Our Love for Brad Lives On

November 17, 2014
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November 1, 2014 should have been the celebration of the 3 month anniversary of my sister’s marriage to her husband and soul mate, Bradley Hayes. Instead, November 10, was the one month anniversary of his brutal murder. When I type that out, my mouth still goes agape, in disbelief. Not only did he die, far too young, he was senselessly murdered. A full month later, the reality of what happened to our family—what happened to Brad’s family—still hasn’t sunken in. Not an hour goes by, without the pain in my heart of what three sick, demented people have done, for […]

Knott’s Berry Farm Every Season is FUN!

October 6, 2014
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Thanks to GigaSavvy we were able to attend the Knott’s Camp Spooky Halloween Family event at #CampSpooky and had a fabulous family day.  However, opinions are my own. I’ve written before about how Knott’s Berry Farm has become a family tradition for my whole family. It all started more than 25 years ago, when Knott’s was honoring police, military, fire fighters and veterans, as they do every year. My whole family went to Knott’s during the holidays and we’ve continued the tradition every year since. Sometimes, we go more than once a season. We love to get at least one personalized […]

Belmont Park Becomes BooMONT Park this Halloween

September 25, 2014
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Halloween is my favorite time of year! It’s the time of the year that the temperatures start to get more fall like, even here, in California. My 8 year old is already trying to get me to go shopping for a costume. The Halloween festivities are already a buzz and she can’t wait for Halloween to arrive! This year, we’ve been invited to attend Belmont Park in San Diego for an event for all ages! Belmont Park is transforming into BooMONT Park this Halloween season! (Disclaimer: I received free tickets for the event. All opinions are my own!) Every frightening […]

Verizon HTC One Max

August 26, 2014
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I’ve had the pleasure of trying out the Verizon HTC One Max. The phone was loaned to me from Verizon, in hopes for an honest review on my blog. Thank you to Verizon! We recently took a road trip to central and northern California. I had just received the HTC One Max phone from Verizon and I was so excited to try it out! In my opinion, there is no better way to find out how you like a phone, then when you take it on vacation. When it first arrived, my initial react was, “HOLY MOLY, this is a […]

Back to School: First Day of 4th Grade

August 25, 2014
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I can’t believe I have a fourth grader! It happened so fast! This morning was the first day of school for Allie. I had the alarm set and ready to go off, but she was already in our room a full 15 minutes before the alarm went off! She’s so excited about her first day of school. There was no hesitation at all about going to school! She had her outfit picked out days ago and was ready for school a full 30 minutes before we had to leave! She has grown up so much in the past year! Here […]

Getting Real: 12 Ways I Fought Anxiety (and Won)

August 22, 2014
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  I’ve talked about my anxiety on here before. It is an issue I’ve had to revisit many, many times over the course of the past two years or so. I’ve had to do a great deal of soul searching to come up with ways to combat the intense, nearly debilitating feelings and emotions that consumed the better part of most of my days for a long while. There has been a lot of talk about mental health buzzing around the web lately and wanted to share how I’ve learned to manage my Anxiety Disorder. There was a time when […]

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar Review

August 21, 2014
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I once had a cat that had really big eyes, a ringed-tail and was the most agile little guy. He was my first baby, or at least her thought I was his mama. My parents started saying that he looked like a ring-tailed lemur and thus began my love for these amazing little creatures called lemurs. Saturday morning, we got a chance to catch Island of Lemurs: Madagascar before it comes out in theaters this week. In exchange, you get to read this fancy review. We love movies and we love nature.  We were excited to have the opportunity to see […]

BlogHer 2014 Recap

August 16, 2014
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At the end of July, BlogHer had their tenth annual blogging conference. I hadn’t planned on attending initially because the last time I went, in 2012, it was so crowded that it was nearly impossible to attend a conference session and then, there was the Martha Stewart affair, where there was a near stampede of 5000 or so bloggers trying to get into the room that hotel staff would not open. That gave me such a panic attack. Don’t get me wrong, I had fun in 2012. It was in New York City and that, on its face, guarantees a […]

Summer Time Fitness Routine

July 15, 2014
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It’s summertime and I haven’t yet found my bikini body. I have such good intentions to get my routine started in the spring, but something is always coming up. I am guilty of overthinking. For example, the other day, I planned a two mile run at the park, while Allie had swim practice. That would be amazing, right? A few minutes before it was time to go, I began torturing myself. It’s too hot. My legs hurt. I’m tired. I need time to myself. Gah. So much complaining. I annoy myself with all of it. Instead of complaining, I went […]

Dusty Saves the Day! Planes: Fire and Rescue

July 15, 2014
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Last night, Allie and I got to see the advanced screening of Disney’s Planes: Fire and Rescue.  It was such a cute movie!  If you like Disney’s Planes, you’re going to love, Planes: Fire and Rescue!  Our favorite hero, Dusty is at it again.  This time, high-flyer Dusty Crophopper soars the skies, learning what true heroism is, rather than race around the world. There’s a lot of good clean humor in this movie and it’s appropriate for children of all ages.  What I love, is that it’s also appropriate for adult audiences too!  Allie and I laughed through the whole […]