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Mommy Happy Hour

Ok…. Don’t Judge. πŸ˜‰

I belong to this group of fantastic women. This group is a combo of stay at home and working mommies.

Each one of us lives within blocks of each other.

Here are the rules:

  • We meet every Friday (except Holiday weekends) at 4pm.
  • All mommies live in the same neighborhood so we can all walk.
  • We rotate houses.
  • The hosting mommy provides snacks and drinks for both the adults and the kiddos.
  • The best part – The mommies attending do not have to bring a single thing. We work hard all week long and this is time to relax… kind of… we all know a mom is never off duty πŸ˜‰

Friday was my turn to host… I don’t know why, but my camera was really enjoying taking blurry pictures… so bear with me πŸ™‚


Normally I would make my dips from scratch… but in typical Estela fashion… I didn’t plan… so I did the next best thing…

I went to Whole Foods and bought some tasty dips and the ingredients to make baked brie.

To go with the veggies I got some roasted veggie ranch dip. It was pretty tasty and surprisingly spicy!


If you haven’t gotten this dip… go buy some! This organic creamy spinach dip is a staple in my house!

Oh… and I got flowers… flowers make everything look pretty.



And a very blurry picture of smoked gouda. :~

What missing is the picture of my baked brie. I have a little story about that…

So I bought this great brie, cut it in half, and filled the middle with berry jam and toasted almonds.

I wrapped the entire brie with puffed pastry.

I put it in the oven at 4pm so it would be nice and hot when most of the mommies arrived.

Before I knew it… smoke was coming out of the oven… this is not a good thing when you have two toddlers and three 10 month olds in your house.

The cheese was oozing off the pan to the bottom of the oven causing the entire house to smoke up πŸ™

Luckily my husband stepped in to help clean the oven and air out the house… Phew!

The baked brie was salvageable… but did not look pretty πŸ™


Whole grain goldfish and Annie’s fruit snacks for the kids…



Booze for the mom’s…


Hydration for the kiddos….


Seven mom’s, three dads, and twelve children later… it looked like a tornado had hit my house….

It’s so worth it though to visit with all the mom’s, share stories, and most of all… see how happy the kids are to play with each other!


My baby girl slept for twelve hours that night!

Happy baby = happy mommy πŸ™‚

20 Responses

  1. Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) said on March 8, 2010 at 8:17 am

    I’m going to judge…what a spread! And, what a great way to network with your peers. We’re all in this together…having friends and neighbors for support is the best!

  2. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on March 8, 2010 at 8:52 am

    That’s such a great idea! I love it. It sounds like the perfect way to have some grown-up time without leaving your little ones. Oh, and what a face! So cute!!

  3. Jessica @ How Sweet said on March 8, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Ohmigosh how fun is that?!? I want to have mommy happy hour someday! Actually, I’d like to come to your mommy happy hour now!

  4. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday said on March 8, 2010 at 9:38 am

    That sounds really fun. If it were me, though, I’d leave the husbands at home with the kids and make it mommies only. 12 kids is A LOT!
    Are they all around the same age?

  5. Joanna said on March 8, 2010 at 9:40 am

    This is such a cute post. I get a little sad on those rare Friday’s when I can’t make it to a happy hour.

  6. luvtoeat said on March 8, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Eeeek! Your daughter is just PRECIOUS! And dimples too? It made me smile just to see that beautiful laughing face. I think in my last comment I may have called that spice old baby-haha, you know what was on my mind. Luv those playdates. They can get a little crazy but in the end everyone benefits.
    Your spread of food looks beautiful. Flowers just brighten a room don’t they?

  7. Danielle (Coffee Run) said on March 8, 2010 at 11:51 am

    The moms in our neighborhood do that too! It’s funny how after a long week they all get together and booze it up haha

  8. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on March 8, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    girl, i wouldn’t judge you on taking some time to enjoy a little wine with your friends! marin is SO gorgeous…i love when you put pictures of her sweet smile on here πŸ™‚

  9. katie said on March 8, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    your daughter is literally so beautiful!! oh my goodness! thats a GREAT foods spread too!

  10. Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) said on March 8, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    That is such a great idea! I love it! I’ve had many problems with baked brie! Only once has it not completely oozed out!

  11. Gelareh @ Nutritious Foodie said on March 8, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    That does sound fun! You did a good job with all of your snacks.. and I love your beautiful roses!
    Your little girl is a cutie! Love her smile and sprkly eyes πŸ™‚

  12. Mo@MommyRD said on March 8, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Isn’t that fun to do? We are just organizing something like that in my neighborhood, with the first one being on St Patrick’s Day!

    Your daughter is sooo preciously cute. Isn’t it fun to see them interacting with the other babies/toddlers?

  13. Nicole @ Making Good Choices said on March 8, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    I loved Whole Foods dips and the fact you have a Mommy/Daddy happy hour! The flowers are also a beautiful though. Your daughter is absolutely adorable!

  14. Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly said on March 8, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Mommy happy hour sounds PERFECT!!!

  15. Beth @ DiningAndDishing said on March 8, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    those are the most beautiful roses estela!

  16. Stef said on March 8, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    i want to pop out a kid just so i can attend mommy happy hour lol! sounds like a great time, such a good idea! OMG your baby, too cute! love those dimples!

  17. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said on March 8, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Ok so I am supremely envious of this clutch of 12 women. When skylar was 1st born and we were in san diego, i joined a playgroup (that worked! and stuck together…95% of them fall apart or never get off the ground, im sure you know what i mean) anyway, the hostess would have a spread out, but it was the daytime so no booze and we all had to drive anyway and we all brought our own toddler/baby snacks so it wasnt nearly as autopilot.

    I cannot tell you a. how much i would give to have 11 amazing mommy friends in my neighborhood and b. how happy i am for you that you have it. Wow. My life in Phoenix is wayyyy diff than it used to be in San Diego. Cherish these friends as i know you must πŸ™‚

  18. Anna@ Newlywed, Newly Veg said on March 8, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Awww, happy baby picture!!!! Love it πŸ™‚

    What a fun idea! I hope I can find something like that when I have kids!

  19. Samantha said on March 10, 2010 at 9:16 am

    That sounds like so much fun!! Just found your blog, adding you!!!

  20. Angie said on March 10, 2010 at 12:23 pm


    I want a baby.

    And, I want to live in your neighborhood. πŸ™‚

    What a great idea!! Love the spread and the roses are absolutely fabulous!