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Monterey Bay Aquarium: California Family Travel

Our California coast road trip this year was one of the best we’ve had as a family. Family travel can be tricky, balancing logistics with kids and the desire to see it all. During our road trip, we made learning a priority. We visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium to get acquainted with the area and the learn about the ocean habit there. Set on the coast, the aquarium has insanely

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Spanish Kindergarten Activities: Photo Scavenger Hunt Printable

Since my daughter started school at a dual immersion program, I’ve been on the hunt for ways to reinforce language education at home. There are some great Spanish Kindergarten activities out there, but this photo scavenger hunt is a simple game that the family can play anywhere – including sitting in LA traffic jams! All you need is this Spanish scavenger list (Download free below! I made it specifically with

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My 5 Truths On Being a “Hands Free Mama”

Recently, I did something drastic: I went hands free. I took all social media apps off my phone. I closed my laptop for days at a time. I locked my phone away for the majority of the day and only was fully accessible when my kids were at school. Cold turkey, I completely vetted all unnecessary distractions from my life and only added things back as they felt right and

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El Primer Dia de Kinder in Bilingual Education

As I walked out of the classroom, I started to cry. My baby girl was beginning el primer dia de Kinder as a dual immersion student in bilingual education. Unable to hold it together, I found my husband’s shirt a few steps away and dug my face into it. A few moms from my daughter’s class saw me and made reassuring gestures – the teachers would take good care of my

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Better Together: When Older Siblings Become The Most Important Teacher

So I have a confession to make: my son hates school. But not his school, his sister’s school…. and she hasn’t even started yet. Earlier this month, my older daughter had summer school and he cried every single time we dropped her off. And not a sad-face cry…. a hysterical cry. It was heartbreaking and has me so nervous for back to school transition this week. Since my little man

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Fave Find: Yankee Candle Now at Walmart!

My favorite candle is coming to Walmart and for a price any mom will love! I’ve loved Yankee Candles for years, ever since my step sister introduced them to me. I use them exclusively over the holidays, especially since we use a fake tree, to bring the aromas of the holidays into our home. I’m a huge fan of Yankee Candle; they’re the only brand I buy when purchasing aromatic

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Being a Boy Mom: The Trick To Calming My Active Son

I try to stay away from generalized statements when it comes to behavior and gender; we all know kids that defy the stereotype of how a girl or boy is “supposed” to behave…. but my son is not one of them. As the saying goes, my kid is ALL BOY and sometimes he just plain wears me out. That’s why I’m excited to partner with Playskool and Socialstars over the

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