This post was sponsored by ALDI as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I love when a new grocery store comes to town! ALDI has expanded in to the West Coast and I couldn’t be more excited. There has been a quiet anticipation for months as opening dates were leaked and articles began appearing in the papers explaining why this store is different from the others. While my closest store is about 25 minutes away, it happens to be right around the corner from my mom’s house which means I will have tons of opportunity to shop there. So you know I had to check it out. The stores are much smaller than most grocery stores. I was worried that they would only carry the very basics and you’d be forced to finish your shopping somewhere else. But that was not the case at all! Since I entertain often, I decided to see if I could put together a nice spread for having friends over. There is nothing worse than picking up most of your items and having to make an extra stop for those last few things. That wasn’t the case at all!
Man. Being a kid is hard. With their brutal honesty and direct approach at sharing that honesty, feelings often get hurt. And we are all human and make mistakes. It’s how we grow as people and learn the do’s and don’ts of living in society. Learning how to say sorry is an integral part of repairing our wrongs and learning from them. The concept of saying sorry is something that kids understand very early on. But as they get older, and their egos start to develop, it can be harder for them to actually say it when they need to. I created a free printable to help them say sorry. It’s a simple way to get them to share a heartfelt sentiment with the person they hurt. We talk at our kids a lot. Sometimes the best way to get a message through to them is in a more indirect way. I’ve partnered with Netflix to tell you why the streaming platform is a great resource for parents. Because if being a kid is hard, being a parent is a trillion times harder.
I’m not exactly outdoorsy. But we have a local spot, called Tanaka Farms, that I love to visit. It’s a great place to take your family in Orange County to pick your own veggies and fruits. I was recently invited to attend a blogger event there, hosted by Tree Top, and it was amazing. Not only did I get to know the family behind the farm a little bit better, but I learned that Tree Top is a pretty amazing brand. While I was familiar with the brand before, and have purchased their products forever, getting to hear more about their company philosophies and goals really turned me in to a fan.
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GIVEEXTRAGETEXTRA #Walgreens #CollectiveBiasYou know how it goes. Sometimes it’s easier to do the work yourself than to train your kids how to do it correctly. But I recently realized that my kids are capable of so much more than I gave them credit for. When I was down and out with the stomach flu a few months ago, my oldest floored me by putting away all the clean dishes from the dishwasher. Without being asked. Or bribed. It was HUGE for me. He told me he knew it would help me out and a light bulb went off in my head. One of the reasons I had resisted putting together a chore system for them was because I didn’t want it to be about how much they could earn. I wanted it to be about how their actions could help another family member. We came up with an easy plan where they are incentivized to help out around the house, but the focus is on helping others. I created a chore list to help prompt their actions. I really love how it’s working!
We live really close to the beach. But we hardly ever go. Life gets busy (plus I’m SUPER high maintenance) so schlepping everything down there seems like way too much work. A few weeks ago, my family and I did a little staycation at a friend’s house in Carlsbad (about an hour from our city). Knowing that we were free of our daily stresses made enjoying the beach easier. To me, a staycation is any kind of getaway (metaphorical or literal) where you act like you are on vacation even if it means staying close to or at home. There were certain things that I planned ahead for that helped to make our weekend away the best time ever. These staycation ideas will hopefully help you plan a much-needed escape from reality for your family.
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GiveABox #CollectiveBiasMay is such a wonderful time of year! Spring has sprung and the weather has started to warm up. And we get to celebrate our favorite mothers on Mother’s Day. There are many wonderful mother figures in my life and I am so grateful for the time I get to spend with them. But this year, one mom in particular is blowing my mind (and, quite frankly, making me feel a little inadequate). This Mother’s Day, my sister-in-law will be celebrating her first as a mom of 4 kids. Her family recently fostered two toddler boys and it instantly doubled her family. She has handled this (and ALL the stress that comes with it) with such grace and love. She is truly a role model and deserves a little extra praise. But I also want to encourage her to find time for herself. Read through for a delicious adult-friendly Buttered Cheerios™ recipe with Truffle Oil that she can easily make during their regular snack time!