Thursday, August 12, 2010

Friday Faves - Week 5

Happy Friday Everyone!  I am so excited the weekend is here!  I hope everyone is going to have a wonderful few days off!

Below is a summary of answers I got to last week's Faves.  This week's Faves are listed at the bottom, I look forward to hearing from you and reading your comments.  If you have any Faves that you would like to find out more about, post them in your comment and I will certainly make an effort to include them in my weekly posts.

If you want the chance to be featured on my blog next week, go ahead and host a Friday Faves post on your own blog.  At the end of the week I will choose the winning Friday Faves post and feature it (and its author) on my blog!  Just follow these easy steps and off you go:

1. Become a follower of my blog.

2. Write a post, including anywhere from 3-5 'fill-in-the-blanks' that start with "What's your Favorite..." (Similarly as I do in my Friday Faves post).

3. Add the Friday Faves button to your post:

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4. Link your post up anytime during the week while the linky below is open.  (Make sure to link up the appropriate post, not your blog home page!)
Note: Do NOT link up below just to 'be seen'.  Last week I actually deleted a few links as they were spam, so only links to blogs who contain a Friday Faves post please!

At the end of the week, I will choose the 'winning' Friday Faves list of questions and feature the winning blog, its questions and their answers in my Friday Faves post.

You don't need to write a follow up post on the feedback you get from people, however, if you'd like to do that, I bet your readers would enjoy it.

So, mama's - let's get the creative juices flowing!!

Here's a run down of the feedback we got after last week's Friday Faves:

1. Favorite family vacation destination
When it comes to vacations, everyone has different needs and things they look for.  Destinations need to be appropriate for the kids, yet also entertaining and enjoyable for the adults.  These days the price of our family vacations plays a big part and might for some of us even be a reason not to go at all.
Aside from the big destinations such as Disney World (Joey mentioned this one, being local), DisneyLand, Universal Studios and other big theme parks, there are often many things to be done in our own area.  How many of you have ever been in the situation that you had family or friends visiting and all of a sudden you found yourself going to a museum or a local place of interest that you had never been to before?  Despite living practically 'next' to it?  I have.  It seems like having guests over is the best way to really get to know your city.
Sometimes it only takes a short drive to get the feeling of 'being away'.  I live in Los Angeles and within 2 hours driving I am in the Santa Ynez Valley.  Remember the movie 'Sideways'?  It was shot there.  Plenty of vineyards and wineries to satisfy my curiosity and wonderful things to do for the kids: a miniature horse farm, ostrich farms, pick-your-own-fruit-and veggies-farms, etc. 
MageeBaby lives in Missouri and her favorite spot is Silver Dollar City in Branson.  It is not too expensive and has neat educational type things like glassblowing demonstrations, etc.  Love ideas like that!
Emily mentions some local beaches near where she grew up.  Beaches are awesome to spend time with family: swimming, building sand castles, looking for shells, learning about fish and when the kids are older about tides.  Picnics come to mind, oh don't get me started!!

2. Favorite tricks to keep your child occupied in the car
We are in between: Ryder is just now accepting the 'car concept' and is okay for shorter distances.  (Unless he's tired in which case he might actually fall asleep.)  Kai enjoys looking at trucks (especially the big ones) and pointing out buses.  Aren't they super-exciting?!?!  I don't think it'll be too long before we will purchase the DVD player for the car, or hopefully (even better) buy a new car that has DVD players in it!!  Oh, what a luxury that would be!! 
Joey is on that same wave length as she mentions her hubby's iPhone that has games and all that good stuff on it.  Just be careful those little fingers don't (by accident) delete your apps and phone numbers!!

3. Favorite Cook book
We have Trader Joe's here in LA and I LOVE that store.  It's a shame that they don't always have all the products that are on my grocery list, but if they did, it would be the only grocery store I would shop at.  A while back I was at Barnes and Noble and discovered the Trader Joe's cookbook.  Oh my!!  It's written by Cherie Mercer Twohy, who simply loves TJ's - no neither she, nor the book is affiliated with TJ's.  She's just a fan of the store and decided to write her own cook book: "The I [heart] Trader Joe's Cook Book".  Simple recipes that are quick to prepare and give the idea that you slaved for hours in the kitchen.  Don't let the name fool you: you can get all the recipes from the book in your 'regular' grocery store as well.
Other than that I personally love the Food Network and get a ton of recipes and ideas from there as well.

had a great idea though: she actually wrote her own!!  Well done!  She picked and chose the best recipes from her childhood and put them in a binder.  I do a similar thing where I will print recipes (if they're online or passed on from friends) I like and put them in a binder.  Well, mine are piling up, they're not all in the binder (yet).

4. Favorite Body lotion / Body butter
I would have to say the Body Shop body butters.  Hands down!  Very rich, reasonably priced and they last.  Mind you, I lather that stuff on every night after I shower.  Love it.  It's one of those little ways to treat myself nicely.  They offer fruity scented, flower scented, calming, unscented, butters for normal skin, dry skin, sensitive skin.  You name it they have it.  They often have the buy 1 get 1 half off, or buy 2, get 1 free offers.  Now they have also increased the number of butters that are part of that offer, so I was in heaven when I went shopping this weekend!! Oh, and by the way - no, I am not getting paid or sponsored to say all this, though I think they owe me now!

5. Favorite Kids' Book
We have so many books laying around Kai's room, it's not even funny.  For the longest time the Elmo books were favorite. Then the "I Love You Mommy / Daddy / Grandpa" series, these days it's Goodnight Moon.
"The Velveteen Rabbit" is a fave at
Joey's house, while Emily's little one is all about "I Love You Through and Through" and the "Butt Book".  Even she is enjoying that one...;-)

For next week, I would love to hear about your Favorite:

1. ... ice cream
2. ... teething remedy for infants / toddlers
3. ... kid-friendly curse word
4. ... at home spa treatment
5. ... book

Have a great weekend everyone!



Traci66 said...

Thank you for hosting.

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

1. ... ice cream: Ben & Jerry's Phish Food
2. ... teething remedy for infants / toddlers: nothing really made an appreciable difference for us. I think tylenol and maybe ear plugs?
3. ... kid-friendly curse word: we're very clean around here. We use "silly" and "bad". I don't even say "stupid" in front of my kid. I wonder how that's going to work out when she hits the real world.
4. ... at home spa treatment: sometimes I use a pumice stone. Ooh, and last night I used this uber expensive conditioner that my mom gave me. It's called WEN. My hair looked awesome and I've vowed to make the little bottle last forever.
5. ... book: Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities. It's my all time favorite.

polwig said...

Cute idea... favorite 5... unforunately I think now I need favorite 5 ways to keep your toddler twins from beating each other up ;) Maybe I will try it next time

ps. from girls creative new friend

Xenia said...

Such great faves! We used to be able to keep our kids occupied in the car for longer rides with games and songs and stuff... yeah, now it's straight to the DVD player. So much easier for everyone. :)

Thanks so much for joining us for Friendly Friday once again! Have a great weekend!

TV's Take said...

Great list and I'll have to try that Body Butter.
1. ... ice cream = anything coffee related
2. ... teething remedy for infants / toddlers = oragel
3. ... kid-friendly curse word
4. ... at home spa treatment = pedicure
5. ... book = any book that my child enjoys!

Sarah said...

I'm a new follower from Follow Me Friday.
I hope you'll come check me out at PS Mom Reviews and follow me too!
I have fun giveaways going on now too!

Shanna said...

I am your newest follower from the Friday Blog Hop's. I look forward to reading more of your blog!
Have a wonderful weekend!

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