My Baby Graduated Kindergarten!

#Kindergarten #LoveMyBoys

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, […]

Run or Dye – Fun Run Recap

Run or Dye Recap

  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, […]

Avon Skin So Soft

Avon Skin So Soft

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 […]

61-Week Hiking Challenge (Week 20) – Sydney Street Trail to Murray Hill (Unnamed Hill)

WK 20 - Sydney Strret

  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 […]

61-Week Hiking Challenge (Week 19) – Irish Hills (Froom Creek and Poppy Trails)

WK 19 - Irish Hills

  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 […]

Celebrating Easter with Our 6 Kids

#Easter #FamilyTime #TheMommyFiles

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 […]

61-Week Hiking Challenge (Week 18) – Cerro San Luis

Week 18 - Cerro San Luis

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 […]

Get Answers to Your Medical Questions Online Now with American Well

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It’s hard to believe that Spring is already here.  With Spring comes more trips to the doctor due to ear infections, colds, allergies, and more.  My kids have health insurance, but I don’t, so when it comes to going to the doctor, it can add up pretty fast.  Thanks to American Well, I can visit […]

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

#Disconnect2Reconnect #spon

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

#StPatricksDay #DIY #craft #holidays

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 […]