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...]

Visiting Snow for the First Time

visiting snow for the first time - road trip tools for success

Last month, on a rather last minute decision - we packed up the kids and took a road trip to visit Reno, NV.  Yes, we could have stayed more local and seen snow in SoCal, but we have family & friends in Reno and Jon needed to meet up with some of them for a new project they're working on. Now, traveling with 3 small kids is sort of interesting.  The longest car ride they had was 4 hours to Vegas last summer. I was not about to lose my mind so we decided to split up the drive out to Reno.  Jon and I booked a hotel room just outside of Sacramento and we arrived about 11pm at night on … [Read more...]

Much Needed R&R In Solvang, CA

Solvang ca sunset

Thank you Kia for loaning me this Sorento to cruise around Solvang with! During a group date night in December, the girls all decided we needed a trip away to Solvang, CA for some laughs, good food, and some time away from our kids.  (We love you kids, but we also enjoy eating a hot meal!).  We flipped through our phones, found a weekend, and saved the date.  Counting down the time was exciting and eventually we were ready for our trip!  How do I prepare for a trip? Here, let me share.... The next day we packed up the Kia Sorento SXL and ventured out.  The ladies were pretty impressed … [Read more...]

10 Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids

Valentine Heart Garland with Pipe Cleaners and Beads

Valentine's Day is right around the corner! While some are out shopping for wine and roses, one of my favorite parts of the holiday is making fun crafts with our kids. I've been working really hard to let go and let the mess happen.  (It's bound to happen, right?)  I love watching them hand me their finished masterpiece with their faces beaming with pride.  I also know that our home is bursting with arts & crafts from preschool, so we've started to share the love and some of these Valentine's Day Crafts will be shared with our family!  How much better does it get? I've rounded up 10 of my … [Read more...]

Bringing the Past to Life – Medieval Times

bringing the past to live - medieval times - buena park

This is a sponsored post. Special thanks to Medieval Times in Buena Park for hosting our family Jon and I have been together since our young 20s.  Just before we both turned 30 - we talked about what plans we wanted to do.  Aubrey was a tiny baby and we weren't sure what to do.  All of our friends started having big celebrations but we knew with a newborn, much wasn't a possibility.  Jon's one wish was to head to Medieval Times Buena Park with all our friends.  And each year, it's pretty much been the same wish but it hasn't happened. Until now. We were invited to attend the live … [Read more...]

Being Thankful This Week

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We're heading into Thanksgiving (and black friday, cyber monday...) but after last week, finding thanks is easier.  Last week was a bit chaotic and I'm thankful for a flexible job because I was at home all week with Ryan since my mom was super sick.  She takes care of him while I am at work, and so when she's down, I have to step in. I'm thankful for the week as we were heading into his first birthday (another post for another day).  I got to spend so much time with him, and he was such a big helper as we prepped for his party.  He's the sweetest thing and I laughed each time Aubrey asked … [Read more...]