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Thursday, May 26, 2016

A Breakfast Date With My Preschooler at Del Taco

I was given a promotional item to facilitate this review. As always, all opinions are 100% my own and may not reflect that of the company described.

I try to limit my intake of fast food, but if we're being honest...once in awhile it's just something I need to do on a busy day.

When we're an hour past lunchtime, because we stayed too long at the library, and my girls need to eat before we rush home for naptime.

Del Taco, here we come. 

#bacon chorizo breakfast taco

Del Taco, has been one of my family's preferred drive-thru locations, since I was a kid growing up in Southern CA. 

I've always been a fan of the classic grilled chicken soft taco at Del Taco, but it never crossed my mind as being somewhere I'd go for breakfast.

free hashbrowns, chorizo, del taco

When I saw, that Del Taco had FREE Hashbrowns if you order 2 NEW Chorizo Breakfast Taco's, I figured I'd finally make a trip specifically for breakfast.

A few weeks ago, I was supposed to work at my daughter's preschool earlier than normal, so figured we'd have a special mommy/daughter breakfast date at Del Taco.

Del Taco, breakfast taco

Okay, I have to say it. I really thought my little gal would order a breakfast taco, but at 8:00am, she insisted on a bean and cheese burrito,.....WHAT? 

I think I went a little overboard and tried, well, like almost everything on the breakfast menu, myself!

tacos, breakfast, chorizo taco,

See. I told you. 

I think maybe I ordered too many items, because my Mexican Chorizo tacos weren't super hot, and I think the flavor lost some of it's punch because of it.

They were good, but not amazing. I would have liked some deeper spice and seasoning - they were a little to similar to regular sausage for me.

We did however LOVE the savory bacon flavor of the Mini Bacon Quesadilla for only $.79!

Del Taco Coffee, chorizo breakfast taco

Also, I was pleasantly surprised at the 100% Arabica Bean Coffee I ordered.

It was hot, super fresh, and gave me the pep I needed to work at my daughter's preschool for the next few hours.

.....and $1.49 for coffee is my kind of deal! 

The employees at the Davis, CA location where we visited were nothing short of incredibly sweet and pleasant and helpful, and nice, and .....okay you get the idea. 

The guy behind the counter, suggested lots of breakfast options, and was very patient with me when I was trying to figure out what my daughter wanted to order. 

Davis, CA, Del TAco

Okay, so maybe I didn't order EVERYTHING on the menu, because there really is lots to choose from. 

Next time, I want to try the Carne Asada Steak Breakfast Taco, that sounds good.

It's worth checking out, if you're in the mood for something NEW and interesting for your breakfast on the go routine!

And the prices are super affordable - which is probably why I'll keep going back and trying new breakfast menu items. 

Of course an added perk, was being able to enjoy one-on-one time with my preschooler, without the chaos distractions of her two younger sisters!

Who knew that Del Taco would be our new, quiet, breakfast hideout?

It's our new favorite breakfast place, shhhhhhhh, don't tell anyone our secret! 

Go check out the FREE hashbrown deal today,  grab a Chorizo Breakfast Taco (only $1) and come back here and tell me what you think in a blog comment below!  

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Watermelon Dresses & Pineapple Tops, Oh My!

I was given a promotional item to faciliatate this review. As as always my opinions stated here are 100% my own and may not reflect that of the company described. 

It's summertime, people!

Well, maybe not officially, but here in Northern California with temps reaching almost 90, it sure FEELS like summertime, baby! 

So, you'd better get shopping (like I had to) because the kiddos are going to be asking for their shorts, tank tops and dresses really soon.

I let my 3 & 1/2 year old take a browse online at the summer selections at Children's Place, and she fell absolutely in love with this Toddler Girls Sweet Photo-Real Watermelon Skater Dress

True to form, when it arrived, she immediately put on the dress and started twirling around (above photo) and has not taken it off since. 

Okay, well we did have to draw a line at putting on actual pajamas for bedtime... but in the morning, it's Watermelon Dress time again.  

My 5 year old, also browsed Children's Place summer collection, and decided on this duo herself - a  sleeveless racerback top with a cute pineapple print and matching Tiered Eyelet Skirt.

I was really impressed by the quality of the Azul Girls Tiered Eyelet Skirt it's not that flimsy see-through fabric that looks like it will wear out after the first wash

We've already washed it and it's a really nice quality of 100% cotton that held up perfectly. I don't love the super duper short skirts on my ladies, so this one is the perfect length.

I think we might need one more online shopping trip, because now my oldest is requesting a Watermelon Dress just like her sister!

Until then, she's gonna have to be satisfied with her cool pineapple outfit, donning her new pair of sunglasses from Children's Place and keeping cool in the shade. 

Big Sister H. is wearing: Girls Butterfly Aviator Sunglasses $2.99!

I think she's got this one in the bag!

There's lots of fruity fun at Children's Place this year, so go now and check out the fun stuff for summer!  

Your kids will thank you - promise!

Happy Summer to All! 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

E-Hydrate Portable Protein for Adults & KIDS! + #Giveaway

I received complimentary products to facilitate this review from the sponsor of  #MomsMeet program (, May Media Group, LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use the product and post my opinions on my blog. My opinions may not reflect those of May Media Group, LLC nor the manufacturer. 

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I'm starting to think my three girls are the most active children on the face of the earth.

They seriously, don't stop expelling energy for a single moment during the day.

From parks, to school, to T-Ball, the gym, birthday parties and playdates, they are always on the move.

Sometimes, I feel like they need a little more than water, in this hot Northern California heat to hydrate them.

Keep reading for a chance to WIN these products to try yourself!  

E-hydrate, kids protein shake, cinnamon roll shake

E-Hydrate has both an adult and kid-friendly hydration, nutrition and protein line that all taste great!

After the girls expend all their energy on the T-ball field, I like to give them some protein to help keep them strong and E-Hydrate has created the perfect products for this.

KIDS Protein On-the-Go provides:
  • 10 grams of protein (only 70 calories)
  • only 4 grams of sugar
  • certified gluten-free
  • portable & recyclable pouches
  • more electrolytes than leading sports drinks

My girls absolutely LOVED the E-hydrate Kids Protein shake in the to-go bottle that you just add water to, shake and guzzle enjoy straight from the bottle.

Their favorite flavor was Cinnamon Roll, of course, and after sharing a bottle, asked for more!

When my oldest kiddo is in preschool, I try to fit in a gym class a few times a week. Often, I'm running from the gym, back to preschool to pick her up, then to the park, and errands.

I don't have time to go home to mix up a protein shake for myself, to re-build muscle so was very excited to find E-hydrate's Protein On-The-Go pouch, in Chocolate and Vanilla. 

It's super easy and convenient! 

All you have to do is pour water into the pouch that comes with pre-measured protein powder inside, shake it, and drink in it's very own portable bottle. 

Wow, 25 grams of protein in each serving is pretty good.

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Okay, I may not look terribly happy in the photo here, but I'm REALLY just freaking tired, after a 6 mile elliptical run at the gym. 

The Protein On-The-Go was exactly what I needed to fill me up to go pick up the kiddo from preschool, hang out at the park, and grab some lunch at the store before heading home. 

What's more important is that it actually tastes good and isn't strangely grainy like some protein shakes are. 

I was supposed to save a bottle to see what my husband thought about it after his workout, but liked the chocolate so much that I took the vanilla the next day to the gym with me. 

Sorry, hubby.

electrolyte drink mix for kids, #stevia,

I almost forgot to mention, they have a KIDS Natural drink mix that provides daily recommended amounts of  vitamins B, C, D, and more electrolytes than the leading sports drink - with ZERO grams of sugar and no caffeine. 

Flavors, that can simply be mixed into juice or water are:
  • Grape
  • Strawberry Lemonade
  • Fruit Punch and Apple
These are great for a hot day, when the girls have been running around in the heat to help re-hydrate their tiny bodies.

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Celebrate Mom Event - Win $700 Prize Package from Belli 

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Robotics Summer Camp - ROBOTS-4-U Northern CA 55% OFF

I was provided with a promotional item to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% my own and not influenced by the company described.
 robotics camp, northern CA summer camp, #robots4u

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What is S.T.E.A.M.?  Well,  Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math, of course!, robotics camp, #robots4u

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Placenta Blood Banking - It Could Make a Life/Death Difference!

I was provided a promotional item to facilitate this post.  All opinions are 100% my own and not influenced by the company described in this post. 

It's the thing that we, as parents of healthy children never want to think about.

Our child being diagnosed with a serious or terminal illness. 

But, it DOES happen. It's happened to two families who were very close to me, and then lost their siblings to a terrible childhood illness.

What if there was a way to increase your child's chance of survival, and possibly even complete and total healing through placenta banking - would you say yes?

Of course, you would. 

This family said yes.

As it turns out, this little boy Quentin was diagnosed with a rare acute lymphoblastic leukemia, which only has a 30% chance of survival, but due to his family's choice to use a cord blood bank, where they kept the cord blood of his newborn sister, he survived. 

A stem-cell transplant from his sister's placenta banking and cord blood was the answer that lead to his complete healing and cancer-free remission.

How awesome is that? The answer? Completely and totally awesome!

Did you know that the placenta is the only temporary organ in a woman's body, that the body disposes of after it serves its role?

Did you also know, that the placenta blood has progenitor stem cells, that would otherwise be disposed of by the hospital, but that may be used to help heal damaged tissue or organs in sibling or close blood relation?

So, why wouldn't you choose to use LifebankUSA, the only company that currently offers placenta blood, cord blood and tissue banking!

The Collection Process 

The collection process is painless for both mother and baby. After the baby is born and the placenta is expelled (yes, this happens for all new mothers) the placenta is placed in a sterile canister and then into the LifebankUSA collection kit. 

Why Do I Need Placenta Blood Banking?
Placenta blood can be used for increasing other types of stem cells ability to regenerate organs and tissue. 

Since 2015, LifebankUSA has already released 19 placenta blood units to assist in transplants for patients ranging in ages 3 months to 45 years old!

It's working, it's being used and heaven forbid you actually ever need it, placenta blood banking could potentially be the difference between a healthy, happy child and one who is suffering from a terminal illness with no cure in sight. 

I'm done having children, and the placenta blood banking wasn't available when I had my last child, but it's something I'd seriously consider now if I was given the choice. 


Sunday, April 17, 2016

How to Get Your Kids To Floss - Plackers Flossers + #Giveaway!

I was given complimentary samples of this product to faciliate this review, as well as a promotional item as a thank you. All opinions are 100% my own and not influenced by the company described. 
Have your kids begged you lately to use your dental floss or little flossing picks?

Mine do all the time, but I don't let them, because of the sharp pointy edge on the handle.

I was honestly, prying Baby O. off of my bathroom counter, trying to prevent her from stealing one of my dental picks, when I got a "ding" from my email. 

 Plackers to the rescue!

Finally, a flosser that's designed specifically for kids has come to our rescue!  

Plackers, are a great way to start kids on a road to healthy dental care habits - plus they're totally fun! 

These hand-held little flossers have a dual grip, so parents can help teach their kids to floss as well as a place for kids to grip when they get the hang of it (which my kiddos did within a day)!. 

Did I mention they come in a tasty Fruit Smoothie Swirl flavor?

Did You Know? 

Dentists recommend that as soon as a child has two teeth touching, parents should begin introducing a daily flossing routine!

I'm a little late to the game, but hey, at least none of my kids have lost their first tooth yet!

The girls set up their little Plackers Flosser Friend on the bathroom counter, next to their toothbrushes and ask for a "Fruit Smoothie Flosser" every night.

I'm confident they're on their way to a healthy dental care routine, with the help of their flossing friend - Plackers.

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