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25 Random Facts about Me

October 30, 2014 By · 12 Comments

This one is going to be hard because I think I’ve kind of revealed myself more lately than I ever have, either way below is going to be 25 random facts about me. I’d love to hear some facts about you.

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1. I’m the mother to 5.
2. Sagittarius
3. I was born in Ohio, raised in California.
4. I got married two days after I graduated high school.

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Most Embarrassing Moment as a Mom

October 29, 2014 By · 7 Comments

As a mom to five I’m sure there were tons of times when I had an embarrassing mom moment. I mean how many moms out there have had their child do one thing or another to embarrass them? Now I could lie to you all and say I’ve had this perfect life and never had a moment like this but we all know the truth. I’m the mom that just can’t seem to think of a ton at the moment so I’ll go over a brief few, I’m sure I’ve mentioned them here or on Facebook (The Life of a Home Mom) from one time or another. I do want to say sometimes embarrassing moments can be the silly ones and I hope my kids always find the silly in those situations.

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Back in 2002 I would have more embarrassing mom moments, or somewhere around there my oldest was attending preschool and his teacher had recently told the students if they ever got into trouble to call 9-1-1. She apparently didn’t explain she meant trouble like a house fire, or a burglar because later that week I grounded him to his room for something…probably throwing a fit or a toy. I went outside to check the mail, this is like 15 steps walking, when I came in I told him to come down. He loved on me, told me sorry and all that so we went out back to play in the water. It was a hot year so we already had the sprinklers out, we’d been outside for about 30-45 minutes when I declared it was time to go back inside, cool down and get some water. Just as we were heading in the fire/police department swarmed around the back freaking me out. They explained someone had just called 9-1-1 from inside. After they did a complete search and finally left he came clean and told me he did it. He didn’t let on the entire time. So may not be too embarrassing but it is when you are in bathing suits and have law enforcement at your home.

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NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Genio Review & Giveaway

October 28, 2014 By · 32 Comments

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto. I received products to review, and will receive a promotional item to thank me for my participation. All opinions are my own.

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I was recently asked if I’d like to review The NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Genio Machine with a few cups to use with it. Now I won’t lie I had seen a machine similar to this which I had wanted to review for a while, I may not be a heavy coffee drinker, but I love a cup of coffee at least once a day and I love other hot drinks. So, as you can see, I said yes. I mean this is the perfect little machine for those that don’t plan on making an entire pot. I hate wasting money and dumping coffee down the drain because I made too much. Are you kidding me I have two daughters that would’ve been very upset if I had said no. I want to add that I am prone to loving all things cute, which includes the movie Wall-E which for some reason this tiny little machine reminds me a lot of.

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For the review, I want to state that at first I had a little trouble with it. Sometimes there are twerks that need fixed and some reason I had a bubble in my line so it wouldn’t pump out the water at first. I’m guessing it was from when you put the water cartridge back on the machine, if you don’t see bubbles come up you need to redo it until you do. Once I got that part figured out (by the way make sure ALL the tape is off, they make sure that baby is in the box securely so nothing gets broken) everything else is a piece of cake. I love their customer service.

Pick out the capsule (cups) you want to drink, read how it is suppose to be prepared. If you want to make something like hot cocoa you will need to use 2 different capsules…they explain everything which makes it easy. You’ll feel like there is never a need to go to a coffee shop again because hey, you can do it all right at home now. Place the capsule in it’s little home and slide it shut. Pull the silver level back down until it clicks into place (you’ll know the sound as it punctures the capsule). Pick your hot or cold and wait for it to pour. It really is that simple.10419401_10152467155398404_3015922777195658695_n

Some fun things I liked about this: You can set the little stand for a small cup, medium or large. You are able to desire how much you want in your cup with the little knob up above the machine. It heats up milk capsules too, which is great if you like hot cocoa (I have 4 kids that love it). There are 15 different coffeehouse flavors to choose from, which includes things like iced tea, cappuccino, hot cocoa, coffee. It is really quick. My daughters make this every morning and love that it is faster than the coffee pot I did have.

The sleek and stylish NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto machine brings the “coffee house” into your own home by delivering up to 15 bars of professional pressure to make the perfect cup of coffee and frothy milk every time. With the compact, no-mess capsules, you just pop them into the machine, and with the press of a button, out comes a great cup of specialty (or coffee house quality) coffee in under a minute! What is great about theDolce Gusto is that it can also brew a variety of specialty coffee beverages including creamy layered lattes, sweet caramel macchiatos, bold espressos, even a frosty iced cappuccino. For the non-coffee drinkers in your house Dolce Gusto also brews a deliciously indulgent Chococino.

I will be adding a video here later today to show you just how easy it is. But in the meantime I wanted to get my giveaway kicked off. Comment below for a chance to win one of your own. The Nescafe Dolce Gusto Machine would make a great Christmas item. Oh and if you forget to shut it off as you were running out the door, don’t worry it shuts itself off after 5 minutes.

How do I take my coffee? I love to use my own recipe (thanks to pinterest) I take a Mason jar, fill it up with 3/4 sweetened condensed milk, pour in same amount of milk (I use the can to measure), a few tablespoons of vanilla and put the lid back on and shake it well. This lasts me one week. I tend to use this creamer whenever I have my morning coffee, which is the morning blend. Now the kids like to use the Chococino and add their own milk. They said otherwise to them it isn’t sweet enough.

To learn more about this great machine or stay up-to-date with all their stuff follow them at Facebook, Twitter or visit their site. If you want to watch some videos by them they are also on Youtube. Psst, there’s even a cookie recipe there.  Want one of your own but don’t want to purchase it? That’s okay enter my giveaway. You have until Friday, October 30 at 11:59pm. I’ll draw the winner that morning.

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Letter To My Younger Self

October 27, 2014 By · 31 Comments

To My Younger Self:

I’m not really sure what to tell you. Ummm we are currently a month before we turn 37 and have 5 kids. Yes, I said 5. I know you weren’t even considering kids your Senior year but you ended up having 5. Actually our oldest child will be graduating this school year. Wow right?  haha bet that is blowing your mind right? See, those people didn’t know what they were talking about because you will do anything for your kids. You love them so much you can’t even contemplate the amount at this age. All you know is it is your senior year and you are having a difficult life at the moment. Before I move on I want to tell you that you have such a relationship with your children that some will be jealous and not understand, others will hate you but the best part is your children adore you and you adore your children. I want you to know that while it may seem terrible and hard right now you will get through this time period. Everything you do in life, you do it for them.

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5 Fall Crafts and Activities For Little Boys

October 24, 2014 By · No Comments

I always see fall crafts or activities geared more towards little girls instead boys or better both. Today we are going to create a few crafts and activities that are geared towards boys but girls could surely do them too. Why do I say that? As a mom to five I know both can because I have 2 girls and 3 boys.  The only problem with making bracelets, necklaces and tutus is not all little boys can wear them and many won’t even attempt it.

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1. Trace a Leaf- This is an easy craft but it takes finding a leaf to trace over, which can be tricky if you live in the desert. You only need three things, a leaf, a crayon and a piece of construction paper. Have your child put the leaf under the paper and rub the crayon over the top of the paper.

2. Jumping in a Pile of leaves- If you have a tree in your yard now is the time to have some fun and enlist some worker bees. Have your child go out and rake a pile of leaves and then tell them to run and jump into it. Make sure to have your camera ready because these will be some amazing Fall shots.

3. Nature walk- Go out on a nature walk and look at all that Mother Nature is sharing with you. To add a bit of creativity have your child take a notebook with and either draw, write or collect items for their book that they can remember this trip. If they are older see if they can identify leaves, paw prints, what type of plant something is, etc.

4. Painting rocks- Go out and grab a handful of rocks, some newspaper, paints, a paintbrush and let your child have fun. Lay the newspaper out so they don’t get the paint everywhere and just let them have fun painting their own creations. Do not forget to ask them what they are painting as they are doing it. Be shocked, be amazed, above all encourage them to have fun. While you have the paint out you may want to let them try making a fall tree painting.

5.  Make a dirt road- Boys (AND GIRLS) love to play in the dirt and many love to play with cars and trucks. Take them outside and have them make little roads, if you don’t have dirt (those of us in the desert have a ton of it) take some chalk and let them draw roads to drive on. Just above all let them imagine life, a world in which they create and sit back and watch as they learn to have fun.

What fall activities/crafts does your child do?

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