Thursday, August 28

That street life view.

Waiting for a bus. NBD.. 

My favorite store haha.. no seriously. It's a $1 store. Holler.

Jumping off the "pig whale" as Dreydan calls it.
This is our neighborhood park. 

Late night walk.. view from the cross walk bridge. 

Vending machines everywhere. Every corner, every kind.
These are the most common. 

Shameless selfie. Hello. 

No rubbish, guys. 

 We walk around a lot.. it's the cheapest form of transportation unless you're going a far distance.
A bike would be a little more convenient but you need to have your bike licensed, just like a car.

Fun fact: gas prices are about $8/gallon. so next time you want to complain, think of that.

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Tuesday, August 26

Ikushima-Jinja.


Ty found this shrine on our Google maps search & it was only a few blocks away from us, so we
decided to make an afternoon of it with a visit & then lunch on the way home!

Obviously we couldn't read the signs so we didn't know what each section was or why it was there etc..
and nobody was there to guide us. Literally. There was nobody. It was a little eerie.
You'd think being a Saturday afternoon there would be more peeps around. It honestly could have been 
closed for all we know. Haven't figured that out yet.

So we walked around for a little bit, snapped some pictures, Dreydan prayed & then Ty rang the bell, 
and we also may or may not have walked on sacred gravel... Haven't figured that out yet, either.

For lunch we found a little place that served udon noodles, one of Ty's favorites.
It's a self serve noodle bowl shop thing with tempura veggies & meat.
Not totally my flavor, but the tempura onions were on point. Yum!

When we got home I tried to Google this shrine so I could read about the history of it and
I couldn't find anything! I don't know if I have the name wrong or I'm spelling it wrong or 
maybe it just really isn't that cool to post up on the web..? I don't know. There were lots & lots of 
other shrines, but not this particular one. 

I've also thought that maybe the .jp is different from .com and you'd come up with better results in America?
Seriously, I don't know why the hell I couldn't find info or what I'm even talking about. I'm mentally challenged.
Someone help! If you care to search & happen to find something, send me the link, please.

ps.
the pictures aren't the greatest because i had only my iphone
and it's super humid so my lens gets randomly foggy...

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Friday, August 22

Welcome to Japan!

Well, we're here. 

We left Tuesday morning at 8am & got here Wednesday afternoon around 3ish. It sounds terrible but it wasn't that bad. Okay.. actually the first flight was from Utah to San Francisco, we boarded this little tiny plane and it was so bad you guys. I sat down in our seat and knew I was going to be sick. I get motion sickness very easily.. so by the smells on the plane (that were not bad, just muggy) & the temperature of the inside, I knew. Long story short, I was dry heaving into a paper bag for about the last 30 minutes. Dreydan was trying to talk to me & I ignored him because if I looked down, I would puke. After we got off our teeny tiny plane, Drey told me about 14 times how much he does not like riding in planes anymore haha ..

Our flight from San Fran to Osaka was much  better. Huge plane, big seats, lots of room, personal TV's, unlimited food, drink, snacks.. it was perfect. Dreydan loved it. Actually, I'm looking forward to that long plane ride again!

 He drug around his own luggage, for the most part

How he felt after our first plane ride, he was not impressed haha

Oh and do not even get me started on time adjustment. My body is so weird right now! I've been taking naps throughout the day (never happens) & waking up around 5-6am (never happens). Dreydan has adjusted perfectly. Although.. he was awake for like 20 straight hours & was running around in circles screaming "we're in Japan!Not sure what happened there ...

The morning after we arrived, we all ventured out into our neighborhood to find some household things & hangers so I could start unpacking. We walked past a cute little park, a 7-11 & found our new go-to spot .. 100 yen store ! Haha seriously it's awesome. $ 80 later and 5 bags full of stuff, we were set. My mom has requested a picture of it so the next time we go, I'll put it up!

I've been a couple times asked if I miss America yet. Not yet, however, I miss what I'm used to. The lifestyle to which I've become accustomed to is very different to the lifestyles here. It's not bad, it's just different.

Our little yellow home away from home .. 

 The left side street in front of our house ...

... and the right .

 Still unpacking.

Is this not the most complicated toilet you've ever seen?

View from the car window.

Anything you'd like to know? Curious about? Pictures you'd like to see more of?
Let me know! 

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Tuesday, August 19

Heyyy did you miss me?!

Ok, seriously.. I know you're all worried about me. I've been MIA for like freakin' ever. 
I've been busy, busy, busy! And when I'm not busy I'm too tired to care about anything.
Especially my poor blog. I love my blog but sometimes it's so needy! Back up off me!

So I wanted to give you a sneaky peeky of blog posts coming up..


We've got Lake Powell, a very special cousin day, Drey's birthday party, Drey's birthday, 
aquarium, farmer's market, a farm, ferris wheel rides... Too much!

AND guess what?!

Today is the day I'm leaving for Japan. Gah! It's true. I stuffed my face with Cafe Rio last night
so I'm good to go. Stayed tuned for everything! I won't leave you hangin'...  I promise.

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Tuesday, August 5

Attention new moms! Giveaway time!


New Mommy Giveaway
Green Scene Mom has partnered with Guava Family and many other brands to bring you this fabulous giveaway featuring lots of great products for new moms and their babies! Each of these products was designed to meet a unique need and make life simple for mom and baby.
Green Scene Mom - Guava Family Giveaway Guava FamilyLotus Everywhere Crib - $249.95

The Lotus travel crib is so easy to use and easy to take with you, you will want to use it everywhere... places you never would even consider taking more traditional portable cribs simply because they are too bulky & heavy. Use the Lotus at home, at a friends house for dinner, or even in the airport terminal. The Lotus is more than a travel crib. It's an Everywhere Crib. guavafamily.com
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Coromega selects only the finest ultra-refined fish oil for use in its products. Our fish oil originates deep within the wild fishing stocks in the clear waters of South America. Once extracted, the crude fish oil is delivered the experienced hands of our Norwegian refinery where it is given its superior sensory characteristics to be clear, taste-free and odor-free. Since 1999, Coromega has produced the most effective and advanced delivery form of Omega-3, making it into incredibly tasty, natural citrus flavors with no fishy taste, aftertaste or fishy burps! coromega.com
Green Scene Mom - The Bumble Collection Giveaway The Bumble CollectionBrittany Backpack in Lace Floral - $99.99

The Bumble Collection is a family lifestyle brand specializing in children's products including diaper bags and family accessories such as lunch bags, picnic baskets, and food/beverage coolers for our fashionable families. Since 1999, our diaper bags have graced the pages of magazines and have been carried on the shoulders of many A-list celebrities. Our products have been placed on the shelves of top retailers spanning the globe. All products from The Bumble Collection are made of the finest materials using an all-natural process without the use of synthetic preservatives as we respect and embrace the value of sustainability and it's effects on the environment. thebumblecollection.com
Green Scene Mom - Yummi Pouch Giveaway Yummi PouchYummi Pouch Brights reusable food pouches + cloth snack & sandwich bag set - $24.99

Yummi Pouch eco-friendly snack time solutions encourage healthy snacks for active kids. Our reusable food pouches are freezer safe, dishwasher safe, BPA-free, Phthalate-free, and can be filled with healthy blended snacks and easily taken on-the-go, no spoon required! Yummi Pouch cloth snack bags are lined with a water resistant interior and decorated with colorful prints. Perfect for crackers, chips, and sandwiches. yummipouch.com
Green Scene Mom - Belli Skincare Giveaway Belli SkincarePrep & Glow Trio from Belli Skincare - $69.99

Belli Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub is an invigorating scrub with peppermint that sweeps away old skin cells to reveal healthy skin. Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash is a pure facial wash featuring lactic acid that leaves skin clear and refined, without over-drying. Belli Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator is a lightweight moisturizer rich in Vitamin C and botanical humectants that help refine and soften skin texture. belliskincare.com
Green Scene Mom - AVENT Electric Bottle and Baby Food Warmer Giveaway Philips AVENTElectric Bottle and Baby Food Warmer Giveaway - $45.99

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Green Scene Mom - Buttons Diapers Giveaway Buttons Diapers2 diaper covers + 2 daytime diaper inserts + 1 small wet bag - $36

Buttons Diapers feature a quality and affordable two-in-one diapering system that consists of wipeable PUL covers and super-soft absorbent inserts that snap into the covers to stay in place! Buttons Diapers fit babies from 9-35 lbs, have two layers of stretchy waterproof PUL throughout, and double gussets at the legs to keep messes in. buttonsdiapers.com
Green Scene Mom - Mixie Giveaway Mixie8 oz. bottle, 4 oz. bottle, 1 package each of Stage 1, 2, and 3 silicone nipple replacements - $51.95

Mixie is the first baby formula bottle that can be fixed now and mixed later. Formula goes in the little compartment. Water goes in the bottle. At the first cry, just push the button, shake, and blend. Simple. Yet really quite genius. On a flight, or in the middle of the night, Mixie has you covered. Because when baby wants a bottle, baby wants a bottle now. mixiebaby.com
Green Scene Mom - Lollaland Giveaway Lollaland1 Lollacup + 1 Straw Replacement Pack + 1 Mealtime Set - $41

Lollacup is a stylish and functional, drinking cup whose innovative design helps infants and toddlers successfully use a straw. Lollacup's flexible straw has a weighted end that allows children to drink effortlessly, even when the cup is tilted. The straw is valve-free, which makes it easy to use and clean. Lollacup is BPA and phthalate-free and is proudly made in the USA. The Lollaland Mealtime Set is the perfect complement to the well-loved Lollacup. Lollaland's Mealtime Set consists of a plate, bowl and dipping cup designed for smaller hands and toddler-sized portions. lollaland.com
Green Scene Mom - Ubbi Giveaway UbbiTwin pack cloth liner - $29.95

Using washable diapers? We have exactly what you need! The Ubbi cloth pail liner is a necessity for cloth diapering parents. Bring out the green in your diaper pail with these biodegradable liners. Twin pack includes 2 bags that are washable, waterproof, odor-resistant and reusable. Using the Ubbi cloth pail liners add to the eco-friendly experience. ubbiworld.com
Green Scene Mom - Water Wipes Giveaway WaterWipes12 packs of 60 wipes - $42.99

WaterWipes are the world's purest baby wipes. Made from 99.9% water & 0.1% grapefruit seed extract. And that's it! Nothing else! Only 2 ingredients. Completely free from chemicals, WaterWipes are the baby wipes parents and healthcare professionals have been waiting for. All natural and pure, WaterWipes are safe to use on baby's delicate newborn ultra thin skin. WaterWipes are effective yet ultra-mild, pure and gentle. WaterWipes are unlike any other baby wipe on the market, and have been produced using cutting-edge technology to give unrivalled mildness, purity and safety. waterwipes.com
Green Scene Mom - Pearhead Giveaway PearheadBabyprints Photo Frame - $24.95

This classic white wooden frame has spaces for your baby's handprint, footprint, and adorable photo. It's simply the easiest way to capture your baby's prints. Just press your baby's hand or foot onto the included "Clean-Touch" ink pad to reveal a detailed print. The baby's foot never touches the ink, so it's completely mess-free. Includes beveled mat stamped in silver with "My Little Prints". This keepsake frame is the perfect gift. pearhead.com
Green Scene Mom - Toofeze Giveaway ToofezeBaby Teether - $19.99

Toofeze is recognized for its cutting-edge design and ability to soothe, calm and comfort fussy teething babies. Three distinct chewing surfaces made of food-grade ingredients. Stainless steel disk chills instantly in cold water for quick symptom relief. Soft silicone handle is never too cold to hold. Smooth contoured shape enables firm counter-pressure against erupting teeth. Toofeze allows babies to self-satisfy and self-manage their changing teething needs. toofeze.com
Green Scene Mom - So Rad Giveaway So RadMagic Romper - $25

So Rad's romper has short sleeves for warmer days, even featuring a rear access entry door for easy diaper changes. This romper has no snaps, buttons, velcro or zippers! The kimono style front opens up so bebe can squeeze his little chubs into it and it's made from bamboo and organic cotton. shopsorad.com
Green Scene Mom - Itzy Ritzy Giveaway Itzy RitzyInfinity nursing scarf - $24.99

At Itzy Ritzy, we believe life on-the-go in style is possible. Our modern multi-purpose products pack a number of dazzling punches to provide attractive solutions to everyday challenges without making you do a lot of work. Now with a global presence with thousands of retailers, Itzy Ritzy is reinventing practical luxury for modern families around the world. We consider our job done when you get your job done in a stylish, exciting and refreshingly simple way. itzyritzy.com
Green Scene Mom - Googaro Giveaway Googaro 1 monthly box - $50

Googaro is a subscription box service delivering the best, most exciting new products for tots 0-3 years of age. We want to simplify your life and help you discover incredible new products that are a perfect blend of practical, safe, stylish and fun. googaro.com
Green Scene Mom - Olli and Lime Giveaway Olli and LimeDots Decals pack of 50 - $20

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Green Scene Mom - Earnest Eats Giveaway Earnest EatsSuperfood Snack Set - $130

At Earnest Eats we uncomplicated good food choices by creating whole food happiness in everything we make. You'll feel great every time you eat one of our foods! Our Superfood Hot Cereals are made with Superfood Grains – Whole Oats + Quinoa + Amaranth – plus fruits, nuts and seeds like almonds, blueberries, chia seeds, cranberries, and unsweetened cocoa for an added powerhouse of protein, fiber and nutrition to fuel the day. Our Baked Whole Food Energy Bars are made with whole nuts, fruits, seeds, whole organic oats and superfood almond butter, baked in small batches in ovens for a soft cookie-like texture. No spray-on vitamins or protein powders. No corn, peanut or soy oils. Our Superfood Chewy Granola Bars are made with their Superfood Grain Blend – Whole Oats + Quinoa + Amaranth – providing slow-release energy along with protein, fiber and phytonutrients. All in under 150 Calories and 9g Sugar. earnesteats.com
Green Scene Mom - PAK Urban Survival Kit Giveaway PAKOriginal Green PAK (28 of PAK's on-the-go essentials) + Micro Black PAK (up to 16 of PAK's most essential "pocket-sized" items) + a Towelette Gift Bag - $90
The ultimate Urban Survival Kit: Unique kits stocked with personal care essentials needed on-the-go. PAK's product makes the perfect gift, ideal travel companion and a necessity for the girl on-the-go. It's there for you in a pinch, keeping you prepared for life's "misadventures". Moms are always doing a million things at once while going ninety miles an hour. PAK makes life a little less chaotic by putting all of your personal essentials into one compact place. Keep it together with PAK. thepakstore.com

Prize Gift Set - Retail Value $1,200

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