Monday, June 29, 2015

Sending Smiles with Hallmark Cards Starting at 47cents!

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As a kid, we'd (me + my twin sister)show up to birthday parties with a present wrapped in beautiful paper with a gorgeous bow.  As the birthday girl/boy would open their gift, we'd explain, "There isn't a card...it's from us."  Even though my mom owned a gift shop and sold greeting cards, we were convinced we didn't need a card attached to the gift...a card was just an added expense.  True when you have 6 kids invited to birthday parties all of the time, and true when you watch kids toss the card to the side in .2 seconds to get to the gift.  Isn't it interesting, that as we get older, the sentiment of the card begins to hold more value than the gift?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Teaching Kids About Emotions with Disney's Inside Out and Toys "R" Us!

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There has been a buzz about Disney's Inside Out since the first glimpse of a preview we watched on TV months ago.  A resounding "I can't wait to see that!" was blurted from each of our mouths.  You see...I am involved in a program at our local schools bringing mindfulness, movement and relaxation to kids of all ages.  I volunteered for the youngest kiddos (kinders and 1st graders) at my daughter's elementary school this year.  As soon as I heard about the program, I knew I wanted to get involved!  Three woman I most admire in our community created the program and the parents have shown their full support and appreciation.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Celebrating the Man who Set the Course - Nautica Voyage

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I always tell people that I've been blessed with kids who are perfect for me.  They are athletic, artistic, and adventurous.  Likewise, I have been blessed with parents who are perfect for me.  My father- grandfather to 20- taught each of his 6 kids the value of hard work and the importance of strong family values.  As a single mom, my dad is the greatest and most consistent male role model in my kids' lives.  He spends time with all of his grandchildren, but we are the fortunate ones to live only a mile down the road.  People around town always ask me if I am his daughter- which is always followed up with a compliment about my dad, his integrity and his character.

Road Trip Ready with Pennzoil Summer Rollback

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Is your car ready for a road trip?  Better yet, an off-road trip?  I knew I was pushing it with the time/mileage between oil changes. There aren't many oil change options where I live and my schedule was not aligning with oil change hours.  My SUV was way over due.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Moment for Me with Nestlé® Haagen Dazs Artisan Collection

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Life is going a mile-a-minute right now with my work schedule ramping up for the busy summer season and kids out from school. It's important when you're feeling pulled in every direction to still take some time for yourself to recharge.  Come along and see how I take a few moments for me.  This time it includes the NEW Nestle® Haagen Dazs Artisan Collection ice cream...because, why not?

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Summer Potluck at Home with LEAN CUISINE®

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When my kids compare my cooking to Grandma's cooking, they'll say something like, "But you don't really make full meals like Grandma.  Grandma makes lot of stuff at the same time and you only make like 2 or 3 things."  I'm okay with that comparison.  At their ages, my sister and I were making half of the family meals each week and we didn't make the "full meals" the kids speak of at Grandma's house.  Grandma is a tough act to follow, but it's nice to remember that she our help growing up and one day I might be retired, too!  In the meantime, come see my creative way to give the kids a whole smorgasbord for dinner...

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Pasta Salad Bar- What's Your Ranch??

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My nieces were here for Memorial Day weekend.  We hiked, played some tennis and created this colorful Pasta Salad Bar for lunch.  As you'll see in the photos, the Pasta Salad Bar was a total hit!  The inspiration for this fun meal came from my 10 year old daughter.  Her latest kick is to cook pasta and top it with Hidden Valley Ranch.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Flavor Your Summer with CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN®

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Are you ready to Flavor Your Summer??  We just had one of our most fun weekends of the year to kick off summer in the neighborhood.  The annual Get Outside Festival is held just two blocks down the street from our house and the location makes our house the landing spot for several extra kids for the weekend.  With that, comes extra hungry bellies to feed.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Spring/Summer Bedroom

 Happy Mother's Day!  As a single mom, I like to treat myself to my own Mother's Day gifts.  My kids and I always joke when it comes to me picking out (and paying for) my own gifts "from them".  This year, they brightened up my bedroom with new bedding and pillows.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Family Game Night In with M&M's® and Hasbro®

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Welcome to Family Game Night In!  Family Game Night doesn't usually look like this, but sometimes it is fun to go all out!  I'm pretty sure M&Ms® run through my veins.  I am a huge supporter of the candy.  Honestly, I workout to support my M&Ms® habit- from Mega to Minis and everything in between.  It's not a stretch for me to throw a game night with gobs of M&Ms® worked into the mix.

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