A to the 4th. 

The reunion of the kiddos this time around wasn’t as cool as going to New Zealand back in December 2016, but still a lot of fun to see them playing and conversing more with each other. They are growing up so fast!  When people said to cherish all the moments with them as it will fly by, they weren’t kidding. 

With a short socal holiday, we managed to squeeze in quality family time, Angel’s game, Legoland, San Diego Zoo, Carlsbad outlets, and of course In n’ out. 

Tips I got from these adventures: 

  • Stay at Legoland hotel to get the full experience along with free parking. Btw – new Legoland hotel opening 2018. 
  • Take the double decker bus at San Diego zoo if you’re looking to walk less and perhaps catch a glimpse of the animals.
  • Check out the adorable pandas at the SD zoo. Only 4 zoos in the world have pandas!
  • It’s still fun to go early to a baseball game (besides tailgating) with kids. Angels stadium is super nice and has lots of food.
  • Since you’re “rolling” with kids, you can pretty much bring any food/drinks inside the parks.  
  • Hmm – didn’t see any alcohol at Legoland. Plenty at the zoo and of course stadium. 
  • Go shopping after these adventures if you’re wanting to spend less $$. 😜


📷: Getting a suite is a good option for a game for little ones to run around in. Suites include 12 seats. 


📷: belated #nationalsiblingday


📷: miniland of San Francisco is way cool. #mustsee





📷: spend only $.51 for a small souvenir of animal penny. Located at the exit of the zoo. 


📷: Feel free to brings snacks/drinks on the bus. It’s about a 35-40 minute ride. 

Good times with the munchkins and family as always. 

Cheers for now! 

P.S. No socal trip is complete without #innout 

Time flies. 

Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted and so much has happened. We’ve moved back to California (brought the London rain with us)!  

A few thoughts:

  • Insane beehive in our home. There was about 180 pounds of bees and honeycomb in our walls to get rid of! 

  • Addison is now 6 months old and is staying strong to not sleeping through the night. 😢

  • Abigail is in a Chinese school and could potentially read/write more than me. 

  • I’m now a soccer mom with my minivan. I must say I love all the space inside and the blind spot camera is awesome!! 
  • Getting new decor and furniture for our home is what I love to do especially from small shops (more to come on future posts).
  • We’re back in southern California and haven’t been to the beach, but have been to the snow (we’re less than 2 hours away from snow and 20 minutes from the beach)

  • Poke and seafood in general is so fresh and tasty here. You just can’t beat $1 oysters. 

  • I’ve cleared out a lot of my inventory of alphabet books (big thanks for those who’ve purchased my books on my website) and have been inspired to finish working on my “I is for Impala” book to send to print. Don’t forget to use CODE: Angsley to get $3 off your order when you purchase on my website: www.ajangsley.com 


Anyhow, I’ve definitely been going through London withdrawals and missing all the European travels we did. I still can’t believe Abigail visited 22 countries while we lived in London. 

One thing I clearly miss is walking more to get places and using that as my exercise for the day. Now, I have to set aside time to exercise which is incredibly hard as a sleep deprived mama of two. Any pointers? #please

Cheers for now and thanks for jumping back onto my blog. xx

Missing Cali. 

With summer finally here in London (I think it’s short lived as it says it will be raining yet again on Friday and Saturday), it’s funny the particular things I miss and wish we had in London. Who knew I would think of toilet seat covers as one of them? 

📷: LAX bathroom before flight back to London. 

I also think of good charmin’ toilet paper as well since I just can’t seem to find the perfect toilet paper in London. 

Target – oh man, how I love thee. Although my husband sure doesn’t miss this, I do. It’s seriously the one stop shop to everything along with great deals and the cutest things from marimekko to ohjoy. By the way, she’s got an amazing blog on DIY to pictures of her family to cute clothing to dress your littles in. I would jump on following her blog and just subscribe to get in your inbox. This gal is a serious inspiration and goal to strive to become a mom boss. ♥️


📷: ohjoy collection – love the alphabet line of course to tie in with my alphabet boardbook series. #lovebooksbyaj 

California Pizza Kitchen – my chain restaurant that I love way too much. Two must haves are the Sicilian pizza (if you’re a protein lover) and the delicious spinach artichoke dip. Yummy in everyone’s tummy – I swear. Ok, maybe not the super health conscious or anyone wanting to be remotely healthy. #cheatmeal

Water time – living in the ‘burbs, definitely spoiled with the abundant pools, splash pads, beaches and fountains to frolic in. 


📷: beach water fun in Cali #nofilter


📷: penthouse water fun in London 

Snacks – just to name a few I haven’t found in a normal London market (so many and we wonder why obesity is a problem in the USA 😮)

  • Red vine (I hear it’s at Costco!)
  • Cheetos – flaming hots
  • Chex mix
  • Cheez-its
  • Goldfish
  • Lemon heads 
  • Tostitos – restaurant style (they’re the thin ones)

Am I leaving you with a case of the munchies now? BUT, don’t get me wrong either, I love London and all the adventures we can go on so quickly around Europe. Maybe I got overloaded with vitamin D yesterday and today and that’s why I wrote this blog or maybe I’m just missing Cali – soon enough we’ll be home as a family of 4 + reunited with our dog. 

Side note: currently at 35 weeks pregnant and feeling a lot better with the belly bandit upsie belly for back support and this growing belly (ultrasound said baby is at 5 pounds!). Bamboo soft wrap and comfy to wear with nothing digging into your growing belly. The other fabulous thing is it comes with a cold/hot gel pack that sticks into a pocket in the wrap to soothe your back – perfect for this “heatwave” here. 👍🏻☀️🇬🇧 #bellybandit 


Cheers for now and thanks for reading! xx