The Baked Bear

On Saturday we went to the Baked Bear, which was on my summer bucket list, and it was a fun and yummy trip! For those who live in the Montgomery County area in Maryland, this one is located in Rockville/Bethesda on Rose Ave. The whole center where it’s located is really nice, and new- ish, if I’m not mistaking. The Baked Bear is a custom ice cream sandwich shop, and I looooove ice cream sandwiches lol I didn’t go crazy because I shared mine with Gio, but next time I go I’m definitely going all out!! That child eats anything sweet, so I don’t really know why I shied away from yummy options.

My order was a sprinkle cookie, a m&m cookie, vanilla ice cream, and sprinkles! I’m not huge on sprinkles but I felt like I had to get them lol I forgot to ask to get the cookies warmed up which I’m really upset about because that would have made my sandwich 100x more delicious!

I get overwhelmed sometimes ordering food but this was like a Chipotle type of setup so seeing everything laid out was nice .

Everything in the shop is freshly made and homemade, and you can definitely tell! The shop isn’t big, but there really isn’t a need for it to be. There’s a “beach” (really just a decent size sand area) right outside and tons of seating! Plus, with this summer weather, it’s perfect to have your ice cream outdoors!

Below I’ll insert and image of their site where they shared images of what people have gotten, and you’ll see what I mean about crazy and creative! This is definitely a fun stop to make in the summer. Even if it’s just once! My total was $6.30 which wasn’t too bad- I really thought I’d spend a minimum of $10. Of course the more you add to your ice cream, the more expensive.

If you have one near by, definitely try and make the trip! You won’t regret it! Thanks for reading! -Aura xoxo

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Smithsonian National Zoo Trip!

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Yesterday we went on a adventure and were ‘explorers’ at the Smithsonian National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute in Washington D.C. We knew the day would be hot, but not as hot as the past few weeks, so on Saturday we just decided that we’d make a trip to the zoo on Sunday.  It was Gio’s first time to the zoo- he loved it! & I think Erwin and I enjoyed it as much or more than Gio, lol.

We considered driving to the zoo, but I’m soooo happy we took the Metro Rail instead! The trip was only about half an hour, it only cost us $16, it was so nice to not worry about parking because when we got there the traffic was CRAZY and there were no open spots anywhere, and for those who do not know, Gio LOVES trains so he was so excited, but really tired, like you can see in the pictures- so it was two new experiences for him yesterday.

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We saw the animals on the Asia Trail which consisted of the pandas, cheetahs, and elephants. We walked through the American Trail which had an elephant outpost, bald eagles, a kids farm, seals, sea lions, and an andean bear. Then, my personal favorite and I think Erwin’s too, was the lower zoo which has the great apes, horses, a reptile center, lions, and TIGERS!

Not all, but almost all, the animals grabbed Gio’s attention. He’s been learning about animals and all the sounds they make, so we knew it was time to take him to the zoo. He knew almost all the ones we saw, but couldn’t watch them for long periods of time. He just wanted to see the animal and then keep moving, lol. We all really enjoyed the tiger because it was walking around, standing up, and got into the water- so we were fascinated. There were some animals that were tough for Gio to see so he’d just give up looking for them which kinda sucks because he missed out on some cool ones like the lions and zebras. Regardless, he had a good time! It got us talking about taking him to the aquarium because he loves sea creatures, but thats a pricey trip lol.

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We found a little water area for the kids by the sea lions! It was like a mini splash park. To Gio it was a ‘pool’. It was a good way to end our trip. He was starting to get fussy from the heat so it was a great way to cool down before our walk back to the metro.

A trip to the zoo is definitely something you have to be ready for mentally and physically with kids, haha. Luckily, Gio was good almost the whole trip. He had small moments where I’m sure all the heat and walking around got to him, but they wouldn’t last. We took his stroller and had him in it when we walked to different exhibits, but once we got to one he’d get out and walk around to look at the animals.

In our bag we took lunch, a lunch box that had ice packs in it to help keep our water cool, a phone charger, and our sunscreen. Gio’s bag consisted of diapers, wipes, extra set of clothes, different snacks, his sunscreen, and bug repellent spray and bracelets that I highly recommend!

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Overall, we had a good time and are happy we got to create this memory with and for Gio. He probably won’t really remember, but we’ll get to tell him all about the trip and most likely take him again!

The staff was/is also great. We learned about a couple animals, how they’re endangered, what we can do to help, how they’re helping, and how the changes in the world is putting a risk on many animals that we all really love. The link below is the zoo’s support page to see how you can help and donate!

https://nationalzoo.si.edu/support

Thank you for reading! xoxo- Aura

It’s A Block Party!

Today Gio and I went to a Block Party in the plaza by Erwin’s job. It wasn’t anything huge, but it was so much fun!

They had a Bingo game- you’d get your bingo cards and go to the different merchants on your card and get a stamp. Then once it’s all filled up, you’d go back to the Bingo table and spin a wheel for a prize. I regret not doing it, lol.

There was also a moon bounce, an arts and craft table, and best of all, train rides! Gio LOVES trains so when he saw the train going around the parking lot he was ecstatic. We went on it about three times. We probably could have gone on more times, but we wanted to make sure that all the other kids got to go on too.

After our last ride we walked around the plaza stopping by different merchants. We went to Hallmarks table, which is where Gio got his Dory and Nemo clippers. He’s obsessed with them. He was so happy and wouldn’t stop saying thank you after I paid (they were $1!!). We walked by other stores where he collected lollipops, tattoos, and got a cupcake and popcorn.

It was a great way to spend the afternoon. The best part? Everything was FREE, unless you decided to purchase some items from the stores. I’m always in the hunt for different events in the area or areas near by. At the start of every month I search my Facebook or type in my county’s name and family events in the Google search bar. I almost always find something for each month, and right now that it’s summer there’s so much going on!

Thank you for reading! – Aura xoxo