Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Good To Go Health Fair Kicks Off A Summer Of Fun At Pretend City

Almost two weeks ago my family went the to 5th annual Good to Go Health Fair at Pretend City. We received free tickets and compensation for sharing our experience.


This year, 14,000 grown-ups, children, and babies showed up for health and development screenings, community activities, live-music, entertainment, food, and fun during the Good to Go Heath Fair at Pretend City.


The children in attendance benefited from health and developmental screenings for completely free. As a reward for participating in three different screenings, each child received a free admission ticket to Pretend City.


We loved checking out the different activities. Some of the booths offered arts and crafts, games, and other fun things to do.


It was great learning about some of the great resources available to us in the community. There are so many awesome organizations in Orange County.


Afterwards, we went inside for a little play time. Although Pretend City is ideal for children 5 and under, our whole family enjoys playing there.


Summer at Pretend City is going to be so much fun. They have lots of things planned to help kids have fun, learn, and grow. Check out Pretend City's Calendar of Events to keep updated on what's going on!

Before you head out, print the coupon below for $2 off your admission! Good for the entire Summer!




Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Pretend City's 5th Annual Good To Go From Head To Toe Family Fun and Wellness Fair

Calling all Southern California families! 
The 5th Annual, Good To Go From Head To Toe Family Fun & Wellness Fair is taking place on Saturday, June 7, 2014! Families throughout Southern California travel to Pretend City every year for the annual fair to receive free health screenings and checkups while enjoying good food, live music, and informative offerings from the exhibitors. Last year they attracted over 1,500 visitors and completed over 2,000 free health screenings!
We actually attended the very first year of this event, and one of the booths helped us find out that my son had a really bad cavity! As relatively new parents with a 3 year old and an infant we thought our oldest son had a cold sore in his mouth when he had complained about some pain. When we were making the rounds from exhibitor to exhibitor to get our free Pretend City ticket, a very friendly dentist let us know that he actually had an abscess on his gum from a cavity. We made the next available dentist appointment we could and got it taken care of. 
Stories like that are exactly the reason Pretend City hosts this wonderful event! Pretend City Children’s Museum has always believed in supporting families with more information about healthy childhood development. The Family Fun & Wellness Fair allows them to provide free developmental resources and screenings to the public on a much grander scale than the daily activities they host in the museum. Most children do not receive developmental screenings at their well-child visits and it’s important to educate parents on the need for these routine screenings. If developmental delays are noticed and supported early on, they can often be corrected and will lessen the impact on a child’s future education and learning. Although these screenings can identify potential concerns, the main goal is to educate parents on how to optimize their child’s healthy development and strengthen their rapidly developing skills.

Pretend City believes that fun-filled events like the Family Fun and Wellness Fair on Saturday, June 7, 2014 help parents understand how their child is developing and ease concerns they may have about their children’s growth and development. Fun, educational, and a caring environment – what better way to get the support we all need! 
For more information about the event, check out the Pretend City website here. Hope to see you there! 

Monday, April 14, 2014

7 Cleaning Jobs Kids Can Do

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I don't know if I ever mentioned it, but I really don't like cleaning. But I also have four kids so there is always something that needs cleaning. Or, more realistically, my house is always a disaster area. I strive to create a healthy home for my family, even though it's kind of a mess.

Just imagine if you had a tiny tornado that went all throughout your house every single day and only took a very short nap and could not be contained by gates or cages. Then your house would look a lot like mine. Oh, and that tornado answers to the name Morgan, and he's 21 months old.


Now that my two oldest boys are getting to the point where they're more independent, they actually do enjoy helping around the house. Maybe not all of the time, but they have their moments of extreme helpfulness. So of course I like to take advantage of those moments, and get them to do whatever I can. But I don't really like letting them use chemical-filled cleaners, so I look for brands that aren't filled with toxic ingredients.

Love, Light, and Luna Grill

(This is not a sponsored post. We did receive some free food for our party, but all of my opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.)

My friend Jaime has breast cancer.

When I heard the news my heart sank into my stomach. How could one of the kindest and most awesome people that I've ever met have something so awful happen to her? I just don't understand how that happens to someone so undeserving. But it happens, and we can't change that. But we can fight. She can fight.

(Printable courtesy of Funky Polkadot Giraffe)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Geared Up with Camping Gadgets from RadioShack

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Somehow I have become someone who loves to go camping. It didn't happen all of the sudden, but between my husband and my three dirt-loving boys, somehow I began to do more than just tolerate the outdoors. I really enjoy it.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Easy Easter Breakfast Frittata with First Street from Smart & Final

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Spring Crafting with Skittles and Starburst (Plus Free Gift Tag Printable)

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Spring is here! Honestly, it's been "Spring" here in Southern California pretty much since December. But, I digress. 

I am physically (and mentally) preparing for Spring Break. A time that I used to relish as a kid is now pretty terrifying to a mom of four kids. But alas, my kids are super excited to have a week without school. I thought it would be nice to put together a Spring-themed gift for the teachers and a little something for their classmates. It all started with a Skittles & Starburst 30 Pack from Sam's Club.


I thought my kids were going to pass out from the excitement of seeing me buy that much candy. (I never buy it. Ever.) Sadly I had to break it to them that we wouldn't be eating it all. I told them that we were making a special project, which actually grew into a few projects. (It's a lot of candy!)

First we tackled a gift for teachers. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Second Annual Knott's Berry Bloom - Knott's Ticket Giveaway



Beginning April 12, Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park California welcomes back their second annual Knott’s Berry Bloom. Featuring larger than life displays of beautiful spring colors, interactive family-friendly activities, expanded gourmet food and wine tasting opportunities, and more, Knott's Berry Bloom is a perfect way to welcome Spring to Southern California.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Natural Stress & Anxiety Relief with 1Hour Break

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Did you know that stress is linked to the top five causes of death in the United States? 95 million Americans suffer from stress-related illnesses every week. As a mom of four kids trying to manage a business and a household at the same time I am very familiar with feelings of stress and anxiety.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Feelin' SoFabulous For SoFabCon 2014

Last year I attended my very first blog conference. Not only was SoFabCon my first, it was the first year for them as well! I won a full sponsorship, which was the only way I would have been able to go. It was a great experience, and when it ended I knew I had to go back.

I'm attending SoFabCon 

This year's SoFabCon is just around the corner and I am more motivated than ever to get there. There isn't that many sponsorship opportunities, so I've taken it into my own hands. I am sending myself to SoFabCon, without dipping into our family budget, and without going off track of our getting-out-of-debt plans, and it's going to feel SO fabulous when I get to my goal.

How am I doing it?