Kindergarten book advent calendar

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Each year I make a holiday advent calendar for my daughter.  And each year I try to make the 24 gifts more meaningful. She loves counting down to Christmas Day with a gift each morning; I wanted to make sure the gifts were something fun and educational instead of something she will quickly forget about by next year. We spend a lot of time at the public library because my daughter loves books. She gets so excited each Friday when she brings her library book home from school and loves telling Read More... {Read More...}

Fun and Festive Thanksgiving Appetizers

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Check out Fun & Festive Thanksgiving Appetizers by Brie Brie Blooms at Foodie.com We are not hosting Thanksgiving dinner in our home next week but I will be sharing some fun and festive snacks with my daughter. I created a collection of Fun and Festive Thanksgiving Appetizers on Foodie to get creative with next week or impress your Thanksgiving guests. Especially if you have children celebrating the holiday, these cute ideas are sure to make the kids giggle. I've Read More... {Read More...}

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...}

#BeachesMoms #BeachesGoSeek Social Media on the Sand Instagram Photo Challenge, Turks and Caicos

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You might have noticed just a couple of weeks ago I was in Turks and Caicos. This was definitely not your standard vacation. I attended the Social Media on the Sand conference at the beautiful Beaches Turks and Caicos resort. I brought along my mom, her cousin, and great aunt to the all inclusive resort for an unforgettable vacation. We were treated to incredible service, accommodations, divine cuisine, drinks, and the most gorgeous beach view I've ever experienced. The experience, by far, Read More... {Read More...}

DIY Sofia the First family costumes: Crackle, Sofia, and Clover

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This Halloween has been full of costume parties so we have been busy getting creative. We recently went to Disneyland to celebrate at Mickey's Halloween Party. It wasn't until the very last minute my daughter decided she would like to wear her Princess Sofia dress to the event. She suggested my husband and I wear matching costumes. We quickly started designing our Crackle, Sofia, and Clover costumes. The easy DIY project only took a couple of hours to complete. I used a sewing machine for a few Read More... {Read More...}

DIY Macaroni Penguin Costume

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This Halloween we've already had a few events requiring family costumes. With a busy schedule at home and a month full of travel I quickly put together easy DIY family costumes. We'll be attending the SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular wearing easy DIY macaroni penguin costumes. My daughter loves the silly orange and feather tassles adorning the top of the hoodies. Easy DIY Macaroni Penguin costume tutorial Supplies: black hoodie or hooded sweatshirt white Read More... {Read More...}

Frankenstein Halloween Treats

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Check out Halloween Frankenstein treats by Brie Brie Blooms at Foodie.com Halloween brings many reasons to bake with my daughter. Between school parties, playdates, and treats for neighbors, we've been having fun in the kitchen together. In my search for new baking ideas I found so many fun Frankenstein themed treats.  I created a collection of Frankenstein Halloween Treats on Foodie to add creativity to the treats we are sharing this Halloween.  With 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...}