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Waking Memories and Dream Residue

Mercury is in retrograde, which is the only explanation I can find for my funky mental state. I keep having moments of clarity, somewhere between deja vu and memory. It happens unexpectedly, like a rainbow. Or maybe it’s more like those days when the air is impossibly clear and you can suddenly see for miles....…[Read more...]

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Mom Bloggers: It’s Time for Your Close Up

Over the past week and a half I have scrutinized close to 400 mom blogs as part of a project I’m working on. It’s been a voyage of discovery, some of it selfie involved. My mom blog investigation brought joy, recognition and moments of laughter as well as moments of cringing and forehead smacking. I see myself...…[Read more...]

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Knott’s Berry Farm Goes Pink Now Through March 27th

Thanks Knott’s Berry Farm for inviting us to your “For The Cure” event benefiting Susan G. Komen. All opinions are my own. Now that I am getting closer to my forties, the thought of mammograms stresses me out. “Cancer” is a word that simply paralyzes me. As a mother, I can’t even imagine being physically...…[Read more...]

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Surviving the Holidays and a Family Road Trip with AT&T GoPhone

Thanks to AT&T Go Phone for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.  There’s never enough phones when you have a family of 6 on a road trip. Someone’s got their music streaming through an aux cord. Someone else has a movie playing in the far back seat. The teenagers are snapchatting their way...…[Read more...]

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Visiting the Set of Brooklyn99 in Hollywood California

Synchronicity is a weird thing. Prior to my October trip to Greece, I hadn’t really watched Brooklyn99. I’d heard great things about it, but for whatever reason – I had not tuned in.  Then on a 13 hour leg between Zurich and LA, I found myself binge watching the entire first season. I’ve been hooked...…[Read more...]

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A Get Well Holiday Gift from Marshalls for Fabian #BestGiftEver

Thanks to Marshalls for the opportunity to shop for the #BestGiftEver A little over a week ago, our babysitter got a shocking phone call. Her boyfriend’s brother was calling to tell her to come home, immediately. He’d just gotten a call from an ambulance company. They were notifying him that there’d been a terrible motorcycle...…[Read more...]

If You Like it Then You Better Put a Label On It

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Thanks to P-Touch  for sending me a labeler to review and saving my favorite tee shirts from ending up being worn by random teenagers on instagram.  All opinions are my own. When my children were little, shopping for them was a pleasure. So much so…[Read more...]

Waking Memories and Dream Residue

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Mercury is in retrograde, which is the only explanation I can find for my funky mental state. I keep having moments of clarity, somewhere between deja vu and memory. It happens unexpectedly, like a rainbow. Or maybe it’s more like those days wh…[Read more...]

Re-Do You With Mother’s Market & Better Nutrition Magazine

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This post is not sponsored. Our correspondent attended a free-to-the-public event. All opinions are our own. What is the connection between good nutrition, a healthy lifestyle and happiness? Mother’s Market set out to show us just that at their “…[Read more...]

Mom Bloggers: It’s Time for Your Close Up

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Over the past week and a half I have scrutinized close to 400 mom blogs as part of a project I’m working on. It’s been a voyage of discovery, some of it selfie involved. My mom blog investigation brought joy, recognition and moments of …[Read more...]

Discovery Cube’s “Science Of Gingerbread”

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Thank You Discovery Cube OC inviting us to your “Science Of Gingerbread exhibit”. All opinions are my own. This year’s winter break flew by quickly and I find myself going through a holiday break withdrawal. This year we decided to …[Read more...]

Knott’s Berry Farm Goes Pink Now Through March 27th

Latinafluenital and Jaime Jenkins

Thanks Knott’s Berry Farm for inviting us to your “For The Cure” event benefiting Susan G. Komen. All opinions are my own. Now that I am getting closer to my forties, the thought of mammograms stresses me out. “Cancer” i…[Read more...]

Surviving the Holidays and a Family Road Trip with AT&T GoPhone

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Thanks to AT&T Go Phone for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.  There’s never enough phones when you have a family of 6 on a road trip. Someone’s got their music streaming through an aux cord. Someone else has a movie pla…[Read more...]

Fitness Resolutions? Join the #NextPertTrends Twitter Party to Win a Treadmill!

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Do you have fitness goals for 2015? This is one Twitter Party you won’t want to miss. On Thursday Jan 16th, join #NexPertTrends for a discussion about 2015 resolutions and enter to win a desk treadmill worth over $2500! This is a big, potential…[Read more...]

Visiting the Set of Brooklyn99 in Hollywood California

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Synchronicity is a weird thing. Prior to my October trip to Greece, I hadn’t really watched Brooklyn99. I’d heard great things about it, but for whatever reason – I had not tuned in.  Then on a 13 hour leg between Zurich and LA, I …[Read more...]

Jewish Penicillin: My Grandmother’s Chicken Soup

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  Every family has a chicken soup recipe and every family is sure theirs is the best.  I won’t argue the merits of your grandmother’s soup over mine. All I can say is that this is the ONLY soup I want when I am truly down and out, e…[Read more...]

Celebrating Celeb Style at The Santa’s Secret Workshop

4th Annual Santa's Secret Workshop Benefiting LA Family Housing

Getting ready for this holiday season has been one wild ride. You could say it’s been Christmas since July for me. Ever since July I’ve been working in my workshop, building sculptures for a holiday light show for families in Southern Ca…[Read more...]

A Get Well Holiday Gift from Marshalls for Fabian #BestGiftEver

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Thanks to Marshalls for the opportunity to shop for the #BestGiftEver A little over a week ago, our babysitter got a shocking phone call. Her boyfriend’s brother was calling to tell her to come home, immediately. He’d just gotten a call f…[Read more...]

We Heart Sweaters! J.Jill Open At The Shops at Mission Viejo- $100.00 #Giveaway

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Thank you J.Jill for inviting us to your grand opening and media event at The Shops at Mission Viejo.  I don’t want a lot for Christmas…. There is just one thing I need. This year the winter cold took a little longer to come around.  So…[Read more...]

A Gift From HomeGoods for Terry the Bird Healer #BestGiftEver

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Thanks to HomeGoods/TJ Maxx/Marshalls for sponsoring this post and giving me the chance to shop for the #BestGiftEver this holiday season. When HomeGoods/TJ Maxx/Marshalls gave me the chance to pay it forward and shop for a special gift for three spe…[Read more...]

How To Play with Non Electronic Toys

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Thanks to Fatbrain Toys Partners in Play for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own  There are days when my sons’ eyes start to glaze over from too many video games and I fantasize about going all mountain-cabin-Grizzly-Adams on them. T…[Read more...]

A Gift From TJ Maxx for New Grandma Jackie #BestGiftEver

TJ Maxx #BestGiftEver Travel Gift

When HomeGoods/TJ Maxx/Marshalls gave me the opportunity to put together some special #BestGiftEver baskets for the holidays, I swear my season was made. …[Read more...]

Happy National Sangria Day- Celebrate with Eppa ¡Salud!

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Thank you Eppa Sangria and Romy Raves  for hosting us at your media event. Fill up the punch bowls and pitchers and celebrate National Sangria Day December 20th! The holidays are here and I can’t wait to catch up with the special people in my…[Read more...]

Dadfluential’s New Parent Holiday Gift Guide Part 2

Dadfluential holiday gifts for comfort and joy

Some items selected for this this guide were sampled for review, others were purchased. All opinions and experiences are my own   In the wide world of baby products, there are standouts. These are the items that bring babies comfort and joy. Th…[Read more...]