Night Cereal – Loaded Grits Breakfast Bowl

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No one says no to breakfast for dinner around here. Give us plates of bacon, eggs, pancakes, waffles! Big bowls of cereal! I’m usually down for any of that but I was craving a new kind of breakfast for dinner… something comforting, minus the sugar. This is my take on night cereal (with suggestions from the kids!) – a loaded grits breakfast bowl. One of the biggest debates of 2016 hasn’t been about the presidential election but whether grits are supposed to be savory or sweet. I still don’t know what the big deal is, I like grits both ways. Don’t judge me!

Milk is a must. You need it to make your grits and to top off your breakfast bowl. It is the hero of this recipe.

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Make Blogging Great Again

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by HP! All thoughts are my own.

Showing off my space today… cause I finally cleaned it! It was an intense few weeks. I went on a super fun press trip to San Diego, spoke on a panel at #BlogHer16 in LA, back to San Diego with my fam + in-laws. I actually tried to be fancy and show off my new 17″ laptop from HP while I was on vacation but see what had happened was… the gorgeous Airbnb wasn’t coming through with that feel good look good natural light. I cry! Returned home with full memory cards and to internet that just wanted to give up. It took four days for new internet to get installed. Basically a lifetime in online years. So yeah, I cleaned! Staring at the clutter day in and day out was messing with my energy. And to create you need that good energy.

The panel I spoke on at BlogHer ’16 was “Keeping Friends During a Heated Political Season”. I wore this bold hat the day of my session to get the convo started. Just as bold as the sharp designs of HP laptops, available in silver, blue, white, red and teal.
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Ghost Town Alive Takes You Back To The Future

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Disclosure: I was invited to check out #GhostTown75 – All thoughts are my own.

Flashbacks on flashbacks. I wrote a piece last year for the Knott’s Berry Blog about Ghost Town Characters and I was pretty obsessed with Ghost Town then but now for the 75th Anniversary, Knott’s outdoes itself. Ghost Town Alive! is truly incredible. I’ve never experienced anything like this. For the first time ever, you can step inside + explore the Sheriff’s Office, Barbershop and Goldie’s Place. I’m ready to move in actually.

On point with the details. When I tell you it is about the little things… Get yourself a Calico Gazette. The best free souvenir you can find. Frameable even.
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Denny’s Pancakes Are Fluffy AF

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Disclosure: I love working with Denny’s, this is my 3rd year as an ambassador. If you don’t know now you know!

That time I flew from CA to NY for fluffy pancakes. I didn’t know it was for pancakes at the time! The information Denny’s gave me was minimal and super secret. It was basically show up at their Manhattan restaurant at 150 Nassau Street on 7/11 at 10am. I WAS EXCITED. I had absolutely no idea what to expect.

Denny’s in New York? YESSIR! You can find one on the corner of Nassau and Spruce.

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To San Diego And Back

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That’s a 2017 Phantom Black Hyundai Elantra Eco. We had one for a week. Our truck was out of commission and my schedule was packed with local travel on a holiday weekend. We would have to make the trek to San Diego and back twice. Super panicked, I reached out to DriveShop to see if they had anything in the fleet to help us. And this phantom black beauty arrived. I was feeling it. Needed to keep our costs low because we still needed to get our truck fixed and read that this baby would be easy on gas. YASSS!
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We surprised the LEGO loving 4 year old with a trip to LEGOLAND! We got invited to see the newest edition to Miniland, One World Trade Center. He was so wild when we pulled up. Peep all that room. Look at it! We packed an extra bag to hang at the waterpark and snacks for on the road.

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California Cruising

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I stay inside with the kids when DriveShop drops off cars for us to check out. Chris handles all that. He gets the keys, paperwork and sometimes goes for a test drive around the block to feel it out. We requested a van for when my mother-in-law, sister-in-law and niece were here in June to celebrate my husband’s birthday. When I tell you this man nicknamed his new “man van”, a snow white pearl 2016 Kia Sedona SX-L, the Storm Trooper… and promptly snapchatted it + happily cruised around in the first ten minutes it was in his possession… it was love at first sight. And I felt the same way. He is so picky with shoes, that I was lowkey worried a van wouldn’t cut it on his cool meter. But all was good and he was down for some California cruising.

On the agenda, our must-see California:

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Sunday Funday: Pebbles Play Tour

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with PEBBLES™ Cereal. All thoughts are my own.

I live for epic Sundays. Sundays are my thing. So when Fruity Pebbles was like… come down to San Diego County Fair, we’re bringing the Flintmobile on Fourth of July weekend. I was like YASSS Sunday Funday in effect! We love San Diego but we had never been to the fair, it was going to be a Sunday Funday of firsts for me and the fam. Check out my post announcing the #PebblesPlay Tour.

My boys pullin’ up like this is the one and only Flintmobile!
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Pebbles Play Tour

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with PEBBLES™ Cereal. All thoughts are my own.

The smell of Fruity Pebbles does this thing where I’m magically transformed into my 7 year old self. Sitting cross legged in my nana’s living room, front + center of the tv, with a big bowl of color changing milk cause Fruity Pebbles. That was the ritual. This feeling will never leave you.

Hand in the box, sitting on the couch in my teenage years. Those were the days.

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OC Fair On-A-Stick

Got a press release from OC Fair and all I see is one of my favorite summer things: FAIR FOOD! GLORIOUS DEEP FRIED FAIR FOOD! GOT TO WORK ON MY SUMMER BODY YASSSSSSSSSS!!! Check out my favorites + enter my giveaway!

Deep-Fried Pizza Log: Mozzarella cheese and pepperoni are wrapped inside of thin pizza dough which is deep fried until crispy and flaky. Served with marinara sauce on the side from the Apple Fries booth.

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Fuel Up To Play This Summer

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This post is sponsored by Real California Milk + The Motherhood.

Summer is for playdates. It is so crazy to get together with friends and their children during the school year. My boys love when their friends are out of school for the summer. We already have LEGOLAND and the beach on our calendar. We kicked off our summer of fun a couple weeks ago playing tourist with our San Antonio family. We went non-stop, we’re just active like that. The boys are too.

The right nutrition fuels play time with friends and family all year long and the Fuel Up to Play 60 campaign can help provide the tools you need.

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Strawberry Shortcake Three Ways

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This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

The memories are so vivid. My mom buying premade sponge cups, a clamshell box of strawberries and whipped topping. It was my job to make strawberry shortcake for my dad. It was his thing, his favorite dessert after ice cream. I enjoyed the time in the kitchen back then and any chance I get to attend a free cooking demo, I’m there. Macy’s hosts amazing free events (check out the calender here) and their #AmericanIcons series is always a good one. This past Tuesday, June 14th was Strawberry Shortcake Day and I ventured to Costa Mesa to check out Chef Cheri Liefeld do strawberry shortcake THREE WAYS! Thee best way to celebrate summer and a true American Icon. YUM!

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