Happy 9th Birthday Ethan!

This is one lucky kid. We are celebrating Ethan’s birthday in Hawaii! Since I was late posting his birthday post last year, I wanted to make sure that I posted on the day of his birth this year.

I can’t believe my miracle baby is already 9 years old. He’s changed my life in so many ways.I love you to the moon and back and then back again, buddy.

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All boy

Daring

Self Confident

Bookworm

Smart

Curious

Still a Minecraft Lover

Funny

My favorite boy in the whole world

 

 

Happy 7th Birthday Girls!

Today my little ladies turn 7! They started 2nd grade last week, and are enjoying their new friends and teacher.

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Every year, I write a Happy Birthday post to them and share words that describe them.

Happy Birthday Lila!

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Helpful

Caring

Silly

Careful

Sweet

Loving

Mommy’s Girl

Happy Birthday Mia!

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Independent

Chatty

Helpful

Loves learning

Self confident

Girly

My mini me

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Happy Birthday ladies! We love you so much!

Save Yourself From Motion Sickness With Dramamine!

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We are getting ready to go to Hawaii soon, our first big family vacation! There be lots of snorkeling and driving around exploring the island, and maybe even a few boat rides.

But I always worry about is motion sickness. I have had a couple of major motion sickness experiences that still make my stomach turn when I think about them.

Like the one time I was a kid and was reading in the car up the windy roads of a mountain. Although I didn’t vomit, I have never been so nauseated in my life…not even when I had morning sickness! I never read in the car anymore, and I try to keep my eyes closed when we are on windy roads or lots of hills. Because the thought of experiencing that feeling again terrifies me.

Then there was the time as an adult that my uncle took us for a ride on his sailboat. Before we left, he asked if anybody wanted some Dramamine® so as to avoid getting sick on the boat. I passed, because I hadn’t experienced motion sickness for years (though I had never been on a sailboat before, either.) Well, of course I got motion sickness and this time I did vomit. A lot. I ended up lying down below deck for the entire sail. It was absolutely miserable.

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So anytime we travel, I always dread the possibility of motion sickness. Which is why I started taking Dramamine® for motion sickness as a preventative measure. Dramamine® is the #1 pharmacist recommended brand for treating and preventing motion sickness. Until I decided to learn more about the brand, I never knew you could take it to treat motion sickness!

And while most of us know about regular Dramamine® , you can also find Dramamine ® Non-Drowsy Naturals. To make sure that motion sickness won’t ruin our trip, I’ll be taking them with me. Better safe than sorry.

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What I like about the Dramamine® Non-Drowsy Naturals is that it can prevent and treat nausea and vomiting without the drowsy side effects through a clinically tested dosage of ginger. Other sources of ginger that you can find in candies, gums, or ginger ale may not contain a full clinical dose and may not work as well to alleviate symptoms. And because it’s made from natural ginger, it’s safe to use anytime you need it (but don’t take more than 4 capsules in a 24 hour period!)

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I’ll keep you posted on whether or not it works for me and if it’s really non-drowsy. I’m hoping I don’t have to use it, but I know I will be taking it before I step foot on any boats or in a car on any windy roads!

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Book Review: Treasure Hunters by James Patterson – Book 4

Disclosure: I received a copy of Treasure Hunters by James Patterson and compensation for an honest review of the book through MomSelect. All opinions expressed are my own.

It’s no secret that I LOVE to read. Mia and Ethan also love to read, while Lila would rather do something else. That’s okay…two out of three mini-me bookworms still makes me happy! While we’ve slacked off on reading this summer, one book that we did sit down and read together was out of the series Treasure Hunters by James Patterson. We hadn’t read any of this series before (I can’t believe I hadn’t ever heard of the series!,) but we were excited to dive into Treasure Hunters Peril At the Top of the World.

Looking for a new series for your middle grader to read? The Treasure Hunters by James Patterson series is full of mystery, humor, and fun!

Book Review: Treasure Hunters by James Patterson

Treasure Hunters Peril at the Top of the World is one of those books that grabs you right away with an exciting plot and fun characters. Although it’s the fourth book in the series, you can pick up the book and it reads like a standalone book – you can follow along without feeling like your missing out on relevant information. In fact, the kids didn’t even realize it was part of a series until Ethan asked if there are other books like this that he can read!

Looking for a new series for your middle grader to read? The Treasure Hunters by James Patterson series is full of mystery, humor, and fun!

Ethan loves reading to his sisters.

The book may seem long to younger kids; there are 362 pages but the chapters are short, most just a few pages long. So even if you only have time for a few pages, you’ll get through a chapter or two. There are also pictures throughout the book which helps break up text. Ethan’s past needing pictures, but the girls still like them (they give them visual clues and helps them understand what’s going on.)

Another thing about the pictures and text…they are funny! The humor is easy for the kids to “get” and the pictures had us laughing out loud.

Looking for a new series for your middle grader to read? The Treasure Hunters by James Patterson series is full of mystery, humor, and fun!

And here’s a little bit more about Treasure Hunters…

Treasure Hunters by James Patterson is a series that we will definitely read again. Ethan wants to start at Book 1 and read them all! The series also qualifies as AR books through Ethan’s school meaning he’ll get credit towards his reading goal for reading them (always a bonus!)

If you haven’t read chapter books with your kids, the series Treasure Hunters by James Patterson is a great place to start! Although written for an older crowd, my 2nd graders enjoyed the book too! Why? Because the book is full of action, mystery, humor, and fun!

And here’s a Fun Fact: James Patterson has written more #1 bestsellers for kids than any other living author. So you know kids love his books!

You can pick up a hardcover copy of Treasure Hunters Peril At the Top of the World and you can also find the series available in paperbook, eBook editions ,and audio versions. For more information about this book and the entire series, visit treasurehuntersbooks.com.

Have your kids read the Treasure Hunters by James Patterson series? Did they like the series?

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My Life In Pictures: July 16 – 31, 2016

Over the past six months or so, twice a month I share my Instagram pictures since I can’t seem to find time to write! I call it My Life In Pictures. You can see all of my previous posts here.

These past two weeks have been full of fun! From play dates with good friends to soccer camp, concerts, and whale watching, we’ve kept ourselves busy. Here’s what we’ve been up to…

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Not a flattering picture of myself, I know. But I started working out again and am having a blast AND burning a ton of calories! My hair is soaking wet and you can see sweat droplets. A fantastic workout in just a half an hour. What is it? Chalene Johnson’s PiYo. I LOVE the Beachbody workout DVD’s – I’ve even written about one of my favorites, Brazil Butt Lift (which also happens to be the 5th most popular post on my blog.) But the one I am currently obsessing over and having a blast doing is Autumn Calabrese’s Country Heat workout. If you like country music and want to have fun working out, you need this DVD set! I burned almost 400 calories and walked over 5000 steps in just 30 minutes yesterday – and had fun doing it!

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Ethan had soccer camp all week two weeks ago from 5 – 8 PM at a school far enough away that it didn’t make sense for me to drop him off and come home. So I put on my walking shoes and walked the track to get my daily 10,000 steps in. I posted this picture on both Instagram and Facebook, and had several people ask what tennis shoes I had on. They are etnies Scouts, and by far the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned. In fact, they are the only sneakers that Ethan will wear! etnies sent both Ethan and I a pair 2 years ago to try out. You can read about why he loves his etnies Scouts here. I even bought Jason a pair because Ethan loved them so much. Since then, I’ve tried to buy him other shoes, but he only wants his Scouts. And trust me, I understand why.

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These are called Surprise lilies or Lady Slipper lilies. I planted them years before Ethan was born, and he will be 9 next month. I guess the surprise is (and we joke about it every time we talk about them) is that they never bloom. This is the first time in 10+ years that they actually bloomed! We totally forgot about them, so it really was a surprise to see them. They’re gorgeous, but I don’t know if they were worth the wait!

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Jason and I, along with my sister and brother-in-law, went to see one of my favorite bands a couple of weeks back. Korn played with Rob Zombie and I couldn’t miss it! We’ve seen Korn several times and they never disappoint. This time was no exception. They kicked ass!

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I have lived in So Cal all my life, and never been whale watching. That changed last week when the Aquarium of the Pacific invited the kids and I to whale watch in Long Beach. It was an amazing experience! At one point, our boat was surrounded by 7 whales at the same time! Since it was a media event, a few news outlets were there too, and guess what?…

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The kids made it on the 6 o’clock news! Stay tuned for more pictures and details of our whale watching experience, as well as the news clip of the kids!

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We got the book Treasure Hunters Peril At The Top Of The World by James Patterson, and Ethan couldn’t wait to start reading it to his sisters. I love reading books together with the kids! Stay tuned for their video book review coming soon.

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And this past Sunday, we were all tired from the fun and the heat. So ice cream for dinner (for the kids, not me) sounded like a fantastic idea!

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And over the past month or so, I’ve made some major changes in my life. I’ve started eating better, working out, and making time for me. I’m taking care of myself. I thought this was a great reminder and hope you get something out of it, too!

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