Are We Amusement Park Parents?

We received free admission and had other expenses covered in exchange for this post.  All opinions are mine.   Living in Southern California - we're about 2 hours away from 4 major theme parks.  We've been to 3 of the 4.  After each trip, Jon and I sit around and wonder - are we amusement park parents? It's hard to know. Because of our close proximity, there are a LOT of friends that are always at one of the parks on any given day.  What we see on Facebook & Instagram share the happy moments.  No doubt - there is a lot we don't see.  After a long day in the sun, walking everywhere, kids … [Read more...]

Camping with 10 kids

camping with 10 kids

This post contains affiliate links. Just think of it as a commission for referring you to some awesome stuff! Earlier in the summer (or, it might have been spring?) some of the families we're friends with mentioned doing a group camping trip in September.  Jon and I were all for it - we've gone camping before with the kids.  Taking 3 kids (one who was crawling) was a bit more of a challenge than last time.  We had our minivan filled to the max and actually had to unpack and repack it a few times to get everything fit.  We brought both of the kids' bikes, plus food, and the most challenging … [Read more...]

Searching For The Ultimate Sippy Cup

search for the ultimate sippy cup -

This post was sponsored by as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. I'm not sure how, but apparently I blinked and Ryan is now almost 11 months old.  He's no longer a tiny, immobile baby that is exclusively breastfed.  Now he's a crawling, babbling, clapping baby who consumes purees, puffs, and teething biscuits.  Just today (as I write this) he's stood twice for 1 second unassisted. STOP RYAN!!  But if I've learned anything from watching Aubrey & Luke grow up - it's inevitable.  I can't stop time, and I … [Read more...]

Raising Responsible Kids – Making Beds

Raising Responsible Kids - Making Beds and #FreeToBe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FreeToBe #CollectiveBias This past weekend we ventured out to a local campground with our 3 kids to meet up with 3 other families for a mini vacation.  It was fun, chaotic, and there was so much dirt.  When we were driving back home, Jon talked about how much work it was with all the set up, clean up, tear down and then joked "So, when do the kids get to have jobs?"  Hmmm. Good question.  I shared how my mom's been working with them to teach them to make their beds - and said we should … [Read more...]

Be A Rockstar in Direct Sales

Be a Rockstar in Direct Sales with a Follow-up System

    This post contains affiliate links I'll be honest. I'm juggling 3 kids, blogging, Scentsy, and my day job.  Some days I'm surprised I leave the house with my teeth brushed.  I always want to do my best, grow my business, and earn money to hit the personal goals I've set for myself.  (In case you're wondering, it's earning enough from Scentsy to pay for our minivan payment).  One key to a successful direct sales business is treating it like a real job and not just a side hobby.  Hustling, working hard, connecting with new people - that's so important.  But what else … [Read more...]

Color Schemes for Family Photos

Color Schemes for Family Photos

This Post Contains Affiliate Links School is back in session and the leaves are starting to turn colors for some parts of the country.  Not here, not in SoCal.  But it's the time of year when we start thinking about family photos and what everyone is going to wear.  It's time to start searching websites to find the right color schemes for family photos.  I've pulled some of my past year posts and will be sharing this year's color theme as well! In 2013 we took our first series of professional photos with our family photographer - Becca Rillo.  She's also an amazing Los Angeles Wedding … [Read more...]