This week’s Thursday Things is brought to you in part by Skylar (age 5) and some of the gems that escaped from her mouth on a recent trip to the mall:

1. I love Fashion Valley. Where else can you (window) shop at Pottery Barn, Tiffany, MAC and Mac, Williams-Sonoma, the Nike Store, Victoria’s Secret, F21, Anthropologie, Bath & Body Works, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton all within 100 yards of each other? And do it under palm trees and 76F afternoon sunny weather.

Fashion valley mall outlook with trees and flowers

Don’t answer that because if I find another mall like it, I’ll immediately have to go.

Can I borrow your credit card?

Neiman-Marcus, Macy's, and Nordstrom

2. As we were entering Bath & Body Works, Skylar exclaimed, “Mom, it smells positively delicious in here!”

I agreed.

3. Salespeople frequently suggest “layering” your scents in order to get more lasting power. Use the shower gel, the lotion, and then layer it with the body spray or perfume.

Skylar took layering to new levels.

She layered pear-scented hand sanitizer, Carried Away body spray (one of my personal faves), Japanese Cherry Bomb body wash, Paris Amour body butter with more hand sanitzer in coconut lime.

She smelled positively delicious. Or something like that.

Japanese cherry blosson soap, Paris perfume, sweet pea lotion, and twilight woods scented bath and body works

4. She loved it though and loved the way she smelled, which is all that matters, really). She kept raising her arms and hands right up to my nose and face saying, “Mom, SMELL ME! Don’t I smell good!”

I said, “Honey, you could be a mile away from me and I could still smell you and yes, you smell great.” This is what white lies are for. Don’t crush the joy, just don’t. Santa is real and so is the Easter Bunny until proven otherwise.

5. She was so proud of herself that she tried on such a wide variety of scents and smeared them all over her arms, face, hair, and body. I didn’t mention to her that you’re not supposed to put body wash on your face without running water and that lotion should be kept out of your hair, but she didn’t seem to mind.

She described herself as smelling like, “A vanilla flower with cookie butter brownies and pears.”

She wasn’t too far off on her self-scent analysis.

Jar of Speculoos cookie butter

6. I loved that she used the descriptor, cookie butter.

Creamy Cookie Butter White Chocolate Banana Smoothie anyone?

Creamy Cookie Butter White Chocolate Banana Smoothie

7. As we were walking back to our car, she had a free sample of tea from Teavana. This amounted to about one-ounce of herbal, non-caffeinated really expensive tea that I would never buy tea in a plastic cup.

She loves peach tea, hibiscus tea, white teas of any kind. She can recall tea samples that she has 6 months ago or longer.

For those people who say kids don’t remember things, mine has a memory like a steel trap, especially for tea and body spray.

Perfect Pairings peach Momotaro and Musee de the Glass Teapot advertisement

8. She was drinking her whooping one ounce of herbal tea and looked over the railing and saw this from our vantage point.

She exclaimed, “Mom LOOK! They have really pretty dishes in there. I bet you would LOVE that store!”

Williams-Sonoma storefront from above

I explained that yes, I love it but we can’t even go into it or I will fall in love with too many things and then we’d never be able to leave the mall. Wouldn’t that be awful.

From this post

Mixing bowl shelves in cooking store

9. We got in the car, I called Scott and put him on carwide speakerphone so she could hear him, too. Unfortunately he wasn’t answering his phone and she said, “Dad must have gotten a new ringtone and it’s really long.”

He did just get a new ringtone. How did she know?

And how does she know what a ringtone is? I don’t think I knew what they were or that they had a name until the year 2010.

10. We came home, ate dinner, and had one of these Creamy Mixed Berry White Chocolate Crumble Bars for dessert.

Creamy Mixed Berry White Chocolate Crumble Bars

And then my little perfumebomb got a really good bath and scrub down.

Do you have any funny-things-kids-said stories? Or any, whoa-I-can’t-believe-she-said-that things?

I did a similar post to this over Christmas in Aruba. Skylar had some choice things to say about a man at the pool. I am still laughing thinking about it.

They’re hard to remember off the top of your head and are the type of things easily forgotten if you don’t write them down, so for posterity sake, I wanted to jot these down.

These are the types of trips I want to always remember; her being a little girl, so full of excitement over an ounce of tea and body spray and so proud of herself. Sometimes she seems like such a big girl and I have to remind myself that she’s only been on the planet five years. Positively delicious.

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