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Camping Tips and Tricks

Camping Tips and Tricks Camping Tips and Tricks

Today I’m giving you a tour of our site and how we like to keep things organized and safe plus a few tips and tricks.  Remember, I can’t take credit for much (if any) of the campsite organization and set-up.  My MIL and FIL (Mimi and Poppy or M&P) handle it all.  They’re expert campers as they’ve been doing this for a very long time.
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Playroom Storage Tips and Tricks

**This post was originally written in January 2014.  Since then it has been viewed and pinned over 50,000 times.  Playroom Storage Tips and Tricks

Playroom Storage Tips and Tricks

Today’s post is less about what I have done and more about what I wish I could do.  Instead of having an entire room dedicated to toys and play, I have a play area in part of our “great room” and each kid has toy storage in their closets.  I’ve never been 100% happy with the storage system I have going on.  The looks, the ease of use, and amount of space all leave something to be desired.  Also, I am a toy nazi… there I said it.  It’s not that I think toys have no value to children (many do), it’s that I really hate accumulating stuff.  When I was pregnant with my first born I told everyone to not buy this baby any toys, under no circumstances would toys be OK.  I said, “My child will only have books!”.  Well, you can imagine how fast that changed!  So here I am with a thousand race tracks, a million cars, a cagillion dinos, one billion stuffed animals, two billion legos, five million lalaloopsies and the list goes on and on and on with every Christmas and every birthday.  My children are so blessed to have such generous family and friends.  Meanwhile I’m left trying to organize it all.  Without further ado, here are my top pins and tips to help you create the most fab with these playroom storage tips and tricks.

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Camping in Yosemite with Kids FAQ

 

**This post was originally written August 5th 2014 and has since been pinned and viewed over 25,000 times making it one of my most viewed posts.Camping in Yosemite with Kids FAQ

via Wikipedia

Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, Giant Sequoia groves, and biological diversity.  Almost 95% of the park is designated wilderness.

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Five for Friday: Meet Bree


Five for Friday: Meet Bree

Five for Friday: Meet Bree

Hello my name is Bree. I’m a mama to my son Jack (5) and daughter Brooklyn (2). We moved to Folsom from San Jose three years ago.

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Local Summer Fun

Local Summer Fun

Local Summer Fun

Last week was a crazy long week.  For some reason I was totally feeling the downside of togetherness that can come with the end of summer.  I see the finish line (it’s 22 days away to be exact) but I still have those 22 days to get through.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids and I really love spending time with them… for the most part.  But when you find yourself sitting in the Costco “cafe” telling an elderly couple about how you’re at the “yelling in public” stage of summer, you really need to go home or take a walk.  You know?  Please tell me it’s not just me… 

On a high note, my daughter swam her fastest race at the last swim meet of the season and got her first blue ribbon!!!!  I was really proud of her, but I completely melted when I saw the pride and excitement on her face.  Such a special summer memory.

Plan ahead: If you would like to support the Folsom City Zoo at a discounted rate, buy your tickets to the Growl, Howl & Wine event before August 1st.  This is a super fun event that will take place on September 12th.  Buy your tickets here.

Growl, Howl and Wine is a benefit for the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary with live music and unique auction items to raise funds to enhance the lives of our wildlife and the community programs that teach responsible behavior towards all animals.  Over 14 Wineries from the Fair Play region along with local micro-brewers and restaurants and a few of our Zoo animal friends will be represented in this annual event and celebration.  Discount $30 early purchase price / Limited Reserved Tables for 8 available / $40 at the door 

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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Meet KNCI’s Julie Ryan

You all asked for me to bring back Five for Friday.  This is a repost of Julie Ryan’s original F4F appearance on March 14, 2014.  It’s one of my favorite ones!!  If you would like to be featured in an upcoming Five for Friday, email me!  I’m currently looking for mamas to feature!

Meet KNCI's Julie Ryan

Today I have a celeb lined up for you to meet: Radio personality Julie Ryan!  I’m a BIG country music fan.  105.1 KNCI is basically what’s playing in my car all the time….unless someone requests princesses or Raffi.  I’ve been listening to the KNCI morning show, “Pat and Tom Show”, for as long as I can remember.  I love it!  But I have a big problem…why isn’t it called the “Julie-With-Those-Other-Two-Guys Show”?  Seriously…I really want to know…  She’s funny, sassy, smart, witty, and always puts those boys in their place!  Plus, she’s a mom and always has great mom stories and is the voice of reason for Pat and Tom.  Well, today she’s here…on my blog!!  And she’s dishing all her secrets in this Five for Friday just for us.

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How to plan a Family Reunion

How to plan a Family Reunion

How to plan a Family Reunion

Later this summer my dad’s side of my family will be posting a HUGE family reunion.  This side of my family doesn’t live close to me and there have been some feuds which add up to me not really knowing very many of the extended extended part very well.  A couple of uncles are in charge and my dad has been helping out and they are doing such a great job!  The most important thing (in my opinion) is the fact that they sent out a “Save the Date” really far in advance.  This is key because I was able to move our Yosemite vacation over a day just so my family could attend.

The upcoming reunion got me thinking about what people do to connect everyone at a function like this.  So I took to my favorite idea forum and did some looking around.  Here are my top ideas for a Family Reunion from Pinterest.

For even more tips and tricks on How to plan a Family Reunion follow my Entertaining board orfollow all my boards here.

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