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Saturday, April 30, 2016

20 Unexpected Uses for Baby Wipes

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When you have kids, shopping trips have to be efficient. One of my favorite places to go is Sam's Club because I can get everything I need in one place, and without spending our entire paycheck!

Sam's Club's Member's Mark brand has lots of great baby products that fit your life and your budget.

As much as I love getting more for my money, I also love getting the most out of my baby products. One of the most multi-functional products that you probably have in your house right now is baby wipes. Those suckers can do almost anything! Since I have a nice stockpile of them, I can keep a package in every single room of the house, for more than just diaper changes. They can do all kinds of things! Inspired by the great tips in the Healthy Living Made Simple Magazine, I've put together a list of 20 things you might not have known you could use baby wipes for!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Summer Swim Safety Tips with SwimWays

I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for #SwimWays. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Summer will be here before you know it! Here in Southern California it's Summer every other week, basically. But real Summer will be here soon enough, and we can't be more excited for all of the fun activities that it brings. Our favorite of course being swimming.

A day at the pool is so much fun for my little ones, but it can be really stressful for me. I used to be terrified to take all four of my kids to the pool without help, which severely limited our pool days, sadly. Over the past couple of years I've gotten a little better, a little wiser, but definitely not older. Anyway, enough denying my upcoming 30th birthday, I've put together some Summer Swim Safety Tips to help keep your kids safe while they're having fun at the pool.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Orange County Community Foundation - Give Where Your Heart Lives

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of the client. All opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way. 

When you make charitable contributions, where do they go? Do you choose based on common interests? Do you give locally, nationally, or even globally? While I personally support any kind of giving, it is most important to me to put my time, effort, and money into my local community. It can sometimes be overwhelming to try to pick from all of the great local non-profits, which is where the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) comes in.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Great Non-Candy Valentines for Little Ones

Valentines Day is a day to show your love and appreciation for friends and family. Although it's traditionally a holiday for couples, children celebrate it at school with their friends. Growing up, my mom always had a little treat for us on Valentines Day. It always made me feel special to know she was thinking of me that day. 

I decided to continue the tradition with my little ones as well. There is always an abundance of candy choices when it comes to Valentines Day, but I like to choose a gift that lasts longer than one day and isn't filled with sugar. These sweet gifts are sugar free and perfect for your tiny Valentines.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

October is SIDS Awareness Month: Do You Know How to Reduce this Risk?

SIDS is the mysterious cause of death of many seemingly healthy infants each year. First times moms as well as seasoned moms spend the first few months of their baby's lives in fear of the worst. Knowing the facts and learning how to reduce the risk can really help put your mind at ease. Pamela Pimentel, RN, CEO of MOMS Orange County has some great information and advice for moms of infants who might be at risk.

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)

I am a proud member of the #CollectiveBias Social Fabric Community. I created this post as part of a compensated shopper opportunity for Collective Bias and their client. All opinions are 100% my own.

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.