Home for the 4th!

Recently I took my very first road trip with the kids and it was one heck of an adventure!  Technically I drove back home to Baltimore on July 2nd but it was to celebrate with family at my aunts annual 4th of July block party.  What normally would take 6 hours ended up being an 8 hour drive.  When traveling with 3 kids, a baby and a GRANDMA you have to factor in BREAKS.  We took our very first break at the VA state line rest stop.  The kids were able to stretch their legs and play on the playground for a few.  We even had a nice family take our pic in from of the Welcome to Virginia sign.  Stopping again to eat at Apple Bees, lots of rain and traffic we finally made it to Baltimore for the cookout!

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Thankfully we had our own chairs in the car because they have been in the car since soccer season!  Sunday I wanted to make it all about the kids.  They did so well durning the car ride up even with the extra 2 and 1/2 hours added onto our trip.  So we started our day with some Ms. Shirley’s for brunch.  IMG_1968

I absolutely had to have the chicken and waffles! It’s something about the cheese on the waffles that gets me every time.

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After brunch the kiddos and I headed to Port Discovery I knew they were in for a treat, and I couldn’t wait to share some memories with them.

IMG_2018 In true Mommarazzi form, I made them take pics before entering lol

IMG_2019 Once they were inside it was a different story.  They had a BALL!!!!

We literally stayed there for 4 hours, and we still didn’t get to see everything.  After Port Discovery we finished visiting family so that we could hit the road in the AM.  I really wish that I had cameras installed in the van during this adventure.  I think that will be my new goal when traveling with the family.  I want to truly document all of the adventure with them because they are growing so fast.   I am so thankful that our van has the DVD package it helps keep the  kids entertained especially during long trips.  We made it back home Monday just in time for me to go to work… yes I went to work after driving from Baltimore to NC.  I’m starting to agree with everyone else, maybe I am superhuman.  Until next time……

XO,

Meka

1 bag 4 kids

So I’m sure many of you read my last post about our staycation and as we all know at the time I took 3 out of the 4 kiddos, however this amazing bag from Birdlings can actually hold clothes for all 4 kids and myself for an over night staycation!  “How Sway? you might ask, well let me tell you below…..28

I currently have the grey weekender and I LOVE it!!! Seriously it sucks to have to pack 5 separate bags for myself and the kids.  This bag makes quick trips with a big family a total breeze.  23The weekender has three interior compartments, six interior mesh pockets a key clip, seven exterior pockets as well as a removable shoulder strap.   gweekender7 I don’t know how I managed to go this long without this bag.  We are going to visit family in Baltimore this weekend and we are totally packing this 1 bag for our clothes and possibly a smaller bag for shoes… hmmmm  *runs to the Birdling webpage*

51 I love the classic color combo with the leather and metal details.  I know without a doubt this bag will be a family favorite, the only thing it’s missing are wheels!

Here are some other bags that I am totally loving :

I’m crushing on the mini day tripper  for Elle I think she would absolutely love it especially during road trips to keep all of her art supplies, American girl dolls and snacks organized .  And the  day tripper for me would be perfect when we are flying with the kids to hold snacks and activities on the plane as well as road tripping or daily park trips.  So if you’re looking for an amazing quality bag  you’ve found it and it’s Harrell Approved.  Get used to seeing this weekender  because it will be in heavy rotation throughout the year and years to come.

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Until next time…..

XO,

Meka

 

*The following post was sponsored by Birdling Bags, all opinions were my own*

Staycation with the Harrells

Last Monday the kids (minus Jagger) and I enjoyed a wonderful staycation at the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel here in downtown Winston.  Since opening, we have driven by the hotel on a daily basis during Elle’s commute to school.  Since one of my friends has an apartment in the building I was able to get a little inside look at this amazing establishment.  I’ve heard so many great things about the Kimpton properties like having a gold fish in your room, cool record players and so much more.  IMG_1666Upon arrival we were greeted with the craziest rain storm which lead to utilizing their amazing valet service.  Once we made it inside the kids enjoyed a refreshing cup of apple infused water.  IMG_1719

In true Harrell form the first thing the kids wanted to do when they got to the room was too “test” out the beds with the ultimate jump party.

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The beds passed the test and were baby Axel approved!  Since it was raining so much we opted to stay indoors and order pizza as well as enjoyed some awesome amenities the hotel had to offer like an adult size “playground” that was equipped with a 2 story tunnel slide.  IMG_1755

Finding the the slide was the highlight of our evening.  As you can see Maveric truly enjoyed this, it was a 4 year old’s dream.  IMG_1757In addition to the slide we were able to go bowling, some how Maveric ended up beating Elle.  IMG_1748 The adult playground was a total life saver with the storm we had going on outside, they were able to have the time of their lives on the inside.

 

Here are some of the amenities of the hotel :

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi for Kimpton Karma Rewards guests
  • Pet-friendly accommodations free of weight and size restrictions and no additional fees
  • Nightly hosted evening wine hour from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • In-room dining from The Katharine Sunday-Thursday until 10 PM + Friday-Saturday until 11 PM
  • A yoga mat in every guest room and yoga mat roll-out service available upon request
  • In-room spa services for private, full-service day spa services
  • 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center
  • Bowling alley, basketball, ping pong and more in the lower level recreation center
  • Complimentary morning coffee and tea
  • Essential travel items, available upon request

We will definitely be staying again, the only thing we did not have was the gold fish I requested.  Unfortunately they died before our arrival but we were told that they “should” have new ones by the time we stayed.  That request fell through but the staff and the hotel gets 4 stars in our books. Until next time….

XO,

Meka

Fiesta fiesta!

A few weeks ago I, as well as some local bloggers were invited to Tijuna Flats to try out their new street tacos so of course my plus one was none other than my baby girl Elle!  We were able to indulge in a 6, yes SIX course meal.  However, due to our dietary restrictions of no pork or beef, we opted for 3 out of the 5 tacos offered.  Here’s a look at the deliciousness we were given:

Crispy Baja Fish Crispy fish, chipotle crema, shaved cilantro cabbage & pineapple salsa.  This was actually Elle’s favorite!  She loved them so much we had then for her birthday meal of choice (Thursday June 22nd).

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Jerk Chicken Crispy jerk chicken, MoreFire! hot sauce, shaved cilantro cabbage, pineapple salsa & cotija cheese.  My favorite by far, because I LOVE spicy foods and these have major kick!

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Bangin’ Chicken® Tostadas Crispy corn tortillas with Smack My Ass Bangin’ Chicken® (our version of Buffalo), refried beans, cheddar-jack cheese, grilled onions & peppers, tomatoes & ranch dressing.  These were really good, and I am not a big bean fan but they were tasty! IMG_1563

The last 2  tacos that we didn’t try were:

Lime Steak Grilled garlic-lime steak, avocado crema, shaved cilantro cabbage, pico de gallo & cotija cheese.

Philly Cheesesteak Flautas Crispy wheat or flour tortillas stuffed with shaved sirloin steak, mozzarella cheese, grilled onions & peppers. Served with a large side of queso.

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Overall we LOVED the experience and to top it off we had my favorite the cookie dough flautas.  OOOOO M G!!!! If you love warm cookies you will love this, trust me!

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COOkie DOUGH FLaUtas “The Original” chocolate chip cookie dough loaded in a flour tortilla, lightly fried & topped with powdered sugar. Served with a side of chocolate syrup.  So there you have it, if you’re hungry then I suggest that you head over to Tijuana Flats and grab some of this goodness.  Oh and to top if off, they offer military discounts, so enjoy and until next time….

XO,

Meka

Father’s Day with JORD

*The following post is sponsored by Jord, all opinions are my own , special thanks to Jord watch and Tabb Creative for the amazing pictures *

Father’s Day is Sunday and last week I was blessed with the opportunity to team up with Jord watches to not only gift my amazing hubby with this unique gift, but to also host an amazing giveaway for my readers! How amazing are these watches ?! Be sure to check out the site here trust me you will love what you see.

As many of you know, my husband is currently deployed so I was excited to receive the watch just in time for his monthly care package.  The kids are always excited to pack items to send to their dad.  So this year we went with his favorite snack items, a few dry fit polos and some nutrition items.  IMG_1572

The icing on the cake was this AMAZING watch we were able to pick from 3 beautifully crafted time pieces and when the Dover arrived I was in love with a hint of jealousy.  I mean seriously this watch is so cool and unique.

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I’ve always been a lover of creative unique items, and it’s so hard to find gifts that stand out and truly set the tone.  This watch is sure to be one of my hubby’s favorites.  Here are some of the specs:

  • sapphire crystal glass
  • deployment buckle with push buttons
  • screw-down crown
  • case width: 41mm
  • case thickness: 12mm
  • lug ends: 49mm
  • band thickness: 24mm
  • band length: 202mm

Be sure to enter for your chance to win a $100 e voucher towards the purchase of your very own Jord watch and just for entering you will get a coupon code for $25 off click here for your chance to win!  And ladies don’t worry they have several options here for us as well!  Until next time and sending warm father’s day wishes to the amazing men out there.

XO,

Meka


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7 gifts I’m loving in JUNE

Tomorrow officially starts the month of JUNE!!! I can not believe we are ALMOST  halfway through the year 2017 has been moving.  There are so many amazing memories that I have created but the most memorable by far was giving birth to the newest member of the #HWTH crew Axel Roman.  June is my favorite month because I get to celebrate with my first born ElleMari and with Mommy ( may she rest in peace).

This year I’m celebrating the big 3-6 and I’ve decided to compile a list of gifts I’m loving, this is not normal for me.  I love surprises but this year I am thinking it’s easier to just let people know what you really want so that I can get things I will use.  As moms we are so used to buying for our kids,  or seeing what they “need” or should I say WANT?! This time, I’m thinking about myself andI’m not ashamed to say it!!! Dear Momma’s LOVE YOURSELF because when you love yourself you can LOVE your family as much as they deserve!

Now that my spill is over show me the GOOIDES!!!!! :

  1. image1 (4) What can I say, this is pretty easy and it fits everyones budget!  You absolutely can’t go wrong with Target, MAC, Panera,  Chic Fil A, TJ Maxx or Chipotle!
  2. IMG_8637Because I’ve been trying to read more, and I LOVED the first book check out my book list here , I have to get my hands on this new book by Jen Sincero!  Snag your own copy here and let me know how you like it.
  3. IMG_8633I’m a sucker for cool pink things so I just have to have this glass water bottle by BKR I’ve also been digging white.  Shop here  you’ll love it!
  4. IMG_8645 Since starting my blog, I’ve really need to keep my camera on me so having a cool camera bag that also doubles as a purse is on my list!  I love this cute number by Jo Totes
  5. IMG_8636 It’s sumer and you have to have a nice pair of white shoes, my choice for myself and my family are Chuck Taylors!  White goes with everything and it’s a staple for summer.
  6. IMG_8634I have been wanting a record player since forever!!! So I figured I’d give it one more shot before I just purchase it myself HA!  Crosley has a ton of affordable ones and Amazon has amazing prices!
  7. IMG_8635Last but not least, I want a new band for my Iwatch!  I have the rose gold so anything that compliments it will do, also I hear Groupon has awesome deal.

Well that about sums up my list, I figured it’s pretty affordable and I can eliminate the guessing game! So what do you think? Do you have any of the products above? Are you loving them?!  Oh and in case you’re wondering, my birthday is June 17th. Until next time…

XO,

Meka

11 things I’m doing this summer

For the past week and a half I have been asking myself “What season is THIS?” We have literally gone from fall, to spring, summer sun and back to monsoon week just recently.   With all of this bipolar weather I haven’t even had a chance to think about the fact that my favorite season is right around the corner! _MG_1113

School is about to be out for SUMMER!!!!  Seriously in a matter of days we will be halfway through the year.  Time is moving by and this makes me want to hold on to as many memories as possible.  Just thinking about how fast my kids are growing makes me so emotional.  I want to share 11 things I’m doing with the crew this summer:

  1. Strawberry picking
  2. Enjoy a Staycation
  3. Visit the Zoo
  4. Sit on the porch and indulge in a fruit salad
  5. Enjoy a movie outdoors
  6. Take a trip to the beach
  7. Have dinner at the park
  8. Plant flowers
  9. Visit the farmers market
  10. Make your own lemonade
  11. Make tie-dye tees

Well this is my to do list this summer! What plans do you have for the family?  I try to set small goals and anything else is icing on the cake! In the mean time I’m enjoying these pictures to remind myself of how much I can not wait until summer is here!

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Until next time….

XO,

Meka