I scream for Ice Cream! *Giveaway*

This time of year, in SoCal it’s hot outside and for those visiting Disneyland I know the struggle to stay cool, well lucky for you I’ve taken it upon myself to try different kinds of ice cream at Disneyland 😉 (I know, I know I’m a saint) and these are just a few of my favorites

One of my favorite treats is the Dole whip float. I know you’ve heard how yummy a Dole Whip is but let me remind you. It’s so yummy and refreshing!! I’m sure you’ve walked by the line and thought it was way too long to wait for a dole whip but if you go inside where you wait for the Enchanted Tiki Room the line is way shorter (usually)

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A trip to Disneyland Resort wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Ghirardelli! They have so many different flavors to choose from and always offer you a free sample when you walk in. Can’t say no to a delicious free sample! This flavor is black cherry in a chocolate dipped waffle cone, my mouth is watering!

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Next, Ice cream nachos! This is an “off the menu” item. They are found inside Disneyland at the Golden Horseshoe. Did you know Ice Cream Nachos was originally on the menu at the Golden Horseshoe? It was removed from the menu several years ago. It is made with waffle cone “chips” topped with three scoops of your choice of ice cream, topped with hot fudge, whipped cream and chocolate chips with a cherry on top. When I ordered them, they didn’t even hesitate and a few people in front of me ordered it too. So, don’t hesitate to try it next time!

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Finally, is Clarabelle’s Hand Scooped Ice Cream inside Disney’s California Adventure. They have this amazing ice cream sundae served in a “Kitchen Sink”. They have so many different combinations of flavors all served in a kitchen sink. One of my favorite flavors is called The Oswald Sundae it’s one scoop of Vanilla and one scoop Chocolate Ice Cream with Hot Fudge, Whipped Cream, Chocolate Chips, Cherry, and a Chocolate Dipped Banana and you get to take the sink home! I currently use mine to hold my sponges and soap by my kitchen sink. For one lucky reader, I’ll be giving away a kitchen sink!! (sorry ice cream not included) Check out my social media pages for entry details!

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Welcome To Kindergarten

Today was the first day of Kindergarten for my 5-years-old. People constantly ask me if I was sad or worried and my answer was nope! Sophia Rose has been in school since she was 2- years – old, this summer was the longest she hasn’t gone to school. When she was one and a half years old is when we realized that she wasn’t quite like other kids her age. I had a couple of friends who had kids the same age as Sophia Rose and I know they say never compare your child to other children but I couldn’t help it and I’m glad I did. She wasn’t talking at all when she should have been and people would constantly tell us “oh any day now” or “I was 5 -years- old when I started talking” for me waiting that long was unacceptable so we went to the pediatrician to see if maybe she had hearing problems or if she could shed light on why Sophia Rose wasn’t talking and she said the words no parent wants to hear “I think your daughter has Autism”. Absolutely terrifying.  She said we could go through our local regional center for an Autism diagnosis or through Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, she also said CHOLA would be faster and she was right.

We got an appointment in a week with the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Can you believe Regional Center of Van Nuys was almost 2 months? We definitely wanted to start therapy immediately and felt 2 months was to long. When we got to CHOLA, we were introduced to six different people, a pediatrician and his assistant, phycologist and her assistant speech therapist and occupational therapist. We all sat in a tiny room and they interacted with her. When that hour was done we had to make another appointment to see each doctor individually which took about a month. After about a month and a half we got the diagnosis that Sophia Rose had Autism. The diagnosis they wrote on paper was huge! It looked like a novel, till this day I have never read it. The best part of going to CHOLA was they recommend a place called McRory Pediatrics for our services and it was a group based therapy not a typical therapy that most people think of like a speech therapist coming to your home. They recommended her learning with other children which we felt was the best thing for her. Children with Autism have a hard time socializing so we thought killing 3 birds with one stone by getting speech, occupational therapy and learning to interact with other kids her age. McRory was the greatest thing that has happened to my daughter. Within three months she was talking and making incredible strides and had “graduated” to a more advance class for children who were higher functioning. Don’t get me wrong it was hard and for the first month or so I was there everyday learning so when I was at home I could implement what they did in therapy at home. There was a lot of crying, kicking and biting but luckily, she was so young and she won’t remember what we went through to get to where we are today. So, I can’t express enough how important an early diagnosis and early intervention is! Now she is 5-years-old and most people don’t realize or believe me when I say she has Autism. Sophia Rose still gets speech at OT therapy but a classroom based environment, they don’t take her out of the classroom. So long story short, no I wasn’t nervous I was excited on the first day of kindergarten! The only thing I was nervous about was her taking the bus to school which she loves by the way! When she got home from the first day of school she was talking so much! Telling me about the new friend she made and how she played on the playground and that she was shy. It was incredible! I’m a happy and proud mama!

 

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Churro Explosion!

Have you heard about the new and exciting churros flavors at Disneyland? Well this past week my husband and I tried some, for better or for worse. I’ll be rating them from best to worst and I mean worst.

Best

S’mores Churro


I’m a sucker for s’mores! The delicious marshmallowly chocolatie goodness! This churro is coated in gram crackers and you dip the churro in melted marshmallow and melted chocolate. Is your mouth watering? Mine is!

Good

Galactic Churro



It tasted like a regular churro so it was yummy! It did look way to pretty to eat though I mean come on look at those pretty edible stars!

Bad

Sour Watermelon Churro


Was the most disgusting thing I’ve ever tasted in my life but if you are adventurous please try it for yourself. It’s supposedly a limited time only flavor, it’s to celebrate the return of Fantasmic. So taste it before it’s gone!

Fruit Tart

One of the many things my husband and I like to do together is bake. The other day we made a fruit tart and I thought I’d share our success with you!

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Things You’ll Need For The Dough:

  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Salt

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Ingredients


  Yields enough dough for two desserts.

  • 2 1/4 cups or 270g all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 cup or 60g sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 14 tablespoons (1 3/4 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

 

Directions


 

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  2. Whisk together egg, egg yolk and vanilla. Then add eggs; knead until dough begins to come together. Turn dough out onto a floured work surface; lightly knead to form a ball. b_ball
  3. Divide dough into 2 pieces, and gently press into flat disks. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight. b_wrap

 

Next on to the Custard!

We used vanilla pudding and we made whipped cream. Below I’ll show you how we made the whipped cream, super easy and yummy.

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Things You’ll Need for the Whipped Cream:

  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Sugar

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Ingredients


  • 1 cup Heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoon of sugar

 

Directions


  1. Place cream and sugar in a mixing bowl that has been chilled and mix for 1-2 minutes. Mix until soft peaks have formed. Tip: Don’t whip too much or you will end up will cottage cheese looking whipped cream…ew.

Super easy, right? Keep in mind most recipes say to add vanilla to the mix but we didn’t because the vanilla pudding was sweet, we didn’t want it too sweet.

Now to make the custard simply fold the pudding and whipped cream together

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Back to the fruit tart!

Preheat oven to 350

Once dough has chilled, roll the dough flat.

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Then place it into the tin and with a fork poke holes on bottom of dough. Place into the oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown

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Look how beautifully golden brown!! YUM! Tip: There was so much extra dough we made cookies!!

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Once the dough has cooled put that delicious custard on top of the dough

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Now this is where your creativity comes into play. I’m a very particular eater so I just wanted Strawberries and blackberries on my tart but the world is your oyster!

Finished product:

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FYI I don’t like the glaze that is normally on top of the tart but if you want to add it I found this recipe via Martha Stewart:

Ingredients:

1/4 cup red currant jelly, seedless raspberry jam, quince jelly, or apricot jam

Place jelly or jam in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring, until melted and smooth. Set glaze aside to cool slightly. Then brush on fruit. Easy peasy.

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You’ll notice you’ll have left over dough, custard and strawberries so there are a couple of things we ended up doing with our left overs. We made cookies and parfaits.

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Daphne & Scarlett’s Birth Story

On June 10th, 2017 Sophia Rose woke up at 4:00 am because she is sick (the day before we took her to the doctor and she has an ear infection). After she finally went back to bed I found myself struggling to go back to sleep, which often happens when something wakes me up at an ungodly hour. So, I start reading on my phone and in my head, I’m going back and forth if I should get up and pee, at this point I’m so pregnant that getting out of bed was like running a marathon, not easy. I don’t know about you but when I pee in the morning that is it, I’m up so I felt I was delaying the inevitable. So, I got up, waddled to the potty but the strangest thing, I heard a pop. Nothing alarming but during my pregnancy with Sophia Rose I had something called a mucus plug fall out so I thought the pop might have been that. If you don’t know what a mucus plug is, its gross and is exactly what it sounds like. Anyways, when your mucus plug falls out it doesn’t mean you’re in labor it just means your body is ready. So, thinking it was my mucus plug I go over in my head the list of things I still need to get done before the twins get here in a week. I need to get the car washed, I need to install the car seats, I need to wash their clothes, get the crib sheets on and then I got excited because I was going to eat a bagel for breakfast! Once I was done I got up and heard a gush! It seriously sounded like someone dumped a gallon of water in the toilet and I just knew, my water had just broke. During my last pregnancy the labor class said that if your water breaks it’s not like the movies, there is no need to rush unless it’s a yellow or a green color. With Sophia Rose my water broke as well but with her my water tuned yellowish-green color. So, I got my towel shoved it between my thighs and headed back into my bed room. Fun fact: not sure if you knew this but when your water breaks it breaks until you deliver your baby aka your body has a crazy amount of water stored in there. When I get back to the bedroom I can’t help but laugh because Sophia Rose was a week early and so are these twins also Sophia Rose is super sick, I have so much I wanted to get done today and I’m hungry!! Once your water breaks you can’t eat, I remember that from last time. I gently wake up my husband and I told him my water broke and he said “okay, give me 5 more minutes” …. I want five more minutes! If I can’t have it neither can you!! Since my vagina is still gushing water I had no idea where I should sit, can’t sit on my bed because I don’t want to get that wet. Can’t sit on the chair in my room as it’s all fabric and I don’t want to get that wet so I sit on my floor. I called my doctor and she asked me if I knew the last known position of Baby A (baby A is the baby lowest aka closest to the exit) I let her know the entire pregnancy Baby A has been face down but at yesterday’s appointment she was transverse (sideways) so she told me that I need to go to the hospital asap because something could be wrong if she isn’t in position but I’m in labor. So, I tell my husband your five minutes are up and I start to call the family. The only family member that is close is my brother-in-law, my mother in law was going to take my daughter and they live at least an hour away so we called my brother in law to come pick up Sophia Rose. I felt at this point I was in a rush so I told my brother- in- law to meet us at the hospital (he lived closer to the hospital than he did to us) We woke Sophia Rose up and told her that her sisters are coming and that we needed to go. She got up like a trooper and we headed out the door. The original plan for the day was that my husband and I were going to go the hospital and figure out where I need to go when I go into labor but since the twins came early we had to wing it! We finally get to the hospital an hour after talking to the doctor and we get lost (duh) while we were trying to find where to go a car cut us off and I yell out the window “ASSHOLE” and of course my daughter repeated it like 3 times but I couldn’t worry about it since I still had water gushing! I’m so uncomfortable that I just have my husband drop me off in front and to meet me upstairs.

I get checked in a changed into my gown and I’m having contractions consistently but I’m not really feeling them thank goodness! My husband gets to the room and everyone is very transparent about what’s about to happen. At this point it’s 8:00 am and they tell me at 8:30 am I should be going into surgery. The best news is that the twins were not in destress and delivery should go smoothly.

The anesthesiologist comes in and was the most kind, nicest and calmest person I ever met in my entire life. The entire delivery he would tell me all the sensation that I was about to feel. Once we got into the operating room he would constantly talk to me. He would say things like “okay now you’ll feel like you can’t breathe but don’t worry this is what the oxygen is for” etc. Even when my husband walked away to cut the umbilical cord he would come next to me and tell me how great I was doing and he reassured me that anything I feel to tell him and he would say something like “yes, that’s exactly how you should be feeling” or “that’s completely normal” I need this guy in my everyday life to validate my feelings. Once the babies got washed they brought them over to me to kiss and snuggle with and then they sewed me back together again and I went straight to recovery. The only down side about the first hours of recovery was I was so itchy and shaky from the drugs I was on. It was very distracting. Pretty immediately they brought the twins to me in recovery and we tried to breastfeed them and they immediately latched, it was love at first site. I’m proud of myself, I’m proud of my husband and I’m proud of these girls. I couldn’t have asked for a better delivery. All the nurses were so kind and empathetic. I definitely had a great experience at this hospital and I think the twins did too

Welcome to the World Little Ones!

I’m so happy to announce my twins have entered the world on June 10th 2017! Both healthy and strong! Let me introduce you to Daphne Danger Schwarz &  Scarlett Sage Schwarz.

Daphne: 6 lb 8 oz at 9:43 am & Scarlett 5 lbs 12 oz at 9:42 am, both 19 inches long.

The most surprising part about them is how similar they are to how they were in the womb. Daphne (Baby B) is stubborn, tough and a little piggy when she eats. Scarlett (Baby A) dainty, soft and particular. they were a week early from the scheduled c-section date and a whole month early from their due date, I can’t get over how they were just in my belly! Both of them! When they cry they kick their little legs and I think “wow they kicked me like that!”. My next blog post will be their birth story, so until then enjoy cooing over these cute little bundles!!

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Happily Ever After- The Wedding

This is a day I’ve been dreaming of since I was a little girl. My barbies got married countless times. I’d pretend to get married to my stuffed animals when I was a kid. I’d wrap big white blankets around me pretending I was wearing a wedding dress. To call this day the most important day of my life is an understatement.

My husband and I had been together seven years before we started planning our wedding and people constantly would ask why we weren’t getting married and my response is, I’m not getting married until I could afford the wedding I had always wanted. Since our family wasn’t helping us financially it was all up to us to make my dreams come true. We even had our daughter before we tied the knot because we didn’t want to wait any longer for children but a wedding would always be there. On to the wedding!!

The night before the wedding we had a rehearsal dinner at CPK at the Garden Walk across from Disneyland. My family and my husbands family do not get a long so for me it was so stressful. I had to make sure everyone’s dietary restrictions were met and make sure husband & my family were far enough apart from one another.

I did happen to surprise my husband with a cake, we really wanted to get a grooms cake but it cost a small fortune having Disney make it, so I found a bakery that was able to make the cake in less then a week. They were a life saver. (Sorry for the super blurry picture).

 

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The night before the wedding my husband and I went traditional. My mother in law watched our daughter and my husband spent the night at his brothers. I stayed the night in the hotel with my friend Jess and Pasami, slumber party!!. We were pretty exhausted from the day so we didn’t stay up all night having a pillow fight but it was very comforting to have them there.

The morning of the wedding we woke up early around 5:30 am because the ceremony started at 11:00 am. It was not hard at all to get up, I was so excited. 6:00 am was call time for the brides maids so we can start hair and make up.

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Brides Maids gifts

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Tiffany bracelet

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Then at around 9:30 am/10:00 am my husband and I had our first look. My only regret is not scouting a place prior and picking a more private location. I felt there was so many people around us that it was slightly uncomfortable and took some emotion away because I could see people staring at us.

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First Look

Right after our first look, we had time to take photos before the ceremony started.

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Promptly at 11:00 am the ceremony started. The men’s song they walked in was “the final countdown”w_339_Simply_Perfect_Images_Schwarz_5-16-16

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I surprised mostly everyone at my wedding with the Cinderella Carriage. It was a very hard secret to keep, I could hear the gasps and whispers as I pulled up. When I exited the carriage and right before I walked down the aisle the first 20 seconds of the “Darth Vader theme” played and then it quickly faded to “Beauty and the Beast”

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Once the ceremony ended we rode away in the carriage and while the cocktail hour was happening we took more photos.w_471_Simply_Perfect_Images_Schwarz_5-16-16w_485_Simply_Perfect_Images_Schwarz_5-16-16w_546_Simply_Perfect_Images_Schwarz_5-16-16w_565_Simply_Perfect_Images_Schwarz_5-16-16w_595_Simply_Perfect_Images_Schwarz_5-16-16w_615_Simply_Perfect_Images_Schwarz_5-16-16w_637_Simply_Perfect_Images_Schwarz_5-16-16w_656_Simply_Perfect_Images_Schwarz_5-16-16

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Our sweet heart table. The flowers on the table were from the ceremony gazebo

Once my husband and I entered the Pavilion we had our first dance. Which was a instrumental version of the song “Make love in the club” by Usher.

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To help with costs we had a candy bar and photo booth that were the favors for our guests.

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Our last surprise for our guests were Mickey and Minnie meet and greet. No one knew they would make an appearance.

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My child’s reaction to seeing Mickey and Minnie

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The word excited is an understatement 

Once the reception ended we all started to trickle out. We went back to our room to unwind and a little later we joined our friends in Disney’s California Adventure to take a few photos.13320853_10153755585311298_6313052960303563944_o

The next day we had to be in the Disneyland Hotel lobby by 5:40 am because we booked a “castle photo shoot” which means we got to go into the park before it opens and before guests go inside the park to take photo’s in front of the castle. We got some extra pixie dust that day and we were able to take photos in front of the castle and the Haunted Mansion. Not only do you feel super VIP because you are the only people in the park but when they pick you up at the lobby they whisk you away behind the scenes. We saw where the fireworks go off, where they store the floats and firetrucks, a very cool experience.

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People say marriage is hard but this first year has been amazing. We have been together 9 years this July 2017 and the only struggle we’ve experienced has been from outside trying to penetrate in. We have continued to stay strong, when I’m mad/sad he’s there to pick me up. When he’s sad/ mad I’m there to pick him up. We are never mad at the same time. We never go to bed angry and we are never to proud to say sorry. This relationship with each other has been pretty easy and It’s not luck or good fortune, it’s finding joy in making one another happy. I don’t think we get a better high then when we hear each other laugh.

I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane as much as I did!! ❤ These amazing photos were taken by our photographer Allen at Simply Perfect Images