August 27, 2015

Filling Backpacks to Donate to the Casa Hogar Estrella Orphanage in Baja

There are a lot of perks of being a blogger. I am constantly reminding my daughters that all the fun things we get to do are because Mommy is blessed to have a fun job. When my girls were babies, my husband and I talked about taking them to a shelter to feed the homeless and helping to build homes with Habitat for Humanity and hopefully we will be able to do that very soon. We've driven them through Skid Row in Downtown LA, but I still don't think they quite understand that there are a lot of children in our world who are a lot less fortunate than them. 
This year thanks to my amazing friend Lala of SparklingLala we were lucky enough to learn about an incredible organization called Casa Hogar Estrella- an all girls orphanage in Rosarito, Baja. Back to school shopping is such a fun time for me, and my kids of course, but it really is my favorite season, next to Halloween. This year as we shopped and my girls looked at all of the shiny new folders and pencil boxes they did not pick out anything for themselves, they picked out school supplies for a two very special little girls. They picked out a bright pink backpack and one with Minnie Mouse, one picked out an aqua folder for each girl and the other picked out a pink and purple polka dot pencil box. I picked out the yellow polka dot notebook and we decided on some pens, pencils and crayons together. I know it's not much, and to be honest, I can't afford much more. But with this small donation, I hope that my girls and I helped to brighten the day of a couple of little girls that are in need of some extra love. 
This weekend Lala, my friend Catherine and Denisse of The Orphaned Earring will be heading down to Baja to deliver backpacks, school supplies and clothes to the young ladies in the orphanage. Also, thanks to the hard work and donations of so many, the girls will get to enjoy a fun day out at a local water park. 
This was the little bit that I got to do for these little girls and I only wish I could do more. If you feel as though you would like to support this orphanage and these beautiful young girls, please feel free to learn more information about the orphanage and the Orphaned Earring, by contacting Denisse Montalvan by emailing donation@theorphanedearring.com. 

August 25, 2015

Getting Lunch Time #SchoolYearReady

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I love the excitement that comes along with the new school year. I am so hopeful for the year ahead, it's like starting fresh. The kids get new clothes, notebooks, backpacks and lunch bags. As for me, I get new office supplies, calendars, note cards, Post-it® and all that fun stuff. I can spend all day in the Back-to-School section of Walmart. This school year has new possibilities because I picked up the Scotch™ Thermal Laminator, so basically I'm laminating everything in sight. 
While scouring the back-to-school section in Walmart, I naturally picked up a pack of assorted Post-it® because, you can never have enough of those. Then I spotted the Scotch™ Thermal Laminator and immediately the wheels start turning. I already love packing fun lunches for the kids and now they have started to expect a note in their lunch. The note is the first thing my daughter mentions when I ask her about her day. 
To add fun notes to your kids lunches, all you need is:
Post-it® Products (in assorted colors and sizes)
Scotch™ Thermal Laminator
Scotch™ Thermal Pouches Letter size 20 or 50 pack
and a Pen or Marker
Write something, anything really. My little one can't read yet, so I try to make them simple for her. If your little ones are too little to read you could always draw pictures or add stickers. My oldest daughter can read so I thought this would be the perfect time opportunity to put some fun quotes. I used one of the large lined Post-it® notes and wrote down one of my favorite Dr. Seuss quotes: 

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.
-The Lorax,
The first step is to write down your favorite quotes or doodles. 
Next, get one of the Scotch™ Thermal Pouches, open it up and place your Post-it® so that as many can fit, with at least 1/8 in border around. 
The Scotch™ Thermal Laminator is really easy to use. After plugging it in, turning it on and waiting for it to heat up all you have to do is feed the pouch through the back of the Laminator and in less than a minute the Post-it® notes will be laminated and ready to be put in to your child's lunch. 
The best part of Laminating the lunch notes, is that it keeps them from getting damaged. If you maintain the notes, then you can switch them around every few days and stick them in different places as time goes on. Oh yeah, I can't wait to sneak one of these notes into the backpack of my future teenager. 
I love packing lunches for my girls. Even though I'm exhausted after dinner, bath time and all of the end of the day stuff I have a good time packing their lunches and trying to make them fun and different each day. I have different snack options in a container and I pick some out and split them between my two girls. Even though I know it would be easy to just throw it all in a bag, I like to chop their apples for them and cut their sandwiches in fun shapes. It's like sending them to school with a little bit of home. 
Do you pack your kids lunches? What are your favorite tips and tricks to make each day a little bit different? Which quote would you like to send to school with your little one? 
You can find some ideas here, but I'd love to hear some of your ideas too. 

Back to School Shopping For Mom at Don Roberto Jewelers

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The kids are back to school now and I don't know about you, but I feel like I deserve some sort of award. I survived the heat, Summer activities and the kids at home for two whole months and honestly, sometimes I just feel like I deserve a treat. If I worked out of the home, it would be very normal for an employee to receive a bonus after working extra hard and long hours, so I'm ready for my bonus.  
I get that most of the time you only walk into a jewelry store when you are sending hints to your husband for an anniversary gift. But, that doesn't need to be the case. Don Roberto Jewelers carries the perfect gifts that are just right for you, for any day. So, yes, this Momma could definitely use a new pair of sunglasses! You know, for those days when you knock out early and wake up late and rush your kids to school, those are the days that sunglasses are a must! 
If you are a social media lover like me, then you can totally appreciate this. How cool would it be to have your handle in gold, around your neck. Ugh! I LOVE THIS SO MUCH! When I go to events, a lot of time people only know me by my handle, so this would be perfect. Of course, you can always get your name too, it's pretty cool that Don Roberto Jewelers offers this custom option.
Okay, so watches are kinda becoming outdated now that everyone uses their phone to check the time. But when you find a rose gold Hello Kitty watch like this, you kinda need it right? I have a Hello Kitty watch that I picked up from Don Roberto too and I get a lot of compliments on it. I mean, who doesn't love Hello Kitty?  

Here are some more of my favorite pieces that you can stop in to Don Roberto Jewelers to pick up for yourself. You deserve a treat, an award, a reward, whatever you want to call it. A lot of these pieces are affordable and easily accessible and perfect to add to your personal jewelry collection. Personally, I love the monogrammed necklace and cross ring and necklace as a good luck, back to school gift for a teenage girl.

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