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.
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.
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!
This post is sponsored by Dumb Ways JR + The Motherhood.
Preschool gamers are a thing. My four year old started gaming when he was a toddler. He even beat a game once. Yep, times done changed. Gone are the simpler days of playing hide and seek. The only time my boy seeks me out is to refill his sippy cup or to type in the password so he can download more apps. I can’t wait till he can type in the password himself. Since he is still a kid, I limit what types of games he can play. It has to fall under my criteria: fun + educational. If he’s not learning something, I won’t even bother. 100% of my day is saying no to new apps or other in-game purchases to which he counters WHY.
And then there are the rare days where I find a cute game like Dumb Ways JR Boffo’s Breakfast that even I want to play. Those days are Christmas for my little one. Boffo (the younger version of one of the characters in the original Dumb Ways to Die video) is hungry and your kid gets to play his personal chef. The fun factor here is making an awesome breakfast by chopping and grating ingredients, adding sloppy items like eggs and milk, stirring, adding seasonings and serving to Boffo. Kitchen safety is something I’ve always taught my sons. I am a huge fan of engaging kids in experimentation through open-ended play.
This post is sponsored by ALDI as part of Influencer Activation for Influence Central.
I cry at how expensive living in California is. It’s rough out here for a freelancer. With kids. I can’t say that I’m totally committed to eating better and feeding the family healthy. I want to but reasons. The good food is pricey and the only way we were doing it was shopping 4-6 different stores a week. That got tiring and ridiculous. I couldn’t squeeze in trips to local farmers markets like I’d like and forget finding all the things you want in one store. Grocery shopping was my mission impossible. Until ALDI. I saw the coming soon banners go up in my city and kept tabs on the local newspaper for any info on the grand opening. A homegirl emailed me a list of her favorite ALDI products and I read blogs but nothing prepared me for shopping there. There is nothing like it.
Bring a quarter + reusable shopping bags. You’ll get your quarter back and you’ll finally use all those shopping bags you have laying around. You put the quarter in the slot and it pushes the back lock out. When you return the cart, you put the back lock back in and your quarter pops out. You smart, ALDI. Major key.
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Acorn + Poise. All thoughts are my own.
My mom didn’t really talk to me about things. The important things. My body, bodies in general, sex, periods, pads. We discussed virginity (don’t lose it!) and tampons (you could die if you use those!) She was old school, conservative and religious. The sad reality is I learned the bare minimum from her. And the rest I pieced together from teen magazines and those awkward sex education classes in school. I kinda remember something about watching a video in 5th grade. I made a promise to myself when I became a mother that I would tell my daughter everything. She could talk to me about anything. It was going to be awesome. And then I had not one but four sons. The Universe is funny like that sometimes. I still made it a point to over-communicate things with them. Promises are promises. Things they didn’t want to hear like periods and light bladder leakage (LBL). Especially with my future daughter-in-law just having my grandson about a month ago. What if her mom was like my mom and didn’t talk to her about things?! LBL might be taboo in her family but not ours. I didn’t want her to be embarrassed especially when I had done all that work with my son!
Dear Future Daughter-In-Law,
When you wanna go on a staycation but ain’t got no free time. But you know what… I made time for San Diego. 24 hours to be exact. Figured we’d get our grub on, take in some art and chillax.
Check out A Unicorn Mama’s Guide to 24 Hours in San Diego
by Xenia / Raised by Culture at Mode
Shout out to Denny’s for bringing the bacon. Shout out to my roomies Amber, Amber + Lori.
The morning after a conference is the roughest. You probably spent all night laughing, dancing or both. The loudness of your girlfriends is different from the loudness of your home. There’s packing up what you brought and all the swag you need to bring home, wondering how you will hide it from your husband who explicitly said do not bring any swag home. An inevitable checkout time (I HAVE TO GO HOME?!) and those awkward goodbyes with your homies/roomies. May they be one in the same. This is the story of us and bacon.
♫ Cause it’s Sunday last day for a fun day
Back to business as usual come Monday ♫
By the power of the internet, let’s flashback to March. My work with We All Grow Summit wrapped up and I planned on taking a month off. I lowkey laid on the couch for a week. But that’s not really how this life goes. You have to be ready for anything. My homies at DriveShop happened to reach out to me during my break and was like do you want to roll in a 2016 Mazda3 s GT for a week? OH YES. It was time to get out and do thangs. I wanted in on a good ol’ LA Sunday Funday for sure. We did want to see what the Shake Shack hype was all about. And maybe some shopping and art gawking.
These three. Lovers of shiny cars, smooth rides + a bumpin’ system. Me = lover of safety. Happy to be in a car that isn’t ours? ALL THE WAY YES. Happy to be cruising in a 2016 Mazda3 s GT to LA? YESSIR. Buckle up fellas + let’s ride!
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I’m a work at home mama + wife working way more hours than I’d like to admit. I don’t have traditional work hours and have to stop working when the kids need me. I’m usually attached to my computer for the first few hours I’m awake. I almost always have to take calls or get on a conference call right around lunch and by the time dinner rolls around, I’m done with the day. So right now we aren’t eating the way I’d like. And that wife guilt is rough. The mom guilt even rougher. I’m trying to get better at cooking for my family. Pavilions NEW Signature line is helping me get better. The NEW Signature line, available exclusively at Pavilions, includes more than 4,000 items – from coffee to juice, soup to cereal, fresh produce to fried chicken, and delicious prepared foods to trusted home staples – all with a 100% money back guarantee.
Thank you to Tide + Latina Bloggers Connect for sponsoring this important discussion about safety!
If you ask me what phase of life I’m in, I’d tell you I’m on the refresher course of parenting. This is where I’m teaching my firstborn how to be a parent to my first grandchild. I’m putting an emphasis on safety because let’s be real, things have changed dramatically since he was a baby in the 90s but one thing remains the same, it only takes a second for an everyday household item to become a danger. Especially for families with children age 5 and younger. Laundry pacs didn’t even exist way back then! Still considered a new form, many don’t even realize they are a laundry detergent. I teamed up with Tide to bring you tips on how to keep your home safe both in and out of the laundry room!
Studies show that while parents often take precautions to properly child proof their home, such as locking away cleaning products in their kitchens, the laundry area is often overlooked.
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with General Mills + Acorn Influence. All thoughts are my own.
I’m THAT mama. The one that concocts those crazy fun food creations. I might say that I create for the kids but between you and me, it is kinda for me. I’m young at heart and I like what I make. I consider myself a food matchmaker of sorts. You can find me daydreaming in food, ohhhing and ahhhing, this food will go with this and with that. That’s how I think. There is really only one thing my children want to celebrate Día de los Niños. Ice cream. Ice cream is the theme around our celebrations + traditions. Add cereal to the mix and you got a party and good memories.
The inspiration for these Trix x Pan Dulce Ice Cream Sandwiches comes from an ice cream social I hosted with my BFF a few years ago but made better from a late night adventure Chris & I took our then 9 year old Duke on last year. My sister was visiting from TX and we went to get a milky bun (donut ice cream sandwich, HELLO!) at 10pm. We never take the boys out that late! Duke still talks about it to this day. We got to pick out ice cream and add cereal toppings. YASSS! Just stroll down the cereal aisle at your Walmart and grab a box of Trix!