Inspiring Role Model Miss California Marina Inserra, “Girls can be anything they want to be…”

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My daughter has been intrigued by animals her entire life. Before she was a year old she loved visiting local zoos and aquariums to see the animals. She visited SeaWorld as an infant and was in awe of the marine animals. Just over five hours from SeaWorld San Diego, we found ourselves visiting often. Her love for marine animals turned into an educational interest when she started talking and asking hundreds of questions about animals. Whether we are whale watching in Southern California, Read More... {Read More...}

One fish, two fish, pink fish or blue fish? It’s a…(gender reveal)

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Since announcing our baby news, I've been counting the days to our ultrasound appointment to find out the gender of the baby. My husband, who is 99% more intuitively correct  than I, my daughter, and relatives all were sure we were having a baby boy. Out of simple defiance, I decided we were having a girl. We truly did not have a preference and just hoped for a healthy baby at the ultrasound but the gender reveal certainly was exciting news. One fish, two fish, pink fish or blue Read More... {Read More...}

Fall baby bump fashion

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Pregnant with my daughter six years ago, I had so much fun wearing maternity clothes. But looking back on all the photos taken during my pregnancy, I'm left wondering why I didn't make better fashion choices. Yikes. This time around I'm determined to wear comfy clothes while looking adorable. My very first maternity fashion post has one of my new favorite Fall ensembles including items from my closet and a new top and sweater from DownEast Basics. Although maternity clothes are made Read More... {Read More...}

Lets talk about domestic violence – The Purple Purse movement

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Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign with The Allstate Foundation and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Domestic violence is all around us. One in four women will be a victim of domestic violence in her lifetime. 25% of women will be involved in an abusive relationship. The other 75% probably know someone affected by domestic violence. Even more surprising, two-thirds of Americans believe domestic violence is a problem yet just 1 in 3 have ever talked about it. I Read More... {Read More...}

Family Fun with Free KidQ app

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This post is part of a sponsored campaign by Scholastic. My daughter asks me questions all day long. Sometimes it's about the weather, or animals, or street signs. Sometimes it's about why flowers smell good or how many different types of birds live in Arizona. Sometimes it's about silly things she overheard my husband and I say. We have always told her asking questions is how we learn. She has never been shy with her curiosity and we don't discourage her hundreds of daily questions. Read More... {Read More...}

Surviving cold and cough season: Dr. Cocoa’s chocolate flavored medicine for kids

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This post is part of a sponsored campaign by Dr. Cocoa and Scholastic. As cold and cough season are approaching, I'm already anticipating how my daughter will spend her sick days. When she's not feeling well she likes to cuddle up on the couch with her favorite lovey and watch favorite movies or educational programs about animals. She doesn't complain too much until it's time to take the medicine. From my experience most children's medicine doesn't taste very yummy. We have tried a Read More... {Read More...}