I became victim to the box.

I very rarely talk about my personal life. I try to keep every thing professional as apple pie. However maybe I can help a mama or two become not so helpless and feel not so alone with this. Maybe I’ll be shunned…Who knows but I wanted to be real and I promised you when I started this blog to always be vulnerable. So here my shaking little hands go….

My son is a very spirited little man. Vivacious, amazing, typical little boy….. What you do not see is this little boy has been through far more than the average 7-year-old. His biological father was very sick from PTSD and caused some severe trauma with telling him things that were inappropriate…We wont go into too much detail. Basically my child was afraid of everything by the age of 4. He thought planes were spraying aerosol trying to kill him, if an apple didn’t have an organic sticker on it he would throw it at me in the store and scream I was killing him by feeding him fruit that wasnt organic…. It was a night mare. I threw myself into straight survivor mom mode and we went to intensive PCIT (Parent Child Therapy), Counseling, Play Therapy, Parenting classes…. (I had no idea what was causing this until my son could speak clearly and my husband and I started to put the pieces together of what was happening on his visitation time.) Lets fast forward. After a horrible custody battle where my character, insides, and confidence were basically Destroyed I became strong….Like hammer head, white shark, turtle shell strong….. I decided I would no longer give a FUCK what anyone said or thought about me.

The only thing that mattered at this point was MY CHILD. HIS WELL BEING. HIS PROTECTION. AND HIS HAPPILY EVER AFTER.

He deserves this…just as any other child. When he was 5 we gained full custody of my son with protection for his well-being.

We have these illusions of what our lives will look like when were younger and sometimes we hit speedbumps…What I have learned is THATS OK!!!!! My outcome came out far better than anything I could have ever imagined. I married what I think is my soul mate…(like really the man of my dreams.) an amazing father to my children and all my son knows as daddy. This makes my heart skip a beat.

When my son was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of six we decided to not medicate. My favorite thing about my child is his drive for life, his little spirit, his old soul… It drives me crazy, makes me laugh, but most of all it’s WHO HE IS. He is ALL BOY….. Now here’s the problem….As his mom I do not believe he has ADHD. I think he has some serious testosterone and is a typical boy. For some reason in today’s society this is not allowed any more.

We are such a sensitive arrogant entitled generation that boys are supposed to act like girls.

We are WIRED differently. (boys and girls.) Boys will not sit at a desk for 8 hours and read books. They want to lift rocks and find bugs, climb trees, do math by counting the stones they find at the beach, not by sitting counting numbers on a paper. So whats easy? TO MEDICATE… mmm.mmm.mmm.

Maybe this is easy? Is easy right? I personally do not think so. I started to question myself after talks with family, teachers, etc.

Am I wrong?

Should I just medicate and make it easier?

HELL NO. My gut was screaming…. So I did a ton of research, found alternative motives and realized three things.

  1. BOYS ARE BOYS. They are not girls…. LET THEM BE BOYS. They are hyper, they are silly, they want to be boys…DONT FALL VICTIM TO THE BOX of what they are “supposed” to be..What you thought you would have in a child…LET THEM BE just that…THEM. It’s really beautiful when you step back and can guide them instead of force them in the correct direction.
  2. Vitamins and supplements can cure pretty much anything. Often times its as simple as a vitamin their short in.
  3. Output and Excersize. Boys are meant to move…WE all our. Get out…run, hike, play. Boys are not designed to sit in a corner and fold their hands…(this goes back to cave man times.)

Most of all follow your gut. Follow your heart. You are a mother. That means your child was designed specifically to need you. Do not let them down, do what’s right and what you know they need. That’s why you get the title Mother.

Some children truly do need medication, don’t get me wrong. If they don’t though and you can find an alternative…DO THAT.

Parenting is Messy.

Accept it. Love it. Know this time goes SO FAST.

Most of all Enjoy the Little things…They really are the BIG things in the end.

Lets end this with Mother Theresa.

“If you want to change the world, go home and LOVE your family.”

 

Stuck Inside Creativity

This week I had two sick little’s home for a week and had to get real creative with keeping them busy as the energy level was still there and we were stuck inside. I love projects that not only are fun but also have some sort of learning or character building behind them!

Little Hands Change the World Project

What you need:

  • Craft Tray – (I try to make clean up as easy as possible.) Washable Craft Trays
  • Paint
  • Construction Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue

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I traced their hands on the paper and had them each cut out their hands on construction paper. We then placed the little hands in the craft tray and went crazy with abstract paint style on the hands. 

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Second we took a bowl and traced the circle on the second piece of paper. The kids cut this out as well and repeated the steps above. 

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We then let it dry for about an hour and glued the hands to the world and came up with 3 different ways we were going to make a difference to help the world and our community. 

Water Color Crayons

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Switch it up

Sometimes all you need for some kid motivation is a little change up of the normal routine. I found these amazing watercolor crayons that seriously glide and are super fun to color with in general….Ready for the best part you dip the crayon in water and grab a paint brush and it turns into mess free coloring and painting. I let them use these instead of a pencil for homework and I have never seen my son more focused on his school work! Getting creative does not have to be hard sometimes the simplest things the kids enjoy the most!

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Home made Puffy Paint

What you will need: 

  • Shaving Cream
  • Food Coloring
  • Elmers Glue

Lets Make it!

    1. Put down your craft tray to protect your table. Wearing an apron is also a good idea.
    2. Mix equal parts of shaving cream and Elmer’s glue.
    3. Add food coloring ( a few drops at a time til desired color.)
    4. Apply the glue to a heavy paper. (You can also sponge it on if easier.)
    5. Let the Paint Dry.
    • Window Clings: Add puffy paint to wax paper in small shapes and designs. Let the paint dry overnight and then you can peel off the puffy paint and it will stay in its shape. You can place them on the window and they make super fun window decorations. These are great to do for holidays!
    • Puffy Paint Shirts: Add puffy paint to t-shirts or sweatshirts in fun and cute designs. Let the paint dry overnight on the clothing, then it will be time to wear it in style. Be sure to hand wash only.
    • Puffy Paint Greeting Cards: Add a little puffy paint to a folded greeting card to add a cool 3D look. Kids will love to make different shapes and creations with puffy paint and then gift their cards to friends and loved ones.

Happy Crafting Mama Bears.

California Dreaming

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San Francisco: With a thriving city like this you can view the amazing arts scene, world class food, a culturally diverse population, and countless tourist destinations, including Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Presidio, and numerous museums. The average cost of a mortgage is $3,500 (this being for a low end style home.) The cost of living here is 26% higher than the rest of the US, which is why so many people commute to work in the city. A beautiful vacation destination though if your into beautiful beaches, aquariums, and art.

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Los Angeles: This city is fast paced and makes you feel alive! LA is all about the glitz and glam with beautiful destinations and kid friendly activities such as Universal Studios, Pirate Dinners, Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Wax Museum and so much more. The average cost of a mortgage in the LA area is actually less than you would think ranging from $2000-$3000. Moving here though expect a lot of time in your car, as traffic is a challenge to go anywhere!  

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Fresno: A hidden little gem with a ton of charm. Fresno has amazing underground gardens, the Chaffee Zoo, Museums, Art Galleries, Wineries, and amusement parks. Very kid friendly with beautiful trails and outdoor activities to explore. The average cost of living is between $1200-$3000 with a central location, family friendly environment and a ton to explore. Create your fresh start.

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Santa Barbara: Southern California Beauty with Northern California Reality People. The snootiness is just not in the city! Everyone seems very down to earth and friendly. Santa Barbara has beautiful beaches, is a college town, and has attractions such as the Stearns Wharf, State Street, and a ton of Eco Out door activities. The average cost of mortgage is $254,000.

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Napa: Beautiful rolling hills of Wine Country. Amazing culture, fun shopping experiences, wineries on every block with charm and quaintness of a small town feel. The average mortgage is between $2500-$3000 in the city but the outskirts you can find as low as $2000. This city is quiet and peaceful with a relaxing spa like atmosphere.

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Lake Tahoe: If your athletic or adventurous, there is no place in the world like Tahoe. From parasailing, beautiful beaches, mountain activities, snow boarding, skiing, sledding, fun restaurants, and any water activity you can think of this is your spot. Some of the most beautiful trails in the world with Cool Summers and Snowy Winters. Great vacation spot! The average cabin cost is between $2500 – $5000.

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San Diego: Surfing the beautiful oceans, sunshine nearly every day,  Pacific Beach, San Diego Zoo, Whale Watching, Surf Lessons, SeaWorld and a hot downtown night life makes this a desirable vacation spot or living spot for the energized! Cost of living averages $2000.

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Anaheim: Hello, Goodbye!!! My favorite vacation spot and also known as the Happiest Place on Earth. This is the home of Disney Land and California Adventure! Amazing Spot to Spend 3-5 days and escape reality to become a kid again. Mortgage here is surprisingly low but get ready for tourist everywhere all the time…Average Mortgage is between $1200- $2000.

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The Sierras: Relaxing and Peaceful. Very quiet area for the most part and covers several “small mountain cities” Amazing trails and out door activities, close rivers and lakes, rafting, snow boarding, and skiing are all regular activities. The average cost of mortgage is $1800-$3000.

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Santa Cruz: comparable to “Jersey Shore” with a beautiful boardwalk, totally kid friendly, very laid back city, surfing, beaches, warm but not too hot. Red wood forest steam train adventures, Sailing and Amusement park and game atmosphere down at the board walk. You can also escape to the cute little town for beach restaurants and sand between your toes. Average cost of living is between $2000-$4000.

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Monterey: Gorgeous Bay off of the ocean where you can go down to the beach and find starfish, amazing shells, hear the giant waves crash in. Kayaking in the bay is a favorite of mine, seals and otters come up all around you while out on the ocean. Monterey also offers some of the best clam chowder, and of course the famous aquarium. Average cost of living in this quaint beach town is from $3500-$5000.

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Palm Springs: Palm Springs pretty much has it all. Vegas with out the casinos everywhere. Botanical Gardens, Cactus to clouds trail, Museums and Art, Tram Way, Joshua Nation Park, hot air balloon rides! Absolutely gorgeous city to soak in some rays. Average Mortgage is between $2000-$3500.

Now let’s get adventuring. Remember life is about taking chances, enjoying experiences, and taking in the little moments. 

 

Special Guest App – Breaking the Barrier

starving artist is an artist who sacrifices material well-being in order to focus on their artwork.[1] They typically live on minimum expenses, either for a lack of business or because all their disposable income goes toward art projects. Related terms include starving actor and starving musician. – Wikipedia

A few weeks ago, I was introduced to a new app that has quickly become a true game changer for many talented artists and their potential audiences. “Special Guest” is an app that has created a platform for artists of all kinds to be discovered and enjoyed by new and far reaching audiences. Audiences that likely would never have found these gifted artists using the traditional means of “talent searching”.

Upon discovering “Special Guest” I was immediately intrigued by the story and the creators behind this unique app. Damon Wayans Jr. and Kris Jones have created something truly special. I had to hear about the purpose and the journey behind Special Guest App. One of the aspects that speaks to the core of the artist that I have become, is the idea that anyone with talent and drive can now have a much louder voice and opportunity to share their gifts than they have ever had before.

The description on the main page of the app says it all, “Special Guest is an app that allows anyone, anywhere to hire live entertainment on demand.” However, the core message and main goal behind this app goes far beyond that statement. The goal of “Special Guest” is broad and meaningful – Imagine America’s Got Talent right in your back pocket!

Special Guest has three main components. It’s these three components, all tied together in this one app that make Special Guest a dynamic and exciting game changer. These components are simple yet powerful – descriptive introductions of the artists/talent, easy to navigate geo-located feed showing both artists and venues in your area and finally, a secure platform allowing users to easily communicate with the talent they are working with.

Anyone can hire talent by using this app. It is being likened to “Uber” for hiring live entertainers. There are other apps that make it easy to locate and hire makeup artists, special event planners, really anything you could want. Now, there is a quick way to access, communicate with and hire the copious amount of talent that beautifully exists in our society. One of the unique aspects of Special Guest is how easy it now is for non-traditional venue hosts like business owners, parents or teachers to find and hire talent for any number of events. Corporate events, birthday parties, holiday parties, weddings, anniversaries, or any other event – there is now an effective and efficient way to make an event’s entertainment memorable! In addition, the Special Guest App has a program called “Venue Connect” that books talent on behalf of venues where they act as the talent buyer. Special Guest is currently piloting the program in Los Angeles and actively booking talent on a daily / nightly basis across several large venues.

This app is for everyone and anyone who has a talent. Its genius to think that the “little people” now have this amazing opportunity to be found and truly live out their passions. The people of experience have more opportunities to book gigs, and everyone in between has a chance to mingle and hire with a tap of the finger!

In an industry swarming with talent, not everyone who deserves the limelight will get their “big break.” Many people are blessed with phenomenal talents but very few of them are “discovered” and their talents are left unknown. The question that the creators of “Special Guest” wanted to answer is, how can this dynamic be changed? How can this phenomenal talent be accessed by anyone, in any place, at any time? The concept of making these artists and their talent available to the public in a very accessible manner is the core goal behind Special Guest. Being able to find and book unique talent for any event imaginable without having to be connected with some sort of agent has changed the landscape completely for both the artists and their potential audiences. Finding talent for a dinner party, a child’s birthday, wedding or any other number of special events is now so much easier thanks to this ground-breaking app Special Guest.

I love a good story and the creation of this app and this friendship is exactly that. Of course, I wanted to know all the ins and outs of this incredible app but I also wanted to know how these two clicked so quickly and formed such a strong working relationship with the common goal of creating an app to change people’s lives. Damon and Kris were introduced through a common friend in the entertainment industry. They were inspired by the idea of democratizing how talented people get discovered and ultimately, paid. If Special Guest can streamline the process for talent and venues alike, while making it fair for non-managed talent to get paid to do what they love, then Damon and Kris feel like they will have helped make the world a better place. There are far too frequent stories of highly talented people struggling to get recognized and paid on a regular basis. Talent is abandoned instead of shared to brighten the world simply because it is difficult for people to access. For all of these reasons, when Damon approached Kris about the concept for Special Guest, Kris saw the big picture. It reminded him of another app that he invested in and helped build called French Girls App. French Girls is an app that helps digital artists get paid for drawing portraits and other types of art. With Special Guest, they are taking on a well-established (but in many ways broken) talent booking process and turning it into a streamlined form of communication and accessibility. By creating a success with Special Guest, Kris and Damon will help millions of people get paid to do what they love to do and in the process, help entertain millions of people who love experiencing life entertainment. Special Guest was strong right out of the gate. The app has highly recognizable names available to book such as comedian Damon Wayans, JrBarack Obama impersonator Reggie Brown, actress and TV star Hillary Hawkins, American Idol inspiration Willian Hung, and America’s Got Talent finalist Olivia Applegate. The list of available talent is growing on a daily basis, as are the available venues to host an event.

It is no secret that I love people, their stories, their backgrounds and what fuels their passions. I believe we all have a purpose and a purpose coupled with a passion is dynamite. That is exactly what I learned was behind the magic of Special Guest when I had the honor to speak with Kris Jones and Damon Wayans Jr. about their Special Guest App.

While speaking with Kris and Damon about Special Guest, I was able to catch their vision and passion for the opportunities that this app will provide to so many people. With the creation of this app, they have found a way to break through the barrier that has existed for so long when it comes to artists not having a way to be readily available and accessible to the public.

Both Kris Jones and Damon Wayans Jr. have quite impressive backgrounds. Kris founded a gourmet food website in 1999 that quickly took off thanks to his digital marketing skills (search engine optimization, pay per click marketing and affiliate marketing). From there, he launched a wildly successful digital marketing and technology company called Pepperjam. Pepperjam went on to become one of the fastest growing companies in the United States (Inc. Magazine – 2006, 2007, 2008) and was sold to eBay (NASDAQ – EBAY) in 2009. Kris has invested in well over twenty companies, and founded multiple successful technology and marketing businesses, including ReferLocal.comLSEO.comAPPEK Mobile Apps, and French Girls App. Now, Kris focuses his time and resources on the Special Guest app alongside comedian/actor Damon Wayans Jr.  Despite the hurdles of these two busy men, they have found a passion in wanting to help people and made it work. Damon is one of the most sought after actors in Los Angeles and Kris has considerable success with a number of simultaneous projects – they have learned to prioritize and maximize time management, success has allowed them to build an amazing team which has allowed the app to grow so much in such a short amount of time.

Since learning about Special Guest, I have been doing extensive research on the entertainment industry, talent, demand, technology and how they all tie together. It is fascinating to see how a digital marketing guru and an entertainment industry giant have come together to create an inspirational platform that will bring so many people together. The most remarkable and interesting talent that may never get a traditional “discovery” now has amazing opportunities to be hired not once but a thousand times. This is an incredible opportunity for artists and audiences alike.

Special Guest is currently approaching their one-year mark and exceeding expectations by leaps and bounds. The initial focus has been establishing product-market fit in the Los Angeles area. There is no shortage of talent in the Los Angeles area which has allowed Kris, Damon and their team to have hundreds of conversations with talent and audiences alike. Most recently, Special Guest has dedicated considerable resources to the venue/host side of the app. In five years, Special Guest will be the default app used by people around the world to book live entertainment.

Learning about Special Guest has been an interesting journey for me in many ways. It is inspirational to see two dynamic, successful men take a simple concept and turn it into a reality that is changing the face of live entertainment. The creation of this app will change the lives of hundreds of artists in a very short amount of time. It also encourages me to continue along my path of passion and never quit trying. Knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that a dream can turn into reality, it is my hope, alongside Kris, Damon and their team that Special Guest becomes the new management and platform for many talented artists.

The Power of Visualizing

This story was just to amazing to not share with you! When tiny miracles happen no matter how silly they seem we have to praise them and appreciate them! In life I truly am all about the little moments!

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About a month ago Liam and I decided to make vision boards. It had been 5 years since I made my last one. At the time I was driving a beat up Honda with no AC and living with my “boyfriend” who I knew I wanted to marry. (He is now my husband.) On my vision board I put a Denali (It happened to be white, but the only picture I could find in the magazine.) I put a picture of a happy family, the one picture I found a mom was lifting up a baby girl with a dad and little boy riding bikes behind them. (One month later I found out I was pregnant with my daughter) Shortly after my daughter was born we purchased a white Yukon Denali. WOAH RIGHT>! Okay fast forward 5 years, I wanted to share with my son the power of visualizing and believing in yourself so we sat down to make boards one afternoon as a mommy son date.

In our old house we had a kitten. For my sons fourth Christmas it was his BIG GIFT and all he wanted! We named her Trouble. We only had Trouble for about 6 months and she had gotten out and ran away. We thought for sure that a coyote, owl, hawk, etc. had gotten her and we were heart-broken. We put missing pictures and videos all over Facebook but nothing turned up.

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Fast forward 2 1/2 years. We purchased a home about 5 miles away from our rental a year and half ago and there happens to be a kitty in the coldasac we live in that looks similar to our long-lost Trouble. It made Liam miss Trouble extra! On his vision board he put a picture of a cat and said “the real Trouble is going to come home mom.” I bit my tongue not saying a word of negativity about the situation or what I thought had happened.

READY FOR THIS…….like oh em gee. Im sitting down one night scrolling FB and I see this picture of a Cat that’s been hanging out outside this house for a couple of years but needs a home because of the cold and rain California has had the past week. Our Trouble had a distinct M marking on her for head. This is the picture I see on FB…..Look closely at the forehead.

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We went to the house the cat was at that night, the cat who wont let anyone pet her head, hold her, etc. came running up to my son following him around. Lo and Behold….Troubles home.

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What you focus on, you attract.

The key to visualizing is to always visualize that you already have what you desire. This is a mental trick. Rather than hoping you will achieve it, or building confidence that one day it will happen, live and feel it as if it is happening to you now. On one level you know this is just a mental trick, but the subconscious mind cannot distinguish between what is real and what is imagined. Your subconscious will act upon the images you create within, whether they reflect your current reality or not.

 

Stay focused on Positive things and live a Positive Life. 

2018 Handcrafted Trends

Owning a hand crafted business makes it a crucial point of life to stay on top of whats trending.

How do I stay on top of whats trending?

If your on Etsy they will send out a Monthly Sellers Help guide and at the bottom left corner there is a link to what is trending. For example this month was Unicorn Everything, Last month Slime Everything….  Go on Amazon and see what the best sellers are. Google trends of 2018 and see what sparks your inner creativeness.

To get noticed you must learn the art of being comfortable with always changing or adding little details to your shop according to what is selling and in demand.

This year Ultra Violet is trending every where. This color will be hot for 2018. Last year the Pantone’s color of the year was Greenery and this year were hopping to the opposite side of the spectrum with Violet everything.

This was extra special to me as Purple is my daughters favorite color, so she will be delighted that more purple is in my creations.

In 2017 Blush Pinks were life. Now moving forward its all about lavender and lilacs. (For home decor as well) Hard Shapes such as triangles, squares, etc. were all last year and moving forward we will see more geometric circles and softness. Golden Brass Tones over Silver all year! The contrast can be simply amazing….Think big…Sinks, wood, dresser handles, I am going to guess by now you’re catching my drift. Velvet is another trend which is back in full swing, I always find it interested how decades later the hot trends always circle back around. It may take you a little while, but you will jump on the velvet love wagon….(Pretty positive about this one!)

Now Lets Get Creative…2018 is Bold and Making a Statement…So should you.

 

 

When I became a work at home mama, I had this image of everything happy and peaceful. The thought never arose of becoming a victim of everything needing to be perfect in my home, the ocd ness of clean floors, laundry done, dishes put away…AT ALL TIMES. I had become so materialistic. If only I had this head-board, this tile, this picture frame….It kind of made me become a little sick to my stomach. I am not this person. In 2018 I wanted experience, memories, life to have a spark of excitement again with my family. These are the things that matter not the materialistic things of life. I started a jar….(yes going back to piggy bank style) of savings for nothing other than adventure, vacations, and memories.

Knowing I am not the only mama that may struggle with this I wanted to create a list of free or in expensive adventures to do with your family in the area (and some adventures you can create any where!)

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  1. Take a hike….Literally. We live in one of the most beautiful places in the country (in my opinion.) Nature is our backyard. Many people are not blessed with this opportunity. An app I recently learned about is AllTrails. This app tells you trails around you, directions, and has over 50,000 trails to explore.
  2. Gaze at the stars…In majority of the cities in our country you truly can not see the stars. Right here in Cool we have a camp ground you can set up your tent for free and star gaze with your littles.
  3. Rockin Jump and REI…. For active little ones (such as mine) sometimes you need a good old fashion energy burner. Rockin jump has trampolines, rock walls, stunt areas, and dodge ball for $15. REI runs activities every weekend such as rock climbing, bike riding, etc for free or next to it. Just hop on their website and view upcoming events that are kid friendly.
  4. California State Railroad Museum… Amazing experience for littles. Three stories of history and exciting education. Best to go on a week day though when you have the place to yourself!
  5. Coloma Gold Panning – $10 per kid and you get to Gold Pan for an hour, the littles get to have a vile with their pyrite and gold they take home. (This is one of our family favorites) we also get to parooze this quaint little town after the event which is about a mile walk of history including live blacksmith action, etc.
  6. Sacramento Zoo – Fairy Tale Town – Folsom Zoo… All are so exciting for kids! Folsom zoo is small but nice because they are never overwhelmingly crowded and have the cutest train ride which the littles really get a kick out of. The Sacramento Zoo has a nice park you can picnic at after the Zoo Experience and feed the ducks! Fairy tale land is fun for 3 and under!
  7. Aquarium of the bay – Super amazing experience. The underwater tunnel is pretty amazing and they have several stories to adventure up of different themes along the way! We were shocked that all 4 of us were able to go for under $50.IMG_2519
  8. Lay in a hammock and get lost in a good book. There is something special about a good old fashion story….Remember sometimes a staycation is the best vacation. Get creative.
  9. Folsom Lake is a great and safe swimming area to go on a hot summer days with the littles. Thow a frisbee, toss a football, have some snacks. Spend the day getting sand in your toes.
  10. PowerHouse Science Center…My son is OBSESSED with anything science so this is on our go to list! Its $60 for a membership of 2 adults and 3 children. They do hands on science projects, experiments, robot races! (Basically the ultimate science kids dream.)
  11. McKinley Park is loaded with gorgeous rose gardens for miles. This is also located in walking distance of the Capitol and a fun little history walk for free with the kids in a blocked off area!
  12. Sacramento children’s Museum… 2701 Prospect Dr. Rancho Cordova…. www.sackids.org This is another science exploration one! They currently offer science Sundays, Sound Explorers, and library days for the toddlers!
  13. Greenwood Splash Pad Park… Our family loves this little gem during summer! They have a splash pad, park, and adorable creek and tunnel for kiddos to adventure in during the heat! IMG_3397
  14. Lake Tahoe Parasailing… This is one of my best memories thus far! So fun and beautiful! This cost $100 and we were out on Tahoe Parasailing for well over an hour! A little more expensive but worth the experience for sure! IMG_3712
  15. Make a scavenger hunt…IN YOUR BACK YARD. Get creative… give your child a compass and map and lead them to bugs, fake gold, fun letters, special key notes, you get the point! We did this last year and the boys were entertained for hours trying to achieve the treasure!
  16. Make some slime!!!! It’s the rage!!!! This is a solid two hours of free entertainment with a little investment in Elmers glue… (Helpful tip) DONT BUY IN STORES! They have jacked up the prices so high on glue with the slime rage! Go on Amazon and you can get a gallon for $10.IMG_4417
  17. Lake Lahontan…Locals call this the “mud hole” as the water is well…a little less than clear. BEST MEMORIES EVER! This is a camping site you can go and truly escape reality for a few days.
  18. Sequoia National Park..The trees are to die for and truly magical. This is open year round with nature walks, in park lodging and amazing views.
  19. Winchester Mystery House… Groupon currently offers a discount for $30 per ticket of this eccentric mansion which is also “haunted” yet kid friendly adventure.
  20. Berry Haven…My littles absolutely LOVE THIS. We go on a berry picking adventure for organic fruits and veggies that the kids get a solid labor of love experience. IMG_5073Adventure and experience life. Make memories and remember to ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS because as corny as it sounds….they really are the BIG THINGS.