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Charlie Brown, Lucy and Linus

Falling for fall with pumpkins, lattes and #CampSpooky!

Charlie Brown, Lucy and LinusOh yes, friends…it’s time for one of the loveliest times of the year — FALL! Yeah…! While Mama had a blast with the kids this summer…traveling, exploring our own town and just being crafty, it was definitely time to get back into the routine of everyday life. Now as we settle into the new school and homework routine, after-school activities and sports and just remain as busy as we did in the summer time, fall just brings something special to the table.

Living in Southern California, we don’t really get to experience any drastic weather changes or the scenic leave change as some areas of the United States, we do get to experience pumpkin patches on every corner of town with overpriced carnival rides, pony rides and all you can bounce bounce houses, Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Camp Spooky at Knott’s Berry Farm. Yes, you heard Mama right…it’s time to celebrate Halloween with The Peanuts Gang.

Last year Mama and family were lucky enough to experience Camp Spooky for the first time as a family and it’s one of the best theme parks in Southern California. First off, it’s not spooky at all but rather celebrates the whimsical side of Halloween, which is Mama’s favorite part of the holiday. Smiling pumpkins, not scary pumpkins is Mama’s rule of thumb. Oh, and it makes Mama nostalgic…as only Charlie Brown and friends could. Every year we watch The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and laugh and laugh as he waits and waits…it has definitely become a Halloween tradition.

While Knott’s is fun EVERY day of the year with all the fun roller coasters, rides and games, Camp Spooky will entertain your kiddos with special activities like Snoopy’s Costume Contest and Parade; Charlie Brown’s Spooktacular Show; Scary Stories at the Lodge; a Creepy, Crawly Critter Cave; and a Monster Factory (an interactive maze where things “go bump in the night!).

Not to mention all the Bewitching Treats that will be available throughout the park…yum…sugar high! This year Mama is going to surprise the kiddos and not tell them when and where we’re going. The screams of delight will be priceless when we show up at Camp Spooky without a hint. It may or may not show up on Mama’s Instagram and Twitter feed (@EverydayMama is the name…of course!).

Today is only the first day of fall but the minute it turns October 1st, Mama is putting up the Halloween decorations. Camp Spooky runs every weekend, October 5-27 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and is included with your Knott’s Berry Farm regular admission price. In fact, you may consider a Knott’s season pass for the whole family because of all the fun you’ll have!

Mama hopes to see you there…we’ll be the ones hanging with Snoppy and friends!

***Disclosure: Mama was invited to a press event at Camp Snoopy by GigaSavvy in exchange for this blog post. All opinions are Mama’s…meaning Camp Snoopy really is cool or Mama wouldn’t have talked about it (journalistic integrity and all).

Are workouts one size fits all? #30in60

One of the hardest things about being a Mama is finding a little time for yourself. In fact, finding time to workout can be nearly next to impossible. Mama doesn’t know one Mama that doesn’t want to workout and get their pre-baby body back but as we get older we learn to accept that gravity has taken over and that things will just never be the same again. Not for lack of trying. Mama sees fit Mamas all the time and the first thing that comes to mind is…”she has great genes!” Meaning that most likely her body disposition is to naturally bounce back into the skinny shape it was in before. Like Jessica Alba and Nicole Richie…not like Pink and Jessica Simpson. The latter of the four have to work out and eat right — just like the rest of us.

It was after having baby #3 that Mama decided that a new workout was in order. Mama tried home videos but Mama gets easily distracted and loves the social interaction of going to a class. Mama tried yoga — too hard to turn off the brain and live in the moment (with only one hour to workout…Mama wants to sweat it out hard and fast). Mama tried Stroller Strides — not for Mama, as the chance to workout means alone time! Mama tried running — this one actually did work, although running is NOT Mama’s favorite activity. Then came BARRE. A

hh….the love affair with the barre began!

It started out innocently enough…a Groupon. Then it turned into a need more than a want. Then it was a want…a craving brought on by my body and my mind. Need to make it to BARRE today. Two years later and 100 classes in, Mama made her goal of signing the barre. But Mama also noticed that the workout wasn’t making Mama break a sweat anymore. The body shakes were still there but the soreness started to subside and Mama kinda missed it.

During all this Mama’s friends have been incessantly talking about The Dailey Method Carlsbad ( aka @TDMCarlsbad). “You need to try it,” they kept chanting at Mama but loyalty kicked in. Workout studios are like hairdressers — you feel like you’re cheating if you go somewhere else and with all the Facebook and Twitter check-ins that Mama does — Mama was sure she was going to caught. So Mama waited it out…until finally Mama decided it was time to break out of the workout rut and rediscover what other things are out there.

The Dailey Method Interval class at TDM Carlsbad is Mama’s new love. New obsession. Nothing, not even running has made Mama shak

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e and sweat like this in a long time. The new Interval class is what was missing from Mama’s original barre class as it’s the perfect combination of cardio and strengthening movements. Now Mama has friends that are in really good shape and even they were huffing and puffing, sweating and shaking through the class. Don’t worry Mamas — that just means it’s WORKING!

If there’s one thing Mama has learned through this workout journey is that you do have to work hard for it to pay off and if you miss a few days or weeks, it’s okay to start right back again where you started the first time because nothing good comes of not trying. So now it’s the Summer Strong Challenge that Mama and TDM Carlsbad are extending to YOU — join us for 30 classes in 60 days. It sounds like a A LOT but in the scheme of things taking that hour for yourself couldn’t be more needed. Oh, and they make it easy by offering childcare for EVERY class (except 6 a.m. because that’s just too early to take care of kiddos) so they’re happy coloring, watching a video, snacking (no peanuts) or playing with the many toys, while you’re getting your workout on.

Don’t let Mama be lonely in this journey…#30in60 with Mama and we’ll high-five our new firm booties and thighs come September…what do you say?!

For more information or to make reservations at The Dailey Method Carlsbad  visit www.thedaileymethod.com/carlsbad. They also have a handy iPhone app…because everything needs an app.

*Disclaimer: Mama was given one month of classes to try TDM but honestly, Mama just bought classes anyways because love is love. Opinions and everything else is Mama’s. Just Mama’s.

Mama’s DIY Design…Ikea and Design Dad to the rescue

Of course you’re wondering what Mama has been up to the past couple of weeks, right?! Well, besides changing poopy diapers and tripping over our newly blind Pug-dog (so sad Mama knows), Mama has finally broken ground on the DIY project that we’ve been talking about forever and a day. Here’s how it went down…

Hubs: “Lily-girl’s school and craft projects are eating up the dining room table? Where am I supposed to eat?

Mama: “We could do it 1970s-style and bring in TV dinner trays?” (How retro, right?!)

Hubs: *SNIFF* *HUFF* (insert eye roll as well)

Mama: “Okay, let’s finally redo the guest room and make it into a craft/guest/office/homework room?”

Hubs: “That’s a lot going on in one room, don’t you think?”

Mama: “Don’t worry, Mama has Pinterest and Ikea to consult with us!”

Hubs: (insert suspicious raised eyebrows here)

Doesn’t it all come down to Pinterest these days anyways? Well, it’s all good in theory but when it comes to actually applying the ideas in real life it can be a tad overwhelming. As can Ikea on President’s weekend but we managed to make it through with no extras but the one thing we came for (at least this trip) and the hubs survived putting it all together (always a bonus). While the room is still in project-mode and not fully ready to be shown off here, Mama is so proud that we took the plunge to make our house more functional for our family. The kids love sitting in there doing crafts, homework and Mama has space to put all of those craft supplies and projects that are always popping up. Next up is paint and hanging the Plasma TV that Mama found at Costco.

How is this relevant to you and your home? Well, it just so happens that Celebrity Designer Dad Stephan Saint-Onge is presenting a FREE Life Improvement Seminar this Sunday, March 10 at 1 p.m. at IKEA San Diego (2149 Fenton Parkway, San Diego) to help you make your home more functional on a budget and with a little creativity. WHAT?! Sign-me-up! FREE design advice people and it’s a real live person instead of just a pinned picture!

Presented by Family Circle and Ikea, you’re sure to get the room advice you’ve always wanted but never wanted to pay a designer for.

Plus, they’re going to have some awesome FREE giveaways for attendees!! So come on down and get your free design advice and be inspired to make your kitchen or any extra space in your house that more functional this year. Believe Mama when she says it’s life-changing y’all!

Don’t believe Mama on how fabulous his advice is? Check out this video:

See you there! XOXO

 

*This is a sponsored post but all opinions and design are Mama’s. Mama really does like IKEA and Design Dad.

Monday must-have: indoor fun for kids

What a weekend…it rained…and rained…and then it was windy and cold. The sun did peek out every once in awhile but not enough to make you want to drudge the kids to the park to play in the mud. As you know, Mama always has a few tricks up her sleeve when it comes to entertaining the kids on a rainy day but sometimes, you just want do to something a bit different but way fun. Sometimes we just get stuck in a rut of how to entertain the kids when the weather is less than spectacular or perhaps you have a few things around the house you need to get done. These activities will keep them entertained at least long enough for you to brush your teeth or take a quick shower!

Happy Monday Mamas! XOXO

1. BabbaCo BabbaBox — remember last year when Mama told you how obsessed the kids are with getting mail? They live for even junk mail like the Disney Movie Club stickers or a flyer about a new hotel. So you can just imagine their delight when a package addressed just to them arrives every month that is full of activities that kids and parents can enjoy together without ever having to leave the house. Appropriate for kids ages 3-7 (although, Lily-girl is almost 7 and she still adores it), BabbaCo delivers a box of themed activities and crafts. For example, this month (February 2013) the “My Awesome Adventures” BabbaBox is available and it will get their little imaginations revving. Which is such a change from turing on the TV (EEK!). This month BabbaCo and Shutterfly have teamed up to give you gifts and prizes (SCORE!). Just sign up for BabbaCo’s newsletter which will give you fresh ideas for activities, recipes and other fun stuff and you are entered to win a great prize package: an Annual Membership to the BabbaBox ($240 value), and a $50 Gift Card from Shutterfly. Additionally, BabbaCo is also running a “Cure to the Indoor Blues” offer right now: 33% ($10) Off the 1st month of a new monthly or annual subscription. Just use the Coupon Code: FEB33 at checkout. So fun and so what the doctor ordered for a rainy day. To sign-up for the Newsletter and/or a box subscription visit, www.babbaco.com.

2. Dance Party — crank up the tunes and get the wiggles out. We always sing really, really loud and jump on the couch…because if you can’t do it on a rainy day, then when can you do it?! Oh, and the best part…it’s FREE!!

3. Window Markers — drawing on paper is so ordinary but drawing on the glass windows and doors is so boredom busting. Have them doodle away and then wipe on, wipe off with glass cleaner for easy clean-up. Crayola Washable Window Markers, $3.88, at amazon.com.

4. Game On — blow off the dust of of those board games and get the kids thinking on how they can beat you in Old Maid, UNO or Sorry. If you have preschoolers (ages 3-5), try the new Bear in Underwear game, $20, at kiddlywinks.com.

5. READ, READ…READ! — how many books do you have in your house that you haven’t read in months or maybe even years? Pull them all out and have a reading marathon. The kids will love discovering old treasured books and it may spark their imaginations for new activities like building forts out of pillows saving the world!

**This post was sponsored by BabbaCo in an effort to get your kid’s imaginations moving and creating…nothing wrong with that!

Outdoor water fun…maybe?!

Being a Mama is funny sometimes. In fact, Mama the other days just had to stop at the hilarity of the situation of three kids whining, crying and tantruming and just giggle. Why get mad when you could just laugh instead?

So this week it’s just plain HOT outside. Okay, for those of you in the midwest…we do have nothing to complain about but 83 degrees is hot around here. Mama has finally caught up with work and has a few minutes to  take Baby Boy swimming in our community pool. Awesome, right? Well we finally get there…only to find out the pool is closed and drained on the hottest day of the year so far. BUMMER! He’s been so patient and really needs some time with Mama so what do we do…we go home and find our old baby pool to blow-up.

After spending a half-hour blowing it up, the pool is ready. CeCe and Baby Boy get in and are happy for about 15 minutes before the pool slowly starts to deflate…and soon becomes flat. WHAT?! Of course, a tiny hole because it hasn’t been used since last summer. So what do we do now? We head into the air conditioned car and go to Target to scout a new one out. We scour the aisles and happen to find only 10 left. Three of which won’t work because they are Princess and then tucked in the way back…a Cars pool and it comes with a slide. Success! We run home and Mama reads the directions.

“Don’t use a high-power air compressor on this pool as it may damage the seams. Blow-up only via mouth or hand pump.”

Seriously?! Blow-up only by mouth??? Last time it took a half-hour with an air compressor. This is not looking good.

Mama starts blowing, and blowing and huffing and puffing for 15 solid minutes. Mama is feeling light-headed and the pool still looks deflated as does Baby Boy and CeCe has all but forgotten the fun of having a pool and has taken up shrieking instead. She’s not entertained by Mama blowing up the pool. Mama decides to ignore the instructions (men do it all the time!) and use the air compressor.

This pool is taking forever to blow-up but finally…finally, another 30 minutes go by and we have ourselves a backyard pool. Baby Boy immediately jumps in and CeCe decides to join him…but what about Mama? Mama is so HOT from all this air blowing and running to Target. Why not jump in too? So Mama sticks a few toes in and is quickly told by Baby Boy, “this pool is NOT for adults Mama. Only kids — see the box.” 

Humph! He’s too smart for his own good. So here’s our pool for the summer and what we’re doing to stay cool and have fun at the same time. However, when it comes to water…the kids aren’t all that picky about how to play with it. Water balloons and water squirters for a good old fashioned water fight are always fun too and toddlers always love water tables to splash around in.

So this summer it’s all about water fun and cooling down…how do you like to play with your kids outdoors on a hot summer day?

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