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Posted on 01/29/2016

7 New Mom Essentials Not to Forget

Mom/ Parent Life/ Pregnancy

During baby showers and pregnancy it’s easy to get swept up in the needs of your soon-to-be newborn, but it’s also important to remember what you’ll need to make the transition into mommyhood easier as a new mom, too! Be sure to click through these 7 not-to-miss items before you give birth (and check out the giveaway). Read more

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Posted on 01/23/2016

The Must-Get Activity Tracker Moms Need to Snag

Apps/ Health/ Mom/ Products/ Tech

When you’re breastfeeding there’s a natural system in place to help you lose the baby weight, but remembering to stay active during your day gets harder each day. Remembering when it’s time to feed the baby (bottle or breastmilk), take a pill or get up and play outside with the kiddo can get lost in the shuffle of a hectic day, too. Sometimes when the kiddo finally falls asleep it’s on your arm and you know you can’t move an inch or nap time is all done so you get in the habit of vegging out. After getting through the toddler and baby years it wasn’t until my kiddo was 4 that I realized I had waited too long to make active, healthy living a party of my day, too. I found the LEAF by Bellabeat online and reached out to them about testing it out. I’m so glad I did. I’ve watched as friends and family bought other activity trackers and none of them really felt like a fit for me until this one. Read more

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Posted on 01/18/2016

Daddy Style: Black & Grey

Dad/ Parent Life/ Style

Who says moms should have all the fun? Dads spend time with the kiddos too, and so often change up their style a bit. The Daddy Style series is all about maintaining a hip style while being a prepared and engaged parent. Today’s black and grey color pairing allows for a diaper bag guys would totally be OK with toting around, a hip shirt with dad messaging, some headphones for quiet tablet time (sometimes the kids just want it to be a bit too loud and sometimes you want to watch your own thing), and an adorable swaddle set that can serve as a snot rag, blankie or doll cover as the kiddo gets older. I think the “My kid has an awesome dad” shirt says it all. (The following may contain affiliate links, meaning I get a few cents if you buy items.) Read more

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Posted on 01/12/2016

5-Minute Game Day Snack Stadium

Food/ Parties

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GameDayGlory #CollectiveBias

Game day means something different to everyone. For most it’s about the big game, others enjoy the camaraderie of friends. Me? I really like the snacks. Since I was a kid, Sundays meant watching the game (or a movie) with my dad while enjoying some chips with spread and salsa, as well as other snacks. When I learned about snack stadiums I knew I had to try my hand at it. What came of my day of experimenting with the items from Collective Bias’ sponsors was a super simple 5-minute snack stadium everyone at your party is sure to enjoy. Honestly, the hardest part about making this was trying to stop myself from eating the ingredients. Instead of coming up with elaborate ways to make different things look like a stadium I kept this to the bare minimum — The ingredients and a plate — so that everything in the display is pretty much edible. Keep reading for the tutorial! Read more

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Posted on 01/04/2016

A Day at Coyote Hills in the 2016 Toyota Camry SE

Adventure/ Autos/ Travel

School breaks are fun for the kids, but often leave parents wondering how to entertain the kids and still get some work done. Since my sitting at the computer searching for a logo update was making the kiddo a bit antsy, I decided to take the 2016 Camry SE (Starting at $23,840) I was reviewing during Christmas out for a little adventure to Coyote Hills Regional Park with my sister to keep our kiddos entertained.Keep reading for a recap of our day and my take on Camry’s safe family “sport” car.


Coyote Hills Regional Park is a part of East Bay Parks in California and offers hiking, biking, naturalist programs, butterfly garden, wildlife refuge, and picnic fun. According to their site, there’s about 979 acres of marshland and rolling grasslands, so we thought this would be a great sort of nature learning experience for the kids, too. When I was a kid I went to Coyote Hills and Don Edwards Bridge for field trips where we would dissect owl pellets. As I got older it was just a pretty place to walk and use as a backdrop for photos I took of families. I forgot about it for a bit and never took S here . . until now. Neither kiddo had ever heard of a marsh before, so they learned something when we went! Read more

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Posted on 12/29/2015

5 Ways to Spend New Year’s Eve: For Parents

Parent Life/ Social Time

New Year’s Eve isn’t for everyone, and celebrating it can be difficult for parents, but if you’re looking for ways to celebrate the countdown this year, Savvy Every Day has some super doable options. Keep reading for 5 ways to spend New Year’s Eve that only a parent could understand, and pick your favorite! Read more

girl looking in a house made from Honey Maid Crackers
Posted on 12/21/2015

Santa’s Snowy Workshop Honey Maid Build

Family/ Food

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One of my daughter’s favorite holiday traditions is making a gingerbread house. No matter how nasty the shared candy bins, glued gingerbread pieces and icing glue used to make them is she just loves making them. But these houses are a bit like fruit cakes now days . . . it’s a part of the holiday but no one wants to actually eat them! So this year she and I created an entirely edible Santa’s Snowy Workshop using Honey Maid Crackers and some other non-candy ingredients. There was some trial and error (like with any new creation) but we love how it turned out. Keep reading for the tutorial!

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Posted on 12/19/2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Kids Activity Pack

Big Kid/ Family/ Preschooler/ Toddler
2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. TM. All Right Reserved.

2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. TM. All Right Reserved.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens set a new all-time record with a 5-day international debut of $517 million globally! Keep the fun going with this action-filled activity pack. From coloring sheets to memory games it’s sure to get the family ready for seeing the new movie (or keep them entertained once it’s over and they’re not quite ready to leave the Jedi life yet). Click on the giant Activity Pack image below for the activity pack PDF download then click on the movie’s poster for a full-size download of the poster! May The Force be with you. Read more

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Posted on 12/18/2015

What It’s Like to Meet Oakland Raider Marcel Reece

Adventure/ Family/ Social Time

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There’s a lot going on this time of year between all the holidays, family gatherings and of course, game day. So it’s always important to get things prepared a bit with some pre-season shopping. I headed over to Nob Hill Foods in Alameda on Monday to do just that, and meet Oakland Raiders Fullback Marcel Reece (number 45) who was there with Proctor & Gamble (P&G) to greet shoppers and sign items. Keep reading for a full look at the event, and to enter my P&G Prize Pack Giveaway! Read more

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Posted on 12/16/2015

Finding the Right Gift For My Teenage Nephew

Contact Us/ Family/ Social Time/ Teen

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Photo of NBA Reflective jacket and shirt on a table with gift wrapping paper and bows

Shopping for my oldest nephew has always been difficult — My brother’s in the military so they move every few years to places that aren’t exactly close to home and I don’t see them that often. Now that he’s a full-fledged teen I was feeling completely lost on what kind of Christmas gift to get him this year. Shopping for my daughter or my niece is easy for me, shopping for my oldest nephew? Not so much. Fortunately, my nephew happened to reach out about a fundraiser for his school basketball team and then just a week later I learned about the opportunity to check out the new NBA Reflective Collection Clothing at select Target stores! I adore giving gifts that people want and appreciate, but it’s always a bonus for me if the gift fills a need or practical use. Now that I know he plays basketball, getting him reflective clothing made for basketball players seems like the perfect gift. I’m so ready to be the favorite aunt. Read more

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