Wordless Wednesday: Thug Life

Thug Life. Costume Day at Summer Camp

Today was “costume day” at summer camp. I thought it was “Valentine’s Day” at camp today, so we had ten minutes of chaos. We had to find a costume. This is what I came up with! The “thug life” knuckle tats were added in the camp parking lot with Sharpie.

Thug Life. Costume Day at Summer Camp.

Welcome to “Angry Julie Monday’s Wordless Wednesday Linky”!

If this your first time here, HELLO! I do a link-up every Wednesday! Post a picture(s) and link back to it here. Wordless Wednesday is a great day to post an awesome picture that “speaks” for itself, no words needed.

 Be sure to check out Wordless Wednesday Link-Ups at these other sites also:

Project AliciaBetter in BulkCrazy About My BaybahDear CrissyFive Minutes For MomLive and Love…Out LoudSarah HalsteadParenting By DummiesSeven Clown CircusThe Divine Miss Mommy

Also, Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy does “What I Wore Wednesday” every week with a great big link-up.

Wordless Wednesday: Catalina Island

Catalina Island

A beautiful day in Catalina Island a few weeks ago….

Summer in Catalina Island

Welcome to “Angry Julie Monday’s Wordless Wednesday Linky”!

If this your first time here, HELLO! I do a link-up every Wednesday! Post a picture(s) and link back to it here. Wordless Wednesday is a great day to post an awesome picture that “speaks” for itself, no words needed.

Be sure to check out Wordless Wednesday Link-Ups at these other sites also:

Project AliciaBetter in BulkCrazy About My BaybahDear CrissyFive Minutes For MomLive and Love…Out LoudSarah HalsteadParenting By DummiesSeven Clown CircusThe Divine Miss Mommy

Also, Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy does “What I Wore Wednesday” every week with a great big link-up.

A Girl’s Day Out and BBQ at BJ’s Restaurants

Big Poppa's BBQ Special Menu at BJ's Restaurants

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and BJ’s Restaurants  but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BJsrestaurants http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO

I wonder what has been seen through the lens of these?

Last weekend, Kelly and I had a girl’s day out. We started in the late afternoon at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. Have you ever been there? It was our first trip and I’m not sure if we were very prepared. It was enormous! I had to take a picture of all of these awesome cameras for sale!

My beach parking today. Such an ummm interesting beach.

And then we wound up in Venice Beach. Venice is quite an interesting town. We walked around for a few hours and got some sun. Well, I got a little too much sun. Somebody (me) forgot to put on sunscreen. I had hot arms and a bright red nose. Thankfully, I didn’t take a photograph. I was looking quite scary.

But after trolling around in Los Angeles all afternoon, Kelly and I were hungry. We wanted some real food besides the random stuff that we had snacked on during the day. So we headed to BJ’s Restaurant, which was right along the freeway in Huntington Beach.

Big Poppa Smokers' BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich at BJ's
BJ's Blue Ribbon Big Poppa Smokers' BBQ

Now you are probably thinking, doesn’t BJ’s sell pizza? Well of course they do, but BJ’s has a very large menu with a variety of items. We actually go there often, and everyone usually gets something different. But on our girl’s day out, Kelly and I decided to get some Big Poppas’ BBQ Specialty Menu which BJ’s is currently featuring. Maybe it’s because my husband has been watching all of those BBQ competition shows on TV lately, because a BBQ sandwich sounded delicious!

Bj's Pork Sandwich

Kelly and I both ordered the Big Poppa Smoker’s BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich. It was delicious! Kelly and I differed on our choice of fries but we both loved everything. They give you a choice of three sauces with your Blue Ribbon BBQ and I chose the mild. It was super yummy! The pork sandwich had crunchy fried onions on top that were delightful also. I highly recommend it! The serving size for the sandwiches were quite generous and we had some left to take home. But of course, we had to save our appetites for dessert, right? Because you can’t go to BJ’s without ordering a pizookie. And yes, it was as delicious as it looks!

Pizookie from BJ's Pizza

And you are probably wondering, where are the cute girls that had a fun day out? Well I was quite sunburned but I got a covert photograph of Kelly snapping a picture of her food. We chose a BJ’s location that was pretty dark {romantic, I guess} inside and it was impossible to get photographs. We tried all types of angles etc. to get photos. I think the people across from us were probably wondering what the heck we were doing.

@According2Kelly photographing her food

Yum! Now I’m craving BBQ! Those sandwiches and pizookie look so good that I want some now!

What do you get when you go to BJ’s Restaurant?

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Disclosure: This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and BJ’s Restaurants  but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BJsrestaurants http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO

How To Pack For Summer Camp

How to Pack For Summer Camp

My son came home a little over a week ago from two weeks of summer camp at Catalina Island Camps. It was his first time at extended stay overnight camp, and I wanted him to be prepared accordingly. Because I’m a bit obsessive-compulsive, and I like organization.

How To Pack For Summer Camp

1. Checking The Camp’s Website/Handbook for Their Packing List

Catalina Island Camps had a detailed packing list in their handbook. I followed it exactly and my son didn’t need anything else while at camp. Well, except an extra pair of flip flops because he broke his, and I got a phone call the night before parent’s day.

The Packing List from Catalina Island Camps

Clothing Toiletries
1 jacket for evening Toothbrush and toothpaste
2 sweatshirts Soap, shampoo
7 t-shirts Lotion
7 pair underwear Sunscreen (SPF 30+, waterproof)
3 swim suits Lip balm (with sunscreen)
1 rash guard or UV protection shirt Hairbrush
4 pair shorts
2 pair jeans or long pants Equipment
1 pair pajamas Canteen or leak-proof water bottle
1 hat with brim Daypack
Flashlight (with extra batteries)
Footwear Stationery supplies
7 pair socks
1 pair tennis/running shoes Optional Items
1 pair sandals/aqua socks for beach use Inexpensive camera
1 pair supportive shoes for hiking Underwater camera
Playing cards, simple board games
Books
Bedding/Towels Wetsuit (spring or shorty; camp has a supply campers may use while at camp)
1 Sleeping bag
1 Pillow
2 towels (one for bathing, one for beach)
1 laundry bag

 

Packing For Summer Camp

2. Lay Out Everything To Be Packed

I pulled everything from the packing list two days before my son left for camp, and made piles on our family room floor. I then sat my son down and we went through everything, and I also explained why he needed specific items. If he was a little older than eight years old, I would have had him collect the items throughout the house.

As we packed everything in his duffle bag, I then asked him to point out where stuff was. I said things like, “where is your sunscreen, or where are your swim trunks?” He was able to locate everything in the bag.

eBags Packing Cubes to Organize a Suitcase

3. Keep Items Organized

Last summer before I went to New York, I bought these eBags packing cubes to organize my clothing. I had several events to attend was able to categorize my socks/underwear, dresses, and workout clothing. I also used them when we went camping in Yosemite.

I paired up my son’s things in a set of the packing cubes. I organized everything by shorts/t-shirts, swim gear, pajamas, socks/underwear, and other random things. I knew that my son would not keep everything in the packing cubes once he arrived at camp, but that he would be able to find things when he initially got there.

Label Everything That You Have Packed For Camp

4. Label Everything

I always use Mabel’s Labels to label all of my son’s clothing and school supplies. For the items that I didn’t use a Mabel’s Label on, I used a red or black Sharpie pen. EVERYTHING came home with my son. I love the bright and awesome labels from Mabel’s. They stay on forever and are also dishwasher safe.

I also made luggage tags for my son’s duffle bag, sleeping bag, and laundry bag with pictures from prior travels by adding text and then laminating them.

Pack Tons of Sunscreen For Camp

5. Pack Lots of Sunscreen

I know that sunscreen was mentioned on the packing list, but I wanted to put emphasis on this item. Sunscreen is very important. These kids are outside running around in the sun most of their days at camp.

I bought the mega pack of sunscreen from Costco. It had the spray-on sunscreen, liquid sunscreen to rub on, and also lip stuff. I pretty much covered all my bases. I put labels on all of the individual containers of sunscreen, and then put everything in a freezer bag. I can’t say enough about the 1-gallon freezer bags. I use freezer bags for organizing everything in my life.

Water Bottle for Camp

6. Make Sure You Have A Re-Usable Water Bottle

Another item on the packing list, but also very important. We had a package of water bottles (not naming the brand because umm the bottle broke, but you can see the brand in the picture) in our garage. So I grabbed one, and applied a label to it. When we visited our son a week into camp, he told us that his water bottle had broke. I noticed the flip top cap was no longer working. I suggest sending a water bottle with a screw off type lid because kids are hard on things.

Everything Packed and Ready For Camp

7. Make Sure Your Camper Can Carry His Own Belongings

My son only had two large items to bring with him to camp, his packed duffle bag and his sleeping bag.  My husband shoved his pillow into the duffle bag, and ended up fastening down the sleeping bag to the straps on the bag. I bought a duffle bag equipped with wheels so that my son could pull the bag, because it was heavy.

All grown up on off to Catalina Island for 2 weeks of summer camp @catalinaislandcamps

And then….after you spend all that time organizing and helping your son pack for summer camp..you go visit a week later on Parent’s Day. And you see his things somewhat in the same place, but not quite organized.

My son's duffle bag while at camp

And a week after Parent’s Day at camp, we picked the kid up in San Pedro, intact. He may have come home a bit more mature, with a mustache.

Home from Camp

But you are probably wondering if his duffle bag came back organized?

Duffle Bag Post-Camp

Everything wasn’t quite as neat as before, but everything made it home. Yippee! So of course, I have to add some tips on “How To Un-Pack Post Camp”

How To Un-Pack Post Camp. Unload duffle bag on garage floor. Section off items: 1. shoes 2. laundry 3. trash 4. stuff to put away 5. crafts 6. other. Get it done as soon as you get home. Because there are slightly wet clothes hiding in there. Everything s

How To Un-Pack Post Camp

  1. Do not take the camp gear into the house (in case of bugs, creatures, and other things that might invade your house)
  2. Section off the items (shoes, laundry, trash, stuff to put away, crafts, treasures, and other)
  3. Un-pack as soon as you get home, because items might be wet
  4. Start doing laundry
  5. Clean-up shoes
  6. Go through trinkets, crafts, etc.
  7. Put everything away for next year

I will be referring to my own blog post next year when we have to pack for camp again! Yes, we plan on sending our son back to Catalina Island Camps again next year.

Disclosure: I won two weeks at Catalina Island Camps for my son. Everything mentioned in my post (products, etc.) were purchased with my very own money, or found somewhere in my house. All opinions and photographs are mine. I’m writing this really long random disclosure because you were probably wondering if this was some sort of sponsored post while reading through it.

Summer Showers

Summer Showers

After an awkward humid and somewhat rainy day yesterday in Orange County, we headed to the pool at 5pm…

Taking advantage of our HOA (Homeowner’s Association) benefits, we headed to the lagoon, only to find it closed for a private party. Luckily, there is a second lagoon nearby. Kelly brought her kiddos and even an additional kid (neighbor).

The kids loved the whole idea of a swimming pool with a beach-like feel with the sand. They built sandcastles and we didn’t have to worry about monsterous waves coming by.

Making sandcastles at the lagoon.

The husband brought his Weber Q and we (he) cooked up some hotdogs on the grill. We hadn’t used the grill since our Yosemite trip last year and it fired up with no problems at all. I love this tiny BBQ. It is perfect for summer. Kelly arrived with an assortment of regular and bacon-wrapped hotdogs. The bacon-wrapped hotdogs were delicious.

Hotdogs, and even bacon wrapped hotdogs on the grill.

After the kids had swam for a few hours, we decided that it was getting a little too cold and windy, so we forced them out of the water. And because we are awesome parents, we bathe our children. A group bath at the pool showers is good enough for us during summer.

Summer showers, the only kind you need.

We were joking after we had left the pool that it was almost like we had a mini day of camping. And then I found this box of S’mores granola bars on the floorboard of the car. Seriously, made me laugh.
What's a summer night without S'mores?

And then the night ended at 7-11, for Slurpees. Trying organizing a herd of children and attempting to find shoes and shirts for them was quite a process, but we managed to get Slurpees for everyone and make it out the door.

Slurpee stop.

The weather is still quite ugly outside today, and ugh the heat and humidity. I swear it feels like we are in Florida today. So weird. Hopefully, I can fit a run in tonight. It has been awhile since I ran. Especially when I just found that I’m doing a half marathon in a few weeks, and I totally haven’t trained.

Wordless Wednesday: Summer Chores

Summer Chores, Walking The Dog

Trying to think of activities for the kid on this camp-less week. I decided to turn chores into activities. We took the dogs for a walk. Of course he got to walk the calm one who pretty much walks with a cadence. I got to walk the wild dog who kept getting caught up in the leash. But we survived 1.5 miles in the summer heat.

Summer Chores

Welcome to “Angry Julie Monday’s Wordless Wednesday Linky”!

If this your first time here, HELLO! I do a link-up every Wednesday! Post a picture(s) and link back to it here. Wordless Wednesday is a great day to post an awesome picture that “speaks” for itself, no words needed.

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Project AliciaBetter in BulkCrazy About My BaybahDear CrissyFive Minutes For MomLive and Love…Out LoudSarah HalsteadParenting By DummiesSeven Clown CircusThe Divine Miss Mommy

Also, Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy does “What I Wore Wednesday” every week with a great big link-up.

Wordless Wednesday: Summer Dresses

Summer Mexican-Style Dress

Because I was in a hotel last week, and had some evening events to go to, I thought I would take the time to pose for some selfies of my outfits. Because really, when do I ever have the time to wear and put together decent outfits these days?

Summer Mexican-Style Dress

Dress bought at the Patchwork Show in Long Beach, Shoes are Born (TJ Maxx last year, I think?)

Because I’m not good at being a “fashion blogger”, I took several different views.  I like to make silly faces also. And the dark spots on my dress, ummm from sweat. I’m classy like that and it was hot hot hot!

Striped Summer Maxi Dress with Tieks

Michael Stars Maxi Dress and blue patent Tieks. Both were borrowed from Kelly. It’s a long story but let’s just say the outfit worked well! I went to borrow her shoes and left with a dress also. Necklace, all mine from Anthropologie.

Like I said before, “I’m not usually a fashion blogger!” But I had to share my fun outfits that I put together last week.

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 Welcome to “Angry Julie Monday’s Wordless Wednesday Linky”!

If this your first time here, HELLO! I do a link-up every Wednesday! Post a picture(s) and link back to it here. Wordless Wednesday is a great day to post an awesome picture that “speaks” for itself, no words needed.

Be sure to check out Wordless Wednesday Link-Ups at these other sites also:

Project AliciaBetter in BulkCrazy About My BaybahDear CrissyFive Minutes For MomLive and Love…Out LoudSarah HalsteadParenting By DummiesSeven Clown CircusThe Divine Miss Mommy

Also, Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy does “What I Wore Wednesday” every week with a great big link-up.



Adventures at Catalina Island Camps

Kayaking at Catalina Island Camps

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will remember this post that I did about Catalina Island Camps in May. Ironically looking at the date, I realize that the post was done on my son’s 8th birthday. Well after the post was written, I found out a few weeks later that my son won 2-weeks of camp at Catalina Island Camps

He left for camp last week and he started his second week of camp, today. Yesterday, we went and visited him at Parent’s Day at camp. Well, we confirmed that he was having a great time! And the staff at camp is awesome. Seriously, even my husband exclaimed, “everyone is sooo nice here!”

But although it was Parent’s Day, we had to go with the flow as they were doing their regular scheduled activities. My son’s group was doing kayak races yesterday. He is quite good with a kayak now, and extremely focused!

The half-day visit that we made yesterday pretty much confirmed that we will be sending him to Catalina Island Camps again next year, and most likely for four weeks this time.

Went to visit the kid @catalinaislandcamps today. I'm pretty sure he is hooked and wants to go every year now.