A Third Farmer Dell


I never thought I'd be sitting here, sharing a third pregnancy announcement.  But I am, and Jon and I are really happy, even though the upcoming months require a ton of thought and adjustments :) But first, the happy stuff! About 3 weeks ago, each of the kids had the stomach flu.  Luke caught it first, and was recovered by time I was heading up to Los Olivos to visit Zaca Mesa Winery.  The next day, Aubrey woke up sick and we spent another 3 days with the flu.  One of the other moms from church warned me that she and her husband caught it a bit longer than her kids did … [Read more...]

Preschool Search Simplified – CareLuLu

CareLuLu - Preschool Search Simplified

This past weekend I was invited to an intimate brunch to speak with the founders of CareLuLu.  All opinions are mine.    Last month I received an invitation in my email from CareLuLu.  I hadn't heard of them, and set out to good ol' Google to learn more. I was intrigued by what I first saw, and RSVP'd yes.  This past weekend I ventured down to the Roof on Wilshire in Los Angeles to meet the husband & wife team - Jen & Patrick - and learn more about their business. Husband and wife teams are always intriguing.  Have you worked with your spouse before? I have.  You might … [Read more...]

Trying something new – Blogging Financial Report for March

Financial Blogging Report | March 2015 | MelissaDell.com

I'm a blogger and I follow up on the blogs of others.  There's also a completely secret element to blogging.  Every conference I go to, they  talk about numbers, how many visitors you have visiting your site monthly (or daily), how many people follow you on all the platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc), how many repins you get.  But really, only those with exorbitant amounts of followers & visitors seem to disclose their numbers.  Not necessarily to brag, but they know that they are just proud of what they have accomplished. Everyone else?  We just say "we're a small … [Read more...]

5 Tips for the Best Winery Experience

5 tips for the best winery experience

Last month, I was invited up to Zaca Mesa Winery in Los Olivos to experience all that this vineyard had to offer.  The property covers over 750 acres.  On our drive up, we passed many of the vines that grow all the spectacular types of grapes that are crafted into the many varieties we tried that day.  It had been a long time since I headed up on a family day trip with my mom and sis, and even longer that included my aunt and cousin.  In fact, the last time we had done anything like this as a group was during a trip to Jon and my wedding venue back in 2008 and had cake tastings to pick out our … [Read more...]

Growing Our Garden – New Monrovia Lemon Tree

Monrovia Edible Lemon Tree Plant | Melissa Dell | Farmer Dells

I've been sharing on Instagram our #FarmerDell updates with all the fruits & vegetables we planted a few weeks ago.  Some more time has passed and we've been adding to our future "field."   after one month - the plants are starting to grow. The three tomatillo plants are at all different heights. The kids have each enjoyed a strawberry and there's a few more almost ready for picking. The pumpkin seeds have already started to poke up and crazy to think it takes SO long for them to be fully grown for carving. We are planting a few more things to try our hand at #farmerdells … [Read more...]

More Play, Less Tears Before Dinner Time

More Play Less Tears Before Dinner Time

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone #PurellWipes #Collectivebias Do you have indoor and outdoor toys for your kids?  Most of our outdoor toys are typical things - bikes, balls, golf club & bat.  Now with the warmer temps and longer sunshine, we're heading out before dinner to get some energy out before we sit down to eat and then start the madness of bedtime.  I'd like to think that this 30 or so minute break outside will result in an easier bedtime routine. You can stop laughing now.  Last weekend, Luke was … [Read more...]

Where In The Parenting Handbook Is The Threenager Warning


Aubrey at her first bday party Did you read a lot of baby books and parenting books during your pregnancy?  I read through a few.  None of them warned me about  Threenagers.  Yes, it's a thing.  Apparently sometime after your sweet toddler becomes a three-year-old, something, at some point in that year, changes and they become a Threenager.  Little things upset them.  Not wanting to wear those pajamas, water touching their face (while IN the bathtub), wanting their siblings' toys, then not wanting that toy.  It's a crazy cycle and some days I just wonder how we will make it to the next. … [Read more...]

Two Makeup Looks for Bridesmaids – Day & Evening

Bridesmaids Makeup | Two Looks | Physicians Formula Eye Booster

Thank you Physicians Formula & Conde Nast Sway  for sponsoring today's post! In under 2 months, I'll be standing beside this beauty for her wedding.  I'm beyond excited to stand witness as she officially starts the next phase of her life with a man who loves her endlessly.  We've been best friends for so many years, shared so much laughter, and even some tears (both sad & happy).  We found her dress last year in Chicago, celebrated an awesome weekend with friends in St. Louis, and had close friends & family for her bridal lunch a few weeks ago. On her wedding day, I … [Read more...]

Build Your Own Pizza #DellMealPlanning

Dell Meal Planning | Build Your Own Pizza |Rustic Crust

There's just something about a lazy Sunday afternoons and warm sunshine that just make me so happy.  I know it's crazy to have 80 and 90 degree temps in March, but that's what seems to pop up every now and then in SoCal.  I just roll with it :)  Even though I haven't blogged about it weekly, I've still maintained our #DellMealPlanning on Instagram and work on our meal schedule each week and will soon be sharing our fancy new method of displaying it for the adults to read.  One thing about meal planning is always having a few easy dinners to plug in when you know you'll be wiped out from a busy … [Read more...]

Raising our Family in Valencia

Becca Rillo Photography

  When I relocated to Valencia right before high school, I had only visited a handful of times.  My aunt, uncle & cousins lived up here and we'd visit Valencia Town Center and head to the movies for the Summer Matinees.  My sister and I would get dropped off, with some snacks, and catch a few flicks.  When I moved here, I was a freshman at Valencia High School.  During my senior year, I would meet Jon, who would later become my husband.  Some of my now best-friends all went there.  Actually, almost all my friends went there. At the time, most of us complained about how boring … [Read more...]