Life Motherhood TRAVEL

Operation Less Screen Time For Kids

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Melissa&Doug-Take Back Childhood-holiday gift guide-kids-children-toys-2018-#takebackchildhoodThis post is sponsored by Melissa & Doug. All opinions are our own and as always we only work with brands we love.

As a mom, I’m constantly struggling with pulling our girls away from the screens and shifting their focus to use their imagination via pretend play. Surely, I’m not the only one dealing with this right? For me, the screen-time struggle turned into an even more exhausting challenge when our oldest, Mia, started elementary school. There, Mia was surrounded by schoolmates who seemed to only talk about video games and their favorite TV shows. So much that it became a daily debate at home with our kiddo questioning why she was not allowed to do what other kids her age were doing. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that we isolated her entirely from screen-time, but we definitely set limits. And for all the right reasons. Research shows that “play promotes self-confidence, social and cognitive skills, resilience, and more. And it’s these skills that are crucial building blocks for success and personal fulfillment in adulthood.” – Melissa & Doug

So, you can just imagine the excitement that went on in my little home office when I received an invitation to be a guest at a roundtable with a select group of influencers — and child development experts in conjunction with Melissa from Melissa & Doug and Parents Magazine! I’m beyond looking forward to hearing more about the movement that is at the heart of the Melissa + Doug brand: the importance of play — in all its forms — and how to help parents, caregivers, teachers, etc. more effectively encourage and facilitate play that spark our kids’ imaginations in our very busy, screen-dominated lives. Melissa&Doug-Take Back Childhood-holiday gift guide-kids-children-toys-2018-#takebackchildhood

The Melissa & Doug Mission

Provide a launch pad to ignite imagination and a sense of wonder in all children so they can discover themselves, their passions, and their purpose.

“There was a time not so long ago when childhood offered the space and freedom for children to explore their world. To be curious. To be creative. To be bold. To be bored. To just . . . be. Today, our overscheduled and overstimulated children are using their imaginations less than ever. It’s a crisis in the making. And it’s why we’re committed to making products that inspire open-ended thinking and encourage kids to see new possibilities. It’s part of our bigger vision to Take Back Childhood. Because by giving children a true childhood, we give them a path to realizing their full potential!” – Melissa & Doug

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To be honest, we love seeing our girls pretend play with their Melissa & Doug toys, but the fact that Melissa & Doug are making it their mission to really celebrate play makes us love their products even more. I cannot wait to share all the tips and recommendations I’ll be learning from the other parents and experts who will be present during our roundtable discussion. Be sure to peep our stories throughout our stay and check back for a full recap on the blog when we return to CA. Side note, there’s going to be an amazing giveaway that will surely help jumpstart your holiday shopping, too!

Abrazos (hugs),

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  • 🎈Feliz Cumple mi amor preciosa! 🎈To my Mia Rae of sunshine: May you continue to be kindhearted, outgoing and super smart. Even if you always find ways to prove to me and papi why you should no longer be grounded. 😆May you continue to love reading books and inspire us all to read more too. And may you never ever give up on your dreams and goals. We love you 3000 mi amor preciosa!! Happy 8th birthday to our 1st born. #birthdaygirl #MiaTurns8 #babygirl #felizcumpleaños
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For 6 years, I’ve worked behind a computer and on my phone. My small home office plastered with motivational quotes, vision boards and goals that felt so unattainable. 6  years of hard work, pouring endless hours, late nights, tears and tons of love into my little blog. Followed by rounds of No’s and doors closing in on me. The thoughts of just throwing in the towel and giving up always crept in. But I’m here to tell you even with all of that, I pushed through. Heck I’m still pushing through. But yesterday, two moms that follow me (you know who are☺️) sent me the sweetest messages (I kid you not around the same time) thanking me for all the advice I gave them over the past year and that they are going to be working with their DREAM brand!!! I was so humbled to think I could actually make a huge impact like this on another mom! My heart is so full! ❤️ And then, guess what happened? That dream brand that was plastered on MY vision boards for 6 yrs sent me an email to work with them!! Never in my wildest dreams would I think they would pay me to create content for them but it’s happening! Moral of the story, (promise this isn’t in any way me trying to toot my own horn) just a reminder to NEVER ever give up on that goal even if it seems too far fetched or unattainable! You got this! I’m cheering for you mama! 👏Thank YOU for reading and sending love. And to my village that has always had my back, wouldn’t be here without you. Ok, off to celebrate in my pjs. 😆 Now tell me, if you could work with ANY brand in the entire world who would that be? Or if you’re wanting your own brand what would that be? #KindnessAlwaysWins #WomenEmpoweringWomen #ItTakesAVillage #staymotivated #momblogger
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  • 🏰 What's your favorite childhood memory? 🎡 ¿Cuál es tu recuerdo favorito de tu niñez?
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For me, it was going to @Disneyland once a year with my family. I remember my parents saving up for our one-day trip for an entire year. I remember getting to the park right before they opened the doors and staying until midnight. Yet, somehow I don't recall being tired at all. I just remember all the fun times we had. This is exactly how I hope my little ones remember their childhood. ☺️🏰
P.S. Flashing back to exactly one year ago because my first born will be turning 8 next week! Cue in all the ugly crying. Followed by feeling grateful our babies are healthy and overly excited at the fact that we have something magical ✨ up our sleeves! Stay tuned! (Español en comentarios) 😘 #Disneylandhotel #Disneyland @disneyland #happiestplace 
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  • 4-0 is right around the corner! (gulp!) So, until then I’ll keep reminiscing about my fabulous 1/2 birthday weekend @caesarspalace and POOOOOL TIME. 😍💦👙 #ad #LikeACaesar #lasvegas #birthday #travelgram