Saturday, February 1, 2014

Just "Breathe"

I find myself saying this quite often. After listening to my boys bicker, after a long day of endless chores and errands...anytime I just need to relax and compose myself. This happens DAILY. The frustrations and craziness of being a Mom of two boys can tend to be overwhelming. I have been faced with many challenges in the past year with my two boys. As a Mom I strive to be the best I can be for my Husband, my boys and myself. Unfortunately, it's not always sunshine and butterflies in my household. I often stress, feel overwhelmed and feel like I have failed. I have struggled, turning to my family, Husband, friends, teachers and even our Doctor to help me figure out what I'm doing wrong. Although they all kept telling me I'm doing right, I never get that total feeling. 
I have always believed in God, I have always had my struggles with my faith. I admit I have strayed away from the Church in the recent years. No real excuse, just the typical time and busy schedules. I had told myself that I needed to reconnect and give myself to him. My family and I had started going to a new Church in which we have grown to love. I have made him a priority and am not going to stray this time around. With this connection I had hoped to seek some insight from the word of God and the Church.
I recently found a post from a fellow Mommy blogger in a group of SoCal Lady Bloggers on Facebook. I was introduced to a book. It was not just any book, but a book for a busy mom who longs to be closer to the Lord. That was so me!! I knew that I would fall in love with the book. And I sure did. The book, Breathe 31 Moments with God {For Moms} is a 10 minute devotional book for Moms who need to breathe life back into your relationship with God. 
As I read through the Daily Devotions, I kept saying, "That's me" or "Oh my goodness..this is sooo what I needed." It had the words behind the devotion that I was longing for. The prayer helped me feel closer to God as I prayed.  The reflection questions at the end of each day put my personal challenges and struggles into perspective. I love the prayers at the end of each day as well as the reflection questions. If you're like me and need that extra moments with God, you can purchase Breathe: 31 Moments with God {for Moms} as a softcover devotional, which has a built-in journal, on sale at Amazon for $8.99 through Amazon here. It is also available for Kindle users: “Breathe: 31 Moments with God {for Moms}” is available on @AmazonKindle for only $4.99 today! 
What do you do to feel closer to God??
Please leave me a comment below. Also, let me know if you have read this book or are planning to read it.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Need a little organization inspiration?

Are you frazzled by your family's hectic schedule and chaotic household? Then try Debbie Lillard's "A Mom's Guide to Home Organization." This book walks you through simple processes and tips for organizing your time, your stuff and your space. The second half of the book addresses how to teach your children the life skill of being organized. Written by a busy mom for busy moms. Buy Today at: Amazon.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Monster Jam 2014 coming to SACRAMENTO

Approximately 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, monster trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, monster trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Monster trucks can fly up to 125 to 130 feet (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) and up to 35 feet in the air. Monster Jam, sanctioned by the United States Hot Rod Association, is the most popular monster truck tour, performing to over 4 million fans annually at the most prestigious arenas and stadiums throughout the world. Monster Jam shows consist of three main fan-favorite elements - the pit party, racing and freestyle. If you and your family love loud trucks, laughing and great entertainment, you have to check out Monster Jam!

My family and I are Monster Jam fans and my two boys are fanatics! They know all the trucks as well as the drivers. They have a Monster Jam Hot Wheels collection, as well as DVDs. We can't wait for the show to come to our town. We went to the show here in San Diego last year with several friends and had a blast. The loud sounds of engines and revving trucks are a blast...but don't forget to bring earplugs! Click here to read my blog post from last year. We are definitely going to the San Diego show on January 18th. 
Here's a photo of our time at last year's show in San Diego, CA. 

Check the Monster Jam website for more shows.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Rock out with the Disney on Ice Rockin' Ever After

If you have a Disney fan in your family....this show is a must see! 
Get ready to rock out with some of the most magical idols of all in a musical showcase that features the hottest tunes and talent from across the kingdom in Disney On Ice presents Rockin' Ever After! Jam to a Scottish jig as a group of royal contenders from the latest Disney'Pixar film, Brave, competes to win the heart of headstrong, sharp-shooting Merida, making her ice debut! Experience a show-stopping performance as Sebastian breaks out of his shell for one night only to make waves with Ariel. A chorus of harmless hooligans from Tangled unleashes musical mayhem when they get a visit from the sassy and spirited Rapunzel and her charming ally Flynn. And, get your feet moving as the Beast and his castle's enchanted entourage take center stage in a spectacular show for Belle. Get your tickets today at Ticketmaster!
Disney on Ice presents Rockin' Ever After! Jan. 22-26: Valley View Casino Center. Click here for tickets.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Soy protein for kids

Raising kids to be healthy and conscious about what they eat is important part of theor lives. It's been said that parents who are living a healthy lifestyle can help their kids by leading by example. I have been in clean for over a year now. It has given me great benefits and has made me feel good. I have slowly tried to teach my kids the importance of a healthier lifestyle, eating right and minimizing the amount of "junk" food they take in. I don't want them to deprive themselves of the "kid snacks" but also do not want them to indulge. I want to teach them the importance of eating nutritious foods that taste good. Not all health conscious foods taste flavorless or like cardboard. 
Soy protein helps support healthy growth and development while fighting against childhood obesity. Additionally, incorporating high-quality proteins, such as soy protein, into children’s diets supports their immune systems. Soy, which can be an excellent source of plant-based protein and other nutrients, has been consumed around the world for years. Soy foods have even been shown to confer health benefits when introduced to kids. Research suggests that it is safe to consume two to three servings of soy foods every day as part of a balanced and varied diet.  The key is to ensure that a child’s plant-based diet includes a wide variety of foods.

Upon receiving the products, my boys and I enjoyed the Honey Graham S'mores Bar. My son said, "Wow...this is good. It tastes like a rice krispy treat." With only 110 calories, 8g of sugar and 5g of protein, I would choose my kids to eat an A3 bar instead of rice krispy treats as a snack. The soy protein crisps give the bar the crisp that all kids will love. 
Here is your chance to win your own soy protein package. The package will include:
  • One "Soy satisfying" lunch cooler
  • One A3 Honey graham s'mores bar
  • One Nogii kids chocolate chip bar
  • One coupon for a Morning Star Farms product
Comment below how you have introduced Soy or will be introducing soy products to your kids. A winner will be chosen by random. I will contact the winner via email. This giveaway will end on December 12, 2013. 

Disclosure: The products, information and two gift packs have been provided by DuPont Nutrition and Health.

Monday, November 18, 2013

HarlemGlobetrotters 2014 tour

Looking for an awesome event the whole family will enjoy?  Bring your family to the Harlem Globetrotters brand new "Fans Rule" tour.  The Globetrotters had so much fun letting fans vote for what they wanted to see in the game last year that they're doing it again!  Only with brand new exciting rules like the Trick Shot Challenge and Hot Hand Jersey. Take your kids to and vote for which rule sounds the most fun to you.  After the game, come down to the court for pictures and autographs with the Globetrotter stars!  The only thing better than finding an event for the whole family, is getting a great deal on it and I've got a special discount code for you.   

You can get your tickets here and don't forget to use the promo code USFAMILY to save $7 on every ticket!

*Discount available on select seating levels "

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Festive Halloween Cereals

It's that time of the year when everyone starts getting festive with the Fall season. My kids not only look forward to Halloween for trick or treating. They know that the Monster cereals will be hitting our local Target.  This year the cereals are in their retro packaging. 
My boys enjoy having a variety of cereals in the home this time of year. One enjoys Count Chocula the best, but loves all the flavors. My other son enjoys Boo-Berry.  I enjoy the time of year these cereals come out especially because they are quite nostalgic for myself. I grew up having my parents buy these General Mills cereals, especially Count Chocula. 
Have you purchased your box of Halloween cereals? What is your favorite?
Learn more about these cereals at:

Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.