Tips On Keeping The Kids Busy And Entertained During Summer

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Well, it’s still summer and the kids are still home from school. In case you’re all getting bored and cabin fever, I’m here to share some tips on keeping those kids busy and entertained until the school bells ring again!       -Connect with other friends and family members. Just because your kids aren’t… Read More

Fancy Apple Water

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I’ve got a parenting faux pas to confess — my daughter loves juice. It’s not the end of the world, obviously, but I do regret introducing juice when I did. We’ve been slowly cutting back and I’ve been promoting water to help her stay hydrated during these warmer months, but girlfriend thinks water is lame… Read More

Babywearing Twins for the Non-Babywearing Mom

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I love babywearing, but I’m not really a babywearer. See, I tend to subscribe to the MacGyver school of parenting. A little gum, a little duct tape, a couple bobby pins, whatever you got on you to get the job done. As a “MacGyver Parent,” I’m a little vegan, a little carnivorous, a little homemade,… Read More

How to Make a Starbucks Yogurt Parfait (VIDEO)

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  My kids are always begging for the yogurt parfaits when we stop by Starbucks. While they are delicious, I’m not real big on spending $4-$5 for a parfait for each of them. Instead, I make them at home as a breakfast treat and they end up being twice as yummy because we put in… Read More

The Top Ten Educational Toys for Toddlers

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For young children, learning is done through play. That’s how they grow. And toys are the tools they use to build their future selves. Why do you think toddlers are so active? They want to discover things. And the more they discover, the more they develop their minds. Toys can act as catalysts for intellectual… Read More

Baby Shower Games And Activities

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My best friend is expecting a baby and I am in the beginning stages of planning a baby shower for her. Baby showers are a lot of work but so much fun! So long as you plan ahead and have some great food on hand, you’ll be golden. So if you’re about to throw a… Read More

The Best Beach Toys

The Best Beach Toys

At just shy of 2 years old, my son experienced the beach for the first time. It was love at first sight and he’s been chattering about the beach ever since! I totally overgrammed our trip, but it was absolutely beautiful – if you haven’t visited the Washington Coast – get it on your bucket… Read More

35 Steps to Riding a Train with a Toddler

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  It was a bright, sparkling summer day. My toddler and I hadn’t spent much time alone since the twins arrived, so I thought I’d treat him to a special date with mama. Nothing too ambitious, just something “quick” and “easy.” “I know!” I thought to myself, “Let’s go ride the train!” Poor, sweet, naïve… Read More

Simple Photo Memory Keeping With Project Life

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I take thousands of photos of our family. Well, mostly my children. So far this year, we have a huge 8,000 according to iPhoto. They’re all priceless snapshots of memories we’ve made and moments that I’ll cherish forever. But, they don’t do a lot of good sitting in iPhoto and I probably print 1/100th of… Read More

Summer Bucket List

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Summer is here and every family needs…. a summer bucket list! What is that, you ask?  It’s simply a list of things you and your kids want to do before the summer is over and the kids are back in school! So we’re sharing tips on making one, what should be on yours, and what’s… Read More

Moms Who Inspire V.4

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It’s been much too long since I introduced a round of Moms Who Inspire . This series is a glance at those mamas who encourage, create, love life and show the ins and outs of true motherhood. Even the messy, real stuff. It’s easy to relate to them and share an internet smile — they’re… Read More

10 Tips On Saving Money While Grocery Shopping

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Who doesn’t want to save money while grocery shopping?! I know I do! Be it coupons, mobile apps, or buying in bulk, I bet we could all stand to save a little the next time we go out to buy our weekly groceries. Today I’ve rounded up some tips for doing just that.   1)… Read More

Pottery Barn Outlet – My Disneyland

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Yes, I’m going to admit it, I’m kind of a Pottery Barn junkie. Whether it is Pottery Barn or the kids and teens options, I just LOVE the style. As soon as those catalogs hit our mailbox, I’m on the couch drooling over all the things that I wish I could afford. I want to… Read More

Tips On Saving Money At Theme Parks

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My family and I are theme park junkies, which isn’t helped by the fact that we live in Southern California where there are so many of them that we love! Once you get past the high ticket prices, you realize the prices remain high inside the park. Not cool. That’s why we’re sharing some tips… Read More

Sh*t People Say When Stuck in a Cabin in the Woods Together (VIDEO)

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Oh yes, it is time for another “Sh*t People Say…” video! PSA: Before I begin, for those who get your panties in a bundle over the title of these videos, just don’t. First of all, I didn’t spell out the big, bad s-word (as if we aren’t all adults here!). Second, it isn’t like I… Read More

Mom’s Potty Training Survival Kit

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We finally started potty training for reals last Monday. I had been putting it off because I didn’t have my act together between the almost 3-year-old and 8-month-old twins. Well, mom finally got her act together and gathered up all the pertinent potty training supplies. It was ON! I printed out a potty training chart… Read More

Christmas in July! Great Gift Ideas For Mom

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I love to browse other mamas’ wishlists, because they give me great inspiration about fabulous companies, products and of course, they are fuel for my birthday and Christmas list. So … welcome to Christmas in July! Here are some of my favorite things that are finding their way onto my wish list right now! Christmas… Read More

10 Affordable Home Decor Items

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We’re taking a look at some great home decor items that were rounded up withrenter AND homeowner in mind. Because when you rent a house, there are some things you just can’t do. You can’t always paint all the walls and you don’t want to put too many dents, dings, or holes in the walls… Read More

Top Hair Salons Across America

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Which mom doesn’t like getting pampered? Hair, nails, a massage, heck, even a bikini wax without screaming children is almost a vacation! So we’re looking at some of the very best hair salons across America, that the stars love. So, maybe $175 is more than you or I would like to spend on our hair.… Read More

Driving Sane – Tunes for the Whole Family

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I love Raffi as much as the next mom. Cheery, seasonal, inducing preschooler laughter … it’s fun. But somedays, it’s annoying. Right? I mean, I’m not the only one who gets down on the “Wheels On the Bus”? To balance the rhyming and silly songs I’ve been sneakily encouraging my kids to like mama music.… Read More