5 Things Every Mom Should Keep In Her Car

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Review

Coping Mechanisms For Working Mothers

Simple Fish Taco Recipe For Quick Dinner

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Our Visit To Sea Life Aquarium in Concord Mills

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As an afternoon outing, I took the girls to Sea Life Aquarium at Concord Mills Mall outside of Charlotte, NC. Sea Life is much more than “oohing and aahing” at various sea animals. It’s a fun lesson in environmental responsibility. The aquarium is a nice size and the experience is very interactive without being overwhelming. For instance, the sharks are in a tank with stingrays and other sea animals, but they are not intimidating. My girls loved that they could get really close to them and compare what they saw on National Geographic with real life. The highlights for my…

Chocolate Ruled My Birthday Gifts This Year

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One of the great things about publicly declaring my love of chocolate is the great gifts I get for my birthday. This year my girls and Hubby treated me to this candy apple from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, along with chocolate-covered strawberries. This is one of their fabulous caramel apples covered with white chocolate and more. And yes, I’m a chocoholic that loves white chocolate, too, :-). If you have never treated yourself to one of their caramel apples you should. It’s the perfect mix of sweet and tart. At a lunch with friends they surprised me with this array…

5 Things Every Mom Should Keep In Her Car

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Here are five things that every mom should keep in her “Mom Emergency Car Kit.” All-Weather, Indoor/Outdoor Blanket. Whether we need the blanket for cover because the kids are chilly or for an impromptu picnic in the park, this blanket has been a lifesaver. It’s also great for cleaning up spills that are too big for paper towels. Bottled Water. Of course, it’s good if you or the kids get thirsty. But, it is useful for much more than that. I use it to wet napkins and voila, I have a wet wipe. It’s also good for washing scrapes/bruises, and…

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Review

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After a screening of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes I get why the reviews are great. From the acting to the sets to the special effects and the storyline, it’s all stellar! The apes MAKE this movie, no question. The storyline and special effects are done so well you believe the apes as they work through friendships, betrayal, decision-making and more. You root for the humans and apes to get along, even though you know it can’t end that way. Whether it’s an emotional tug or an action war scene, I couldn’t help but feel attached to Caesar…

Coping Mechanisms For Working Mothers

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Earlier this month PepsiCo CEO Indra K. Nooyi talked about working moms having it all (or not). In the article she detailed a couple of her coping mechanisms, like training family and workers to help out. I’m a huge advocate of building a support network, and here are a few other things that work for me. Discuss schedules, needs, special projects and more as a family. My girls are understanding and even offer help when they feel like part of the process. So, we talk about their special projects and events just like I talk about my schedule, especially if…

Simple Fish Taco Recipe For Quick Dinner

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Today I REALLY wanted fish tacos for dinner, and I knew that it had to be an easy recipe that was also quick. I gathered my ingredients and went to work. Dinner was done in 20 minutes! First I started with the salsa. I love fresh salsa, but when I’m short on time I use pico de gallo and mix in frozen fruit. For this salsa I added a cup of mango, pineapple and peaches. I chopped the fruit, stirred in the pico, added a teaspoon of lemon juice and let it sit in the fridge while I moved on…

Kids Outdoor Summer Fun Idea – Playmaker Playdate

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My girls love being outdoors and these “Outdoor Summer Fun Idea Buckets” are one way I have found to keep them (and neighborhood friends!) entertained for hours. I keep two of these in the garage and my girls can pull them out as needed. They are filled with jump ropes, balls, horseshoe and other games, baskets and more. I also keep hula hoops around because their versatility opens them up for contests or to create games. I recently invited a few friends over for a Claritin Mom Crew Playmaker Playdate and ice cream social. The main activity was to have…

Summer Fun List of Things To Do

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Summer Fun Things To Do – Bucket List Style Here is a free Summer Bucket List Guide I created! In it you’ll find ideas for your own bucket list along with printable sheets that you can use to document your fun. In addition to the bucket list ideas, there’s a 4th of July page with a summer cookout checklist and menu ideas. The checklist breaks down planning steps 2-3 weeks before your event, things to do the day before and tasks for the day of your bash. While the page has an Independence Day theme, this checklist can work for…