Category Archives: Girls

Knott’s Berry Vacation

Thanks to  Knott’s Berry Farm for sponsoring our trip to the park!

In all honesty I was not sure what to expect when we were invited to spend the day at Knott’s Berry Farm during our recent summer vacation. I went when I was 10, but after racking my old man with three kids brain the only detail I could remember was that I had fun. So taking the kids this summer was like going for the first time and had me a little nervous. “Will the kids like it? Will there be things they will actually enjoy besides seeing their beloved Snoopy in real life? Do they have a kids area they won’t burn out on in 5 minutes?” All these worries were quickly squashed as soon as we headed into the park.

The first area we checked out was the newly updated “Ghost Town Alive“, and I’m pretty sure we could have spent most of the day here. Upon entering I felt like I had been transported into an old spaghetti western I grew up watching over my dad’s shoulder. The employees were actually actors playing different roles according to their area of work in Ghost Town.

The kid’s first stop was the Barber who promptly greeted them with a thick southern accent and offered to “trim their whiskers”, which turned out to be the addition of a handlebar mustache to each kids face. They absolutely loved it. As we left the barber they were greeted by another GTA citizen and were sent on a mission to deliver a telegram to a man working at the train station. It wasn’t long before we found ourselves in the middle of a shootout between the sheriff and a posse of outlaws. Like I stated before, we could have spent most of the day there, petting horses, going on missions for the townsfolk, or watching the different live shows that popped up throughout the day.  Overall we were super impressed and happy we had the opportunity to explore Ghost Town Alive!

The rest of day we spent going on rides and eating gratuitous amounts of food. We were fortunate enough to get a fast pass wristband in addition to our tickets and let me tell you, if you are going to Knott’s to ride roller coasters it’s totally worth the extra expense. The fast pass didn’t really matter so much for the kid’s ride area (totally fun and perfect for young kids btw) but for teenagers and adults it was amazing, the fast pass  line was generally the exit line and the longest we had to wait was like 2 minutes as opposed to the hour+ waits everyone else had to suffer through. Full disclosure, we rode the log ride three times in a row.

Overall we had a fantastic time exploring all that Knott’s Berry Farm had to offer, from Mrs. Knott’s fried chicken, the rides,  and the adventure laden Ghost Town Alive, we will definitely be going back!

 

 

3 Summer Family Activities in Sacramento

Thank you to Sacramento Limousine Services for this guest post

 

3 Summer Family Activities in Sacramento

Summer in Sacramento is a magical time! It’s hard to describe the hustle and bustle when this season of heatwaves rolls around. It’s not uncommon to see triple digit temperatures, so it can be a bit tricky to navigate your leisure time, especially if you have a family. However, with a little bit of research, it’s actually quite easy to find some activities and destinations that are fitting for the entire clan, regardless of the age group.

Sacramento Children’s Museum

An indoor adventure is a great idea in the summer months! Heading to Sacramento Children’s Museum is a great way to spark some inspiration and creative thinking. This is generally suited for children from toddlers to eight years of age. General admission is under ten dollars, while members get in free. Plus, it’s air conditioned. Why pass that up?

Water Parks

This is an option that is friendly for all ages. When it’s sweltering outside, there is little better than getting submerged at a local water park, and there are several for you to choose from. Be sure to consider Raging Waters, Sunsplash, Velocity Island Park, as well as Wake Island Water Park if you’re looking to splash around for a day.

Southside Park

If it happens to be a milder day, you can’t go wrong with an outing to Southside Park in downtown Sacramento. It’s especially a must see if you have children that haven’t been here before. This space themed park is out of this world, and there is a diverse selection of playground equipment. There are bathrooms and picnic areas too, so it’s easy to spend a good amount of time here exploring with the little ones. If you come on a Sunday, it’s good to keep in mind that there is a Farmer’s Market a block away.

Using a limousine or a party bus is an option to consider if you’re looking to make an entire trip out of local summer activities! It’s also a fantastic way to celebrate a birthday. You can hop from one destination to the next without worrying about parking or finding directions. Plus, the whole family will enjoy the features that are found on limousines and party buses. There are things like neon changing lights, television screens, auxiliary capable stereo systems, hardwood flooring, tinted windows, storage for anything you might be bringing along, and cup holders for convenience. Professional chauffeurs from Sacramento Limousine Services know where all of the hot spots are and exactly how to get there in an efficient manner.

It’s so easy to have a great time with the family when the summer rolls around in Sacramento. You definitely won’t hear any exclamations of boredom if you decide to go with any of the suggestions we’ve listed above!

Sacramento Limo Bus

5538 Standish Rd

Sacramento, CA 95820

(916) 672-8218

SoCozy Hush

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of SoCozy. All opinions are my own and not edited by the sponsor.

I was so excited to walk into Target and find the newest line of products by SoCozy, Hush. The Hush line is formulated specifically for your littles with a sensitive scalp and skin! If you aren’t familiar with SoCozy, let me introduce you.

If you bottle over 22 years of experience and expertise about kids’ hair, you’ve got the SoCozy line of products created by Cozy Friedman, the woman who founded the first children’s hair salons in New York City. Before buzzwords like parabens and phthalates, Cozy adopted a higher standard for her products that relies on quality and integrity, not chemicals and preservatives. Today, that standard is a promise: “no nasties—ever,” and that means peace of mind.

SoCozy is So Smart, So Safe, So Easy and So Cool.

So Smart: Genius is more like it. SoCozy believes knowledge is power, which is why education is at its core—the pulse of the brand—so you’ll always find the latest advice, solutions, tips, and trends.

So Safe: No nasties in here; just good, clean, honest formulations with ingredients that perform at the highest level. SoCozy is always safe and effective, and completely non-toxic.

So Easy: Because being a parent isn’t always easy, SoCozy makes hair care that is. These simple, fun, multi-functional products streamline tub time to make styling a snap.

So Cool: Take a strand. SoCozy encourages and supports individuality. For all kids and any hair type—SoCozy’s mission is to build confidence and inspire originality.

Ruby has been the perfect test subject for each of these new products. Recently, she has decided to grow her hair out and as her hair has grown, so has her scalp sensitivity. So a huge thank you to SoCozy for addressing our sensitive kid’s scalp needs!

The Hush 2in1 Soothing Shampoo and Conditioner is love at first smell. It’s a Gentle purifying cleanser, specially formulated with sensitive skin and scalp in mind. Ru is very picky about her scents, but approves of SoCozy. Plus the bottle comes with a soft bristled brush to help pick up dirt and flakes of dead skin, eww, and it leaves Ru’s head and hair looking healthy and smelling amazing.

The Hush Sensitive Scalp Serum Balancing Treatment is a non-greasy, leave-in formula that helps calm an irritated scalp, working to stop itch and reduce dry flakes. The Serum works like a charm, I just rubbed a small amount into Ru’s scalp and it has drastically helped her dandruff situation.  Added bonus for new moms, Hush Sensitive Scalp Serum is even great for Cradle Cap! Truth be told my husband has even used it for the sensitive skin under his beard with awesome results too!

Hush Sensitive Detangler Ultra-Gentle Leave-In was the product I looked forward to the most. The only thing worse than trying to comb out your own tangled mess is trying to comb out your over emotional-trying to grow her hair out-kindergartner’s tangled mess. Ever feel like ripping your own hair out trying to comb your child’s? Me too! Now thanks to SoCozy, Ru and I can comb in peace. A few sprays on her damp hair and the comb glides through like a hot knife through butter. Thank you SoCozy, you are truly glorious.
The Hush Sensitive Styling Foam  is a Lightweight mousse that provides natural-looking hold without disrupting the balance of a sensitive scalp. This mousse provides the perfect finishing touches for your sensitive scalped little, helping reduce frizz and hard to tame hair all day. Just use a couple pumps,  style as normal,  and you are good to go! SoCozy is available at Target and offers a wide variety of haircare products.

Smartbuy Glasses 

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that I am a little bit obsessed with designer eyewear.  Glasses, sunglasses, it really doesn’t matter, I LOVE THEM ALL! My little fashionista Ruby has followed in my footsteps and wants all my eyewear for herself too.  Good thing SmartBuyGlasses has a style for everyone in the family, free shipping, 100 day Returns, and 14 day best price guarantee. Even better, for every pair of glasses you buy SmartBuyGlasses gives a pair to someone in need with their Buy One, Give One Charity.

My new Salvatore Ferragamos!

The glasses Ruby picked out are these adorable glasses by Kenzo. Ruby loved that she received a perfect pair of glasses, AND was able to gift a pair to a child in need.

Want to see  more? Check out SmartBuyGlasses for more!

Happy 2nd Birthday Ozzybear!

A special thank you to Kasmira Kit for taking these fabulous family photos for us. http://www.kasmirakit.com/photography

I can’t believe my “last baby” (I have my tubes tied) is turning TWO. Time can be such an asshole! He has been going through a lot, mainly struggling to find his words. He’s started Speech Therapy and will soon begin Occupational Therapy and an evaluation with a Psychologist – just like his big brother Jude once did. We are so proud of our little buddy and I can’t wait to see how well he does with this help in 2017.

Each of my children teach me something new about myself each day that passes. A different lesson. A different trial of my patience and time management. Ozzy brings sunshine into our lives as bright as his hair. He loves to make us laugh. He loves to play pranks on me, play peek-a-boo and chase. He is obsessed with Trotro, Mickey Mouse, Dinosaurs, Cars, bubbles, playing outside and most importantly chasing the Bigs.

When Jude & Ruby are away at school, he often walks around the house yelling (just like Mama) “JUUUU!” and “RUUUUU!” hoping they are simply playing a prolonged game of hide and seek with him. When it’s time to go pick them up he claps his hands with excitement and sometimes jumps.

Last Baby is my first baby to really care about his pacifier and have comfort blankies. People say he looks just like Michael but when he’s making smug little sassy faces, I think he looks just like me.

My favorite pastime is forcing him to sit on my lap and torturing him with kisses and hugs. He pretends he hates it then as soon as I stop he asks for more. He’s just funny like that.  He is so brave – possibly too much so. He climbs the highest slide at the park just like all the big kids with a devilish grin of determination. He thinks it’s SO funny to open and close my bedroom door, poking his sweet little face in and out of the door frame. I could go on forever with all the ways this baby bring me joy. His smile makes my heart skip a beat.

We hadn’t really had a professional family photo shoot of the five of us since Ozzybear was born, so I was super thankful for these gorgeous images from Kasmira Kit. Below are some of our favorites.