Kids

Easy Big Hero 6 Baymax Mini Pinata

February 28, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BigHero6MovieNight #CollectiveBias
#BigHero6MovieNight raisedbyculture.comBeing a mom of boys is interesting. Boy clothes aren’t as cute as the clothes for girls and don’t even get me started on the movies! I’m not saying we’re picky about movies but the story line does matter because there are always questions. Interesting questions. What it comes down to in our family is simple, just having a good ol’ movie night. And it was a relief when Big Hero 6 came out this week (we found it at Target – see my happy boy above) because I was in the middle of my biggest project of the year and Chris could keep the boys busy while I focused on work! YAY!

His idea: Big Hero 6 Baymax Mini Pinata!
Cost: About $1.25 each

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Kids

Bath Time Is So Much More

February 20, 2015

#SoMuchMore raisedbyculture.comI used baby products by JOHNSON’S® to care for my little one as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #johnsonspartners #SoMuchMore

All it takes is a few small rituals during baby’s bath to help build baby up! Check out my three favorite mind blowing facts that proves bath time is so much more…

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Tech

HP x360 Bend The Rules Four Free Time

February 19, 2015

#bendtherules raisedbyculture.com
Super excited to partner with HP + Meghan Trainor to show off the HP x360 cause it is awesome! #bendtherules

My life is crazy busy right now.
(Not Meghan Trainor busy but busy enough!)
I leave tomorrow to tour farms in Coachella Valley, get back Sunday, home for a couple days, off to LA for a conference and when that is all said and done on March 1st, I have to start planning two parties. Two parties in two weeks. Not that I’m complaining, I’m just saying! I bend the rules by scheduling free time for my sanity. This is necessary when you work-at-home. Especially when you work-at-home. I know working at home sounds easy enough but no. Get you some free time. Continue Reading…

Food

Farrell’s The Great Tater Creator Is The Best Ever

February 16, 2015

Farrell's The Great Tater Creator raisedbyculture.com
A big thank you to Farrell’s for inviting me out to check out the new menu for February! It rocks!

The create your food trend is awesome and The Great Tater Creator at Farrell’s is the best ever. I’m gonna need them to make it a permanent addition to the menu. In fact, it should be an entree on its own. It is that good. There are over 75.5 million ways you can have your fries. Starting at $2.29, you can upgrade the fries on your entree. DO IT.

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Travel

Hilton Concord Is Home

February 16, 2015

Hilton Concord Diablo Valley raisedbyculture.com
A super huge thank you to Hilton Concord and Diablo Valley for hosting our stay! As always, all thoughts are my own.

We finally got to venture up to Northern California and honestly, it was years overdue. The special occasion: my littlest meeting his great grandpa! (More on that later…) My kids travel well, I saw the value in gifting them the luxury of travel. It is truly an investment in them, you don’t have to be wealthy. We do a big trip each year and try to fit in the occasional staycation. When I travel, especially with the family, I need them to feel at home. The mark of a good hotel is when you don’t want to leave your room. Welcome to Hilton Concord. Where the kids didn’t want to leave the room! Hilton Concord is home. (A cleaner, better home. None of us wanted to leave!)

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Food

Create Your Taste At McDonald’s In Lynwood

February 11, 2015

This post was created in partnership with McDonald’s. All thoughts and opinions are my own. #myperfectsandwich #McDPtr

Say hey to California Love. My perfect sandwich. Made with love at McDonald’s in Lynwood, CA. The restaurant just launched Create Your Taste – the new, premium made-to-order burger using an innovative ordering system and giving you a new dining experience.  There are 22 premium tasty topping options… I chose a 1/4 lb. beef patty (or you can do grilled chicken!), American cheese, guacamole, spicy mayo, red onion, leaf lettuce, tomato on an artisan bun. It just made perfect sense. Drool at my masterpiece.
#myperfectsandwich #McDPtr raisedbyculture.comBuilt by me, made by McDonald’s, worth the wait. The Create Your Taste stations are spiffy. There are four, all touchscreen and self-service checkout. You place your order, pay right there and your order will be taken to your table. What a fun concept! Check it out…
#myperfectsandwich #McDPtr raisedbyculture.comCarmelized onions, natural pepper jack cheese… some of the toppings you can add to your perfect burger!
#myperfectsandwich #McDPtr raisedbyculture.com
#myperfectsandwich #McDPtr raisedbyculture.com

My burger was so so good. That’s why I gave it the name I did. You can’t just name something California Love and not have the goods to back it up. The new artisan bun is what dreams are made of. That first bite sang to me and I knew it was love. I can’t stop thinking of the artisan bun and the other ways I can make a perfect sandwich… I want to order it plain for breakfast and add jelly. Or maybe a BLT. I can go on and on… Mmm mmm mmm! Are you ready to make the burger of your dreams?

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Food

Ain’t No Party Like A Gold Emblem Party

February 7, 2015

#CVSGameTime #GoldEmblem raisedbyculture.comI’m proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy as a Gold Emblem Big Game Party Host! All opinions expressed are my own.

Ain’t no party like a Gold Emblem party cause a Gold Emblem party don’t stop! Yep, my Big Game party was a hit. The first half of the game was good, maybe cause we were filling our faces with all the goodness CVS/pharmacy sent over from their ginormous Gold Emblem line (top quality variety of food, beverage and snacks). We’re talking more than 250 products included in the line are nuts, trail mixes, chips, pretzels, dried fruits, candies and cookies, oh my!  And get this, nearly all the items are under $5 and comes with a 100% money-back guarantee. So with all that knowledge under my belt, I just wanted to feature how good the products were on their own. No fancy business and it was all win, baby!

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Cars

Easy Oil Change At Walmart

January 19, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DropShopAndOil #CollectiveBias
#DropShopAndOil raisedbyculture.com

Car maintenance, not my thing. There are some things in our home I take care of and my husband Chris takes care of the rest. That’s just how we do it, it works for us. Just like Chris appreciates the stuff I do and keep on automatic, I appreciate that he keeps up with getting our truck’s oil changed. It is like clockwork for him, he knows when to go in and he does it without complaints. After the holidays, I wanted to surprise my husband (cause he’s awesome) so I convinced him to go shopping with us at Walmart. I told him to pull up to the Automotive Care Center on the side and basically said, “SURPRISE OIL CHANGE!

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Kids, Orange County

IKEA FREE Birthday Party

January 19, 2015

We were shopping for one of Duke’s Christmas gifts last month at IKEA and decided to have dinner in the restaurant… I noticed a table set up in the kids area and asked what was going on cause I’m nosy like that (I blame it on blogging) – the associate told me every month IKEA Costa Mesa hosts a FREE Kid’s Birthday Party. I just needed to sign up in Smaland the month before the birthday, perfect. Except I forgot. I reached out to @IKEA_CostaMesa on Twitter and got it sorted out for January. I was so excited! Maybe a little more than Duke cause this would be his third birthday celebration this month and I admit, this might have been way too much for any kid but I had to know. This is what I knew: IKEA Free Birthday raisedbyculture.comWhat it is… is the coolest and best freebie I’ve come across! When you check-in, the kids get a couple craft projects, mine got right into it. And there’s face painting (mine didn’t want their faces done), a game of Simon Says, story telling, dinner and cake! It is legit awesome. Chris was super impressed with the IKEA free birthday party and I was too. I mean, I’d love to have a birthday party at IKEA! Can’t wait to sign Omie up for his 3rd birthday! YOU HAVE TO TAKE YOUR KIDS!!!

IKEA Free Birthday raisedbyculture.com

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