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By Caroline Hileman-Schaffer
In California
Feb 22nd, 2015
1 Comment
194 Views
Laguna Lake Park is a nice 375-acre park in San Luis just south of Cerro San Luis Mountain. This park used to have a beautiful 25-acre lake that has now shrunken to look more like a pond, but the ducks are still there and like to be fed. There is also a very nice playground […]...
By Shannon Gosney
In Family
Jan 31st, 2015
0 Comments
343 Views
Do you shop at Tobacco-Free Retailers? I definitely make an effort to do so. So why should you shop Tobacco-Free? What’s the cost of not shopping Tobacco-Free?  Tobacco not only has health costs, but also financial costs. I was shocked by how much cigarettes cost in stores now. Some are as much as $8.00 a […]...
By Shannon Gosney
In Health
Jan 26th, 2015
15 Comments
701 Views
With Winter comes holidays, parties and a chill in the air, but also the cold weather blues. Have you ever felt the blues during the Winter? The first ever Blue Monday – January 24, 2005 – was established as a marketing idea for a travel company to boost sales during the winter. Psychologist Cliff Arnall […]...
By Caroline Hileman-Schaffer
In California
Jan 24th, 2015
0 Comments
671 Views
I’m still trying to catch up on my hiking posts from the past few months. Finding the time, as I’m sure we all can attest to, seems harder and harder as the kids get older with all of their extracurricular activities…but I’ll save that for future posts because I digress and need to stay focused […]...
By Caroline Hileman-Schaffer
In California
Jan 23rd, 2015
2 Comments
1395 Views
Riddle me this… Who can run like a Goddess while still here on Earth, drink the nectar of the gods in a place that looks like heaven? Answer:  YOU!!! Wait, what?!?  Now I’ve had the pleasure of participating in a lot of “fun runs,” mud runs, and a half marathon…but THIS run is just what […]...
By Caroline Hileman-Schaffer
In California
Jan 5th, 2015
0 Comments
751 Views
What a way to end 2014! On Christmas day, Russel and I decided to get out and drive…just drive…find our own little adventure. Being kid-free this year it was easy for us to be on the go with no plans or expectations. For those of you who know me, I am always up for a […]...
By Shannon Gosney
In Fitness
Jan 5th, 2015
23 Comments
1367 Views
Happy New Year!  Have you made any New Year’s resolutions or goals for 2015?  Perhaps getting into shape is one of the goals?  I don’t know about you, but I find it pretty difficult to run or walk at a fast pace with regular headphones in my ears.  They just seem to keep falling out. […]...
By Shannon Gosney
In Budgeting
Dec 31st, 2014
25 Comments
1427 Views
Having a big family can add up to a lot of money fast if we aren’t careful about how we spend it.  We save money by stocking up on sale items and using lots of coupons.  Growing up, my mother clipped coupons every weekend.  In this day and age, we can still clip coupons, but […]...
By Shannon Gosney
In Holiday Fun
Dec 19th, 2014
24 Comments
913 Views
Christmas is one of my favorite holidays!  It’s a time of family, friends, holiday sweets, presents and decorations.  I have so many fond memories of my childhood Christmas experiences and I try to make it special for our children like it was for me.  I love Christmas so much that I am normally the one […]...
By Shannon Gosney
In Home
Dec 17th, 2014
19 Comments
605 Views
Winter is finally here and for many Americans, it’s time to bundle up and stay indoors to keep warm!  Whether you have a favorite quilt to cuddle up in or a wood-burning fireplace to sit in front of, keeping warm during the Winter is key!  To make sure we enjoy a wonderful and cozy winter […]...
By Shannon Gosney
In Community
Dec 10th, 2014
28 Comments
1549 Views
I love to travel!  I’ve traveled to Russia, Mexico, Canada and different states throughout the U.S.  One of the things I love being about a blogger is sharing those experiences on The Mommy-Files.  Now, I want to start off by saying that I have never been to The Amazon myself, but I have virtually – […]...
By Shannon Gosney
In Giveaways
Dec 3rd, 2014
39 Comments
2935 Views
I still can’t believe that Frank and I will be getting married in less than 3 months!  We still have so much to do!  We have to send out the invitations, register for wedding gifts and pay for the remaining amount of the wedding.  One thing that I’m really looking forward to doing is registering […]...
By Shannon Gosney
In Family
Nov 29th, 2014
65 Comments
1472 Views
Growing up, I loved watching television and some of my favorite television shows were those that featured the “perfect” mother.  I’m talking about “The Brady Bunch,” “Leave It To Beaver,” and “The Cosby Show.”  You remember those, right?  Then there were the television shows with the mothers...
By Shannon Gosney
In Family
Nov 28th, 2014
39 Comments
3959 Views
  We love going to the movies!  I remember going to the movies when I was a little girl!  I remember sitting in the big seats with my feet in the air because I was too short to reach the floor.  I remember grabbing popcorn out of the giant bucket and eating candy, while sipping […]...
By Shannon Gosney
In Health
Nov 26th, 2014
21 Comments
963 Views
How much do our tweens really know about OTC (Over-the-Counter) Medicine Safety?  According to a few recent surveys, tweens got a failing grade.  In fact, not only did the tweens get a failing grade, but the vast majority of parents weren’t even sure whether OTC-related issues were being taught in their tweens’ school.  Plus, 58 […]...
By Caroline Hileman-Schaffer
In Education
Nov 24th, 2014
0 Comments
580 Views
  My kids love everything LeapFrog. Ever since they were infants we’ve been purchasing their products. In my opinion, LeapFrog continuously puts out quality toys and their latest venture, LeapTV, is no different. We were lucky enough to sample their product. Call me crazy, but I brought home 8 kids one afternoon from school (yes, all […]...
By Shannon Gosney
In Health
Nov 23rd, 2014
31 Comments
1713 Views
  Are you a parent of a tween?  If so, how much does your tween know about OTC Literacy?  In other words, what does he or she know about Over-the-Counter medications?  A new research study showed that tweens got a failing grade in OTC medicine safety.  Yikes!!!   What is OTC Literacy?  OTC Literacy is an […]...
By Caroline Hileman-Schaffer
In Beauty
Nov 19th, 2014
0 Comments
1034 Views
  I don’t know about you, but with my crazy schedule, I’m lucky if I get to put make-up on, much less have a skin routine.  I’ve tried to tell my kids that ever since they came into the world, not only have I started getting grey hairs, but I’m also noticing more and more […]...
By Shannon Gosney
In California
Nov 17th, 2014
49 Comments
1624 Views
In our family, we love to go camping!  In fact, we just bought a RV – woo hoo!  We have a favorite campsite in Santa Barbara that we visit on a regular basis and the kids love it because they get to swim, make ice cream sundaes, enjoy s’mores, play in the park and go […]...
By Shannon Gosney
In California
Nov 16th, 2014
7 Comments
894 Views
  Each month, a group of us girls get together and go out for a Girl’s Night Out!  It is so much fun!  Originally our group was formed to play Bunco, but with everyone’s busy schedules, it became really difficult to do.  After a few months, we were all missing our monthly get-togethers and decided […]...
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