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Oh Target, how I love thee…

3770Mama may not be the only one having a love affair with Target but what Mama does know is that it does in fact have everything you need to survive in life…stylishly. Everything from their designer collaborations to the Andy Warhol designed Perrier bottles that Target carries, reminds Mama of going to a fancy wedding on a budget. You know how Mama loves to get something fabulous for a bargain because honestly, we all know that people only compliment the items that you get at Target for $25 versus the expensive vase you bought at Tiffany & Co. for $200. It’s just the way the world works. People appreciate chic finds at great prices. Which is why Mama went on a style hunt this past weekend to find the perfect items at Target for their Target Wedding series of “Be Yourself, Together.” The theme meaning that two people with individual styles can come together to celebrate their love while also celebrating their unique and separate styles. Where was Target when Mama was planning her own winter wedding almost nine years ago this next December 4th?! While it doesn’t snow in Southern California where we live, we wanted the occasion to seem like a once in a lifetime experience like seeing it snow in Southern California at the beach for the very first time. It married my husband’s love for the place we live while not being overly feminine in colors like pink and purple.

With all the new social media channels it’s even easier to find something that strikes your fancy when trying to create a “theme” to your wedding. Pinterest, Tumbler and Instagram are great places to find that inspiration along with just searching catalogs like the Target Wedding Catalog. Here’s a few things from Target that Mama would have loved to add to the winter white wedding we had or if you have an anniversary coming up, it’s a great time to put all those ideas you’ve collected together and throw a fantastic party again to celebrate your love!

Oh how Mama would have loved to ride into the tent we had put up on these bikes — how FUN!! You could also add signs on the back that say “Just Married” or give these as a gift to the happy couple (go in on it with a couple of friends to make the price more affordable).


As the night goes on, an espresso is just what is needed. Mama doesn’t like regular coffee but a latte, yes! This Nespresso machine will let people personalize their drinks just like at Starbucks but without the paper cup where their name is spelled wrong! Hire someone to man the coffee bar or let people do it themselves. What a perfect touch to keep the party going into the wee hours of the night!

14575825_130516063000_265x265Another thing Mama loves is desserts! You can never have too many options when it comes to sweets. Mama loves the idea of skipping the big wedding cake in favor of smaller bite desserts like lemon bars, mini cupcakes and brownies on these tired pedestal stands. Just think…you can keep the stands after for your next party too!


Mama just loves the new decor that is out there too for the holidays — you can save a ton of money by adding a few of these items like tinsel trees as centerpieces instead of doing flowers. Candles are also a perfect way to add ambiance without a whole lot of money. What Mama does remember is registering at Target for those household items you can’t live without, so if you’re getting married anytime soon, sign up on the Target Wedding Registry…you can thank Mama later!

Since Mama has such a love affair with Target, they kindly offered Mama to giveaway one $25 gift card to an Everyday Mama reader! Lucky YOU! Everyone needs something from Target and why not get one of these great items for an upcoming wedding or party! Here’s what you need to do to enter: Visit the Target Wedding Catalog and tell Mama in the comments below your favorite item for the party you’ll be hosting (a wedding, bridal shower, celebration of love…). Easy, peasy…just like finding the perfect items at Target!

***Giveaway rules: The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and must be at least 18 years old. The giveaway runs from 11/7/13 to midnight PST on 11/14/11 at which time a winner will be selected at random and e-mailed. If within 48 hours the winner has not responded, another winner will be selected. Thanks for entering!

***Disclosure: Mama was provided a $50 gift card as compensation for this post by Target. All opinions are Mama’s own and as you can tell from Mama’s previous posts, Mama really does love Target.


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


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.

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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Mamas going green…

So the other day Lily-girl caught Mama throwing a yogurt container into the trash. First she gasped then she rolled her eyes and then she told Mama, “you know, that can be recycled.”

“You’re right honey, Mama wasn’t thinking.”

“Well, actually I’ve been meaning to talk to you about how you need to reuse and recycle more things around the house.”

And there you have it…the six year-old of the house is going to give Mama lessons on how to be more green.

In school, they now teach kids what to recycle, how to reuse more and how to be good to the earth. These were not really lessons that were taught when Mama was growing up. Everything ended up in the landfill. It’s refreshing to be nurturing a new generation of kids that are more aware of their environment and how they can help be a good citizen of the earth.

Mama tries to recycle as much as we can and reuse as much as we can because…it’s the little things that count…

  • Reuse containers then recycle — eat yogurt? Take the containers, rinse them out and use them for painting. We like to fill them with water to change colors or paints.
  • Pick up your trash — sounds simple enough but there is still A LOT of people that don’t take the time to pick up their own trash. See trash that’s not yours? Pick it up anyways because helping keep the earth clean is everyone’s problem.
  • Fresh air is best — sure it’s been HOT outside but sometimes fresh air is best to cool down the house. Conserve energy early in the morning and in the evening by turning up the thermostat and opening your windows. The fresh air will take out the musty smell in the house and also cool it down.
  • Crafts made easy — truth is, almost anything in your house can be made into a craft. Try reusing your paper roll towel tubes and toilet paper tubes to make rocket ships and spy glasses or take an old sock and make it a puppet. It’s like a Craft Wars challenge in your own house…ready, set, go!
  • Bring your own bag — Mama loves bags. We keep them in every car and stroller so wherever we may be and want to shop, we have our own bags to use. It’s a small difference but if you think of how many times you go to the grocery store in the week, you can save 20 bags!!
  • Grow your own — we don’t have a big yard and living at the beach has it’s pluses but one of them is not having sun all the time. What we can grow is herbs, lots of them. There’s nothing like going out to your tiny garden and clipping fresh basil, mint and thyme to use in dinner. You save a ton of money buying fresh herbs but you also save the earth by not driving to the store too.

While these things may seem small, they do make a difference. We are always trying to think of ways to save the earth in our little way…What’s your favorite green tip?

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