Sammy Makes Six

Jul 28, 2015

Back-to-School w/ Groupon

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Groupon, however all opinions are my own.

It's about that time, in 2 short weeks the kids will be back in school and we will be running around like chickens with our heads cut off. August for me has always been the busiest month of the year and it's hard to get back on track with school drop offs and everything else that comes with back-to-school. So what about the back-2-school shopping, are you done with yours? I haven't even begun! That's right, I am leaving my school shopping for the last 2 weeks and it's not on purpose, it's just been so crazy. So now I am down to the last 2 weeks and so far all I have for my child is a backpack and lunchbox. What about her uniforms, new shoes, school supplies? Yep, I have NONE of that. 

But instead of stressing about it, I am going to get proactive and hit Groupon Coupons online and start going down my shopping list. There you can find coupons for places like Target ($5 off $50 coupon) where I get a lot of her school supplies, Aeropostale (30% off one item in store) and more. For my older girls I found 10% off Forever 21 and FREE SHIPPING, I also love shopping for Sammy here but unfortunately her school is uniform only but I will of course get her some goodies anyways, because I am a good shopper if nothing else. In my defense I love a good sale and why not? Anytime that I can get a bonus 10% off or score a coupon, I love to take advantage. 

So don't miss out on the extra savings you can score just by visiting Groupon Coupons online. Have a list of stores and items ready and go down their site checking the stores you need to shop at. I think you will find there is quite a bit of savings to be had, and with as much as it's going to cost to send the kiddos back-to-school, we need those savings!

Jul 27, 2015


Hat: Shaun White at Target
Shirt: Shaun White at Target
Pants: Shaun White at Target
Shoes: Vans

Beanie:Shaun White at Target
Shirt: H&M
Pants: unknown store
Shoes: Payless :(

Sea World #Summer2015

Yesterday we took a trip to Sea World to spend the day and celebrate Jeremiah's second b-day which is tomorrow. We actually have the year passes, which we got two months ago. Before that we hadn't been to Sea World in about 8 years, which is a long time especially considering that we used to be season pass holders when we lived in San Diego County. Now it's pretty far (over 2 hours) and it's also changed a lot but we wanted the kids to get to know this place that used to be so cool to my girls when they were little. Overall it was a good day. The food was better than last trip, we had chicken chowmein and Nutella crepes (pics on IG), as well as Churros and lots and lots of drinks because it was HOT. They were out of ice all day long though which is pretty ridiculous considering they charge so much, it was a hot day and they are a theme park, so that kind of sucked but it is what it is. If I were to talk about what's wrong with Sea World, I would be here all I just don't feel the same about this place since watching Blackfish, you know? We didn't end up staying for the Shamu show or the fireworks because our drive would be too long to stay that late, but the day was nice. We're hoping to go back at least one more time before the year and our passes end. After that...maybe never. I don't take a stand on a lot of things in life but humane treatment of animals is one thing I try to support. 

Celebrating National Ice Cream Month!

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Real California Milk, however all opinions are my own. 

July is National Ice Cream Month, and to celebrate we have been enjoying plenty of it, not that we need extra encouragement to enjoy this sweet treat. Summer is in fact the best time of the year to have some extra ice cream in your life, the days are long and hot and a cool ice cream cone or cup make the days sweeter. I try to take the kids out for a cone at least twice a week and of course we always have a few flavors to enjoy while at home. When purchasing ice cream I always look for  brands made with 100% real California milk that feature the Real California Milk seal, which can be found on a wide variety of brands, including store brands. When you see the Real California Milk seal, you’ll feel good knowing that the product is certified as having been made with 100% Real California Milk from Real California Dairy families. I live in the Hemet/San Jacinto area, which boasts a lot of dairy farms. We see these on our way in and out of town all the time, so being able to support our local farms when purchasing with the Real California Milk seal feels good. 

Just three scoops of mint and chip ice-cream and some extra chocolate topping and we have a yummy snack or treat that makes our day so much better. And even lazy ol' me can get that made up in just a few minutes. Sammy's mom is NOT the best cook, but she sure can come up with some good snacks! Want a bite?

Ice cream is a treat meant to be shared and enjoyed often. There are a number of ways to enjoy ice cream featuring the Real California Milk seal – from milkshakes and ice cream sandwiches to plain, good ole ice cream! For recipe ideas, visit the Real California Milk website or their ‘Real California Recipes’ online cookbook. Tomorrow we are making real fruit paletas with strawberry ice cream, what's your favorite way to enjoy ice cream?

P.S. Join me tomorrow July 28 at 2 p.m. ET: #CAicecream Twitter Party. Join us so we can chat about National Ice Cream Month, share ice cream recipes made with Real California Milk and more! 

My top 3 "Make Mommy's Life Easier" Baby Shower Gifts

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Diaper Genie® but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #PlaytexEssentials

Babies are the most magical, beautiful thing in the world aren't they? This weekend we celebrated Jeremiah's second birthday. Jeremiah is the youngest of my grand kids and it made me realize that we don't have any more babies in our family, which is a little sad. Kids grow up so quickly and sometimes it seems like they were just born when all of a sudden they are a whole 2 years old! Now that my girls all have toddlers, it's time to get my baby fix somewhere else. It's a good thing that in our circle of family and friends there is never a shortage of expectant mommies and showers. In fact I just went shopping for a baby shower last week at Target, and as I was trying to figure out what to buy baby, because there are SO MANY cute things to pick from, I realized that I wanted to make sure to buy something that will make the expectant moms life easier. This is a first time mommy and she has no idea just how much hard work she is in for. 

My top 3 "Make Mommy's Life Easier" Baby Shower Gifts

1: Diaper Genie: As any mom will tell you, you will spend your first months changing more diapers than you could have ever imagined. One of the most essential gifts to give a new mommy is a Diaper Genie. This #1 selling diaper pail takes care of the mess and smell of all of those diapers. Its design is nice enough to fit into any nursery and it really just makes diaper changes so much easier. When I had my girls we had to run out of the house with each diaper and that made for a never ending chore. 

2: Baby monitor: When I had my older girls, baby monitors did not exist. I had to be so vigilant, always going back and forth to check on a sleeping baby can really wear a new mom out, especially if she is trying to capitalize on that baby's nap with one of her own. Now baby monitors are everywhere and they can be placed where ever baby is so that mommy can catch up on life or take a nap without having to run in to check baby every 5 minutes. 

3: A good baby stroller: I remember those first months when I had my oldest and how my mom thought it best that I was home all day long. Pretty soon I was ready to throw myself out of a window. That's why my 3rd gift is a stroller, which pretty much means FREEDOM. I learned by my 3rd kid that if I wanted to remain sane during those first months with a new baby, I needed to get out of the house. A good stroller that is very baby friendly is a moms best friend. It can be a walk around the neighborhood, to the park or even to the mall, but being able to grab baby and head outside even if just for 30 minutes, can literally save ones sanity. 

Be sure to take advantage of the Diaper Genie “Mommy Time” Rewards Program! Earn points to use towards great rewards for yourself every time you buy or register for  Diaper Genie products.  “Mommy Time” Rewards Program are a way for mommy's to get a little more "me" time. By enrolling in the rewards program, you will earn points every time you make a Diaper Genie purchases. These points can then be redeemed for products and services that will make your life easier.

Here is how the program works:
1. Buy: Purchase participating Diaper Genie products
2. Snap: Take a photo of your store receipt using your mobile phone or upload a photo of your receipt or baby registry from your desktop and create your own Mommy Time Rewards profile at
3. Redeem: Log in to your Mommy Time Rewards account to redeem your points for eGift Card rewards.  Mom can reward herself with her favorite products from participating retailers like Sephora and Zappos, or eGift Cards for massages, dining and more.