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CAPRI SUN Our Favorite Lunchbox Staple is Better than Ever

November 8, 2017

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CAPRI SUN Our Favorite Lunchbox Staple is Better than Ever

I find myself always falling victim to thinking I know exactly what the next stage of parenting will look and feel like, then I get completely surprised but how much I didn’t know or wasn’t prepared for.  In the transition to ‘mom of elementary schooler’ I was totally unprepared for packing lunches! I don’t have a 9-5 where I need to pack food for myself so my lunch packing game was definitely under par.  I quickly did what any mom would do and turned to a friend whose kids are a few years older than mine and tried to shorten my learning curve.

My girlfriend filled my virtual shopping cart with all the essentials to survive five days a week of lunch packing.  The right size lunch bag to fit a bento box and a drink, the right size coolers to let it still close and fit a drink.  When she grabbed a CAPRI SUN from her cupboard to show me that unlike juice boxes, it does fit; I was filled with all kinds of nostalgia.  I can’t remember a youth soccer game where we didn’t celebrate an under 6’s win with an orange slice and CAPRI SUN. Continue Reading…

The 5 Biggest Mistakes I’ve Made Since Starting My Blog

July 8, 2017

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Generally you’ll find the pages of the internet filled with glowing success stories of how your fellow blogger found instant smashing success in their niche.  Honestly, until now, I haven’t been much of an exception.  The first case study I published was how I went from 67 – 9,873 website visitors in 24 hours using $11 of Facebook ad spend. Instead of talking about the struggles I wanted to share my successes.

I get it . . . we are often way more intrigued by whatever means might be our shortcut than really learning about all the times our colleagues have crashed and burned.  But with all the noise of social media I’m starting to see much greater lessons in learning from everyone’s mistakes than I am trying to copy my colleagues successes. If you want to learn from my blunders check out the top 5 mistakes I’ve made since starting my blog.

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An Excerpt From Motherhood

June 28, 2017

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I recognize that look.  The furrowed brow, the constrained eyes with pupils narrowing towards the center into a cold stare.  It’s not her wearing the expression that I am familiar with, but the expression itself.

It’s like the pair of patent leather pumps she loves to pull out of my closet step into and play mommy. Just like her favorite pair of my shoes she is familiar with trying on, so is this expression.

I recognize that it belongs to me.  My face knows how to, involuntarily, turn that exasperated and cold in seconds.  I look down and realize that my sweet child isn’t misbehaving but is instead just playing mommy using the accessory she’s so familiar seeing me wear, frustration.

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Slip Into Summer With The Best Beach Shoes For Californians

June 27, 2017

Slip Into Summer With The Best Beach Shoes For Californians

Sponsored by Zappos

One of the things I quickly learned when I moved to San Diego is that not all sandals are created equal.  When I first moved down to southern California I picked up whatever pair of colorful plastic sandals I could find and tried to wear them everywhere. It was years of denial but those $5 plastic sandals left my feet constantly blistered and me slipping constantly. Anyone who has ever worn a plastic sandal in the rain knows firsthand how precarious of a situation it is.

As my years of being a San Diegan went on I started to take notice of what seasoned beach goers were wearing on their feet.  That’s how I came across OluKai, by taking notice of what surfer and really active beach and outdoorsmen were wearing for a sandal. Since then I’ve fallen in love with their entire collection of durable and stylish footwear perfect for the beach lifestyle.

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Winc The Internet’s Coolest Monthly Wine Subscription Is A Mom’s Dream

May 26, 2017

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Winc The Internet's Coolest Monthly Wine Subscription Is A Mom's Dream

Let’s be totally real, taking the time to casually pick out a nice bottle of wine is a luxury of time I lost the minute my first child was born.  The first time we took my daughter grocery shopping we literally mapped everything out and packed like we were flying across the country not just picking up some eggs and milk.

Cut to five year later and although I’ve learned the art of shopping with kids, the grocery store or wall of glass filled wine bottle aisle are both places I don’t want to spend much time with kids in tow.  So how, as a mom surviving toddlers with many nights in, do I get access to great wines and a shopping experience I can totally enjoy from home during nap time?  Winc!

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