Easy Cherry Strawberry Cobbler Recipe

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My great grandmother cooked fabulous family meals. Her homemade biscuits were amazing and you could always count on the creamiest mashed potatoes for a dinner visit. She also made the best pies and cherry pineapple cobbler. It wasn't until I was an adult myself that she shared her cobbler secret - it was a simple four ingredient dump cake with items she picked up on her weekly grocery run. Her biscuits and pies are an entirely different handmade story but I frequently make the dump cake for Read More... {Read More...}

Tips for one stop back to school shopping

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This year back to school season came quickly. But it always feels that way, right? Each year I make big plans to be well ahead of schedule and have back to school shopping done early. And every year I find myself frantically trying to get everything purchased the week before school starts. This year our seven year old daughter is starting second grade at a new school. That means she is much more aware of the items on her back to school shopping list and has a very specific idea of what she Read More... {Read More...}

Olympic rings kids craft

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We have been spending evenings in our family room watching the 2016 Summer Olympics. My daughter is fascinated by the talent and reminded us two years ago we spent every night watching the Winter Olympics cuddled up in front of the television before bedtime. This is certainly an exciting time with so many amazing athletes to watch as dreams become reality and records are broken. Four years ago, when our oldest daughter was just three years old, we were just as excited for the summer games. She Read More... {Read More...}

Smart Snack Choices for Kids

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Getting my seven year old daughter to choose to eat fruits with meals has been a challenge since she was eating solid foods as a toddler. While she has always loved vegetables, she never showed an interest in fruits. Until we started making snacking fun and getting her involved in the prep, she wouldn't choose a fruit if there were other options available. Determined to give her balanced meals, we've spent the last few years involving her in the kitchen preparing snacks and meals. She thinks she Read More... {Read More...}

Tips for Picking Strawberries, Carlsbad, California Family Travel

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We visit Carlsbad, California frequently and each year we look forward to picking strawberries at the U-Pick Carlsbad Strawberry Company. It's a can't miss stop if you're in the area. The visit makes for a great family day and through the years we have found tips to improve the experience and make it great for everyone. This year was our baby's first time experiencing strawberry picking in Carlsbad and she loved finding the prettiest and most ripe strawberries with her big sister. These tips for Read More... {Read More...}

Make a difference with Breakfast in the Classroom

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Teaching our children to make healthy food choices is challenging in a fast paced world full of affordable and quick options promoting fast food drive-thrus. With the inability to guide your child's decisions once they start venturing out on their own with independence and time spent away from you at school, it's important we are teaching good habits and the ability to make smart decisions. Sadly not all children have the opportunity to make a choice when it comes to food. Sometimes parents only Read More... {Read More...}

The BFG summer road trip activities

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The wildly creative children's book, "The BFG" by Roald Dahl, has been brought to life and is in theaters today, July 1st! The magical story of Sophie, the curious orphan, and her friendship with a big friendly giant is a wonderful story about friendship and imagination. This summer my seven year old daughter is reading the book and will be spending her time in the car on our summer road trip entertained by The BFG summer road trip activities and reading log. The BFG is a great movie Read More... {Read More...}

Tips for visiting SeaWorld with young children

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Our family visits SeaWorld more than any other of our frequented attractions or theme parks. We are about a six hour drive away from San Diego and find ourselves there a couple of times each season. Our seven year old daughter was just a baby during her first visit and we have watched her great knowledge of the oceans and marine animals mature with every park visit. We started the process again with our second baby's first visit at just four months old last year. I receive emails all year long Read More... {Read More...}

Free printable Finding Dory writing prompt

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With a deep love for the ocean and marine animals, my seven year old daughter was very excited to see Finding Dory. Marlin, Nemo and friends are favorite characters and regularly revisited for family movie nights in our home. Finding Nemo taught us about family and not giving up but Finding Dory brings another important message: celebrating differences. We saw Finding Dory before it's release date in theaters and were deeply touched by the beautiful sentiment. We are all unique and Read More... {Read More...}

Westward Look Resort Tucson, Arizona

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I grew up in a small mining town in Arizona and spent many school vacations and weekends camping with my family. My dad taught my brothers and I to appreciate and respect the desert. Although my husband and I do not camp with our daughters, we do take frequent day trips to explore Arizona and teach our daughters about my home state. The Westward Look Resort in Tucson, Arizona invited my family for a complimentary stay over Memorial Day weekend. We loved the opportunity to experience Read More... {Read More...}