Our Favorite Things
I use the convenience of the internet to buy toys, party decorations, school supplies, clothes and even groceries. It makes it so much easier for me and my little ones.
When the kids are sick or the weather is terrible, online shopping can be a life saver.
You can make your own boba at home with just 3 ingredients. I've bought the pre-made dough before and then just boiled them but I've also made them from scratch! See my video on how I made my boba balls from scratch via my instagram video post.
This Pinkfong inspired yellow baby shark bath toy sings and swims in the bath and is a great way to encourage the kids to take a bath when they are resistant! This is one of the best toys I've gotten for my kids.
When we used to live on the East Coast, Mongolian retaurants were almost non-existent and we'd miss eating hot pot. We learned that you can buy these Little Sheep brand Hot Pot mixes from Amazon and the broth tastes the same. Remember to dilute water according to taste. I only use half of the contents each time per ying yang hot pot side, otherwise it would be too salty.
Unique Minecraft Party Table Decorations Dinnerware Bundle - Officially Licensed Dinner and Dessert Paper Plates, Luncheon and Beverage Paper Napkins and Table Cover
We've done a few DIY for our Minecraft themed Birthday Party but also utilized what's already on the market. We bought napkins from the Party City in Santa Maria but if that is too far, they also have the Minecraft pixelated napkins online, as well as other Minecraft-like decorations like Happy Birthday sign, pencils, tablecloth and more. See our recommended list of places for a kid's birthday party.
We had a great Easter on our 2nd Easter in a pandemic. We made emoji colored eggs on Easter Eve.
We received this Easter emoji coloring egg kit (Easter Happy Paas Egg Decorating Kit Basket Kids Toddlers Gift Children Pre Made Girls Boys Eggs Dying Coloring Cups Color Emoji) in our Easter basket by surprise! We love it and they were a job to make!
This is similar (or maybe even the exact) to the piglet puppet that SanLuisObispoMom.com played with on the video posted on Instagram and Pinterest.
Treasure X Alien
You actually dissect the alien and find characters inside of the Treasure x Alien toys! Our boys really enjoyed this toy but I had to do a lot of helping with opening up the alien with the plastic knife they provided. There's a lot of slime inside so it does require some cleaning afterwards.
However, the kids really enjoyed the dissection process and would take the parts apart and but them back together again.
Bob's Red Mill offers so many different types of flours. Ever since we've found out there's a wheat allergy in the family, we've started looking into baking our own baked goods. I've made pumpkin pies, sugar cookies and pancake mix out of Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour, 22-ounce (Pack of 4).
I somehow got really lucky when I ordered my Echo Show 5 during Black Friday. Mine came in white! However, you can buy them in charcoal from Amazon. I used my Echo Show like an Echo Dot but it works better in my opinion because it operates amazingly like a clock and alarm, plus more! I tell it to play my favorite BTS songs, sing lullabies at night and call my mother-in-law with ease where she can see us and we can see her, hands-free with technology she is comfortable with. I totally recommend this. It has so many other functions like security and even opening your blinds at home if you have the right additional add-ons.
This light saber heat-activated mug is great for any Star Wars fan. I have the same one at home. Don't put the mug in your dishwasher or the design will peel!
I like to blend my own acai bowl or smoothie at home using a frozen packet of acai that I'd find in the freezer section of a grocery store but if you have a hard time finding them frozen in your location, you can actually order the powder acai online. Acai is a superfood and in powder form, you can also pack them for travel. See @sanluisobispomom instagram for inspiration on acai bowls made at home.
If you are a local to San Luis Obispo area or visiting, there is a Kate Spade Outlet Store at Pismo Beach Outlets Store! Outlets are always significantly less expensive than the official store because they sell their surplus items. I really suggest visiting there and seeing the bags and wallets before buying it online.
We also have a Coach Outlets Store in Pismo beach. Read a personal review of a medium chalk corner zip wallet that I bought from the Coach Outlet located at Pismo Beach Premium Outlets.
Oil-less Turkey Fryer
We use our oil-less turkey fryer to fry our turkeys and also our hams too! You have to use this type of fryer outside though and in an open air space.
It requires propane so you'll also have to get propane and a propane tank, if you don't have one already. You can only fry one turkey or ham at a time. We use it every fall season! It makes the crust crispy.