How to survive mamahood in Los Angeles.

One of my dear mama friends (she has two littles: a four-month old and a 2-year old) taught me early on how to survive living in Los Angeles. You bring your kids to the beach, and you start going at an early age. And oh my, yes I couldn’t agree with her more. The weather in the city is pretty consistent — mostly blue skies, breezy sunshine and 75 degrees.

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But it’s also a super crowded, bustling, traffic-crazy city.

Except when you’re at the beach during the week ;) We notice mostly tourists here during the weekday (hooray for us, we’re the oddballs!), so it kinda feels like we’re on vacation. Except we live here year-round.

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When we go to the beach, we go for the entire day, like 10:30am until 4pm. Our kiddos play together and they play independently. We take multiple trips down to the water to splash around. We spy dolphins swimming near the shore. We brush off sand. Again. We keep our littles hydrated and full of energizing foods. We chase them around our umbrellas and beach quilts and trip over buckets.

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And then the most miraculous thing happens: all the littles take an afternoon nap. At the same time. And for at least an hour are able to catch up without getting up, but funny how fast that hour goes by :)

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It’s not so hard taking your kids to the beach. Maxwell went a few times last year and maybe a dozen times already this year? We continue to go and so it continues to get easier and easier. Going to the beach is one of my best tips for surviving mamahood in Los Angeles.

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Also! Once we’re home and the sunscreen’s been washed off, it’s not long before everyone is in bed for a good night’s rest.

Here’s one of my favorite photos with Maxwell from our trip to the beach yesterday. It makes me so happy that I wanted to share with you it’s full-size frame:

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I’ve only and always been a mama since we moved to Los Angeles. I’m sure it’s different for moms all over the country, but knowing “how to survive” seems to be something we can all do differently while still feeling so very connected to one another. I’d love to read your tips on surviving mamahood in your city. See you in the comments? xo

YEOW! Enter our summer giveaway bundle, $895 in prizes!

Summer is nearly here and I’m beyond excited. (And that’s a fact!) I’m so grateful for this online community and to help celebrate summer and blogging and encouraging one another and handmade beauty I’m hosting a HUGE summer giveaway bundle worth $895 in prizes from 21 different shops. All of the items included in the giveaway are shown below, including links to each direct product. This giveaway bundle will be gifted to one lucky MWD reader, yeow!

Here’s our summer giveaway bundle, my loves:

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GIVEAWAY DETAILS //

1. Betsy mustard camera bag from JoTotes ($109 value) // 2. “Give Me Jesus” journal from Life Lived Beautifully ($26 value) // 3. handstamped silver & brass bar necklace from Simply Stunning by LC ($28 value) // 4. crochet fringe cross-body bag from Laila’s Charming Pieces ($40 value) // 5. palm tree leather cuff from Blue Dawn ($49.95 value) // 6. “All My Loves” necklace from The Vintage Pearl ($57 value) // 7. “Live in the Sunshine” terry tank from The Printed Palette ($26 value) // 8. “Mommy & Me” floral crowns from Love Sparkle Pretty ($129 value) // 9. “rise & shine” 11×14 fine art print from My Crafted Life ($23 value) // 10. essentials foaming sunless tanner from Karla Gust of Rodan + Fields ($24 value) // 11. charcoal stars cotton voile infinity scarf from Saffron and Nutmeg ($54 value) // 12. “The Janet” top from Allie Mac ($75 value) // 13. cascading baltic amber necklace from Spark of Amber ($34.99 value) // 14. “anchor of hope” 8×10 print from Elleizahbeth ($12 value) // 15. essential oil zip pouch from Lil Alice ($13 value) // 16. nautical reversible headband (child) from Shared Joy ($10 value) // 17. The Clean Mama Simplified Life Everything Kit from Clean Mama Printables ($45 value) // 18. rocket pop bodysuit/t-shirt from Blue-J Cottage ($20 value) // 19. canvas beach tote from So Sew Organized ($45 value) // 20. ocean painting from Art by Megan ($50 value) // 21. tiny gold anchor charm necklace from Lazy Owl Boutique ($23 value)

The above listed items will be gifted to one U.S. resident. Please use the rafflecopter widget below to enter. Best of luck, and I hope you win! xoxo

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Interested in working with us for future giveaway bundles? Email jenn(at)maggiewhitley(dot)com for more details.

What are your favorite summer recipes?

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It’s no surprise we’re talking about food today, right? (giggle giggle) We have some fantastic produce options here in southern California, and trust me when I say the Whitley family takes full advantage of this. Who knows how long we’ll be here, so I’m soaking up (devouring?) the sweet fruits and crisp veggies while I can. And, fantastic timing being pregnant because that is allllllllll I crave. Except for that moose tracks ice-cream we have in the freezer.

With the weather being so warm randomly I’ve been seeking out even more so recipes that don’t require me to turn on the oven. But when I must, any dish that reheats well gets an extra gold star. I thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite recipes, (here is my recipe board on Pinterest).

In no particular Preggo Lady order, some recent favorite recipes:

Buffalo Chicken Tacosthese are truly fantastic!!!

Macaroni & Cheesea cookbook staple if you crave “comfort food”

Oven Baked Chicken Fajitasalso fantastic ;)

Chicken a la Gloriawe had this Wednesday night, and let’s just say there was enough leftover for 1 lunch serving

Tomato Basil Parmesan Soupsuper yum. And all the diced veggies included in the recipe were a nice surprise

Beef with Snow Peasperhaps one of our top 5 favorites? So deliciously flavorful…

And two recipes I can’t wait to try: Basic Wedge Salad and Tomato Cream Sauce.

 

Summertime recipes are especially fun because as much as I truly love cooking and feeding my family well, I love gathering around the table. And summer recipes seem to get us all to the table so much quicker, perhaps because there’s less prep/cook time involved?

I think I’m going to wrap up this post with a confession: I’ve been eating this summer strawberry salad (above photo) basically every single day for two weeks now. Mixed greens, strawberries, walnuts, balsamic vinaigrette and feta crumbles.

What are your favorite summer recipes? Or better yet, include a link to the recipe in your comment! ;)