Pumpkin Carving Party

It’s not Halloween until pumpkins are carved and lit up on your front porch. At least according to my life rules it’s not. When Shari’s Berries offered to send over some Halloween goodies for a pumpkin carving party, I couldn’t wait to invite our friends and their kiddos over for some festive fun.

I chose several of their treats to satisfy a variety of sweet tooth cravings. Both families are pretty into our desserts and I knew we’d all be excited to try a couple. I created a quick little tablescape that let the treats do the talking.





The kids all seemed to favor the Hand-Decorated Halloween Crispy Treats that were decorated with classic spooky characters.



My favorite were the Autumn Cheesecake Bites. They were chocolate-covered perfection!


My husband told me the Autumn Cake Pops were the best cake pops he’s ever had. They were rich and chocolatey bites in the perfect size.



Our dessert table was filled with plenty of options and everything was so festive that the treats were decorations all on their own. I loved how easy ordering them ahead of time made party prep easy for me. They made a great addition to our Pumpkin Carving Party; all I had to do was order and wait for them to be delivered on the day of our gathering.

The kiddos all headed outside to play for a bit before we devoured our treats. You know, that pesky must-eat-dinner-first rule us parents like. The dads went to work gutting the pumpkins for the kiddos to carve. I think they’d both admit that they surprisingly enjoyed yanked guts out of several pumpkins.



Baby Knox helped too.


I’m not even actually sure if any of the kids actually ate dinner after all was said and done. The pumpkins proved a perfect distraction for us parents and once the kids knew their pumpkins were ready to be carved, there wasn’t much we could do to stop them.







Somehow, our Shari’s Berries dessert table was tackled and before I knew it, kids were munching on crispy treats and cake pops. Which was fine by me because I couldn’t wait to dig into those mini cheesecakes.


Our kiddos were proud of their creations, even though most of the carving ended up being done by dads. I will say, however, that the boys are excellent at stabbing dull craving knives into pumpkins over and over again. Seriously pros. They’ve got the market cornered.



Have you ever seen a better batch of pumpkins? Tummies are satisfied, heart are full, pumpkins are carved, jack-o-lanters are lit on the front porch. Halloween may now commence.

Get your Halloween goodies and treats for your own pumpkin carving party or Halloween celebration at Shari’s Berries or send a sweet treat to your family and friends.

Zombie Bowling Game + Other Halloween Activities

This post is sponsored by Oriental Trading. Thank you to Oriental Trading for partnering with me. And thank you readers for supporting the brands that support this blog and my family.


Each year for Halloween, my mom, my sister, and our families rent a cabin in the forest up in Big Bear, California. We love this tradition and bringing our extended families together for a week of Halloween festivities and fun. We’ve learned over the past few years to make sure we have plenty to do and activities for the kiddos because with that many children in one place, it can make for a bit of wildness. This year, I stocked up with my trusty Oriental Trading Halloween catalogue. I look forward to the Halloween costumes and activities edition every year and bookmark pages upon pages of must-haves before narrowing things down to a few spooky activities and toys that I felt would entertain all of the age-ranges we’ll have in our cabin.

With five kiddos under six, cups can be a problem. They get mixed up and shared until no one knows which cup belongs to which child. One of the first things I ordered from Oriental Trading were these super spooky Halloween Brain Head Cups. They came with lids and straws which equals mom points from me. They come with enough characters that everyone will know exactly which brain to drink from for the duration of our stay in the cabin. Evelyn has already chosen her Frankie and sort of loves him.




I also ordered these Mini Halloween Flashlights on a Rope and some of these Flashing Teeth for after-dark fun. The flashlights will double as a safety measure on Halloween night when we all go trick or treating.

Since we’ll be up there for almost a week, kid entertainment is a necessity and coloring books only go so far (especially with my two dudes), so I loaded up on games. This Halloween Golf Set will be a great way to encourage them to play outdoors. It also includes four clubs, so everyone will be able to play together. A fun Jack-O’-Lantern Can Toss Game will be a fun way for the boys to get a little destructive. Any time they have an opportunity to get extra wild on something, my boys love it. I also see this being a game that’s played by the adult dudes once they’ve kicked back a few, ha! The Zombie Bowling Game has somehow already made it out of the box to be played with. The brain bowling balls are such a funny touch and the zombie faces are practically begging for a brain to be tossed at their noggin’s!






This Halloween trip to Big Bear promises to be one of our most fun yet and I can’t wait to pull out and share all of our goodies from Oriental Trading with the kiddos! Growing up, my mom always had an Oriental Trading catalogue sitting around and I remember flipping through it as a kid, circling my favorite items. I love that I’m using the same company now with my own kids and celebrating Halloween with affordable games and activities from a trusted source.

Find these games, activities, and even costumes at OrientalTrading.com. You can also get more Halloween inspiration by following the Oriental Trading page on Facebook.

Lully Sleep Guardian 2 | How We’re Fighting Night Terrors

This post was sponsored by Lully as part of Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

Picture yourself soundly sleeping. The house is quiet, the dog is snoozing next to you in bed. And you’re suddenly jolted awake by the sound of blood curdling screams coming from your child’s bedroom. You scramble out of bed and dart as fast as you can to the child’s bedroom to find them alone, screaming in terror, covered in sweat, completely naked, and unaware of where they are. Despite your efforts to calm your child he still stares into the distance screaming and crying. You manage to get him dressed and back into bed, but when you ask him simple questions he cannot answer them clearly. You sit with him until he falls back to sleep.

Night terrors. This is an exact experience I have had with my son in the past. He experiences night terrors once or twice monthly and every time it happens it’s terrifying not only for him, but also for me. As his mother I’m charged with the job of protecting him, but when he’s in the throes of a night terror, I’m helpless. I’ve tried several different solutions to help him through these terrors, but not much has helped. I have noticed that they tend to come when he’s extra tired or exhausted from an event or hard play, but mostly they’re random.

I first heard about the Lully Sleep Guardian 2, a vibrating pod that’s placed under a child’s mattress, from another mom who has two children that suffer from night terrors and she said it had drastically decreased the frequency. I also learned that one in five children will experience night terrors, which makes it much more common than I realized. Willing to try anything to help reduce these events for my son, I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to have him try the New Lully Sleep Guardian 2. It’s been proven to work (verified in over 10,000 nights of testing) by stopping eight out of 10 night terrors, and is based on the best medical knowledge of children’s sleep.

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With the Lully Sleep Guardian 2, vibrations turn on automatically to stop night terrors and ensure a restful night of sleep for both child and parents. Using the Lully app, I simply enter my son’s bedtime and it automatically vibrates to stop his night terror before it starts, without waking him up. The longer he uses it and I record his sleep habits, the smarter the Lully Sleep Guardian 2 becomes, making it more and more effective as time goes on.

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My son has been using the New Lully Sleep Guardian 2 for about 20 days and we haven’t had a night terror thus far. In fact, he reminds me to turn on his Lully Sleep Guardian 2 each night and calls his his, “nightmare catcher”. Not only is the little pod scientifically keeping away night terrors, but it also gives him mental confidence at night. I’ve been tracking his sleep patterns, how fast he falls asleep, if he wakes up asking for water, and how long he sleeps to help his Lully Sleep Guardian 2 get smarter each day and become more aware of when it needs to vibrate. Our experience so far has been positive and one I’ve recommended to several friends who have children experiencing the same things as my son.

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Find out more information on the Lully Sleep Guardian 2 by visiting the Lully page on Facebook and visit LullySleep.com to learn more about night terrors.

All You Need Is Love | Netflix Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Netflix. Thank you to Netflix for partnering with me. And thank you readers for supporting the brands that support this blog and my family.

My kiddos just can’t get enough of the new Netflix Original Animated Series Beat Bugs. And I have to admit, it warms my heart to hear thing singing classics like Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds (I’m LIVING for Pink’s version featured in the episode) and more Beatles tunes.

Beat Bugs follows five best friends – Jay, Kumi, Crick, Buzz, and Walter – on their adventures while learning about life lessons in an overgrown suburban backyard (which is their entire universe). Each episode is about 15 minutes long, which I find to be the perfect length for my toddler, and features a song created originally by The Beatles.

Inspire by our new bug friends, my kiddos and I got together to make our own cover of All You Need Is Love together. We’re no Von Trapp family (one child refused to dance and instead laid on the floor), but we had fun.

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Farewell to Summer Party | CLIF Kid

Summer is coming to a close and for us school is back in session. As a firm believer in soaking in all of life, including what each season has to offer, I wanted to get together with some friends and their kiddos for a Farewell to Summer Party. Here in the High Desert temperatures are still pretty warm, so I brainstormed a few fun water game ideas and texted our community group to meet us at the park last week for a date with the summer sun.

The party was inspired by CLIF Kid and their dedication to reclaiming outside play so for snacks I loaded a party table with our favorite CLIF Kid items. CLIF Kid makes nutritious snacks from organic ingredients that are specially-crafted for kids’ developing taste buds and active lives. I stacked plenty of Iced Oatmeal Cookie and Chocolate Mint (which the kids demolished) and loads of ZFruit twists. I love that CLIF Kids encourages boys and girls everywhere to get back outside, push their boundaries and feed their adventures, so I thought I’d share their love of outdoors with my friends while serving their nutritious snacks.


I also had giant mason jars filled with lemonade and fresh iced tea. Because what’s a party without a mason jar or two?

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At the table I placed a bubble machine behind all the food to add some sensory fun to our party table.

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The kiddos created sock bubbles using old plastic cups and the toes snipped off of socks (those I bought new, don’t worry…though stinky old ones would have been pretty humorous). I mixed together dish soap with just a little water and the kids dipped their new bubble blowers in and went to creating all kinds of fun things. Bubble cake, bubble beards, and even a bubble mohawk!

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I also filled up about 200 water balloons and we all had a good old fashioned water balloon fight. I think the dads were way more into it than the kids. Those grown ups were taking it seriously!

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Our last little farewell to summer activity was a fun way for the kids to cool down. I took a bunch of t-shirts and soaked them in water and then stuck them in my freezer for several hours. The kids each got a frozen t-shirt and their goal was to be the first one to open the shirt up and put it on. They were banging shirts on tress trying to get theirs to open up!

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This gathering was one for the record books. Saying goodbye to summer was never more bittersweet. While I’m excited for the structure the school year brings, I know I’ll long for hot summer evenings like this one.

For more information on CLIF Kid including fun back to school lunch ideas, outdoor play activities, and more, be sure to visit the CLIF Kid page on Facebook.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Back to School | A Day in Our Lives

This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

Back to school means a new routine for my family, so I thought I’d share what a day in our lives looks like now that we’re in a new schedule. This photo journal is a little peek into our daily lives here in the High Desert as we head back to school.

Good morning stares form the dog.

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Waffles in the toaster because it’s pretty much all they ever ask for.

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Then we head off to school to drop off the boys. Evelyn isn’t in school yet, but shhhhh…don’t tell her that.

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Evelyn and I head out to a meeting at our church after dropping off the dudes.

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And after the meeting we headed to Target because well, TARGET. And we picked up Nature Made® KIDS FIRST® Multivitamin Gummies. It’s my goal this year to start the year on track with quality healthy habits. Nature Made® KIDS FIRST Multivitamin Gummies come in great-tasting all- natural fruit flavors that my kids love. Not only do they taste great, which means no complaints from the kids, but they also help fill many of the key nutrient gaps from my kid’s diets and support overall health.

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When we got home, Evelyn couldn’t wait another minute to try the Nature Made®, KIDS FIRST®. The gummies contain 12 essential nutrients for age-specific nutritional support, including vitamins A, C, D and E, B vitamins, and minerals like iodine and zinc. Evelyn loves that they come in great-tasting all- natural fruit flavors like Orange, Cherry & Mixed Berry.

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Then it was laundry time. Much groaning was had.

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Miss Evelyn and I left to pick up the boys from school a little early so she could play in the grass.

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The boys did their homework while I squeezed in a few emails.

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These two dudes helped me with dinner. BLTs are perfectly acceptable for back to school dinner, right?

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I took the pooch out for a bathroom break and enjoyed the desert sunset.

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Our days are getting busier and the days shorter, but I welcome the new structure. Soon we’ll be in a perfect symphony and our healthy habits will be second nature.

For more information on Nature Made®, KIDS FIRST® be sure to visit the Nature Made® page on Facebook and check out their website on ShopCentric.

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Beat Bugs Premiere and How I Fail at Being Hollywood

Netflix invited me to the premiere of their new original animated series, Beat Bugs. They’ve also given me a free subscription to their service to facilitate this post. All thoughts, opinions, and ideas are my own. Thank you to Netflix for partnering with me and thank you readers for supporting the brands that support my family and this blog.

Last week, the kiddos and I loaded up our Chevy and drove from our sleepy desert town towards Hollywood. We were invited to attend the Beat Bugs premiere with Netflix and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to jam to some of our favorite Beatles tunes via the new animated Netflix Original Series.

My littlest kiddos were super stoked to be invited to an event that was created around them and I was just excited because I heard there’d be booze. The event was held at the Los Angeles restaurant Au Fudge and Netflix had set up complimentary valet for the event. I felt very high class.

When we walked in we were greeted by friendly faces and a fun green carpet. And I was promptly handed a white sangria while the kids were served fruit boxes on a silver tray.

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The kiddos got to choose fun hats based on the characters from the series and Netflix also had a little photo area set up for the kids to pose. I’m never one to pass up a good cheesy photo op.

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The screening room was one of the spaces in the restaurant that they had cleared out and tossed a ton of bean bags into for the kids. Pretty much optimum kid watching setting. Evelyn wasted no time before jumping into the pile and dancing around.

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Netflix had set up a fun coloring book station and tattoo station with temporary tattoos of the Beat Bugs characters.

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We were served all kinds of goodies like flatbread pizza, sliders, and macaroni and cheese balls.

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And Evelyn drank no less than twelve juice boxes.

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The show was awesome and it made my heart happy to hear so many young kiddos singing Beatles songs together. Each episode is what I like to call snack sized, which just means they were 10-15 minute episodes perfect for the attention span of a snacking toddler. They played three episodes, which was a good choice because the little room ended up being packed to the gills with people. We were all sitting extra close to each other. We got personal. I got sweaty.

Once the screening was over, Evelyn informed me she took her shoes off and put them in Andie’s room. Only Andie’s room was 90 miles away at home. I then turned over every bean bag searching for the brand new moccasins that I purchased the literal week before. And it was then that I discovered my three year old is a magician because that whole restaurant couldn’t find her shoes.

I gave up because I was sweaty and hot and by myself with my four kids. Read: no backup and now that I know my three year old is magic, I need to keep close watch in case she decided to make herself disappear next. We did a few dance moves in the DJ room, shoeless and sweaty.

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After we all busted a move on the dance floor, I decided it was time for us to bid farewell to Hollywood. Really though, I was sweaty and gross and worried I was starting to stink. The Netflix staff gave the kids each a box full of swag and I forced my kids to stop for this picture.

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Evelyn, shoeless, on the front steps of the restaurant while I waited for valet to bring our car around. At least we got some super rad swag for each of the kids! It totally made up for the lost shoes!

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While my kiddos and I did, at the end of it all, have a total blast, I couldn’t help but feel that I totally and completely failed at being a fun Hollywood mom. All of the other moms there looked effortless and fun and put together. By the end of the screening, I had stripped down to just a stained white tank top that I was previously hiding under a kimono. My daughter lost her shoes and that family we got up close and personal with? Ended up being Jackson Rathbone with his wife and two children. I can’t even Twilight right, you guys.

Whine, whine, whine. I know, wah, wah, wah you got to go to a Hollywood event and you’re complaining, Holly. Ha! I’m actually super grateful for the opportunity and I hope I’ll be invited to more events. I’ll always promise to keep it real here for you guys. Even when I fail like I did here. But I hope I at least made you laugh at my blunders.

You can catch the new animated series, Beat Bugs, now on Netflix. Be sure to come back here and tell me who your favorite character was!

Sosa Summer Travel Diaries | SeaWorld San Diego & Aquatica

SeaWorld has become a summer tradition for our family. We have gone every year since moving out here to Southern California four years ago. My kiddos love seeing the sea life up close and I love that it sparks a love for learning more about the animals in the ocean, how they live, and how we as humans can help them to thrive in the wild. Every single time we’ve visited SeaWorld San Diego my kids leave having learned something new. And so do I!

We make the drive to Sea World from our desert oases here in the High Desert and this year, we did it in true comfort and luxury in a Kia Sedona SX-L. It was fully loaded and provided us with plenty of room to drive comfortably from Lucerne Valley to San Diego with four kids in tow (and a dog for part of the way!). We had bootie warmers and even better were the booty coolers & steering wheel cooling feature. We desert folk love anything that keeps us cool! The kids got to watch DVDs with headphones already included with the vehicle and their seats even reclined. Ya’ll, they were so spoiled in this car. And my husband and I were loving that we didn’t feel all squished together and on top of each other.



Totally normal. Riding deep with my four kids and remote control! I’m a mom, you guys. I’m less impressed RPMs and engine sizes than I am with features that keep my family comfortable and the whining to a minimum, ya feel me? My husband really enjoyed the navigation system that helped us to avoid heavy traffic more than once during our travel down to the coast. And one of our favorite features was the parking spot locator. There is an app we downloaded and synced with the Kia Sedona that helped us to locate our vehicle after a long day at the park.

We had some friends over the night before we had to return our fancy Kia Sedona and I overheard my husband say to them, “This is going to be our next vehicle. It’s such a great car.” And I have to agree. After a week with this spacious beauty, how can we turn back? A big family like ours fills up most other vehicles to the brim, but we all had our personal space and felt a little less stressed thanks to the room and features offered in the Kia Sedona SX-L.

As for the parks, despite all of us needing to use the restroom, as soon as we entered the Sea World gates, the kids made a beeline for the cleaner fish. They look forward to these little guys every year. And my husband, with his callouses work hands, always attracts the most fish, which makes the kids scream and giggle.

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We were blessed that my sister, niece, and nephew were able to tag along with us this year thanks to the Veterans program. Anyone who has served in the US military can get a ticket for themselves and three guests to enjoy the park. There was so much cousin love and playing that filled my heart. Here is a gaggle of cousins watching dolphins swim by.

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The older kids got to jump on a ride while Aunt Cort and I hung back with the little ones and explored the tide pool exhibit.

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Collin, whose favorite show ever is Catching Monsters, made a beeline for a freshwater aquarium exhibit and I was surprised to hear him spouting off names of each of the fish. “Mom! That’s an alligator gar! Do you think any bull sharks are in here? Sometimes they go into freshwaters!”

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The older kids and dad on their water ride. They came off totally soaked.

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We strolled by a turtle exhibit and one of the turtles made her way right out of the water towards our squealing kiddos. We all felt personally bonded to this particular turtle, of course, ha!

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Next we fed the bat rays, which is always the coolest! Evelyn, my youngest, is never afraid of getting right up close with any animal and she loves feeding these guys every time we visit.

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The crowing jewel of the trip was when I won wife and stepmom of the year. Jacob, MJ, and Andie got to participate in the Dolphin Interaction Program and actually get in and swim with the dolphins. We’ve been home for three days now and MJ is still clinging to her DIP towel she received after the swim.

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Lunch is always here. Buffet style. Something for everyone. And beer too.

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After we filled our bellies, we headed off to visit the beluga whales at the Wild Arctic exhibit.

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And the three brave girls explored a polar bear cave. Collin was a little too scared.

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We spent some more time exploring the park and learning more about animals. Penguins, flamingos, and otters. We also let each of the kids choose a souvenir. MJ chose a shark tooth necklace, Andie found a pretty starfish necklace, Evelyn chose a mermaid doll, and Collin chose a shark tooth necklace too. This year was supposed to be just for the older girls and Evelyn, but on a fluke we ended up having Collin on board. Sweet Aiden was having surgery to remove something he stuck in his ear (!!!) and his mommy was taking care of him so he couldn’t come, but we did get him some special souvenirs. One of which was a shark tooth necklace similar to Collin’s that he refuses to take off, ha!

Then we went to go pet some sharks.

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Our final stop was one more visit to the cleaner fish. I finally gathered enough courage to let one touch me. And that was plenty adventure for me.

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We finished our evening at Aunt Cort’s house and rested our heads before heading off to Aquatica the next morning.

We knew that we needed to get there early if we wanted any shot at grabbing a couple chairs in the shade. And our mission was a success once we landed a few chairs right under a shady umbrella.

We grabbed lifejackets for the smaller kiddos and headed off right away to get wet! The Lazy River was a great family activity that we all could play in together. There is a small waterfall you can float under and Evelyn was pumped about it. I know it doesn’t look like it here, but she was loving it.

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One of my favorite things about the Aquatica San Diego waterpark is that they have several small areas for different age groups. Evelyn played in the toddler area, which is only about a foot of water, and went down slides in this area without being disturbed or overrun by bigger kids. There were several lifeguards manning the area with measuring sticks to ensure no bigger kids spoiled the fun for the smaller, less agile children.

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For the older kiddos, there was this massive water playground that had a few bigger slides, lots of water machines, and plenty of places to explore. Here is where my big kid prefers to pick his wedgie.

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Poor little Evelyn couldn’t hang. She slowly fell asleep after being wrapped up in her mermaid towel.

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Both parks were such great places for our family to learn and explore together. We have memories from each and every time we visit that will last a lifetime. Growing up, my family had vacation traditions that I still look back on with fondess today. It makes me happy to know that SeaWorld San Diego and Aquatica will be a place for my kiddos to do the same.

For more information, maps, prices, and to purchase tickets for your own SeaWorld adventure, be sure to visit them on Facebook and the SeaWorld and Aquatica websites.

Things My Husband “Borrows” From Me

Husband’s are notorious for “borrowing” from their wives and in a recent study conducted by Skinny Cow, there’s no more hiding it, husbands! Inspired by the results of their study on things husband borrow, I thought I’d share some of the things my husband “borrows” from me on the regular.

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 My Skinny Cow Chocolatey Dipped Ice Cream Sandwiches

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My precious. My indulgence. My secret after-the-kids-are-in-bed treat. I don’t discriminate when it comes to Skinny Cow ice cream, but I’m currently all about the new Skinny Cow Chocolately Dipped Ice Cream Sandwiches in Vanilla Bean Dream (and so is my husband!). It’s pure vanilla bean bliss with vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two chocolate wafers and veiled in a rich, chocolatey coating. It comes in three flavors: Vanilla Bean Dream, Ultimate Chocolate and Creamy Caramel. Sure, it comes in a brown and pink box, but my handsome bearded husband sure loves them too!

My pens

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As a stationery addict, I take my pens seriously. It takes me months to find one that’s perfect for me. Bold tip, rollerball, ink not gel, and pretty to boot. It’s taken him about four years, but he’s finally learning that my pens are off limits.

My shampoo and conditioner (the expensive LUSH kind!)

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Last year I started getting into LUSH products for my hair. I wanted to start taking better care of my short locks and invested in some expensive shampoo and conditioner. I noticed it dwindled down fairly quickly and one whiff of my husband’s hair told me he was a Lushie too. Now I buy double when I have to stock up so that mine doesn’t mysteriously disappear.

My socks

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My husband and I wear the same size shoe (I have Sasquatch feet) and he has a hard time finding men’s socks that fit him without being too lose. Until one day he realized my women’s socks fit quite nicely on his feet. After several drawers missing socks, I finally convinced him to start buying his own socks from the ladies section. There’s no shame…unless you steal them from your wife’s drawer!

My fabric scissors

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If you’re a crafting gal or one who works with fabrics, you know that fabric scissors are costly and that they’ll dull or dent easily when used for other cutting purposes. I finally had to hide my fabric scissors after realizing my husband was using them on things like popsicles (to trim the tips off), plastic, and even on wire. Girls, I had Hades hair when I found sticky residue all over my precious shears!

As much as I enjoy poking a little fun at my husband, I’m equally as guilty when it comes to “borrowing” some of his things (he’s probably still wondering when he’ll get his favorite cardigan back). His men’s brand razors are infinitely better than any woman’s brand I’ve tried so now I get extra for me when picking some up for him. And really, how something is packaged doesn’t mean husbands are off limits. In fact, I encourage my husband to enjoy Skinny Cow and even get his socks from the ladies section for him.

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For more information on Skinny Cow for both you and your hubby, visit the Skinny Cow website. And if you need to stock up on your favorite, be sure to use the Skinny Cow store locator to grab some more for your freezer.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Blobby Monster Treats

This post is sponsored by Netflix. All thoughts, opinions, and ideas are my own. Thank you to Netflix for partnering with me. And thank you readers for supporting the brands that support this blog and my family. #StreamTeam

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In my home, summer means it’s movie season. While Friday night sleepouts (the kids grab their blankets and pillows for a living room camp out) and movies are a usual tradition around here, in the summer time, I take those Friday nights up a notch with themed foods, treats, and activities.

Last Friday, I planned a spooky night around the one of the latest releases on Netflix, Hotel Transylvania 2. My kiddos love Dracula and rehearsing his infamous, “I don’t say BLAH BLAH BLAH!” Drawing inspiration from the silly characters Blobby and Murray, I made Murray Dogs and Blobby Monster Treats.

The Murray Dogs were simple to make. They were just crescent roll dough wrapped around hot dogs and baked until the hot dogs were heated through. They turned out so fun! I added The yellow Murray eyes with a couple dots of yellow for a fun and spooky Hotel Transylvania 2 dinner.

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For the Blobby Monster Treats, I made green JELLO as per the instructions on the box.

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I laid out clear cups over a baking sheet.

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And poured the JELLO into the cups before sticking them in the refrigerator to set for a couple hours.

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Once the JELLO was set and perfectly Blobby textured, I grabbed some candy eyes and added them to the surface of each cup.

All that was left to do was to grab a spoon and slurp down our individual Blobby Monster Treats!

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We invited over a few friends and we all enjoyed the spooky snacks before settling in to watch Hotel Transylvania 2 with our blankets and pillows laid out all over the living room. This is what a typical summer movie night looks like here. Everyone spread out, cozy, and together.


Hotel Transylvania 2 is now available to stream from Netflix, but be sure to check out all the other latest releases for your own themed family summer movie night.