Family

By Shannon Gosney
In Family
Mar 23rd, 2015
40 Comments
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My husband and I love watching movies. Our 6 kids love watching movies. We love going to the movies as a family, too! However, it can be pretty overwhelming waiting in lines to buy tickets and then waiting in line to redeem tickets. This doesn’t even include waiting in line for popcorn, candy and soda, but […]...
By Shannon Gosney
In Family
Jan 31st, 2015
0 Comments
552 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 Community
Dec 10th, 2014
28 Comments
1881 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 Family
Nov 29th, 2014
65 Comments
1605 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
4580 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 California
Nov 17th, 2014
49 Comments
1879 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 Frank Gurnee
In California
Nov 12th, 2014
42 Comments
1626 Views
  As a family, we love to camp!  Ok, so I’m not talking about sleeping on the ground under the stars or in a tent camping.  I’m talking about enjoy the beauty around you with a kitchen and a bathroom available at all times without having to walk in the dark by yourself camping.  Yes, […]...
By Caroline Hileman-Schaffer
In California
Nov 3rd, 2014
1 Comment
876 Views
Last month my friend Melanie, our kids, and I participated in a local 5K…A Zombie Run! Zombie Invasion SLO was such a fun experience; I love themed runs! This 5K was a fundraiser for the Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center – a local charity. Zombies are horribly dangerous to all human life and zombie infections […]...
By Shannon Gosney
In Family
Oct 29th, 2014
74 Comments
2966 Views
  One of the places we enjoy going together as a family to is Chuck E. Cheese’s.  Their pizza is good, their games are fun and the kids walk away with prizes in hand.  During the entire month of October, it’s Chucktober at Chuck E. Cheese’s!  This month, we headed to our local Chuck E. […]...
By Shannon Gosney
In Family
Oct 27th, 2014
32 Comments
1197 Views
When I was young, I remember driving somewhere with my parents on the freeway.  I saw a family with kids playing under the freeway overpass.  They weren’t just hanging out – they lived there.  I remember feeling so sad at the hunger the family must be facing, especially the kids.  After that experience, I volunteered […]...
By Shannon Gosney
In Family
Oct 4th, 2014
26 Comments
1263 Views
 Yes – you saw that right.  I am finally writing a post on our family with the words, “Brady Bunch” in it.  Frank and I met a little over 2 years ago and are getting married in February 2015.  Together, we have 6 kids.  I have 3 boys and he has 2 girls and a boy. […]...
By Caroline Hileman-Schaffer
In Electronics Review
Sep 22nd, 2014
0 Comments
2144 Views
DISCLOSURE: I received 2 LeapBands from LeapFrog and Clif Kid Bars for my “Fit Made Fun” MommyParty. All opinions and thoughts are my own. On September 6th, The Mommy-Files participated in a day of “Fit Made Fun” sponsored by LeapFrog and Clif Kid to inspire kids everywhere to get up and active! With its launch […]...
By Caroline Hileman-Schaffer
In Family
Sep 9th, 2014
3 Comments
1150 Views
Last year I wrote about “Living with Multiple Sclerosis” and I left off needing to go in for more tests. Well, these last 12 months have been an emotional and physical roller coaster for me. Going into my annual appointment with my Neurologist, I was feeling great.   She said “you’re too healthy,” normally I would […]...
By Shannon Gosney
In Family
Jun 17th, 2014
39 Comments
745 Views
Last week was the end of the school year!  That meant the end of 4th grade for Brian, the end of 2nd grade for Dallen and the end of Kindergarten for Sammy.  It was a bittersweet experience watching Sam graduate from Kindergarten.  I was proud of him for completing his first year in elementary school, […]...
By Caroline Hileman-Schaffer
In Beauty
May 21st, 2014
0 Comments
4537 Views
  A couple weeks back I joined about 9,000 other participants in this year’s Run or Dye Color Run in San Luis Obispo, CA. We had so much fun! My girlfriends and I created a group called “Parental Colors,” and we even brought a few of our kids. I don’t know who had more fun, […]...
By Caroline Hileman-Schaffer
In Beauty
May 13th, 2014
1 Comment
7231 Views
When I was younger the only thing that I associated with Avon was a little old blue-hair lady with bright red lipstick and bad makeup. Well, this isn’t your mother’s (or grandmother’s) Avon anymore! Avon has so many things to things to offer: Color cosmetics Skincare Fragrance Fashion & Home Personal Care Home Care With […]...
By Caroline Hileman-Schaffer
In Beauty
May 6th, 2014
0 Comments
5491 Views
  Oops! We did it again! It’s only been 7 weeks since Arleena and I last visited Murray Hill (otherwise known as the Unnamed Hill)/ Reservoir Canyon Trail. I cannot believe we chose to do the other side – and on a sweltering 90-degree sunny day no less! The last time we ventured up this […]...
By Caroline Hileman-Schaffer
In Beauty
May 4th, 2014
0 Comments
6719 Views
  This week Arleena and I wanted to revisit the trails of Irish Hills.   This mountain range has several different routes to hike that it will take a few more trips to explore the entire area. Back in week 15 we ventured through Mariposa and King trails. This week we traveled along Poppy to Froom […]...
By Shannon Gosney
In Easter
May 3rd, 2014
0 Comments
170 Views
This year, Frank and I had all 6 of our kids for Easter.  I loved it!  I love having all our kids together, and they love being with one another as well.  The kids all woke up to Easter baskets filled with candy and even plastic eggs filled with money.  They were VERY excited about […]...
By Caroline Hileman-Schaffer
In Beauty
Apr 29th, 2014
0 Comments
4756 Views
This week Arleena and I revisited Cerro San Luis (or San Luis Mountain). Back in week 12, Arleena and I made a wrong turn on this trail that only got us to the M on this mountain which about ¾ of the way up to the top. Needless to say we were a bit bummed […]...
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