Girls’ Night Out

vincenzo's bingo night santa clarita

I did something new this month (well, last month since this is posting in August).  I have really been brainstorming methods to grow my Scentsy Business and came upon an opportunity for a local event at our pizza place - Vincenzo's.  They've been really great about working with our community for different types of fundraising events.  So last month I heard about a Bingo night where small businesses (primarily all in attendance were Direct Sales) could host a round of bingo and get to network and potentially obtain new customers. I don't know when I've ever played bingo. I have friends out … [Read more...]

Stuck in 2015

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Thank you Groupon for partnering with me on this sponsored post.   This post contains affiliate links for discounted promotions with Groupon. Take advantage & print your photos! The other day, the big kids opened up our media cabinet and started pulling out the photo books I used to be super awesome in getting done annually.  Every year, around Thanksgiving, there would be promos and discount codes to print through Shutterfly  and keep one for us and give out to our family. As the kids started going through them, I realized the last one I did was winter of 2015 when Ryan was born. Mom … [Read more...]

Small Town Vibe in the Big City

santa clarita valley 4th of july

This post is sponsored by Bush's Beans, all opinions and story anecdotes belong to me :) Thank you for reading! Several years ago, we moved closer to the heart of town.  Our town is pretty large and gets larger every year with new developments popping up.  But each Fourth of July we celebrate Independence Day like a small town with folks congregating on shut-down streets, supporting our first responders, our kids, and small businesses. Our group of friends know they can come park at our house and walk down to cheer everyone one while wearing our red, white, and blue.  Lukey was surrounded … [Read more...]

Cultivate What Matters

cultivate what matters - family

Thank you Lara Casey & Cultivate What Matters team for providing me with an advanced copy of your new book, launching Tuesday June 27th.  Below you'll find the affiliate link to purchase through Amazon as paperback or Kindle As you know, I've been working on my PowerSheets all year long.  I've been working, month after month, to adjust goals, meet goals, discover new goals.  I've had to give myself some grace cuz as I'm half way through the year, I'm seeing how short I am on a few of them.  But that's ok.  In going through all these, I'm (very) slowly realizing it's not checking all that … [Read more...]

Going Back to School with Peace of Mind

LG GizmoPal - wearable tech for kids

Thank you Verizon for letting us do a test drive of the LG GizmoPal two-way calling wearable tech for kids. A few months ago, I shared on here about 13 Reasons Why and how it got me to open a conversation with one of my BFFs who is a police officer dealing with juveniles.  One of her suggestions was no phones and provided an alternative to keep kids safe - the LG GizmoPal. Aubrey is starting Kindergarten this "Fall" (I say that since school starts mid-August) and I know that the connections with the teacher & staff will be a lot less than what I have now with preschool.  I can text … [Read more...]

Bucket List Accomplishment – Play with Dolphins

playing with dolphins - seaworld - dolphin excursion

Thank you SeaWorld for providing our family with admission tickets! I'd like to share a story with you that happened just over 10 years ago.  Jon surprised me for an anniversary (or, Christmas?) with a 5 day cruise with Princess Cruises.  I was completely shocked and blown away by the gesture.  Immediately, we figured out it would be SO.MUCH.FUN to invite lots of friends too. Most of the crew, we had about 13 in total We invited some friends, then they invited some friends, and they invited some friends.  It was the best trip ever!  One thing I knew I had to do was go on an excursion to … [Read more...]

Real Mom Talk – Missing Out

Missing out - Mom Guilt

A year ago, I was at a blogging conference and purchased my ticket for the following year before I left my hotel.   I realized, at the time, it would be the week leading in to Mother's Day but I was like, oh that's ok. I'll be home for Mother's Day. No Big Deal. Except, I realized, it kind of was. This year I have a lot more travel dates on the calendar with work, blogging, and fun.  It means being away from the kids more - which is totally fine because we have a village to help when Jon or I are away.  But I quickly realized how much Mom Guilt I had with being gone for the Mother's Day … [Read more...]

Pool Dates – Reducing Stress and Increasing Fun

learn to swim day - swimways baby swim raft

This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. I've been realizing, lately, that our family has been filling up our calendar faster than ever.  I suppose it's due to having 3 kids of different ages and a large extended family.  Some weekends Jon and I are just looking to find some sort of relaxation time but it's super hard to come by.  After a few different babymoons where we anticipate long days with lots of naps - we realized what we crave is quiet pool time.  Whether we've gone to Palm Springs … [Read more...]

13 Reasons Why – – Take Aways As A Parent

13 reasons why - take aways as a parent

I'm a member of the 2017 Netflix #StreamTeam.  I am here to share new information and give my opinion on what I catch as well. Thanks for reading! This post may also contain affiliate links Normally, when new shows come out on Netflix, I take a bit to catch on and watch.  But, with 13 Reasons Why (based on the book by Jay Asher), I finished it within 2 weeks of when it came out.  My co-worker had just finished it and I told her how I was going to load up a new show on my iPad to take on a work trip. She watched it with her teenage daughter and warned me it was great - but very heavy. So, … [Read more...]

Long Lasting Lip Color – Covergirl vs Lipsense

long lasting lip color covergirl vs lipsense

I have been a makeup girl since high school.  But my makeup mainly covered my lids and cheeks.  I never bothered with gloss because it didn't stay put long.  My hair would get stuck to it, or my lips would get super dry and I'd need chapstick anyways. When I turned 33 and went through this whole makeup change, I bought a LOT of things for my lips.  I had really good intentions of wearing them.  But, I loved kissing my babies even more.  I hated leaving marks on them. Last fall, a friend introduced me to a long lasting lipstick.  I wasn't sure about it, but I went to learn more and left … [Read more...]