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...]

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...]

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

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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...]

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...]