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School Friendly 5-Minute Honey Banana Sushi with Local Hive

September 18, 2019

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Can we talk about bringing birthday treats to our kid’s school for a minute?

It’s a near artform to find the right balance in a school birthday treat won’t leave the kids bouncing off the wall while the teacher glances at your with narrowed eyes and will be ok for the peanut allergy / gluten sensitive pupils . . . but still also be fun enough to feel celebratory.

I am on the opposite end of the spectrum of the crafty cooking mom who can pop into the kitchen and whip up a low/free everything banned at school cake. But, what I lack in baking skills I make up for in strides with creativity. That’s why I’m sharing with you one of my kids favorite recipes, invented especially for school birthday celebrations, 5-Minute Honey Banana Sushi.

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Insider’s Guide To Staying at San Diego’s Best Beach Front Family Hotel

June 20, 2019

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We. Stayed. Again.

That’s right, after 2 years too long, we went back to stay at The La Jolla Shores Hotel again. And it was SO WORTH THE ENCORE.

For those of you who haven’t read about our previous stay, you can catch all the details when we visited La Jolla Shores Hotel with a 3 and 4 year. old. Now we’re lucky enough to be here again. A little older, a little wiser, and a lot more rested. The kiddos are now 5 and 6 which presents a whole new level of freedom, activities and overall parenting ease. So join me as I outline the who, what, why and where behind booking this amazing staycation.  Local San Diegan trying to beat the heat or out of state visitor – you won’t want to miss all the insider tips I divulge in this one packed post.  Let’s go!

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Seeds For Bees with Local Hive

June 18, 2019

seeds-for-bees-local-hive-pollinators-awarenessA few weeks ago we went to a major league game and had the best time enjoying the game, festivities food and sunshine.  If you haven’t been to San Diego in June you need to at least once in your lifetime.  Even with our notorious “June gloom” the weather is still warm and Jacarandas trees are in full bloom it turns the city into a painted masterpiece.  The jacaranda tree fully flowers into a majestic purple bloom that is breathtaking.

As we walked back to our seats after grabbing some of our favorite local fares for dinner we discovered the game was paused for bees on the field.  Right behind home plate was a massive beach ball sized swarm of bees.  A local company was called and to remove the bees and continue the game, they made the decision to exterminate them.  While many fans were surprised and wished there had been an alternative solution, but none more so than my sweet 6-year-old daughter.

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The First Thing You Do When You Walk Into Target Matters

February 7, 2018
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Image Source: Inspired by a True Story Photography via Pop Sugar Moms

The way I aimlessly wander through the aisles of Target is a lot like how I spend my least gratifying days of motherhood. For better or for worse, I lose sight of my purpose and by afternoon settle on just doing better tomorrow.  Maybe there is a list but there is no plan and I already know that I’ll be in a battle with myself for presence.

As I set my purse in my cart and walk through the doors, I am resolved.  I’m just going to fill my cart with what I need.  I’m not going to be distracted.

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CAPRI SUN Our Favorite Lunchbox Staple is Better than Ever

November 8, 2017

Thank you CAPRI SUN for sponsoring this post. You can find CAPRI SUN’s four new All Natural Ingredient and No Sugar Added drinks for lunchbox at most grocery retailers nationwide, including local grocery stores, mass merchandisers and club stores.

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…