Disconnect to Reconnect with Your Family + Twitter Party 4/23

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I used to blog as a hobby, but now blogging (and social media) has become more of a career.  You’ll find me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+ and even YouTube – not to mention my blog where I publish posts on a regular basis.  My job in social media also requires me to constantly check […]

Preserve Your Child’s Memories with Blinkbuggy

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When my boys were little, I was really into scrapbooking.  I mean old school scrapbooking!  You know where you trim and cut the pictures with different scissors, add borders and stickers, adhere the pictures to the pages, add a sheet protector and then bind in album?  Yeah – old school scrapbooking.  In fact, my stepmom […]

How to Keep Good Going


This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of New York Life for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Keep Good Going is about the idea of perpetuating the personal good that positively affects everyone in your life (your family).  It’s the good you want to pass onto others you care about – […]

How to Use the New Video Embed Feature with YesVideo

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Last year, I had the opportunity to be a YesVideo Blogger.  It was so awesome learning about the company and their services and even getting a hands on experiences of them myself!  I remember when we had the opportunity to share our videos on Facebook.  That was pretty cool, but I wanted to be able […]

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Gifts in a Jar

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St. Patrick’s Day is almost here and that means time for some fun DIY crafts and projects.  We came up with the DIY St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Gifts in a Jar.  It’s fun, creative, yummy and budget-friendly.  Plus, the kids will have a blast as they match up colors, eat candies and see their St. […]

Run or Dye Color Run

Run or Dye

  Last year I had to travel to Los Angeles to participate in my first mud run and absolutely fell in love with the concepts fun runs.   I am so happy that Run or Dye is coming to the Central Coast in May that I’m tickled pink!   Or shall I say colored pink… What’s Run […]

61-Week Hiking Challenge (Week 12) – Lemon Grove Loop

Week 12 - Lemon Grove Loop

Week 12 was a little disappointing.  Arleena and I were super excited to climb yet another mountain, the Madonna Mountain in San Luis Obispo…You know, the one with the M on the side that you see while driving on the 101 freeway.   We didn’t do the research to find out that the route that’s marked […]

61-Week Hiking Challenge (Week 10) – Stenner Creek Trail

Stenner Creek Trail

I must say that I was pleasantly surprised with this past week’s hike.  Arleena chose for us to hike the Stenner Creek Trail; I think mostly due to being one of the closer and shorter trails on our list.  In the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains near Cal Poly, the Stenner Creek Trail is […]

61-Week Hiking Challenge (Week 9) – Oso Flaco/ Oceano Dunes

Week 9

Objective:  Hike at least once a week.  Whether the hikes are big or small, long or short, with or without kids, I want to actively engage my body and enjoy this beautiful world we live in.  There are so many places to go (free places to boot) that I want to explore them all. The […]

61-Week Hiking Challenge (Week 8) – Bob Jones Trail

Bob Jones Week 8

  As we have yet to experience any winter weather (I promise I’m not trying to rub it in), I am using every opportunity to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.  Bear with me as I am trying to catch up on my posts from the last few weeks (I have one more to […]

Finding Myself in My Blog

The Mommy-Files

Over the past year, I have seen my blog grow and blossom.  I’ve had the opportunity to travel, serve as an Ambassador, attend conferences and work with companies that I love and products that I use on a regular basis.  Somehow though, I’ve lost a little bit of that woman who was behind The Mommy-Files. […]

Simply Fun – Take Your Pick Game Giveaway

Take Your Pick

With the holiday break quickly approaching, I find my social calendar suddenly overflowing.  Are you hosting a party?  Having family visit from out of town? Or are you planning on slowing down this season and spending time at home with your family?  Who knows, you may be doing all of the above!   This is a […]

61- Week Hiking Challenge (Week 5) – Johnson Ranch Loop Trail

Week 5

With California catching up to the rest of the country’s cold spell, I’m finding it more challenging to go on hikes in the morning when there’s still frost-covered paths.  But I have to say that I am counting my blessings that it’s just the cold wind and the crisp air that I’m contending with.  What […]

Monopoly: A Fun Board Game for the Whole Family

Family Playing Board Game At Home With Grandparents Watching

It is not always easy to find a family game to play that appeals to everyone. One of the most popular is the classic board game that has is a very addicting. It’s called Monopoly—a family favourite—that has stood the test of time and can be played by young and old, male and female. Why […]

Our Life in Pictures (Throwback Thursday) – Christmas 2010


Today, Frank and I gave a beautiful roll top desk to a friend of ours for her daughter’s birthday.  To my surprise, I found an old Christmas picture of the boys with Santa when we first moved here to California.  You’ll notice that the only one in the picture with his eyes closed is Santa. […]