Last summer Chris, Griffin and I had the immense pleasure of attending the Water Lantern Festival. It was hands down one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had.
We attended the Water Lantern Festival in DC at the National Harbor. The venue was absolutely packed with people! We were glad we arrived early enough to grab a spot to sit and decorate our lantern. When we arrived, we got a little backpack and our lantern kit that we set up and decorated ourselves.
I dedicated mine to my grandfather who passed away. Before he passed, he passed on his love for all things England, including Harry Potter. After we decorated our lantern we had a chance to eat. I was excited to see so many food trucks parked all around the venue. We had a ton of choices, which was a good thing, especially with a picky toddler.
There was live entertainment that we got to enjoy while we ate. This was probably G’s favorite part because he got to get up out of the baby carrier and dance his little tush off.
When the sun got low enough, there was an announcement for people to start making their way to the waterfront to release their lanterns. This was the most breathtaking thing I’ve ever seen. It was so calm and peaceful down at the waterfront, truly a moment of remembrance.
This is why I’m SO EXCITED to team up with the Water Lantern Festival this year and give my followers a chance to score two tickets (date night anyone) to the Water Lantern Festival of their choice!
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This year will be my third Mother’s Day with Griffin. Every year I’m more and more grateful for the chance to be his mother. I dreamed about being his mother even before I met his father.
As an adoptee (is that the name?) there is something incredibly special about being able to form a relationship with someone who is biologically related to you. I met my birth mother many years ago but she passed away and with her death I’ve always felt this overwhelming since of being alone. That was until I met my son. Every time someone tells me I look like him or that he is my mini-me I swell with pride.
But, we all know that for every sunny day there are storms, and as much as you try and look for the light, sometimes it seems to disappear. On those days it can feel like you are not enough. Those days where you just want a moment of quiet and then you feel guilty for wanting that moment. Or the days where you clean up a room (finally) and turn around to see it destroyed. Let’s face it, this mom thing is hard. It’s the best job there is, but it is HARD.
This year for Mother’s Day I’m partnering with MantraBand to send a special message to moms around the world. You are enough. Even though some days it might feel like you are moving backwards, you are enough. That little one that is nonstop clinging to your hip even when you just want to go to the bathroom in peace, knows that you are enough. These beautiful bracelets are a perfect way to remind yourself that you are a super mom doing what you love.
When I look down at my bracelets, I remember that even on days where I’ve repeated myself a hundred times, that I’m enough. When we are both frustrated, I remember that I’m enough. When he won’t eat the dinner that he specifically requested, I’m enough. I’m doing my best, and for him, my best is good enough.
Easter egg dying is one of my favorite childhood memories from this holiday. The little tablets, the vinegar, the multi-colored cups! I loved it! I loved dying the eggs more than I loved hunting for them to be perfectly honest.
This year for our Easter egg dying I wanted to do something different because it’s Griffin’s first time. I saw a way to marble Easter eggs that used Barbasol or another brand of shaving cream and I thought, “How could I make this a little more child friendly?” Whipped cream! A delicious alternative to shaving cream! Not only did we have a great time dying our eggs, we had a blast sampling our dying substance.
Hard boil your eggs. After they have cooled, submerge them in a vinegar bath for two minutes, rinse and set aside. (Vinegar helps with the vibrancy of the colors).
Spread whipped cream into a shallow pan or a baking sheet.
Add food coloring (I used gel colors) and spread them around with a toothpick or a spoon.
Spread minimally so that you are able to get swirls of color and not just color blocks.
Roll the eggs using a spoon into the colored cream. (One good roll will suffice to keep the colors from getting muddy).
Let the eggs sit for 10 minutes to let the colors work their magic.
Rinse in cold water (I accidentally used hot for two and the color really leeched away).
Finally, crack and eat or put them in the refrigerator for later!