Go To Sleep, Baby!

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After a long day of parenting, parents everywhere just want their kids to sleep! Go to sleep, baby! I know I do. I want to chill. I daydream of taking a long bath with no interruptions or maybe sneaking an ice cream while I watch a foreign film. Sometimes I rush the sleep process. Cause let’s be real, there are days you have to rush the sleep process. It is all for your own sanity. And don’t even get me started on sleep not being guaranteed, there are times that even putting them to sleep isn’t enough cause they wake up during the night! And with daylight savings time coming, it is going to throw a disruption in the routine. Ahhh, that’s the struggle! Raise your hand if you’ve been there and you need help.

My piece of advice, do JOHNSON’S® 3-Step Bedtime Routine. JOHNSON’S® understands that a good night’s sleep for your baby is a good night’s sleep for you. (Applause from sleep deprived parents everywhere) That’s why they developed they developed the clinically proven 3-step night time routine to help your 7-to-36-month-old child sleep better and longer. YES PLEASE.

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Denny’s + No Kid Hungry

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No Kid Hungry is always a hard topic to write about but every September, expect to see it here like clockwork. No one wants to talk about child hunger but knowing there are children in America without food is incredibly worse. 1 in 5 children in our country struggles with hunger. Yes in 2015. Yes in the US. Let that settle for a minute. That fact hits hard as I look at my own children. Child hunger is simply a subject that we can’t ignore. My family is going on 3 years of supporting No Kid Hungry thanks to my amazing partnership with Denny’s.

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Guardian Bikes Preview

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Parenting is so different in 2015. When my parents bought me or my siblings bikes all they cared about was it having two wheels. I wish I was joking. I don’t think they put as much thought as we do now on safety. Safety is a priority with Guardian Bikes. Brian Riley, the CEO of Guardian Bikes shared a story of an unfortunate accident involving his grandfather flipping over the front of his bike. That story inspired Brian to invent new braking technology called SureStop. SureStop brakes use a single hand lever that operates both the front and rear brake at the same time, making it impossible to flip over your bike due to a sudden stop. We got invited to a day at the park that included an exclusive sneak peek at Guardian Bikes.

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Buying My Kid His First Cellphone

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It happened. I gave in and bought my 9 year old his first official cellphone. He used my old phone for a couple months this year but his use was limited to our home only. I wasn’t ready to pay for another monthly bill. I’m convinced now. My boy sold me on the idea that the holidays are coming and he wants to take pictures of all the fun. I couldn’t say no to that! Now that fall is here, we’re planning for Halloween – that means a trip to the pumpkin patch + amusement parks, costume shopping, trick-or-treating! Another year to create epic experiences with the family and now my kid can start capturing memories too!

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A Palm Springs Snackation

#snackation raisedbyculture.com We are home from an epic end of summer staycation in Palm Springs and thanks to a fun partnership with The J.M. Smucker Company, I’m sharing the fun! Check out last week’s post where I shared 3 tips for your snackation! I was so ready with snacks for our road trip but the kids slept the whole 90 minute drive! These sleepyheads barely opened their eyes on the last two miles in to the city. The first half of our trip was spent in a dreamy vacation rental with a pool and everything. The kids wanted to live in the pool. When they weren’t in the pool, they were bugging me about food. Since I came prepared with Jif To Go, I’m sharing three ways we enjoyed it:

  • With Fruit – Specifically apples. As requested by my 9 year old son Duke. Remember that tip about having your kids create their own grocery list? He wanted peanut butter and apples. Jif To Go made this so easy. I cut apples, put them in a bowl and left a cute setup every afternoon by the pool. Easy for the kids to help themselves!
  • With Cookies – This was all me. I bought a pack of cookies and couldn’t help but using ’em to scoop up peanut butter. This was mom’s guilty pleasure for the week. I will neither confirm or deny that I also did cookies with Jif Whips. Oh yes. I mean no. Shhh.
  • Alone – Not alone by yourself but that could work too. Alone as in get a teaspoon and enjoy peanut butter in all it’s glory.
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zpizza Jr. Chef Pizza Party

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My kids never say no to pizza. It is funny that they say no to a million other things like you know… picking up their toys, cleaning up their mess, eating vegetables but never pizza. This is where I admit to slacking as a parent. I’ve never actually made pizza with the kids. I used to love making pizza when I was a kid so I don’t know how we even got to this point. I know, I’m a terrible, horrible parent but I’m trying and this is how you make up for that. A zpizza Jr. Chef pizza party! zpizza does all the work. You pretty much just place the order, pick up the new Jr. Chef pizza kits (or you can host it at your local restaurant), invite some friends over and let fun happen!

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Our First Outdoor Movie

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#popcornpartytime raisedbyculture.comWalking up to US Weekly’s Family Movie Night at The Grove like … is all this popcorn for me? Seriously. My kid saw the Orville Redenbacher’s Popcorn cart and I could see the hearts in his eyes. It was a dream come true. A whole table full of fresh popcorn ready for the taking. You can’t see a movie without popcorn. It’s the rules. After we got our popcorn on, we went to see what else we could get into at our first outdoor movie. There were stations for caricatures, face painting, red carpet pictures and games.

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Road Trip Hack: Pack A Surprise Pack

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When Duke was in preschool, we drove from CA to TX. That was our longest trip ever and I’m still not sure how we did it. I’m surprised that after that trip, I said I’d do it again. I would love to do a cross-country road trip to Florida or New York or Chicago or even up the coast to Oregon & Washington. But we tend to stay close to home in our travels, I’d say we have a two hour radius cause California. We don’t really have to travel far. You can be in the beach, city, desert and mountains in the same day. For the longest time, we did San Diego every year but the wanderlust is strong and earlier this year we finally traveled up to Northern California to see my papa. That was Omar’s longest trip and he did so good. My road trip hack: pack a surprise pack. Fill a paper bag (I went with a smaller brown bag) with small bags of Doritos or Cheetos, throw in a Capri Sun and add in a few small toys. That’s it! A few bucks will make your kid super happy. I give it to them about 30 minutes into the trip so they have something to do in the car. I’ve been doing this with all the kids since the now 18 year old was about 5 years old.

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Turning A Tantrum Into Teaching

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Yesterday was a long day for us and I know my kids, I knew a breakdown was coming. My little one was his sweet, cute self when he woke up this morning but after losing a few battles on his favorite game, he started crying. It was a fake, whiny cry at first and it turned into a “you aren’t listening to me mom” cry. You know how I diffuse this situation? A bath! I learned this from my husband actually. It works wonders. The toddler knows a bath would be at least 15 minutes of my undivided attention, maybe 25 if we pushed the fun. But this isn’t about the bath at all or his tantrum, it’s about after. When he gets out of the bath and is a little more relaxed… I comb his wet hair and tell him how cute he is. His attitude immediately changes. He’s feeling good about himself and wants to hear everything I have to say. We talk about rockin’ styles and his straight hair (just like his mama and daddy), I tell him his friends Lily and Sophie have curly hair and he makes silly faces when I show him his new style and runs away. Any way I can turn over a tantrum into a lesson is a win!

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3 Tips For Your Snackation

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We’re heading to Palm Springs next week for an epic end of summer staycation and thanks to a fun partnership with The J.M. Smucker Company, I’m sharing my favorite road trip tips! The drive is only about 90 minutes but in Southern California, you never know with traffic. I like to keep the car stocked up with snacks for the trip, during the trip and after the trip. Bring on the snackation!

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We emptied out a storage unit earlier this year after having it for over 5 years. That’s embarrassing to say and I can’t believe we continued to pay for it that long. Only 25% of what was in that storage unit actually mattered to us and the rest was crap. Crap we spent money on when we bought it and continued to spend money on each and every month for five long years. That was almost $8000 in storage fees when I think about it and it makes me so mad. I’m telling you this because we made a decision right then and there to be more conscious of what we purchase. A big thanks to ViVAiODAYS for showing me the way.

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