblading is a thing again.  Oh, and if you fall, you should probably get back up.

Brody on His Blades

CicLaVia. AKA, “ouch!”

15 miles.  That’s how far I rode on Prudence today.  Prudence is my super cool bike that my amazingly amazing amazeballs husband (yes, you can use that many forms of amaze in one string) got me for Christmas.  Prudence is amazing too.

Prudence came disassembled, but determined to bike CicLAVia – The Valley, I spent hours yesterday assembling her.  My hands and back were none too happy about this decision.  But I was glad to finally have Prudence together in her gloriously cute state!

So, “what is this CicLAVia, and why did you have to rush to get the bike assembled” you ask…..

CicLAVia is a “car-free” Los Angeles event that promotes biking, walking, roller blading, scootering (is that a word).  Basically anything that isn’t a motor vehicle.  Los Angeles isn’t exactly non-motor friendly, and these events create awareness; encouraging the good folk of LA County to get out and get active and healthy.  And maybe petition for a bike lane while you’re at it.  I’m down with that.

I found out about the event from a former co-worker and bike enthusiast back when they did the first one in 2012.  Now, a few years later, and with a bike of my own, I thought I would check it out.  It was really cool to see all the families out with their kids, some of the tripped out bikes, and all of the restaurants benefiting from CicLAvia.  My hot date (and fellow mom) and I decided to stop at Du-par’s in Studio City.  We just had to have one of their infamous, melt in your mouth cinnamon roles.  I mean come one.  After biking 12 miles at that point, we owed it to ourselves.  We got the last one!

For me, CicLAvia was a success.  I look forward to the next one and will definitely be towing my kids along with me.  I don’t however look forward to tomorrow.  As of tonight, I can barely walk, my butt feels bruised, and my bed is calling my name!  For now, to make us all feel better, I’ll leave you with the following: Two of the coolest moms you’ll ever meet!

Micha & Devon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post Script – It’s the day after, and I would just like to say OUCH!  CicLAvia kicked my a$$.  Literally.  I mean my butt is bruised!  Time to get a cushion for my bike seat….

1983 Easter

Adelaide met the Easter Bunny today.  I’m pretty sure it’s the same Easter Bunny I took a picture with in 1983.  He’s still as creepy as he was back then!

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