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?

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Messiest Face Ever - A NeatCheeks Review

I've resigned myself to the fact that I'm going to have to deal with messy boys for a long long time. The lovely ladies at NeatCheeks know how that is and were kind enough to send me some of their product for free to try out. I'm sharing my thoughts and opinions and was not compensated in any way for this post.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Our $600 Road Trip - Part Three

The weekend after Christmas my family decided to take a road trip with not much more than our Christmas money and not a lot of planning either. This is part three of a four part series. This series of posts are all about our experience and not sponsored in any way.

If you're just tuning in, make sure to read up on Day One and Day Two.