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The Best Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

The Best Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe 

The Best Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

I used to be Amanda’s neighbor until I moved across the country, but we still keep in touch and I love her blog. I was delighted when she asked if I’d like to do a guest blog post. Let me start by stating that food is my passion. I love to make it and of course love to eat it! I have a degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition and have spent my pre-motherhood years working in the food manufacturing industry in addition to a stint in the back of the house of a fine dining restaurant. It was during that stint that I got to understand how fine dining restaurant kitchens operate and pump out such amazing food….worth every penny in my opinion. The long hours put in at the back of the house when the rest of us are just starting our day tends to go unappreciated. I gained a new respect and appreciation for those in the restaurant industry. It was a demanding, high stress environment with very long hours. I knew I wasn’t cut out for this and ended my goal of going to culinary school that year. I have no regrets.  Much to my family, friends, and neighbors delight, I am better suited to entertaining them with my culinary creations.
 
Here is a delicious soup I made recently for my bunco gals…
 

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Best Dressed Wedding Guest

Best Dressed Wedding Guest

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Best Dressed Wedding Guest

Get your engines ready….wedding season has officially started!  If you’re like me, it’s a little intimidating and certainly outside of the everyday casual but fabulous mommy sweat pant/workout clothes look.  What’s everyone going to be wearing??  Long, short, strapless, pattern, solid, stripe???  My motto is to always error on the side of dressing up if you question the attire – you’ll never feel out of place. 

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Currently, I’m loving the stripe on floral trend that’s happening this summer.  I wore the above to a country club wedding in Orange County a few weeks ago – nothing but compliments and I can’t remember the last time I wore a full length skirt – loved it, so much fun to twirl. 

Here are a few different ideas for inspiration with a little bit of Stella & Dot to finish off the looks! 

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Backyard Gardening with Kids

Backyard Gardening with Kids

Backyard Gardening with Kids

One of my favorite memories from my first few years as a father came the summer my daughter turned two. She was outside “helping” me in our vegetable plot when she sauntered over to one of our Snow White cherry tomato plants, plucked a plump orb from the vine and devoured it on the spot. Another followed suit. Then another. And another. Until she polished off at least a dozen.

Her gorgeous hazel eyes wide, she looked at me and said:

Daddy—it’s da-ish-us!

I “might” have swooned a little.

As an avid gardener and a dad, spending time with my monkeys in the garden is as close to heaven as I can imagine. Time in the garden teaches kids lessons about where food comes from and nature, provides healthy snacks and exercise, and most importantly, it keeps them from watching Caillou.

I swear kids get whinier when they watch Caillou. Am I right? Am I right? If that was the only benefit to gardening with kids, it would totally be worth it.

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Summer Trends To Wear All Year

Summer Trends To Wear All Year

Summer Trends To Wear All Year

Summer is here! Even though there is no three-month vacation, even though in San Francisco June-August tend to be the cold months and even though my thighs can no longer handle endless amounts of ice-cream, something about this time of year makes me happy and a bit lazy. I am enjoying it while it lasts because I don’t think lazy will be an option once I’m a mom. From what I hear when school is done things get real serious. Listening to a day in the life of Mama Momtourage in the summer makes this childless city-girl want a larger glass of rosé and a nap. She works it! So, when I was asked to be a guest writer I knew I had to address how this summer’s trends can work double if not triple duty by being worn year-round. As a Mom you don’t get to work just one season and then call it quits so why should your clothes?

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Local Summer Fun

Local Summer Fun

Local Summer Fun

4th of July is my favorite holiday of the entire year.  This holiday is about celebrating independence, perseverance, and all the people that have made that possible thought put our nation’s history.  To me it’s also about getting people together, BBQ-ing, eating watermelon and berry cobbler, wearing red, white, and blue with pride, and summer fun.  I hope you and your family have a fabulous and safe holiday.

I have lined up some really awesome guest posts from some amazing and talented people I know for the rest of this week.  I just know you will love their posts!!!

FYI – it’s supposed to be 110° on Wednesday.  So…. get outta town or get indoors people!

Local Summer Fun

Fireworks in Town Center is one of my favorite things this time of year.  But a word to the wise: it gets crowded!  Also, they only let you set-up as early as 4pm and they enforce that.  If I was you, plan to be in the parking lot unpacked and ready to grab your spot at 3:30.  You can leave and come back or just send one family member to secure your spot.  Also, check out the parking information and exit route info below.  It’s a real bottle neck, so plan to park where you can get a quick exit.

This is just a sampling of Local Summer Fun.  For more happenings and  specific details about each item, go to the summer calendar tab:

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Sun Care for the Best Summer Ever

**I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Banana Boat®. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Sun Care for the Best Summer Ever

Sun Care for the Best Summer Ever

We are constantly on the go in the summer.  Our summer days tend to start with the warm sun on our skin and end with showers running off sun, sand, and tons of sunscreen.  It seems like I am always applying and re-applying sunscreen.  Every year I look for the newest innovation in sun care or the newest formulation that proves to be more waterproof than ever.

Sun Care for the Best Summer Ever

This summer we have spent time at Folsom Lake, Lake Tahoe, Lego Land, and a gorgeous beach in Encinitas.  We will go back to Lake Tahoe again, then to a HUGE family reunion, camping in Yosemite, and again to Lake Tahoe.  Only one of these trips is with my sweet family of four.  All the others are with good friends or extended family members.  You may recall my Yosemite posts where I explain how we go with 40 of my husbands family members.  I feel so lucky to have so much time with so many special people.  Plus, my kids are making memories they will savor for an entire lifetime.  Hopefully, they will continue these traditions with their own families one day.

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Sensitive Second Skincare Solutions

**I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for P&G. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. All opinions and reviews are my own.

Sensitive Second Skincare Solutions

One of the many things I’ve dealt with most of my life is sensitive skin.  It started when I started shaving my legs and it never got any better.  I have bad memories of being very embarrassed about red dots all over my legs or my legs bring crazy dry because any and all lotions would enflame the sensitivity.  Moving forward my sensitivies only got worse and moved north to… especially my underarms.  I have talked to a ton of people and professionals to find out if they had any idea what I could do to help with the issue.  Anyway, nothing has been helping with this issue until now.

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