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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Dumb Ways JR Is For Kid Gamers

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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.

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California Love For ALDI

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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.

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The Things My Mama Didn’t Talk About

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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,

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