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
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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!!!

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Cars

Kia Optima SX Turbo & NASA Social

January 19, 2015

Chris never felt so strongly about a car we’ve reviewed (or rented) until the Kia Optima SX Turbo came in to our life. He couldn’t stop staring. I couldn’t stop staring. The neighbors could not stop staring. The design is just so stunning for a midsize sedan, you couldn’t help but look, looking was contagious. A few of the neighbors were genuinely curious and excited about my husband’s new car while it sat in our space in the carport. It would be our turbocharged transport north to Lompoc, CA so I could attend the launch of OCO-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base as an invited guest of NASA Social. The 3 hour ride was so smooth that it felt like an hour and we didn’t even need to fill up till we returned home. Not only did the Kia Optima SX Turbo get us up there safely but in style. Chris didn’t want to give the car up. I was worried he might cry when he had to hand the keys over. It now has the #1 spot on the cars we want to own list. Even the oldest teenager wants one. Kia Optima SX raisedbyculture.com

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Marriage

10 Ways To Be A Good Husband

January 18, 2015

10 Ways To Be A Good Husband

My wife asked me what are a couple things that make a good husband. It didn’t really take much time to think about it, it should be common sense to most dudes but here goes anyway – My 10 Ways To Be A Good Husband: Continue Reading…

Kids

Toddler Starter Pack #johnsonspartners

January 16, 2015

Today we’re using JOHNSON’S® Baby products as part of a #johnsonspartners sponsored post for Socialstars.

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Bath” is a magic word in my home. I totally use it to my advantage. More than I’d like to admit, maybe. Maybe I shouldn’t even be confessing that I have, in fact, stopped Omie from crying by offering a bath. It cuts both ways though, it is also his trigger word cause he cries when I won’t give him a bath. YEAH. I’m still trying to figure that one out. My toddler is at his happiest when he is fresh. Literally. A bath and he is good to go. When you figure out what makes your kids happy, all is right with the World. I can’t resist a clean baby; smelling so good, skin so soft and ahhh I love bath time just as much as he loves it!

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Kids

Best Birthday Ever at Sky Zone Covina

January 15, 2015

Duke's Ninecraft Birthday Party at Sky Zone Covina raisedbyculture.comA big, huge thank you Sky Zone Covina for hosting Duke’s 9th Birthday Party!

Duke was born the day after New Year’s Day. Not only was he robbed of having a holiday birthdate but having a birthday around the holidays is… from what I imagine, eh. I know I’m trying to decompress from the holidays (financially and mentally), the parents of his friends are busy with their own winter break plans and even my own kids just want to chill. This year though, I made sure we gave Duke the best birthday ever. He had two conditions: 1) the party had to be on his actual birthday 2) the party had to be Minecraft themed. You know how I know he had the best birthday ever? We were leaving Sky Zone and he asked if he could have his next birthday party there!

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Beauty, Hair

My Thinning Hair Update

January 14, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MoreIsBeautiful #CollectiveBias
#MoreIsBeautiful raisedbyculture.comMy hair is such a touchy subject with me and really, the only complaint I have about my physical self is my thinning hair. I always felt there was nothing I could do because I wasn’t born with better hair (and doomed in general from birth) and it was just getting worse. Even worse, I hated talking about it because I was in denial and I didn’t want to stress over it. But back in November, I wrote about my thicker hair envy and how I finally started Women’s Rogaine. The response and support I received floored me, I didn’t expect anyone to care!

I honestly didn’t know what would happen. Each can of Women’s Rogaine Foam is a 2 month supply, I understand it takes time to regrow hair. I can barely grow basil (the easiest herb) so figured, my hair would be the same. The box mentions that results may occur at 3 months with once daily use. For some women, it might take 6 months before you see results. I gave myself 4 months since the box had two cans.

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Buena Park, Family, Food, Kids, Southern California

Gridiron Grub at Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlours

January 7, 2015

Farrell's Gridiron Grub raisedbyculture.comSuper ginormous thank you to Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour Restaurants for inviting us to check out the new Gridiron Grub Menu!

And for Duke’s 9th Birthday weekend finale, we had sundaes on a Sunday. Magnificent, make-you-wanna-sing sundaes. It is the place to celebrate, we not only go for the yummy food but for the fun! Every month, like delicious clockwork, Farrell’s announces their limited time menu. You know this if you signed up for their newsletter or follow on Facebook. This month, to celebrate everything delicious about football, from January 1st-31st; you have to stop in for the Gridiron Grub menu featuring the Tailgate Burger and the 4th and Goal Sundae. Tip #1: Make reservations online! Tip #2: Wear your stretchy pants!

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Food

Fancy Fries For Game Time Grub

January 7, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GameTimeGrub #CollectiveBias
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Our love of fries runs deep, it is absolutely a family affair. We indulge in the potato with no shame. In the history of my little family, no french fry has ever been denied! New ways to eat fries is exciting and something we actively and collectively seek out. My husband Chris dips in steak sauce, Duke is more of a ketchup or sweet and sour saucer and I… I aspire for fancy fries. Carne asada fries, hola! Bonjour poutine! Next level fries, it’s my thing. Take your homegating party to the next level with my Tomato & Feta Bisque Dip! It is the perfect addition to your game time grub!

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Beauty

New Year, New Lashes at MinuteClinic

December 31, 2014

#HealthYourself raisedbyculture.comThank you MinuteClinic for sponsoring today’s post! #HealthYourself

New Year, New Lashes! That’s the kinda life I want to live in 2015. See, I was actually a late bloomer when it came to makeup. My mama never wore makeup so I learned makeup from music videos (back when music video channels actually played music videos) and friends in high school. My focus was on my eyes; my eyeliner had to be on point and I wanted my eyelashes to look good. That was back in the 90s when that was basically all you needed. Now though, lashes to the limit! Not a fan of fake lashes but always on the hunt for something more… I first heard about LATISSE® (an at-home treatment that can give you longer, fuller and thicker lashes) a few years ago from a friend but had no desire to see a doctor to get a prescription. Uh, just a little intimidating and awkward! But not anymore! I’m excited to announce MinuteClinic is offering eyelash lengthening consultation services!!!

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Holiday Shopping, Shopping, Southern California, Travel

Holiday Shopping: Outlets At Orange

December 22, 2014

#OAO Outlets At Orange 12 Days of Giving raisedbyculture.comThank you to The Outlets At Orange for sponsoring today’s 12 Days of Gift Giving post! #OAO

I don’t like to brag but… I give some pretty awesome gifts.  I put thought in the gifts I give and always choose based on me keeping it for myself. The other factor is a big one: my budget, it is small. My secret: holiday shopping at The Outlets at Orange. We’re talking my absolutely favorite premium outlet shops; Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Neiman Marcus Last Call and Nordstrom Rack. Do yourself a favor and pick up a free copy of the Spread Love Holiday Gift Guide by Vogue Market Stylist Cara Crowley, available at Simon Malls. It is on point. Do you know your people?

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Life

Laugh So Hard You Pee Your Pants…

December 21, 2014

I am celebrating #LifesLittleLeaks with Poise® Microliners and Socialstars in today’s sponsored post!
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Life is funny. Literally. I’m always laughing. It is kinda hard not to being married to my husband and being the mom of four boys. Chris is always doing and saying things that make me laugh. I blame all the wrinkles on him. You ever laugh so hard you pee your pants? Me either. Who does that? Sike! I have. It’s no big deal. When it happens you are in denial like… did that really happen? Ew! And then you wonder if anyone knows or can see. Ew!

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