Touch A Truck – Santa Clarita Valley

touch a truck santa clarita valley

This past weekend we ventured off to an event I first learned about last year - Touch A Truck.  In Santa Clarita, it benefits our SCV Senior center with the cost of tickets ($5 for any person that can walk - kids included - but dad's are free with paying kids!).  Last year we planned to go, but that morning Luke woke up with a fever that was reaching 100.  No bueno. It opens at 9am and with brutal temps (it was supposed to be over 100 degrees that Saturday) we arrived about 8:45.  We couldn't purchase our tickets but the kids had a chance to play on some gym equipment that is outside … [Read more...]

Crockpot Meatloaf for Warm Summer Nights

crockpot meatloaf - ALDI SoCal Grass Fed Ground Beef

This post was sponsored by ALDI as part of Influencer Activation for Influence Central. Summer is BLAZING HOT in SoCal.  The past 2 summers have been brutal in our home because we have super awesome (sarcasm) windows from 1968 that block absolutely no heat.  During the summer, we cook a lot on our grill and try to use our oven as infrequent as possible.  It also means our counter space has a permanent resident - our crockpot.  When I first bought one, everything always ended up looking the same after the 6 hours of cooking.  But, with amazing things like Pinterest, I'm finding more and more … [Read more...]

Stretch Your Buck – ALDI Grocery Haul

ALDI grocery opening in Southern California

This post was sponsored by ALDI as part of Influencer Activation for Influence Central. This post contains affiliate links Grocery shopping for a family of 6 (the 5 of us and my mom) - the bill at the end of the trip can become quickly disturbing.  Since I make our kids' lunches everyday, we also have to have an assortment of snacks and fruits to include in there.  Recently I started making a snack for me to take to work since pumping and breastfeeding really require some good quality calories and protein.  A lot of food comes into this house, and finding creative ways to stretch your buck … [Read more...]

Step up your Pizza & Beer Nights – Best Father’s Day Gift

pizza and beer - fizzics and papa murphys

This is a sponsored post and may contain affiliate links.  I hope you read on and see how awesome this product is!   Since as far back as I can remember,  Friday nights were reserved for the Dells for Pizza and Beer night.  A few times in the first place we lived together, Jon and I did a DIY Pizza bar.  We had tons of toppings, and created whatever we wanted.  Beer always accompanied us.  Whenever we've had friends over for dinner, pizza and beer is an easy crowd pleaser as well.  After my journey to the Mom 2 Summit (Blogger conference that was held in Laguna Niguel in 2016), our pizza and … [Read more...]

Learning about Farm Fresh with a2 Milk®

Learning About Farm Fresh

This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.   Where we live - it's a short drive to almost anything.  Within an hour or so you can be at the beach, the mountains, farmland, even some wineries.  It's kind of an amazing location but we really don't take much advantage to take all the kids out.  I see my instagram feed filled with other families venturing out to different adventures but just the thought is kind of overwhelming.  There's stuff to pack, I don't want cranky kids, I … [Read more...]

Cashing in Their Tickets- Billy Beez

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Remember a few weeks ago I shared about the reward system we created for the kids?  It's been working pretty well.  I told the kids once they earned 7  tickets (which means 140 stickers) - they could cash it in for a trip to Billy Beez.  Jon almost told them he was just going to take them on a no-plan Saturday, but quickly remembered the earned mentality. So on a Friday night, we told the kids it was time to see if they had enough to earn their trip.  He helped them count and sure enough, they had earned enough coupons Thursday & Friday to get them the last … [Read more...]