DIY Essential Oils Foaming Soap Using a Mason Jar

January 26, 2015
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I’ve been trying to eliminate unnecessary chemicals in our home for a few years now. I’ve switched from bleach based cleaners to vinegar and baking soda. I try to eliminate my family’s exposure to ingredients that may cause harm to them.  I jumped on the essential oils bandwagon and have fallen in love with making my household ingredients. I’ve also began expanding the use of glass over plastic, wherever I can. I’m turning into a granola-loving hippie here! In all seriousness, I do love that I know what ingredients are in the products we use. In the following tutorial, I’ll […]

TheFitExpo Los Angeles February 2015

January 23, 2015
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I am so excited about this! TheFitExpo, Los Angeles 2015 is coming on February 7-8th at the Los Angeles Convention Center. When I heard about it from Fitfluential, I was PUMPED about going. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with TheFitExpo and grateful to be able to attend both days of the expo complimentary, in exchange for spreading the word about this fabulous event. One of the biggest motivators for me to attend, is that Jillian Michaels of Body Shred and The Biggest Loser (of course!),  is going to be holding a Q&A session on February 7th and I’ve got questions […]

Reaching Goals in 2015

January 15, 2015
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Wow! I can’t believe it’s 2015! Mostly, I can’t believe that we’re halfway through January! How did this happen? There’s so many exciting things going on this year. We’ve been busy, busy, busy! Allie is going into another year on swim team. She moved into the next level in November, which has brought some awesome challenges her way. She is growing in her sport and loves every minute of it! We’ve been so proud of her! Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been working very diligently to get back in shape and trying to accomplish some healthy goals I’ve […]

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 […]