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Summer Gear: Sunscreen

girl at the pool

I’ve partnered with Neutrogena and the Motherhood to present this info about sunscreen. The season has begun! We’ve been to the pool and the beach a few times already. I did a clothing check yesterday so that my kids neither look like ragamuffins nor lose their drawers when diving into the pool. My poor 9-year-old […]

Visiting and Vacationing in San Diego

the train

Whether you live in San Diego or are just visiting, it’s a great place to play the tourist. Even better when you can do it on a budget. We moved to San Diego almost five years ago. Before stepping off the plane from Kansas City, I’d only been here three times in my memory — […]

DIY on a Dime: The Summer To Do List

summer to do list

Plan for summer fun now. Make a list and check it — at least twice. I have long been the fan of the summer to do list, aka summer bucket list. A friend hooked me onto the idea about ten years ago, and it’s been a summer tradition ever since. A glimpse at the lists […]

Eat Well Spend Less: Summer Parties on a Budget

dine alfresco

Host a summer party without spending too much or working too hard. Eat well and spend less; that’s the name of the game. Summertime parties, typically, are outdoor affairs. Even if it’s hot and humid, we tend to congregate outside. Hopefully, with a pool or lake within easy reach. I have fond childhood memories of […]

DIY on a Dime: Summer Fun

beach boys

Last night we took the kids to Pizza Port and then walked along the beach. It was a blazing hot day here, so it was really nice to cool off at the beach. Though they were fully dressed, FishBoys 8 and 10 had an absolute blast bodysurfing. It prompted me to ask WHY?!?! don’t  we do […]

It’s Time to Get Outside!

Summer 5

The seasons are changing (finally). Turn off the screens and get outside. Spring fever has finally hit. The end of the school year is near enough in sight that I can anticipate a more relaxed routine. I’m working on some very fun activities for us moms to do with our kids as well as dusting […]

Make the Most of Summer Produce (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

blueberries

Make the most of summer produce sales and freshness! Check out this round up of recipes featuring what’s at its peak during the summertime. Sometime last August, our family started subscribing to a weekly produce delivery. To say that it has changed the way we cook and eat is an understatement. Ours is a year-round […]

The Benefits of a Hotel Staycation

grand pacific girls by pool

A hotel staycation is just the ticket to rest and relaxation for the whole family — without the hassle and cost of travel time. Disclosure: Our accommodations at Grand Pacific Palisades were provided complimentary by Grand Pacific Resorts. All opinions are my own. This post also includes an Amazon referral link. If you make a purchase through that […]