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Top 10 Sidewalk Games

Top 10 Sidewalk Games

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.

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Your Guide to Laundry

Your Guide to Laundry

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!

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Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas

Mother's Day Brunch IdeasTop 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!

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Go See Do: Cal Academy

Go See Do: Cal Academy

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.

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Easter Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner Ideas

Easter Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner Ideas

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.

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Cooking with Teens

tean headerCooking with Teens

My niece and I were on Good Day Sacramento yesterday at 9am cooking up a storm!  Getting kids into the kitchen is important, but keeping them in the kitchen is just as important.  Teens are very capable in the kitchen if they’ve been taught the basics as kids.  If they are just taking an interest now that’s ok too.  As long as they start sometime.  With teens you can get them involved in menu planning, take them to farmers markets and show them how to buy fruit and veggies, teach them to look at the labels and compare costs.  They are more than capable with knives, the stove, oven, and especially the crockpot.  Cooking with teens is especially important because they will be going off to college or starting their lives away from home in just a few years.  Video link at the end of the post.

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Cooking with Kids

Cooking with Kids

Cooking with Kids

My little Rinos and I were on Good Day Sacramento yesterday cooking up a storm!  Cooking with kids, I’ve talked about it before, but I think it is so important for parents to cook with their kids.  Aside from basic safety and awareness in the kitchen, they bond with their parents, the appreciate the amount of work that goes into a meal, they feel empowered after creating a dish their whole family enjoyed, and they are more likely to eat what they made.  If you want to start trying to cook with your kids, you need to set some ground rules.  They need to wash their hands, use their listening ears, and pay attention!  Video link for cooking with kids at the end of the post.

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