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!
Headaches suck. I’ve suffered from them since I was a little girl and they are the worst. Now, my kids are starting to get headaches and it’s bumming me out. Although my headaches aren’t classified as migraines any more, I still get severe headaches about once a month. They are caused by allergies, stress, caffeine, and pretty much if people look at me the wrong way. Although I have medicine that I take, there is one thing that I always turn to when I need headache relief. Someone made me a DIY freezer bag when I was in college to help me with my headaches. And I have used it ever since. Now with the kids needing headache relief too, I decided that we needed to make more of these bags and that you might benefit from them too. I’ll be honest, there had been fights over who got to use the freezer bag. Read on for the tutorial. If you don’t know how to sew (like me!) grab a friend who does!
My youngest son is super creative. He loves to draw and create imaginative stories. When I found out that our local mall was opening a store where kids get to create and publish their own books, I knew we needed to try it out. Storymakery is a really fun activity for kids! During their visit to Storymakery, the kids get to develop characters, write a story and publish their very own book! The process takes about an hour and the kids walk away with a one-of-a-kind book that they will have for the rest of their lives! So fun!