Water conserving Olla Pot
Water Smart Tips for Earth Day
When it comes to water conservation, I’m not going to tell you “If it’s yellow let it mellow…”, although I have definitely said those words before. It may get to that point considering NASA is claiming we may run out of water in 2016. Apparently we are in the throws of a megadrought. The thought is extremely scary and serious. They are claiming California needs 11 trillion gallons of water to bail us out of this crisis. (See what I did there?) There are a few easy old school methods I remember hearing from my youth about saving water. Things like: turn off the water when you wash your hands and brush your teeth, take shorter showers.
Water Smart Tips for Earth Day: 20 ways you can make a difference by conserving water without much fuss or interrupting your fab life.
Awesome Earth Day Activities for Kids
Earth Day is this Wednesday April 22nd. Today I’m taking some time to share a few awesome earth day activities for Kids. This year California is expected to have one of the worst droughts in history! It’s scary, sad, and frustrating all at the same time. For those of us living here we have to brace ourselves for what’s to come. As a family, we starting talking about conserving water last summer when we had record low water levels. We also talked about how there are more fires and other dangers during times of drought. Unfortunately, we saw those fires first-hand last summer. These awesome earth day activities are al about celebrating our earth. The more we celebrate the more called we are to conserve.
For more Earth Day Activity inspiration follow my board Random Holidays and follow all my boards here.
Top 10 Sidewalk Games
We have been having some gorgeous weather in NorCal lately. My kids and I have been outside non-stop. They could really benefit from this list of the Top 10 Sidewalk Games. Instead they have been doing their own thing, which totally has its benefits until they get into a power struggle or someone wants to play the game a different way. I’m plan to try a few of these games, I think the structure could help offset some on those darn power struggles.
I hope you find a new game to love in this Pinterest round-up of the Top 10 Sidewalk Games. For more inspiration on kids activities follow my board Kid’s Craft and Activity Ideas and for even more inspiration follow all my boards here.
Your Guide to Laundry
Laundry, laundry, laundry. It never ever quits. With two active kids, an active husband that changes clothes multiple times a day. It all adds up to mountains and mountains of laundry that needs to be cleaned. When it comes to cotton most things I already own, I’m pretty good at not ruining things. However, things like my husband’s beloved lulu workout shorts, my son’s favorite TMNT jammies, or my daughter’s newest lovey, basically anything made of cheap fabric or anything made of fancy fabric. I need help to ensure I won’t destroy them. This guide below is the best “at a glance” tool ever to make sure you’re don’t find yourself scrambling around at the last minute looking for a duplicate pair of jammies that you accidentally ruined because the drier was set wrong. I hope you enjoy your guide to laundry!
Top Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas
This is a repost from last year. I decided to send it out again because it has been pinned over 9,000 times on Pinterest in the last 30 days alone! Obviously I’m not the only one looking ahead to a wonderful day celebrating the special women in our life. I hope you find something to inspire you with these Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas.
Sunday, May 10th is dedicated to celebrating moms. I have always loved this day! My mom is, and has always been, a real inspiration to me. She has the patience of a saint and more hearts than a worm. (My daughter just informed me they have 5 hearts.) She truly is an amazing mom and human being. I’ve witnessed her putting everyone else in front of her own needs for all the 25 years I’ve been alive (wink wink). Having a day to celebrate her has always been something I’ve cherished. She has 7 grandchildren now. However, three of those grandchildren have been (one still is) raised by her. Yep, my mom, and awesome dad, are raising their 6th child. My kids call my mom Gigi and she always lights up any room she enters. She’s the best. (You can read more about my amazing mom here.)
When I married my handsome husband, I was lucky enough to have another amazing mom in my life. My mother-in-law is a great mom and a wonderful Mimi to my children. My husband has so many fond childhood memories because of her. She is his most trusted advisor, he knows she’s the one that will give him her best advice that weighs her life experience and his life journey all while putting his best interest first. She’s kind and generous and always makes us feel special. We are all so much better because we have her in our lives.
These women are often called for when my kids feel like they are getting ill treatment from me or my hubby. I guess that’s the mark of a truly wonderful grandparent. Because I’m lucky enough to have these two ladies in my life and so (geographically) close to me, I get to attend two Mother’s Day celebrations each year.
Today, I’ve compiled a great list of Mother’s Day pins to inspire. These pins paint the picture of the lazy, gluttonous, boozy, and dreamy Mother’s Day brunch of my day-dreams. Eating sweet, bready casseroles, drinking champagne cocktails, being surrounded by an expertly styled magical garden on a perfect 76° day complete, and listening to my fave mellow jams from Jack Johnson’s pandora station while perfectly dressed and behaved children wait on me hand and foot just isn’t going to happen…maybe next year…if we’re being honest maybe never. (Longest run-on sentence ever.) But a mama can dream!
You can follow my Mother’s Day board for more inspiration. Or find all my boards and pins here. Enjoy!
The California Academy of Sciences, or Cal Academy, in San Francisco is a really fun, interesting place for kids and adults of all ages. On a recent trip with my niece (14), my daughter (6), and my mom we all had such a great time and learned so many new things. There are so many different parts of the Cal Academy to see and so many things within each part. This post will outline all the fun things we saw and the rest the museum has to offer plus tip to know before you go to make your trip smooth and fun.
Easter Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner Ideas
Easter is just around the corner, today I’ve got a round-up of the best Easter brunch, lunch, and dinner ideas to make your family’s day extra special. They are broken up in to types to make finding the perfect dish easier. If you are stressed out and need to laugh read this. If Easter Baskets are tripping you up read this. If decor is causing you some drama read this. You can find these pins and many more on my Easter Pinterest Board.