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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 4 days ago 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
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Summer is a time for sleepovers, late night movies, and outdoor campouts. But don't forget the milk and cookies. Have you ever been to an event and had one thing stand out that makes it completely memorable? A couple of years ago I went to a local blogging conference, Elevate; it was a small, intimate, hyper-local event. There were laughs, homemade food, lots of learning, crafts, and bonding activities. During the event we were given socks. I know that sounds silly, but to be able to curl up in comfy chairs, kick off your shoes and put on a pair... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disney's Inside Out was released into theaters today (June 19). Have you seen it? Marisol and I were invited to the press screening on Monday. In celebration of the movie, and if you plan on seeing it this weekend, download and print these fabulous (and free) nail art designs to create before you head to the theater. _________________________________________ _________________________________________ _________________________________________ _________________________________________ You can download and print all of the PDF's here. Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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I'm not sure if I've mentioned here or not, but because I clearly don't have enough places to blog these days, I decided to add just one more to the list. So, you will now also find me over at 5 Minutes For Mom on a fairly regular basis. For example, this one is up right now. I'm showing you how to throw the perfect graduation party thanks to Upromise. I'm sharing loads of great tips and advice on how you can save money for college. Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: I’m sharing this fun Banana Boat S'mores project as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #GoldfishTales Backyard grilling isn't just for meat, burgers, hot dogs and veggies, grill your dessert too and take your entire meal outdoors. This recipe is fantastic for warm summer nights especially if you don't have a backyard fire pit, and only requires four ingredients. Ingredients: Banana 1/4 cup chocolate chips (for every 2 bananas) 1/4 cup mini marshmallows (for every 2 bananas) Goldfish® Grahams Honey Flavor Preheat your grill. Slice a banana down the center on the inside curve, be careful not to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 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. #ChooseSmart #CollectiveBias If you are looking for a simple, but delicious meal for dad on Father's Day, then you need to try this one. Ingredients: Cattleman's Finest Sirloin Tip Steak Steak rolls 1 Green pepper 1 Onion 1 Jalapeno chili 1 tsp Crushed garlic 1 tbs Vegetable oil Provolone cheese salt & pepper Horseradish sauce (if you like) Season the sirloin steak with salt and pepper and pop it on the grill - cook medium rare. While the steak is grilling, heat... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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I moved to Temecula last summer and although I'd heard about the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival I had never been. I sometimes feel a little overwhelmed going to festivals and concerts and it's one of those many things that I've always felt I've been missing out on. The thought of traffic, parking, and crowds makes me want to put on pajamas and curl up in front of a good movie. But, that wouldn't be living life to the fullest, which is something that I'm desperately trying to do as I get older. I don't want to live with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Cold Stone Creamery. Father's Day is just around the corner and if you are looking for something to do for the special man in your life, I've got a simple entertaining idea that he is sure to love. Afternoon tea is the perfect time to celebrate dad. When the sun is shining outside and the kids are playing, set up a simple dessert and coffee table outdoors. Setting a table doesn't need to be expensive or elaborate. Bring pieces from all around your home outdoors. An eclectic mix gives your table personality, enhances... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: I’m sharing how I use Zep PowerFoam Tub, and Tile Cleaner to get our bathroom super clean as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #ZepSocialstars My least favorite job is cleaning the bathroom. I love doing laundry, I even enjoy ironing clothes and cleaning the windows, but for some reason I really, really dislike cleaning the bathroom. But, cleaning the bathroom doesn't have to be a chore, if you spend just five minutes a day doing these things, you're bathroom will be sparkling. If you break up your chores into daily, weekly, and quarterly tasks there won't be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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We love dining outdoors, especially over the summer. It's too hot during the daytime, but in the early evening when the backyard is shaded, the temperature has dropped just a little and we can watch the sun setting, it's perfect. If you are entertaining friends or family this summer, you don't need to go all out to to put together a fabulous table that your guests will love. Preparation is key though when it comes to home entertaining. Step 1: Find your theme. For this table I wanted something a little spicy so went with Thai food. Step 2: Decide... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Remember recently when I posted a photo of my new Guess jeans? I think my boyfriend still thinks I'm a little crazy for going out of my way to purchase jeans with holes in them, especially when he sees me spending time mending holes in the little man's jeans. But, the worn look has grown on me and I just can't seem to part with it just yet. Top: Bra Top $8.99 (Victoria Secret) | Jeans: Guess $22.00 (TJ Maxx) | Shoes: REPORT Greenlyn in black $29.99 (Famous Footwear) So I absolutely LOVED these new jeans, BUT, when I sat... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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We have just one week of school left here and then the kids are on summer vacation. I can't believe they are starting grade 4 in just a few short months. How can they be old enough to be in grade 4? I wish I could freeze time some days. We put together these gifts for the teachers recently. The kids loved helping with these because they came straight from the heart and they were able to contribute instead of me doing most of the work. I took them to pick fresh blueberries at a local farm, we packaged them... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: I’m sharing our fun gluten-free snack mix with Goldfish Puffs as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #GoldfishTales My kids love to snack so I often put together fun little trays of snacks for them after school or on weekends while they are playing. They especially love a homemade snack mix, or assorted snacks laid out on a platter as if they were about to have a party. Sometimes, when it's sunny outside they'll take a picnic blanket out into the yard and enjoy their snacks picnic style. One of the kids is gluten-free though so I'm always... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: I am a DecoArt blogger and this blog post has been sponsored. Our house has four bedrooms plus a study. Dividing those rooms up between us and 5 of the kids was a breeze thanks to the great layout. We obviously took over the master bedroom (although the kids did put up a good fight), the oldest of the girls has the other main bedroom (which also has a private bathroom), one of the eight year old girls has her own bedroom and the other eight year old (Marisol) and the seven year old share a bedroom. The three... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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If you have kids, like me, who play video games and go through batteries for their controllers you feel like you are buying new ones every month, then here's a quick recycled craft project for you to make a battery recycling container. You can find the full tutorial and free printable label over at The Centsible Life. Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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The kids had head colds the past few days. On Friday I received the request for soup for dinner; tomato for him and chicken noodle for her. They needed something warm and soothing. They needed comfort food. On Saturday I suggested I put together a platter of food for an early dinner. Finger foods and platters are one of their favorite things. After school I often make them a Bento box style snack or a plate of snacks. They love our Sunday brunch which is full of assorted foods to try from fruit, to pastries, and hot dishes. And, when... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: I’m sharing this fun Mermaid Munch movie night project as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #GoldfishTales If you've been following my blog for a while now, you will know that I have a slight obsession with themed snacks and treats, especially for movie nights. I think they are so much fun, and watching the kids' faces light up when I show them what they'll be snacking on is well and truly worth the little extra effort. So I was inspired to make this fun themed snack for a mermaid themed movie night. Isn't it fun? And look... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 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. #WhereFunBegins #CollectiveBias The kids have been spending more and more time outdoors lately, it's been lovely. They always seem to play together so much nicer when they are outside, there's so much less fighting. I feel like they need more activities to do out there though. We have quite a large yard and live in a quiet cul-de-sac so they ride bikes and scooters and play soccer, but at our old house we had a pond, a swimming pool, outdoor play equipment... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 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. #SunsOutSpoonsOut #CollectiveBias Do you tend to stress bake like me? I find that if I'm having a particularly stressful week I spend more time in the kitchen whipping up treats. I'm not sure whether I find baking therapeutic, if I'm craving something sweet, or if it's just that I'm avoiding what's bothering me. Or maybe all of the above. Regardless, my kids seem to benefit from me being stressed so I'm sure they aren't complaining. Summer certainly adds to the stress levels... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore