HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I know we are 11 days in but still this year feels brand new… and like it is rapidly evaporating all at once. I am excited for it holds and hope to look back on December 31st with a sense of achievement.

I started this year with a bang. I submitted my grad school application against all odds and that made me feel proud. Continue reading

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Kick-start Numero Dos

I started this blog as part of a digital media class I took last spring quarter. The goal was to select a topic we were passionate about, stick to it for 10 weeks and collect a certain amount of views (1000 I believe). Thanks to all of you I successfully reached that goal! Thank you for clicking!

Then the class ended, I thought I would continue blogging but summer hit hard and researching, planning and writing fell to the wayside. Continue reading

Eleven fun and cheap (or free) summer activities for kids

Summer is here! For kids that means entire mornings of cartoons, lazy afternoons and the beginning of the school year so far away it seems like it will never arrive. For adults it means trying to find a way to keep the kids entertained. Unfortunately, entertainment doesn’t come cheap. In fact its taxin’.

So as a college student/aunt/not millionaire I’ve found 11 things to do with kids this summer that won’t break the piggy bank. (Spoiler: Most are free.) Continue reading

App Review: Toca Boca

One of the perks of having a niece and nephew is that my electronics are neither 100 percent mine nor 100 percent safe. I know it’s amazing. Thankfully both my niece and nephew have outgrown their throwing phase, so my phone is just a tiny bit safer in their hands.

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Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce and Turkey Meatballs

By the way it tastes better than it looks ;)

Its as good as it looks 😉

Cooking with kids is an experience for the brave and patient. Preparing anything will take twice as long when little hands are involved and spills are bound to happen. So, I have to be honest and say that for the most part I keep them out of my cooking space. (I am one of those anal cooks that likes to have the kitchen to themselves…it’s pretty bad.)

The one thing that we do cook together are pancakes, the room for errors is slim and they love tasting the batter. Plus, cooking helps build children’s self-esteem and is a great way for pre-schoolers to explore with their senses.

But cooking only pancakes gets old and by now they’ve mastered the beating part so we’ve moved on to grander things: Spaghetti & Meatballs.

If you are feeling brave or just want to enjoy a delicious plate of spaghetti here is a recipe I adapted from the cookbook “How To Boil Water.”

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5 adult-friendly kid movies on Netflix

Poster by DreamWorks / Retrieved from movieweb.com

Poster by DreamWorks / Retrieved from movieweb.com

The Croods (2013)
PG  1 hr 38 min  IMDB: 7.3/10  RT: 78%
Directed by Kirk De Micco & Chris Sanders

It is colorful, action packed and funny enough to entertain kids and adults alike. “The Croods” is about family, curiosity and the limitations of living in fear. It follows the Croods, a family of cave people, on their quest to find a new cave and adapt to their changing world.

The stellar cast of voices is an added bonus for adults. Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds and Cloris Leachman do a fine job at bringing these characters to life. Continue reading

Puppy Love

Last week I was on a mission to find a male, brown puppy of a largeish breed and kid friendly nature. My sister, niece, nephew and I made an early trip to an adoption fair at the City of San Bernardino Animal Shelter.

For more than a year now, I have been wating to add a large dog to the family and since doggies make bad times better and good times greater it just seemed like the perfect time. We even watched Cesar Millan’s 46-minute video “How to raise a perfect dog” the night before. Needles to say we were super ready.

This friends is our newest family member:

Female, White, CHIHUAHUA. As if that wasn't ironic enough her name is Coal.

Female, White, CHIHUAHUA. As if that wasn’t ironic enough her name is Coal. / Photo by Me

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