Learning about whales: whale science project (hands on blubber experiment)

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We talk a lot about animal science in our home. We have a variety of pets, visit zoos and aquariums often, and spent a significant amount of time exploring nature outdoors. Between the many educational programs we've watched about whales, whale watching excursions with both Captain Dave's and Dana Wharf, and our many visits to SeaWorld San Diego, my daughter knows a lot about marine animals. One of her earliest scientific questions about marine animals was how do whales stay warm in cold water. Read More... {Read More...}

Easy DIY remote control storage

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We recently added a TV to my daughter's bedroom and struggled with finding a place to safely keep the remote. She spends a lot of time playing in her room and a small remote could easily end up lost. Her tall loft bed makes it challenging to ask her to put away the remote at night when it's time for bed. I came up with the perfect easy DIY remote control storage solution. Using Velcro with adhesive backing I secured the two remotes (TV and Apple TV) to the inner railing of her bed. It's easy for Read More... {Read More...}

Mandarin Immersion Kindergarten, skill reinforcement at home with the T-Mobile free data plan

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. We recently transitioned to a new back to school routine with my daughter entering a Mandarin immersion kindergarten program. We're just a few weeks in but she wakes up very excited each day to go to class. She comes home so excited to share all the new Mandarin she has learned. My husband and I do not speak or know any Mandarin; keeping up with her has already been a little bit of a Read More... {Read More...}

Don’t forget your stroller at Disneyland…you might get peed on!

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I am an overachieving mom. I wanted my daughter out of diapers before she was two, reading by four, and definitely not sitting  in a stroller at five. Sometimes it  takes a funny mishap, like your daughter peeing on her daddy's head at Disneyland, to take a step back and realize maybe it is okay to push a five year old around in a stroller! Since that happened we have a stroller at Disneyland and I don't feel badly when I get odd looks for pushing  my only child in a stroller when Read More... {Read More...}

Sharks – SeaWorld San Diego shark encounter

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One of our favorite attractions to visit at SeaWorld San Diego is the shark encounter. During a recent visit to the park we spent time with assistant curator of fishes, Mike Price, and learned more about the shark encounter exhibit. Already loving seeing the beautiful sharks, we enjoyed learning about how the fish are cared for at the park. The 280,000 gallon exhibit is home to a variety of sharks including sand tiger, bonnethead, blacktip and whitetip reef sharks. The SeaWorld San Diego shark Read More... {Read More...}

Tips to clear skin – in home blue light therapy for acne

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I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Silk'n Home Skinovations. I received product to facilitate a review and thank me for participating. All opinions are my own. I'm the perfect mom. I always succeed. My body and face are flawless. None of these statements are true about anyone unless the person making the claim truly believes it to be true. I am the perfect mom because I know everyday I'm doing my very best. I do always Read More... {Read More...}

Alaska travel – Waterfall Resort and Steamboat Bay Fishing Club

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I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting. I received product to facilitate a review and thank me for participating. All opinions are my own. Growing up in Arizona I spent most school breaks and family vacations outdoors camping and fishing. My brothers and I loved playing in the river mud and fishing at the lake. Fishing, swimming and boating all played a big part in my childhood. I remember hearing my dad frequently talk about planning a family Read More... {Read More...}

DIY FROZEN message board

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. After almost a full year of FROZEN fun in our house, my daughter still just can't seem to get enough. We met Anna and Elsa at Disneyland and have seen the princesses making appearances at friends' birthday parties all year. My daughter sings "Let It Go" hundreds of times a day, pretends to be Elsa everywhere we go, and loves to read her favorite FROZEN books before bedtime. We saw the movie Read More... {Read More...}

Back to School Bubble Party with Palmolive

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 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. We are already in our second week back at school and my daughter has done a great job transitioning to kindergarten. She has been so excited for each day but by the end of the first week she was exhausted and looking forward to the weekend. I was also looking forward to the weekend because I was surprising her by inviting some friends over for a back to school bubble party. I planned Read More... {Read More...}

Shark Snack Mix recipe with chocolate dorsal fins and shark teeth

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We rarely watch TV other than a few animal science shows but I expect we will be spending a lot of time watching the Discovery Channel during Shark Week. My daughter enjoys learning about marine animals and sharks are especially intriguing to her. I'm preparing for the Shark Week fun with shark snack mix. It will be the perfect treat to share while learning about sharks. Shark Snack Mix recipe Ingredients: Chex cereal blue sixlets candy gummy lifesavers chocolate shark dorsal Read More... {Read More...}