I Survived…And Got A New Do To Celebrate

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Jon recently was gone for 2 weeks in Germany.  I was basically radio silent on social media about it all because, safety.  He headed out the first week in August and we both knew it would be difficult but holy cow, at times I couldn't just even. We had the CloudPets Kitty to help send messages to the kids.  Although we learned quickly Aubrey did not handle the bedtime messages well. So we switched to daytime only with it, and that helped a lot.  My mom said Luke would press the paw often while I was at work and Aubrey was at school. Aubrey seemed to handle things well.  But Luke. Luke was … [Read more...]

Date Night With Mommy

Mommy And Me Date - Breyers Gelato Indulgences

This is a sponsored post brought to you by Breyers Gelato Indulgences. All opinions (and Aubrey's) belong to us. If you have multiple kids, you start to realize the importance of spending quality one-on-one time with each of them.  Jon has some activities he does with Luke (like, getting hair cuts. Mainly cuz Luke cries if I go) and I like to have some girlie time with Aubrey.  We went and got her a fancy hair cut at a real salon a few weeks ago, and then recently we went on a movie date.  Summer brings on hot temps, but also gorgeous weather.  Many local parks have music or movies in the … [Read more...]

Pregnancy update – 26 weeks

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You guys, I am TWENTY-SIX weeks pregnant.  The time is going at a normal rate but holy wow do I feel 26 weeks pregnant.  My maternity tanks I live in (From Target - Liz Lange Maternity) are getting shorter and shorter as my belly is getting bigger and bigger.  I'm slowly outgrowing my pjs.  And I got the waddle bad.  Even Aubrey's preschool office manager is pointing out my waddle. And yes, I am complaining but I'm pretty sure lugging around the extra 20 lbs I've gained warrants that right.  I remember the first time I was pregnant and in the last month of pregnancy I couldn't understand … [Read more...]

Finally! Dunkin Donuts in Santa Clarita Valley {giveaway}

Dunkin Donuts - Grand Opening Santa Clarita Valley Canyon Country

Thank you Dunkin for inviting me to the Grand Opening of Dunkin Donuts in Santa Clarita Valley! You might remember my excitement when a Dunkin opened up REALLY close to me.  I shared a video I made on YouTube and was just WAITING anxiously for one to open up where I live in Santa Clarita aka #Awesometown. (and yes, that's a thing).  Waited patiently for the word to come through about the one for my town.  It opened up recently AND has a drive-thru!  Drive-thru coffee shops are a MUST for moms. I sometimes will go out of my way just to avoid having to get the kids out of the car. Oh, who am I … [Read more...]

Blogging Financial Report – July 2015

Blogging Financial Report - July 2015

You can view all past months of blogging financial reports by clicking here. August is here and I tried a few things out differently this past month.  One big thing is I decided to sign up for a 3-month Coaching session to discuss all that I do.  It's not just for this blog (although that is at the forefront of discussion), but also encompasses me as an entrepreneurial spirit and all that stems from that desire to work.  Samantha from Neapolitan Creative has been working with clients for quite some time and has opened it up to a group of small business owners (bloggers, wedding … [Read more...]

Keep Family Close with CloudPets™

Keep Family Close With CloudPets

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CloudPetsForever #CollectiveBias   When Jon signed up to head back to school to earn his MBA - he was presented with some really cool opportunities - two international trips that would span 2-3 weeks each time.  When he enrolled, Luke was almost one and Aubrey was almost 3.  The first big trip to Germany seemed a lifetime away.  But, as we all know, time flies when you're having fun (or buying a home, or having a third kid...).  The conclusion of our summer meant the start of … [Read more...]

Bonefish Grill Valencia – Now Open

Bonefish Grill Valencia, CA | Santa Clarita Valley

I was invited to attend a media preview dinner at the new Bonefish Grill Valencia in Santa Clarita Valley. All opinions are mine Warning - do not read this if you're starving.     Last week I had the privilege to attend a media preview dinner at the newest restaurant to hit Santa Clarita Valley - Bonefish Grill.  Any opportunity to get dolled up and enjoy amazing food will never be passed up by me!  Even with a full bar menu - the wonderful staff created 2 different beverages (non-alcoholic!) for me to enjoy with the rest of the attendees.  I was so happy and can't wait to … [Read more...]

11 Easy Back To School Lunch Ideas

11 easy back to school lunch ideas

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #QuakerTime #CollectiveBias One of the simple things I have really grown to love is packing Aubrey's lunch for preschool.  Last year I often shared on Instagram what was in her lunch.  I'm not sure why, but I know I always liked to see what other moms (and dads!) were packing for the kids.  I'd get some new ideas and would test them out with Aubrey.  She's not a picky eater by any means, but I know she always enjoys the same theme included - a fruit (sometimes a veggie), something crunchy, … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter & Banana Oatmeal Bites

Peanut Butter & Banana Oatmeal Bites

This post is sponsored in connection with an upcoming campaign with Quaker and back to school lunches.  All opinions are mine. Enjoy! I know you've seen ALL the recipes on Pinterest with the oatmeal bites.  Most I've seen involve adding pumpkin puree.  But what about the rest of the year? Are there options? I was working on an upcoming post involving easy back to school lunch ideas and wanted to create something that would work for the other 10 months out of the year when we are not stuffing our faces full of pumpkins.  I introduce to you - Peanut Butter & Banana Oatmeal Bites! This … [Read more...]

Makin’ More S’mores with Cap’n Crunch

Cap'n Crunch S'mores Mix

This post is sponsored in connection with an upcoming campaign with Quaker and back to school lunches.  All opinions are mine. Enjoy!   There's definitely something that is so appealing with s'mores. If you check out my Pinterest boards - you'll see quite a few variations of how to make them and enjoy them.  While working on an upcoming post with easy ideas for back to school lunches - I came up with a new one that is quick, easy, and most importantly - DELICIOUS! This might actually be the easiest recipe ever.  But grab a bowl and the regular Cap'n Crunch cereal (Pretty sure … [Read more...]