SoFabU On The Road LA January 30, educational blogging conference

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I've been blogging for years and have attended many conferences. The very first few conferences I attended I was nervous and unsure of what to expect. But as I started getting more comfortable with my new business endeavor, I stopped worrying about the silly things and started focusing on using conferences to learn and grow. It wasn't until I joined the Social Fabric community that I truly felt supported and was able to build an awesome network of friends and peers also navigating their ways Read More... {Read More...}

Recycled gift wrap accessories

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Christmas morning at our house always ends up looking like a big mess of torn wrapping paper and scattered gifts. Before tossing all the used holiday gift wrap into the recycling bin this year, we had fun with a kids craft making recycled gift wrap accessories. This morning, with the Arizona Science Center, my daughter modeled her DIY recycled gift wrap headband, purse, and skirt on the Fox 10 Phoenix morning show.  We collected the used gift wrap from family and had a big selection Read More... {Read More...}

Turn holiday cash gifts into a college savings plan

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Being a parent gives you the opportunity to watch your child grow and be proud of their accomplishments. That opportunity also comes with a great responsibility to provide. My husband and I have already taken steps to start a savings plan for our daughter but with a second baby on the way, the significance of starting early has increased. As part of a sponsored campaign by Find Your Influence and AZ529, I'm sharing how we've turned holiday cash gifts into a college savings Read More... {Read More...}

Things to do in Arizona during holiday break

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With my daughter home from school for the next couple of weeks during her holiday break, we have a few fun family days planned. We aren't traveling during the holidays and being pregnant I really just wanted to stay close to home. We have a full lineup of things to do in Arizona during holiday break. 10 Things to do in Arizona during holiday break  Phoenix area activities 1) Plan a picnic at the Usery Mountain Regional Park and stop by the nature center to learn about animals found Read More... {Read More...}

Happy Holidays

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Happy Holidays from my family to yours! This year has been truly amazing filled with wonderful work opportunities, visits from friends, and time with family. We are spending the next few days enjoying time together and hope you are doing the same. Photography: The suitcase studio, Card design: Shutterfly Read More... {Read More...}

Easy holiday gift idea – hot chocolate mug & DIY spoons

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With holiday break just next week and no gifts for my daughter's teachers, we made a fun DIY gift Thursday night to deliver the last day of school before break. Pregnant, working, and running around like a crazy person with errands during the holiday season didn't permit time to make any of the creative ideas I had been pinning all year. My daughter has two kindergarten teachers, one in her English classroom and another in her Mandarin classroom. This is the first year in several years I haven't Read More... {Read More...}

Non Alcoholic Holiday Drinks

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Check out Non Alcoholic Holiday Drinks by Brie Brie Blooms at Foodie.com Whether you're throwing a party, hosting a few friends, or having a fun family night a good recipe collection of non alcoholic holiday drinks is essential. I'll be trying some new recipes this year for family game nights and probably be enjoying a few more while I'm in my home office during the day. Being pregnant this season certainly has its perks and festive yummy drinks are a new indulgence for Read More... {Read More...}

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, San Diego 2014

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Last year was my daughter's first visit to SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration. We enjoyed the snow, shows, and family fun so much and couldn't wait to go back for this year's celebration. We visited SeaWorld many times this year but the holidays are always a great time to spend at the park. Last year we were amazed by an introduction to how the park makes gourmet dining accessible to all guests and were again completely impressed by the dining options during SeaWorld's Christmas Read More... {Read More...}

California Family Travel – Paradise Point San Diego

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The five hour drive to San Diego from Arizona is never an inconvenience because my family enjoys spending time in Southern California and my daughter loves every opportunity to be at the beach. During a recent visit to SeaWorld, we stayed at the Paradise Point Resort in San Diego. The beautiful property is a lush tropical getaway completely taking you away from the sounds of the city. From the moment you drive onto the property you are surrounded by palm trees and lush greens. The resort is Read More... {Read More...}

Essential Oils introduction to managing your families health (giveaway)

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When I first heard of essential oils as a means to compliment medical treatments I was skeptical. Really skeptical. But the more I read and heard first hand accounts from friends I considered exploring an essential oils introduction. The oils can be used aromatically, topically, or internally and with so much educational information available, I felt quite overwhelmed when I began my journey to learn more. Then I had a consultation with Live Well with Adele and felt completely comfortable Read More... {Read More...}