Thursday, August 29, 2013

Review - Capri Sun


As a wife and mom of three children, decisions about what kinds of food to purchase at the grocery store are pretty important. I am not a health food expert or anything, but I try my best to prepare healthy, balanced meals with lots of fruits and veggies for my family every day. Also, I think it is very important for the children not to fill up their growing bodies with lots of junk food. Does my family eat perfectly all the time? The answer is NO. I hate to admit it, but we love sweets and junk food too. So, trying to make a conscious effort to make better choices for our bodies goes a long way, don’t you think? Growing up, my mother cooked very nice healthy meals for us every day, and we didn’t snack all the time. Dessert to us often consisted of very sweet peaches, well ripened cantaloupe, and juicy apples--those sorts of things. Occasionally, we had sweets and soda pop, and because it didn’t happen often, we enjoyed it so very much.

During the summer, my mom would buy Capri Suns and freeze them to use as ice bags. She packed them in the cooler with the special Japanese style lunch (Bento) she prepared. Then she would take us to the nearby beach or park. By the time we ate lunch, the frozen Capri Suns had melted just right (still had some small chunks of ice) while they were cooling the food and keeping it fresh. My sister and I were so excited and couldn’t wait to have a drink. The excitement, the cold delicious juice going down my throat, and of course being outdoors and doing something fun brought happy feelings. People say, “We do not remember days, but we remember moments”, and I think it is so true. I still remember those times as part of my good happy childhood memories.

Now that I am a mom, I have been doing the same for my children. I buy juice packs or boxes and freeze them to use as ice packs and put them in the cooler for family picnics. Sometimes I would pack them in the kids’ lunches for school as well. I grew up as a Capri Sun kid (if there is such a term) and, several months ago, when I found the Capri Sun 100% juice at a grocery store, I was super excited!! Capri Sun 100% fruit juice has 1.5 servings of fruit* in every pouch with no added sugar and my kids love the flavors they offer. Now that school is in session I will be packing a Capri Sun 100% juice into their lunches.


*Each pouch provides ¾ cup fruit juice, which is 1 ½ servings of fruit according to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines.  As part of a well-balanced diet, eat a variety of fruit every day and be sure to make most of your whole fruits

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Just Checking In...

A week from today, we finally got the key to the new house, and on Thursday the moving truck came to drop everything off. Oh, Boy.

I knew we had tons of stuff, but it seems like unpacking is taking forever. We are still living out of boxes, and our computer is not hooked up at our house yet. I am visiting my in-laws right now, and doing a quick "hello" post.

I know I should just focus on unpacking, but I couldn't help it. I am painting a few areas of the house as well. When things calm down, I can't wait to share the before and after pictures.

Love you all and see you soon. :)


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Happenings and Pictures from our mini family getaway

I can't believe my kids are starting school tomorrow. Their backpacks are all packed with new school supplies, we attended back-to-school night a couple nights ago and we had Rachel's birthday party yesterday. Then... also on Monday, Mr. TRH and I are going to close and claim the house as ours! I am not so excited about juggling the new school year and moving at the same time, but we are all so excited about the new chapter of our lives.

I don't think I am going to share the picture of our new house on my blog, because I am kind of funny that way. It is outside of my comfort zone I guess and I really hope that you, kind readers of Tea Rose Home will understand that. Though, as I am going to decorate my house, I will share the picture of the rooms, and I am very excited to share that process with you!

So, as you know from my last post, our family did a mini family getaway last weekend. We didn't tell our kids where we were going, but I didn't want to build up their excitement too much so I just told them that it is definitely NOT Disneyland. We just booked a hotel in downtown Salt Lake City for a couple days and wanted to have a nice family time. We were thinking something like taking them to a movie they wanted to see as a family (we watched "Despicable Me 2"), eat out at a bunch of different restaurants; play in the pool whenever they wanted. When we got to the hotel, they were so excited and loved the plan we had for the weekend. Also, when we got there we found we hit the jackpot...

I had no idea that there would be a Craft Lake City DIY Festival going on that weekend right in the back of the hotel. We spent quite a bit of time there just enjoying everything. There was music, many talented crafters and artists’ shops (which I bought a few things for our house!) and there were lots of food shops.

At the kids’ craft area, there were several activities they could do. The boys got to build a model car and Rachel created a sun visor.

At the science & technology building, we all experienced virtual reality... got to build a small robot (which was created with a 3D printer!) and they were able to touch an actual human brain! I will not post the pictures of that here on my blog though...

Our room had a nice city view (and a view of the craft lake city DIY festival, I was so tempted to go back to buy more stuff!), we all lined up by the window and admired the city lights and the moon we found between the buildings.

Oh yes, the food... I found a booth that sold amazing macaroons. I can't find her name card right now, but when I do and am able to I will blog about it. It was so good that I went back the next day to have more... thinking about it makes me drool... also I rediscovered that fresh squeezed lemonade is so good in the hot sun. We as a family tried African food for the first time and it was SO good!

The brunch we had at The Park Cafe was heavenly... We rolled out there all happy and full.

Our mini family getaway was relaxing but at the same time full of adventure. We did go see a movie, played board games in the room, played at the pool as we planned but also the unexpected discovery made our time in the city so much more enjoyable. And you know, we didn't need to go far, it was all under our noses. :)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Soaking Up the Summer 2

In a little over a week, we will finally move into our new house and at the same time the kids will be starting school! To reduce some of the craziness, I finished all the back to school shopping early. Running around with the kids, and spending lots and lots of time with them leaves very little time to sew and craft, but I have been making some jewelry that I will share with you soon! Making jewelry takes less space than sewing, I guess that is why I do that a lot nowadays.

Speaking of school... My oldest is entering a new phase in his life, it's called "Junior high". I am a bit anxious for him because that was the most difficult time for me looking back. Though at the same time, I feel like he is going to be OK. He is a very funny, kind, down to earth type of boy and makes friends easily.

He has been gone all last week to attend "Timberline" (it is a leadership training course for boy scouts). On Saturday, we all went to pick him up and attend the closing ceremony.

He was a bit dirty, but had a huge smile and was mingling with others. Every milestone like this, I feel like he is growing up way too fast. In my mind's eyes I can still see him as a 1 hour old infant in my arms. I have to admit, it pulls my heart string like no other!

You are so amazing Christopher, I am proud of you!

We are going to have a small family getaway this weekend, and the kids have no idea where we are headed. Hehehehe...

I hope you all are having fun this summer.

Happy creating memories!


Thursday, August 1, 2013

E-book * Five and Ten Designs*

My friend Jessica from Sewing Rabbit and her talented friends created the sweetest e-book called "Five and Ten Designs".

I am so excited to share this information with you today! I looked through the whole book and it is filled with adorable clothing patterns. Are you looking for cute dress patterns? Looking for inspirations? Look no further, because it is available in her shop, please head over to check it out.

Happy sewing everyone!
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