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If you love Disney as much as I do then you need to check out the new series of blog posts over at MyPrintly where we are sharing fabulous party ideas, free printables and more for your favorite Disney Princesses. This is mine. I'm sharing easy party ideas for the perfect Sleeping Beauty party including pink and blue cupcakes and a free printable to make a beautiful princess crown. Head on over to MyPrintly for all of the details and to download the free crown printable. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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For the longest time Marisol has talked about wanting to be a vet when she's older ... or work with animals ... or be a hairdresser. The possibilities at this age are endless, but she truly is the most kindhearted little girl and has such a love for animals big and small. She never forgets to feed her fish, reminds me if the tank needs to be cleaned, and is happiest when she's laying on the floor surrounded by our four-legged pets. So I surprised her with a Jr Zoologist Camp at Wild Wonders this summer, where kids work in... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Happy Sunday everyone! I'm over at Make and Takes for the Get Out and Play summer series. Trim back a few vines, pick a few flowers, find a shady spot in the backyard, and Marisol will show you how to make a simple floral crown. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me of behalf of U.S. Cellular. The opinions and text are all mine. I moved to the United States from Australia about 12 years ago and over the years I've been fortunate to travel to many states, for both work and pleasure. Not everyone has the opportunity to explore this great, big country of ours though. Did you know that 20% of Americans have never left their home state? U.S. Cellular and Andrew Zimmern want to change that. "Big Country", presented by U.S. Cellular, will seek out every day Americans, who for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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With school going back already for some kids (I know can you believe summer is already over for some), and other kids returning over the next month or so, it's time to start thinking about what you need. I'm over at The Centsible Life this week showing you how to be thrifty when it comes to back-to-school fashion for kids and refashion thrift store finds that will cost you less than $5. Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SummerToGo #CollectiveBias The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. I am by no means a wine snob. I'm more of a 'I'll give anything a try once' kind of gal, unless it comes to boxed wine. The only boxed wine I've purchased and loved so far is Black Box wines. For some reason when I think of boxed wines I think of sangria, but Black Box wines are higher quality than average box wines, are a lower... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and WetNap® , but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #ConquerTheMess http://mydisclosur.es/OBsstV It's summer, and that means spending as much time at the various Southern California beaches as we can. There are so many fantastic ones to choose from that we tend to not go to the same one more than once over the summer. But, I do keep beach bags of essential items packed up and ready to go so that we can just throw what we need into the car without... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
It will store for a couple of months at least in the refrigerator, as long as you've strained the bits out of it.
Toggle Commented Jul 20, 2015 on All About Bacon Grease at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LetsMakeSmores #CollectiveBias #sponsored We don't have a fire-pit at our new home, and our indoor fireplace is enclosed in glass, but we love s'mores, and so had to come up with a creative solution, especially for when we like to take our dining on-the-go with us. So I want to share with you how you can take s'mores with you. You don't always need a campfire to make S'mores. So this is perfect if you don't have a big yard or a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Macy’s Culinary Council; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. It's no secret that I love to attend cooking classes and demonstrations, I've posted about a number of them over the years. Here's another one you should attend. Macy's Culinary Council Chef Stephanie Izard is showing you how to prepare some of her favorite award-winning dishes at Macy's Mission Valley on July 25th. The best part? There will be plenty of scrumptious samples to enjoy! And who doesn't love to sample delicious food? Chef Stephanie Izard was the first female winner of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This Sweet’N Low Bacon Bloody Mary, summer brunch beverages, is part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #donthesitaste Looking for the perfect summer brunch cocktail? If it's not a Mimosa for brunch, it has to be a Bloody Mary, am I right? Well what could be better in a Bloody Mary than bacon. The best part about this Bloody Mary is that it's made from scratch so you know exactly what is going into it and can adjust ingredients to your liking, especially if you like it a little spicier. Ingredients: 10 tomatoes (quartered) Vodka (3 oz per drink... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: I’m sharing how I use Zep All Around Oxy Cleaner & Degreaser to get our kitchen super clean as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #ZepSocialstars Yes, that's right, bacon grease. And where there's bacon grease, there's bacon. So let me show you not only how to store bacon grease, but also what it can be used for, and how to clean it up. Storing Bacon Grease The best way to store bacon grease is to strain it into a dish, set it aside to cool, and then pop it into a mason jar and refrigerate it. Honestly... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Are you a middle sister? I'm not, I'm the big sister. The one who got into trouble because I was the oldest and my parents were still feeling their way around setting limits and boundaries. My sister though is the middle sister. She's the one who is perfect at everything she does. The phrase 'how does she do it' was made just for her. And looking back, I think rules were created because of people like me. I wasn't exactly the easiest child. I may have climbed out the window to go to my boyfriends, may have attended clubs underage... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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It has been on my bucket list to visit Idyllwild. What I actually want is a romantic weekend getaway, but for now I'll take a fun day with two of my kids and some good friends at a festival. And what a fantastic day it was. If you haven't been to Idyllwild, add it to your list. Unfortunately we ran out of time to explore any of the town this time, but we have another day trip planned there in a few weeks to do just that. On this day though we spent the day at the Idyllwild Nature Center... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Who doesn't love a doughnut? Start a birthday tradition of fresh doughnuts for breakfast. Wouldn't that be a lovely thing to wake up to? Doughnuts piled high with a glass of milk on the side ... and if you are like me a big mug of coffee. This tradition will be loved by everyone, kids and adults, and all you need to put it together is fresh doughnuts, sprinkles, and a whole lot of love. These yummy doughnuts are the new Birthday Cake Batter Doughnuts from Krispy Kreme, and they are only available until August 30th. Don't forget to try... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: I’m sharing our fun happy campers snack mix with Goldfish Pretzel as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #GoldfishTales With summer in full swing around here we have high hopes for backyard camping, outdoor movie nights and concerts in the park after dark. Of course I'd love to take the kids camping, but somehow I think we've left it a little late to book anywhere by the ocean. Maybe that will have to wait until the fall, once school is back in session. If we are going to enjoy spending time in our backyard, then of course I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Universal Pictures. The Minions have their own movie! And it will be showing in theaters July 10. Are you ready? Host a backyard bash this summer to celebrate the release of Minions. I've got tons of ideas to share with you for an ice cream pool party that kids (and adults) will love. I will share all of the party details down below (including where you can purchase items) so that everything is all in one place. In the meantime, take a look at how easy it is to set up a fun backyard... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Shark Week is officially here. Are you watching? Make sure to print out these fun treat cups and toppers that I created for MyPrintly before settling in for some Jawsome fun. Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: The kids and I are often invited to media events and sometimes receive passes to visit these parks. If you are looking for somewhere to take the kids this summer vacation two of our favorite Southern California theme parks have new attractions and great deals happening. Legoland California McDonald’s is running a promotion in SoCal restaurants (L.A. and San Diego) from June 29 to July 31. It is a Kids Go Free offer with any purchase at a participating McDonald’s in the promotional period. Kids Go Free with paid adult ticket to LEGOLAND® California Resort and your choice of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the #WheresYourRhino, Sponsored by Blue Rhino®. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own. The kids have been gone this week and so I've been pulling double-time at home trying to get through as much work as possible so that there's a little less juggling next week. With my kids coming home tomorrow though (time has flown) I suddenly realized that the man and I hadn't used this opportunity to spend any quality time together. So, I took the morning off work. We enjoyed a lovely hand-in-hand stroll around a local... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: I was part of the Every day, care™ project with Whirlpool® as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #EveryDayCare The weather in Southern California is great year-round and although we spend quite a bit of time outdoors throughout the year, in summer, especially over the long summer vacation from school, I find myself sending the kids outside to play even more than normal. It's important for them to turn off the video games, get away from the screens, listen to the birds chirping, watch the lizards scurrying away, and breathe in the fresh air. Preparing before summer vacation... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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How many times have you purchased bottles of Starbucks or soda in the grocery store and they come in little cardboard cartons with handles, and it feels like such a waste to throw them away. Well I've got a few ideas over at The Centsible Life today on how you can use these around your home. Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This Sweet’N Low Boozy Vanilla Shake is part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #donthesitaste Do you love shakes as much as I do? I have to make them a lot at home, especially for Miss M. She loves all kinds of shakes, but especially vanilla and banana. So I often have a glass too, because really, who could pass that up? So while the kids are visiting their dad for a few days I decided to make a fun adults only boozy shake. This could be my new favorite thing. Note: This recipe will make anywhere between 2-4... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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If you are looking for comfort, style, and to show your patriotism this 4th of July then take a look at this distressed red, white, and blue flag tank from Tipsy Elves - who were kind enough to send me one. American Flag Tank: Tipsy Elves | Boyfriend Jeans: Democracy from Nordstrom Rack | Bangle: Ann Taylor | Necklace: Whitney Howard Designs This tank really is designed to flatter, it's fitted at the top and then flows. It's made from 95% rayon and 5% spandex so while it's a little stretchy, it's so comfortable to wear and pairs perfectly with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Now that Father's Day is over are you starting to prepare for the 4th of July? I'm over at Jo-Lynne Shane's blog sharing a fun DIY July 4th banner, that's the perfect addition to your home decor. Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore