How To Make Cleaning Fun For Kids

 

bob9When we were looking to purchase our first home, I immediately knew I wanted it to have an open concept living area. I also kept visualizing a color contrast. Black flooring and white walls to be exact. 

We searched and searched until we found one; however, it was a complete fixer upper. I remember my husband trying to convince me to look past all the things that needed to be fixed. He mentioned the words, “ we can add our personal touch to it”. Yet, even though it had so much potential, I simply couldn’t look past all the “ugly.” It could have been due to the fact that I was 8 months pregnant with our first and my pregnancy hormones were on point. But in retrospect, the house really did need a ton of work. 

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Once our home was move-in ready, I couldn’t be happier. I realized we made the right choice in focusing on the layout of the house rather than the list of items we’d need to fix, clean or simply replace entirely. 

And although our dark floors are my favorite thing in our home, they’re also my least favorite to clean. Clearly, I wasn’t thinking about the fact that dark floors are hard to keep clean more so with kids. 

bObi-bObsweep-reviewThe food crumbs are obviously inevitable but what bugs me the most is the dust and hair. I can literally see dust the very next day we vacuum. And don’t get me started with the never-ending strands of hair. We don’t even have pets but I can assure you we probably shed more than cats and dogs do. It must be due to the girls and myself having tons of hair. It’s nearly impossible to keep these floors hair-free.bObi-bObsweep-review

Which is why I just had to share with you all our newest family member, bObsweep PetHair (a.k.a Bob). Bob is always there to pick up the food crumbs, the hair, and even mops and disinfects (via UV- light) our floors. Bob even comes with a remote control which Mia is obsessed with.

Once Mia gets home from school, she goes straight to pick up the remote to start cleaning our floors. Seriously, what 5-year-old wants to help clean floors? Ours does now. And she even plays with Bob as if it were her pet. Just the other day I heard her say, “Bob, fetch! Good job! Here’s some dinos so that you can play with them and give them a ride.” This kid cracks me up. Lexi, on the other hand, pauses everything she’s doing (even tantrums) and just gets excited to see Bob go.

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Bob not only makes cleaning fun for the kids, but he can also get things done alone. Get this, you can even program him too! We have him programmed to start cleaning post breakfast around the kitchen and into the family room. And right around 10p, once everyone’s asleep, I go downstairs to tidy up the kitchen while my sidekick, Bob, jumps off his dock and cleans around our kitchen, family room, entrance and main living room. He navigates really well on and off our rugs and even our fireplace brick flooring.

But my absolute favorite thing Bob cleans is under our beds!! Since we have dark floors in our entire house (with the exception of our bathrooms) it’s super neat that Bob vacuums and even mops (by attaching a microfiber cloth) underneath them. I no longer have to crawl on the floor with multiple items just to get the bottom of our beds clean. Talk about best invention ever!bObi-bObsweep-review

Bob definitely has tons of pros; however, I bet you’re thinking what the cons are, right? Well, for us, it’s the staircase. We need to use our handheld vacuum and mop for that still but it’s a cinch to clean anyways.

And what about the best part about having Bob around? For us, it’s the fact that we have one less chore to do which means more time to spend with our girls. And you can’t put a price on that, right?

To find out more about the bObsweep options click here.

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

Disclosure: Bob from bObsweep was gifted for review purposes but all opinions are my own.

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They Grow Up So Fast

Daniel-Wellington-Watch-Review-Baby-MomI’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “they grow up so fast” a billion times. I, myself, have said it repeatedly since we had our first born. But it wasn’t until recently that this statement really hit home.

While looking over a roll of photos from a recent trip to the happiest place on Earth, Disneyland; I stopped everything I was doing and stared at this photo for a good fifteen minutes. In complete disbelief, I began to question why our little kindergartner looked so grown up here. Isn’t it interesting that as parents we see our kids daily yet we can’t grasp just how fast they’re really growing physically?Kids-black-halloween-sweater-ghost-taty-kids

According to KidsHealth.org, children grow the fastest during their first year.  “After age 1, a baby’s growth in length slows considerably, and by 2 years, growth in height usually continues at a fairly steady rate of approximately 2½ inches (6 centimeters) per year until adolescence. Weeks or months of slightly slower growth alternate with mini “growth spurts.” And interestingly enough, “Kids actually tend to grow a bit faster in the spring than during other times of the year!” So I guess Mia had that growth spurt this past Spring.

I wish I could keep both of our little ones little forever. Perhaps we could somehow invent a way to just freeze time? In the meantime, we’ll just be trying our best to create as many memories with our girls as they grow up.             

And speaking of time, this Daniel Wellington watch will not be coming off of my hand anytime soon. It’s now one of my favorite timeless wardrobe pieces. This classic style is part of Daniel Wellington’s Sheffield Collection.Daniel-Wellington-Watch-Disneyland-Walt Disney-Mickey Mouse-castle

And today, I’m excited to share with you all that I’m not the only one who gets to have this cool well-made watch. Daniel Wellington is offering all The Mother Overload followers a discount! If you’d like to treat yourself and take advantage of this special offer simply enter MOTHEROVERLOAD code at www.danielwellington.com.



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Abrazos (hugs) — Gladys

Disclosure: I received a watch of choice from DW but all opinions expressed within are my own.

Lil’ Libros Interview & Giveaway

Patty Rodriguez-Ariana Stein-Lil' Libros-Interview-GiveawayWe’re all about supporting mamás that are entrepreneurs, hard workers, and go-getters. Which is why today, we’re ultra-excited to share our interview with Patty Rodriguez (Sr. Producer for On Air With Ryan Seacrest) and Ariana Stein. They are Latina entrepreneurs and co-creators of Lil’ Libros, a set of bilingual first concept books for babies and little ones.

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TMO: How did Lil’ Libros come about?

Ariana: When Patty was pregnant with her first son, she wanted to make sure that he spoke her native language, Spanish.  She searched for bilingual books that not only presented her to a bilingual journey but that it had a purpose to introduce him to the Latino culture.  The idea was submitted to the largest publishers in the country. Unfortunately, many “no’s” were received, and one publisher expressed that Latinos did not read to their children.   That being said, the idea was shelved for a while.

Two years later, I had my first child and realized I shared many of the same feelings about child development and the benefits of bilingualism as Patty.  It was here that we decided to pursue bilingual children’s books and Lil’ Libros was born.

TMO: What prompted your decision to raise your children bilingually?

Patty: I think it is very important that my children know and understand who they are and where they come from. Though it is not a requirement to speak Spanish to identify as Latino, the language does go hand-in-hand with our cultural contributions. To me, it is most important that I raise my children in a bi-cultural environment. I don’t want to teach them per se about who we are, I want them to live it…I want it to be part of their identity and to me, Spanish is very much part of that identity.

Ariana: Aside from all the great benefits bilingualism has to offer such as improved cognitive function, I want to make sure that my son understood where he came from and who he is culturally.  Too many times people lose their identity when they assimilate and acculturate.  Being able to speak two languages has helped me in school and now professionally.  I want to ensure that he’ll grow up having a better understanding of the diverse world he lives in and being bilingual puts him on the right path.

Patty Rodriguez-Ariana Stein-Lil' Libros-Interview-GiveawayTMO: What positive growth or results have you witnessed in your children/family because of their bilingualism?

Patty: Nothing makes me more happy than hearing my son transitioning from Spanish to English and vice versa without even thinking.

Ariana: Being able to transition between English and Spanish as well as understanding what he’s doing at such a young age (3yrs), has been such a huge milestone in our bilingual world.  It makes me realize that I’m doing something right.

TMO: What are some roadblocks you’ve encountered along the way?

Patty: There are not enough tools for parents, but with Lil’ Libros we are hoping to change that. We are working on introducing other amazing products that will help parents raise a bi-cultural/bi-literate/bi-lingual child.

Ariana:  For Lil’ Libros, one of the roadblocks has been not having any mentors to go to for advice.  Patty and I have been on our own since day one.  We’ve made plenty of mistakes but have learned from them and continue to grow as a company and individuals.Patty Rodriguez-Ariana Stein-Lil' Libros-Interview-Giveaway

TMO: What advice or encouragement can you share with other families raising their children bi-/multi- lingually?

Patty: It is not easy. But like everything in life that is worth doing and having, you have to work hard for it. Do not give up, our books are perfect little seeds to help introduce a second language at home. Our books have been created to inspire parents to read to their little ones in two languages.

Ariana: I agree with Patty. It’s definitely not an easy task, but don’t give up, and try as many methods as possible. Continue buying books or tools that will help you lead the way to bilingualism.  Your children will thank you later!

Patty Rodriguez-Ariana Stein-Lil' Libros-Interview-GiveawayA big thank you to Patty and Ariana for this interview and for partnering up with The Mother Overload to give one lucky winner 5 Lil’ Libros. Including their newest titles, Cuauhtémoc and Un Elefante. These books introduce shapes and numbers in both Spanish and English with amazing cultural illustrations. Mia and Lexi really enjoy reading them.

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Follow us on Instagram and be on the lookout for the Lil’ Libros giveaway this week! Click HERE to follow. And stop by Target to check out all the Lil’ Libros books.

 

 

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

 

 

 

 

 

10 Baby Tips While Vacationing at Disneyland

Disneyland-Resort-Hotel-Baby-Traveling-TipsIt’s no secret we’re big Disney fans. In fact, if we had it our way, we’d be at Disneyland every day. And since we’ve visited the park multiple times, we have a pretty good grasp on what to bring and do at the park with little ones including babies. 

10 Baby Tips While Vacationing at Disneyland 

  1. Baby carrier – This is hands down the best item to bring to Disneyland. It makes it that much easier to get in and out of rides while having your baby safe and snuggled up against you.  babycarrier2
  2. DisneylandFASTPASS & Rider Switch Pass – With FASTPASS you can save your place in line on some of your favorite attractions while you enjoy the rest of the park or take a feeding break. With Rider Switch, you and your partner will both still be able to ride the same ride with your little ones without having to wait in line twice! Just be sure to inform the Cast Member at the entrance of each attraction that you would like a Rider Swap pass. This is perfect for parents with two children that meet different height requirements.Disneyland-Rider-Switch-Pass
  3. Disney ride wait time app – This app is genius! Download the Magic Guide for Disneyland app before entering the park to see which rides have the shortest wait times. It also includes dining info, park hours and maps.
  4. List of Disney rides infants can get on – Be sure to read this list to find out which attractions are ok for babies to ride. Park Attractions for All
  5. Planning – Plan your day around baby meal/nap times. It’s always a good idea to walk back to your hotel room to take a midday nap or even a dip at the pool.Disneyland-hotel-pool
  6. Baby Care Centers – This is AWESOME! The Disney baby centers offer:
    • Nursing rooms
    • Changing rooms
    • Feeding areas with high chairs
    • Kitchens w/ sinks
    • Main room w/ television, tables, and chairs
    • On-site shops offering formula, baby food, juice, diapers, wipes, sunscreen, over-the-counter medications and pacifiers for purchase

    Disneyland Baby Care Center is located at the end of Main Street, U.S.A., next to First Aid. DCA Baby Care Center is located next to Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop. Across from The Bakery Tour in Pacific Wharf.Disneyland-Baby-Care-Center

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  7. Baby Finger snacks/ food pouches: Perfect for on-the-go and traveling
  8. Travel Playard – Yes, Disney hotels offer cribs; however, we prefer bringing our lightweight playard along.
  9. Weather appropriate items: Be sure to check the weather and bring items such as hats, umbrellas, sunblock, etc..Disneyland-ariels-grotto-dinning-baby-tips
  10. Lightweight Stroller – The last thing you want to haul around is an oversized heavy stroller at Disneyland. The UPPAbaby G -Lite and the Jogger City Tour strollers are both lightweight, a cinch to open/close and fold quickly to hop on and off the Disney tram. We love our UPPAbaby G-Lite and found it at the BabyCubby.com.
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And let me tell you. The Baby Cubby store is unlike any other baby store. Their team is made up of parents who have been there, who know what it’s like.

They focus on finding the best and safest baby gear so you can shop confidently. And they even test strollers on a stroller track. But the best part about shopping at The Baby Cubby is that they price match every day – even amazon (so you know you’re getting a great deal), offer free shipping nationwide at BabyCubby.com and actively engage with parents via social media and their cubby community blog to discuss some of those hard parenting topics.

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Abrazos (hugs) — Gladys

This post is sponsored by The Baby Cubby but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Related Post:   Tips and Tricks: First Timers With Toddlers

 

End of Summer Bucket List

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Say it isn’t so. Summer is quickly coming to a close. And although I’m obsessed with all things fall, I’m trying to hold on to these last few days of summer by checking off our end of summer bucket list.

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End of Summer Bucket List

1. Neighborhood Water balloon Fight – We live in a cul-de-sac and most of our neighbors include families with young children. This means we’re lucky enough to be a part of block parties, annual holiday celebrations and recently added summer water balloon fights. It’s pretty neat to see the kids play together and have a blast on our street.

2. Frozen Yogurt For Breakfast – This one is definitely a one-time thing. And typically a treat right before back-to-school. Pineapple Dole whip with fresh berries anyone?

3. Visit a waterpark/Splash pad – It doesn’t feel right to let summer go without visiting a local water park. The heat in Southern California has hit the 100s numerous times. From simple to extra splashy, local water parks and splash pads have kept us cool all summer long. So why not go one last time before the temperatures start to drop?

4. Make S’mores – Need I say more?

5. Beach Day – Although we live about 45 minutes away from a local beach, believe it or not, we had yet to check this one off of our list this summer. So with Labor Day weekend being the last summer holiday, we knew this was the last chance we had to have a beach day. And that’s exactly what we did.

This was Lexi’s (our 8-month-old) very first time at the beach. We brought toys to entertain her and she absolutely loved these Little Tikes Shake’n Rattle Crabbie Ring and Hide’n Seek Hermie. These toys could not be more perfect, since a) they are animals found at the beach and b) they help Lexi with her baby developmental needs.

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She has learned how to grasp the Crabbie Ring toy with one hand and loves to shake it to see the claws open and shut. And the Hermie toy is such a cute toy that jitters and vibrates when pulled. This toy is great for eye tracking. And did we mention that she absolutely loves to nibble and drool on both? The Crabbie and Hermie seem to soothe her gums now that she’s in the teething stage. That’s a win-win!

If you’re a parent with infants, we highly recommend the Little Tikes Shake’n Rattle Crabbie Ring and Hide’n Seek Hermie toys. These toys are a must as they help address specific baby developmental needs. And you can find them at one of my absolute favorite stores. Click here to find out where.littletykes
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Little-TykesCheers to checking off items on the end of summer bucket list.

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

 

 

5 Reasons For A Kid-Free Mini Getaway

Kid-free Getaway-Mom-Dad-TimeoutSome of you might already know that I’m a big fan of mini getaways. These getaways are usually a couple of days (tops), a couple of hours away and certainly kid-free. Don’t get me wrong. This doesn’t mean that we don’t travel with our little ones. For us, this just means that we need to recharge our parent batteries.

Our most recent getaway was a couple of weeks ago to Palm Springs, CA.  I know what you’re thinking. Who does she leave her kids with overnight? Well, fortunately for us, we have family about 30 miles away. And we’re very grateful that they agreed to watch our 8-month-old and four-year-old for a couple of days. 42 hours to be exact! Yes, I counted. Because as much as I love our adult-time, It’s always still bitter-sweet leaving the kiddos behind. More so since I’m still nursing our infant.

So here are our top 5 reasons why we go on kid-free weekend getaways.

1. Catch up on some Zzz’s

Our 8-month-old infant still wakes up every 2-3 hours at night. Need I say more?

2. To reconnect as a couple

This one is perhaps a given. And for sure a priority for us since we now have two little ones that need our attention pretty much 24/7.

3. Enjoy a nice kid-free meal

Sometimes I wonder if going out to dinner is worth doing with little ones. You see, our oldest, Mia, is severely allergic to eggs and now also allergic to walnuts. I worry that she will come into contact with an allergen while dining and that she’ll go into anaphylactic shock. I also worry about the baby crying her little heart out the entire time. She tends to get ultra fussy the minute we arrive at a restaurant.

A simple dinner or brunch with just myself and the Mr., feels like a load is instantly lifted off our shoulders and we get to really enjoy eating out.

4. Read a book/Magazine

Say what? If you’re a parent with little ones, I know you totally get me on this one. There’s absolutely zero time to do this at home with littles unless it’s reading children’s books and/or magazines.

5. Partake in adult activities

Ok, so this one might just be a bonus. Going to a spa, comedy club, winery or even a kid-free pool (like we did recently), certainly helps us recharge our parent batteries. Takes us back to when we were newlyweds and carefree.

So there you have it. A few reasons, ahem excuses, why we go on kid-free mini getaways. What do you do to recharge your parent batteries?

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Love all the rad artwork in our Hotel lobby

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| Sunnies: Forever21 |T-shirt: Charotte Russe, Clearance, $10 | Shorts: TJ Maxx, Clearance, $10 | Sandals: Forever21 |

| Sunnies: White Square Forever21 $7.20 |T-shirt: Brunch Graphic Charlotte Russe, Clearance, $10 | Shorts: TJ Maxx, Clearance, $10 | Sandals: Red Cutout Forever21 $17.90 |

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Kid-free Getaway-Mom-Dad-TimeoutAbrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

 

 

5 Tips For Taking The Best Back-To-School Photos

Back-to-school-Photo-tipsI’ve teamed up with my sweet and super talented mamá friend, Nikki Andal. She’s a mom of two boys and the avid photographer behind Nikki Andal Photography. She loves chocolate, waffles, and nap time! She has 20+ years of photography experience and loves capturing the everyday moments that make life precious.

Nikki also loves to share her photography tips and tricks. Want to learn how to take the perfect snap for Instagram or Facebook? She’ll show you how to improve your family photos and edit your pictures like a pro. Perhaps she can open the door to photography for you, too.

And today, she’s sharing 5 of her photographer secrets for taking great back-to-school photos. So pour yourself a cup of joe, tea (or whatever you prefer), sit back and enjoy this awesome post filled with tons of great photography info!!

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Back to school season is here! The first day of school is an exciting time for both kids and parents. It’s also the perfect time to get the cameras and smart phones ready to capture this special day.  To help get your photos Facebook and Instagram ready I’ve put together my 5 best tips for taking a great back-to-school picture. Let’s get snapping!

Tip 1 Schedule time for photos.

There’s always a lot going on the morning of the first day of school.  Lunches are being made, bags are being packed and the perfect outfit is ready and waiting. To ensure you have time to capture the perfect picture, schedule 10 – 15 minutes. This will help avoid the last-minute scrambles. Taking pictures should be fun and not rushed or stressful.

Tip 2. Choose the right lighting.

I love natural lighting! If weather permits get outside and have your kids pose by the front door or even on the sidewalk. Natural light makes a huge difference and it creates a bright and cheerful photo of your little ones. If you are taking your photos indoors, try to make sure you are by a large window or sliding glass door. The more light the better. Try and have your back to the window and make sure your child is facing it.

Tip 3. Change your angle

When you’re taking photos of your kids don’t be afraid to move around! Have fun with different perspectives. Shoot from the front and capture their new outfit. Shoot from the back and get a shot of their backpack. All of the little details are part of their back-to-school story too.

Tip 4: Use the rule of thirds

The rule of thirds is a basic photography technique. It’s all about positioning your subjects slightly off to one side, above, or below. If you can, try to avoid having your kids in the center of the frame. By simply using the rule of thirds your photos will be more interesting. To learn more about rule of thirds check out my post 5 tips to help you take better pictures with your smartphone

Tip 5. Don’t say cheese!

If your kids are anything like mine, the moment I tell them to say cheese they stop smiling. Or, they force a smile that isn’t natural. Instead of getting a forced smile or unnatural pose, just start talking. Ask them about school, or about their favorite activity they did this summer. Get them laughing and smiling and before you know it you’ve captured beautiful memories that you’ll look back on often!

Bonus tip:

Don’t forget to be in the pictures!

You’re also a part of their special day so don’t forget to snap some photos with you in them! From hugs to high fives, you’ve been there for all their firsts. This is another one that you don’t want to miss.

Most importantly have fun! Do you have a creative idea for your child’s back to school (or first day of school) photo? Share it in the comments! And stop by Nikki Andal’s site to download FREE back-to-school printables. NikkiAndal.com

Follow Nikki on Instagram @NikkiAndal 

Back-to-School Photo TipsAbrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

 

Capturing Moments with our MamaRoo Infant Seat

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Most of you might already know that Lexi, our 7-month-old, is our second and possibly our last baby. For that reason, I’m milking every baby moment and milestone. Even if it means splurging on some high-end products. Ha! Ok – No, I haven’t won the lotto yet but you get the idea. Some items I’ve just had to have. The cute overly priced holiday outfits, shoes, nursery items, etc.. But the one big ticketed item I absolutely had to have from our baby shower registry was the 4moms mamaRoo infant seat.

I mean come on. It’s an infant seat on a whole other level. Equipped with all the bells and whistles. This modern and sleek seat also doesn’t take up much room and it’s so easy to assemble and disassemble. But the coolest part of this infant seat is the 4moms app!4moms-mamaroo-infant seat

So easy to use even our 4-year-old likes to change the motion, volume and speed of the infant seat directly off of our iPhones. How neat is that? I wish I had this with our first. This seat has it all.4moms-mamaroo-infant seat

Ok, so tons of pros but here’s the con. It’s a bit on the pricey side; however, if you can splurge on one baby item, I’d vote for the mamaRoo. Why? It’s the only infant seat currently in the market that replicates parents natural motions. And with 5 different motions, this seat has been an absolute life saver to calm and soothe our little one. Not to mention, get stuff done around the house. But not for too long as she’s sitting up and wanting to crawl already. Insert emoji with tear drop. They grow so fast!

To find out all the options available and how to score the latest 4moms deals and baby tips click here. Be sure to also check out their product page here for additional info.

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Interested in seeing how the mamaRoo works? Check out our short home video below.


And don’t mind us. We’re over here just making memories and I’m that mom trying to capture every single one of them. These two just melt my heart.

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

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First Day of School – Free Printable

Back-to-school-Box-Tops-For-Education-General Mills-WalmartSummer is coming to an end which means the first day of school is just around the corner. Our oldest, Mia, will be attending an elementary school walking distance from our home. And although I’m excited to walk her to school every single morning, I’m not excited about her starting big girl school. Did I mention she will be a kindergartener in just a couple of weeks?!! How did this happen? Quick, someone hand me a box of tissues. My baby is not so much a baby anymore. And I’m not sure how I will handle the five days a week of morning chaos getting the 7-month-old and four-year-old out the door by 7:20am.

But more importantly, I’m ultra concerned about Mia’s food allergies and not being able to control what she ingests at school. I’m going to be that crazy mamá counting down the minutes with my cell phone in hand.  I’m sure in time she will learn to read food labels on her own and make all the right food choices, right? Definitely looking forward to that day.

Back-to-school-Box-Tops-For-Education-General Mills-WalmartToday, we’re making a promise to give back to Mia’s elementary school. Starting with the Box Tops for Education program.

Have any of you heard of this neat program? Simply look for the Box Tops labels when you shop General Mills products. Your school will receive $.10 for every box top you clip and send back. In addition to the $0.10 per Box Tops, General Mills products are now eligible for a 5-for-1 redemption exclusively at Wal-Mart! That’s $0.50 per box that goes towards your kids school.Back-to-school-Box-Tops-For-Education-General Mills-Walmart

Can’t wait to shop, clip, and earn money so that Mia’s school will be well-funded throughout the school year!

Find out which General Mills products have the 5-for-1 redemption here. And be sure to print out our first day of school chalkboard signs below. Perfect for mamás and dads to use as a first day of school prop. 😉

Free Printable

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Abrazos — Gladys

For The Love Of The Journey

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Our love journey actually began 16 years ago while attending college. It was definitely love at first sight when we locked eyes. The whole butterflies in your stomach, harps playing in the background type of moment. I know, I know, cheesy right? But so memorable. I knew instantly he was ‘the one.’ And once I found out we had the same exact last name it was pretty much a done deal. No need to go through the hassle of changing my last name? Sold! I kid. Not about the last name though. And if you’re wondering, no relation whatsoever.

Fast forward to being married with two kids later; it’s certainly been quite the challenge. Because let’s be honest, it’s so hard to make time for one another post kids. For that very reason, we’ve made it a point to focus on our journey as a married couple. We love our children dearly but they too will one day grow, move out and possibly start a family of their own.

So here are our top three must-haves to keep ‘the happy’ in our marriage.

Short Weekend Getaways

Now that we have two little ones, we can’t be away for more than two days, tops. Leaving for just a couple of days every other month allows us to reconnect with each other. Not to mention, gives us some shut-eye. Our infant is still waking up every two hours on the dot at night. Help!

Do Something Nice For One Another

Whether it be cooking or picking up a favorite meal just because or watching one of his/her favorite movies for the 100th time, do it.  This will surely add happiness to your marriage cup.

Weekly Date Night

Easier said than done but it’s not impossible. If you have family nearby that can babysit your littles, consider yourself very lucky and pretty much set. Another option would be the close friend babysitting swap.  This is not only genius but also inexpensive.

Our date nights usually include trying out new local restaurants, checking out comedy acts or hanging out at our local wineries. Because you know, good food, laughter, and wine just go really well together. And we love wine so much so that we had our wedding reception on a mountain top overlooking a vineyard. Winery-wedding-temecula

So this summer, we’re celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary and our journey with Wente wine.Wente-Wine-Vineyards-Our Journey-Marriage

Wente Vineyards has been growing and producing premium California wines and along the way have influenced California viticulture through contributions such as the Wente clone of Chardonnay. It’s now estimated that over 80% of California Chardonnays are derived from this Wente clone. But all of this is simply a result of their continued pursuit of quality and excellence, and is what’s celebrated with “Love of the Journey”. As they say, “We don’t make wine because we have to, we do it because we love to.” — Wente Vineyards

Wente Vineyards produces a fine collection of Estate Grown, Small Lot, Single Vineyard, and Limited Edition wines. Click here to see the entire collection and pick one out that you’ll love.

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This guy always manages to crack me up. His facial expressions and movie quotes still get me every single time.

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Abrazos (Hugs)– Gladys