12 Ways We Financially Prepared for Twins

Twins are an amazing treasure. With how often they draw the attention of people as they pass, it’s impossible not to be constantly reminded of the tremendous blessing that these little oddities of nature are. But when we first found out we were expecting twins, one of our biggest joy-crushers was the fear of how we were going to afford them. As early as the first trimester, I started working to … [Read more...]

Our Big Huge Vacation in the Car

Last week I did something I never thought I'd do. I, the master planner of all things, threw caution to the wind and suitcases in the car and hit the road. Armed with a seven-year-old, tattered map of California and our cell phones, my husband and I set out for a trek across the state. Having only a vague idea of which highway we would take, and with two days to travel 800 miles, we embarked upon … [Read more...]

Fun, Free and Cheap Things to do in San Diego with Kids

Summer vacation is here! And I know a lot of parents are thinking to themselves, "How am I supposed to entertain my child all summer?" No worries, friends. I've got your summer covered with a ton of free and cheap things to do in San Diego with kids this summer. First off, here are some ongoing cheap things to do in San Diego with kids this summer:Spraygrounds/Splashpads: Waterfront Park in … [Read more...]

Homemade Fruit Popsicles

Disclosure: Some links may be affiliate. The weather’s really warming up around here, and summer is just around the corner. During the summer I’m always looking for ways to cool off without running the air conditioner or loading up on calories. So far, 2 out of the last 4 summers I was pregnant and eating way too much ice cream. This summer I’m working on getting back to my old ‘thin’ self, so … [Read more...]

Backyard Grilling with Quality ALDI Groceries

This post was sponsored by ALDI as part of Influencer Activation by Influence Central. Warm weather is here and that means pool parties, park days and backyard grilling! I hit up my local ALDI store that just opened and got a boatload of great groceries for a great price. For more on that, watch my ALDI haul video below or click here to be taken to YouTube.   With finals and report cards and … [Read more...]

DIY Thank You Gift for Classroom Volunteers

In 2012 I taught a transitional kindergarten class of 26 small children. We did some fun projects, put on a performance, and even went on a walking field trip to the park! The only reason we could do so much was because I had some great parent volunteers. As the year was coming to a close, I wanted to give them a gift to say thank you for the hours they spent volunteering in my classroom. I … [Read more...]

Finding Joy When Life is Crazy Busy

As a working mom of 4, I’m becoming quite the expert on how to survive as a busy parent. But while survival is great, if that’s all I’m trying to do is just survive, then I’m selling myself short. The real challenge is to get through each day with a smile on your face and a bounce in your step. That, my friends, was the struggle I found myself in not long ago. I felt like my life was so busy that … [Read more...]

Summer Vacation and a Chance to Win a Free Trip to Australia Thanks to a2 Milk®!

This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.You guys, I can't believe it. I am only two weeks away from summer vacation.I've been teaching for nine years, but these last four has been getting progressively harder. I've changed grade levels every year for the last four years, which … [Read more...]

Bathroom Organization Solutions

Disclosure: Some links may be affiliate. Whether you have a big bathroom or a small bathroom, it seems there is not always enough space for everything to fit nicely. Or maybe things that are kept in the bathroom could use a more eye-catching way of being displayed. We have a teeny bathroom, so I’m always on the lookout for fun new ideas for organization. After scouring the internet one day, I … [Read more...]

6 Things I’m Learning as a Twin Parent

With every new transition in life come the opportunity to learn and grow as an individual. My greatest change so far has been when we welcomed our twins Madeline and Emily into our lives. Raising twins was a whole new parenting challenge, full of surprises. I'll be the first to say that I'm not perfect. Thankfully, being a parent of twins has taught me about myself and has helped to make me a … [Read more...]